The annual Little League World Series kicked off last week in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and girls are getting much of the attention.
Playing for South Vancouver, the team representing Canada, is Emma March. The 12-year-old plays on the team with her twin brother, Evan. With losses to Mexico and Latin America, South Vancouver will play in the consolation round.
Emma is the 17th girl to play in the LLWS, and she’s only one of two girls playing this year. The other is Philadephia’s Mo’Ne Davis, who has a 70 mph fastball and pitched a complete game shutout to get her Taney Dragons to the World Series. That’s her, pictured above, in a photo from AP.
In a story for National Public Radio (NPR), her stepfather, Mark Williams, is quoted as saying that the 13-year-old didn’t get serious about pitching until just a couple of years ago.
She says she was pitching one day, and someone hit a home run off of her. So she felt like she needed to work on it more. And from there, it got to this point. So she worked pretty hard on it.
How’s that for playing like a girl?
The Little League World Series Championship game takes place on Sunday, August 24.