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Demons pull off a huge upset; down NMMI 6-5

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File Photo of Dexter’s Sergio Ramirez on the mound against Capitan earlier in the season. Dexter upset NMMI Tuesday. (Jeannie Harris Photo)

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DEXTER – The Dexter Demons somehow managed to defeat the visiting New Mexico Military Institute Colts on a gorgeous Tuesday afternoon 6-5 after losing to them 14-0 on Saturday evening in the finals of the Hal Bogle Invite. Dexter got a big performance from their trio of pitchers while getting adequate production at the plate in moving to 3-1 on the young year.

The Colts, ranked No. 2 in 4A, suffered their first loss of the season as they rang up eight errors and could not recover from a disastrous third inning.

In Saturday’s game, the Demons could muster only one hit while the Colts ran out to an early 10-0 lead after two innings. In Tuesday’s game, there would be no early lead for the Colts and much more production at the plate for the hosts.

Coach Arturo Duran tried to explain the turnaround in game outcomes. “Our pitchers came in and threw strikes. We had our three main pitchers throwing today and we gave them a workout before their tournament (which begins on Thursday). The kids were a little more productive on the offensive side. We were able to hit the ball and that’s what helped us out.”

After starting Demon pitcher Matthew Otero to the Colts to go 3-up, 3-down with two strikeouts in the top of the second, the hosts took their first lead in the bottom of the frame.

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Marco Munoz would trot home following two NMMI errors to make it 1-0 early. The Colts would answer in the top of the third as they would get a big 2-RBI single from Connor Roe to retake the lead. With two outs in the inning, David Miramontes would relieve Otero and get out of the inning with a strikeout. Miramontes would throw the sixth inning and give up only one hit while striking out four and recording no walks and giving up no runs.

“He’s (Miramontes) one of our main pitchers and that’s what we are asking of him,” said Duran. “Him and Matt Otero and Sergio (Ramirez) — we are asking a lot of those three guys — two juniors and a senior. We are just hoping to give the defense a chance and we have a strong defense behind them helping them out, so as long as they are doing their job, we should be OK.”

The Demons would re-take the lead in the bottom of the third as they would benefit from three Colt errors and get RBIs from Otero and Izak Aguilar. The Demons would never trail again. “On the offensive side, we were able to hit the ball and put it into play, so that helped out a lot,” stated Duran of the ability of his team to capitalize on the Colt miscues.

The Demons would add to the lead in the fifth. Following a nice running catch by third baseman Isaac Irigoyen to end the Colts chances in the top of the inning, the Demons’ Miramontes would come home on a throwing error to make it 5-2. Miramontes had reached earlier after getting plunked. Despite the Demons leading the bases loaded, the momentum had surely swung to the hosts’ side.

The Demons made it 6-2 in the sixth as Miramontes got a 2-out stand-up triple to deep right-center and then came home when Sergio Ramirez smacked a single. Both Miramontes and Ramirez were perfect at the plate as they both reached base safely all four times – Ramirez on three hits and an error, while Miramontes got a walk, hit by a pitch, error and a hit.

Coach Duran was very pleased with the change at the plate from his squad. “I think Miramontes was the only one to get a base shot on Saturday and it was a high ball that they missed. Both of them got triples today and it feels good and gives them confidence on the defensive side when we are able to produce runs.”

The Colts made things interesting as they plated three runs as they got two hits, two walks, and one batter hit by pitch, but Ramirez threw out the final batter after a soft liner to the mound to close out the game with the Demons up 6-5.

Both teams will play in the Sertoma Colt Classic this weekend at NMMI. The Demons play Shiprock at 1 p.m. while the host Colts get Tularosa in the 7 p.m. matchup.

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