The Elmora Troopers

New Jersey State Police

New Jersey Team Heads To Little League World Series

August 12, 2019 - 9:12 am
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ELIZABETH, N.J. (WCBS 880) — After a victory Saturday night over Haverstraw, a team of 12-year-olds from Elizabeth, New Jersey is going to the Little League World Series.

The Elmora Troopers, beat a team from Haverstraw, Rockland County 19-4 in order to advance to Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

“It's a dream come true, it's every little leaguer's dream to make it to Williamsport,” said Jose Rojas, vice president of the Elmora Youth League in Elizabeth.

Founding members of the team were inspired by the 1998 New Jersey squad, which featured a current member of the Mets.

“We watched Toms River in ’98 and Todd Frazier and all those guys and we were like why not us?” Elmora Youth League treasurer Ralph Abbate said.

Rojas notes that the 13 players on the team have become so much more than just teammates over the course of this journey.

“These are boys that have gone to birthday parties, sleepovers, so not only are they really good friends, but they're schoolmates and share the bus rides together – so it's amazing to see this come together such a great group of boys,” he told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.

According to NJ.com, the Elmora Troopers are the first New Jersey Little League team from an urban community to reach the the Mid-Atlantic region of the tournament since Jersey City’s Roberto Clemente Little League did it in 1988.

The team’s first game in the World Series is Friday Night against Oregon. New Jersey State Police will be in attendance to show their support.