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Fans Turning Out To Support NJ Team In Little League World Series

August 16, 2019 - 3:49 pm

ELIZABETH, N.J. (WCBS 880) — A youth baseball team from New Jersey is getting ready to go up against the best in the Little League World Series.

The Elmora Troopers, from Elizabeth, is the first team from New Jersey to make it to the tournament in more than two decades and they are seeing waves of support from all over the state.

“A lot of work put into it. The volunteers, the kids, the parents, the coaches – this is a total, total package of things,” said Kevin Rodriguez, who used to coach the team with his wife, Gloria.

He joined a host of friends, family and even strangers who came out to board buses to Williamsport, Pennsylvania to show their support.

“I’m nervous for them as well and I know they're gonna do great, not matter what,” Gloria said.

The Elmora Troopers play Oregon at 8 p.m. on Friday in Williamsport. They beat Haverstraw from Rockland County on Saturday in the Mid-Atlantic Region championship game.

“It’s just so rewarding just to see the smiles, even the parents and the support of Elizabeth how they just all come together. It just pays off so well. They practice day in and day out if not every day and it's just so amazing,” said one mom, whose son is going to cheer on the friends he once played baseball with.

Two bus companies offered to take fans to see the big game on Friday for free. Those who filled the seats were confident in the team from Elizabeth.

One fan boarding a bus shouted: “We're going to win. We're going to go all the way.”