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2017/18 Annual Report now online

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

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

AGM

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

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

The following positions were up for re-election tonight:

  • President- Wallace Long

  • Treasurer- Ben Seekamp

  • Secretary- Adam Kerr

  • Facilities Manager- Jamie Knuckey

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

David Hutton has kindly agreed to be Patron.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

People's Choice Home Lottery

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

The Lottery is open till 31 August 2018.

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

Sturt Presentation Awards

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

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

Thank you to Jeff Nicholas for your assistance with logistics.

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

Our major club Award winners were as follows:

President's Award
Jared Holland

Josh Deegan Award
Nick Borello

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

Team Awards were as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grand Final Edition 20/03/18

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

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

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

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Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Kensington 9 d Sturt 5

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Grandfinal: Sturt 9 East Torrens 16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#unfinishedbusiness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sturt 8 defeated Goodwood 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Newsletter 13/03/18 + Finals Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

Sponsors

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



Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Sturt 10 d Woodville 8

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

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

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 25 d Southern Districts 7

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

Henley & Grange 9 d Sturt 1

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

Sturt 18 d Saints 10

Semi Final 11/3/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saints 10 Sturt 18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck to Sturt in the Grand Final.

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

Sturt 16 defeated Henley and Grange 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Newsletter 06/03/18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sponsors

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

Division 1 (Coach:Tom Brice)

Sturt 16 d Adelaide 4

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Sturt 5 d Adelaide 4

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

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

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

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

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt Defeated West Torrens 10-7

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

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

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

Go Saints!!

Division 5 (Coach: Adrian Hill)

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

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

Hits: Frenchy, Hammer, Jonas, Colonel

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

Sturt 4 def Goodwood 1

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saints 6, Port Adelaide 11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sturt 14 defeated Woodville 10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Newsletter 27/02/18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sponsors

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

Division 1 (Coach:Tom Brice)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Game 2 was a far closer encounter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Sturt 7 d Henley & Grange 2

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

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

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

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

Division 3 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Henley & Grange 10 d Sturt 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 13 d Henley & Grange 8

Division 5 (Coach: Adrian Hill)

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

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

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt 13 d Goodwood 5

Division 7 (Coach: Matt Chenoweth)

Port Adelaide 13 d Sturt 3

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

Henley & Grange 12 d Sturt 0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bye

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

Sturt 6 d Saints 5

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

Sturt 6 d Saints 5

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

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

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

The players brought effort, hustle, redemption and skill.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sturt 16 defeated Kensington 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adelaide 7 d STURT 0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

A VERY BIG THANKS TO MY FIANCÉE JENNE FOR HELPING ME WRITE ALL THE MATCH REPORTS

Thanks coach Dutchy

PITCHING

STRIKES

BALLS

K.MATTEWS-HAMPTON

18

8

J.ALTAMURA

12

10

L.GARCIA

12

15

G.HENNESSEY

14

13

J.HOLLAND

7

4


HIT
J.DESTINO 1

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 27th of February, 2018 22:15:11 ::..

Newsletter 20/02/18

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sponsors

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

Division 1 (Coach:Tom Brice)

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

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Kensington 10 d Sturt 5

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

HITS: Wirth 2, Stewart, Hopton, Kerr 1

Division 3 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 13 d Kensington 3

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

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

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

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

Big game next week and destiny is in our hands.

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

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

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 8 d Kensington 2

Division 5 (Coach: Adrian Hill)

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

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

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

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

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Angels 15 d Sturt 2

Division 7 (Coach: Matt Chenoweth)

Sturt 8 - defeated by Flinders 16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hits: 10
Strikes: 41

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

PC: Chris Thompson 69
Matt Chenoweth 30

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

Sturt 5 d Kensington 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sturt 10 defeated Adelaide 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saints 17 Kensington 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sturt 8 defeated East Torrens 0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STURT 4- Goodwood 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pitching

Strikes

Balls

S.Horley

16

15

L. Garcia

15

14

K.Mattew-Hampton

12

12

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

..:: message posted on Wednesday the 21st of February, 2018 06:33:49 ::..

Newsletter 13/02/18

A big thank you to Sharron Holmes who has organised the wine sale where we have now sold 32 cases of wine which means we have raised $640! A massive thank you also to Fame who managed to sell a whopping 8 cases! The promotion will end on the 26th of February. Click on the link to order now!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sponsors

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

Division 1 (Coach:Tom Brice)

Port Adelaide 4 d Sturt 2

After having the bye Tuesday night, the A grade side saw itself drop to 7th on the table, one game out of the top 6. This made Sunday's game against top place side, Port Adelaide, a vitally important one. Unfortunately, it did not go to plan.

Squandering situations with runners in scoring position 3 of the first 4 innings, we saw the scoreline at 2-0 down, at the half way point of the game.Ky Hampton's stellar job on the mound was backed up by some mediocre defense which resulted in the 2 runs crossing the plate.

Josh Tindall was unable to hold Port, after replacing Hampton on the hill. 2 more runs were allowed to see the scoreline sit at 4-0 going into the 8th.

Our Sturt offense finally broke through after a 2-run homerun to Angus Roeger, in the top of the 8th.

This would be it though, as zeros were posted in the remaining innings by both teams.

A disappointing 4-2 loss.

With other results going against us, the A grade team is now 2 games out of the 6 with 7 games to play.

With Sturt going down in the Tuesday Twilight 3-0 against Glenelg the big double header this coming Sunday at Kensigton is critical to keep our finals hopes alive!

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Sturt 3 d Port Adelaide 1

The Div 2 had a hard fought win on Saturday. We managed to score 2 runs in the top of the first to take the early lead. Port picked up an un earned run in the second to bring the game back to a 1 run ball game. Aussie McClure started on the mound and did an outstanding job throwing 4 inning with only 1 unearned run crossing the plate. With Damo in relief, the Port hitters couldn't add to their tally, as he dominated in the remaining 3 inning. Brandon Russo drew a walk and moved round the bases and scored on pass balls to give us a handy insurance run. It was a good win and with the league ladder being so tight every win is important.

HITS: Stewart, Brice, Hopton, Russo, Barker 1.

Division 3 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 8 d Port Adelaide 0

A Brodie Macbeth shut out and a terrific first innings were enough to get the Fighting 3's across the line against the Magpies at the Aviary.

Brodie was magnificent after being on a jack hammer all morning throwing 68/102 across 8 innings, 9 strike outs, giving up 4 hits, two walks and no earned runs. Another excellent game winning throw from the Red Bomber.

Best with the bat today was Brett Mulryan. 2 from 4 including 2 RBI's was his day's work at the plate as he continues his purple patch with the bat to move up into second place in the season batting averages. Jake Powell picked up a double and an RBI to continue his much better 2018 with the bat, Mick Trlin, Jared Holland, and Peter Turner all contributed with singles. Benny Lucas chipped in with a sac fly to grab himself an RBI.

Highlight in the field was the solo double at first by Matty Mulryan. A liner taken at least 6 inches off the ground followed by a belly flop to beat the diving runner was described by many as possibly the most unathletic double play they had ever witnessed. Say what you like people - the awareness, action and result were first class. Onya Matty!

Forgot to mention Dutchy and Jake got a double play as well. Good stuff.

Two games to go, sitting 8-7 and we must win both to have a sniff at the finals. C'mon!!!!!!

Thank you to Sue Mulyran for doing a great job and to Jack Dawson for answering the SOS with umpiring.

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Bye

Division 5 (Coach: Adrian Hill)

GG 0,1,3,2,1,2,0 = 9
ST 1,0,0,1,0,0,1 = 3

After losing our appeal to transfer this weeks home game from flinders to the green,green grass of home we were greeted at the uni by a dust bowl.The ground was nearly unplayable and put us on the back foot from the start.

We managed to get the Dodgers out in the top of the first and replied with a run courtesy of singles from the Man & MKR.The Dodgers bat's started firing in the next few innings giving Stan the run around at centerfield but his blinding catches kept us in the game.Our bats on the other hand were kept quiet by the Moose (Peter Moore) on the Hill .Frenchy had no option but go the distance as his relievers were both sore from previous outings and Hammer came up with some huge plays at short. As the game went on we were all waiting for the big come back and by the bottom of the 7th we were 7 down and could only tie. A couple of singles and a near bomb by MKR brought some life back into the team before I choked and hit into a double, game over. My pregame guestimate of 10 runs would win it proved spot on. We had 10 hits for the game but could not bunch them together and we gave them a few easy runs from errors or wild throws.Jonas Garcia's nice double to centre /right and MKR's line drive the hits of the day.We are still in the final race but must win our last 2 games at our true home.Thanks again to Treddas for umpiring and Jodie for scoring.

Hits: Stan, MKR, Hammer 2, Frenchy, Fame, Jonas & AJ 1

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Adelaide 20 d Sturt 14

Division 7 (Coach: Matt Chenoweth)

Henley & Grange 15 d Sturt 9

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

Pt Adelaide 8 d Sturt 2

On a thankfully cool Sunday morning the boys made the trip to Pt Adelaide with their finals chances precariously balanced in a head-to-head tussle against the Magpies for the sixth and final playoff spot. The Saints were set back pre-game by the last minute loss of two key players due to injury and illness but those playing were determined to battle to the end with two U15 supersubs, Ethan Dawson and Samson Garcia, making his U17 debut, stepping up on short notice to fill the void.

Good pitching and fielding dominated the first three innings for both clubs with Josh Vidale at his best and firing bullets for the Saints. After Josh worked his way out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the 3rd, the score remained 0-0 and a tight game loomed. The Saints opened a 2-0 lead in the top of the 4th with a leadoff walk to Sam Stewart, a stolen base, a single to Jonas Garcia, a grounder to the right side by Josh to drive in the Saints' first run and a cracking single to rightcentre by Joel Edwards plating Jonas for the second run and the team was feeling upbeat Portside. The way Josh was pitching, that lead looked like a possibility to hold up. Unfortunately, the season long nemesis of untimely walks and errors came back to sting us in the bottom of the 4th. The Maggies answered the challenge by scoring 7 runs without recording an out on 4 hits, 4 walks and 2 Saint errors. That pretty much popped the balloon for the game and the season as we failed to trouble the scorer the rest of the way.

A big thanks to Samson and Ethan for playing for us after making the long journey to the spooky world of Powerland. Both took nice catches in left and centre fields respectively and there is a bright future at the club for those young men. Joel demonstrated his season long improvement in two appearances at the plate with a walk and the RBI single which was the best hit ball of the day for Sturt. It was great to welcome back to game action Luke Warburton from his 4 week stint with the pink leg cast. His playing heart is bigger than Dad's canteen tab. Joe Harvey returned from his summer travels as keen as ever and had a couple good plate appearances. Last but not least, Strappsy once again was great behind the plate at one of the toughest grounds in the league to play catcher.

Theresa was gold once again on the playbook and Claire sparling on the self designed pitch count sheet. Thanks for more awesome work by both Warby ladies.

Next up is an afternoon game at home against Kensy. We have a chance to atone for a Round 1 loss, so time to let our hair down and rock the last 2 games of the season.

Hits: Jonas Garcia, Joel Edwards 1 each
RBIs: Josh Vidale, Joel Edwards 1

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

Sturt 7 def Goodwood 5

After a disappointing tie last week with Glenelg we dropped to 4th on the ladder and needed to put in a huge performance this week against a well drilled Goodwood side sitting in 3rd place to both lift us back into the top 3 and give us a needed boost of confidence heading into finals.

An emphasis this week has been to do all the 1 percenters and to really support and get around everyone in the team as we have been dropping our heads and losing focus too much in recent games.

This recent loss of focus was displayed again at the beginning of this game as we were unable to make an impact with the bat and gave up some early runs in the first inning. The boy's heads were down and the opposition was confident, however, this would turn out to be our best performance of the season by far.

With the opposition pitcher dominating early we were gifted our first run in the second. With Jamie Vidale on 3rd base, Goodwood forgot the number of outs and left the field with only 2 out allowing Jamie to steal home with ease. The boys got a huge lift of confidence from this and were able to claw back by doing the little things in the third and fourth innings. An RBI grounder to the right side of the field from Will Jordans scored Ethan Dawson in the third and a 10 pitch walk to Spencer Warrilow in the fourth with 2 out, led to multiple stolen bases and an RBI single to Ethan Dawson brought Spencer in to tie the game.

In the fifth we were able to blow the game open with a sacrifice RBI to Lachie Seekamp, a run from a passed ball to Zac Becker, and a huge home run to Jake Mossman made sure everyone remembered to stay up and about.

Up a couple of runs in the bottom of the last, Angus Catt was brought on to pitch after Zac Becker provided another brilliant display through the middle innings. Angus was able to shutout the game comfortably ensuring we ended up with the win in what was definitely the performance of the season for these lads who are beginning to gel really well heading towards the end of the season.

Hits: Jake Mossman (HR), Ethan Dawson, Zac Becker, Spencer Warrilow 1

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

Sturt       0 5 1 0 0 0 (6)
East Torrens 0 0 1 0 1 0 (2)

Despite our relative positions on the ladder The Sox always manage to give us a shake up, and Sunday's game was way too close for comfort and a lucky win courtesy of Jake's grand-slam in the 2nd.

Our defensive game was helped yet again by good pitching and not really put to the test. Jamie started on the hill, throwing 10 K's and giving up only 1 hit, 1 walk and 1 ER. Spencer took over in the 5th and kept up the momentum, throwing 1 K and also giving up only 1 hit and 1 walk.

We made a couple of unforced errors in the infield that fortunately did no damage, but may be prove costly against a more skilled opponent.

Our offensive game wasn't bad, but we just couldn't convert and left too many on base.

Jake had a standout day with the bat with a grand slam to RF in the second innings and Jamie backed it up with a solo bomb to CF. Spencer went 2 from 4 including a double to LF, Austin doubled to CF, Finn got bat on ball consistently but was unlucky flying out to CF just short of the cones, and Big Jimmy A consolidated recent BP getting bat on ball twice including a single in the final dig.

As we head into the final two rounds on top of the ladder we will be honing our game in preparation for finals!!

Hits: Jake (GS), Jamie (HR) , Spencer (2b, single), Austin (2b), James (single)
Runs: Spencer, Jake, Jamie, Austin, Callum, Seb (1 each)
RBIs: Jake 4, Jamie 1

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

Rams 15 Saints 8

Sunday's tussle against the Rams was our third encounter this season. In previous games we let ourselves down with decision making and execution. This week was a similar story.

Credit to the Rams. Their first pitcher allowed only one outfield hit to Zach A over 4 innings. With strikeouts matching walks we couldn't get any momentum and were playing catchup on the scoreboard. Tyler was LOB twice but we couldn't get him across.

Our good was good.

Ryder threw a gem with 68% in the strike zone and 10 punchouts over 4 innings. He was backed by two pickoffs to Brad at 3B and Samson making two outs from 2B. Shannon combined with Zach A for a nice 5 -6 double play. And then there was a 1-2 play that nabbed the Rams runner attempting to steal home on the throwback. Even the Rams coach was scratching his head at that one.

On the batting side, Nick got on three times. Lachie roosted a double to CF and Angela legged out a double to RF and plated two on a liner to CF.

The not so good? Let's just say on the path to 10,000 hours to achieve world class skills, Sunday's two hours was a real learning experience.

With both teams in the finals, let's work toward four being the charm. It all starts this week on the training track.

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

Sturt 10 defeated Henley and Grange 9

The Henley and Grange little league field was the site of this week's clash between two finals destined teams. A truly nail biting game consisting of great pitching, aggressive base running and some questionable umpiring made it one to remember.

Max, Zach and Yeoryi took advantage of some early control issues from the young Henley pitcher by all three walking and coming home to score from wild pitches. Magnus and Jayden showed patience at the plate by getting on base with walks but were left stranded after Lachlan was robbed of a base hit after a very close play. Nevertheless, an early 3 run lead is always welcome against a top quality side.

Harry Hutton got the start today and pitched a very good game. Harry got off to a shaky start giving up 2 hits that eventuated in 2 runs to bring our initial lead to just one run. He found his rhythm though and sat down the next 3 hitters.

Our recipe to success today was that we continued to chip away each inning to keep the game close. The score line never differed from more than 3 runs which just sums up how close this game was.

