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New Zealand first to win three straight titles

2/8/2004

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand -- New Zealand became the first
country to win three straight world softball championships, beating
Canada 9-5 Sunday behind Mark Sorenson's three-run homer.

Sorenson, who came out of retirement to win his third gold medal
at six championships, went 3-for-4 with four RBIs. The homer was
the catcher's first of the tournament.

New Zealand and the United States have won five world titles
since 1966.

Canada earlier beat Australia 7-0 Sunday to claim its spot in
the final. Australia entered the tournament ranked 12th in the
world and finished in third place.