Orfordville Parkview’s softball team had no answer for Allison Tillema on Thursday.
The Horicon ace pitcher struck out 11 and drove in two insurance runs in the eighth inning to lead the Marshmen to a 7-0 Trailways South Conference win.
Unbeaten Horicon, ranked second in Division 4, improved to 21-0 overall and has clinched the conference crown with an 18-0 record.
Ninth-ranked Parkview fell to 13-4 overall and 12-4 in the Trailways South.
Remington Stark pitched well for the Vikings but took the loss. The sophomore right-hander struck out five and surrendered seven unearned runs in the eighth thanks to four Parkview errors.
Parkview coach Ally Steinke saw her team take the Marshmen to extra innings twice this week only to come up short both times.
“It was a hard battle both games,” Steinke said. “The pitching was excellent. The difference was that we didn’t take advantage of our opportunities, and today we didn’t execute well enough defensively at the end.
“And today, our bats were a little quiet. We got too selective at the plate.”
Neither team had many scoring chances the first seven innings, as Tillema and Stark matched each other pitch for pitch. Horicon stranded leadoff hitter Karissa Laabs at third base in the top of the first, and Parkview threw out a runner at the plate in the fifth to keep it scoreless.
Parkview got nothing going against Tillema. The right-hander allowed only three singles and retired 17 of the last 19 batters she faced.
The top of the eighth was a nightmare for Parkview. Laabs reached on an error, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch. The floodgates opened after that as three more errors, a hit-by-pitch, a walk and a dropped third strike kept the merry-go-round going. Tillman’s two-run single down the third-base line made it 3-0, and Amber Jacobsen pushed the lead to 6-0 with an RBI single.
Parkview got a two-out single from Sidda Meyers in the bottom of the inning, but Tillema ended the game with her 11th strikeout.
“We know we’re certainly capable of playing with them,” Steinke said of Horicon. “And we may see them again in the tournament. We just have to do a better job of executing in all phases of the game.”
HORICON 7, PARKVIEW 0 (8)
Horicon 000 000 07—7 7 0
Orfordville Parkview 000 000 00—0 3 7
Tillema and Marvin; R. Stark and Hammes, Butzler (8).
Leading hitters—Tillema (H) 2x4. 2B—Tillema.
SO—Tillema 11, Stark 5. BB—Tillema 1, Stark 3.