By the end of the third inning the score was 5-2 with Harry finishing off his pitching campaign with 2 earned runs, 9 strikeouts and 79 pitches thrown through 3 innings of solid work. A remarkable start from Harry against a tough side.

By the bottom of the fourth, the score was still 5-2 after we couldn't squeeze a run through in the top half of the inning. Zach Altamura was given the ball with the pressure to close the game out. A shaky start with a hit-by-pitch and walk resulted in 2 runs crossing the plate. We didn't manage to scrape together anymore runs with the bats which meant it was a tight 5-4 game. Some more control issues led to us bleeding 2 runs and we were suddenly on the other end of the stick with the clock ticking away.

A quick chat to the boys from Frank and myself and they knew that it was now or never. A long inning against a struggling pitcher granted us 5 walks, a base hit and most importantly, 5 big runs.

Some very costly errors granted the Henley and Grange boys 3 runs and made the game a mere 10-9. Zach found the groove and sat the next two hitters before fielding a slow roller to end the game with Sturt the victors. Great job guys!

Special mention today to AJ who was playing his first game today, AJ did very well with 2 walks and made his way home to score a very important run. Thank you to Malene for scoring, Josh for pitch count and Frank for coaching first base.

Hits
2 - Zach Altamura (2B), 1 - Jayden Quabba
Runs Scored
3 - Zach Altamura, 2 - Max Becker and Yeoryi Perentes, 1 - AJ, Lachlan Kent and Jacob Willans

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

STURT 4 d Southern District 0

It was a beautiful day at the most prettiest ground in south Australia if not Australia at Norman Reserve. After last week we were determined to keep the good times rolling.

The first innings saw Kale get a bit of a work out throwing 26 pitches and having to get out of a bit of trouble with some unseen errors but to the boys credit they worked as a Team to get out of it with no damage.

Our first go with the bats saw 1 walk and some unlucky hits to first to leave it nil all.

The next innings saw Kale find the zone a bit better with 2Kc but he was at his pitch count so Leo finished it off with a Kc too, well done.

Our next at bat was a little better with two walks and a hit but this did not end well with some boys watching strikes to finish the innings.

Next innings was all a great thing to watch with Leo getting a Kc then Jack at first base taking a catch then quickly touching his base to get a Double play, great work champ.

Our next at bat was a little nerve racking for the coaching staff we wanted to see these bats working and the boys stood up, Luke got a walk then Leo and Josh.H got safe hits to score him "love team baseball".

Next to the mound was Josh.A the leftie and at this moment the game came alive with the boys doing some great fielding to get his outs.

Our next at bat saw Aiden get a leed off walk and Sam smashed the ball which stayed in for a triple and got another run, then some more team hitting from Blake and Jack to see them get out but to score Sam , well done this is what we have enjoyed seeing all season Team effort.

JOSH.A. went back out to finish the game off with a little shaky start to the innings with a couple of walks then saw Po6-3Double play from Kale and Jack, then Jack did the rest with fielding and touching his base to finish the innings. FANTASTIC TEAM WORK. Ive coached two years with these boys and long ago my eldest son then before that guys who play with me now but i have never seen one of these Double plays at this level by us or anyone else. WOW.

With ten minutes still left to play we just had too eat some time with some patient at bats with 3 walks then Josh.H got a hit to seal the game with two more runs.

Well boys we WON but i think there is still more room to keep getting better with being ready to go from the first pitch to the last, keep having FUN and see what happens at the end of the season.

To everyone who helps out and to the scorer, pitch counter and to the coaching staff and to Jenne my fiancée thanks again for what you do for these young men . Big thanks to Ky Hampton for umpiring you did a great job.

PITCHING

STRIKES

BALLS

K.Mattews-Hampton

28

16

L.Garcia

6

4

J.Altamura

19

17

HITS

J.Holland 2
S.Horley 1 (triple)
L.Garcia 1

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 13th of February, 2018 20:48:10 ::..

Newsletter 06/02/18

We are getting to the business end of the season with many important games that will define our year! Best wishes to all the teams in the run up to finals!

We also have a packed social calendar!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Division 1 (Coach:Tom Brice)

The two games played this week resulted in a much needed two wins for the A Grade side, keeping us in the log jam that has formed between 4th and 8th place. Tuesday night saw a comprehensive win over Golden Grove, 14-1, in a 5 inning mercy.

Jackson Brebner-Russ threw all five innings, relinquishing just the one run and giving up only two hits.

Angus Roeger lead the way with the bat, picking up five rbis with two hits, including a grand slam to end the game.

Sunday's clash against local rivals turned out to be a nail biter.

We shot out to an early lead as a result of home runs to Jordan McArdle and Jackson Brebner-Russ.

Good at bats followed, up and down the line up. And, base hits to Paul Holmes and Connar O'Gorman saw the score blow out to 7-1.

Ky was as economical as ever on the mound and was able to take us into the 6th inning. Before this, some strong hitting resulted in 4 runs for the Goodwood side.

Damon Arnold was unable to hold the heavy hitters giving up 2 more rubs without registering an out. Replaced by Devon Barker, the flow of runs was stemmed for two innings.

Sturt managed to plate one more run in the 7th, which proved to be difference.

Entering the 9th inning with a two run lead, a poor umpiring call, an error and timely hitting allowed Goodwood to score another run.

A bases loaded, full count strike out, delivered by Brebner-Russ brought the game to an end.. an intense one run win. A huge win in the circumstances!

With a bye tonight we will be taking on Port at Port this Saturday in another incredibly important game.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Sturt 18 d Goodwood 1

The Div 2 got off to a flying start on Sunday, nearly batting through the lineup twice in the top of the first inning. We managed to pile on 13 runs thanks to 6 hits, 4 walks, 2 HBP, 2 Errors and never took a backwards step from here. Alex Hopton and Adam Kerr picked up two hits and 2 and 3 RBI's respectively before Goodwood got their chance to hit. With plenty of game time left it was important to keep rolling with the momentum and put the game out of reach, which we did, batting through the lineup again in the top of the second inning. After two inning in the book, we were in complete control with the score sitting at 17-0. From here on out, the game lost a little intensity with only 1 run crossing the plate for Sturt and 1 for a deflated Goodwood.

Josh Tindall had the pitching duties and didn't give the Goodwood hitters a look in, dominating over 4 inning and finishing with a line of 3 hits, 6 K's, 2 walks & 1 earned run. Tinny was reluctantly relieved of his pitching duties and Aussie took over to close out the final inning. A dominate performance by the Div 2 lads secured an important win with the race for finals spots up for grabs.

HITS: Hopton, Kerr, Arnold 2, Wirth, Russo, Mulryan 1.

Division 3 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 5 d Goodwood 3

A last gasp four runs in the 7th and final innings was enough to get the Saints home after playing catch up baseball for most of the day. Trailing 3-1 after six innings Jake Powell drove home Brodie Macbeth and a two out double RBI from super sub Brad Strapps put the Saints up 5-3. That was the final score as Brodie nailed the door shut.

The stand out performer was Brodie. His relentless pressure on the batter throwing a remarkable 85 strikes from 108 pitches (78%) was a great response and example of constantly challenging the opposition batting. A clinical and dominant game on the mound throwing eight innings, striking out 11, and giving up 10 hits for just two earned runs speaks for itself.

Best with the bat today was Jared Holland the wily old veteran with two hits and an RBI. Jared's intensity and commitment are always evident and todays game was no different. He willed himself into a tight game and was one of the reasons we won. Close behind was Brad Strapps' with a very timely hit into no man's land at right field that turned into a game changer and a reminder of the young talent the club needs to continue to nurture.

The highlight in the field was none other than star outfielder Mick Trlin. With his father looking on after having travelled from the great state of NSW Mick managed a catch that coach Catt was quoted "as turning the simple into the impossible". The team manager was quoted as the flyball travelled to right field "that's a definite single mate, he's misjudged that". A startled and bespectacled gazelle suddenly appeared from nowhere, travelling full bore and with a steely gaze, dived full length horizontal to the left and low and behold the ball falls into the glove! Worth the flight was the comment after the game.

There were many good plays today and we won because we had a contribution in one form or another from everyone. Not to get carried away and with 3 errors as evidence we still have plenty to work on. Season now even at 7-7. Four games to go - the dream (post- season that is) is still alive.

Thank you to Sue Mulyran for another lovely scorebook.

Hits: Holland 2, Macbeth, Austin McClure, Strapps, Powell

RBI's: Strapps 2, Holland, McClure, Powell

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 15 d Goodwood 4

Division 5 (Coach: Adrian Hill)

Adelaide 18 - Sturt 3 ( 22 hits to 5 )

Not much to write home about this week as we were undermanned and overwhelmed. With 4 regulars bailing out sick or working we relied on the Warrilow / Richmond father & son combo's to field a nine. We started well in the top of the 1st where we picked up 4 of our 5 hits to plate 2 runs but it went pear shaped soon after as the hard hitting Angels went on a rampage.Stan battled thru 4 digs but they kept hitting the holes and then I got hammered for the maximum in the 5th to finish the game off and get into the Corona's early.We will get players back and rebound next week in a must win game against Golden Grove.Congratulations to Spencer Warrilow and Tyler Stevens from the U15's for their efforts and to our loyal supporter's and scorer for getting up early and making the trip to the local trotting track.

Hits: Stan, Fame, Richo, Kosi & Tyler.

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

West Torrens 16 d Sturt 2

Division 7 (Coach: Matt Chenoweth)

Kensington 23 d Sturt 12

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

Bye

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

Sturt 4 - Glenelg 4

After a tight win last game out, the boys were looking to start strong against a mid table team in Glenelg at home.
We started the game very strong in the field as Zac Becker put up an impressive 4 shutout innings including 7 strikouts while only giving up 2 hits. During these 4 innings with the bats we score 1 run in each from the help of a triple and 2 RBI's from Ethan Dawson, 4 stolen bases from Zac Becker a well struck single to Samson Garcia and a hard hit ground rule double for Tyler Stephens.

Up 4-0 going into the 5th Austin Parkinson came on and did his job keeping Glenelg off base with 2 strikouts. The inning could have turned out a lot different if not for a majestic superman dive in centerfield by Will Jordans to send the leadoff hitter back to the dugout. With momentum on our side we were unfortunately unable to put the game to bed in the 5th and 6th innings with runners left on base in both digs. This proved costly as we struggled in the field with multiple costly errors resulting in Glenelg scoring the deficit to bring the game back to level with time having run out.

A tie out of this game was disappointing for the boys, especially because of how the game ended, however, this is a huge wake up call before finals which I think will benefit the team to remind them of the required intensity needed to win.

Hits: Tyler Stephens 2, Ethan Dawson, Zac Becker, Samson Garcia 1

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

Bye

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

Saints 8 d Magpies 5

The disjointed second half of the season continued on Sunday where a short handed Saints faced off against the Magpies at Semaphore.

The sea breeze was blowing in which took the sting off a 33 temp at first pitch. The breeze also affected the batters timing with only five Saints hits over six innings and nine infield outs. The Maggies pitching was affected as well with 10 walks.

Our rotation of Ryder, Angela and Angus held it together through some tight situations to allow the batters the chance to string consecutive hits in the 6th to keep our noses ahead and come away with the points after 2 hours play.

Lachie S was great behind the dish with only 3 pitches of 127 getting past him. Gunning down two at 2nd made the Magpies runners think twice.

Thanks to Callum for filling in while getting on base three times. Lachie H, Nick and Zac all plated runs Thanks to Ethan from the Magpies who manned RF and showed he was not an easy out with QABs against his team mates.

With a finals spot now secured, the group needs to focus on getting the skill levels back up to pre-Xmas form for the run home.

Report from 21 January 2018-Under 15 Saints 12 defeated east TORRENS 8

Welcome back to January baseball. Temperature at first pitch: 34C and no breeze. The furnace at Fenway.

All players were a bit rusty and hot in the first inning with both teams scoring four.

Things settled down between the 2nd and 4th innings with average 18 pitch innings as the skills returned and players got used to the conditions. Scores 8 apiece after four.

We broke free in the 5th with aggressive base running and safe hits off their tiring pitcher.

Samson plated our 12th run on BB SB WP WP. It was getting tough out there.

Lachie H, Angus, Ryder and Brad barrelled two hits each.

Angela drew 2 HPBs from their pitcher who she HPBed back in October. Can't wait for their next meeting!

RBIs to Nick, Shannon and Alex who made some nice plays at second.

Our pitchers got 12Ks on 15 outs. Ten were swinging strikeouts so the Red Sox batters were having a go.

Angela and Ryder each had 3 strikeouts and Angus with 6 in last two innings to close out.

With next week being a bye, lets use the time to get in more practice and lift our skills for the short run home.



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

Sturt 11 defeated Hawks 5

Another hot Sunday brought with it more empty sunscreen bottles and some long groans from the boys. However the Saints kept their cool and came away with a nice 6 run win after some unhittable pitching and top class hitting.

Zach started on the mound today and went to work straight away by sitting down the lead off hitter. Some little early control issues led to a couple of walks but Zach struck the right chord and sat down the next 2 hitters.

Jacob and Max got the ball rolling today by both getting base hits to lead off the inning and show the Hawks that we meant business. The young opposing pitcher must have been a bit shook up as he walked Yeoryi, Zach and Jack which brought in some key runs. I won't bore you with the nitty gritty details and sum it up as a 'walk-a-thon' resulting in a nice 5 runs on our side of the scoreboard.

Zach was on point today and chalked up another 3 strikeouts in the 2nd and another 3 in the 3rd. Zach ended his great day on the mound with 9 strikeouts, 3 walks, no earned runs and a total of 60 pitches thrown.

Jacob led of the 2nd inning and continued his good day with a leadoff walk. A couple of stolen bases later and a nicely placed ground ball from Yeoryi he was dusting himself off in the dugout. We didn't manage to scrape together any more runs but the boys were determined to fatten the lead in the 3rd. Patience at the plate granted walks to Magnus, Drew, Jacob, Max and Yeoryi before the number four hitter, Zach Altamura stepped up to the plate and took an inside pitch straight to the big gap in left field. We had some luck with the ball coming to a stop just before the cones and Zach cleared the bases and made a dash for home after a bad throw. It ended up being scored as a 4 RBI home run. Great job mate!

Jacob was next to take the mound. Jacob started very well with 2 quick outs with some help from the Oscar at first. Jacob then struggled to find the zone and had a tough time which is understandable as it was his first time on the mound since the Christmas break.

Unfortunately a lot of walks meant a lot of runs and 5 lucky Hawks hitters ended up crossing the plate. Nevertheless, it didn't really hurt our 11 run lead.

Harry took the mound in the final inning and closed out the game very well with 3 strikeouts and 0 earned runs. Great job mate! Way to clinch the deal.

The boys played very well today with some in accurate pitching forcing them to be patient at the plate (13 walks). Special mention to Max Becker who caught the full game and had a nice day with the bat. Also wanted to mention Lachlan Kent who was supportive on the bench and got a great hit to right field. Keep it up mate!

I'm do apologise to the guys who didn't get much of a game today, 4 subs made it pretty difficult to manage. Thank you to Sally for scoring, Malene for pitch count, Frank for setting up the field and Tom Becker for helping out at the end of the game. Next week it's the long car ride over to Henley and Grange for which is certain to be a great game so try and get down there as it will be a very competitive matchup. Make sure all the boys bring their A-game.

Hits:
1 Hit - Zach Altamura (HR), Max Becker, Oscar Levinson, Jacob Willans and Lachlan Kent
Runs Scored
3 - Jacob Willans, 2 - Max Becker, Zach Altamura, 1 - Jack Becker, Oscar Levinson, Yeoryi Perentes and Drew Edwards.

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

STURT 20- Glenelg 3

This week we went and played down at the bay and the word of the day was "to be aggressive with the bats ", and thats what the young men did scoring maximum runs every innings. The boys recorded 15 hits with some really aggressive base running it was really great to see the hard work we do at training is really paying off.

With our pitchers today Kale did what he knows best and pounded the strike zone with 2 great innings. Then Leo had his chance to throw and with some great work in the field from Archie to get him out of a jam, to finish off the leftie Josh A did not let the team down he got his outs with some great fielding from Williem "well done".

It is fantastic to see some of the things we work on at training is coming into the game with fielding the boys are playing great as a team, lets keep this up and to keep improving and stay hungry for more hits.

