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Mancha, Kay and double-play sends Team USA into Vancouver Challenge championship

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

TYLER DUDLEY an infielder for the USA Men’s National Team is one of the bright young stars helping to elevate the national team back to worldwide prominance in men’s faspitch softball. In the Vancouver Challenge, he turned a game-ending double play to give Team USA a 2-1 victory over the South Hill Giants to send the Americans into the championship game. Courtesy Photo USA Softball

VANCOUVER, BC, Canada – Team USA needed a big game from someone in the circle. And they got it from Tony Mancha.

The right-hander from Las Cruces, New Mexico delivered an inspiring, extra-inning, 2-1, victory over the tough South Hill Giants in the Vancouver Challenge, Sunday.

The win sends Team USA into the championship, where they will battle either Canada (5-0) or New Zealand (4-1), who square off in the final playoff game to determine who will face the Americans for the title.

Certainly, Mancha was the man of the hour. But in this sparse run-scoring contest, someone also had to step up big at the plate: Bryce Kay answered the call big time, hitting safely in all three trips to the plate.

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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 Fastpitch takes third in NAFA A-Major World Series

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

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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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Multi-sport athlete Jonathan Lynch choses fastpitch

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

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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.

TOUGH OUT MVP
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

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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