This young lady is not only an amazing athlete, she also an inspiration to all young girls. If you haven’t heard by now, Mone Davis was the thirteen phenom who took the 2014 Little League World Series by storm. Yes, a girl that got a lot attention but had the chops to back it up. She throws harder than most boys and also has a mechanically fluid wind up that looks like she throwing effortlessly.
Ms. Davis was the first girl to pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series, along with the fact she was only one of eighteen girls to ever play in this tournament, sixth to get a hit and the first African American girl to play in LLWS. She played for the Taney Dragons, a team in Pennsylvania. They didn’t win the World Series but the ride they went on captivated the whole nation.
Davis throws a seventy mile per hour fastball which is about ten MPH faster than the average player in in her age group. That translates into ninety three mph on a full sized diamond when using the reaction time comparison. Her wind up is very consistent throughout her pitching performances. She is quite a marvel for an any baseball fan.
Davis’ impact should inspire more girls to play the game of baseball. As we all know, that the term, “throwing like a girl” is tag that no boy wants to hear but maybe in the future, it will be used more thoughtfully.
In October 2014, Davis was named one of the “The 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014” by Time Magazine. Director Spike Lee, produced a sixteen minute documentary entitled, “I Throw Like a Girl”. Davis also threw out the first pitch of game four of the MLB World Series in San Francisco.
Mone Davis, most of all brought joy and a humble attitude that captivated all baseball fans and non- baseball fans. It will be interesting to see her age and see how her journey in life evolves. Don’t be surprised if this is not the last we hear from her.
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