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Jess and Ashley Budrewicz, MacArthur strike for seven runs to win Long Island title

MacArthur head coach Robert Fehrenbach congratulates pitcher Jessica Budrewicz

MacArthur head coach Robert Fehrenbach congratulates pitcher Jessica Budrewicz (9) and catcher Ashley Budrewicz on the 7-0 win over Mt. Sinai in the Long Island Class A softball final against Mt. Sinai on Friday, June 2, 2017, at St. Joseph's College. Credit: Alan J Schaefer

When lightning struck at St. Joseph’s, the MacArthur softball team busted out the dance moves.

Jess Budrewicz and her twin sister, Ashley, began break dancing near the third-base line. More teammates joined in as they manufactured music and dance moves. But when it came time to retake the field after the 40-minute delay, the Generals were ready to go.

“For me, it was very much needed,” starting pitcher Jess Budrewicz said. “I wasn’t doing as well in the beginning so that break was needed and I did so much better after that. It just let us stay loose, we had fun together, got our nerves out and went back on the field and did our thing.”

And they’ll be dancing up to South Glens Falls after MacArthur expanded its five-run lead from the third-inning lightning delay into a 7-0 victory over Mount Sinai in the Long Island Class A championship game/Southeast Regional final Friday at St. Joseph’s (LI).

Mount Sinai finished its season 22-1 after winning its third straight county championship.

MacArthur (23-3) advances to the state semifinals in South Glens Falls at 9 a.m. June 10 against the winner of Saturday’s game between Lakeland and defending state champion Maine-Endwell. The Generals, which dropped down to Class A because of an enrollment decline this season, lost in last season’s state Class AA semifinal.

“I literally have no words, it’s insane,” said Budrewicz, who tossed a three-hitter with one walk and seven strikeouts. “We were a little nervous heading into this game but we all had each other’s backs. We knew what to do and it’s just a great feeling.”

The Generals took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Lisa Fabig’s two-out RBI double to drive in Ashley Budrewicz. MacArthur added three more runs in the second, highlighted by Shannon Myles’ two-run double to drive in Nicole Pinto and Victoria Agnoli. Kristen DiCicco drove in Myles on a single for the final run of the frame.

MacArthur added its final three runs when Ali Verdi scored on a passed ball in the third and Fabig and Deanna Barrera added RBIs in the fourth inning.

“We were definitely nervous,” Myles said, “but we just came out and prepared like we do any other game.”

And it helped having Budrewicz in the circle, like she’s been for 21 other wins this season.

“It’s comforting for me,” coach Bobby Fehrenbach said. “The rest of the kids are comforted as well. They know what they got out there.”

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