Cortland, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
The Cortland Red Dragons softball team is about to start it's quest for a college world series.
And one of the reasons has been the play of senior Donnalyn Cross.
Action Sports Reporter Gabe Osterhout talks to Cross about her career, and what it means to be a Red Dragon.
"Donnalyn is the best player, the best athlete I've ever had."
That's some pretty high praise.
But Cortland senior Donnalyn Cross certainly deserves it.
For the third year in a row, Cross has been named the SUNYAC Conference Player of the year.
"I'm really proud of that honor and I think I've worked really hard for it and I know my assistant coach and my head coach have helped me a lot with my hitting and my fielding so a lot of people have helped me step up and helped me become a better person the last 4 years."
Cross is a feared player with the bat, and the glove.
This season, she batted .437 with 9 home runs and 21 RBI and a slugging percentage over 800.
In the regional final against Piedmont, she went 1 for 3, scored two runs, and made the final putout in the victory.
"She offers so much at the plate. She's just a tremendous threat at the plate, on the bases, in the field. She comes up with plays that I've never seen people do and she's just a complete ballplayer."
Cross could have gone to play at a division one college, but in the end decided Division III Cortland was the place for her.
"I'm a really big home body so it had to do with staying around my family. As you can see, my family comes to almost every single home game, especially this year, they've always been here for me."
Cross is one of the captains of this year's Red Dragons team.
And she admits the toughest part about the end of this season will not be hanging up her cleats, but saying goodbye to her teammates one final time.
Teammates that have become her second family.
In Cortland, Gabe Osterhout, Action Sports.