Tuesday, Mo’Ne Davis appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and the 13-year-old Little Leaguer has created a nationwide buzz; Mo’Ne came into the media spotlight over the last week as her Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Little League team appeared at the Little League World Series (LLWS). Mo’Ne Davis is the youngest athlete ever to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated. She is the pitcher for her team, and the last two games she has pitched have been shut out games. Mo’Ne has been called the best player on the Philadelphia Little League team, and her pitches average almost 70 mph, according to ESPN (live).
The Philadelphia Little League team is undefeated at this year’s series, and so is the Las Vegas team. The two will play against each other Wednesday night. The winner will move immediately to Saturday’s US Championship game. The loser will play the Chicago team Thursday night for one more chance to make it to Saturday’s game.
The lines at the 2014 Little League World Series started at 8 a.m. this morning, and most of the people have driven the 177 miles from Philadelphia to South Williamsport, PA for the World Series games. Mo’Ne Davis is the big draw and everyone wants to see the 13-year-old pitch. Tickets were given out at the stadium and even though they are free tickets, it is standing room only and that is outside the park. For more on the Mo'Ne and to see a video of her pitching, click here.
The Las Vegas Little League team is a strong powerhouse team. They are also undefeated and they’ve made multiple home runs during their games at the 2014 LLWS. The media attention may be with Mo’Ne, but the Powerhouse team has definitely been the Las Vegas Little League team. This is their first time at the LLWS and they were the first team to make a grand slam at these games. The Las Vegas, Nevada team is the Little League team to beat at these games. They have moved through their games quickly and have dominated the two teams they have played so far, and in each game by more than 10 runs. For more on this story, click here.
Earlier on Wednesday, after a 90 minute rain delay, the South Korea team defeated the Japan Little League team in a surprise upset. The Japan Little League team was coming off a 12 game winning streak at the LLWS; this team won the World Championship game last year. The final score 4-2.
This is the 75th annual Little League Baseball World Series and each year the LLWS games are played in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The annual LLWS event brings tens of thousands of families, fans, and players from around the world to watch 10 day of games. To see a list of all of the Little League teams that are playing at the 2014 LLWS, click here.
The LLWS games can be dramatic, heart breaking, or an absolute joy for the winning teams. Making it to Williamsport is a hard earned dream for most of the 11 – 12 year olds (and 13-year-olds whose birthday is after May 1, 2014), and most of the players are astute baseball fans.
Each year, the LLWS starts with sixteen teams; eight United States (US) and eight international teams. It’s double elimination and each team gets to play three games at the LLWS with the final game being a consolation game. The final championship game will consist of one US team and one International team, and that game will be played on August 24, 2014.
If a LLWS team loses or wins at the LLWS games, they return to their suite-like surroundings at The Grove and get to live like rock stars for the time they are there. Amenities include: a large swimming pool, video games, a room full of ping pong tables, and new friends who have come from all over the world. No parents allowed! To see a video about The Grove, click here and look for the video on the left.