by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Aloha first baseman Taylor Nelson drove in four runs for the Warriors who crushed Milwaukee in preseason play on March 20.

Awake for the very first time this season, Aloha’s bats mowed down Milwaukee in what the Warriors hope becomes a reoccurring theme this season.

Shaking off the cobwebs of a 7-0 season-opening loss to Hillsboro, the Warriors wiped away the Mustangs with a 14-hit performance that was the engine of a 13-0 road rout on March 19.

“We finally got the bats going,” said senior catcher Joseph Romero. “We couldn’t get those going on Monday, but it felt good to get some at-bats that count.”

Romero said Aloha was lackadaisical at the dish against the Spartans. But, after a lively practice on Tuesday the Warriors came out aggressive, scoring seven runs in the first two innings. In the top of the second with the bases loaded, first baseman Taylor Nelson raked a single to right that scored Evan Lascelles and Toby King, giving Aloha a 4-0 lead.

“Right off the bat we wanted to get the bats going,” said Romero. “If we can get those runs on the board early, maybe we can get some guys feeling down on themselves. That’d be great for us because if we see people get down, we can just keep going, keep scoring and get the win.”

Nate Christophersen kept the pressure on Milwaukee in the second, ripping an RBI double to right-center that brought in Dylan Griffin and gave starting pitcher Brandon Eisert a 5-0 edge going into the second.

“It made me feel a lot more comfortable,” said Eisert. “I didn’t have that much pressure on myself because they were scoring runs. I had a big enough gap to work with, so if I gave up scores it wouldn’t have been that big of a deal.”

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Aloha starting pitcher Brandon Eisert pitched well for the Warriors, striking out four and walking just one in three innings against Milwaukee.

“We were really focused,” added senior second baseman Nate Christophersen. “We worked a lot harder on what we needed to do in practice, then we came out today and got things done.”

Christophersen, Griffin and Nelson— the heart of Aloha’s batting order but better known as “Power Alley”— combined to go 8-10 at the dish with three doubles and six RBIs, shelling the Mustang staff early.

“We came out hitting well and it just turned out the whole game,” said Nelson. “We focused on pitch selection, being more intense at the plate. We weren’t guessing. We were just working on the fundamentals.”

The left-handed Eisert was efficient with his pitch count and, showed off an improving arsenal of weapons to work with on the mound, including a nasty pick-off move to first base that caught an unsuspecting Mustang napping on the base paths.

Eisert ended a Milwaukee threat with runners on first and second in the second inning by blowing away the Mustangs’ cleanup hitter with an heater down the plate. by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Aloha junior Josh Williams slides safely into home plate for the Warriors ninth run of the contest against Milwaukee in preseason action.

And, the southpaw worked back from a 3-0 count to educe a meek groundout to Nelson at first base for the final out of the third inning.

Eisert gave way to Richard Belog in the fourth after three innings of five-strikeout, one-walk high-quality work.

“I felt pretty good today,” said Eisert. “I was relying on my fastball, but I wanted to mix in a couple other pitches, try to keep them off-balance.”

Lascelles led off the third inning with a sac bunt and later scored on an infield single by the hustling Josh Williams who beat out a chopper to third that allowed the shortstop to cross. Williams later scored on a wild pitch to go up 7-0.

In the fourth Lascelles was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded that plated Romero and Williams walked with the bases loaded to make it 9-0.

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Aloha senior Nick Christophersen is one of 10 seniors on the Warriors' roster this spring. Christophersen has played varsity ball since his freshman year.

Nate Christophersen’s RBI single drove in Griffin in the fifth and Williams tacked on two more runs in the sixth with double to the gap in right-center that made it 12-0.

Aloha’s pitching staff, meanwhile, only allowed two hits and one walk on the afternoon. Belog bagged three groundouts in his one inning on the mound. Nate Christophersen threw a perfect fifth inning.

Carson Richards and King also sat down the sides in order in the sixth and seventh innings.

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