Philadelphia's Mo'ne Davis drives in a run with a single to right field off Pearland pitcher Clayton Broeder during the first inning of a baseball game at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014.
Mo'ne Davis is one of the biggest stories ahead of the 2014 Little League World Series. And this isn't about a girl playing on the sport's biggest stage. It's about a girl dominating on the sport's biggest stage.
The 13-year-old's fastball regularly reaches 70 mph, and more than that, the eighth-grader is an honor roll student at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in northwest Philadelphia. On the field, she's been integral to the success of the Taney Dragons, who are now headed to Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Davis is believed to be the first African-American girl to play in the Little League World Series, but her sports goals extend beyond baseball. One day she hopes to take the court as the point guard for Geno Auriemma's Huskies. Her favorite players are Seth Curry of the Golden St. Warriors and Maya Moore, the former UConn great who now plays for the Minnesota Lynx.
“Is it in the realm of possibility? Absolutely,” Taney Dragons catcher Steve Bandura said (via the New York Daily News) of Davis suiting up for UConn. “She’s Steve Nash on the basketball floor. She sees everything. She always has a plan.”
There's plenty of time for Davis to fulfill that dream. For now, she's focused on helping her team win the LLWS. The fun continues Wednesday when Taney faces Las Vegas. And, yes, Davis is expected to be on the mound.