Coaches name Cross, McSheffery to All-State team
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

June 12, 2004 -- The 2004 softball season is over, but the honors keep rolling in for the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats.

Seniors Melissa McSheffery and Kristen Cross, who had both earned awards earlier this week, were selected as All-State players by the Texas Girls Coaches Association. The honorary team was announced Friday.

McSheffery and Cross were two of six Lady Cats recognized as Academic All-State winners on Monday, and McSheffery was also notified this week that she was one of 30 players selected to participate in the TGCA All-Star Game scheduled for next month at Birdville ISD.

"Melissa and Kristen both deserved this honor, and it's a credit to them that the coaches across the state think so highly of them," said SSHS head coach John McCullough. "They are both outstanding young ladies on the field, in the classroom and in the community."

McSheffery and Cross are both three-year starters for the Lady Cats. McSheffery played third base and pitcher, while Cross played center field.

They also were two-thirds of the top of the Lady Cats' order.

As lead-off hitter, Cross led the team in hits (37) and stolen bases (15) and sacrifices (6), and was second on the team in average (.363) and runs (20). She adapted to hitting from the left side of the plate this season, making her a more dangerous bunter and slap hitter because of her outstanding speed.

In center field, she did not make an error during district play. Cross was twice named First Team All-District.

McSheffery led the team in most of the other offensive categories. She was first on the team in doubles (10), homeruns (2), extra-base hits (13) and RBIs (22) as she batted third in the lineup. She was also an outstanding fielder, not committing an error during district play at third or on the mound. She was the 11-4A Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2004, the district MVP in 2003 and the Sophomore of the Year in 2002.

Together, Cross and McSheffery were part of a solid senior group that included six three-year starters. During their time on varsity, the seniors went to the playoffs all three years, including two district championships, and put together a 33-game district win streak.

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