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Black Sox softball team score more wins

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The NZ Golden Homes Black Sox softball team have scored three wins from three at the Calgary Invitational Tournament, continuing their good progress across Canada in a tour which is primarily a build up towards defending their world champs title in the same country next year.

In their first game of the tournament they thumped the Sasketchewan Astros 17-2, with the mercy rule being enforced.

Captain Nathan Nukunuku and fellow infielder Tyron Bartorillo were the pick of the Black Sox hitters, both with two automatic home runs. The power with the bat and speed of the Black Sox hitters were too much for the Sasketchewan Astros as the Black Sox amassed their 17 runs in just three innings. Josh Pettett had another tidy outing on the pitching mound.

The second contest of the tournament had the Black Sox again scoring a big win, this time over the hosts 12-1 in five innings. Nukunuku once again stood out with the bat hitting .1000 which included another home run and a double. Another highlight with the bat was Josh Harbrow hitting one of the biggest home runs seen at the park clearing the outfield fence by 40 metres

Regan Manley was solid on the mound for the Black Sox giving up seven hits and one run.

The Black Sox had to work a lot harder in their third game to beat the Saskatoon All Stars 6-5 and remain the only unbeaten team at the Calgary Invitational. The Black Sox started well amassing runs early and looked comfortable at 5-1, before the Saskatoon All Stars staged a late rally to score four runs at the bottom of the sixth inning which required the Black Sox to pull off a double play to end the game.

Wayne Laulu demonstrated his power with a big automatic home run in the fourth inning while Bayley Hoani dominated the Saskatoon All Stars hitting line up early, but was relieved of the pitching duties in the sixth inning with Pettett coming into close.

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