You know that old saying “You throw like a girl?’’ Well if you’re talking about Philadelphia Little Leaguer Mo’ne Davis, that’s a pretty big compliment.
The righthanded pitcher tossed an absolute gem in her team’s opening game at the Little League World Series on Friday, leading Philadelphia to a 4-0 win over Nashville.
Davis shut out Nashville over six innings, allowing just two hits with no walks and eight strikeouts, needing just 70 pitches to complete the game.
Davis is the first girl to appear on a US team in Williamsport, Pa. since 2004, and became the first girl to ever pitch a shutout at the LLWS. To aid their pitcher, Jared Sprague-Lott hit a three-run home run to give Philadelphia a 3-0 lead in the first inning, while Carter Davis hit a sac fly in the sixth to provide an insurance run.
Philadelphia is representing the Mid-Atlantic in the US bracket and won the region by going 5-1, their only loss coming at the hands of New York on Aug. 5. Their next game will be on Aug. 17 against the winner of Cumberland, R.I., the New England champion, and Pearland, Texas, who represents the Southwest region.