East Bay's burial of Bartow's state tournament aspirations last week was, to a degree, a twin killing. Indians sophomore siblings Allysa (left) and Nina Caisse, East Bay's No. 2 and 3 hitters, went a combined 3-for-4 with a run scored in a 2-0 triumph. Additionally, Allysa -- the older of the two by 10 minutes -- snagged five fly balls in center field. As the twins and their teammates gear up for Wednesday's Class 5A state semifinals in Clermont, we thought we'd take a closer look at the Indians' identical tandem.
Birthdate: June 13, 1993 (Allysa is older by 10 minutes)
Birthplace: Williamsburg, Va. (though they moved to the bay area as infants)
How to tell them apart: Nina has a small red scar near her left temple, the remnant of a frightening dog attack when she was a toddler. Allysa has a slightly deeper voice. "And we have different senses of humor," Allysa says. "I think some things are funnier than she does."
Allysa's numbers: .364, four doubles, three triples, 17 RBI, .979 fielding percentage
Nina's numbers: .355, one home run, 22 RBI, five doubles
Allysa's best game: The 2-1 triumph against Plant City in the Class 5A, District 8 title game. She went 2-for-3 with a triple, and scored the winning run in the fifth on a drag bunt by -- of all people -- Nina.
Nina's best game: A 17-1 win against Lennard on March 31. Nina finished a double shy of hitting for the cycle, collecting five RBI and scoring three runs.
Did you know? In terms of batting average, Allysa is East Bay's third-leading hitter; Nina's the fourth. ... Nina's real name is Christina, but she's known universally by the shorter version. ... Last September, Allysa broke her pelvis in two places when the vehicle in which she was a front-seat passenger was T-boned while making a left turn near East Bay's campus. Nina, riding in the back, suffered a little whiplash and "some bumps and bruises."