HERMISTON — The Hermiston softball team made a good impression during its first year in the Mid-Columbia Conference.
The Bulldogs were the MCC’s No. 3 seed to the District 8 tournament, but they played their best ball down the stretch to earn a trip to the 3A state tournament. They finished the season 15-10.
The Hermiston players were rewarded for their play by the conference coaches, with six earning all-conference honors.
Shortstop Sydney Stefani and utility player Bailee Noland were selected to the first team, while third baseman Grace Studer and outfielder Daisy Maddox were named to the second team. Second baseman Ashley Cameron and outfielder Sam Atilano were honorable selections.
All but Stefani, who has signed to play at Idaho State, will return next season.
Stefani, a senior, hit .486 in the lead-off position. She had 36 hits, including 23 singles, nine doubles, two triples and two home runs. She scored 30 runs.
Noland, who pitched and caught during the season, hit .575. The junior led the Bulldogs with 46 hits, including 31 singles, five doubles and nine home runs. She had a team-high 35 RBIs and scored 30 runs. She only struck out nine times in 80 at-bats. Defensively, she had two errors.
In the circle, Noland pitched 88 innings and posted a 10-5 record. She had a 4.057 ERA and struck out 56.
Studer, just a sophomore, hit .362 with 10 doubles and 22 RBIs.
Maddox, a junior, had a .375 batting average, with two home runs, 14 RBIs and 14 runs scored.
A junior, Cameron led the team with 31 runs scored and 12 hit-by-pitch free passes to first base. She hit .393 with 16 RBIs and five doubles.
Atilano, a junior, hit .324 with 10 RBIs and 17 runs scored. Defensively, she had one error.
Chiawana senior Annalisa McKinney was named Player of the Year, while Richland’s Casey Emery was named Coach of the Year after leading the Bombers to a 16-0 regular-season record.