Bowen (Ill) Fastpitch takes title at Black Gold Fastpitch Softball Classic

Written by Bob on June 27th, 2017

Bowen Fastpitch manager Rocco Ramsey celebrates after his team pulled out a 7-6 walk-off win over Rude Pac of So. Calif. in the semifinals of the 2014 NAFA A-Division World Series Photo By BOB OTTO

By MATT BENZ
Black Gold Fastpitch

NEW HAVEN, MO – For the third time in the last four years Black Gold finished second in their own men’s fastpitch softball tournament, held June 24-25 at New Haven City Park in New Haven, Missouri.

Bowen Fastpitch of Bowen, Illinois was led by pitcher and leadoff hitter Julian Fernandez who pitched 19 scoreless innings to lead his ball club to the title.

    CHAMPIONSHIP

Bowen 5, Black Gold 0
Eric Steinbeck took the loss. Leading the Black Gold hitting attack were Jake Johnson with a triple, and Jake Murphy and Scott Borcherding, who had singles.

    POOL PLAY RESULTS

Kelso Fastpitch 1, Black Gold 0
Eric Steinbeck pitched outstanding in losing effort.

Pinckneyville Falcons 7, McDaniel Concrete (Boonville) 6

St. Charles Tribe 12, Kelso Fastpitch 11 (9 innings)
Walkoff sacrifice fly by Tribe veteran slugger and first baseman Ryan Jenkins off of Kelso pitcher Ales Jetmar

Bowen Fastpitch 10, Pinckneyville Falcons 0 (5 innings)

St. Charles Tribe 2, Wizards of Oz (Silver Lake KS) 0

McDaniel Concrete 5, Bowen Fastpitch 2

Black Gold 15, Wizards of Oz 11 (9 innings)
Cullen Speckhals pitched six strong innings for Black Gold, with Eric Steinbeck coming on in relief for the save.
Black Gold was led by Cullen Speckhals and Jake Murphy, who had multiple extra base hits

    BRACKET PLAY / FIRST ROUND

Black Gold 4, Falcons 2
Eric Steinbeck winning pitcher. A strong game by Ben Held at catcher held the Falcons scoreless after the second inning.

Black Gold scored three runs in the first inning to provide the margin of victory. Scott Borcherding, Cullen Speckhals, Jake Murphy got things started, Matt Benz finished things off with a double down the left field line.

Bowen 7, Wizards of Oz 2

Kelso 11, McDaniel 5

    SECOND ROUND

Black Gold 7, Tribe 0 (6 innings)
Eric Steinbeck with the shutout, helped by catcher Terry Coon in the first inning with a great tagout on a play at the plate. Hitting stars were Speckhals, Keaton Rohlfing, Conner Lane, and Matt Benz 2 for 3. Great defense from second baseman Taylor Cox.

Bowen 3, Kelso 0

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