New Jersey's Elmora Troopers Set To Begin Little League World Series Campaign Friday

Alex Greenberg
August 16, 2019 - 2:25 pm
The Elmora Troopers from Elizabeth, New Jersey pose for a photo.

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New Jersey’s Little League state champions are ready to test themselves against the best teams from around the world.

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The Elmora Troopers of Elizabeth, NJ will play their first game of the 2019 Little League World Series on Friday night against a team from Salem, Oregon. The Troopers reached the event in Williamsport, Pennsylvania by winning the Mid-Atlantic region of qualifying.

The team is made up of a close-knit group of 13 All-Stars from the Elmora Youth League in Elizabeth. Elmora won 19-4 over a team from Haverstraw, Rockland County in the finals of their regional bracket to get to this point.

Inspiration for the team’s name came from New Jersey state trooper Thomas J. Hanratty, who was killed by a vehicle while conducting a traffic stop in 1992.

The state of New Jersey hasn’t had a Little League World Series winner since Tom’s River did it in 1998 with a team that featured current Mets third baseman Todd Frazier, but these 12-year-olds from Elizabeth are hoping to change that. 

If the Troopers can get by Salem, then they will face the winners of Friday afternoon’s game between teams from River Ridge, Louisiana and Wailuku, Hawaii. Elmora’s first game gets underway at 7 p.m. on ESPN.