PEARL, Miss. — Despite jumping out to a four-run lead in the first inning, an Alabama squad of lawmakers had to rally late to defeat a team of members from the Mississippi Legislure in a charity softball game on Saturday.

The first of a tentative annual "Battle of Tombigbee" softball match-up was held at Trustmark Park, about 15 minutes from the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson and benefitted Mississippi Children’s Hospital.

Alabama had a 4-0 lead, but over the next six innings, the Mississippi team rallied to tie the game at 4-4 in the seventh inning. Both teams added a run in the eighth inning and played into the tenth inning, with each team starting a runner at second base. Alabama added two more runs in the tenth, which would be the difference for the 7-5 final score.

Contributing on the field to the Alabama effort were Ivey director of legislative affairs Drew Harrell, State Secretary of State Wes Allen, Ainsworth chief of staff Jess Skaggs, State House Majority Leader Scott Stadthagen (R-Hartselle), State Rep. Parker Moore (R-Hartselle), State Rep. Travis Hendrix (D-Birmingham), State Rep. Brock Colvin (R-Albertville), State Sen. Garlan Gudger (R-Cullman), State Rep. Craig Lipscomb (R-Gadsden), State Rep. Jerry Starnes (R-Prattville), State Rep. Chip Brown (R-Hollinger's Island), State Rep. Kelvin Lawrence (D-Hayneville) and State Rep. Russell Bedsole (R-Alabaster).

Jeff Poor is the editor in chief of 1819 News and host of "The Jeff Poor Show," heard Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon on Mobile's FM Talk 106.5. To connect or comment, email or follow him on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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