Czech Republic hitter floored by high fastball as Black Sox open World Cup title defence with win

The Black Sox have made a winning start to their Softball World Championship title defence, beating the Czech Republic.

The world number one side thrashed the cup's host nation 9-0 with Ben Enoka providing the moment of the match with a two-run homer in the sixth inning.

Black Sox Nik Hayes struck out 15 Czech hitters for three safe hits and three walks though he did hit a Czech batter on the helmet with a fastball in the second inning.

The Black Sox are vying for a record eighth world title.

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Nik Hayes floored a Czech hitter with a fastball that hit the batter’s helmet. Source: Breakfast

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