Last week, we introduced you to Taney Dragons starting pitcher Mo’Ne Davis, who tossed a complete game shutout to punch her team’s ticket to the Little League World Series. She allowed just three hits in the 8-0 win.
Since then, the 13-year-old’s profile has gone up. Way up.
Davis followed up by outdoing herself on the big stage. On Friday, she became the first female pitcher in LLWS history to toss a complete game shutout. Armed with a 70-mph fastball, she gave up just two hits, threw eight strikeouts and issued zero walks as she led her Philadelphia-based squad to a 4-0 victory.
After the game, Davis described her pitching to ESPN: “I throw my curve ball like Clayton Kershaw and my fastball like Mo’Ne Davis.”
She also challenged Kershaw, who is her pitching idol, to a head-t0-head contest. The Los Angeles Dodgers ace accepted.
He’s hardly the first major leaguer to notice Davis. Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout gave her a shoutout on Twitter and Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz also offered praise.
— Mike Trout (@Trouty20) August 15, 2014
David Ortiz while watching Mo’Ne Davis pitch today: “She throws serious cheese. She can pitch.”
— Joe McDonald (@ESPNJoeyMac) August 15, 2014
Her star power has transcended baseball. Athletes and celebrities outside of the baseball world have taken notice.
This youngster is striking everybody out and she is a girl. I love it. #itsanewday
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) August 15, 2014
Steeeerike! Mo’ne Davis is the first girl to pitch a Little League World Series shutout. Talk about groundbreaking.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 16, 2014
Some people have even thrown around the possibility of Davis achieving her goal of becoming the first female player in Major League Baseball.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. What’s clear right now is that Davis has become an icon for teenage ball players (girls and boys), a status that was solidified Tuesday when Sports Illustrated announced she would grace the cover of its next issue.
The best part about baseball’s fascination with Davis is that it has to do with her powerful arm and smooth delivery. The fact she’s female is secondary.
Her team put together a late rally to win Sunday night. She’s likely to get the start Wednesday.
Here’s hoping for another lights-out performance.