Fantasy Softball Winner Did His Homework (UPDATED)

Posted June 27, 2013 at 11:51am

Updated 2:08 p.m. | And the winner of Roll Call’s first Fantasy Softball Challenge is … William Cusey, who put up 430 points with a fantasy team selected from the two rosters of last night’s Congressional Women’s Softball Game, pitting members of Congress against members of the press.

He will receive a $150 gift certificate to the 201 Bar on Capitol Hill.

Cusey’s winning lineup consisted of:

  • Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.
  • Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla.
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.
  • Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala.
  • Leigh Ann Caldwell, freelance reporter
  • Emmarie Huetteman, New York Times
  • Kasie Hunt, NBC
  • Abby Livingston, Roll Call
  • Amy Walter, Cook Political Report

Entrants scored points based on the stats of their chosen players in last night’s game: Singles = 10 points each, doubles = 20, triples = 30, home runs = 40, walks = 10, runs = 10 and RBIs = 10.

Cusey, a former staffer at House Energy and Commerce Committee who now works for the legislative affairs office of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, did his homework before submitting his entry.

“I looked at the stats from last year’s game to help me formulate my roster,” he said in an email. “So, I knew ‘my team’ had a good shot at attaining the most points.”

Cusey said he enjoyed being part of a good cause.

“Last night’s … game gave fans of politics a chance to see many of DC’s political icons as themselves, away from the numerous political battles raging on the Hill,” he said. “The intimate atmosphere, the healthy competition between the members and the press, allowed everyone to forget — at least for a couple of hours — about all of the difficult policy decisions left to be made.

“It was a wonderfully enjoyable experience that also raised money for a very good cause. I look forward to next year’s game!” he said.

The other top fantasy scorers include a number of the game’s 
players(*), but as far as we know, there’s no Pete Rose rule in this league.

2. Ashley Southall

3.(tie) Tamara Keith (NPR)*

3.(tie) Jennifer Bendery (Huffington Post)*

5.(tie) Caroline Horn (CBS)*

5.(tie) Shawna Thomas

7.(tie) B. Knowlton

7.(tie) Lynn Sweet (Chicago Sun-Times)*

9.(tie) Marge Vindaloo

9.(tie) Elise Foley (HuffPost)*

Nice going all.