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Another day, another win for Dexter’s Bryana Munoz

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DEXTER — Dexter Lady Demon senior pitcher Bryana Munoz was on top of her game Thursday throwing a no hitter, striking out six, getting two hits, driving in two runs and scoring a run as the home team defeated the Loving Falcons (14-4, 7-1) 10-0. The game was called after the fifth inning due to the mercy rule.

Thursday’s win for Munoz, who will be attending the University of Texas at El Paso next year, was her second this week. Tuesday during the opening game of a douleheader at the Hal Bogle Sports Complex, she gave up four hits and struck out seven as the Lady Demons (19-1, 9-0) defeated Tularosa 4-1.

Dexter head coach Kim Smith praised Munoz’s play. However, she said there is some room for improvement for the senior hurler.

“She threw well and she was inducing ground balls and her defense was playing well behind her,” said Smith “Once again she did miss some spots. It’s nothing hard work won’t fix.”

Munoz and Loving’s Lorisa Martinez, who took the loss, were involved in a pitcher’s duel until the bottom of the fourth when the Lady Demon bats exploded.

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Dexter sent 11 batter’s to the plate scoring seven runs on five hits. The Falcons had two errors and Munoz had a single and an RBI batting in the eighth spot in the line up. She later scored on a Danique Blankvoort single.

Smith feels that the Lady Demons made the proper alterations against Martinez.

“That’s usually the second time you see the pitcher,” said Smith. “So you should make adjustments up there and we preach that all the time. You’ve seen her once, you should make adjustments and the girls did and went to small ball to put some girls on the bases and they came through and did what they’re supposed to do.”

Dexter was able to put the icing on the victory cake in the bottom of the fifth as Munoz singled and drove in the final run.

“Once again we had some big bunts and good base running and they were aggressive today and all the little things we keep working on daily came through,” said Smith.

The Lady Demons had nine hits and no errors. The Lady Falcons finished the game with five errors.

“I thought they played decent,” said Smith. “They executed every time I asked them to execute with a bunt or the base running and the steals. They came through, once again we still have work to do. For the most part I’m pleased, they did a good job today.”

Dexter owns a three-game winning streak against Loving. It started last May in the 3A state title game in Albuquerque. The Lady Demons claimed their third straight trophy over the Lady Falcons 5-4. The two squads squared off earlier season in the Lindsey Callaway Tournament as Dexter came out on top 10-5. Smith has plenty of admiration for Loving.

“That’s a quality program,” said Smith.” I think they have 15 state championships. They’re stacked with athletes from top to bottom. I have the utmost respect for that program and the players and coaches.”

The Lady Demons are now heading into the final turn of the regular season. Capitan pays a visit on Tuesday. Next weekend Dexter travels to Loving for a doubleheader and then the season ends May 1 with a home series against Jal.

Smith feels that Dexter knows what lies ahead for the rest of the journey.

“It’s a culture that’s been established here from day one,” Smith said. “The coaching staff has done a good job making sure they come out here every day and work. It’s more the kids, they want to work hard and the work ethic has been instilled in this group of girls for years.”

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