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Congressional Women's softball: Lawmakers 5, Press, 4. Lynn Sweet: 2 singles

lynn sweet softball.jpegChicago Sun-Times Washington Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet, en route to first base at Congressional Women's Softball game. (Photo by Jeff Malet)

lynn softball2.jpgLynn Sweet at bat (Photo by Jeff Malet)

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CNN White House correspondent and softball slugger Brianna Keiler voices the game story on CNN's "The Situation Room"


ABC News political director and softball powerhouse Amy Walter voices the game story on ABC's TOPLINE program.


WASHINGTON--A heartstopping final play handed lawmakers a 5-4 victory Thursday night against a press team at the Congressional Women's Softball game.

I played on the press team and faced pitcher Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) at my two times at bat; I singled to first both times.

From ABC News: "Tied up 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz drove in the winning run as the Members team beat the Bad News Babes 5-4 in the third-annual Congressional Women's Softball Game."

"....with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) was intentionally walked, as was Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.), who blasted a 3-run HR earlier in the game. The media's gamble to pitch to Wasserman Schultz was a bust, as the Florida Democrat lined a grounder up the middle to bring Sanchez around for a play at the plate."

In the crowd: House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif.) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). Yankees fan Sonia Sotomayor, the Supreme Court Justice, tossed out a symbolic first pitch, fresh from her Saturday Wrigley Field debut at the Cubs-Yankees game, where she took to the mound for the first ball toss. NBC's Andrea Mitchell and Sen. Amy Klobachar (D-Mn.) did the play by play.

The game was a benefit for the Young Women's Survival Coalition, created to help fight breast cancer in young women.


The full rosters of each team are below:

Member Team

Captain - Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL)
Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA)
Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD)
Captain - Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO)
Captain -Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC)
Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI)
Rep. Kathy Hochul (D-NY)
Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA)
Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA)
Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH)
Captain - Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH)

Member Coaches
Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA)
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX)
Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO)
Rep. Dan Webster (R-FL)

Press Team
Captain Dana Bash, CNN
Christina Capatides, ABC News
Jennifer Bendery, Huffington Post
Jessica Brady, Roll Call
Captain Carrie Budoff Brown, Politico
Leigh Ann Caldwell, C-SPAN
Julie Davis, Bloomberg
Erika Dimmler, CNN
Elise Foley, Huffington Post
Kasie Hunt, Politico
Jill Jackson, CBS
Brianna Keilar, CNN
Stephanie Kotuby, CNN
Jackie Kucinich, USA Today
Lisa Lerer, Bloomberg
Abby Livingston, CNN
Gregory Simmons, ABC News
Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun-Times
Shawna Thomas, NBC
Captain:Trish Turner, Fox
Amy Walter, ABC News

Press Coaches
Dave Espo, AP
Carl Hulse, New York Times


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