Press beat lawmakers to keep trophy in annual softball game
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The "Bad News Babes" are repeat champions after the team of media members defeated a team of lawmakers 10-4 at the 11th annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game on Wednesday night.

It was their fourth straight year taking home the trophy.

The annual game benefits the Young Survival Coalition, an organization dedicated to helping young adults affected by breast cancer. Each woman who took part in the game played on behalf of one or more women affected by breast cancer.

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“It really raises awareness about the scourge of breast cancer particularly among young women," said Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandOvernight Defense: Austin and Milley talk budget, Afghanistan, sexual assault and more at wide-ranging Senate hearing Top general: Military justice overhaul proposed by Gillibrand 'requires some detailed study' Cher apologizes for confusing Sinema, Gillibrand MORE (D-N.Y.), a 2020 contender and the pitcher for the members of Congress team.

"Most young women don’t get mammograms, and they might not even do their monthly breast exams, so this tells them that their lives are important, and that they need to protect themselves. So we are raising awareness.”

Emmarie Huetteman of Kaiser Health News, a co-captain of the press team, has played in the game for 8 years and said she looks forward to it every year.

“This is an incredible, self-motivated, engaged group of women who volunteer their time to do this because they care a lot about this cause,” she said.

Even though the lawmakers and press were united in support of a worthy cause, it was a competitive affair, with each team focused on bringing home the trophy.

Asked if she thought her team was going to win ahead of the game, co-captain of the press team, Mikayla Bouchard, of The New York Times, responded “Heck yeah we are!”

Laira Roth, from nonprofit group D.C. Breasties, which supports young women with cancer, joined actress Tracy Reiner, who starred in "A League of Their Own," and Virginia Manina, who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, to throw out the first pitch. Megan Cavanagh, who also starred in "A League of Their Own," sang the national anthem.

And the game had a guest visit from Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiVaccinated lawmakers no longer required to wear masks on House floor Simmering Democratic tensions show signs of boiling over Pelosi signals no further action against Omar MORE (D-Calif.), who praised the annual charity event.

"You know what’s great about this sport? It is very unified. People come together, despite their differences, just to cheer on their team, and to respect the sportsmanship of the other team," Pelosi said. "I think sports and the arts are going to unify our country.”

But despite the competitive game, it was also a light-hearted affair. Each player chose their own songs for their at-bats, with CNN political editor Leigh Munsil getting loud cheers when she walked up to the theme from "Game of Thrones."

After the game, Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoOvernight Energy: Biden seeks to reassert US climate leadership | President to 'repeal or replace' Trump decision removing protections for Tongass | Administration proposes its first offshore wind lease sale In Europe, Biden seeks to reassert U.S. climate leadership Antsy Democrats warn of infrastructure time crunch MORE (R-W.Va.) and Gretchen Frazee of "PBS NewsHour" received MVP awards. The most improved awards were given to Rep. Kim SchrierKimberly (Kim) Merle SchrierOmar feuds with Jewish Democrats The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the National Shooting Sports Foundation - At 50 days in charge, Democrats hail American Rescue Plan as major win Democrats spar over COVID-19 vaccine strategy MORE (D-Wash.) and Emily Goodin of the Daily Mail.

The crowd was also buzzing over a new award, named after former Rep. Ileana Ros-LehtinenIleana Carmen Ros-LehtinenBottom line Bottom line Democrats elect Meeks as first Black Foreign Affairs chairman MORE (R-Fla.), given to the most spirited player. The first winner of the award was freshman Rep. Donna ShalalaDonna Edna ShalalaStephanie Murphy won't run for Senate seat in Florida next year Crist launches bid for Florida governor, seeking to recapture his old job Biden under pressure to spell out Cuba policy MORE (D-Fla.), who at 78 was also the oldest player in the history of the congressional softball game.

This year, the game raised over $365,000, a new record, to benefit young women with breast cancer. Over the last 11 years, the game has raised roughly $1.6 million for the Young Survival Coalition.