To my coaching staff Aaron , Ralph, Jimmy and Ky , without you guys these boys wouldnt be able to stay focused for the game.

To my fantastic scorer Lorissa and to Ann for pitch counting thanks for keeping the game in check.

PITCHING

STRIKES

BALLS

K.Mattews-Hampton

17

12

L.Garcia

9

9

J.Altamura

19

21

HITS

J.Holland 2
K.Mattews-Hampton 2
G.Hennessey 2
A.Thornton 2
J.Destino 2
J.Altamura 2
S.Horley 1
L.Garcia 1
T.Passmore 1

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 6th of February, 2018 20:35:08 ::..

Newsletter 24/01/18

Welcome back to our Junior teams who kicked off the second half of the season last weekend! With extreme weather conditions forecast for this weekend, can all teams please check the Bureau of Meteorology website or our Facebook page for updates.

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

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

Division 1 (Coach:Tom Brice)

Sturt 7 d Glenelg 5

The A grade side followed up Tuesday's good win over Port with another great team performance, defeating Glenelg.

After relinquishing one run in the first, we were quick to respond as Dylan Ridding dispatched a homerun to right-centre field.

Josh Tindall pitched three solid innings before he was replace by Damon Arnold, scores tied at 3 a piece. Arnold was quick to settle in and cruised through the following 5 innings.

It was the 7th inning that the deadlock was broken. Great at bats and some good bunting, up and down the line up, created enough pressure on the opposing defense. This resulted in some coslty errors of which we took full advantage, scoring 4 runs.

With Arnold tiring slighlty in his 6th inning of work, Glenelg were able to peg two runs back in the ninth before Tyler Chappell was brought in to get the final out, coming with a stike out.

Hits: Ridding, O'Gorman, Brice 2, Holmes, Chappell 1.
We take on Southern District away tonight looking to our continue our winning ways.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Sturt 5, Glenelg 5

Aussie McClure earnt his first start for the B grade this year and didn't let us down. Aussie took to the mound and was dominant through the first three inning, only allowing 2 base runners from 1 hit and 1 HBP from 30 pitches. With 1 out in the fourth, the Glenelg hitters managed to bunch 3 hits and a HBP to score 3 runs, putting some pressure back on the young Sturt starter. Aussie was up to the task and retired the next two hitters and getting us out of the inning without any more damage being done. A solid performance by Aussie had him finish his pitching duties with stats of 4 inning, 4 hits, 4K's, 2 HBP, 3 earned runs, 1 unearned run from 79 pitches. Brodie took over the on the mound and held the bays to only 1 run over the remaining 2 inning. Offensively Alex Hopton was the stand out, picking up 2 doubles, a single and 4 RBI's. We had a few opportunities but couldn't capitalize with runners in scoring position but still came away with a 5 all draw.

HITS: Hopton 3, Adkins, Stewart, Russo, Kerr 1.

Division 3 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Round 13 - Sturt 0 @ Glenelg 10

Playing against the best team in the division the boys had a crack. Glenelg hasn't lost a game for the season and with a first-class pitcher and over a 1000 games of A grade experience they are a formidable opponent. Enough of the opposition.

Nick Borrello took the mound and for 2.2 innings did a great job and the only reason he was relieved was to enable him to pitch U19's on Wednesday nights. His breaking ball strike out of a highly credentialed Glenelg batter to end the first innings was a moment he should remember. Nick needs to keep working on his pitching (go to training Nick) and who knows how good he could be.

Nick was relieved by Brett Mulryan who had a dig he would prefer to forget, and Liam Lucas pitched the remaining 2.1 innings giving up just the one hit and no earned runs for what was his best pitching performance of the season so far. With these young men they're like a box of chocolates as you're never quite sure what you're going to get.

Pleased to report that the fielding was first class with no errors recorded. Liam was sensational (as always!) in the outfield, Brett took a terrific pop fly running backwards at SS that had the crowd holding their collective breath and Jake Powell threw a "double" for the 4th out of the last innings much to the mirth of his team mates. Much improved from last week.

Unfortunately, the two Glenelg pitchers sliced through the team with 9 strikeouts and no walks from 22 at bats.

Thank you to Sue Mulyran for another lovely scorebook and Tom Winter for hanging around and helping.

Hits: Brett Mulryan, Austin McClure, Brad Strapps

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 8 d Glenelg 3

Division 5 (Coach: Adrian Hill)

Sturt 9 d Southern Districts 2

South 1,0,0,1,0,0,0 Sturt 5,0,0,0,2,2. We kicked off 2018 at home against last years premiers South's and we continued where we left off in 2017.Stan was keen to get back on the hill and didn't disappoint.He threw 3 solid digs only giving up a run in the top of the first from a bleeder. We came out firing in the bottom of the first and hit through the line up to plate 5 runs and stamp our authority.The game tightened up from there with both pitchers dominating. South's hitters went deep on a few occasions but our defence left their runners stranded. Frenchy pitched the next 3 digs with the same effect as Stan while our infielders Magic Mike at 2nd & Hammer at short mopped up everything.The 5th & 6th innings we went on the attack again and picked up more runs on some good hits and bleeders (me in particular).Top of the 7th and up by 7 we couldn't lose, so I jumped on the mound and finished it off.This was a top quality game with no walks and only a couple of errors in total.The lads now have the belief that we can challenge the top two sides and a couple more wins should see us maintain 3rd spot and a finals berth.Special mention goes to Sam Stewart who played his first senior game and did a great job at centre field and picked up a safe hit (RBI).Thanks to Elvis for being the 10th man, Smally for umpiring (who was keen to pay me back form the previous game) and Jodie for scoring.

Hits & Memories: Richo, Fame, Magic Mike, Colonel 2, Stan, Frenchy, Hammer, Kosi, Sam 1

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt 12 d Hawks 4

Division 7 (Coach: Matt Chenoweth)

Sturt 15 d GGCD 7

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

Glenelg 10 Sturt 2

On a sweltering morning at beautiful Norman Reserve the Saints faced the Tigers in the only meeting of the season between the two teams. With the Weather Gods playing havoc with the intended resumption of training after the long break, it was no wonder both teams were a bit rusty. The Tigers eventually pulled away for a 10-2 victory in a game much closer than the score would indicate.

Jonas started on the mound and threw super well for 2+ innings before succumbing to the heat and some shaky fielding support in the 3rd inning. It's been an unfortunate Achilles Heel throughout the year that giving the opposition extra outs in many innings of many games has put unwarranted pressure on the pitchers and run up pitch counts. After giving up an unearned run in the top of the first, the boys replied turning a walk, a couple singles and some heads up base running into 2 runs to open up a 2-1 lead.

Glenelg went 3 up 3 down in the top of the 2nd thanks to a great throw from Bradley to nail a would-be base stealer at second. Strappsy was outstanding the whole game in conditions that would test even the most experienced catchers. The Saints bats went quiet for the rest of the game while Glenelg parlayed some fielding miscues and a few nice hits into 9 runs over the 3rd and 5th innings to put the game away. Josh threw well for 3 innings in relief and was one who showed little effect of the long break.

Thanks to Zac Becker, Will Jordans and Ethan Dawson for filling in and doing a good job. Will's backing up play when needed from his right field spot was a one percenter the coaches were looking for.

Next weekend it's off to Gawler. The forecast is not looking promising at this point for either training or playing so we'll keep an eye on BOM and hope for the best.

Hits: Jonas Garcia, Bradley Strapps, Zac Becker 1 each
RBIs: Jonas Garcia 1

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

Sturt 10 defeated Red Rangers 6

For our first game of 2018 we came up against a freshly formed hybrid team from Gawler and Northern Districts who came pumped and ready to play.

From the warmup it was clear that fatigue from the heat was getting to most of the lads as our whole team had to play a game directly before in either the u17's or u15 2's. This psychological and physical fatigue caused the lads to play with little enthusiasm and it only got tougher as we were down 2-6 after 2 innings from a series of walks and a 3 run home run.

The boys' heads were down but that home run became the perfect fuel to fire our bats as Zac Becker hit a solo home run to lead off the 3rd inning and sparked some life back into the boys. After this the ball was handed to Austin Parkinson on the mound who helped the team keep up the pressure by sitting down his first 3 batters in a row and not giving up a single hit over his 2 innings pitched.

Heading into the bottom of the 4th, which turned out to be the last, we were down 3-6 but there was belief in the dugout when hits from Tyler Stephens, Zac Becker, a timely 2-run single from Spencer Warrilow, and some impressive base stealing from Ethan Dawson, Will Jordans, Jake Mossman and Tyler Stephens helped bring in the maximum 7 runs for the inning to give us the win.

It was impressive to see the boys' resilience out on the field in what was their second game in a row on a 36-degree day. This was a very important win to boost the confidence of the team and get them firing for an important second half of the season.

Hits: Becker 2 (HR); Mossman, Warrilow, Stephens 1
RBI: Warrilow 2; Becker, Mossman, Stephens 1
Stolen Bases: Dawson 4; Jordans, Mossman, Stephens 3

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

U15/2 - Sturt 12 d Port Adelaide 1

First game back after the Christmas break, and all of the boys needed to blow off some cobwebs. Warm up was the first training that we have had as the weather has not been kind, not very kind on game day either.

Game plan: Drink lots and concentrate on the basics, the longer we field, the longer we are in the sun. The boys delivered.

We lost Fin early to illness paired with heat, down to 8. Spencer started on the hill and warmed up to throw 8 strike outs for his time and the rest of the crew didn't let much past at all, they did score 1 off of a ripper hit to our gap in the outfield. Jamie finished the pitching for us throwing 2 strike outs in his total of 17 pitches.

Our time offensively, they all tried to have fun and stay cool, all eager to steal bases and all eager to get a hit. Tyler, Spencer and James all had safe hits, Seb, a nice double and Jake, double and single.

The game was called early as the heat was starting to take a bit out of everybody and the boys had themselves a nice advantage on the scoreboard. Thank you Jake Parkinson for scoring and Stan Warrilow for umpiring, and all who came to support and brave the weather.

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

U15/2 Saints 12 d East Torrens 8

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

Sturt 15 defeated Goodwood 1

The first game back from the much needed summer break fell on a 36 degree day making this week's game a real test for the young under 13s. However the team didn't crack despite the harsh conditions by coming up with a 14 run win!

The starter for Goodwood had some early control issues which didn't seem to fizzle out with young lad giving up 4 walks and 3 hits in the first inning. One heat induced blood nose later we were given another pitcher and the first inning began to feel like fourth as the clock ticked away. The new pitcher found some rhythm but nevertheless, the Saints had dealt their damage with Max, Oscar, Yeoryi, Zach and Lachlan all getting on base and crossing the plate giving us the maximum 5 runs. Good way to start the second half of the season if you ask me.

Zach was given the ball today and did a tremendous job on the mound. He faced some early control issues and some very questionable umpiring which led to one lucky Goodwood hitter making his way home in the first inning. Nonetheless, Zach found the groove and shutdown the Goodwood offence for the remainder of his campaign. We couldn't damage the opposition in the second inning with Harry and Oscar both getting hits but unfortunately getting stranded at second and third. The boys didn't allow the Goodwood defence to rest much longer though with the third inning chalking up outfield hits to Jacob, Zach, Jayden and Harry with Ciaran, Lachlan, Jacob, Jayden and Harry all crossing the plate to give us another 5 runs. Great job!
Pitching and defence remained solid today with just the one run scoring. Defensive highlight of the day today was an eye opening double play in which Harry tagged an eager runner trying to push his luck and go for second base before throwing home to allow Max to tag another aggressive baserunner. That's the beauty of under 13s. Great heads up play!

A 3 up 3 down 5th inning then another 5 run inning ended our batting campaign with the stats showing 15 runs, 15 walks and 13 hits to our side of the scoreboard. One of our best days at the plate! Even better news is that everyone got on base today!

Zach ended his day on the mound with 12 strikeouts! Harry came on in the 5th inning and placed a worried look on the coaching staff after walking the first 2 hitters. After a quick mound visit to slow down the tempo, in typical Harry Hutton fashion, Harry struck out the next 2 hitters before getting some help from Jacob at first base to get out of the situation. Harry found his rhythm in the 6th inning by striking out the side! Special mention to Max Becker who caught the entire game and did a great job behind the plate.

Well a 15-1 victory was actually much needed for the team as we are falling behind on the runs scored and conceded leader board. Well done to all the players today with everyone contributing to the team in one way or another. The first game back has shown signs of players finding some good form and hopefully we can continue winning and remain the team to beat!

Thank you to Jody for scoring at the last minute, Josh for pitch count and Frank for pre-game help.

Hits:
4 - Harry Hutton, 3 - Jacob Williams, 2 - Zach Altamura, Oscar Levinson, 1 - Max Becker, Jayden Quabba
Runs Scored
3 - Lachlan Kent, 2 - Max Becker, Zach Altamura, Yeoryi Perentes, Ciaran Behan, 1 - Harry Hutton, Oscar Levinson, Jacob Williams, Jayden Quabba.

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

STURT 14 - Adelaide 3

Welcome back boys after the Christmas break. As a coach you get worried about coming back after a long time not playing if everyone is fit or as keen as when you finished but to these young man they showed that the fight was still there in there belly. As we where warming up I told them if you can hit it then try and they took that into the game scoring a maximum 5 runs in 2 innings and 4 in another.WOW!

Kale started for us and did not let us down throwing lots of strikes and hard ones at that for 2 innings.

Little Leo did his thing too get out of his innings after given the coach a scary to get out of a jam.

The lefty Josh.A finished the game off with a 14 pitch innings. GREAT EFFORT!

Fielding today there were only a few plays but it was Archie who stood out stopping everything that came his way not get the outs but not letting them get extra base. WELL DONE!

As I said the hit was OUTSTANDING today with everyone keen to get on board even with the hot weather.

Lets keep it going with only a handfulof games to go and see where we end up.

Thanks to Aaron for scoring without Williem been there to Jimmy for first base coach and to Ralph for keeping the boys under control on the bench.

PITCHING

STRIKES

BALLS

K.Mattews-Hampton

20

14

L.Garcia

15

20

J.Altamura

9

5



Hitting
A.Becker 3
J.Holland 3
S.Horley 2
G.Hennessey 1
A.Lapthorne 1
K.Mattews-Hampton 1
J.Altamura 1

..:: message posted on Wednesday the 24th of January, 2018 08:11:36 ::..

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!

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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!

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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 ½ 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

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 31st of October, 2017 19:56:26 ::..

Newsletter 24/10/17

A big shout out to everyone in the club who knows boys or girls aged 3-9 years of age. On Friday 3rd November 2017 there will be a Come and Try session for children in this age range. Please download the Flyer and distribute to parents who have children in this age range. The future of our club depends on building a strong base of juniors!

Thanks to everyone that made the effort last night to attend our Open Meeting about building a sustainable future for our club. There were great participation and ideas from those that attended. Some of the key themes included how the junior teams could be more included within the club, for those new to the club more information on our values, many ideas were put forward on how to increase volunteer participation in our club with examples provided on how this is expected in other sports. A range of ideas were presented on how to diversify fund raising within the club.

The Senior Committee will review the input provided and certainly if people are keen to volunteer or have a good idea that they want to implement then please drop me an email.


A number of people were unaware of our extensive use of social media and in fact some were unaware of our presence in social media which is a little surprising given that the information below is contained in every newsletter. As it may be missed or skipped over we will put up a poster in the clubrooms but I would ask members to take the time to join the various social media platforms that we are currently regularly using.

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

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Division 1 (Coach:Tom Brice)

This weeks double header, versus West Torrens, induced a mixture of emotions. The high from a comfortable game 1 victory continued into game 2. This high quickly turned south, after a 4 run lead was blown, then blown out. Finishing the day with a split.

Lefty slinger, Devon Barker, had another solid performance on the mound, game 1. Lasting 5 innings, he kept the reigning premiers to 3 runs on 5 hits and 1 walk.

This was more than enough, for our offence chalked up 13 runs off WT's import pitcher. Led by 2 hits and a walk from lead-off, Harry Knuckey, 2 hits and 5 rbis to Jordy McArdle and a 3 rbi homerun to Jackson Brebner-Russ, our offence looked as potent as it has all year.

Josh Tindall came in to finish off the 6 inning mercy win with a 1-2-3 inning.

Sturt victors, 13-3.

