Eager players and their families showed they were ready to get into the swing of baseball and softball season on Saturday at Opening Day ceremonies for Portland Little League at Payson Park. The league, run entirely by volunteers, boasts 62 teams with 680 participants. Players from ages 4 to 16 compete at levels starting with tee-ball on up through the majors.

From left, cPort Credit Union Little Leaguers Jack O'Connell, 8, Jaxon Roberts, 7, Rowen Reed, 6, and Quinn Derrig, 7, sit with their team during Little League Opening Day ceremonies Saturday in Portland.

From left, cPort Credit Union Little Leaguers Jack O’Connell, 8, Jaxon Roberts, 7, Rowen Reed, 6, and Quinn Derrig, 7, sit with their team during Little League Opening Day ceremonies Saturday in Portland. Photos by Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer

 

Erin Yarema tries to coax her son, 4-year-old Nicholas Yerema, to go play with teammates as they were getting ready for the Little League Opening Day ceremonies Saturday. Yarema plays for Deering Memorial Post 6859.

Erin Yarema tries to coax her son, 4-year-old Nicholas Yarema, to go play with teammates as they were getting ready for the Little League Opening Day ceremonies Saturday. Yarema plays for Deering Memorial Post 6859.

Longtime Little League coach Ron Farr, 78, throws out the opening pitch during Little League Opening Day ceremonies on Saturday. Farr has been coaching little league in Portland for 54 years.

Longtime Little League coach Ron Farr, 78, throws out the opening pitch during Little League Opening Day ceremonies on Saturday. Farr has been coaching little league in Portland for 54 years.

Young Little Leaguers march in the parade during Opening Day ceremonies in Portland on Saturday.

Young Little Leaguers march in the parade during Opening Day ceremonies in Portland on Saturday.