Heard on the Hill

Bad News Babes Triumph in Congressional Women's Softball Game

The eighth annual event set a new fundraising record

Pitcher Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand throws to first base for an out after fielding a ball from one of the Bad News Babes hitters during the Congressional Women's Softball Game on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In a very high scoring game full of lots of smiles and high-fives, the press team, also known as the Bad News Babes, won the eighth-annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game against members of Congress 8-4.  

The game broke fundraising records on Wednesday night when it raised $215,000 for the Young Survivors Coalition, and crossed $875,000 in total donations to the charity since the event began in 2008.

Abby Livingston of the Texas Tribune was named the press team’s Most Valuable Player and Leigh Ann Caldwell of NBC was named most improved.

And on the members’ team, Utah Republican Mia Love was named most improved and Ohio Democrat Joyce Beatty was named MVP.

After warm-up, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and CNN’s Dana Bash took the announcers box to get the game started.

Each team was introduced,  which included rookies  Florida Democratic Gwen Graham and Arizona Republican Martha McSally on the members' team and Roll Call reporter Bridget Bowman, Politico’s Elena Schneider and Sarah Wire of the Los Angeles Times for the Bad News Babes.

And, coaching the members' team was Colorado Democrat Ed Perlmutter.

Also showing support for his female colleagues was New York Democrat Joe Crowley, who sang the national anthem after Girl Scouts led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Crowley was spotted warming up his vocal chords during warm-ups by singing and clapping along with with Bruce Springsteen’s "Glory Days" surrounded by friends Pennsylvania Democrat Mike Doyle and Michigan Democrats Debbie Dingell and Dan Kildee.

While a representative from YSC threw out the first pitch, Speaker Paul D. Ryan showed up to the field. He greeted all the members in their bullpen, and then gave good luck jokes to the press team.

"Here's the deal, if you win I'll revoke your press credentials and don't think I won't do it," he joked, giving high fives.

Majority Whip Steve Scalise showed up at the same time as Ryan, wearing a shirt supporting colleague Love.

To start off the game on a high note for the members, pitcher Kristin Gillibrand caught the first hit in mid-air. Then, within five minutes, the Bad News Babe scored the first run of the game.

South Dakota Republican Kristi Noem scored a double for the members' team, bringing the game to 2-1.

Other members of leadership came to show their support —Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md.

While McCarthy stood with South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott by the members' bull pen, Hoyer greeted the press team and hugged many of the players.

McCarthy cheered on Love at the bat and joked, "Trey's not watching!" looking back at South Carolina Republican Trey Gowdy, who was supporting a bucket hat.

Heading into the bottom of the sixth, Bad News Babes were up 8-4 in a very high scoring game, which remained the score until the end.

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