If you have been watching the Little League World Series, then you have watched some amazing baseball.

You may have even noticed on Sunday something that has been rare at the LLWS and that was a girl on the mound. Her name is Maddy Freking and she became just the 19th girl to play at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA and just the sixth female to take the mound at the tournament.

Freking was on the rubber with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the second inning for her team out of the Midwest Region. She would catch the Southeast batter looking at strike three for the second out of the inning then made an outstanding play, catching the runner at home for the final out of the inning.

She would return to the mound for the third inning but was eventually lifted as her squad lost 11-0.

Freking is the first female pitcher at the LLWS since Mo’ne Davis put on a show at the 2014 edition of the tournament. She says her favourite baseball player is Jackie Robinson, who she would have never seen play, but hopes to break the barriers through baseball like Robinson did.

"It's an honor. I also think it's really cool to be, out of however many boys, the 19th girl to be here," she told ESPN. "For any little girls that are watching, I'd tell them to keep playing their game and always do their best."

Not only does she take the mound for her team, but she also is a solid second basewomen, something she showed during the team’s opening game victory on Thursday.

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, who took in the game on Sunday, had high praise for the 12-year old, comparing her to New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard. “The last time I saw that much blonde hair throwing that hard, it was Syndergaard,” the Bucks manager told ESPN during an interview.

Hurdle was at the Little League World Series along with his ball club and the Chicago Cubs as they faced off in the 2019 MLB Little League Classic.

With the likes of Davis and Freking helping to lay more groundwork for the girls that will come after them, it is great to see the game growing at the youth level in many different ways. Who knows, maybe one day down the road we will have an all female team qualifying for the tournament.

While Sunday’s result wasn’t what they expected, Freking and her teammates will look to stay alive on Monday when they face the team from the Southwest region. The semi-finals for the tournament will take place on Saturday with the Little League World Series game going the next day.