Brookfield Bobcats softball scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of an early round in the Class L State Tournament Wednesday, adding one more in the eighth to secure a 3-2 walk-off victory.
Berlin had taken a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a two-run double by Katherine Burek and Berlin sophomore pitcher Makayla Harris mesmerized the Bobcats for 6 2/3 innings but the last out proved elusive and the Redcoats' defense let it down.
The Redcoats had chances to add to their lead but never scored another run after the first inning.
With two outs and two strikes, Brookfield's Angelina Pollen stroked a double. She scored on Danielle DeMarco's RBI single. DeMarco moved up to second base on a slap on a hit-and-run by Jessie Angelo. With runners at first and second and Berlin leading 2-1, Felicia Lennon hit a hard ground ball to short but the throw to second sailed into the outfield as DeMarco came all the way around to score the tying run.
Berlin didn't threaten in the top of the eighth and Brookfield quickly loaded the bases. A long fly ball would score the game-winner and Brookfield advanced to the Class L quarterfinals against Torrington.