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FERRIS WHEEL INSTALLATION FINAL PHASES AT MODERN WOODMEN PARK PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 09 May 2014 13:44
WHO: The following will be available for interviews: River Bandits owners Dave Heller and Bob Herrfeldt (both will be available Saturday morning only), River Bandits General Manager Andrew Chesser, River Bandits Assistant General Manager of Amusements Mike Clark, and a six-person crew from Chance Rides, the Ferris wheel manufacturer based in Wichita, Kan.
WHAT: The final phases of installation for the Ferris wheel that will tower 110 feet above the Modern Woodmen Park playing field. The Ferris wheel gondolas are scheduled for installation Saturday, followed by final weight testing of the wheel scheduled for Monday.
WHERE: Installation will be happening behind the left field berm (east end) Modern Woodmen Park. This area may be more visible from east of the stadium in LeClaire Park.
WHEN (*Weather and work permitting*): Saturday, May 10 (at 10 a.m., Dave Heller and Bob Herrfeldt available) and Monday, May 12. Beginning approximately a.m. each day.
WHY: The Ferris wheel will highlight an amusement lineup to include a new ride called a "Drop and Twist," an expanded 300-foot long zip line, an auto-belay rock climbing wall, and many other new games and attractions planned for Modern Woodmen Park.
--Quad Cities River Bandits--

 
BANDITS COME BACK AGAIN TO DEFEAT SNAPPERS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 09 May 2014 13:10
Quad Cities uses four-run eighth inning to overcome 5-2 deficit and win 6-5 series opener over Beloit

DAVENPORT, Iowa (May 8, 2014) – Jobduan Morales and Brett Phillips hit consecutive RBI doubles with two outs in the eighth inning to complete the Quad Cities River Bandits' second straight comeback from a three-run deficit, and the team won its third straight game in a 6-5 victory over the Beloit Snappers in front of 1,087 at Modern Woodmen Park Thursday night.

After falling behind 3-0 and 5-2, the River Bandits (15-18) scored four runs in the eighth inning for a second straight game to match their longest winning streak of the season, which first occurred April 10-13.

In his return from the disabled list, River Bandits right-hander Michael Feliz worked around a first-inning single and second-inning walk to pitch two scoreless innings. Right-hander Patrick Christensen followed with a scoreless third inning, but right fielder Tyler Marincov led off the fourth with a double to center field, and designated hitter Jaycob Brugman drew a one-out walk. First baseman Ryan Huck hit an RBI single to left field, and second baseman Luis Baez followed with a two-run double down the left-field line to make it 3-0.

After Christensen allowed three earned runs on three hits and a walk in two innings, right-hander Gonzalo Sanudo started the fifth inning for Quad Cities. He allowed a single and walk to start his outing but got a ground ball to the mound and line-drive double play to escape.

Against Snappers right-hander Kyle Finnegan, Quad Cities was held to four hits and no runs through the first four innings. But Phillips led off the fifth with a triple down the right-field line and scored on second baseman Chan-Jong Moon's RBI groundout. Finnegan allowed one earned run on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts in five innings, before right-hander Junior Mendez began the sixth with a 3-1 lead. First baseman Conrad Gregor doubled to left-center field on Mendez's first pitch, and scored on right fielder Ronnie Mitchell's single.

Beloit *13-20) added to its lead against Sanudo in the seventh. Pinch hitter Sam Roberts hit a leadoff single and moved to second base on a sacrifice. After a strikeout and two-out intentional walk to left fielder B.J. Boyd, Sanudo was removed after 2 2/3 innings. Right-hander Zach Morton (2-1) came in to allow Marincov's RBI single – his game-high third hit – before ending the inning with a 4-2 deficit. Morton allowed another run in the eighth inning, when Burgman hit a leadoff double and scored after Huck's single was bobbled by left fielder Tanner Mathis. Morton completed 1 1/3 innings, allowing an earned run on two hits with one strikeout.

