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Aloha trails big early, retorts Cardinals start

The final score did not nearly tell the whole story.

Aloha High was out-pitched and out-hit for the first six innings in a Summer Ball game on Tuesday at Aloha. By the sixth inning, the Cardinals had a 10-0 lead. Aloha scored two runs in the sixth inning, then used a two out rally to tack on three runs in the fifth.

“If you play with that enthusiasm that we had in that seventh inning, maybe the game is a little bit different,” said Aloha coach Tige McSwain. “I’m not saying that we win, because Lincoln is a very good baseball team.”

“We’re playing three or four freshman in our starting lineup in the field and it’s just they’re young and inexperienced,” McSwain said, of the errors Aloha made during the frame. “They make mistakes and that gets Nate down. What Nate has to do is just pick himself up and say, ‘I’ve got to do my job.’”

Because it was a Summer Ball game, though, McSwain wanted to see pitcher Nate Christophersen work himself out of the jam and develop mental toughness.

“If this is during our spring season then maybe I pull him a little earlier,” McSwain said. “But, during the summer, it’s one of those things where, you need to become a leader. Nate needs to become one of those guys.”by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Alohas Mateo Melius puts the tag on a Lincoln runner during summer league play.

Carson Richards replaced Christophersen in the fourth inning. He gave up a run in his first inning, then another in the sixth inning.

Aloha’s bats started off against Lincoln pitcher Andrew Gazely. The Warriors did not get their first hit until Ryan Schwartz poked a seeing-eyes-single between the first and second baseman with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

“It was a little bit of a lack of focus,” McSwain said, of his team’s inability to hit. “We’re really young and so seeing all the things we see during the summer, it’s tough for us. I have five freshman up on the squad this summer and they haven’t seen varsity pitching. And some of our older guys were lacking that energy and that enthusiasm about being here.”by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Alohas Josh Williams gets the force at second base against Lincoln.

The Warriors did not get on the scoreboard until the bottom of the sixth inning. Taylor Nelson led off with a double to leftfield. He went to third base on an error by Lincoln’s second baseman on a Zach Peterson grounder. Nelson then scored on a passed ball.

Peterson moved to second base on the passed ball which scored Nelson. He then took third on a wild pitch and scored on a balk. With two outs and runners on second and third in the seventh inning, it looked as though Aloha had reached the end of the line. Then, Christophersen came home on a passed ball to make the score 10-3. After Nelson struck out swinging, the game should have been over, however Lincoln’s catcher overthrew first base, trying to complete the strikeout and Nick Christophersen was able to score.

Peterson then singled to centerfield to make the score 10-5.

“We’re a young team and right there, we got a little enthusiastic,” McSwain said, of the Warriors finally showing some life at the plate. “We saw them make some mistakes and that gave us some enthusiasm.”

Aloha was able to load the bases, but the Cardinals were able to close out the game without it getting any closer.

McSwain said that going forward, he wants to see his team play with the same energy and enthusiasm they showed in the last two innings.

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