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

Tuesday, 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.

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16th Annual Black Gold Fastpitch Softball Classic in New Haven, Missouri

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

ERIC STEINBECK will see a lot of pitching duty for Black Gold in the Black Gold Softball Tournament, June 24-25, in New Haven. Courtesy Photo By Kyle Quick / Quick News Now

By MATT BENZ
Black Gold Fastpitch

NEW HAVEN, Mo. – The annual Black Gold Fastpitch Softball Classic Tournament returns to New Haven City Park on Saturday June 24 and Sunday June 25.

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.

THREE STATES COMPETING

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

“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.”

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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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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