They made things interesting late, but the Highland Rebels saw their season draw to a close with a 7-5 loss to Brookland in opening-round action at the 3-4A District Tournament at Cooper Field in Westside April 30.
The Rebels trailed 7-4 heading into the final frame of play, when Highland stitched together a late rally.
H.D. Bobo led off the top of the seventh by getting hit by a pitch, and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Will Edmondson, along with an errant pickoff attempt at first, allowed the speedy Bobo to motor to third base.
Next up, Sterling Stowers hit a hot shot to third that was mishandled, allowing Bobo to score on the play.
Logan Ladd then walked on four straight pitches, giving Highland runners at first and second with one out.
But Brookland starter Jacob Aiken worked his way out of trouble with back-to-back pop-ups, ending the game with the Bearcats in front 7-5.
The Bearcats took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI-double by Zac Weiss, followed by a run-scoring single from Austin Martin.
Quinton Maag hit safely in the top of the fourth, but Brookland still led 2-0 heading into the fifth.
But the Bearcats' lead quickly vanished.
Jason Long reached on an error, and after a strikeout, Edmondson hit a ball past short that was mis-played, bringing home Heath Goodman for the Rebels' first run of the afternoon.
Stowers then crushed a round-tripper to right that plated two runs, giving Highland a 3-2 lead.
But Brookland responded with four runs in the home-half of the fifth to grab the lead for good.
A hit to right from Dustin Newton scored Martin for Brookland's first tally, followed by a hit off the wall in left-center by Brett Payne that scored two more Bearcat runs.
Brookland's last run of the fifth came via a Highland error, pushing the Bearcats ahead 6-3 after five.
Highland got one of those runs back in the visitor's-half of the sixth, as Jace Powell hit a roller to first, with Maag coming in to score from third on the play.
Brookland logged one last run in the bottom of the sixth on a Rebel throwing error, extending the Bearcats' lead to 7-4.
Highland had something cooking in the top of the seventh, but could just push one run across, leaving Brookland with the 7-5 victory.