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2013 World Series
Millers Take 14th
Twenty teams competed this year in the Beep Baseball World Series held in Columbus, Georgia. Our Minnesota Millers boarded a bus promptly at noon on Saturday, July 27, 2013 on their way to the annual competition. On the way, they picked up the Iowa Reapers, sharing stories and expenses.
The World series has two parts. The first part of the series is a round robin. The teams are divided into five brackets with four teams each. All the teams play the other teams in the bracket on the first day (Tuesday) The win loss records are compiled for the second part of the series.
The second part of the World Series consists of a standard double elimination tournament, with the strongest teams first playing the weakest teams in the hopes that the final championship round will be the two strongest teams in the world. This tournament took place Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with the championship game or games (remember, it's a double elimination tournament) on Saturday.
The Minnesota team started out with a mixed first day. They began by beating the Iowa Reapers 13 to 3. but then went on to lose to both the Carolina Warriors 12 to 2 and then the Colorado Storm 11 to to 4. They will start out Wednesday playing Wichita (0-3) at 9 am (Eastern Time) This is a "must win" game, and if they do prevail, they will play undefeated Austin (the 2012 World Series Runner Up) in the 11:30 am game.
While Minnesota will certainly have its hands full should they play Austin in the second game, it should be noted that they played Austin in the first game last year and only lost 12 to 6.
Five teams went undefeated in the first day of play: Taiwan Homerun (2012 World Champions), Austin Blackhawks (2012 Runners up), Bayou City Heat, Chicago Comets, and the Colorado Storm.
Wednesday, the Double Elimination Began
Our Minnesota team got up early on Wednesday and won a close one beating Wichita 6-4. But then, of course, they had to play the hot Austin Blackhawks. Taking firm control, Austin defeated the Millers 14-3 in the 11:30 time slot. But this is a double elimination tournament, so they were still in the running.
At 2:30 am they repeated their winning streak over Iowa as they beat their friends and neighbors 7-2, to end the day with only one tournament loss.
Thursday: Do or Die
Bright and early Thursday, they played RHI X-Treme in a must win game for both teams. RHI lost their first game to Carolina on Wednesday, so both teams needed a win to stay in contention. Minnesota lost 14-4 sending RHI off to the races while the Millers went to the losers round.
Minnesota won it's first game in the new category by beating Athens 6-1. RHI went on to beat Boston and Colorado to stay alive.
In the end, it was Taiwan and Austin in the final game. And again, Taiwan was victorious, winning its second World Series in a row.
Photograph of our 2013 Team!!
A New Season is Finally Underway!!!
Next practice: Saturday, June 15th at the Cretin Soccer Fields at 10:00 am Be sure to let Dennis know if you will be there or not. So, Be There or Be Square!.
June 22nd Game in Glencoe. Here's the latest:
The Annual Meeting was held on Saturday, October 27th at O'Garas. President's Awards were given to Dennis Stern and Kent Evens.
World Series is Over!
Millers Take 10th Place!!!
Congratulations to the Minnesota Millers for their 10th Place showing (out of 17) at the 2012 Beep Baseball World Series! Although their record (2-5) is the same as last year, they beat better teams this time. Last year they (called the Minnesota Fighting Lions) ended up in 14th place (out of 17). And in 2010, they finished 14 out of 15 teams.
Great credit has to be given to the team for their "never-give-up" attitude. Although they didn't know it at the time, they started out in the best bracket. Bracket B teams averaged 5th place. The next closest was Bracket A (with Taiwan) averaging 8th place. The two other teams in Bracket B finished in 2nd and 4th place.
The and losing to all three.(Clickhere)
ROUND ROBIN GAMES
Austin 12 - Minnesota 6 (Austin will finish 1st or 2nd)
Chicago 12 - Minnesota 4 (Chicago finnished 4th)
DOUBLE ELIMINATION TOURNAMENT
Colorado 21 - Minnesota 1 (1st loss)(Colorado finished 5th)
Minnesota 11 - Wichita 6 (Wichita finished 15th)
Chicago 15 - Minnesota 5 (2nd loss)
Minnesota 6 - Long Island 5 (Long Island finished 12th)
Boston 18 - Minnesota 8 (for 10th place) (Boston, 9th place)
But then, the Millers came alive and won the second round of the double elimination tournament with a 11-6 victory over the Wichita Slammers.
Minnesota met Chicago again, and lost 15 to 5. But, they didn't give up and defeated Long Island 6-5 to keep their placement alive. Their last game was with Boston, who racked up 18 runs to Minnesota's 8. But, their 2-5 record still earned them a 10th place position.
|GAMES||GRAND TOTAL||BATTING AVG|
|Evan Van Duyne||27||16||5||24||0.593|
Ames and Iowa State University was host to 16 beep baseball teams from across the United States and one team from Taiwan during the 2012 National Beep Baseball Association (NBBA) World Series, July 22-28, 2012.
