Pendleton’s Kristen Crawford and Heppner pitcher-coaching duo of Baily Bennett and Petra Payne earned the top honors on the 2102 All-Herald softball team.

Crawford, who helped lead Pendleton to a Class 5A state championship, was named the most valuable player mainly for her exploits in the pitching circle at one of the highest levels in Oregon high school sports.

Bennett was named the pitcher of the year for similar reasons and dominated the Class 2A level.

Payne coached the Mustangs to their first-ever state championship in softball and fourth in scholol history.

For an athletic program that’s used to being in the playoffs and finishing oh-so-close in state title races, the former catcher for the Mustangs assembled a great staff and got the most out of her players.

The criteria for team selection is fairly straight forward. All the players are within the Hermiston Herald coverage area with the exception of Pendleton. Pendleton is included to give a common opponent to Hermiston and help fill out the player pool.

Statistics and observations are the main criteria for selection, along with all-league selections and placement on other all-star teams are noted and applied where they fit.

This is an objective view at the area’s baseball talent and is selected by HH sports editor Billy Gates and other members of the media around the region.

Players from Hermiston, Pendleton, Stanfield, Echo, Irrigon and Riverside high schools are all eligible to be named to the team.


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