West Salem had to wait out a more than two hour rain delay plus and extra inning game before theirs, but the wait was worth it.
The Panthers beat Beloit Turner 5-3 in a Division 2 State Semifinal in Appleton late Wednesday night.
"It's a great feeling to be here again for the third year in a row and actually be able to win it for the first game and not have to leave the first game crying, like the last two years," said starting pitcher Alex Jeranek, who turned in a gutsy 6-inning performance, striking out eight. "It's a great group of guys here and I wouldn't want to be here with anyone else."
West Salem got things going in the second inning scoring three runs without hitting a ball out of the infield. Alec Gorski drove home one run with a bases loaded fielder's choice. Austin Kennedy brought home another on an infield single. A wild pitch brought home the third run in the inning to give West Salem a 3-0 lead.
Kennedy went 2-2 with a run scored.
Nick Schultz drove in a pair as well, driving in West Salem's final run via a suicide squeeze in the sixth.
The game was originally set to start at 6 PM but didn't begin until 9:20 PM.
West Salem will play for the Division 2 state title Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. in Appleton.