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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.

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 16, 2014 at 10:23 AM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Justin T seeks a heterospecific consortship Posted: August 16, 2014 at 10:43 PM (#4772639)
I await the Neyer article taking apart her chances at eventually succeeding in MLB.
   2. DCA Posted: August 16, 2014 at 11:51 PM (#4772664)
Well, she's no Lloyd McClendon.
   3. Spahn Insane, stimulus-funded BurlyMan™ Posted: August 17, 2014 at 12:22 AM (#4772674)
No, but she's got a shot at being Sean Burroughs.
   4. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 17, 2014 at 12:29 AM (#4772678)
And she could probably strike out Chris Davis.
   5. escabeche Posted: August 17, 2014 at 12:31 AM (#4772680)
Is she pitching Sunday night against Texas?
   6. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: August 17, 2014 at 01:10 AM (#4772694)
I have to say, I think it's been a hell of a lot of fun to watch her striking out the boys.
   7. stevegamer Posted: August 17, 2014 at 01:42 AM (#4772699)
There is something that just feels right about seeing a team from Philadelphia in burgundy & powder blue.
   8. Adam G Posted: August 17, 2014 at 10:12 AM (#4772741)
When I watch these games, all I can think if that I wish MLB could move along just as fast. These kids don't screw around between pitches and the game just feels so much more fluid. It really is a joy to watch and makes baseball seem so much less "boring". I'm guessing this is what baseball looked like prior to this era of 3+ hour games.
   9. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: August 17, 2014 at 10:15 AM (#4772742)
Is she pitching Sunday night against Texas?


No, there are mandated days of rest based on pitch counts. I don't know what her pitch count was for the game, but surely it was over 35, which is the most one could throw and pitch 2 days later.
   10. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: August 17, 2014 at 10:27 AM (#4772745)
It's double elimination, though, so she'll get to pitch again.
   11. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 17, 2014 at 10:33 AM (#4772747)
When I watch these games, all I can think if that I wish MLB could move along just as fast. These kids don't screw around between pitches and the game just feels so much more fluid. It really is a joy to watch and makes baseball seem so much less "boring". I'm guessing this is what baseball looked like prior to this era of 3+ hour games.

The 1972 World Series was the first one without a complete game, with a total of 34 relief pitchers used. 6 of the 7 games were decided by one run, and so obviously every pitch counted.

Average game time: 2 hours and 24 minutes.

June 29, 1950. Red Sox, 22; A's, 14. Still the all-time AL record for total runs scored. And the game was televised.

Time of game: 2 hours and 50 minutes.

It can be done. Just make batters stay in the box between pitches and enforce the time clock on pitchers. Cutting out the ritualized stalling is what it's all about.
   12. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 17, 2014 at 10:34 AM (#4772750)
I don't know what her pitch count was for the game, but surely it was over 35, which is the most one could throw and pitch 2 days later.

I think her pitch count was just over 50. Pretty damn efficient but still well over the number that would let her pitch tonight.
   13. BDC Posted: August 17, 2014 at 10:36 AM (#4772751)
Is she pitching Sunday night against Texas?

I was certain this was a joke about the Angels calling her up, but evidently Pennsylvania does play Texas tonight.
   14. Rancischley Leweschquens (Tim Wallach was my Hero) Posted: August 17, 2014 at 10:51 AM (#4772753)
   15. Meatwad Posted: August 17, 2014 at 03:08 PM (#4772913)
that video was pretty cool.
   16. OCF Posted: August 17, 2014 at 04:37 PM (#4772973)
Her pitch count reached 65 during the last batter she faced in the 6th, which by Little League rules counts the same as 65, and allows her to pitch again after three days rest. (From there up to 85 would require four days rest). Oh, and that's "rest" defined as "not pitching". LL rosters are only 14 or so, and all of the pitchers play in the field.

The Chicago team, which had looked like an offensive juggernaut, got smacked today. Lost in 4 innings on the slaughter rule. They ran into a 6'2" kid who throws a 76 mph fastball, and Las Vegas can hit, too.
   17. Xander Posted: August 17, 2014 at 05:57 PM (#4773031)
If Taney wins and Davis pitches well, she'll be the most popular athlete in America this year.
   18. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: August 18, 2014 at 02:14 PM (#4773716)
Taney's now the only team in the US bracket that's 2-0 after their comeback win last night. They're in great shape to advance to the final.
   19. Charles S. is a big fan of Outerbridge Horsey Posted: August 18, 2014 at 02:59 PM (#4773792)
I think Las Vegas is 2-0 also after crushing Jackie Robinson West yesterday. Great tournament so far. CJ Vinook's redemption for Rhode Island was Disney-esque on Saturday. Gave up 5 in the top of the 6th as the pitcher to go down 7-5, but then drove in 2 with a walk off base knock in the bottom of the inning to win it 8-7.
   20. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 18, 2014 at 05:09 PM (#4773977)
What a great story. I agree with Xander that she will absolutely explode if they win it all while she pitches well.

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