The game of beep baseball is an adapted version of America’s favorite past time, modified for people who are visually impaired. The sport is becoming popular and Alaska just got its first official team, the Aurora Knights.
Sarah Walker, the team’s manager, says the rules are simple, besides having a ball that beeps and the bases emitting a tone for the players to locate them. Walker says there are four strikes and six innings. Like the regular sport, there are three outs per inning, but unlike the normal version there are only two bases, first and third.
This is the Alaska Aurora Knights first year of formation. According to Walker, the team was helped to be formed by a member of Lion’s Club. She added one of the team’s goal is to get an invitation to the tournament in Seattle, Washington. To get there, the team has been putting on fundraising games to make it happen. The team’s ultimate goal is to head to the Beep Baseball World Series.
There are a handful of games in the month of July. The first is the 2nd Beep Baseball Challenge, that pits the Anchorage Bucs, a professional team of regular baseball players, against a beep baseball team. That team is the Seattle Sluggers. The game will be Monday, July 17 at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage and starts at 7 p.m. The second game will be the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks against the Seattle Sluggers. It will take place the day after, Tuesday, July 18 at the Loretta French Sports Complex in Chugiak.
For more information about the Alaska Aurora Knight, visit their Facebook page.