In part two of our series on keeping score, we’ll take a closer look at ways to enhance your actual scoring system.
As mentioned in the first post, the suggested methods throughout this series were designed to fit my own personal system, and will be introduced as such for ease of explanation. By no means, however, am I trying to force you to adopt my scoring system. Our hope is that you find value in one or two (or more) of the “hacks,” and manage to incorporate them into the system you’re already using.
Below is a filled in scorecard and pitcher’s card from August 21st, 2016 in which the Winnipeg Goldeyes beat the Sioux City Explorers 6-1 on the road.
(Note: to get the most out of this post, I recommend opening the photo in a separate tab or window so that you can flip back and forth as each section is discussed)
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We’re mostly going to focus on the scorecard portion on the right side of the photo (please disregard the four plays that are highlighted in yellow. The highlighting earmarks the audio clips played back during our postgame show, and is not part of my actual scoring system).
The top of the lineup column indicates this is Winnipeg’s side of the scorecard (you would find Sioux City’s scorecard if you flipped the page over). The players’ jersey numbers are listed on the left-hand side, while the players’ defensive positions are listed on the right-hand side. I highly recommend writing both the position AND the jersey number of each player (it doesn’t matter where, but write both). It will help you spot a pinch hitter (in the on-deck circle, or even in the batter’s box if it really sneaks up on you) or defensive replacement more quickly, especially for an opposing team that you’re not as familiar with.