Elmora Troopers Receive Special Homecoming After Little League World Series

Erica Brosnan
August 29, 2019 - 5:59 pm
Elmora Troopers

Gov. Phil Murphy's Office

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TRENTON (WCBS 880) — A little league team from New Jersey got a special homecoming Thursday after arriving home from the World Series in Williamsport.

Gov. Phil Murphy, First Lady Tammy Murphy and State Police Superintendent Col. Patrick Callahan met with the Elmora Troopers and the families at the State Police Museum in Ewing to celebrate their inspiring journey to the Little League World Series.

The team was one of eight from across the country to make it to Williamsport and one of the final four teams in the U.S. bracket.

The Elmora Troopers are named after New Jersey State Trooper Thomas J. Hanratty, who was killed in the line of duty on April 2, 1992 in a motor vehicle accident. Hanratty played baseball for the league and the boys wear his badge number on their uniforms.

 “The Elmora Troopers, New Jersey’s Boys of Summer, carried us all on their shoulders as they carried the memory of Trooper Thomas Hanratty on their sleeves,” said Gov. Murphy. “With a Jersey Shake and an irrepressible spirit, they represented our state on the Little League World Series stage in the very best way possible.”

“This talented group of boys from Elizabeth, New Jersey managed to capture the hearts and minds of millions of baseball fans across the nation not just because of their grit and determination on field, but for their poise and grace off the field and for their collective belief that they were part of something bigger than themselves” said Callahan.

The team was ultimately knocked out of the double elimination tournament last week after a defeat by a team from Louisiana that went on to win the championship.