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Coupeville High School baseball coach Chris Smith with the first of eight seniors, Joey Lippo. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

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If you thought we were done with baseball, you were wrong.

When Senior Night went down two weeks back, I ran portraits of all eight Wolves who are moving on, but neglected to showcase pics that each player took with CHS coach Chris Smith.

So, here ya go.

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Chris Smith fires up his squad during baseball season. (Sylvia Hurlburt photo)

Wolf fans will be seeing a lot of Chris Smith this year.

After making the jump to varsity coach with the Coupeville High School baseball team last spring, he has picked up two new gigs this off-season.

First came the boys basketball JV job, where he will assist new varsity coach Brad Sherman.

And now he’s stepping in as JV volleyball coach, joining second-year varsity coach Cory Whitmore’s staff.

Smith replaces Kristin Bridges, who left the job to welcome her new son.

CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith confirmed the job offer, which should be officially approved at the next school board meeting.

“I’m extremely grateful to Chris and his willingness to step up when our program needed it,” Cory Whitmore said. “He also brings a ton of experience as a coach and a role model.

“He sure will be busy this year!”

A father of three star CHS three-sport athletes (2016 grad CJ, senior Hunter and sophomore Scout), Chris Smith is a 1989 graduate of Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia.

He holds a BA in Exercise Science/Physical Therapy from Western Washington University and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Andrews University.

Chris Smith also served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1989-1993.

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   CHS head baseball coach Chris Smith is taking on a second job at the school, as boys basketball JV coach. (Sylvia Hurlburt photo)

Chris Smith is going to pull double duty.

The popular Coupeville High School head baseball coach has been offered the assistant boys basketball job at the school, Athletic Director Willie Smith confirmed Sunday night.

The hire is not official until approved by the school board at its June 26 meeting.

As the new JV hoops guru, Chris Smith joins Brad Sherman, who was recently hired as the program’s head coach.

After working as a baseball assistant, Smith moved into the head coaching position early this spring when Marc Aparicio resigned.

He guided the Wolf hardball squad to a 7-6 mark, going a crisp 6-2 in Olympic League play.

A father of three star CHS three-sport athletes (2016 grad CJ, senior-to-be Hunter and sophomore-to-be Scout), Smith is a 1989 graduate of Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia.

He holds a BA in Exercise Science/Physical Therapy from Western Washington University and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Andrews University.

Smith also served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1989-1993.

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   As he preps for Tuesday’s home playoff game, CHS hardball guru Chris Smith is fired up. (John Fisken photo)

One game to rule the world, or at least the prairie.

Postseason fever comes to Cow Town early next week, as the Coupeville High School baseball squad begins its pursuit of a state title.

Will the Wolves kick off a joy-ride or go one and done? I’m not a time traveler, so check back in a few days.

Until then, all the details worth printing:

What: West Central District 3 baseball playoff game

Who: Coupeville hosts Bellevue Christian

When: Tuesday, May 9 (first pitch 4 PM)

Weather forecast: The Weather Channel is predicting “mostly sunny,” with a high of 60, low of 48, and a nine-mile wind from the Northwest. Translation: it’ll be 32 degrees with rain and snow coming sideways. It’s the prairie…

Stakes: It’s a loser-out game. Win and you advance to the double-elimination portion of districts, where three of four teams will punch a trip to state.

The bracket: http://www.olympicleague.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2268&sport=6

Ticket prices: It’s the playoffs, so you have to pay. Adult/students w/out ASB — $8, students w/ASB and senior citizens — $5, elementary students — $4.

And, how do the teams compare?

Records: CHS is 11-8, BC 7-10

League results: CHS #2 in Olympic League, BC #3 in Nisqually League

Current streak: CHS won four of final five games, while BC lost four straight to end regular season.

Last time they faced: Good question. While the two schools have clashed repeatedly in other sports recently, they haven’t met in baseball between 2010-2017 (the time frame the Olympic League web site documents).

Coaches: Chris Smith (1st season) for CHS, Blane Berry (4th season) for BC.

Seniors: CHS has six (Taylor Consford, Aiden Crimmins, Ethan Marx, Clay Reilly, Kory Score, Jonathan Thurston). BC has four (Peter Besel, Matthew Lew, Luke Miller, Kyle Sickles).

Mascots: Wolves for CHS, Vikings for BC.

Run differential: CHS outscored foes 133-104, while BC was outscored 112-91.

Best win/worst loss: CHS beat Port Townsend 22-0 and lost to Klahowya 15-4. BC beat Vashon Island 12-3 and lost 13-2 to Charles Wright Academy (which did not make the playoffs).

Foes in common: Vashon Island. CHS beat them 8-2, while BC swept three games from their league rivals.

State tourney history: CHS has been to state nine times, most recently in 2014. Its best showing came in 1987, when it finished 3rd. BC has been 10 times, most recently in 2011. The Vikings finished 2nd in 2002.

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   Dane Lucero went the distance Friday, tossing a three-hit gem in a 9-1 win at Port Townsend. (John Fisken photo)

Maybe Dane Lucero is the new CJ Smith.

Like the former Wolf ace, Lucero, a Coupeville High School sophomore, adopts an easy-going style on the mound, disguising his emotions beneath a placid exterior.

Add in the fact he’s been virtually untouchable when taking the ball this season, and the comparisons grow.

Friday, Lucero was flawless for much of the game, with especially effective moments at the beginning and end, pitching the Wolves to a 9-1 win at Port Townsend.

The conference victory, coming in Chris Smith’s debut as varsity head coach, lifts Coupeville to 1-1 in Olympic League play, 5-3 overall.

CHS sits in a tie with Chimacum (1-1), a game off of Klahowya (2-0), with seven league clashes left on the schedule.

Port Townsend (0-2) is currently mired in the cellar.

Smith, who moved up from his position as JV coach after Marc Aparicio resigned Thursday due to work conflicts, got stellar stuff from his hurler.

Lucero retired the first nine RedHawk hitters, faced the minimum batters through four innings, and closed the game by striking out the side in the seventh.

He scattered three hits and two walks, was never in trouble, and whiffed six batters total.

“We had solid pitching from Dane,” Smith said. “We played solid, error-free, defense behind him.

“Defensively, Matt Hilborn (SS) and Joey Lippo (2B) were sharp making a number of plays behind Dane. Good, clean baseball game.”

Coupeville gave Lucero plenty to work with, with six players combining to rap out nine hits as the Wolves scored in five of seven innings.

The Wolves plated two in the first, three in the second and another in the third as they built a 6-0 lead.

Another run in the top of the sixth stretched the margin to 7-0, and, after Port Townsend scraped out its only run in the bottom of the inning, CHS added two more in the seventh.

In a game where eight of Coupeville’s nine hits were singles, the biggest blow was an RBI triple off the bat of senior Taylor Consford.

Matt Hilborn, Julian Welling and Consford had two hits apiece, Jake Hoagland, Lucero and Jake Pease also punched singles and Lippo pilfered home off of a double steal.

The Wolves play five of their next six against non-conference foes (facing Chimacum at home April 12), then make their playoff run with six straight league games to close the regular season.

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