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White Sox still unbeaten at world champs

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/07/2016

Unbeaten New Zealand have clinched a place in the final eight at the women's softball world championship in Canada with a 4-0 win over Chinese Taipei.

The world No.8 ranked White Sox made it five-from-five at the tournament in Surrey, near Vancouver, courtesy of a tight defensive display against their fifth-ranked Asian opponents.

Pitcher Rita Hokianga was the standout performer, using her variations to strike out 10 batters and give up just five hits.

Scoreless through the first five innings, New Zealand's batting came to life at the top of the sixth, when they scored all their runs.

The highlight was in-form 20-year-old Mikayla Werahiko's double base hit which scored two runners.

The result gains a measure of revenge for New Zealand, who were eliminated by Chinese Taipei late at the previous world championship. They finished eighth two years ago in the Netherlands.

The White Sox beat Kenya, Peru and Italy in the group phase and have accounted for Great Britain (6-0) and Chinese Taipei in the first round of the championship round-robin stage.

They will contest the double-life championship leg of the tournament regardless the result of their last round-robin game against two-time defending champions Japan on Thursday.

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