Remember Mo'ne Davis, the 12-year-old girl who struck out all the boys in a shutout win to get her Taney Dragons squad to the Little League World Series? Well, Mo'ne is now in the Little League World Series, and she remains absolutely dominant:
In six innings, Mo'ne struck out eight Tennessee batters, allowing only two hits and allowing no walks. She's the first girl to throw a shutout in the Little League World Series, and has now thrown 12 straight shutout innings. Her team got the 4-0 win over the squad from Nashville, which puts them in great shape to start the double-elimination tournament.
She also captured pretty much everybody's heart:
David Ortiz while watching Mo'ne Davis pitch today: "She throws serious cheese. She can pitch."— Joe McDonald (@ESPNJoeyMac) August 15, 2014
This youngster is striking everybody out and she is a girl. I love it. #itsanewday— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) August 15, 2014
Mo'Ne Davis is my role model— Lana Berry (@Lana) August 15, 2014
And Mo'Ne Davis is my favorite athlete in all of sports. Maybe ever. Actually, yeah, definitely ever— Chris DiNardo (@chrisdinardo1) August 15, 2014
Mo'Ne Davis just struck out the side to polish off a complete game shutout. The Taney Dragons are officially my favorite baseball team now.— Danger Guerrero (@DangerGuerrero) August 15, 2014
Mo'ne Davis is no longer my current favorite athlete. She is now my favorite athlete ever.— TOMAS RIOS (@TheTomasRios) August 15, 2014
In case you're one of the "Why Is This Important" crew: Girls are typically shepherded out of baseball and into softball. Not that there's anything wrong with softball, but this shows that girls can not only play baseball, but some can play better than the boys. If she keeps dominating, it's a story that's sure to inspire little girls, and anybody else who's been told they can't do something they really want to do, just because they're not suppose to.