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Sports without sight

By Coleman Swierc - bio | email

TYLER, TEXAS (KLTV) - On first sight, it looks like a normal baseball game.

But a closer look reveals something far greater.

Fans gathered at John Tyler to watch, as players with sight, played a game, based on having no sight.

"You are trying to swing at at something that you cant see," said Ken Caudle, a community response officer with Tyler PD, "even running when you cant see the ground, for someone that has not had to live that out, it is very difficult."

The Tyler Tigers play a game called Beep Baseball , and while they are the best,

"They are amazing," said Amy Proctor, "did you watch them out in the outfield, the ball comes and they stop it and dive on it, it is amazing."

Some of East Texas finest had a tougher time.

"I was unable to see, I was listening to the buzzer, and I was going different ways, but it was incredibly difficult," said Michael Cox, a public service officer with Tyler PD.

"It was, it was different," said Caudle.

But for all the swings and misses, comes an appreciation for those, who have never seen. the game they are playing so well/

"Absolutely extra special to be able to see," said Proctor, "it is amazing what they are able to do, not being able to see."

"It makes me appreciate my sight, and being able to see, coming out here and not being able to see was very hard," said Cox.

"Any of us can lose our sight at any time," said Caudle, "and these guys are coming out here and doing what they want to do, and this is awesome."

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