MEDFORD - (EP) A fierce final inning rally undid the Ed Sox bid to win their first game of the young Frostbite League season, as the Ed Sox fell 13-12 to Untamed Spirits at Tufts Park.
The home-team Untamed Spirits, who trailed from the first inning, scored four runs in their final at bat to snatch a come-from-behind victory. With the loss, the Ed Sox fall to 0-2. Still, Coach Ed Mason said there was plenty of promise shown in the second game of the season.
"I predict success," Mason said.
The Ed Sox got off to a fast start, scoring four runs in first inning. Michael Keefe, who started the game at first base, led off the game with a single. Short-fielder Tammy Atwood walked. Both Atwood and Keefe scored on a Dan Stachurski triple. Shortstop Ted Young and center-fielder Tom Atwood singled and scored.
The Ed Sox kept Untamed Sprits' scoring down to two-runs an inning for the first three innings, on the strength of strong pitching from Donna Barry and defense from second-baseman Hannah Sarnow, Tom Atwood and Paul "Nothing Gets By Me" Luevano at third base.
Meanwhile, the Ed Sox took advantage of timely hitting and Untamed Spirits sloppy defense and pitching to hang a six-spot in the fourth inning. Stachurski and Luevano strung together singles, and were moved over by a Barry sacrifice. Then consecutive hits by Young, Tom Atwood, Linda Mason, Coach Ed Mason and right-fielder Sam Longley led to six runs.
Longley, away from the Ed Sox for two seasons, showed no signs of rust. Longley reached base safely all three times he was at bat, and scored what seemed to be an insurance run in the top of the sixth.
But the Untamed Spirits scraped together four runs in the final frame, taking advantage of a tired Ed Sox defense and reliever Luevano, who was pressed into duty after Barry left the game after four innings with strained quadriceps.
Coach Ed Mason blamed the lack of fan support for the loss. Tufts Park, which at capacity holds 45,000, only had two in attendance -- Stachurski's mother and fiance (sorry, ladies!).
"We'll get run support if we get fan support!" Mason promised.
The Ed Sox next game is at Tufts Park in Medford at 2 p.m. They play the winless Indies Rec #2, a team so sad it doesn't even get a name.