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Whitemarsh huddles after its loss to Falls in the Region 3 Tournament on Friday, July 16, 2021. (Kev Hunter/MediaNews Group)

UPPER PROVIDENCE — Whitemarsh looked to be on its way to an opening-game win Friday at the Region 3 Tournament, but a three-run outburst by Falls in the bottom of the seventh inning turned things upside down.

Falls' rally, capped off by George Curns' RBI single, sent Whitemarsh to a tough, 4-3 defeat.

"There were a couple fluke, hit batters that started the inning and they got a bunt at the perfect spot," Whitemarsh coach Dave Eckelmeyer said. "We thought we got a strikeout (on the at-bat before Curns), on a 3-2 count, but it was called a ball and that kinda hurt.

"A lot of bad things happened in the last inning."

Whitemarsh plays in an elimination game Saturday against the loser of the Concord-Spring City game (Friday night). That contest will follow the 9:45 a.m. Broomall Newtown-Fort Washington contest.

Things were looking good for Whitemarsh when Jason Kelly singled and then Michael Miller slugged a two-run homer to break a 1-1 tie in the sixth.

But Falls came back in its last at-bat.

"I told the guys to keep their heads up," Eckelmeyer said. "They gotta come out Saturday and get the win. We're here for a long weekend."

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