3 Mar 2013

Black Sox beat Colombia at World Championships

6:51 pm on 3 March 2013

The New Zealand men's softball team has scored a second straight victory in the World Championships in Auckland.

The Black Sox beat Colombia 4-0, after opening their campaign with a 5-0 win over Mexico.

Catcher Patrick Shannon provided the power and the pitchers turned on a hitless display, with Penese Iosefo pitching nine strikeouts and reliever Jeremy Manly four, as the South Americans never progressed past second base in seven innings.

Shannon cleared the leftfield fence with a two-run homer in a fourth inning that also saw Brad Rona cross on a Ben Enoka double.

New Zealand's opening run came in their first turn at bat, off a spectacular display of base running from short stop Tyson Byrne.