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13-year-old girl lifts team to Little League World Series

Published On: Aug 12 2014 10:29:13 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 12 2014 10:32:30 AM CDT
Mo'Ne Davis, Little Leaguer

Sarah Hoye/CNN

Mo'Ne Davis led her team into the Little League World Series on Sunday and made history in the process.

Davis, 13, became the first girl to pitch a complete game shutout in a Little League World Series-clinching contest. The pitcher allowed only three hits and struck out six to lead the Taney Dragons of Philadelphia to an 8-0 victory over a team from Delaware in the six-inning Mid-Atlantic Regional championship game.

She has since become a media sensation, thanks to a fastball that touches 70 miles per hour and a wicked curve that often leaves the competition swinging in vain.

Only 16 girls have played in the Little League World Series in the past 67 years, league spokesman Brian McClintock told The Associated Press.

Davis actually qualified as the 18th, with Emma March of South Vancouver Little League in British Columbia, Canada, qualifying earlier Sunday. Together they make this year only the third time that two girls will be part of the same Little League World Series.

Davis told "The Today Show" on Monday that she initially tried softball when she was younger, but decided to switch to baseball.

While on the show, she also said she plans the Little League World Series to be just the start of her sports legacy.

"I'll probably either be the first female in the MLB or in the NBA," she said.

Davis and the Taney Dragons will open LLWS play at 3 p.m. ET Friday against South Nashville, the Southeast Regional champion, at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

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