Mo'ne Davis' LLWS Finale Doesn't Tarnish Memorable Tournament

Tim KeeneyContributor IAugust 21, 2014

Philadelphia pitcher Mo'ne Davis looks for a sign during the fourth inning of a United States semi-final baseball game against Las Vegas at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Las Vegas won 8-1, with Mo'ne giving up three runs in 2 and 2/3 innings. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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One of the most captivating sports stories of the year officially has an ending, but it wasn't the one many were hoping for.

Mo'ne Davis and Taney Little League dropped a 6-5 thriller against Jackie Robinson West Little League on Thursday, thus ending the Pennsylvania squad's run in Williamsport. 

For Davis, the tournament's most talked-about star, it ended in the exact opposite fashion of how the previous weeks of baseball played out for her: with a nondescript performance. 

The 13-year-old phenom, who is known much more for her prowess on the mound, started at first base. She went 0-for-1 before being replaced with a pinch-hitter. Even in defeat, though, she showed pride for her team:

And as Jeff Pearlman pointed out, she continued to radiate that magnetic, care-free personality the country has fallen in love with in recent days:

No matter how you may feel about the attention Davis has received, there's no denying her unbelievable star power. 

Although she struggled a bit against powerhouse Nevada on Wednesday, her complete-game shutout against Tennessee was the stuff you find in movie scripts: 6.0 innings, two hits, zero runs, zero walks, eight strikeouts.

Even legend Barry Larkin couldn't hide his praise:

But her impact was arguably greater far beyond the field.

She appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated. She turned heads and sparked heated debates. She brought attention to the Little League World Series—already popular in its own right—that had never been seen before:

Best of all, with a few blazing fastballs and painted corners, she became someone to look up to. 

"I never thought that I would be a role model at this age," she said in an ESPN interview, via's Kelly Wallace. "So I just have to be myself."

And we can only thank her for that. 

Mo'ne Davis' World Series is over. She will now steadily recede from the mainstream media and the nation's watchful eye, until perhaps several years down the road when she's playing basketball for Geno Auriemma and Connecticut.

But no matter what, we won't forget her. We won't forget how she transcended the sport, provided inspiration to millions and became a woman among boys.