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April 10, 2013

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

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Levassuer also hits in the No. 4 spot for the Crusaders, who were frustrated by AC pitcher Evan Walsh and struck out 13 times in the game

“I think we’ll bounce back. It was a tough day getting used to things, but like coach told us, we’ll make those adjustments,” said Levasseur.

Lessard and junior James Dellisola threw well in Monday’s game and Tommy Parsons is a reliable hurler, giving Fenwick solid pitching depth.

At the plate, there’s speed at the top of the order in Jhon Oliveira and MacKenzie, followed by plenty of power with Bona, Levasseur, catcher Esposito and first baseman Burke. Eric Razney is like a second leadoff man with his speed in the No. 9 hole and nearly ignited a rally when he reached to lead off the bottom of the seventh Monday.

“Our guys might have lost the focus on their approach at the plate (Monday), but we’ll get that back,” said Canty. “We have two more tough games this week and we have to be playing our type of baseball. We have to be up for all of them.”

Levasseur will join former Fenwick standout Zach Brian in Manchester, New Hampshire, pitching for St. A’s. Brian is a junior on the Hawks staff.

“One of my overnight visits was with Zach. He was a captain my freshman year and he was a great leader,” Levasseur said. “That class, and David Ruggereo’s class, were all about leadership and how to play the game right. They showed my class and we’re trying to pass that on now.”

Losing a frontline pitcher like Kevin Church to graduation is never easy, but the Crusaders are thrilled to have an arm like Levasseur’s to slot into those games against top-flight competition. The last few years, that’s been the Fenwick way: Reloading and making a run at the D3 title.

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