Knik Little League teams finish season strong

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 11:28

Update: the Knik 11-12 majors All-Star team defeated Dimond-West on Wednesday, July 19, to advance to the title game. On Thursday, July 20, Knik lost 3-2 to Abbott-O-Rabbit in the final.

Knik finishing strong

The Knik Little League All-Star teams have wrapped up a record-setting season.

After opening the 11-12 majors All-Star tournament with a 13-2 win over Kenai, Knik took tough loss in the second round before posting two convincing wins to reach Wednesday’s semifinal against Dimond-West — the team which defeated Knik 14-10 on Sunday despite three home runs from 12-year-old Garren Henning. On Monday, Knik thrashed Nunaka Valley 16-1, then followed that with a 13-1 win over Anchorage Military Community to advance to Wednesday’s loser-out rematch with Dimond-West. The winner of that game will play in the District 1 championship Thursday against undefeated Abbott-O-Rabbit, with an if-necessary game Friday.

Two Knik All-Star teams won District 1 championships this year, with the 10-11 All-Stars winning the title July 12 at Knik. That team was managed by Jeff Molloy, coach Tim Luebke and coach Richard Steckel and featured five players who won a title with Knik’s 9-10 All-Star team last season.

Winning a second straight championship this season were the Knik 9-10 year-olds, who defeated AOR 16-6 on Friday, July 14 in Anchorage. Managed by Patrick Mullen, coach Jeff Smith and coach Aaron Rocereta, the team also included five players from last season’s championship squad. The team was also given the Sportsmanship Award following the tourney.

The Knik Intermediate team took second place after losing in the championship to AOR.

The league — which signed up a record 510 baseball and softball players at the start of the season — fielded nine All-Star teams this season and hosted the district 10-11 tournament and pool play for the 11-12 majors tournament.

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