ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Thorp Cardinals softball team

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THORP, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Thorp softball team is on an impressive run this season starting 22-0, winning the Western Cloverbelt, and ranked number one in the state in Division 4. In our Gordy's Athlete of the Week, Chance Dickman catches up with the undefeated Cardinals.

Seven strong. That's Thorp's motto. This season they've followed it to a 'T', racking up 22-straight wins and pairing that with a goose egg in the loss column.

"I never believed I could achieve that an our team could achieve that," senior pitcher Lizzy Schimke said. "It's amazing, and I'm so excited."

Head coach Brad Ceranski added, "I think our kids just believe in getting better each and every day they have a practice or a game. They do a great job learning from their experiences and that's helped us improved throughout the year."

Offense, defense, pitching, three staples of the game that Thorp excels at each and every night.

"Our defense is amazing I believe. I think that we make the plays when we need to make them, and we just get it done," senior catcher Karley Kryzanski said.

"We've played with Lizzy a long time now," senior 2nd baseman Taylor Stroinski added. "So when she's on the mound, it gives us confidence which helps in our fielding."

Thorp's season may seem like a bed of roses so far, but even they know there's more to be accomplished than just an undefeated record once the playoffs come around.

Stroinski said, "We're trying to improve every day, and we want to see how far we can get. We want to reach where we were last year and hopefully continue and go farther."

"We just want to go out every single game and just play the best we can and try to improve every day. It doesn't really matter about our record. We just want to be the best we can and hopefully make it to our goal of state," Schimke said.

The schedule doesn't get any easier for Thorp, on Thursday night, they travel to Bloomer to take on a Blackhawks team that made a trip to State last season.

Reporting in Thorp, Chance Dickman for SportScene 13.

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