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Mother of phenom Mo'ne Davis says she's proud, nervous

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Lakeisha McLean said her daughter, Mo'ne Davis, has always been good at sports. But she was shocked at all the recent attention. (Source: KYW/CBS) Lakeisha McLean said her daughter, Mo'ne Davis, has always been good at sports. But she was shocked at all the recent attention. (Source: KYW/CBS)

PHILADELPHIA (KYW/CBS) – The mother of Mo'ne Davis, the girl phenom who is taking over the Little League World Series, is nearly speechless.

"She's on the front cover, right?" Lakeisha McLean said of her daughter's feature on Sports Illustrated this week.

Oh yes. Her daughter, a pitcher for the Taney Dragons of Philadelphia, made sports history as the first little leaguer on the cover of magazine. That was after she became the first girl player to throw a shutout in the Little League World Series.

"Every sport she's played - baseball, basketball, soccer - she's dominated," McLean said. "But I never thought in a million years she would get this much attention for baseball. It takes her about two or three innings to get to know the umpire's strike zone. Once she gets that, it's like I feel sorry for the other team. I feel bad."

Mo'ne learned to play baseball at Marian Anderson Recreational Center and specifically learned to pitch from her coach Steve Bandura, who had texted McLean about the SI cover.

McLean is beginning to feel nervous about Wednesday night's semifinal game against Las Vegas, but as a mom, she's also concerned about her daughter at an impressionable age.

"I'm proud of Mo'ne. Words can't explain how proud I am," McLean said. "I'm not scared. I'm more nervous for her. I believe Philadelphia knew about Mo'ne, but now the whole world knows about Mo'ne. I just want her to be a normal 13-year-old child."

Tough to do when she's a media star.

Mo'ne also hasn't made her love for basketball and her dream of someday playing for the University of Connecticut a secret.

Despite her intense schedule, one phone call did get through. Connecticut's basketball coach, Geno Auriemma, called to wish her well.

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