'Rumble by the River' raises money for NP Teammate Mentoring Program

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The North Platte Bandits softball teams played the North Platte First Nationals baseball teams in the third annual Rumble by the River Sunday evening.

Sierra Herfel of the 14U North Platte Bandits softball team pitches to Tyler Tobey of the First Nationals juniors baseball team at the 3rd annual Rumble by the River (Credit: Patrick Johnstone/KNOP-TV)

Miss Nebraska 2019, Allie Swanson, performed the national anthem, and threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The game also featured celebrity umpires; NPCC softball assistant coach Rylee Murphy, North Platte high school coaches Dale Hall and Jimmy Pack, and News 2's Holly and Jace Barraclough.

The event was held to raise money to benefit the North Platte Teammates Mentoring Program. The program is held in all of the North Platte public schools, as well as the Catholic schools. Members of the community can mentor children from grades three through 12.

Molly Morales is a coordinator for the Teammate Mentoring Program, and organized the event.

A couple of years ago we got this idea, there was always talk and banter between the baseball boys and the softball girls, and we just thought it would be a fun night, where they could get together and compete against one another, and have a little fun, and have it go to a good cause," Morales said, of how the event came to be.

In game one, the 14U Bandits took down the First National juniors, and in game two, the First National seniors beat the 16U Bandits.