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.


“It really raises awareness about the scourge of breast cancer particularly among young women," said Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandAt debate, Warren and Buttigieg tap idealism of Obama, FDR Trump court pick sparks frustration for refusing to answer questions Klobuchar, Buttigieg find themselves accidentally flying to debate together 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 PelosiPence says it's 'vital' for Congress to pass US-Mexico-Canada trade deal The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump heads to California Obama, Bush among those paying tribute to Cokie Roberts: 'A trailblazing figure' 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 CapitoThis week: House jump-starts effort to prevent shutdown Congress set to ignore Trump's wall request in stopgap measure America is in desperate need of infrastructure investment: Senate highway bill a step in the right direction 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 SchrierSwing-seat Democrats oppose impeachment, handing Pelosi leverage Second Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment House Democrats inch toward majority support for impeachment 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-LehtinenRepublican Salazar seeks rematch with Shalala in key Miami House district Latina leaders: 'It's a women's world more than anything' Ex-GOP Rep. Roskam joins lobbying firm MORE (R-Fla.), given to the most spirited player. The first winner of the award was freshman Rep. Donna ShalalaDonna Edna ShalalaHouse panel delays vote on surprise medical bills legislation Republican Salazar seeks rematch with Shalala in key Miami House district House passes temporary immigration protections for Venezuelans 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.