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Twilight win 16/01/18

Last night's twilight game win, against Port Adelaide, broke a run of poor form and a 5 game losing streak for the A grade side. This run has seen the team drop from 2nd to 7th place on the ladder.

Welcoming back Ky Hampton, Harry Knuckey and Aussie McClure from their fantastic U/18 Nationals performance, their winning ways continued. Ky was outstanding on mound, throwing 6 inning without giving up a run, while Harry took a spectacular catch in centerfield at a pivotal moment of the game.

The rest if the team did a great job against one of the leagues best import pitchers. Being able to grind out at bats resulted in wearing down the right hander to where he finally started making some mistakes in the 6th inning. Deadlocked at 0-0 until then, McCardle, Roeger, Brebner-Russ and finally Ridding had consecutive base hits, resulting in 3 runs.

This was all we needed as the clock ticked over and no new inning could begin.

Hopefully the hard fought win will act as a season momentum changer and get us moving in the right direction.

We take on Glenelg at home this Sunday, 3pm.

Hope to see you there!

..:: message posted on Wednesday the 17th of January, 2018 23:30:24 ::..

Newsletter 16/01/18

Welcome to the first Newsletter for 2018! Best wishes to all our teams for the remainder of the season!

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Division 1 (Coach:Tom Brice)

Tuesday twlight- Sturt 3 d Port Adelaide 0 Sunday- Adelaide 12 d Sturt 5

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Adelaide 16 d Sturt 1

Division 3 (Coach: Tony Catt)

First game after the long break and we took on Adelaide at Adelaide and it wasn't the result we were looking for. To be brutal we were outhit, out pitched and surprise, surprise out played.

Mick, Pete and Nick battled manfully on the mound throwing a sizable percentage of strikes. Our defence was average and as usual the errors proved very costly. They weren't helped by half a dozen of the luckiest pop ups/line drives/bleeders call them what you will that landed in.

We managed just the 5 hits with the best being a double RBI single cracker to left field from Dutchy Holland who continues to shine with the bat. Always worth a mention was Jake Powell's line drive to right field which also drove in a runner and that was about that. Brett Mulryan managed two hits from his 3 at bats but overall we were beaten with the bat 9 hits to 5 and to add to this we had some entertaining base running to keep coach Catt bubbling in the dugout.

Big improvement required next week as we take on the undefeated Bays.

Thank you to Sue Mulyran for scoring yet again. Much appreciated.

Hits: Brett 2, Dutchy, Jake

RBI's: Dutchy 2, Jake

Pitching: Mick Trlin 2IP, 1K, 2BB's, 4 hits, 2ER. Pete Turner 1IP BB, 4 hits, 4ER's Nick Borrello 1IP 1K, 2BB's,

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Div 4 defeated Adelaide 13-1

Well the boys started 2018 just how they finished 17!!! With a near on faultless performance.

Benny Packer started on the hill, throwing 4 innings for just 1 run. Patty Burns continued his good form in relief with 2 scoreless innings with 4 strike outs. The boys were well supported in the field, especially by Dale and Benny B in the outfield who took some good catches in blustery conditions.

Hitting once again was strong!!! Benny 'Panther' Bicknell got things going in the first with a massive three run home run to right field and from there we didn't look back.. we scored 3 in the first followed by runs in the 2,3 and 4th and the game was shot when we picked up another 6 runs in the 5th.

Everyone contributed with the bat, either picking up walks or hits.

We now sit 3rd and take on the top of the table Glenelg this Saturday....

hits Nicks 3, Crutchley, Martens, Winter 2, Lemon, Bicknell, Burns, Boundy 1

Division 5 (Coach: Adrian Hill)

Bye

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Southern Districts 11 d Sturt 9

Division 7 (Coach: Matt Chenoweth)

Flinders 17 d Sturt 3

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 16th of January, 2018 23:15:07 ::..

Christmas Edition Newsletter

On behalf of the Sturt Baseball Club may I take this opportunity to wish you and your familiy seasons greetings and all the very best for 2018. In tonight's twilight game our Div 1 team went down 6-1 to Glenelg.

Junior teams did not play last weekend due to the heat rule and now have the summer break! We look forward to seeing you back on the park in 2018!

Please remember our wine sale is available throughout the season- Click on weblink which will take you to the site to order

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Division 1 (Coach:Tom Brice)

Sunday-West Torrens 13 d Sturt 3

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

West Torrens 8 d Sturt 1

It was a tough day at the office for the boys on Sunday. West Torrens came to play and we were probably a little unsettled with so many guys away and a lot of people playing in different positions to their usual spots. Brodie battled away on the hill for us again but things weren't quite going our way. The offensive side of our game never got going against a pitcher that shouldn't hold us to only 1 run. Josh Tindall provided a one of the few highlights smashing a triple to centre right and Devon Barker chimed in with a sac fly to score our only run of the game. Tyson Ottaway came into pitch the last couple of inning and did a great job against an experienced lineup. We head into the mid season break in very good position on the ladder and will be ready to bounce back in January and mount a charge into the finals.

Division 3 (Coach: Tony Catt)

West Torrens 10 d Sturt 1

Last game before the break and we copped a big do do sandwich. Two errors to begin the innings resulted in an avalanche of unearned runs as West Torrens feasted on our mistakes with 7 hits and 9 runs. Coach Catt called for a response and with Aussie taking the hill we finished the game keeping a potential blow out in check and lost 10-1.

Amongst the rubble of the defeat Austin McClure threw another lion-hearted effort in relief striking out 7 whilst giving up just the one earned run. Tim Boundy should have had 3 up and 3 down in the first innings, instead suffered 7 hits by the cruel game that can be baseball.

As Harry Doyle would say "just 3 goddamn hits? Yep that was the sum against young Marsh who threw well and picked up 7 Saints scalps. Mick Trlin and Jake Powell got hits in the second innings but our batting for most of the game was effectively non-existent. When the top 4 go none from eleven at bats it doesn't help the cause.

Hits: Mick Trlin, Jake Powell, Brett Mulryan

Pitching: Austin McClure: 5IP 102/67, 7K's, 3BB, 4 hits, 1ER. Tim Boundy 1IP 23/9, BB, 7 hits 0ER

Thank you again to Sue Mulryan for scoring both games again today. Big congratulations to Dale Martens for hitting a solo bomb in the 4's and the reason I'm mentioning it is in case Division 4 team management don't write a report! 6-5 at the turn. Eight games to go. Interesting times ahead.

Merry Xmas to our loyal band of supporters and may you all have a safe Xmas and a Happy New Year.

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 8 d West Torrens 2

Division 5 (Coach: Adrian Hill)

Sturt 9 d Goodwood 6

Indians 0,1,1,2,0,2,0 (6)
Saints 0,0,1,1,0,7 (9)

A late game at home again this week against a fired up Indians tribe who we suspect had a few pre game xmas drinks. This game had everything good hitting, fielding, sledging, scraps and a protest.They jumped us early but brilliant defence by the hammer at short and U17 Robbie Brennan in his first senior game at centerfield keep us in touch.The pressure was building as spot fires broke out everywhere but our boys showed their "True Grit" (like the movie) and withstood the challenge.

Stan dominated on the hill into the 6th inning throwing 100 pitches or so giving up a few bleeders and some solid hits.With time running out and into the bottom of the 6th we started our comeback from 6-2 down. The tail wagged with Colonel getting on from an error, Jules lined up the middle and young Robbie laid down a perfect running bunt to load the bases with none out. Stan the man singled to center/right to score 2, Kosi then hit to the opposite field after their coach made him change to a legal bat, Richo doubled deep to left/centre, Hammer singled to left and Magic Mike single to right.It all happened too quickly as we scored 7 runs with only 1 out and still 5 mins remaining. Stan was done by this stage and with a 3 run buffer Fame had to take to the hill now.

Their lead off batter singled up the middle,a fly out and 2 strike outs later we had snatched an epic win. By this time the Indians were now fitting between themselves with their coach ejecting one of his own players.This was truly a great win by the lads considering we had 2 injured players and a 16 year old up and coming star on the field. Thanks to Treddy for umpiring /Jodie for scoring and putting up with the unsportsman like behaviour of the bad goodies. A well deserved xmas drink was earned by all involved and we will keep celebrating this win into the new year.

Hits : Hammer 4, Stan 3, Jules & Kosi 2, Fame, Richo & Mike 1.

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Tigers 9 d Sturt 8

Division 7 (Coach: Matt Chenoweth)

Angels 15 d Sturt 3

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 19th of December, 2017 21:44:27 ::..

Newsletter 12/12/17

Christmas is almost upon us with the last junior games this weekend before the break!

We will be celebrating Christmas with a delicious lamb spit this coming Sunday! Serving from 1pm and available all day. Come down, support your club and enjoy a delicious lamb roll with garlic sauce and salad for just $6.

Under 17's from 10am, Division 2 from 12:30pm and the clash of the titans Division 1 Match of the Day Sturt versus the reigning premiers West Torrens from 3pm.

A big thank you to Sharron Holmes who has arranged a special wine deal with profits coming back to our club! We have had a huge response thus far!

Thanks to everyone who has helped out the club by placing your order.

Click on weblink which will take you to the site to order!



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Division 1 (Coach:Tom Brice)

The A grade team had their first bye on the weekend only one game was played in the past week.

Last Tuesday's game saw us come up against 10th placed team, Southern Districts.

After giving up three runs, due to errors and unlucky hits, in the first two innings, Josh Tindall cruised through the following three innings.

On offence, the team came out a little sluggish, yet again. A few opportunities to score runs early presented themselves but went begging, as we were unable to come up with timely hits.

Southern Districts starting pitcher left the game in 5th and we were quick to take advantage.

Following Knuckey and Brice reaching on an error and base hit, a towering McArdle homerun drove in three runs to tie the game. A hit procession was to follow, as we scored two more runs on hits to Roeger, O'Gorman and Ridding. Inning ending, Sturt up 5-3.

Tindall's good form faltered in the top of the 6th inning, walking the leadoff batter. This was backed up by a base hit to centre. A well-executed sacrifice bunt, and SD had runners on 2nd and 3rd, 1 out.

It was the at bat that followed, with a base open, that cost us the game. Falling behind in the count Tindall missed his location and served up a cookie. The pitch was dispatched over the left-centre fence, giving the lead back to SD.

Unable to score in the inning that followed, we went down in a disappointing loss, 6-5.

We will be taking on East Torrens at West Beach Wednesday night at 8.30pm. Hope to see you there!

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Sturt 14 d Gawler 4

Division 3 (Coach: Tony Catt)



Sturt 14 d Gawler 3 A beautiful day and a long drive (by Adelaide standards - thanks Mick) had the feel of a picnic lunch outing. Jenne bringing the delicious homemade scones only added to the flavour of the day. With the absence of Coach Catt (on family duties), the friendliness of the opposition further increased the feeling of serenity to cap it off our 17-year-old starting pitcher was in the unaccustomed position of being four years older than the club umpire.

We had 13 hits and to be honest the sun played havoc with the opposition outfield looking right into the sun and a few hits were fortunate to say the least. Their first pitcher threw with a bit of pace (compared to the "bullpen") and the team took 6 runs off the opening innings effectively killing off the contest.

Eight out of nine of the team got at least one hit and Josh Vidale playing his first 3's game for the season got amongst it with 3 singles from his four bats and nearly killed the opposition pitcher who stood about 5 2" and weighed 50 kgs with his attempt to steal home on a passed ball. Fortunately, the diminutive pitcher finished up sitting on Josh like a cowboy who just lassoed a bull and not the other way around. Pity we didn't get a picture.

Defensively we didn't have a lot to do. Gawler had six hits and apart from a double in the fourth innings suffered 9 strikeouts, seven at the hands of Aussie in his 3 innings of work, and couldn't string anything together. Conversely, we had just the two strikeouts and apart from the first innings we faced some of the gentlest pitching in a while. Highlight of the day was Matt being struck out looking by the 15-year-old pitcher throwing loopy pies. Great lesson in not letting the umpire decide. Matt spent the next two hours looking for his dummy.

Pitching - did I mention pitching? Matt made his first appearance for the season on the hill relieving Aussie after 3 innings and it didn't exactly go as planned. A frustrating 7 pitch battle with a 5 2" batter (the same one that had lassoed Josh) ended in a walk. This was followed by a HPB and then the shoulder went. Mmmm…. not his day. Reckon the drive home with the family would have been interesting.

Worth mentioning the cracking triples from Dutchy and Ben plus Jake's large double. Nicknamed the Balfour boys after that - pie lovers.

Hits: Vidale 3, Ben Lucas 2 (3B), Liam Lucas 2, Brett Mulryan 2, Jared Holland (3B), Jake Powell (2B), Matt Mulryan, Austin McClure
RBI's, Ben 4, Josh 2, Jake 2, Brett 2, Aussie, Liam
Pitching: Aussie 3IP, 7K's, 4BB's, 3 hits, 1ER. Jake Powell 2IP 2K's, BB, 3 hits, 0ER's, Matt Mulryan - seriously?

6 wins and 4 losses for the season and pleased to announce that it's the best Sturt 3's season regardless of the end of season outcome since the 2012 year. Well done to all concerned.

Last game before the break at WT. Hard to say where we are on the ladder when the other slackers don't post their results. Anyway, we're around the top 6 which is better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

Special thank you to Sue Mulyran for scoring both games. Much appreciated.

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 23 d Gawler 0

Division 5 (Coach: Adrian Hill)

Tigers 0,0,1,0,2,1,3 (8)
Sturt    2,0,1,0,0,0,0 (3)

Home again for an early start against one of the flag fave's the Tigers.This was a top quality game of baseball that just got away from us in the final innings. Pitchers Stan 'the Man' up against 'Sanga' Sam Dixon were in control.We managed a couple of unearned runs early and our smooth defence held them out. Hammer @ short , Magic Mike @ 2nd and myself @ 3rd didn't miss a trick and we led 3-1 after 4 digs. The Tigers then launched their assault hitting deep to the outfield and finding the holes,runs started to flow.We went into the 7th and final inning now down 3-5 and with Tigers applying the pressure with more hits plus a wild throw they picked up more runs and again we failed to reply in the bottom of the 7th.Game over. Our offence let us down this week only picking up 6 hits total half of them to frenchy.

Hits: frenchy 3, fame, magic mike, kilojules 1. A pre xmas win against the Indians at home next week will keep us in finals contention.


Thanks again to Bones for umpiring and the Jodes for her tidy bookwork.

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Glenelg 16 d Sturt 15

Division 7 (Coach: Matt Chenoweth)

Woodville 11 d Sturt 8

Runs: Justin Ranford 2
Lucas Giancola 2
Phil Martin 1
Matt Chenoweth 1
Shane O'Connell 1
Justin McKinley 1

Hits: 11

RBI: Matt Chenoweth 2
Chris Sandor 2
Lucas Giancola 1
Phil Martin 1
Joel Edwards 1

PItches Justin McKinley 100

Strikes: 44

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

Sturt 6 d Gawler 4

Sturt hit its home track for the first time in recent memory, taking on the young and undermanned Gawler Rangers at Norman Reserve. Weatherwise, what a day it was with sun shining and a cool breeze giving all in attendance hope that summer may yet arrive. With Gawler a couple spots below Sturt on the ladder on one win and having only 8 players for the game, the Saints may have thought they were in for an easy time of it. That was definitely not the case as our old issue of lackadaisical effort at times really made a rod for our own backs. The boys struggled to get the ball to the outfield to take advantage of the 2 outfielder situation but did enough to cobble together 6 runs for the "W".

Joel Edwards did a great job with the bat today driving in two runs to lead from the front. Jonas Garcia and Josh Vidale contributed with both bat and ball each getting key hits and pitching 3 quality innings. Joa Poskey-Miles had a nice line shot single to leftfield to drive in a run in the 3rd inning and swapped between 3rd base and 1st base in the field with equally good effect. Sam Stewart had a couple good hits to drive in a run and shows promise of breaking out of his recent slump. Bradley Strapps was again solid behind the plate. Joe Harvey is taking some really good hacks and is on the verge of a breakthrough. Jamie Vidale got the call-up today to patrol centerfield and took a real nice rally killing catch to end the Rangers' second inning threat. Thanks for playing for us today, Jamie.

West Torrens pay a visit to Norman next week to close out the first half of the season. Let's get plenty of supporters out to help the boys stand tall against yet another strong opponent. Word is a lamb spit will be tantalizing players and spectators alike during the game so bring your appetites and stick around for the club's annual Christmas extravaganza which includes the Div 2 and Div 1 boys also playing West Torrens following on from our game.

