Mo’Ne Davis has broken ground yet again – this time, becoming the first Little leaguer to make the cover of Sports Illustrated.
“To be honest, I never thought I’d be famous for baseball,” admitted the 13-year-old who dreams of playing in the WNBA. That’s right, for all her success on the diamond, her heart seems to be on the court. “I could also do both basketball and baseball”, she mused, “but I really want to play basketball.”
After garnering national attention for her 70 mph fastball, Mo’Ne became the first girl to throw a shutout in World Series history, leading the Philadeplhia’s Taney Dragons to a 4-0 victory over Nashville last Friday, August 15th. She is now one of less than 20 females to have ever played in the Little League World Series.
There’s is obviously something special about Mo’Ne’s pitch, but a big part of her game is strategy. She told ESPN it’s all about getting to know the umpire strike zone. “Some people don’t like it low and outside so I throw it low and outside. Some people swing at curveballs, some people swing at first pitch, so I know when to throw the right pitch at the right time.”
Whatever the future holds for this athlete is still yet to be seen, but as far as baseball goes, she will likely to continue to amaze people – and inspire young girls everywhere to chase their dreams, even against the odds.
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