Game 2 saw us continue to look impressive offensively. Scoring 3 runs in the first inning, thanks to an Angus Roeger homerun, we looked to be in complete control.

Steven Chambers took to the mound for his first start for the Saints this season. One pitch separated him from a scoreless outing. Giving up only a two run homerun in the fourth inning, Chambers completed a solid 5 innings, leaving the game with a score line of 6-2.

Unable to capitalise on a bases loaded, none out situation in the 6th, there was a shift in momentum.

Josh Tindall couldn't continue the form shown in game one as he threw the bottom of the 6th, giving up to runs.

Unable to capitalise on scoring situations in the innings to come, momentum was working in WT's favour.

After spending two of the last three months playing in the US, Ky Hampton made his first Saints appearance of 2017, entering the game on the mound in the 7th.

In an uncharacteristically wild performance, WT's timely hitting was able to convert earlier walks into runs, closing the run differential and proceeding to take the lead, 7-6.

The young prodigy's struggles continued into the 8th. After allowing one more run, he left the game with bases loaded, 1 out. The pitching change did not have the desired result, as Tyler Chappell's first pitch was dispatched over left field for a grand slam. Another homerun followed.

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Sturt going down, 13-6.

The A grade side take on Golden Grove this Saturday night, 6.30pm @ West Beach.

Hope to see you there!

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Sturt 11 d West Torrens 1

With our first away game for the season, we took full advantage of hitting first and put four runs on the board straight up. Simon Adkins lead off game with a hit and advanced to second after Will Wirth picked up a walk. Brandon Russo put our first run on the board, smashing a double over the centerfielders head. Alex Hopton continued his string of quality at bats, making the pitcher work hard and picked up a walk to load the bases for Reed Stewart. Never phased about hitting with runners in scoring position, he picked up a single to right field scoring the second run for the game. Matty Mulryan stepped in to DH for us on short notice and clutched up with a two-out, base hit up the middle to pick up his first two RBI's for the game. The offensive side of our game has been a strong point so far this season with runners on base in most of the inning we've played. This continued throughout this game, with timely hitting from Matt Mulryan and Adam Kerr, picking up a total of 4 and 3 RBI's respectively.

Brodie Macbeth continued his great start to the season throwing the complete game once again, finishing with a line of 7IP, 5H, 2K, 0ER. Solid defense around the whole field backed up Brodie's great performance, with only 1 minor error on a tough double play chance resulting in West Torrens only run for the day. A great performance all round resulting in a 11-1 win putting us in the mix at the top end of the ladder.

HITS: Kerr 3, Russo, Mulryan 2, Adkins, Faehse, Wirth, Hopton, Stewart 1.

Division 3 (Coach: Tony Catt)

West Torrens 7 d Sturt 6

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

West Torrens 17 d Sturt 2

Division 5 (Coach: Adrian Hill)

10-2 W (6digs)

On a near perfect day at West Lakes we dished up a near perfect performance, a complete contrast to last week. We scored runs in each of the first 4 digs on good hits,some bleeders and solid ground balls forcing errors and then backed it up in the field. Frenchy shut them down on the mound and young 15 year old Jonas Garcia was silk at short, not letting anything get passed him. After 4 digs we were up 9-0 before they brought on their ace Veteran in Dominic Hodges who shut us down for the final 2 digs only conceding a single run in the top of 6th.They got their bats going briefly in the 5th and picked up 2 runs but frenchy got through it and closed out the 5th.I went to the Hill in the 6th and got the 3 outs from 5 batters. A polished performance that we can build on after next week's bye.Thanks again to Jodie Brown for keeping the books niece and tidy.

Hits: Jules, French, Richo 2, Fame,Mike Garcia, Kosi, AJ & Colonel 1.
Errors:0

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Div 6 Sturt V Goodwood @ Home

Final score 12 - 14 loose

Start of Report

FRUSTRATED

Thanks to Carol Burns for scoring and Norm 'Wild Thing' Sluga for umpiring

End of report

Division 7 (Coach: Matt Chenoweth)

Sturt - 16 defeated Henley and Grange - 4

The boys bounced back this week after a disappointing loss from the week before.

We were impressive with the bat from the first pitch and the boys continued with there aggressive base running to get continuous runs on the board.

Our defensive game was on display again with some fantastic fielding in both the infield and outfield.

A great job to Prez for pitching a whole game a long with JR with another solid game behind the plate.

RBI: Matthew Chenoweth 2,Justin McKinley 2, Justin Ranford 1,Lucas Giancola 1,Phil Martin1,Shane O'Connell 1,Michael Sabatino 1,Chris Sandor 1, Richard Carter 1

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

West Torrens 9 d Sturt 0

It's not too often our boys are held off the scoreboard but such was the case today as Sturt went down to West Torrens 9-0 at Norman in a game that ended up being a closer contest than the score would indicate.

Josh Vidale started on the mound and threw well for his 3 innings. A few early plays in the field where we needed to attack the ball but didn't proved the difference with the Eagles opening up a 7-0 lead after 2 innings that proved too much to overcome. Four hits, a couple of which were catchable, and a walk to open the top of the first put the Saints on the back foot from the outset. To Josh's credit he dug deep and fanned the next three West Torrens batters in a row to strand runners on first and third, limiting the damage to 3 runs.

After a 3 up 3 down bottom of the first a similar fate eventuated in the top of the second inning. The top of the West Torrens lineup is littered with State and representative players who know their stuff and continued to put pressure on our defense. By the time the second inning was over the scoreboard read 7-0 and it looked like a long afternoon ahead. A bigtime play in the field was a perfectly executed Joel Edwards (LF) to Jonas Garcia (SS) to Sam Stewart (3B) relay to nail an Eagle looking to stretch a double into a triple. Great peg by Jonas really topped it off. Coach Mike Garcia would have had a tear of joy in his eye had he been here today - training does pay off! Still no joy with the bat in the bottom of the 2nd, but a walk to Robbie Brennan and a 7 pitch walk to Luke Warburton led to a highlight with crowd and team favourite Joe Harvey battling tough with a two out 8 pitch at bat against the Eagles' U16 State pitcher. A huge learning experience for young Joe that fired up the Sturt faithful.

Acting Head Coach Warby pulled a rabbit out of his hat and slotted untested and unpracticed Sam on the hill for the top of the 3rd. The young man did well limiting West Torrens to one run over the next three innings with solid defensive support, led by Zac Becker in centre, to a standard that would have benefitted Josh earlier in the game.

The boys tried to claw their way back into the game with Joa Poskey-Miles and Josh leading off the bottom of the 4th with singles, but we couldn't quite come up with the timely hit needed after that to turn the game on its ear. The same story in the bottom of the 5th with Jonas trying to fire up the offense with a line shot through a freaked out third baseman but the Saints again stranded 2 runners to pretty well seal our fate. West Torrens appears to be up with the best the competition has to offer and we hung in there with them today so we are clearly setting ourselves a goal of making the finals and see what happens from there.

Great work by Joa behind the plate today in an unfamiliar role. Great work by Theresa in a familiar role of scoring and Matt Miles for pitch counting. Thanks to Aussie McClure for umpiring again. Home again next week against Golden Grove Central Districts and a chance to regroup and build on the positives taken from this week.

Hits: Joa Poskey-Miles, Josh Vidale, Jonas Garcia, Zac Becker (2B) 1 each

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

Sturt 13 d Glenelg 3

After a solid start to the season against weaker opponents the lads were looking to continue their form away from home against a tougher challenge in Glenelg.

This challenge didn't come, however, as each of our pitchers dominated the strike zone.

Jack Hutton started on the mound and was throwing heat through his 3 innings, striking out 6 in only 37 pitches while keeping the opposition hitless in what was his best performance of the season thus far.

This form was continued in relief by Zac Becker who made his first appearance of the season striking out 4 of the 7 batters faced in his hitless 2 innings.

The closing role went to Austin Parkinson who showed a lot of promise, striking out 3 while only giving up one earned run.

After a quiet first inning at the plate, our bats erupted to pile on 7 runs in the second inning to put us in a strong position for the rest of the game as we went on to win 13-3.

A strong day with the bat was headlined by Jaime Vidale who finished with 3 hits including a triple and a towering home run over the centerfield cones. The hits kept coming with Zac Becker, Lachie Seekamp, Jack Hutton, Spencer Warrilow and Austin Parkinson

each tallying multiple hits and Angus Catt and Samson Garcia finishing with 1 hit each in what was our best hitting display for the year against quality pitching.

Spencer Warrilow and Austin Parkinson were impressive down the bottom of the order, not allowing the opposition pitchers a break with 6 hits and 7 RBIs between them.

Overall the boys showed impressive character and focus for the entire game to topple a good opposition both with the bat and on the mound for what was our best game of this young season.

Hits: Becker, Vidale, Warrilow, Parkinson 3; Seekamp, Hutton 2; Catt, Garcia 1.

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Mark Richmond/Andrew Vidale) / Under 15/2 - Saints (Coach: Tony Catt/Stan Warrilow)

Sturt    2 0 0 0 0 0 - (2)
Saints 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (0)

After a light sprinkling of rain to settle the dust of a hot week, a record breaking crowd packed a picture perfect Norman Reserve on Thursday night to enjoy a BBQ and watch a showcase of Sturt U15 talent.

In a tightly fought battle the 2 early runs gained by Sturt proved to be enough as they held the Saints scoreles for 7 innings.

The pitchers dominated, and the collective stats of the 5 that took to the hill are both impressive and a credit to them and their team's defensive skill.

All up there were 51 plate appearances in 13 innings. Only 7 hits and 5 walks were given up, there were 24 K's recorded, +60% strikes thrown across the board and only 3 minor errors for the entire game.

Home team Sturt opened their defense with Jamie Vidale on the hill. Jamie threw a fantastic no hit 5 innings, facing 17 batters and giving up 2 walks, no runs and recording 12 K's, before handing over to Austin Parkinson who finished in style throwing 75% strikes and recording 3 K's to keep the Saints scoreless. Saints opened their defense with Angus Catt followed up with Ryder Mathers and Angela Mourtzios. Angus recorded 3 K's in 2 innings, Ryder 4 K's in 3 innings and Angela 2 K's in 1 innings, and between them gave up only 5 hits and 3 walks.

In hindsight the decisive moment came in the bottom of the 1st when Tyler Stephens won an 8 pitch battle with two out to put Sturt's first runner on base. Jake Mossman followed with a single to CF, 2 stolen bases later Sturt had 2 runners in scoring position and a double to Jamie drove in what proved to be the only 2 runs of the game.

Therafter all pitchers settled into a rhythm that gave very little opportunity for either side to string together a run with the bat and a terrific battle ensued.

A number of players got bat on ball, but the fielding from both sides was excellent. Angela, Tyler, Lachie and Jamie at 2nd/SS let nothing through. A line drive catch by Angela at 2nd and Shannon Behan's catch at RF also prevented further damage to the score book. Jake Mossman ended the game in style throwing out an attempted steal to 2nd.

Overall it was a great night, and it was wonderful to see so many junior and senior players stay back to enjoy the BBQ and take in the game.

Special thanks to Jamie Knuckey for preparing the ground mid-week, and to the U17's and senior squad for letting us crash their training night.

Hits: Jamie 2 (2b), Tyler (2b), Jake 2, Lachie Holland & Ryder 1 each
Runs: Tyler, Jake 1 each
RBIs: Jamie (2)

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

Sturt defeated Southern Districts 12-0

Well our first away game of the season brought us down to Christies Downs, where we would be taking on the young Southern Districts under 13s. With a short backstop, runs for Sturt were scarce for the first few innings but our pitching remained dominant and our bats got swinging with the Sturt Saints dominating with a combined no hitter and a 12 run win!

Oscar got the ball rolling in the first inning with a walk and made his way to third after a great hit from Zach, but unfortunately after a bad decision from the rookie third base coach (myself), Oscar found himself tagged out at the plate with nothing left to do but to take the long walk back into the sheds. Nevertheless, the Saints didn't disappoint with Zach and Harry scoring after a great hit to left field from Max Becker. Two walks and a strikeout later, we picked up the gloves and headed out to the field with a 2 run lead!

We went with the famous Zach Altamura and Harry Hutton pitching combo and it worked a charm with a combined no-hitter! Zach started the game striking out the side with just 10 pitches! Zach continued his sensational pitching form throughout the game, striking out 3 batters in the 2nd and then another 2 in the 3rd inning, totalling up to 8 strikeouts!

After a scoreless 2nd inning, the Sturt boys got the bats swinging with keen intentions of increasing the lead. The 3rd inning started with some key walks from Ciaran and Magnus before Jack Becker stepped up to the plate with an amazing base hit to bring in the runners. Great job!

With a short backstop, the Sturt under 13s had to adapt and focus on driving in runners with base hits, rather than expecting to score on a pass ball which is something I felt we may have become accustomed to. Nevertheless, the Sturt boys altered their approach in the batter's box by coming more aggressive as the game went on. The 4th inning started with 3 first pitch base hits to the power trio of Zach, Harry and Max (talk about some aggressive hitting!). However, the other boys were keen to get on board the 'base-hit-train' in the top of the 5th with Yeoryi getting a hit to lead things off, Oscar following in Yeoryi's footsteps with a hit to second base, Zach continuing his great form with yet another base hit, Harry with a great hit to right field and walks to Max and Magnus and we ended up scoring the maximum 5 runs in the last dig. Great to watch!

Our batting was sensational and so was our pitching! Zach headed out to shortstop in the bottom of the 4th which brought Harry Hutton to the mound. Harry struck out 2 in the 4th and the another 2 in the 5th before getting some help from his fielders with Magnus hustling in from right field with a quick throw to Oscar to end the game!

On the fielding side of things we did great with no fielding errors! Oscar continued his great work at first base, using his voice to control the field and fielding cleanly.

Well, with some aggressive hitting and some extraordinary pitching, the game ended with a 12-0 score, 11 hits to our side of the scoring sheet and no hits nor runs against us. Hats off to the Southern Districts team, they had some good pitching being that it was their first game and played a good and fair game. Special mention goes out to Jacob Wellins who was playing his first baseball game today, he had a great first game, picking up a walk in his first at-bat and almost coming home to score! We did have 12 players today which meant that there would be 6 players playing only half a game. Not ideal, I know, but thank you to those guys for not complaining and each of you played a great game! Well done!

Special thanks to Malene for scoring, Jodi for pitch count and manager Frank for continuing his great coaching at first base!

Hits
3 hits - Zach Altamura, 2 hits - Yeoryi Perentes, Harry Hutton, Max Becker, 1 hit - Jayden Quabba, Jack Becker, Oscar Levinson
Runs Scored
3 runs - Zach Altamura, Harry Hutton, 2 runs - Max Becker, 1 run - Magnus Smith, Yeoryi Perentes, Ciaran Behan.

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

Sturt 14 d Glenelg 1

This weekend we got to play at the most beautiful ground in Adelaide sturt the lines where chorck up for us ready to go.

Young tom throw the first and after a bit of a shake start finish of well then gus had his first go of pitch and throw 2 great innings well done player of the week.

Josh altamura the left finish the game off and we got a double play to finish.

Batting was great with kids swing the bats hard and taking the walks we there. Hit of the day was adine with a double to yhe cones. Really happy with how things are going for us and how we are doing the little things for each other. My hat goes of to everyone who helps me at training and match days thanks. Sorry I can't make training this week but make sure you get there so we can keep get better guys.

Thanks coach Dutchy.

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 24th of October, 2017 22:29:04 ::..

Newsletter-17/10/17

Another glorious weekend for baseball which saw our Div 1 side split the double header against Goodwood. Div2 getting the job done, 6-0.

A reminder that the Senior Committee is reaching out to all club members to have their input into our future! The meeting will be held on Monday night 23 rd October 2017 at 7.00 pm.The Senior Committee is keen to hear from our members about all matters related to our club, so please make an effort to come along!

This Thursday night there will be a home derby of the Under 15/2 sides, commencing at 5.00 pm at home. The bar will be open and the BBQ fired up!

For those of you new to the club, please join our Twitter feed, at Follow @sturt_baseballand our Facebook pageYou can also follow us on Instagramand Youtube!