Hits: Sam Stewart 2, Josh Vidale, Jonas Garcia, Joa Posey-Miles, Joel Edwards 1 each

RBIs: Joel Edwards 2, Josh Vidale, Sam Stewart, Brad Strapps, Joa Poskey-Miles 1 each

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

Sturt 2 Def by Henley & Grange 7

The boys had their work cut out for them this week as we faced a strong Henley & Grange outfit who were top of the table and yet to lose a game.

Zac Becker started well on the mound striking out his first two batters before the umpires tightened up the zone, resulting in a series of walks contributing to 3 runs in the first 2 innings. Angus Catt came in to relieve and did his job pounding the zone but unfortunately Henley and Grange got lucky with hits down the left field and right field lines to score 4 runs in the 4th inning.

Early on, the H&G pitching was on point. With too many boys watching strike through strike 3, we weren't able to get a hit until the 4th inning off a stand up double to Lachie Seekamp followed by singles to Spencer Warrilow and Angus Catt. This lifted the spirits of the group as we were able to get a run back. This momentum with the bat was on show in the 5th as Ethan Dawson got a leadoff single followed by 3 stolen bases to score our only other run for the game.

For the boys, this game was an eye opener as they now know what needs to be done if we are going to be competitive come finals.

Hits: Dawson, Seekamp, Warrilow, Catt 1

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

Sturt 1 0 0 0 0 (1)
Saints 4 1 1 0 1 (7)

Alas our heads just weren't in the game when we met the Saints for our second twilight derby on Thursday night at beautiful Norman Reserve.

Our pitchers struggled to find the zone, dishing out a record 10 walks and only 3 K's between them, and we let the Saints get an early jump with too many fielding errors in the 1st innings.

The boys battled on but weren't swinging the bat well enough to stay in the game as the Saints slowly edged ahead.
For a brief moment it looked like we might make a last dig rally - again! but alas it was not to be.

Despite the disappointment at our first loss for the season there were many good lessons learned from the game and the boys stayed supportive of each other to the end.

So, with that behind us we are now focussed on our clash with 2nd place H&G this weekend - watch out Rams!!

Hits: Callum (2b), Jake 2, Spencer & Jack 1 each
Runs: Jamie 1
RBIs: Callum 1

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

Sturt 1 0 0 0 0 (1)
Saints 4 1 1 0 1 (7)

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

Sturt 7 defeated Southern Districts 2

The Saints had the rare opportunity of playing at the great Norman Reserve today at a brutal start time of 9 am. After having an eye opening loss the week before, the Saints were eager to get back to their winning ways and remain in the top spot on the ladder. The original game plan went through the shredder after two late drop outs and a player calling in late. We started with 11 players but suddenly we were down to 8 with the parents left wondering who's been doing the dodgy maths. Nevertheless, we swapped a few players around and ended up with quite a good field and line up. Harry started the game and did a great job by striking out the first two hitters. However a couple of early control issues led to 4 walks and one lucky runner scoring to put the Saints in a losing position early. However, Harry got out of the bases loaded jam with a strikeout to send the Hawks into the field.

Our batting affair got underway with Jacob unfortunately taking a hard thrown fastball to the thigh. Jacob dusted himself off though and stole second before advancing all the way home on an overthrow from the catcher and some poor backing up from centre field. With the Hawks' pitcher struggling to find the zone Harry, Ciaran and Magnus all walked. Harry made his way home in typical Harry Hutton fashion by being aggressive and advancing on balls in the dirt. Suddenly we were one run up but the Saints weren't quite finished yet with Oscar stepping up to the plate and driving a fastball into centre field to bring home Ciaran. One strikeout later we were sent back into the field but we had taken the lead and were eager to defend it.

Harry was granted with a much needed quick inning with a strikeout, walk and a great heads up double play by first basemen Oscar Levinson. The Saints were buzzing and hustled into the dugout to try and put some extra padding on our slim lead.

Max Becker got the ball rolling by getting a nice hit to land himself safely on first. Yeoryi then got a great hit to left field to bring in Max and get himself on base. Harry was patient at the plate and made his way to first after a hard earned walk. The big number four hitter Zach Altamura was up next and looking to redeem himself after striking out in the first. Zach did just that by sending a fastball deep into centre field for a ground rule double to bring in Yeoryi. Unfortunately Ciaran went down to a good pitch and we were forced to field but we had given Harry breathing space on the mound by adding another 2 runs to the total.

The pace of the game turned to quite relaxed after the 2nd inning with pitchers from both sides throwing well and limiting just 3 runs from both teams collectively for the remainder of the game. Harry continued his good work with a solid third inning with 2 strikeouts and no runs being scored, ending his pitching campaign throwing the maximum amount of pitches, 6 strikeouts and only one earned run. Great job!

Our bats fell asleep through the 3rd and 4th inning with two 3 up, 3 downs. The crowd were awoken though in the final inning with Magnus delivering with a cracking 2 RBI shot to right field. Amazing!

Our pitching remained at the high quality standard it has been all year with Harry doing his part and Zach coming in to do a great job to close out the game. Zach threw 50 pitches with 7 strikeouts and only one earned run. Our catchers did a great job supporting our pitchers with Zach again doing well behind the plate and Max continuing his great season behind the dish with a solid 3 innings.

Well, our tenth game of the season was a good win over a solid Southern Districts side to make our record 9-1. Our hitting was okay today but we could have been more aggressive with just only 5 hits being chalked up on our side of the score board. However, the Southern Districts pitching was quite good and rumour around the field was that the pitchers have played a few under 13 division one games…. Next week will be a top of the ladder clash between the Goodwood and Sturt with one team coming out on top. Get the boys to watch Rocky I - V, a good night's sleep and listen to some motivating music on the car ride over and fingers crossed we come out on top!

Great job to all the players and way to bounce back after a loss by snatching the win! A big thanks is owed to Mark Hutton who took over the coaching role while I was away as well as everyone else who helped out in my absence. Also have to thank Mark for umpiring, Malene for scoring and Frank for coaching first base.

Hits
1 - Oscar Levinson, Zach Altamura, Magnus Smith, Max Becker and Yeoryi Perentes

RBI's

2 - Magnus Smith, 1 - Yeoryi Perentes and Zach Altamura
Runs Scored

2 - Harry Hutton, 1 - Jacob Willans, Yeoryi Perentes, Zach Altamura, Ciarin Behan and Max Becker.

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

STURT 2- West Torrens 10

Well the baseball gods where not with us this weekend.
The pitchers all did a great job but the bats just didn't want to work.
These things happen let have a FUN training and finish with a good game before the Christmas break.

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 12th of December, 2017 22:00:27 ::..

Newsletter 05/12/17

For those of us that braved the cool night for the twilight game at Sturt it was bad luck to see our Div 1 boys go down 5-6 to Southern Districts after a similarly close game on Sunday where on this occasion our boys defeated East Torrens 6-5!

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Division 1 (Coach:Tom Brice)

Tonight's Twilight- at home- Southern Districts 6 d Sturt 5

Sunday- Sturt 6 d East Torrens 5



Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

East Torrens 7 d Sturt 0

It was a tough day out for the Div 2 lads on Sunday, with not much going our way. We managed to load the bases up in the top of the first on the back of 2 HBP and 1 walk, then score what we thought was our first run off with a sac fly from Brandon Russo. This was short lived as a dubious call from the umpire, who thought Reed Stewart had left third base early, saw it turn into a double play and that was side away. From here on East Torrens took the upper hand scoring one in the bottom of the inning and never looked back. Brodie battled well on the hill with all bar two runs given up unearned, due to some uncharacteristic errors in the field. East Torrens only managed 4 hits from Brodie's 6 inning of work but capitalized on a couple of walks and errors to pile on 5 runs. Offensively we were a little disappointing only picking up two hits for the game and 8 base runners in total. We struggled to make the adjustment on a tough hitting day with the wind blowing in, there were too many fly balls easily tracked down by East Torrens. This wasn't our best outing but by no means anything to worry about. We will learn from this and work towards bouncing back against Gawler this weekend at home.

HITS: Stewart, Faehse 1.

Division 3 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 2 d East Torrens 1

A superb defensive and coaching effort saw the fightin' Three's get over the line 2-1 against a determined East Torrens. Sometimes one at bat can change a game and Peter Turner's 8 pitch at bat which drew a walk in the bottom of the 6th did just that, a steal to second by Pete and a sac bunt from Mick got Pete to third and Jake Powell's RBI ground out to first was enough to score and put us in front 2-1. Ice cold Mick Trlin took the mound for the final two innings defending the slenderest of leads and as predicted last week closed out the game and earned the save.

Defensively there were some real highlights, Liam Lucas at centrefield was a stand out with his catching on a swirly day and he capped it off with a magnificent 8-2 hose on a potential sac fly. Dutchy's leaping save of a line drive and another Double Dutchy solo two out special for his fourth solo double this season brought the crowd to their feet.

It wasn't until we went through the stats that we realised Aussie and Mick gave up just the one hit and that was a half volley that was oh so close by a desperately diving Liam in centre. This was against a team that had scored 80 runs in its previous 8 games. Great effort.

The batting was another story. 4 hits to 1 was enough to get us over the line but Coach Catt's post-match script was one of lost opportunities and poor pitch selection. We left 8 on base and had runners in scoring position too many times to count and we failed to convert. Fortunately our defence came to the party today.

Victory has many fathers and defeat is an orphan. Thank you Father Tony.

Next week it's off to Gawler for the annual cut lunch and compass trip.

Thank you to Carol Burns for scoring in Sue's absence.

Hits: McClure (2B) Holland, Lucas L, Trlin

RBI's: Powell
Pitching: Austin McClure: 5IP 87/49, 6K's, 5BB, 1 hit, 0ER. Mick Trlin 2IP 33/18, 1K, 2BB, 0ER

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

East Torrens 5 d Sturt 2

Division 5 (Coach: Adrian Hill)

STURT 10 d GLENELG 2

The good, the bad & the Ugly.We were good, they were bad and the win was ugly.

At home for the first time in months we faced Glenelg who we were told didn't have anyone that can throw strikes and how true they were.12 walks and 5 hbpb's made for an ordinary game of baseball.

We on the other hand had Stan the Man on the mound firing, backed up by an awesome field.The Hammer once again nailed everything at short Andy Garcia at second was silk and even I jagged a few plays on the hot corner including a 5-3 double play.Spenny Warrilow must get a mention in his first senior game took a couple of good catches at centre and Jules Potiki at right on one leg (he is waiting for knee surgery) picked up a RBI before hew was subbed out when Colonel Sanders turned up mid game.

Thanks also to the injured Frenchy for base coaching ,Bones for umpiring and the ever reliable Jodie for scoring.

Next sat.we face the Tigers at norman reserve (early) in a rematch of the first game of the season in which we got spanked so this will be a true test of how much we have improved.

Hits: Kosi 2,Stan,Hammer,Jules 1.

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Angels 16 d Sturt 12

Division 7 (Coach: Matt Chenoweth)

Adelaide 14 d Sturt 7

We faced Adelaide this week as the home team at Flinders and unfortunately the story continues this season with another close game that got away from us in the last 20 minutes of play.

We started the game off really strong and it was a great game of baseball to be involved in.

We had some great plays in the infield with Luca at 2nd base along with Ethan Dawson at 3rd base making his debut in the 7's.

Prez pitched another solid game this week before we seen old faithful make a return to the mound with Richie "Elvis" Carter finishing off the game.

We went into the second to last innings being infront by two runs but unfortunately Adelaide were successful with their offensive game and we just couldn't get the job done defensively.

A special thank you again to Shane Sandor for scoring.

RBI: Ethan Dawson 2, Justin Ranford 1, Chris Sandor 1, Justin McKinley 1, Richard Carter 1

Pitching - Justin McKinley 96
Richard Carter 13

Strikes - 83

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

Sturt 7 d East Torrens 5

Sturt wound up its 5 game road swing with a trip to Felixstow to take on the second place East Torrens Red Sox. On a cold and blustery day full of unusual happenings, the Saints put together their best team effort of the season to open up a 7-0 lead and escape with a 7-5 boilover. What an enthralling game.

While the stars of the show were Josh Vidale, Jonas Garcia and Robbie Brennan, everyone on the team contributed significantly to the win and can be proud of their effort. The Red Sox starter was throwing heat, but leadoff man Jonas cracked a sharp single to right to set the tone for the day. Sam Stewart reached on a dropped third strike and while getting thrown out at 2nd attempting to steal, Jonas scooted home for a 1-0 lead.

Joa Poskey-Miles reached first on a muffed fly to left to lead off the second and promptly stole 2nd and 3rd, scoring on a wild pitch to make it 2-0. Joltin' Joe Harvey walked to open the 3rd and Jonas followed suit. Sam ripped a single to centrefield to bring home Joe with Robbie then breaking it open with a cracking shot to rightcentre to score two more. Robbie then scored on a groundout and suddenly the boys were up 6-0 and rocking the dugout.

While all this was going on, Josh was throwing his best 4 innings of the season, striking out 6 while walking only 2 in holding the Sox scoreless. The big guy was also aided by some solid fielding behind him, most notably a nice running catch in the bottom of the 2nd by Joel Edwards roaming from left to left centre field to scoop up an ice cream cone and squash a one on, one out rally. In the 3rd Sam took a knee high grab in centre and threw to 1st to double off the Red Sox runner with Robbie making a great play at first to corral the high throw.

Robbie doubled to left centre to open the 5th and was driven home by Josh next up to make it 7-0 and the boys were breathing easy. Not so fast. Bottom of the 5th and Josh had given way to Sam. Brad Strapps who continues to be solid behind the plate shifted to 3rd with Boxless Joa Jackson taking over the catching duties. A walk, error, a single, a blown call, a blown gasket by the coaches, a reversed umpire decision and a couple nice plays at 2nd by Luke Warburton later and it was 7-2. Let's hope we never have to go through that again.

Just to make life interesting for coaches and supporters, Sam walked the first 4 batters in the bottom of the 6th and final inning. Never fear - Strappsy to the rescue moving to the mound for only the second time this season and getting the next two batters on a fielders choice and a strikeout. The Sox were back at the top of the order and duly singled to score 2 and make it 7-5 with runners on 2nd and 3rd and 2 outs. Hearts racing, palms sweaty, our easy cruise looked headed for an iceberg and a repeat of last week's heartbreaker. There was joy in Mudville this time around, however, as the Red Sox last batter grounded out 3rd to 1st to close out a well deserved win for the Saints. For the second week in a row the boys stood firm against the top of the competition and have positioned themselves well for the latter half of the season. Great work guys.

Hits: Jonas Garcia 3, Robbie Brennan 2, Sam Stewart, Josh Vidale 1 each

RBIs: Robbie Brennan 2, Sam Stewart, Josh Vidale 1 each

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

Sturt 9 defeated West Torrens 8

After a dominant display against Woodville last week, the boys looked to have started where they left off with three runs in the first inning including a 2-run home run from Zac Becker, his 3rd in two games.

With the game seemingly in our favor after the first inning, the lads lost their focus in the field for the second inning allowing West Torrens to reach the maximum 7 runs, putting us in a 4-run deficit for the first time all season.

Being put in this position it was impressive to see the boys keep their heads up, acknowledging that there was time left to catch up if we just focused on scoring more than the opposition for each of the remaining innings.

This is exactly what the boys did, consistently hitting with runners on base, scoring in every innings to claw back and gain the lead in the 6th while solid pitching from Angus Catt during the middle innings and dominance again on the mound from Zac Becker late, helped close out the game keeping West Torrens to a single run after the 2nd inning.

Hits: Dawson 3; Becker (HR), Seekamp, Catt 2; Jordans, Garcia, Stephens, Parkinson 1

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

Sturt 5 d Goodwood 2 It was a weird day, bit wet, bit sunny when the batters from across the road came to play. defensively Jamie started the pitching, striking 5 batters out from 9 batters and only letting one hit go. Austin followed and threw two innings only seeing 8 batters with 3 strike outs.

Spencer came on to closed things out with a strong pitching effort until bang, a line drive straight back at him taking one right in the ribs. The strong lad wanted to go on under the watchful eyes of his mates around him, up till then a Stella performance with three strike outs. Jamie back on to finishes with three down.

All the boys pumped and willing to try different things and the new lease of life with the nonstop chat was welcome and a key to going on even though a couple of errors lead to letting a run or two through the tight knit group.

Spencer was our first on base, laying down a running bunt, that was practiced during the week. Austin moved him around with a double first at bat and both driven home by Seb, who had a great day with the bat, even missing a signal, but putting down the best bunt we have seen yet. Tyler had his usual two bag hit to right and Callum also had a nice hit to right, a nice 5 run effort for the boys.

