17th Annual Black Gold Fastpitch Softball Classic to be held in New Haven

Written by Bob on June 19th, 2018

ERIC STEINBECK pitches for and manages the Black Gold men’s fastpitch team that will be competing in the 17th annual Black Gold Fastpitch Softball Classic, June 23-24 in New Haven, MO. Courtesy Photo By Kyle Quick / Quick News Now

NEW HAVEN, MO – The annual Black Gold Softball Tournament returns to New Haven City Park this coming weekend on Saturday June 23 and Sunday June 24 with games on Lions and Bock fields. An annual men’s fastpitch tournament in the area dates back to the 1960s.

The Black Gold team is comprised mainly of players originating from Hermann, New Haven, Union, and Washington.

Eric Steinbeck, Terry Coon, Cullen Speckhals, Dean Haeffner, Jake Murphy, Jake Johnson and Matt Benz are some of the long-time players with local ties.

Teams from Kansas, Illinois, and all parts of Missouri will battle it out in a round-robin format on Saturday, then single elimination tournament Saturday night and Sunday.

Action starts Saturday morning with a game on Lions Field at 10:30 a.m. with Black Gold taking on McDaniels Concrete of Boonville, MO. Games pick up on both fields at noon with Kelso Fastpitch of Kelso, MO taking on the Wizards of Oz from Silver Lake, Kansas on Lions and the St. Charles Tribe takes on the Falcons of Springfield, MO on Bock Field.

The defending champion Bowen Fastpitch from Bowen, IL who recently finished second in the 13 team Kelso Classic begins play at 1:30 on Bock field.

Black Gold plays also plays at 3 p.m. on Lions Field. Single elimination games start at 5 p.m. Saturday night and resume on Sunday at 9 a.m.. The championship game starts at 1:30 p.m.

Black Gold finished second in last year’s tournament.

For the fourth year in a row there will be a mens’ fastpitch softball reunion held at the pavilion near Lions Field starting at 2 p.m. Saturday. Many former players from all over Missouri attended last year. All former players and fans from the state of Missouri are invited.

“The Black Gold Classic is known for featuring good pitching and a very balanced field of teams,” said manager Eric Steinbeck. “We look forward to seeing everyone out at the ballpark.”

Full concession stand along with BBQ pork steaks, burgers, hot dogs, and the ever popular popsicles will be available both days.

For more information on the tournament contact Eric Steinbeck (314-640-6432). For more information on the reunion contact Dave Scheer (636-388-1307).

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