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Demons blank Jal 20-0

Dexter's Sergio Ramirez is on the mound against Jal as the Demons won 17-1 Thursday at the Hal Bogle Tournament. (Jeannie Harris Photo)

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This one hurt for the Jal Panther baseball team. In the season opener for both squads, the Dexter Demons overwhelmed a young Panther side with a 20-0 white-washing in the opening round of the Hal Bogle Invitational Tournament.

The Demons, defending district 4-3A champs, scored at will in the opening inning to the tune of 18 runs as the Jal pitching staff struggled from the start.

Dexter used 8 hits, 8 walks, and 5 Panther errors to score their 18 runs in an inning that took 53 minutes to complete as they sent 22 batters to the plate. When the score reached 13-0 and no outs recorded, the Dexter coaching staff put on the brakes and instructed their hitters to simply bunt the ball back to the pitcher and try and get the game concluded at a decent hour.

All of the Dexter players reached base safely twice in the opening frame with Jaime Chavira starting the game with a double, Sergio Ramirez getting an inside-the-park home run, Matthew Otero a triple, and David Miramontes a 2-RBI triple. Also recording RBI’s in the opening inning were Otero (again), Isaac Irigoyen with a bases-loaded walk, Jarren Amaro with a single, Nicolas Cobos with a single, Chavira with a single, Fernando Polanco with a putout, and Ramirez with a putout.

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The Panthers, coming off a winless 2017 season, would finally record their first out with the score 16-0 despite the Demons not running the bases nor swinging at the plate. The hosts would finally wrap up the opening 18-0 inning and coast through the rest of the game.

The Demon pitching, meanwhile, was shutting down the Panther hitting attack. The Demons started Ramirez who threw 2.1 innings of hitless ball while striking out 7. Polanco would come in during the third and finish up the game giving up one hit while striking out 8. The Demons would strike out the side in every inning in the mercy-rule shortened game.

Coach Arturo Duran was very pleased with the 1-0 start to the season and, in particular, with his pitchers and how they performed. “The main thing we are working on is our pitchers. They threw strikes and did what we are asking of them. They did a good job. They played strong for the opening game. Polanco came in and closed out the game while throwing strikes. He had 8 strikeouts and him and Sergio (Ramirez) looked strong. We are working on mechanics and technique…just fundamentals right now. We started the season off on a good note.”

The Demons would get two singles and score on an error to make it 19-0 after two and then get their final run in the fourth as they would get two more bunt singles and score on a Panther error.

The Panthers would record their lone hit in the final inning on a lead-off single, but Polanco would record three strike outs and end the game with the Demons of top 20-0.

Coach Duran is very excited for this year’s team and expectations are high. “We are hoping for a good year. This group has been with me since they were freshmen and 8th-graders. The majority of them junior now and so we are expecting more out of them. They feel comfortable and they are happy to be around each other. We are expecting good things out of them.”

Dexter plays Capitan on Friday in the semi-finals at 7 pm. The Tigers, a district foe, will certainly be a bigger challenge for the Demons as they finished 2nd at last year’s state tournament.

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