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Kelso Klassic Tournament photos by Fred Lynch of the Southeast Missourian

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

KELSO, MO – Check out Fred Lynch’s photo gallery of the Kelso Klassic Men’s Fastpitch Tournament (June 20-22) that appeared in the Southeast Missourian newspaper: Kelso Klassic 2014

A good read about Kelso Fastpitch and its ace pitcher Tom Jansen by Southeast Missourian sports reporter, Ben Striker: Kelso Fastpitch opens annual tourney with win.

Kelso Klassic will have new champ this year

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Friday, June 13, 2014
By Ben Striker – Southeast Missourian

    The 14-team men’s fastpitch tournament begins today

KELSO, MO – For the first time in four years, there will be a new Kelso Klassic champion.

Pete’s Blues of Mascoutah, Illinois, the powerhouse squad that won the last three titles of the men’s fastpitch softball tournament, will not be around for the 30th annual event.

The absence gives way to a wide-open field when play begins today at Kelso City Park, said tournament media coordinator Jerry Wolsey.

“There is no telling who the favorite really is,” said Wolsey, a former Southeast Missouri State baseball player and current Kelso Fastpitch player and coach. “Pete’s Blues usually runs the table, and now that they’re out it just creates all kind of scenarios. Anyone could win, even a Cinderella team could come out on top.”

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Kelso Fastpitch takes third in NAFA A-Major World Series

Sunday, August 11th, 2013


Kelso Fastpitch, from front left: Jonathan Lynch, Chad Stelling, Jerry Wolsey, Chad Bogenpohl, Larry Eftink, and Zachary Cain. Back from left: David Headley, Paul Lynch, Clayton Eftink, Randy Simpkins, Casey Stokes, Tom Jansen, and Dane Balsmann. Photo By BOB OTTO

URBANDALE, IOWA – Kelso Fastpitch of Kelso, Missouri finished third in the NAFA A-Major World Series, losing a tough 9-7 game to Santa Rosa (Calif.) Fastpitch on Sunday morning.

In the top of the seventh, Kelso had a golden opportunity with bases loaded and one out, but couldn’t bring a run or two across to either tie or possibly win the game.

“We couldn’t get the big hit,” said Kelso manager Jerry Wolsey. “I think the difference was we came out and got on top and then gave up some runs early. They are a good team, and it’s hard to come back against a good team, but we were right there at the end.”

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Missouri’s Kelso Fastpitch competing in NAFA A-Major World Series

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

KELSO, MOKelso Fastpitch has won four tournaments this season and heads into the NAFA A-Major World Series (Aug. 8-11) with a 23-6 record.This talented ball club located in the southeastern part of the state has fielded a men’s fastpitch team for over 75 years, and has hosted the Kelso Klassic Tournament since 1985.


Kelso Fastpitch: Hunter Eftink, OF/DP, Kelso; David Headley, 3B/C/2B, Memphis; Ryan Essner, OF, Kelso; Chad Bogenpohl, OF, Oak Ridge, MO; Dane Balsmann, C/DP, Jackson, MO; Jerry Wolsey, DP/3B/1B, Benton, MO; Jonathan Lynch, OF, Cape Girardeau, MO; Clayton Eftink, OF, Kelso; Casey Stokes 1B/OF/DP, Memphis; Jason Luster, OF, Boonville, MO; Larry Eftink, DP/1B, Kelso; Zak Cain, 2B/SS, Memphis; Tom Jansen, P, Kelso; Chad Stelling, SS, Altenburg, MO; Paul Lynch, DP/2B, Cape Girardeau, MO; and Randy Simpkins, P, St. George, Utah.

  • Manager, Larry Eftink
  • Asst. Coach, Clayton Eftink
  • Asst. Coach, Jerry Wolsey
  • Multi-sport athlete Jonathan Lynch choses fastpitch

    Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

    Jonathan Lynch shows his speed as he races around the bases at the 29th Annual Kelso Klassic tournament where he was selected the Most Valuable Player. Contributed Photo

    CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO – Sporting choices – young Jonathan Lynch has so many. Soccer? Yes. Baseball and basketball? Certainly.

