Beep Baseball comes to Southport Park on May 16

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The Southport Lions Club will bring Beep Baseball to Southport Park, 6901 Derbyshire Rd., on May 16, 1 p.m. Indiana-based teams Indy Thunder and RHI Extreme will compete in a scrimmage game.

“Hopefully we’ll get a lot of people out and bring awareness to the sport of Beep Baseball,” said Darnell Booker, founder of the Indy Thunder, team manager and pitcher. “We’re looking forward to doing this scrimmage game and let people that have never seen Beep baseball to get a taste of what Beep baseball is like.”

Beep Baseball is a game for players who are blind or visually impaired. With everyone having varying degrees of blindness, the players wear a blindfold so everyone is on equal playing grounds.

“You will see good hitting, base running,” Booker said. “The difference is you are pitching to your own team. The other team is in the field playing defense with six players at a time. You get four strikes instead of three. There are only two bases: first and third. Like regular baseball and softball there are three outs. Everything is by sound.”

Booker said his team has had a good partnership with the Southport Lions Club in the past, so when the Lions asked them to do an exhibition game, he said they were happy to travel to the city. His team is based in Broad Ripple, although he said there are a few players who reside on the Southside.

Admission to the game is free. The Southport Lions will sell concessions while the baseball teams accept donations. Booker said his team is currently trying to raise money to travel to compete in the Beep Baseball World Series in New York.

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