Oh, boy! Girls rock Little League World Series Pennsylvania's Mo'ne Davis delivers in the fifth inning against Tennessee at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. Davis pitched a complete game two-hit shutout (AP photos)
Oh, boy! Girls rock Little League World Series
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What's everyone talking about at the Little League World Series? Girls, as in girls who are playing on teams typically dominated by boys.

Philadelphia's Mo'ne Davis and Canada's Emma March became the 17th and 18th girls to play in the tournament, only the third time in the event's 68-year history that two girls are playing in the same series.

Davis pitched a two-hitter to help Philadelphia beat Nashville 4-0, the first time a girl had pitched a shutout in the Little League World Series. Struck out eight batters.

"It's very unreal. I never thought at the age of 13 I would be a role model," Davis said. "Hopefully, more girls play Little League."

March's team from Vancouver, British Columbia, did not fare as well.

She played first base and she did not get a hit as her team lost. Interestingly, her brother also plays on the team and he batted right before his sister in the lineup.

Among those impressed with seeing Davis and March was the first girl ever to play in Little League baseball.

"It's truly amazing. I'm very happy to see girls playing," said Johnston Massar. Today she is 78 and lives in of Yuba City, California.

Massar thinks eventually, there will be a woman in Major League Baseball. She played in 1950, leading to a rule barring girls from playing. That rule was overturned in 1974. The self-described "trailblazer" said she celebrates her role in history.

"It's something I'm proud of," she said. "Why not play baseball with the boys?"

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett watched Davis' dominating pitching performance.

"It goes to show you how sports have moved the last 30 or 40 years, and we wouldn't have thought of this 40 or 50 years ago. And today, she's out there pitching, doing a great job and I'm sitting there thinking, 'Is she going to go into professional baseball?' I don't know."

Critical thinking challenge: Why is the first girl ever to play in Little League baseball so old?

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COMMENTS (151)
  • Markala87001
    8/22/2014 - 08:42 a.m.

    The first girl ever to play baseball is old ,because baseball is old . Also , its been a long time since they have made it were women can play .

  • Wade42601
    8/22/2014 - 08:43 a.m.

    I respect this girl very much to be playing with all the boys. She is also playing with a lot of pressure and she is only like 13.

  • JoseG5314
    8/22/2014 - 08:43 a.m.

    I think that she is old because She has spent all of her life playing baseball all of her life but i think that she wanted to do this to show that women and girls can do most of the things that we as men and boys can do.

  • Elizabeth1992
    8/22/2014 - 08:49 a.m.

    Cause females weren't expected to play base ball. Also because the game is mostly dominated by male players. I think that I like to play major League Baseball someday.

  • Damion12345
    8/22/2014 - 08:53 a.m.

    Girls play baseball to so I think that they should make a girls baseball team. If they made a girls baseball team there would be a lot of girls on the baseball team.

  • devinp
    8/22/2014 - 08:56 a.m.

    its was a long time ago i think . the girl is real good it looks like . she looks like she will strike any one out

  • Kevin41701
    8/22/2014 - 08:57 a.m.

    I think that this girls can bet the pros. Cause they look like their a great team so I give my respect for that team that can bet the other teams if they stick together .

  • RyneH-Moo
    8/22/2014 - 10:35 a.m.

    Mo'ne is a beast. When she pitches I don't what boys think but she shuts them all down. The cool thing was Mo'ne was the first girl ever to get a win in the Little League World Series. Never seen a girl throw 72MPH.

  • RachelR-Moo
    8/22/2014 - 10:38 a.m.

    I think that it's great that a girl is playing in the Little Leagues! Mo'ne Davis is proving that more girls should be able to play with the boys. She is also doing a great job with pitching which is proving that girls can do the same thing as guys. The Little League should let more girls like Davis play.

  • ChryssaR-Moo
    8/22/2014 - 10:41 a.m.

    Wow, Since Mo'ne Davis is only 13 she has a long road in front of her! She is super talented for her age. I really hope she makes it to the big leagues! :)

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