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.