Mo’ne Davis, Taney fall to Nevada, will play Jackie Robinson West Thursday
BY SETH GRUEN Staff Reporter August 20, 2014 9:09PM
Updated: August 20, 2014 10:05PM
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — The momentum of Mo’ne mania slowed down just a little bit Wednesday night. Jackie Robinson West will have a chance to stop it in its tracks Thursday night.
Mo’Ne Davis and her Taney Little League squad from Pennsylvania lost 8-1 to Mountain Ridge of Las Vegas on Wednesday in front of a partisan crowd estimated to be 34,128. With the win Mountain Ridge advances to the United States Championship.
Taney will play Jackie Robinson West tomorrow in an elimination game in what figures to be similar atmosphere with two city teams vying for a chance to play Mountain Ridge in Saturday’s U.S. championship.
“It’s a great thing,” manager Alex Rice said of the support his team has received. “I’d certainly want to be on this side of it instead of the other. So I tip my hat to the Nevada team.
“When they’re playing they don’t really notice it and when they do notice it, it’s a good thing. I think they’re fine.”
Davis pitched 2.1 innings on Wednesday and allowed three runs on six hits. She struck out six batters. Due to the number of pitches she threw, Davis will not be eligible to pitch against Jackie Robinson West Thursday.
Rice said the plan was always to limit her to 50 pitches so that she could be available if the team advances to the U.S. Championship.
Mountain Ridge jumped out to a 3-0 lead after scoring one in the first inning and two in the second. After the team from Vegas shut Taney through the first three innings, the team from Pennsylvania threatened in the fourth.
Davis was walked in the inning and Taney caught Mountain Ridge sleeping and was able to steal home. Later that inning, Taney had the bases loaded—Davis representing the tying run at second—but was doubled off at first.
Mountain Ridge added to its lead when it scored five runs in the top of the sixth.
“They can handle a loss. We’ve talked about it. We know that we’re playing for Saturday, whether we’re going to get there tonight or tomorrow. They feel very good about [potentially] playing on Saturday.”