McCORDSVILLE — When Zack Lee tells people he plays beep ball, they usually have questions.
Lee, 26, of McCordsville, has been legally blind since birth, but has found a new outlet for his energy and time in the sport of beep ball, a form of baseball for people like him.
“It’s baseball with blindfolds. Everyone has to be blindfolded because there are people with different degrees of visual impairment. Everyone’s on an equal playing field,” Lee said.
The ball, a larger one-pound version of a softball, beeps so players can locate it. There are other differences from normal baseball and softball too, including on the mound, where the pitcher is actually playing for the hitting team.
“Instead of trying to strike you out, the pitcher is trying to get his cadence to fit where you’re swinging so you can hit the ball,” Lee said.
Instead of rounding the bases on a hit, a player will hit the ball, and then one of two bases, located at a traditional first and third base location 100 feet away from the plate, will beep randomly following a hit. If a runner arrives at the base before the other team gets the ball, it becomes a run. If the defense gets the ball before the runner arrives at the base, they are out. There are three outs, and a player at the plate is allowed one ball and four strikes. Six players are out on defense, and there are six innings in a game with the possibility for overtime innings.
“It is a coed sport but it is mostly men playing,” general manager and Indy Thunder pitcher Darnell Booker said.