MEDFORD The Ed Sox scored early and often as they beat the Royals 16 to 4 in the first game of a double-header at Tufts Park in Medford.
The Ed Sox put the Royals in an early hole in the first inning, bringing 13 batters to the plate and scoring six runs.
Third-baseman Michael Keefe singled to left, and advanced on and opposite-field double by left-fielder Deirdre. Shortstop Dan Stachurski cleared the bases with a triple to right-center. A barrage of singles by Ed Sox captain Ed Mason, catcher Mary Ellen Mullaney, outfielder/pitcher Paul Luevano, Tammy Atwood and outfielder Arnold Salvati led to four more runs before the Royals put out the fire.
In the second inning, the Ed Sox picked up where they left off, as Deirdre, Stachurski and Luevano scored on hits by Mason, Tammy Atwood and Salvati.
The Ed Sox put up three runs each in the fourth and six innings. Deirdre led all Ed Sox with four runs scored, while Keefe and Stachurski scored three each.
Starting pitcher Hannah Sarnow cruised through four innings, allowing just one run. Sarnow helped her cause with two singles and two runs scored.
She was backed up by strong defense from Tom Atwood in center field and short stop, Tammy Atwood in short-field and Linda Mason at second base.
Sarnow gave way to Luevano in the fourth. Luevano cruised through the final three innings, allowing three runs after the game was already decided.
"We really had everything clicking in this game," said Ed Mason, the Ed Sox captain. "We hit the ball, we caught the ball, we threw the ball -- all when we were supposed to. Best Ed Sox game ever."
The Ed Sox' momentum failed to carry over into the second game of the double header, in which they were throttled by the undefeated Green Monsters, 25 to 6.
The Ed Sox suffered several injuries. A hamstring pull has Tom Atwood day-to-day, while Tammy Atwood (toe) and Linda Mason (knee) are expected to play.
Green Monsters took a quick 2 to 0 lead in the first inning, but the Ed Sox tied the game quickly in their half of the second on a walk by Ed Mason, a hit by Mullaney, and singles by Luevano and Tammy Atwood.
Green Monsters, though, pulled away in their half of the second, scoring 10 runs.
There were a number of highlights, even in the tough loss. Luevano, who through 204 pitches, saved the taxed Ed Sox bullpen.
The Ed Sox also managed to score in three of five innings against last year's runner up for the league championship. Two of those innings included multiple runs.
The double-header split dropped the Ed Sox to 1 and 3 on the season. The Ed Sox wrap up the regular season with a double-header Sunday at Bunker Hill Community College. Games are at 2.45 p.m. and 4.15 p.m.