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Demons pluck Falcons, 14-0, in District 4-3A game

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The Dexter Demon baseball team gathers for postgame comments from the coaching staff after Saturday’s 14-0 shutout of the Loving Falcons. (Mike Smith Photo)

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DEXTER – David Miramontes and Sergio Ramirez gave up one hit and struck out nine batters as the Dexter Demons (8-2, 3-0) pounded the Loving Falcons (3-9, 0-4) 14-0 Saturday in a District 4-3A baseball game, which was called in the fifth inning due to the 10-run mercy rule.

“He hasn’t thrown in a while. We had to get a workout in and he came in and did what he was supposed to do,” Dexter head coach Arturo Duran said of Miramontes.

Miramontes, a junior, started the game and struck out two Loving hitters in the top of the first inning. Another hitter grounded out.

Miramontes’ bid for a no-hitter ended in the top second inning as Loving’s Josiah Leija singled. A walk to Mauro Moreno advanced Leija to second base and was later caught trying to steal third. Miramontes was able to retire Bricen Morales on a strike out. The Falcons lead off hitter Cisco Hernandez struck out as well.

“I was ahead in the count and threw a fastball with two strikes. My fault, I should’ve thrown an off-speed (pitch) or something else and he got a hold of it,” Miramontes said of the Falcons lone hit.

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Duran felt that Miramontes and starting catcher Izak Aguilar had a little confusion on their signals.

“(Miramontes) put the ball over the plate and they hit it,” Duran said.

Miramontes continued to baffle the Falcons for the rest of his time on the mound, striking out three batters in the third inning. In the fourth inning, he struck out two hitters, walked another and then saw another batter ground out.

“I just went out there and wanted to throw strikes,” Miramontes said.

In the top of the fifth inning, Duran went with Ramirez and he was able to get Moreno and Morales to ground out and then the game ended with Trey Statham striking out.

Duran said Ramirez needed some work as well. “He hasn’t pitched in a while, too,” he said.

It appears Duran likes his pitching rotation as the first half of district play ends Tuesday against Capitan. The head coach said the pitching staff will need to be strong as the second half starts Thursday, which will mean doubleheaders for the rest of the season.

Matt Otero, Fernando Polanco and Jaime Chavira join Miramontes and Ramirez on the hurling staff.

“We’ve got a good rotation. They come in and throw strikes and that’s all we ask for,” Duran said.

This season, one may have to wonder how the opposition scouts the Demons. If the pitching doesn’t cause headaches, the hitting is capable of causing stomachaches. During the last five games, Dexter has pounded their foes into submission.

The last two games of the New Mexico Military Institute Colt Baseball Classic in late March saw Dexter outscore the opposition 34-3. The Demons lost to Shiprock 5-1 on the opening day of the tournament March 22 in Roswell.

District play started March 27 with a 12-1 win over Eunice at the Hal Bogle Complex in Dexter and then on April 3 the Demons traveled to Tularosa and declawed the Wildcats 16-1.

Miramontes admitted that an inside-the-park home run woke up Dexter’s bats in Tuesday’s contest.

“That brought us up and that’s when we started hitting,” Miramontes said.

Miramontes felt that the 14 runs scored on the Falcons Saturday is making it easier for the pitching staff.

“We’ve been focusing a lot on hitting. We’ve been putting up a lot of runs up on the board and makes it easier for our pitchers and the work is paying off this year,” Miramontes said.

During the last two games, Duran has been preaching “two C’s” — comfortable and confident — to his squad.

“All the kids are going up there comfortable with confidence to the plate and it shows,” Duran said.

The Demon offense has been putting pressure on the opponents and Duran said his squad will have to keep their feet on the gas for the rest of the season.

“It’s going good for us and we’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing right now,” Duran said.

General assignment reporter Mike Smith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 307, or at sports2@rdrnews.com.

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