    And fastpitch softball? Most definitely.

    The 19-year-old Lynch has played all four sports. He excelled in soccer, basketball and baseball in high school, and he recently finished his freshman year of baseball at Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas.

    But he’s set aside this summer for a sport he professes to love – fastpitch softball. And if his performance in the 14-team, 29th Annual Kelso Klassic tournament, June 8-9, is any indication, he’s off to a great start.

    Lynch, who plays first base and outfield for Kelso Fastpitch, lit up some pretty good pitchers to the tune of a .667 batting average (8-for-12), four RBIs, one double, two triples and three stolen bases.

    And when the awards were handed out, Lynch carted off the Most Valuable Player trophy. And well-deserved said tournament media coordinator, Jerry Wolsey, who also plays for Kelso Fastpitch (12-4), winner of two tournaments.

    “He had an outstanding tournament. His stats were against some of the top pitchers in the tournament,” Wolsey said.

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    Pete’s Blues takes Kelso Klassic

    Monday, June 10th, 2013

    Jonathan Lynch of Kelso Fastpitch was selected the Most Valuable Player of the Kelso Klassic men’s fastpitch tournament. (See stats and links below to feature stories about Lynch and the tournament.)

    By JERRY WOLSEY / Media Coordinator
    2013 Kelso Klassic

    KELSO, MO – Pete’s Blues men’s fastpitch softball team from Mascoutah, Ill claimed the 29th Annual Kelso Klassic held at Kelso City Park, June 7 to 9. The Blues defeated the Bloomington (ILL) Stix, 3-2, in the final with Topeka (KS) Toros finishing third.

    With the championship, Pete’s claims the 2013 ISC World Tournament entry awarded to the top finishing team.

    Individual honors include, Pablo Masmu of Pete’s Blues named the Klassic Most Valuable Pitcher with a 3-0 record in 15 2/3 innings, including 15 strikeouts, four hits allowed and no earned runs.

    Jonathan Lynch of Kelso Fastpitch was selected the Most Valuable Player by going 8-for-12 (.667 batting average), with one double, two triples, four RBIs, and three stolen bases.

    Lynch played on the 2013 USA Junior Men’s National Fastpich Team; see related story in Southeast Missourian: Notre Dame grad Jonathan Lynch earns spot on men’s softball junior national team

    For the tournament wrap up, please read Southeast Missourian story: Pete’s Blues extends title streak to three at Kelso Klassic

    Kelso Klassic men’s fastpitch tournament back for 28th year

    Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

    KELSO, MO – Please find some details below regarding some of the favorite teams in this year’s 14-team tournament along with some of the better players for each team.

    Click to see the tournament bracket: Kelso Klassic 2012

    Click to see team rosters: KELSO KLASSIC ROSTERS – 2012

    This year’s tournament is an International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament qualifier. Last year’s second place team the Memphis, TN. Firebirds have folded. They lost their sponsor along with last year’s Klassic MVP Aaron Fultz who pitched nine years in the Major Leagues. He has taken a job as a minor league pitching coach in the Phillies organization.

    I hope this helps and please contact me with questions and I look forward to talking to you guys about this year’s tournament.

    1.) Pete’s Blues-Mascoutah, IL.: A very strong team and last year’s Klassic Champion. This team is loaded with experience as they finished very high in last year’s International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament.

    Pitching: They are led by Wisconsin Native Jeramie Holman who has been the Pitching MVP the last two years of the Klassic. He has a devastating change up and racks up the strike outs with this pitch.

    Offensively: They are led by ISC All World Catcher Daniel Alstat who led last years ISC World Tournament with 13 hits and was second in RBI’s with 9. Other key hitters for the Blues are Outfielder Daniel Eisenhauer, and Utility Player Jim Pecoraro.

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