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March 23, 2017

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Indy Thunder wins the National Beep Baseball Association’ World Series


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Darnell Booker talks about the victory with Southport Lion and President Bob Roe.

Darnell Booker talks about the victory with Southport Lion and President Bob Roe.

Indy Thunder Beep Ball has had its best season of the decade, finishing 11 – 1. That was made even better on July 31 when the team became the winners of the National Beep Baseball Association World Series in Aimes, Iowa on July 31.

“It’s really cool,” said Erik Rodriguez, Franklin Central High School junior. “It’s almost hard to believe we did that. It’s almost been more of a dream.”

Beep Baseball is a sport designed for those who are blind or visually impaired.

This year, Indy Thunder also won its own Indianapolis tournament for

Franklin Township resident Erik Rodriguez.

Franklin Township resident Erik Rodriguez.

the first time in 10 years. It won the Chicago tournament for the first time in the team’s history.

This is the second time an Indianapolis team has won the World Series; the last time was in 1990. Indy Thunder was founded 16 years ago by coach, Darnell Booker, who had played on that winning team. It’s Indy Thunder’s first World Series victory.

“I knew we had a good team, but I didn’t know we had a team this dominant,” Booker said. “Our defense showed up all week long… We need to come back next year much hungrier than this year and defend our title. That’s a good problem to have.”

Indy Thunder is in the Southport parade on Aug. 2.

Indy Thunder is in the Southport parade on Aug. 2.

Author: Nicole Davis

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