MEDFORD (AP) The Ed Sox split a double-header Sunday, improving their [2003] Fall Frostbite League record to 2 and 1, taking a forfeit from the Happy Buddhas, while dropping a hard-fought game to the undefeated Chin Music, 12 to 7.

The Ed Sox led for most of the second game before an eight-run fourth inning put them behind for good. Still, the Ed Sox continued their timely hitting, knocking in runners from scoring position, and showed flashes of defensive brilliance, despite the absence of two of their mainstays, Mike Keefe and Brad Zollner.

"I'll put my nine up against anybody's," said Ed Sox skipper Ed Mason. "The second game was real close, and I don't think Chin Music wants to face us in the playoffs."

In the second game, the Ed Sox, batting first, sprinted to an early lead. Tim Farrell, who went 3 for 5 with two runs scored and a home run, singled, followed by a Donna Barry walk and a Bryan Castle single. Two batters later, Ted Young doubled home two runs.

After Barry twice set down Chin Music's vaunted line up, the Ed Sox struck for four more runs in their half of the third inning. Barry helped her cause by smoking a single past the lunging third-baseman. With Castle and Paul Luevano aboard on singles, Linda Mason singled in Barry. Two more runs came in when Young again doubled.

What followed was a play that nearly caused the Chin Music bench to empty, and likely will be used by manager Matt Rosenthal as motivation if the two teams meet in the playoffs.

With Young on second, the Ed Sox player/manager scolded a line-drive into short center field. The Chin Music short-fielder scooped up the ball and fired to third, but the third-sacker didn't tag Young. As Young streaked for third, Mason rounded first and raced into second.

The Chin Music bench and players on the field argued that Mason had to return to first. At issue was whether play should have been stopped before Mason reached second. The umpire initally called Young out, but reversed his call, later explaining that Young needed to be tagged because there wasn't a force play at third (Pay attention, Ed Sox!). If Young was out, Chin Music argued, the play was dead. But the umpire ruled that it was up to him to call time out, stopping play.

The Ed Sox held onto a 6 to 2 lead until the fourth, when Barry's long time on the mound =8B she'd pitched an unofficial game against the Buddhas =8B caught up with her. Barry was relieved by "Dancing" Arnold Salvati, who put an end to the carnage, but not before Chin Music scored 8 runs.

The Ed Sox defense, which sagged in the fourth, tightened the rest of the way, even after suffering a variety of injuries during the game that forced a late inning defensive reallignment. Fine plays were made by Young at shortstop, Luevano at third, Molly Fry, Mary Ellen Mullaney and Linda Mason, who stabbed a line drive for one out, and then fielded a hot grounder, spun and threw out a runner to end the sixth inning.

By notching the win over the Happy Buddhas, the Ed Sox avenged a tough loss from their inaugural campaign, and at the same time put themselves two wins ahead of last year's pace.