New Jersey honors Little League team that made World Series

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New Jersey has honored the team that competed in the Little League World Series after capturing the state and Mid-Atlantic Championships.

Gov. Phil Murphy and State Police Superintendent Col. Patrick Callahan hosted the Elmora Troopers and their families Thursday at the State Police Museum in Ewing.

The team performed their signature shake dance move for the governor, who also named a day after the team.

“[We’ve named] Sept. 6, 2019, as ‘Elmora Troopers Day,’ for the team’s outstanding performance at the 2019 Little League season and for showing the world athletic strength and character of New Jersey’s youth,” Murphy said.

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Elizabeth's Elmora Youth League team is named in honor of Trooper Thomas Hanratty, who was struck and killed during a traffic stop in 1992. Hanratty played baseball for the league, and players wear a patch with his badge number.

Team members say that playing in the Little League World Series felt like a dream.

“After we won the regionals game to make it, we were like, ‘We’re actually going.’ It was just crazy,” said player Jayden.

The team was knocked out of the double-elimination Little League World Series tournament last week when they were beaten by a team from Louisiana that went on to win the championship.

A parade to honor the team will be held in Elizabeth on Sept. 6.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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