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Mo’ne Davis throws a two-hit shutout in the Little League World Series

Aug 15, 2014, 6:55 PM EST

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The story of Philadelphia’s Mo’ne Davis keeps on getting better. One of only two girls in the Little League World Series, the 13-year-old pitched a two-hit shutout to lead Philadelphia, Pennsylvania over Nashville, Tennessee 4-0 on Friday afternoon. Needing only 70 pitches, Davis struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter as she became the first girl to throw a shutout in the LLWS, and to win a game.

Her performance drew the attention of some of baseball’s best, including Mike Trout, Marcus Stroman, and Dexter Fowler:

Davis and her team will play on Sunday next, against the winner of the Texas/Rhode Island match-up.

  1. AlmostForty - Aug 15, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    “I throw my curveball like Clayton Kershaw and my fastball like Mo’Ne Davis”

    – Mo’Ne Davis

  2. erbaodai - Aug 15, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    First woman in MLB?

    It’s a long shot, but who knows.

    • jlovenotjlo - Aug 15, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      Honest question, has a woman ever advanced to double A ball? Or single A? I recall stories of a female pitcher who dominated Indy leagues not long ago, perhaps someone could fill me in.

      I think the main hurdle would be velocity. That would be awesome if Mo Ne developed a nasty knuckleball and rode it to the MLB. Best of luck to this great pitcher!

      • bleedgreen - Aug 15, 2014 at 8:02 PM

        Jamie Moyer was halfway decent his last year or two with Philly and he couldn’t break 83mph to save his life.

      • jinx21fan - Aug 15, 2014 at 8:16 PM

        The only one I could find was Eri Yoshida, a Japanese knuckleballer a few years back in an Indy league. There maybe others.

        Listen, I know its going to be dismissed as sexist, but the chances of a woman playing in the MLB is next to zero. If it happens it will be a pitcher with some sort of wicked knuckleball. There certainly is room for women within the sport ie: Kim Ng. There will also be a woman umpire at some point as well.

      • The Dangerous Mabry - Aug 15, 2014 at 8:27 PM

        You may be thinking of Ila Borders. There’s a big exhibit at the Hall of Fame right now about women in baseball, and she’s a featured part of it. She pitched for the St Paul Saints, among others, and apparently was a pretty solid pitcher. Not Major Leagues solid, but she was no joke.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:56 PM

        Borders is from La Mirada and pitched at Vanguard and Whittier in college, and she pitched in the Indy Leagues for a few years. Her ERAs were usually around 7 or 8 in the pros, but she was a trailblazer, the first woman to ever start a men’s professional baseball game

    • hardballtalkusername - Aug 16, 2014 at 12:26 AM

      If by MLB you mean Major League Blernsball, than Turanga Leela holds that honor.

  3. mp4philly - Aug 15, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    So proud of this poised young woman. There are many negatives in our city and it’s nice to see something positive for a change.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 16, 2014 at 1:35 AM

      She has been really awesome and I am pulling for her,I just wish her parents had moved to anywhere else(if indeed they moved there)I just have a feeling that the Philie press will just go off on her if she hangs a curveball on the team who wins the title.

      Then again I love to stereo-type the Phillie phans as they love to get riled up anyway.

  4. buccan33rz1976 - Aug 15, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Until news breaks that she is really 16 years old after they win it all…

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 15, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      I know, right?

      Nice second try, Danny Almonte.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:57 PM

        Whatever happened to Danny Almonte? Is he in the minors? He’s gotta be like 25 now right?

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 15, 2014 at 11:16 PM

        Here. Let me Google that for you.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Almonte

        “Danny Almonte Rojas (born April 7, 1987) is an assistant baseball coach at James Monroe High School in New York City. Almonte was born in Moca, Dominican Republic. A former Little League pitcher, he became the subject of considerable media attention in 2001. Considered a phenomenon as he led his Bronx team to a third-place finish in the 2001 Little League World Series, Almonte was revealed to have actually been two years too old to play Little League baseball. Although there were many allegations during the 2001 Series, the truth was not revealed until weeks later.”

