THOMASVILLE — The red-hot Thomas County Central Yellow Jackets stayed on fire in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.

Playing at home on Wednesday, Central's offense and pitching overwhelmed New Hampstead in a doubleheader sweep, 12-0 and 11-0.

Central jumped out to a 10-0 lead after two innings and cruised to an easy win in game one. Reid Harvey, Griffin Taylor, Will Carson and JJ Potts each chipped in two hits to pace the Yellow Jackets offense. Harvey and Potts also drove in two runs apiece. Taylor, Jason Benton, Bryson Rawls and Brayden Payne each added RBIs.

Pitcher Adam Lane was nearly unhittable, allowing just one hit, zero runs and 10 strikeouts in five innings.

Taylor sparked the Yellow Jackets at the plate in the nightcap. He finished 3-for-3 with five RBIs. Payne finished 2-for-2 with three runs and an RBI. Four pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter in five innings, striking out 10.

Central (23-7) has now won 20 of its last 22 games.

Central will host Pickens in next week's second round.

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