By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer

Speed, speed and more speed.

That’s what Union College baseball coach Bart Osborne said he expects out of Williamsburg graduate David Smith.

Smith signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Union College next season where he is expected to play outfield and be a huge factor for the Bulldogs on the base paths.

“David is an extremely fast kid,” Osborne said. “I think we timed him at around three seconds from home plate to first base.

“That really was the main draw for us to go after him,” he added. “We have tried to be aggressive on the bases the last few seasons. We have had success with that and I think David will fit in perfect.”

After a solid senior season with Williamsburg where he hit over .400 and stole 12 bases, head coach Don Stricklin said he felt like Smith had earned the honor to play college baseball.

“David worked real hard this season and was a big factor for us,” he said. “He is a speedy guy who plays his position well and I really think he will do well at the next level.”

The one thing Osborne and Smith agree on is he will have to put on some much needed weight to gain the strength needed.

“Right now adding muscle is the biggest thing we will work on with David,” Osborne said.

“Getting stronger is definitely goal number one,” Smith said. “I know I will have to work hard, but coach (Jeremy) Christian already said he is ready for the task.”

In addition to being close to home, Smith said Union’s recent success is what made the decision easy for him.

“The Bulldogs have had two good seasons and they finished seventh in the nation this year,” Smith said. “That means I will be a part of a good program already, so I’m looking forward to it.”

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