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College baseball players CJ (left) and Hunter Smith hang out with the true star of the family, lil’ sis Scout. (Charlotte Young photo)

The Smith boys are settling into the college baseball life.

After playing four games over the weekend, the Green River College baseball squad, and their Coupeville stars, are coming up fast on the quarter mark of the season.

The Gators have hit a bit of a downward spiral in recent days, dropping their last five to slide to 3-6 on the season, nine games into a 38-game schedule.

But two of the bright points for Green River have been CHS grads CJ and Hunter Smith.

The former is the team’s top relief ace, while the latter is spending his days starting at second base or shortstop.

CJ has appeared in four games, recording his team’s only save and posting a 1.93 ERA.

That’s the lowest number for any Gator pitcher with more than one appearance.

The older of the Smith brothers has thrown 4.2 innings, faced 22 batters, given up just one earned run, whiffed two and plunked another two.

Hunter has started in eight of nine games, racking up three hits, including a triple, while walking four times, scoring four times, and collecting three RBI.

In the field, he has 17 put-outs and a team-high 16 assists.

While the brothers are separated by two years, they are both in their freshmen season at Green River.

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Former Coupeville diamond stars CJ (left) and Hunter Smith show off their new college baseball uniforms Sunday in Kent. (Charlotte Young photo)

Different level, same results.

Former Coupeville High School standouts CJ and Hunter Smith made their college baseball debuts Sunday, and immediately helped their team sweep an Opening Day doubleheader.

The duo, who are freshmen at Green River College, played roles in a pair of wins over visiting Western Washington University.

In the opening game, Hunter started at second base and hit lead-off, drilling a single to keep a Gator rally alive during a 4-1 win.

He also recorded three putouts and two assists while roaming the infield.

In the nightcap, big bro CJ, who was a starting pitcher in high school, made his debut in his new role as Green River’s answer to Mariano Rivera.

Coming out of the bullpen to record the final four outs in a 4-2 victory, he struck out two batters while recording the first save of his new career.

The Smith brothers and their new teammates are right back at it next weekend, with a pair of road doubleheaders.

Green River swings by Pendleton, OR next Saturday, Mar. 9, to play a twin-bill against Blue Mountain, then loops back through Eastern Washington Sunday to play two against Walla Walla.

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