Chicago River Bandits Baseball Club: Bandit News

Sunday, July 8
MSL River Bandits Reach All-Star Break
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The 2018 MSL All-Stars

The MSL River Bandits were represnted by six players at the 2018 All-Star Game. The game took place at Schaumburg Boomer Stadium in Schaumburg, IL on Saturday, July 7th. 

The River Bandits represented the North Division of the Central League taking on the South Division. River Bandits  all-star represntatives included Matt Bronstein, Brad Anderson, Jared Anderson, Dylan Powell, Tristan Hunt and Joe Ona.

Home field advantage was on the line during this contest.The North Divison fell short of victory against the South Division. The South Divison will now secure home field advantage during the championship series this Fall.


Monday, June 11
MSL River Bandits Secure First Place
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Manager Joe Ona exchanging line up cards with Bucs Manager Luis Berrios

On Sunday, the MSL River Bandits looked to extend their winning streak to a season high three games as they take on the Bucs who come in with a 4 game winning streak.

On the mound for the River Bandits was tough lefty Rob Lowe, making his 2nd start of the season. Lowe had some control issues as he gave up 5 runs in 6 innings of work.

The offense continues to get quality at bats, working deep into counts, and as a result more runners on base. Eddy Gnadt had a season high 3 HBPs, adding to his lead in that category.

The game was finally put away as Alan Cardington stepped up to the plate in the 8th inning. He launched a liner over the centerfielder for the Bandits 1st inside the park home run of the year and 2nd home run over all.

The Bandits come away with the 16-6 victory, their 3rd win in a row and propelled into first place in the Central North Division. The MSL River Bandits take on the Wraiths on Sunday at Wing Park.

Saturday, June 9
CNMSBL River Bandits Win Night Game Against Devils
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Brad Anderson enjoyed a 5 RBI day

The CNSBL River Bandits took on the Devils under the lights on Friday Night. Unlike the last game, they did not have any need for late game heroics.

Ben Allison making his second start of the season was dominant. He pitched a complete game, striking out 13, giving up 4 hits and an unearned run.

The offense continues to heat up as the Bandits scored 11 runs lead by Brad Anderson's 5 RBI day. The Bandits were also on a tear on the base paths as the team swiped a season high 7 stolen bases.

Manager Joe Ona has preached on a aggressive, yet controlled, approach while being on base. The Bandits did show a lot of grit as they closed the game with scoring 4 runs in the 7th after two outs.

The CNSBL River Bandits are looking to avenge early season loses as they take on the Power on Monday and the Astros on Friday of next week.

The Chicago River Bandits Hotline is 312-884-1272. For new player information leave a message after the welcome.  312-884-1CRB.

When you need team info, updates & rain out information.

Sunday, February 15
Bandits End Of The Year Party
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2014 Awards Party

The Chicago River Bandits Baseball Club celebrated the 2014 season at their End of the Year Party on December 13th.  This years event took place at Whiskey River.  Whiskey River is located at 702 N. River Rd in Mount Prospect.

Looking forward to celebrating another great season in 2015. 


Monday, April 21
Bandits Wear Special Jerseys For Mother's Day
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Bandits Mother's Day Jerseys

The Chicago River Bandits will wear special jerseys for Mother's Day.  The jerseys featured a pink River Bandits logo and script on front of the jerseys.  The left sleeve will feature the word MOM.  The numbers will also be pink on white.

The jerseys cost $20 and the Bandits will donate $5 per jersey sold in the name of the Janice Wieda Chicago River Bandits Foundation to the Y-Me Organization.  Janice Wieda is the mother of Bandits pitcher Mike Wieda who unfortunately is no longer with us.

If you would like to support the River Bandits, extra jerseys will be available.  The Bandits hope to raise $200 for the Y-Me Organization. 

Monday, February 18
Evoshield Bandits Wrist Guards
Evoshield Bandits Wrist Guard
Available in Red or Black

Order your River Bandits Evoshield Wrist Guards available in Red or Black.

Sizes S, M, L & XL. 



Wednesday, April 24
River Bandits & Bandits To Play At Kane County July 28th

The Chicago River Bandits continue their Minor League Stadium Series this season at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva, IL.  The Bandits play six games total with both the AAA River Bandits & the AA Bandits playing three games each.  Fifth Third Bank Ballpark is home to the Kane County Cougars home of the Single A Chicago Cubs farm team.

The Minor League Stadium Series starts Sunday, June 23 with the AAA River Bandits taking on the Scorpions at 12:30pm and the AA Bandits battling the Elite at 4pm.

Series continues on July 14th with the AA Bandits taking on the Rhinos at Noon and the AAA River Bandits play against the Devils.

July 28th wraps up the Minor League Series with the AAA River Bandits playing the Cubs and the AA Bandits playing the 2012 Single A Champion Spartans at 3:30pm.

This marks the ninth season the River Bandits have played regular season games at Minor League Stadiums.  The Bandits have played at Crestwood (Windy City Thunderbolts), Rockford (Riverhawks), Gary (Railcats), Joliet (Slammers), Schaumburg (Boomers) and Kane County (Cougars) over the years.

Tuesday, November 20
Fall Season Ends With 7-5 Record
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Both Gary & Kane County Fall Games Rained Out

The Chicago River Bandits are looking for players for the 2012 MSL Fall Season.  Fall Ball starts in September and goes to the end of October.  The 12 game season is played at various fields with weeknight games starting at 7:30pm and weekend games played at 10am or 1pm.

Cost is $100 for Fall Season with players.  Current River Bandit players and players looking to play for the Bandits in the future are welcome to play.  Limited to 18 players.

If you are interested in playing for the Fall River Bandits send us a e-mail at to be added to our mailing list. 

Tuesday, February 26
River Bandits Announce Awards Winners At Party
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AA Best Pitcher Mike Wieda and Friends At Awards Party

The Chicago River Bandits had their 2012 Awards Party on Oct 13th at The Pony Inn in Chicago.  The party took place upstairs in a private room.  

AAA Award Winner for Silver Slugger (Mike Flood Award) was Ryan Ellis, Best Pitcher (Nick Marascia Award) went to Kyle Gruber and Michael Schweda, Best Fielder (Matt Wiske Award), Best Arm and Rookie of the Year went to Jordan Johnson and Sportsman of the Year was Joe Ona. 

AA Awards went to Silver Slugger Dom Meyer, Best Pitcher Mike Wieda, Best Arm Craig Robertshaw, Best Fielder Nick Kasmer, Rookie of the Year Dakota Pisarek and Sportsman of the Year Rico Duca.

Tuesday, February 12
Collegian Bandit Sets NCAA Statistical Title
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Jack Cinoman led the nation in Triples per game for the NCAA in 2012

AAA River Bandit and University of Chicago junior outfielder Jack Cinoman finished the 2012 season as NCAA Division III statistical champion.

Cinoman led the nation in triples per game (0.26) as he clubbed a school record nine three-base hits in 35 contests. He also ranked second in Division III in total triples and ninth in batting (.447).

Cinoman and teammate Claude Lockhart join Nick Fazzari (on-base percentage in 2011) and Mark Mosier (runs, home runs, RBIs, and slugging in 1997) as the third and fourth Chicago baseball players to capture NCAA statistical titles.

Cinoman was the 2011 AAA River Bandits Silver Slugger Award Winner, Rookie of the Year and was voted Best Arm.

Sunday, July 1
River Bandits Play Six Games At Kane County For 2012
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Fifth Third Bank Ballpark Home Of The Kane County Cougars

The Chicago River Bandits continue their Minor League Game Series for the 2012 season.  The third set of games will take place on August 12th as the AAA River Bandits play the Demons and the AA Bandits take on the Rhinos.   The games will take place at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark Home of the Kane County Cougars, the Single A Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.

The first set of games was Saturday, June 9th.  The AA Bandits played the Tigers while the AAA River Bandits played the Devils.  On June 23 the AAA River Bandits played the Scorpions and the AA Bandits played the Knucklers.

This marks the eighth season the River Bandits have played regular season games at Minor League Stadiums.  The Bandits have played at Crestwood (Windy City Thunderbolts), Rockford (Riverhawks), Gary (Railcats), Joliet (Slammers), Schaumburg (Boomers) and Kane County (Cougars) over the years.

Wednesday, September 19
Fall Team Sets Roster
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Tristan Hunt seen here on Mother's Day returns for another Fall Season

The Chicago River Bandits enter the Fall Season with a strong roster of current and hopefully future players.  The AAA team has three players on the Fall roster, Jason Rivero, Kyle Gruber and Chris Wernick.  The AA squad has six players on the team including Ron Bialka, Jose Bucio, Gary Farr, Tristan Hunt, Juan Rodas & Larry Stewart.

