The Horicon softball team has been on an absolute tear to start the 2019 season. After two games were rescheduled due to weather, the Marshladies played three games in two days, hosting Dodgeland for a doubleheader on Monday, April 15 and the Deerfield Demons on April 16. April 15 Dodgeland Doubleheader Game one of the doubleheader was nearly over before it started.
Allison Tillema started the game for Horicon (3- 0, 2-0) and pitched two innings, giving up just one hit while striking out five. The Marshladies scored seven runs in the bottom of the first, followed by 11 runs in the bottom of the second.
Tillema was pulled from pitching duties in the third, with Horicon up by 18 runs. Jordan Bauer entered the game in relief in the top of the third and pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts. Horicon added three more on Dodgeland (1- 8, 0-2) in the third, and the run-rule was enforced, ending the game, 21-0. Emma Miller and Payton “Fish” Marvin led the way for Horicon batters, combing for nine runs batted in. Marvin had three doubles.
Marvin, Karissa Laabs and Jadin Justman each had a team high with three hits for Horicon. Laabs had one triple, and Allison Tillema had one home run. In game two, Tillema started the game again for the Marshladies, but was pulled after three innings of no-hit pitching after the Horicon offense plated 13 runs.
The Marshladies scored four runs in the top of the fourth (although the game was played in Horicon, Dodgeland served as the home team). Bauer took the mound in the fourth and pitched another perfect frame. Entering the fifth inning, the Marshladies were winning 15-0, which enacted a run-rule, ending the game.
Tillema and Bauer combined to throw a nohitter through four innings, striking out seven Trojan batters. Tillema did plenty of damage for Horicon at the plate, as well, driving in four runs on two hits. Horicon had eight steals in the game, three from Laabs, two from Marvin and Jadin Justman and another from Taylor Miescke.
Despite the early success, head coach Roger Schliewe still sees room for improvement for the already deep and talented Marshladies. “We’re still learning, we got a lot of youth,” noted Schliewe. “They’re getting better every game, and hopefully they can continue to grow.
We got some division one teams coming up, and we have to play a little bit tougher.” April 16 Verses Deerfield Before the game started, the Marshladies had an opportunity to showcase some of their other talents, as technical difficulties prevented the playing of the national anthem over the loudspeakers.
The Horicon squad chose to sing the anthem a cappella, while recognizing the flag. At first pitch, Tillema was back on the mound for her third start in two straight days. She gave up a lead off hit to the Demon’s first batter, but allowed only one more base runner via base-on-balls as Horicon cruised to a five-inning run-rule victory, blanking Deerfield 10-0.
The game was tightly contested until the bottom of the fifth when the Marshladies offense exploded for nine runs. With another run already on the scoreboard from the third inning, the game was called by runrule for the third straight contest.
Tillema had 13 strikeouts in the game. She pitched five innings and gave up one hit and one walk. Justman, Lauren Miller and Alaeya Neu led the way for Horicon with two RBIs each. Karissa Laabs made her way around the bases three times in the game, scoring three runs.
She reached each time via a hit. Horicon traveled to Oakfield for its first road game on Tuesday, April 23. Results were posted after the Pionier’s print date, and scores and stats will be in next week’s edition. Oakfield will be in Horicon for a 5 p.m. game at the Junior-Senior High School on Thursday, April 25.