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Softball Scorekeeping Error

Postby theclefe » Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:19 am

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?
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Re: Softball Scorekeeping Error

Postby Neato Torpedo » Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:51 am

Call Bud Selig, ask him what he would do, then do the opposite.
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Re: Softball Scorekeeping Error

Postby beatdrum » Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:45 am

A similar situation in my co-ed league last year. A scoring error was made in the 3rd inning and we eventually lost by one. We protested after the game and it was decided that we would replay the game from the 3rd inning on. We still lost. :~(
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Re: Softball Scorekeeping Error

Postby StlSluggers » Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:12 pm

You can't reverse the outcome. It would set a terrible precedent, and you'd have to review every softball game since beer was invented.

Human error is part of the game, which is why this is beautiful. Make sure everyone shakes hands later. Take pictures.
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Re: Softball Scorekeeping Error

Postby beatdrum » Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:20 pm

StlSluggers wrote:You can't reverse the outcome. It would set a terrible precedent, and you'd have to review every softball game since beer was invented.

Human error is part of the game, which is why this is beautiful. Make sure everyone shakes hands later. Take pictures.


According to the ASA handbook you very well can review the call and act accordingly particularly if it was an error of the scorekeeper and not the umps. However, that being said, in our situation last year, I would have been fine with taking the loss. It's just softball.
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Re: Softball Scorekeeping Error

Postby StlSluggers » Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:27 pm

beatdrum wrote:
StlSluggers wrote:You can't reverse the outcome. It would set a terrible precedent, and you'd have to review every softball game since beer was invented.

Human error is part of the game, which is why this is beautiful. Make sure everyone shakes hands later. Take pictures.


According to the ASA handbook you very well can review the call and act accordingly particularly if it was an error of the scorekeeper and not the umps. However, that being said, in our situation last year, I would have been fine with taking the loss. It's just softball.

I guess I should have put a ;-7 after my post.

Figured it was pretty obvious.
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Re: Softball Scorekeeping Error

Postby Inukchuk » Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:28 pm

StlSluggers wrote:You can't reverse the outcome. It would set a terrible precedent, and you'd have to review every softball game since beer was invented.

Human error is part of the game, which is why this is beautiful. Make sure everyone shakes hands later. Take pictures.


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