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cut the deficit to 4-1 in the sixth in­ning.

“It was pretty much the same thing last year,” Tap­pen, who went 1-for-2 with a walk and a strike­out, said. “Last year I had been walked three times and then the fourth at bat I went yard. Then (to­day) I got walked my first AB on four straight. When you’re in that po­si­tion and you’re 3-0 and then he throws you that strike, you have to be ready. He hung a curve­ball, it was one of his very few mis­takes all game. I was able to put a nice swing on it and put it into the trees.”

In the top of the sev­enth, trail­ing 5-1, Wis­sahickon had the bases loaded with two outs and Tap­pen in the on-deck cir­cle, but Mike Schoen­le­ber grounded out to first base.

“You saw in that last in­ning we came to life there and loaded up the bases and had a chance to really do some dam­age,” Tap­pen said, “but things didn’t fall as we would’ve liked them too. I’m su­per proud of these guys and ev­ery­thing they’ve done.”

The loss brings Wis­sahickon’s sea­son to an end. The Tro­jans had a big se­nior class — head­lined by Tap­pen, Matt Shilling and Lo­gan Wil­lans — that had ex­pec­ta­tions for much more than a first-round exit.

“We al­ways have high hopes com­ing into the year,” Tap­pen said. “Last year, the year be­fore that and even our fresh­man year we’ve had the pieces. We’ve had the tal­ent. We’ve had the pitch­ing. We’ve had the or­der. We’ve lost a cou­ple onerun games. We win those games and we’re in a dif­fer­ent seed, dif­fer­ent spot, maybe even have a home game and we’re in a dif­fer­ent po­si­tion in that stand­point. Go­ing out in the first round is not some­thing that we planned in the be­gin­ning. We were look­ing to make a run and qual­ify for states at a min­i­mum. To say it’s a bit of a dis­ap­point­ment — ab­so­lutely.”

“It’s a tough pill to swal­low to lose this early and go out,” Bern­hardt said. “A lot of those guys have a really promis­ing fu­ture ahead of them — Matty, Alex, Schoen­le­ber — all those guys. They’ll be fine.”

Wil­lans started the game on the mound and took the loss. He gave up four runs on five hits over four in­nings. He struck out one bat­ter and walked three.

Holy Ghost Prep will face No. 10 Up­per More­land in the sec­ond round Wed­nes­day. The Golden Bears beat No. 7 W.C. Henderson, 3-0, Tues­day.

“I like to think we have three aces,” Birch said of him­self, John Mc­crane and Ryan Staropoli go­ing for­ward in the post­sea­son. “I don’t look at it as a 1-2-3, I look at it as a 1-1-1. All three of us are ca­pa­ble of hav­ing a very good game.

“I know (Up­per More­land is) a tough team, a chippy team, much like Wis­sahickon to­day. I’m very con­fi­dent go­ing into it, es­pe­cially home-field ad­van­tage. For me it was a great mind­set to­day. I wasn’t let­ting some­one come in on our field and em­bar­rass us. I’m sure the other two guys have the same men­tal­ity.” Holy Ghost Prep 5, Wis­sahickon 1 Wis­sahickon Holy Ghost Prep WP: Pey­ton Birch 6.1 IP 11 K 2 BB 3 H 1 R1ER LP: Lo­gan Wil­lans 4 IP 1 K 3 BB 5 H 4 R 4ER Save: An­drew Galasso .2 IP 0 K 0 BB 0 H0R0ER 2B: HGP: Mark Seib­ert. HR: W: Alex Tap­pen.

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