BURBANK — In command with a huge lead entering the seventh inning, things appeared in order for the Burbank High softball team to extend its season.
The Bulldogs were in control with ace pitcher Caitlyn Brooks in the circle and three outs from victory. They then encountered trouble before seeing their season come to a close in heartbreaking fashion.
Second-seeded Burbank yielded five runs in the seventh and two in the eighth en route to an 8-7 home loss to Sunny Hills on Tuesday in a CIF Southern Section Division III second-round contest at McCambridge Park.
Burbank, which captured the Pacific League championship, finished 25-3. Sunny Hills, which won the Freeway League crown, improved to 19-8.
"That was quite a game and a tough one to lose," Burbank Coach Nicole Drabecki said. "You can't play defense against timely hitting, and that exactly what [Sunny Hills] did.