Thirteen-year-old pitcher Mo’ne Davis allowed three runs in less than three innings and her Philadelphia team lost 8-1 to Las Vegas at the Little League World Series.
The loss last night before 34,128 fans, Philadelphia’s first at the tournament in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, means the team will have to win tonight against Chicago to stay alive.
The winning team from Nevada moved on to the U.S. final on Aug. 23.
Davis, who last week became the first girl to pitch a shutout in the 67-year history of the Little League World Series, struck out six of the 13 batters she faced but allowed six hits -- including a two-run homer and a run-scoring triple.
She was removed from the game after getting the first out of the third inning and throwing 55 pitches. That left her eligible to pitch again if her team advances to the U.S. final.
Davis moved to first base and then to right field after her pitching stint. She went 0-for-2 at the plate, with a walk.
Davis, who said her athletic wish list includes playing basketball at the University of Connecticut, has gotten social media encouragement from celebrities including National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout.
South Korea, which won 4-2 against Japan earlier yesterday, will play either Mexico or Japan in the international final on Aug. 23, and will face the U.S. winner for the championship the following day.
The 34,128 fans at last night’s Little League game, where there is no charge for tickets, easily surpassed the paid attendance of 25,157 as Major League Baseball’s Phillies hosted the Seattle Mariners about 177 miles (285 kilometers) southeast of Williamsport in Philadelphia.