Two games into the 2012 Little League Junior Softball West Region tournament, Anchorage's Nunaka Valley has put opponents on notice -- the club is coming out swinging in Tucson, Ariz.
Nunaka Valley pounded 12 hits Saturday in a 13-1 victory over the host team from Thornydale, Ariz., that was halted after four and a half innings because of the mercy rule.
"Everybody was just cutting the ball in half,'' Nunaka Valley manager Richard Hill said of his lineup. "We're just swinging it.''
Saturday's barrage of hits came after Nunaka Valley opened the tournament Friday with 16 hits in a 10-6 win in the full seven innings over Southern California.
Nunaka Valley has Sunday off from competition, but won't be idle the whole day -- Hill said they have two hours scheduled at a batting cage.
Nunaka Valley next plays Monday night against the winner of Sunday's game between Oregon and Northern California.
Lauren Syrup pitched a complete game for Nunaka Valley, scattering five hits and striking out three. She also drove in a run.
"She was phenomenal,'' Hill said. "She kept the ball low in the zone, so they hit grounders. Our defense was absolutely solid tonight.''
Taria Page went 4 for 4 with three runs scored and an RBI. Morgan Hill and Felila Manu each drove in two runs.
Jacynne Augafa, Nanea Tali and Sierra Rosenzweig each drove in a run.
Leading 1-0 with two outs in the bottom of the second inning, Nunaka Valley blew open the game with a five-run rally.
Nunaka Valley erupted for seven runs in the fourth inning and Syrup shut down Thornydale in the top of the fifth to bring the game to an early end.