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31st Annual Kelso Klassic Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, June 12-14, in Kelso, Missouri

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

CentralIllinoisKnights.1lr The Central Illinois Knights have started the season in championship form, winning two consecutive tournaments.

KELSO, Mo. – The 2015 Kelso Klassic, featuring 14 of the top men’s fastpitch softball teams from Illinois, Missiouri and Kansas runs from June 12-14 and opens Friday night at 7:30 with hometown Kelso Fastpitch taking on Sibley Fastpitch, followed with the Central Illinois Knights battling Bowen Fastpitch.

The tournament continues through Saturday with the championship game scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m. If a second game is needed in the double knockout format to determine a winner, it is slated to begin at 4:30.

The 2014 defending champion Bloomington, Ill. Stix return and figure to be in the running for back-to-back titles. But the road to the title won’t be easy as the Central Illinois Knights figure to be a strong contender after starting the season strong with championships in the Teutopolis Memorial Day and Terry Deering Memorial tournaments.

Other challengers include the Topeka Toros, currently ranked No. 18 in the world by the International Softball Congress, and the 2014 NAFA World Series A Division champion Bowen Fastpitch.

  • Visit the Kelso Fastpitch Facebook to see the tournament bracket

  • Kelso Fastpitch
  • Sibley Fastpitch
  • Central Illinois Fastpitch
  • Bowen Fastpitch
  • Weezer’s Fastpitch
  • Pinckneyville Fastpitch
  • Black Gold
  • Topeka Toros
  • Belleville Stallions
  • St. Louis Clubhouse Bar
  • B & K Tire Service
  • Artisan Construction
  • Franny’s Old Irish Pub
  • Bloomington Stix
  • Men’s fastpitch revival underway in Springfield, Missouri

    Wednesday, April 16th, 2014


    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Here and there across the U.S. pockets of men’s and boys’ fastpitch exist where a dedicated few are working hard to revive the sport.

    Mankato and Preston, Minn.; Midland and Reese, Mich.; Boise, Idaho, and Seattle and Moses Lake, Wash., and Santa Barbara, Calif. come to mind.

    And there’s also Springfield, Missouri where Danny Brown, manager of Artisan Construction, and Donovan Nelson, pitcher, coach and pitching instructor are doing their best to save the sport.

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    Men’s fastpitch developmental league popular in Springfield, Missouri

    Thursday, October 24th, 2013

    Springfield.Artisan.FP.1web The Springfield Artisan Construction team sponsored by Missouri Hall of Fame pitcher, Charley Slavens, finished 13th in the 2013 NAFA World Series A Division with a 4-2 record. The team includes three members who are trying to expand men’s fastpitch in Springfield by starting a fall developmental league. The three men are Danny Brown, top row, first player on left; Donovan Nelson, top row, second player from right, and Ken Franck, top row, third player from right. Courtesy photo.

    SPRINGFIELD, MO – First came the talk, then came the idea, followed by the most important part: a Plan of Action.

    At the 2013 NAFA World Series, Donovan Nelson and Danny Brown started talking, basically posing a question among themselves: “How can we expand men’s fastpitch in Springfield?”

    From that conversation, Nelson, Brown and Ken Franck organized the Springfield Men’s Fastpitch Fall Developmental League that played its games at Players Complex, owned by men’s fastpitch advocate Jeff Barnes.

    The league has been a resounding success, attracting 30 new players between the ages of 22 to 30. Along with 10 former and eight current players stepping forth to form four teams.

    And from the feedback, the newcomers have taken a liking to the sport.

    “Positive reaction is all that I’ve heard,” said Brown, who is retired from playing, but continues to co-manage a men’s fastpitch team with his brother, Berrah Brown. “Most new players have always wanted to play men’s fastpitch, yet they either have no connection in getting picked up as a player, or simply there is just not enough pitching to offer them a team to play on.”

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