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Mo’ne Davis, Las Vegas Little League showdown brings big TV ratings

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Gene J. Puskar / AP

Philadelphia pitcher Mo’ne Davis delivers in the first inning of a U.S. semifinal baseball game against Las Vegas at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.

Updated Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 | 9:22 a.m.

Mountain Ridge Defeats Philly

Las Vegas' Brennan Holligan (27) is greeted by Philadelphia third baseman Jack Rice (2) as he rounds third after hitting a two-run home run off  Philadelphia pitcher Carter Davis in sixth inning of a United States semi-final baseball game at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Las Vegas won 8-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Launch slideshow »

Mountain Ridge Little League’s game Wednesday was the most watched in the history of the Little League World Series on ESPN, the network announced today. ESPN has had exclusive broadcasting rights to the series since 2006.

The game delivered a 3.4 overnight rating by Nielsen, officials said. That’s a 143 percent increase from last year’s corresponding game, which drew a 1.4 rating.

Mountain Ridge, of northwest Las Vegas, advanced to the U.S. championship game with an 8-1 victory over Philadelphia and pitching ace Mo’ne Davis, the girl featured on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated.

In Las Vegas, the game registered at 16.3 rating, which broke the local record for a World Series game. In Philadelphia, the game drew a 14.9 rating.

Ratings represent the percentage of homes with televisions tuned to a program.

On Sunday, Mountain Ridge’s game against Chicago drew the previous record of a 9.4 local rating.

Mountain Ridge, the first Nevada team to reach Williamsport, Pa., plays at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the U.S. championship game.

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