After an unforgettable experience in the Little League World Series, members of Elizabeth’s Elmora Troopers are returning home with their heads held high — and a special honor from the state’s top elected official.
“In the beginning of the season you would have never thought that you would make it to the Little League World Series, so it’s like a dream turned into reality,” said Jayden Capindica, co-captain and team representative.
The boys had the opportunity to play among the best 10 to 12-year-old baseball players in the world at the competition held in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. In the third round, the Mid-Atlantic champs lost to Louisiana, who went on to win the World Series, but you won’t find any defeat in these boys.
They received praise from watchers all across the country, including on Thursday from Gov. Phil Murphy during a visit to the New Jersey State Police Museum.
“The Elmora Troopers exemplified true sportsmanship, endearing comradery and New Jersey pride … ,” said Murphy.
The governor greeted each member of team, an honor they won’t soon forget, but also had a major surprise in store for them: a resolution making September 6, 2019 Elmora Troopers Day in New Jersey, forever memorializing this team.