Lindsay Tersmette Beep Baseball Player

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    Lindsay Tersmette runs during an exhibition of Beep Baseball. Photo by Democrat and Chronicle

     

    Beep Baseball Player.

    It isn’t a label Lindsay Tersmette thought she would ever apply to herself. That is until the social worker at the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI) heard about an opportunity to join Rochester’s representative team in the 2015 National Beep Baseball Association World Series of Beep Baseball.

    “The best part is being out there and getting to watch and listen to others,” says Lindsay. “It’s great to hear your co-workers, who are usually quiet, laughing and having fun.”

    Individuals who are blind or visually impaired make up the players on the team. The coaches are sighted. The team is called the Red Wings. They have been practicing since early 2015. When the team first formed, the players found it difficult to hit a ball off of a tee. Lindsay points out that hitting the ball is the most challenging aspect of the game. It takes a lot of practice to improve.

    “Having a consistent swing is important, too,” says Lindsay, who found that swing during her favorite practice and ended up hitting the ball multiple times.

    Beep Baseball practices are also for learning to run to the beeping bases. To practice this, Lindsay says the team ran “base races.” The races determined who the fastest players are on the team. Lindsay, who runs triathlons and 5K races, and another player, came out on top.

    Lindsay likes to get involved in her community. She is active in her church. She also enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

    Being on the team is one of the best parts of being a Rochester Red Wing Beep Baseball Team member. Lindsay enjoys the community aspect of preparing for the Beep Baseball World Series. The players have worked together, encouraging each other to improve their games.

    Lindsay is looking forward to meeting players from other teams. She’s excited for people from all over the world to come to Rochester to play Beep Baseball.

    “We’re all in this together,” she says.

     

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