Knik Little League seeks players to round out rosters
With nearly 350 athletes currently onboard, Knik Little League president Dan Kendall is hoping for a significant increase in the three weeks prior to anticipated on-field play and the cry of “play ball.”
Kendall, in his eighth season as president, said the McDonald Center addition has been pivotal in allowing athletes to bring mid-season skills into the start of play.
“It has been a great benefit for us. It’s really making a different in the level of play at the start of the season,” he said.
Wanting additional players at every level, Kendall said it is dire that more players come out for the junior league (ages 14 and up) softball and senior baseball, for those 14 and older, if the league hopes to field at least one team.
The largest divisions are t-ball and coach pitch baseball, both expected to field 10 teams.
Kendall said hopes are high for the 12-year-old Major boys baseball team, which has won the last two District I tournaments as minors. This year, as Majors, they have the opportunity to play in statewide tourney play and potentially beyond.
Other anticipated team counts include: Minors, baseball – six, softball – three; Majors, baseball – five, softball – two; and intermediate baseball, for 13 years olds, at three teams. The latter is a new division for 2014.
Spring field cleanup day is slated for Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with opening ceremonies and league play beginning the following week, Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m.
“Even if we’re out there shoveling snow and chipping ice on Clean-up Day, we’ll be out there,” Kendall vowed.
The league president would like to thank the business community for their past support as team and league sponsors and hopes for continued and renewed interest in being a financial partner with this very successful program serving area-wide youth.