SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Pitcher Mo’Ne Davis, one of two girls at the Little League World Series, threw a two-hitter to help Philadelphia beat Nashville 4-0 on Friday in the opener for both teams.
The first girl to appear for a U.S. team in South Williamsport since 2004, Davis received rousing cheers during pregame introductions, every time she stepped to the plate and after she struck out the final batter.
Davis had eight strikeouts and didn’t walk a batter. She retired the first six batters and needed only 70 pitches to complete the game. She was hitless in three at-bats.
Philadelphia shortstop Jared Sprague-Lott hit a three-run home run in the first inning, and outfielder Carter Davis had an RBI sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett showed up in South Williamsport to watch Davis.
“There’s a lot of pressure on her, and she seems to be handling it very, very well for her age,” Corbertt said, adding that the 13-year-old Davis 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.”