Ella Bruning and Texas beat Washington

WILLIAMSPORT, P.A. — Texas' Ella Bruning made history at the Little League World Series just by showing up as the only girl in this year's competition and just the 20th girl ever to play in the Baseball World Series.

However, Bruning didn't come for a participation trophy, and she scored the first run in Texas' 6-0 win over Washington.

This is the first time a team from Abilene, Texas, has ever appeared in the Little League Baseball World Series, so the win was also their first-ever victory in Williamsport.

“When we figured out that 12U was starting and made All-Stars, we knew it was our biggest shot at going this far,” Bruning said. “I dropped softball for the summer so I could do this, because this is once in a lifetime.”

Texas' Ella Bruning hits the ball during Friday's game against Washington.

Bruning scored her run in the top of the second inning. After she hit a single to center field, Washington pitcher Sanath Chari walked the next batter to move her to second base. She then took advantage of two wild pitches to take third and then home.

On the mound, Dylan Regala, Myles McCarty, and Landry Pate split the shutout win. Regala pitched the first two innings, striking out three batters and allowing just one hit. McCarty also allowed just one hit and had two strikeouts, and Pate added two strikeouts despite throwing just 11 pitches in the sixth. 

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