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2017/18 Annual Report now online

The 2017/18 Annual Report is on the Sturt website Thanks again to Bruce Packer for once again producing a magnificent Annual Report which I believe would be the envy of all other clubs

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 19th of June, 2018 21:05:15 ::..


I write to inform you of the outcome of the 2017/18 Annual General Meeting held at the Club on Monday 18 June 2018

As previously advised after 16 years on the Senior Committee, I did not seek re-election tonight.

The following positions were up for re-election tonight:

  • President- Wallace Long

  • Treasurer- Ben Seekamp

  • Secretary- Adam Kerr

  • Facilities Manager- Jamie Knuckey

The Vice President will be determined at the first meeting of the Senior Committee.

David Hutton has kindly agreed to be Patron.

Thanks again to Bruce Packer who has done a magnificent job once again in producing and outstanding Annual Report. It will be online in the near future.

I am pleased to advise that the following players were inducted as Player Life Members- Paul Holmes, Tom Brice and Jimmy Passmore. Congratulations to these three legends of our club for the well deserved recognition.

Finally it has been my pleasure being a member of our Senior Committee and I would like to thank all of you for the support that you have given to me over the years. Best of luck to the 2018/19 Committee, Kathy and I will look forward to attending games at the club and to watch the continued development and success of our great club.

..:: message posted on Monday the 18th of June, 2018 21:42:23 ::..

Expression of interest for Coaching Positions for 2018/2019 now open!

Following the appointment of our A Grade Coach Tom Brice expressions of interests are open for the remaining senior and junior coaching positions. EOI close Monday 4th June 2018. Visit our jobs page for more information

..:: message posted on Sunday the 13th of May, 2018 16:58:33 ::..

People's Choice Home Lottery

Buy your tickets today for the chance to WIN prizes valued at more than $360,000, with our club keeping 100% from each $2 ticket they sell.

The Lottery is open till 31 August 2018.

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 1st of May, 2018 21:45:45 ::..

Sturt Presentation Awards

Our Club held its Presentation Day on Saturday 7th April 2018 with the Juniors Awards held in the afternoon, lamb on the spit for tea and then the Senior Presentation Night.

Special thanks to Andrew Vidale who came up with the concept of having the shared dinner and for all his hard work managing the spit. Thanks also to Mark Richmond and his family for so helping cook the lamb and serving.

Thank you to Jeff Nicholas for your assistance with logistics.

As always Rosanna's work behind the bar is greatly appreciated.

Our major club Award winners were as follows:

President's Award
Jared Holland

Josh Deegan Award
Nick Borello

David Hutton Award
Brodie Macbeth (Senior)
Zachary Altamura (Junior)

Team Awards were as follows:

Division 1
Most Valuable Player (MVP): Jordan McArdle
Batting Award: Jordan McArdle
Best Team Man: Josh Tindall
Josh Deegan Award Nominee: David and Trudy Lightbody

Division 2
Most Valuable Player (MVP): Brodie MacBeth
Batting Award: Brandon Russo
Most consistent - Alex Hopton
Josh Deegan Award Nominee: Adam Kerr

Division 3
Most Valuable Player (MVP): Austin McClure
Most Improved: Liam Lucas
Best Team Man: Mick Trlin
Josh Deegan Award Nominee: Nick Borello

Division 4
Most Valuable Player (MVP): Ben Packer
Batting Award: Pat Burns
Most Improved: Jess Lemon
Josh Deegan Award Nominee: Jimmy Passmore

Division 5
Most Valuable Player (MVP): Darren French
MVP Runner up: Stan Warrilow
Coaches Award: Hamish Hill
Josh Deegan Nominee: Mark Richmond

Division 6
Most Valuable Player (MVP): Rick "RAT" Trembath
MVP Runner Up - Travis "Huey" Lewis
Coaches Award - Brandon "Baby Q" Weber
Josh Deegan Nominee: Rick Trembath

Division 7
Most Valuable Player (MVP): Justin Ranford
MVP runner up = Justin McKinley
Best team man = Benny
Josh Deegan Nominee: Joel Edwards.

Under 17/1- Sturt
Co-MVP: Jonas Garcia
Co-MVP: Josh Vidale
Best Team Man: Luke Warburton
Most Improved Player: Joel Edwards
Josh Deegan Nomination: Luke Warburton

Under 15/1- Sturt
Most Valuable Player (MVP): Zac Becker
Batting Trophy - Ethan Dawson
Coaches Award - Will Jordans
Josh Deegan Award Nominee: Lachlan Seekamp

Under 15/2- Sturt
Most Valuable Player (MVP): Jamie Vidale
Most Consistent: Spencer Warrilow
Most Improved: Tyler Stephens
Josh Deegan Award Nominee: Spencer Warrilow

Under 15/2- Saints
Most Valuable Player (MVP): Angus Catt
MVP Runner Up - Ryder Mathers
Most Improved - Angela Mourtzios
Josh Deegan Award Nominee: Angela Mourtzios

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13)
Most Valuable Player (MVP): Zachary Altamura
Runner up MVP - Harry Hutton
Most improved - Lachlan Kent
Josh Deegan Nominee: Oscar Levinson

Little League Sturt (U11)
Most Valuable Player (MVP): Kale Matthews-Hampton
Batting Award: Joshua Holland
Best Team Man - Angus Hennessey
Josh Deegan Nominee: Sam Horley

..:: message posted on Saturday the 7th of April, 2018 21:22:09 ::..

Grand Final Edition 20/03/18

Congratulations to Under 15/2 - Sturt and to Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) for both being Premiers for the 2017/18 season! Commiserations to Div 4 who had an outstanding season but unfortunately just missed out on a Grand Final win! Congratulations to Div 2 who also had a great season but missed out on a place in the Grand Final.

Congratulations to Baseball SA Youth MVP Medal winners U13 Div 2 - Zach Altamura (Sturt) and U15 Div 2 - Angus Catt (Sturt)!

Please mark in your diaries our Junior and Senior Presentation Day which will be held on Saturday 7th April 2018. Details are on our website or via our Facebook page.

For those of you new to the club, please join our Twitter feed, at Follow @sturt_baseball and our Facebook page.  You can also follow us on Instagram  and Youtube!


The Sturt Baseball Club thanks all of our sponsors for their generous support. If you require further information on sponsorship, please contact our Sponsorship Manager Jeff Nicholas on 0419 824 324.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Kensington 9 d Sturt 5

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Grandfinal: Sturt 9 East Torrens 16

After losing the Preliminary Final last year, the boys were hungry this year to go all the way and finish what was started 2 years ago. The final step was to take on minor premiers East Torrens.

We started the game well, picking up 2 runs in the first off the back of good hitting from Patty Burns and Ben Bicknell, however East Torrens managed to take the lead straight back scoring 3. The rest of the game was a hard fought too and throw but we just could over come the East Torrens bats.

We managed to pick up consistent runs through out the game, scoring in 6 of the 9 digs, however every time we got close ET managed to get back away.

Ben Packer took the ball for his first finals starting appearance and battled hard against a formidable hitting line up, Pat Burns then took the ball for 2 digs and Timmy Boundy finished off the game. Our Pitchers should be very proud of there finals campaigns, after 2 big finals they were obviously sore and battled hard for us.

Hitting wise we weren't 2 bad either, we picked up 14 hits for the day and crossed 9 runs over the plate. Pat Burns and Dale Martens were the pick of the bunch collecting 3 hits each HITS; Burns, Martens 3, Passmore, Bicknell 2, Nicks, Crutchley, Packer, Boundy 1.

Unfortunately sometimes in baseball and sport in general!! You just have to tip your hat and concede you were beaten by a better team on the day. The boys didn't do a whole lot wrong and we probably would have beaten any other team on the day.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that came out to watch, wives, girlfriends, kids, parents, friends and club members, special mention to the Div 2 boys who raced all the way from the club after there game.

We have come so close now 2 years in a row, but the boys are still hungry to go that step further!!! We will be back!! Bigger and better next year!


Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Mark Richmond/Andrew Vidale)

Sturt      1 1 3 3 2 x (10)
Pt Adelaide 0 0 0 0 1 0 (1)

Inspired by the U13/2's Grand Final win in the preceding game the boys played a near perfect 5 ½ innings, galloping home with a victory that was sealed from the outset.

This was another fantastic effort by a team that have played the whole season in the best spirit possible, they are enthusiastic, supportive of all their team mates and certainly capable of great baseball when they focus. Like any game there were a few calls that didn't go our way but they just shook them off and got on with the game, which is a sign of how everyone has matured this year.

Offensively, the boys played their usual game, hitting hard, running aggressively and forcing the errors from the Magpie's defense. Of 31 plate appearances we had 7K's, 8 walks, we got bat on ball 16 times including 10 hits, we stole 10 bases, took the Port pitchers deep in the count on many occassions and everybody contributed to the task of advancing the runners one base at a time to add to the tally. Defensively we played a near perfect game with only one minor error in the 5th.

Austin Parkinson had the game of his life throwing 86 pitches in 6 innings for 8 K's, 3 BB's, only 1 hit and no earned runs! He kicked off a 1-3 3-6 double in the 5th and then went 2 from 3 at bat including 3 RBI's - way to go champ!

Tyler Stephens was an impenetrable wall at 2nd, a line drive catch off the 1st batter set the standard which culminated in 6 additional assists including all three outs in the 4th.

Jack Gooden left the best till last and also had the game of his life taking a spectacular catch at RF in the 2nd with runners on which denied the Maggies two certain runs.

Jake Mossman was typically solid behind the dish all game, and kept us entertained with his usual base running antics, enticing Pt into a run down with 2 out in the 4th which ended with Jake plating another run and cheers erupting from the Sturt dugout.

Spencer continued to set the standard as our lead off, with consistent batting to LF and strong base running setting the opportunity for the middle of the order to do their bit and bring him home.

