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Las Vegas hands South Philadelphia’s Mo’ne Davis her first Little League World Series loss

Aug 20, 2014, 10:37 PM EDT

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Mo’ne Davis and the South Philadelphia Taney Dragons took their first loss Wednesday evening in the double-elimination Little League World Series.

Davis struck out six batters and walked just one, but a powerful team from Mountain Ridge Little League of Las Vegas got to her for six hits — including an RBI triple and a two-run home run by Dallan Cave — in an eventual 8-1 defeat in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Davis made it just 2 1/3 innings before reaching her predesignated pitch count of 55. Go ahead and blame it on the old Sports Illustrated jinx.

Las Vegas now advances to the United States Championship game on Saturday. Davis and her Mid-Atlantic squad can get there with a win over Jackie Robinson West on Thursday in the consolation bracket.

Wednesday night’s game drew a record crowd of 34,128 fans to Lamade Stadium in Williamsport. That is higher than the average 2014 attendance for 22 of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams.

  1. hardkor07mn - Aug 20, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    This girl is good, but the four letter network has made her out to be some kind of baseball god. I guess she came back to reality tonight.

    • pinkfloydprism - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:01 PM

      She is what,12? Let her enjoy her baseball “god” time.

    • jrbdmb - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      Not sure she wants to be a “baseball god” – she sounds likes she is uncomfortable with all the attention and just wants to play the game with her teammates.

      • Paper Lions - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:16 AM

        I agree, but he is right about ESPNs coverage. The announcers were openly rooting for her and her team and ESPNs focus has been on her alone even while she keeps saying that it is about the team and not one player.

  2. jre80 - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    This makes it as an article on HBT?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:16 PM

      Really!!! A story about baseball on a baseball blog. What the heck????

    • twinfan24 - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:16 PM

      No one made you click the link to get to this article. Relax.

    • renaado - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      Doesn’t matter as long it’s Baseball related, even outside leagues for example are a topic here.

    • stex52 - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:14 AM

      Check her hand, sport. That’s a baseball in it. “Hardball” is actually a vernacular term for baseball, in case you didn’t know.

      So yes, it makes it an HBT article.

    • sdelmonte - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:38 AM

      I agree. I think Little League play shouldn’t be covered as a sport. Heck, I don’t even think there should be a Little League World Series. These kids are way too young for such high pressure exposure and exploitation.

      • stex52 - Aug 21, 2014 at 10:38 AM

        A rare case where we disagree, sdel (unless you want to count my decades-long antipathy towards the Mets (See 1986)). I participated some as an active parent years ago. On balance it is very good for the majority of kids. It doesn’t police itself of the bad coaches very well, and too many parents regard it as a baby-sitting service. But overall the kids love it.

        I came to a different opinion after participating from where I started.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 21, 2014 at 10:59 AM

        I think the Little League World Series is great. It is an opportunity to teach the kids about meeting people from different cultures and bonding over shared interests. If only us adults could find something similar to keep peace and promote friendship.

        I don’t know if they should be televising it on national television or putting the kids on SI necessarily, but I think the whole thing in general is wonderful.

  3. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    If nothing else it’s incredibly impressive she drew 34,000 people to watch her pitch.

  4. nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    The kids from Nevada flashed some serious leather early on to protect their quick lead, especially a diving catch at the warning track. They were simply too much tonight for the Mid-Atlantics.

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:24 PM

      Exactly. That diving catch in the first saved the lead. They came in as a hot hitting team and proved it.

    • indaburg - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:41 AM

      That was one nice catch!

    • yahmule - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      They play some good baseball in Nevada. Harper and Gallo are the just the latest examples.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM

        Kris Bryant as well.

  5. randomjoeblow - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    34,000 once vs 81 games across the board..

    • randomjoeblow - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:05 AM

      Are you thumbing down me, or Drew Silva for making an asinine comparison?

  6. brewcrewfan54 - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Maybe now we can hear about other kids playing at the LLWS. Nothing against Davis at all, just ESPn.

  7. randomjoeblow - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    BTW, how many kids in the history of the LLWS have thrown 70?

    • jeffbbf - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:56 AM

      seems like there’s a handful every year. 70 mph from 46 feet. scary

      • randomjoeblow - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:18 AM

        Exactly…but a girl…woah!

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      All of them? But seriously…there are more (in todays’ game) that do…than those that don’t.

  8. renaado - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    34,000 plus… Dang, what an awesome sight that is. Would be awesome if Mo’ne won, though.

    • Paper Lions - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:19 AM

      I find it hard to root for any team in the LLWS, because I immediately feel like I’m rooting against the other team of kids…, yeah, I guess it would have been awesome, but no more so than it was awesome for the kids from NV to win.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:01 AM

        I generally root for the California team, or whichever team is closest… hometown bias I guess.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:11 AM

        I hear you Paper. I root for the team closest to home. So in this case…the Chicago kids.
        Plus…to get there they beat the Indiana team (New Albany) on a walk off.
        So Jackie Robinson West it is for me!

