1st girl to play in the Little League World Series in 5 years takes center stage

Maddie Freking, 12, is the 19th girl to play in the tournament.
2:14 | 08/18/19

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The little league world series is a field of dreams for one player in particular, 12-year-old Maddy freking is only the 19th girl to play in the tournament. ABC's Kaylee Hartung has more. On how Maddy is making a name for herself. Good morning, Eva. It's easy to miss her long ponytail. Her catlike reflexes so fast, her play more likely to be what grabs your attention. She's been called a vacuum. Maddy made that look easy. Reporter: Known for signature plays like this one to help send her team on to the little league world series. Hailing from Minnesota, 12-year-old Maddy freking is the first girl to play in the famed series in five years. It's an honor. I also think that it's really cool to be out of however many boys who have been here, to be only the 19th girl. Reporter: In her team's first game, the starter at second base not letting anything by. Good hop. A nice job by Maddy freking to get in front of it. Reporter: The youngster modeling her play after a player known for breaking barriers. My favorite player is Jackie Robinson. His personality and how we was a able to fight through everything was amazing to me. Reporter: Maddy, the first girl on the diamond in williamsport since Mo'ne Davis toll the spotlight in 2014. I just strike them out. Reporter: ESPN reporter Julie foudy hopes this inspires more girl to play little league. Right now, you don't have a lot of girls coming through the grassroots system to play baseball. That's why it's so important you get a Mo'ne Davis out or Maddy freking as inspiration. Reporter: Stretching to the wnba, where a freking Jersey. Maddy has a message to those young girls. For any little girls watching I'd tell them keep playing their game and always do their best. Maddy's coon rapids andover team representing the midwest region. They're back on the field this morning at 10:00 on ESPN. Thank you, Kaylee.

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