DERRY — With opening day less than a month away, Derry Little League players are ready to hit the fields.

Opening day is set for April 21.

A parade of all teams begins at MacGregor Park at 9 a.m. and marches down to O'Hara Field for ceremonies and opening-day games.

League officials said they are happy with the warm weather and hope it lasts.

"We could not be happier the way the weather had been lately," Little League president Steve Tritto said. "These conditions surely bring hope that soon the boys and girls of our league can start playing some ball."

The town officially opened the fields last week, the earliest some Little League officials can remember.

With about 400 players on approximately 30 teams, the young ball players are itching to get out and play.

Tritto said Little League, along with Derry Parks and Recreation, is a team effort when it comes to caring for the fields. "We work very well together to determine when the fields are dry enough to use," he said. "This helps preserve the integrity of the fields for prolonged use."

A new field project is in the works at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School. But the project is on hold until next year for financial reasons.

Derry Little League recently received a donation of equipment from longtime supporter Betley Chevrolet, part of a youth program through Chevrolet supporting local sporting teams.

"It's a good partnership," Tritto said.

The donation was presented on March 20 and included baseballs and bat racks.

Tritto said a special memorial presentation will also be made to the family of longtime youth sports supporter David Fagone on opening day. Fagone died last month.

To learn more about Derry Little League, its teams and for field upgrade information, visit derryll.org.

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