This year will certainly be one to remember in Little League® History. In addition to celebrating the organization's 75th Anniversary, more people than ever got to experience the excitement of the world's largest youth sports organization during the more than 140 Little League Baseball and Softball tournament games broadcast on the ESPN Family of Networks.
One of the stories that made this year's Little League Baseball® World Series so special was the hard work and dedication of the Mid-Atlantic Region Champions, the Taney Youth Baseball Association Little League from Philadelphia, Pa., and their starting pitcher, Mo'ne Davis. Ms. Davis had an impressive World Series on the mound for Taney Little League, throwing 14 strikeouts and only allowing three earned runs in 8 1/3 innings pitched. An honor student and multi-sport athlete, her poise and performance has garnered her national recognition.
On Monday, December 29, the Associated Press announced that Ms. Davis received the honor of AP Female Athlete of the Year. The accolade is the latest for Ms. Davis, which also includes being named Sports Illustrated's Sportskid of the Year. Earlier this year, Ms. Davis and her team opened the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and she was also a participant at the National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House.
From the Associated Press:
The talented three-sport star - she also plays soccer - and honor student from South Philadelphia handled all the attention with poise, modesty and maturity.
"A lot of adults around me help out, taught me to be respectful, to be calm during everything and not let anything get to you," Davis said after learning of her latest honor.
Ms. Davis, along with Emma March, who played for the Canada Region Champions from South Vancouver Little League, became the 17th and 18th girls to compete in the 68-year history Little League Baseball World Series.