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Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Mound Becomes a Summit:  Mo’ne Davis Dominates at Little League World Series

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — An unmistakable electricity ran through Howard J. Lamade Stadium on Friday as a team from Pennsylvania faced a team from Tennessee on the second day of the Little League World Series.

Outside the stadium, fans and family members were enjoying a pleasant afternoon. But inside, there was the energy of championship Sunday, a sense of expectation that went beyond partisan cheering. Something special was happening.

Mo’ne Davis was on the mound for the first time since her suffocating performance in the Mid-Atlantic Regional championship, when she shut out Delaware-Newark National to lead Taney Youth Baseball Association of Philadelphia to the Series. Most of the announced 15,648 in attendance recognized the potential for something historic to unfold.

Could she live up to the hype?

Yes.

Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 16, 2014 at 10:23 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: general, little league

Monday, August 11, 2014

Girls power Little League contenders

Mo’ne Davis and Kayla Roncin almost couldn’t help but run into each other last week in Bristol, Connecticut.

As the only two girls among the hundreds of kids on the 52 U.S. teams remaining in the race to the Little League World Series, Davis, 13, who plays for the Taney Youth Baseball Association in Philadelphia, and Roncin, 12, from Toms River, New Jersey, are both competing in the Mid-Atlantic regional. Sunday’s final will send the winner to Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

“We said ‘Hi’ and took a couple pictures,” Davis said. “It’s definitely really cool being the only girls there and showing we can hang with all these boys.”

They can do more than hang.

With the New Jersey Little League championship on the line a little more than a week ago, Roncin was brought in to pitch to the opposing team’s cleanup hitter—with a 2-0 count, two outs, the bases loaded and the tying run on third in the bottom of the final inning.

Roncin, a 5-foot-9, 120-pound seventh-grader-to-be, already had crushed a two-run home run when her one and only pitch—a low fastball—got the batter to pop up. A diving catch by center fielder Jon Giordano secured the 7-6 victory….

In the state championship game, Kayla had to deal with a loud group of hecklers, booing when she took the mound then laughing when she bounced in her first three warm-up pitches.

“I was really nervous,” she said. “But I was just thinking that if I didn’t pitch, we wouldn’t win. So I just had to do it for the team and see what happened.”

Her teammates, most of whom have played with Roncin for the past five years, “have her back,” said coach Pete Avallone. “Her athletic ability stands alone, but her personality fits right in with the team.”

Davis tossed a three-hit shutout yesterday to send her team to the Little League World Series

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2014 at 09:43 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: females in baseball, little league

Female pitcher leads Philly’s Taney Dragons to Little League World Series

Mo’Ne has played baseball with the Anderson Monarchs, a travel team based out of the Marion Anderson Recreational Center in South Philly, since the age of seven. “A lot of the time opposing players don’t realize it’s a girl; they assume it’s a boy with long hair,” says her longtime coach Steve Bandura.

 

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: August 11, 2014 at 05:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: feel good story, little league, weird first names

 

 

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