POLAND — Freshman Morgan Brousseau had a home run and four RBI, Sarah Walton collected four hits and Poland held off a late surge by Cape Elizabeth for a 15-10 win in a Western Class B preliminary-round softball game Tuesday afternoon.

“We’ve been practicing all year getting into the box with confidence, and today being such a big game we were able to do that,” Brousseau said. “We played with great team spirit, we really came together.”

After Cape Elizabeth scored in the top half of the first, Poland got off to a quick start against Capers starter Lily Jordan in the bottom half of the inning.

After Michaella Arsenault tripled and scored on a groundout, the Knights batted around – rattling off six hits to grab a 6-1 lead.

In the second, Capers third baseman Tess Haller hit a three-run homer off Kylie Martin to make it 6-4.

From then on, the game belonged to Poland, which scored another six runs in the third inning.

Kelsey DeBurra, Haley Whitworth, Martin and Arsenault all collected RBI in the inning, an inning in which the Knights sent 10 batters to the plate.

But Poland wasn’t done scoring.

In the fifth, Brousseau connected on a two-run homer off the center-field scoreboard to make it 14-4.

“Morgan hit a bomb,” Poland Coach Katharine McKay said. “She brought a lot of spirit.”

The Knights tagged on their 15th run in the sixth inning when Madison Simard scored on an error.

The Capers, trailing 15-4 going into the seventh, didn’t go quietly.

Samantha Feenstra, Kelly O’Sullivan, Penley, Hannah Saturley, Anna Torre and Michaela Pinette scored to begin the inning, making it 15-10 with no one out.

Martin re-entered the game for Poland and recorded the final three outs to complete the victory.

The Knights have faced Cape Elizabeth in the playoffs three consecutive years.

“You gotta expect runs when you play Cape,” Coach McKay said, pointing out the potent bats of Haller and Tinsman. “But it was our turn.”

The Knights will continue their playoff run Thursday afternoon against Greely in the quarterfinals.