Covering High School Sports in America
Carlos Williams of Covington (Tenn.) set his third career state baseball record this week when he stole his 182nd base.

File photo by Fred Brooks

Carlos Williams is also football star

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound senior center fielder also holds a state record with 119 consecutive steals - 56 this year - and the streak still is alive.

A third state record held by the swift Ole Miss recruit is for most times hit by a pitch - 58. That mark, in fact, is a national record, because the listed one is 57 in the National High School Record Book.

Williams, who runs 60 yards in a blazing 6.18 seconds and goes from home to first in 3.65 seconds, told John Varlas of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, "I've worked hard, but I'm still going to keep working harder. Maybe I can set some more records. I spend a lot of time studying pitchers. I'm always trying to get a scouting report and see who's pitching.. And I spend a lot of time working on my jumps and my reads."

He also ranks high in state history in runs scored (208), triples (17), hits (188), walks (100) and at-bats (470).

Coach David Sage marvels at his star's world-class speed, which enables him to beat out two-hoppers to shortstop for hits and fly from first to third on routine ground-ball outs.

As far as being hit by so many pitches, Sage says, "It's rare for a leadoff hitter to get hit that much. But it just shows how people have pitched around him his whole career."

Sage estimates that Williams could be taken between the seventh and 15th rounds of the Major League Draft in June. He's also a starting running back on the school's football team.