She did it again. Mo'Ne Davis pitched a shutout to get her team into the Little League World Series, and yesterday she pitched another to help her team advance, reports USA Today. In doing so, the Philadelphia 13-year-old becomes the first girl to record a win in the tournament. She gave up only a pair of infield hits and struck out eight in Taney's 4-0 over Nashville. Her manager called it the "Mo Show," and the New York Times account describes an "unmistakable electricity" in the stadium during the game.
"It's very unreal," Davis said in a postgame news conference about the growing buzz. “I never thought that at the age of 13 I would be a role model, but now it’s real. I always wanted to be a basketball role model; being a baseball role model is really cool.” The Philadelphia Inquirer has the scoop on the secret to her success: She always pitches with a few bucks in her pocket. "I do well with money in my back pocket," she explains. "Because if I ever get hungry, I know I can get something to eat."