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"Padding" the stats

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WEST SALEM, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- Nine year West Salem softball head coach Brian Babiash likes the direction his team is headed. Despite a young squad, the Panthers played perennial contenders Luther and Arcadia tough. As far as helping his team build, there's an app for that.

"[I] just went to the app store and grabbed something out that looked like we could do it," Babiash said. "We tried a couple of different apps. We tried to just do some scoring at home--watching college games on TV, and this was easy to use."

It's even easier now that new national softball rules adapted by the WIAA allow coaches like Babiash to use tablet computer scoring apps on the field. The West Salem skipper said it streamlines the way he keeps statistics.

"Like I said, I tried to score in my book--keep track of first pitch, second pitch, third pitch. You know the score box you're trying to do it in is an inch by an inch. By the time you're done it's a mess," Babiash said.

It also clears up how he relates those stats to his team.

"It's easier if they can say, 'Hey coach, you are actually keeping track of the stats, and you see every ball that's pitched--where we are and if we're falling behind by looking or if we are swinging and missing.'"

No strikeout here, Babiash says using "e-scoring" is a hit with both his team and other coaches, especially after he explains how easy it is to use.

"If I can do it, anybody can do it," Babiash laughed.

That means Coulee softball could get even more competitive if more coaches start "padding" their stats.

The WIAA has clarified that only tablet computers, like iPads, are legal on the field for scoring in softball. Mobile phones that can use apps are not.

At the same time, baseball rules allow electronic scoring in the dugout but not on the field. The WIAA cited the tradition associated with baseball as the reasoning behind that decision.

For all the latest rules and regulations, head to wiaawi.org.

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