Cumberland Times-News

Mike Burke - Sports

June 8, 2013

Together, we can eliminate the fake score

CUMBERLAND — As I sat in front of the lonely reflection of my computer screen formatting five youth softball games for publication, I marveled at what great hitters we are producing here in the area.

From the looks of things, only one of the games I worked on had any decent pitching in it — that would have been the one in which only 44 hits were produced by the two teams — while batters reached base with clean hits 72, 67, 61 and 81 times respectively in the other four.

And while the person who sent us these games did a pretty nice job formatting them for us, there are those who still aren’t able to look at the little league/softball game reports that appear daily in the Times-News and duplicate the format we require for publication.

Thus, brought back by unpopular necessity, here is the semi-annual How To Report A Little League Game To The Newspaper help guide.

• If you prefer to call us with your score, great. If you prefer to e-mail us with your score, great. We just ask that you follow our format.

• For beginners, tabs. There are no tabs. There are no tabs in little league baseball because when there are, somebody has to take them out, and that keeps the train from running on time. So we ask that you please send your reports to us in paragraph form, tab-free. There are no tabs.

• Please, or I should say PLEASE, don’t use all capital letters. As you know, we are very sensitive here in the Times-News sports department and when we open an e-mail and see nothing but capital letters JUMPING OUT TO US, it feels as though YOU ARE YELLING AT US! Plus, we then have to lower-case all of the caps that aren’t supposed to be caps.

• When five or six players have 7 singles apiece in a game, please don’t list the five or six players and put “7 singles each.” We ask that you list each player as having 7 singles. A kid, after all, likes to see his or her accomplishment beside his or her name, so that’s how we do it.

• With this in mind, please provide us with first and last names, spelled correctly, of course (we publish what we receive). When little Jack or young Diane get a couple of base knocks, we’d like to see Jack and Diane’s last names, and we’re pretty sure Jack and Diane would too. Not to mention Grandma and Grandpa.

• Semi-colons can produce problems for us all, in all walks of everyday life. Please put your semi-colons behind each player’s complete line, not between each player’s different hits, and not behind his or her name. And, oh, yes, please don’t capitalize Single, Double, Triple or Home Run. It’s a single, a double, a triple and a home run.

With this in mind, had winning manager Clint Hurdle phoned or e-mailed Friday’s Pirates-Cubs game to us, this is what it would have looked like the following day:

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