MEDFORD The Ed Sox overcame a three-run deficit to defeat Team Airborne 14 to 12, giving them a share of first place in the Boston Ski and Sports Club Fall Frostbite League.
Although trailing for most of the game, the Ed Sox put together a five-run rally in their last at bat, capped by a two-run single by catcher Mary Ellen Mullaney. Closer Arnold "The Terminator" Salvati then held Team Airborne scoreless in the top of fifth =8B after Airborne put two runners in scoring position with no body out =8B for his first save of the season.
"We hit the ball well, we played good defense, and were aggressive on the bases," said Ed Sox manager Ed Mason. "I couldn't have asked for more." The Ed Sox fell behind early, giving up four runs in the first. But, in a sign of things to come, rallied for two runs of their own in the bottom of the first. The Ed Sox trailed 7 to 5 at the end of two, but pulled ahead 9 to 8 at the end of three, as Michael Keefe pitched in and out of jams. However, the lead was shortlived, as Airborne put up four runs in their half of the fourth.
But then the Ed Sox went to work. Hannah Sarnow, Salvati, Michael Keefe, all drew walks. Tim Farrell singled in two runs, moving Keefe to second. With one out, Linda Mason hit a fly ball to short center for an out, but advanced Keefe, who tagged up on a heads-up play and scampered to third base.
With runners on the corners, Brad Zollner singled in Keefe to bring the Ed Sox within a run. Bryan Castle then worked a critical walk, in front of Mary Ellen Mullaney, allowing him to take second base. Mullaney then singled, and Ferrell and Castle raced home to put the Ed sox ahead.
Ed Mason then brought in Salvati to close the door. Salvati gave up a single and a double, but then quickly retired the side. Ted Young stabbed a line drive to third. Peter Ryan grabbed a soft liner to first. And then Salvati got the final out by fielding a hit back to pitcher, firing off of the mound to get the runner by a step.
There were many star performances. Teresa Wu had two put-outs and an assist at second. Hannah Sarnow toughed out a leg injury to work to walks, one that led to a run. Paul Luevano hit the ball solidly, garnering a single, two rbis and an run scored.
The game represented a major advance from last season, said Ed Sox manager Ed Mason, pointing to the team's prodigious run production and stingy defense when it counted.
"In each inning we scored more runs than in the previous one," Mason said. "This is particularly encouraging, given how much trouble we had scoring last season. In our first game last year, we lost to Porn on the Cob 22 to 6. We've come a long way."