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      • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 16, 2014 at 1:50 AM

        She has better command than Almonte,though not quite the speed.

        Then again he was 5 or 6 years older than her and this young lady has an “Kershaw Curve.” That trumps speed in my book,plus he was a 16 year old male throwing to a bunch if 12 year olds,so if anything turns up that she was really 15,then I still will put this game above his performances for pure F-uness because she must be a TRUE badass.The girl can pitch is what I guess I am saying.And I would be proud to have her for a daughter as I can see greatness in her future whatever she decides to do.Some immature MLB players might want to listen to her interviews before saying anything.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Aug 16, 2014 at 11:05 AM

        There’s going to be a short 30 for 30 about him and the LLWS thing, I believe.

  5. kcroyal - Aug 15, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Her post game interview was great.

  6. dannymac17 - Aug 15, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Im just glad nobody is connecting this to race rather than the fact she can f&^#in deal.

    Good stuff.

    • dannymac17 - Aug 15, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      Not sure why the thumbs down. Everyone likes to make something out of race and ive yet to see it and im glad. Im glad they are focused on her pitching. Jerks.

      • jinx21fan - Aug 15, 2014 at 8:20 PM

        I thumbed it down only because you in fact did made it about race. By trying to prove how “enlightened” you are by pointing it out, you actually brought it up.

    • Hard On For Harden - Aug 15, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      Because NO ONE was even thinking about race until you brought it up for no reason. That crap is annoying, so there’s your answer.

    • genericcommenter - Aug 15, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      You were 10 minutes early.

  7. blacksables - Aug 15, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    It would be nice if you guys would publicize the Little League World Series every year, and not just when a minority girl is playing.

    • blacksables - Aug 15, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/08/16/is-televising-the-little-league-world-series-really-necessary/

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 15, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      Now I’m beginning to understand why so many commenters get on you for intellectual dishonesty. You cherry picked an article from 2011, where Craig was publicizing an article by a NBC writer who doesn’t write for HBT. Meanwhile I googled “hardballtalk” and “little league” and came up with a half dozen articles from 2014 alone that publicized Little League.

      The fact that you felt compelled to whine about it being a minority girl is also a bad look.

      Weak sauce all around.

      • jinx21fan - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:14 PM

        Actually, 99% of Craig’s articles is a commentary on someone else’s article – so “cherry picked” doesn’t apply to the one case in point.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:22 PM

        1) Never start a retort with “actually” as this marks you for a co-bag.
        2) He searched to the 20th page of results to find a negative HBT Little League headline. Which wasn’t even an HBT article. That’s called cherry picking. By people who can think.

      • jinx21fan - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:35 PM

        Actually Ma’am, I’m going to have to ask you to calm down.

        I could care less whatever little back and forth you and the other commenter have going. Once again, you felt compelled to point out that Craig was merely “publicizing” someone else’s work. I just pointed out you don’t have to “cherry pick” to find articles like that. Most of Craig’s “work” is based off of others work.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 16, 2014 at 12:51 PM

        Actually, jinx, he’s a dude, so I’m going to have to ask you to lay off the sexist insults. Plus, Mo isn’t the least insulted at the suggestion he’s female — because being female is awesome. Whose does your fastball look like? My money is on 50 Cent’s.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 16, 2014 at 2:11 AM

      @blacksables.

      Why you going all negative recently ? I always took you for a real fan and while I did not agree with everything you posted I always kind of felt that you cared.Lately it seems you are trying to just be the guy who has to be the outspoken one matter what.I know you have had dust-ups with other commenters but I kinda liked what you brought to the table.You were always one of the guys I did not always agree with but you would list stuff that made me think in a different way.Do yourself and me a favor and PLEASE go back to be blacksables of old.You could change peoples opinions not too long ago.Do it again.

      No joke

      • blacksables - Aug 16, 2014 at 5:04 AM

        Go up to the top of the page in the search engine and type in Little League.

        Except for a couple of articles about Mo’ne Davis, the one I linked to from three years ago was the first actual post about the Little League. While there were a few others that used Little League in the title, those weren’t about the games.