This team continues to grow and is fast becoming a tight group of boys, each week getting behind each other, even when mistakes are made. It also has to mentioned, the efforts and great plays from our friend and help from U13's Zac Altamera, who is now classed from the team as one of the boys!

Thank you to Stan for umpiring, thank you to Jake for scoring once again and for all at the game getting behind the team.

HITS Spencer, Seb 2: Austin, Tyler, Callum 1

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

Kensington 15, U15/2 Saints 15

30 runs in 2 hours would suggest that plenty happened in this game. You would be right!

On five completed innings there were 17 hits 20 BBs 24 SBs and 10 Ks. Plenty to keep the huddled crowd involved on a cold Sunday afternoon.

We also had a rain delay, defensive interference non-call overturned and a steal of home on a misheard call.

Brad had a day out with 3 hits, 4 runs scored and 5 steals. Shannon cracked a double and stole 3 bases. Nick got on with a liner to 8 that drove in 2 runs.

Angela pitched 4 innings for 4Ks and 4 BBs with first pitch strikes on 15 batters and 56% in the strike zone.

Lachie H closed after catching and having a nice 2 to 1 play at the plate to nab the advancing Cardinals runner.

Zac put on the mask for the pressure packed last inning and put his u13 body on the line with some gutsy work.

Thanks to the J Crew - James, Josh and Jack who patrolled the outfield and got on 5 times to plate 4 crucial runs.

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

Glenelg 7 d Sturt 5

All good things must come to an end. Unfortunately, this was the week where the boys were unable able to keep their winning streak going, enduring their first loss of the season away to a strong and determined Glenelg.

A solid start saw the boys with 2 runs on the board in the 1st inning. Then Harry Hutton came on to pitch and what a great game he had on the mound. Harry threw extremely hard, with plenty of strikes. Glenelg certainly had no answers to his pitching. In 4 1/3 innings striking out 11 batters with 3 hits, only 1 walk and 0 runs.

After the first 1st inning it became a pitcher's duel, with neither side being able to add any runs on the board until the 5th. The top of the 5th saw Sturt add a further 3 runs with a double from Harry and a single from Zach and Jayden as well as 3 walks.

With a 5 run lead the boys were looking good. However, at this point the game took drastic turn. An extremely hard-hit line drive hitting Harry flush on the shoulder took him out of the game.

With Harry hurt and off the field, Glenelg's confidence lifted and were able to drive in 2 runs, bringing the score line to 5 - 2 after 5 innings.

With final inning, it was vital for Sturt to get some more runs, to put the game beyond doubt. The inning started well with the lead-off batter walking, unfortunately the next 3 batters were struck out in order.

The bottom of the 6th things were tense and with a 3 run lead we were more than hopeful of holding on for a win and to keep the winning record alive.

Regrettably It was not to be as things took a turn for the worse. Trying their best our relief pitchers were unable to do the job, with the Glenelg batters hitting well a few pass balls and hit batter resulted in Glenelg running over the top of Sturt bringing in five runs and the win.

It was a great effort by the boys and I am sure the experience will only drive them to get back on another winning streak.

A very big thanks to Mark Hutton for coaching the boys on game day, with our regular coach Nick Borello back from his overseas trip this week. Also thanks to Malene Smith for scoring and Jody Sadecki for the pitch count.

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

STURT 8 - Goodwood 7

It was some unseasonal weather for this time of the year up at the most beautiful baseball ground in Adelaide "if not Australia". Well after the coach sent the message out the night before, and was sending the team to the wrong ground some fast thinking parents sorted me out and fixed the problem and we all got to the right place.... "that was a test and u all passed " GAME ON......

Kale got the nod to start today after a few weeks in the roll of Fireman, his first innings was almost text book with 2kC, 1hit, 1k2.... FANTASTIC CHAMP.

Next it was time to see if we could get our bats rattling and Sam started the day with a safe hit, then Gus got a BB then Kale hit a ball that came down with snow on it to run a in the park home run, GREAT WHEELS. ..Josh H kept thinks rolling with another hit and then Williem got a HPB to take one for the team Archie got a BB then Jake got one to score the max 5 runs, GREAT team effort to start the game out on the right foot.

Kale's next innings got off to a shaky start with a hit and a walk but got his rhythm back for 2kC but was at his pitch count so in the theme of u11's last few weeks we gave Archie his first chance to try and have a go, so with that he ran out there with a big smile on his face eager to throw that ball hard and did just that, well done for your first time .

Our next at bats were ready to score some more runs, Jake took one for the team then Sam stepped up and got another hit then Gus ,Sam and Tom got walks which scored another 2 runs , Great team effort for all the boys.

The boys bounced out to the field to back up there pitcher but a few good hits and some unlucky plays saw them score the maximum 5 runs. These things happen and you just have to learn from them and keep your chin up and smile to focus on the next play. Our next at bat saw Williem got HPB again then walk to Josh A then got retired in order.

With the scores tied at 7 all and only 7 mins to play the boys gave it 1 last crack to change a draw into a WIN. Young Gus was given the chance to be the Fireman this week WOW kid you made me lose more hair somehow and give your dad more grey hairs by loading the bases but finishing the innings with no runs.

Here we go the bottom of the last innings who is ready to step up big for the TEAM. The first two batters gave it a crack but were unlucky and got out, then Kale worked hard to get a walk and also Tom.

Then chip off the old mans block Josh H got the hit to score the winning run and to let all the fans to breathe a sigh of relief.

Thanks to everyone for staying on top of me and coming to the right ground I will learn from that. To Aaron, Ralph, "been to the cricket" James , Anne (and we will miss u next weekend) and Lorissa our great scorer. Get exceited for hard work on the track and a bigger game next week, TEAM.

HITS S.Horley 2, Josh H 2, K.Mattews-Hampton 1 (in the park HR)

PITCHING

STRIKES

BALLS

K.Matthews-Hampton

26

25

A.Becker

14

25

G.Hennessey

12

13



..:: message posted on Tuesday the 5th of December, 2017 21:04:29 ::..

Newsletter 28/11/17

Great result tonight in twilight game played at Sturt against Woodville with 11-0 win!!

Also for all our junior players out there the Bite are giving away a free ticket for all kids under the age of 16 that show up to Saturday's game in their club ball jersey!

All they have to do is show up in their uniform and they will get a free ticket for the 12pm game on Saturday.

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Division 1 (Coach:Tom Brice)

It was a week of mixed results for the A grade side. A tough mid week win against Golden Grove was followed up by a tough 10 inning walk off loss to Henley & Grange.

The battle of Main North East road at peak hour on a Tuesday always puts teams on the back foot when travelling to Golden Grove for a midweek contest. Staying true to form, the arrival of our final two players, at 2 minutes to game time, meant preparation was less than ideal. But, just the way it goes.

After going down by 3 runs early, taking all the walks and hit batters given, against some sub par, incredibly slow working pitching., the hitting lineup battled their way back. It was not until the 4th inning, after scoring two runs, 90 minutes later, did we collect our first hit, a Connar O'Gorman line drive to left.

Damon Arnold replaced Josh Tindall on the mound in the 4th with the score line 3 runs a piece.

We managed another run in the 5th, to put us up by a run. A costly error and some bad luck allowed GG to peg a run back and tie the game.

With 3 minutes on the clock we were able to start a new inning.

Making up for his error in the 5th, Tyler Chappell, led off with a double. Harry Knuckey followed it up with another base hit to drive in Chappell. Two hits later and we had scored another run, to have a two run buffer. With light fading we ran ourselves out of the inning to have time get 3 outs and the win.

Jackson Brebner-Russ came into close, striking out the side in quick succession. A tough hard fought win. 6-4.

We went into Sunday's game against Henley & Grange confident. To H&G's credit they played a game that would make anyone surprised they had only 3 wins prior to the weekend.

We were up early after a line drive bullet to the fence, from Will Wirth, scored Brice, who reached on an error.

H&G pegged the run back as Damon Arnold on the hill battled to produce his best stuff.

Jackson Brebner-Russ, returning from Bite commitments was quick to make an impact, dispatching the first pitch he saw over the left field fence.
Ky Hampton, also returning from the Bite, replaced Damon on the mound, with us down 3 to 2. He managed to hold the strong hitting line up scoreless while we pegged the run back on anther Wirth bullet.

Both teams were unable to score for the innings that followed, putting the game into extra innings.

Unable to score in the 10th inning, Hampton returned to the mound intending on taking us into the 11th.

Without doing too much wrong, a very experienced ex-MLB H&G hitter hit a good pitch just well enough to avoid being caught by Paul Holme's fence climbing attempt. A walk-off homerun.

A good quality game of baseball, played in really good spirit… unfortunately seeing us go down, 4-3.

We took on Woodville this evening at the club winning 11-0

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Sturt 3 d Henley & Grange 1

Division 3 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 1 Henley & Grange 8

Not as bad as last week but a 7 run fourth innings was enough to squash any chance we had of winning. Take away a few costly errors and simply too many walks we were outhit 10-3 and that's enough to do it.
Highlight of the day was Mick Trlin's cracking double to centre and his last innings 8 pitch cameo on the mound that yielded 3 up and 3 down. Mick had a good day and might have reinvented himself as a closer. Brett Mulryan smashed a hard-hit double down the third base line and scored our only run of the day and Austin McClure was our only other solitary hit with a single up the guts. Rather difficult to win a game with just the three scattered hits.
No real highlights in the field and the earned run score of 3-1 against simply demonstrated we made a couple of errors at crucial times which we can ill afford against teams with older ex-Bite and Division 1 players that still swing a mean axe.
A big thank you to Tim Boundy who stepped in after sitting behind the dish in the previous game and threw an excellent first innings collecting 2 strike outs. You're always welcome in the three's Tim.
Thanks to Sue Mulyran for her Division 1 standard scorebook.

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Henley & Grange 4 d Sturt 3

Division 5 (Coach: Adrian Hill)

ST 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 5
GG 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 4

This week the famoose 5's made the dawn buster trip to Dodger Stadium to take on Peter (Moose) Moore's Golden Grove. We hit first and eventually loaded the bases with 2 out before Kosi came up trumps with a opposite side single to left field and putting us on the board with 2 runs. Frenchy took to the hill and we got out of the first with our margin in tact.

The next few innings we got runners on but left them stranded and gave them easy runs on errors.We stayed strong knowing our offence would finally click but we left it until sudden death.Frenchy pitched 3 digs and Stan 4 both doing a great job along with Hammer nailing everything at short. So the scene was set ,top of the 7th and we are now down 4-2 with top of the line up due.

Stan grounds out, fame hits up the middle, frenchy singles to left, then richo triples to the wall and frenchy goes for home with a head first dive and eat dust to avoid the tag.Hammer then nails one to left to pick up richo and we are up 5-4.We head back out behind Stan the Man to protect our slim lead and he didn't let us down with a couple of ground outs and fly outs for a great win.

That's 3 in a row now and the team is working well together and having fun.Thanks again to Jodie for making the champagne journey with us.

Hits : Stan, Kosi 3, Frenchy 2, Fame, Richo, Hammer, AJ 1

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Adelaide 14 d Sturt 3

Division 7 (Coach: Matt Chenoweth)

Game to be rescheduled

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

Sturt 4 lost to Henley & Grange 5

The boys did a great job against the top-of-the-ladder team, staying ahead until the final innings.

Some highlights were Jonas & Josh's pitching, our return to hitting form after a slump of a few weeks, and Josh's massive double that went over the fence after one bounce.

It was good to hear some more chat in the dugout and in the field and there was good energy all around - our absent manager Dave Stewart would have been proud.

It was a heartbreaking loss but we are proud of our efforts against such a tough team.

Hits: Josh 2, Jonas 1, Joa 1.

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

U15/1 - Sturt 18 d Woodville 4

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

Sturt 0 0 2 0 4 5 (11)
East Torrens 2 1 1 3 0 1 (8)

Top of the 5th, 2 out, runners on 2nd and 3rd, we're trailing 3-7 and looking down the barrel of the season upset. Boom - Jack Gooden's 2 run clutch double to left field re-ignites the fire and turns the game around!!

Two walks later and with bases loaded the Sox sniff an easy out to curb our rally, but James Athansopoulos takes the pitcher deep into the count for a walk to get Jack across the plate, taking the tally to 6 runs and putting us within striking distance. We head back out to field with the fire still burning, 3 up 3 down with a strike-out and two text book 1-3 plays and we are back to the dugout for our last chance to score.

Awakened by the 5th innings rally the boys shake off the lethargy that plagued them early on and play disciplined baseball. A walk to Tyler followed by Seb's 3rd single for the day puts two in scoring position. A cracker double to left field from Finn puts the 2 runners across the plate and we take the lead for the 1st time in the game. With his feet still not quite back on the ground Jack teases a walk out of the Sox, Spencer singles to centre, frustrated Austin is walked for the 3rd time, and we are back to loaded bases with James up to bat. Big Jimmy A is robbed of a hit by a spectacular field from the Sox short stop but he gets Jack across the plate to increase the lead to 3 runs. Spencer's aggressive running on Callum's grounder to 2nd scores another and we head out to field for the last time leading by just 4 runs.

The tension mounts!!

We walk the 1st batter, strike out the 2nd, advance the 3rd on a dropped 3rd strike wild throw to 1st, but Seb hoses the lead runner trying to steal home on the wild throw and suddenly we have 2 out with only a runnner on 1st. We walk the next two batters to load the bases and look on aghast as the umpire calls catcher's interference to push a run across the plate and reduce the lead to 3 runs. Full count and Jamie digs deep to win an 8 pitch battle, striking out the 3rd batter and the coaches resume breathing…

A few special mentions are warranted. Jack Gooden had his best day out with the bat including the game changing double to left field and 2 RBIs. Seb also had his best day with the bat going 3 from 4 and backed it up with strong fielding all day at 1st and positive chatter to keep the game alive. James continues to improve, putting the ball in play twice from 4 plate apperances to drive in 2 runs. Finn continues to hit solidly with his double to left field in the 6th driving in the winning run. Spencer started on the hill for us and threw 3 solid innings with 5 K's and only 1 walk, and Callum was solid in his first full day behind the dish.

Fair to say that the boys were just not in it to begin with. Tiredness? and maybe a hint of complacency got us in to strife early on but the boys came back simply by playing their usual game and just in time to narrowly escape a loss and hold onto top spot with a 2 win lead over H&G in 2nd spot. Plenty of stuff to work on at training this week in preparation for next Sunday's home game against Goodwood at 11:30 - don't miss it!

A big thanks once again to all the parents that came out to support and Jake Parkinson for scoring.

Hits: Seb (3), Tyle & Finn (2b, single), Jack (2b), Callum & Spencer 1 each
Runs: Tyler (3), Seb & Jack (2), Callum, Jamie, Finn & Spencer 1 each
RBIs: Jack, James & Finn (2), Callum, Seb, Jamie & Spencer 1 each

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

Henley and Grange 10 d Under 15/2 - Saints 8

One that got away. Similar story to when we played them in round one.

H+G played an aggressive base running game with seven steals in the first four innings. We responded with three wild throws that kept them on the field. Timely hitting scored their runs.

Angus and Ryder combined for 58% in the strike zone with 9 strikeouts and 16 first pitch strikes. Angela was involved in 5 infield outs and Nick snatched a blasted line drive near his nose.

We got on base in half our at bats but couldn't convert the opportunities with two innings ending with the bases loaded.

Hits to Angus, the Lachies, Brad and Angela. Zach Altamura cracked a single to centre field that brought in two runs and fellow under 13er Max Becker got on base twice.

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

Sturt defeated Woodville 12 - 7

The boys were excited to play their first home game for the season at Norman Reserve and to continue on their winning form.

Despite the excitement of the boys, the game certainly did not reach very high levels. It was a game full of confusion and errors, with not many highlights to report.

The game saw a slow start from Sturt, as the boys found themselves in very unfamiliar position for the season falling behind 6 - 3 during the fourth inning.

However, the last two innings saw a much stronger performance by Sturt. A struggle by the Woodville pitcher with several walks, some good hitting in particular a triple by Max Becker which brought in 3 RBI's saw Sturt hit the lead. Solid pitching by Zach in the last two innings saw Sturt come out on-top with the win.

The team continuing undefeated, however more improvement will be required if they wish to keep this record intact.

A big thanks to Mark Hutton for coaching the boys on game day, Malene Smith and Sally Edwards for scoring and Angus Catt for Umpiring.

Hits: 2 Hits - Max Becker, Yeoryi Perentes, Lachlan Kent, Jack Becker 1 Hit - Ciarin Behan, Zach Altamura

RBI: Max (4), Yeory (2), Zach (2) Jack (2), Lachlan (1), Ciarin (1)

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

STURT 12 d Goodwood 5

It was another early start for the kids, the sun was out the guys where switched on with the coaching staff getting them ready to go, that is after a little song from Blake's mum.

