Murphy's two run blast not enough Toros sneak past Black-Gold 3-2

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Jake Murphy's two run blast ended up being the Black-Gold's only two runs in the game, falling to the Toros 3-2 in extra innings.

Hermann, Mo. – This past weekend, the Hermann Black-Gold Fastpitch team hosted their Annual Fastpitch Tournament.  On Sat. in pool play, Black-Gold went 2-1 finishing 2nd in the black division.

Black-Gold began Sunday’s single elimination tournament, taking on the St. Charles Tribe who finished third in the gold division.  Eric Steinbeck pitched a five inning shutout helping lead his team to an easy 8-0 win.

In the semifinals, Black-Gold faced the Topeka, Ks. Toro's who entered Sunday’s game undefeated after Saturday’s pool play and the number one seed from the gold division.

Black-Gold got off to a rocky start, giving up a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning.  The Toro’s' 19-year-old hurler from New Zealand held Black-Gold scoreless through three innings.

In the top of the fourth, Jake Murphy came to bat with a runner on first when he crushed a two run blast to deep center field giving Black-Gold a 2-1 lead.

Pictured is Eric Steinbeck, known as one of the best pitchers around.

The Toro's came right back in their half of the inning with a leadoff triple.  But the longtime veteran, Steinbeck came back to retire the Toro’s' next three batters, erasing the leadoff triple.

In the bottom of the fifth, a lead-off walk and two errors would allow the Toro's to tie the game 2-2.  Steinbeck pitched two straight scoreless innings, forcing extra innings.

When a game goes into extra innings, each team begins with a runner on second.

With the score still tied, the Toro's led off with a sacrifice bunt moving the from runner second to third base and just one out.  With the next Toro at bat, a fly ball was hit to center field, but the throw was off target giving them a 3-2 win and advancing to the Championship game.

In Sunday’s Championship game the Topeka, Ks. Toro's lost to the Topeka, Ks. Wave 12-5.

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