        That’s using Hardball Talk’s own search engine, not anything else.

        I have a daughter who plays a lot of different sports, and I’m happy Mo’Ne is playing and doing well. I just think it’s wrong to ignore the LLWS until she starts getting a lot of press. Girls play every year. Why is this year so special?

      • blacksables - Aug 16, 2014 at 5:09 AM

        Also, slappy, thanks. The big issue is, most people commenting here don’t know anything about the game at all. They are just here to complain about something.

        Whenever anyone (you, me, any knowledgeable fan) try to post something to clarify a point, or try to bring the truth to some insane statement like when they make up their own rules and can’t understand why the call was something different, we immediately get attacked by them.

        They’ve chosen the battleground, which is stupid, because we should be discussing the game, not exchanging recipes.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 16, 2014 at 9:19 AM

        The breadth of your arrogance is breathtaking. Disagreeing with you = “not knowing anything about the game.” You are no the guardian of all that is baseball, you are a punk with an over-inflated opinion of your own knowledge of the game. Others see aspects of the game differently. Only a fool would claim differences of opinion mean they know nothing of the sport at large.

  8. jdog5428 - Aug 15, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    If she was white, the lib media wouldn’t care.

    • nworca - Aug 15, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      You know, I’ll bet there are more than a few non-white boys participating. Don’t you think this is maybe a big deal because she is a girl? Of course, then again, being a minority girl will get your conservative knickers all in a twist, which you will use as an excuse to bash the imaginary lib media.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 15, 2014 at 11:00 PM

        Regardless of your political affiliation, there’s really no denying that NBC tends to lean left more than it does right.

    • chill1184 - Aug 15, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      Didnt know you were actually into baseball, Pat Buchanan. One would think your obsession with the central planning scheme known as immigration took up most of your free time.

    • clemente2 - Aug 15, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      jdog—absolutely the stupiest thing I heard this week. You win!

      • macjacmccoy - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:37 AM

        Yea he probably one the stupidest award, but nworca was a close second. Stating that the liberal media is imaginary is one of the most naive things I have ever heard. Its ok if you want to drink the Kool aid as long as you don’t try to convince everyone it’s only water. I’m a conservative and I have a lot of the same beliefs as people on fox news, and I might watch it from time to time when I feel I need those beliefs reinforced, but do I believe the way they frame there stories and their opinions on events and people are the only conclusions a logical person can come to? No I do not. People who watch current tv and Ms bc should have the same clarity of mind.

        There is nothing intelligent about being bombarded by propaganda and not being able to recognize it. Its even worse to call out someone else for being susceptible to it while saying the people doing it to you actually aren’t doing it at all. The facts are there is a conservative media and a liberal media, and no one should rely on them for 100% honest and accurate reporting .

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 16, 2014 at 2:17 AM

      If she was white…..

      Really ? Is that what you want the NSA to know about you?

      How about a little girl is striking out the best 12 tear olds in the country,Is that enough for you Jethro?

    • tellyspop - Aug 16, 2014 at 8:08 AM

      Faux Gnuz is lib?

  9. ochospantalones - Aug 15, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Mo’Ne was amazing. Meanwhile the Nashville pitcher intentionally beaned the kid who hit the home run. Who was managing Nashville, Kirk Gibson?

  10. ch0psuey - Aug 15, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Impressive stuff, was fun to watch.

  11. historiophiliac - Aug 15, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Hell yeah!

    • historiophiliac - Aug 16, 2014 at 1:18 AM

      Get to know Mo'Ne Davis. The astounding 12-year-old with a stellar fastball. http://t.co/BlGkm65ONh https://t.co/JymmNOKfrp— SB Nation (@SBNation) August 11, 2014

    • indaburg - Aug 16, 2014 at 8:28 AM

      /high-five

      This is what it means to throw like a girl.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Aug 16, 2014 at 11:07 AM

        Wonder how many guys here can throw 70mph? Not sure I can.

      • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Aug 16, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        Copo

        I once threw at 138-140 kph as a sophomore back in 2003 here in Kyushu Kokusai Daigaku against Toko Gakuen high at the regionals in spring when competing for a spot in the Koshien best of 12. Topped out at 145 kph against Nishogakusha Daigaku Fuzoku as a senior in 2004. Owed every bit of it to our former coach Akimiya Suzuka (now retired…), who was once a pitcher in Nigun at Nankai.

        NEVER even step foot at the so called “Sacred Ground” in Osaka…

  12. hojo20 - Aug 15, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    I can’t stand the LLWS, but i’ll watch the games she pitches. Go Mo’ne!

  13. rcali - Aug 15, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    She is a wet dream for MLB officials. I expect her in the bigs by next season.

  14. ucangfy - Aug 15, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    She could probably get a scholarship if she played softball… just saying

    • someguyinva - Aug 15, 2014 at 11:19 PM

      She’s been quoted as saying her dream is to play basketball at UConn and in the WNBA. Articles written about her tout her ability on the court, but who knows if her dream is realistic.

      If she does make it, she wouldn’t be the first athlete to play in the LLWS and play professionally in a sport other than baseball; Chris Drury (Connecticut/NHL), Pierre Turgeon (Canada/NHL) and Brian Sipe (California/NFL) are probably the most famous non-MLB players, and there was even one girl, Krissy Wendell, who went on to play for the US Women’s National Ice Hockey Team.

  15. jre80 - Aug 15, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Who gives a f#*{

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 16, 2014 at 4:25 AM

      Baseball fans.

    • tfoz5150 - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:13 PM

      Philly fanz.

  16. chrisernst82 - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Awesome! It would be great for baseball if she got drafted. While baseball hasn’t seen any legit female prospects it could happen. The way kids play ball now a days is like no time in history. Playing all year, travelling the country and so on. Its not a stretch to think a 13 year old could add 15-20 MPH in 5 years.

    • genericcommenter - Aug 15, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      I could be wrong, but i’m guessing the way boys and girls develop differently during puberty might have something to do with it. She’s probably not going to have a growth spurt that results in 30-40 lbs of added muscle mass and tripling her bench press.

  17. luvusa1 - Aug 16, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    LOL: Just a tad insecurity shown by the male gender especially jinx. Geez, give the girl some credit…my goodness…talking about her making the show when she is still in LL!

  18. randomjoeblow - Aug 16, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    It’s a neat story now, but in a couple of years when she’s only topped out at like 75, it won’t be a story at all. Right place, right time right now..

  19. raysfan1 - Aug 16, 2014 at 1:59 AM

    LL diamonds are 46ft from the mound to home. She throws a 70MPH fastball. The reaction time those kids have when she uncorks one of those is the same as facing a 91.3MPH fastball on the full size diamond.

  20. tn16 - Aug 16, 2014 at 3:38 AM

    I played baseball with a girl in grade 8 best player on the team by far but as u get older the guys just grow and the girls stop I hope for her sake see finds a good girls baseball team but she’s probably got the best chance at a scholarship if she goes to softball in a few year. Wish her good luck but she’s eventually going to be pushed into softball

  21. tn16 - Aug 16, 2014 at 3:45 AM

    Also I know his is great but she’s not the best player in this tournament how about give the kid who’s almost touching 80!!! Some press, She’s a
    12 year old girl. girls mature faster then most boys she’s probally stronger then 3/4 of the kids I’m this tournament, not including the 6’4 230 pound giant who hits BOMBS!!!

  22. campcouch - Aug 16, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    For a sec I thought I was in PFT. It’s a story about a little girl pitching in the LLWS. Nothing more than that. Stop being ogres.

  23. tn16 - Aug 16, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    The average non baseball player grown mail fastball is 67 MPH

  24. tn16 - Aug 16, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Male**

  25. zdravit - Aug 16, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    They’re getting sex changes earlier and earlier these days.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 17, 2014 at 2:15 AM

      PFT is up and to the left.

      Tomorrow we will teach you colors and to not stray out of the lines.

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