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lady demons win fourth consecutive championship

J.T. Keith Photo Dexter holds up their bracket and the Blue Trophy for the fourth straight year.

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For Dexter softball coach Kim Smith, she felt like this year would be one of taking it day by day. After all, they had lost some key players from last year’s team. Smith forgot to tell seniors Kassandra Madrid, Dominique Silvas, Allyssa Madden, Marlou Blankvoort and Bryana Munoz. Dexter went, 27-3 overall, and 13-2 in 3A play.

“I knew we’d be decent,” Smith said. “But I didn’t think we’d be that good. We lost three key players from last year. From day one we set the tone for the culture with our goals from day one. Our players have bought into the program, that’s a big thing. It’s all my players. We started three freshmen and an eighth-grader, so we’re young.”

All season long, Smith has kept her head down and her mouth shut focusing on the process. To complete the process of the season, she would have to deal with being sick and fight through a few tournament games, not at full strength.

“This is the loosest group I have ever coached,” Smith said. “They would sing and do karaoke and not let the pressure get to them. We have to rebuild and work hard this summer and get ready for next year. I’m all in or nothing.”

To win their fourth title in a row, Dexter would have to beat rival Loving. Loving beat them in a doubleheader on Apr. 28. Just like last season, they would play for the title again with Dexter sweeping them in the championship games, 5-0, and 5-4.

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It looked like the Falcons were ready to take it to the Lady Demons, when sophomore pitcher Lorisa Martinez hit a two-out pitch from Bryana Munoz to right field for a home run to give them a 1-0 lead.

The Lady Demons would bounce back and survive the fourth and fifth innings to win their fourth consecutive championship, 4-1, Friday at UNM Lobo Field.

“You can’t let it get to you,” Munoz said. “It was only the first inning, we still had seven more innings to play. As a pitcher, you have to let it go. When I got into trouble in the fourth and fifth inning, my mindset was to keep the ball down and trust my teammates to do their jobs and I would do mine.”

In the bottom of the first inning, Munoz led off for Dexter and doubled to left field. Munoz’s sister Aryana, hit the first pitch for a triple scoring Bryana to tie the game at 1-1. Next up for the Lady Demons was Danique Blankvoort and she hit a double to center field scoring Munoz to take a 2-1 lead.

Dominique Silvas hit the ball back at the pitcher who locked Blankvoort back to second base and threw Silvas out at first base. When she did that Blankvoort took off for third base and slid under the tag. With one out, Dexter sent up Marlou Blankvoort to the plate and she hit a single over the shortstops, head scoring her sister Dominique from third base giving Dexter a 3-1 lead.

“This means a lot to me,” Silvas said. “It’s been a really good four years and I’m glad this is the way it ended and I wouldn’t want it any other way, especially with my teammates and family encouraging me.”

Bryana Munoz pitched on cruise control until the fourth inning when the Falcons hit the ball and the Demons’ defense committed an error. There was a bunt and a fielding error putting runners on first and second base. Munoz got Alyssa Carrasco to strike out for one out, Tiana Rodriguez bunted the ball and was thrown out at first by Munoz for the second out. Faith McDonald lined out to Nunoz to end the inning.

“I was never worried when Bryana (Munoz) got into trouble,” Smith said. “She’s a fighter and our team fought behind her, we’ve fought all year.”

In the top of the sixth inning, Dexter scored another run to give them a 4-1 lead. In the bottom of the sixth, Loving would send Autumn McDonald to the plate and she would lace a double to center field at the base of the wall. Andrica Gomez bunt the ball and beat it, outputting runners at first and second with no out. Munoz walked Angelica Villegas to load the bases. Smith went out and talked to Munoz to settle her down. Munoz struck out the next three hitters to get out of the inning.

In the seventh, Munoz retired the side in order to give the Lady Demons their fourth Blue Trophy in a row.

“It means a lot that knowing that I can play with my sister (Bryana) doing all of this,” Arayana Munoz said.


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