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Division 1 (Coach:Tom Brice)

Another cracking day greeted us at Norman Reserve for our round 2, double-header clash versus old foe, Goodwood. And, thanks to Jamie Knuckey, the field was looking fantastic Game 1: Not even 48 hours after arriving in Adelaide, Seattle native and newest member of the Saint's squad, left hander Devon Barker, took to the mound for game 1.

Goodwood's very experienced line up came out swinging, chalking up the games first run straight off the bat.

Not to be out done, the Saint's responded instantly, with a run of their own, the result of a 2 out base hit from Angus Roeger.

Although, (understandably) not having his best stuff, Barker settled in. Displaying the grit and gamesmanship that made him a desirable import pick up for the club, Barker relinquished just the 1 run through the 3 innings that followed. This was helped by some stunning defense from Jackson Brebner-Russ at 3rd base.

Patient at bats and some well executed "small ball" from the likes of Harry Knuckey and Paul Holmes, witnessed the Saints provide scoring opportunities in every inning. Outstanding defense was matched by a hot bat, as JBR collected a handful of rbis.

Leading 6-2 entering the 5th inning, a comfortable lead was cut in half due to some uncharacteristic poor defense and timely Goodwood hitting. Thanks to some heads up infielding from Tyler Chappell, the damage was limited to 2 runs. The bottom of the 6th saw the Saints chalk up 2 more insurance runs.

Tyler Chappell took to the mound to finish the game off. He did so comfortably with a 1,2,3 inning.

Saints winners, 8-4.

Game 2:

The swashbuckling Josh Tindall took to the mound for his second start of the year in game 2.

After putting up a zero in the first inning, control issues were intensified by an incredibly tight strike zone. Goodwood took full advantage scoring 6 runs.

Sturt answered with 4 of their own in the bottom of the inning, as Goodwood's starter suffered in similar fashion.

Tindall, to his credit, showed great character and composed himself. He went back to work in the 3rd, holding Goodwood scoreless in the following 3 innings, battling his was through to the 6th.

Frustratingly, Sturt squandered a number of opportunities as Goodwood's starter continued to struggle.

JBR took to the mound in the 6th and instantly found himself under fire, giving up 2 runs, to see the Saints down 8-4.

JBR found his groove, powering through the final 3 innings without relinquishing any further runs.

Scoring opportunities continued to present themselves, as the Saints failure to capitalise persisted. Poor at bats, good relief pitching and good opposing defense resulted in the scorer only being troubled one final time in the bottom of the 9th.,. The run resulting from a Jordy McArdle double (his third hit of the ledger) being driven in with a deep line drive by left fielder, Angus Roeger.

But, that was it for the Saints, a poor performance comfortably handled by a solid Goodwood outfit.

Final scoreline, 8-5.

Looking for improvement, the A grade side take on reigning premiers, West Torrens, in another double header this Sunday, starting at 12.30, for their first away clash of the season.

Hope to see you there.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Sturt 6 d Goodwood 0

After shaking off a disappointing loss last week, the boys put on a great display and controlled the game from start to finish. Even a couple of last minute changes to the lineup, couldn't unsettle the boys as they took it in their stride. Brodie Macbeth lead from the front, throwing a complete game shutout, never giving Goodwood a chance with only 4 scattered hits throughout the game. Reed Stewart stepped in behind the dish and did an outstanding job, after our starting catcher went down with an illness. Offensively, we had Goodwood's starting pitcher on the back foot after scoring three runs in the first, and managing to get runners on base in every inning. Another 3 runs crossed the plate after loading up the bases in the fourth and a couple of untimely errors by Goodwood. This gave us a 6-0 lead which would be the final score line after two hours. We will look to build some momentum off the back of this win but will need to cut down on strikeouts this week, as we take on last year's B grade premiers, West Torrens.

HITS: Stewart 2, Faehse, M. Macbeth, Russo, Hopton 1.

Division 3 (Coach: Tony Catt)

When is the last time Sturt's Division 3 side played 9 innings? Nothing I can remember this century anyway. Second game of the season and another away trip - this time to Goodwood and it turned into a pitching dominated game. 5 hits to 1 and 2 errors to us was enough to see Goodwood squeak home 2-0.

On the mound it was experience and rat cunning versus youth and perseverance. Goodwood's pitchers with a combined age of 85 versus our two babies of just 33 more than holding their own. Austin McClure and Nick Borrell threw 8 innings giving up just 6 hits and 3 walks to keep the Indians batters in check.

Well, our batting was another story. Brett Mulryan's double top of the third was our solitary hit for the game. Brett continued his good form from week one striking the ball hard. The rest of the team was bloody average - 16 strike outs from 28 at bats and nine of those looking due to trouble with the curve.

On a positive note the fielding was good. Two errors in a tight contest ultimately cost us the game however the infield was tidy and all catches were taken in the outfield on a day with a reasonable breeze blowing out to centre left. Thanks to Sue Mulryan for a top-notch score book.

Hits: Brett Mulryan 2B
Pitching Austin McClure 6IP 99/61 2BB 3K's. Nick Borrello 2IP 31/17, BB 2K's

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 17 d Goodwood 0

After a great round one win, we trekked to Goodwood for a re match of last years prelim final. I am pleased to say this time the result went our way.

We started the game strong, taking an early lead with some good hitting and some outstanding plays from the veteran Jimmy Passmore at 3rd.. From there we really didn't look back. We continued to score regularly, picking up another run in the 2nd followed by 2 in the third and then broke the game open with 5 runs in the 4th and 8 in the 5th..

Benny Packer has kicked of his year where he left of last, he was sensational on the mount throwing 5 digs for 54 pitchers only allowing 1 Goodwood hit. Ben was relieved once again by Shane Horne who is posing to be a threat with his submarine pitching!!

Effectively a faultless performance from the boys. Defensively we were spot on, with some special mentions to Jimmy P at 3rd, some great outfield work from Patty Burns at Centre Field and a clinic from our part time catcher Jess Lemon.

You can't score 17 runs without some good hitting!!! And that we did.. we managed to pick up 19 hits for the game and a couple of walks. It was mainly lead from our 1,2,3 who all picked up three hits each.

I'd like to thank Dutchy Holland who doubled up from the 3s after we were short on players at the start of the week. Pete Turner and Matty Mulryan as well, who both had to come into the game after a couple of our veterans succumb to injuries late in the game.

Big week this week against West Torrens, but we've started the year perfectly and hope to continue the form!!!!

Hits: Holland, Passmore, Burns 3.. Martens, Turner, Lemon, Packer 2.. Horne, Winter 1

Division 5 (Coach: Adrian Hill)

Goodwood 17 d Sturt 7 (7digs)

Our first home game of the season started badly and then got worse. A communication break down resulted in us not having a umpire initially.We reshuffled the deck and brought in 15 year old Jonas Garcia to right field. A stroke of genius as he put in a "boy of the match" performance and showing all of how to play the game. He caught everything,tried a few 9-3 double plays (got 1), picked up hits and ran the bases like a demon. That was the good part. I took to the mound and served up a buffet to the famished Indians as they put on 8 runs in the first 2 innings. From there we were always playing ketchup.I went to the hot corner to hide my head in the sand and give "Barron" French a go and to his credit did stem the flow for a while."Hammer" Hamish Hill in his summer pitching debut came on for the final 3 digs but we continually leaked easy runs on errors and walks. Next week may see the return of Stan "the Man" to the team who will hopefully give us an injection to take on a tough Rams team.Thanks to AJ for stepping into umpire and Jodie brown for keeping those red & green pencils sharp.

HITS: Hammer, Colonel, Garcia Jnr 2,Fame,Barron,Jules,Richo,Garcia snr 1.

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

What a perfect day to play baseball and Norman Reserve was looking a treat.

The final score this week was 16 - 7 down

Our problem this week was we gave away too many walks, 12 of them to be exact and we also had 5 HPB. Put this together with a couple of errors and it was going to be a long day.

They had 8 hits to our 12 but we only managed 2 walks and that was the story of the day.

Brandon 'Baby Q' Weber, Glenn 'Doc' Young, David 'Reg' Lee and Mark 'Pop' Burns all gave it their best on the mound as we tried anything and everything to stop the walks, and we were in the game for most of it.

Highlights - Travis 'Huey' Lewis taking some good catches at centre, Doc with one of the best balks that just stunned the whole crowd, Baby Q's unfortunate line drive to short stop who took a great catch and 60 year old Pop on the mound.

Low lights- To many Walks

We will dust ourselves off and do it all over again next week and hopefully have a better result.

Thanks to our supporters, Janet Young for scoring and Don 'Wulffy' Wulff for umpiring.

Some stats for those that wish to see them.

Pitching
B Weber 54 pitches, 20 strikes, 34 Balls
Young 57 pitches, 31 strikes, 26 balls
Lee 59 pitches, 26 strikes, 33 balls
Burns 14 pitches, 9 strikes, 5 balls

Safe hits: Young 2, Colyer 2, Lee 1, T Small 2, Lewis 2, B Weber 1, C Small 2

Division 7 (Coach: Matt Chenoweth)

Sturt - 8 defeated by Flinders - 16

Saturday's game had us coming up against Flinders at Flinders.

With a couple of new faces to the team again this week we started off a little slower then what we would have liked, with a few errors early it seen us finishing the first innings down 7-1.

With a bounce back in the second innings the infield was keeping it extremely tight, we had our new player Shane OConnell taking an absolute cracking catch at third base along with Michael Sabatino in left fiend with a couple of great catches at a crucial time in the innings.

Going into the third innings the boys really got down and dirty following the slow start and they all worked really well together with the bat, along with some aggressive base running before we knew it we were back in the game.

In the forth innings we dug deep again and the infield held up and kept flinders to within reach and we all knew we were in a perfect position to get in front for the first time for the day.

Our last at bat had us down 11-8 with bases loaded and no outs but we unfortunately we couldn't get the job done and with time running out Flinders went back into bat and finished the game off for the day.

A thank you to Shane Sandor for scoring.

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

U17/1 - Sturt 10 d Goodwood 7

HEEEEEE'SSS BAAAAAA-AAACCKKK!!!

Josh Vidale made Mortlock Park his personal playground starring on the hill and at the plate to lead the U17s to their first victory of the 2017-18 season.

Glorious afternoon for baseball? Check
Full complement of U17 players? Check
Aggressive approach at the plate? Check
Solid field play? Check
Brains switched on and in the game for 110 minutes? Mostly check

After a frustrating opening game loss against a much less experienced team, Josh and the boys committed to training hard during the week to atone. That hard work paid off in spades with all contributing in a great team victory over Goodwood on their home turf, the first of two scheduled visits to the Teepee this season.

As game time neared, there was talk in the dugout about feasting on pies, but after a 1-2-3 top of the first the only pie the Saints were feasting on was humble pie and they soon worked out that didn't suit their taste.

Josh opened the bottom of the first super sharp retiring the first 2 batters on 9 pitches before channeling Aussie McClure and taking a rocket back through the box, fortunately off his non-pitching arm. JV sucked it up and shook off the close call by striking out the Indians' cleanup hitter to end the inning unscathed.

Josh then opened the top of the 2nd with a massive drive well over the head of the left fielder to the fence with the big guy cruising into third with a standup triple. Two batters later Robbie Brennan banged out the first of his 3 hits for the day, a sharp single to centrefield to drive in Josh and give the Saints their first lead of the season.

After a 3 up 3 down bottom of the 2nd and 7 batters over 2 innings retired on 19 pitches, the mood in the dugout was super positive. Jonas Garcia opened the top of the 3rd legging out a single to deep short. A misplay on a Bradley Strapps fly to right, a balk and a single by Joa Poskey-Miles later and the Saints had opened up a 3-0 lead. Legging it on the basepaths may have puffed our mound leader and Goodwood responded with 2 runs to apply some pressure.

In reality, Goodwood had poked the bear and Sturt responded with a full 7 runs in the top of the 4th to break it open 10-2. Sam Stewart ignited proceedings with a 2-0 single to centre. Robbie tripled-down, lacing one out to deep right centre for a 3 bagger and scooted home when the overthrow went into the Saints dugout. Joe Harvey got it all started again coaxing a full count walk. Jonas and Joel reached on Indian gifts, with Joel being cruelly denied a hit by the high standard scorers on his shot to centre. A double by Joa, a single by Josh, a walk to Sam and another single by Robbie and it was "no mas" from the home team.

Goodwood didn't rollover, though, responding with 3 in the bottom half of the 4th despite a nice catch in right field by Joe. The Saints recovered to get the 2nd and 3rd outs after the 3 runs were in to steady the ship.

After a scoreless top of the 5th and final inning, the boys needed 3 more outs to seal the deal. Simple, right? Always the entertainer, Joa took his first career stint on the mound to heart and gave the crowd a thrilling one man show walking 5, striking out 2 and sandwiching in a comebacker to finish the game a save what little bit of fingernails remained on Saints supporters.

Special mention to Luke Warburton who continues to flash Gold Glove leather at second base and Bradley who worked hard behind the plate all game. Thanks to Theresa Warburton for scoring the past 2 weeks and counting. Gold standard as well.

Great team win, a lot of fun - a good blueprint for the rest of the season. We face a buzz saw in West Torrens at home next Sunday afternoon so plenty to train for this week to see how we stack up against the best the competition has to offer.

Hits: Robbie Brennan 3 (3B), Josh Vidale 2 (3B), Joa Poskey-Miles 2 (2B), Sam Stewart
RBI: Robbie Brennan 3, Josh Vidale, Joa Poskey-Miles, Bradley Strapps 1 each

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

Sturt 12 defeated Golden Grove 0

9am Sunday morning, Flinders Uni ground was in pristine condition. The sun was shining and just starting to burn the dew off the freshly cut grass, we couldn't have asked for better conditions.

This was truly a game of two halves, with both teams pitching well for the first 3 innings to keep to a nill all ballgame going into the fourth.

Jack Hutton bamboozled the opposition, striking out 7 in his 3 innings on the mound. including 3 up 3 down in both the 2nd and 3rd innings.

We failed to take advantage and had a slow start with the bat against a solid GGCD pitcher who had his curveball on point. A single to Will Jordans and a couple of stolen bases from Ethan Dawson the highlight for our first three innings at the plate.

The score was 0-0 going into the 4th inning, and after a lead off hit Angus was able to close out the inning with a couple of timely strikeouts.

Bottom of the fourth the opposition pitcher began to tire and Zac Becker delivered on a promised line drive double to center right. This sparked a rally with Jake Mossman getting a timely walk and stealing 2nd with ease. Jack sacrificed himself to bring in the first run of the game which was then followed by an impressive line drive to center by Will Jordans to drive in a second run.

Golden Grove's pitching fell away from the 5th inning onwards, hits to Lachie Seekamp, Zac Becker, Austin Parkinson and Jamie Vidale helped drive in 7 runs in the 5th and blew the game wide open.

Angus Catt closed out the game in style making it a boring game for our fielders. Jack and Angus combined for a 2 hit shutout and once again no errors in the field.

We expect a tougher game this week against Glenelg but our coach has a 100% win record so things are looking good.

Hits: Becker, Jordans 2; Seekamp, Parkinson, Vidale 1

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

Sturt   
7 4 4 5 (20)
Goodwood 0 0 1 2 (3)

Another polished team performance with a stellar outcome!

Yet again these boys played like a team that have been together for a long time with plenty of spirited encouragement from the dugout and on the field.

The stats tell the story. The Goodwood pitchers struggled to find the zone and we hammered it!, when the opposition did throw strikes we were punishing with the bat and our base running was exemplary. 15 hits (inc 2 HR), 7 walks, 22 stolen bases and 7 K's for; versus 1 hit, 1 walk, 7 stolen bases and 4 K's against.

The boys came out swinging and running hard and completely unnerved Goodwood from the outset. In the first dig we batted through the order and were retired with the maximum 7 runs with only 1 out. For the next three innings we kept the pressure up and it was obvious early on that a win was on the cards. A brief lapse of concentration in the 3rd innings was the only time Goodwood managed a safe hit which eventually led to their 1st run. We again lost focus in the 4th innings just long enough to let through 2 more runs, but by then it was all over.

