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Iowa State Fair Sew-In Celebrates Sixth Anniversary PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 07:29

DES MOINES, IA (07/22/2014)(readMedia)-- The Iowa State Fair invites Fairgoers to join the Fabric and Threads department with the sixth annual State Fair Sew-In plus daily Make It and Take It classes and special programming from master quilter Patrick Lose. "Nothing Compares" to the 2014 Fair set August 7-17.

The State Fair Sew-In offers Fairgoers a chance to try their hand at simple sewing and quilting while providing warm blankets to local children in need. Each day, the Sew-In will be open from Noon to 5 p.m. in the South Hallway of the Varied Industries Building. Every participant will receive a commemorative pin for donating their time. No experience or pre-registration necessary. Volunteer sewing assistants and on-site supervisors will be available to help.

The Fair is also accepting donations of five-inch wide strips (cut with the fabric) and two-yard cuts of fabric in all-cotton, juvenile prints for quilt fronts and backings. To donate or volunteer, contact Sharon Meisenheimer at 515/986-1145or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

In addition, master quilter, and Iowa native, Patrick Lose is back at the Iowa State Fair for a second year. Lose will again be joining the talented Make It and Take It session leaders and teaching about his most popular quilting techniques. His classes will be held August 7-16 and will last approximately two hours. Pre-registration is recommended but not required. All Patrick Lose classes require a $25 materials fee.

Several other Make It and Take It classes will be offered throughout the Fair including hand quilting, cupcake pincushions and beginning sewing. These classes will last one to two hours and require a $10 materials fee. Pre-registration is also recommended.

For a complete list of the Make It and Take It projects and times, view the daily program online at www.iowastatefair.org/daily-events/daily-schedule/.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2014 Iowa State Fair, August 7-17. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines. Discounted gate admission tickets are on sale now through our convenient print at home ticket option at iowastatefair.org. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.

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MCDONALD SLUGS WALK-OFF IN 10-INNING WIN PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 08:19

River Bandits lose 2-0 lead but recover for three-game sweep of Captains

DAVENPORT, Iowa (July 21, 2014) – Quad Cities first baseman Chase McDonald hit a three-run, walk-off home run in the 10th inning off Lake County right-hander Alexis Paredes to give the River Bandits a 5-2 victory and their first-ever series sweep of the Captains in front of 3,186 at Modern Woodmen Park Monday afternoon.

Quad Cities (15-15 second half, 50-49 overall) achieved its first three-game winning streak since July 3 to complete its first sweep of an opponent in a season series since sweeping West Michigan in three games May 31-June 2, 2011. Neither Quad Cities nor Lake County (15-15, 42-58) had swept one another in the first four years of their annual three-game interdivision series.

A third straight River Bandits starter did not allow an earned run. Right-hander Adrian Houser worked around a pair of one-out walks in the first inning, in part thanks to a diving catch by center fielder James Ramsay on a line drive by Captains first baseman Nellie Rodriguez.

Quad Cities scored first for a third straight game in the second inning, when right-hander Caleb Hamrick walked designated hitter Ronnie Mitchell. After Mitchell stole second base, left fielder Jose Fernandez drove an RBI triple to right-center field scoring Mitchell for a 1-0 lead. Second baseman Marc Wik lined the next pitch to right-center field to score Fernandez for a 2-0 lead. Houser allowed a Lake County run in the third inning. Second baseman Claudio Bautista singled to left field, and right fielder Mike Papi hit a two-out fly ball toward left field, which Fernandez dropped for an error that allowed Bautista to score, cutting the lead to 2-1.

Houser worked around a double in the fourth inning, a single in the fifth inning, and a walk and hit batter in the sixth inning. He allowed one unearned run on three hits and three walks with six strikeouts in his fourth six-inning start of the season. Right-hander Frederick Tiburcio relieved him for the seventh inning and allowed a leadoff walk before stranding the tying run at third base to end the inning.

For the Captains, Hamrick allowed two earned runs on five hits and three walks with six strikeouts in five innings. Right-hander Jimmy Stokes struck out five batters in two scoreless innings, and right-hander Trevor Frank struck out one in two hitless innings.

River Bandits right-hander Andrew Walter (4-2) worked a perfect eighth inning. In the ninth, he allowed a leadoff single by left fielder Dorssys Paulino, who went to second base on a passed ball and to third base on third baseman Paul Hendrix's single. Walter struck out designated hitter Brian Ruiz before shortstop Ivan Castillo hit a slow ground ball that scored Paulino when shortstop Thomas Lindauer threw out Castillo at first base. Walter struck out Bautista with the go-ahead run at second base to keep the 2-2 tie. In the 10th inning, Walter allowed a one-out walk and two-out single but struck out two batters to match a career high with five strikeouts in three innings.

