Mo'ne Davis captivated the world when she dominated the Little League World Series, and now nine years later she could be outdone by another girl: Stella Weaver.
Weaver plays for the Tennessee team currently battling in the Southeast Region, where she's dominated on the mound and at the plate. If her team advances to the LLWS in Williamsport, Penn., she could undoubtedly become the face of the tournament much like Davis did nearly a decade ago.
Why? Well, because Stella is a force of freakin' nature.
Standing 5-foot-8 on the mound, the 12-year-old Stella towers over most of her competition. She's the tallest player on her team, and she's also the fastest if you ask the head coach of the Tennessee team from Nolensville.
"She's 5 foot 8. She's the tallest person on our team, and she's the fastest person on our team," head coach Randy Huth told News Channel 5 Nashville. "When you guys see her on the mound, there are going to be a lot of people taking note."
As they should.
Weaver has an electric fastball and an even filthier combination of off-speed pitches. Just take a look at what she did to Alabama in regional play on Thursday, when she struck out seven in a complete game 10-0 victory.
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And that's not all she does. She also rakes at the plate, as evidenced by this triple over the center fielder's head against Virginia on Sunday:
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Stella got the final out on the mound when Tennessee took down Georgia on Monday to advance to the Southeast Regional championship game against Florida on Tuesday night. A win would mean Stella and Tennessee would head to Williamsport, where she would have a chance to become a full-fledged superstar.
For Stella, the pressure doesn't seem to get to her, especially not because she's playing with the boys.
"Sometimes like boys will come up to me and say, 'Are you a girl?' I'm like, 'yea, you're playing against a girl,'" Stella told News Channel 5 Nashville.
She also got a special shoutout from her role model, Mo'ne Davis.
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The sky's the limit for young Stella Weaver, who seems content inspiring the next female Little League star, just like Mo'ne Davis did for her.
"I love doing this," Stella said. "I love just sharing what I can do and what other girls can do."
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