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Mo'ne Davis inspires female baseball players

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The world has completely fallen for the sweetheart of Little League baseball.

"It's absolutely the coolest thing I've ever seen," said Annie Walker, Grand Blanc High School baseball player.

Mo'ne Davis, 13, has stolen the spotlight from the boys. She's one of the first girls ever to pitch a 70 mph fastball in the Little League World Series.

Walker said Mo'ne is a role model for other girls.

"It's huge for girls baseball, absolutely, because all these younger girls are looking up at Mo'ne and they're like 'oh my gosh, I could do this, too,'" Walker said.

Walker relates to the attention Mo'ne is getting and it's not just the waist-length braids the two have in common.

Walker is the only girl on her school's baseball team.

"I love the looks I get," Walker said. "My coaches will be on third base and they'll hear them say, 'is that a girl on the team?' Yeah that's me," Walker said. 

Mo'ne will soon be getting even more looks. She's the first Little League player ever to grace the same magazine cover as other baseball greats.

"It's never happened before. A young lady, a Little Leaguer being on the cover of Sports Illustrated," said Roger Foutch, longtime baseball enthusiast. 

Foutch owns Strike Zone in Flint, an indoor baseball training center. He holds camps there for aspiring Little Leaguers and said Mo'ne's success is a boom for the sport. 

"It happened so fast. I think it's great for youth baseball. I think it's great for inner-city minorities, women and African-Americans in the game," Foutch said. 

Mo'ne and other female fast pitchers like Walker just may give new meaning to the phrase "she throws like a girl."

"I want to throw like a girl. That's something to look up to now," Walker said.

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