The pitching was virtually identical from Salisbury's Chris Bishop and Emmaus's Zack Schrader during their meeting last week.
However, it was Salisbury's defense which was the difference in the contest.
Despite a complete game, six-hit outing from Bishop, the Falcons committed four fielding errors, allowing two unearned runs as they fell to Emmaus, 3-1, in a Lehigh Valley Legion baseball game Thursday night at Emmaus Community Park.
Their 2-1 defeat to Schuylkill Haven in 12 innings of the District 11 Class AA semifinals was Salisbury's most heartbreaking loss of the season.
It ended the Falcons' campaign in the blink of an eye, a game in which Schuylkill Haven rallied from a 1-0 deficit in that 12th inning to advance to the district title game. It capped the careers for seven seniors. And it continued a streak that is now at two years that Salisbury hasn't played for some sort of championship.
Last Thursday was the last day of school for Salisbury seniors.
But for senior Holly Szita, she had another reason to celebrate that date.
Szita, this year's district runner-up and sixth-place finisher at states in the Class AA high jump, was recognized last week after signing her collegiate letter of intent to continue her track and field career at West Chester University.
"I don't know how to describe it," Szita said. "I'm really excited to start that chapter in my life, and I can see a bright future there."
Even before her final pole vault it started to sink.
As she stepped up to the runway for her third attempt at 12 feet, Katie Toman realized that she had already won the state pole vault title.
Bloomsburg's Rachel Brouse had already missed all three attempts at 12 feet. Because Toman made 11-6 on her first attempt and Brouse took three tries to clear that height, no matter what happened with the Salisbury senior's final attempt and she realized it just as she was ready to make that last leap.
Salisbury sophomores Mason Groff and John Yurconic had confidence in themselves. So did their head coach Rob Benson as they entered the state doubles tournament.
When all was said and done, the duo capped its season in a way no other Salisbury tennis players had in the past: with a state medal.
It took 12 innings of play, and Salisbury could all but taste a trip back to the District 11 Class AA championship game.
But while the Falcons were just an out away from advancing, Schuylkill Haven had other plans.
Northwestern Lehigh head coach Len Smith told his senior ace Josh Williamson before the Tigers' Colonial League semifinal contest against Salisbury that there is no such thing as tomorrow in single-elimination tournament games.
Williamson pitched five effective innings against Bangor during Saturday's quarterfinal victory and didn't expect to be used against Salisbury again.
However, Williamson earned the save during Northwestern's thrilling 5-4 10-inning semifinal victory against the Falcons.
Kyle Gonoude has been waiting for redemption for quite some time.
He'll get a chance at it this week.
A year ago, Kyle Gonoude made his trip to the state track and field chamionships and ran the fastest time in the preliminary round of the 1600-meter run. The finals, however, were a different story for the Salisbury senior.
Whether it was by finishing in the top two or earning the state-qualifying time in the 1600-meter run, all senior Kelly Gonoude wanted was a trip to the PIAA Track and Field Championships this week at Shippensburg.
As the fourth and final lap approached at last week's district championship meet, Gonoude positioned herself comfortably in second place, roughly three seconds behind Pen Argyl's Angelina Biondo. A trip to states was nearly locked for the Salisbury senior, but she had plenty more in store.
One of Salisbury's goals heading into the season was to qualify for the district softball tournament, a feat the Falcons accomplished last year after a significant drought from postseason play. And after a 3-1 start (3-0 in Colonial League) to the 2015 season, it looked as if the they were on their way.
But every time the Falcons put together a good stretch on the field, a crucial losing skid seemed to follow suit.