April 2016 Cape Cod Times Roundup

I try to produce video at every game I cover this spring. There’s more time in between baseball or softball or lacrosse plays than basketball, making it much easier to take notes and record at the same time and then still produce a decent write-up for the print edition.

I shoot video on my phone, an iPhone 6 Plus, which I know has the battery and space to shoot for 2.5 straight hours, or the length of a high school football game. But because warmer temperatures still haven’t shown up on the Cape, lately my battery tends to get cold and shut down after only about 1-1.5 hours of continuous outdoor shooting.

Usually this means I get until about the fourth or fifth inning. That’s exactly what happened at one of the baseball games I covered below (Falmouth-Nauset, towards the bottom), and unfortunately almost all the scoring happened in the innings after my phone shut off.

I walked to my car, charged up the phone, then resumed recording for the final inning. But I was left with a lot of strikeouts by the winning pitcher and nothing about the offense behind him.

I could’ve scrapped the whole thing, but instead I came up with an alternative idea. I recorded a two-minute postgame interview with the pitcher, who’d performed more than well enough to merit it, then uploaded it and the game footage into my editing software.

Normally I’d write a script and do a voiceover for highlights, like you might see on “SportsCenter.” But this time I separated the interview into separate audio and video components, then systematically replaced portions of the video with shots of him striking someone out or fielding.

It took some fine-tuning to get it all synced up properly, but the end product turned out really, really well. I managed to both take a creative approach to producing multimedia content and fairly represent the game I’d covered. This is definitely a format I’ll use again.

The moral of the story is that a little creativity can turn a minor failure into a major success.

Here’s everything I wrote in April for the Cape Cod Times.

High school notebook: Dolphin Dash seeks to end user fees

Barnstable High School’s Ray Todoroff discovered his love for running when it was taken away in 2013

High schools: Weather frustrations continue for local teams

Baseball Countdown 10 to 1: St. John Paul II at Sturgis West

School baseball: Oriola leads SJP II past Sturgis West

Friday MIAA vote may change football playoff system

Girls lacrosse: Bergin’s 4 goals lead Sturgis East to powerful 15-4 win over CCA

High school notebook: D-Y’s Hoar optimistic despite fewer numbers

Ultramarathoners take it to the limit at Cape Cod Trail Race

Softball Countdown 10-1: Mashpee 16, Falmouth 2

School softball: Mashpee wins in a walk-over

School lacrosse: Sandwich boys top Marshfield

High schools: Sandwich’s Kelsey Beaton named coach of year in girls lacrosse

Together, Cape runners go the distance in the Boston Marathon

Softball countdown 9-1: Dennis-Yarmouth 13, Barnstable 1

School softball: Feinstein pitches D-Y past Barnstable

High school notebook: Coolidge chooses Framingham State

Softball Countdown 10-1: Monomoy 3, Sturgis West 2

School softball: Tolley walk-off keeps Monomoy undefeated

Boys lacrosse: Falmouth beats Nauset, stays unbeaten

Baseball: Falmouth’s Nick Couhig strikes out 12 in Clippers’ 4-1 win over Nauset

BASEBALL COUNTDOWN 9-1: Falmouth 4, Nauset 1

School notes: Barnstable tennis coach Sarney honored

Softball: At 7-0, Monomoy is off to best softball start in school history

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