The Little League World Series starts this Thursday in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.  And a lot of people are already rooting for the Taney Dragons from Philadelphia.  Or more specifically, they're rooting for one of the PLAYERS.



On Sunday, Taney advanced to the series when they beat a team from Delaware 8-0.  And it was mostly thanks to a pitcher named Mo'ne Davis . . . who happens to be a 13-year-old GIRL.



Mo'ne throws a curveball, and a 70-mile-per-hour fastball.  Which is well above average.  And YES, she throws overhand.  On Sunday, she pitched a complete game shutout, striking out six batters, and only giving up three hits.



Taney's first World Series game is this Friday.  It's not clear if she'll pitch in that game or their next one.  But she'll be just the 18th girl to play in the Little League World Series in 68 years.  You can watch it on ESPN starting at 3:00 P.M. Eastern.



She's not the ONLY girl this year though.  There's also a player named Emma March on a team from Vancouver.  And it's only the third time TWO girls have played in the same year.  So far, no team with a female player has ever won it though.



Mo'ne also plays basketball, and says her goal is to either become the first woman in the Major Leagues, or the first woman in the NBA. 


(SB Nation / / LLBWS)



(Check out some photos of Mo'ne here.)