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Dexter and Loving ready to rumble in the Duke City

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Mike Smith Photo Dexter’s Marlou Blankvoort will be looking for another state title today.

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The Dexter Lady Demons (27-3) are facing an old friend in the Loving Falcons (28-3) today at 9 a.m. at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque for the 3A state softball title.

Dexter is looking for their fourth straight trophy against the familiar district foe.

The Lady Demons sailed through the competition Thursday to advance to today’s championship game. Dexter, the top team in 3A, pounded No. 5 Laguna Acoma 13-3 and then took out another district foe, No. 3 Tularosa, 9-2.

“It was a total team effort,” said Lady Demon head coach Kim Smith of the win over Tularosa. “We started kind of slow. It was a huge win for us.”

Dexter senior Bryana Munoz had a big day at the plate going 4-for-4. She will be attending the University of Texas at El Paso next year.

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The Falcons had to go through the consolation bracket after losing to the Wildcats 2-0 Thursday on the championship side of the ledger. Loving shutout Laguna Acoma 9-0 and then got revenge on the Wildcats 13-3. Loving is the No. 2 team in the tournament.

The Lady Demons and Falcons split during the regular season as Dexter won 10-0 at home and Loving won at home as well, 5-3 and 1-0. Both have squared off for the past couple of seasons in the state title game.

“It’s going to be a hard-fought battle,” Smith said. “They’re a good quality team with top pitchers and a good coaching staff. It’ll be a battle for sure.”

As the Lady Demons get ready to face Loving, Smith reminds everyone that this season is about the team.

“The girls put in the hard work and grind every day,” Smith said.

The Lady Demons have been down the playoff road for the past three seasons and after the wins on Thursday, Dexter had some down time.

“I think in the morning, they’ll get serious and be ready to play,” Smith said.

 

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