The Junior Black Sox have been thrashed 9-0 by defending champions Argentina in the world junior men's softball championship final in Canada.
Thomas Makea's New Zealand team beat Argentina 3-1 in the playoffs yesterday, but were no match for the South American's in today's final in Whitehorse, Yukon.
The Kiwi hitters could not master the power pitching of Argentina's Roman Godoy or the blazing bats of his teammates.
But the game was still not out of reach until the top of the sixth inning when Argentina scored seven runs off five safe hits, including a three-run home run by Facundo Carril.
The Junior Black Sox won the first two world junior titles in 1985 and 1989, but the tournament has been dominated since by Canada, Australia and, for the last two editions, Argentina.
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