In the bottom of the 10th inning, Paredes entered to allow a single by third baseman J.D. Davis, who had his second straight two-hit game. Mitchell hit a fly ball that Paulino overran in left field for an error putting runners at second and third bases. McDonald then hit an 0-1 pitch for a towering fly ball to left field that dropped over the fence for his first career walk-off home run and ninth of the season.

Quad Cities begins a six-game road trip to Eastern Division ballparks at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio. River Bandits right-hander Kevin Comer (1-2) is scheduled to start the three-game series opener in the team's first visit to Fifth Third Field as an Astros affiliate.

UP NEXT: The River Bandits are in the running for the 2014 Quad-City Times Readers' Choice Awards in the categories of “Best Entertainment Venue,” “Best Family Entertainment,” “Best Place for a Kid's Birthday Party,” and “Best Place to Take Out of Town Guest”. Game tickets are available at www.riverbandits.com. To order any of the River Bandits 2014 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.

 
BANDITS PITCHERS DOMINATE, ESCAPE CAPTAINS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 21 July 2014 10:58

Within an inning of pitching consecutive shutouts, Quad Cities holds off Lake County for 2-1 win

DAVENPORT, Iowa (July 20, 2014) – Quad Cities River Bandits right-hander Edison Frias and left-hander Blaine Sims combined to shut out the Lake County Captains until the ninth inning Sunday, and left fielder Ronnie Mitchell threw out the potential game-tying run at home plate for the final out of a 2-1 win in front of 5,758 at Modern Woodmen Park.

Frias (6-5) gave the River Bandits (14-15 second half, 49-49 overall) their second straight shutout start, as he went five scoreless innings for the third time this season. After a perfect first inning, he began the second inning by allowing consecutive singles to first baseman Nellie Rodriguez and second baseman Paul Hendrix before getting left fielder Dorssys Paulino to ground into a double play. A strikeout  ended the inning, which was only one in which Lake County (15-14, 42-57) put a runner at third base before the ninth inning.

In the third inning, Frias allowed a two-out single by shortstop Ivan Castillo – the last Captains hit until the ninth inning – and a walk to center fielder Clint Frazier. But right fielder Mike Papi flied out to left field in his team's last at-bat with a runner in scoring position until the ninth inning. After a fourth-inning leadoff walk by Rodriguez, Frias retired the last six batters he faced. He allowed three hits and two walks with three strikeouts in his longest start and first win since June 27 in Peoria.

Captains right-hander Jordan Milbrath (3-10) kept the game scoreless through three innings. He stranded the bases loaded in the first inning. In the fourth inning, first baseman Chase McDonald hit a leadoff single to center field, and catcher Brian Holberton singled down the first-base line to move McDonald to third base. After second baseman Marc Wik popped out, designated hitter Jake Rodriguez put down his first Midwest League sacrifice bunt down the first-base line to score McDonald.

In the fifth inning, Milbrath allowed consecutive two-out doubles by third baseman J.D. Davis and Mitchell for a 2-0 River Bandits lead. Milbrath allowed two earned runs on six hits and three walks with one strikeout in 5 1/3 innings. Left-hander Wander Beras followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and right-hander Carlos Melo struck out all three batters in the eighth inning to keep his team's deficit at 2-0.

Following Frias, Sims set down seven batters in a row, before designated hitter Brian Ruiz hit a one-out single in the eighth inning to snap a string of 13 Captains retired in order. But Sims picked Ruiz off first base and got a popout to end the inning.

With a 2-0 lead in the ninth inning, Sims issued one-out walks to Papi and Rodriguez to put the tying runs on base. Hendrix then grounded a ball to shortstop Thomas Lindauer, who threw to Wik for a forceout at second base. Wik's errant throw past first base allowed Papi to score the first run against Quad Cities in 17 2/3 innings, and it put Hendrix at second base as the tying run with two outs. Paulino then grounded a single to left field, and with Hendrix running toward home plate, Mitchell threw a one-hopper to Holberton, who tagged Hendrix to end the game. Sims earned his first save since Aug. 29, 2012, by allowing one earned run on two hits and two walks with three strikeouts in four innings. Quad Cities has won consecutive games for the first time since a July 6 home doubleheader sweep of Wisconsin.

In Monday's 1 p.m. series finale, Quad Cities seeks the first-ever season series sweep in the fifth year of the all-time series with Lake County. River Bandits right-hander Adrian Houser (4-4) is scheduled to face Captains right-hander Caleb Hamrick (3-5).

UP NEXT: Gates open at 11:30 a.m. on a Markdown Monday presented by 97X, with $2 bleacher and berm tickets, hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn, nachos, soda and beer. An all-you-can-ride amusements pass will be just $10, and the Businessman Special offers a package of a bleacher seat, bacon cheeseburger, chips and a soda for just $10. Tickets are available at www.riverbandits.com. To order any of the River Bandits 2014 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.

