These numbers denote each softball position. You will need to know these numbers when scoring a softball game. © Clipart Kid
- 1st Base
- 2nd Base
- 3rd Base
- Left Field
- Center Field
- Right Field
Abbreviations You Need to Know
Scoring a Game: The Basics
Basic Rule #1: Start out by filling both teams' players' names, numbers and positions into the scoresheet. Save a space or two in between each players' name in case there are substitutions throughout the game. In the example below, the player "Montalvo" is number 12, the pitcher and bats fourth in the lineup.
If you take a look in the fourth column, the player "Montalvo" has two numbers next to her name. The number on the left designates her jersey number and the number to the right designates what position she is playing.
Basic Rule #2: Congratulations! You're now ready to keep score of a softball game. Here are some scenarios that you might encounter when scoring a game. Remember to make sure you are starting on the right inning before you begin keeping score. Innings are denoted on the top of the score sheet. You will also keep track of how many outs there are in the top square, and also keep track of the count in the five small squares inside each box.
A typical softball game has seven innings. However, if a team has 15 or more runs than the opposing team, the game will stop after the third inning. If the team has 10 or more runs than the opposing team, the game will stop after the fifth inning. If the game is tied after the seventh inning, teams will play extra innings until one team has more runs than the other.
This is where you need to write down how the batter got on base (denoted by 1B, 2B, 3B, HR and BB), the pitch count and the outs. When you write the out down on the bottom, YOU NEED TO CIRCLE IT. This way, it is easy to figure out what the out number is when looking at the scorebook.
Scenarios You May Encounter While Keeping Score of a Softball Game
Below, I am showing scenarios that you may encounter while scoring a softball game. I will explain how to properly denote each scenario so you won't come across any problems while keeping a scorebook.
Our first batter "Villanueva" hit a SINGLE to left field (where the ball was hit is denoted by the dot underneath "1B"). She had a pitch count of two balls and two strikes.
While our second batter "Carter" was up to bat, our first batter "Villanueva" stole second (and was called safe). This is denoted by drawing a line to second base and writing "SB" directly above it. I will write things that change during the inning in red so it is easier to see. However, when keeping a scorebook, everything should be written in one color.
"Carter" ended up hitting a double (denoted by "2B") and scoring "Villanueva." Every time someone scores, YOU MUST COLOR IN THE BOX. This helps you figure out the score easily. When "Villanueva" scores, you must also write how she scored by writing "2B" next to the filled-in box. Because "Carter" batted a runner in, you should put a tally mark directly underneath the "2B" in the top-left corner. This helps keep up with a batter's RBI count.
Skid ahead to the next two batters in the lineup. As you can see. "Miller" struck out looking (denoted by a backwards "K") and was the first out (denoted by the circled "1" in the bottom-right corner). Our fourth batter, "Montalvo," hit a fly out to left field ("F" stands for fly out and 7 is the left field position). She was the second out.
"Guinan" comes up to the plate and hits a single (denoted by 1B) into right field (shown by the dot). "Ramirez" then comes up and hits the ball to the shortstop (denoted by the number "6"). The shortstop bobbles the ball, tries to throw it to first (causing an overthrow) which results in not getting the easy out. This makes the play an error (denoted by the letter "E"). Notice how I draw a line to second base for "Guinan" and write "E6" above it to show that he reached second base on the shortstop's error. "Nichols" comes up to bat and gets walked (denoted by "BB"). Both "Guinan" and "Ramirez" advance one base ahead. "Champion" comes up to bat with bases loaded, but ended up striking out swinging (denoted by a "K"). She ends the inning because she was the third out. To make sure you don't write the next batter's at-bat in the wrong inning, you should cross out that batter's square. I did this with "Barnett's" square. END OF FIRST INNING.
We are now in the second inning (circled in red on the top), starting with out ninth (and last) batter of the lineup "Barnett." "Barnett" hits a single to right field. Since we are still in the second inning and our first batter is up to bat, you want to make sure you don't move over one column. With that being said, "Villanueva" comes up to bat and strikes out looking, becoming the first out of the inning. "Carter" comes up to bat and hits a grounder to shortstop (6). The shortstop throws it to second (4), who throws it to first (3) making it a double play (denoted as a "6-4-3"). To denote this, you go back to "Barnett" and draw half of a line (denoting she got out on her way to second base) and write her as the second out of the inning because she got out before "Carter." Since "Carter" was the last out, I drew a ling through "Montalvo's" square making sure I go to the third inning column. END OF SECOND INNING.
We are now in the third inning (circled in red on the top), starting with out third batter of the lineup "Miller." "Miller" hits a home run (denoted by "HR"). Notice there is a tally mark underneath "HR" to keep track of her RBI's. You also need to make sure you color in the box to denote that "Miller" scored. "Montalvo" comes up to bat and gets on base by a catcher's interference (denoted by "CI"). "Guinan" hits a single, advancing "Montalvo" to second base. "Ramirez" hits the ball to third base, so he advances safely to first on a fielder's choice (denoted by "FC"). "Guinan" also reaches to second base safely on the fielder's choice. However, "Montalvo" became the first out of the third inning because of a "5U." A 5U is when the third baseman fields the ball and steps on third base to get the force out. The 5U is also considered the fielder's choice that was the reason why "Guinan" and "Ramirez" were safe.
To continue after "Montalvo's" out, "Nichols" gets hit by the pitch (denoted by "HP"). She advances to first, which advances both "Guinan" and "Ramirez" one base. Then, "Champion" comes up to bat and hits a grand slam, giving her four RBI's. Each runner that was on base scored, so you would need to color in the boxes.
"Barnett" comes up to bat and hits a grounder to third base, result in a 5-3 out. This means that the third baseman threw the ball to first base to get the out. "Villanueva" comes up to bat and hits a fly out to right field, which is the third out. END OF THIRD INNING.
To begin the fourth inning (circled in red), "Carter" gets a single to center field. "Miller" comes up to bat and puts a sacrifice bunt down. You would denote this as a "2-3 SAC" because the catcher threw the ball to first base for the out. "Carter" was also able to advance to second safely during this sacrifice bunt. "Montalvo" comes up to bat after that and hits a single to right field advancing "Carter" to third base. However, "Montalvo" tried to steal second base, but was thrown out in the process. This is labeled as "CS" for "caught stealing."
As "Guinan" was up to bat, the pitcher for the opposing team pitched one in the dirt, causing the catcher to miss the ball. This "wild pitch" is denoted by "WP" and is called so because the catcher had no chance to catch it. "Carter" ended up scoring on the wild pitch.
After "Carter" scored on the wild pitch, "Guinan" ended up hitting a double to left field. Then, "Ramirez" hit another double to score "Guinan." "Nichols" comes up to bat with "Ramirez" on second and hits a home run, giving him two RBI's. "Champion" gets up to the plate and flies out to center field for the third out. END FOURTH INNING.
Because we are on the visiting team, we have to bat in the top of the fifth inning. "Barnett" starts the inning with a putout at first base (the first baseman fields the ball and steps on the base for the out). "Villanueva" hits a single to left field. "Carter" strikes out swinging to become the second out of the fifth inning. "Miller comes up to bat and flies out to right field, becoming the third out. END OF FIFTH INNING.
UT batted, but wasn't able to score, therefore resulting in the mercy rule. The mercy rule says that if a team has 10 more runs than the opposing team after the fifth inning, then that team wins. TEXAS TECH BEAT UT 10-0!