Finn Pannell and Seb Warr worked hard at the plate going 22 and 14 pitches respectively in 3 plate appearances each, and together were responsible for nearly 1/3rd of the Port pitch count!

Callum continued to make solid contact with the bat, and despite his frustration at a ground out to SS and a fly out to RF did the job of advancing the runners and scoring runs when needed!

Alas, by mercying the Maggies we denied Big Jimmy A the chance to repeat last week's batting success, but his defensive game was on the money backing up every play to 1st.

Jamie continued to hit hard going 3 from 4 including 2 doubles, one of which was seen to roll through the cones by nobody except the base umpire…

It was always going to be a tough game for Pt Adelaide who were without their best pitcher but as usual they played the game in the best of spirits and despite the score kept their heads up and played hard baseball to the end.

To everyone that has contributed to the journey this year we say a huge thankyou for your support and we hope to see you all back next year for a tilt at another flag!

Hits: Jamie (2 x 2b, single), Spencer (2b, single), Austin & Jake (2), Callum & Jack (1)
Runs: Spencer, Callum & Jake (2), Austin, Jamie, Tyler & Jack (1)
RBIs: Austin (3), Callum & Jamie (2)

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Nick Borello/Tom Becker)

Sturt 8 defeated Goodwood 7

We were four-nil down in the third inning with the parents starting to lose hope and pack away their celebratory lollies. Fast forward another three innings and the boys were ecstatic with a walk off grand final win. What more do I need to say?

I'll set the scene for you. The Sturt boys are coming off a blowout win against our rivals, Henley and Grange. However, Goodwood have had an outstanding season as well as a top notch finals campaign. Nevertheless, we finished on top and we have the momentum, but Goodwood are the second place underdogs who were hungry for the win. However, both teams were going in blind with it being our first encounter with Goodwood due to a heat-out earlier in the season.

Some early morning rain meant a dodgy mound with a large puddle just in front of it. Some patchwork from Frank and Andrew injected some life back into it with Zach giving his nod of approval. Zach was given the new ball and the pressure of starting a grand final match. Nevertheless, Zach took it in his stride and got off to a magnificent start with 2 strikeouts, a groundball out and most importantly, no runs allowed. Things were looking good.

Harry Hutton who is leading the team in on base percentage was our leadoff hitter today. A 5 pitch at-bat resulting in walk to Hutton meant the coach's plan was going perfectly. Not for long though with Max and Jack going down to some dodgy looking strikes and Oscar flying out to first base. Unable to get a run to back up Zach on the mound was a bit off a punch in the gut for the team. Nonetheless, we had a chance and were hungry for more.

The second inning was when the nerves started to kick in after a lead off blooper into right field and a walk meant the Goodwood Indians had 2 runners on base and looking to capitalise. A strikeout and a groundball later allowed the two lucky runners to scramble their way into scoring position. A loud crack of the bat from their number 9 hitter saw a soaring fly ball heading straight for Jack. As you know, the morning sun and a pop up fly don't mix, with Jack unfortunately able to read it. Two runs in and then another one after a hit up the middle meant the boys were 3-nil down. Zach got us out of the jam but Zach didn't have much time to rest, after a bullet up the middle from Lachlan but then 3 strikeouts against us with many of the boys struggling to catch up to the pace of the ball. Definitely a tough inning for Frank and myself to chew and swallow.

Another run in the third against Zach after a lucky base hit meant it was 4-nil game and the Goodwood Indians were looking to close in on the game. Being down 4-nil, I think the time had come to have a chat to the boys. After making it clear that the game could easily slip away from us, the boys decided it was time to start chipping away at this 4 run boulder that lied in front of us. A cracking shot to centerfield from Oscar and a ground rule double from Zach brought some nerves to the opposing picture. After some errors and walks, Zach and Oscar had crossed the plate and kept us in the competition.

Zach was still going strong into the 4th inning with intentions of finishing what he had started. A no run, 3 strikeout inning from Zach was a key moment of the game as it gave the boys some much needed confidence and hope going into the later stages of the game. This is when the game took a sudden turn and got the crowd up off of their seats. Harry Hutton led off the bottom of the 4th with an ear-aching double up the middle. Max and got a piece of the bat on the ball with a shot to centre before Oscar kept his cracker of day going by following suit with a shot up the middle to get the runners home. By then the starting pitcher was as rattled as a teenager sitting an exam which meant the Goodwood coach had to give him the hook. The new pitcher came on composed but wasn't composed for long after Zach took one deep to left field for a single to bring Oscar in. Zach made his way home after a timely ground out to Jack Becker. Yep, you counted correctly, that's 4 runs and we were up by two.

I gave Zach the first batter of the 5th, hoping he could get an out to give the closer some confidence. Zach did just that by striking out the hitter and giving Harry just 2 outs to work with. Zach was amazing today after struggling in some previous matches. He did what the starting pitcher had to do by going deep into the game and only giving up a mere 4 runs against a side who had beat a team by 29-2 in the regular season (no typo, that's a 27 run win from them according to Baseball SA). He ended his day with 85 pitches thrown and a whopping 10 strikeouts. Harry had some big shoes to fill but didn't even show any nerves with a strikeout and a groundball to end the innings. Great stuff Harry and Zach!

Two runs up and time for some classic wishful thinking with Frank and I by planning to end the game with a quick and easy 4 runs. That didn't last long with three ground outs later and we were back into the field. Things got even worse after an error, handful of walks and a lucky base hit off Harry brought in 3 runs. Yes, somehow 7-6 down and it was time for my "it's now or never" speech. So much for putting the game out of reach.

Oscar Levinson was having himself a day with batt after yet another base hit. Zach cranked a fastball into centre field and the opposing pitched was trying to keep himself together with the winning run now on base. Jack was having a rough day with the bat up until it mattered after he earnt himself an infield single to load up the bases. No outs, tying run is now on third. Drew, coming off cold of the bench was unlucky not to get a hit after the pitched cranked up the pace on the ball to strikeout Drew. Ciaran had a wonderful at-bat which resulted in a walk to bring in Oscar. A sigh of relief for Frank and I, but we wanted to end this rollercoaster of a game for good with one out, the most aggressive runner in the team now on the third, and only one run needed to put this one in the books. Lachlan Kent, the specialist second basemen who has grown to love his number 8 spot was now up to bat. Lachlan who was in some tremendous form didn't even show a single nerve as he hit the ball hard on the ground to get Zach home and win the game! What a game and what a finish!

It was a tough game to choose any standout players as everyone did their part in getting the premiership. It's important to realise that those of you who had an average game to remember that you all did your part in getting the flag by playing in all the games leading up to the grand final. A few names worth mentioning today were Harry and Zach who will go down in the Sturt history books as one of the best junior pitching duos, Oscar who went 3 for 4 with 3 runs, Max for catching amazingly today and our entire finals campaign, Ciaran for bringing in the tying run and Lachlan for getting the walk off base hit. Again, I cannot stress this enough that everyone did their part today to win, even the boys who were on the bench - I thought you boys were very helpful and did the duties that had to be done.

Also would like to say that it has been a pleasure to coach such a great group of players and I think there was some real talent in the team. You have all improved and learned to play as a team. The team played with determination all season and today to produce one of the best games of baseball I had ever been a part of!

Thank you to all the parents who have helped out in the season, the under 15 boys who created some big noise in the final inning of today's game, Sally and Malene for scoring this season, Mark Hutton for coaching during my absence and of course, the manager, professional first base coach and my right hand man all season, Frank Altamura.

3 - Oscar Levinson, Zach Altamura (2B), 2 - Lachlan Kent, Harry Hutton, 1 - Jack Becker and Max Becker.
Runs Scored
3 - Oscar Levinson, Zach Altamura, 1 - Harry Hutton and Max Becker.

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 20th of March, 2018 20:08:36 ::..

Newsletter 13/03/18 + Finals Schedule

We are now at the pointy end of the season! On Saturday Division 2 will have a home final against Kensington at 11.00 am for a place in next weekend's Grand Final! Also on Saturday, Division 4 will play off for Premiership glory against East Torrens at East Torrens at 1.00 pm.

Sunday will see Sturt host two junior Grand Finals- commencing at 10.00 am with Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) playing Goodwood, followed by Under 15/2 - Sturt playing Port Adelaide at 1.00 pm.

Good luck to all our teams who have made it through!

Please mark in your diaries our Junior and Senior Presentation Day which will be held on Saturday 7th April 2018. Details are on our website or via our Facebook page.

For those of you new to the club, please join our Twitter feed, at Follow @sturt_baseball and our Facebook page.  You can also follow us on Instagram  and Youtube!


The Sturt Baseball Club thanks all of our sponsors for their generous support. If you require further information on sponsorship, please contact our Sponsorship Manager Jeff Nicholas on 0419 824 324.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Sturt 10 d Woodville 8

It was a hard fought battle to kick off our finals campaign on Sunday. Woodville left it all on the park but it wasn't enough to get the better of us. After going down by three runs in the top of the second, the boys took advantage of some wayward pitching in the bottom half of the inning in which the first five hitters got on base from a hit by pitch and four walks. Paul Holmes picked up a hit to left field that cleared the bases and gave us the lead 5-3. We weren't done there with Will Wirth and Adam Kerr picking up RBI hits to see us extend the lead 7-3 before the end of the inning. For the next 3 inning we could only manage to add 1 run to our tally as the Woodville relievers tried to wrestle back some momentum. Tindall continued strongly on the mound and held Woodville to see us go into the 6th inning 8-3 up. Woodville weren't quite ready to lay down and fought back adding 3 runs to the score board and putting some pressure on us. Tindall held strong and got us out of the inning but not after Woodville closed the gap to 2 runs. Simon Adkins used his speed to lead off the inning, beating out a ground ball to first base, to give us a strong chance to hit right back on the score board. And that we did thanks to Paul Holmes belting a two run home run to give us a bit of breathing room, the home run capping off a 3 hit day from the Veteran.

