There were jerseys of all hues and smiles plastered indelibly on hundreds of young faces as Hesperia American Little League celebrated Opening Day at Lime Street Park.


But league management made it clear to players, coaches and parents that it's important to maintain those grins by encouraging spirited competition and sportsmanship all season long.


"Players, no matter how the game ends always be a good sport," said League President Karen Angemi. "And treat your players and coaches with respect. Have fun and bring home a District 49 banner!"


Special guest Don Ferrarese, a former major league ballplayer and coach, said baseball has been his passion for 70 years. He encouraged players to enjoy the game, coaches to work on players' mechanics and parents to "let the children have fun."


Mavericks professional minor league baseball team mascot Wooly Bully threw out the first pitch, and Mark Bowers led the attendees in prayer.


Later, a number of games took place at a number of ballfields throughout Hesperia. The following are upcoming games, times and locations:

Mon 3/31
Braves (Hesperia Natl) vs. Royals -- Major Softball
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Coleman Field 1

Mon 3/31
Royals -- Minor Softball vs. Yankees -- Minor Softball
6:00 PM
Owens Field @ Lime Street Park

Tue 4/1
Royals -- Major Baseball vs. Mariners -- Major Baseball
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Timberlane

Tue 4/1
Angels vs. A's
5:30 PM
Kingston School

Tue 4/1
Royals -- Junior Baseball vs. Adelanto Padres
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Live Oak
Tue 4/1
A's -- Major Softball vs. Yankees -- Major Softball
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Owens Field -- Lime Street Park

Wed 4/2
Angels -- Major Baseball vs. A's -- Major Baseball
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Timberlane

Wed 4/2
Red Sox vs. Royals
5:30 PM
Kingston School

Wed 4/2
Angels -- Minor Softball vs. Diamondbacks
6:00 PM
Owens Field @ Lime Street Park

Thu 4/3
Yankees -- Major Baseball vs. White Sox -- Major Baseball
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Timberlane

Thu 4/3
Mariners -- Junior Baseball vs. Reds
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Live Oak

Thu 4/3
Pirates vs. Angels -- Major Softball
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Desert Trails

Thu 4/3
Mariners vs. Angels
5:30 PM
Kingston School

Thu 4/3
Angels -- Junior Baseball vs. Twins
7:45 PM - 10:00 PM
Live Oak

Sat 4/5
Angels -- Major Baseball vs. Royals -- Major Baseball
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Timberlane

Sat 4/5
Royals -- Minor Softball vs. Pirates
9:00 AM
Owens Field @ Lime Street Park

Sat 4/5
Diamondbacks vs. Yankees -- Minor Softball
9:00 AM
Spring Valley Lake (Softball)

Sat 4/5
A's vs. Red Sox
9:00 AM
Kingston School

Sat 4/5
Royals -- Junior Baseball vs. Twins
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Live Oak

Sat 4/5
Astros vs. Angels -- Junior Baseball
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Silver Lakes

Sat 4/5
Royals vs. Mariners
11:00 AM
Kingston School