Sweet game day: Press battling Members of Congress

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WASHINGTON–After weeks of 7 a.m. practices and outings at the batting cages, my team, the Bad News Babes, faces off against members of Congress tonight; the battle a benefit for the Young Survival Coalition, a group helping young women battle breast cancer.

The Bad News Babes won the Congressional Women’s Softball game last year and the lawmakers–Republicans and Democrats from the House and Senate–think they have a chance this time. Among their new recruits are two Illinois freshmen Democrats, Rep. Cheri Bustos and Rep. Robin Kelly.

This is my third year on the team; I’ll be in right field. For those in D.C. come on over to Watkins Field at 7 p.m. Among my team mates: the pride of Barrington High School, Amy Walters of the Cook Report.

Bustos, a shortstop will be the freshman to watch tonight, according to the scouting reports. (Yes, we take this very seriously.) She is a member of the Illinois College Sports Hall of Fame.

Kelly will be in the outfield; she played on a softball team in Peoria, where she attended Bradley.

Below, the rosters….

DC PRESS CORPS (aka Bad News Babes)

Jill Agostino, New York Times

Dana Bash, CNN*

Christina Bellantoni, PBS NewsHour

Jennifer Bendery, Huffington Post

Carrie Budoff Brown, Politico*

Leigh Ann Caldwell, Freelance Political Reporter

Lisa Desjardins, CNN

Elise Foley, Huffington Post

Caroline Horn, CBS News

Emmarie Huetteman, New York Times

Caitlin Huey-Burns, Real Clear Politics

Kasie Hunt, NBC

Jill Jackson, CBS News

Brianna Keilar, CNN**

Tamara Keith, NPR

Jackie Kucinich, Washington Post

Abby Livingston, Roll Call**

Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun-Times

Shawna Thomas, NBC News

Amy Walter, Cook Report**

Kristen Welker, NBC

Coaches

Dave Espo, Associated Press

Carl Hulse, New York Times

Frank Thorp, NBC

CONGRESS ROSTER

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)**

Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH)

Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN)

Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL)

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)**

Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL)

Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA)

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD)

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC)

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)**

Rep. Janice Hahn (D-CA)

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)

Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL)

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ)

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM)

Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA)

Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD)

Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL)

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)

Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-CA)

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)**

** Captains

Lynn Sweet at softball practice getting ready to beat the Congressional Women’s team. (photos by Shawna Thomas)

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