A batter once stepped to the plate, looked at catcher Ashley Budrewicz, and asked her if she was also the pitcher.
“She asked if I was running back and forth,” Budrewicz said. Kind of like Bugs Bunny once did in the classic Looney Tunes cartoon when he throws a pitch, runs behind the plate, and catches it himself.
“I was like, ‘I don’t know what you’re saying because that’s not possible,’ ” Budrewicz said with a laugh Wednesday after MacArthur defeated Long Beach, 10-1, in Conference AA-I.
The confusion, though, was understandable. When looking at MacArthur’s pitcher and catcher, the only noticeable difference at first glance is the number on their uniforms. Sophomore twin sisters Ashley and Jessica Budrewicz have been causing double trouble — and double takes — for years. But if batters look closely enough, they’ll notice some differences. Just ask their teammates.
“Ashley always wears makeup and Jess doesn’t,” MacArthur shortstop Jessica Lombardo said.
“Jess is a little more relaxed and Ashley is a little more serious,” designated hitter Gabby DeNunzio said.
“Ashley’s ponytail is usually little higher and Jess’ hair is kind of all over the place,” third baseman Shannon Myles said.
And the biggest difference of all: Jessica throws the pitches and Ashley catches the pitches. Jessica, who worked the outside of the plate with her fastball and kept hitters off balance with her curve and screw, allowed three hits, walked one, and stuck out 12 in a complete game.
“She always hits her spots,” Ashley said of Jessica.
Ashley, who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, framed her sister’s pitches well.
“She always makes me look good,” Jessica said of Ashley.
The Generals (2-0) batted around and scored six runs in a sloppy second inning. Ashley dropped down a bunt that allowed Hannah Rommel to score, increasing the lead to 7-0 in the third. DeNunzio followed with a two-run single.
“If we keep hitting like we are,” Myles said, “I think we’re unstoppable.”
Just as the twin battery was Wednesday, with Jessica retiring the first 11 batters until Paulina Cardona homered to center for Long Beach (0-1). As good as the chemistry is between the twins, they continue to work on it. Most nights in the Budrewicz living room, Jessica is working on her spins by throwing a rolled-up pair of socks to Ashley.
“I trust her behind the plate, she trusts me in the circle,” Jessica said. “We get the job done together because we know one another so well.”
Almost as if they’re throwing to themselves.