Cloudy
52°
Cloudy
Hi 57° | Lo 45°

Davis’s accomplishments still inspire despite loss

  • FILE - Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia pitcher Mo'ne Davis looks for a sign during the fourth inning of a United States semi-final baseball game against Las Vegas at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. Even though she’ll return to the routine of school, home and other interests now that her Little League career is done, her impact has been immense _ and the possibilities ahead seem unending for the girl with the big braids who captured the imagination of so many. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

    FILE - Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia pitcher Mo'ne Davis looks for a sign during the fourth inning of a United States semi-final baseball game against Las Vegas at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. Even though she’ll return to the routine of school, home and other interests now that her Little League career is done, her impact has been immense _ and the possibilities ahead seem unending for the girl with the big braids who captured the imagination of so many. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

  • FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, file photo, Pennsylvania pitcher Mo'ne Davis celebrates after getting the final out of a 4-0 shutout against Tennessee during a baseball game in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa.  A megastar on the field and off over the past two weeks, Davis is headed back to Philadelphia after she and her teammates had their impressive run in the Little League World Series finally come to an end. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, file photo, Pennsylvania pitcher Mo'ne Davis celebrates after getting the final out of a 4-0 shutout against Tennessee during a baseball game in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. A megastar on the field and off over the past two weeks, Davis is headed back to Philadelphia after she and her teammates had their impressive run in the Little League World Series finally come to an end. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

  • FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia's Mo'ne Davis delivers in the first inning against Nashville's Robert Hassell III during a baseball game in United U.S. pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. Even though she’ll return to the routine of school, home and other interests now that her Little League career is done, her impact has been immense _ and the possibilities ahead seem unending for the girl with the big braids who captured the imagination of so many. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia's Mo'ne Davis delivers in the first inning against Nashville's Robert Hassell III during a baseball game in United U.S. pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. Even though she’ll return to the routine of school, home and other interests now that her Little League career is done, her impact has been immense _ and the possibilities ahead seem unending for the girl with the big braids who captured the imagination of so many. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, file photo, a teammate on the Taney Little League team from Philadelphia, helps hold baseballs for Mo'ne Davis, center, to sign as the team rides in the Little League Grand Slam Parade as it makes its way through downtown Williamsport, Pa. Even though she’ll return to the routine of school, home and other interests now that her Little League career is done, her impact has been immense _ and the possibilities ahead seem unending for the girl with the big braids who captured the imagination of so many. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, file photo, a teammate on the Taney Little League team from Philadelphia, helps hold baseballs for Mo'ne Davis, center, to sign as the team rides in the Little League Grand Slam Parade as it makes its way through downtown Williamsport, Pa. Even though she’ll return to the routine of school, home and other interests now that her Little League career is done, her impact has been immense _ and the possibilities ahead seem unending for the girl with the big braids who captured the imagination of so many. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

  • FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia fan Jake Russo of Philadelphia, holds a sign in support of Philadelphia's star pitcher Mo'ne Davis before a baseball game between Philadelphia and Nashville in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. A megastar on the field and off over the past two weeks, Mo’ne Davis is headed back to Philadelphia after she and her teammates had their impressive run in the Little League World Series finally come to an end.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia fan Jake Russo of Philadelphia, holds a sign in support of Philadelphia's star pitcher Mo'ne Davis before a baseball game between Philadelphia and Nashville in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. A megastar on the field and off over the past two weeks, Mo’ne Davis is headed back to Philadelphia after she and her teammates had their impressive run in the Little League World Series finally come to an end.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia pitcher Mo'ne Davis, center,  stands in the dugout with teammates Jahli Hendricks (8) and Zion Spearman (25) in the sixth inning of a United States semi-final baseball game against Las Vegas at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. A megastar on the field and off over the past two weeks, Mo’ne Davis is headed back to Philadelphia after she and her teammates had their impressive run in the Little League World Series finally come to an end. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia pitcher Mo'ne Davis, center, stands in the dugout with teammates Jahli Hendricks (8) and Zion Spearman (25) in the sixth inning of a United States semi-final baseball game against Las Vegas at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. A megastar on the field and off over the past two weeks, Mo’ne Davis is headed back to Philadelphia after she and her teammates had their impressive run in the Little League World Series finally come to an end. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

  • FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia's Mo'ne Davis is safe at second as the ball falls out of the glove of Pearland second baseman Bryce Laird during the third inning of a baseball game in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. Davis advanced to second on a fielder's choice by Philadelphia's Kai Cummings. Even though she’ll return to the routine of school, home and other interests now that her Little League career is done, her impact has been immense _ and the possibilities ahead seem unending for the girl with the big braids who captured the imagination of so many. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

    FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia's Mo'ne Davis is safe at second as the ball falls out of the glove of Pearland second baseman Bryce Laird during the third inning of a baseball game in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. Davis advanced to second on a fielder's choice by Philadelphia's Kai Cummings. Even though she’ll return to the routine of school, home and other interests now that her Little League career is done, her impact has been immense _ and the possibilities ahead seem unending for the girl with the big braids who captured the imagination of so many. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

  • FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia pitcher Mo'ne Davis, second from left, stands with her teammates during pre-game festivities before playing Nashville during a baseball game in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. A megastar on the field and off over the past two weeks, Mo’ne Davis is headed back to Philadelphia after she and her teammates had their impressive run in the Little League World Series finally come to an end.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia pitcher Mo'ne Davis, second from left, stands with her teammates during pre-game festivities before playing Nashville during a baseball game in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. A megastar on the field and off over the past two weeks, Mo’ne Davis is headed back to Philadelphia after she and her teammates had their impressive run in the Little League World Series finally come to an end. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

  • FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 file photo Philadelphia pitcher Mo'ne Davis, center, heads back to the dugout before playing Nashville during a baseball game in U.S. pool play at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. Even though she’ll return to the routine of school, home and other interests now that her Little League career is done, her impact has been immense _ and the possibilities ahead seem unending for the girl with the big braids who captured the imagination of so many.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 file photo Philadelphia pitcher Mo'ne Davis, center, heads back to the dugout before playing Nashville during a baseball game in U.S. pool play at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. Even though she’ll return to the routine of school, home and other interests now that her Little League career is done, her impact has been immense _ and the possibilities ahead seem unending for the girl with the big braids who captured the imagination of so many. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

  • FILE - Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia pitcher Mo'ne Davis looks for a sign during the fourth inning of a United States semi-final baseball game against Las Vegas at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. Even though she’ll return to the routine of school, home and other interests now that her Little League career is done, her impact has been immense _ and the possibilities ahead seem unending for the girl with the big braids who captured the imagination of so many. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
  • FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, file photo, Pennsylvania pitcher Mo'ne Davis celebrates after getting the final out of a 4-0 shutout against Tennessee during a baseball game in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa.  A megastar on the field and off over the past two weeks, Davis is headed back to Philadelphia after she and her teammates had their impressive run in the Little League World Series finally come to an end. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
  • FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia's Mo'ne Davis delivers in the first inning against Nashville's Robert Hassell III during a baseball game in United U.S. pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. Even though she’ll return to the routine of school, home and other interests now that her Little League career is done, her impact has been immense _ and the possibilities ahead seem unending for the girl with the big braids who captured the imagination of so many. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, file photo, a teammate on the Taney Little League team from Philadelphia, helps hold baseballs for Mo'ne Davis, center, to sign as the team rides in the Little League Grand Slam Parade as it makes its way through downtown Williamsport, Pa. Even though she’ll return to the routine of school, home and other interests now that her Little League career is done, her impact has been immense _ and the possibilities ahead seem unending for the girl with the big braids who captured the imagination of so many. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
  • FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia fan Jake Russo of Philadelphia, holds a sign in support of Philadelphia's star pitcher Mo'ne Davis before a baseball game between Philadelphia and Nashville in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. A megastar on the field and off over the past two weeks, Mo’ne Davis is headed back to Philadelphia after she and her teammates had their impressive run in the Little League World Series finally come to an end.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia pitcher Mo'ne Davis, center,  stands in the dugout with teammates Jahli Hendricks (8) and Zion Spearman (25) in the sixth inning of a United States semi-final baseball game against Las Vegas at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. A megastar on the field and off over the past two weeks, Mo’ne Davis is headed back to Philadelphia after she and her teammates had their impressive run in the Little League World Series finally come to an end. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
  • FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia's Mo'ne Davis is safe at second as the ball falls out of the glove of Pearland second baseman Bryce Laird during the third inning of a baseball game in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. Davis advanced to second on a fielder's choice by Philadelphia's Kai Cummings. Even though she’ll return to the routine of school, home and other interests now that her Little League career is done, her impact has been immense _ and the possibilities ahead seem unending for the girl with the big braids who captured the imagination of so many. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
  • FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia pitcher Mo'ne Davis, second from left, stands with her teammates during pre-game festivities before playing Nashville during a baseball game in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. A megastar on the field and off over the past two weeks, Mo’ne Davis is headed back to Philadelphia after she and her teammates had their impressive run in the Little League World Series finally come to an end.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
  • FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 file photo Philadelphia pitcher Mo'ne Davis, center, heads back to the dugout before playing Nashville during a baseball game in U.S. pool play at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. Even though she’ll return to the routine of school, home and other interests now that her Little League career is done, her impact has been immense _ and the possibilities ahead seem unending for the girl with the big braids who captured the imagination of so many.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Mo’ne Davis will look like a typical eighth-grader when she begins classes at Philadelphia’s Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in a couple of weeks.

