* St. Louis Public Radio…
A slate of legislators from Missouri took home the 2022 Bi-State Softball Showdown title against Illinois.
The game started slow, then both the Show-Me State and the Land of Lincoln picked up five runs in the third inning. Missouri’s three runs in the fifth sealed the team’s 8-6 victory.
Greater St. Louis Inc., the largest chamber of commerce in the region, put on the event for the second timeto “celebrate the bi-state, bipartisan cooperation that makes the St. Louis metro strong.”
“Even though one team will be in the field while the other is at bat, they are both the home team to us,” said GSL CEO Jason Hall. “St. Louis is incredibly lucky to have such a strong bi-state, bipartisan delegation that works together to drive pro-growth policy in Springfield and Jefferson City, and we want to take a moment to celebrate their efforts to move our metro forward.”
“They’re a lot younger (of a) team with some fresher legs,” Hoffman said. “I think towards the end of the game, we got a little tired. But we played so hard the entire way and I got to give them all credit. I truly don’t believe we lost, they just
beat us at the end of the day.” […]
Team Illinois also had strong play from [Rep. Bob Rita], who pitched a complete game and hit a two-run double. State Rep. Mike Kelly, D-Chicago and state Rep. Lance Yednock, D-Ottawa, also played well. House Speaker Chris Welch, D-Hillside, who played baseball in college, played a strong second base.
For lawmakers like State Rep. Lindsey LaPointe, D-Chicago, who was appointed in 2019, events like Monday’s are important for “team-building” and “relationship-building” with colleagues, especially across the aisle. She said there’s been few opportunities to do so the past few years given the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The best part was just honestly getting to spend fun, low key time with colleagues in the House and Senate in both parties and our counterparts in Missouri,” she said. “That was just so cool.”
* Images from the showdown…
We’ll get ‘em next year.