Austin Parkinson was commanding on the mound, throwing 2 scoreless innings with an efficient 63% strikes, recording 4 K's against 6 batters. Jake Mossman was equally impressive behind the dish, and the only batter that got on base in the 1st dig was smoked by Jake on an attempted steal to second. Jamie Vidale took over from Austin and kept up the pressure going 3K's from 4 batters throwing 71% strikes and giving up only 1 hit and run. Jake stepped out from behind the dish to close out the game for us. Much like last week our pitching was just too good to give our fielders much of a look at the ball. Goodwood got bat to ball only 5 times, a double to RF and a minor infield error being the only two to get runners on base, the other three were dispatched with text book efficiency by Jamie and Tyler Stephens.

All of the boys had a day out with the bat and the highlights are almost too many to mention. Austin went 2 from 4. Finn Pannell had a field day going 3 from 4 in his 1st game of baseball. He K'd first time at bat, but clearly got his timing sorted and followed up with a single, a 2 run bomb and a double! Tyler went 2 from 4. Jake went 3 from 4. Jamie went 2 from 2 including a solo HR. Jack Gooden belted out a sac fly and followed up with a double to CF. Callum Finlayson went 1 from 2. Our other new player, James Athanasopoulos got bat on ball twice and Will Jordans went 2 from 3.

A big thanks to Will Jordans for making up the 9 after playing earlier in the 1's. And a special mention to Jake Parkinson whose 1st attempt at scoring is a coloured sight to behold.

Hits: Finn 3 (HR, 2b single), Jamie 2 (HR, single), Tyler 2 (2b, single), Jack (2b), Will (2b), Jake 3, Austin 2, Callum 1
Runs: Tyler (4), Austin/Finn/Jake/Jamie (3), Jack/Callum/James/Will (1)
RBIs: Jamie (3), Will/Finn (2), Tyler/Jake/Callum/James/Jack (1)

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

Sturt Saints 23 defeated Kensington 4

The team was keen to improve on last weeks performance and they certainly came out and proved they were up to the challenge this week! Ethan Dawson got the pitching started and was well backed up by some good innings from Ryder and Angela. We only threw 3 walks for the game which was a major improvement on last week! Defensively we were solid and made all the plays we should have. Still lots to learn but we are making headway.

The highlights came with the bat - Lachlan seekamp led the way with 3 hits and one massive double. Everyone hit well but I wanted to give a particular shout out to Shannon Behan in his first game. He picked up a hit with his first at bat and later hit a great double with some aggressive baserunning - well done mate!

Good to get our first win and I am looking forward to the derby against the other Sturt team this Thursday night!

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

Sturt defeated Goodwood 14 - 4

With a massive win in Round 1, the Sturt under 13 boys got to the field with intentions of keeping the win percentage at 100% - in which they did! Our tidy pitching and our strong batting granted us the win against the young but quite skilful Goodwood side.

We came to the field with more than enough players, something that seemed very unlikely that morning. Believe me, there were some very worried people on the coaching staff that morning, but the phone calls were made and the miscalculations were found and we ended up having a strong 9 man roster.

The very capable Harry Hutton started on the mound and gave us a tidy first inning in which he gave up one hit and struck out 3 batters. We got into the dugout and the boys again delivered on the batting side of things. We got on the board putting up 2 runs and gave Harry some breathing space on the mound.

The Sturt under 13s were awoken with a triple which turned into a home run by the first batter of the inning. Harry dusted himself off though and got back to work and struck out the next 3 batters!

A quick and scoreless batting half of the inning resulted in some worried faces on the Sturt supporters, but Harry got onto the mound and struck out the side - and yes, you counted correctly, that's 9 hitters that Harry has struck out now! Amazing to watch!

With a mere 1 run lead heading into the 3rd inning, the boys headed into the dugout keen to stack some runs up on the board. A leadoff walk from Max Becker and a base hit to Zach mixed in with a passed ball left both Max and Zach in scoring positions. Clean-up hitter Harry Hutton delivered with a base hit to centre field, driving in both Max and Zach. However, the determined Sturt boys weren't done yet with Oscar drawing a walk from a long at bat, Jayden reaching on an error and making his way to first base, a walk to Ciaran after a quality at-bat, a hit from Yeori and blend that in with some wild pitching, we had scored the maximum 5 runs and had no other choice but to head back into the field.

Harry finished his pitching with 9 strikeouts, 0 earned runs, 2 hits allowed and 53 pitches thrown. A remarkable performance! Zach, eager to pitch closed out the last 2 innings of the game for us with 0 earned runs, 3 hits allowed, 4 strikeouts and 47 pitches thrown. A phenomenal day for both pitchers! Max Becker caught for both Zach and Harry and had a great game behind the plate!

Well, with 3 more runs for the Goodwood Indians and the boys scoring 2 runs in the 4th inning and then belting out the maximum 5 runs in the 5th, the final score resulted in being 14-4 our way. It was a great game with each Sturt player contributing due to every single Sturt player getting on base at least once during the game! Special mention to Jayden who was playing his first game, Jayden got on base twice and scored both times!

We rounded up the day with 7 hits and 9 walks. The runs against us were all unearned due to a couple of pass balls and one error, but all in all, we played quite well on the fielding side of things. Oscar played smoothly at first base and Drew, Ciaran and Jack all fielded well in the outfield with some strong throws into second base.

Big thanks owed to Sally Edwards for scoring, manager Frank Altamura for coaching 1st base and Mark Hutton for umpiring!

All players played extremely well and they played as a team - great to watch!

Hits
3 hits - Zach Altamura, 2 hits - Yeori Perentes, 1 hit - Jack Becker, Harry Hutton
Runs Scored
4 runs - Zach Altamura, 2 runs - Max Becker, Harry Hutton, Jayden Quabba, 1 run - Oscar Levinson, Jack Becker, Drew Edwards, Yeori Perentes

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

STURT 13 d Goodwood 7

This Sunday we played away at Goodwood, the kids all got there ready to go on time for a great warm up, and keen and excited for the first pitch. PLAYBALL.

In the first innings we got a couple of hits but didn't bother the scorer, the leftie Josh Altamura took to the hill for us at the start and after 1 hit they didn't get anymore, well done champ.

Then BANG our bats started to get hot in the second innings, to score the maximum 5 runs, great job to the bottom of the order.

Josh ran out to the mound ready to finish off what he started but after a few hits and some walks they too scored 5 runs.

So time to see if our bats we're still hot, we'll they we're Red hot Scoring 5 more !

Tom Passmore got to the bump to do his thing and they only scored 1 run off of him.

Time to hit again the boys stuck at the job and kept swinging and scored another 3 runs.

Kale's turn to throw some fireballs down but just got up to his pitch count so threw the ball to Leo for his first try and finished with KC well done kid.

It was fantastic to see Jack Destino get his first game and first hit for sturt but better still, everyone got a hit today WOW!

I know it's early in the season but i can't wait to see this group grow and to keep improving and having FUN !

Keep up the smiles on your faces and keep on encouraging each other.

One again I thank all my helpers for before and during games.

THANKS DUTCHY.

PITCHING

STRIKES

BALLS

J.Altamura

22

19

T.Passmore

19

20

K.Matthews-Hampton

19

21

L.Garcia

3

3


HITS
L.Garcia 2
K.Mattews-Hampton 2
J.Destino 2
T.Passmore 2
J.Altamura2
B.Taylor 2
A.Becker1
A.Hennessey 1
S.Horley 1
A.Lapthorne 1
J.Holland 1

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Newsletter 09/10/17

The season started off on Friday night with our Opening Dinner which was also a tribute to Ron Macbeth. People from all around Australia spoke of the influence Ron had not only on their baseball but also their lives. You can catch all the video tributes on the Sturt Youtube Channel.

Saturday it was down to business with our Senior teams Division 3- 7 starting off.

Sunday saw our junior teams commence the season and also our Division One and Two sides take on Kensington at home. Div 2 went down narrowly before we had the dedication of the Ron Macbeth Bullpen. The ceremony is also available for viewing on the Sturt Youtube channel.

Div One were able to defeat Kensington 4-3 in a tight game. Well done boys! Great way to start off the season.

Sturt will be home again next Sunday against Goodwood.

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Division 1 (Coach:Tom Brice)

Sturt 4 d Kensington 3

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Kensington 8 d Sturt 7

We came to ground on Sunday with a strong lineup and everyone eager to get stuck into games after a solid preseason for the whole squad. With perfect weather, we kicked off the 2017/18 season.

Early on we found ourselves down by one run after two quiet inning with the bat and Kensi's taking advantage of a lucky break in the bottom of the first.

Cue in Alex Hopton who led off the bottom of the third inning with a double to right field and with some quality at bats to follow, we piled on four runs. With Brodie continuing to pound the zone we were in a commanding spot but gave up 3 unearned runs in the top of the fourth to see our lead disappear. To the boys credit we fired back instantly with 2 runs thanks to some clutch hitting with two out, the first of which, was a triple to Simon Adkins.

We pushed hard again in the bottom of the sixth adding one run to the tally, but we were stopped in our tracks when Will Wirth was robbed of a hit by an outstanding catch from the Kensington centerfielder. With only four minutes of game time left, we entered into the final dig 7-5 up, but couldn't hold off a fast finishing Kensington who scored 3 to finish up the winners 8-7.

Whilst we were all disappointed taking the loss, there were plenty of positives to be taken out of our first game which we will build on. Thanks to the boys who sat on the bench. It's always great to see and there will be plenty of opportunities for game time throughout the year.

HITS: Faehse 2, Adkins, Wirth, Ottaway, Hopton, Kerr 1.

Division 3 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 17 d Kensington 4

A beautiful day at Newlands Reserve home of the Kensington Cardinals welcomed the new look Divisions 3 Saints outfit. Under the tutelage of master of the universe and team coach Tony Catt, the Saints had put together a line-up that had many a punter starting to whisper around the traps that they may be a good thing. Over the winter a mixture of experience and youth had been drawn together and after big pre-season the day of reckoning awaited.

Opening Day - Division 3 Sturt line up:

Club stalwart U11 coach and another everywhere man second base Jared "dutchy" Holland as leadoff man, Skinny (-30kg) Pete Turner at catcher with rather large pants, Boom recruit southpaw axeman Brandon Russo at third, Matt Mulryan returning to senior ranks after recovering from god knows what injury this time at first, Jake the bearded alphabet man Powell starting in leftfield, Liam "Bill" Lucas former U17 star and one half of the flower pot men roving the Newlands Paddock at centre, Austin "my nose?" McClure starting on the hill on opening day after a very long off season, Mr. Reliable Brett Mulryan doing his twinkle toed stuff at shortstop and another recruit this time from the lofty heights of Australian softball and the other half of the Flower pot men Ben Lucas. Rookie U13 coach and former star Sturt junior Nick Borrello rounded out the 10. Two sets of brothers - aren't we the family club?

Four runs in the first was probably too much to ask for but the gods of karma baseball delivered as Coach Catt predicted. Dutchy got us off to a great start with a leadoff single and five hits later and a handy error the score had us taking the field with 4 on the board and looking very chipper. 3 regulation plays in the field and just 11 pitches later and we're batting again. Love baseball!

The top of the second beckoned with optimism after such a sparkling first innings and with the top of the order batting and the result was 3 up 3 down and no cause for excitement. We had the Kensie batting under control for the moment and a leadoff single was the best Kensington could manage and 2K's later we were back batting.

More misery as the Saints middle order go 3 up 3 down and that's now with our last six visitors to the plate not making it to base. Catty orders a verse of kumbaya whilst the team held hands. A 6-ball leadoff walk followed by a fielder's choice out saw the first of the "double dutch" plays of the day with the veteran Holland at second turning back the clock and what turned out to be first of his two double plays for the day. Crowd was roaring and the score remained 4-0. Singing worked.

Two hits in the 5th and we score 1 to sneak out to 5-0 and seemingly in control. Another excellent innings of controlled pitching and solid fielding and no score is added by the opposition. Solid hitting and we add another 2 and look the chocolates at 7-0. Things got a little wobbly bottom of the fourth as Aussie struggled to contain a suddenly rejuvenated Kensington line up that hit back with 2 hits and 4 BB's scoring 4 and now trailing by just 3 runs with one innings to play.

Shouldn't have worried. A bleeding pop fly single into shallow left field is turned into a double by a hard-running Sturt debutant Ben Lucas and the fun began. 10 runs scored and the lead blows out to 17-4 Another double dutch play from that man Dutchy and a regulation 6-3 and we're opening day winners 17-4. Winner winner chicken dinner - here come the threes!

Aussie had a day out doing it with bat and ball - 5K's and 3 hits from 3 plate appearances was enough to keep him smiling in his first regulation game since being line drived in the beak in South Carolina. Gutsy effort.

Special mention to debut boys Ben Lucas and Brandon Russo. Ben with 3 hits from 4 at bats and a stunning running diving catch in the outfield on debut with Sturt and first game for Sturt Brandon Russo 1 from 4 with 2RBI's and swung the bat hard. Welcome aboard.

Hits: Ben Lucas, Austin McClure 3, Matt Mulryan, 2, Brandon Russo, Brett Mulryan, Liam Lucas, Peter Turner, Jared Holland.
Pitching Austin McClure 6IP 100/58 5K's, 5BB's, HPB

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 14 d Kensington 2

Division 5 (Coach: Adrian Hill)

Glenelg 14 d Sturt 4 First game of the season for the famous fives was played in trying conditions on diamond 3 at the bay with a strong northerly blowing in from left field.We started well loading the bases with one out but failed to score. Frenchy pitched 4 solid innings which kept us in the game but our failure to convert cost us and then the 6th and final inning off my pitching there was a 6 run blow out. Final score 14-4.loss.

Richo was the Ayers rock behind the dish blocking everything and picking up 2 hits. Hamish Hill in his first summer season made some brilliant plays at short and Matty Dege in his first ever game chased down everything at left field.He also gets the play of the day and a contender for play of the season.A deep fly ball to left looked like it was gone and the runners at first and second took off.A combination of his good wheels and the wind blowing in he turned ran caught it and then threw a dart on hopper to first for a 7-3 double play.Amazing.There were plenty of positives from this game which we will take into next weeks game against Goodwood who we will match up well with.

Special thanks to Ritchie Carter for turning up to watch and being thrown in the deep end for Jules after only 1/2hr so he could attend a wedding and also Jodie Brown for her meticulous scoring.

Hits : Richo 2, Frenchy, Dege,Hamish & AJ 1

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt 6 d Glenelg 3

On a windy day down at Glenelg we tried our best to lose the game but in the end we snatched a win with the final score 6- 3. Here is how it unfolded.

So this season we go in with 14 blokes on the list being Chris 'Smally' Small (Coach), Trent 'Junior' Small, Ben 'Shrek' Colyer, Jayke 'Bruce' Wayne, Glenn 'Doc' Young, Chris 'Daisy' Day, Rick 'Rat' Trembath, David 'Reg' Lee, Mark 'Pop' Burns, Travis 'Huey' Lewis, Kym 'Kymbo' Pettman

We welcome back Michael 'Stiffy' Hodges

And we welcome Craig ' Pa Kettle' Weber & Brandon 'Baby Q' Weber to the Div 6 family

So after a couple of donuts for both sides in the first 2 innings we manage to get 2 in the third with Baby Q and Pa Kettle scoring, but Glenelg get one back in the bottom of the 3rd. Score 2 - 1 up

In the 4th we get the big '0' and with Smally not bending his back a ball gets past him at first and Glenelg score two to go in front score now 3 - 2 down.

Top of the 5th and Smally first up to bat with a late swing to pop up and easy foul ball catch to the catcher, at this point in time Smally hangs his head and hides somewhere on the bench as he can see the game slipping. The score stays 3 - 2 through the middle of the 6th innings when the umpire calls game with 25 minutes to play. The question is asked why and his reply is 7 innings played, a quick check with the scorers and we work out we still have 1 and a 1/2 innings to go, back out we go and hold Glenelg to a 0 in the bottom of the 6th.

Top the 7th and last innings, Coach Smally asks the boys to rally and safe his face and pull out a miracle. Smally up first and gets safe on an E5, gets to second on an E3 back to the pitcher from a pick off to first, Huey F8 for the first out, Kymbo gets safe and moves Smally to third base, Shrek hits to third and get safe on an E5 as Smally scores the tying run, Reg F9 for the second out, Daisy hits to right field to score 2 more and by the end of the innings we have plated 4 runs, 3 outs required to win.

Rat still on the mound as he has been for the last 6 innings and 4 batters later it is side away and we walk away with a 6 - 3 win.

