March 23, 2015 12:00 PM

For baseball sensation Mo’ne Davis – who became the first female pitcher to win a game in last summer’s Little League World Series (she pitched a shutout!) – the past few months “seem like a pretty cool dream.” The South Philly eighth grader at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy became a celebrity overnight—appearing in a Chevy commercial, donating her jersey to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and being named SPORTS ILLUSTRATED KIDS SportsKid of the Year. Baseball season has just begun, so Davis is back on the mound practicing seven days a week. “I can feel when I’m going to throw a strike,” Davis says. “Right before I release it, I feel it in my hand.” But the honor roll student still finds time to play video games (NBA 2K15 is a fave) and rock out to Fifth Harmony. And although her fastball has been clocked at a blistering 71 mph, her real love is basketball: “Hopefully I’ll play pro one day.” (If her killer move on Kevin Hart at last month’s NBA All-Star Celebrity Game is any indication, she has a shot!) For now, she’s just living out her personal motto: “Follow your dreams and don’t let anybody ever stop you.”

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