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Sorenson names Black Sox Teams for TAB Challenge Cup

January 11, 2019

Albany, NZ - - Sorenson names Black Sox Teams for TAB Challenge Cup

Golden Homes Black Sox Head Coach Mark Sorenson has named two teams to compete in the TAB Challenge Cup at ELE Stadium, Albany next month. The Golden Homes Black Sox and Black Sox B will take on rivals Japan and Australia in a four team tournament commencing 8 February.


The three day event will allow Sorenson to view 32 of New Zealand’s best providing an ideal opportunity for a greater pool of players to impress on the international stage. The TAB Challenge Cup will not only provide a fantastic opportunity for our elite softballers but an ideal platform for a wider group of players to push their case for World Cup selection this June.


The Golden Homes Black Sox will include a 17 man roster while the Black Sox B team will contain 15.


Australian based pitcher Nik Hayes was not considered for either roster due to the heavy workload he has undertaken in recent months.


The two Black Sox teams to compete at the TAB Challenge Cup February 8-10, ELE Stadium, Rosedale Park, Albany are:


Golden Homes Black Sox

Pitchers: Josh Pettett, Eru Drage (Wellington), Daniel Chapman (Auckland)

Catchers: Kallan Compain, Zane Van Leishout (Auckland)

Infield: Nathan Nukunuku (Captain), Cole Evans (Auckland), Joel Evans, Joe Ferriso (Hutt Valley), Jerome Raemaki (Wellington) Tyron Bartorillo (Canterbury)

Outfield: Ben Enoka, Campbell Enoka, Thomas Enoka (Auckland), Wayne Laulu, Reilly Makea (Wellington), Jackson Watt (Canterbury)


Black Sox B

Pitchers: Campbell Gibson (Auckland), Ben Watts, Ethan Johnson (Canterbury)

Catchers: Jayden Stratford (Wellington), Cory Timu (Hutt Valley)

Infield: Pita Rona (North Harbour), Zac Boyd, Dante Matakatea (Wellington), Rhys Evans (Auckland), Callum Bishop (Canterbury), Josh Harbrow (Captain, Canterbury)

Outfield: Conner Peden, Bradley Bennett, Seth Gibson (Auckland), Damon Creasy (Wellington)


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