One of Little League’s Few Female Players Just Made the World Series
By Ryan Grenoble Mo’Ne Davis throws like a girl — which is to say, she throws better than most of her peers, nearly all of whom are men.
Davis, a 13-year-old Little League pitcher, threw a complete shutout Sundayto advance her team, the Taney Dragons of Philadelphia, to the Little League World Series. To get there, Davis allowed just three hits in six innings, hurling 70 mph fastballs and curveballs you have to see to believe.
Only 16 girls have played in the Little League World Series in the past 67 years, league spokesman Brian McClintock told the Associated Press. Davis said there wasn’t much of a difference between playing boys and girls: “We’re playing the same game,” she told the AP.
Earlier this month, Philadelphia Magazine called Davis “the heart and soul of the team” complete with “long, flowing braids that cover the surname and numbers on the back of her uniform.”
“She has incredible leadership, and you can’t shake her; she’s unflappable,” Davis’ coach, Alex Rice, told ESPN. “Hit a home run off her and she’ll just give a little smile and get back to work. She doesn’t get rattled.”
The Little League World Series starts with a game in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.