WEST SALEM, WI - It is rare for any team to win a baseball state title in the spring, and then turn around and win a legion state title in the summer. In fact only 8 teams in the last 70 years have done it. You can now add West Salem to the exclusive group.
Post 51 returning home from Clintonville tonight to a large crowd with the Single A summer state tournament in hand. West Salem defeated the host team Clintonville 10-3 in the state final.
West Salem has been lights out this year, going 50-8 in the spring and summer. And good news they are not done yet.
Up next for Post 51, a trip to Wahpeton, North Dakota for the national tournament starting on Thursday.
"This group and this time, all the way they were coming up from 8 and under, 9 and under, ok this is something special. There is a special amount of talent and athleticism. And now it's our job to teach them baseball, to teach them the right way to play. Also to make them good young men. Right now I feel like we've accomplished on all the tasks," head coach Sean Gavaghan said.
"To represent this community, you saw how supportive they were. They really love baseball. That's who we play for. There is nobody other than them that we'd rather win this for and we did it," Nick Schultz said.
West Salem isn't the only team from the area heading to North Dakota. Holmen beat Antigo 6-2 on Sunday in the AA legion state tournament final. Holmen heads to Wahpeton, where play begins on Thursday.