Thirteen-year-old pitching sensation Mo’Ne Davis didn’t pitch Aug, 17 during the Taney Dragon’s (Pennsylvania) matchup against Pearland East (Texas) in the 2014 Little League World Series tournament in Williamsport, Pa. Little League rules require pitchers to rest a full three days between pitching performances.
But Davis’ absence from the mound didn’t stop her from making an impact in Taney’s 7-6 comeback win over Texas.
Instead of pitching, Mo’Ne played shortstop on defense and contributed in the batting lineup Sunday night. She popped a RBI single near center field in the first inning to help her team take an early 2-0 lead, and was walked during her next at-bat in the bottom of the fourth inning. She later hit a ground ball and was quickly thrown out during her third and final at-bat in the fifth inning. With her RBI single, she became the sixth girl to record a hit in LLWS history and fourth to post an RBI.
With Davis resting her arm, the team’s next best pitcher, 12-year-old Jared Sprague-Lott, started the game for Taney. Sprague-Lott threw eight strikeouts but also gave up two home runs and five earned runs total. Sprague-Lott was replaced in the fifth inning after giving up his second homer. Joe Richardson took over the pitching mound for Taney but gave up another run to push Texas ahead, 6-3, in the top of the fifth.
Zion Spearman came up big for Taney with an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth and Kai Cummings added an RBI single to help cut the score to 6-5 heading into the sixth inning. Taney then clinched its comeback victory after Spearman smacked a RBI triple in the sixth inning to tie the score at 6, followed by a Texas throwing error on a walk-off single by Tai Shanahan to give Taney the 7-6 win over Texas.
Taney (2-0) will see it’s next LLWS action on Wednesday, Aug. 20. Mo’Ne Davis will start the game as pitcher.
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