From the first pitch till the last the boys were all swiched on to win.
We hit first s.horly got a walk, then young Dutchy went bang with a loud triple "a chip of the old mans block "...

Josh.A the leftie got the nod to start with 3 K2 WELL DONE ......

Our next at bat WOW.......W.Aitkens started with a walk, J.Altamura got a hit. L.Garcia K2 but with a 9 pitch at bat which was won of the best at bats i have ever seen at this level..... FANTASTIC KID....

Archie got a walk Luke took a HBP for the team to get on base for the first time, Sam K2 then J.Holland again went BANG for a double this time, Kale got a walk then young Tom Passmore hit a double to bring up the maximum 5 RUNS......WOW... what a hitting innings I tip my hat to you young MEN.

Josh.A threw the 2nd innings for 2 KC and 1 K2 well done kid job done...

Our next at bat started a little slow with walks to Blake and Gus then a hit to Josh.A then Leo got the disease then Archie caught the disease and they both got hits, Sam went BANG with a double Josh.H with a lazy walk then Kale got loud with a in the park home run, Tom finished the innings with a single for the maximum 5 runs again.

The coaching staff deceided to mix it up today and give Williem a go at pitching and Blake trying his hand at catching "dont hurt your hand champ" they both did very good Blake worked hard at blocking everything and Williem trying to use the fielders to be a team player... WELL DONE YOU 2 boys u both did a great job....

The next at bats were a bit quiet but when we hit the ground again to field for the last time there was nothing quiet about the fireman Kale throwing the ball into the leather of Hollands glove and getting the nod to try an off speed pitch. Well done...

Boys like i said u have set the bar of how we play, lets keep it up with hard work on the track and be switched on for next Sunday.

As always thanks to Aaron, Ralph, James,Ky, Lorissa and sing us a song Carole for the jobs u help THE TEAM with. I hope you all enjoyed the GREAT WIN and the game we love .

HITS
J.Holland 2 (2B,3B)
T.Passmore 2 (2B)
J.Altamura 2
K.Mattews-Hampton 1 (4B)
S.Horley 1 (2B)
L.Garcia 1
A.Becker 1

PITCHING

STRIKES

BALLS

J.ALTAMURA

21

17

W.AITKEN

9

23

K.MATTEWS-HAMPTON

10

6



..:: message posted on Tuesday the 28th of November, 2017 21:29:01 ::..

Newsletter 21/11/17

Well done to Div 1 with three wins during the week against Northern Districts, Southern Districts and tonight's twilight against Golden Grove where we won 6-4!

Please mark down in your diary Sunday 17th December 2017 for our Christmas show which will commence at the end of our Division 1 game against West Torrens. Further details to follow!

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Division 1 (Coach:Tom Brice)

Following a week that involved two disappointing losses to East Torrens and Woodville, the A grade side bounced back with two wins.

Brodie MacBeth led the way in our Tuesday twilight clash against Northen Districts, throwing the complete game while only allowing one run. Our offence was strictly business, accumulating 12 runs on fifteen hits, to make quick work of the cellar dwellers, and return us to the winning column.

Anyone outside the club might have thought we might struggle once the Bite season begun. Those within know better.

Taking on Southern Districts, after losing Brebner-Russ, Roeger, McArdle, O'Gorman and Chappell to travel with the Adelaide team, Holmes to injury, and Wirth due to family commitments, the A grade side required serious revamping.

16 year old, Reed Stewart and Alex Hopton joined the new look lineup to make their first career A grade starts.

Showing true testament to the depth of the senior squad, the team never faltered behind a dominant pitching performance from Ky Hampton, throwing 7 strong innings. Damon Arnold wrapping up the final two.

Every member of the starting lineup collected at least one hit, in an impressive display of patient at bats and aggressive base running.

Stewart's double and Hopton's 2 line drive hits which opened their A grade accounts, were highlights only matched by Harry Knuckey's first A grade home run. First of many on all accounts, one would think.

A great team effort saw us win with authority, 10-4. Taking our record to 8 wins and 4 losses.

Hits: Knuckey 2(HR), Adkins 2, Ridding 2(HR), Hopton 2, Brice 2, Arnold 1, Stewart 1, Hopton 1, Arnold 1, MacBeth 1.

We take on Golden Grove @ Golden Grove tonight, 6pm.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Sturt 7 d Southern Districts 2

This week we had a slightly different looking lineup with Bite players away, but it didn't change the outcome of the game, as the Div 2 continued the winning streak. It was a great opportunity for the guys performing in the Div 3 to step up to the next level and get some game time. Aussie McClure and Ben Lucas got the call up and did everything we were hoping for and more. Ben Lucas picked up his first hit in B Grade with a double to Right field and Aussie picked up a pair of singles. The boys slotted into the team seamlessly and we went about our business defeating South 7-2. Brodie Macbeth prove to good again, only conceding two hits and no runs through 5 inning of work from 66 pitches. Aussie McClure took over the pitching duties for the final dig in his first outing for the B grade this year. After conceding lead off hit and two walks, an error in the field saw two runs cross the plate for Southern Districts. To his credit, Aussie was able to compose himself picking up the first out with a strikeout and then producing a fly ball that Josh Tindall swallowed and threw out a runner second base to complete the game. The boys were really patient in the box, picking up 9 walks throughout the game but also picking up timely hits with runners on scoring position. Brandon Russo the best of the hitters going 3 for 3 with a walk.

HITS: Russo 3, McClure 2, Lucas, Wirth, Hopton 1.

Division 3 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 3 Southern Districts 16

After last Saturday's game on Remembrance Day this was a match that was entirely forgettable.

A first innings debacle began proceedings and we conceded 11 runs from which we all know there is no recovery. They'll make a movie about it if you comeback from there. No movie.

The boys made no errors in the field, had a couple of calls that may have cost a couple of runs but we were outhit 8-5 and the added gift of 20 walks makes for a bad day at the office. We had our dacks very firmly removed. The Emperor has no clothes!

I'll focus on the positives - we're 4-3 and still in the top 8 on the ladder with a positive percentage. After the first innings the score was 5-3 so it was pleasing we didn't drop our heads and played out the game. Amongst the rubble there were a few diamonds, Liam Lucas continues his good form with the bat with 2 from 3 and his aggressive centre fielding is a delight to watch. Jake Powell hit a cracking double and was so unlucky supposedly getting hosed at home. A couple of other hits to Dutchy and Matt and that was all she wrote.

A big thank you for Tom Winter and Benny Bicknell hanging around for what may have been one of the longer first innings of their lengthy and distinguished baseball careers. The opening innings lasted 40 minutes by my reckoning. I had two cigarettes and a hotdog in that time. Sue Mulyran for scoring 20 walks (yes that's correct) and the loyal crowd that sat around in disbelief.

It always darkest before the Dawn.

No stats to protect the innocent.

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 9 d Southern Districts 4

Division 5 (Coach: Adrian Hill)

Sturt 9 d Adelaide 7

AD 2 1 0 2 0 0 2 - 7
ST 4 1 0 0 3 1 - 9

This week we were at our home away from home Flinders against the highly fancied (themselves) Angels. They came out swinging from the first pitch and scored 2 but we countered crushing the ball through the line up to score 4.The Game then tightened up through good pitching and defence from both teams. Frenchy left the mound after 3 to make way for Stan the Man in his first outing of the season. Stan went head to head against another former Sturt Div1 pitcher in Coco and it was poetry in motion.Stan did well only giving up 2 runs in 2 digs the standard set for the day,meanwhile we continued our hitting onslaught led by Killer Jules Potiki with 4 from 4 and Frenchy 3 from 4. I was the Fool on the Hill for the last 2 digs and got the 3 outs in the 6th with ease but with a 4 run buffer in the top of the 7th got into trouble.The Angles were still hitting hard but a few sharp ground balls to Stan now on the hot corner and a 1 to 3 finished the game for a well deserved Saints win. We are now 3 & 3 and with a couple more wins before the xmas break will see us push for a finals spot. A big thanks to Treddy for umpiring and Jodie for getting out of the traffic jam in time to score for us.

HITS:13 Jules 4, Frenchy 3 Kosi 2 ,Stan ,Fame, Richo & Hammer 1
ERRORS: 0 or maybe 1

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

West Torrens 16 d Sturt 9

With a lovely morning and Norman looking a treat, Thank Knuckey we were looking for a win but we again gave up the 7 run innings in the last to lose by that amount.

So this means Chris "Daisy" Day joins the 7 run club which consists of Chris "Smally" Small, Mark "Pop" Burns, Glenn "Doc" Young and Chris "Daisy" Day.

We did come back from 9 - 2 down to even the scores at 9 all, bottom of the 4th.

Thanks to Pat Burns and Adrian "Fame" Hill for filling in as numbers were very low this week. Thanks to Carol Burns for scoring and Don "Wulffy" Wulff for umpiring

We will be back at it again this week and hopefully we can get a "W" this week.

Division 7 (Coach: Matt Chenoweth)

Sturt 7 defeated by Southern Districts 11

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

Southern Districts 4 Sturt 2

The boys made the long trip to Southern Districts Sunday looking to build on a 2 game winning streak in their only game against the Hawks this season. Unfortunately the bats continued stone cold, our fielding and starting pitching went further south than Christies Downs and a mysterious strike zone all combined to deliver a disappointing loss in a very winnable game.

Hitting report: Our first 5 batters struck out and 8 of the first 9 Sturt outs were by Ks. Yuk.

Pitching report: Eight walks and a single in the first 2 innings dropped us in a 3-0 hole that proved a bit too deep to dig out of. Double yuk.

Both of these were against recent trends so hopefully it was a one game hiccup. We managed to go hitless, scoring our only two runs on a couple walks, stolen bases and wild pitches in the 3rd inning to make it interesting. Take'em any way you can get 'em when times are tough.

Highlights today were Jonas Garcia tossing 2 2/3 innings of solid relief pitching, Bradley Strapps continuing to settle well behind the plate and Robbie Brennan recovering from a dropped fly to centre by nailing the batter trying to stretch it into a double. Other than that, burn the film.

Thanks to Linda for scoring and Gail for pitch counting this week. From the frying pan to the fire next week as we head to top of the table Henley & Grange. The boys can do it when they are on their game so lets work hard at training Thursday night, eat gourmet hot dogs afterward and turn the ship around.

Hits: All played well

RBIs: All played well

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

U15/1 - Sturt 15 d Southern Districts 3

The boys got off to a great start with 7 runs in the first inning, capitalising on fielding errors. Multiple stolen bases from Ethan Dawson, Will Jordans, Jaime Vidale and Jack Hutton.

A great double from Spencer Warrilow and on his Sturt debut, Mount Gambier lad Alex Ridding showcased his potential with a deep triple to right field. Closing out the first was Will Jordans with a 3 run bomb over the center right fence. unfortunately only one of his 3 RBI's counted due to the 7 runs per inning maximum.

The bats went quiet throughout the middle innings before again capitalising on some wayward pitching with another triple to Will Jordans and double to Jake Mossman.

After a rusty start on the mound for Jack Hutton, he was able to recover well striking out 4 of his last 5 batters while keeping the opposition to just 3 runs. Zac Becker closed out the game for us in intimidating fashion striking out 4 without giving up a hit.

Out of all the games played so far this season, this was the most impressive as the lads were able to come home strong in a game that could have faded due to a high early score difference and hot conditions.

Hits: Jordans (HR), Warrilow 2; Becker, Mossman, Parkinson, Ridding 1

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

Bye

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

Score Saints 7 defeated Port 0

Game started as a pitching duel with first 4 innings yielding just five hits from both sides.

Angela, Ryder and Lachie Seekamp had tight defence backing their strike zone pitching with seven infield outs and any free passes being shut down with three Magpie base runners caught stealing in scoring position.

13 of Port's first 17 batters had first pitch strikes putting them under pressure.

Hits were hard to get with Samson being the only multiple hitter across both teams.

Quality at bats saw their pitcher hit the limit and out of the game at end of four innings having given up only 5 hits.

That opened the door for us with patient batting (eleven BBs) and aggressive base running over next two innings to plate seven runs.

Angus shut the door with five strikeouts in last two innings to deny Port the chance of a comeback.

Special thanks to Kale Hampton who stepped up and started our sixth inning rally with a BB and missed two sure singles into left field by inches.

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

Sturt 15 d GGCD 8

The Sturt Saints were away this week to take on GGCD. With the coach Nick away for the next 3 weeks, the boys were eager to continue their unbeaten record.

The boys certainly got off to a great start with the bats hot early. Five hits and aggressive base running in the first inning to bring in the maximum allowed five runs.

Excited about the great start the boys jogged onto the field ready to play great defence. Zach on the mound got off to a shaky start with the first batter hit by a pitch. The batter proceeded to steal second base, however a great double play by Jayden with a catch then running out the player at Second, who left his base too early. With the next batter struck out Sturt were off to a 5 Nil lead after the First Inning.

The second inning continued as the first with 3 more hits and 2 runs scored. Great pitching in the second with two strike outs and a ground out kept GGCD scoreless in the second.

The third inning certainly did not go all Sturts way. With GGCD working hard to get back into the match. Great pitching and great fielding by GGCD left us with only one runner on base and eventually without a run in the third inning. At the bottom of the third, GGCD started to hit and a couple of errors on the field allowed them their first two runs on the board.

The fourth inning resulted in both teams hitting well with Sturt adding onto their score with a further 3 hits and five runs. Jacob Willans then took to the mound for only the second time in his short baseball career. It was a great effort by Jacob creating a lot of groundballs. Unfortunately, our fielding wasn't unable to back up our pitcher allowing GGCD back into the game with 5 runs themselves.

The final inning Sturt put the game beyond doubt adding a further 3 runs to their score. Harry Hutton then came onto the mound and in typical Harry Hutton style through hard to strike out the team.

The game was hard fought by both teams with Sturt coming out on top with a final 15 - 8 score. Our batting today was great with all the boys swinging the bat well. This continues the U13/2 winning record, currently undefeated for the season.

A big thanks to Mark Hutton for coaching the boys today. Jody Sadecki for scoring and Joanne Obst for the pitch count.

Hits:
3 Hits - Zach Altamura - 2 Hits Oscar Levinson and Max Becker 1 Hit Yeoryi Perentes, Jack Becker, Harry Hutton, Jayden Quabba, Jacob Willans, Drew Edwards and Ciarin Behan.

Runs Scored:
3 Runs - Zach Altamura - 2 Runs Max Becker, 1 - Run Yeoryi Perentes, Jayden Quabba, Harry Hutton, Jacob Willans, Ciarin Behan, Drew Edwards.

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

Little League Sturt (U11) 8 d Glenelg 2

The Sturt Saints were again at Home to take on Glenelg on another beautiful sunny morning with the field looking picture perfect - Play Ball!

Blake was given the ball for his first ever trip to the mound to start off the game, looking maybe a little nervous conceding 3 walks and a hit for Glenelg's first run of the game. He then got into the zone for three straight strike outs to finish the top of the first, showing us all what we have known for some time now that he really does have a great arm on him, great stuff Blake keep up the good work! Nice to see all the lads get around their team mate for a great first effort on the bump.

Next was our turn to bat but unfortunately it was not a great day for swinging, through no fault of trying, just not enough balls in the zone to hit which reflects on the score sheet with 13 walks and 2 HPB from 30 trips to the plate over 4 innings. But that said the boys really tried. Willem managed a walk and got around bases for our first run of the innings to tie it up 1-1 after the first.

Next on the mound was Josh A. and was able to keep Glenelg from scoring with some solid pitching.

Back into bat in the second innings but we were unable to trouble the scorers even with a great hit by Jack to centre field. Scores still tied one all.

To the top of the third with Josh A. back on the mound and again showing great form to only concede one more run and then with a full pitch count, Sam was put on the mound to finish off the innings striking out the last batter, great backing up Sam. One of the highlights of the game was Jack getting under an infield fly at short stop to make an amazing catch with the ball swirling around in the breeze and snatching it in the glove with a split second before it hit the ground - awesome! In to bat and Aiden managed a walk then Gus came to the plate for a nice hit to advance Aiden to second, we will credit that with a sacrifice hit to Gus, I am sure the big one is just around the corner Gussy. Then with a number of walks and nice single to Kale, we managed to bring Aiden, Willem and Josh H. (Little Dutchy) home for three more runs before the end of the innings. Sturt up 4-2.

Top of the fourth and the ever reliable Kale was brought in to do his stuff and as usual nicely done, three up, three down. Back into bat in the bottom of the fourth and a number of walks and a nice hit to centre field by little Dutchy and we managed another three runs with Sam, Archie and Jack getting across the plate. Saints win 7-2.



