Mo’Ne Davis throws like a girl — which is to say, she throws better than most of her peers, nearly all of whom are men.
Davis, a 13-year-old Little League pitcher, threw a complete shutout Sunday to advance her team, the Taney Dragons of Philadelphia, to the Little League World Series. To get there, Davis allowed just three hits in six innings, hurling 70 mph fastballs and curveballs you have to see to believe:
Only 16 girls have played in the Little League World Series in the past 67 years, league spokesman Brian McClintock told the Associated Press. 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.
“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, whose walk-up song is Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls)” — the chorus of which asks, “Who run the world?” then answers, “Girls!” — isn’t a fan of all the extra attention, but that isn’t stopping her from pursuing her dreams.
“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.