Going in to the 7th Brodie Macbeth took the hill to relieve Tinny. After conceding a lead off walk, Wilson Lee hit a two run home run to breath some more life into the Woodville lineup. Brodie was up to the challenge and retired the next three hitters with the game sitting at 10-8. We couldn't manage to add any runs in our next two attempts, but it didn't matter. Brodie held Woodville in the 8th and Damon Arnold came in to close out the game convincingly and giving us the win! We will take on Kensington @ Sturt on Saturday at 11am for a chance to go into the grand final.

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 25 d Southern Districts 7

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jack Dawson/Mitch Dawson)

Henley & Grange 9 d Sturt 1

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Mark Richmond/Andrew Vidale)

Sturt 18 d Saints 10

Semi Final 11/3/2018

Sturt 2 1 3 7 3 2 (18)
Saints 1 2 0 0 4 3 (10)

On another glorious Sunday at Norman Reserve we squared off against the Saints for the 4th time this season in the game we'd hoped would not arrive until the big dance next week.

Our stragey was simple; focus on our own game, play the best we could and keep our heads up no matter what - and we achieved all three!

We got off to a great start striking out the lead batter, but two walks, a passed 3rd strike and a fielding error later we started to get nervous - were our mates across the diamond working their magic and psyching us out again?. But no, the lads kept their heads up and worked through the nerves getting the 2nd out at the plate on an attempted steal followed by another K to send us out to bat.

Spencer started us off with a single to CF, but a strike out and a ground out for the 2nd and 3rd batters had our run looking in doubt. Jamie and Jake singled to RF and with Spencer and Jamie crossing the plate we were getting up some momentum. Alas, Tyler fell to a great catch at SS by Angus but not before adding 8 to the pitch count.

Top of the 2nd played out in a similar fashion to the first as the boys were still clearly grappling with nerves. A strike-out followed by a walk, a hit, a balk and a wild throw saw the Saints add 2 to their tally before we headed back out to bat. Singles to Finn and Spencer managed to get us 1 more run to keep the score level at 3 each at the end of the 2nd innings but the spark was missing.

Third innings and more focussed pitching from Jamie backed up by solid fielding held the Saints scoreless and we headed into the bottom of the 3rd still tied! Austin led off and was unlucky in a 9 pitch battle, but then the middle of the order fired up, stringing together 5 consecutive hits to take the score to 6-3.

With the momentum building we held the Saints scoreless again in the 4th and followed up with sensational batting. Eleven consecutive batters made contact with only 2 ground outs and we added 7 more runs to take the score to 13-3!

The Saints rallied in the 5th adding 3 runs to their score before Spencer took over from Jamie giving up just 1 more run to close out the top of the innings at 13-7. The middle of the Sturt order fired up again with singles to Jamie and Jake adding 3 more runs and we ended the 5th innings 16-7 up.

To their credit the Saints kept up the fight, capitalising on 2 walks and a wild throw to add three more runs and narrow the gap to 16-10. Bottom of the 6th and we were back to the top of the the order A single to Spencer got us going and a walk to Callum put us tantalisingly close to the winning run. Austin doubled to RF but a fantastic 9-3-2 play by Shannon saved the day and kept the Saints hopes alive a bit longer. With the middle of the order batting close to .900 for the day and runners on 2nd and 3rd there was simply too much momentum and a walk-off double clinched the game at 18-10.

A team batting average of .553, for the day was certainly exciting, but the postive attitude, enthusiasm and team spirit was the real highlight of the day.

Congratulations to the whole team for a well deserved spot in next week's final. We are playing Pt Adelaide at home at 1pm straight after the U13/2's - hope to see you all there for both games.

Hits: Jamie (5), Spencer (4), Jake (3), Callum, Austin, Finn & Seb (2), Tyler (1)
Runs: Jamie (4), Finn (3), Spencer, Callum, Jake & Tyler (2), Austin & James (1)
RBIs: Jamie (4), Jake & Seb (3), Spencer & Austin (2), Callum, Tyler, Finn & James (1)

Under 15/2 - Saints (Coach: Tony Catt/Stan Warrilow)

Saints 10 Sturt 18

Playing in an elimination final against our training mates was always going to be a challenge given how well we knew each others game. Our aim was to bring our best game and let the cards fall as they may.

All season the pitching goal has been to pound the zone and limit the free passes. Ryder and Angela threw over 70 per cent strikes with no walks. Couldn't ask for more.

Sturt's attacking intentions were clear from the start. This was going to be a high contact affair so controlling the runners and fielding was going to be critical and a little luck would be helpful.

We did a great job of limiting Sturt to well under a steal per base runner.

A couple of bleeders into shallow left and right worked to Sturt's benefit so luck didn't quite fall our way.

We also needed to be efficient in the field but we didn't take all our chances and these unearned runs proved costly.

Hits came from Lachie H, Lachie S, Samson, Ryder, Angela and Nick but we couldn't string them together in the 3rd and 4th innings as the game went from 3-3 to almost out of reach.

Like all season, we created scores from aggressive base running with each base runner generating a steal. This created pressure for Sturt's pitchers with five balks called.

Despite being outhit, our ten runs were the most scored against Sturt this season.

The season has been successful in giving development opportunities to those who wanted them. It has been a pleasure to see this growth over the summer.

Good luck to Sturt in the Grand Final.

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Nick Borello/Tom Becker)

Sturt 16 defeated Henley and Grange 7

The saying I've always believed is 'things come in threes'. Well that proved to be truthful today after our third win against the Rams which ended up being a 9 run blowout that showcased the great degree of improvement from everyone in the team!

A good crowd and a league umpire along with the picturesque field that the club is lucky to have, really gave a good atmosphere to this week's semi-final clash. Our previous encounters with the Rams have proven to be 1 run nail bitters that have never ceased to get the crowd on the edge of their seats. After a 30 minute delay things got underway with the great Harry Hutton on the mound. Harry began by hitting a batter and walking the next which unfortunately meant a happy Henley and Grange coach with 2 lucky hitters coming across the plate. He wasn't happy for long though as the mighty Saints were getting ready to bat after Harry struck his way out of the innings.

Max Becker began his beauty of a day with a big triple into left field. Oscar got him home with a base hit up the middle before the core of the line-up got to work. Zach, Jacob and Jack all picked up hits before Yeoryi, Lachlan and Ciaran all picked up walks. To cut to the chase, the umpire had to send us into the field after a huge 5 run batting masterclass from the boys. Yep, 3 runs up after the first inning and that grand final game was in their sights.

The 2nd inning was the highlight of the day for me. Harry found his rhythm by striking out 2 hitters in a row before the incredible play that woke up the crowd. A man on second base being waved all the way home after a cracking shot to Yeoryi in centre field was stopped at the plate after Yeoryi relayed the ball to Zach who then threw a bullet teaser to Max behind the plate who put his head down and blocked the runner. Top effort from Yeoryi, Zach and Max. There were more than just a few cheers after that beauty.

The boys backed up the great defence with some solid hitting after hits were granted to Max, Zach, Oscar and Jack who all made their way around the diamond to cross the plate and put the Saints 7 up on the scoreboard.

Harry pitched an excellent game today. His final inning was one I know he'd like to forget but nevertheless it definitely didn't rain on his parade. His final stats read 4 strikeouts, 75 pitches, 6 runs allowed and of course, the big fat win. Zach relived in the third inning but unfortunately the inevitable happened, the mighty Saints were forced to leave the field after the maximum 5 runs was scored by the Rams for the first time in the season. However, that was the only negative in today's cracker of a game.

The boys kept batting well by scoring 3 in the 3rd and another 3 in the 4th. With Zach finding his groove and shutting out the Rams through 2 innings, the umpire called the game and the mighty Saints left the field victorious. Zach was really in some great form today with his day ending with 6 strikeouts and only 47 pitches thrown.

The stand out of the day was Jack Becker. Jack Becker had a day to remember scoring 3 runs and going 3 for 4 with a homer in the 3rd. A real standout player today and a player I'm sure the opposing pitcher began to fear.

The game today truly has shown how much the boys have improved over the season. The quality pitching from the Rams which used to overpower the boys but not anymore, with 16 runs on our side of the scoreboard. Special mention to Oscar Levinson who took a ball to the nose with a fair bit of blood showing. It was just a few minutes on the bench for Oscar before he was begging to go back to his home over at first base. Also I would like to mention the boys who could only have a half game today by saying that it is difficult when you cannot be out there but I was very pleased with the way you boys stayed involved in the game by helping out and supporting you fellow team mates.

I think we all know what's upon us next Sunday, yep, the Grand Final. These don't come often, I can assure you that, so make sure the boys are keen and ready to go. A couple of YouTube clips of the 'World Series Highlights', an early night before the game and the soundtrack from Rocky playing in the car on the way to the field, and I think we'll have ourselves one great game.

Thank you once again to Sally Edwards who scored at such late notice, Josh for pitch count, the parents for coming out to support and Frank for coaching first base. Hope to see some good numbers at our final training of the season!

3 - Jack Becker (HR), 2 - Max Becker (3B)(2B), Zach Altamura (2 2B), Oscar Levinson, 1 - Jacob Willans
Runs Scored
3 - Harry Hutton, Oscar Levinson, Jack Becker, 2 - Zach Altamura, Max Becker, 1 - Jacob Willans, Yeoryi Perentes, Lachlan Kent

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 13th of March, 2018 20:45:45 ::..

Newsletter 06/03/18

A big weekend commencing on Friday night with our Quiz Night! Thanks to everyone who came to support our club! Special thanks to our Quiz master Wallace Long and to Adam Kerr for arranging the event to raise badly needed funds for our club! Thanks also to our generous sponsors who donated prizes!

