Noem plays in Congressional softball game, benefits cancer group

It was the ladies of Congress verses the women of the newsroom at this year's Congressional softball game.

But who took home the trophy?

What happens when journalists and our elected officials finish their day? They go play softball. Shawna Thomas is Senior Producer for Meet the Press " It's always fun to play the members of Congress its always fun in the lead up as much as much trash talking as possible but that's so we drum up as much attention as possible to get people to come to the game and raise money for this good cause."

The Congressional Women's Softball Game has raised more than $500,000 for Young Survival Coalition since the Game began in 2009. Raising funds and awareness for young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. Shelley Smith with ESPN is a breast cancer survivor. "Doing so much to raise money and awareness to breast cancer survivors it means the world to me."

The women members of Congress were there supporting their teammates on the Hill. Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow told us, "They talk about Meet the Press but tonight it's Beat the Press!"

And so did the men. New York Senator Chuck Schumer says, "I'm out here routing for Kirsten so I hope when I leave it will stay that way!"

"It's a great opportunity to honor somebody that I admire that I respect for fighting the disease and certainly is a young survivor." Kristi Noem of South Dakota is playing for Lynn Popham from Hayti, South Dakota- diagnosed in December 2014.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York was playing for Lisa Danes from the Upstate area. "Unfortunately young women are taken every year to breast cancer and we want to make sure they know to do breast exams and we want to make sure they know that their breast health is really important."

Senator Gillibrand was one of the original members who brought the teams together in the first place- when one of their own was diagnosed with breast cancer. In the end the women of Congress took home the win. But the biggest thing they took away - were new friendships with one common goal in mind. Representative Nancy Pelosi says, "It's a great night it's all in good spirit and competitive but all in friendship and for a good cause."

Now it's 3 - 3. Three years Congress won. Three years the press won. So next year- they'll be back again for the showdown.