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White Sox clinical in fourth win

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 18/07/2016

New Zealand continued their unbeaten run at the women's softball world championship in Canada with a 6-0 win over Britain in the last-16 championship round robin.

Ranked eighth in the world, the White Sox are in a four-team pool with Britain, fifth-ranked Taiwan and double world champions Japan, and need two wins to advance to the last eight in Surrey, near Vancouver.

The Kiwis started well against Britain, loading the bases in the first inning before Mikayla Werahiko brought home Ellie Cooper and Lara Andrews.

Werahiko featured again in the third, her double bringing in Jennifer Feret before the 20-year-old infielder crossed herself ahead of Katrina Nukunuku to give the New Zealanders a 5-0 lead.

Feret wrapped up the comfortable win in the bottom of the fourth on an overthrow from a Nukunuku single.

Taylor-Page Stewart and Feret shared pitching duties, Stewart giving up just three hits in her six innings before Feret closed out the seventh with two strikeouts.

The Kiwis were undefeated in pool play, thumping Kenya 28-0 and Peru 7-0 before edging Italy 8-7 in a double tie breaker.

The White Sox's next game is early on Wednesday (NZT) against Taiwan.

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