by Kevin Wells
Channel 2 Sports
2:49 PM AKDT, August 17, 2011
The 13 and 14 year old girls of the Nunaka Valley softball team suffered a potentially damaging loss in pool play on Wednesday at the Junior League Softball World Series in Kirkland, Washington. Nunaka Valley dropped a 2-1 decision to Utrecht, The Netherlands. The loss drops the Alaskan team to 1 and 2 in pool play with one game remaining.
Following five scoreless innings, Nunaka Valley took a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth when Lelani Blair scored on a wild pitch. Blair had reached base on a dropped third strike.
However, Nunaka Valley came up with only three hits all game, and fell behind on a two-run single by Utrecht's Ilona Marcelis in the bottom of the sixth. Marcelis also picked up the win in relief, while Heather Breslin took the loss.
Nunaka Valley must defeat Willemstad, Curacao on Thursday to even have a chance at advancing to the semifinals. Depending on what happens later on tonight, there is the potential for three teams to finish pool play with 2 and 2 records, which would enact a tie-breaking procedure to determine which team moves on.
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