How to ScoreKeep

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Score-keeping for the Benny Baseball League

The top of the score sheet front and back must be filled out with your team name, the name of the team you are playing, the Date and time, the Diamond, the Umpire and the final score. Make sure whoever is filling in the score sheet has legible handwriting.

Please do not use nicknames when filling in your lineup. If you have more than one person with the same first name please use a last initial after the first name. i.e John S. & John D.

What is the ‘sub’ section for on the score sheet?
If you have someone filling in for a registered league member, when filling in your lineup their name would go into the ‘sub’ line. For examples; Jimmy is not a registered league member and is filling in so that you will not be short on players. You put ‘Jimmy’ in the sub line. Kate is running late, but will be arriving shortly, its time to start the game. Sue is willing to sub for Kate until she gets there. So you put ‘Sue’ in the lineup (at the bottom) and when Kate gets there you cross out ‘Sue’ and mark the innings she played, put Kate’s name in the white box above and put the inning she started. If you have a player leave the game due to injury and don’t have enough players remaining in your lineup, you would fill the subs name in under the leaving players name and put which inning they started in beside their name.
The most basic hit is where the batter runs safely to first. There were no errors on the play. Circle the 1B, and we draw a line from home to first base on the diamond.

If the batter makes it to second without any errors, it’s a double, and we circle the 2B. A line is drawn from home to first, and then to second to show his progress.

If the batter makes it to third without any errors, it’s a triple, and we circle the 3B. A line is drawn from home to first, then to second, and finally to third to show his progress.

Home Run
If the batter makes it all the way home on his hit, then it’s a home run, and we circle the HR on the third base line. There’s always at least one RBI (see below for explanation for RBI) on a home run (the batter gets credit for himself). There’s also always a run scored. A line is drawn from home to first, then to second, then to third and finally to home to show his progress. Then you shade in the box. The RBI gets marked in the small boxes on the top left hand of the square as a I.
RBI stands for Run(s) Batted In. They are earned by the batter when a runner scores as a result of their at bat. If they hit a single and someone else scores, the batter gets an RBI. If the bases are loaded and the batter gets walked, it’s an RBI for the batter. Every RBI is marked as a I in the small boxes in the upper left corner (see above).
Next at bat
After your first batter is at base, if the next batter hits safely, you continue to follow the first batter around the bases filling in the lines until they are either out or home. Lets say for example, your first runner hit a single. Circle the 1B, and we draw a line from home to first base on the diamond. You next player also hits a single, so you circle the 1B, and we draw a line from home to first base on the diamond. You first batter made it safely to second, so you now draw a line from first to second for that batter, continue following and marking for that runner until they are out or home safe, doing so for all batters until the inning is over and the next team is at bat, then doing so for that team etc. Remember to continue marking as described on the previous page for home runs etc.
Strike Out and Outs
When a batter strikes out, or gets out on the diamond (doesn’t make it safely to a base) you write the number of the out with a circle around it in the appropriate batters box. (1, 2, 3)
After the last at bat of the inning
After your last batter is out, put an X after their name in that innings column, that way we know who is first at bat in the next inning. The person with the X beside their name in the last inning will be the first at bat in the next inning.

If you go through your whole batting order and an inning still isn’t over
An inning is over after the 10th batter or the third out (whichever comes first). If you have gone through your lineup and the inning isn’t over simply cross out the number at the top of the next innings column and replace it with the current innings number, making sure to continue correcting the numbers the rest of the way down the sheet.

Keeping track of homeruns
At the bottom of every inning column there is a section to tally the runs for each inning. Runs is for runs scored that inning, total is for runs scored total so far.

Keeping track of the other Teams homeruns
Under where you tally your runs is HIT/LOBS, scratch that out and put the other teams name there. In this space ask the other team what they got for their runs scored at the end that inning and total for runs scored in total so far.

After the game is done
Remember to confirm the final score with the opposing team and the umpire. Mark the final score on the top of the score sheet. Make sure all the information is legible and clear. Take a picture of the score sheet and text it to the Secretary and the President before you leave the field.