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Girl Hopes To Take Team To Little League World Series

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A group of little leaguers from the city have already conquered the state, now they're setting their sights on getting to the Little League World Series.

And one member of the team is proving she doesn't need “a league of her own” to fit in.

One of her coaches says she's the best pitcher in the state for her age.

She's such a good athlete, baseball isn't even her best sport, basketball is.

The boys of summer aren't alone this season. Meet Mo'ne Davis. She's a girl and her coaches say she's a star.

“You get treated differently, but not always. You get treated the same most of all because we’re all just playing one sport," she said.

Davis pitches and plays third base. The 13-year-old is hoping to lead the Taney Dragons to the Little League World Series in Williamsport two weeks from now.

“We’re trying to put the name Taney out there in the world and let everyone know that intercity kids can make a big difference in the baseball industry," Davis said.

If successful, she'll be only the 17th female to play in the tournament's 68-year history. That's 17 out of nearly 9000 athletes.

Davis doesn't mind being a girl among boys, and hopes her success inspires others.

“To change this whole only men and boys play baseball to change like that different genders can play baseball and not just one gender and I kind of want all the other girls to play baseball," Davis said.

She's also thrilled to have her city behind her.

“That’s a lot of support and it just keeps motivating us to keep going and go as far as we can," Davis said.

This group has already accomplished a lot.

The group of 12 and 13-year-olds from Center City has done something a little league inner city team in Pennsylvania has never done; win the state championship.

“Did you guys think you’d make it this far when the season started?” FOX 29's Drew Dickman asked.

"No, no way. I knew it was a very talented group, but a lot has got to go right and you have to win a lot of games to get to this point," manager Alex Rice responded.

Many of the players in this group have been together for several years. Chemistry is just one of their secrets.

“My teammates mean a lot. They’re some of my closest friends, especially since some of them I have known since I was eight. So it’s not really like playing with teammates, its like playing with family," outfielder Kai Cummings said.

Despite everything the already accomplished, this group of all-stars knows the most challenging road still lies ahead.

“I can’t wait for the experience. I think it’s going to be tough, but I think we’re going to battle," shortstop Jared Sprague-Lott said.

When it comes to pressure, for this team, it seems ignorance really can be bliss.

“We just work hard and we don’t think about, because we’ve come back in so many games, and we just think about that and we just focus on the game and we just play," outfielder Ty Shanahan said.

At regionals next week, the team's New Jersey rivals from Toms River will also have a girl in uniform.

The Dragons take off for Bristol, Connecticut on Thursday morning. They are set to play their first game on Saturday.

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