The Bandits welcome six new players to the Fall roster, Jason Gilbreth, Phil Hayes, Joe Jagiello, Dylan Powell, Chris Vombrack & Corey Wilson.  Fall Veterans Rich Ahrens and Dusty Gilbreth return for another Fall Season to round out the roster. 

The Fall team will play a 13 game season adding three extra games at a USS Steel Yard home of the Gary Railcats & a DH at 5th/3rd Ballpark home of the Kane County Cougars against the Sea Dogs for a 16 game schedule. 

Monday, July 9
RIver Bandits Raffle

Thanks to everyone that bought a ticket to help support the River Bandits. 

Winners with player who sold ticket. 

$500- Julie & Mark (J. Riesco)
$250- Leah Hanah (M. Ortiz)
$100- Ryan Ellis (R. Ellis)
$50- Reyna Bueio (J. Bueio)
$50- Jose Riesco (J. Riesco)
$50- Jan McBee (K. McBee)

Congrats to the winners!

Monday, April 30
River Bandits Win One And Lose One On Opening Day
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Pitcher Mike Wieda Goes 7 Innings For A Win Sunday

The AA Bandits came away with a win on Opening Day while the AAA River Bandits drop one after a bad first inning.

The AA Bandits beat the Mustangs 14-4 behind the pitching of Mike Wieda who went 7 innings giving up 4 hits, 2 Earned Runs and struck out 9 batters.  Nick Kasmer hit a three run Homerun in the fourth inning to cap a 5 run inning.  Other players that had big days at the plate included Aaron Williams who had 3 RBIs and Jose Bucio & Jose Riesco each had 2 RBIs on the day.

AAA River Bandits scored 5 runs in their first inning, the problem is they gave up 7 runs in top of the inning in their 10-7 lose.  High points for the River Bandits is the hitting of Brad Hoogerhyde, who had 2 Hits including a 2B, 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored, Ryan Ellis, 2 Hits with 2 RBIs and Rookie Jordan Johnson who scored twice while hitting a double.  Pitchers Kyle Gruber (2.2 IP, 0 Runs & 4 Strike Outs) and Tino Villasenor (2 IP, 0 Runs & 2 Strike Outs) pitched well in the lose. 

This Sunday the AAA River Bandits take on the Expos at 9am and the AA Bandits take on the Weasels at 12:30pm, both games at Rec Park in Arlington Heights. 


Monday, April 30
River Bandits Win Two With Great Pitching
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Kyle Gruber Pitched A Gem On Sunday vs Expos

The Chicago River Bandits had a good weekend with both the AAA River Bandits and AA Bandits winning their games.

The AAA River Bandits won their first game of the season behind an outstanding performance by pitcher Kyle Gruber.  Gruber pitched a complete game going nine innings, striking out 6 batters and giving up only one earned run in a win vs Expos.  The game was 2-1 with the River Bandits leading when in the bottom of the eighth inning the River Bandits scored 6 runs with singles by Jeff Waller, Jerome Merritt and Jordan Johnson to take a 8-1 which was the final score.  Next the River Bandits take on Scorpions, Sunday, 12:30pm at Rolling Meadows.

AA Bandits get their second slaughter rule victory in as many weeks as they 10 runned the Weasels 13-3 behind the pitching of Mike Wieda.  Wieda went 7 innings to get his second complete game win while giving up only one earned run and striking out nine Weasels.  Nick Kasmer continues to hit for the Bandits having a 4-4 day with 3 RBIs.  The Bandits will play the Knucklers this Sunday, 9am at Rolling Meadows.

Monday, February 13
Fall Season Complete 7-2 Record
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2011 Fall Team Finished With A 7-2 Record

The Fall team is open to Bandit and non-Bandit players.  12 game scheduled being played during the week at 7:00pm and on weekends at either 10am or 1:00pm.   We do allow Part-Time players at $15 per game if we are short players.  Fall jerseys available for $15.

If you would like more informantion send us an e-mail at

Monday, February 13
2011 Chicago River Bandits Awards Winners
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Jose Riesco AA Rookie Of The Year

The Chicago River Bandits announced their 2011 season Award winners at the 15th Annual Awards Party on Nov. 12th.

For the AAA Bandits Jack Cinoman won the 2011 Mike Flood Award given to the "Best Hitter" or Silver Slugger.  Kevin Curtin won his second Nick Marascia Award given to the "Best Pitcher".  Ryan Ellis won the "Best Defensive Player" Award.  Jack Cinoman was voted the "Best Arm" Award & "Rookie Of The Year" for the Bandits and this years "Sportsman of the Year" was given to first year Bandit JR Kulick.  

The AA River Bandits elected its Mike Flood Award to Dom Meyer for the second straight year while JD Fabbian won his first Nick Marascia Award (Best Pitcher).  Vince Mathe won "Best Defensive Player" Award, Craig Robertshaw won the "Best Arm" Award & Jose Riesco won the "Rookie of The Year" Award.

Congratulations to all the 2011 Award Winners and for everyone for a great season.

Wednesday, September 7
2011 River Bandits & Bandits All-Stars

The Chicago River Bandits would like to congratulate their 2011 All-Stars for the AAA & AA divisions.

All-Star SS Arturo Ponce made his second All-Star appearence along with Bandits rookies CF Ryan Ellis & OF/P Jack Cinoman played for the AAA National League South Division team.  Pitcher Kevin Curtin was elected but could not attend the game.

For the AA squad 1B Dom Meyer made his second trip to the All-Star game & Catcher Matt Pike represented the River Bandits on the American League North Division team.  Vince Mathe was elected to the team but could not attend.


Sunday, February 27
Great Turn Out For The 2011 Winter Party
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Great Turn Out For Fundraiser

The Chicago River Bandits had their first Fundraiser of the year, Saturday, Feb 12th at The Pony Inn in Chicago.  A great crowd turned out to the first of two off season fundraiser.  The money raised from fundraisers help pay for the Minor League Stadium games the River Bandits play during the season.

Last year the Bandits played at Kane County, Home of the Cougars & Alexian Brothers Field, home of the Schaumburg Flyers.  In the past the River Bandits have played at the Minor League fields of the Crestwood Thunderbolts, Gary Railcats, Joliet Jackhammers & Rockford Riverhawks.

The next Fundraiser will be March 12th at The Pony Inn, $25 Open Bar, 9pm-Midnight.

Photos from this years party and past parties can be found on the left menu under "Bandit Photos."


Wednesday, January 19
2011 River Bandits Winter Meetings
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One of Three Winter Meetings At Hooter's O'Hare

The Chicago River Bandits held their Winter Meetings at Hooter's O'hare the past few weeks.  At the Winter Meetings returning players gave their opinions on what they would like to have for the upcoming season.

This years meetings voted on new hats and jerseys for the upcoming season.  The continuation of playing Minor League Games during the regular season.   Limited indoor practices and fees.

Thanks to the players who made it out to a meeting and for their input for this season. 

Tuesday, February 15
2010 Chicago River Bandits Awards Party
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2010 Awards Party

The Chicago River Bandits Baseball Club celebrated the 2010 season on November 20th with its annual Awards Party.  This years party took place at The Pony, 1638 W. Belmont Ave in Chicago in our own private room.

This years Mike Flood Award, given to the Silver Slugger on each squad, went to Terry Wellmann for the AA Bandits & Dom Meyer for the AAA River Bandits.

The AA Bandits Award for Pitcher of the Year went to Kevin Curtin, Best Defensive Player was Arturo Ponce, Best Arm & Rookie of The Year also went to Arturo Ponce with the Sportsman Of The Year going to Joe Ona for the second year in a row.

AAA River Bandits gave their Pitcher of the Year Award to Mike Wieda, Best Defensive Player Award went to Garrett Dore, Best Arm Award winner was Mike Wieda, Rookie of the Year was Bryan Wagner and Sportsman of the Year Award went to Rico Duca.

For photos of this years Awards Party and past parties go under Bandit Photos on the left menu. 

Thursday, March 25
Fundraiser At Redmond's
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A Good Time Was Had By All At Redmond's

The Chicago River Bandits Baseball Club concluded their fundraising schedule with a open bar party Saturday, March 6th at Redmond's in Chicago. 

Bandit players, family & friends came out to help raise money for the 2010 season.

To view photos from the party go under "Bandit Photos" in left menu.



Wednesday, April 21
River Bandits Look For Another National League Championship

The AAA River Bandits will follow the AA Bandits at Lake Zurich High School this Sunday playing the Tigers with a DH at 12:30pm.

The River Bandits look to improve on their 14-8 2009 record after making the playoffs for eleventh straight years.

