KELSO - The rain-delayed 21st Annual Kelso Klassic will be contested August 12-14 at the Kelso City Park in Kelso.
The abbreviated bracket includes nine teams from Missouri, Illinois and Tennessee.
T-Town KC's of Teutopolis, Ill., appear to be the tournament favorites. Headed by pitchers Dennis Ruholl and Terry Mette, they are one of the higher rated teams in Illinois.
The Wolfpack of Smithton, Ill., is also a finals candidate. They are led by pitchers Barry Dalmasso and Ron Ames, as well as hitters Tim Bryan and Chris Hanusek.
Nokomis Bud Light of Nokomis, Ill., is a perennial championship caliber club. Veterans Richie Younker and Steve Mitchell spearhead the pitching staff, while Randy Milleville and Bret Tuetken are the offensive leaders.
The Springfield Parrots bring a solid team to Kelso. They boast veteran pitchers Doug Gardner and Ancel Buff.
Radom Lee's Sports Falcons could have one of their best showings in the Kelso Klassic in years. Kelly Bauza and C.J. Cruser are their big offensive threats.
SI Budweiser of Herrin, Ill., is capable of an upset when veteran hurler Les Wood is on his game. Troy Downen backs him up on the mound.
The Memphis Dawgs have been very competitive in the past, and this year should be no different. Wade Max, who tied a record with four homeruns in a past Kelso Klassic, is a threat with the bat and on the mound.
The two host teams are Kelso Fastpitch and Jamco Transportation. Kelso Fastpitch has one of the hardest throwers in the tournament in Tom Jansen. Jamco will likely go with veteran hurlers Jeff Schott and Ryan Jenkins.
The action begins Friday night when the two Kelso teams square off against each other at 8:30. It will be preceded by an old-timers game between Kelso and New Hamburg.
The schedule continues on Saturday at 10 a.m. with Wolfpack meeting the Memphis Dawgs, and the Springfield Parrots facing Radom Lee's Sports Falcons. At 11:45, Nokomis Bud Light will face SI Budweiser, while T-Town KC's will play the Kelso Fastpitch/Jamco Transportation winner. Action continues all day Saturday with the Sunday schedule beginning at 9 a.m. The championship game is set for 2:15 p.m. with another game at 4 if needed.
Admission is $2 per person with children under 12 admitted free.