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Dexter loses bid to repeat against Cobre

Dexter pitcher Aryana Munoz throws a pitch during a playoff game last week against St. Michael’s. (Jeannie Harris File Photo)

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When the final out was made — and after Dexter shook hands with their opponents — the tears began to flow. Tears, because the end of a championship run was over after four consecutive years. Flowing tears, because no one had expected them to reach this point in the season. As the seventh seed, the Lady Demons scared a lot of teams, including Cobre.

A Dexter player hits the ball during a playoff game against St. Michael’s last week. (Jeannie Harris File Photo)

In the end, however, it was the Indians that showed their mettle and were the more battle-tested team, as they used a big five-run first inning to take a lead they would never relinquish.

Cobre defeated Dexter 13-10 Thursday afternoon at Paul Kohman Field in Rio Rancho.

After that first inning, Dexter was fighting uphill all game long. With one senior, their lack of experience showed as they made errors in the field and on the bases. At times they ran themselves out of an inning and a run was taken off the board.

But Dexter showed their heart as they trailed 9-2 after the second inning. In the bottom of the third with Dexter mounting a comeback and scoring three runs, the score was 9-5. The bases were loaded for them when Cobre’s pitcher threw a wild pitch and the runner broke for home and was called out and then safe.

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Upon further review, the umpires had called an illegal pitch, and then the umpires said the Dexter batter had interfered with the play and was called out. All of the runners had to go back to their bases. Dexter would score two more runs that inning to make the score 9-7, but the momentum was broken and the game turned at that juncture.

Aryana Munoz didn’t have her best stuff — she was pitching in her seventh game of the season and it caught up with her. Coach Sonny Duran turned to Chelsea Torres for one inning to give Cobre a different look, but went back to Munoz in the fourth inning.

Every time Cobre would score runs, in the bottom half of the inning Dexter would answer, but they had nothing in the bottom of the seventh — and with that came the end of their championship run.

“I’m proud of all of you,” Duran said. “I don’t want to see anyone crying or hanging your heads, no one expected us to be here to begin with. We came in as the seventh-seed and almost made it to the championship game.

“We’re young, but we are going to grow and be right back here next year.”

The girl that cried the hardest for Dexter was four-time champion Yajaira Sosa. Sosa stressed that she was proud of her team and the thing she was going to miss the most was her teammates, whom she called sister.

Sosa is an only child. More than the championships she has won, she will miss the bonding, the practices and bus rides. She will miss all the things that make up a team.

“I’m proud of my teammates,” Sosa said. “They will come back and next year they will take it. I know that. I know that when we played we had fun. … I feel like all of these girls are my sisters. I will miss them.”

Dexter defeats Laguna Acoma to reach game against Cobre

There’s a saying by Roswell coach Art Sandoval that there’s nothing soft about softball.

Well, the Lady Demons would take issue with that statement as they put it on the Laguna Acoma Hawks Thursday morning.

Dexter didn’t win by using speed or even their star pitcher, Aryana Munoz. No, they came out in their gray uniforms and used the power of lead-off hitter Kelsey Storie, who took the first pitch over the fence in center field to give the Lady Demons a 1-0 lead.

“She started off the game perfect,” coach Sonny Duran said. “Yesterday she struggled all day, except for that last at-bat. She carried that at-bat over to today.”

That would be all they would need as they battered the Lady Hawks in a mercy-rule game. The Lady Demons would beat them 16-0. The game would be called after four innings.

According to Duran, Storie had not been swinging the bat well before the home run. Storie feels like she has been swinging the bat well but has not been getting the hits she would like.

“I’ve been seeing the ball good,” Storie said. “It was a first-pitch fastball right down the middle of the plate. I just swung, I didn’t expect it to go out.”

Dexter would score five runs in the first inning, one in the second and three in the third before unleashing a barrage of hits and runs to end the game.

Dexter’s Chelsea Torres was in the circle as she pitched shutout softball for three innings, before giving way to a relief pitcher Danique Blankvoort in the fourth.

The outcome left coach Duran leaning toward using all three of his pitchers in the next game against Cobre.

“We started Torres today,” Duran said. “She’s been constant and has carried us through district and she did great for us today.”

Sports editor J.T. Keith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 304, or sports@rdrnews.com.

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