Teams competed in round-robin pairings on Tuesday, July 24, with double-elimination tournaments beginning on Wednesday, July 25. The public was invited to attend all the World Series games at the Southeast Recreation Field Complex, across from Jack Trice Stadium. Admission was free. The host committee assigned at least one volunteer to each team to be sure every team has someone cheering for them. Find a complete schedule of game times and other events atwww.amesbeepbaseball.com.
“Playing beep baseball means different things to different people,” said Dan Greene, NBBA President. “For some, it’s about the awards and recognition, for others, it’s about the competition. For some, it’s proof they can do what once seemed impossible. In the end, for all of us, it will always be for the love of the game.”
Beep baseball is an adaptive version of baseball that was developed for blind and visually impaired athletes. The game is modified with specialized baseballs that emit a rapid beeping sound so the players can hear them. Blindfolded players must rely on the sound to field the ball, while batters run to large padded bases that send out a unique buzzing noise. The batter’s goal is to reach the base before an outfielder retrieves the ball. If the batter is successful, the offensive team scores a run. If not, the batter is considered out. The game is played with three outs per inning for six innings.
The National Beep Baseball Association (NBBA) was officially formed in 1975. The NBBA World Series is the highlight of the beep baseball season and has been played annually since 1976. The 2012 World Series was the first time this premier event had been hosted in Iowa.
Minnesota Millers Team:Number Name Position
Tee Harris Field Spotter
Wayne Sibsonand Mariano Reynoso
|Web site for the Austin Blackhawks|
|(Houston)Bayou City Heat||Michael Garrett and Shelley Rodriquez|
Bayou City Heat, Houston
|Boston Renegades||John Oliveira and Rob weissman|
|Web site for the Boston Renegades|
|Chicago Comets||John T. Herzog and David Smolka|
|Web site for the Chicago Comets|
|Cleveland Scrappers||Wilbert Turner and Jeff Dell|
|Colorado Storm||Jon Walker and Demetris Morrow|
Denver and Littleton, Colorado
|Indianapolis Thunder||Darnell Booker|
|Iowa Reapers||Mike Boone and Frank Guerra|
Ames/Des Moines, Iowa
|Iowa Reapers on the web|
|Long Island Bombers||Ted Fass and Jim Hughes|
Rockville Centre and Farmingdale, New York
Long Island Bombers
|The Long Island Bombers website|
|Lone Star Roadrunners||Sam Mckenzie|
Lone Star Roadrunners
|Minnesota Millers||Doug Van Dyne and Stephen Guerra|
St. Paul/Minneapolis and Rochester, Minnesota
|Follow the Minnesota Millers on Twitter|
|New Jersey Lightning||Omni Romero and Bob Ciecierski|
Homdel and Keyport, New Jersey
New Jersey Lightning
|RHI X-Treme||Adam Rodenbeck and James Michaels|
|Southwest Slammers||Daniel Greene and Dan Greene|
|Taiwan Homerun||James Gong|
|Tyler Tigers||Larry and Rosie Reed|
|Wichita Sonics||Kevin burtonand Debra Brummer||Wichita Sonics|
Congratulations to Marilyn (and Kent)
Marilyn scored a record setting (for this year) 5 points against a tough two-three defense. "When I heard Tom say 'by me' I knew I had it," Marilyn beamed as she scored a two pointer to clinch the win. With the excellent pitching of Kent, all players were hitting the ball. John started the game off with a solid four points, and then Tom came along and tied him. Normally, this would have clinched a win. But Marilyn brought it close to perfect. Six points was the maximum obtainable. Of course, it must be noted that she had an advantage. She was not in the field to scoop up the outs!
The nations second largest circulation newspaper highlighted the Beep Ball World Series on the front page on 18 August. Click here to read the article.
Photo by Rich Hahnen
What is "Beepball," anyway?
Beep Baseball (or Beepball) is the adaptive version of America's favorite pastime for the blind and visually impaired. The game is fun, action filled, and a great sport for players and spectators alike.
Beepball is alive and well in Minnesota. In the Twin Cities, a core group of players and volunteers meet most Saturdays during the spring and summer months to play, get exercise and have fun. Sponsored by the Midway Lions Club, the team also helps support other charitable organizations.
Each year, the Saint Paul Saints Baseball Team invites the team to play an exhibition game immediately preceding the Saints game. This year, the game was held on Thursday, May 7, 2009. The "All Stars" of the Midway Lions Club played a team made up of local non-visually impaired impaired celebrities. This year, the All Stars won easily 8-1.
Check out other tournaments here.
Want to get involved? Either as a player or spotter or coach? There is a place for you! Give coach Dennis Stern a call at 651.452.5324. Then, you too can join the fun!
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