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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.

Bronx bomb Santa Rosa for NAFA A-Major World Series Championship

Monday, August 12th, 2013

The Bronx include from front left, Shawn Schick, Ian Glasser, Reid Pillar, Braden Reiger, Craig Geisler, Nathan Bender, Tyler Tomlinson, Colby Davidson, and Curtis Huata. Back left, Ashley Morris, Paul Robb, Joey Burnett, Quinn Glasser, Jordan Waterhouse, Jeremy Kenny, Cole MacLean, Stephen Kwasinicki, and Royce Cote. Photo By BOB OTTO

URBANDALE, IOWA – They’re called the Bronx, but the way they swing the bats, Bronx Bombers seems more appropriate.

The Maple Farm Equipment Bronx, of Saskatchewan, Canada won the NAFA A-Major World Series Championship in a five-inning mercy ruling by bombing Santa Rosa California Fastpitch 9-2 on Sunday.

The Bronx went long ball to score seven of those nine runs with the bottom third of the batting order doing the damage. Ian Glasser, Reid Pillar and Craig Geisler each belted out the home runs.

But finding the lower end of the Bronx batting order providing this kind of run production isn’t that unusual, said Bronx manager Craig Geisler, adding that the Bronx hit seven homers in the tournament.

“We’re a pretty solid lineup one through nine,” he said. “Anyone can bat in any of the positions. When one guy’s not going, the next guy picks him up. Today the bottom of the order, the last three guys did it hitting home runs.”

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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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