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Photos: Missouri legislators capture 2022 Bi-State Softball Showdown title against Illinois

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Senate Majority Leader Rep. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, looks to his team on Monday during the second Bi-State Softball Showdown at Busch Stadium.

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.”

Below are scenes from this year's matchup.

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From left: Missouri state Rep. Mark Sharp, D-Kansas City; Illinois Rep. Cyril Nichols, D-Burbank; and Missouri Rep. Jay Mosley, D-Florissant; prepare before competing on Monday during the Bi-State Softball Showdown at Busch Stadium.
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A stack of Bi-State Softball Showdown rally towels sits on a table on Monday evening at Busch Stadium.
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Illinois Rep. Mark Kelly, D-Chicago, takes a selfie on Monday before competing in the the Bi-State Softball Showdown against Missouri legislators at Busch Stadium.
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Missouri Rep. Nick Schroer, R-O'Fallon, stretches before going up to bat on Monday during the Bi-State Softball Showdown against Illinois legislators at Busch Stadium.
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Illinois Sen. Adriane Johnson, D-Waukegan, warms up on Monday before taking on Missouri legislators at the Bi-State Softball Showdown at Busch Stadium.
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Illinois House Majority Leader Jay Hoffman, D-Belleville, center, hypes up his team on Monday during the Bi-State Softball Showdown against Missouri legislators at Busch Stadium.
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Retiring U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, after throwing a ceremonial first pitch on Monday before a softball game between legislators at Busch Stadium.
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Missouri Rep. LaKeySha Bosley, D-St. Louis, gestures to a teammate while warming up on Monday before the Bi-State Softball Showdown at Busch Stadium.
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From left: Illinois state Rep. LaToya Greenwood, D-East St. Louis; Rep. Camille Y. Lilly, D-Oak Park; and Sen. Adriane Johnson, D-Lake County, cheer after an Illinois run on Monday during the Bi-State Softball Showdown against Missouri’s legislators at Busch Stadium.
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Missouri Rep. Cody Smith, R-Carthage, catches warms up for the Bi-State Softball Showdown against Illinois’ legislators at Busch Stadium.
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Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, left, catches a softball in the outfield alongside Rep. Cody Smith, R-Carthage, on Monday during the Bi-State Softball Showdown at Busch Stadium.
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Missouri Rep. Marlon Anderson, D-St. Louis, watches a teammate bat on Monday during the Bi-State Softball Showdown against Illinois’ legislators at Busch Stadium.
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Illinois Rep. Cyril Nichols, D-Burbank, works the crowd during the Bi-State Softball Showdown against Missouri’s legislators at Busch Stadium.
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Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt smacks a softball on Monday during the Bi-State Softball Showdown against Illinois’ legislators at Busch Stadium.
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Missouri state Rep. Mark Sharp, D-Kansas City, launches the ball from the outfield on Monday during the Bi-State Softball Showdown at Busch Stadium.
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Missouri Rep. Jay Mosley, D-Florissant, puts his arms around Rep. Kurtis Gregory, R-Marshall, on Monday during the annual Bi-State Softball Showdown against Illinois’ legislators at Busch Stadium.
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Illinois Sen. Jason Plummer, D-Edwardsville, runs to third as Missouri state Rep. Mark Sharp, D-Kansas City, throws to second on Monday at Busch Stadium.
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Rep. Cody Smith, R-Carthage, high-fives Illinois legislators on Monday after defeating the Land of Lincoln, 8-6, in the Bi-State Softball Showdown at Busch Stadium.
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Illinois Rep. Lindsey LaPointe, D-Chicago, takes home his team’s MVP award while being recognized by KSDK's Rene Knott on Monday during the Bi-State Softball Showdown at Busch Stadium.
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Missouri legislators celebrate on Monday after defeating Illinois, 8-6, in the Bi-State Softball Showdown at Busch Stadium.
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Missouri Rep. Travis Fitzwater, R-Holts Summit, reaches to his family after being named Missouri’s MVP in the matchup on Monday after defeating Illinois, 8-6, in the Bi-State Softball Showdown at Busch Stadium.

Brian Munoz is a staff photojournalist and multimedia reporter at St. Louis Public Radio. You can reach him by email at bmunoz@stlpr.org and follow his work on Instagram and Twitter at @brianmmunoz.

Brian Munoz is a photojournalist and multimedia reporter at St. Louis Public Radio.

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