The Hancock Owl softball team improved to 5-8 on the season after sweeping Hillcrest Lutheran in a doubleheader Thursday, May 9, in Fergus Falls.

The Owls next play Wheaton/H-N in a doubleheader Monday, May 13, in Wheaton. Hancock closes out the regular season against Ortonville at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 16, in Hancock. The Section 6A tournament gets seeded Saturday, May 18 with the play-in round being Tuesday, May 21.

Game one

Hancock 11, Hillcrest 6

Carlee Hanson recorded her second home run of the season and classmate Tori Pahl added four RBIs on two hits to help the Hancock Owl softball team win game one of a doubleheader against Hillcrest, 11-6, Thursday, May 9, in Fergus Falls.

The Owls took advantage of eight fielding errors by the Comets and finished the game with 11 stolen bases.

Hanson also took the win in the pitcher’s circle with 12 strikeouts.

Haley and Lindsey Mattson both added two hits each.

Hillcrest........................000 010 0 – 1 3 3

Hancock (4-8)..............230 004 0 – 9 9 0

HITTING – Hancock: Carlee Hanson 1-4 hr rbi-2 r, Haley Mattson 2-5 r-2, Nadine Miller 1-4 r-2, Rylee Hanson 1-3 r-2, Tori Pahl 2-4 2b rbi-4, Lexi Staples 1-3 rbi, Morgan Kisgen 1-4 r, Alexa Meierding 1-4 2b rbi r-2, Lindsey Mattson 2-4 2b rbi r… Hillcrest: Julianna Undseth 2-2 3b rbi r-3, Amanda Dekok 2-4 2b rbi-2, Naomi Ferenczy 1-4 rbi, Madison Ballweg 1-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) – Hancock: C. Hanson (W) 7-5-6-6-6-12… Hillcrest: Amanda DeKok 7-11-11-5-3-6

Game two

Hancock 9, Hillcrest 1

The Owls completed their first errorless game of the season in a 9-1 rout of Hillcrest in game two Thursday afternoon, in Fergus Falls.

Nadine Miller, Haley Mattson, and Alexa Meierding all had two hits.

Morgan Kisgen took the win in the pitcher’s circle with 10 strikeouts.

Hancock (5-8)..................218 000 0 – 11 11 1

Hillcrest...........................100 020 3 – 6 5 8

HITTING – Hillcrest: Mackenzie Foss 1-4 2b rbi, Maddie Heiser 1-2 rbi r… Hancock: Carlee Hanson 1-4 3b rbi r, Nadine Miller 2-4 rbi-2, Lexi Staples 1-3 2b r, Morgan Kisgen 1-3 r, Alexa Meierding 2-3 2b rbi r-2, Lindsey Mattson 1-2 r-2, Haley Mattson 2-3 r-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) – Hillcrest: Amanda DeKok 6-10-9-4-1-6… Hancock: Kisgen (W) 7-2-1-1-4-10