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

Monday, March 4th, 2013

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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Softball: Black Sox make it two from two

Friday, March 1st, 2013

By Kris Shannon / The New Zealand Herald

iosefo.peneseNew Zealand Black Sox pitcher Penese Iosefo. Ben Campbell / World Softball Championships

AUCKLAND, NZ – Pitchers Penese Iosefo and Jeremy Manley combined to throw a no-hitter as New Zealand beat Colombia 4-0 to make it two wins from two at the World Softball Championships today.

The Black Sox backed up last night’s 5-0 win over Mexico at Rosedale Park on the North Shore to make it two straight shut-outs and continue their perfect start to the tournament. Continue Reading in New Zealand Herald