With a 5-2 lead, Mendez began the eighth by allowing a single by shortstop Jack Mayfield, a walk to Gregor and an RBI single by third baseman Tyler White, who had his third straight multi-hit game and is 11-for-17 on the homestand. Mitchell put down a sacrifice against right-hander Stuart Pudenz (1-3), who allowed designated hitter Brian Holberton's sacrifice fly to make it 5-4. Morales drove a 3-2 pitch down the left-field line to score White for the tying run, and Phillips greeted right-hander Tyler Hollstegge with a double to score Morales.

With a 6-5 lead in the ninth inning, Quad Cities used a fifth pitcher of the game for the first time since April 8. Right-hander Andrew Walter got a groundout by center fielder Boog Powell and a foul popup by Boyd before striking out Marincov for his third save.

Quad Cities will try for a season-high fourth straight win against Beloit left-hander Chris Lamb at 7 p.m. Friday.

UP NEXT: The first 500 fans to Friday's 7 p.m. game receive a sport bottle courtesy of Total Turf & Landscape. It is AUSA Military Appreciation Night, with postgame fireworks presented by Smart Toyota of the Quad Cities, WLLR and WQAD. Tickets are available at www.riverbandits.com. To order any of the ticket plans - with new lower prices - call the River Bandits box office at 563-324-3000. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $40. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

 
New Loop Bicycle Trail Ride PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCCVB   
Friday, 09 May 2014 08:33

On Saturday, May 10th from 8am - 1pm, come enjoy riding with family and friends along the newly-connected, 28-mile Trail LOOP.

The vast majority of the trailis on bike trails along the Mississippi River and Duck Creek . This event is co-sponsored by the Bettendorf and Davenport Parks and Recreation Departments! Travel as much of the trail or as little of it as you want in either direction.  Enjoy the outdoors as well as the views from places like the new Pat and Jack Bush Scenic Overlook along the Mississippi River.  The trail passes through many beautiful parks and near the Beaux Arts Festival in Downtown Davenport.If you need encouragement to take a rest during your ride, various hosts at the parks will be located throughout the loop from 9am - 1pm and will have refreshments available. This is a free event and no registration is needed.

 
Bowling for Music! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Friday, 09 May 2014 07:54
Show your support for the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles through the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles Bowl-a-thon! This year more than 280 kids pursued their dream of musical excellence by committing many hours to practice, rehearsal, and live performances. Now they'll take a turn at bowling to help support the QCSYEs.

The Quad City Symphony Youth Orchestra program has five performance ensembles for students grades two through twelve. Ensemble members are from the metro Quad Cities as well as outlying areas. Members have the opportunity to play with the most talented musicians in the area under the regular direction of the QCSYEs conducting staff, have coaching sessions with professional QCSO musicians, and rehearse under QCSO director Mark Russell Smith.

QCSYEs presents three concerts each year including our new, annual Side by Side Concert on which all ensembles perform with the group immediately more advanced up to a performance by the Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Quad City Symphony. Other activities include season opening retreat at Augustana College, YSO performance at Riverfront Pops, Youth Choir performance at Holiday Pops, a Concerto Competition the Grand Prize Winner of which will perform with the Quad City Symphony at the SxS concert, and many other fun events!  All QCSYEs members get free tickets to every QCSO concerts and discounted tickets for companions.

Please help us continue to offer these unmatched regional opportunities by supporting a bowler or a team. Find a bowler to support by clicking here.

 
AIDED BY 10 WALKS, BANDITS OVERTAKE KERNELS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Thursday, 08 May 2014 08:26
Tyler White and Ronnie Mitchell each post three hits to help Quad Cities snap three-series losing skid

DAVENPORT, Iowa (May 7, 2014) – Trailing 3-0 in the sixth inning Wednesday night, the Quad Cities River Bandits drew six walks to tie the game without the help of a hit, and a bases-loaded, eighth-inning walk drawn by shortstop Jack Mayfield gave the home team the lead in an eventual 7-3 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernels in front of 1,182 at Modern Woodmen Park.

