White Sox lose to Venezuela at Canada Cup
The White Sox were beaten 7-0 by Venezuela in their final game at the Canada Cup international women's softball tournament in British Columbia today.
Catcher Mel Gettins (Hawke's Bay) and Australian-based infielder Brooke McManus were the only White Sox batters to get safe hits.
New Zealand finished the tournament with a one-win seven-loss record, scoring just 11 runs in eight games, 10 of those against Puerto Rico. The two Puerto Rico games were the only times the White Sox went the full seven-innings distance.
Naomi Shaw's White Sox lost 3-1 to Puerto Rico in the round-robin but beat them 9-8 in post-section play in a slugfest on Monday. The White Sox had 14 hits to Puerto Rico's eight with Krysta Hoani (Auckland) slamming three hits and Michal Tangaroa (Auckland) and United States-based former Hutt Valley representative Lara Andrews two each.
They also lost 8-0 in five innings to Australia with American-based pair Taylor Paige-Stewart (2) and Ellie Cooper collecting the White Sox's only hits.
Shaw has been forced to use specialist outfielders Andrews and Charlene Pointon in infield roles at the Canada Cup.
The Canada Cup was a warm-up for the world championships which start in Whitehorse, Yukon on Saturday (NZ Time). New Zealand finished 12th, a record low, at the last world championships in Venezuela in 2010.
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