Behind the plate the Bandits will have Rico Duca with rookie Ed Gnadt, Infield looks solid with 1B/3B Dom Meyer leading the offensive charge, Bob Koeller will DH and play a little second base, SS Matt Wiske will look to defend his 2009 Best Defensive Player Award,  second year players Graham Therrian (SS/2B) & Kevin Curtin (3B/2B) will see time at in the infield, while the River Bandits have added Bryan Wagner (3B/1B), Ryan Wynne (2B/OF), Jeremy Starks (3B/1B), AA Bandit Mickey Martin (SS/OF) & former River Bandit Skyscraper Matt Assad (3B/2B) rejoins the MSL team.

The Outfield will have returning players Jim Danko, Scott DeBoor, Scott Theriault and will add some former Skyscraper players Garrett Dore, Tristan Hunt & Brandon Wiley.

Pitching staff will have returning starter Mike Wieda with Theriault, Dore, Wiley & Wagner also seeing time on the hill.

Friday, April 16
River Bandits Enjoy Baseball In Puerto Rico
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2010 Puerto Rico Tournament Team

The Chicago River Bandits made the trip down south to Puerto Rico to compete in the Caribbean Winter Baseball Championship Tournament on Feb 11th.  The River Bandits made their first appearance in MSBL tournament against teams from Brooklyn, California, Connecticut, New York, Puerto Rico and Chicago.

The Bandits played five games at Puerto Rico Stadiums including two games at Roberto Clemente Stadium which is a 12,500 seated park and two games at Carolina Stadium both parks have artificial surfaces.

The Bandits had a roster that included players from its AA Bandits & AAA River Bandits teams.  AAA River Bandit Kevin Curtin (.333) along with AA Bandits players Ryan Schwartz (.313) & Sean Repay (.375) were the hitting leaders for the tournament team.

On the mound AA Bandit Jeff Waller and Kevin Curtin pitch complete games with Sean Repay making two starts during the Puerto Rico tournament.

This marks the eighth season the River Bandits have made a trip during the winter to play in a tournament. 

Photos from this years tournament and past tournaments can be found under "Bandit Photos."

Saturday, February 20
2009 Awards Party
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2009 Awards Party

The 2009 Chicago River Bandits Awards Party took place on November 14 at McGee's in Chicago.  Each team voted for their award winners in the following catagories, the Mike Flood Award (Silver Slugger), Best Pitcher, Best Defensive Player, Best Arm, Rookie Of The Year & Sportsman Award.

For the AA Bandits Jason Rivero was voted the Mike Flood Award, Sean Repay was voted Best Pitcher, Mickey Martin was given the Best Arm Award, Best Defensive Player went to Eric Solis & Joe Ona won the Sportsman of the Year Award.

The AAA River Bandits voted Christian Arnoux the Mike Flood Award, Best Pitcher went to Jake Briskman, Rookie of the Year Award went to Kevin Curtin, Best Arm Award winner was Scott Theriault, Best Defensive Player was Christian Arnoux and Scott DeBoor was given the Sportsman of the Year Award for the AAA squad.

The Skyscraper River Bandits voted Glen Ducharme the Mike Flood Award, while Mike Weida won the Best Pitcher Award, JD Fabian was voted Rookie of the Year, Ryan Schwartz was voted to have the Best Arm while Vince Mathe was given the Best Defensive Player Award and Scott DeBoor won for Sportsman of the Year.

Photos from the 2009 Awards Party plus past parties can be found under "Bandits Photos."

Sunday, November 15
2009 Fall River Bandits Goes 9-2
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2009 Fall River Bandits Baseball Team

The Fall River Bandits finished the 2009 season unable to match last years season record of 10-1 with a lose to the Lunatics Thursday night ending the season with a 9-2 record.  Highlights of the fall season include the pitching of Sean Repay, Mark Henry hitting three Home Runs in one game, Rico Duca getting 11 RBIs in a DH and a night game played at the Kane County Cougars Stadium.

The Bandits would like to thanks everyone who played on the fall team which included many players not currently on the Bandits roster.  A special thanks to Dave Parker who recruited 9 players from the MSBL & Sean Repay for managing the team.

For photos of the 2009 fall team go under "Bandits Photos."

Tuesday, October 20
Fall River Bandits Play Night Game At Kane County
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Fall Team Plays At Kane County

The Chicago River Bandits Fall Team played a fall game vs Seadogs at Elfstrom Stadium, home of the Kane County Cougars, on Monday, October 19th at 7:30pm.  This game marks the first time the River Bandits have scheduled a Fall Game & night game at a Minor League Stadium.

The 9 inning game was the lastest game played at Elfstrom Stadium in the history of the park.

Tuesday, April 7
Bandit Bash Big Hit at Redmond's
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Joe Remembers Arriving At The Bandits Bash But After That...

The Chicago River Bandits had a fundraiser party on February 28th at Redmond's in Wrigleyville. 

For $25 players and friends received free food & drinks including Buffet, Domestic Drafts, Well Drinks, Wine & Soda.

Redmond's is located at 3358 N.Sheffield at the corner of Roscoe & Sheffield in Wrigleyville. 

For photos from this and all parties go to "Bandit Photos" on the left menu or click on photo.

River Bandits To Play At Minor League Parks For The 2009 Season
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River Bandits Set To Play On June 13 At Kane County

The Chicago River Bandits are scehduled to play four regular season MSL games at Minor League Stadiums for the 2009 season.  MSL River Bandit teams are scheduled to play at each Stadium.

The River Bandits are scheduled to play on June 13 at Elfstrom Stadium, home of the Oakland A's low A affiliate the Kane County Cougars in Genva, Illinois.

On July 26 the River Bandits go to Alexian Field in Schaumburg, home of the Northern League Schaumburg Flyers.

This marks the fifth season the River Bandits have played regular season games at Minor League Parks.  Last season the Bandits played at Kane County & Alexian Field in Schaumburg & were rained out at Silver Cross in Joliet.  The River Bandits in the past have also played at Hawkinson Ford Field, home of the Windy City Thunderbolts, USS Steel Yard in Gary, home of the Gary Railcats & RiverHawks Stadium in Rockford, home of the Rockford Riverhawks. 

The River Bandits have access to the Scoreboard and PA system and look forward to another successful Minor League Series.

Tuesday, April 14
River Bandits Go To Puerto Rico
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2009 Puerto Rico River Bandits Team

The Chicago River Bandits took a trip to Puerto Rico for the Boricua Caribbean Classic on February 20-22.  This marks the first year the Bandits have sent a team to Puerto Rico after going to West Palm Beach Florida for 6 years.  This wood bat tournament is played at Roberto Clemente Complex and Stadium, the same ballpark the Montreal Expos played at in 2003 & 2004.

CRB members Gary Farr, Jason Rivero, Jeff Waller, Bandits member Kevin Kayser and River Bandit Andrew Hacker, Stephen McClearn, Anthony Sopena & Michael Schweda made the trip down south.  Added to the Bandits squad for the tournament were infielder Charles Sano & catcher Jeremy Schneider.

Photos from the Tournament are located under "Bandit Photos" or click on the title.

Wednesday, September 29
River Bandits Spring Training Party
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2008 Spring Training Party

The Chicago River Bandits started off the 2009 season with a Spring Training Fundraiser Party on January 24 at McGee's.  The All-U-Can Drink Party was from 8-11pm in a private room with our own bar. 

Money from the party will determine how many Minor League Games the River Bandits will play in the 2009 season. 

A large group helped start the 2009 season on a good note.

Our next party will be held on Feb 28th at Redmond's in Wrigleyville. 

Photos of party can be found by clicking on title or photo.

Monday, February 2
2008 River Bandits Award Party
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2008 Central League Champions Given Their Shirts At Awards Party

The Chicago River Bandits celebrated the 2008 season on November 15th at McGee's Tavern.   In 2008 three of four River Bandit teams made it to their League's Championship with the CRB team winning the 2008 MSL Central League Championship.  At the Awards Party all three weekend teams had awards given out with members of the Skyscraper and Fall Team also attending the party.

For the CRB (Chicago River Bandits) Jason Rivero won his second Silver Slugger Award and Tony Simon won his fourth Best Pitcher Award.  Mickey Martin was voted Best Defensive Player and Best Arm with Mike "Guy In Left" Tamez winning Rookie Of The Year.  Jerome Merritt was voted Sportsman Of The Year and Tony Simon won the "John Nolan Award" for being the MVP during the CRB Championship Series.

The AA Bandits elected Rich Kopec its Silver Slugger Award and Tino Villasenor its Best Pitcher.  Billy Gonzalez was voted Best Defensive Player and Best Arm.  Sam Gaebe won the Rookie Of The Year Award and manager Terry Wellman won the AA Sportsman Of The Year Award.

For the first time in four years the AAA River Bandits voted a new Silver Slugger Award winner which was given to Rico Duca.  Nick Marascia won his third Best Pitcher Award with Matt Wiske winning Best Defensive Player.  Brandon Whiley won the Best Arm Award and Carl Peterson was elected Rookie Of The Year.  Scott DeBoor won his fourth AAA Sportsman Of The Year Award.

