THOMASVILLE — Runs likely won’t be scarce in the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs.

Thomas County Central (19-10) blistered Effingham County for 44 runs in 16 innings this past weekend to win the opportunity to face No. 2 Woodward Academy in a 5 p.m. doubleheader Wednesday. If necessary, the third game of the series is at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

The War Eagles (23-4) are averaging more than 11 runs per game, including an 18-0 mauling of Dutchtown in the third game of the first round.

“They’re good,” Central coach Chad Parkerson said. “They’re going to score runs. We’ve just got to hope we can score with them.

“It’s still baseball. It’s throwing strikes, making plays and trying to minimize the mistakes and getting hits when you need them.”

The War Eagles — who are led by center fielder Brennan May, a Georgia signee, catcher Brandon Miller, a Georgia Tech signee, and outfielder Andrew Cadger, a Furman signee — have been held to single digits just 10 times this season, including all four losses.

Still, after the Yellow Jackets’ big series against the Rebels, when Central hammered out 48 hits, Parkerson is hopeful the Jackets will pack their own firepower. Central’s offensive onslaught is led by senior third baseman Gary Smith, who is batting better than .400 with nine home runs and 34 RBIs.

“I just hope we can continue to do that,” he said. “Really, every series you go in thinking that everybody is 0-0. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past, it just matters what you’re going to do.

“That’s the mindset that we need to have — we’re just going to go out there and play baseball. There’s no tricks.”

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