Finals action commenced on Saturday with Division 4 defeating West Torrens. Unfortunately our Division 5 boys bowed out of finals going down to Henley and Grange, 7-3.

On Sunday our juniors all made it through to the next round of finals! Well done boys!

Division 2 is seeing finals action for the first round of finals this coming weekend!

A finals schedule will be sent out by separate communication once the schedule is finalised!

Best of luck to all our teams playing finals this weekend!

Please mark in your diaries our Junior and Senior Presentation Day which will be held on Saturday 7th April 2018. Details are on our website or via our Facebook page.

For those of you new to the club, please join our Twitter feed, at Follow @sturt_baseball and our Facebook page.  You can also follow us on Instagram  and Youtube!


The Sturt Baseball Club thanks all of our sponsors for their generous support. If you require further information on sponsorship, please contact our Sponsorship Manager Jeff Nicholas on 0419 824 324.

Division 1 (Coach:Tom Brice)

Sturt 16 d Adelaide 4

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Sturt 5 d Adelaide 4

With a potential finals spot on the line for both teams on Sunday, there was a finals type feeling about the game. Quality pitching for both teams saw the first inning come and go with little trouble for the scorers until Adelaide broke the dead lock in the bottom of the second scoring 3 runs curtesy of two walks and un timely errors. Pleasingly we managed to compose our selves in the field and made every play that came our way and Tindall only allowing 1 base runner to reach over the next 5 inning. Offensively we managed to put one run up in the fourth thanks to some heads up base running by Matt MacBeth and a two out single from Will Wirth. We kept the pressure on in the fifth with runners on and capitalized on a two out error by Adelaide to tie the game 3-3. The top of the sixth we again had runners on, but a couple of base running brain fades almost cost us the chance to take the lead. With two out, Damon Arnold singled and stole second to put himself in scoring position. The veteran Adam Kerr went to work at the plate and on the ninth pitch of the at bat, smashed a triple to center left to give us the lead 4-3.

Our last score of the game came thanks to another long ball to the new Sturt power hitter Matt MacBeth, his third in three games! So, with time nearly up we entered the bottom of the last inning with a two run lead and needing 3 outs to secure a home final. Adelaide's nine hole hitter got lucky on a swinging bunt and ended up with a safe hit and advanced to second on a wild throw. With a two-run lead this run didn't mean anything to us and we looked for the first out with the next hitter. Another wild throw on a ground ball saw the game get interesting with Adelaide scoring a run and another runner on second base in scoring position. Adelaide attempted to bunt the runner to third base, but a poor bunt back to the pitcher saw a chance for us to get the lead runner. Unfortunately for us, the call didn't go our way and Adelaide had their tails up. This had us in a tough position with none out and runners on first and third and up by one run. Tindall, doing what he had done all day, wasn't going to let Adelaide get it easy and went to work. With two strikes on the hitter, he managed to put the ball in play, but couldn't get it passed Damon Arnold outstretched glove at third base making the catch for the first out. With the runner at first getting too far off the base, Damo was up and through the runner out for the second out. In the meantime the runner at third had tagged up and was now heading for home. With the play at first done the throw to home was on it's way, and Brandon Russo made the tag for the final out of the game. A TRIPLE PLAY! What a way to end a game and secure our spot in the finals. A great effort by all the boys and especially Josh Tindall who threw all eight inning for 3 hits and 1 earned run.

It looks like we'll take on Woodville at home on Saturday in the first week of finals. Keep an eye out for the scheduled time to be released and come out and support the boys!

HITS: MacBeth(HR), Kerr 2, Wirth, Arnold, Russo 1.

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt Defeated West Torrens 10-7

So after the finish of the minor round we found ourselves in 3rd spot and the task of taking on West Torrens in the first final. Patty Burns took the mound and was unscathed through the first 2 digs, Stu Crutchley got our hitting away in the bottom of the 2nd, with a hard shot to left field. However after 2 it was. 0-0 game. The 3rd is where it went slightly wrong for us, a walk and 4 hits saw West Torrens take a 4-0 lead. A lead of hit from Pat Burns then a timely double from Craig Nicks saw us post our first run in the 4th. We followed with runs in the 6th and the 7th from some quality hitting from Dale Martens, Ryan Mattschoss and Jess Lemon. We headed into the bottom of the 8th will a one run deficit, that's where it went down hill for West Torrens, good quality at bats, a little luck and some superb base running from both Lemon and Crutchley saw us pile on 7 runs to finally run out 10-7 winners.

The hitting was a little off early but the boys managed to rally and get the job done. Both Pat and Benny Packer were great on the hill

We take on Souths this Saturday at Souths (our home game) for a spot in the Big Dance the following week.

Go Saints!!

Division 5 (Coach: Adrian Hill)

ST    0,2,0,0,1,0,0 = 3
H&G 0,0,2,2,0,3 = 7

Our season came to an end on Saturday with an infamous loss in the elimination final at Henley. With the Dominator ( Dominic Hodges ) on the mound for the maroon's,runs would be hard to come by and so it proved. We were 3 up 3 down in the first and so where they,courtesy of 3 deep fly outs caught on the warning track. We then manufactured 2 runs in the second from an error, a bunt, a wild throw and a Jonas double to take the lead. Frenchy was well supported by his field at this stage but then things went a bit south from there on. A 2 out 2 RBI single by H&G squared it up in the 3rd and then they took the lead in the bottom of the 4th.Frenchy doubled in the top of the 5th and came home on a single to Hammer and we were still in the game.The bottom of the 6th things went pear shaped ,with a couple of wild throws and some timely hits the Maroons plated 3 runs and the Dominator closed out the game not before Colonel came into pinch hit and picked up one of our 4 hits with a single up the middle. A fair effort by the lads against the best pitcher in the competition.Overall a brilliant season return to the 5's competition after a 3 year hiatus.Thanks to our band of loyal supporters and to Jodie for keeping us in check. Looking forward to next season now.

Hits: Frenchy, Hammer, Jonas, Colonel

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jack Dawson/Mitch Dawson)

Sturt 4 def Goodwood 1

Our first finals opponent couldn't have been any tougher coming up against Goodwood who over the course of the season became our rivals after a couple of very close encounters. With the series levelled at 1-1 after the regular season, this is where it all counts and the boys came into the game as hungry as ever, knowing we had what it took to win the ballgame.

With the bats we were outstanding from the beginning, putting on pressure by getting on base regularly. Unfortunately we weren't able to capitalize in the first couple of innings, however, Zac Becker was a force on the mound, giving the team a whole lot of confidence in the field.

In the 3rd inning we were able to make the breakthrough at the plate on the back of a leadoff double to Angus Catt and an RBI single to Will Jordans giving us a 1-0 lead. This was short lived as Goodwood equalized off some questionable calls and multiple errors in the field. to our boys credit, they didn't let this poor inning get to their head as they might've done earlier in the season, every single one of them rose to the occasion and kept the intensity at a high.

The boys went on to score 3 runs over the 4th and 5th innings with hits from Lachie Seekamp, Spencer Warrilow and Angus Catt to give us a lead of 4-1 heading into the last inning.

After Zac Becker went 5.2 innings with 9 strikouts and only 2 hits against him, Angus Catt was called upon to put the game to bed and he did just that, facing 4 batters in 1.1 innings getting the 4 outs needed in only 11 pitches to record the save.

An outstanding game from every one of our players, we are looking in great form as we come up against an undefeated team in Henley and Grange this Sunday.

Hits: Will Jordans, Lachie Seekamp, Angus Catt 2, Ethan Dawson, Jake Mossman, Spencer Warrilow 1
Stolen Bases: Jamie Vidale 3, Ethan Dawson, Will Jordans, Jake Mossman, Lachie Seekamp, Angus Catt 1

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Mark Richmond/Andrew Vidale)

Sturt      4 1 3 3 0 1 x (12)
Kensington 0 1 1 1 1 0 5 (5)

Round 1 of the semis found the top seeded Sturt playing 6th seeded Kensington at the Cardinals home ground as we struggled to find space for all of our junior finals at home!

Clearly not perturbed by the loss of the home ground advantage, or missing the bacon and eggs at home 9, the top of the order unleashed on the Cardinals starting pitcher and the boys spent more time lined up at the plate high five-ing than in the dugout with 3 solo bombs off the first 4 batters.

A change of pitcher in the second innings temporarily slowed the assault to just 1 run before the boys recalibrated and added another bomb and 3 more runs in both the 3rd and 4th innings. The Cardinals finally found some pitching form, holding us scoreless in the 5th and giving up just 1 run in the 6th.

Spencer opened the defense for us and bamboozled the Kensington batters with an array of off speed pitches for his longest and possibly best outing this season. At the end of the 4th the Cardinals had managed only 3 hits and 3 runs and Spencer had 7 K's under his belt. Callum took over in the 5th for his 3rd outing of the season and pitched 2 excellent innings including 5 K's to limit the Cardinals to just 1 run.

Bottom of the 6th, 11-4 up and Jake dodged his way out of a tricky run-down to plate the winning run and the crowd roared! or they should have… but we were so caught up in the game we'd somehow lost track of the score and we played on to complete the innings not realising at that stage that Kensy couldn't win.

All up a fantatsic start to finals with almost everything done right!. The team spirit was great and the boys were enthusiastic and gracious in victory. A well deserved congratulations from the coaches - see you on diamond next week to continue the journey!

Thank you to Jake Parkinson for scoring again, Wallace Long for umpiring at short notice, the parents and kids for making it to the game so early on a Sunday and running between games to double up in the 1's.

Special thanks to Kensington for offering their main diamond in our moment of need.

