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Christophersen twins fuel Aloha baseball


Brothers bonded by blood and love of the game

For their entire young lives, Nick and Nate Christophersen have gone halfsies on almost everything and anything.

Their mom's womb. Birthday parties. A bedroom until they were 15 years old.

As mirror images of each other, the Christophersen brothers have set each other up, finished each other's sentences and lent the other a hand, literally since birth.

The stars of the Aloha baseball team are identical twins bonded not exclusively by brotherhood but by a love of baseball that dates back to when Nate and Nick were in Pampers. by: COURTESY PHOTO: KAT CHRISTOPHERSEN - Nate (front) and Nick Christophersen (back) are indentical twins on the Aloha baseball team who have played on the same squad since their T-Ball years.

When Nick and Nate were 2 years old, their mom Kat bought them a set of Fisher-Price plastic golf clubs, hoping she could keep the toddlers with non-stop energy occupied at least for a couple of hours.

It wasn't more than 10 minutes later that Kat wandered back into the living room to find her twin boys swinging the sticks, not like the driver-clubbing Tiger Woods but the home run-bashing Albert Pujols. They used the golf clubs like Louisville sluggers and the tiny little golf balls as baseballs, with Nick pitching to Nate.

Clearly, the twins had found something else they had in common, a true passion for the national pastime.

“It was just the funniest thing to see these two little guys, one has the club up and the other one's pitching. I was like 'Ok that's not the right sport',” laughed Kate. “But apparently they loved baseball. Their dad's always been a fan of baseball and watched it, but I don't know if that's how they saw it. They've just always wanted to play baseball.”

Kat returned to Toys “R” Us and bought the boys one of those oversized flexible orange bats, which Nick and Nate promptly wielded and started blasting whiffle balls.by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER  - Alohas Nate Christophersen his twin brother Nick took on a larger roles as a leaders for the Warriors last season and will be counted on for production as seniors.

“I can't tell you how many of those bats we went through,” said Kat. “If only I had a dollar for everyone we used...they played in the backyard all the time."

At 3 years old, Nick and Nate wanted to do homework just like their two older siblings but decided just scribbling on paper wasn't enough. They wanted to actually jot words down, so they learned how to write by copying the stats off the backs of their baseball cards onto paper. Before they were even in preschool, Nick and Nate were penning “Ichiro” and “Griffey” instead of “cat” and “dog.”

“When they realized they were actually writing words, I couldn't get them away from the table,” said Kat.

Fire and ice

The comparabilities between Nick and Nate are incalculable. They look and sound absolutely alike. If it wasn't for the different jersey numbers there's almost no way you could tell them apart. One assistant Warrior coach calls out “Twin” when he needs Nick or Nate's attention and they'll both answer. In class, teachers will trigger conversations with Nick, believing he's Nate, and vice versa.

The twins think so similarly that sometimes they'll come downstairs in the morning dressed the same even though their parents don't buy them the same clothes. They're both jovial jokesters who like to mess with each other as siblings do.

However, on the diamond they've always been different both in demeanor and style of play.

Nick's the quiet guy who leads by example.

Nate's the fiery leader who'll get in somebody's face and let them know what's what.

Nick's physique is leaner and longer, while Nate is stocky and compact.

Nick does more of the little things like hitting behind a runner to the right side or bunting a guy over that are expected from the Warriors' No. 2 hitter. Nate came on as a power hitter last year as a junior, hitting the ball hard up the middle and piling up the RBIs.

But, at the end of the day, while they might vary in temperament and physicality, Nick and Nate are each other's biggest supporter. When one's down in the dumps, the other is there to pick him up and dust him off. They rise and fall with each other's triumphs and defeats and are always willing to lend the other a hand when it comes to their favorite sport.

“You always have someone there with you, someone who's there for you,” said Nick. “You always have to compete with and try to be better against.”by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER  - Alohas Nick Christophersen is the prototypical second hitter in the Warriors lineup, capable of laying down a drag bunt or slapping singles.

For instance, during Little League games, one brother would notice the other had trouble on defense or wasn't keeping his head down at the plate. Instead of ribbing the fault, Nick and Nate would trot back out to the driveway, gloves on their left hands and bats over their shoulders. Their puzzled parents inquired about their intentions, having just seen Nick and Nate play a three-hour game.

“Nate would say, 'Well, Nick needs to work on his fly balls,' and Nick would be like, 'Yeah, I do.' The next thing I knew they were out in the cul-de-sac and one's throwing balls to the other,” Kat said. “They razz each other but like to teach each other and make each other better.”

Rising seniors

Aloha head coach Tige McSwain is counting on the twins for production, defense prowess and more importantly, guidance of what's still a young Warrior team. Nick and Nate have played for McSwain for three seasons now, and the Warrior skipper has handed the reins to his two rising seniors.

“I depend on them a lot,” said McSwain. “I've had the conversations with them just about how the team is actually there's. There were senior groups ahead of them the last two years, but now they have to step up in their game, in their leadership and maturity. We're going to go as far as they take us.”

“I don't think our roles will change a lot because we were already leaders on this last team, and we've been on varsity our whole careers,” said Nate. “We know what it's like to be there, so I think it'll give us more experience, makes us mature and able to help out our team that much more.”

Nick and Nate's dad Jeff coached them from T-Ball through their budding baseball years up until their freshmen season. They've played on the same team in Little League, JBO, club, travel and high school teams. Yet, both know the day is coming when they move on to the collegiate level and might have to attend different schools. This year was the first time the twins spent their birthdays apart, which both agreed was an eerily strange feeling.

The onus, if they do move apart, is on making the most of the next year. Nick and Nate want to live in the moment.

“I can't imagine playing without him,” said Nate. “We kind of want to go to different places for school in different locations, but it's going to be weird if we don't play together.”