Players were given their Awards at the party and all attending members of the CRB team was given a Championship T-shirt featuring the new River Bandits logo which will be used in the 2009 season.

For photos of the 2008 Awards Party click on the title or photo, you can also go to the Left Menu and look at all photos from past parties and events.

Saturday, February 2
CRB Wins Central League Championship
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The CRB team are the 2008 MSL Central League Champions after defeating the Firebirds 13-11 to take the best of three series on Sunday, September 28th.

Rich Cortez took the hill for the deciding game and pitched 7 2/3 innings to get the victory.  With the bases loaded Tony Simon came in relief for Cortez and after giving up a two run single got the third and final out to end the 8 inning time limit game.

In the second inning Mike "Guy In Left" Tamez hit a Grand Slam to put the CRB team up 4-2.   The CRB team scored 4 runs in the fifth to take a 8-5 lead and scored 2 in the sixth to take a 10-8 lead and never conceded the lead after the sixth.

The CRB (Chicago River Bandits) won Game One 14-4 behind the pitching of Tony Simon and a Home Run by Todd Schavilje.

Game 2 was a defensive & offensive mess for the team lossing 15-4 to tie up the series 1-1.

This is the first Central League Championship since 2002.

Monday, December 22
Fall Team Finishes With League Leading 10-1 Record
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2008 Fall Team Goes 10-1

The Chicago River Bandits Fall Team finished the MSL Fall League with a league leading 10-1 record.

The River Bandits Fall Sqaud had only three members from the summer teams, Mike Tamez from the CRB team and Scott Theriault & Michael Schweda from the AAA River Bandits.  New Bandits members include Rich Ahrens, Rahul Bhala, Kris Cabai, Brian Cozzi, Steve Dahoen, Jesse Mayer, Phil Mena, Marco Ontanepa, Nate Porcher & Paul Richards.  Returning River Bandits players Ryan Kirby & Kevin German have made major contributions after returning from injuries.

Thursday, October 23
2008 AA Bandits & CRB Teams To Play In Championship
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2008 CRB Team

The Chicago River Bandits win three Division Titles for the 2008 season entering the Playoffs which begin September 6 & 7th.

AA Bandits (13-8-1) by winning their last 6 games win their second Division Title in a row and beat the Red Sox & Tigers in a best of three series to move on to the American League Championship.  The Bandits will take on the Sound Saturday with Game 1 & 2 being played at 9am &12:30pm at Grosche Field in Waukegan, Game Three if necessary will be played on Sunday at Grosche.

The CRB (16-6) squad who set a single season MSL All-Time Record by scoring 331 runs this season, beat the Thunder & Rhinos to advance to the Central League Championship.  The CRB squad will take on the Firebirds on Saturday at 4pm & 7pm at Grosche with a Game 3 if necessary on Sunday at Grosche.

In 2002 all three River Bandits squads made the Playoffs winning the American League, Central League and NABA League Championships.

This season the Skyscraper River Bandits made it to the Skyscraper Championship and finished with a 19-9 record & the AAA River Bandits made it to the second round of the MSL National League Championship. 


Saturday, April 12
2008 River Bandits One Run Shy Of Playoffs In Florida
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2008 Citrus Classic Team

The Chicago River Bandits once again played baseball in January.  The Bandits traveled down to West Palm Beach and attended the Citrus Classic Wood Bat Tournament on January 19-21.

The River Bandits have made the trip down to Florida since 2002 making the Semi Finals in all but one year.

The 2008 team unfortunately missed this years Playoffs, the Bandits finished 1-1-1 in their division tieing with three teams for one of two Playoff spots.  In the deciding tie breaker the River Bandits allowed 1 more run which eliminated their chance of moving to the Playoff Round. 

The 2008 Florida team includes AAA members Scott DeBoor, Bob Doyle, Chris LaPorta, Michael Schweda, Matt Smith & Jon Stasiek.  AA Bandit's Mike Bryant, Eric Solis, Mike McCotter & Terry Wellman.  CRB members Gary Farr, Jerome Merritt, Joe Ona, Jason Rivero & Jeff Waller.  New Bandit team members Alex Rogocki, Chris Stewart, Robert Garcia & Rich Meyers all plan on making the trip to Florida to defend our Division Champion title.

Click the title or photo for pictures of this years Citrus Classic Team.

For pictures from the Citrus Classic from 2002-2007 go to "Bandits Photos" on the left menu screen.

Sunday, February 3
2007 Award Winners Announced At Team Party
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2007 Awards Party

The 2007 Chicago River Bandits Awards Party was held at Durkin's on November 17.  Awards were given to all three MSL teams for their Silver Slugger (Best Hitter), Best Pitcher, Best Defensive Player, Best Arm, Sportsman Of The Year and Rookie Of The Year.  

Winners for the AAA River Bandits awards included Mike Flood for "Silver Slugger", Nick Marascia for "Best Pitcher", Matt Koenig for "Best Defensive Player", "Best Arm" went to Brandon Wiley,  "Sportsman of the Year" was given to Scott DeBoor.

AA Bandits "Silver Slugger" Award went to Mike Bryant, "Best Pitcher" was awarded to Andrew Feller, "Defensive Player of the Year" went to Eris Solis, Mike Bryant also won the "Best Arm" Award & "Rookie Of The Year", "Sportsman Of The Year" went to Terry Wellman.

CRB gave Jason Rivero their "Silver Slugger" Award, Tony Simon was voted "Best Pitcher", "Defensive Player & Sportsman of the Year" went to Jerome Merritt, "Best Arm" was given to Ryan Kirby and "Rookie Of the Year" went to Jason Rivero.

All Award winners were given a 2007 River Bandits Award T-Shirt at the party.  If players are interested in purchasing a shirt a few are available for $15. 

Photos from the 2007 Awards Party click Title or go under "Bandits Photos".

Thursday, January 3
River Bandits and Bandits Win Division Title
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The Chicago River Bandits finished the 2007 Season with two Division titles for the 2007 season. 

The AAA River Bandits have won their third straight National League North Division Titled with a 16-6 record. 

While the AA Bandits pulled out their first American League North Division Title with an impressive 18-4 regular season record.



Friday, August 31
Mid-Season Party a Big Hit
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Scott & Jon Display Party Flyers
The Chicago River Bandits celebrated it's 2007 Mid-Season at Redmond's on Friday, July 20th.

The Party included a Buffet and all you could drink Domestic Drafts, Well Drinks, Wine and Soda.

Photos from this years Bandit Bash can be found under "Bandit Photos" or by clicking the title.

Saturday, August 11
Mike Bryant wins MSL Home Run Hitting Contest

AA Bandits Outfielder/Pitcher Mike Bryant won the 2007 Midwest Suburban League Homerun Hitting Contest at the League's All-Star Games August 5th.

Mike also pitched one scoreless inning in the American League All-Star Game that the North lost 4-1.  Also playing in the American League North team was Catcher Marty Glowik, Shortstop Eric Solis, Pitchers Mike McCotter and Andrew Feller.  Managing the North team was Michael Schweda.

In the Central League game Jason Rivero and Kevin McBee played for the North squad which won 10-5.

In the AAA Division Rico Duca and Matt Assad represented the River Bandits for the National League North team which lost 10-7.

Friday, May 11
River Bandits Opening Day Party Draws Over 100 people
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The Chicago River Bandits had three fundraising parties for the 2007 season. Fundraising Parties help raise money for the 2007 Minor League Stadium Games. Last season the Bandits all three Bandit teams played three games at three different Minor League Stadiums. In the past two years the River Bandits have played games at Joliet, Gary, Crestwood & Rockford.

April 14, Saturday "Opening Day Party" @ McGee's, Chicago 8-11pm

Photos of this years Opening Day party can be found by clicking title or under "Bandits Photos"

Monday, July 30
2007 Collegian River Bandits In Playoffs
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2006 Collegian River Bandits
The Collegian River Bandits have clinched a Playoff Spot for the 2007 season by winning their last 5 games.

The Collegian River Bandits start Playoffs against the Canadians on Friday at Concordia College with Game 2 being played Sunday at Noon and if necessary Game 3 to follow at Concordia College.

The Collegian River Bandits finished 15-11 under new Player/Manager Ryan Reynolds from Lewis University.

Saturday, April 14
River Bandits Go Undefeated In Pool Play
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Eric Solis bats in Florida
The Chicago River Bandits will return to Florida to compete in the Citrus Classic Wood Bat Tournament. The Tournament takes place the weekend of Martin Luther King Birthday, January 13-15. Last season the Bandits won their division going 3-0 and outscoring their opponents 42-9, including a 18-6 win over tournament winners Dobson Hurricanes in pool play. Representing the River Bandits will be Terry Wellmen, Eric Solis, Rob Deignan and Michael Schweda from the 2006 team. Making their first appearence in Florida will be AA members George Tijerina & Mickey Martin, CRB member Joe Ona, Fall Team members Pat Cummings, Mike Bryant & Rich Cortez. 2005 returning players Brandon Whiley and Bob Doyle will help defend the River Bandits 2006 Divisional title.

