Our newest BeepBall initiative is assembling a team of players who are blind or have low vision to compete on the national level. We are proud to be a “homegrown” team. All of our players currently live in the St. Louis Metro Area or grew up in the St. Louis surrounding areas for a portion of their lives.

Kim Blumenthal in her Home Archer Jersey

Kim Blumenthal – #19

How did you get involved with BeepBall?

“I think the very first time I played was with Lighthouse for the Blind – St. Louis at a MindsEye tournament and liked the competitive nature of it and then went on to play in the Beep Baseball World Series for 5 years.”

Mari Blumenthal in her Home Archer Jersey

Mari Blumenthal – #91

Pitcher/Catcher/Spotter

How did you get involved with BeepBall?

“My mom (Kim Blumenthal) got me involved when she started playing more. I was 7 when I started to help her. I’ve been playing since then and have been growing my game.”

Kyle Borah

Kyle Borah – #94

How did you get involved with BeepBall?

” I have known about it for a long time. I just never had an opportunity to play much. Back in 2008, I was part of a program event for Lighthouse and Society that took place at the Grizzlies stadium. It took me a few tries, but after a couple swings, I smacked a ball past 3rd base. Then I’ve played in two MindsEye Tournaments.”

Jonathan Clemons in his Home Archer Jersey

Jonathan Clemons – #37

How did you get involved with BeepBall?

“I first heard about it from a few people at Lighthouse for the Blind – St. Louis when I started working there. I got invited to practice and play for the Lighthouse team at the MindsEye tournaments. I found out I was pretty good at it and I loved playing again. I won the MVP of that tournament in 2013.”

Chad Dillon in his Home Archer Jersey

Chad Dillon – #5

How did you get involved with BeepBall?

“When I was 16, when I still had good vision, I was presented with an Eagle Scout project in which we made 24 sets of BeepBall bases that then got shipped to 5 different continents. Over the years my vision worsened. I didn’t actually get a chance to play or hear about BeepBall again until I moved to St. Louis and was invited to play at a MindsEye tournament in 2017.”

Rich Krussel

Rich Krussel – #28

How did you get involved with BeepBall?

“One Summer I attended a vocational training program for the blind and visually impaired. There I met a friend who told me about BeepBall and how fun and competitive it was. He encouraged me to try it and while I was hesitant at first, I eventually went to a practice, and now I’ve played every summer in the Beep Baseball World Series for the past 10 years.”

Liam McCoy in his Home Archers Jersey

Liam McCoy – #10

How did you get involved with BeepBall?

“I went to a Paralympic activities day at Missouri School for the Blind and heard about BeepBall there. I tried it out and I really enjoyed playing.”

Kasondra McDaniel in her Home Archer Jersey

Kasondra McDaniel – #99

Spotter

How did you get involved with BeepBall?

“My sister (Kim Blumenthal). I helped her last year driving them to the Beep Baseball World Series. Events unfolded and I ended up being a spotter in some of those games. She hooked me in!”

Ashley Rench in her Home Archer Jersey

Ashley Rench – #3

Pitcher/Catcher/Spotter

How did you get involved with BeepBall?

“I was a pitcher/player for a few slo-pitch softball teams. I was asked to participate in a MindsEye tournament by a teammate. I played well in both tournaments and then was asked to join the Archers.”

Casey Scott in his Home Archer Jersey

Casey Scott – #2

How did you get involved with BeepBall?

“I first heard about it from Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments 4 or 5 years ago. Then I started playing in the Affton pick up games. I got invited to play in some of the MindsEye tournaments the past few years. I like to play as often as I can.”

Josh Sisson in his Home Archer Jersey

Josh Sisson – #15

How did you get involved with BeepBall?

“I knew of BeepBall in High School, but never really played. I had a friend who ran the Wichita Sonics Beep Baseball team and I was invited to play for them in 2012 and 2013. I would travel from Kansas City to attend weekend practices and compete in tournaments. I moved to St. Louis in 2016 and wanted to play again.”

Cory Sturdevant in his Home Archer Jersey

Cory Sturdevant – #30

Spotter

How did you get involved with BeepBall?

“My friend Jason (Frazier) asked me to help at some of the MindsEye BeepBall tournaments as an umpire in 2012 and I have been helping every year since.”

Andy Hannigan

Andy Hannigan – #18

Assistant

How did you get involved with BeepBall?

“I was first exposed to BeepBall when Jason (Frazier) sent me a Facebook Message asking if I could play in a blindfolded softball tournament for charity. He had a team that was short several players and needed people to fill in. I almost got ran over by St. Louis Rams player, DeMarco Farr in the first inning of my very first game. 8 seasons later and I have to say I am hooked!”

Team Roster: Henry Allen, Kim Blumenthal, Mari Blumenthal, Kyle Borah, Sean Borah, Jonathan Clemons, Chad Dillon, Ethan Johnston, Rich Krussel, Leul McChesney, Liam McCoy, Kasondra McDaniel, Demetris Morrow, Ashley Rench, Casey Scott, and Josh Sisson

General Manager: Jason Frazier

Head Coach: Mike Curtis

Assistant: Andy Hannigan

Head Trainer: Ryan Hune

Follow the Gateway Archers on FaceBook and check out the blog posts below for the latest news about the team!

Learn more about BeepBall on the BeepBall Program page.

Thank you to our Sponsors: Lighthouse for the Blind – St. Louis, Ameren Illinois, Emerson, Permobil Seating and Positioning, Mascoutah Eye Care, Cardinals Care, and the Mascoutah Noon and Evening Lions.

Mike Curtis

Mike Curtis

Director of Special Initiativesmcurtis@mindseyeradio.org618-394-6150

Contact Mike for questions or more information about the Gateway Archers.