How to Keep Score in Baseball
Learning how to keep score in baseball will allow you to keep track of your favorite players and their game stats in a fun way. Every person has a different way of keeping score and you will eventually develop your own method that you are comfortable with. You will need a score book in order to keep score. Write the date and team names at the top of your score sheet and you are ready to begin.
- To keep score in baseball, give each position a number. For example, 1 is the pitcher, 2 catcher, 3 is 1st base, 4 is 2nd base, 5 is 3rd base, 6 is the shortstop, 7 is the left fielder and 8 is center field. This will make it easy for you to keep score.
- Make an abbreviation list for hitters and fielders in baseball. K= strikeout, 1B= a single, 2B= a double, 3B= a triple, HR=home run, E=error, BB= walk, and so on.
- Keep track of everyone involved in the play. A double play fielded by the shortstop, thrown to the 2nd baseman, then to the 1st baseman, would be scored as 6-4-3. An error by the 1st baseman would be scored as E-3. An error has to be officially called in order to be marked as an error on the score card.
- Indicate hitters who make it on base. If a batter makes it on base, whether through a hit, walk, or being hit by a pitch, draw a single line to the base on the score card. If the batter makes it all the way home, draw a shaded line around the whole diamond on the score card.
- Keep track of the pitches thrown. Mark an S for a strike, B for a Ball, and F for a foul. This will give an accurate pitch count for the baseball pitcher.
- Keep track of the outs in an inning. Write the number 1 underneath the first player's name that is an out. For the last out in the inning, mark a slash in the box to indicate the end of the inning.