Special mention to Luke for playing his first game of baseball and getting involved, welcome aboard!

Nice work by the guys today to chalk up another win under some difficult opposition pitching but kept their heads in the field to get it done.

Again many thanks to all our helpers Larissa and Anne on the score bench and to Kye, Ralph and Jimmy for assisting Dutchy where we can.

PITCHING

STRIKES

BALLS

B. Taylor

12

19

J. Altamura

22

20

S. Horley

4

-

K. Matthews-Hampton

9

4

HITS: J. Destino 1, K. Matthews-Hampton 1, J. Holland 1



..:: message posted on Wednesday the 22nd of November, 2017 21:29:57 ::..

Newsletter 14/11/17

For those of us there tonight Div 1 won the twilight game at home defeating Northern Districts 12-1

The Junior Player of the Week is James Athanasopoulos- you can view his profile on our player profile page

WORK WANTED

Outstanding baseballer and future Adelaide Bite player Dylan Ridding is looking for casual work in the vicinity of 20 + hours a week.

Dylan is a polite and intelligent young man who not only plays a great game of baseball but is fit, agile and ready to be put to work.

He has come up from Mount Gambier (his home town) to play with Sturt this summer season and is looking for any casual work.

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Division 1 (Coach:Tom Brice)

Twilight at Sturt - tonight- Sturt 12 d Northern Districts 1

Sunday- Woodville 8 d Sturt 7

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Sturt 12 d Woodville 7

With first real taste of the summer in the air, Woodville jumped out to a hot start with 4 of the first 5 hitters getting on base, by way of 3 doubles and a walk. With the bases loaded and one out, Brodie stepped up and got us a ground ball which should've ended the inning but we couldn't quite take full advantage by rolling the double play. With Brodie striking out the next hitter, the damage was limited but we found ourselves down 0-3 after the first inning. Dakota Mitchell started sharply for Woodville and faced the minimum batters in the first. Will Wirth kick started the 2nd inning with a double and was promptly brought home from a sac fly by Brandon Russo after advancing to third on a pass ball. Alex Hopton also crossed the plate in the top of the second to make the score 2-3.

Woodville were kept scoreless in the bottom half and we kept the pressure on by scoring two runs in the 3rd to take the lead, only to surrender the lead in the bottom half of the inning, thanks to 2 run home run to the Woodville cleanup hitter. The fourth inning saw the game tied up at 5 all and also the end of the day for Woodville's starter.

From here the mighty Saints took control. The top of the fifth saw 7 earned runs crossed the plate thanks to 2 walks, 4 doubles and a couple of singles. Josh Tindall took over the pitching duties with a handy lead and never looked back. While Woodville manage to score 1 run in each of the final two innings, they never really threatened with Tindall having all the answers to their challenges. The boys were challenged all day by a very competitive Woodville outfit, but in the end, we came away with a strong 12-7 win. It was really pleasing to see the team respond to everything Woodville had to throw at us and when the opportunity arose, break the game open. Quality at bats and solid defense again providing the result that sees the Div 2 boys holding top spot on the ladder over East Torrens on percentage.

HITS: Stewart, Arnold, Kerr 2, Faehse, Wirth, Russo, Hopton 1.

Division 3 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Remembrance Day 2017 was overcast, warm and humid. Playing at home against the undefeated ladder leaders Woodville, the game would turn into an 8-innings pitcher's bull fight ultimately culminating in a splendid 2-1 win for the Fighting Threes. Season ledger stands at 4-2.

The game began with an uncharacteristically angry young man taking the mound for reasons unbeknownst to anyone but himself. The lusty swings of the Senators further dampened his mood and a massive double to left centre had the Senators off to a good start and leading by one. Another lead off hit from Mr Evergreen Jarrod Holland plus a stolen base and we had none out and a runner in scoring position. Nope - nothing happened after that.

The Senators swinging continued, the bases were loaded up, the mood was dark on the mound, but we escaped the jam inducing a flyball to centrefield and the score remained at 1-0. Back into bat and just the 10 pitches later we're back in the field. The turnaround is worth mentioning. After prescribing himself "Africa" by Toto and "A Horse with no name" via Spotify 9 throws of controlled pitching results in two ground outs and a strike out to their 3,4 & 5 batters. You would think the reply was coming but a walk to Jake Powell was our only visit to the bases as our batters were handed a lesson by Rick Mitchell and we continued to trail 1-0.

The stalemate continued through the 4th and 5th and it wasn't until the 6th innings that we got something going. A lead off hit to shortstop by Mick Trlin followed by an aggressive safe bunt by Dutchy scored Mick and then Liam Lucas stepped up hitting a long tailing fly ball double to left, scoring Dutchy and we're in front 2-1 after 6.

The Seventh was the very special third edition for the season of the "Double Dutchy" with a do it yourself double play by that man again Jared Holland. A hit to second, tag the runner out and throw to first and two out. A strike out later and we're back into bat again. A change of pitcher and we get runners on second and third with none out but alas we couldn't score. 2-1

Top 8 and one of the stranger plays you'll ever see. One out and runners on one and two. A flyout to centrefield and the runner tags up and takes third. But did he leave early? An eagle-eyed Tony Catt (and umpire) both noticed the runner left early before the catch was taken. With the ball back with the pitcher on the mound a call from the dugout to throw the ball to second results in a surprised Aussie throwing the ball to Dutchy, the umpire puts his hand up and its game over and the Saints win a squeaker 2-1. Boy I had a giggle after that.

Coach Catt ordered defensive baseball and that's what he got. A very pleasing effort with contributions coming from all players at different times of the game. Best today was Aussie's huge effort on the mound pitching 7 innings for just the one run, but he was well supported in the field in particular by Duchy at second and Liam at centrefield. All positions did their job and Micks one hander lying on his back in left field deserves a special mention for co-ordination at its worst. Pity his kids don't have that one on tape.

Winning 2-1 against a team that had scored 71 runs in their previous 5 games was a great effort. Just have to keep doing it.

Thanks to Sue Mulryan for yet another superb score book.

Hits: Holland 2, Lucas L (2B), Trlin,
RBI's: Holland, Lucas L.
Pitching: McClure 7IP, 104 pitches 65/39, 5K's, 3BB's, 1ER

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt defeated Woodville 13-0

Well after his brilliant performance last week we decided to give Ben a rest from the pitching duties and give our others some innings. Pat Burns took the hill for his first start of the year and did an awesome job, throwing 4 digs for 60 pitchers only allowing 1 hit and 4ks. Shane Horne once again closed out the last two giving Woodville nothing.

It is great to be apart of a team with 3 in form pitchers that have only allowed 1 hit and no runs through our last 13 innings of baseball.

The boys were backed up well by the field again, with the routine plays all made. Special mention to Benny Packer who not only can pitch but proved very reliable at second base.

The hitters where excited to see some flat pitching for a change and really had to work on there at bats early in the game. Shane Horne broke the game open in the second with a 2rbi triple, we continued to score runs regularly and ran out easy winners.

So we now sit 5-1 with a good runs for/against percentage and are looking for more good things to come.

We take on Southern Districts this Saturday at home.

Hits: Martens 3, Lemon, Horne, Packer 2, Bicknell, Passmore, Nicks 1 each

Division 5 (Coach: Adrian Hill)

ST 002700.......9
WT 010004......5

This week we took on fellow div5 newbies and co cellar dwellers,the Eagles at Lockleys. After a slow start the Eagles upped the pressure and picked up a run in the bottom of the second to which we replied with 2 in the top of the 3rd thanks to a Richo single to centre.We take the lead 2-1. Frenchy regrouped to close out the 3rd and retire himself to the hot corner.Top of the 4th their reliever struggled to find the zone and gave up a couple walks and good hits we take control.11AM and we have the bases full with 1 out and the umpire calls for a minute's silence (helmets & hats off). After the break we pick up where we left off and continue to push the runners home this time the umpire halts proceedings when the 7th run crosses the plate.With a 8 run buffer I took to the Hill with some reservations but we picked up the 3 outs in the 4th with no fuss. Another run in the 5th and the pressure valve was slowly releasing.Brilliant offence and defence by Jonas Garcia at right field gave him a well deserved rest on the bench (for all of 4 minutes) to bring on the Colonel but Jonas was quickly back in the action after Stan came off with a hammy twinge.The bottom of the 6th I lost the plot briefly with a walk, HBPB and some cheap hits but my field got me out of trouble and I finished the game with a strike out. A impressive performance where everyone contributed to a good game of baseball.Thanks again to Jodie for scoring and to our travelling band of loyal supporters.

Hits: Garcia jnr, Hammer, Kosi 2, Frenchy, Richo, Stan 1.

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Final score 12 to 3 loose

Well this week was a different story to the win last week where we hit to the holes, this week we again picked the fielders out.

Errors in the field also did not help and we did not back our pitchers up. Brandon 'Baby Q' Weber started on the mound and gave up two runs, Glenn 'Doc' Young gave up 3 and Mark 'Pop' Burns gave up 7.

We managed three runs with one coming from Doc and two coming from Chris 'Smally' Small.

We play top of the table this week and we will need to hit the holes to give ourselves a chance.

Division 7 (Coach: Matt Chenoweth)

Sturt 9 defeated by Port Adelaide 12

Saturday's game was the game that got away from us.

We faced Port Adelaide at home on Saturday morning and we led the scoreboard for most of the game.

With the team getting the job done with the bat early we seen some quick runs scored with Shane O'Connell brining in 3 RBI's for the day along with Phil Martin with 2, Chris Sandor and Millie Martin with 1.

We went into the last innings three runs up and with a couple of lucky hits from Port Adelaide we unfortunately seen them score 6 runs in there last dig with the bat and seen us quickly on the back foot.

Unfortunately our last a bat only lasted nine pitches and before we knew it the game had gotten away from us.

Justin McKinley 78 pitches for 45 strikes

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

Sturt 6 Woodville 1

The second week of the epic U17 five week road trip took us to Don Klaebe Reserve, Findon to face the Woodville Senators. For the second year running, Woodville came into its clash with Sturt seeking its first win and for the second year running Woodville trotted out its State U16 player for his first pitching stint of the season. Coincidence? Perhaps.

The boys were raring to go today and the hot weather must've helped them loosen up. Some great signs the specific things the boys are working on at training is paying off. The first two innings were scoreless for both teams with a nice 1-6-3 (Sam to Jonas to Josh) double play in the bottom of the second helping the Sturt cause. Brad Strapps and Joe Harvey got things going for the Saints in the top of the 3rd and after a double steal and a sacrifice fly by Sam, we were on the board. Joa then took a bullet to the leg and Jonas walked to load the bases for hot hitting Robbie Brennan. Robbie delivered our only hit for the game at the best possible time and after some very heads up base running by Jonas and Robbie after the Sens threw it around, the lead opened up to 4-0. A walk to Josh, another double steal and a throwing error that sent Robbie home and the lead was up to 5-0 after 2 ˝ innings. Against the odds, The Librarians had awoken!

Woodville pushed one across in the 4th, but the Saints countered with a walk to Sam, a couple stolen bases and a ground out by Jonas to end the scoring for both teams.

The key to today's win was the strength of our fielding up the spine with Bradley catching his best game of the season by far, Jonas and Luke both making multiple nice plays at shortstop and second base and Robbie taking a couple speccies in centerfield to stifle any chance of Woodville getting something going.

Sam and Josh threw three innings each and were equally strong in finding the plate and keeping the Senator hitters off balance.

A quirky game, for sure, with the boys getting six runs on only one hit and holding their opponents to two singles. We picked a great time to roll out our best baserunning in a long time.

A big thanks to this week's super sub Ethan Dawson. Thanks to Theresa and Linda for scoring and pitch counting. Our roadtrip hits the midway mark next week at Southern Districts - 9:00 a.m. for 10:00 start.

Hits: Robbie Brennan

RBIs: Robbie Brennan 2, Sam Stewart, Jonas Garcia 1 each

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

Bye

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

Sturt     5 7 5 1 - (18)
Kensington 3 0 1 0 0 (4)

The Sturt juggernaut roled on as the boys go 6 from 6 to cement their spot at the top of the ladder.

For the 3rd week in a row we had a shaky start - I'm now convinced it's a conspiracy to test the coaching staff. A very convincing win, but we must not get complacent. There were a handful of unforced errors and some reckless base running that will be dangerous against a stronger opposition.

Spencer had his first start of the season and was throwing gas from the outset. Unfortunately, in what should have been a regulation 3 up 3 down, a loose throw from SS on the 1st play let the Cardinals on base allowing the 4th and 5th batters to bring in 3 unearned runs in the 1st innings before the boys gained focus.

Bottom of the 1st and Austin led the charge with a 1st pitch single to CF, Tyler followed with a single to RF, and Jake 's double to CF drove in the 1st two runs. A walk to Jamie, a single to Finn and a 6-3 by Seb upped the tally to 5 before we headed back out to field.

We weren't on the field for long as Spencer unleashed, throwing just 5 pitches to send us back to the dugout! Newbie James kicked us off 2nd time round showing sheer determination to out run the throw from SS for his 2nd hit of the season, then stole 2nd and 3rd - way to go James!. Back to the top of the order and Austin batted in James, and Tyler and Jake upped the ante with a double and a triple and the boys were on a roll. Jamie got to 1st on a HPB, and was batted in by Spencer who doubled to CF, Finn singled to SS and both were then batted in by Seb to take us to 7 for the innings.

Spencer kept up the pressure in the 3rd, facing only 6 batters and conceding ony 1 run to the Cardinals big hitting catcher who's been getting his eye in playing U17s. Text book outs from from Tyler at 2nd, Jamie at SS and Austin at 3rd kept the damage to just the 1 run.

James kicked us off again in the 3rd with his 2nd hit of the day followed by a walk to Tyler . Jake borrowed the ladder from the shed to swat at a high pitch for the most unorthodox 3 run bomb one is ever likley to see and the dugout roared!. Jamie's frustration continued with another walk and no more stealing as we passed the 10 run lead. Spencer doubled for a second time to CF, Finn doubled to RF, and Seb was robbed of a near certain stand up double and a couple of RBI's by the 2nd baseman's reflex catch.

Top of the 4th and back out to the field we go. Spencer and the boys had different ideas and just 8 pitches later we were back up to bat. James led us off for the 3rd time with a walk, followed by a walk to Austin and Tyler's second double for the day brought James across the plate for his 3rd run of the day.

Top of the 5th and Austin took over from Spencer to close out and 12 pitches later it was suddenly over!

Everyone batted well this week, with only 4 K's (1 KC) for 31 plate appearances making it increasingly hard to pick MVP votes each week.

Jake had a field day narrowly missing a cycle and collecting 6 RBI's along the way. Finn continued to impress going 3 from 3. Tyler continued his strong run going 3 from 4. James and Spencer both went 2 from 3.

A big thanks to Stan for umpiring and Jake Parkinson for scoring.

Hits: Jake (HR, 3b, 2b), Tyler & Finn (2 x 2b, single), Spencer (2 x 2b), James (2 x single), Austin and Seb 1 each
Runs: Tyler, Jake, Jamie, James (3 each), Austin, Spencer, Finn (2 each)
RBIs: Jake (6), Spencer (3), Tyler, Seb, Finn (2), Austin (1)

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

Bye

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

Sturt 14 defeated Kensington 4

The Sturt Saints were at Flinders University this week to take on a young Kensington team. The Sturt Saints had no intentions to stop their 5 game winning streak as they put on a sound batting and pitching performance that added another W to the Sturt under 13s record.

A 34 degree brought with it many bottles of water, countless tubes of sunblock and a bunch of keen parents fighting for shady spots to watch the great game the Saints played today. The game began with Harry Hutton throwing out the first pitch. Harry proved too fast for the Kensington players as the first 3 batters all struck out due to Harry's excellent pace and location. The Sturt boys jogged off the field to get into the dugout and prepare for a long, run-scoring inning. Unfortunately we couldn't get any feet crossing the plate with a disappointing 3 up 3 down inning. Nevertheless, we gathered our gloves and made the long jog out onto what seemed like an oven as the afternoon sun had finally emerged from the dark clouds.

Things didn't start as good as the Saints would have liked, with their number 4 hitter catching up to Harry's speed and driving a ball to Jayden in left field for a single. A few pass balls later the runner had scrambled his way to home and we were suddenly down by one run. Nonetheless, Harry got out of the jam and kept his composure striking out the next 3 hitters to stop the wound from bleeding out more runs.

