Newcomers shine as offense clicks for third straight game

BRIGHTON - (EP) The Ed Sox dropped another nail-biter, losing 26-12 to Sunday's Excuse. The Ed Sox surrendered 10 runs in second inning and five in the third, and that proved too much for the Ed Sox to overcome, despite matching a season high in runs and setting a season best seven runs in one inning.

"Take away those two innings and we were right there," said Ed Sox Owner, General Manager and Coach Ed Mason. "Unfortunately, there are no mulligans in softball. I hear they have those in golf. Next year, we'll try golf. Who's for golf?"

The Ed Sox also suffered a potential crippling blow to their playoff hopes, possibly losing Tammy Atwood for the season with a left-arm injury sustained in the first inning after being struck by errant throw. Atwood hit a ground ball to shortstop, and was hit by a wild throw after she'd already crossed first base.

The Ed Sox expanded its roster before game time . The Ed Sox reacquired Brad Zollner, an original Ed Sox, for cash considerations from their Rhode Island affiliate, Smithfield Fidelitys. The Ed Sox also swung a deal with the Somerville Senators, trading a keg of beer to be named later for utility fielder Faun McCarthy. Finally, the Ed Sox called up outfielder Aron Eklund from the minors.

"We were entering the week short-handed, and those new players really infused some life into the team," Coach Mason said.

The visiting Ed Sox, playing away from the friendly confines of Trum Field for the third straight game, raced out to a 2 - 0 lead, on singles by Atwood and Dan Stachurski. Deirdre Manning, running for Atwood, and Stachurski scored on a triple by Zollner.

The Ed Sox gave up four runs in the bottom of the first, but fought back with two of their own to tie the game. Newlyweds Ted Young and Teresa Wu scored on singles by Ed Mason, Linda Mason and Faun McCarthy. Then, the ill-fated bottom of the second, when the Ed Sox surrendered 10 runs as starting pitcher "Every Sunday" Donna Barry threw a whopping 117 pitches.

The Ed Sox defense settled down in the later innings, holding Sunday's Excuse to one run in the fourth and no runs in the fifth. The fifth inning included a rousing double play. With one out and a runner on first, a Sunday's Excuse batter struck a line drive to right field. Outfielder McCarthy stabbed the ball and fired a pea to first base, doubling off the dazed and confused runner.

The Ed Sox rallied late, scoring seven runs in the fifth inning. The rally began with a single by McCarthy, who scored on a Tim Farrell double. Runs were scored by Manning, Farrell, Stachurski, Barry, Young and Wu before the inning was over.

The Ed Sox pulled within 20-12, but then Sunday's Excuse pulled ahead for good with six unanswered runs. Ed Sox offensive stars included Young, who with his sweetie Teresa, led all Ed Sox with three hits. He also had three runs scored. Coach Mason had his best game at the plate, singling and doubling and knocking in two runs. Teresa Wu scored twice. Newcomer Aron Eklund had two hits.

The Ed Sox next game is against the Paul Sox. Ed Sox owner Ed Mason had been engaged in a legal battle over copyright infringement for combining the first name plus Sox, but decided that Paul Sox was "too lame to be concerned with." The Ed Sox next game is Sunday at Smith Field in Brighton at noon. Please don't be like Coach Mason; check the BSSC web site for directions before the game.

Ed Sox Notes: The Paul Sox rejected a trade that would have sent pitcher/outfielder Paul Luevano to them for two AA prospects. The Ed Sox hope to reactivate Luevano in time for Sunday's game....The Ed Sox are 0-1 at home, 0-3 on the road....The McCarthy to Mason double play was the team's first this year. Score it 9 to 3....Donna Barry pitched her first complete game of the year....Has anyone seen the Ed Sock?....The Ed Sox placed pitcher/secondbaseman Hannah Sarnow on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Sept. 25. Sarnow returned to Ohio for personal reasons. Ed Sox Coach Ed Mason hopes Sarnow will return to the lineup in time for the playoffs. The Ed Sox send their condolences....