Knik Little League season gets underway as teams honor league’s late founder

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 11:34
  • Knik Little League red team pitcher Iris Jones delivers to the plate during a Jr. Softball game Friday at Lions Park in Eagle River. Jones made the final out of the game on a grounder back to the pitcher’s mound to preserve her team’s 14-9 victory. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Knik Little League players will wear patches honoring the late Lee Jordan during this year’s season. (Photo courtesy of Steve Jordan)

The Knik Little League season got underway last week, with the first games played Friday and the league’s opening ceremonies held Saturday, May 4, at the league’s fields at Lions Park in Eagle River.

This year’s teams will wear patches honoring the late Lee Jordan, who helped found the league along with Dell Spellman and Tom Slanker in 1963. Jordan died this winter at the age of 88. Jordan’s sons, Steve and Ole, were on hand for Saturday’s ceremony and Steve Jordan threw out the league’s ceremonial first pitch.

The league — which began with four teams — now has 550 players divided among 49 teams, according to board member Sandra Mullen. Last year the league’s 9-11 all-star team and it’s intermediate baseball team won District 1 titles, and the Knik 11-12 majors and 8-10 all-star teams finished second in the district.

For more information on the league, visit kniklittleleague.com.

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