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New Zealand roster set for 2017 TAB Challenge Cup

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Golden Homes Black Sox Head Coach Mark Sorenson has named a 17 man squad to compete in the inaugural TAB Challenge Cup commencing next month.

The side is again a youthful one but one that will offer both speed and power. A number of debutants from last Novembers Argentinian tour have been renamed along with Auckland based Alfonz Oveinikovas who will make his first appearance in the black jersey.

The team features the naming of the three Enoka brothers: Thomas, Ben and Campbell with Thomas once again being named captain.

Rising star Cole Evans returns to the team after a brief stint playing baseball in the Canadian, British Columbia Premier League. Evans who made the league All Star team is a welcome return and will provide further depth to the infield and hitting line-up.

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Free passes help Argentina take down defending world softball champion New Zealand

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

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SASKATOON – As defending International Softball Federation (ISF) Men’s World Softball champions, the New Zealand Black Sox have everyone gunning for them. The Black Sox won the title in 2013, and have claimed more world championships than any other country – six times in 1976, 1984, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2013.

And once again, New Zealand is considered a top contender at the 2015 world championships in Saskatoon.

But the Black Sox road to defending their title took a huge hit Friday night as another of the favorites, Argentina, edged New Zealand, 3-2, in Pool A.

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New Zealand Black Sox Men’s Fastpich Softball Team looks at change in style

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

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NEW ZEALAND – A change in roster could herald a shift in game plan for the New Zealand men’s softball team as they build towards the defence of their world title.

A loss of experience and power hitting could mean a change of style for the Black Sox men’s softball team under new coach Mark Sorenson.

In naming his first squad, Sorenson has cast the net wide as New Zealand begin a two-year build-up towards the defence of the world crown they won in Auckland this year.

Sorenson is excited by the replacements he has found for several veteran players who have called it a day, but says it doesn’t mean a continuation of a formula that has been successful.

Mark_Sorenson Mark Sorenson was appointed as Head Coach of the New Zealand Black Sox National Men’s Fastpitch Team in 2013. The Black Sox won the 2013 International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship with a 9-1 record, and will defend its crown in 2015 at Saskatoon, SK, Canada, June 26-July 7 in the 14th occasion of the world wide men’s fastpitch championships.

“Not only have we lost a lot of experience, we’ve also lost a lot of power,” he said. “While we’ve still got big boppers like Brad Rona and Donny Hale, most of the other guys are very, very fit and fast, so we’ll have to approach the game differently and use those skills to build pressure on the opposition.”

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New Zealand Black Sox win thriller over Australia Steelers

Friday, March 8th, 2013

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New Zealand Black Sox Brad Rona belted two home runs and scored the game-winning run over Australia in the bottom of the 10th inning.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – It took 10 innings, a bench-clearing skirmish, and the tiebreaker rule to help decide things. But closely contested fastball games between Australia and New Zealand are the norm when the two powerhouses meet in the ISF World Championship.

This time around, New Zealand came out on top in a wild affair, by scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 10th to pull out a 5-4 victory in the first round of playoffs on Friday before a packed Kiwi crowd at Rosedale Park. Both teams combined for 19 hits – 10 by Australia, nine for New Zealand, and three home runs.

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Jarvis Travelers march toward possible three-peat in ISC World Tournament

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

MIDLAND, MI – The Jarvis Ontario Travelers are the reigning ISC World Tournament champs and have won back-to-back titles. Wednesday night they came one step closer to a three-peat by beating the Saskatoon (SK) Diamondbacks 8-1 in the quarterfinals.

The win gives the Travelers a three-game win streak and moves them into the semifinals (Thursday at 8:30 p.m.) against the Six Nations Ontario Hill United Chiefs, a 1-0 victor over the Minnesota Angels of West St. Paul, Wednesday.

EITHIER SLUGS HOMER
Diamondbacks’ starting pitcher and number five hitter, Trevor Ethier, gave his club a 1-0 lead in the top half of the second by blasting a Sean Cleary offering over the left-field fence.

But that would be the final hit Cleary would allow. From then on he was nearly flawless in four innings before giving way to Paul Koert.

After Ethier’s home run, Jarvis counterpunched in its half of the inning on a two-run bomb from cleanup hitter, Donnie Hale, to take a 2-1 lead they wouldn’t surrender.

HALE ONE-UPS EITHER
One of fastpitch softball’s most feared power hitters, Hale (2-for-2) – who bats from the right side – took an Ethier inside drop ball the opposite way deep over the right-centerfield fence with Ian Fehrman (1-1) aboard on a walk.

From there, the game turned one-sided. Jarvis plated three more runs in third, two in the fourth, and ended the game with a run in the sixth.

In the third, Brad Rona’s home run, Hale’s RBI single, and Ben Enoka’s run-scoring fly ball gave the Travelers a 5-1 advantage.

WOLFE INJURED
Leadoff hitter Ryan Wolfe started the uprising with a single, and later scored on Enoka’s fly ball. But as he crossed home plate he pulled up lame. Wolfe had to leave the game from what appeared a hamstring injury.

Jarvis’ high-octane offense came right back in the fourth, plating two more runs on Enoka’s two-run single. And in the sixth, Rona (2-4) ended the game on a run-scoring single.

The Jarvis offense pounded out 12 hits with Brandon Horn going 2-for-4 and 2 runs; Shane Boland, 1-3, run; Rona 2-4, 2 RBIs, run; Enoka 1-2, 3 RBIs; Fehrman 1-1, 2 runs; Hale 2-2, 3 RBIs, run; Frederik Terkelson 1-3; and Ryan Boland 1-3, run.

Cleary (2-0) picked up the win with four innings of work. The right-hander from Harbor Main, Newfoundland has all the pitches, including a devastating change-up that had the Diamondbacks lunging out in front of the plate, swinging at the elusive slow ball, dropping below their bats.

Cleary finished with a one-hitter; Ethier’s homer in the second, the only blemish. He walked three and struck out eight before handing the ball to Paul Koert in the fifth. Koert was just as effective, allowing only a walk and striking out one.

A TOP WORLD TOURNEY PITCHER
In the 2011 ISC World Tournament, Cleary pitched for the Harrisburg Pennsylvania Power, helping them finish seventh by crafting a personal 2-2 record in 29 innings. He struck 65 of the world’s best hitters and allowed just two earned runs for a 0.48 ERA – third best of all pitchers.

But Cleary and the Travelers will have a big test in the semifinals against Hill United. The Chiefs (3-0) have Australian Adam Folkard (2-0) in the circle.

FOLKARD COULD FACE FORMER TEAMMATES
Folkard pitched for the Travelers in 2010 and ’11. He was the 2009 and 2010 World Tournament Most Outstanding Pitcher, but was sidelined with an injury in last year’s world tournament.

This should be an interesting matchup filled with some drama with Folkard (possibly) pitching against his old Travelers’ teammates.

The game will be webcast by the ISC at 8:30 p.m. (5:30 PST) and should be a great matchup between the ISC’s No. 2 Chiefs, and No. 3 Travelers.

For ISC webcasts, go to:ISC Fastpitch Webcasts