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Demons down Capitan

Dexter’s relief pitcher Matt Otero throws a strike against Capitan as they win 7-3 in the semifinal game in the Hal Bogle Tournament. (Jeannie Harris Photo)

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DEXTER – The Dexter Demon baseball team used a big dose of “small ball” in downing the Capitan Tigers 7-3 in the semi-final round of their own Hal Bogle Invitational Tournament. The Demons would record only three hits, but allow only two hits in the solid win over the Tigers, last year’s runners-up in the state tourney.

“They have good pitchers and the whole team is real good,” stated Coach Arturo Duran of the Capitan team. “They are doing a good job with that program. But, I’m proud of my boys. The way they went up there with confidence and hit the ball. That (Price Bowen) was truly the first pitcher that we have faced like that we have seen, and we stepped in and hit the ball like we are supposed to.”

Dexter would get off to a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third as Izak Aguilar would whack a two-out, full count pitch to score both Sergio Ramirez and Matthew Otero, who both walked. Those two runs would follow a run by pinch runner Ricky Contreras who scored on a wild pitch. The Demons would never trail after the early lead.

The Tigers would record their only two hits in the top of the second to record two runs and cut the lead to 3-2. The big hit came from a 2-out, 2-RBI single from #9-hitter, Garrison Weems. The Tigers would not record another hit the remainder of the game as starting pitcher David Miramontes and relief pitcher, Otero, would keep the visitors at bay.

The Tigers’ first of five costly errors would happen in the bottom of fourth as catcher Jarren Amaro would blast a shot to deep center that would turn around the center fielder and stumble for a 3-base error. Amaro, who had gunned down a runner at second in the previous inning, would score on an RBI single from Marco Munoz to make it 4-2.

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Coach Duran was pleased with the way his team could put the ball into play as it wouldn’t always lead to a hit, but it would translate into manufactured runs.

“Their pitcher, Bowen, struggled a little on the mound and we were able to get some guys on base. A couple of hits here and there and it produced runs for us. We are hitting the ball solid right now – a couple of times we hit straight to them, but the main thing is we are putting the ball into play and giving ourselves a chance.”

Otero would take over the pitching duties and pitch hitless ball for the remaining four innings as the Demons would play solid defense down the stretch.

“They are a strong team and both of our pitchers did their job,” stated Duran. “They went up and threw strikes. They got into a little trouble a couple of times, but the defense was able to step up behind them and help them out.”

Dexter would make it 6-2 in the fifth as they would use two errors and a walk to plate a couple of runs. Aguilar would score on a wild pitch after reaching on a walk and advancing on an error and a stolen base. Isaac Irigoyen would reach on the aforementioned error and then score on another Tiger error to stretch the lead.

The Demons would tack on one more in the bottom of the sixth – again without the benefit of a hit and the Tigers would get their final run on a sacrifice fly to make the final 7-3.

The Demons (2-0) play undefeated NMMI in the finals tonight at 7 pm.

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