Several high schools in the Columbia, S.C., area are doing their part to honor the memory of their friend and opponent, Brett Williams.
Williams, who had committed to play baseball at the University of South Carolina, died earlier this month after flu complications. Several tributes followed from fellow coaches and the Gamecocks alike. The most recent might be the most touching: Several schools are pulling the No. 22 from their roster this season in honor of Williams, who wore 22 at White Knoll High in Lexington, S.C.
Lexington High coach Brian Hucks told LexingtonWildcats.com that his team would not wear 22 this season. Now others will follow suit.
— Stratford Baseball (@StratHSBaseball) January 25, 2017
Clearly, it’s a touching gesture for those who knew Williams, including Gamecocks baseball coach Chad Holbrook.
— Chad Holbrook (@cholbrook2) January 25, 2017
Williams was 16 years old. His teammates at White Knoll dedicated the upcoming season to his memory.
“Brett Williams was a special kid,” Holbrook said last week in a statement. “He had all the traits coaches love to have on their teams. He had great character, a tireless work ethic and an incredible personality that we were all drawn to. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his beautiful family and everyone in the Lexington and White Knoll community. #22 will be deeply missed.”
Williams would have been a sophomore at White Knoll this spring. As a freshman he played first base and pitched.