Their skill has taken them to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where they beat Salem, Oregon 6-2 in their LLWS opener.
As the team played hours away, there was a big show of support in the team’s hometown of Elizabeth.
Fans call them the “Lucky 13” and it was a big win Friday night for the Elmora Troopers, a group of 11 and 12-year-old baseball players from New Jersey.
Now their skill has taken them to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where they beat Salem, Oregon 6-2 in their LLWS opener.
“So many emotions running through us right now. Here to support them and support them through from day one,” Jose Colon, a relative of one of the players said.
Family members couldn’t all make the trip to Pennsylvania, but their support is evident Friday.
More than a hundred fans cheered the Troopers on from a viewing party at Williams Field.
“It’s such an unexplainable feeling. It makes me want to cry I can’t wait to give them a huge hug and kiss from all of us,” relative Katherine Nieves added.
Friday afternoon, hundreds of supporters filled six coach buses for the three-hour journey to Williamsport.
“Super excited, super emotional, super proud of my grandson Sal, he has worked so hard.” Olga Ortiz, the grandmother of player Sal Garcia said.
Olga’s son-in-law is also the coach of the little leaguers.
The last time a team from New Jersey won the championship was more than two decades ago.
For now, the focus is on Game 2. Elizabeth will play Hawaii on Sunday.