Charity Softball Game to Benefit Marmaduke Tornado Victims

June 3, 2006 -- Posted at 9:58 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- The KAIT Krazy 8's took on the Triple FM Swingers Saturday afternoon, in the 2006 Charity Softball Showdown.

Both teams played hard, but in the end, your Good Neighbors in Region 8 have come home with the victory. The final score was 18 to 13.

This game isn't just about winning, it was about much more.

"The real reason we're out here is to raise money for Marmaduke tornado victims. It's been two months and a day since that happened, and we don't want to forget about those people," said Bill Pressly of the Triple FM Swingers.

"This is a great time to get out there, raise some money to help them out, and play some softball," said Yalanda Young, KAIT reporter and captain of the KAIT Krazy 8's.

Although there has to be a winner in the end, the real winners are the tornado victims.

"All the money, every penny that we get, is going to the Marmaduke Tornado Relief Fund that they've got set up in Marmaduke," said Pressly.

"It's two months after the tornado, and we need to get some awareness and say, 'Hey, they still need some help'," said Young.

And help they are getting thanks to the good people of Region 8.

"When we look in the grandstand over there and see just numerous people, it touches us all. It reminds us that we're not going to have to go through this alone," said Marmaduke resident Tim Noel.

"With this money, hopefully, we'll be able to create some awareness to help them out," said Young.