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Levesque hurls Reed past Oregon foe
by Michael Lingberg
Mar 23, 2011 | 1388 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed High senior Destinee Levesque fires a pitch toward the plate during her complete-game shutout against Henley High of Klamath Falls, Ore. Wednesday afternoon. Reed won 8-0.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed High senior Destinee Levesque fires a pitch toward the plate during her complete-game shutout against Henley High of Klamath Falls, Ore. Wednesday afternoon. Reed won 8-0.
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The Reed High baseball team made sure RHS starting softball pitcher Destinee Levesque felt comfortable on the mound Wednesday evening. Not one member of the Raiders baseball club sat down throughout the game and their cheers could be heard throughout the Shadow Mountain Sports Complex.

The players' passionate noise helped the Raiders softball squad to dominate their non-league opponent, the Henley Hornets from Klamath Falls, Oregon, with an impressive 8-0 win.

In what was supposed to be a short three innings of work because of a bruised thigh, Levesque just kept going until she pitched a full seven innings on her way to a no-hitter.

“Destinee's been pretty banged up the past couple weeks,” said Reed coach John Wunder. “We've been nursing her back to health so I was just hoping to get three innings out of her and I thought she was pitching better than we thought she would. So we checked with her every inning to make sure she was feeling OK. We certainly don't want to jeopardize her health for just one game, but she was strong and we left her in. We're pretty pleased.”

Henley never figured out how to make contact with one of Levesque's fastballs. The only way they could get on base was when Levesque walked them. The hurler walked six batters throughout the evening but struck out 11 Hornets.

The Raiders charged out of the gate in the first inning by scoring five runs. Junior Shivaun Landeros began the fun with an RBI single. Levesque and junior Makaela Moore brought one run home each and then senior Ellie Sullivan lifted the score to 5-0 with a two-RBI single.

Freshman Marriah Levesque brought the Raiders' fifth run home in the second after she reached by scooting around the diamond for a triple.

Reed's seventh run came after freshman Tyler Sumpter belted a pitch to deep left field that went for a single and gave Sullivan enough time to touch home-plate.

Wunder was happy about the continuous effort of his team despite leading by seven runs for much of the game.

"You know what? We got everybody in," he said. "We got good playing time. I was really pleased we kept our intensity level up. When you get up five runs in the first inning, it's easy to have a letdown and one of the things we've been preaching all week is playing at a consistently high level.

The Raiders climbed to 4-3 this season and will attempt to capture win number five Thursday when Wooster comes to visit. The first pitch will be at 3:45 p.m.
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