The sun was shining with a chill in the air as beep baseball teams from all over Texas gathered Saturday at Moore MST Magnet School in Tyler for the 11th annual Great Texas Shoot Out, an event intended to raise awareness for breast cancer and blindness.
Beep baseball is a form of baseball for those who are blind or visually impaired. There are six fielders and two bases that are randomly triggered by an operator. When the batter hits the ball, they must run to the base that is beeping before a fielder picks up the ball. If they get to the base first, the batting team gets a run. Just like traditional baseball, each team gets three outs per inning, but each batter gets four strikes per at-bat in beep baseball.
The Tyler Tigers, in conjunction with the National Beep Baseball Association, hosted the tournament to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen foundation and help pay for their trip to the Beep Baseball World Series in Ames, Iowa, happening in July 2020.
Texas teams from Austin, Bryan-College Station, Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston came out to participate and support the cause in recognition of breast cancer and Blind Awareness Day.
During opening ceremonies, Tracy Sawyer was named the 2019 Breast Cancer Queen, John Ingram was crowned the 2019 Shoot Out King and Tatyana Contreras, 12, was deemed the 2019 KOOL (Kids of the League) Kid.
Members of the Tyler Lions Club also presented the Tyler Tigers with a $1,000 check donation.
Tyler Lions Club Member Rip Duncan threw out the ceremonial first pitch, Contreras hit the ceremonial first ball and the games began.
Once in the swing of things, players from every team showed support for one another during each play and fun was had by all.