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Sports Roundup | Nov. 18

David Smart is the new baseball coach at Bainbridge High School. - Courtesy of Pepperdine Athletics
David Smart is the new baseball coach at Bainbridge High School.
— image credit: Courtesy of Pepperdine Athletics

Island man selected as new Spartan baseball coach

The new Bainbridge baseball coach isn’t a stranger around these parts.

David Smart, an island native, was tabbed as the new coach at the high school pending approval at Thursday’s school board meeting.

It’s the first coaching job for Smart. His only experience was coaching a 10-11-year-old select baseball team.

Smart said the parents of the players on the team made a big push for him to apply for the job.

“They knew my history and knew that I was born and raised on the island and came back,” he said. “When the job was open, it made sense for someone with island roots to apply for it.”

Smart, 27, was born and raised on the island and played Little League and Babe Ruth. He attended Lakeside School in Seattle starting in the fifth grade.

He played for the baseball team all four years as a pitcher and a first baseman – even throwing a no-hitter his senior year – but switched to the designated hitter spot soon after suffering an arm injury.

Smart hit .481 and earned first team All-Metro honors in 2001 as the Lions made the playoffs for the first time in school history that season.

Smart then enrolled in Pepperdine and was an invited walk-on for the baseball team. He was a relief pitcher, but more arm injuries limited him to pitching his sophomore and senior year.

His major highlight came in 2004 when he was the winning pitcher in the WCC Championship game against Loyola-Marymount.

He graduated in 2005 with an economics degree, but Smart, who said he was “burnt-out” on baseball, moved back to the island and worked several jobs, including as a fly fishing guide. He then found a job in the sales department for Avalara, a company that develops sales tax software for small to medium businesses.

He said his coaching philosophy is based on playing the game the right way.

“We need to come out and play hard,” he said. “These kids are talented. It’s just a matter of coming out and playing to our own ability and taking care of our own business.

“If we can pitch and play good defense – I think we have some guys that can swing (the bat) a little bit, we’ll be all right,” Smart continued.

He won’t be new to the Metro League either, as many of the coaches, including his head coach at Lakeside, Dana Papasedero, is still there.

“It seems like it’s still the same cast of characters,” he said. “A lot of the same coaches are still there.”

Strut your stuff for a good cause Nov. 25

This Thanksgiving, runners and walkers can get some exercise in and help the less fortunate as well.

The first annual Bainbridge Island Turkey Trot is being held at Battle Point Park Nov. 25.

It is open to the public. There is a one-mile fun run starting at 8:30 a.m. and a 5K run starting at 9 a.m.

There are numerous prizes available, from pumpkin pies from Blackbird Bakery to running shoes from Poulsbo Running, among others donated by local businesses.

The registration fee is $10 for the 1 mile and $20 for the 5K. Applications are accepted through the website at www.bainbridgeturkeytrot.org. You can register there or at Island Fitness, where application forms can be dropped off as well.

After 6 p.m. Nov. 21, the fee goes up $5. There are long-sleeve shirts available for $12.

Registrations will be taken the day of the race at the Battle Point Transmitter Building, starting at 7:30 a.m.

All of the fees goes to benefit Helpline House.

Event organizers are hoping for a large turnout and expect to make the Trot an annual tradition.

For more information, visit www.bainbridgeturkeytrot.com.

Bainbridge LAX to hold beginners clinic

The Bainbridge Island boys’ lacrosse program is holding a beginner’s clinic for kids from kindergarten through sixth grade who are new to the sport.

Members of the varsity team will hold a free clinic from noon to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Sakai for fifth and sixth graders and from 2-3:30 p.m. at Ordway for kindergarten through fourth graders. Equipment will be provided.

To RSVP, email chris@bigwaverecruiting.com with a list of participating kids.

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