Knik fell, 7-6, to Bend, Oregon in a Northwest Regional baseball semifinal game Thursday afternoon in San Bernadino, California.
Knik’s season ends just two wins shy of reaching the Little League World Series in Pennsylvania.
Oregon opened the game with four runs in the first and led 7-0 before Alaska mounted its comeback.
Knik’s 11-and 12-year-old all-stars scored solo runs in the third, fourth and fifth and plated three in the sixth.
The game ended with the tying run on at third base.
Oregon plays either Washington in the Northwest Regional final at noon on Saturday. The winner advances to the Little League World Series. Washington beat Montana, 10-3.
Knik ended Kodiak’s run at the District I Finals Tournament with a 12-2 victory. Knik won five straight elimination games to win the District I title and then beat Gastineau Channel of Juneau in the state finals.
Knik went as far as the 1982 Kodiak team that lost to eventual Little League World Series champion Kirkland, Washington in a Northwest Regional semifinal game.
The Alaska American Legion state champions had a rough start at the Northwest Regional Tournament Thursday in Eugene, Oregon.
South Anchorage Post 17 fell 24-3 to Medford, Oregon.
South faces Idaho at 10 a.m. today in a loser-out game. Idaho lost to Montana, 5-3.