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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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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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