 
TINCAPS HOMER 3 TIMES, BANDITS LOSE 5TH STRAIGHT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 18 July 2014 08:36

Chase McDonald homers in fifth straight multi-hit game for Quad Cities, which loses, 7-4

DAVENPORT, Iowa (July 17, 2014) – The Fort Wayne TinCaps became the first visiting team to hit three home runs in a game at Modern Woodmen Park this season, as catcher Adolfo Reina homered twice, and right fielder Franmil Reyes added another in a 7-4 TinCaps win over the Quad Cities River Bandits, who dropped a season-high fifth straight game in front of 5,376 Thursday night.

For a fifth straight game, Quad Cities saw its opponent take at least a five-run lead against its starting pitcher. Right-hander Andrew Thurman allowed a game-opening triple by shortstop Trea Turner down the left-field line, and designated hitter Dustin Peterson hit a sacrifice fly to left-field for his league lead-tying 70th RBI, giving Fort Wayne (9-17 second half, 39-56 overall) a 1-0 lead.

On Thurman's first pitch of the second inning, Reina hit his first home run to left field, where it reached a leg of the Ferris wheel on one bounce. In the third inning, Turner had a bunt single, Peterson reached on an error by third baseman J.D. Davis, and with one out, Reyes launched his eighth home run of the season to left-center field for a 5-0 TinCaps lead. Thurman allowed two home runs in a game for the first time in his career and was charged with four earned runs on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts in four innings, matching the longest any River Bandits starter has pitched in the previous four games.

TinCaps right-hander Jimmi Brasoban (1-4) worked around a hit and walk to face the minimum through the first three innings. In the fourth inning, River Bandits right fielder Brett Phillips led off with his second single to right field, and left fielder Marc Wik bounced a ground ball off the glove of first baseman Jake Bauers to put runners at first and third bases. With one out and Wik running from first base, designated hitter Ronnie Mitchell hit an RBI single through the vacated shortstop hole, and first baseman Chase McDonald followed with a single to left field. With two outs, second baseman Jose Fernandez lined a single to left-center field, cutting the deficit to 5-3. Brasoban retired the next four batters to match his season high of five innings, allowing one earned run on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

After extending his season-high seven-game hitting streak, McDonald hit a two-out, solo home run – his seventh of the season – off the center-field batter's eye to make it 5-4 against right-hander Josh Richardson. Richardson set down four straight to finish two relief innings.

River Bandits left-hander Chris Lee kept the deficit to one run through the seventh inning, as he allowed one hit and two walks with one strikeout in three relief innings. Right-hander Frederick Tiburcio started the eighth inning, and Reina smacked his first pitch out to left-center field for his second home run – and the first by any batter against Tiburcio since Aug. 13, 2013. Center fielder Ronnie Richardson doubled to right-center field, moved to second base on left fielder Nick Schulze's single and scored when second baseman Rey Bruguera reached on a roller misplayed by Holberton on the first-base line, allowing Fort Wayne a 7-4 lead. A walk loaded the bases before Tiburcio got a popup for the first out, but left-hander Albert Minnis entered to get two ground-ball outs and work 1 2/3 scoreless relief innings.

TinCaps right-hander Ryan Butler pitched the final two innings to earn his first save. He got help from the TinCaps third double play of the night in the eighth inning. Quad Cities brought the tying run to bat in the ninth, but pinch hitter Brett Booth grounded into a fielder's choice.

Quad Cities (12-13, 47-48) has its first five-game losing streak since Aug. 12-17, 2013, and seeks to snap it in Friday's 7 p.m. series finale with Fort Wayne. River Bandits right-hander Jandel Gustave (5-4) is scheduled to face TinCaps right-hander Cody Hebner (0-1).

UP NEXT: Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Friday with a Pint Glass Giveaway presented by the Illinois Farm Bureau for the first 1,000 fans on Agriculture Night. The 7 p.m. game will be followed by Friday Fireworks, presented by Smart Toyota of the Quad Cities, WLLR and WQAD. Tickets are available at www.riverbandits.com. To order any of the River Bandits 2014 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.

 
Baird & Warner 6th Annual Motorcycle Charity Ride benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Don Prigge   
Friday, 18 July 2014 07:35

Event Type: Motorcycle and Car Event

Event Name: Baird & Warner 6th Annual Motorcycle Charity Ride Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project

Date: 08/24/2014 – 08/24/2014

Event Description: Motorcycle Poker Run with 5 stops in Northern Illinois and Wisconsin covering over 100 miles. Final stop at Bandito Barneys in East Dundee, Il. 50/50 cash drawing, silent auction, door prizes, rock band and more!

Event Location: 6330 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake, IL.

Event contact information: www.bwcharityride.org or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 815-788-2100

 
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