Philadelphia's Taney Dragons on Sunday punched their ticket to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. How'd they do it? With a big assist from an ace pitcher named Mo'Ne Davis ...
Mo'ne Davis fires a dominant complete game shutout and Pennsylvania advances to the #LLWS. She was lights out.— MLB Fan Cave (@MLBFanCave) August 10, 2014
Yes: She was lights out. Here's a taste ...
Courtesy of Philadelphia magazine's Marc Kravitz, here's a little about Ms. Davis:
Mo'Ne is an honor roll student entering eight grade at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. Her fastball registers about 70 miles per hour on the radar gun; her curveball buckles the knees of opposing batters; her line-drives clear fences for home-runs.
Mo'Ne has played baseball with the Anderson Monarchs, a travel team based out of the Marion Anderson Recreational Center in South Philly, since the age of seven. “A lot of the time opposing players don't realize it's a girl; they assume it's a boy with long hair,” says her longtime coach Steve Bandura. The initial shock of learning that kid with the crazy baseball skills is a girl quickly wears off according to Coach Bandura. After a game or two, the other kids just see her as a really good player.
Given the success of Davis's team and Chicago's Jackie Robinson West team, are we seeing an urban baseball renaissance at the Little League level? Maybe so. Whatever the case, expect to hear a lot more about Mo'Ne Davis in the coming days.