Giffords throws out first pitch at charity softball game

Gabby Giffords throws out the first pitch before Wednesday's game. (CNN photo)
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Retired Congresswoman Gabby Giffords took another step in her recovery from a 2011 shooting.

Giffords threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the annual Congressional Women's Softball Game Wednesday. The game matches congresswomen against female members of the press to raise money for breast cancer research.

Giffords was a member of the Congress team before she retired from politics after the shooting during an appearance at a Tucson shopping center left her severely injured.

"I still plan to set the tone for the Members' team by delivering some high heat. I think I can confidently speak for all current and former female Members of Congress when I say 'Beat the Bad News Babes'!" Giffords said.

WATCH: Giffords throws first pitch

Giffords was escorted to the pitching mound by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York). Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Florida) caught the pitch, which the left-handed Giffords threw overhand about 20 feet.

Before the pitch, Giffords tweeted a little trash talk to rapper 50 Cent, who made news recently for what has been called one of the worst ceremonial pitches ever thrown.

"Bet you my first pitch will be better than yours was!" Giffords tweeted, along with a photo of her smiling, giving a "thumbs up" sign.