Cot­ton team claims soft­ball golden hog

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL - FRANK E. LOCKWOOD

WASH­ING­TON — In the bat­tle for soft­ball supremacy, U.S. Sen. Tom Cot­ton’s of­fice topped U.S. Sen. John Booz­man’s squad this year.

The Dar­danelle Repub­li­can’s Sand Lizards de­feated the Rogers Repub­li­can’s team — Booze Your Daddy — by a score of 14-12 Wed­nes­day.

After­ward, Booz­man sur­ren­dered the gold-col­ored hog-head tro­phy that was up for grabs, hand­ing it to Sand Lizards pitcher and leg­isla­tive as­sis­tant Alex Han­son.

The loss, on the Na­tional Mall, broke Booze Your Daddy’s six-year win­ning streak.

“This is tough this year. They’ve got a very good team,” Booz­man said, as his squad bat­tled, in vain, to catch up.

Win or lose, the event is al­ways en­joy­able, he said.

“You stand here, you look at the Wash­ing­ton Mon­u­ment on one end and the Capi­tol on the other, and it’s just spe­cial be­ing out here.

Cot­ton, who had un­veiled im­mi­gra­tion leg­is­la­tion ear­lier in the day, wasn’t there to wit­ness the vic­tory, but he was pleased with the out­come.

“I am proud of the Cot­ton of­fice Sand Lizards for their first win in the bat­tle of the golden ra­zor­back,” he said in a writ­ten state­ment. “I’m con­fi­dent they have many more wins ahead of them.”

Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette/FRANK E. LOCKWOOD

U.S. Sen. John Booz­man presents the hog-head tro­phy to Alex Han­son, pitcher for U.S. Sen. Tom Cot­ton’s win­ning team.

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