It’s been an incredible Little League World Series so far this year. But it wouldn’t be quite so memorable without just a little bit of history added to it.
During Sunday’s game between Minnesota and Virginia, 12-year-old Maddy Freking took the mound in the bottom of the second inning. In doing so, Freking became the first girl since Mo’ne Davis to pitch in the LLWS.
She quickly proved her mettle to boot. Freking got the second out of the inning by catching the batter looking, and got the third out on a ground play to home plate.
Unfortunately, Freking’s solid effort in the second inning was ultimately for naught. Minnesota was unable to muster a run on offense, and the game was completed in the fourth due to the mercy rule.
Here’s a clip of her historic appearance on the pitcher’s mound:
Struck him out looking, then makes a play for the highlight reel.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 18, 2019
Freking joins a very rare list of girls who have competed in the 73-year history of the Little League World Series.
In a recent interview with the Star-Tribune, Freking expressed her excitement at being in the LLWS and being one of the few girls to ever participate.
“It’s cool that there are only a few other girls in Little League and I’m one of them who have made it this far,” Freking said.
She is now only the 19th girl to ever play, and only the second girl from the state of Minnesota.