Pendleton’s standout pitcher Lauren Richards was voted as the best in Class 5A this season, as the Buckaroo standout was named the Pitcher of the Year and a first team all-state pick by the classifications coaches in the all-state teams released Sunday.
It’s the third straight season that Richards made the first team list, as the future Claremont McKenna College pitcher has dominated opposing offenses throughout her career. This year, Richards went 26-2 in the circle with a 1.42 ERA while striking out 232 batters in 171 1/3 innings pitched — a ratio of 9.5 strikeouts per seven innings. She threw eight complete-game shutouts, most notably a seven-inning shutout with 12 strikeouts in the 5A championship victory over Putnam.
“She’s just one of the most fierce competitors and toughest players mentally that I’ve ever coached, guys or girls,” Pendleton head coach Tim Cary said of Richards following the Buckaroos’ championship win in Corvallis. “She just will outwork you and she doesn’t get rattled. She’s just an unbelievable competitor and I can’t say enough about her.”
Richards also brought a potent bat to each game, as she hit for a .461 average (47-for-102) with 14 doubles and 37 RBI. Cary along with Pendleton’s assistant coaches Jim Newland, Josh Grass, Kristan Garton and Steve Richards were named as Coaching Staff of the Year and Marist Catholic’s sophomore catcher and University of Oregon commitment Abby Doerr was named Player of the Year.
Pendleton placed five players on the three all-state teams, but surprisingly Richards was the only first team pick as one of six pitchers. Senior infielder Kalan McGlothan was the lone Buckaroo to make second team after hitting .464 with a team-best 10 home runs, 36 RBI and 35 runs scored while playing a solid third base.
Junior catcher Kila Solomon (.408 avg., 7HR, 33 RBI), junior second baseman Aspen Garton (.438 avg., 6 HR, 39 RBI, 29 runs) and senior infielder Alexi Brehaut (.531 avg., 7 HR, 9 doubles, 35 RBI, 31 runs) were all third team selections.
Two Hermiston Bulldogs earned spots on the all-state teams. Junior shortstop Sydney Stefani was a first team pick after she hit .568 with four home runs, 11 doubles, and scored 33 runs for the Bulldogs. Sophomore Bailey Noland was a second team pick at utility following a season where she hit .452 with eight home runs, 39 RBI and scored 24 runs.
Pendleton and Hermiston’s league rival Hood River Valley had four first team picks with pitcher Hannah McNerney, catcher Zoe Munn, outfielder Haylee Baker and utility Lauren Decker.
Lauren Richards, Pendleton, sr.; Ariel Carlson, Marist, jr.; Payton Goodrich, Hillsboro, sr.; Maddie Mayer, Putnam, sr.; Kayelynn Simmons, Dallas, jr.; Hannah McNerney, Hood River Valley, sr.
Abby Doerr, Marist, so.; Lauren Wallace, Dallas, sr.; Zoe Munn, HRV, sr.
Taylor Dow, St. Helens, jr.; McKenzie Staub, Hillsboro; Abby Siroshton, Marist, sr.; Gillian Willis, Eagle Point, sr.; Sydney Stefani, Hermiston, jr.
Hannah Sisul, La Salle Prep, sr.; Emma Classen, Dallas, jr.; Savana Decker, Thurston, so.; Haylee Baker, HRV, jr.
Maggie Roth, Silverton, sr.; Lauren Decker, HRV, jr.; Miyah Smith, Eagle Point, sr.
Riley Shopp, Eagle Point, so.; Allicite Frost, Ridgeview, so.
Kiara McCrea, Hillsboro, fr.; Samantha Thompson, Eagle Point, sr.
Brooklyn Mercier, St. Helens, sr.; Sydney Nash, Central, so.; Jordan Dippel, Dallas, sr.; Bailey Sundberg, Churchill, sr.; Kalan McGlothan, Pendleton, sr.
Mikayla Schweinsberg, Putnam, sr.; Kassidy Noon, Central, jr.; Katie Drieling, Marist, jr.
Olivia Jetgvig, Thurston, so.; Natalie Hill, Ridgeview, jr.; Bailee Noland, Hermiston, so.
Kila Solomon, Pendleton, sr.
Ally Wessel, Lebanon, sr.; McKenna Williams, Marist, jr.; Aspen Garton, Pendelton, jr.; Alexi Brehaut, Pendleton, sr.
Corie Dodge, Eagle Point, sr.; Sage McVay, Ridgeview, fr.
Faith Vadelund, Putnam, so.; Hailey Nelson, Summit, sr.