"Don't worry, Bill," Clyne said. "I don't think anybody's going to question your calls."
He's probably right.
Seabury's baseball scorekeeper is Bill James, the nationally known prolific baseball author/historian, a Lawrence resident whose son, Isaac, plays for the Seahawks.
"I took one look at my class, and I saw the name James," Clyne said. "I was talking to somebody, and he said, 'You know, that's Bill James' kid.' I didn't think much about it. He said, 'No, that's Bill James' kid.' I'm a huge baseball fan. I thought, 'I can't wait for the first parent conference.' Then he offered to keep the book for us."
The elder James has developed an impressive reputation for his baseball number-crunching -- a skill he has used on the Seahawks.
"From our game the other night, he broke it down into a six-page summary for the doubleheader," Clyne said. "It was incredible -- tendencies, where we missed opportunities, where we could make opportunities. It really helps us."
-- Associate sports editor Andrew Hartsock can be reached at 832-7216.