Hits: Callum (2HR), Jake (HR, 2 singles), Jamie & Finn (HR), Austin (2b, single), Spencer & Tyler (2 singles)
Runs: Jake (4), Callum, Finn & Jamie (2), Spencer & Austin (1)
RBIs: Jake & Callum (2), Finn, Jamie & Austin (1)

Under 15/2 - Saints (Coach: Tony Catt/Stan Warrilow)

Saints 6, Port Adelaide 11

We jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings on the back of four BBs and three outfield hits to Angus, Lachie S and Samson. This was against a Port leftie against who we had only two safe hits in his previous 150 pitches. Things were looking good.

Maybe we got ahead of ourselves because from that point on we were playing catchup.

Our usually reliable rotation struggled to find the zone and the Port bats played the waiting game drawing three BBs in succession. Toss in a couple of errant throws and suddenly we were down 7 to 5.

Our bats couldn't respond with only a hit by Angela in the next four innings.

Four unearned runs to Port in the 5th and 6th inning padded their lead and we could only plate a consolation in the 7th following hits to Brad and Lachie S.

Batting under .200, striking out 11 times, issuing 14 walks and making six errors won't win too many games.

Our performances during the season earnt us the wildcard which we will gladly use next up when we face our Sturt team mates in the semi final.

Time to step up guys with a good week on the track and a heads up attitude on and off the field.

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Nick Borello/Tom Becker)

Sturt 14 defeated Woodville 10

The first game of the Sturt under 13's finals campaign was definitely a tense one with scores being relatively close throughout the match. However, the boys kept battling to come away with a nice 4 run win!

A quick pep talk from the manager and coach prior to the game saw the saints take the field with some real gusto and determination to walk away with a win. Zach had the start today but he also had the pressure being that this was the first finals appearance for the Saints. It was a bit of a shaky start for the young pitcher with the Woodville boys determined to put some runs up on the board by swinging the bats and getting 4 hits against Zach. Zach found some form by striking out two batters to get the boys out of the field and into bat, but Woodville had done their damage by chalking up 3 runs.

Harry Hutton was the leadoff man today and was given the clear instructions of getting on base. Harry did his part by drawing a walk and taking second base. The Woodville pitcher was already feeling the pressure and walked Max before Oscar and Zach both picked up base hits to drive the runners in. A few fielding errors and two hit batters later, we had shown Woodville that a 3 run lead wasn't going to cut it with John McClure sending us into the field after we put up the maximum 5 runs. What more can a coach ask! Zach continued his pitching campaign but both Frank and I knew that the pressure was getting to him. Some costly errors in the field didn't help Zach up on the mound with Zach's pitch count slowly but surely climbing into the high range. Zach ended his day on the mound with 85 pitches thrown, 3.1 innings of work, 5 strikeouts and 7 runs allowed. Zach probably wasn't too pleased with his form today but nevertheless, he did his job as a starting pitcher to go fairly deep in the game and set up the team for the win.

Our batting today was truly something to marvel at. I told the boys my theory of how getting on base will be our key to victory and my theory was strongly supported with 9 players today getting on base and scoring at least one run! The bottom 4 batters managed to get 7 runs between them as well as 3 hits collectively which included Jacob Willans' cracking double to bring in 2 important runs. Oscar also had a day to remember by sending two baseballs on a ride to centerfield to get on base and bring in some runs. Top notch batting from everyone today!

Harry took over the pitching duties in the 4th inning and did a pretty good job. A shaky start from Harry with a hit batter and walk caused 2 runs to cross the plate and the game was tied at 9 runs. Harry being the young gun he is didn't let the pressure get into him and picked up 2 strikeouts to get him out of the sticky situation. Harry was subjected to another pressure moment in the final inning when Woodville were down by 4 runs and eager to score. Harry sat down the side and the nervous supporters with his end of day stats reading 70 pitches thrown, 3 earned runs and 5 strikeouts!

This game was tense and full of pressure in the field as well as at the plate. It was good practice for the boys for dealing with pressure moments and has set the tone for finals baseball. The 'coaches highlights' for today was Lachlan's great day at second base and his key base hit, Yeoryi taking a fastball to the hands but continuing his at-bat and Max Becker's terrific full game behind the plate.

Well, we'll take a 4 run win in finals any day of the week and I thought today everyone played extremely well with everyone doing their little part. Like I mentioned, the batting was the highlight for me today however our fielding does have some room for improvement. Next week its round 2 of the finals so make sure the boys are revved up and ready to snatch a win to take us all the way to the real contest: The Grand Final.

Thank you to Malene for scoring, John Mclure for umpiring, Roger and Josh for field set up and Frank for coaching first base.

2 - Oscar Levinson, 1 - Jacob Willans (2B), Zach Altamura, Max Becker, Jack Becker, Lachlan Kent and Magnus Smith.
Runs Scored
3 - Harry Hutton, 2 - Oscar Levinson, Yeoryi Perentes, Jacob Willans, Lachlan Kent, 1 - Zach Altamura, Max Becker, Jack Becker and Magnus Smith.

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 6th of March, 2018 20:51:30 ::..

Newsletter 27/02/18

We are now at the pointy end of the season with junior and senior finals games commencing this weekend, except for Division 2. Division 1 will finish their season on Sunday at Adelaide.

I will advise on finals fixtures once they are confirmed by the League!

I am very pleased to announce that next season the Sturt Baseball Club will be entering a women' s team for the 2018/19 season. Further details will be coming shortly but for those interested please contact our Sturt Womens Baseball League Coordinator Ash Mossman.

Well done to Hayley and Ben Packer and their helpers for making the charity event Lace up for Lynne such as success on Sunday!

Our Quiz Night this year will be held on Friday 2nd March 2018.Tickets are $15.00 each. Only for sale online.

NOTE: This is a club fundraising event. Please bring food for your table but no drinks. Drinks will be available for sale over the bar.

RAFFLE: Please consider donating a raffle prize to the Sturt Quiz Night Raffle. Please speak with Adam Kerr or Wallace Long.

Please also mark in your diaries our Junior and Senior Presentation Day which will be held on Saturday 7th April 2018. Details are on our website or via our Facebook page.

For those of you new to the club, please join our Twitter feed, at Follow @sturt_baseball and our Facebook page.  You can also follow us on Instagram  and Youtube!


The Sturt Baseball Club thanks all of our sponsors for their generous support. If you require further information on sponsorship, please contact our Sponsorship Manager Jeff Nicholas on 0419 824 324.

Division 1 (Coach:Tom Brice)

Sunday before last's two losses in the double header against Kensington saw the A grade sides finals chances slip away.

Unable to hold a potent Cardinals line up, we went down 15-5 in the first of the two games.

Game 2 was a much closer affair with import, Devon Barker, gracing the mound one last time before heading back to the US. Throwing 7 competitive innings, leaving the game with a 4-2 lead.

Unable to hold them, Steve Chambers, gave up two runs in the 8th.

Unable to score in the 9th, Jackson Brebner-Russ entered the game to try and keep the game alive and send it into extras.

Alas, it was not to be. With two runners reaching on a walk and a hit, the following long at bat ended with a deep shot to centre-right field, a walk-off 3 run homerun. Sturt going down 7-4.

Another double header was fought out between our A grade side against Henley & Grange last Sunday.

The annual Breast Cancer Network fundraiser, Lace Up for Lynne, brought in a fantastic crowd to witness the team take out a comfortable game 1 victory.

Lead by 4 hits from Harry Knuckey, 3 from Jordan McArdle and a dominant performance on the mound by Ky Hampton, a comfortable early lead was consolidated by consistent scoring throughout the game.

Damon Arnold closed out the game, convincingly ending an 11-2 victory.

Game 2 was a far closer encounter.

Jackson Brebner-Russ, on the mound, gave up 2 runs early and we were playing catch up against H&G import, who was in fine form.

Brebner-Russ settled down to keep opposing hitters scoreless for the following 4 innings, handing the ball to Josh Tindall in the 6th inning, Sturt trailing 2-0.

A Paul Holmes lead off double was converted into a run on a Tyler Chappell 2 out hit in the bottom of yhe 6th.

With bases loaded 1 out in the 8th, we were unable to score after a line drive was caught and subsequently turned into a double play, ending the threat.

Josh Tindall was dominant on the mound not allowing a run through 4 innings and keeping us in the hunt.

But alas, we were unable to trouble the scorers, going down 2-1.

Well done to Tyler Chappell pitched a complete game shutout at tonight's twilight game with final score being Sturt 6 d Northern Districts 0

Unable to make finals, we have now one game to play at Adelaide this coming Sunday.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Sturt 7 d Henley & Grange 2

We bounced back from the poor performance last week to get back into the winner's circle on Sunday. Brodie MacBeth had the start on the mound and despite giving up a run in the top of the first, he settled in nicely and finished his day throwing 6 inning for 2 earned runs, 6 hits and 4K's.

After going 1 run down in the top of the first, the boys were quick to take back the lead putting on three runs in the bottom half, with Brandon Russo driving in two and Alex Hopton driving in the third. For the next three inning, the Henley & Grange knuckle baller managed to hold us from scoring until Mathew MacBeth lead off the fifth inning with a solo homerun to center-right.

Josh Tindall closed out the last inning without too much trouble and the boys hit for the remaining time left and piled on three more runs. It was a great effort in the field with no errors and only a couple of walks for the whole game. With Glenelg losing to Adelaide on Sunday we have snuck into third position on the ladder and a win on Sunday will see us secure a home final in the first week!

HITS: Hopton 3, M.MacBeth, Russo 2, Wirth, Arnold 1.

Division 3 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Henley & Grange 10 d Sturt 2

And that's all she wrote. The Fighting 3's season came to a screaming halt as we were rammed at Ram Park.

After watching the best comeback since Lazarus by the awesome foursomes (and if you don't know who Lazarus is- google it) in the curtain raiser we hoped that the 3's would rise to the occasion but alas the fairy tale wasn't to be.

