Rochester Pioneers Beep Baseball

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC-TV) - Members of the Rochester Pioneers Beep Baseball team discussed their version of baseball for the visually impaired Friday on News 8 at Noon.

Kirstyn Smith and Lea Werner are members of the Pioneers, a team which was formed after last year's Beep Baseball World Series was held in Rochester.  They joined team coach and pitcher Ron Kampff in the News 8 studio to explain how the game is played and the enjoyment they derive from competing.

Because people have different degrees of blindness, each player wears a blindfold to level the playing field.  The goal is to hit the ball, which is slightly larger than a softball and has pin that when pulled produces a beeping sound, and then run and touch a large pylon before the fielders can make a play.

The Pioneers will travel to Iowa for this year's Beep Baseball World Series later in July, but first they'll host a doubleheader this Saturday, July 9 against a team from Cleveland.  It's a rare opportunity for the Pioneers, which has a core group of about 15 members, to play against competition other than themselves.  There are no other Beep teams in Western New York.

The doubleheader will be played in the afternoon at the St. Paul Firemen's Exempt Club, 690 Thomas Avenue in Rochester.  It's a chance to watch the team in action, and learn more about volunteering and fundraising efforts for the Pioneers.  You can also check the Pioneers out on Facebook/RochesterPioneersBeepBaseball.

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