Girl with a 70 mph fastball leads team to Little League World Series

Taney starting pitcher Mo’Ne Davis
Taney starting pitcher Mo’Ne Davis AP

Mo’Ne Davis might play ball like a girl, but that’s no insult.

The 13-year-old made headlines Sunday when she pitched a three-hitter, leading Taney Youth Baseball Association Little League of Philadelphia into the Little League World Series.

In the Taney Dragons’ 8-0 victory against Delaware-Newark National Little League, Davis struck out six batters and allowed just three walks and three hits.

According to an article in Philadelphia Magazine, Davis’ mean fastball registers at 70 mph. She also throws a nasty curve.

“A lot of the time opposing players don’t realize it’s a girl; they assume it’s a boy with long hair,” her coach Steve Bandura said in the story.

Davis has been playing baseball since she was 7 and is one of just two girls who will play in the Little League World Series, which begins Thursday in Williamsport, Penn.

“To me she is the best pitcher,” Taney outfielder Zion Spearman, 13, told the Patriot News. “And she is an awesome person on and off the field.”

Davis may be the first American girl heading to play in the Little League World Series in a decade, but she only wishes she had more company.

“More girls should join boys’ teams so it could be a tradition and it wouldn’t be so special,” Davis told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.