MacArthur's senior shortstop Kristen Brown, who is hitting .617 with 40 runs batted in, has a chance to snap the New York State single-season home run record on May 8, as the Lady Generals host Oceanside in a Nassau Conference AA-I tilt.
Brown, who will be attending the University of North Carolina next season to play softball for the No. 26 nationally-ranked Tar Heels, tallied 13 homers in 17 games this season for the Lady Generals, and she smashed at least one home run in each of MacArthur's last four games.
Her ridiculous power-hitting included two multiple-homer games, including three home runs against Carle Place on Apr. 4 and two deep bombs in a 4-1 victory over Long Beach on Apr. 11.
According to a Newsday.com report, North Carolina Tar Heels softball coach Donna Papa said "Kristen is going to give us a spark in our infield. She is a true shortstop in terms of her range and her ability to field in the hole. That's what attracted us initially."
While Brown is undoubtedly an elite fielder, it's her bat that has caused opposing pitchers to give her a free pass to first base on several occasions this year. If there's one thing Kristen Brown despises, it's intentional walks.
Had it not been for two intentional walks to Brown in MacArthur's 8-6 loss to Mepham on Apr. 18, the final box score would have likely been much different and she might have been the New York State single-season all-time home run champ by now.
She has two chances this week to snap the record set in 2007 by Ripley's Samantha Eimers, as MacArthur travels to Long Beach on May 9 for its regular-season finale.
Perhaps Brown's best chance of setting the record will come on the road tomorrow against the Lady Marines, as she crushed two homers off them on Apr. 11.
Oceanside, on the other hand, was one of the few teams to keep Brown's offense at bay this season. MacArthur topped the Sailors, 5-3, on Apr. 20, but Brown wasn't able to hit a homer in that game for just the fifth time in 2012.
MacArthur is currently 15-2, with 11 victories in Nassau Conference AA-I action. It holds a three-game lead over East Meadow for first place in the division, and it has a superb chance of notching its first Nassau County title in eight years.
Will Kristen Brown snap New York State's single-season home run record? Let me know in the comments.
Eric Holden has been covering Long Island high school sports since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.
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