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

Tuesday, 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.

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Black Gold finishes third in Black Gold Softball Classic

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

TerryLusterPitcher.1lr Led by pitcher Terry Luster, Boonville Fastpitch won the Black Gold Classic Fastpitch Tournament. Photo By MATT BENZ

NEW HAVEN, MO – Black Gold had a good weekend in between the raindrops June 25 and 26 at the Black Gold Classic. However, they ran into a juggernaut in the semifinals, losing to eventual champion Boonville Fastpitch, led by Terry Luster.

Boonville, a first time champion of the Classic, knocked off the Belleville Stallions, also making their first title game appearance, 10-1 in 5 innings.

Both Bock and Lions Field saw 7 hours lost to rain delays, so pool play was cut back from 3 games to 2 on Saturday for all teams, and the semifinal games on Sunday were shortened to five innings.

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15th Annual Black Gold Fastpitch Softball Classic to be held in New Haven

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

EricSteinbeckBlackGold1lr Eric Steinbeck will be one of the top pitchers in the Black Gold Fastpitch Softball Classic, June 25-26.

By MATT BENZ / Press Release

NEW HAVEN, MO – The annual Black Gold Softball Tournament returns to New Haven City Park on Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26. 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, and Matt Benz are some of the long-time players, with recent area high school baseball standouts such as Jake Murphy, Jake Johnson, and Ben Held joining the team in recent years.

Teams from Kansas, Illinois, and all parts of Missouri will battle it out in a round-robin format with two 4-team pools on Saturday. The top three teams from each pool advance to a single elimination tournament on Sunday.

Black Gold plays at 10 a.m., 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. on Lions Field. Sunday’s single elimination games starting at 9 a.m. on both fields. The championship game starts at 1:30 p.m.

Action starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday with two games. On Lions Field, Black Gold takes on the Tribe from St. Charles; while on Bock Field, speedy Kelso Fastpitch of Kelso, MO takes on two time defending champion Pinckneyville, IL Falcons.

Boonville, MO Fastpitch and the Wizards of Oz from Silver Lake, Kansas return to the Classic this year, while new entry Bowen, IL Fastpitch and the Belleville, IL Stallions round out the field.

Black Gold recently finished 2-2 in the prestigious Kelso Klassic tournament last weekend.

For the second 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. Seventy 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 strong 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) or Matt Benz (314-560-4839). For more information on the reunion contact Pete Purschke (636-583-3377).

Attached is a schedule for this weekend’s Black Gold Classic.

2016 BLACK GOLD CLASSIC Pools and Bracket

Father and son make history in NAFA World Series

Monday, August 31st, 2015
The father-and-sons trio of Tyler and Taylor Johnson, from left, and father Brad Johnson played for Black Gold of Hermann, Missouri, helping the team finish fifth in the NAFA World Series A-Major Division. Tyler and Brad became the first father-son combination to be selected All-World in the same year in the 23-year history of the NAFA World Series. Contributed photo.

The father-and-sons trio of Tyler and Jacob Johnson, from left, and father Brad Johnson played for Black Gold of Hermann, Missouri, helping the team finish fifth in the NAFA World Series A-Major Division. Tyler and Brad became the first father-son combination to be selected All-World in the same year in the 23-year history of the NAFA World Series. Contributed photo.

HERMANN, Mo. – The regular fastpitch season for the father and his sons was over. Now they were headed to the NAFA World Series in Moline, Ill. to compete for a championship against some of the best teams in North America.

For Brad Johnson and his sons Tyler and Jacob, the NAFA A-Major World Series became one they will long remember.

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Black Gold Men’s Fastpitch Finishes 5th In The Nation At NAFA World Series, A-Major Championship

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

BlackGoldNafa.1lr Black Gold men’s fastpitch team includes Tyler Johnson, Dean Haeffner, Cullen Speckhals, Sam White, Terry Coon, Jacob Johnson, Brad Johnson, Tiwana Aranui, Matt Benz, Eric Steinbeck, Ben Held, Nick Needham. Courtesy Photo Matt Benz.

By KYLE QUICK / Quick News Now

MOLINE, IL – Black Gold played in the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) A-Major National Tournament August 6-9 in Moline, IL and finished 5th out of 30 teams, winning 4 and losing 2. Black Gold also finished 2nd in 2001 and 4th in 2011 in the largest fastpitch softball tournament in the U.S.

