Watertown’s Little League baseball and softball players got some inspiring words to help start the season on Opening Day on Saturday at Casey Park.
Police Chief Edward Deveau told the players how he used to play baseball growing up in Watertown.
“I played sports my whole life and it got me on to college and started my career,” Deveau said. “I played at Bemis Park, so it is a great honor to be here.”
Dominic Ricci, the senior vice commandant of the Marine Corps League Shutt Detachment also welcomed the ballplayers.
“You have a lot of promise and I know you will have a successful year,” Ricci said.
The honor of throwing out the first pitch went to the Watertown High School boys’ hockey team.
“They reached the pinnacle and won the state championship,” said Gregg Salvucci, president of Watertown Youth Baseball and Youth Softball.
WHS boys’ hockey coach Mike Hayes said the team will also be honored on Tuesday before the Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park.
The players paraded from Saltonstall Park, through Watertown Square and to Casey Field, on Watertown Street. The field hosted several games and player clinics on Saturday.