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Lady Demons ready to defend 3A crown

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Jeannie Harris Photo Dexter’s Bryana Munoz gets ready to make contact against Jal last week during the regular season finale in Dexter. Today at 12:30 p.m. the Lady Demons play either Santa Rosa or Lordsburg in the opening round of the 3A softball playoffs.

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Dexter head softball coach Kim Smith doesn’t put much stock in numbers.

The Lady Demons are the three time defending 3A state champions and today at 12:30 p.m. the No. 1 seed begins the quest for title No. 4 at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho.

“Seedings don’t mean anything,” Smith said. “I’ve seen a (No.) 12 seed win state championships. All it is,is just a number.”

The Lady Demons will face either No. 8 Santa Rosa or No. 9 Lordsburg. The Lions (14-7) and the Mavericks (13-4) square off at 8:30 a.m. in Rio Rancho. Smith admits she doesn’t have a scouting report on either squad, but she will be paying attention once the first pitch is thrown.

“I haven’t heard much about them,” Smith said. “We’ll go and scout the 8:30 game and come up with a game plan for 12:30.”

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While most teams would be euphoric with Dexter’s record (22-3) Smith isn’t complacent.

“There’s always room for improvement,” Smith said. “These kids have worked hard and their hard work is paying off. Hopefully their hard work will show off when they get to Albuquerque.”

The Lady Demons ended the regular season May 1 at the Hal Bogle Sports Complex with a sweep of the Jal Panthers 15-0 and 14-1. Smith feels Dexter has been working hard during practice for the last week.

“They’ve been spending two-and-a-half to three hours out there everyday and putting in the work,” Smith said.

There is chance later on in the playoffs that Dexter could be facing fellow district mates the Loving Falcons and Tularosa Wildcats.

The Wildcats are the No. 3 seed and the Falcons are No. 2 seed and gave Dexter their only losses in league play during the regular season. Smith is reminding Lady Demon fans that her squad focuses on the here and now.

“Just one game at a time,” Smith said of her philosophy. “Just one pitch at a time. We can’t overlook Lordsburg or Santa Rosa. That’s why the game is played on any given day any team can win.”

No matter who the Lady Demons face, the opposition will have their hands full as senior Bryana Munoz has been known to cause some heartburn for Dexter’s foes.

Munoz will attend the University of Texas at El Paso next year and last week against the Panthers she threw a no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader. In the second game she belted two home runs. The first was a solo blast and the second was a grand slam. She also has a strong supporting cast in fellow seniors Marlou Blankvoort, Dominque Salas and Kassandra Madrid.

Now that the playoffs are here, Smith thinks the Lady Demons have the drive and focus to bring another state title back to Dexter.

“They’ve been here before,” Smith said. “They know how to care of businesses.”

 

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