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TYLER (KYTX) - Beep baseball players took to the field Saturday for the Tyler Tigers 5th annual Breast Cancer and Blind Awareness tournament.

CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey explains what beep baseball is and how these unique players have made America's favorite pastime their own.

Beep baseball is a different kind of sport.

"The fact of not seeing I don't mind that," said Stephen F. Austin Blind Spot team member Sarahi Hernandez. She's been blind since she was an infant.

"I used to run track and I was a cheerleader and I also played another sport," she said.

Growing up blind kept her from playing competitively  in school. Now that's not an issue," Hernandez said.

Anyone can play, but to be fair, everyone is blindfolded. Altogether five teams played in the tournament: SFA Blind Spot, Lone Star Road Runners from Fort Worth, Austin Blackhawks, The Bayou City Heat from Houston and the organizing team, the Tyler Tigers.

When playing beep baseball, there are some difference one it's a lot quieter, you're blindfolded, and you have to hit a beeping ball. Players say, that's pretty much where the differences stop, they say the competitive nature is all the same.

"I  played high school football here in the state of Texas and we all know how competitive that is... beep baseball is even more competitive than that is," said Bayou City Heat team member Blake Boudreaux.

Even being blind he's always played sports, but that's not the case for every athlete.

"It gives them the opportunity to know what it feels like to play on a team sport," he said.

For this sport, they're playing it by ear.

Boudreaux said, " I wouldn't give this sport up for the world."       

October is Breast Cancer and Blind Awareness month, so each year this tournament is put on by the Tyler Tigers Beep Baseball Team to bring awareness to both cancer and blindness.

 

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