The Saints obviously don't like being in a losing position as they put up the max 5 runs in the bottom of the inning. The big inning began with a walk to Zach who then stole second base and advanced all the way to home plate after some errors mixed in with the aggressive base running that Zach obtains. Max Becker wanted his own taste of the dish as he smashed a singing baseball into right field for a ground rule double. Max made his way home after some poor pitching to put another run up on the board. Magnus and Ciaran both drew walks before Jayden tested out his new bat by getting on base with an infield single. The rattled pitcher struggled to regain composure and couldn't find the zone. Lachlan did a great job by getting the bat to the ball and picking up a base hit to drive in the runners. Great job!

Harry continued his great pitching and only gave up one more run, ending his day with 55 pitches and an astounding 9 strikeouts! However, the Kensington hitter's nightmare wasn't over yet with the hard throwing Zach Altamura taking the mound. Zach pitched 2 innings throwing 27 pitches and striking out 4 batters! However, the famous Zach and Harry pitching combo was altered today when we gave Jacob the ball in the last inning. Jacob was very eager to give pitching a go and did a phenomenal job for his first time. Jacob pitched one inning to close out the game and only gave up 2 runs and struck out 2 batters! Great job mate!

Our superb batting form remained constant through the rest of the game. The Sturt Saints continued to get on base and score runs through pass balls and hits. For the first time today every player on the team scored at least one run! That really goes to show that everyone is contributing and improving. The batting highlights today were Max Becker driving in a key run with his ground rule double, Zach increasing his hitting streak to 6 games with a triple and base hit, Harry continuing to bat well with 2 hits to his name and Jayden who batted very well making contact with the ball each plate appearance and getting 2 base hits!

The game today was one that was hard to fault. Our batting was great and we dominated the Kensington hitters through our solid pitching. Fielding was hard to judge due to the Kensington hitters not making contact very often. If I were to critique one part of our game (I am being picky here) it would be our anticipation in the field. We need to work on anticipating where the ball will be hit and being ready in the field. The boys probably have become accustomed to not expecting the ball to be hit to them due to most teams struggling to make contact with our pitching but this may not be the case if we come across stronger teams. Nonetheless, I thought every player played extremely well today, all of you should be proud in the way you played today!

Well, game six is over and done with by the Saints continuing their solid performance and ending the game with a 10 run win. That's now six wins in a row and we remain in the top spot on the ladder! It was great to see that we had a large number of supporters this game and a big thanks to all those who came out, it really does create a bit more of an atmosphere and the players enjoy playing in front of a crowd. On another note, unfortunately this is the last match report you will get from me for a while due the fact I'm going on a family holiday meaning I will miss the next 3 games. I'm leaving you in the very safe and capable hands of Frank with help from Mark and Tom. With the improvement I'm seeing from all players and the consistently good baseball we have been playing, I have no doubts we will continue to play great games of baseball!

Have to thank Melane for scoring, Tony and Angus Catt for umpiring and Frank the manager for coaching first base!

Hits:
2 Hits - Harry Hutton, Zach Altamura (3B) and Jayden Quabba. 1 Hit - Oscar Levinson, Lachlan Kent and Max Becker (2B)

Runs Scored:
2 Runs - Harry Hutton, Zach Altamura, Magnus Smith, Ciaran Behan and Jayden Quabba. 1 Run - Oscar Levinson, Lachlan Kent, Max Becker and Jacob Willans.

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

Sunday was a scorcher both on and off the field as the Saints took on the Angels in a Junior Version of the Halo Cup.

Dutchie was there to remind everyone it is all about FUN …but Hell To Pay if we let those Cherubs lose their way….

We found ourselves in a bunker where the mercury was pushing 100 in the old language, but with an esky of cold drinks (Thanks to Ann and Aaron) and continuous spray bottle mist (Thanks Carolyn) it was all about trying to keep cool and the energy levels up!

Jack and Archie got onto base in the 1st but no runs scored. The Angels started strong and were two runs for no outs until Gus took a nice right field catch not far from the cones to slow them up.

Josh Holland did a great job in his first time pitching this season. We were blessed to have Saint Ky Hampton, our secret weapon, helping out on the mound, and Josh showed great focus and leadership, cleaning up the rest of the innings with a solid throw to 1st.
Some very tidy catching by Tom, who is really enjoying putting the pads on.
The Angels got lost in the heavens over the next couple of innings, Kale took hold of the ball and clipped the Angels wings, as the Saints started to have visions of catching up, with Archie, Leo and Kale doing the 'Saintly Stroll' over the plate. Singles for the first two and a nice double for Kale.
4-3 Angels at the end of the 4th, and the strike zone starting to expand in the heat, making it hard for both teams to know when to sink or swing.
We headed into the 5th with time and energy beginning to run out, but this is where this team is really starting to come together, with Dutchie making sure everyone is getting the chance to do something different! The boys had to dig deep and work for each other, and there was lots of great encouragement and positive vibes, you cannot put a price on that!
Jack, Josh Holland and Leo all scored, with the Saints now leading 6-4 as the thermometers all began to melt.
Leo took to the mound for the last innings, and we finished it off giving one away for a final score of 6-5….Chalk one up for the Saints who are now 5 wins 1 loss for the season.
Sam and Jack did some catching as well, and everyone was happy to share the bench, swap positions, no fuss, no dramas. Great TEAM work!
As always, Larissa kept a tidy scoresheet, Ann did the pitch count, and Ky, Aaron, Jimmy were all there for the team, along with Wade and Jenny.
#BleedBlue…..
Ralph (One of the Management Team)

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 14th of November, 2017 21:26:45 ::..

Newsletter- 07/11/17

Another great weekend for our senior teams with our second sweep consecutive sweep of Divisions 1-4! Two shut out games at Norman Reserve on Saturday!

It was also another good weekend for our juniors so well done to all our teams!

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Division 1 (Coach:Tom Brice)

MIDWEEK - vs. Adelaide Angels

Midweek games have kicked off, therefore, the A grade side has played two games since the last instalment.

The first of which was played last Wednesday against the Adelaide Angels, in typically windy and cool conditions, at West Beach.

Devon Barker was in season form, as it was a pitchers dual from the outset and the game moved quickly through the first two innings.

An opportunity to score presented itself for Sturt in the third, after a Tyler Chappell double was moved to third by some quality Harry Knuckey team hitting. Alas, the runner was left stranded and the pressure started to mount in a game we should win.

Devon continued to dominate the Angel's hitters as we moved into the fourth.

After Angus Roeger singled, Connar O'Gorman, playing his first game back after two weeks off due to concussion, stepped to the plate. O'Gorman drove a first pitch fastball over the back of the mound behind the leftfield fence. The two-run bomb relieving the mounting pressure from the previous innings failure to capitalise.

From there it was all Devon Barker, as he didn't allow a base runner past first base for the remainder of the game.

One more insurance run for the Saints in the seventh and we were home with a good win in tough conditions. Sturt 3, Adelaide 0.

SUNDAY vs. Northern Districts

A lovely sunny Sunday afternoon met us at Ingle Farm as we took on perennial cellar dwellers, Northern Districts. Playing against opposition with nothing to lose, the outcome of a game can never be taken for granted. In sport, anything can happen.

The momentum of the game got off to a slow start as Northern District's catcher struggled to glove their left handed import. At the same time, we struggled to put the ball in play, and both teams remained scoreless through the first few innings.

Ky Hampton took to the mound and, although not as sharp as he would like, was getting the job done.

Once the hitting line up started to make the adjustments required to the ball in play, the game started to open up. A few scattered hits were complimented by errors in the field, accustomed to Northern District's baseball.

Steven Chambers replaced Ky on the mound in the 6th, looking to hold onto a score line of 6 to 2. He did so in convincing fashion powering through the final four innings amounting nine strikeouts.

The Saints tacked on two more runs in the final few innings, highlighted by Jordan McArdle's opposite field home run.

It was a long day at the office but the boys were able to grind out a solid, albeit slightly underwhelming win.

Sturt 8, Northern Districts 2.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Sturt 7 d Northern Districts 1 The Division 2 team went about their business, notching up another win on the road against Northern Districts. After a bit of a slow start and finding ourselves down by one run after the first, due to some uncharacteristic defense, we regained momentum by the 3rd and were back in front 3-1. The Macbeth and Tindall combination proved too much for the opposition hitters once again, with the only run crossing the plate being unearned. Our hitters settled into the game and managed to get on top of the Northern Districts pitcher. Whilst this was not our prettiest game, we did manage to grind away and finished with convincing 7-1 win.

HITS: Faehse, Wirth, Holmes, Kerr 2, Ottaway 1.

Division 3 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 5 d Northern Districts 0

Another pitcher's duel and another hard-fought win to the club's favourite team - the fighting three's 5-0 at Norman Reserve Saturday afternoon.

Austin McClure threw another beauty, claiming 12K's, no earned runs and just the four hits and one walk from his seven innings of work. Continuing his good form with the bat, Matt Mulryan picked up three hits and three RBI's from his four at bats. These were the two outstanding performances on top of another good team effort with contributions from all players.

Ben Lucas second innings play at shortstop really set the tone. A leadoff single followed by a cracking hit up the middle could have seen us with runners on 1 & 2 but instead a swooping double play by Benny fast beans Lucas put both the North players back in the dugout and a scoreless innings was the result.

It wasn't until the 6th innings that we were able to put a run over the plate and like any good team the boys continued to persist. A one out double to Matt followed by a 2 out triple by Peter Turner that we finally got our noses in front, one to nothing after 6 innings. Top of the 7th, a lead of just one, Aussie tiring on the mound after a monumental performance, pitch count at near peak and we have just the one out and runners on second & third. A flyball to Brett Mulryan in left and a soft ground out to Aussie and we escaped a jam. With the opposition pitcher tiring (Catty claiming in the dugout he had thrown 150 - no we just had some bad at bats) a leadoff single (his second for the day) to South Australia's friendliest baseballer Dutchy Holland being driven in by Aussie and a RBI double to Matt drives in Tyson Ottaway and Ben Lucas and we had given ourselves breathing space and lead 5-0 after 7.

Another excellent last innings door closing by Liam Lucas and the fat lady sings after 8 hard fought innings.

Thanks again to Sue Mulryan for yet another beautiful scorebook and Craig Ottaway for volunteering to base umpire.

Hits: Mulryan M. 3 (2B), Turner 2 (3B), Holland 2, Ottaway, Trlin, Lucas B, McClure
RBI's: Turner 2, Mulryan M 2, McClure
Pitching: Austin McClure: 7IP 68/37, 12K's, BB, 4 hits, 0ER. Liam Lucas 1IP 12/11, 1K, BB, 1 hit, 0ER

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Div 4 Defeated Northern Districts 11-0

NO HITTER!!!!!

That's right Ben Packer 7 inning, 84 pitches, 7ks and No hits!!! Ben was obviously sensational again, not allowing the Norths hitters anything.
Ben was well backed up in the field, with all the in field making the plays whilst the outfield were just spectators as not one ball went out there the entire game!

Once again our own hitting was awesome, quality at bats through out the whole side saw us accumulate 18 hits to score 11 runs.. Special mentions go to Patty Burns who continued his good start to the year going 4 from 4, Stu Crutchley, Craig Nicks and Tim Boundy who also picked up there first hits for the year.

We now go to 4-1 for the season and are ready to take on Woodville at home this Saturday.

Hits: Burns 4, Nicks, Passmore, Winter, Lemon, Crutchley, Boundy, Horne 2 each

Division 5 (Coach: Adrian Hill)

Southern Districts 10 d Sturt 7

This week the famous 5's faced a tough assignment down south against last years premiers. First innings was 3 up 3 down to both teams including a slick 5-4-3 double play to us to close out the first.The second innings was a 7 run blow out as they hit the holes with gay abandon.Our bats finally came alive in the fourth and we plated 3 runs .Frenchy battled on and brought up a few 0's in the 4th & 5th so we were still down 10-3 coming into the 6th. A pitching change in the 6th gave us chance and we pick up 4 runs to make it a 10-7 game but time was our greatest enemy and the ref blew the whistle and pointed to the tunnels.The French Bulldog was superb on the hill for the full 6 innings and picked up 3 hits himself but the 2nd dig blow out cost us. A "Litmus" test for us which proved a fair result in the end which we can take into next weeks cellar dweller game against the Eagles.

Hits: French 3,Richo,Stan,Kosi,2 Fame, J.Garcia , M.Garcia, AJ, 1

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt 13 d Hawks 10

We both went in to this game win 1 win and we needed to win to stay with the pack if we want to play some finals.

And things did not start of well, Friday morning I had 11 players, game time was 3pm. Friday Night I was down to ten and at 1.30pm on Saturday I was down to 9 players as Kym 'Kymbo' Pettman was called into work.

Saturday 2.30pm all accounted for and present, set the team, play ball.

Top of the first and we bat through 11 players and score 6 runs, Glenn 'Doc' Young with a nice double.
In to the field we go and we send Brandon 'Baby Q' Weber to the mound and he has been improving each week he gets up there and this week was no different. With a different mind set he the first two outs with K2's, the next batter gets a safe hit to right field, he then steals second and then third before he gets a little too far down the third line and Ben 'Shrek' Colyer catching comes up with a great throw to Chris 'Daisy' Day who gets the tag down for the out. Side away score is 6 - 0 up.

In the second we have an unlucky double play with Travis 'Huey' Lewis stealing and Daisy hitting a fly to shallow right field who catches and then throws Huey out who was caught in no mans land. We are back in the field with no runs scored. The Hawks with their tales up after a quick innings in the field go to work in pegging back the 6 runs and with a little help from us end up getting 5 of those 6 back. End of second 6 - 5 up.

In the third we needed to get those runs back and we went to work, David 'Reg' Lee gets a walk and then the newly nicknamed Lawrie 'Driver' McArthur steps up with a triple to centre field to score his first RBI and his first hit after coming into the side late. Craig 'Pa Kettle' Weber grounds out to short but gets an RBI with Driver crossing the plate. Shrek hits a triple and Chris 'Smally' Small gets a double to score one. Change of pitchers and Huey is KC'd with a worm burner, two out and Daisy gets a double, Smally scores on a wild pitch. Baby Q and Doc get a single and Daisy scores on a wild throw to first. We end up with 5 runs for a score of 11 - 5.
The Hawks back in to bat and again with our help they plate two runs to take the score to 11 - 7.

Top of the fourth and we are back in the field real quick with Shrek the only batter getting a safe hit.
Baby Q still on the mound first batter F5 for 1 out, second and third get on with walks and then a HBP, a wild pitch and one scored. Then a Fly ball from the batter to a short fielding Smally for a catch and easy double play to second as the runner had taken off for side away and a score line of 11 - 8.

Top of the fifth and last and we needed a couple of runs as insurance, Huey is out with a F4, Daisy and Baby Q get walks, Doc is struck out. Two down and no runs not what I was looking for, David 'Reg' Lee up to bat and he hits a double to right field just hard enough so it goes to the cones but stays in scoring Daisy and Baby Q, Driver gets a single and Pa Kettle grounds out for side away.
Score is 13 - 8 and Baby Q still on the hill, with a double a walk and a HPB, it is time to change and who else do you go to to save the day, unfortunately for us it is Doc and I give him a clear instruction, Do not hit any batters, first one hits him for a single to left field and two runs score, and you guessed it the next batter is a HPB, then he gets a K2 for the first out, runners at 1st and 2nd with the tying run at the plate, the next batter lines one to Huey at short who quickly gets it to Pa Kettle at second for a double play and side away. Doc saves the day but Baby Q did all the hard work!

Game is called a we win 13 - 10

Pitchers
Baby Q 75pitches, 41strikes, 34balls, 4K's, 4BB, 2HPB and 4BLKS
Doc 16pitches, 8strikes, 8balls, 1K, 1HPB

Safe hits:Colyer 3 (1T), Small 1D, Lewis 2, Day 1D, B Weber 1, Young 2 (1D), Reg 1D, McArthur 2 (1T), C Weber 1

Division 7 (Coach: Matt Chenoweth)

Sturt -11 defeated by Glenelg -19

Well Saturday's game was a high scoring affair with 30 runs scored between the two teams.

With Millie Martin making her debut for the club she had an outstanding first game with some clean fielding in right field.

The team took the field hopeful of a bounce back from last weeks game as we took on third place Glenelg at home.

Our offensive game did not let us down again with some great hitting from JR, Prez, Luca and Phil.

We also had some impressive fielding in the infield from Benny, Hoops and Luca.

Unfortunately the last couple of innings did see Glenelg score a few quick runs which ended up putting the win out of reach.

Well done to Prez and Hoops on the mound along with another solid effort from JR behind the plate.

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

Sturt 9 Northern Districts 4

The Saints ventured to Ingle Farm for the first game of a 5 game road trip against the Northern Districts Reds. Having been shut out the last two games, the Sainters were itching to make amends against a fellow middle of the pack team.

