Taney's Davis sings praises of teammates

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Mo'ne Davis looked at her coach and smiled. This seemed like the question she had been longing to hear.

"What would you like the public to know about your teammates," a national reporter asked.

"These guys should be interviewed more," Davis responded. "It's not just about me. It's about the whole team. And without them, we wouldn't be here right now."

Taney's star pitcher had just finished Friday afternoon's two-hit shutout, leading the Dragons to a 4-0 win over Nashville in the first Little League World Series game played by a Philadelphia team.

The South Philly 13-year-old has nearly 7,000 followers on Instagram and received a congratulatory tweet from Kevin Durant a day after taking batting practice in his signature shorts.

But it is her teammates, Davis said, who deserve the praise. She continued to take her newfound stardom in stride. Davis has been the center of attention here since arriving Monday. She was interviewed live on national television and written about by national publications. None of that fazed her, she said.

"I was just thinking about the game. I wasn't thinking about the media," Davis said.

En route to becoming the first girl in the tournament's 75-year history to post a shutout, Davis said she saw young girls in the stands who seemed to follow her every move. But she couldn't look at them long, Davis said. That would take Davis off her game.

"So after the game, I gave people high-fives," Davis said. "And I know the next game is going to be more crazy."

Outfielder Zion Spearman and infielder Jared Sprague-Lott both said it gets boring in the field when Davis is pitching as well as she did on Friday. But it's worth it, Sprague-Lott said.

Sprague-Lott likely will pitch the team's second-round game on Sunday. Manager Alex Rice said the young pitcher is concerned about playing in front of such a large crowd. The stage set by Davis will belong to Sprague-Lott.

"No pressure," he said.