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White Sox maintain unbeaten record

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 18/07/2016

New Zealand have edged Italy 8-7 in a double tie breaker for their third consecutive pool win at the women's softball world championship in Canada.

With the scores tied 6-6 at the bottom of the seventh, the game went into an extra innings.

Mikayla Werahiko was brought home on a Kingsley Avery double to give the White Sox the lead, but ninth-seeded Italy hit back when Sara Avanzi's single was enough for Eva Trevisan to cross and level the scores again after eight innings.

Ellie Cooper set up the crucial run at the top of the ninth with a double, stealing third before she was brought home on a Hailey Breakwell single.

The eighth-ranked Kiwis then produced an error-free fielding effort under pressure to close out the win.

White Sox pitcher Courtney Gettins gave up seven hits in seven innings, earning three strikeouts, while replacement Taylor-Page Stewart kept a clean sheet after taking the mound late in the bottom of the eighth.

The New Zealanders join Mexico and the Netherlands as the only teams with three wins at the 31-nation tournament, and are guaranteed a place in the final 16.

The Kiwis thumped Kenya 28-0 in their first Pool H match before going on to account for Peru 7-0.

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