In the opening days of the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., young black ballplayers dominated in a sport that doesn’t always get a lot of love from the African-American community.
Friday, 13-year-old pitching sensation Mo’Ne Davis of Philadelphia, became the first girl to throw a shutout in LLWS history. She struck out eight and only allowed two hits, helping lead her Philly team to a 4-0 win over a team from Nashville. This was her second shutout in a row.
On Thursday, Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West Little League team, an all-black squad from the city’s South Side, won its Little League World Series game 12-2. If Jackie Robinson West can win on Sunday and make it to the championship round next weekend, they have a shot at becoming the first all-African-American team to win the Little League World Series championship, according to CBS.