Meet the 13-Year-Old Who Proves Throwing Like a Girl Wins Championships
Powerhouse pitcher and teen phenom Mo’Ne Davis led her Pennsylvania baseball team to a shutout win against the top sluggers from Delaware this past Sunday to clinch the Mid-Atlantic Regional Little League title.
Everyone is amped that a 13-year-old girl led the charge, but the win is especially meaningful for her team, the Taney Dragons, because it makes it the first team from Philadelphia ever to get to the prestigious Little League World Series, which begins on Thursday.
Her long black hair swooshing behind her with every pitch, Davis allowed just three hits and three walks and struck out six players, ending the game against Delaware with an 8–0 score. This stellar record is no anomaly for her. In the previous game against the same team, she struck out 10 batters, leading her team to an 8–4 win.
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An honor roll student about to start eighth grade in Philadelphia this fall, Davis is often referred to as the heart and soul of the Taney Dragons, according to Philadelphia Magazine. Her fastball clocks in at 70 mph, she throws a mean curveball, and she isn’t too shabby at hitting either. Davis started her baseball career at just seven, playing on the traveling team the Anderson Monarchs. Davis has harnessed her athletic prowess since childhood, defying stereotypes of female athleticism whether she meant to or not.
Davis is only the 18th girl to join the Little League World Series in its 68-year history and the first American girl to play in the tournament since 2004. Canadian Emma March also earned a place in the championship this year, making 2014 the third time two girls will play in the same year.
Davis has made a name for herself thanks to her exceptional skills, yet she’s happy for other young female athletes to join her in the spotlight.
“More girls should join boys’ teams so it could be a tradition and it wouldn’t be so special,” she told The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Get this—baseball isn’t even her favorite sport. This athlete favors basketball, and her dream is to play point guard for the University of Connecticut one day.