Black Sox look at change in style

November 27, 2013

Wellington, NZ




A loss of experience and power hitting could mean a change  of style for the Black Sox men's softball team under new coach Mark  Sorenson.

In naming his first squad, Sorenson has cast the net wide as  New Zealand begin a two-year build-up towards the defence of the world crown  they won in Auckland this year.

Sorenson is excited by the replacements he has found for  several veteran players who have called it a day, but says it doesn't mean a  continuation of a formula that has been successful.

"Not only have we lost a lot of experience, we've also lost  a lot of power," he said.

"While we've still got big boppers like Brad Rona and Donny  Hale, most of the other guys are very, very fit and fast, so we'll have to  approach the game differently and use those skills to build pressure on the  opposition."

Among those who have gone are captain Rhys Casley, Jarrad  Martin, Thomas Makea, Patrick Shannon and Daniel Milne.

However, Auckland's Enoka brothers - outfielder Ben and  pitcher Thomas - are back in the mix, while outfielder Jerome Haretuku returns,  after he was cut late from the world championship squad to make way for injury  cover for the injured Casley.

Black Sox squad:

Pitchers - Thomas Enoka (Auckland), Nik Hayes (Hutt Valley),  Bailey Hoani (Auckland), Regan Manley (Canterbury), Josh Pettit (Wellington),  Kurt Schollum (Marlborough), Brad Worsley (Hutt Valley), Heinie Shannon  (Auckland);

Catchers - Curtis Cosh (Auckland), Aaron Neemia  (Wellington), Connor Peden (North Harbour), Ryan Schollum (Marlborough), Cory  Timu (Hutt Valley);

Infield - Tyron Bartorillo (Canterbury), Tyson Byrne (Hutt  Valley), Josh Harbrow (Canterbury), Nathan Nukunuku (Auckland), Frank Pointon  (Canterbury), Jerome Raemaki (Wellington), Brad Rona (North Harbour);

Outfield - Ben Enoka (Auckland), Donny Hale (Auckland),  Jerome Haretuku (Auckland), Wayne Laulu (Wellington), Campbell Makea  (Wellington), Josh Thompson (Canterbury).


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