  9. someguyinva - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    That crowd is impressive, but it’s not a record for the LLWS.

    Three years ago, when the Mid Atlantic representative was a team from just 30 miles away from Williamsport, they drew over 41K –

  10. serbingood - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Being from Las Vegas this is proof that we are more than just Dealers, Cocktail Servers, Dancers and Sex Industry Workers. We have a normal life going on out here and LLB is just one small part of it. However it appears to be a more important part than the quality of our schools and medical care.

    To all the visitors that come to enjoy the desert entertainment, thanks for coming, thanks for leaving your money – we don’t have a state income tax – enjoy your time here, and go home.

    • yahmule - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      The most corrupt local government this side of Louisiana, but some parts of southern Nevada, such as Valley of Fire, are exquisitely beautiful.

  11. mungman69 - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    She can only throw 55 pitches. I don’t know the rules.

    • cdawg1969 - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:35 AM

      They have limits that determine when you can next pitch. Up to a certain level, you need two days rest, then three, etc. By limiting her to 55 last night, they ensured she can pitch again Saturday if they win their next game.

    • mybrunoblog - Aug 21, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      The 55 pitches and number of days rest only applies to Little League. Most youth travel baseball leagues have no such limits. I recently saw a 10 year old throw over 80 pitches. He was still dealing but most of us were shocked they let the kid throw that many.

  12. udub - Aug 21, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    I think it’s hilarious the same people who think the NCAA is the worst organization in history for “exploiting” college kids obsess over the LLWS and have no problem exploiting 12-13 year olds

    • Paper Lions - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:22 AM

      I find it hilarious that you think there is any basis for comparison whatsoever.

      The money from the LLWS helps to fund LL baseball. Coaches aren’t paid millions, administrators aren’t paid millions….there is literally NOTHING that the NCAA and the LLWS have in common.

    • yahmule - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      If giving hundreds of children memories that will last a lifetime is exploitation, then I’m a fan.

  13. polkhigh4life - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:33 AM

    Hashtag…HATERS…for no reason…a 12 yr old…next up …jokes about war????

  14. tn16 - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:56 AM

    Can somebody say over-hyped

  15. tn16 - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:12 AM

    And where’s the article on the kid who hit 77!! For those of u wondering that’s 7 MPH faster then Davis. This girl has been hyped up way to much I get it’s a good story put setting her upto fail. Let her have fun at a event she will remember for a lifetime

  16. speedel - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:18 AM

    Is a girl and is a minority.

    Ding ding ding

    We have a story to hype

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      News is stuff that is out of the ordinary. The plane that crashes, not the hundreds that land safely every hour. The American in sumo wrestling. And yes, the girl in the LLWS.

  17. barrywhererufrom - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:48 AM

    As a coach of a ten year old boy who pitches and plays summer tournament ball I haven’t scene 70 yet on a pitcher. But from the 46 ‘6 distance that has to be impressive. I would give all the credit to the Nevada hitters they should be getting all the publicity for hitting her stuff.

  18. ryanw822 - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Karl Ravech and the rest of the ESPN crew was creepy last night. They were so desperate for a Mo’ne win last name and was even trying to spin her performance. Would say she struck out 5 in two innings and ignore LV just hitting ropes off of her.

  19. stlouis1baseball - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    The Nevada team can flat out hit. I have seen a couple of there games and the kids it lasers.
    They all hit behind the runners. They advance on the bases with fundamental soundness. They play solid defense. Gonna take one heck of a game for a team to beat them.

  20. chrisk61 - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    the team isn’t south phila-based. technically their home field is near 26th & pine streets, which is considered center city philly. some of the kids including mo’ne davis are indeed from south philly and play for another team, the anderson monarchs (affiliated with the marian anderson rec center in south philly. but many other kids on the team are from sections of philly other than south philly.

  21. chrisk61 - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    at the end of the day, the llws is fun. and particularly so for the town, cities and regions that are represented.

    LV is probably the best team in the US bracket. philly and chicago and both very good, but LV is dominant. i mean, they mercy ruled chicago for crying out loud. and let’s not hand the trophy to LV just yet. s korea is also very good.

    regarding LV-phila last nite, at the end of the day, before phila became unraveled in the 6th inning and the score went from 3-1 to 8-1, phila didn’t get timely hitting and left too many kids on base. one inning with the bases loaded. another with runners on 2nd and 3rd.

  22. robertleebeers - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    It would be good if the politics were removed from the ESPN reporting crew. Mountain Ridge may be too white for them but the kids in the team are all great examples of sportmen, regardless of external appearance. The exhibit everything we would love to see in professionals, even during interviews. Well done kids and a superb job of coaching.

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