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Alvinston first stop for New Zealand Black Sox
Tuesday June 19, 2012

The Alvinston Indians had the honours of hosting the New Zealand Black Sox in their first game of a series of six on their Canadian Tour before the team from New Zealand participates at the Legends Fastball Tournament this weekend in Kitchener.

The tour is in preparation for the 2013 ISF World Men's Softball Championship that will be held in New Zealand.

The Black Sox team is comprised of the best players in the country ranging from ages 17 - 36. The Indians played a competitive game but the Black Sox won with a final score of 5 - 1 before an estimated crowd of 600 people.

 "This is a great crowd" New Zealand Pitching coach Chubb Tangaroa "this is where it will start is in small towns like this, especially some of the younger ones here watching could be future Canadian ball players." 

With pitches as high as 120 kph the Indians batted five hits on the night, that included an inside the park home run by pinch hitter Alex Chisholm. Chisholm's hit went down the third base line that took a couple of hops, hit he light standard that had the New Zealand player running all over to catch up with it that gave Chisholm time to run into home plate to the cheers of the local fans. 

The Black Sox batted 12 hits out that included 2 out of the park home runs by Thomas Makea and Donny Hale. 


Brad Young got the start on the mound for Alvinston and went 4 innings allowing 8 hits and walked 4.  Kyle Crawford  came in for 3 innings and struck out 4, allowed 4 hits and walked 3.

Penese Iosefo pitched 5 innings for the Black Sox, striking out 6, allowing 2 hits and walked 2.  Seventeen year old Kurt Scholum came in for two innings and struck out 5, allowed 2 hit and walked 1.

"Pretty good game, good stuff for us." said New Zealand Manager Carl Gould "our guys were a little bit rusty with the batting they played pretty well in the field this is the first game of six before the tournament I think will build from here, it was a good start." 

After the Indians game the Black Sox were back on the field for the second game of the double header taking on the St. Thomas District Men's Fastball League Select team. The Black Sox's won that game with a final score of 8 - 1.

"I think we gave them a very competitive game." said Paul "Chico" McCart Manager for Alvinston main organizer of the event "I'm so impressed with the crowds this is unbelievable. It's a special feeling after playing here for 34 years I didn't think I'd ever see this happen here."

On Tuesday the New Zealand team travel to the Six Nations Reserve in Brantford for a double header and on Wednesday they are in Moorefield Ontario for another double header against the Argentina Men's National Team, then on to Kitchener for the tournament on the weekend.

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