At 13, Mo’ne Davis boasts two assets any baseball player would covet: a killer arm and fierce confidence.
“Throwing 70 miles an hour – that’s throwing like a girl,” the star of the Philadelphia Taney Dragons told CBS News of her famed fastballs. On Friday, the South Philly native became the first girl to throw a shutout in Little League World Series history, allowing only two hits, striking out eight batters and walking none against Tennessee.
“It’s the Mo show out there,” Philadelphia manager Alex Rice told The New York Times.
Here’s what you need to know about the breakout player, whose next game is Sunday night in Williamsport, Pennsylvania:
1. She’s not to be underestimated.
“You won’t see her fall apart on the mound,” Rice told CBS. “You can’t get to her. It’s a real poised group, and she’s at the head of it.” Davis is only the fourth American girl ever to play in the Little League World Series, and the first since 2004.
2. She’s on a tear.
The right-hander also pitched an impressive three-hit shutout game over Newark during the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship on Aug. 11. “She was on, she was in control from start to finish,” Newark manager Tim Bush told the Philadelphia Daily News. “She was great. I tip my hat to her.”
3. Even the Major Leaguers are impressed.
After her win against Tennessee, she earned a shout-out from a reigning MLB MVP, Andrew McCutchen. And her favorite athlete, NBA star Kevin Durant, offered a sweet Tweet as well.
4. She’s humble.
When it comes to her status as a trailblazer, “it does mean a lot to be the first American girl, but more girls should start joining boys’ teams,” Davis told the Philadelphia Daily News. “The attention should not just be on one girl; more girls should join boys’ teams so it is a tradition and it won’t be so special.”
5. Baseball is not her primary sport.
Basketball is. The honor-roll student dreams of playing in the WNBA – but at this rate, MLB will need to make room for her, too.