MacArthur’s Kristen DiCicco heard advice from just about everyone on how to deal with Island Trees pitcher Kate Valente.
After all, DiCicco had gone 0-for-11 with seven strikeouts and a walk in 12 plate appearances in three games against Valente this season. But the Generals’ senior second baseman listened to her mom, Susan, who suggested she start singing in her head “Hakuna Matata” from “The Lion King” when she was hitting.
While DiCicco admits she’s not a good singer, she certainly provided some sweet swings for MacArthur on Wednesday. DiCicco was 2-for-3 and accounted for both runs as No. 1 MacArthur defeated No. 2 Island Trees, 2-0, and swept the Nassau Class A softball best-of-3 finals at Mitchel Athletic Complex.
Jess Budrewicz won her Nassau-leading 20th game of the season, scattering five hits, walking one and striking out 13. The first inning was the only time that a runner reached third base for Island Trees (17-8).
MacArthur (22-3) will meet the Suffolk Class A winner on June 2 at St. Joseph’s College (Patchogue) at 3:30 p.m. The Generals, who dropped to Class A prior to this season, won the Long Island Class AA championship a year ago.
“I’d really been struggling against her,” DiCicco said. “But it was all in my head.”
DiCicco struck out in the first inning but hit a bloop double to open the third and scored on a single by Lisa Fabig. DiCicco would give MacArthur an insurance run with an RBI single in the seventh.
“This feels so good,” DiCicco said. “We knew if we didn’t get this done, we wouldn’t have another chance.”