Holly Hansen

Holly Hansen pitched two victories for Abraham Lincoln on Thursday.

COUNCIL BLUFFS — Graduated eighth-grader Holly Hansen of Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln is learning about varsity softball pitching on the fly.

On Thursday night, she soared.

The 14-year-old Hansen beat Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson 7-5 and 10-0 in six innings in a Missouri River Conference doubleheader at Fatovich Field. She also went 3 for 6 at the plate with five RBIs.

Abraham Lincoln improved to 5-17 overall and 3-4 in MRC play, while T.J. dropped to 3-16 and 0-8.

The Lynx have squandered some leads in recent games, so Thursday was a welcome change.

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“It’s been a long time coming,’’ Abraham Lincoln coach Candi Hughes said. “We put in work every day, and it’s just nice to keep the gas pedal down.’’

In the opener, Abraham Lincoln scored four in the bottom of the fifth to break open a 3-3 game, as Sierrah Beaman and Jessica Vrenick drove in runs and Hansen added a two-run single.

Thomas Jefferson cut it to 7-5 in the top of the seventh. Hannah Belt stroked an RBI triple, and Lexi Smith singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch. The Yellow Jackets put runners at second and third with two outs before Hansen recorded a strikeout to end it.

Hansen said she has been playing select ball in Omaha since she was 10.

“So she knows how to compete at kind of a higher level,’’ Hughes said. “She understands the game. But I think the thing that I look forward to the most is she’s just scratching the surface. It’s going to be nice to have her around for the next four years.’’

In the nightcap, Hansen allowed three hits while striking out six and walking none.

“I think I was throwing a lot harder,’’ she said. “I was really using my legs. I felt good.’’

Abraham Lincoln broke it open with an eight-run sixth, delivering seven hits in the inning. Hansen, junior Sydney McCorkle and freshman Emma O’Neal had two-run singles in the inning, while senior Rilee Filip also drove in a run.

Filip, an Iowa Western recruit, finished the second game 4 for 4 with a double. She was hit by pitches three times in the opener.

Hughes said the Lynx need to become mentally tougher in order to turn their season around.

“The tough thing is just knowing that you’re capable of making the plays,’’ she said. “Having the mindset of wanting the next ball to come to you.

“I just was telling them, ‘This is where we turn the corner.’ You go into a game not feeling cocky, but feeling confident. Take these two games and use them to your advantage.’’

CB Thomas Jefferson.....001 020 2—5 10 1

CB Abraham Lincoln.......030 040 x—7 6 2

W: Holly Hansen. L: Caitlyn Jones. 2B: TJ, Lilly Thompson 2. 3B: TJ, Hannah Belt.

CB Thomas Jefferson (3-16, 0-8)....000 000— 0 3 4

CB Abraham Lincoln (5-17, 3-4).....011 008—10 11 2

W: Hansen: L: Alyssa Denman. 2B: AL, Rilee Filip.