Baseball fans at South Williamsport were witness to history as pitching prodigy Mo’ne Davis tossed a two-hitter in Philadelphia’s opener. Her efforts contributed to a convincing 4-0 victory over Nashville. As the first girl to appear for an American-based team in the Little League World Series since 2004, Davis is quickly capturing the hearts and minds of those in attendance.
When she struck out the final batter of the game, the crowd roared into an inspiring round of applause. It was only fitting as Davis made history by becoming the first girl to win a LLWS game. Statistically, Davis threw 70 pitches while registering eight strikeouts and not walking one batter. In addition, she would retire the first six batters she faced with a remarkable 70-mph fastball.
Despite not getting a hit in three at-bats of her own, it was her superlative pitching performance that impressed those in attendance, including Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett. Shortstop Jared Sprague-Lott provided the heroics at the plate, hitting a three-run blast in the first inning. Five innings later, Carter Davis would hit an RBI sacrifice fly, extending the lead.
One of two girls competing at the 2014 edition of the Little League World Series (Canada’s Emma March is the other), the 13-year-old Davis has become a phenomenon on social media, gaining a fan in basketball superstar Kevin Durant. In addition, baseball superstar Mike Trout and Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospect Marcus Stroman commented on her performance on social media.
Although there are some who are speculating she has a possible career as a major league baseball player, her sporting preferences could change by the time she reaches high school. Having already expressed a desire to play NCAA basketball with the renowned Connecticut Huskies, her sporting heroics may soon translate to another sport. Regardless of which direction she pursues her athletic dreams, the fact that the sporting conversation has turned to the possibility of women one day possibly competing in Major League Baseball was a significant victory.