PEORIA, Ill. — Men and women of Congress took to the field Wednesday night for the annual Congressional Baseball Game, two years after a gunman opened fire at a practice for the game.
Wednesday night, they played in honor of the heroic actions of those who fought for their lives that day. The Democrats ended up winning 14-7.
Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) said this year they took extra precaution with more of a police presence at the game.
Rep. Davis was happy to be playing again for the seventh time and represented his hometown by wearing a Taylorville jersey.
“I hope we send a message to the American people tonight that we can get along. It’s not always about fighting,” Rep. Davis said. “It’s about getting things done and I certainly hope our team tonight can get things done with a win, it’s been a couple years.”
The game raised $1.3 million for Congressional Sports for Charity, an organization that supports charities for families and children in the Washington, D.C. area.