JERSEY STRONG! Team from Elizabeth NJ heading to Little League World Series to play for championship

Kimberly Dole
August 12, 2019 - 10:01 am

Elmora Troopers Go Fund Me

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ELIZABETH, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- The little league baseball team from the Elmora section of Elizabeth, New Jersey is headed to battle it out at the Little League World Series.

The Elmora Troopers' 13 members ages 10 to 12, advanced to the championship tournament in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

The team beat Haverstraw from Rockland County 19-4 on Saturday night in the Mid Atlantic Region championship game.

The Elmora troopers are named after the neighborhood where they play and a local New Jersey State Trooper, Thomas Hanratty, who died in the line of duty.  

Hanratty, an Elizabeth native, and baseball player, was killed in the line of duty in 1992 in a motor vehicle accident.

In an interview with WCBS-TV, the team's current manager Jairo Labrador said Hanratty's brother coached him.

"We wear his badge number on our uniforms, 4971," Labrador said. "We're representing the New Jersey State Police, a lot of its heroes."

NJ State police will attend the first game in the series Friday against Oregon.

The team is asking for donations of any amount help parents offset the travel costs to attend the tournament and cheer on the "Troopers" and have started a GoFundMe page.

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