SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Mo’ne Davis of Philadelphia became the first girl to pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series, as her team blanked Nashville, Tenn., 4-0 on Friday.
Davis allowed two hits, struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter. Davis, who received a noticeably louder reception than any other player during introductions, said she saw plenty of girls younger than her in attendance.
“It’s very unreal. I never thought at the age of 13 I would be a role model,” she said. “Hopefully, more girls play Little League.”
In games Saturday, the Pacific team from Edmonds/Lynnwood will face Rapid City, S.D., at 11 a.m. PDT.
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Both teams lost 12-2 on Thursday. Pacific was defeated by Chicago in five innings via the 10-run rule and Rapid City bowed to Las Vegas.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett was present for Davis’ shutout.
“There’s a lot of pressure on her, and she seems to be handling it very, very well for her age,” said Corbett, adding the pitcher has a nice delivery. “It goes to show you how sports have moved the last 30 or 40 years, and we wouldn’t have thought of this 40 or 50 years ago. And today, she’s out there pitching, doing a great job and I’m sitting there thinking, ‘Is she going to go into professional baseball?’ I don’t know.
“She’s played as well as any kid out there right now.”
On Friday, Canada’s Emma March and Davis became the 17th and 18th girls to play in the Little League World Series. This is the third time in the event’s 68-year history two girls are competing in the same series.
March, batting cleanup ahead of her brother — Evan — and playing first base, was hitless as the Vancouver, B.C., team lost 4-3 to Guadalupe, Mexico.
Kathryn “Tubby” Johnston Massar in 1950 became the first girl to play Little League Baseball. Her presence led to a rule barring girls from playing that was overturned in 1974.
Massar, a 78-year-old who lives in Yuba City, Calif., said she was pleased to see two girls in this series.
“It’s truly amazing. I’m very happy to see girls playing,” Massar said.
Massar said she celebrates her role in history.
“It’s something I’m proud of,” she said. “Why not play baseball with the boys?”