The Brookfield Bulldogs' softball season came to a close on Wednesday night when the white and blue fell 4-2 to South Shelby in the opening round of district play. Brookfield was seeded fifth in the district, and South Shelby was seeded fourth. The winner earned a date with top-seeded Marceline the following evening.
The Bulldogs end their season 5-18.
Brookfield gave up a pair of runs on three hits in the first inning, and gave up another couple in the fifth before striking.
In the top of the sixth inning, Rylee Sensenich doubled in a a pair of baserunners, and for a moment, it appeared that the Bulldogs had life.
"We showed heart. It was very exciting to see the girls keep this one within reach all evening, they were right there. We just fell short.
"There's not too much I can be down on the girls about. It isn't how we wanted to end up, but I felt a different mentality from all of them when they came up to bat tonight. They wanted to hit the ball, and they wanted to get on base."
Brookfield recorded three hits, and South Shelby booked five. Three of the Ladybirds' base knocks came in that two-run first inning. Brookfield stranded four baserunners to South Shelby's five.
"That first inning gave us some confidence and took the pressure off of our defense," South Shelby coach Taylor O'Laughlin said. "It was good to get on top first and we definitely rode it out, that's for sure."