12 Feb 2017

Black Sox into final

10:11 am on 12 February 2017

The New Zealand men's Black Sox team is through to the Challenge Cup final after beating Argentina 8-6 in a thrilling match in Albany.

 Black Sox

The Black Sox Photo: Photosport

Isaac Fletcher made a name for himself when he hit a walk-off grand slam to give the Black Sox the win in a game that he will remember for the rest of his life.

Fletcher was brought into the game as a replacement for Ben Enoka. Enoka was ejected only minutes earlier for his part in an all in brawl that took several minutes to defuse.

The 7th was an electric and explosive inning and one that had everything including every softballer's dream, hitting a walk off grand slam.

Argentina accumulated runs in the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th inning to lead the Black Sox 6-1 before it was New Zealand's turn to bat.

The Black Sox were patient and collected 3 singles and 2 walks to load the bases.

With the bags full Godoy hit Campbell Enoka on the ankle to score another run. The Black Sox took exception and dugouts cleared for an altercation that stopped the game for 5 minutes.

Ben Enoka who was due up to the plate was ejected and replaced by Fletcher. The left hander took the first pitch deep and high over the right field fence to give the Sox an 8-6 win.

The crowd at AWF Sports Stadium erupted as they watched the Black Sox circle home plate in jubilation as Fletcher flipped his bat, ran the bases and beat his chest as he lived out his childhood dream.

New Zealand will await the winner of the Japan, Argentina game.