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Outstanding teams in the 2014 NAFA AA & AA-Major Divisions

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 The 2014 NAFA World Series runs from Aug. 7-17 with five divisions of teams competing for championships at the Quad Cities of Illinois & Iowa. visit the NAFA Fastpitch for complete tournament information.

QUAD CITIES – Well, it’s nine days and counting before the top divisional teams – the AA & AA-Major’s – take to the ball diamonds at Green Valley Sports Complex and Rock Island Campbell Sports Complex to kick off the 2014 NAFA World Series in the fastpitch mecca of the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa.

I don’t know many of the teams or players personally, but I’m going to make a few predictions based upon past results and what I know about the teams. (See Printable Pool Play Bracket: AA : AA-M Pool Play)

Pool A: Maple Farm Equipment Bronx, Saskatchewan, Canada: 2013 A-Major champion. The question: Can they make the jump up in division and compete in the tough AA & AA-Major? I think so.

Pool B: Kelso Fastpitch of Kelso, Missouri. I appreciate the way this team has stuck together with a mostly local roster from the small town of Kelso (pop. about 600), located along the Missouri and Illinois border. This year marked the 30th Annual Kelso Klassic Tournament. (See photo gallery.

Pool C: Got to go with Topeka Toros. Always give everyone problems – from ISC to NAFA. Doesn’t seem to matter what division their opponent is rated, the Toros just pick up the sticks and gloves and say, “let’s get it on!”

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Fastpitch Returns To New Haven With 14th Annual Black Gold Softball Classic

Monday, June 23rd, 2014


Black Gold after their highest finish ever in the Kelso Klassic. Front row from left: Jake Johnson, Jake Murphy, Cullen Speckhals, Terry Coon, Dean Haeffner, Justin Wurtz. Back row from left: Jay Daugherty, Scott Borcherding, Matt Benz, Eric Steinbeck, Kurt Speckhals, Allen Speckhals, Brad Johnson. (Photo courtesy of Matt Benz)

By: Kyle Quick / Publisher
Quick News Now – New Haven, MO

NEW HAVEN, MO – NEW HAVEN, Mo. – The annual Black Gold Softball Tournament returns to New Haven City Park this coming weekend on Saturday June 28th and Sunday June 29th.

An annual fastpitch tournament in the area dates back to the 1960’s with the New Haven Cubs tournament. After the Cubs folded in 1999, the Black Gold Softball Classic was started. It was played in the Hermann area for nearly 10 years before returning to New Haven last year.

“We had a great turnout of fans and former players last year in New Haven and hope to get more fans this year,” said manager Eric Steinbeck.

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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.

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