Spring break wasn't a vacation for Madras pitchers.
Not when the White Buffalos played four games in three days. Madras went 2-2 in games on Thursday, Friday and a Saturday doubleheader.
The Buffs had only a couple of days of rest before returning to Intermountain Conference action. Madras traveled to Bend on Tuesday, April 3, and will host Summit on Thursday. Madras (1-0 in IMC, 4-5 overall) also travels to Mountain View on Tuesday, April 11.
Madras used solid pitching to beat Cascade 4-0 Thursday and then Gaston 5-0 Friday.
Darrell Ceciliani and Austin Say combined on a five-hit shutout in Thursday's win. Ceciliani struck out seven in his four innings.
The junior lefty also had three hits including a double to drive in two runs, both times scoring Turner Gill, who reached base with singles. Say added two hits and also scored a run.
Lead-off hitter Bobby Thurby added two hits and drove in a pair of runs.
On Friday, Ethan Adams and Jake Prow combined for the shutout against Gaston. Adams went the opening four innings with five strikeouts while allowing just two hits. Prow struck out five in his three hitless innings.
Thurby led the offense with a pair of hits to drive in two runs. Gill also drilled a two-run single while Adams added two hits, driving in one run and scoring another.
Zach Quinn had a double among his two hits and scored a run.
Henley 8-6, Madras 5-4: A year ago, these two teams advanced to the 3A quarterfinals. Henley fell to eventual finalist Sherwood while Madras lost to semifinalist Marist.
On Saturday, the visiting Hornets took big early leads in both games. Henley used a seven-run second to take control of the opener, combining seven hits and a Buff error. Thurby, the Madras starter, allowed just one more run and two hits after that.
The Buffs attempted to rally thanks to Ethan Adams' hitting. The sophomore hit a two-run double in the bottom of the second. An inning later, Adams hit a two-run double with two outs. Ceciliani started the third-inning scoring with an RBI double to left.
Madras took a 2-0 lead in the second game as Ceciliani drove in Albert Adams with a double in the second inning. Say followed with a groundout to third to score Ceciliani.
Henley jumped ahead in its half of the third after two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases. A two-run single and wild pitch put the Hornets ahead.
Albert Adams tied the game in Madras' half of the third with a single to right, scoring Ethan Adams.
The teams traded runs in the fourth, Ceciliani scoring on an error after opening the inning with a single. Henley then scored the final two runs on a wild pitch in the fifth and error in the seventh.