Lonestar Roadrunners to Play at Miracle League Field
Mar 17, 2016 07:54AM
● By Audrey Sellers
Photo via Lonestar Roadrunners Facebook page
The Lonestar Roadrunners, a local nonprofit Beep Baseball team comprised of all blind and visually impaired players, is heading to the National Beep Baseball World Series in Aims, Iowa. But before they do, they’re playing at Southlake’s Miracle League Field at 4 p.m. April 2.
If you’re not familiar with Beep Baseball, the sport is similar to softball in terms of hitting, fielding and pitching, but it has modified rules regarding scoring and outs. Sound-emitting bases and balls are used as well as audible pitchers and defensive spotters so that athletes can play without any sight.
The National Beep Baseball Association was created in 1964, and since then, the sport has opened up a world of opportunities for those who are blind or visually impaired.
Ozzy Calamaco has played for the Lonestar Roadrunners since 2012 and also manages the team’s Facebook page. He’s excited about the upcoming game at Miracle League Field, and he’s hopeful the event will bring in some much-needed funds for the team.
“We are honored to have this opportunity to play Beep Baseball at this field, and we welcome all to come watch how we play without sight,” he says. “We will be raffling off tickets for a chance to win special items in hopes of raising funds for our trip to the World Series.”
The Lonestar Roadrunners are kicking off their practices this month and will organize games and events throughout the summer. They practice in Arlington on Sundays at 2:45 p.m. at 1500 NW Green Oaks Boulevard. Children, teens and adults are welcome.
“We want to spread awareness that nothing is impossible—miracles do happen,” Calamaco says. “The best feeling is getting to hit the ball. Once a person hits that ball, they come alive. To be running freely without sight is an amazing feeling. Miracle League Field is helping us to experience the miracle of America’s favorite pastime.”
If you’re interested in playing, sponsoring or volunteering, contact Calamaco at 817.706.4995. Tax-deductible donations can also be made through the team’s GoFundMe page.
Watch highlights from the 2015 Beep Baseball World Series