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This year’s Beep Baseball World Series took place in Rochester, Minnesota, at the Fuad Mansour Soccer Complex from August 1-10 and the RHI X-TREME had their best season ever! The team proudly walked away from the 2014 World Series with a trip to the Championship game and a second place finish!
The RHI X-TREME Team battled teams from all over the country beginning the week as the number 3 seed. With the toughest teams being placed in their bracket, they went undefeated until the final day of the round robin tournament. On the final day of double elimination round robin competition the team faced the number 1 seeded Austin Blackhawks and suffered their first loss of the tournament. The X-TREME then needed to rally back against the Colorado Storm in the first ever live streamed semi-final game. The team beat the Storm with a score of 8-6 putting them into the Championship game on Saturday. The elation and enthusiasm to be playing on Saturday was like nothing the team had ever felt and one that would be cherished by each team member and volunteer for years to come. Making it to Saturday is what all beep ball players want to achieve, and very few ever do-but the X-TREME were there after only 4 years together as a team.
On Saturday morning the team would face the Austin Blackhawks again. The day began with live coverage by local and national media and another live streaming via the net introducing each teams’ players and volunteers, followed by the National Anthem and then the words that the team couldn’t wait to hear “play ball!”
The team played a hard fought 6 innings with massive attendance from other beep ball players, media and the Rochester Community. After a tough faught game, the X’Treme came up short losing 14-8. Later that evening the team was presented with their beautiful 2nd place trophy at the closing ceremony banquet and took home memories that will be forever cherished. The team has already begun to prepare for next year’s run and will continue practicing throughout the year.
To sum up this year’s run was best told by volunteer, Liaa Michaels who said, “Without the support of RHI Sports Program and all they do for this team, this absolutely would not have been possible. There was nothing like seeing this great group of individuals obtaining a lifelong dream. It is something that words just cannot describe-you had to see it for yourself. I am proud to be a volunteer for RHISP and the blind community.”