For the first time in NAFA history, a father son combination were selected to the All-World team. Centerfielder Tyler Johnson hit .600 for the weekend with a double, triple, home run, and 5 RBI’s. His father, 1st baseman/outfielder Brad Johnson, also made the all-world team hitting .579 and leading the team in doubles.

Infielder Matt Benz also hit .545 for Black Gold, while outfielder Cullen Speckhals led the team in RBI’s with 7. Pitcher Eric Steinbeck threw two shutouts and struck out 42 in just over 35 innings of work. Continue reading in Quick News Now

Black Gold Comeback Falls Short In Black Gold Softball Classic

Saturday, July 18th, 2015
Matt Benz had four RBI in the Black Gold Softball Classic to help Black Gold place second in the tournament. Photo Courtesy / Kyle Quick, Quick News Now

Matt Benz had four RBI in the Black Gold Softball Classic to help Black Gold place second in the tournament. Photo Courtesy / Kyle Quick, Quick News Now

By Kyle Quick / Quick News Now
July 7, 2015

NEW HAVEN, Mo. – Black Gold men’s fastpitch team got off to a tough start in its own Black Gold Softball Classic, June 27-28, losing their first two pool play games and nearly being eliminated from their own tournament on Saturday.

The local squad then rallied and won three straight elimination games before falling in the fourth do-or-die affair to the Pinckneyville Falcons. The Falcons, 5-0 on the weekend, won the Black Gold Classic for the second consecutive year.

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2015 Black-Gold Men’s Fastpitch Tournament In New Haven, Missouri

Friday, June 19th, 2015

EricSteinbeckBlackGold1lr NAFA Hall of Fame member and Black Gold pitcher Eric Steinbeck will attempt to lead his team to the 2015 Black Gold Classic Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, June 27-28, in New Haven. Photo Courtesy of Kyle Quick / Quick News Now

2015 Black Gold Classic Bracket

By Kyle Quick / Quick News Now

NEW HAVEN, MO. – Teams from Kansas, Illinois, and all parts of Missouri will battle it out in a round-robin format with two 4-team pools on Saturday. The top three teams from each pool advance to a single elimination tournament on Sunday.

TALENTED PLAYERS INCLUDING YOUNG AUSSIE
Action starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday with two games. On Lions Field, Kelso, MO Fastpitch, with standout pitcher Tom Jansen, takes on the rapidly improving Tribe from St. Charles; while up-and-coming Artisan Construction of Springfield, MO takes on Boonville, MO and veteran fireballer Terry Luster on Bock Field.

Black Gold plays at noon, 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. on Lions Field. Their first matchup is against the Astros from Kansas City, who recently placed second at a national tournament and feature a 19-year old Australian pitcher, Dean Halsey.

TOURNAMENT ACTION ALL WEEKEND
Finally at noon on Bock Field, the Falcons, from Pinckneyville, IL, take on the Wizards of Oz from Silver Lake, Kansas. The Wizards finished 2nd at the Black Gold Classic in 2010 while the Falcons won the 2014 championship after beating nearly every team in the field through the losers bracket and defeating Black Gold twice in a row for the championship.

Games continue all day Saturday with Sunday’s single elimination games starting at 9 a.m. on both fields. The championship game starts at 1:30 p.m.

Black Gold recently tied for 5th in the prestigious Kelso Klassic tournament last weekend along with Kelso Fastpitch.

POPULAR SOFTBALL REUNION
For the second year in a row there will be a mens’ fastpitch softball reunion held at the pavilion near Lions Field starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Seventy former players from all over Missouri attended last year. All former players and fans from the state of Missouri are invited.

For more information on the reunion contact Pete Purschke (636-583-3377).

“New Haven alone had three traveling teams when I was growing up,” said manager Eric Steinbeck. “We have had a lot of excitement and increased attendance from fans in New Haven due to that history. We look forward to seeing everyone out at the ballpark.”

Full concession stand along with BBQ pork steaks, burgers, brats, and hot dogs will be available both days.

For more information on the tournament contact Eric Steinbeck (314-640-6432) or Matt Benz (314-560-4839).

For more information on the reunion contact Pete Purschke (636-583-3377).

