Yukon baseball: Cross Factor named to All-State team

Yukon High School graduate Cross Factor was named to the 2017 Large School West All-State Baseball Team this past weekend.

“It’s a great honor,” Factor said. “This was a goal of mine going into the season along with winning a state championship. We got really close to the state title but it’s exciting getting named All-State.”

Factor was considered the team leader for the Millers this season, as he was the one of the few returning senior starters for Yukon on the baseball diamond going into the spring.

“Going into the season, I didn’t know what to expect because we were going to be so young,” Factor said. “But it didn’t take me long to realize that we could be a pretty good team. We kept getting better and better throughout the season and we were playing our best baseball at the end of the season. The young guys really stepped up for us this year and they played well.”

The Yukon native graduated with the rest of the 2017 senior class on Tuesday evening at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in the Yukon High School Graduation Commencement Ceremony.

Factor will take his talents to Cowley County Community College in Kansas to play baseball this coming August.

He batted .440 this spring with nine homeruns, one triple, 17 doubles and 24 singles. The left-handed hitter also had a slugging percentage of .836.

The hard-throwing right-hander was the Millers’ best overall option on the pitcher’s mound this season with a 4-0 record and an ERA of 1.931. He also had a fielding percentage of .866 and was the team’s starting third baseman when he wasn’t on the mound for Yukon.

“My time at Yukon was great,” Factor said. “It was an honor getting to play for Coach (Kevin) James and be around my teammates all the time. It was a great experience and I’ll never forget it.”

Factor will compete in the Large School All-State Baseball Game at the end of the July.

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