13th ISF World Championship

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Canada and New Zealand hitters feast in an ISF world championship classic

Monday, March 4th, 2013

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The New Zealand Black Sox perform the haka during the ISF World Championship in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo By Ben Campbell / World Softball Championships

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – Fastball purists, those who relish a masterfully pitched, low-scoring game, would have turned away in disgust. But for those fans who delight in seeing softball bats smashing a yellow sphere all over a ball diamond – as well over the fence – they would have loved this classic matchup.

And numbers crunchers would have glowed over these stats.

The Canadian and New Zealand men’s national fastball teams combined for 26 hits, 16 runs, and five home runs on Monday night in the 13th International Softball Federation World Championship. See Box Score

And when the bats were finally set-aside for the night, Canada had outslugged New Zealand 9-7 to win a marquee matchup at Rosedale Park in Albany.

As for the pitching?

It was a game of survival, of weathering a tornado of hot hitters. Eight pitchers toed the rubber – four on each side.

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USA drops opener to Australia in ISF Men’s World Championship

Friday, March 1st, 2013

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Australian pitcher Adam Folkard hurled Australia to victory over the United States in the 13th International Softball Federation World Championship on March 1.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – Beating the world’s best fastpitch softball pitcher can by a daunting task. And many in the world of men’s club teams, believe Australian Adam Folkard the best in the game today.

The United States national team may second that assessment after Folkard hurled a two-hit, 12 strikeout gem in leading Australia to a 6-0 victory over Team USA in the opening game for both teams in the 13th ISF World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand on March 1.

While Folkard held Team USA scoreless, his teammates gave him a three-run cushion in the second inning, and added single runs in each of the third through fifth innings to complete their scoring in the 16-team international tournament that runs March 1-10.

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