YUKON — Chyenne Factor had a strong idea what her batting average was throughout the season.
But the average — .651 — still surprises Yukon's star softball player.
“I think that's pretty good for me,” Factor said.
Pretty good? Try fantastic.
In a time where hitting above .500 in high school softball is considered great, Factor took her game to a new level while leading the Millers to a third state tournament in four years. She was the most dangerous and feared hitter in the state.
That's why she is The Oklahoman's Big All-City Player of the Year.
“She just is a tremendous player,” Yukon coach Heather Shanahan said. “I've coached for 20 years and she's one of the best hitters I've ever had.”
Factor, a senior who has signed with Oklahoma State, totaled seven home runs and 11 doubles. She also drove in 47 runs and scored 47 times. Shanahan estimated Factor's strikeout total to be three or less.
And yet Factor still felt like she could have done more.
“I got myself out a lot just trying to get hits,” Factor said. “More times than I should have got out, I got out. I'm serious. I was hitting over .700 at one point.
“I was just trying to get hits. I shouldn't have.”
Factor's importance to the Millers was on full display during the postseason. Teams simply refused to pitch to her in the regional and state tournaments.
But she settled down and took her walks as best as she could.
“They took us out of element when they took her out of the lineup,” Shanahan said. “She just kept going and plugging. She didn't get frustrated or mad.”
There's no reason to fault opponents for not pitching to Factor.
She squared up the ball nearly every time she connected, which is why OSU was drawn to her following her sophomore season. She had moved from outfield to shortstop, proving her athleticism. Her offense was coming along, too.
Committing on an unofficial visit was an easy decision.
And recently that choice got even sweeter. Factor's older brother, Cross, signed ... Click here to read full article