Once you get some experience at keeping score you can start to anticipate what will happen next.
You might be wondering what kind of experience there is to gain, isn’t keeping score just writing down what happens? In a way, that’s exactly what it is. But like anything else in life, you can get better at it by practicing.
If you are keeping track of balls and strikes, to pay attention to every pitch over the course of a two or three hour game isn’t the easiest thing to do. You might be able to ask the person next to you if you miss something, but remember that you probably won’t have the benefit of replay either. If it’s a judgment call, you want it to be your judgment, right?
Instead of simply reacting to what happens, you should be able to anticipate what may happen next. When a runner reaches first base, for example, it’s important to keep an eye on him. Remember Rule 10.07a, which tells us that a runner that takes off for the next base gets credit for a stolen base, even if the pitch results in a wild pitch or a passed ball.
The more runners that are on base, the more complicated it can get. Each base that a runner advances to must be accounted for—if the bases are loaded there are ten different bases that could potentially be reached. That’s a lot to remember when the play could last around ten seconds.
Come up with little tricks, if somebody gets caught in a rundown I like to say the position numbers out loud to myself as the ball goes back-and-forth. It’ll make it easier to remember them to write down.
Remember the possible outcomes of every play are virtually infinite, but if you’re already thinking ahead things won’t seem so complicated when things get a little crazy.