Mo’Ne Davis made history this week as she helped her team earn a spot at the Little League World Series.
The 13-year-old baseball phenom sent a bunch of young men back to the dug out when she pitched a shutout game at the Mid-Atlantic Regional finals, Mic.com reports. Her performance on Sunday clinched the victory for Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons and sent her team to the Little League World series; it’s the first time any team from the city has made it to the big game.
Mo’Ne stunned the crowd and her opponents as she hurled baseballs over the plate, leading the Dragons to slay Delaware’s Newark National team 8-0. In six innings only three players got a hit off of her, and she struck six more boys during the game.
Although the World Series only started allowing girls to play, She’ll be the first one to compete in the tournament in the 11-13 division.
It’s not likely that she’ll let the magnitude of the game get to her, though. According to her team, she’s developed nerves of steel when she’s standing on the pitcher’s mound, where she fires fastballs at 70 m.p.h.!
“She has incredible leadership, and you can’t shake her; she’s unflappable,” the Dragons’ Manager Alex Rice NBC 10 in Philadelphia. “Hit a home run off her and she’ll just give a little smile and get back to work. She doesn’t get rattled.”
She told ESPN that a big part of the way she was able to manage the pressure by not trumping the game in her mind. She explained, “Well, I just considered t as a regular game, and [went] out to throw strikes.”