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White Sox ousted from women's world champs

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/07/2016

New Zealand have been eliminated from the women's softball world championship after an 8-2 loss to the Netherlands in their first game of the last-eight stage in Canada.

It was a repeat of the outcome of the 2014 tournament for the world No.8 ranked White Sox, who couldn't match the power-hitting of the seventh-ranked Dutch in Surrey, near Vancouver.

The winners scored singles in the first and fourth innings but it was three-run blocks in the third and sixth innings which proved decisive.

New Zealand's runs came in the third and fifth innings, through Ellie Cooper and Kingsley Avery.

Pitchers Courtney Gettins and Rita Hokianga struggled to stem the Dutch batting, resulting in a second successive heavy loss at the tournament.

New Zealand were hammered 9-2 by two-time defending champions Japan on Thursday, meaning the White Sox had only one life going into the championship play-off stage.

Before that, New Zealand notched group wins over Kenya (28-0), Peru (7-0) and Italy (8-7) before defeating Great Britain (6-0) and Chinese Taipei (4-0) in the second phase of the 31-nation tournament.

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