Maddy Freking wows fans as the only girl in 2019 Little League World Series

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Coon Rapids, Minnesota’s Maddy Freking delivers during the third inning of a baseball game against South Riding, Virginia at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. Virginia won 11-0. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(CBS) – Maddy Freking, 12, is the only girl in this year’s Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and she’s one of its biggest stars. While pitching for her Minnesota team, she got out of a bases-loaded jam by striking out a batter, then throwing out a base runner, to end the inning.

When she’s not on the mound, you’ll find Freking playing second base, just as her hero, Jackie Robinson, did. Her fans include Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, who saw her play Sunday. So could girls like Freking see their Major League dreams come true?    

“I just hope that there’s a day that i’m living long enough to see it happen,” Hurdle said.

Freking is only the 19th girl to play in the Little League World Series. Her advice to other girls watching is to “keep playing” and “always do their best.”

Coon Rapids, Minnesota’s Maddy Freking delivers during the third inning of a baseball game against South Riding, Virginia at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. Virginia won 11-0. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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