Wilton celebrates Little League Day, unveiling of Bill Terry Field

WILTON — Wilton Little League Day hit it out of the park Saturday afternoon.

Hundreds of residents, including former players, came out to honor last year's championship teams — both the 12U and 11U squads — and to celebrate the newly renovated Bill Terry Field at the Wilton YMCA.

“It's been really tough with COVID to bring people together,’ explained Dave Drew, league president, “and to have any events that are fun.”

But with restrictions lifted, a new field to show off and spring in bloom, the league decided to host a get-together that featured food trucks, bounce houses, music and a range of baseball activities that included a home run derby and base-running games.

Marty Avallone, Little League board secretary, said that the group is just trying to put on “a lot of fun activities with the kids.” He also shared high praise for the Wilton Kiwanis Club and a number of other sponsors for their help in rejuvenating the field during its recent fundraiser.

“It's been such a great partnership with Kiwanis,” he said, noting that Bill Terry, the field's namesake, was a longtime member as well as a pivotal part of Wilton Little League.

Seeing kids begin their baseball career with the Wilton Little League is an exciting part of the system, Avallone explained, wherein many of these young baseball players will work their way up to high school sports and even beyond.

“When you think of baseball and how your career started, this is where the love of baseball all began,” noted Adam Daversa, 16, of the Wilton High School varsity players who spent the day helping out with the Little League players.

“I played here all my years,” said Cole Silvia, 16, another WHS varsity player.

All were impressed with how the field has been rebuilt thanks to the league and its sponsors, and yet the beauty of the location goes much deeper than the new backstop, signs, sod and grass.

:The memories will stay the same,” Daversa said, “no matter what the field looks like.”