One day after collecting a season-high 18 hits, Quad Cities (14-18) drew a season-high 10 walks in addition to nine hits Wednesday to win consecutive games for the first time in two weeks. The series win over Cedar Rapids (18-14) was also the River Bandits' first in two weeks.

The Kernels had the early momentum, however. River Bandits left-hander Evan Grills began the game by allowing singles to designated hitter J.D. Williams and second baseman Logan Wade. First baseman Chad Christensen hit a ground ball to Mayfield, who was unsuccessful in attempting to force out Williams at third base. With the bases loaded, Grills induced a ground-ball double play – the first of a season-high three turned by Quad Cities – that brought in a run. Right fielder Zack Larson hit a high chopper for an infield RBI single to make it 2-0. After a walk, third baseman Bryan Haar singled to left field, and Ronnie Mitchell threw out Larson trying to score.

In the second inning, Kernels center fielder Jason Kanzler had a leadoff bunt single, and shortstop Engelb Vielma doubled past first baseman Conrad Gregor. With runners at second and third, Williams hit a sacrifice fly to advance both runners, but Wade grounded to second baseman Chan-Jong Moon, who threw home to retire Vielma. Grills picked Wade off first base to end the inning with a 3-0 deficit. Grills then allowed just two hits the next three innings to complete five innings, allowing eight hits and three earned runs.

Kernels right-hander Kohl Stewart shut out Quad Cities for the first five innings. He scattered five hits and two walks while striking out six batters. Although he allowed only one runner to reach third base, the River Bandits stranded seven runners on base in the first five innings.

In the sixth inning, Kernels left-hander Derrick Penilla made his Midwest League debut and retired White on a leadoff groundout. That was the only ball put in fair play in the inning, but eight more batters came to the plate. Penilla walked Mitchell before striking out designated hitter Chase McDonald. With two outs, Penilla walked catcher Brett Booth, center fielder Brett Phillips and right fielder James Ramsay in order to force in a run. Right-hander Yorman Landa (3-1) entered to promptly walk Moon for another run, and a passed ball by catcher Mitch Garver allowed the tying run to score. Landa walked Mayfield for the fifth straight of the inning before striking out Gregor.

In a 3-3 tie, Landa pitched into the eighth inning, when he hit Phillips with a one-out, 0-2 pitch. Ramsay ripped a double to right field to move the go-ahead run to third base, and right-hander Hudson Boyd came in to issue consecutive walks to Moon (his team-season-high fourth of the game) and Mayfield, with the latter scoring the go-ahead run. Gregor added a sacrifice fly, and White and Mitchell hit RBI singles to cap each of their three-hit games. The River Bandits have had nine batters in an inning three times in the last two games.

Right-hander Edison Frias (1-1) earned the win by allowing two walks and a hit in the scoreless sixth through eighth innings. Right-hander Andrew Walter worked around a leadoff walk for a scoreless ninth. The bullpen allowed one Kernel to reach second base.

Quad Cities seeks its first three-game winning streak since April 13 in a home series opener against Beloit at 7 p.m. Thursday.

UP NEXT: Thirst-Day Thursday presented by Rock 104-9 and the River Cities' Reader means $2 drink specials for the 7 p.m. game at Modern Woodmen Park. Tickets are available at www.riverbandits.com. To order any of the ticket plans - with new lower prices - call the River Bandits box office at 563-324-3000. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $40. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

ABOUT THE BANDITS: Having just been named Ballpark Digest's winner of Best Ballpark Improvement in America under $1 million, the River Bandits ownership is making one of the biggest improvements to Modern Woodmen Park since the ballpark was first built back in 1931! A new Ferris wheel, standing 110 feet over the playing field, is opening in May, along with a carousel, a new ride called a "Drop and Twist," an expanded 300-foot long zip line, and many other new games and attractions. In 2013, the team unveiled a new 220-foot long dual zip line, a rock climbing wall, and a number of new bounce houses. The team's major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, just saw all six of its affiliates reach the playoffs - the first time in a decade any MLB team can claim such success. The River Bandits were one of three affiliates to reach the championship round and one of two to win their league championship.

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