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 10:30am with Black Gold taking on McDaniels Concrete of Boonville, MO. Games pick up on both fields at noonwith 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 2rd 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 5pm Saturday night and resume on Sunday at 9 a.m.. The championship game starts at 1:30 p.m.
Black Gold finished 2nd 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).