This weeks Sermon Service and Electric Athlete of the Week comes after a strong performance in the circle and at the plate.
Carter Thornton pitched every inning, which was close to 25 innings, of the state tournament, which is three games in one day including an extra inning affair that carried over from Friday to Saturday.
She did really well at the plate, hitting 4 home runs, 2 shy of the state tournament record of 6.
Coach Joel McQuivey tells Sportsline he has coached Carter for the last two season, and that she is easy to coach and never stops working.
“She’s put a ton of time in, in all sorts of competitive leagues, she puts a ton of time in the offseason and she has no quit,” he says, “she wants to be better every game she holds herself to a high standard that honestly anyone ever expects of her.”
McQuivey tells us she does not quit, she will play hurt or sore.
She will give everything she has every game.
Coach and Carter both tell Sportsline that the team is tight knit, which is where a lot of their success comes from.
“Honestly, it goes to that tight family, there was no drama, you know if one of them did better than another, they stood up, they said you know what she did great,” says McQuivey.
“We’re really funny, we like to, we might get down on each other sometimes, but for the most part we pick each other up and are confident in each other’s abilities,” says Thornton, “During the game we’re just having fun and we don’t like worry about our mistakes and we pick up where we left off and just focus on having fun.”
Carter tells Sportsline that her teammates mean a lot to her, they help keep her loose, light and joking.
She also gives credit to her strong pitching to her catcher Jensyn Gibson for helping her and motivating her in the circle.
Congratulations to Carter Thornton she will receive a plaque from crown trophy for being named our Athlete of the Week.