13-year-old Mo’Ne Davis, a Little League pitcher, threw a complete shutout Sunday that advanced the Taney Dragons of Philadelphia to the Little League World Series.
Davis, who throws an impressive 70 mph fastball and curveball, is just one of 16 girls who have played in the Little League World Series in the past 67 years.
Davis said there wasn’t much of a difference between playing boys and girls: “We’re playing the same game,” she told the AP last week.
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.”
Davis isn’t moved by all of the extra attention, she’s just focused on doing great. “No matter who you are, you should be able to do what you like to do and what you’ve always dreamed of doing,” she told ESPN.
The Little League World Series starts Thursday with a game in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
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