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Justin Williams: Hitting Streaks and Gator Hunting

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He's 6'2 215 pounds and looks like a football player in a baseball uniform. But make no mistake Justin Williams is playing the correct sport. The 18-year-old Louisiana native, who a year ago was playing high school ball, just got a hit in his 24th consecutive game, tying an Osprey team record.

"It's a great felling especially in the sport of baseball knowing it's a game of failure so when you're good you should keep it at that rate for as long as possible," said Justin Williams.

The second round pick is hitting .399 on the season and he says he didn't even know about the streak until the PA announcer said it during before his at bat.

"Last night when the guy mentioned it, I don't really pay attention to it I just wake up and come to the ballpark and get ready for the game," said Williams.

Williams might not be tracking the hit streak but that's not the case for his hitting coach.

"I've known the whole time and haven't said a word to him," said Vince Harrison.

With baseball being such a superstitious sport I was hesitant to even bring up the hitting streak.

"Well I don't want to say you would ruin it because we prepare but if things don't go right we can start to point fingers somewhere," said Harrison.

Not wanting to take the blame for ending a hitting streak I quickly changed the subject to another sport Williams does back home in Louisiana, gator hunting.

"It's just like fishing here or floating in the river it's just something you do you know?" said Williams.

No Justin I don't really follow you there. Floating in the river seems a little more peaceful and less dangerous than gator hunting.

"It depends on what you do with it if you pull it out of the water and you miss shoot it and don't shoot it on the kill shot of course it's going to go crazy, but if you just pull it up slowly make his head surface and shoot it in the right area it's dead and you just put it in the boat," said Williams.

As for what's harder to do, hunt a gator or get a 24 game hitting streak Williams says it's definitely the hitting streak.

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