Cape Coral American and Fort Myers American handed Hancock two rather one-sided defeats during pool play in Little League Majors All-Star play this week by scores of 16-6 and 12-4, respectively.
Hancock was relegated to a consolation game Saturday against Cape National.
That doesn't mean there weren't a few moments of brilliance for coach Kurt Donaldson's team, especially in the squad's second game in which they dug themselves a first-inning hole yet still went the distance.
Hancock pitcher Sophia Mathewson fires one toward the plate against Cape American Monday night.
"We're proud of them. We got behind 6-0 and could have given up, but bounced back and lost 6-4 in the final five innings against a good team," Donaldson said. "We played good defense and got good at-bats."
The problem in the opening game against Cape Coral American was that it brought the lumber and handed Hancock a real pounding on Monday.
"We really didn't play badly, they just hit all through the order," Donaldson said.
Trevon Carter went three-for-four to lead Hancock, and Zach Young held Cape Coral's bats honest after the game got out of reach.
This meant Hancock would need a one-sided victory over Fort Myers American at Fleischman Park to have any chance of advancing.
That dream ended shortly after the Pledge of Allegiance as FMA struck out the side in the first before tallying six runs in its half of the inning.
FMA started with five straight hits off Carter, and Ike Irvine highlighted the assault with a two-run home run to left-center to pretty much bury Hancock.
Irvine drove home three, Ryan Gnagey, Caiden Peeples, Reily Boland and Jake Griffith each drove in two, and Cade Daugherty scored three times for FMA.
But Hancock hung tough. George Hedlund doubled home Silas Yates in the second to get on the scoreboard, who was later driven home by Shane Davis' sac fly to cut the lead to 7-2.
FMA pulled away again and cruised to a win, but not before Sophia Mathewson drilled a majestic home run off the roof of a building in right field in the sixth and pitched a solid fifth inning.