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April 10, 2013

Around the Horn: Fenwick's St. A's bound Levasseur ready to carry pitching load

Around the Horn

Matt Williams

PEABODY — The Bishop Fenwick baseball team had a tough outing in their season opener at home Monday, falling to Catholic Central League rival Arlington Catholic.

The Crusaders were disappointed, but they’re not going to panic. They plan to be around at the end of the season.

It’s easy to understand why; Fenwick has been to the Division 3 North semi-finals each of the last three seasons, and while they had some turnover in graduation, the Brown-and-Gold return three-year contributors seniors in Joe Levasseur, Gianni Esposito, Mike MacKenzie, Brian Burke, Andrew Lessard and junior Nick Bona.

“The year really flew by. We couldn’t wait for the seasons to start,” said Levasseur. “We almost wish it would slow down now, but its well worth it. I love this team, everybody gets together and we’re excited.”

Levassuer, who went 7-0 on the hill as a sophomore and won state tourmaments games in both his 10th and 11th grade years, is ready to take the mantle as Fenwick’s top starting pitcher.

The righty from Rowley took the ball in the opener and struck out eight over five innings. He’s also committed to throw for St. Anselm College next year.

“I feel like I can lead us,” said Levasseur. “When I get the ball, I’m always going to give it 110 percent and do my best to win for the team.”

After spending the offseason working out and adding strentch, Levasseur’s fastball has a little more zip this spring. When he’s locating his breaking ball, he’s proven very difficult to hit.

“His velocity is definitely up,” said Fenwick coach Kevin Canty. “When he’s on with that breaking stuff, he’s tough. I think what you saw from him in the middle innings (against AC) is what you’ll see more of this year.”

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