Departing Black Sox has sights on new dream





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Published on Nov 21, 2011

Tue, 22 Nov 2011 6:47p.m.
By Jim Kayes

It was happy faces for the cameras when Brad Rona was forced to speak alongside Black Sox manager Doug Golightly just minutes after he'd been sacked from the national softball team.

Golightly says the side is doing what it thinks is best.

"We have to make it quite clear that Bradley isn't lost to the Black Sox and neither is Pita," he says.

"But we wouldn't be doing our job if we were going to stand in their way of them trying to pursue a very genuine dream."

Except that's exactly what the Black Sox have done. It was only yesterday that Brad and his son Pita said they hoped they could continue to play both baseball and softball.

"Growing up, I've always wanted to play with my old man in the Black Sox and to win a worlds with him. It's always been a goal, and to leave that behind, it's a hard one," Pita Rona says.

But leave it behind the Rona's have, as they join a trickle of players to baseball the head of the game in New Zealand hopes will steadily increase as Kiwi kids eye American scholarships.

A dream Pita Rona's now chasing.

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