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Demons dominate in opening win over Goddard

In this file photo, Dexter's Allyssa Madden awaits a pitch. At Friday's Artesia Lady Dogs Invitational, Artesia defeated Goddard 18-3. (Jeannie Harris Photo)

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ARTESIA – The Dexter Lady Demons(8-0) may have put the other teams on notice in this weekend’s Artesia Lady Dog Softball Invitational.

The three-time defending 1A-3A state champions grounded the Goddard Lady Rockets 18-3 in the opening game of the tournament Friday afternoon.

The victory over Goddard may have been a prescription that Dexter head coach Kim Smith was looking for. Thursday night the Lady Demons edged Tularosa 8-6 in a district game. Smith said Dexter had trouble with the fundamentals against the Wildcats.

What a difference a few hours makes, according to Smith, saying that the basics were the focus of the Lady Demons game against Goddard. “That was our goal, be fundamentally sound and do the little things right.”

Smith said there was no significance in the Lady Demons beating Goddard. “We’re just working on the things we need to work on.”

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Lady Demon freshman Aryana Munoz was the winning pitcher. Her older sister, senior Bryana Munoz played at shortstop. Smith said the opposition needs to be careful with the two. If one won’t get you, the other will.

“They’re a 1-2 punch when one doesn’t throw, the other one throws and they both have different looks. Very talented girls,” Smith said.

The elder Munoz is expected to start in the pitching circle for the Lady Demons as they take on the 5A Los Lunas Tigers at 9 a.m. The Tigers took out the Roswell Lady Coyotes 17-2. Smith said Bryana and the team as a whole will need to keep the momentum from the Goddard victory.

“Bryana is going to have to pitch a good game and we’re going to have to be disciplined at the plate, they’re a very talented team,” Smith said.

The Lady Demons could also be called Sister Act, as the Blankvoort sisters are also a formidable combo that Los Lunas should keep an eye on. Smith praised the play of freshman catcher Danique after the win over Goddard and the head coach also gave a thumb’s up to her older sister Marlou, the senior started at first base.

“She had a solid stick at the plate. I wanted to give her time in the field, usually she’s our designated player and she stepped up and played well,” Smith said.

The Lady Demons maybe the smallest school in the tournament. The Lady Rockets, Lady Coyotes, Artesia Lady Dogs, Los Lunas and Alamogordo compete in 5A and Cobre and Las Vegas Robertson compete in 4A.

So why did Dexter choose to compete in this tournament?

“For the competition,” Smith said. “Even if we go 0-3 you still have stiff competition and it’s going to make us better in the long run.”

Dexter’s forward thinking for playing in this tournament, will help the Lady Demons when district play resumes Tuesday at Capitan. Smith said some of the pitchers her team is facing in Artesia should keep the Lady Demons sharp during league play.

“We need to see the better pitching,” Smith said.

Some may think referring to the Lady Demons as the three-time state champions maybe taboo. Smith said the Lady Demons don’t talk about it.

“We’re focusing on the next pitch and the next game, we don’t put any internal pressure on us and we know every time we step on the field, we’re going to get every team’s best effort and we have to rise to the occasion day in and day out,” Smith said.

If Dexter wins today over Los Lunas they will play either Alamogordo or Artesia in the championship game at 3 p.m. Alamogordo defeated Robertson 14-6 and the Lady Dogs blanked Cobre 6-0.

The Lady Rockets and Lady Coyotes will face each other in the consolation semi final’s at 9 a.m. The winner will face either Robertson or Cobre in the consolation championship at 1 p.m.

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