Results of 2007 Tournament:
Jan 13, Saturday, vs New York Thunderdogs (Win 9-8)
Jan 13, Saturday, vs Culver City (Tie 4-4)
Jan 14, Sunday, vs Palm Beach Pirates (Tie 7-7)
Jan 14, Sunday, PLAYOFFS vs Culver City (Lose 10-0)

Monday, March 26
End of the Year Awards Party
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Things get a little out of hand at the Awards Party
The Chicago River Bandits had their 2006 Awards Party at McGee's. Awards were given out for all three MSL teams in the following categories. Silver Slugger, Best Pitcher, Best Rookie, Best Defensive Player, Best Arm, Best Sportsman and for the playoff teams the Post Season Best Player better known as the "John Nolan Award."

For the AAA MSL National League Champion team, Mike Flood was named the Silver Slugger for the seond year in row, Nick Marascia picked up his second "Best Pitcher" Award, Defensive Player of the Year went to Jason Williams and Matt Wiske, "Best Arm" Award went to Andrew Hacker, Rookie Of The Year went to Jason Williams, Sportsmen of the Year was given to Scott DeBoor and Post Season MVP went to Chris LaPorta.

AA awarded Rich Kopec with its Silver Slugger Award, Best Pitcher went to Andrew Feller, Best Defensive Player was Eric Solis, Billy Gonzalez won the "Best Arm" Award and Rookie of the Year Awards, while Kevin Kayser was voted the Sportsman of the Year.

CRB gave its Silver Slugger Award & Rookie of the Year Awards to Al Hoebl, Best Pitcher Award went to Tony Simon, Best Defensive Player was Joe Ona, "Best Arm" Award went to Al Anderson and Sportsmen of the Year went to Gary Farr.

All award winners received a 2006 10th Anniversary T-Shirt. The Award Party marks the 10th Anniversary of the Chicago River Bandits who celebrated another Championship Season.

Photos from the party can be found under "Bandits Photos" on left menu.

Saturday, November 24
AAA River Bandits win MSL Championship
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The AAA River Bandits are the 2006 MSL National League Championship after beating the Ravens 8-2 in Game One Saturday night and 11-1 in Game Two Sunday night in the best of three series.

Game One had the Bandits jump out to a 4-0 lead after Chris LaPorta hit a three run homer in the first. Nick Marascia pitched a complete game giving up two unearned runs in nine innings.

In Game Two the Bandits started lefty Nate Ginsberg, Nate pitched seven innings giving up only one run in the shorten contest. The River Bandits made key defensive plays to end several innings including a diving line drive catch by shortstop Matt Wiske and a relay throw from second basemen Andrew Hacker to thirdbasemen Matt Koenig. The Bandits scored 8 runs in the top of the sixth to pull ahead of the Ravens after scoring only 3 runs in the first five innings on two hits, including two wild pitches which scored two runs.

The River Bandits finished the regular season 18-4 and went 6-0 threw the playoffs sweeping the Legends 16-6 & 10-0 and Northsiders 7-6 & 7-3. The Regular season and the Playoffs were a total team efforts. All 16 position players and five pitchers made huge contribution to the AAA River Bandits third Championship.

In the past six years this River Bandits squad has won the 2002 AA American League Championship, 2004 AAA Federal League Championship and now celebrate the 2006 AAA National League Championship.

2005 Collegian River Bandits go to Championship
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Pitcher Tino Villasenor from Benedictine University
For the first time in seven years the Collegian River Bandits sqaud will play in the Norridge League Championship. The team won the first two rounds of playoffs defeating the Knights two games to one and then beating the number one ranked Melrose Park Indians two games to none. Melrose lost only three games all season until they met the River Bandits who won Game One 4-2 behind the pitching of Geoff Blahnik (Beloit University) who pitched seven innings for a complete game victory.

In Game 2 the River Bandits had to win the game in extra innings as catcher Mike Erickson (IIT) hit a single up the middle to win the game and the series. Mario Leggero (St. John's University) pitched seven innings and Tino Villasenor (Benedictine University) pitched the top of the eighth for the win.

The Norridge League Championship will be a best of five series and will be played at Concordia College Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 5:45pm, with Games 4 and 5 being played Saturday starting at Noon. Directions to Concordia College can be found on the left menu under "Field Directions" or at the bottom of the Home Page under "Upcoming Games."

2005 River Bandits Awards Announced
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AAA team at Awards Party
The 2005 Awards Party was held on November 19 at McGee's Tavern in Chicago. The party featured a four hour open bar and was highlighted by the Awards Presentation.

The AAA River Bandits awarded their "Silver Slugger Award" to Mike Flood. The "Best Pitcher Award" went to Nick Marascia, "Rookie of the Year Award" was Joe Wollscheid. Matt Wiske and Matt Koenig tied for the "Defensive Player of the Year Award" and Mike Flood took home the "Best Arm Award." Scott DeBoor was given the "Sportsman of the Year Award."

AA Bandits gave their "Silver Slugger Award" to Terry Wellman, while Neil Carney took the "Best Pitcher Award" for the second year in a row. "Rookie of the Year Award" went to Rich Kopec. While the "Defensive Player of the Year" & "Sportsman of the Year Award" went to John Nolan. The "Best Arm Award" landed in Andy Rzotkiewicz lap.

A CRB team voted George Tijerina their "Silver Slugger Award" while rookie Tony Simon walked away with the "Best Pitcher Award". "Rookie of the Year Award" went to Victor Salinas and "Defensive Player of the Year Award" went to Eric Solis. Brad Baglien won the "Best Arm Award" and Manager Brad Marr was voted ""Sportsman of the Year".

All winners received their 2005 Award T-Shirt at the party. Managers Scott Deboor, PJ Stallone and Brad Marr received long sleeve Starter shirts for their hard work. Scott DeBoor received Starter shorts for managing the Fall League Team.

The team presented General Manager Michael Schweda a brand new Rawlings Pro Preferred First Basemens Glove for his work during the 2005 season which included a National League North Division League First Place Finish by the AAA team, Collegian team making the Norridge League Championship Series, a playoff appearance by the CRB team and a successful debut in the Illiana League by the AAA River Bandits.

Click photo or title for photos from the 2005 Awards Party.

Bandits Win Pool Play in Florida
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Matt Wiske hits a single in Florida
The Chicago River Bandits will make a return to West Palm Beach Florida to play in the 2006 Citrus Classic Tournament on January 14-16. This will be the fourth year the Bandits have attended the Citrus Classic. The Bandits have made the playoffs all three years they have played in the Tournament that features mostly teams from the South that are currently playing Winter baseball.

The River Bandits will field a mix team with players from all three levels. Scott DeBoor, Matt Wiske, Joe Ogrodnik, Michael Schweda and new player Jason WIlliams will be playing from the AAA River Bandits.

Terry Wellman, Rob Deignan, Andy Rzotkiewicz and newly promoted shortstop Eric Solis will come down to Florida from the AA Bandits team.

From the single A CRB sqaud Victor Salinas and Garrett Calhoun will man the outfield.

Photos of the tournament can be found under "Bandits Photos."

2005 River Bandits (AAA) Eliminated in Second Round Of Playoffs
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Mike Flood lead the AAA team in batting during the playoffs
The Chicago River Bandits AAA sqaud moved on to the second round of the playoffs after beating the Lake County Legends 13-0 and 11-0.

By outscoring the Legends 24-0 the Bandits will moved to the Second Round of the National League North Division Championships against the Northsiders. The Northsider beat the Titans in two games to advance to the second round.

In the Semi-Final the River Bandits dropped two games to the Northsiders 9-7 and 9-3. In the first contest the River Bandits had the lead going into the top of the ninth inning but starting pitcher Nick Marascia ran out of gas and gave up the tieing run in the ninth. In the bottom frame of the ninth the River Bandits thought they had the game won when Mike Flood unleashed a towering fly ball to right field that somehow stayed in the park. The Bandits proceeded to load the bases but did not score. This was Marascia first loss of the season finishing 8-1.

In Game Two it was all Northsiders with Chris Payne taking the loss, only his second all season after finishing the regular season 6-1.

During the two rounds of playoffs the River Bandits hit .323 as a team with Mike Flood (.600), Scott DeBoor (.500) and Matt Wiske (.417) leading the way in average. In the four playoff games Glen Ducharme (9) and lead-off man Bob Koeller (5) lead the team in Runs Batted In.

