For the second year, the North Platte First National Bank Legion baseball teams and the North Platte Bandits softball teams squared off in slow-pitch softball to raise money for the Teammates mentoring program, Sunday at the Dowhower Softball Complex.
The night began with the North Platte First National Bank Juniors taking on the 16-and-under Bandits. Mayor Dwight Livingston threw out the first pitch. The Juniors scored two runs in the first inning and they added to that lead in the second when Tate Janas slammed a Kylee Tilford pitch over the fence in left field for a two-run home run.
The Bandits got on the board in the bottom of the second to pull within 4-1. In the fourth inning, the First Nationals scored six runs to seemingly put the game out of reach. But in the bottom of the fourth, the Bandits made a valiant comeback attempt, scoring five runs. But even with an extra out awarded to them by the crew of celebrity umpires, they came up short and the score was 10-6.
The game between the First National Bank Seniors and the 18-and-under Bandits began with Braiden Ruffin knocking Taylar Coleman’s pitch out of the park to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead.
But the Bandits got that run back in the bottom of the first. The game remained tied until the bottom of the fourth when the Bandits scored two runs after being given two or three extra outs. In their last side in the fifth, the First Nationals went quietly against Coleman and the Bandits came away with the win.
Molly Morales, coordinator of the North Platte chapter of Teammates, said about $3,000 was raised, matching the total that was raised last year in the first meeting of the two summer ball programs.