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Lady Demons open season with 14-1 win over Ruidoso

Dexter junior first baseman Darcie Regalado receives the ball to put out Loving’s Leli Rodriguez during the Lady Demons 5-0 shutout over the No. 1 Lady Falcons at Cibola Little League Park in Rio Rancho during last years state tournament. (J.T. Keith Photo)

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DEXTER – The Dexter Lady Demon softball team began their quest for a fourth straight 3A state championship with a dominating 14-1 victory over the visiting 4A Ruidoso Warriors. The Demons used a huge third inning while playing error-free ball to win their opener and set the tone for the season with the big, mercy-rule shortened win.

“There are no negatives, but every time, you have to take something away from the game,” stated coach Kim Smith. “We have some things we need to work on. We missed some calls and had some base-running errors – but that’s on me as a coach. We’ve got some miscommunication issues and it’s just something we have to work on. A lot of it is the youth we have out here.”

The Demons went up early 2-0 after the first, and then 5-0 after two as they calmly used four hits four walks to gain the early advantage. Starting pitcher Aryana Munoz, only a freshman, gave up no hits while striking out three in the first two frames.

In the first inning, Marlou Blankvoort singled in her sister Danique who had singled and moved to second on an error – one of four on the evening for the Warriors. Marlou would score one batter later and it was quickly 2-0.

In the bottom of the second, Munoz would score Dominique Silvas with a sac fly and Danique Blankvoort would follow with a 2-RBI double to extend the lead to 5-0. She would finish 3-for-4 on the evening.

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The Warriors would get all of their offensive production in the top of the third as they hit four singles and scored their only run.

The Demons would use their aforementioned huge bottom of the third to break open the game as they would get seven runs – all with no outs – on six hits and four walks.

Senior Kassandra Madrid would get the rout going with 2-RBI triple to right field that scored Yajaira Sosa, who had led off with a single, and Allysa Madden who had walked. Sosa would finish 2-for-3. Bryana Munoz would get a based-loaded RBI walk to make it 8-1 and then Aryana Munoz would get her lone hit – a bases-clearing double to center to make it 12-1 all with no outs.

The Warriors would finally survive the remainder of the third inning with no more runs allowed, but could not survive Bryana Munoz who came in to relieve her sister in the fourth inning on the mound. Munoz, who had signed to play college ball at UTEP earlier in the year, mowed down the three batters she faced as she threw nine straight strikes to get the three outs.

The Demons would tack on two more runs in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run error to make it 14-1 and then Munoz would strike out the side to end the game early in the fifth inning via the 10-run rule.

Despite the big win, Coach Smith is still looking forward to cleaning up the game. “We have work to do. If I’m satisfied, then I’m not being me. We didn’t get the hitting quite like the way we have been working on, but it’s first game of the year. We take away what we need to work on and get better at it.”

The Demons had eight different batters get hits while Aryanna Munoz picked up the win giving up 4 hits while striking out five and walking none. Bryana Munoz’ pitching line read 2 innings pitched with 6 K’s.

The expectations remain high at Dexter after winning three straight titles and the goal is the same for the 2018 squad. “It is a process,” stated Smith. “I started to 8th graders and two freshmen today, and it’s a process. We’ve got to get better every game and that’s our goal for this year…to get better.”

The Demons’ next game is at the Carlsbad JV on Friday.

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