I’ve been disappointed to see the drop off in The Herald’s high school sports coverage this spring — particularly baseball and softball.
Rather than line scores and a quick paragraph on each game as in the past, the baseball and softball coverage has been stripped down to simply winning/losing pitchers and “individual highlights” — and for the first week or so, not even the pitchers were included.
As I look through the results of the games from March 29, things appear to have gotten worse — even the basic game facts are incorrect. In the Glacier Peak-Mountlake Terrace game, the score was reported as 9-0 Glacier Peak — the score was 10-0. Terrace’s Luke Smith was listed as the losing pitcher — he retired the only hitter he faced with the score already 10-0.
I understand that resources in the newspaper business aren’t what they used to be, and that the coverage of these games is often only as good as what gets phoned in from the coaches. (Coaches, I’m going to call you out here as well — if you are slacking on the phone reporting, please step up your game!)
That said, prep sports coverage is what sets The Herald apart from other news outlets, and it is the main reason I subscribe. I hope you’ll find a way to reemphasize it going forward.