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Nunaka Valley All-Star Erin Goudreau, right, tries unsuccessfully to steal second base Thursday, August 13, 2009 in Portland, Ore. Nunaka lost the game 7-2.
Photo by STEVE ERICKSON
Nunaka Valley All-Stars Morgan Hill, left, and Heather Breslin pregame looking at the crowd on Thursday, August 13, 2009.
Photo by STEVE ERICKSON
Nunaka Valley All-Star # 17 Taria Page trys to get to a foul ball while # 10 Kaela Emerson covers her. Taria went into the side fence during this play getting a small cut in the process on her knee on Thursday, August 13, 2009.
Photo by Steve Erickson
Nunaka All-Stars shortstop Kaela Emerson catches the ball on Thursday, August 13, 2009.
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Nunaka Valley All-Stars catcher Gabby Meyerson goes after the ball as teammates Morgan Hill (8) and Heather Breslin, right, close in on the SoEast runner on Thursday, August 13, 2009. Nunaka lost 7-2.
Photo by Alyssa Holman
Nunaka Valley All-Stars centerfield Erin Goudreau bags the ball on Thursday August 13, 2009.
Photo by Alyssa Holman
Pitcher Sydney Smith of the Nunaka Valley All-Stars girls softball team of Anchorage prepares to throw one home during Sunday's championship game of the Western Regional tournament in Vancouver, Wash. Teammate Taria page is at right. The team is headed to the Little League World Series.
Photo by Steve Erickson
The Nunaka Valley All-Stars girls softball team of Anchorage after Sunday's championship game, August 9, 2009.
Photo by Steve Erickson

Nunaka Valley stumbled Thursday in its debut at the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Ore.

The girls from northeast Anchorage ran into good pitching and timely hitting in a 7-2 loss to Warner Robins, Ga., in a first-round game between the Western Regional champs from Alaska and the Southeast Regional champs from Georgia.

While the loss is a setback for Nunaka Valley, it isn't catastrophic. The game is the first of four pool-play games for the Alaskans, who are in a five-team pool with Georgia, Guam, Italy and Croswell, Mich. The two teams with the best records in pool play advance to semifinal action early next week.

Warner Robins scored three runs in the second, one in the third and three more in the fourth to build a 7-0 lead.

Alaska got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a leadoff single by Kaela Emerson. One out later, Taria Page ripped a triple to drive in Emerson, and then Gabby Meyerson singled to drive in Page.

Alaska managed four hits against a pair of Warner Robins pitchers who walked no one and allowed only six Alaskans to reach base, including three in the fourth inning when Nunaka Valley scored its runs.

The other innings Alaska had baserunners were the second, when Erin Goudreau singled but was thrown out trying to steal second base, and the sixth, when Sydney Smith reached on an error but forced out on a fielder's choice by Page. Page advanced to second on a passed ball but was thrown out trying to steal third.

Heather Breslin pitched six innings and took the loss for Nunaka Valley, giving up eights, walking one and striking out one. Three of the seven runs scored against her were unearned thanks to a pair of errors.

Nunaka Valley, which last week became the first team of 11- and 12-year olds from Alaska to win a regional championship and advance to the World Series, plays Guam today at 4 p.m. Live-stream coverage can be found at www.softballworldseries.com.

Schedule

On deck for Nunaka Valley

Today -- Guam, 4 p.m.

Saturday -- Milan, Italy, 9 a.m.

Sunday -- No game

Monday -- Croswell, Mich., 7 p.m.


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