Joos no-hits Ashby in season opener for Hancock softball

Senior Gabi Joos tossed a no-hitter in the 2023 season opener for Hancock softball Monday, May 1. The win came on the front end of a Little Eight Conference doubleheader against Ashby, who earned a split with an 18-6 game two win.

Hancock is 1-3 after dropping a doubleheader to Brandon-Evansville Thursday, May 4, in Hancock.

The Owls continued conference play against Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley Monday, May 8 and will travel to Wheaton for a doubleheader against Wheaton / Herman-Norcross Thursday, May 11.

Hancock 11

Ashby 1

Gabi Joos was brilliant in the circle for the Hancock Owl softball team Monday, May 1. The senior threw a no-hitter to lead Hancock past Ashby 11-1, in Ashby.

The Owls broke open the game with an eight-run third inning. Brooke VerSteeg, Joos, Rylie Mattson, Mattia Nelson, Lexi Joos, and Kaitlyn Rohloff all drove in runs in the frame.

Joos went five innings, allowing one unearned run on zero hits and striking out six. She walked four in the game.

VerSteeg went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored to lead Hancock at the plate. Rylie Mattson, Mattia Nelson and Cassandra Villela all scored twice in the win.

Ashby 18

Hancock 6

Ashby bested Hancock in a high-scoring affair, 18-6, in game two, in Ashby. The Arrows marked in every frame and out-hit Hancock 10-2 in the win.

The Owls recorded 15 fielding errors in the loss.

Cassandria Villela had a two-run single in the second to lead Hancock at the plate.

Brandon-E 13

Hancock 4

Hancock fell behind early and couldn’t come back in a 13-4 loss to Brandon / Evansville in game one of a doubleheader on Thursday, May 4, in Hancock.

The Owls couldn’t contain the high-powered Charger offense and suffered three errors in the game. Mattia Nelson had a double while Kaitlyn Rohloff, Rylie Mattson and Korah Schroeder all collected hits in the loss for Hancock.

Brandon-E 17

Hancock 2

The story was similar in game two with B-E upended Hancock 17-2 Thursday, in Hancock. The Chargers scored twice in the first, twice in the second, six in the third and seven in the fourth, out-hitting Hancock 11-5 in the win.

Alex Villela went 2-for-2 with a run scored while Rylie Mattson drove in two runs on a double in the second inning, which tied the game 2-2.