Mo'ne Davis has star power on and off the field

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BY ALEXIS SHAW

To say that Mo'ne Davis has taken the sports world by storm is an understatement.

The 13-year-old right-handed pitcher has redefined what it means to throw like a girl as she makes an indelible mark on the 2014 Little League World Series.

Davis can boast she crossed off a number of firsts at the games this year, as her team, the Taney Dragons, is the first from Philadelphia to get to the World Series.

But the dynamic pitcher, known for her impressive fastball, has achieved a number of game-changing accomplishments in this year's World Series when it comes to gender.

Davis is making history on the field as the first girl to throw a shutout in the history of the games on just the second day of the tournament.

She helped catapult the Dragons to victory after giving up just two hits and striking out eight batters to crush the opposing team from Tennessee on Friday, according to the Associated Press.

Davis is also one of two girls playing in the World Series this year, and is the fourth American girl ever to play in the games.

While Davis has become an overnight celebrity, it's not just because she's a girl. When she steps on the mound, it's "the Mo show out there," Pennsylvania Manager Alex Rice told the New York Times.

Even the pros from the big leagues are taking notice of her talent.

Davis earned a shout-out from Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen, while the NBA's Kevin Durant tweeted that he was in awe of her prowess on the mound.

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Davis recognizes that her presence on the field is an important milestone in Little League's history.

"It's very unreal," Davis told the New York Times. "I never thought that at the age of 13 I would be a role model, but now it's real. I always wanted to be a basketball role model; being a baseball role model is really cool."

Still, Davis hasn't let her overnight stardom get to her head.

"If it wasn't for my team, we really wouldn't be here right now, " she told CBS News. "It's not just about me, like I can't fill all nine positions at bat all nine times, so you just have to see the whole reason why we're here is because we work well together and we work as a team."

While fans who flocked to South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday night to witness the phenom in action against their Pearland, Texas, rival, may have been disappointed to learn that she wasn't eligible to pitch, Davis was by no means confined to the dugout.

She played third base and batted sixth in the Dragons' line up, helping to usher the team to a 7-6 win.

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