The River Bandits look to improve on their 2006 season after winning the League Championship in 2004.

River Bandits enjoy a day at Silver Cross Field
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Silver Cross Field - Joliet, IL
With rain the night before it looked as if all three River Bandits games would be cancelled at beautiful Silver Cross Field home of the Northern League Joliet Jackhammers. The hard work of head groundskeeper Jeff Erkert allowed all three games to played.

Game One saw the Single A CRB team battle the Red Sox with the Bandits team needing a must win to make the playoffs. Manager Brad Marr did not disappoint with a 8-4 win behind the pitching of Carl Meyocks and Doug Brymer. The CRB team finishes the season at 16-6 in second place in the Central League North Division. The CRB team will face the South Division winners in the first round of the Playoffs. Which will be either the Punishers or the Bulldogs who are both tied with a 14-7 record.

Game Two had the Double A Bandits face the Diablos with the Diablos handing the Bandits their sixteenth lose of the season to go with only 5 wins. The Bandits were in the game early but faltered down the stretch to loose 11-5.

Game Three was between the National League Division leaders River Bandits (North Division Champions) and Ravens (South Division Champions). The River Bandits and Ravens battled it out with no runners crossing the plate until the top of the ninth when the Ravens scored a run and then held the Bandits in the bottom of the ninth to send the Bandits home with a 1-0 defeat.

Over all it was a great day for baseball at one of the best fields in all the Minor League baseball. Some of the off field highlights was Chris Payne doing the PA announcing for the Double A game and his dancing between innings just outside of the pressbox.

The Bandits would like to that the Joliet Jackhammers for being such great hosts and Scott DeBoor, Chris Payne, Jennifer Payne and Sabrina Jablonski for working the scoreboard and the PA system during the games.   The Bandits are locked in for another year at Joliet and look forward to returning for the 2006 season.

2005 River Bandits play at Hawkinson Ford Field
The CRB, Bandits and River Bandits all played league games at Hawkinson Ford Field, home of the Windy City Thunderbolts.

CRB played a close 1-0 lose to the Punishers.

Bandits battled the Chicago's Finest in their 9-3 lose.

River Bandits defeated the Legends 9-5 in the night cap.

2004 Awards Winners Announced
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GM Schweda with "Best Defensive" player Sean Pittman
The Chicago River Bandits had their "End Of The Year Awards Party" on Saturday, November 13 at McGee's Tavern. The Bandits drank for 4 hours and as always a good time was had by all.

Skyscraper League saw Brandon Wiley and Glen Ducharme tie for the "Silver Slugger" Award. Kevin German walked away with the "Best Pitcher" Award. "Best Defensive" Award went to Sean Pittman while "Best Arm" Award went to Wiley. Jim Danko was voted "Best Sportsman".

The AAA Federal League Champion River Bandits gave their "Silver Slugger" Award to Bob Koeller, Chris Payne was voted "Best Pitcher". Rookie of the Year went to Glen Ducharme and Matt Assad won the "Best Defensive" Player Award. Brandon Wiley won another "Best Arm" Award. "Sportsman of the Year Award" went to Scott DeBoor & Michael Schweda. The "Playoff MVP Award" better known as the "John Nolan Award" went to Mike Flood.

On the AA team Terry Wellman was voted the "Silver Slugger" Award along with "Best Defensive" Player. Pitcher Neil Carney was voted "Best Pitcher", Mark Rzotkiewicz was voted "Rookie of the Year" and his brother Jerry Rzotkiewicz won the "Sportsman of the Year" Award. PJ Stallone was voted the player with the "Best Arm".

CRB voted George Tijerina and Joe Ona as their "Silver Slugger" Winners. Jordan Nueman was given the "Best Pitcher" Award. Yong Park was voted "Rookie of the Year", PJ Stallone won the "Best Arm" Award while George Tijerina was given the "Best Defensive" player Award. Manager Larry Singer was voted "Best Sportsman" Award.

Photos of the party can be found under "Bandits Photos" or by clicking Title.

2004 River Bandits AAA Federal League Champions
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AAA River Bandits sweep Gators 9-7 & 3-1 in the Federal League Championship Series. Chicago River Bandits are the first team to win the Midwest Suburban League's Federal League Championship title.

Former Minor Leaguer enjoys summer with River Bandits
Out of High School Daryl Jenkins was draft in the 10th round by the Montreal Expos in the 2000 amatuer draft. Daryl played one year in the Expos organization and now is playing at Lewis University where he was second on the team and 12th in the Great Lakes Valley Conference with a .351 batting average during the 2004 season.

This summer while playing SS for the Skyscraper River Bandits Daryl hit .406, which was second best on the team, had a .472 On Base percentage, third best on the squad and was second to only Glen Ducharme in slugging percentage with at .625. In High School Daryl lettered three years as a second baseman and shortstop. His parents Darryl and Angela Jenkins frequently attend games.

Former Minor League Player joins River Bandits
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Sean being interviewed while with the Brooklyn Cyclones
Sean Pittman joins the Skyscraper River Bandits for the 2004 season. Sean was a Shortstop in the New York Mets organization. Sean currently works for Mizuno and is the second former member of the New York Mets to wear a Bandits uniform, catcher Mike Parker played for the Bandits in 1997 and was in the Mets farm system in the early 90's.

2004 River Bandits play at Comerica
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Scott DeBoor and Michael Schweda at Comerica Park
For the second year in a row the Chicago River Bandits played a tournament at the incredible home of the Detroit Tigers, Comerica Park. The team was put together in three weeks and included 9 position players and 7 pitchers.
Chris Payne pitched and hit in the tournament. The team consisted of Dom Buttitta & Todd Schavilje behind the plate. Infield was Michael Schweda, Bob Koeller, Matt Wiske & Scott DeBoor from First to Third. Joe Ogrodnik, Brandon Wiley and Jim Danko made up the outfield. Pitchers included Kevin German, Chris Payne, Bob Doyle, Neil Carney, Steve Podolski, Nolan & Jamie.
The River Bandits for the first year did not come home with a trophy but it is safe to say a good time was had by all. Photos of the event will be posted soon and can be found under "Bandit Photos" in the left menu.

2004 Collegian River Bandits Announce Award Winners
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Collegian team at Hooter's O'Hare
The Collegian River Bandits announced their team awards on December 30 at Hooters O'Hare. Since most players are in college the award party took place during Christmas break. This years Silver Slugger Award went to "Buffalo" Bill Woods (Joliet J.C.), Best Pitcher Award went to Closer Tino Villasenor (Benedictine University), Best Defensive Player was Kevin Byrne (Grinnell College), Best Arm Chris Laporta (Beloit College) and Sportsman of the Year was given to Player/Manager Rick Horvath (Beloit College). The River Bandits would like to congratulate the 2004 Winners and thank everyone for voting.

If your interested in joining the Collegian River Bandits for the 2005 season send us your name, phone number, positions you play and college you attend to

River Bandit selected by Cincinnati Reds
Jimmy Paduch was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 12th round of the Major League Baseball Draft, Tuesday, June 10. Paduch played for the Bandits in the Norridge League were he batted .352 leading the team in runs scored with 35, RBI's (30) and Home Runs with 5, in 2002. Paduch was a force on the mound going 5-1 with a 2.63 ERA. Paduch, the 351 player selected in the draft, struck out 60 batters in 48 innings pitch. We wish Jimmy the best of luck as he enters his professional baseball career.

Former River Bandit Twirls Professional No-Hitter
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Jimmy Paduch at work
Jimmy Paduch threw a no-hitter to lead the Billings Mustangs (rookie affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) to a 3-0 win over the Provo Angels and a sweep of the best-of-three Pioneer League Championship Series.

It was an unbelievable performance for such a pressure-packed stage. The Angels had a few hard-hit balls, but the Mustangs played perfect defense behind Paduch, who struck out Reggie Willits on a 3-2 pitch to end the game and start a Mustangs' dog-pile in front of home plate.

Thanks to an eighth-inning double play, Paduch faced just 28 batters, one over the minimum. Paduch's gem was also the Mustangs' first complete game of the season.

"Once I made it out of the eighth, there was no question that I was going back out there for it," said Paduch, who did not realize that had a no-hit bid until the crowd let him know with their excitement. "The fans were on their feet the entire ninth. It really gave me a boost."

Selected in the 12th round of the June draft out of Concordia College, IL, Jimmy was the ace of the Mustangs' staff, Jimmy went 7-1 in 15 starts during the regular season. The former River Bandit finished second in the league with a 1.94 ERA and limited opponents to a .242 batting average.

Click on title or photo for story on Jimmy from

2004 Collegian teams makes Playoffs for third straight year
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NBL Bandits made the playoffs for the third straight season. The team finished in third place with a 17-10-1 record. Unfortunately the Bandits lost the best of three first round to the Canadian's 2 games to none. The NBL squad had 26 new players with Manager Rick Horvath and General Manager Michael Schweda the only returning players for 2003.

