On August 15, 13-year-old Mo’ne became the first female player to pitch a shutout in the history of the Little League World Series. A shutout is a game in which a single pitcher prevents the opposing team from scoring a run. Mo’ne’s triumph led her team, the Taney Dragons of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to victory against competitor South Nashville. The game brought the Dragons one step closer to the U.S. Championship.
A few days later, Mo’ne scored another major first. She became the first Little League player to make the cover of Sports Illustrated! The famed sports magazine applauded Mo’ne as a role model not only for girls who want to play ball, but for all athletes—both male and female.
Mo’ne’s 70-mile-per-hour fastball and laidback attitude have attracted the attention of baseball fanatics, newcomers to the sport, and even celebrities like Mo’ne’s favorite pitcher, Clayton Kershaw of the L.A. Dodgers, who accepted Mo’ne’s challenge to a pitch off! Despite her talent, baseball isn’t even Mo’ne’s favorite sport. She hopes to play basketball at the University of Connecticut and to eventually go pro in the WNBA. If her skills on the court compare to how she plays on the field, we can’t imagine what will stop her.
The Little League World Series began in 1947, and approximately 9,000 players have competed in the tournament since then. Just 18 of these players have been female. About what percent of total players in the series have been girls?