The first inning started well with Sturt pushing 5 across the plate before one batter was out, a complete contrast to the past couple weeks. Sam led off the game with a first pitch double over the left fielder's head. A walk to Jonas was followed by Robbie getting plonked and it was bases loaded for Bradley Strapps who had missed the past couple games but was ready to rock. Bradley singled to left scoring two runs. Joel followed suit to score a third before Josh punched a nice 3-2 single to right to score 2 more and give the team some breathing room.

Jonas pitched well in the bottom of the first holding a Reds rally to 2 runs and strand 2 runners to maintain the Saints momentum. Sam and Jonas singled to start the second inning with Sam scoring on a Bradley ground out to claw back one run.
Josh took the mound to start the bottom of the second and began his best appearance of the season. Four innings, 1 hit, 8 Ks, 4 BBs and 2 runs scored is a pretty healthy base to build on for the next few weeks. Great to see Josh dig deep and throw strikes when things started to get a little loose. It was also good to see our pitchers start to implement some of the pick off strategies Warby has been imparting at training. We're real close to success with those and it is helping the defense stay alert as well.
Josh singled to left to start the third and came home on Joe's grounder - a real nice one percenter by Joe. Sturt further opened up the game in the top of the 5th, the highlight being a massive shot to left centre by Luke Warburton for a run scoring double and a big lift for the team. Josh closed things out in the bottom of the 5th aided by a beautiful pickup by Joe at second base and the group ended up with a well deserved "W".

We have a new nickname for this group, until further notice to be known as The Librarians. Whatever the situation, including after we've just pulled off game changing, run scoring hits, the bench remains as quiet as the school library. A unique group. A huge, huge thanks to 12 year old softballer Claire Warburton who bravely transitioned today from pitch counter to starting right fielder to give us 9 players and close an outfield gap that made a big difference over the course of the game. That was an awesome effort, Claire, and great to have you on the team.

To remove all doubt, our game next Sunday is at Woodville - be there at 9:00 for a 10:00 start. A nice morale booster today.
Hits: Sam Stewart (2B), Josh Vidale 2 each; Bradley Strapps, Joel Edwards, Jonas Garcia, Luke Warburton (2B) 1 each
RBIs: Bradley Strapps 3, Josh Vidale 2; Joel Edwards, Joe Harvey, Luke Warburton 1 each

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

Sturt 22 defeated Adelaide 3

Beautiful day at Adelaide, Angus opened our pitching with authority striking out 7 in 10 batters and only giving up 1 hit over 3 innings on the mound.

All 9 of our guys got multiple hits for the day, some standouts included Ethan Dawson with 3 hits, 2 walks, 2 stolen bases and 5 runs scored as leadoff, Will Jordans with 5 hits from 5 at-bats with 6 RBI's, Jaime Vidale with another strong performance with 3 hits including 2 doubles and 4 RBI's in the cleanup spot and Angus Catt with 3 hits and 2 RBI's to back up his strong pitching performance.

Tyler Stephens had an impressive division 1 debut with 2 doubles from his 4 at bats.

It was a long day for most of the boys who doubled up on games but it was impressive to see the lads see out the game to the end.

Thanks to Jake Parkinson for scoring, and the large group of family and friends for the support.

Hits: Jordans 5; Dawson, Vidale, Hutton, Catt 3; Seekamp, Warrilow, Parkinson, Stephens 2.
RBI's: Jordans 6; Vidale 4; Seekamp, Warrilow, Catt, Parkinson, Stephens 2; Dawson, Hutton 1.
Runs: Dawson 5; Parkinson 3; Jordans, Seekamp, Vidale, Warrilow, Hutton, Catt, Stephens 2.

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

U15/2 - Sturt 7 d Henley & Grange 3

Sturt 0 0 2 0 3 2 - (7)
H&G 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 (3)

Sunday saw us fired up and ready to take on H&G who were placed just below us on the ladder in 2nd place with 3 wins and no losses.

In a repeat of last week's performance we failed to bother the scorers in the first two innings and memories of last year's finals loss to H&G started to emerge before the boys settled into a rhythm and progressively built a lead that the Rams couldn't overcome.

The stats tell the story, and we had enough of an edge in the key areas to make the difference. Offensively we had 5 hits to 4, but courtesy of 7 walks, 3 fielding errors and 2 HPB's managed to get 18 players on base compared with H&G's 6. Aggressive base running is hallmark of this team and 11 stolen bases contributed significantly to the run tally.

Jamie opened the defense for us and threw 5 scoreles innings before handing over to Spencer to close out . Between them they dished out 13 K's and gave up 4 walks compared to H&G's 6 K's and 7 walks.

The field didn't see too much of the ball, but was typically polished with Tyler at 2nd, Austin at SS, Jack at 3rd and James, Will and Seb controlling the outfield.

Thanks to Jack Hutton and Will Jordans for filling in before heading off to their game, and Stan for donning the kit and umpiring from behind the dish.

Hits: Jake (2 x 2b), Jamie, Jack, Seb 1 each
Runs: Jake (2), Austin, Jamie, Spencer, Seb 1 each
RBIs: Sepncer (2), Tyler, Jamie, Jake 1 each

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

Saints 14 defeated Goodwood 4

The visit down the road to play at Goodwood is always a test for the Saints at any level. The Goodwood teams are normally well drilled.

The team came out and worked on some of the areas we had discussed during week and before the game - namely baserunning and two strike hitting. Some highlights from the day were the fielding from Brad Vince at third - very good. All three pitchers - very efficient. The continued improvement in Shannon Behan.

Thanks to Louis some of the stats from the game are shown below - all contributed and it was a great game to watch the team improve.

Ryder 3 IP, 36 pitches, 21 strikes
Angela 1IP, 21 pitches, 16 strikes
Samson 1P, 17 pitches, 9 strikes

Despite 62% strikes only 2Ks.
12 of 15 outs were infield plays
14 first pitch strikes on 22 batters

Samson 2H. 2BB. RBI
Lachie H 2H BB RBI
Angus 2H BB RBI
Lachie S H BB RBI
Brad H BB RBI
Shannon H
Angela 2BB RBI

Saints threw 74 pitches over 5 inn
GW threw 74 pitches in our 5th inning.
Ryder got 5 first pitch outs

Well done all - we have a bye next week. See you at training.

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

Sturt 20 defeated East Torrens 4

The Saints headed down to Felixstow to play the currently 3rd place East Torrens side at a harsh start time of 9:00 am. However the early start didn't affect the Saints as we 'knocked the sox off' the East Torrens 'Red Sox' in a batting and pitching masterclass that resulted in a 16 run win.

The game started off with a hard hit line drive from Oscar which was unfortunately caught by a quick reacting 3rd basemen. An exciting start to wake up the crowd and players! Yeoryi was up next in the number two spot and took a pitch to the foot and made his way to first base. Yeoryi stole second and Harry Hutton started his terrific day at the plate by smashing a double to centre field to drive in the first run of many. Zach kept his 4 game hitting streak alive after driving a pitch to deep right field. Jack Becker managed to get the barrel to the ball and drove in both Harry and Zach to chalk up another 2 runs on the scoreboard. Two quick outs later we were sent into the field but had a 3 run lead to give Zach some room for error on the mound.

Zach Altamura started the game and pitched well throughout the game. The game got off to a bit of a rocky start with an error, walk and a double to put the first 3 hitters on base. A fielding error proved costly as 2 runners came home after the misfield. However the damage was limited to 2 runs with Zach coming back to strike out two hitters to get the bats back into our hands.

The top on the 2nd inning is when the bats came alive for the Saints. Oscar got on base after reaching on an error before walks to Yeoryi and Harry. Zach and Jacob put the bat to the ball with key hits to drive in the runners and within a blink of an eye the score was 7-2 our way. Great comeback!

Zach had a very good day on the mound with him throwing 46 pitches and striking out 6 hitters. Harry Hutton came then on and kept maintained the tempo, chalking up 6 strikeouts and allowing no hits and no earned runs. Great job! Jack Becker put up some more hours behind the plate with the rookie catcher catching the whole entire game and doing a superb job for only his second time catching!

After the 2nd inning, the game quickly turned into a blowout with our bats continuing to function well with us teeing off against the young East Torrens pitchers. We scored 5 runs in the 3rd, 3 runs in the 4th and finally another maximum 5 runs in the fifth to bring the total to an even 20. Our outstanding pitching performance limited the opposition to just 4 runs to give us the 16 run win.

In summary, the game turned out to be a showcase of our hitting potential with a total of 13 hits being on our side of the scoring sheet. The great news is that everyone made contact with the ball at least once and everyone was able to get on base! Ciaran and Jacob both got their first hits of the season with each of them doing a terrific job to put the ball into play. Drew also had a very good day with the bat, with him making contact with the ball and getting on base twice - well done! Yeoryi had a fantastic day at the plate and did great in the number 2 spot getting on base each at-bat, scoring 4 runs and getting 2 great hits! However on the negative side, some of our fielding today was a bit below par with us making 4 fielding errors. Fielding errors can be costly and are especially frustrating and hard to deal with as a pitcher. It was mainly simple things such as fielding ground balls which can be easily sorted after paying some extra attention to fielding next training.

Well after the win at East Torrens, that makes the Sturt under 13s 5-0 and still at the top spot on the ladder. Well done to East Torrens who played a good game and they put the ball into play much more then what we have been seeing playing against other teams. Special mention to Magnus who I was very pleased to see him being supportive to teammates and proved to be a great team player with him helping out other players and doing all the duties that a player on the bench should do. Great to see! I thought all players played extremely well and saw improvement from all of the players, everyone should be proud for the good game each of you played!

Big thankyou to Sally for scoring, Mark Hutton for helping out pre-game and manager Frank for doing his top-notch first base coaching!

See you all at training this Wednesday at 4:30!

Hits:
4 Hits - Harry Hutton (3 2B), 3 Hits - Zach Altamura and Jacob Wellins (2B), 2 Hits - Yeoryi Perentes (2 2B) and Ciaran Behan, 1 Hit - Oscar Levinson (2B) and Jack Becker

Runs Scored:
4 Runs - Yeoryi Perentes and Harry Hutton, 3 Runs - Oscar Levinson and Zach Altamura, 2 Runs - Ciaran Behan and Drew Edwards, 1 Run - Jayden Quabba, Jacob Wellins and Jack Becker

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

STURT 3 - Goodwood 4

It was another glorious day at the beautiful Normen Reserve we all got there ready to go with the lines marked white the base paths were wet down from the day before, it was game time.

But this was the loss I was happy to have to give some great young stars the chance to shine.

In the warmup I strolled over to Sam with a new baseball and said would you like to start pitching today hes eyes lit up with excitement then I lazely walked to Aiden and tapped him on the shoulder and what would you think about trying to catch for the first time ? His response was "WOW really as long as mum gets a photo of me in the gear"!

So we were set to start, Sam got the job done in the first and started the second but was getting tired so fresh out of the ball pen with no other than Ky Hampton our pitching coach was Jake, one of our first year players and with much excitement did his best and got his outs but a few runs crossed the plate, great job kid i hope you enjoyed the challenge.

Their first pitcher was a leftie and threw well but two our sturt boys we got a couple of hits but could not string them together to score.

In the third innings two out backs against the wall young dutchy walked up and almost hit it over the cones but better still Williem was up next and did a clutch hit to score our first run and get his first hit for the season fantastic timing to get us on the score board. The next innings young Archie Becker was itching to try catching so he threw the gear on to see what it was like and did a great job with Leo doing what he does in throwing lots of strikes, well done.

This is where it got interesting Leo got tired with bases loaded so our pitching coach paid him a visit and said u have done your fair share and we gave the ball to Kale to get us out of a jam with bases loaded and none out, then he did what he does best and struck out the next three batters WOW!

Going into the last we were down 4-1 time to get the bats going Kale started with a ground rule double then with some hard fought at bats we got some walks but only scored two runs to finish 3-4 down.

Im so happy to give some new guys a chance to try something new and to get the boys who have played to teach their team mates how to play, keep your chins up boys you fought hard and we will know what to do different next time.

I know I write this everytime but thanks again to all my helpers who make sure everything goes smootly and putting smiles on these young kids faces.

PITCHING

STRIKES

BALLS

S.Horley

18

17

J.Destino

13

24

L.Garcia

19

17

K.Matthews-Hampton

6

2

HITS
J.Holland 2, W.Aitken 1, K.Mattews-Hampton 1

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 7th of November, 2017 21:33:08 ::..

Newsletter 31/10/17

A great weekend of baseball with our Division1, 2, 3 and 4 sides all recording wins. A long time since all of thee top four senior teams won on the same weekend. Well done!

Tomorrow night we have a twilight at Diamond Sports against Adelaide, 6.30 pm so please get along and support the boys!

Congratulations to Lachie Holland our Junior Featured Player of the week.

A reminder that Aussie Tee Ball starts this Friday night with a come and try session. Please distribute the flyer to any parents of children in the 3-9 year age range.

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Division 1 (Coach:Tom Brice)

Sturt 10 d GGCD 0 A cool Saturday night and the A grade side took on Golden Grove under lights at West Beach.

Proven to be a danger game in years gone by, the team was asked to lift the intensity from the prior week's poor game two efforts. And, that they did, posting their most impressive performance in memory. Strong pitching, outstanding hitting and even better defence brought to realization what we are capable of and demonstrated why our aspirations for the season should be set very high.

Lead by Dylan Ridding's four, the team amassed seventeen hits (7 extra-base) and ten runs through eight innings.

Backed up by some amazing infield play by Jackson Brebner-Russ, Tyler Chappell and Dylan Ridding, Steve Chambers threw five innings without relinquishing a run. He was followed by Ky Hampton. Bouncing back from last week's disappointment, Ky was back to his dominant self. Allowing only one hit through the final three innings, consolidating the 10-0, eight inning mercy win.

A very fun game to be a part of!

The squad will return to West Beach this Wednesday to take on the Adelaide Angels in the season's first midweek clash, at 6.30pm.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Sturt 9 d GGCD 1

Off the back of another solid defensive effort, we collected our 3rd win on the trot. Brodie Macbeth had the start once again, and after conceding two hits to the first two hitters of the game, he composed himself and got out of the inning without any runs crossing the plate. Thanks to the depth in pitching stocks at Sturt this year and the double headers behind us, we had the luxury of relieving Brodie after just 4 inning, from 45 pitches, 4 hits and 1 earned run. Josh Tindall pitched the final 3 inning, striking out 6 and allowing no hits in a dominant performance. It was a tough day out for the Golden Grove hitters with no walks or errors in the field to give them a chance.

Facing up against a submarine pitcher, our hitters adjusted well and continued swinging the hot sticks, driving in 8 earned runs along with a bonus unearned run. With Alex Hopton, Tyson Ottaway and Brodie Macbeth all picking up two hits, the team managed to score in every inning, bar one. It's great to see different guys stepping up each week and picking up the hits, which shows that we are a well-rounded team and not relying on any one player. Now sitting in 4th spot (equal 2nd on points) on the ladder with 3 wins and 1 loss, we need to keep working hard on the track and there will be more results like this to follow.

HITS: Hopton, Ottaway, B Macbeth 2, Wirth, Russo, M Macbeth, Tindall 1.

Division 3 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 8 d Golden Grove 2

With a few regular players missing for various reasons, work, dirty weekends and Italian family lunches the injection of experience and youth proved to be a successful combination and the Saints won a workman like performance 8-2 at picturesque Golden Grove.

With Sam Stewart playing his first ever senior game and master of the universe Tony Catt making his first 3's appearance for the season the Sainters managed to bat through the line-up for the first time since opening day.

Single hits to Liam Lucas, Pete Turner, Austin McClure and debuting rookie Sam Stewart got the team off to a bright start scoring 5. Tony managing to keep the umpires sweep to nil with a pop fly to first to end the innings. GGCD's reply began with a wayward throw from third, followed by a couple of good hits against the fast ball scoring two until Aussie ended proceedings with a couple of K's. 5-2 after the first.

The Sainters went back in to bat brimming with confidence. Liam helped by a throwing error at third managed to get home thanks to the bat of Matt Mulryan and that was all she wrote. A couple of hard earned walks, two strike outs and a single to centre keeps GGCD scoreless and the score moved to 6-2.

With the GGCD pitcher throwing what could only be described as gentle off-speed junk he continued to mesmerise our batting line up. Like watching the cobra dance out of the basket we continued to pop up, ground out and even strike out at the accurate (and I say this with the utmost respect) pus. Accuracy is the key and our opposition pitcher had it in spades and continued throwing the ball in the strike zone and as many a good judge has said "they'll get themselves out" - and that we did! 3 up 3 down. Aussie throwing what looked like Aroldis Chapman by comparison kept GGCD in check with just a single hit, two fly outs and another K as he continued to get the job done on the hill.

