I run a softball league and a recent game was protested by the losing team. Our official scorekeeper allegedly made a mistake in the third inning, not crediting that team with a run. The game continued with the official score communicated to both teams every inning or so The game ended 7-6. The losing team, which kept it's own book (winning team did not), noticed the mistake and pointed it out to the umpire after the game was called alleging it should be a tie game.
If upon reviewing the books and talking to the umpire, scorekeeper and captains, I have reason to believe a mistake was made, what should I do? The winning team argues that the protest should have been made in the third inning, or shortly thereafter, not after the game had ended. Both teams were playing under the assumed score, and if the losing team had a concern about the score, they had several innings to address it.
Is there a standard when it comes to protests of this type? Should I schedule an extra inning to resolve the 7-7 tie? Should I stay with the final score as called by the umpire? What if two runs were missing and no extra inning could be played?