The Bandits featured players from Beloit College, Joliet Jr. College, Oakton Community College, Harper College, Grinell College, Cornell College, Oak Park High School, and Lewis University. The team looks to build on this years success and will be looking to improve on their third place finish and make it to the Norridge League Finals for 2005. Thanks for a great season.

2004 Bandits finish in top 4 down in Florida
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Marty Breeden Pitching in West Palm Beach
The Citrus Classic Tournament took place January 17-19, 2004 in West Palm Beach Florida. The Chicago River Bandits made it to the Semi-Finals finishing in the top 4 for the wood bat tournament.   

Marty Breeden, Bill Brescia, Chris Brescia, Ryan Crooten, Rob Deignan, Bob "Hunter" Doyle, Rico Duca, Brandon Jones, Chris LaForge, Sean Oliver, Michael Schweda, Terry Wellman and Brandon Wiley played for the River Bandit sqaud down in the sunshine state.

Photos from lasts years tournament can be found under "Bandits Photos" or by clicking on title.

2003 River Bandits win at Comerica
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Larry Singer & Michael Schweda at Comerica
On October 10, 11 & 12 the Chicago River Bandits headed up to Detroit to play in the "For The Love Of The Game" Tournament that included a game at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers. The Bandits for the second year in a row won the second division winning at Comerica 11-6 vs the Flint Tigers. Catcher Carl Brann won the MVP award for his play at Comerica which included a inside the park Homerun.

Photos from this years tournament can be found under "Bandits Photos" or by clicking on the this title.

This year Carl Brann, Jim Danko, Mike Dorsch, Kevin German, Jason Heires, Bob Koeller, Joe Ogrodnik, Steve Podolski, Mike Pierce, Jerry Rzotkiewicz, Matt Rzotkiewicz, Michael Schweda, Ryan Shattuck, Larry Singer & Anthony Sulceski made the trip to Detroit.

River Bandit at Flyers Game
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The Chicago River Bandits attended the Schaumburg Flyers game vs Gary Railcats on Thursday July 10. The weather early was poor at game time but by the third innings the skies cleared.

Click on title for photos from this years Flyers game. A good time was had by all.

Bandits attend Quad City River Bandits game at Kane
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A good time was had by all
The Chicago River Bandits attended the Kane County Cougars vs Quad City River Bandits game on Saturday, August 9th.

For photos of this years and previous Kane County outings go to "Bandit Photos"

2003 MSL All-Star Game
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2003 CRB All-Stars Todd, Larry, Nick, Geroge & Michael
July 26th the MSL held its All-Star game at Alexian Field home of the Schaumburg Flyers. Michael Schweda managing the East squad in the Central League Game. Representing the first place CRB squad was George Tijerina, Larry Singer, Todd Schavilje, Matt Wiske, Rico Duca & pitcher Nick Opitz.

Representing the Bandits for the American League All-Star team from the East Division was Anthony Sulecski & Alejo Torres. Michael Schweda & John Nolan were elected but could not attend the game.

Tim Foley & Mike Kelly represented the River Bandits for the National League West team. Kevin Crowe was elected to the squad but could not attend.

For more info on the All-Star Game and its contests click on title.

Bandits First Ever No-Hitter
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John Nolan was perfect in his four innings
The match up between the Bandits and the Thunder at Lake Zurich High School turned out to be a lopsided one. The Bandits came out firing scoring 4 runs in the first inning, 1 in the second, and 6 in the third, the game was out of reach for the undermanned Thunder squad. All but one of the BanditÂ’s 11 hitters had crossed the plate by the 3rd inning. The Thunder tired valiantly to mount a comeback but ran into a buzz saw on the mound in John Nolan. Nolan threw 4 innings of perfect baseball, striking out the last seven batters he faced. Following Nolan on the mound was Dave Ipjian. After walking Garcia, the first batter he faced, Ipjian went on to complete the two-man no hitter 3 innings later. The 16-0 victory for the Bandits (6-2) was the first ever No-Hitter in the eight year history of the Chicago River Bandits.   

2003 Florida Trip
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Dave Ipjian hits to right
The Chicago River Bandits returned to Florida January 18 hoping to repeat their appearence in the Citrus Classic Championship Game. After losing their first game, of this wood bat only tournament, to Daytona Buttleman the Bandits entered Game 2 with a 4-1 lead going into the 9th, with 2 outs and no-one on base the Bandits gave up 4 runs while allowing the West Palm Beach Rockhounds only one hit. In Game 3 the Bandits beat the Division winners West Palm Giants to finish a disappointing 1-2 in tournament play. Mike Kelly & KC Lange hit homeruns for the River Bandits.

Returning from lasts year squad was PJ Stallone, Dan Milinko and Michael Schweda. Mike Magliano was scheduled to play injured himself before the tournamentMike Kelly, Tim Foley, KC Lange, Terry Wellman, Rob Deignan, Dave Ipjian and Bob "Hunter" Doyle made their first trip to Florida.

The River Bandits added Pitchers Chico Lamboy & Russelle "The Muscle" from Orlando, FL along with Keith Davis, Rob Farina, Rusty Sams & Andrew Alfaro from West Palm Beach, FL.

Click photo or title to view 2003 Citrus photos.

Chicago River Bandit pull off three Championships in 2002
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The MSL River Bandits, MSL Bandits & NABA River Bandits won their Leagues Championship Games.

The MSL Bandits swept the Sun Devils with 10-5 & 17-4 wins. John Nolan pitched 13 innings to get a 9 inning complete game win in Game 1 and then started Game 2 pitching 4 innings to get the win in the 7 inning contest called by the slaughter rule.   

For the MSL River Bandits Chris Payne started Game 1 going five innings giving up 2 runs then Kevin German pitched the last four innings to perserving a 4-3 River Bandit win. Bob Koeller & Mike Dimaria came up big in the 8th inning driving in back to back runs to give the River Bandits the lead breaking a 2-2 tie with two outs.

In Game 2, pitcher Andy Jacobson came to play going 7 strong innings to get the win in the 14-4 slaughter rule game.

The NABA River Bandits won their best of five series 3 games to one over the Knights. Bob Doyle won Game 2 & 4 on the mound.

All three Championships were the first for the Chicago River Bandits in the MSL & NABA.

2002 River Bandits win at old Tiger Stadium
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The Chicago River Bandits won the 2nd Division in The Ann Arbor Men's Amateur Baseball League Tiger Stadium Tournament.

Mike Kelly, KC Lange, Mike Dimaria, Tim Foley, Larry Singer, Dan Lewis, Jim Danko, Kevin Crowe, Joe Ogrodnick, Ryan Shattuck, Kevin German, Anthony Sulceski, Nick Opitz, Michael Schweda & Mike Dorsch all participated from the Chicago River Bandits.

Photo Album is can be access by clicking on title or photo. DVD of the game was available to players.

2002 Team Awards/Party
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Michael Schweda & Chris Payne
The Chicago River Bandits Awards Party was held November 9th. Winners of the 2002 Most Valuable Player Awards were Dan Milinko of the MSL River Bandits, Scott Schweda of the MSL Bandits, Todd Schavilje for the NABA River Bandits & Jimmy Paduch for the NBL team.

Best Pitcher awards went to Chris Payne for the MSL River Bandits, Scott Schweda for the MSL Bandits, Eric Drake for the NABA River Bandits and Nathan Lowe for the NBL River Bandits.

Rookie of the Year Award went to Tim Foley of the MSL River Bandits, Anthony Sulceski of the MSL Bandits and Tim Tredwell of the NABA River Bandits.

Best Defensive Player Award went to Dan Lewis of the MSL River Bandits, Terry Wellman of the MSL Bandits, George Tijerina of the NABA River Bandits and Rodger Fegan of the NBL River Bandits.

Best Arm Award went out to Tim Foley of the MSL River Bandits, Anthony Sulceski of the MSL Bandits, Darren Wolfberg of the NABA River Bandits and Jimmy Paduch of the NBL River Bandits.

Other Awards included Sportsman of the Year & Playoff MVP. Photos from the party are located under "Bandits Photos" on left menu.

2002 MSL All-Star Game
The MSL All-Star game took place at Alexian Field, home of the Schaumburg Flyers Saturday, August 31. The Central League Eastern Division team had five Bandits players and was managed by Michael Schweda. The Bandits players included Matt Lamacki, Scott Schweda, Chris Overholt & Rob Deignan. PJ Stallone replaces the injured Terry Wellman for the Bandits.

The American League team had six River Bandits players including player/manager Michael Schweda, Mike Kelly, Bob Koeller, Dan Lewis, Dan Milinko & Ryan Shattuck for the West Division All-Stars.

