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Dexter looks to advance against Socorro

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Dexter’s Marco Munoz throws a pitch against Capitan during the annual Hal Bogle Baseball Tournament earlier this season. (David Rocha File Photo)

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It’s not the way Dexter head coach Arturo Duran could have predicted this season would go, not with so many seniors coming back. Dexter is 10-13 and looking to advance into the quarterfinals as they take on Socorro today.

This is the last chance to get it done for the senior-laden team. After coming so close last season to advancing to the championship game, they ran into a hot Estancia team. Dexter was one game from making it to the championship game. Last year, Dexter ended their season on the Cleveland Storm turf with a 12-4 loss.

The Demons are a hot-hitting team with a .405 team batting average. They have 10 players batting over .300, with seven of those players with 20 hits. David Miramontes leads the team with 37 hits and 20 RBI’s.

Pitching has been a problem this year, Ricky Contreras leads the team in strikeouts with 25 followed by Jose Herrera. Team teams ERA is 3.07. Coach Duran was coy about who would receive the ball today. He has four quality pitchers to pick from.

To keep his team sharp, Duran scheduled an intrasquad game about against former players to get his team ready after a six-day layoff.

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Dexter hopes to bounce back after going 1-5 in their last six games. Socorro comes in on a four-game winning streak. The Warriors are 18-5 and 11-1, after winning their district. Socorro’s team is lead in hitting by a couple of seniors: Andy Otero is batting .507, with a team-leading 37 hits and 34 RBIs; and senior Clinton Wellborn is batting over .500 and is second on the team with 30 hits and 29 RBIs.

“We got seeded where we belong,” Duran said. “With our record and the way we played, we got where we needed to be at. We’ve had our ups and downs this season. We have worked on our mistakes and corrected them. Hopefully, it’s good enough.”

Duran feels a special bond with this group of seniors because he has known or coached them since they were freshmen and feels like it is a privilege to coach them.

Dexter plays at Socorro at 5 p.m. today.

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