After rising from the depths of the ladder last season to be contending for the finals was a huge improvement. 2017/18 we won 9 lost 8 and were heated out twice against teams we would have confidently beaten. A winning season - the first in 5 years. Well done. It's a good team to be around, by no means perfect but we all care for our teammates and everyone gives a 100% because everyone wants everyone to do well and if we win - great and if we don't - it's not the end of the world.

The Game: We opened the batting with 3 up and 3 down against a young H & G pitcher backed by a good field, who simply threw the ball over the plate and let ourselves get ourselves out. That turned out to be the story of the day with the bat. No one had a good day, just 5 strike outs and one (yep you read correct - one) hit. Single hit and RBI to Liam and a manufactured run from Benny were skinny highlights from one of our quieter batting performances. Adage: you won't win many with 2 runs.

The killer stats were 7 walks, 4 HPB (one guy getting hit 3 times!) and 4 hits conceded. We really didn't give ourselves a chance and conceded 10 runs. A very passionate youth took the mound for Sturt and had a very unpleasant afternoon. After losing an opening 7 pitch battle, against a very good opening lefty batter (a very wily experienced ex-Giant, if he doesn't swing it can't be a strike guy) who incidentally was probably out twice looking, eventually received a "richly" deserved walk. With a runner on, the next 40 minutes went pear shaped. The toys went out of the cot on the hill and a couple of good hits amongst too many walks and we conceded 7 to put us well behind the eight ball.

The inconsistent strike zone continued and after we finally got some traction to trail 2-7 top of the third a very ordinary caught stealing call caused a boil over of tempers. Coach Catt saw red and was ejected for the first time in his career. The 4's had scored 12 runs in the last two digs to come from behind 6-1 and win 13-7 and there was always a glimmer of hope our batters would come to the party but after Liam's caught stealing and Catty's ejection it wasn't to be. Down 10-2 after 4 the ejection over a poo call sort of wrapped up the day.

The first innings was a setback however a pitching change in the fifth by the fat manager bringing in set-up guy Mick and closer Jake and we managed three nought innings when it could have got ugly. We made a few errors but at the end of the day we were beaten by a better team. Tyson had a good day behind the dish, Matt at first was solid and our regular pitcher probably belted himself up more than the very experienced opposition

22 players played for the 3's this season. The core 9 players were Matt Mulryan (ever present and played all 17), Brett Mulryan (16), Peter Turner (16), Ben Lucas (16), Jared Holland (16), Jake Powell (15), Austin McClure (15), Liam Lucas (14), and Mick Trlin (13). We pitched 110 innings of which Aussie pitched 57.2 (ERA 2.497) and Brodie Macbeth 23 (ERA 1.957).

Team batting average of .232 and a team ERA of 4.909. Middle of the road and that's where we finished. Dutchy finished with a very respectable .300 average and Matt lead the RBI's with 10.

Thank you to Sue Mulryan for a top-notch scorebook and being present all season. It's such an easy job when the scorer is ever present and presents such a beautiful work of art that is the baseball score book. Thanks also to Coach Catt for bringing his wisdom, philosophy and passion to the team. Great job.

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 13 d Henley & Grange 8

Division 5 (Coach: Adrian Hill)

AD 0,0,0,1,0,3,2 6
ST 2,1,2,1,1,0 7

Another famous win see's us in an elimination final next sat at Henley.Like all season luck was on our side against the hard hitting Angels.They started well and had runners on but hit into a 5 to 3 (one hopper) double play while when we replied in the same situation the throw was wild and went onto score 2 runs. Frenchy shut them down for 5 innings but they continued to hit the ball hard and our top order picked up all of our hits. A nice catch and throw from Jonas Garcia at left field to hose the runner at home was a highlight. Josh Vidale came into close the last 2 digs but got welcomed by some more hard hits and from there we just managed to limp home.The lads are excited for next week, not facing our opponents since round 3 where our runs of wins started. We will be massive underdogs for this game but are up to the challenge.Thanks to Bones for umpiring and Jode's for looking after the books. See you at West Lakes next Saturday! Hits: The Man 3, Frenchy, MKR 2, Hammer 1

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt 13 d Goodwood 5

Division 7 (Coach: Matt Chenoweth)

Port Adelaide 13 d Sturt 3

Under 17/1 (Coach: Mike Garcia/Dave Warburton)

Henley & Grange 12 d Sturt 0

On an awesome summer day in which the club at Norman Reserve was looking its absolute best all decked out for Lace Up for Lynne Day, the U17s had to trudge across town to West Lakes for a dead rubber against the 1st place Rams. The injury bug, which has affected this group all year, had struck again during the week this time with Luke Warby and Strappsy unavailable for health reasons and Joltin' Joe also away for the season finale. Ethan Dawson and Jamie Vidale stepped up again to help fill the void to save us from a forfeit and their exposure to the 17s this year will help them in a big way next year when they make the step up from 15s.

Playing with 8 players was always going to be a challenge against a strong H&G team but the boys did well in tough circumstances. Hitting, which looked to be a strength coming into the season, again proved to be our Achilles' Heel as it has since starting up after Christmas. Robbie Brennan and Jonas Garcia each doubled with Joa Poskey-Miles adding a single but unfortunately all were in separate innings. Joel Edwards was stiff not to add to that tally with a line shot to the right side that was snared by the first baseman. H&G were tight in the field with only one error and 3 walks issued so there were no gifts to be had via that route either.

Meanwhile the Rams came out of the blocks fast hanging 7 on the board in the first and following that up with a pair of deuces in the 2nd and 3rd innings. Jonas (literally) slowed the parade to the plate going to the Eephus Pitch with good effect in his 3rd and final inning on the mound. Sam Stewart did a great job behind the plate then on the mound to cap a solid day in the field. Josh Vidale playing second base for the first time in memory and Ethan Dawson at shortstop each made nice plays when the opportunity arose. Joel and Jamie were kept busy on their two man outfield patrol with Jamie making a great running grab in left centre and just missing another on a diving attempt just prior to that.

So the season that held promise of a finals berth at the beginning of the year draws to a close falling just short of that goal. Several of the boys showed good improvement in their approach and baseball knowledge over the course of the season, particularly that core group who made it regularly to training. To those moving up to seniors next year, good luck. For the rest, we look forward to seeing you back on deck to lead what will be a good group of young players coming up from the 15s. Here are some plays to inspire everyone for next season.

Thanks to Theresa Warburton for scoring yet again and Gail Stewart for pitch counting. Good luck to all the Sturt teams playing finals - go you Sainters!!!

Hits: Robbie Brennan (2B), Jonas Garcia (2B) Joa Poskey-Miles 1 each

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jack Dawson/Mitch Dawson)


Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Mark Richmond/Andrew Vidale)

Sturt 6 d Saints 5

Under 15/2 - Saints (Coach: Tony Catt/Stan Warrilow)

Sturt 6 d Saints 5

A great game was anticipated between two evenly matched teams in their third meeting of the summer.

For Saints the win would have meant finishing second on the ladder and claiming the intra-club series.

The elements brought sun, rain, wind and ultimately dusk.

The players brought effort, hustle, redemption and skill.

On the hill, Angus went five innings in his longest assignment of the season. Throwing 62% strikes he drew swing after swing from the Sturt batters. Some connected but most didn't.

Lachie S behind the plate was excellent with no WPs or PBs in 95 pitches.

Credit to Sturt's pitchers who gave up only two hits over the first five innings.

But when given the opportunity, our aggressive base running and smart situational hitting brought home four runs to keep the game tied up.

RBIs came from a SAF by Lachie S, SAB by Ryder and two opposite field slaps by Samson.

Our tying run in the 6th was batted in by Angela with a blast to CF after having gone 0 for 5 in the series.

Mention also to Nick, Shannon and Zach who chewed up over 34% of Sturt's pitch count from slots 7, 8 and 9 with great at bats.

Another highlight was Lachie "Mr Hustle" H's charge from the batters box to third. It was all in vain however as the umpire called game due to the deteriorating light.

The redemption prize must go to Finn from Sturt who was sitting on 0 for 7 in the series and decided that he had seen enough pitches and went 3 for 3 with two big doubles and the winning moonshot into the setting sun over RF. Well played Finn.

A great tune up for the finals and entertaining finish to the minor round.

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Nick Borello/Tom Becker)

Sturt 16 defeated Kensington 9

The Sturt under 13s went on the road to play their final game of the regular season at Kensington. The game showcased our top class batting and the Saints came away with a nice 7 run win to remain on the top spot of the ladder!

Harry got the start today with Zach behind the plate to give the veteran catcher Max Becker a much needed rest leading up to finals. Harry got off to a nice start by striking out the leadoff hitter before he was shook up by a cracking shot to right field. Four walks and another hit later, Kensington were laughing with an early 3 run lead. However they weren't laughing for long with hits to Harry, Oscar, Magnus and Zach to chalk up 4 runs on our side of score card.

Harry found some form as he went deeper into the game but had to work hard for it with him reaching his maximum 85 pitches by the third inning. Harry's final stats read 3 earned runs, 5 strikeouts and 6 walks. Unfortunately, our pitching remained average for the rest of the game with Zach struggling as well with Zach letting up 6 walks and allowing 6 runs. Still a pretty good pitching campaign though with Zach and Harry picking up 11 strikeouts collectively.

Unfortunately the defence today was nowhere to be seen with error after error. Many of the errors simply coming down to getting the body in front of the ball and calling for fly balls. Fielding is something we'll have to work on going into the finals where we will undoubtedly see much more action in the field.

Back to the good stuff now! Hitting today was excellent just like it should have been after an hour in the batting cages and hitting off the tee. The statistic that really impressed me today was that our top four hitters were collectively 13 for 15! It was a real team effort today with the bats with almost everyone getting on base and scoring a run, however there was one stand out for me today: Jack Becker. The birthday boy had a day to remember by getting 3 hits, 3 runs and doing some great work at second base and shortstop! AJ also had a great last game by getting a base hit and 2 runs! Great to see some good form from the team in this crucial part of the season.

