Softball With Chris Matthews Gets Lopsided Win
Posted at 10:57 p.m. on June 26, 2012
(Aaron Guerrero/CQ Roll Call)
Tuesday night’s matchup between Big League Chu and Softball With Chris Matthews ended with a score that resembled a football game rather than a softball game, as the latter pounded the former, 38-17.
The two Congressional Softball League teams started out with a bang, combining for 13 runs in the first inning, as Big League Chu, a team with roots at the Department of Energy, held a slim 7-6 lead.
But in the second inning, Softball With Chris Matthews revved up the offensive engines, putting up a 12 spot and cementing a permanent lead. The team’s big inning was marked by the two-run homer of Chris Matthews, who is the nephew of the MSNBC pundit.
By the bottom of the third inning, Big League Chu closed the gap to 19-13, but the opposition was bound and determined not to let its Murderers Row-type performance go to waste, tacking on an additional six runs.
Certainly the sloping and smaller field contributed to the higher score. But it was mostly attributable to the team from VOX Global, a bipartisan public relations firm, slugging the ball in virtually every bit of open space.
Kum Kang, the team manager, noted that the team had never put up those kinds of offensive numbers.
Jokingly, she chalked up the performance to the media presence at the game. But quickly added that having a full roster with more offensive-minded players made the difference compared with past games.
“We actually had a lineup that involved our key offensive players,” she said. “Today we got a very offensive [lineup].
While Kang is hopeful that the bats will stay hot after a week off to celebrate the Fourth of July, Matthews, who fell a single short of the cycle, was more fatalistic.
“Any given Tuesday,” he said.