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Lady Demons fight through to next round

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J.T. Keith Photo Dexter's Zoey Stewart lays down a bunt she beat out against Lordsburg during state tournament play. The Lady Demons would mercy rule them, 15-0.

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No one knows what it was, but Dexter Demon coach Kim Smith was sick Tuesday, sick enough to need an IV during the game. The Lady Demons did not let that distract them — but they were unsettled by Lordsburg’s pitcher Ana Castenada.

Castenada threw slower than batting practice speed, and would roll the ball to the plate, or one-bounce the ball in front of the plate hoping to catch a batter swinging. For one inning she kept the Lady Demons’ timing off and limited their runs, but Dexter managed to take a 2-0 lead.

By the second inning the Lady Demons had batted around and were having their way with the Lady Mavericks. Dexter led 8-0. With such a big lead coach Smith substituted, liberally playing her reserves. She started her ace, Bryana Munoz, the UTEP-bound prospect. She pitched two innings before giving way to her sister, Aryana Munoz. Aryana lost a no-hitter when Lordsburg hitter Laryssa Powell singled to centerfield with one out in the top of the third inning.

That was the only drama on the field — whether the Lady Demons were going to have a no-hitter, and what inning the mercy rule would be applied. It took them until the bottom of the fourth inning for the game to be called.

“I don’t think they (Lordsburg) saw anything like Bryana (Munoz) all year long,” Demons athletic director Dave Campbell said. “It took us a while to get our bats going, but once we did it didn’t surprise me that we ended the game in four innings. They got the one hit on a change up on the younger sister (Aryana). I thought it was going to be a combined no-hitter.”

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Campbell feels it’s hard for Dexter to play as the number 1 seed with a target on their back. They know the road to a four-peat will not be easy. In fact, they will face a team they have never played before in Laguna Acoma, which upset Raton 8-3 on Wednesday.

Dexter will play at 8:30 a.m against Laguna Acoma at Cleveland High School. If they win, they will play at 12:30 against the winner of Tularosa and Loving.

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