Well, 4 runs in the first, 4 in the second, 5 in the third and 3 in the fifth gave us a very respectable 16 runs on the scoreboard and a crucial win. Congratulations to all the players on finishing top of the ladder with it truly being a team effort. Now bring on the finals! Thanks to Zac Becker for umpiring, Sally Edwards for scoring and Frank for coaching first base.

4 - Harry Hutton, Zach Altamura (2×2B), 3 - Jack Becker, 1 - Max Becker (2B), Oscar Levinson, Jacob Willans, AJ, Magnus Smith
Runs Scored
4 - Harry Hutton, Zach Altamura, 3 - Jack Becker, 2 - AJ, 1 - Oscar Levinson, Max Becker, Drew Edwards

Little League Sturt (U11) (Coach: Jarred Holland )

Adelaide 7 d STURT 0

I have to start by saying thankyou to the Adelaide coach for organising us to be able to play down at Glenelg instead of the dust bowl which is Flinders, it was geared up to be and exciting day if we won we would of got to play against the top team from the North , but it was not to be. But how these young men have played all year is a credit to them to be in this position. Unfortunately it was not our day with the bats, with only getting 1 hit for the day which was Jack.

Our pitching today was very good to keep them only to score 7 runs looking at some of there scores over the last couple of weeks.

Kale started the game and got through his 2 innings with 26 pitches "see what you can do if you keep your head up and smile and have fun with your teammates".

Josh.A stared the third innings throwing a great amount of strikes but they got a few hits off of him to score 1 run. There was some great fielding effort from Archie and Kale helping him get some outs.

One of our favorite players Leo threw the 4th innings but it was just not his day, they we're getting hits which shows that he was throwing a lot of strikes but after a quick chat from the coach to keep his chin up which got him a strike out but then saw them score maximum 5 runs, " Leo you are a young under 11 to have thrown as much as you have you should be very proud and i am excited to watch you get bigger and stronger to shine".

Gus threw the 5th innings they only scored 1 run off of him with some help from Leo making a great play at short stop and Gus making a great play at first and getting a strike out, well done "once again i think you will have another year in under 11's to get bigger and stronger to see you shine too".

Josh.H threw the 6th innings which was the first time any of our games came to this. Just shows you the game was not what we wanted but was still a great game.

Some of the best plays for the day we're Sam stopping a rocket ball in the hot corner at 3rd base he did not get the out needing to tag the player but he knew to do something and then looked at 1st to see if he could get another out there, well done great heads up baseball. Archie at 2nd almost made two cat catches but did not stick in the glove like they have in other weeks but you we're in the right place, well done.

From the coach, yes would have loved to been able to play next week but i walked away from this game seeing very positive things the way Blake, Williem and Luke we're swinging the bats today to how they we're at the start of the year just shows how hard batting is but you are giving yourselves ever chance to get a hit or just doing the team thing by moving the runners around which you have for the last couple of weeks. To be able to give each boy a chance to pitch and catch throughout the year shows that all these boys can play the game. Everyone got a hit throughout the year which shows that we have alot of positive things to look forward too if they continue playing which is the only thing i would love to see is you boys having enjoyed the season and come back and play the game we love.

To my coaching staff Aaron you had one of the hardest jobs keeping the boys under control on the bench making sure they we're ready to come up to bat and keep up with all my changes in the field each innings .

Ralph for making sure things ran smoothly on the day from writing all there last names on the sheet and keeping an eye on the boys and being encouraging to all the boys and helping with training with not knowing anything about the game. Jimmy for being an ear for the coach on match days and for helping me at training still sorry about what happened to Tom a couple of weeks ago at training.

Ky thanks for helping with all your other commitments with your training and the bite, the kids will never forget you and we wish you the best of luck where ever you end up. To Anne, Carole for pich counting for the year and for helping the scorer , we did not go over once.

Last but not least Larissa for being the scorer u are the heart and sole of the team without you we cannot play and you are a team member, thanks for sending me the photos every week and to learn more about scoring and getting into your colors.


Thanks coach Dutchy




















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Newsletter 20/02/18

The Sturt Baseball Club is proud to be supporting Lace up for Lynne on our last home and away game for Division 1 this Sunday 25th February 2018. This charity event is to raise money for the Breast Cancer Network Australia. Tickets for the event are $35. Online bookings only

Our Quiz Night this year will be held on Friday 2nd March 2018.Tickets are $15.00 each. Only for sale online.

NOTE: This is a club fundraising event. Please bring food for your table but no drinks. Drinks will be available for sale over the bar.

RAFFLE: Please consider donating a raffle prize to the Sturt Quiz Night Raffle. Please speak with Adam Kerr or Wallace Long.

Please also mark in your diaries our Junior and Senior Presentation Day which will be held on Saturday 7th April 2018. Details are on our website or via our Facebook page.

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Division 1 (Coach:Tom Brice)

Game 1: Kensington 15 d Sturt 5, Game 2: Kensington 7 d Sturt 4

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Kensington 10 d Sturt 5

Sunday was not the best performance by us. We came up against a pitcher who threw a good game and made us work for every run. We still managed to put 5 runs on the board through the six inning we played and took the opposition pitcher almost at his pitch count. Whilst it wasn't our best offensive performance sometimes you do have to tip your hat to a job well done by the opposition. Our defensive performance was a bit of a letdown and not up to usual standards. I am confident we will bounce back next week and eliminate the errors and brain fades in the field that cost us this win. The loss didn't affect our ladder position to much, but we do have a few teams snapping at our heals. We will need to finish off the season with a couple of wins and might be able to sneak into 3rd spot and secure a home final.

HITS: Wirth 2, Stewart, Hopton, Kerr 1

Division 3 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 13 d Kensington 3

The three's continued on their rollicking roll towards the post-season with a big 13-3 statement against Kensington Saturday at home. A season high 14 hits for the Balfour's Division 3 Pie hitting Saints and another top performance from Brodie Macbeth surrendering just the 3 runs on nine hits over seven innings striking out 8 and walking zero.

For the second consecutive week the Saints got out of the blocks early scoring 4 and were comfortably leading 7-3 after five innings. They put Kensington to the sword with an emphatic 5 run innings in the 6th to put the game beyond doubt.

Best with the bat today was Jared Holland 3 from 4, Matt Mulryan 2 from 3, Ben Lucas 2 from 3 and Brando Russo 2 from 5. The entire team either got a hit, an RBI or a run. Be nice to do this every week! 14 hits to 9 and the team scored 12 RBI's. If only wasn't spotted this week. Let's keep him away.

Defence was solid and definitely not perfect. We were given the privilege of watching another double Dutchy double play from the highly competitive and evergreen veteran Jared Holland.

Big game next week and destiny is in our hands.

Hits: Holland 3, Russo, Mulryan M Lucas B 2, Macbeth, Mulryan B, Turner, Trlin, Powell

RBI: Mulryan M & Turner 3, Powell 2, Strapps, Macbeth, Mulryan B, Lucas B

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 8 d Kensington 2

Division 5 (Coach: Adrian Hill)

GL 0,0,0,1,0,1,0 2
ST 5,0,0,1,0,2 8

A great team effort by the lads got us back on track after 2L's on the trott. Our pitchers Frenchy ( 3 digs ) & Josh Vidale ( 4 digs ) were exceptional and our bats fired from the start to help settle the nerves.

The game had plenty of highlights including : U17 Josh Vidale throwing darts past the senior tigers bats, Hammer hosing down their runners from all parts of the ground, Magic Mike's stunning aerial display at centre field to save 2 runs, MKR cooking up a storm in the batting box and behind the dish plus the much anticipated return to the team of the Fun Gool's .The mood in the dug out was good fun same vain as a Bulls game. Many thanks to Tready and Jodie again for looking after the umpiring and scoring duties. Another win in our final game (at home) will see us play finals in the same vain as a Bulls game..

Hits: MKR 2, Stan , Frenchy , Hammer , Fame , V , Magic , Kilojules 1

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Angels 15 d Sturt 2

Division 7 (Coach: Matt Chenoweth)

Sturt 8 - defeated by Flinders 16

Well Saturday's game seen us come up against our old rival Flinders university.

It was our last home game for the season and we had to play it at Flinders as the home team.

The diamond was unfortunately a little dry to say least as it looked like it hadn't had been watered since the 1990s, which made it feel like we were playing on a goat track.

Putting that aside it was a great game of baseball and we really took it to the third place Flinders uni team.

The game was a lot closer then what the final score indicates.

A special mention to a couple of our juniors that have really played a vital part in our team this season with Joel Osborne and Michael Sabatino playing some great baseball this season a long with some of our old faithfulls like Chris Thompson, JR and Richard Carter contributing as always to the team.

We take on 6th placed Port Adelaide next week for our last game of the season.

A special mention to AV and Smally for helping the 7s out this week. Thanks boys.

Runs: Chris Thompson 1
Lachie Seekamp 1
Chris Small 1
Michael Sabatino 1
Matt Chenoweth 1
Shane O'Connell 1
Joel Osboune 1
Ben Anil 1

Hits: 10
Strikes: 41

RBI: Matt Chenoweth 3
Joel Osbourne 2
Lachie Seekamp 1
Ben Anil 1

PC: Chris Thompson 69
Matt Chenoweth 30

Under 17/1 (Coach: Mike Garcia/Dave Warburton)

Sturt 5 d Kensington 4

As the season amazingly winds down to a close the baseball Weather Gods again rolled out the unpredictable, greeting the teams at the always magnificent Norman Reserve with a steady drizzle that provided the ground with some much needed moisture. The Saints parlayed 4 hits and 6 Kensington errors into 5 unearned runs in a 5-4 win to exact revenge on a costly early season loss to the Cardinals.

