Emily Ayers NAHS

North Augusta High School’s Emily Ayers, the sole senior on the Yellow Jackets’ 2019 softball team, awaits her chance to advance around the base path in playoff action May 3 versus Hartsville.

Eight area high school softball players earned All-State honors from the South Carolina Coaches Association of Women's Sports, and two were also selected to play in next month's North-South All-Star games at USC Aiken.

North Augusta senior Emily Ayers was named All-State in Class AAAA and Strom Thurmond's Truett Taylor was picked to the Class AAA All-State team, and they will be teammates on the Class AAA/AAAA South team.

Ayers' Yellow Jackets teammate Annabel Hurst also made the Class AAAA All-State team. North Augusta won region and district championships this season and earned a spot in the Lower State Tournament.

Ayers batted .450 with three home runs, 11 doubles and 28 RBI, and Hurst, a freshman, hit .471 with 18 RBI this season.

Midland Valley's Abigail Wyatt joined them on the Class AAAA team. She and the Mustangs made it into the playoffs as a No. 4 seed and posted a couple of blowout victories on their way to the District VI final.

Taylor and the Rebels earned a No. 2 seed in the Class AAA playoffs and advanced to the District VIII championship.

Barnwell's Alyssa Still was picked for the Class AA All-State team. The Warhorses were a No. 2 seed in District VII in the Class AA playoffs.

Three area players were named to the Class A All-State team. Cameron Jackson and Gracie Starnes both made the team after leading the War Eagles to region and district titles and a spot in the Upper State Tournament. They're joined by Ridge Spring-Monetta's Mikala Middlebrooks, who helped the Trojans earn a No. 2 seed in the Class A playoffs.

Kyle Dawson covers sports for the Aiken Standard. Follow him on Twitter @ItsKyleDawson.