MCCAMBRIDGE PARK — In five years at the helm, Burbank High softball Coach Nicole Drabecki has not seen a Bulldogs team advance further into the postseason than this year's installment.
So when Caitlyn Brooks delivered her final strikeout of the afternoon on Tuesday, securing a 1-0 win over visiting Downey, Drabecki embraced her star pitcher with plenty of jubilation.
Brooks' two-hitter, coupled with an RBI single by Ashley Russo in the bottom of the sixth inning, propelled Burbank to the CIF Southern Section Division III quarterfinals on Thursday, when it will face Bishop Amat, which defeated Torrance, 4-1.
"This win is tremendous for my program," Drabecki said. "Honestly, Burbank has not done well in playoff time, other than 1975. So we're way overdue and absolutely thrilled.
"For us, it's the fact that we've made it this far, that we're still winning and we feel we could keep going. We know with each round we go, it's going to get more and more difficult. But I just feel like nothing could stop us but ourselves."