World Series to use iPads

Published 12:01 am Friday, July 22, 2011

Press box coordinator Terry Pickard (center) demonstrates how to keep score on an iPad Thursday night to the other scorekeepers. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

iPads will be used to help take score and provide live stats at the 2011 Babe Ruth Softball 12U World Series next month.

Live stats from each game will be recorded on the Apple products, and updated live on the Babe Ruth softball website at

Press box coordinator Terry Pickard, who held the same position at the 2007 Babe Ruth Baseball World Series, said the iPads will keep track of everything.

“We’re tracking pitch-by-pitch of each team and the score of the whole thing,” Pickard said. “Then, we’ll use the stats accumulated for awards.”

The iPad uses an application called ESPN’s iScore. The app takes down the players name, position on the field and records each play during the game.

Additionally, there will be an official written book taken during each game.

The 12U softball World Series will be from Aug. 4-9 at the Andalusia Sports Complex.

Tickets are on sale now, can be purchased from Johnson Park in Andalusia and at area banks, Wells Fargo, SIB, CCB Community Bank and Superior Bank.

The prices for tickets are as follows:

• $25 for an adult tournament pass

• $15 for a student tournament pass

• $60 for a family tournament pass, which includes up to five family members who reside in the same household

• $5 for an adult daily pass

• $3 for a student daily pass for ages 6-18

The games begin at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 4 with special opening ceremonies at 7:30 p.m.