The Golden Homes New Zealand Black Sox will enter the Tradestaff WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup in the unfamiliar position of 6th seed. The tournament host and 7 time world champions have not taken the diamond since they lost the bronze medal game to Canada finishing fourth at the 2019 WBSC World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic.

The loss to Canada was the first time the Black Sox had not made a world championship final since 1984 in Midland, USA.

The Black Sox who won world titles in 1976, ‘84, ‘96, ‘00, ‘04, ‘13 and 2017 are the most successful men’s softball team since the inaugural world championship was played in Mexico in 1966.
# Name Position
10 Daniel CHAPMAN Pitcher
5 Josh PETTETT Pitcher
  Ben WATTS Pitcher
7 Cameron WATTS Catcher
17 Te Wera BISHOP Catcher
47 Cole EVANS Infielder
72 Dante MAKEA-MATAKATEA Infielder
6 Jerome RAEMAKI Infielder
3 Joel EVANS Infielder
27 Rhys EVANS Infielder
22 Tane MUMU Infielder
89 Ben ENOKA Outfielder
68 Bradley BENNETT Outfielder
99 Reilly MAKEA Outfielder
23 Connor PEDEN Utility
24 Pita RONA Utility
20 Thomas ENOKA Utility

  Team Management      
2 Mark SORENSON Head Coach
14 Darryl MARINO Assistant Coach
42 Casey EDEN Manager
1 Patrick SHANNON Battery Coach
77 Paul AITU Medical Lead
N/A Aaron WALSH Mental Skills Coach
91 Guy MOTHERSOLE Strength & Conditioning Trainer
60 Jamie FRISBY Video Analyst
55 Ian DITFORT Statistician
N/A Melanie GETTINS Scouting Analyst