There wasn't a lot of baseball played on Saturday, but it was on the minds of hundreds of Rosemont residents.
held its opening day parade Saturday, and members of each team marched from to the league's fields in .
Once they arrived there, the players found muddy fields mostly unsuitable for play, courtesy of this week's unrelenting rain. Only the majors teams were able to play at the home fields.
Still, Rosemont Little League Board of Directors President Tina Klostermann said she was glad the rain stopped. Last year's opening day parade was rained out.
"I think it went well," Klostermann said, adding that she hopes things will "just move on as normal and get back to normal."
The league's fields have been subject to a lot of extra attention since 13-year-old Jessica Funk-Haslam was found dead in one of the .
During Saturday's opening ceremonies, a moment of silence was held for Jessica, murdered , and a former little league coach who died recently.
But the event wasn't completely somber: Former Major League Baseball player Matt Walbeck spoke, encouraging the players to aim high.
"Do the best you can," Walbeck said. "Play baseball because you love it."
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Disclosure: Rosemont Patch is a sponsor of Rosemont Little League.