Top of the 4th opened with a beautiful line drive single to centre and Catty was on the bases (and reigniting memories of his non-existent heyday) however, no one could push him home. There is a lot to be said for off speed pitching and it continued with the Saints unable to put the game away. GGCD made no reply due to another sparkling innings from Aussie, this time in just 10 pitches. Score remained 6-2.

A Ben Lucas double to left combined with a Sam Stewart RBI saw us squeak another to squeeze the lead to 7-2. A 7-pitch battle with the GGCD leadoff batter was a win to our pitcher and when Liam did an inspired pick off at S/S the fat lady was starting to sing.

The sixth and final dig began with a change of pitching from both sides. A wild throw by GGCD eventuated with Liam scoring his third run of the day and the Saints went into the bottom of the last dig leading comfortably 8-2. With Aussie's pitch count exhausted Liam Lucas took on the role of Kenley Jansen and didn't disappoint with a 10-pitch close to end proceedings and chalk up the Saints second win for the season. Season ledger now even at 2-2.

Thanks to Sue Mulryan for another superb score book.

Hits: Lucas B (2B), Lucas L, Turner, McClure, Stewart, Mulryan M, Mulryan B,
RBI's: Stewart 2, Trlin, Mulryan M
Pitching: McClure 5IP, 106 pitches 67/39, 8K's, 3BB's, 1ER
Lucas L, 1IP, 13 pitches 8/5, 1K, 0ER

Round 3-21/17 West Torrens 7 d Sturt 6

First home game for the season, bottom of the 7th and a two out 3RBI double into the right field corner by Matt Mulryan wasn't enough to save the team and we went down 7-6 to West Torrens.

Nick Borrello started on the hill and couldn't find his rhythm from last week. We got off to bad start with an errant throw (after taking a bare handed bizarre hopper) from third causing the first batter to get on base and from there we conceded 4 runs. Three up and three down and we trailed 0-4 after the first. A mishit dribbler and two walks later Aussie McClure was called to the mound with bases loaded. A IFF and 2 strike outs later we had escaped a jam but the batting didn't improve and another 3 up 3 down followed and the score remained 0-4.

The 3rd and 4th innings were much the same and apart from a BB to Reed Stewart (our first visit to the bases) neither side was able to hit the accurate and controlled pitching.

The fifth saw WT back in the field after another spectacular running catch from boom recruit Ben Lucas in foul territory in right field. Aussie decided enough was enough and smacked a long fly ball over centerfield's head (claiming it hit the fence on the full!) and helped himself to a double. A muffed run-down play saw Matt get on base and a bunt from Ben caused an error throw and suddenly bases were loaded with none out and when Pete Turner punched home Aussie and Matt home the score was looking more respectable at 2-4.

To WT's credit they came out in the sixth determine to score. A chance not taken in the outfield, a couple of bunts mixed in with a couple of errors and the score blew out to 7-2. The team had a crack with Liam Lucas getting on a base with a line drive up the guts but an unlucky line drive to first left the runner stranded and a double play put us back in the field.

The seventh belonged to the Mulryan boys. A juggled catch by Brett resulted in an 8-3 double play to brother Matt and Brett finished the innings off with a hail mary catch at centrefield to give us one last go to make up the deficit. A walk to Mick Trlin, a hard-hit single to centre by Jake Powell followed by a double to RF by Jared Holland and Mick scores 7-3. A two out walk to Liam loads the bases and a booming double to RF by Matt clears the bases and the score finishes at 7-6. Bugger.

Another knockout performance on the hill from Aussie with 7K's and conceding no earned runs. Shows the depth of Sturt's pitching when one of our State U18 representatives can't get a gig higher up. The 3's are more than happy to have him throwing.

Good effort by the team to not throw in the towel and it was pleasing to see every player contribute to the overall result with either bat or ball. Big thanks for Heather Turner for scoring - cheers!

Hits: Matt Mulryan 2B (3RBI's), Jared Holland 2B (RBI) Austin McClure 2B, Peter Turner, Jake Powell

Pitching: Austin McClure 6IP 61/39 2BB 7K's. Nick Borrello 1IP 26/29, 5BB 1K's

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Defeated Golden Grove 18-4

After a terrible game last weekend, we travelled to Golden Grove to get ourselves back on the winners list!! At that we did!!

as the away team we hit first and from the first at bat the game was over. We posted 8 runs in the first and 7 in the second to take a commanding lead 15-0 after two inning.

Ben Packer returned to the mound after week of from pitching and once again was brilliant, allowing only a couple of hits through 3 inning, a slightly shacking 4th but the damage was already done. Pat Burns then took the mound for his first outing of the year and closed the game out.

Our hitting once again was outstanding... quality at bats and patient hitting saw us accumulate 18 runs from 15 hits and 9 walks

All in all an almost faultless performance from the boys, that takes us to 3 wins 1 loss for the year and we are ready to take on Northern Districts this Saturday at home...

Hits: Winter 3, Passmore, Burns, Lemon, Warrilow, Horne, Packer 2 each

Division 5 (Coach: Adrian Hill)

Bye

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Tigers 16 defeated Sturt 5

We faced one of last year's grand finalists and while our guys tried hard the opposition swung the bats well and came through with some timely hits. In fact, they scored 3 in the 1st when they should have had none and then scored 7 in another inning, all within 2 out.

For the home side, Brandon started on the mound and has improved quite alot in a few weeks. He was followed by Doc who also threw alot of strikes. Next in was Rat and as per usual, he threw quality strikes and mixed up his speeds well. As I said, the opposition hit well and timely.

We welcomed Lawrie for his first game in 10 years and 3rd ever, proving the mind is willing but the flesh is weak! He went up to bat reminding himself to let the first pitch go but couldn't help but swing at it ….. even though it was head high. Boy, they look good sometimes!

Not a lot else to report but a big thank you to Kerryn for coming out to keep score and to Trent and Stiffy, both of whom are out for the year but came to support the team.

Division 7 (Coach: Matt Chenoweth)

Sturt - 7 defeated by Kensington-15

Saturday's game seen "Hoops" return to the mound for the first time in two years and he got us off to a flying start.

However a number of errors in the infield had us on the back foot and we could not get the job done.

A thank you to all the young lads from the 15s and 17s who helped us fill a team this week and a massive thank you to AV for helping us out.

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

Golden Grove Central Districts 8 Sturt 0

One thing we learned today is arriving at the ground at 8:00 a.m. to play at 9:00 doesn't suit U17 players, parents or umpires. A disappointing game played on an incredibly blustery early Sunday morning. We'll look to improve next week at Northern Districts.

Thanks to Bricey for coming to Sturt early Sunday to umpire our game after a big Division 1 win Saturday night. Thanks to Knucks for umping the first inning and preparing the diamond to perfection. Thanks to Linda for scoring and Jac for pitch counting.

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

Goodwood 3 defeated Sturt 2

After a good start to the season we were brought down to earth by a well drilled Goodwood side.

A lead-off triple and run from Ethan Dawson in the 1st inning got us off to the perfect start. Things were on the up for the boys as Zac Becker tallied a couple stolen bases and Lachie Seekamp followed with a walk and a stolen base with only 1 out. Unfortunately we weren't able to capitalise and struck out with the next 2 at bats paving the path for the rest of the game.

It was a battle of the pitchers for the whole game in what was a very low scoring affair. Jack Hutton continued his impressive start to the season on the mound only giving up 3 hits and a run through 4 innings. Unfortunately the opposition pitcher was just as dominating with our only hit after the first innings coming off a ground rule double from Zac Becker, inches off a home run.

The pitching stayed consistent through the later innings as Zac Becker took over on the mound, keeping the game close with the help of some excellent plays at 2nd base by Samson Garcia as we went into the top of the 7th up by a single run. Goodwood poured on the pressure with the bat, getting an early runner on base and bunting to induce an overthrow that would ultimately lead to 2 runs giving Goodwood the lead heading into the bottom of the 7th.

To our boys credit, there was some fight shown in good at bats with solid contact from Angus Catt and Zac Becker, however it was all too late as our unbeaten start to the season was lost.

Hits: Becker, Dawson 1

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

Sturt        0 0 2 0 1 6 (9)
Pt Adelaide 1 0 1 1 0 0 (3)

Under a threatening sky the boys made the long journey to the Port to play possibly their best game yet, finally breaking the Maggies defense in the last dig to run away with the score and continue their winning streak.

The true of mettle of this team was on show this week. The boys found themselves in uncharted territory as Port Adelaide ground out an early lead and held us at bay until the final innings. Our big hitters struggled with the turbulent head wind, repeatedly popping up easy catches and the Pt Adelaide defense was unforgiving. The body language in the 5th said it all, until a quick pep talk from the coach fired them up and we got to see their trademark team spirit as the QABs rolled on.

Top of the 6th and Zac Altamura's tenacity won an 8 pitch battle to get us going. Tyler Stephens upped the ante going 12 pitches to put a second runner on and the middle of the order didn't disappoint. A single to Finn, a double to Jamie combined with some aggressive base running added 4 more to the tally, and the Port Pitcher began to wane as Austin and Spencer took him into double digits again and he approached 50 pitches for the innings.

Austin Parkinson started on the hill for us and was in complete control throwing 70% strikes over 4 innings for 2 earned runs and 10 K's in what may have been close to his best performance for the season so far. Spencer took over from Austin to close out in his 1st outing this season and did a great job throwing two scoreless innings and recording 3 K's. With only 8 players the outfielders had some extra work to do and Zac Alatamura at RF was kept busy with many a well placed hit by the Magpies.

Port Adelaide played a fantastic game and are to be complemented for their sportmanship in not taking the automatic out - the final score doesn't reflect how close the game was until the last innings.

A big thanks to Zac who made the long journey from his U13 game at Flinders and Jake Parkinson for scoring.

Hits: Jamie (2 x 2b), Austin (2b, single), Finn, Spencer, Zac 1 each
Runs: Finn, Jamie, Austin 2 each, Tyler, Spencer, Zac 1 each
RBIs: Finn, Jamie, Austin, Spencer, Seb

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

Saints 18 defeated East Torrens 4

With a few kids having to move around this week and the weather blowing a gale it was always going to be an interesting game.

We jumped out of the blocks well both defensively and offensively as the kids worked on protecting the zone, putting the ball in play and making things happen. We scored a lot early in the game - particular mention to Lachy Seekamp with 4 hits. Great effort mate.

Defensively we didn't have to do too much as Angus Catt struck out 12 batters in his 4 innings of work. Nice to get some extended time on the mound for the first time this year with 66 pitches and 44 strikes. Angela and Ryder closed the game out well and the field got some work in which was good to see late in the game.

Another great team effort - remember it is what you do at training that will reflect how you go on the weekend - keep working hard on Tuesday and Thursday!

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

Sturt 5 defeated Henley and Grange 4

Nail-biting. That's the two words that would sum up this top of the ladder clash between the undefeated Henley and Grange Rams and the also undefeated Sturt Saints. With this fight for the top spot on the ladder, both teams were focused and keen to win but the trusty old Sturt Saints never failed to disappoint the spectators with a walk-off win!

The game got off to a shaky start with 2 runs being scored by the Rams after some extremely aggressive base running. Believe it or not, this was actually the first time this season that the boys were in a losing position. Being 2 runs down, the boys needed to get some runs up on the board to make a statement against the Rams.

Jack led things off smashing a base hit to left field on the first pitch of the game! However Jack got caught stealing a few pitches later, but Oscar managed to land on first base after a walk and scrambled his way to 3rd after some wild pitching. Zach continued his good form putting the ball into play and allowing Oscar to score on a ground out. The inning ended with Max grounding out to second but we were on the board and the Rams knew we were in for the long haul.

The pitching today was yet again phenomenal. Harry Hutton started the game and pitched very well allowing only 2 runs through his 4 innings of work. Harry ended up striking out a staggering 10 hitters and allowing only 3 baserunners during his pitching performance. Outstanding!

The game was close from the start and hits from our side were scarce with some great fielding from the Rams. The howling wind up at Flinders didn't help either side much either. We didn't manage to chalk another run up on the board until the bottom of the 4th inning when Zach led off the inning with a walk before stealing second and advancing to 3rd on a wild throw before finally dashing to home plate to tie the game up at 2-2 after yet another wild throw from the Rams.

At this point, it was the top of the 5th, the game was tied and Harry came off the mound after throwing a massive 67 pitches. Max Becker was catching a great game but unfortunately he injured his thumb so we had to find a suitable replacement to catch the speedy Zach Altamura. Jack Becker was keen as beans to have a shot at catching so he geared up and headed out behind the plate. With a very far backstop, the pressure was on for Jack to stop anything from getting to the fence. However, Jack 'stepped up to the plate' and did very well for his first time behind the dish. Zach helped him out with some accurate pitching but unfortunately, the Rams aggressive base running wounded the Saints again with us bleeding out 2 runs.

Well bottom of the 5th and 2 runs down, the Sturt boys knew that we didn't have long to gain a lead. Jack continued his good hitting getting on base and making his way to home after some wild pitching to bring the game to a close 4-3. One out later the boys had to head back into the field and do their best to stop the Rams from increasing the lead. Zach pitched incredibly well striking out 2 hitters and catching a line drive to send the Rams back into the field.

This is when it gets interesting. We are one run down, the boys and coaches are well aware this is our final chance to snatch the win against the undefeated Rams. After a quick word from Franco and myself, the boys were determined to win this incredibly close game. Harry Hutton led the inning off and unfortunately grounded out after a long at bat - way to get the crowd biting their nails. With one out, Zach Altamura stepped into the batter's box and realised it was now or never. Zach fouled off 4 pitches before taking one for a ride over the left fielder's head for a ground rule double. One stolen base and a wild throw later, Zach was in the dugout celebrating his phenomenal effort to tie the game up at 4-4. Max Becker was up next and knew exactly what he needed to do: get on base. Max produced a short pop up to land just between the pitcher and shortstop and sprinted to first base. Max knew his job wasn't done yet and stole second base. Well, there we were, tie game and a runner in scoring position. Magnus Smith was up next and realised that this was his clutch moment. Magnus got the count to 2 strikes and one ball before delivering with a hard hit ball to second base! Max was waved home and cheers broke out through the Sturt dugout with the winning run sliding through home plate. What a way to win a game!

What a great game to watch! Hats off to the Rams though with them keeping this game incredibly close. Our batting was yet again quite good considering they fielded very well and their pitching was on par. At times I thought we may have been able to bat a little better by swinging at the right pitches. Nevertheless, it was a hard game to fault with everyone doing their part in snatching the win. We had 11 players today which unfortunately meant 4 people would be having half a game. I know it's not the best having to sit out for half a game but you can still be involved in the game while on the bench by helping out and supporting your team mates. A big thanks is owed to Malene for scoring, Sally for pitch count, Tom Becker for umpiring and helping to pack up the field and manager Frank for coaching first and helping out in setting up the field. I thought everyone played very well and was very pleased to see everyone staying focused throughout this key game. Well done!

Hits
1 hit - Jack Becker, Zach Altamura (double), Max Becker and Magnus Smith.
Runs Scored
2 runs - Zach Altamura, 1 run - Oscar Levinson, Jack Becker and Max Becker.

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

STURT 11 - Southern District 5

This weekend we headed to the beautiful southern suburbs and came away with a great team win. The boys all got there ready to go on time keen to play some hard baseball.

Leo started the day on the hill first and did a great job to gets his outs with 1 run, well done.

We didn't trouble the scorer in the first innings but had some great at bats.

Tom threw the next innings and did a great job throwing lots of strikes but they found the gaps and scored 4 runs.

Our next at bat we managed to get some things going and got a run.

Next on the bump was Kale" the fireman" and did just that, and put out the fires for the next two innings with some great plays in the field by Jack Josh and William.

Well our bats got on fire too score the MAX 5 runs in the next two innings for a come from behind WIN.

This was great to watch us play as a great TEAM. By doing the little things and ENCOURAGING and ENJOYING and having fun with each other and to pick each other up when we we're down and to play the game hard. Hopefully the whole TEAM goes away with great big smiles on your faces for the week with a whole TEAM WIN.

Last thanks to our scorer Larissa and to my assistant coach Aaron and Ralph for taking training and pitching coach Ky who was the first coach to come off the field smiling after having a chat to one of the pitchers.

To all the mums and dads i hope you enjoyed todays game as much a very HAPPY COACH did, thanks Dutchy.

Pitching

Strikes

Balls

L.Garcia

19

17

T.Passmore

15

19

K.Mattews-Hampton

25

10

Hits L.Garcia 3 J.Destino 2 k.mattews-Hampton 2 J.Holland 2 A.Becker 1

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