Beep Baseball coming to Willmar
Willmar, meet Beep Baseball.
This Saturday, Hodapp Field will play host to a game of beep baseball, a modified form of baseball for the blind and visually impaired, between the Minnesota Millers and some of the area's top players.
The game, sponsored by local Lions clubs, is at noon and admission is free. Proceeds from concessions and a free-will donation will benefit the Millers, who will be traveling to West Palm Beach, Fla., for the World Series of Beep Baseball later this month.
The Millers will face players from the Willmar Stingers and the Raymond Rockets, who will be blindfolded.
The rules of beep baseball are fairly different than those of regular baseball. No talking is allowed while the ball is in play to allow players to hear the constantly-beeping ball, which is the size of a slow-pitch softball. The pitcher is on the same team as the batter, and stands 20 feet away from the batter.
There are two bases, which are 100 feet from home plate, but the batter does not know which one to run toward until one of them begins to sound after the ball is hit. If the batter reaches the base before the ball arrives, it is a run for the offense.
The Raymond, Clara City, Maynard and Willmar Noon Lions are sponsoring the event and each contributing $200 to the Millers.
The game will go six innings, and gates open to the public at 11:30 a.m.