Jonas Garcia was the man-of-the-match today throwing 3 shutout innings as the starting pitcher and backing that up with a walk, triple and single and 3 runs scored in 3 trips to the plate. Brad Strapps was also great on the hill striking out 9 while walking only 1 over four innings to provide a solid 1-2 pitching punch for Sturt.

Zac Becker, filling in for the injured Robbie Brennan, had a sweet triple to rightcentre and a nice catch in centerfield to be a big contributor as well. Zac led the way to victory, walking to open the bottom of the 6th, then advancing to 3rd on a wild pitch and stolen base. That set the table for game hero Joel Edwards who ripped a two out grounder to the right side and, amid confusion by the Cardinal fielders, raced safely to first with Zac sprinting home with the winning run. For the first time this season, The Librarians came to life with the Sturt bench going (relatively) crazy. The Saints batted out the inning with no further damage as time expired and were ready to pop the corks to celebrate another victory. But wait - just when everyone thought it was over….

The umpire, in contravention of league rules, declared one more inning would be played. Heads were scratched. Utterances were muttered. Sturt bounced back out into the field. A one out Kensy single and a wild pitch had the tying run at second base. Strappsy cooly fanned the next two batters, the first swinging, the next looking to finally close the door on our last home game of the season.

A well deserved win to the boys who fought back hard from a 4-2 deficit. Thanks to Theresa for scoring, RB for pitch counting and Tony Catt for umpiring.

One week to go - another afternoon affair at Henley and Grange. Quiz night is March 2nd. It would be great to see all U17 players and parents there for what promises to be a great night.

Hits: Jonas Garcia (3B) 2, Zac Becker (3B), Josh Vidale 1 each

RBIs: Brad Strapps 2, Jonas Garcia, Joel Edwards 1 each

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jack Dawson/Mitch Dawson)

Sturt 10 defeated Adelaide 1

For our last game of the season we came up against an Adelaide side sitting towards the bottom of the ladder. This was a great opportunity to see how well the boys could stay focused in a game that we expected to win.

Some early loss of focus by some of the guys was ultimately overshadowed by some great defensive plays and solid pitching. Angus Catt went 5 innings, striking out 5 and only giving up 1 run while Zac Becker came in for the last inning, blowing the opposition away with 3 strikeouts to get the save.

Lachy Seekamp was a rock behind the plate with some impressive plays including a perfect throw to 2nd base to gun out Adelaide's first base runner while Jamie Vidale was impressive in right field helping the pitcher's stats by keeping some well hit balls to singles.

Overall the lads had a great game offensively both at the plate and on the bases with a combined total of 11 hits and 13 stolen bases across the team. Ethan Dawson produced 2 ground rule doubles in his 3 hit performance while Jake Mossman contributed 2 hits and 4 RBI's to continue his hot form. Both Will Jordans and Zac Becker both added to their season steal total with 3 stolen bases each to help us get some key runs throughout the game.

It was a hard game heading into finals as the boys felt the opposition would provide little competition which was highlighted through some lapses in focus throughout the game , however, the boys were able to hit confidently and field well so they should be confident in where they are at heading into finals in a couple of weeks.

Hits: Ethan Dawson 3; Jake Mossman, Angus Catt 2; Will Jordans, Zac Becker, Lachy Seekamp, Jamie Vidale 1

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Mark Richmond/Andrew Vidale)

Sturt 6 3 0 2 x (11)
Goodwood 0 3 0 0 0 (3)

Sunday at beautiful Norman Reserve saw us playing 6th seeded Goodwood in a preview to what will probably be our 1st finals game in a few weeks time.

We started very strongly with Austin Parkinson in complete command on the hill - three quick K's and we were back in the dugout. We came out firing with the bat and displayed our trademark base running to quickly pile on six runs with the help of a few walks from Goodwood's 1st time pitcher.

And then the wheels fell off! A walk, a HPB and three wild throws chasing runners around the bases gifted the Indians three unearned runs in quick succession as Austin battled on against both sides, striking out three batters to stop the rot.

Goodwood had rattled us and it took the combined efforts of both coaches and the next two innings to get the boys back on track. Callum replaced Austin on the hill and did a great job in only his 3rd outing for the season keeping Goodwood scoreless through the 3rd and 4th innings as we regained some composure.

The top of the batting order kept up some momentum in the 2nd and again in the 4th to put some extra distance between us and the Indians before Spencer took over from Callum in the 5th to close out with another scoreless innings.

Two weeks out from finals and the only thing standing between these boys and a flag is themselves.

See you all Thursday for the Sturt v Saints seaon final round!

Hits: Jamie & Spencer (2b, single), Tyler & Callum (2b), Austin (2 singles), Sebb (single)
Runs: Austin (3), Jamie, Jake & Tyler (2), Spencer & James (1 each)
RBIs: Jamie (4), Spencer (3), Callum (1)

Under 15/2 - Saints (Coach: Tony Catt/Stan Warrilow)

Saints 17 Kensington 5

You could be forgiven for thinking those booms you heard on Sunday afternoon was thunder rolling in on the rain front. Instead it was the Saints bats putting hits into the darkening skies over Flinders.

Going to the air was safer than hitting grounders on the deterioirating diamond. Does anyone know a plumber who can connect up the irrigation?

Samson was first up for a pinch start on the mound and got 3Ks in the first innings. Alex then shook off the drive from the Mount and got involved in three outs at SS to wrap up the second.

Angela then pitched through the light rain with 4Ks and no hits over 3 innings.

But back to the booms. The lineup peppered the outfield with ten hits to centrefield and another five doubles and singles to the corners.

Alex boomed a first pitch HR and followed up with 2 doubles. Lachie H cracked 2 doubles and 2 singles. Angela lofted another double and single, Lachie S stroked three outfield singles with singles to Ryder (2), Angus, Samson and Nick. Zach and Shannon converted runs from getting on base.

The Cardinals pitchers weren't giving up too many free passes so swinging was the way to go. This approach also resulted in 10 Saints strikeouts.

Overall a good game for the bats and defence with no ground ball errors on that poor fielding surface.

We now have a short turnaround with the 15's derby on Thursday at 6pm. We look forward to a great turnout of family and friends to send off both 15/2 squads into the finals series.

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Nick Borello/Tom Becker)

Sturt 8 defeated East Torrens 0

Another pitching masterclass and some aggression on the base paths turned this game into a great eight-nil win for the top of the ladder Sturt under 13s.

The flinders 'dustbowl' left a large group of parents and coaches wondering what has been going on in the past month. I think it's fair to say that the field down at flinders has seen better days. Nevertheless, we accepted the conditions and got straight down to business with Zach Altamura doing his job as the starting pitcher by shutting down the East Torrens offence through the first inning.

Harry Hutton had a go in the leadoff position today and did a cracking job by getting a solid base hit to centerfield to start the game. Oscar Levinson followed suit by getting a nice base hit to drive in Harry and put the Saints up on the board.

Zach continued to dominate on the mound giving up no earned runs in his 4 innings of solid work and tallied up 10 strikeouts. Harry Hutton came in to close out the last two innings of the game and did so in typical Harry Hutton fashion by chalking up 5 strikeouts. A top notch pitching campaign!

Unfortunately, our hitting today was not so 'top-notch'. On paper the statistics look quite good with 11 hits in total but we just couldn't manage to lump the hits together to put some more runs on the board. I think due to the inaccurate pitching the boys have been facing lately, many of them are going up to the plate with the mentality of drawing a walk. With some extra work in the batting cages I'm certain the boys will start swinging the bats a bit more.

Well with dominating pitching and some solid hitting, we came away from the 'dustbowl' with a win. The 'coaches highlights' today were the 4 extra base hits that were collected by Yeoryi, Max, Zach and Harry, Max Becker continually to be solid behind the plate, the excellent fielding from Lachlan at second base as well as Drew and AJ doing well by both collecting solid base hits!

Next week it's Kensington who will face the top of the ladder saints for the final game of the regular season. With finals looming, the boys need to continue the great effort they've been putting in all season so we can have a shot at the flag!

3 - Harry Hutton (2B), 2 - Oscar Levinson, 1 - Yeoryi Perentes (2B), Zach Altamura (2B), Max Becker (2B), Jayden Quabby, Drew Edwards and AJ.
Runs Scored:
3 - Harry Hutton, 1 - Max Becker, Yeoryi Perentes, Zach Altamura, AJ, Drew Edwards and Max Becker

Little League Sturt (U11) (Coach: Jarred Holland )

STURT 4- Goodwood 1

This Sunday we headed down to Goodwood it was great for the boys to get to play on the big diamond. As we were the away side we hit first, Gus, Sam and Leo got walks and Archie got a hit , but we were unlucky not to score.

The first pitcher of the day was Sam and ever though he hasnt done it in a while he did a great job and Gus did some great fielding at second base.

Our next at bat saw 1 walk to Tom and then saw the boys get struck out in order. With Sam still fresh i sent him back out again to get some more pitching in, he almost got his outs but fell 1 out short, so young Leo finished it off as good team mates do.

Next at bat something started to work in our favour with Josh A starting with a safe hit and then Williem with a walk then Gus and Josh H got walks then Kale hit them in to see us get 3 runs on the board.

Leo got back on the mound to finish his work off ,he got a little shaky and hit a couple of kids but moved on quickly to get his outs, (way to bounce back kid).

With the next at bat Tom got another walk then Blake got a timely hit and Josh A and Williem too, Well done boys to strike out the game and get another run.

Too finish off the game Kale found it hard to find the zone but after a quick chat from the catcher and the coach to tell him " that was in the past now work to the future" to then see him strike out the next 3 batters in order.

Its great to see the boys enjoying the game as team mates.

Thanks too Aaron, Ralph,Jimmy and Ky for always making things run smoothly and to the greatest u11 scorer Larissa.







L. Garcia






J.Altamura 2
B.Taylor 1
W.Aitken 1
A.Becker 1
K.Mattews-Hampton 1

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