Press Team Keeps Title at Congressional Women’s Softball Game

Capitol Hill Community Comes Together for Ninth Annual Game

For Immediate Release
June 21, 2017
Contact: Rachel Palermo,

Washington, DC – Tonight, the bleachers were packed at the ninth annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game. With approximately 2,500 tickets sold, the game raised more than $300,000 for young women with breast cancer. The Bad News Babes kept their title as the winner of the game, winning 2-1. The game– a DC summer favorite – was held at Watkins Recreation on Capitol Hill.

Senator Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia was voted MVP for the Members of Congress Team. NPR’s Tamara Keith was voted MVP for the Press Team’s Bad News Babes. Amy Walter pitched every inning of the game, keeping the Members of Congress on their toes. Abby Livingston of the Texas Tribune produced a strong offensive performance, driving in both of the Press Team’s runs to secure the victory for the Bad News Babes. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York started the game as pitcher for the Members of Congress Team, and recorded a solid strikeout on the mound. Representative Kathy Castor from Florida held down center field as the Member Team’s rover, and she didn’t let much get past her.

“I am ecstatic thinking about how we all came together tonight – Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike – for such an important cause. From the Capitol Police keeping us safe, to the volunteers and organizing committee making everything run smoothly, to our loyal and enthusiastic fans coming back year after year, to our players and sponsors, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” -Congressional Women’s Softball Game President and Treasurer Atalie Ebersole

At the start of the game, we were proud to welcome Capitol Hill Police Officer Crystal Griner to throw out the first pitch. Crystal was released from the hospital for 45 minutes today to come to the field after last week’s shooting. Rising Country Star Kalie Shorr also took the field to sing "Fight Like A Girl" during the 5th inning as a tribute to cancer survivors.

CWSG raises funds for the Young Survival Coalition, and to date, the game has raised more than 1.1 million dollars since the game’s founding to benefit young women under 40 who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. This year, the game took place the same week as the 45th anniversary of Title IX.