Knik Little Leaguers wrap successful 2018 seasons

Friday, August 10, 2018 - 17:04
  • Knik’s Luke Barch takes a cut during the Alaska Little League District 1 championship game on July 25 at Abbot-O-Rabbit Fields in Anchorage. Knik lost to host AOR 3-1. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Knik’s Keaton Harrison makes a diving catch during the Alaska Little League District 1 championship game on July 25 at Abbot-O-Rabbit Fields in Anchorage. Knik lost to host AOR 3-1. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Knik’s Garin Ludwig fields a ground ball during the Alaska Little League District 1 championship game on July 25 at Abbot-O-Rabbit Fields in Anchorage. Knik lost to host AOR 3-1. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Knik’s Fischer Sims jumps to knock mud off his cleats during the Alaska Little League District 1 championship game on July 25 at Abbot-O-Rabbit Fields in Anchorage. Knik lost to host AOR 3-1. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Knik’s Liam Lierman delivers to the plate during the Alaska Little League District 1 championship game on July 25 at Abbot-O-Rabbit Fields in Anchorage. Knik lost to host AOR 3-1. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Knik’s Jayden Steckle runs to first base during the Alaska Little League District 1 championship game on July 25 at Abbot-O-Rabbit Fields in Anchorage. Knik lost to host AOR 3-1. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Star photo by Matt Tunseth
  • Knik Little Leaguer Garin Ludwig, left, makes a catch in front of teammate Dalton Smith during the team’s loss to Abbott-O-Rabbit in the Little League Baseball District 1 title game on July 25 in South Anchorage. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

The Knik Little League’s Intermediate All-Stars advanced to the Western Regional Tournament in Tempe, Arizona, by winning the Alaska District 1 championship. The team finished fourth in the region, dropping their final game 16-9 to Northern California.

The team was one of two Knik squads to win district titles, joining the league’s 9-11 year-old squad as champions. The Knik Little League majors (11-12) team reached the District 1 final against host Abbott-O-Rabbit before falling 3-1 in the district championship. AOR lost to Juneau in the state tournament to advance to the Little League World Series Northwest Regional.

The season was a success both on and off the field for Knik, which fielded 50 baseball and softball teams this season. Knik hosted the 9-11 district finals July 6-8 at Lions Park in Eagle River. The league also held a celebration of its storied past, with several members of the 1968 state Little League championship team returning to Chugiak for a 50-year reunion.

For more on the league, visit kniklittleleague.com

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