ELIZABETH, NJ – The Elmora Troopers Little League Team received special recognition at Thursday night’s Freeholders meeting. Each player, along with coaches Jairo Labrador and Sal Garcia, received a resolution and medals commending their success.
“You guys were heard when we were in Williamsport, you were heard when we were in Bristol, Connecticut. You were a part of our journey,” Labrador said, thanking the community for their support. “We did it together. Thank you for having us and continuing to put smiles on these boys’ faces. It’s truly been an amazing experience.”
“One of our mottos was love and family,” Garcia said later. “That family also extends to the whole county.”
Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage praised the team as they received their awards.
“It was an extremely enjoyable time to watch these guys,” he said. “I hope everybody in Elizabeth and Union County has had as much fun as I watching these young men play baseball.”
The team was honored with a “Parade of Champions” earlier this month on the streets of Elizabeth. Bollwage said the team has been invited to the statehouse in Trenton in December, and that plans are in the works to bring the team to the U.S. Congress.
In addition to Bollwage, several Freeholders expressed their support for the team’s success.
“I know it’s been a long journey for all of you, and for the families, and the coaches as well as the players,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski.
Freeholder Angel Estrada commended the players for making county history and thanked the community for rallying behind them.
“This is the first time that Union County has played a role in the World Series for Little League. And that’s something that’s amazing,” Estrada said. “You have made us extremely proud, and I know that you yourselves are proud of what you’ve accomplished.”
“It’s a whole community coming together,” he added. “Everyone cares about our children. That’s something very important.”
Freeholder Sergio Granados then read the commemorative resolution. “The Elmora Troopers Little League team showed tremendous heart, true grit, and determination,” the resolution says in part.
The Elmora Troopers were the Mid-Atlantic Champions in this year’s Little League World Series Tournament. In addition to several players from Elizabeth, the team also includes three players from Linden and one from Rahway.