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Somewhere between waiting for the NFL season to begin and a seeming lack of any good news in the world, the country discovered Mo'ne Davis and the Taney Dragons, a team out of Philadelphia and a girl who outpitched the boys.

Major League Baseball players tweeted out support and tuned in to games between batting practice and their own games. Davis was on the cover of Sports Illustrated and highly sought after for interviews by almost every publication around the country. Young fans around the country stayed up past their bedtimes to watch games.

But on Thursday, the Taney Dragons were eliminated from the Little League World Series after an impressive team from Illinois held off a strong comeback attempt from the Dragons. Down by two in the fifth inning, the Dragons came within one. Then with two outs in the sixth, the game-tying run made it to third.

They won't make it to the U.S. championship game, but the Taney Dragons won the Little League World Series a long time ago. They gave everyone something to root for. Davis showed that a lot has changed since girls had to sue the league just to be able to play. And hopefully, despite all of the pressure and all of the attention, they did what kids are supposed to do in youth sports: Had fun.

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