Posted at: 05/20/2013 2:14 PM
Updated at: 05/20/2013 6:55 PM
By: Robin De Wind
Technology is hitting it out of the park at the local high school baseball diamond. New apps are now being used over favorite past times, like scoring games.
A paper scorebook with a pencil is the way most dads taught kids how to properly score a baseball game. But now the iPad is eliminating the traditional way of scoring. Now it's just a touch of the screen.
The Pittsford Mendon Baseball team is breaking out of a hitting slump, just in time for sectionals. Head coach Jeff Amoroso isn't afraid to give some credit to technology.
Jeff Amoroso, Mendon Varsity Baseball Coach, said, “We go in as a staff and look through the stats, we look for help to produce our lineup today.”
Mendon is one of the few schools in the area using GameChanger, an app on the iPad that replaces baseball score keeping by numbers.
David Troiani, parent, said, “It is awesome. I'm at work when the game starts at 4:30. I can see if my kid is starting or not.”
Lineups and a play-by-play account of the game on an iPad is replacing the traditional 6-4-3 double play. The user just touches the shortstop position on the screen to record the out for anyone with the app to see.
Amoroso said, “Through any mobile device and a computer, they were able to watch pitch by pitch.”
Pittsford Athletic Director Scott Barker predicts this will be what all schools are using within the next five years.
Scott Barker, Pittsford Athletic Director, said, “I'm a big believer in technology if we can get out in front on things. We were the first to have a Twitter account. This is a great way to get technology out to people.”
Teams can compile automatic stats and the technology can be used for college recruitment. It brings the convenience that Major League Baseball offers to parents like David Troiani, who has a son on JV and varsity.
Troiani said, “When they were away in Florida, I could do the same thing, see all the plays that I missed.”
GameChanger isn't the only scoring app available. There is also iScore. The other upside with the app is if you make a mistake, it's easy to fix and it's faster and provides more data than the traditional book.
Mendon faces Webster Thomas Tuesday in the sectionals.