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Black Sox name squad for world champs

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/03/2017

Three brothers will contest outfield roles in the New Zealand softball squad named to compete at the world championship in Canada.

Veteran Ben Enoka, who will attend his fourth world championship, is joined in the squad by brothers Thomas and Campbell, with the latter being one of six players who will make their tournament debut.

It is otherwise an experienced 17-man squad unveiled by coach Mark Sorenson for the tournament in Whitehorse from July 6-17.

Nathan Nukunuku returns from a year off to captain the Black Sox. It is the sixth world championship campaign from Nukunuku, 36, along with Brad Rona, 41.

The infield pair have both won three titles, in 2004, 2004 and 2013.

They will want to make amends for the most recent tournament, two years ago in Canada when the host nation toppled the six-time champion Black Sox 10-5 in the final.

Ten players have returned from that squad.

The Enoka family connection is expanded by the inclusion of catcher Kallan Compain, who is their cousin.

Compain, like Thomas Enoka, has represented Samoa at a previous world championship.

Among the four-pronged pitching roster is United States-based Karl Gollan.

The left-hander will contest his first world championship since his role in the victorious team of 2004 in Christchurch.

Black Sox squad:

Pitchers: Campbell Gibson, Karl Gollan, Nik Hayes, Josh Pettett.

Catchers: Kallan Compain, Zane van Lieshout.

Infielders: Tyron Bartorillo, Cole Evans, Joel Evans, Josh Harbrow, Nathan Nukunuku (captain), Brad Rona.

Outfielders: Ben Enoka, Campbell Enoka, Thomas Enoka, Isaac Fletcher, Wayne Laulu.

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