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COLUMBUS, GA (WXIA) - This past weekend, Columbus, Georgia played host to an international tournament, in which 20 teams traveled thousands of miles to play for a championship.

Every player was deeply visually impaired, if not completely blind.

The National Beep Baseball World Series brought a slew of American teams, as well as the defending world champions from Taiwan, to the Peach State for a special weekend.

"It's almost like playing football, baseball and track all in one," Dee Butler said of the sport.

Butler is a member of Atlanta's beep baseball team, the Eclipse. She is also its oldest member -- a 55-year-old grandma. She lost her sight gradually growing up.

"I have basically no retina at all," Butler said of her condition, "so all I see is light."

She found, in blind baseball, physical salvation.

"Knowing that Saturday's gonna get there and I get the chance to get outside," Butler said, "there's nothing like it."

The sport itself is relatively simple; think baseball as you know it, but with a few modifications.

Read more on WXIA's website. http://on.11alive.com/16phDuS

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