Taney comes from behind for second World Series victory

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 Fans gather in the Philadelphia City Hall courtyard to watch the Taney Dragons play in the Little League World Series. (Emma Jacobs/WHYY)

Fans gather in the Philadelphia City Hall courtyard to watch the Taney Dragons play in the Little League World Series. (Emma Jacobs/WHYY)

Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons pulled off another victory in Williamsport on Sunday night in the second round of the Little League World Series, beating Pearland, Texas 7 to 6.

About 200 fans gathered in the City Hall courtyard celebrated a happy end to a nail-biter of a game.

“I’m really excited,” said Wayne Stewart Jr., who watched the team come from behind in the last half of the final inning, scoring two runs for the win.

The 12-year-old fan from East Falls has played with and against members of the Philadelphia club.

“I was just praying to God and I was praying to the baseball gods and I was like, ‘Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go, let’s do it.’ And it came through. We did it.”

Power-hitter Zion Spearman scored the final run. Starting pitcher Jared Sprague-Lott was in the game until the fifth inning.

On Friday night, 13-year-old Mo’ne Davis threw a shutout to become the first girl to ever pitch a winning game at the Little League championships.

Her at-bats were still the focus for Andrea Flemming and her 9-year-old daughter, Abianna, who’s the only girl on her own baseball team.

“We love when Mo’ne’s up. That’s our favorite moment of the game,” says Andrea.

They’ll be back on Wednesday night when the team takes on Las Vegas and Davis will be eligible to retake the mound.

Stewart Jr. also identified with the players on the field.

“I was thinking that it could be me next year,” he said.

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