Maddy Freking Shines in Little League World Series Pitching Debut

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Pirates manager Clint Hurdle had high praise for the 12-year-old as he watched her and her Midwest (Coon Rapids, Minnesota) team play in the tournament, with Pittsburgh in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania to take on the Chicago Cubs in the MLB Little League Classic, comparing her to New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard.

Timmy Piasentin started on the mound for Coquitlam, lasting 4 2/3 innings.

Keven Rosina went the distance for the Caribbean, striking out seven and not surrendering an earned run.

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Taking the hill Sunday with one out in the bottom of the second and the bases loaded, Freking struck a batter out looking and then made an impressive barehanded play on a dribbler and flipped to the catcher at home plate for the final out of the inning.

The victor of Wednesday's game will advance to play in the US Final on Saturday; with the victor of the US Final securing a spot in the World Series title game on Sunday, Aug. 26.

No Canadian team has ever won the Little League World Series despite appearing in every tournament since 1952. The boys will have to keep playing like they did Saturday if they want to be the first.

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