SOMERVILLE (EP) The Ed Sox had one of their best offensive showings in recent memory, stringing together walks and well-timed hits for a four-run fourth inning against an opponent that played the 2004 season in the Intermediate Division. But an 11-run third inning by Ski Bums put the game out of reach.

Although the Ed Sox opened their 2005 season with a loss, the team, playing shorthanded, showed promise.

Among the highlights:

The Ed Sox, hoping to make the playoffs for a fourth-consecutive season, entered the game shorthanded. To fill the roster, Ed Sox skipper coaxed utility infielder/rightfielder Mary Ellen Mullaney out of retirement, and claimed thirdbaseman/leftfielder Jay DeMarzo off waivers from the Pembroke Boonies. DeMarzo has been sent down to the minors, but is expected to return in October.

In other Ed Sox news, the team appears close to resigning outfielder Sam Longley. Longley, who was a member of the inaugural Ed Sox, has taken the last two seasons off to spend time with his lady and to generally get his shit together. Terms of the deal were not available at press time.

The Ed Sox next play at 12.30 at Tufts Field in Medford. Their opponent will be Untamed Spirits, the team with the stupidest name.