SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Taney ace Mo’ne Davis arrived at Monday afternoon’s practice wearing basketball socks, basketball shorts, and a T-shirt from a basketball camp.
She looked more like a point guard instead of the best starting pitcher at the Little League World Series. The 13-year-old from South Philadelphia has also showed off her flashy basketball sneaker collection. She said her classmates at Springside-Chestnut Hill Academy tell her she gets new sneakers every two weeks. But that’s not true, she insists.
Davis has mentioned a few times this week that she wants to play college basketball at Connecticut before playing in the WNBA. But she opted against playing AAU basketball this summer.
“I just didn’t play this year because I would only play a year up, which I already do for basketball and I already do that for school,” Davis said. “I wanted to play baseball since it’s my last year on those small fields. I could get as many home runs as I could.”
Davis was the on-deck batter Sunday night when Tai Shanahan knocked in Taney’s winning run.
“It was crazy, it was very crazy,” Davis said. “Because if he walked, then all of the pressure was on me. I was just going to go up there like it was a regular at-bat and hopefully get a base hit.”
Twitter alerts have been popping up on Davis’ cellphone a lot recently, she said. So forgive her for missing the one last week from LeSean McCoy wishing the Dragons good luck at the Little League World Series.
After practice on Monday, McCoy said Davis is “making a statement for this city.”
“She’s a special talent,” he said. “Anytime you’re that type of age and to be a female balling against boys. The attention, the opportunity to play in the major leagues, she’s holding her own.”
Phillies outfielder Ben Revere echoed McCoy, calling Davis “one heck of a player.”
“I see Mo Davis hammer down those boys,” Revere said. “She is pretty good. I kind of think back when we had a similar Little League team in Georgia. I don’t remember her name, but we faced a girl who was hammering down. Luckily, I didn’t strike out against her. My dad would have been mad.”