Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) chats with teammate Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) after a congressional softball team scrimmage last year. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

The media is often accused of lobbing softballs at politicians — tonight, that will be more than just a metaphor, as a team of Washington journalists take on a squad comprised of lawmakers in the annual women’s congressional softball game.

In last year’s annual charity matchup, the “Bad News Babes” trounced the lawmakers by 13-10. Proceeds benefit young breast cancer survivors.

This year, as the event celebrates its fifth anniversary, game faces are on: there’s been much boasting over social media of practices — and a bit of trash-talking.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), one of the game’s co-founders, has been hash-tagging recent tweets to her rivals with #beveryafraid.

Still, no matter who wins, the bipartisan lineup on the Members’ team (unlike the guys, whose annual baseball game is Rs-versus-Ds) is fostering aisle-crossing off the field, too.

“When I need a Republican to be the lead on legislation, the first place I go is the softball team,” Wasserman Schultz tells Post freelancer Pamela Ryckman. The Florida Democrat co-founded the game after her own diagnosis with breast cancer.

Tickets are available here or tonight at the game, at Watkins Recreation Center, just down the street from the Capitol.