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Sub-State 14 playoffs: Levasseur keeps Alexandria's summer alive

The Alexandria legion baseball team kept its season alive on Friday by winning two games and rallying past Perham for a 7-6 win. Post 87 dominated Bemidji in a 14-1 game to start the day. Then after falling behind 5-0 against Perham, they capped ...

Luke Levasseur
Luke Levasseur

The Alexandria legion baseball team kept its season alive on Friday by winning two games and rallying past Perham for a 7-6 win.

Post 87 dominated Bemidji in a 14-1 game to start the day. Then after falling behind 5-0 against Perham, they capped off a dramatic comeback with a Luke Levasseur two-run double in the bottom of the seventh that walked Alexandria off a winner.

Alexandria chipped away after that early deficit. Post 87 scored two in the third and three more in the bottom of the fourth to tie it. Perham retook the lead at 6-5 with a run in the top of the sixth to set the stage for Levasseur's big hit in the seventh.

The bottom of the lineup produced in a big way for Alexandria as Isaac Peterson, Riley Simonsen, Mitch Toivonen and Levasseur all had two hits.

Levasseur also got the win on the mound after going the final 4 2/3 innings and allowing just one unearned run on two hits and three walks.

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Post 87 broke out the bats against Bemidji, highlighted by a 12-run third inning. Thomas Anderson led the charge with three doubles, four runs scored and two RBIs. Blake Hoelscher tripled as a part of three hits, a run scored and three RBIs. Peterson, Simonsen and Levasseur all had two RBIs, as well.

Alexandria will now play host team, East Grand Forks, at noon for the right to face Moorhead at 2:30 in the Sub-State 14 championship game. The winner of Alexandria and East Grand Forks has to beat Moorhead twice to win the championship. A game two, if necessary, would be played back in East Grand Forks at noon on July 29.

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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