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Lady Demons overcome late deficit to defeat Tularosa

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Dexter’s Marlou Blankvoort hits a pitch Tuesday against Tularosa in Dexter. (Jeannie Harris Photo)

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DEXTER — If Dexter head softball coach Kim Smith were to rewrite the dictionary, she probably would delete the word panic.

The Demons (18-1, 8-0) were down 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning during game two of a doubleheader against Tularosa (11-4, 4-3) Tuesday evening at the Hal Bogle Sports Complex.

Being down two runs in the closing stages of a game might send some teams into panic mode, but not the three-time defending 3A state champions. Pressure seems to be their middle name as the Lady Demons pounded the Wildcats 13-5.

Freshman Aryana Munoz belted a three run homer over the center field fence in the bottom of the fourth to put Dexter up 5-4.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Lady Demon bats exploded as Aryana’s older sister, senior Bryana Munoz, smacked another three run homer over left field. Later in the inning, Marlou Blankvoort hit a two run blast over the left-center wall as Dexter took a commanding lead over the Wildcats.

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“I think we’ve got to bring intensity to every game,” Smith said. “We didn’t (bring intensity) for the longest time, and in the bottom of the fourth, they woke up a little bit. I liked the fact they never panicked — they just kept going and plugging away. In softball, all it takes is one big inning (to) turn the momentum around.”

The Lady Demons hit four homers in both games and Smith feels that the team’s hard work is paying off.

“They stay after, they come early. They pitch on their own. The program has instilled a work ethic like none other (and) it’s paying off,” said Smith.

Aryana Munoz picked up the win going six innings, giving up six hits and striking out four. Bryana Munoz came in relief in the top of the seventh but didn’t figure in the decision.

In the opening game, Bryana Munoz gave up one run on four hits and struck out seven as the Lady Demons defeated the Wildcats 4-1.

Smith thought that the Munoz sisters struggled at times during both games. She praised their play.

“They’re gamers and they’re players; they both have some work to do to get ready for Thursday,” Smith said. “They missed some spots and I’m a perfectionist and we’ll get to work tomorrow (Wednesday) and work on it.”

Smith feels that the Wildcats have improved since the first meeting last month in Tularosa. Dexter won the first game this season 8-6.

“That’s a quality team,” Smith said. “They’re much improved — they came after us.”

Dexter hosts Loving Thursday at 4 p.m.