A stellar season that included a Metro Suburban Conference title, 32 victories and a top 10 ranking in the state came to an end on Monday for the Riverside-Brookfield softball team. A late-game rally fell short and the Bulldogs lost 5-3 to Trinity in the Class 3A Sectional title game at Glenbard South.

Trinity (32-5) broke open the game in the top of the seventh. Tied 2-2 with two outs, Abby Ramirez singled in a run and Nicole Evans doubled in two more.

But RB wouldn’t go away without a fight as Kiley Ruse singled with two outs in the bottom of the inning and Liz Demitro drove her in with an RBI double. The rally and game ended on a strikeout.

Riverside-Brookfield and Trinity were scheduled to square off on Saturday, but the game was rescheduled due to inclement weather.

The Bulldogs advanced to their sectional showdown with Trinity after knocking off Nazareth 7-1 on June 2 in Glen Ellyn. Tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth, Rusen doubled and Michelle Demitro walked to put runners on first and second. Shortstop Jessie Hutchens then crushed a three-run homer (estimated at 230 feet) over the left field fence to give the Bulldogs a 4-1 cushion. Hutchens, a viable all-state player candidate, had 15 home runs and over 70 RBIs this season.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a home run hit that far,” RB head coach Dan Hull said after the game. “That was a clout. Obviously, she’s a great hitter but Jessie also has been providing a lot of leadership and playing great defense.”

Hutchens (3-for-4, 5 RBIs) drove in two more runs with a single and Michelle Demitro chipped in an RBI single in the sixth inning to put the game away.

Riverside-Brookfield starter Kylie O’Connell (13-1) was a major reason why Nazareth struggled offensively. The sophomore right-hander threw a complete game four-hitter.

The Roadrunners (17-20) held a brief 1-0 lead in the fourth when Shannon Cawley scored from second base. However, Hutchens led off the Bulldogs’ half of the frame with a double and moved to third on a double by Becky Mantel. Hutchens then scored on freshman Emily Hastings’ single.

Riverside-Brookfield closes out the season with an overall record of 32-5.

Brad Spencer contributed to this report.