First win, thrashing for White Sox at Rosedale

TONY SMITH
Last updated 23:50 13/12/2013

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The New Zealand White Sox were thrashed by the unbeaten New South Wales Firestars 18-6 in the trans-Tasman women's softball tournament in Auckland tonight after squandering a 5-0 lead.

New Zealand coach Naomi Shaw started some of her fringe players in the Edebone-Weber Shield  fixture at Rosedale Park .

The White Sox started brightly with a five-run spree to open the scoring in the bottom of the second inning. Three players drew back-to-back walks before Danica Ferriso hit a three-run double to drive in Beth Stavert, Shannon Hearne and Gillian Wills. Kyla Bromhead also hit home Cassie Siataga.

Tegan Bromhead blasted a double for New Zealand in the fourth inning and scored on Ferriso's second hit of the game.

But New South Wales had too much hitting power and steadily overhauled the White Sox's lead to collect 12 hits and end the game after six innings as the White Sox were outbatted for the first time at the tournament and were made to paid dearly for six fielding errors.

Siataga slammed a power-packed triple for New Zealand's fifth hit in the seventh inning but was left stranded at third base.

New Zealand now have a one win-three loss record after the first two days.

Home run hitter Lara Andrews and Jennifer Feret starred as the White Sox grabbed their first victory this afternoon.

Andrews set up the crushing 8-1 six innings win over the Victoria Titans with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning.

She and pitcher Feret batted three from three to register perfect 1.000 batting averages as the White Sox racked up nine safe hits, outbatting their opponents for the third consecutive game.

Feret held the Victorians to four scattered hits in a masterly display on the pitching mound.

Andrews, a 24-year-old Hutt Valley outfielder now based at the University of Delaware, slugged the ball over the outfield fence to score Feret for a 2-0 lead in the first frame.

But the White Sox's big innings came in the third when they piled on four runs after Siataga singled, Feret picked a walk, Andrews drove in Siataga and outfielder Tegan Bromhead slammed a double to score two runs.

Victoria pulled back a run in the bottom of the fourth when Bree Wanke batted in Katrina Johns, running for safe hitter Kym Tollenaere.

New Zealand added two more insurance runs after a two-down rally in the sixth inning. Feret batted in Siataga and Ferriso scored on an Andrews single.

The White Sox's nine hits went to Andrews (3),  Feret (3), Bromhead, Siataga and Ferriso.

Naomi Shaw's team now have one win and 4-3 defeats from their first three games and play the unbeaten New South Wales Firestars at 7pm today.

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Day 2 Results: Western Australia Flames 3 South Australia Starz 1. NSW Firestars 2 ACT Diamonds 0. Queensland Heat 5 ACT 3. Victoria Titans 3 Western Australia 2. New Zealand White Sox 8 Victoria 1 (6 innings). NSW 7 Western Australia 1. South Australia 9 Northern Territory Fury 0. NSW 18 NZ White Sox 6 (6 innings). Victoria 9 Northern Territory 2

- Fairfax Media

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