Bandits make it to Semi-Finals of 2002 Mid-Summer Classic
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The Chicago River Bandits played in the 2002 MABL Mid-Summer Chicago Classic. In the opening round the River Bandits finished 2-0-1 with an over all record 3-1-1. On July 4th the Bandits tied 6-6 with the Rebels after 11 innings behind the arms of Chris Payne, KC Lange and Matt Kotheimer.
After a day of rest the Bandits took on the MSL All-Stars with Nathan Lowe on the mound going the distance winning 8-2. The Bandits then took on the Legends behind Robert Triebold's complete game, winning again 8-2 advancing to the first round of the Playoffs.
In the Playoffs the Bandits took on the AAA Chicago Ravens winning 12-4 behind Dan Yeksigian complete game victory. In the second round of the Playoffs the River Bandits met their match against eventual Mid-Summer Classic Champions NY Knights loosing 20-6.
The following players participated in the Tournament: Mike Kelly, KC Lange, Scott Schweda, Vince Fanelli, PJ Stallone, Robert Triebold, Chris Payne, Matt Kotheimer, Mike Magliano, Dan Lewis, Nathane Lowe, Joe Hapanionek, Terry Wellman, Michael Schweda, Rob Deignan, Dan Yeksigian & Ryan Shattuck.

Photos from the tournament can access by clicking on image.

Bandits make it to 2002 Citrus Classic Championship Game
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2002 Citrus Classic Team
The Chicago River Bandits attended the Citrus Classic in West Palm Beach, Florida January 19-21. The tournament guaranteed four games but the Bandits played five making it to the Championship Game only to lose to the Daytona Rangers 4-2. Marty Breeden, Dwayne Cabral, Ryan Crooteen (.333), Kevin Crowe, Lee Holmes (.538), Chris LaForge (.357), Mike Magliano (.294), Dan Milinko, Dan Nieves, Joe Ogrodnik, Rob Pettigrow (.375), Bill Posteluk (.462), Michael Schweda (.357), Scott Schweda (.357), Steve Shapiro (.429), PJ Stallone & Jason Yormark participated. Click on photo for pictures from the tournament. Stats for the tournament can be found on the "Stats" page, found on the left menu.

2001 NABA & MSL River Bandits Stat Leaders
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Terry Wellman
October 6, 2001- The NABA & MSL River Bandits stats are out and the leading Batting Average players from each team are Ryan Shuttuck & Kevin Crowe who both hit .420 for the MSL squad. Dan Milinko hit .444 for the NABA River Bandits.

To qualify for AVG. leader a player must have 2.3 at bats for every game played by there team. Both the MSL & NABA River Bandits played 28 games so a player need 64 Total At-Bats to qualify for the team batting title.

The following players led their team in these key catagories. Runs Scored leaders are PJ Stallone (NABA River Bandits)with 33 and KC Lange (MSL) with 30. RBI leaders are Terry Wellman (NABA River Bandits) with 25 and Mike Kelly (MSL) with 28. Hits leaders are Dan Milinko (NABA River Bandits) with 32 and Ryan Shattuck with 37. Slugging Percentage leaders are Rob Deignan (NABA River Bandits) at .676 and Ryan Shuttuck (MSL) at .523. On Base Percentage leaders are Mike Magliano (NABA River Bandits) at .607 and Bob Koeller (MSL) at .509.

2001 NABA Bandits announce offensive leaders
February 20-The NABA Bandits 2001 stats are in and the leaders for the 2001 season are as followed. Leading the team in Batting Average was Matt Lamacki hitting .397, Matt also led the team in Hits with 29, Doubles with 7 and Triples with 3.

Kevin Pak led the team in Runs Scored with 25, Walks (16), Stolen Bases (5) and On Base Percentage (.544). Todd Schavilje led the Bandits in RBI's with 21, Home Runs with 3 and Slugging Percentage (.623).   

2001 Awards/ End of Year Party
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River Bandits at 2001 Awards Party
Congratulations to our 2001 Award winners. Most Valuable Player Awards went to Ryan Shattuck of the MSL, Rob Deignan for the NABA River Bandits and Todd Schavilje of the NABA Bandits.

For the MSL, Ryan Shattuck won the Best Pitcher Award, Bob Koeller was the Rookie of the Year, Best Defensive Player went to shortstop Dan Lewis, Rich Mele won the Best Arm Award & the Sportsman Award went to manager Mike Kelly.

The NABA River Bandits Devin Rosen was awarded Best Pitcher, Mike Magliano Rookie of the Year, catcher Mike Schyman was given the Best Defensive player award, PJ Stallone once again takes the Best Arm Award & co-manager Dan Milinko gets the Sportsman Award.

Jordan Neuman was at the party long enough to take his Best Pitcher Award for the NABA Bandits, Kevin Pac & Jim Bianca couldn't make the party but Kevin was voted Rookie of the Year & Best Defensive player, while Jim was voted Best Arm for his squad, hopefully Jim's fall season arm injury wouldn't take away his cannon. Six year veteran Don Jonassen was awarded the Sportsman Award. To view pictures from this years party click on title or check under Bandit photos.

River Bandits win in 2001 NABA All-Star game
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All-Star Scott Schweda
Septmeber 27, 2001-The NABA River Bandits & Bandits teamed up in this years Chicago NABA All-Star game at Harp Bruno Park in Chicago Heights. The Bandits teams were joined by the Blue Jays & Knights to form a team. The other team consisted of the Swingers, Terrapins, Diamond Backs & Cougars. The River Bandits had five representatives, Rob Deignan, Dan Milinko, Scott Schweda, Mike Magliano & last years All-Star "MVP" PJ Stallone. Representing the Bandits was Todd Schavilje, Kevin Pak, Matt Lamacki & Josh Pak.

Monday, November 28
Bandits meet with Bud Selig
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Bud Selig and Michael Schweda meet
Chicago River Bandits General Manager Michael Schweda met with Major League Baseball Commisioner Bud Selig to discuss the possiblity of the Chicago River Bandits playing some games for the 2012 season at Major League Baseball Stadiums.

"I think this will really establish the River Bandits as a premier team in the Chicagoland area," Schweda told "Bud was totally into the idea of a men's league team using the fields for the 2012 season. "I met with Michael and really like what he had to say," Selig said. "I think things can be worked out."

Arrangements for the 2012 would include the River Bandits AA & AAA teams playing games at Wrigley Field, US Cellular and Miller Park in Milwaukee, with full use of the vistors clubhouse for the Bandits, PA and scoreboard.

Further details will appear when they are available.

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Award Winners Kevin Crowe, Tom Kavanagh & Matt Wotjas
The River Bandits want to congratulate all the 2000 Award Winners.
-MVP's for the season are Kevin Crowe for the NABA River Bandits, NBL's Billy Gonzalez, MSL Damon Clark and NABA Bandits' Rich Mele.
-Best Pitcher Award went to John Nolan for the NABA River Bandits, NBL's Chris Perino, MSL Bob Arguello and NABA Bandits Mike Sweetman.
-Rookie Of The Year honors went to MVP's Kevin Crowe and Billy Gonzalez for their respective clubs, MSL winner was Rob Mays and Matt Lamacki for the NABA Bandits.
-The only team to qualify for the Most Improved Player Award was the NABA River Bandits with Tom Kavanagh winning the award by raising his average to .388 this season.
-Best Defensive Player awards went to Matt Wotjas (NABA River Bandits), Billy Gonzalez (NBL), Brett Hill (MSL) and Rich Mele (NABA Bandits.)
-The award for Best Arm went to Matt Wotjas on the NABA River Bandits, PJ Stallone for the NBL, Bob Arguello on the MSL squad and Rich Mele for the NABA Bandits.
-Each winner received his award at the team party. For photos of the party check under "Bandits Photos".

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2000 NABA All-Stars
NABA All-Star game was October 1. Representing the River Bandits was Nate Legardy, Kevin Crowe, Matt Wotjas & PJ Stallone. The Bandits players included Matt Lamacki, Scott Schweda & Michael Schweda.
The River Bandit/Bandits squad was on the winning side of a 11-10 game. Scott Schweda started the game going five innings. PJ Stallone came in relief getting the win in his first pitching appearance of the year. In the bottom of the seventh with two outs, PJ double to the wall driving in two runs to win the game and picked up the Most Valuable Player Award.

2000 MSL American League West All-Star MVP
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MSL All-Star Kevin Wheeler
The MSL River Bandits were on the losing side of the American League All-Star game in Rockford. That didn't stop River Bandits' Mike Kelly from coming away with the Western Division Most Valuable Player award. Mike hit a homer at the former Midwest League Rockford Cubbies Park. Managing the team was All-Star elect Kevin Wheeler. Two other Bandits represented the team Brad Block and Wayne Faulk.


Monday, December 14
Chicago River Bandits