Members Edge Press In Bottom of the Seventh

Jun 24, 2011 11:22am

ABC News’ John R. Parkinson (@JRPabcDC) reports:

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.

Early Friday morning, representatives from the Members team paraded their trophy onto the floor of the House of Representatives, and placed it on display in the Well.

The Members team jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but the Bad News Babes fought back to eventually tie it up 4-4.

But 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.

The media team's pitcher Carrie Budoff Brown of Politico covered home and initially appeared to have caught the throw, but as she made a move to tag Sanchez, the two collided and she dropped the ball. Sanchez blew past home plate, and dove back to tag it and score the game's final run – setting off a jubilant celebration by the members.

Spotted at the Capitol Hill contest Thursday night were some of Congress’s top leaders, including House Speaker John Boehner, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor threw out the game's ceremonial first pitch.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, stood apart from his congressional colleagues on the opposite side of the field, near the Babes’ dugout. Kucinich said he was there to support his daughter, Jackie, a reporter for USA Today on the media’s team.

The game was played to benefit the Young Women's Survival Coalition. As of Thursday night, more than $70,000 had been raised for the group dedicated to fighting breast cancer in young women.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, was named Members' MVP.  It was sweet redemption for co-captain Wasserman Schultz, a young breast cancer survivor herself, who had broken her ankle in the contest two years ago sliding into second base. For the next six weeks she sported a hot pink cast and scooted around the Capitol in a leg caddy.

CNN’s Erika Dimmler, whose amazing catch in center field robbed Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand of an extra-base hit, was named most valuable player for the Bad News Girls.

ABC News’ Gregory Simmons, Amy Walter and Christina Capatides all played their hearts out on the media team. Capatides was 1-1 with a sacrifice RBI. Simmons was not credited with an official at-bat, drawing a walk and delivering a strategic bunt that was overthrown by Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., enabling two runs to score on the throwing error.

ABC News’ political director Amy Walter had some gold-glove snags at shortstop, showing off her rocket arm, while batting 1-2; grounding into fielder’s choice and hitting a single.

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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