Some notable plays, Stiffy with a great catch at Right field, Huey with a couple at Left field, and our first double play of the season 6-4-3 Baby Q to Pop to Smally. Daisy a great 5-3 to finish the game.

Thanks to Jenny Small and Jodie Colyer for starting the scoring off until Janet Young arrived.

Well done to Rat for throwing the full 7 innings for the start of the season, throwing 122 pitches - 80 Strikes and 42 balls, 2 HPB, 5 K's, 2 BB and 6 Hits

Safe Hits: B Weber 1, C Weber 2, Trembath, Small 1, Lewis 2, Pettman 1, Burns 1, Day 1

Division 7 (Coach: Matt Chenoweth)

Sturt defeated Golden Grove 19-2

Well the first game of the season started off a little wet, however by the end of the first innings the only thing that was raining was runs!

The boys started the season off to a flying start defeating the Dodgers by 17 runs on Saturday, it was an even contribution from every player and we got the result we were looking for. A special thanks to Shayne Sandor for Scoring and a massive thank you to AV.

Safe Hits: Justin Ranford
Josh Vidale
Matt Chenoweth
Lucas Giancola
Shane O'Connell
Jamie Vidale x2
Benny Anil x2
Chris Sandor
Justin McKinley

Count: Justin McKinley 78 pitches
Strikes: 55

Runs: Justin Ranford 2
Josh Vidale 2
Matt Chenoweth 2
Lucas Giancola 2
Shane O'Connell 2
Jamie Vidale 3
Benny Anil 2
Chris Sandor 2
Justin McKinley 2

RBI: Justin Ranford 4
Josh Vidale 4
Matt Chenoweth 3
Lucas Giancola 2
Shane O'Connell 2
Jamie Vidale 3
Benny Anil 2

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

Kensington 11 d Sturt 7

A long awaited glorious day of weather welcomed a huge crowd to Norman Reserve for the 2017-18 season opener. In addition to the excitement of Opening Day, the day was a very special one for the club and the Macbeth family honouring the memory of club and SA baseball legend Ron Macbeth, affectionately known by most as Mr Mac, who passed away in July. Many of our boys were fortunate enough to have been tutored by Mr Mac during the early years of their careers in the art of pitching. His legacy is long and distinguished and he will be missed by all. The naming of the home bullpen in his honour will be a lasting reminder of his dedication to shaping quality ball players and young adults.

In a nutshell, the boys' hitting today was reasonably good but the fielding and pitching was as rusty as a Detroit auto manufacturing plant. Errors and walks are a lethal combination and unfortunately that proved the case today. Mix in a few well timed hits and the result is a disappointing defeat at the hands of a young Kensington team. The Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on 3 walks and a couple singles. Luke Warburton at second base helped minimize the damage with a spectacular diving stop to his right and a flip to Jonas Garcia for a force at second base, the first of two nice diving stops Luke made during the game.

Doubles by Sam Stewart and Bradley Strapps keyed a two run fightback by the Saints in the bottom of the first. Kensy added an unearned run in the top of the second but the Saints responded nicely with Robbie Brennan benefitting from a bases loaded two base error to plate 3 unearned runs and open up a 5-3 lead. In this seesaw battle Kensington responded with 4 runs of their own on only one hit to open a 7-5 lead. The bottom of the 4th saw Joel Edwards rip an RBI single to deep short and Robbie Brennan bring him home with a booming double to left to tie the score and ignite the crowd yet again.

Top of the 5th and Kensington got their hitting shoes on to touch us up for 4 more runs. This time Sturt had no answers and the final score was in the books at 11-7. With a long season ahead there is plenty to work on at training to reach our potential.

Hits: Sam Stewart (2B), Bradley Strapps (2B), Joel Edwards, Robbie Brennan (2B), Josh Vidale 1 each
RBI: Bradley Strapps, Joel Edwards, Robbie Brennan 1 each

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

Sturt 17 def Gawler 2

Round 1 had the U15/1's filling the water bags for the trek out to Gawler, and true to form the paddock was dry and dusty.
We had a few players out due to school holidays so a big thanks to Harry Chaplin and Emma Dawson for filling in, and Samson Garcia, Angus Catt, Lachie Seekamp, Lachlan Holland, and Nick Thompson for playing both div 1 & 2 games.
With three U15 teams this year we expect plenty of opportunity for players to double up and play in both divisions.

Angus Catt got us off to a great start with a lead off single, to be scored by a booming line drive double from Lachie Seekamp.
Lachie Seekamp went on to impress with the bat, hitting three from four including two doubles and four RBI's.
Ethan Dawson and Samson Garcia both had a slow start but finished the day in style with a couple of hits each, and after a frustrating day at the plate Lachlan Holland came up with the goods in the last with a hard hit grounder to right field.

Nick, Harry, and Emma all had solid at bats and regularly made it on base, contributing two runs each.

Jack Hutton was a bit unlucky with the bat, getting hit by pitch in two consecutive innings but more than made up for it on the mound.
For his 2.1 innings Jack had the batters worried, striking out 5 and only allowing 2 runs.
Angus Catt came in to close and didn't miss a beat, striking out 4 in his 1.2 innings pitched.

Lachie Seekamp was solid behind the dish and paired up nicely with Harry Chaplin to throw behind the runner at first after a strike out for an impressive double play.

In the end it was a solid team effort against an undermanned opposition, it was pleasing to see no errors for the game.

Hits: Seekamp 3; Dawson, Garcia 2; Catt, Holland 1

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

Sturt     3 2 0 0 2 - (7)
East Torrens 0 1 0 3 2 0 (6)

What a great way to start the season!

It was a joy to watch two enthusiastic teams play a spirited game that could have gone either way in the last dig. The Sturt boys pulled together into a cohesive group from the outset and everyone contributed to the end result.

Thanks to some greate batting we led from the outset and slowly widened the gap to 5-1 by the end of the 3rd innings. But a rally by the RedSox in the 4th and 5th innings narrowed our lead to just 1 run as we headed into the 6th. We gifted the Sox a few opportunities to score, but thanks to some good fielding by Seb Warr, Brad Vince and Callum Finlayson they couldn't capitalise and we were spared the need to go into bat again.

Seb starred with the bat going 2 booming doubles (who put those cones there!) from 3 at bats. James Athanasopoulos had a ripper start to his baseball career with bat on ball twice, including 1 safe hit and a RBI.

We opened with a time proven battery - Jamie Vidale on the hill and Jake Mossman behind the dish. Jamie delivered three punishing innings giving up no hits, 2 walks and recordind 6 K's for 2 scoreless innings and only 1 run. In the fourth innings he handed over to Callum Finlayson for his 1st time on the hill in the 15's. Cal kept up the momentum, also giving up no hits, recording 3 K's and closed out nicely with a scoreless innings to wrap up the game.

Both pitchers were well supported by the infield. Brad at 2nd and Tyler Stephens at short efficiently dispatched the few RedSox that managed to get bat to ball. If there is a downside to good pitching, it was Jack Gooden, Zac Altamura and James never getting site of the ball in the outfield, other than to back up the infielders which they did perfectly.

All up a fantastic effort from a new team that did absolutely everything right and clearly had a heap of fun at the same time.

Some special thanks are in order: to Joaquin Poskey-Miles from the U17's for umpiring, to Stuart Mossman for scoring at zero notice, to Zac Altamura who stepped up after playing a game in the U13s and to all the parents who helped on the day.

Hits: Seb 2 (2b), Brad 2, Tyler (2b), Jake, Jack, James (1 each)
Runs: Brad 2, Tyler, Jake, Jamie, Callum, Zac
RBIs: Jake (2), Tyler, Jake, Jamie, Seb, James (1 each)

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

Saints 6 lost to Henley and Grange 13

Great to get the season underway as the young Saints team travelled down to Henley for the first game.

Due to school holidays there was a bit of shuffling going on but many thanks to all the kids and parents who 'doubled' up with games.

The team played reasonably well but lots of room for improvement! Unfortunately we threw 13 walks for the day which gives the opposition far too many opportunities to score and ultimately we paid the price for this. I am certain we will be able to straighten this up in the weeks ahead.

Our fielding also was a little shaky at times - particularly our decision making. Once again these things will be worked on at training and the kids are keen to learn!

Hitting was the highlight for me - the team all swung the bat aggressively and put some good swings on good pitches. This is an area that I thought we were up to standard.

Hits - Angus Catt 2, Lachy Seekamp 2, Angela, Lachie Holland, Harry Chaplin.

See you all next week!

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

Sturt 19 defeated Adelaide 5

There were more than a few worried faces around the field when one hour before the game it looked like we would only have 7 Under 13 players playing. However, the under 11's side granted us a gift in our hour of need with both Kale Hampton and Josh Holland stepping up an age group to fill in for the season opener.

After a good warmup, some batting practice and a few ground balls, the team were keen and ready to get into the game. Zach Altamara started the pitching with an eye opening 3 up, 3 down display in which he struck out 2 and got a groundball to first in which Jack Becker fielded smoothly and made the out. Zach kept his great form and pitched deep into the game, throwing 54 pitches and only giving up 5 runs. Great job!

After a great defensive performance the boys got into the dugout ready to hit - and hit they did! Kale got the ball rolling with a walk, stole second and third base before scoring from Zach's groundout. With 2 outs and no one on base, it seemed like the inning would be over, but no, Harry got a base hit to left field, Yeory got a great hit, Jack smashed a hit to left field, Oscar on his first game got a great hit to 3rd base and then the under 11, Josh Holland got the barrel to the ball with a great hit up the middle. With the maximum 5 runs scored from the inning we had no choice but to get back in the field. What a great start to the season!

Our pitching was one of the stand outs of the game. When Zach finished his great pitching performance, Harry Hutton walked up to the mound and put on an absolute pitching clinic. Harry threw 28 pitches to close out the game and struck out 6 from 6 batters!

Amazing to watch!

The team did a great job supporting our pitchers with some great defensive plays and some remarkable batting. We scored at least one run in each inning and scored the maximum 5 runs in 3 of our 5 innings! We ended the game with 9 hits but still showed some discipline at the plate with the team receiving 11 walks. The team ended up scoring 19 runs with everyone contributing.

All in all, it's always great to snatch a win on the first game and the boys played phenomenally. Hats off to the young and new Adelaide side who played a good game and had some pretty fast pitching. Of course there are a few things we still need to work on at training but easily sorted. Special mention to Lochy, Oscar and Drew who were playing their first baseball game for Sturt. Lochy did a great job in the number 2 spot, getting on base 3 times and scoring twice! Oscar got his first hit and scored twice and Drew did extremely well getting on base 3 times and coming home to score twice! A big thanks is owed to Kale Hampton and Josh Holland who filled in for us. Kale batted lead-off and caught a great game while Josh had an amazing day with the bat getting 2 hits to his name!

Also have to thank Sally Edwards for scoring, Mark Hutton for helping out pre-game and coaching first base as well as Wade who helped pitch count and coached first base.

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

STURT 9 - Angels 4

What a great day, the baseball god's gave us to start out our new season. We all got to flinders with the smell of fresh cut grass in the air and everyone was excited to hit the field.

Kale started on the hill and got his job done by pounding the zone, then BANG ! Our bats came alive with all the hard work from pre-season training.

Next Tom jumped on the bump for the first time ever and didn't let the team down "well done Tom". Josh A finished the innings off for Tom and the leftie closed the game off well.

In the field Josh H, Sam and Gus worked hard behind the plate.

Archie, Blake, Aiden and Leo fielded some great ground balls....

I would like to welcome Leo and Archie to club baseball and hopefully you guys have got the hunger for the game as we all get.

With how fantastic and exciting it was to watch today i cant wait to see where we go this season, it was a great game to watch.

To Adrian Hill thanks for doing a great job umpiring for us today.

To Larissa for not forgetting how to do the fantastic colouring on the score book.

Bigger thanks to my manager Ralph and the assistant coaches James and Wade thankyou for making the day go smoothly with warm up and throughout the game.

See you all on Wednesday at 5pm for more practice to see how much we can improve on, ready for next Sunday.

THANKS COACH DUTCHY.

HITS
J.Holland 2
K. Mattews-Hampton 2
S.Horley 2
A.Becker 2
T.Passmore 1
J.Altamura 1

PITCHING

STRIKES

BALLS

K.Mattews-Hampton

24

9

T.Passmore

20

18

J.Altamura

23

14



..:: message posted on Monday the 9th of October, 2017 23:06:55 ::..

Season Opener/Dedication to Ron Macbeth

Division 1 will start their season tomorrow with hit out against Kensington at home.

Prior to the commencement of the Div 1 game, the club will be making a special dedication in the memory of Ron Macbeth. It would be great to see as many of you there as possible!

Last night's tribute to Ron Macbeth featured some great tributes which you can view on our Youtube channel

..:: message posted on Saturday the 7th of October, 2017 14:44:06 ::..

Arrangements following Funeral

Ron's family have asked me to let everyone know that Sam Mcinnes, the Manager of the Torrens Arms Hotel, has reserved the Beer Garden for Ronnie's relatives and friends to meet after the funeral around 12.30.

All welcome.

..:: message posted on Wednesday the 2nd of August, 2017 21:01:04 ::..

Ron Macbeth Funeral Arrangements

Ron's funeral will be held at 10.15 am on Friday August 4, 2017 at the Heysen Chapel, Centennial Park

..:: message posted on Monday the 31st of July, 2017 17:06:26 ::..

Ron MacBeth RIP

The Sturt Baseball Club Senior Committee, players and coaches send their sincere condolences to the MacBeth and Trembath families on the sad loss of Club Life Member, Hall of Famer and legend of our club Ron MacBeth.

Ron has played a leading role in the baseball development of countless junior players within our club, many of whom have gone on to play state, national and international baseball.

Ron is held in the highest esteem within our club.

I have been in regular contact with the family today and will advise on Funeral arrangements once they are finalised.

..:: message posted on Friday the 28th of July, 2017 00:11:25 ::..

Sturt achieves Good Sports Accreditation

I am pleased to advise that the Sturt Baseball Club has now achieved Level 3 Accreditation as a Good Sports Club.

Our club is committed to strengthening the community with our members and their families. As a Good Sports Level Three club, we are proud of our efforts in promoting health and well-being while reducing risky alcohol drinking and ensuring smoke-free areas.

As a Good Sports Level Three club, our club is a healthy, safe and family-friendly environment. As a Level 3 Good Sports club we abide by a liquor license, manage the sale and use of alcohol responsibly, have both an alcohol management policy and safe transport policy endorsed by our club committee that is communicated to members, and our bar servers have completed responsible service of alcohol training. We do not rely solely on alcohol for club income by seeking other income opportunities.

Together with 7,000 Good Sports clubs across Australia, we are helping inspire a healthier sporting nation.

Speak to our club committee about what being a Good Sports club is all about or visit our Policies area

Be sure to also follow Good Sports on:

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- Twitter @ https://twitter.com/GoodSportsClubs

- Instagram @ https://www.instagram.com/goodsportsclubs/

..:: message posted on Saturday the 27th of May, 2017 13:29:38 ::..

AGM Report

The AGM for the Sturt Baseball Club was held at the Sturt Baseball Club on Monday 22 May 2017

For those of you who could not attend, I will give you brief highlights of the meeting.

Executive Positions for Election were filled by:

i. Vice President- Wallace Long
ii. Junior Coordinator - Andrew Vidale
iii.Baseball Operations Manager- John McClure
iv. Sponsorship Manager-Jeff Nicholas

Matt Mulyran was coopted onto the Committee to assist Jeff Nicholas in the role of Sponsorship Liaison.

At the meeting a vote of thanks was put for the outstanding work of David Lightbody who after many years on the Senior Committee has stepped down from the role of Baseball Operations Manager. Dave will continue in his role as manager of the A Grade team despite Mitch now going to College in the United States. For those who missed it there was a great article about Mitch on ABC News this week.

Dave Hutton was re-elected as our Patron.

Dave also presented a cheque for $1000 to Club President Phil Robinson on behalf of the Mitcham Lions Club to support Junior Development.

Cheque Presentation

Thank you to Bruce Packer who once again has produced a magnificent Annual Report which is now available for viewing on our website.

..:: message posted on Saturday the 27th of May, 2017 12:44:50 ::..

Notice of AGM

As per the Constitution I give notice that at the Annual General Meeting of the Sturt Baseball Club will be held on Monday 22 May 2017, 7.30 pm at our clubrooms.

