By Tony Altobelli
Killeen Daily Herald
The term "perfect game" was expanded far beyond the right arm of Lampasas pitcher Dakota Smith.
Smith retired all 15 batters he faced, while the rest of his Badger teammates played flawless baseball at the plate and in the field en route to an 11-0 win over Killeen on Tuesday at KHS.
Using a fastball and sinker, both thrown consistently in the 80s, Smith struck out six, walked none and allowed just one fly-ball out.
"When his two-seamer is working as it was tonight, it's darn-near impossible to catch him, let alone try and hit it," LHS coach Chad Krempin said. "He does a good job of turning his fastball over, so it has a nice sinking motion to it.
"Overall, I think we're coming together at the right time. We've got some big games ahead of us, but we really want to make the playoffs and win some games when we get there, too."
Kolby Gill went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs to lead the Badgers (11-7-1, 2-1 in District 16-4A). Multiple-hit games were also turned in by Kolby Gilseth, Kristen Leverett and Spinner Dimas.
For the Roos (5-15, 0-3), it was a long night in just about every category of the game. In addition to the lack of offense, Killeen committed five errors, which accounted for five unearned runs.
Lampasas got things rolling right from the start, jumping out to a 3-0 lead on an RBI double by Leverett and a two-run single to right by Gill.
Killeen starting pitcher Jordan Ramos regained his composure and kept Lampasas off the scoreboard in the second before allowing a pair of runs in the third and five runs in the fourth. RBI hits by Justin Thompson, Dimas and Leverett and a two-run single by Hunter Smith highlighted the 10-batter, five-run fourth.
"That was about as good of an all-around performance as we've had this year," Krempin said. "We know we can throw three good starting pitchers out there, but we need to bring our offensive game a bit more often. Tonight, we were able to do that."
But the story of the night was Dakota Smith, who used his heavy assortment of pitches to produce one harmless ground ball after another.
The Roos will return to action on Friday at Hewitt Midway, while the Badgers play at Brownwood. Both games are set for 7:30 p.m.
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