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Long Island Player of the Year
MacArthur, P/SS, senior
It was the ultimate sign of respect for a feared power hitter like Kristen Brown. Late in the season, teams began dropping their second baseman into deep right field during her at-bats.
Holding her to a single was a willing concession as long as it minimized the risk of the 250-foot alternative. Yet even with the “Kristen Brown Shift” in effect during the playoffs, she still managed to hit one where the outfielders couldn’t reach it for one of her many home runs this season.
“I didn’t even know that was allowed,” Brown said of the shift. “I still had the same mentality at the plate and just kept hitting the ball as hard as I could. It was definitely a sign of respect. It built up my confidence.”
The North Carolina-bound shortstop, who struck out only once in 84 at-bats, set career highs with a .583 average, a Long Island-best 16 home runs (nobody else hit more than 11) and 46 RBIs, while playing in Nassau’s top ability-based conference.
In the circle, Brown went 9-4 with a 2.85 ERA and pitched the Generals to their first county title since 2004 and first Long Island championship since 1988.
But her bat played a larger role in MacArthur’s success. Just ask the opposing second basemen.
(Credit: James Escher)