Bill Ladson

Nats closely following Little League World Series

Nats closely following Little League World Series

WASHINGTON -- Mo'ne Davis has taken Williamsport, Pa., and the sporting community by storm this past week, as she continues to lead Pennsylvania in the team's quest for a championship at the Little League World Series.

Even Nationals players can't help but watch in amazement. After all, the standout pitcher has dominated on the mound as one of two females playing in the Little League World Series. And she's done it with remarkable poise.

"It's incredible. She's bright, smart. She's not cocky. She's confident. She's a team player," right-hander Tanner Roark said. "It's impressive to watch and hear her actually talk the way she talks."

Las Vegas native Bryce Harper has taken a more personal approach in terms of his support for the Little League World Series. He called one of the coaches from his hometown team and delivered a good-luck message for the young players, who hail from Mountain Ridge, about a 45-minute drive, with traffic, from where Harper grew up.

The Las Vegas team is the first group from Nevada to represent the West in Williamsport since the region was established in 2001.

"It's something that's really cool for Vegas," Harper said. "They needed to know that people have their back and we're cheering for them. … Hopefully they can bring a title back to Las Vegas. And if they don't, we're proud of what they've done. They deserve to be there."

Daniel Popper is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.