Second-straight game decided by one run; Coach fined, suspended for post-game comments

MEDFORD - (EP) The Indie Rec Team One broke a 10-all tie in their final at bat, capping a comeback from a five-run first-inning deficit and dealing the Ed Sox their third loss of the Frostbite season.

The Ed Sox offense showed punch for the second-straight game, plating five runs in the first and three in the fifth -- an inning in which they started trailing. But the Ed Sox could not hold on, surrendering a run on two hits and a fielder's choice for the losing run.

The outcome was controversial. The Ed Sox claimed they had a one-run lead going into the bottom of the final inning, but Indie Rec insisted the score was tied. The umpire was unable to resolve the dispute because he had not kept score.

"This is the second-straight game the same umpire cost us a chance to win game in the final inning," said Coach Ed Mason, at a post-game press conference. "Last week, the same umpire didn't tell us the sixth inning was the end of the game, so we didn't know we had to defense against a final run. This game, he couldn't settle a dispute over two different scores. What an (expletive)." Frostbite League Commission Spanky McNowitall immediately assessed a $5,000 fine against Mason for conduct unbecoming a coach, and suspended him one game.

"Our umpires are unprofessional, but they're our umpires," McNowitall said. "What do you expect for $30 a game?"

Mason said he'd appeal the fine and suspension.

Based on the first inning, it looked like the game be a laugher, as the Ed Sox raced to a five-run lead. Short-fielder/second-baseman Deirdre Manning singled. She was erased at second on a fielder's choice. But that hit by infielder Michael Keefe got the rally going. Short-stop/left-fielder Dan Stachurski singled. Tammy Atwood, short-fielder and second-baseman, knocked in two runs with a single to center field. Left-fielder Tim Farrell singled, knocking in a run, followed by a run-scoring double by right-fielder/pitcher Paul Luevano. Catcher/second-baseman Hannah Sarnow advanced Luevano to third with a sacrifice. Luevano scored the final run of the inning on a double by center-fielder Tom Atwood.

Offensive highlights included Keefe's three runs scored. Pitcher Donna Barry collected a hit and scored in the fifth. Indeed, the Ed Sox scored three runs in the fifth, coming from behind to tie -- or go ahead -- because of hustle and timely hits. Manning, Keefe, Stachurski and Tammy Atwood all had hustle hits that inning, with Manning, Keefe and Barry scoring. Speedy yet well-dressed Linda Mason, playing right-field, second base and catcher, nearly legged out two infield hits.

For the Ed Sox, the defense was solid for the third consecutive outing. The highlight was a scoreless fourth inning, with catches by Manning and Tom Atwood. In the third, second-baseman Teresa Wu was involved in a bang-bang play at first, with the runner barely beating a throw from the strong-armed Wu.

The Ed Sox got four strong innings from Donna Barry. Teams this year have been trying to wear down Barry by working her pitch count, but Barry refused to give in, and left the game with the Ed Sox having a chance to get their first win.

However, with Luevano in relief, the Indie Recs put runners on second and third with one out. A ground ball deep in the hole between shortstop and third base scored the winning run.

The Ed Sox next play Sunday's Excuse at Smith Field in Brighton. The game starts at 3 p.m., Sunday. Directions on the BSSC web site.

Ed Sox Notes:

With the loss, Luevano dropped to 0-2. His ERA is a staggering 45.20. .... With the relief pitching in need of shoring up, Keefe has been sent down to the Ed Sox AAA farm team, the Las Vegas Gamblers, to get back in pitching form. Keefe is expected back with the team Oct. 16, just in time for the Ed Sox playoff run. .... Scene here: Game attendance included Elise Farrell and Finnegan Atwood and Blossom Luevano. .... Barry pitched to a co-worker who didn't recognize her game face....Ed Sox outfielder Sam Longley has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Sept. 25. Longley hurt his back doing "yard-work." Ed Sox management is weighing voiding his 5-year, $120 million contract because yard-work was expressly forbidden.