Coach Russ Milligan knew Center Grove’s bats eventually would come alive in the Johnson County Softball Tournament semifinal game Friday night.
Visiting Class 3A Indian Creek allowed just two hits and one run during the first two innings against the Class 4A No. 2 Trojans.
But the third inning was a different story. Led by a three-run homer by senior right fielder Natalie Lalich, Center Grove scored seven runs on as many hits en route to a 16-1 dismantling of the Braves in five innings.
The offensive display helped the host Trojans (21-1) advance to face Class 4A No. 7 Greenwood in the championship game at 10 a.m. today for a chance to win a 14th straight county title.