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Axel Cox of the Austin Blackhawks makes contact with a pitch Saturday afternoon during the championship game at the 2013 Beep Baseball World Series at Golden Park in Columbus.
The Taiwan Homerun team defeated the Blackhawks 5-2 to claim the championship. Twenty teams competed in the tournament, which started Monday with opening ceremonies and a kayak race. Beep baseball games last six innings with three out per inning. The teams use a 16-inch softball that contains a beeping device. If a batter makes contact with the pitched ball, an operator throws a switch that randomly activates a buzzer on either first or third base. To score a run, the batter then must run to that base before the ball is fielded by the other team. First and third bases are are padded cylinders containing speakers and are 100 feet from home plate. There is no second base. Charlie Fairbanks developed the first beep baseball in 1964. His daughter Deb Fairbanks threw the ceremonially first pitcher Saturday at the series to her nephew, Jason Autry. Go to www.ledger-enquirer.com to see a photo gallery from the championship game. 08/03/13 MIKE HASKEY Buy Photo