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(Teresa Lemon – Daily Press)

Lady Bulldog softball head coach Sandra Pulido, left, looks on as Melody Payne takes a swing during a Spring Break batting practice this morning at the Mack Chase Athletic Complex. The Lady ‘Dogs (4-2) will host their 2017 home opener at 6:30 p.m. today against Carlsbad (5-4). Artesia will be looking to avenge a 9-4 loss to the Class 6A Cavegirls suffered March 11 at the Southern New Mexico Invitational tournament in Las Cruces.