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Girl's 70mph Arm Leads Team to Little League World Series

13-year-old pitches shutout
By Shelley Hazen,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2014 11:47 AM CDT
Girl's 70mph Arm Leads Team to Little League World Series
Taney's Jahli Hendricks, left, Scott Bandura, in the background, and Mo'ne Davis, right, leap for joy.   (AP Photo/The Philadelphia Inquirer, Michael Bryant)

(Newser) – Thanks to Mo’Ne Davis, "you throw like a girl" is now a compliment. The 13-year-old pitched a shutout against a Delaware team yesterday, leading her Philadelphia squad—the Taney Dragons—to the Little League World Series, reports the AP. Mo’Ne struck out six with help from her 70mph fastball, allowing just three hits. She will be only the 17th girl in 68 years and the first since 2004 to reach the World Series, which starts Thursday in Williamsport, Pa., according to Yahoo Sports.

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Mo’Ne switched to baseball after trying softball, and she hopes to be the first female player in the MLB or NBA, reports NBC Philadelphia. Though she doesn’t much like all the attention she’s getting, Mo’Ne hopes her role in Taney’s win inspires others. "More girls should join boys' teams so it could be a tradition and it wouldn't be so special," she tells the Philadelphia Inquirer. Check out this video to witness her mad skills. (Read more uplifting news stories.)

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