Chinese Taipei end White Sox's run at worlds
The New Zealand White Sox have been knocked out of the women's world softball championships after losing their first playoff game in Holland.
Chinese Taipei beat New Zealand 3-0 at Haarlem, near Amsterdam on Saturday (local time).
Both teams had five safe hits, with captain Lara Andrews and catcher Kyla Bromhead having two singles each for the White Sox.
One player turned the game for the Taiwanese. Third baseman Lin Pei Chun had three hits from three at-bats for a perfect 1.000 average and batted in all three runs.
Chinese Taipei strung their hits together when it counted to score runs in the third, fifth and seventh innings.
Centrefielder Chen Miao Yi and danger hitter Lin both produced single-base hits as Chinese Taipei grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the third.
The second run was a soft concession by the Kiwis. Chen was walked in the top of the fifth and advanced on a throwing error by catcher Bromhead. She scored on Lin's sacrifice fly RBI.
Chinese Taipei produced two hits to score their second run in the seventh frame when Liu Yu Han singled and Lin slammed a double to right-centrefield.
New Zealand pitchers Jennifer Feret and Tyneesha Houkamau combined for four strikeouts and did well to hold the Taiwanese to five hits.
Feret also underlined her value as a batter, picking up her fifth hit of the tournament with an infield single to third base.
Andrews took her hits tally to seven - one behind New Zealand's most consistent batter, second baseman Danica Ferriso on eight.
The White Sox's defeat meant they finished eighth - their first top-10 finish since 2002.
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