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DEXTER – The Dexter Lady Demons got contributions from everyone that suited up in a big 12-1 victory over the visiting Dora Coyotes in the opening round of the 15th annual Lydsey Calloway Invitational. The Demons, defending tournament champs, scored in every inning to end the game early as it was called in the fifth via the mercy-rule.

The Demons move to 3-0 on the year with all of the wins coming via the 10-run rule. Dexter hosts district foe Jal in Friday’s semi-final game at 7 pm. The Lady Panthers downed Ruidoso in their opening round game. Incidentally, Dora (2-1) had beaten Jal twice earlier in the season.

The Demons went up early in the first as senior Bryana Munoz smacked a full-count fastball to deep center for a triple to lead off the game. She would come home on a wild pitch to make it 1-0 early.

The Demons’ starting pitcher, freshman Chelsea Torres, recorded her 2nd and 3rd strikeouts of the game to retire the Coyotes in the top of the second and the Demons broke open the game in their half of the inning.

The Demons batted around in the inning and scored five runs on one hit, two walks, and three errors. The lone hit was by Dominique Silvas who wacked a double to bring in Ana Cereceres, who led off the inning with a walk. Allysa Madden would get a putout RBI sandwiched around two Dora errors that would lead to three runs to make it 6-0 after two complete innings.

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The Coyotes would get their only run in the top of the third on a nice double by Kimberlee Rains who then scored on a fielder’s choice. The inning was highlighted by some nice defense by the Demons as Munoz got the initial out on a diving catch from her shortstop position to gun down the runner at first from her knees.

Dexter would make it 8-1 after three as they would manufacture 2 runs out of one hit. That hit was another triple by Munoz who would score on the hit after a throwing error.

The Demons would bring in Munoz to pitch the top of the fourth and she would quickly strike out the three batters she faced.

Dexter would tack on another run in the bottom of the fourth thanks to an RBI single from Kassandra Madrid that brought home Yajaira Sosa who had reached safely on a fielder’s choice.

Freshman Aryana Munoz would wrap up the pitching in the top of the fifth and she would promptly strike out the side.

Dexter would end the game in the fifth as mid-schooler Klarisse Banda would blast a deep shot to left that was misplayed for a two runner and the victory to the hosts 12-1.

The Lydsey Calloway tourney is named in remembrance of the former Dexter student and softball player who died from cancer. The tourney helps keep her memory alive as well as lead credence to her parent’s foundation that has raised close to $400,000 for cancer research.

Although there were numerous highlights in the game, easily the best one took place before the game as Dexter Elementary 1st grader Raul Gallegos got to throw out the first pitch and have both teams pray around him on the pitcher’s mound following that. Little Raul is battling leukemia himself and that poignant moment on the diamond showed the true character of its participants and that the outcome of a softball game was obviously secondary to the mission of Mr. And Mrs. Calloway.

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