Thick braids? Check. Bright smile? Yep.

But Davis is anything but your average 13-year-old.

None of the other kids in her class have ever been on the cover of Sports Illustrated or have had Lil’ Wayne and Ellen DeGeneres gush over them.

The right-handed pitcher and infielder captured a lot of hearts while leading the East Region champion Philadelphia Taney Dragons on an entertaining ride through the Little League World Series. Their trip ended Thursday night with a 6-5 loss to Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West – but that setback after two weeks in the spotlight didn’t diminish Davis’s impact or dim her future.

For certain, her life will never be the same.

“Mo’ne will shape her own future,” said her coach, Alex Rice, “and it’s going to be terrific.”

There’s also little doubt she’ll get an A when she writes what she did on her summer vacation.

Her 4-0, eight-strikeout, no-walk gem against Nashville thrust her into the national spotlight.

First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted: “Congrats to Mo’ne Davis on becoming the first girl to pitch an #LLWS shutout. When girls succeed, we all succeed.”

“Mo’Ne Davis ... goosebumps. You’re awesome! Unbelievable,” rapper Lil’ Wayne tweeted.

“Talk about groundbreaking,” DeGeneres posted to her Twitter account.

ESPN’s ratings soared when the 5-foot-4 Davis toed the pitcher’s slab. A record crowd of 34,000 watched her and her team in one game in South Williamsport.

Davis appeared on the SI cover – conjuring up more talk of a cover jinx in the wake of the loss. But the 13-year-old’s future is bright in every respect.

“I think Mo’ne is going to be talked about for years to come, especially each August when the (Little League) World Series rolls around,” said Roland Watkins, a coach for Mountain Ridge of Las Vegas, which will meet Jackie Robinson West for the U.S. title today. “She’s got a bright future. She’s a very, very talented athlete.”

She’s a smart one, too.

Priscilla Sands, president of Springside, said Davis is an honor-roll student with “laser focus.”

To get to the private school of 1,100 students, Davis has to ride a bus for 90 minutes from South Philadelphia.

She was already popular with her teachers and fellow classmates.

“I just thought she was such a great kid,” Sands said.

Her exploits have drawn interest around the globe.

Outside the United States, baseball rarely draws much interest on the sports pages. Yet Davis and the 2014 Little League World Series made headlines in England and Australia among others.

Ellen Siegel, one of the founders of the Taney Youth Baseball Association, said Davis and the team’s success has turned things around for the group.

The association’s Facebook page went from 197 likes before the Little League World Series to more than 6,000 yesterday. It started a Twitter account on Aug. 11 and it’s already topped 8,000 followers.

“It’s all pretty astonishing,” Siegel said.

Even though Davis grabbed the world’s attention on the diamond, she actually prefers basketball. Someday she would like to play for the juggernaut University of Connecticut women’s program.

It’s probably unwise to bet against her.

Legacy Comments0
There are no comments yet. Be the first!
Post a Comment

You must be registered to comment on stories. Click here to register.