Former Southern Nash standout baseball player AJ Jones earned a high honor for his play in a collegiate summer league.

Jones, who plays in-season for Division I Gardner-Webb, is playing this summer with the Princeton WhistlePigs, was selected to play in the Appalachian League All-Star game.

The Appalachian League is a collegiate summer baseball league designed for rising freshmen and sophomores using wood bats. The season runs from June to August.

The rosters feature 44 of the league’s top players from the East and West Divisions, as nominated and voted on by the league’s managers.

The 2021 All-Star game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, at Calfee Park in Pulaski, Va.


Jones played on Southern Nash’s varsity squad ever since his freshman year, and he’s been one of the better hitters and fielders each season. Jones had a team-high 20 walks and batted .411 during with three home runs during his junior season in 2019.

As a sophomore, Jones led Southern Nash in batting average (.386), and as a freshman he batted .307 while starting right out of the gate.

He has always been a strong hitter, and the infielder was rewarded for his skills. He is second on the WhistlePigs in doubles (9) and RBIs (26).

Jones is one of five Princeton players selected to the roster.