Softball: Black Sox thrash Philippines at softball world championship

Nathan Nukunuku celebrates one of his two home runs.
Nathan Nukunuku celebrates one of his two home runs. Photo credit: World Baseball Softball Confederation

The Black Sox have got their softball world championship title defence back on track after a commanding 15-0 win over the Philippines in the Czech Republic on Thursday (NZ time).

Captain Nathan Nukunuku smashed two home runs for New Zealand runs in the dominant display against the 17th-ranked nation, to bounce back from Wednesday's disappointing 5-1 defeat to Japan.

In total the New Zealand line up collected 14 hits, with Campbell Enoka also claiming a home run.

New Zealand piled on two runs in the first inning, four in the second and nine in the third, before the mercy rule brought play to an end.

The Black Sox, who now have four wins and two losses at the world championship, must beat Argentina in their final section game to secure second place in their pool.

Argentina sits second in pool A, with Japan on top of the group. Japan and Canada are the only two unbeaten teams in the tournament.

The match against Argentina takes place at 2:30am on Friday.