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Six Kiwis make all-star team at major world softball club tournament in United States

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
Wayne Laulu batted .524 (11-for-21, with 16 RBI, including five home runs, a triple, double and seven walks. Laulu was selected a First-Team, All-World outfielder for helping lead the Toronto, Ontario Gators to second place in the 2015 ISC World Tournament in South Bend, Ind. Contributed Photo,

Wayne Laulu batted .524 (11-for-21, with 16 RBI, including five home runs, a triple, double and seven walks. Laulu was selected a First-Team, All-World outfielder for helping lead the Toronto, Ontario Gators to second place in the 2015 ISC World Tournament in South Bend, Ind. Contributed Photo,

By TONY SMITH / Stuff.co.nz

Six New Zealanders were selected in the all-star team at the International Softball Congress (ISC) tournament in the United States this week.

Current Black Sox internationals Nathan Nukunuku, Brad Rona, Ben Enoka and Wayne Laulu, Canterbury hitter Frank Pointon and Auckland catcher Kallan Compain made the “all world” first team at the ISC tournament, widely regarded as world softball’s top club championship.

The sextet were all members of the Toronto Gators team which lost the grand final to Ontario rivals, the Hill United Chiefs, 6-4 at South Bend, Indiana.

Hutt Valley catcher Cory Timu, who played for the Circle Tap Dukes club from Wisconsin, made the “all-world” second team.

Laulu picked up the award for the most runs batted in (RBIs) with 16. continue reading Six Kiwis make all-star team…

Mark Sorenson appointed New Zealand Black Sox men’s fastpitch coach

Monday, June 10th, 2013

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Since he was 16, Mark Sorenson played men’s fastpitch softball in the United States for some of the sport’s greatest teams. In 2010 he was inducted into the International Softball Congress (ISC) Hall of Fame and in 2009 he entered the International Softball Federation (ISF) Hall of Fame (see his ISF bio below). Photo taken at the 1999 ISC World Tournament with Sorenson playing for the Broken Bow (NEB) Travelers.

NEW ZEALAND – Mark Sorenson, the four-time world champion, who hung up his glove in 2004, will take over from his former teammate Eddie Kohlhase, whose nine-year coaching tenure ended in triumph after the Black Sox won a record sixth world title in Auckland last March.

Sorenson’s appointment will be confirmed by Softball New Zealand tomorrow but Fairfax Media understands he has accepted the post and provincial softball associations were notified accordingly today. He will lead the Black Sox’s title defence at the 2015world championships in Saskatoon, Canada.

Continue reading Mark Sorenson appointed Black Sox coach

MARK SORENSON ISF BIO – In 1984 Mark Sorenson made his international softball debut at the ISF VI Men’s World Championship at the age of just 16 years old. Twenty-one years later he retired from the game with seven world championship tournaments (one junior) to his credit – all of them gold (five times) or silver medal finishes. In four of the seven he finished with a .400 batting average or higher. A catcher, Mark played in over 70 games in world championship play alone. He made more than 125 other international playing appearances on behalf of New Zealand over his three decades in men’s fast pitch softball to cement his legacy in Black Sox history.

For more on the International Softball Federation, visit: ISF Softball

To read more about the International Softball Congress, visit: ISC Fastpitch