JAMAICA PLAIN (EP) The Ed Sox dropped their season opener to the Sultans of Stomp, 16 to 10, at Daisy Field in Jamaica Plan.
Starting pitcher Donna Barry worked four strong innings in her first appearance of the fall, and left with a 10 to 8 lead. But the defense, which was solid through most of the game, faltered, and Michael Keefe, despite working in and out trouble during three innings of relief, was tagged with the loss.
The Ed Sox second game is Sunday Sept. 17, when they take on Rockopotami at Smith Field in Brighton at 4:30 p.m.
The Ed Sox offense was sparked by contributions from newcomers Chris Cammett, Patrick Curley and Heather Watkins, with contributions from Ed Sox mainstays Keefe, Brad Zollner, Tim Farrell, Teresa Wu, Ted Young, Linda Mason, and Dan Stachurski.
The revamped Ed Sox defense sparkled throughout most of the game. Defensive gems were turned in by Zollner in left field, with a shoe string grab in between talking to passersby, and shortstop Farrell, who went to his left to save a ball from dropping into shortfield. Linda Mason made a hot stab of a liner to second base, while Young twice nearly made spectacular catches in right field. Paul Luevano, debuting behind the plate, made a rare (for the Ed Sox) put out of a foul ball.
Also, Watkins played the seven inning game after running 18 miles, as she trains for the Chicago marathon.
The Ed Sox, playing a rare home game in Jamaica Plain, retired the side in order in the first inning. But they fell behind in the top of the second, as the Sultans plated four runs.
However, the Ed Sox, showing an offensive spark rarely seen last year, nearly batting around in the third inning and scored six runs. In what would be typical of this hard fought back-and-forth game, the Ed Sox came back to take a two-run lead, but gave it back in the third inning.
Ed Sox starter Donna Barry pitched brilliantly despite missing spring training. However, Barry's pitch count by the end of the fourth inning reached the magic number --258-- and she was lifted for Keefe.
Ed Sox notes:
• Ed Sox unofficial mascot Blossom made her first appearance of the fall. Ed Sox official mascot, the Ed Sock, has not been seen since the Olsons moved to Somerville and is believed to be boxed.
• Mary Gibney, signed just before game time, will miss this week's action.
• Zollner was seen chatting with passersby while in left field while the game was in progress.
• The Ed Sox dined after the game at Doyle's in Jamaica Plain, where the service sucked. Keefe, kept waiting for his traditional post-game roast beef au jus, was late to the Deerhof/Flaming lips concert.