Minor League Sports

Who wants candy? Cedar Rapids Kernels lose to Beloit after annual Candy Drop promotion

CEDAR RAPIDS — A couple of parents were talking to each other while they waited with their children pregame Saturday afternoon to enter the field at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

“I’m pretty sure he doesn’t need any help picking candy,” one mom said, pointing to her son.

No, he didn’t. None of the approximately 150 kids participating in the Cedar Rapids Kernels’ annual Candy Drop had issues grabbing enough of that sweet, sweet goodness.

Kernels employees sprinkled 200 pounds of candy around the right and right-center-field areas and had the kids line up in groups according to age around the warning track. Then it was ready, set, go, run and take as much you could get and stuff in a bag in about five minutes.

That included Tommy Brommelkamp, young son of Kernels Senior Director of Ticket and Group Sales Andrea Brommelkamp. And Sydney Dinkelman, the young daughter of Kernels Manager Brian Dinkelman.

“She had her princess Halloween bucket out there, and it was filled up about three-quarters,” Brian Dinkelman said, proudly. “Let’s just say we’ll have plenty to eat at home for awhile.”

The only bad part about a neat day with exquisite weather was the final score. Beloit broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the sixth inning and two in the seventh, hanging on for a 5-4 win.

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Thus ends the longest homestand of the Midwest League season for the Kernels (7-9). It was a massive 12-gamer, cut one game short, actually, by a rainout.

Cedar Rapids went 6-6 in the 12 games, including winning two of three games in this series. This club hasn’t quite seemed to put it all together, yet, but positive signs are there.

“We finished well,” Dinkelman said. “Started off a little rough the first couple of games. A little lack of energy. We had a little talk, and the boys played better the last five or six games. Swung the bats better, hit the ball and had a bit more intensity to our game. Finished well.”

Chris Williams homered for the second consecutive game for Cedar Rapids, a two-run blast the other way to right field in the first inning. Tyler Palm (0-2) took the pitching loss in relief.

The Midwest League has Easter Sunday off, with the Kernels playing seven straight on the road beginning Monday: three at Wisconsin and four at Kane County.

“I’m OK with where we’re at now,” Dinkelman said. “Hopefully keep it rolling the way we have the last four or five days and have a nice road trip here.”

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