Not only did T.R. Williams battle Guillain-Barre syndrome and stage a dramatic comeback late in his senior year, the Page County High School standout went from 0-for-3 in the region semifinal to a perfect 3-for-3 in the Region 2B championship last Thursday to lead the Panthers to a state tournament berth.
Considering he was only released on April 1 after 54 days in the hospital, the fact that T.R. Williams is even playing baseball during his senior season is remarkable. However, it is truly awe-inspiring — and a true testament to his talent — that less than a month after picking up a bat and practicing with the team, the senior southpaw struck out 11 batters on the No. 1 team in the region in a complete-game win in which 68 percent of his 94 pitches were strikes … in addition to going 3-for-3 at the plate.
T.R., ranked by Prep Baseball Report as the top overall player in the state of Virginia and Washington, D.C., for 2021, has filled out questionnaires for 20 MLB clubs. In his freshman year, the left-hander was named Virginia High School League 2A Player of the Year, as the Panthers claimed a state title in 2018. T.R. lead Page back to the state tournament in 2019, but they lost in the “final four” semifinal round.
On Wednesday, the Panthers head back to a third-consecutive 2A state tournament, as they host Poquoson in the state semifinal at 6 p.m. (Tickets must be purchased in advance online. Please see the VHSL website or the PCHS Facebook page for instructions. )
For schedules, rosters, results and standings — visit the Bull Run District website.