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3A: Alexandria wriggles out of jam, defeats Willmar to advance

By RON HAGGSTROM, Star Tribune, 06/14/18, 2:45PM CDT


Reliever Luke Levasseur got the Cardinals out of a bases-loaded sixth inning and pitched a perfect seventh to seal a 2-1 victory.

Alexandria pitcher Luke Levasseur got out of a bind in the sixth inning when he came into the game with the bases loaded. He and catcher Josh Wegner celebrated after a strikeout ended the inning. Photo: Shari L. Gross, Star Tribune

Alexandria junior pitcher Luke Levasseur felt all the weight on his shoulders. He didn’t have any problem relieving the tension.

The right-handed reliever was called on to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning and followed it up with a perfect seventh as Alexandria defeated Willmar 2-1 in the Class 3A quarterfinals Thursday at Siebert Field.

“I was really nervous,” said Levasseur, who struck out three of the four hitters he faced. “I knew one mistake could cost us.”

Levasseur took to the mound with the bases loaded and two outs for Willmar in the top of the sixth inning. He ended the threat with a strikeout. He also fanned the final two batters in the seventh.

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