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This young black woman is dominating the best boys in the world at baseball

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Reported by Liku Zelleke

A 5-foot-4, eighth grader, has taken the Little League game by storm. Mo’Ne Davis struck out six batters and allowed just three hits and booked passage for her team, Philadelphia’s Taney Youth Baseball Association, to take part in the Little League World Series.

Yes, she’s a girl.

She has a 70 mph fastball and induced a game-ending double-play to seal her complete game shutout and led her team on to the World Series to be held in Williamsport.

Davis was 7 when she first started playing for a local travel team. She struck out 10 in a previous outing at the regional tournament. An honor student, Davis will become only the 18th girl to play in the Little League World Series since they were allowed to play in 1974. Another girl in the Series is Emma March of Canada’s South Vancouver Little League. The duo will be the third pair of girls to appear in the same Little League World Series.

The girls will make their debut at the Series on Friday when March’s South Vancouver Little League takes on Mexico and Davis’ Philadelphia Taney Youth Baseball Association face off with South Nashville Little League.

The Little Ladies may be in the spotlight now as they march towards the World Series, but there is a resounding lack of opportunities for them if they decide they want to keep on playing the game as they grow up. As teenagers, girls like them are usually pushed into softball because many think that it is the same as playing baseball. Although there is nothing wrong with playing softball, girls that want to play baseball don’t have much of a chance to do so.

Davis and March (along with Kayla Roncin of Toms River, N.J. who struck out 10 batters in 5 1/3 innings of work) are living proof that girls can play any game that a boy can. Their taking part in the World Series should help enhance the discussion on how to create more opportunities for girls in any sport they want to participate in.