2015 Black Gold Classic Bracket

    Saturday Schedule

Lions Field

?10:30 AM – Kelso vs Tribe?
12:00 PM – Black Gold vs Astros?
1:30 PM – Astros vs Boonville?
3:00 PM – Black Gold vs Boonville
5:00 PM – Black Gold vs Artisan
6:30 PM – Artisan vs Astros

Bock Field?

10:30 AM – Artisan vs Boonville?
12:00 PM – Falcons vs Wizards
1:30 PM – Tribe vs Wizards?
3:00 PM – Kelso vs Falcons
5:00 PM – Falcons vs Tribe?
6:30 PM – Kelso vs Wizards

31st Annual Kelso Klassic Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, June 12-14, in Kelso, Missouri

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

CentralIllinoisKnights.1lr The Central Illinois Knights have started the season in championship form, winning two consecutive tournaments.

KELSO, Mo. – The 2015 Kelso Klassic, featuring 14 of the top men’s fastpitch softball teams from Illinois, Missiouri and Kansas runs from June 12-14 and opens Friday night at 7:30 with hometown Kelso Fastpitch taking on Sibley Fastpitch, followed with the Central Illinois Knights battling Bowen Fastpitch.

The tournament continues through Saturday with the championship game scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m. If a second game is needed in the double knockout format to determine a winner, it is slated to begin at 4:30.

The 2014 defending champion Bloomington, Ill. Stix return and figure to be in the running for back-to-back titles. But the road to the title won’t be easy as the Central Illinois Knights figure to be a strong contender after starting the season strong with championships in the Teutopolis Memorial Day and Terry Deering Memorial tournaments.

Other challengers include the Topeka Toros, currently ranked No. 18 in the world by the International Softball Congress, and the 2014 NAFA World Series A Division champion Bowen Fastpitch.

  • Visit the Kelso Fastpitch Facebook to see the tournament bracket
  • THE TOURNAMENT FIELD

  • Kelso Fastpitch
  • Sibley Fastpitch
  • Central Illinois Fastpitch
  • Bowen Fastpitch
  • Weezer’s Fastpitch
  • Pinckneyville Fastpitch
  • Black Gold
  • Topeka Toros
  • Belleville Stallions
  • St. Louis Clubhouse Bar
  • B & K Tire Service
  • Artisan Construction
  • Franny’s Old Irish Pub
  • Bloomington Stix
  • Black Gold of Hermann Takes Second Place After Dropping Two Straight To Pickneyville

    Monday, June 30th, 2014

    By Kyle Quick / Editor
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    NEW HAVEN, Mo. – After a solid win over Kelso to advance into this afternoon’s championship game, Black-Gold needed just one win to take first place in their own tournament for the first time since 2009.

    In a double elimination tournament, the Pickneyville Falcons would hand Black-Gold their first loss on the weekend, 10-3, forcing a second and decisive championship game. Continue Reading

    FINAL STANDINGS (Courtesy of Matt Benz)
    1. Pinckneyville Falcons 6-1
    2. Hermann Black Gold 3-2
    3. Kelso 2-2
    4. Boonville 2-2
    T5. St. Charles Tribe 2-2
    T5. Belleville Stallions 1-3
    T7. Topeka Wizards of Oz 1-2
    T7. Springfield Artisan 0-3

    Fastpitch Returns To New Haven With 14th Annual Black Gold Softball Classic

    Monday, June 23rd, 2014

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    Black Gold after their highest finish ever in the Kelso Klassic. Front row from left: Jake Johnson, Jake Murphy, Cullen Speckhals, Terry Coon, Dean Haeffner, Justin Wurtz. Back row from left: Jay Daugherty, Scott Borcherding, Matt Benz, Eric Steinbeck, Kurt Speckhals, Allen Speckhals, Brad Johnson. (Photo courtesy of Matt Benz)

    By: Kyle Quick / Publisher
    Quick News Now – New Haven, MO

    NEW HAVEN, MO – NEW HAVEN, Mo. – The annual Black Gold Softball Tournament returns to New Haven City Park this coming weekend on Saturday June 28th and Sunday June 29th.

    An annual fastpitch tournament in the area dates back to the 1960’s with the New Haven Cubs tournament. After the Cubs folded in 1999, the Black Gold Softball Classic was started. It was played in the Hermann area for nearly 10 years before returning to New Haven last year.

    “We had a great turnout of fans and former players last year in New Haven and hope to get more fans this year,” said manager Eric Steinbeck.

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