North Augusta High senior and South Carolina signee Karly Heath was named SC Gatorade Softball Player of the Year on Monday.
Heath, a pitcher/shortstop, went 21-2 with a 0.16 ERA for the Yellow Jackets this season. She struck out 278 and walked just 17 in 133 2/3 innings pitched.
At the plate, Heath hit .541 with 12 homers and 30 RBIs for North Augusta, which advanced to the Class 4A semifinals.
It is the fifth consecutive year a Gamecocks signee or commitment has won the state player of the year award, joining Cayla Drotar (2014-16) and Bailey Betenbaugh (2017). Betenbaugh won it as a sophomore and has one more year of high school left.
The Gamecocks are coming off a 49-17 season and the program’s second trip to the Super Regionals. Heath is one of four players who signed with USC in the fall signing period.