Press shuts out lawmakers to win congressional softball game

Members of the Washington press corps defeated a bipartisan team of lawmakers in a 5-0 shutout on Wednesday night at the 10th Annual Congressional Women's Softball Game.

A rain storm cut the game short early, just before the fifth inning, but spectators packed the stands for a short but exciting game.

Among those showing their support were Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanElection Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout Will the Federal Reserve make a mistake by shifting to inflation? Sanders: Democrats ‘absolutely’ have chance to win back rural America  MORE (R-Wis.) and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiPelosi: 'Follow the money' to understand Trump-Saudi relations Pelosi says Dems would 'handily' win House if election were held today Ben Shapiro condemns Republicans confronting Nancy Pelosi: ‘Stupid, nasty, and counterproductive’ MORE (D-Calif.).


The game, an annual tradition since 2009, helps raise money for the Young Survival Coalition, a group dedicated to helping young women diagnosed with breast cancer.

“I'm looking forward to the kind of communal feeling that comes from bringing all of these women together on behalf of one particular case, supporting women who are fighting cancer” said Emmarie Huetteman of Kaiser Health News and captain of the press team, "the Bad News Bears," before the game.

But despite the good cheer, both sides took the field eager to play hard and take home the trophy.

“I'm looking forward to where we hoist the trophy at the end of the game, of course,” said Abby Livingston of the Texas Tribune before the game.

The game came a week after the Congressional Baseball Game, which pits a team of Republicans against Democrats. Last week, Reps. Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveRepublicans should prepare for Nancy Pelosi to wield the gavel Election Countdown: Dems outraise GOP in final stretch | 2018 midterms already most expensive in history | What to watch in second Cruz-O'Rourke debate | Trump raises 0M for reelection | Why Dems fear Avenatti's approach Poll: Republican Mia Love tied with Dem challenger in Utah House race MORE (R-Utah) and Nanette Barragán (D-Calif.) were on opposing sides, but on Wednesday they were in the same dugout.

“You get to play with other women on a bipartisan level,” said Barragán, who is playing both for her sister and a school board member in her district, whose lives have both been affected by breast cancer, said about how the event brings lawmakers together.

And she joked about the rivalry with the press corps.

“And it's just a great opportunity to, to kind of tease the press a little bit, but also grow that camaraderie with your bipartisan colleagues, which you don't get to do in the House.”

Love pitched for lawmakers with Amy Walker of the Cook Political Report taking the pitcher's mound for the media team.

Congressional staffers, other members of the press and local D.C. residents filled the stands, supporting friends and coworkers, with creative posters, and enjoying an overcast but warm summer night in Washington.

Some members of Congress volunteered as "cheerleaders" for the lawmakers' team, handing out t-shirts to the fans.

Rep. Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksHouse conservatives want ethics probe into Dems' handling of Kavanaugh allegations Women poised to take charge in Dem majority Hillicon Valley: Officials pressed on Russian interference at security forum | FCC accuses Sinclair of deception | Microsoft reveals Russia tried to hack three 2018 candidates | Trump backs Google in fight with EU | Comcast gives up on Fox bid MORE (R-Ind.) has been a part of the cheerleading squad since it started in 2014. “Women love both working and playing together and we’re here supporting our best female athletes who are setting a great example.”

During the game, each of the players were allowed to choose a walk-up song as they headed to the plate. At the end, spectators were able to vote on the team with the best playlist. The Bad News Bears took that contest as well, but by a slimmer margin, with just 51 percent of the vote.

Most Valuable Player awards went to Roll Call’s Bridget Bowman, who hit a home run and Love, the Congressional team's pitcher.

Despite the rain shortened game, both sides played hard through the last out.

“We were coming back,” said Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by PhRMA — Dem path to a Senate majority narrows GOP shrugs off dire study warning of global warming Overnight Health Care — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Senators face Wednesday vote on Trump health plans rule | Trump officials plan downtime for ObamaCare website | Lawmakers push for action on reducing maternal deaths MORE (R-W.Va.). “If only we had two more innings.”

“This is one of the best events of the year because we're all so competitive, we're competitive on the congressional side, the press corps is competitive but we are all together for good cause that unites us,” Rep. Kathy CastorKatherine (Kathy) Anne CastorBipartisan leaders of House panel press drug companies on opioid crisis Overnight Health Care: Trump officials explore importing prescription drugs | Key ObamaCare, drug pricing regs under review | GOP looks to blunt attacks on rising premiums | Merck to lower some drug prices House Dems want answers on cuts to ObamaCare outreach groups MORE (D- Fla.) told The Hill.

The game raised over $320,000 for the Young Survivor Coalition.

LaWanda Fountain, a young breast cancer survivor told The Hill the game lets her know “that someone really cares."

"These people can pass laws and regulations to fund research and find a cure and if they can’t, this just makes it a little easier,” she said.