Lawmakers beat press in annual softball game
© Rachel Ravina

Female lawmakers squeaked out a 1-0 victory Wednesday night over the press at the 7th annual Congressional Women's Softball Game.

This year's event raised $195,422 for the Young Survival Coalition, an organization dedicated to helping breast cancer survivors.

Both sides came ready to play and wasted no time taunting their opponents.


“On Sunday, it’s “Meet the Press.” On Wednesday, it’s beat the press,” joked Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah).

Rep. Joyce BeattyJoyce Birdson BeattyHouse Dems worry about lack of women of color in leadership Beware the ides of the African American woman The Hill's Morning Report — Trump picks new fight with law enforcement, intelligence community MORE (D-Ohio) brought the intimidation factor to the field, warning the press team, the Bad News Babes, “to get ready."

Upbeat songs by Beyoncé and Katy Perry played, but it was a quiet game at the Watkins Recreation Center in Washington until the bottom of the fifth inning, when the winning run crossed the plate.

It was a bipartisan affair with GOP Rep. Kristi Noem (S.D.) hitting a single to help Democratic Rep. Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosProgressives to target Dem reps in 2020 primary fights GOP maps out early 2020 strategy to retake House Dem rep: ‘Partial wall’ is fine MORE (Ill.) score. That would be the only run of the night, with the congresswomen holding on for the win.

The congressional captain, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), also a breast cancer survivor, said her team had trained hard for the game.

She boasted of their strict regimen of early morning practices, "drills," and an emphasis on softball "fundamentals."

Beatty praised their media opponents, in particular Abby Livingston, who reports for The Texas Tribune when she's not in the diamond.

“Definitely Abby and the pitcher didn’t do to bad either, but there were great catchers, we couldn’t get a lot past them," said Beatty. "I wanna say Abby did a great job,” Beatty said. “But check out that bruise on her leg from my hit. So we’ll be ready next year ... and we’ll be excited to play them again.”

Asked about who played better, the Democratic or Republican members, Livingston said the players were able to "feed off of each other."

"I mean I really can’t say, they really are legitimate players on both sides,” she added.

“I will say this, [Rep.] Kathy Castor [D-Fla.] really was just a defensive wall, and she caught two of my fly balls in the outfield, and I think she’s the difference between them winning and losing.”

Livingston joked that lining up against the press corps helped members from both parties unite.

“We’re the common enemy that brings Republicans and Democrats together, and we’re doing OK," Livingston joked.

"We do this for America."