Friday, for the first time ever, a girl threw a shut out game at the Little League World Series; 13-year-old Mo’Ne Davis is on the Philadelphia Little League team and the first game ended in a 4-0 score against the Nashville, Tennessee Little League team. The news has created a buzz Friday afternoon, and Mo'Ne is quickly becoming famous.
In an ESPN live interview after the game, Mo’Ne was asked if she was nervous to pitch and she said she was a little nervous until their team made a home run and then she felt a sense of relief. Mo’Ne appeared calm and confident while pitching her game, and seemed as though she didn’t think twice about the amount of pressure she was under. Mo’Ne has hair down to her waist and her fastball has been clocked at 70 mph. It was an incredible first game for the Philadelphia Little League team.
Sunday, the Philadelphia Little League Team defeated Delaware Little League team 8-0 and Mo’Ne struck out six players in that game. This is the game that got the team into the Little League World Series. Mo’Ne’s name instantly became famous and she has caused a stir this week in little league. CBS Sports reported that Mo'Ne is only the fourth girl to play at the LLWS. The Canada team also has a girl on their team this year. See the video to the left for a recap of the Philadelphia vs. Nashville game.
All of the LLWS games are shown live on ESPN and ESPN 2, and each game can be viewed on the ESPN website at any time. 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.
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. The final championship game will be played Sunday, August 24. To see a list of all of the Little League teams that are playing at the 2014 LLWS, click here.
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.
Even when a team loses at the LLWS games, they are able to return to their suite-like surroundings at The Grove and they get to live like rock stars for about ten days. 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.
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