Mo'ne Davis spent the first half of 2014 flat-out dealing against her predominately male opponents, leading her Taney Dragons all the way to the Little League World Series. She did pretty well there. She's spent the second half of 2014 clearing space on her mantel for the avalanche of awards she's earned.
Play Like A Girl! Founder's Award
SI SportsKid of the Year
The Musial Award for Extraordinary Character
And, now, Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year:
Davis is the first and only winner to be honored for her accomplishments on a baseball/softball field and, at 13, she's also the youngest winner ever.
A vote by U.S. editors and news directors selected Davis as The Associated Press 2014 Female Athlete of the Year. The youngest winner in history, Davis beat out Mt. St. Joseph freshman Lauren Hill - who played her first college basketball game while battling terminal brain cancer - and three-time winner Serena Williams. The selection was announced Monday.
Davis tossed a two-hitter to help Philadelphia beat Nashville 4-0 in the Little League World Series opener for both teams. Davis, the first girl to appear for a U.S. team in South Williamsport since 2004, had eight strikeouts and didn't walk a batter. Her team was eventually eliminated after losing to teams from Las Vegas and Chicago. Davis gave up three runs in the Las Vegas game, and could not take the mound against Chicago because of pitch limits.
Everyone with a Wi-Fi connection caught Mo'ne by the time the LLWS was winding down. A Michelle Obama tweet, a Tonight Show appearance, a Spike Lee joint and a book deal later, and it's safe to say that we're still looking for a cure for Mo'ne fever.