Soren­son back for third

Taranaki Daily News - - Sport - TONY SMITH

Re-ap­pointed head coach Mark Soren­son be­lieves the sev­en­time world cham­pi­ons Black Sox could be set for ‘‘an­other decade of dom­i­nance’’.

Soren­son – who guided the Black Sox to the world ti­tle in Canada in July – has been reap­pointed through to the end of the 2019 world championships in Prague.

‘‘I think there’s an op­por­tu­nity, if we get these next cou­ple of years right, to set the Black Sox up for an­other decade of dom­i­nance in world soft­ball, like we had from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s.

‘‘We’ve got so much tal­ent com­ing through and we’ve got a great nu­cleus al­ready. It’s a strong team which now has the ex­pe­ri­ence of climb­ing the moun­tain.’’

Soren­son ex­pects most of the 2017 squad to be avail­able for Prague, although bat­ting great Brad Rona and vet­eran pitcher Karl Gol­lan have re­tired.

At the 2017 World Base­ball Soft­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion awards, Soren­son was voted coach of the year and Black Sox cap­tain Nathan Nukunuku in­ter­na­tional ath­lete of the year.

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