Mo’ne Davis won’t get another chance to dazzle the nation at the Little League World Series.
With Davis playing at first base and third base instead of pitching, Philadelphia came up just short against the team from Chicago, losing 6-5 on Thursday night in Williamsport, Pa. The Jackie Robinson West Little League team advanced to take on the powerhouse Las Vegas team in Saturday’s U.S. final.
One night after 34,128 came to see Davis pitch against Las Vegas, 21,119 came out to see Davis’s team try to stave off elimination.
Still, the LLWS was a coming-out party for Davis, the 18th girl to play in a LLWS game and the first to win a game on the mound.
“The world’s her oyster, right?” Philadelphia Manager Alex Rice said after the loss, per the Associated Press. “Mo’ne will figure out her future, and it’s going to be terrific. She’s going to dictate what it is. Good for her.”
The AP has more on Davis’s attention-grabbing week:
In her first outing, Davis pitched a two-hit shutout to become the first girl to win a game in the Little League World Series. In splitting her two starts, Davis pitched 8 1-3 innings, allowed eight hits and three earned runs, and struck out 14 with only one walk. She also threw a three-hit shutout to lead Taney to an 8-0 victory over Delaware in the Mid-Atlantic Regional championship game.
Small wonder that during batting practice Wednesday night on the West Coast the Los Angeles Dodgers streamed the Little League telecast on two giant video boards.
The glare of the spotlight on Davis and her teammates had grown exponentially as the Little League World Series unfolded. Television ratings were up 143 percent Wednesday night from the corresponding game last year and this week she became the first Little Leaguer to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated.