BOSTON (AP) Sept. 29 The Ed Sox dropped a close game to Barbara's Black Sheep, 26 to 7, before a crowd of about three. The Ed Sox took their first lead of the season, scoring one run in the top of the first. Strong defense and timely hitting kept the game close until the fourth inning, when the Black Sheep went mutton on the Ed Sox' ass, answering a two-run Ed Sox rally with 17 of their own.

"I thought we had them right where we wanted them," said coach Ed Mason. "No, really. I did."

The Ed Sox got things started in the top of the first, with a hit from Michael Keefe, who moved along on a sacrifice by Mary McGuire and a hit by Ed Mason. Keefe crossed the plate following a hit by Sam (the Butcher) Longley.

In the bottom of the first, Linda Mason made a lunging grab of a deep, opposite-field fly ball by Jonathan Tamir. "He's a very bad man, spinning his bat, talking trash, and wearing a fleece pullover on such a warm day," skipper Mason said.

Other highlights included catches by Arnold Salvati, Ted Young and Longley. Newcomer Peter Ryan flashed his trademark speed on the basepaths, beating out an infield single, thwarting a force at second and scoring in the third inning. Mary Ellen Mullaney played a fine game behind the plate, while John Calabresi began to show signs of becoming the power hitter expected when he signed with the Ed Sox.

Unfortunately, the Ed Sox were bit by the injury bug. Teresa Wu played despite taking a hard grounder in the face during practice. Ryan will miss the Oct. 6 double-header after spraining his wrist while trying to take away a Black Sheep hit. And Mary McGuire strained a quad-muscle trying to beat out a hit in the first inning. McGuire is listed as day-to-day. The Ed Sox next play Oct. 6 at Tufts Field 1 in Medford. A 12 pm matchup is scheduled against winless Maddawgz. The second game is against the 4 and 1 Riverside Train.