Mo'ne Davis expected to pitch vs. Las Vegas in LLWS Wednesday

Mo'ne Davis will almost certainly be on the mound Wednesday night. (USATSI)
Mo'ne Davis will almost certainly be on the mound Wednesday night. (USATSI)

It's been a whirlwind month for Mo'ne Davis, the 13-year-old right-hander who has helped lead Philadelphia's Taney Dragons to the Little League World Series.

Last week, she became the first girl to toss a LLWS shutout in a regional matchup against Newark, and she's expected to be on the mound when the Dragons face Las Vegas in Wednesday's U.S. semifinal matchup at Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Davis explained her approach on the mound in an interview with ESPN.

“First and second inning, I got to get to know the umpire strike zone so then I know where to throw," she said. "And when i get through their order, I know where kids don’t like it. …Some people don’t like it low and outside so I throw it low and outside. Some people swing at curveballs, some people swing at first pitch, so I know when to throw the right pitch at the right time.”

Davis, whose fastball has been clocked at 70 mph, isn't just Taney's best pitcher. She's also an honor-roll student at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy who wants to play for Geno Auriemma's UConn Huskies one day.

It's a goal she certainly believes is attainable, and so too does her catcher, Steve Bandura, who was asked about her basketball-playing prospects recently.

“Is it in the realm of possibility? Absolutely,” he said, via the New York Daily News. “She’s Steve Nash on the basketball floor. She sees everything. She always has a plan.”

Which sounds a lot like her baseball game, too, which she describes better than any writer could.

"I throw my curveball like Clayton Kershaw and my fastball like Mo'ne Davis," she said.

HBO's John Oliver, perhaps an unlikely LLWS fan, probably put it best during his show, Last Week Tonight.

"In the world of sport, a new star emerged this week. I love this girl, but the best part of Mo'ne Davis is not that she happens to be female," he said, via Philly.com. "It's that she also happens to be awesome. Waving her fingers after strikeouts ... and displaying remarkable self-confidence."

Davis and the Dragons face Las Vegas Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET, and we'll be there to cover it for CBSSports.com.

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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