Kristen Arbiter's father was like a fourth outfielder for MacArthur Thursday. He spent a lot of time chasing down fly balls hit to deep left-centerfield.
Arbiter entered her senior season determined to hit a home run over the fence at MacArthur High School for the first time in her career. She finally accomplished that yesterday -- not once, but twice -- during MacArthur's 10-7 victory over Massapequa. And once each ball cleared the fence, her dad was on the run to retrieve the mementos.
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"I didn't know it was possible for me to do that," Arbiter said. "I've always come so close but I've never actually hit one over."
Arbiter, whose only home runs were of the inside-the-park variety, finished 3-for-4 with six RBIs and missed having a three-homer day by about 3 feet.
The senior catcher launched a towering three-run home run that pulled MacArthur within 5-4 in the bottom of the third. Shannon Myles hit an RBI single to even the score at 5 as MacArthur erased a 5-0 deficit in the fifth. Jessica Lombardo followed with a double that gave the Generals a 6-5 lead. Arbiter capped the four-run inning with an RBI double off the wall to make it 8-5.
"If we hit, we can come out with some wins," said Myles, who went 3-for-3. "In my opinion, we have the bats to do it."
Nicole Moustouka, who played centerfield last year, shifted into the circle to assume pitching duties this season because of injuries. With the tying runs in scoring position in the sixth, she induced the clean-up hitter into a groundout.
"It's definitely a lot of pressure," Moustouka said. "But I'm always confident my team will string some hits together."
Moustouka, Lombardo, and Lyndsey Balder each had two hits and an RBI for MacArthur (2-1).
The Chiefs (1-3) scored three in the first, capped by Amanda Considine's RBI triple. Darby Pandolfo, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles, added a two-run single in the second to make it 5-0.
Arbiter wasn't sure if her first home run was going to clear the fence. But that wasn't the case with the no-doubter she crushed in the sixth for a 10-6 lead.
Right off the bat, her dad was on his way down the line to grab the ball.
"He got both of them," she said with a laugh. "And he's keeping both of them."