The following positions are up for election as required by our constitution, namely-the positions of Baseball Operations Manager, Sponsorship Manager and Junior Baseball Manager.

Nominations and apologies should be forwarded to the President prior to the Annual General Meeting.

Can any players who believe they are eligible for Player Life Membership also make contact with the President

Phil Robinson
President
Sturt Baseball Club

..:: message posted on Saturday the 8th of April, 2017 10:05:41 ::..

Coaching News

I am pleased to advise that the Senior Committee at it meeting this week has appointed Tom Brice to the position of Senior Coach for the season 2017/18. The club had planned this transition over the past season whereby Tony Catt provided the mentorship for Tom to take on this role. As you all know Tom has done an outstanding job as Assistant Senior Coach last season and we look forward to him now taking on the head role. I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank Tony for his untiring efforts in every facet of our club.

Tom is currently working on the appointment of his coaching panel including the Division 2 coach.

I already have expressions of interest or coaches who have indicated succession plans for Div 3-7.

Expressions of interest for Junior Coaching positions are invited and interested people should visit the Sturt Jobs Page for further information.

Enquiries and expressions of interest regarding the Junior Coaching positions (U19,U17, U15, U13,U11) should be directed to John McClure on 0408 927 724 by 5.00 pm Monday 1 May 2017

..:: message posted on Saturday the 8th of April, 2017 08:55:39 ::..

Sturt Awards 2017/18

The Sturt Baseball Club held its Senior Presentation Night on Saturday 1 April 2017 and its Junior Presentation Night on Friday 31 March 2017.

At the outset my I take this opportunity to congratulate all our Award Winners! The President's Award which is given for outstanding service to the Club was won this year by Jamie Knuckey. Jamie's love of the club which he described as his church is well known to all. Jamie's dedication to caring for the grounds and the time that he has put into making our diamond the best in the league has also been noted by everyone at the club. In addition to the enormous time commitment Jamie puts into the grounds, he coaches Under 17s and assists with the Division 2 team!! Congratulations to Jamie!

The Josh Deegan Award was won by Andrew Vidale. Congratulations to Andrew and all the other nominees who exemplify the qualities of the Award.

The Dave Hutton Award for the player who polled the most club votes was won by Jackson Brebner- Russ (JBR) for the Seniors and Austin McClure won the for the Junior trophy for the second year in a row! Congratulations to both these young talented players!

Team Awards are listed below:

Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt/Tom Brice)

Most Valuable Player: Jackson Brebner-Russ
Batting Award: Evan LeBlanc
Coaches Award: Damon Arnold
Deegan Award: Alex Hopton

Division 2: (Tom Winter)

MVP: Brodie MacBeth
Batting Award: Adam Kerr
Coaches Trophy: Reed Stewart
Josh Deegan: Alex Hopton

Division 3: (Darren Stewart)

MVP: Jared Holland
MVP Runner Up: Austin McClure Batting Award: Andrew Harvey
Josh Deegan: Jared Holland

Division 4: (Mick Trlin/Dale Martens)

MVP: Ben Packer
Batting Award: Pat Burns and Ben Bicknell
Coaches Award: Jess Lemon
Josh Deegan Award: Adrian Hill

Division 6: (Chris Small)

MVP: Don "Wulffy" Wulff
MVP Runner Up: Rick "Rat" Trembath
Best Team Man: Chris "Daisy" Day
Josh Deegan: Don "Wulffy" Wulff

Division 7: (Phil Martin)

MVP: Justin McKinley
Coaches Award: Matt Chenoweth Best Team Heather Turner
Josh Deegan: Andrew Vidale

Under 19: (Matt MacBeth)

MVP: Tyson Ottaway
Runner up MVP: Damon Arnold
Coaches Award: Austin McClure

Under 17/1- Sturt (Jamie Knuckey)

MVP: Austin McClure
Batting Award: Reed Stewart
Most Improved: Joaquin Poskey-Miles
Josh Deegan Award: Josh Vidale

U15/1 - Sturt (Mike Garcia)

MVP: Sam Stewart
MVP Runner Up: Zac Becker
Most Consistent: Jonas Garcia
Josh Deegan: Joel Wilson

U15/2 - Sturt (Tim McLeod)

MVP: Jack Mossman
Most Improved: Emil Smith
Coaches Award: Jamie Vidale
Josh Deegan: Joe Harvey

Little League 1 - Sturt (Stan Warrilow)

MVP: Angus Catt
Most Improved: Angela Mourtzios
Batting Award: Jack Hutton
Josh Deegan Award: Samson Garcia

Little League 2 - Sturt (Tom Becker)

MVP: Ethan Dawson
Batting Trophy: William Jordans
Most Consistent: Spencer Warrilow
Josh Deegan: Joe Harvey

Little League 2 - Sturt (Jared Holland)

MVP: Harry Hutton
Mr Consistent: Brad Vince
Most Improved: Tom Oswald
Josh Deegan: Shannon Behan

Little League - Sturt (U11) (Jared Holland)

MVP: Zac Altamura
Runner up MVP: Kale Matthews-Hampton
Coach Award: Blake Taylor
Josh Deegan Award: Sam Horley

..:: message posted on Sunday the 2nd of April, 2017 08:38:46 ::..

Finals this weekend!

A reminder that we have a big weekend of finals this weekend!

Sturt will be hosting Div 1 finals series this weekend for the first time in over two decades!!! Sturt who finished 3rd on the ladder will be playing 4th placed West Torrens in a best of three series this coming Saturday (3pm) and Sunday (11.30 and 3.30(if required) at Norman Reserve.

It will be a huge day at Norman Reserve on Saturday with our Div 4 boys continuing deep into the finals to play Goodwood at 12 noon.

We have arranged a selection of food for purchase on both Saturday and Sunday and of course the bar will be open. It goes without saying that we want every Sturt supporter at the club to cheer on our boys!!

If you can't make it to the finals series then you can follow the scores via Live Stats

Also on Saturday our Div 2 boys who finished 6th will be playing down at West Torrens at 11.00 am.

On Sunday our Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) will be playing Glenelg at 10.00 am at Glenelg.

..:: message posted on Thursday the 9th of March, 2017 23:17:57 ::..

Finals Edition- 07/03/17

It is my great pleasure to let you know that Sturt will be hosting Div 1 finals series this weekend for the first time in over two decades!!! Sturt who finished 3rd on the ladder will be playing 4th placed West Torrens in a best of three series this coming Saturday (3pm) and Sunday (11.30 and 3.30(if required) at Norman Reserve.

It will be a huge day at Norman Reserve on Saturday with our Div 4 boys continuing deep into the finals to play Goodwood at 12 noon.

We have arranged a selection of food for purchase on both Saturday and Sunday and of course the bar will be open. It goes without saying that we want every Sturt supporter at the club to cheer on our boys!!

Also on Saturday our Div 2 boys who finished 6th will be playing down at West Torrens at 11.00 am.

On Sunday our Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) will be playing Glenelg at 10.00 am at Glenelg.

Good luck to all our teams on the weekend!

Diary Dates

The Sturt Junior Presentation Night will be held on Friday 31 March from 6.30 pm with the Senior Presentation Night to be held on Saturday 1 April 2017.



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Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt/Asst Coach: Tom Brice)

Requiring a win to guarantee a finals birth, the A grade team had a lot to play for last Sunday. Matching up against Southern Districts, nothing was taken for granted as funny things can happen against opponents with nothing to play for. With this in mind, the boys set about their winning task in business like fashion, scoring consistently from the 3rd through to the 7th (and final) inning to walk away with a convincing 10 - 0 mercy win.

Highlighted by a dominant pitching performance from Damon Arnold (yet again) for four innings, Nate Roe (returning from a month of rehab) for two innings and Ky Hampton to close out the seventh, the clean slate was maintained through the game.

On the offensive side, Harry Knuckey and Mitch Lightbody each had multiple hits, while Roeger displayed some impressive power.

As it turned out, the baseball gods were working in our favour around the grounds, as everything we needed to happen, happened! East Torrens beat Goodwood and West Torrens took care of Glenelg seeing us finish in 3rd place on the ladder, with a home final. A great and well deserved, result for everyone in the senior squad and something to be very proud of… but the job certainly isn't over yet!

We will be taking on West Torrens in a best of three series this coming Saturday (3pm) and Sunday (11.30 and 3.30(if required)) at Norman Reserve.

Would be really great to see as many of you at there as possible, getting behind us as we chase the club's 3rd ever A grade premiership!!

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt       6
Southern Districts 1

A second win against Souths in only a few short weeks has seen Sturt Saints Div. 2 qualify for finals!

The boys went into this game confident that our best would secure a win, but with the knowledge that a loss may impact finals chances. With that in mind, it was good to see the entire team stay switched on for the whole game, and through some solid defence we kept opposition bats quiet for most of the day.

Souths jumped out early, scoring one at the top of 1st, capitalising on a few groundballs that snuck through the infield. Fortunately, we were able to score 2 runs back in our first at bat, putting the pressure back on straight away.

Over the coming few innings, Brodie MacBeth looked good on the mound, not allowing any more runs, and handed the reigns to Aussie McClure, and finally to Josh Tindall, who shut down Souths for the remainder of the afternoon. It was great to see Aussie stay composed and get some quality outs after a shaky start, in what will be a great confidence booster heading into finals.

Offensively, we didn't have our best day, but reduced our strikeouts, and grinded out a few runs simply by putting the ball in play. Simon Adkins had a strong day, smashing a triple down the first base line, and with two hit by pitch, his on-base presence helped Sturt keep the pressure on. Alex Hopton continued his good form with the bat, hitting another RBI double when the game was in the balance.

It appears our first finals game will be against West Torrens away this weekend - which will be an early game - to allow players to head over to Sturt for the Div 1 finals against the same opposition. Exact details to be confirmed over the coming days.

Boys let's stay up and about, as our best can match any team in the league. 9 solid innings of baseball are all that separate us from another win.

Hits: Adkins, Kerr, Wirth, Hopton. Division 4 (Coach: Mick Trlin)

DIV 4 Finals Week 1 - Sturt 13 vs Kensington 8

Finishing 3rd after losing only three games for the season Sturt hosted Kensington at Norman Reserve on Saturday. Ben Packer battled through 5 innings for Sturt. Things were tight through 4.5 innings as the Kensington starter held Sturt scoreless and they got three runs on the board.

In the bottom of the 5th the Sturt bats came to life and runs started flowing over the plate. The Kensington starter took himself off the hill, with Sturt facing several relievers attempting to stop the flow over the 5th and 6th innings. 5 runs came in the 5th and 8 more in the 6th.

Shane Horne struggled early in relief giving up 5 runs over 2 innings. However, he was back on track at the top of the 8th innings and held Kensington scoreless over the final 2 innings of the game. Both pitchers were backed up by some excellent fielding. Jesse Lemon did a great (last minute) job behind the plate, Craig Nicks playing out of position at SS made some great plays, Adrian Hill at 2nd and Jimmy Passmore at 3rd were reliable and Pat Burns throw from right field to throw out a player heading for 3rd was spot on. As always Ben Bicknell and Dale Martens were solid in the middle of the batting line up. All round a great team effort which sees the boys move forward to the Semi Finals.

Special Mentions go to:

  • Tom Winter for sitting on the bench in spite of being unwell and then coming on for a player who buckled with cramps late in the game.

  • The numerous Sturt supporters who came out and watched the game cheering the boys on - this didn't go unnoticed by the players.

  • Sue Mulryan who has cheerfully scored for the team all season.

  • Ben Packer and Pat Burns who have been named in the Leagues Top 10 MVP players for DIV 4.



Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Tim McLeod)

Henley & Grange 12 d Sturt 2

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Stan Warrilow)

Win 8 -2

A glorious day greeted us at Norman Reserve for the highly anticipated 3v4 final.

Have fun and play aggressive baseball were the orders of the day.

Big Jack Hutton started on the hill and we were into it.

The Red Sox managed to score 1 run in the 1st on 1 hit and wayward pass ball combined with some aggressive base running.

We also managed to score 1 run in the 1st due to a couple of walks and a clutch hit to Lachie Seekamp that fell just short of the diving red Sox outfielder.

The 2nd innings belonged to both pitchers as no runs were scored for both sides.

The Red Sox scored 1 run in the 3nd thanks to a solo home run (nice hit) but that was all they could muster as big Jack finished them off.

We managed to take control of the game in the 3rd with some great at bats and a HPB to Angela as the wheels started to fall off for the Red Sox.

Samson Garcia chimed in with perfectly executed routine fly ball to CF that wasn't caught due to all the Red Sox outfielders standing on the home run cones (respect).

So heading into the 4th we were up 4 -2.

Harry Chaplin took over from big Jack and the Red Sox were no match for his pitching groove, as he mowed them down one by one.

Our 4th innings was the finisher as the big Red Sox pitcher had lost his groove in the previous innings and was replaced by a couple of other Red Sox who couldn't find the groove either and we picked up some more walks and then Callum Finlayson chimed in with a line drive double that bounced over the CF cones.

So all that was left to do was get 3 outs as we were now up by 6 runs.

Harry pitched another great innings, only allowing 1 hit as we took care of the Angels and headed into the bottom of the 5th with an unbeatable lead.

Credit to the Angels for letting have our turn at bat in the 5th which allowed us to get a few more valuable at bats.

Basically it wasn't a pretty game to watch but we put enough pressure on the opposition to get the job done.

Our pitching was outstanding once again which is our biggest strength as we have by far the best staff in this league.

The Angels actually out hit us 4 to 3 but we gave up 3 walks to their 14 and that was the difference.

Both teams had a similar number of strike outs.

So we are off to play the Tigers of Glenelg for the right to play in the Grand Final.

I am confident we can get the job done as long as we stay focused for the full 2 hours.

Hits - Lachie Seekamp, Callum Finlayson (2B) and Samson Garcia all 1 each

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 7th of March, 2017 21:24:03 ::..

Newsletter 27/02/17

We are now at the business end of the season, with all teams except Div 1 finishing the minor round last weekend! Finals fixtures this coming weekend will be communicated as soon as they become available.

Our A Grade boys could end up with a top 3 finish if they beat Goodwood on Wednesday night at home! Please get along to cheer on the boys for this critical game!

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

Diary Dates

The Sturt Junior Presentation Night will be held on Friday 31 March from 6.30 pm with the Senior Presentation Night to be held on Saturday 1 April 2017.



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

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

Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt/Asst Coach: Tom Brice)

Sunday's double header proved to be a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Needing to win both games to claim top spot on the ladder, the A grade side was only able to take one off the 7th ranked, Adelaide Angels.

Game one saw one of the (if not THE) season's best individual performance. 17 year old, Damon Arnold, throwing a complete game NO hitter! Allowing just two runners to reach base, due to a hit batter and a walk, Damo powered through the Angel's line up.

Unfortunately, the Adelaide Angel's import was also dominant on the mound, not allowing a run on 2 hits and 5 walks through the regulation 7 innings.

With scores tied at zero a piece, the new international extra inning rule was implemented; starting the inning with runners on 1st and 2nd base.

Unable to capitalise on an Adelaide error, resulting in runners on 2nd and 3rd with none out, our defence took to the field to defend a tied score line in order to prevent a walk off loss. It took but one pitch to find a result, as Adelaide executed a bunt which was first bobbled then sent into right field by first baseman, yours truly, easily allowing the winning run to cross the plate.

A very disappointing end and anticlimax, taking attention away from Damon Arnold's remarkable pitching performance.

The boys shook off game one's disappointment to rally together and display the great offence and defence we've come to expect.

Quality at bats up and down the line up and solid defence behind another outstanding pitching performance from Ky Hampton, saw us get out to an early lead. Continuing to apply the pressure, runs came in all but three innings, resulting in a final score line of 8 to 1. With this win the team is all but cemented in the top 6, with 2 games to play.

With a win Wednesday night against Goodwood at home (6pm), a top 3 finish and home final could become a reality. See you there!

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt        6
Adelaide Angels 2

The weekend's game was an important one for our boys, as a win would all but cement a spot for us in the finals. An additional inventive was the prospect of a home final, which meant winning both the final two games of the season.

Adelaide was not to be taken lightly (2 spots above us on the ladder, and last year's grand finalists), we knew that a solid two hour performance would be required to notch up a W.

Sturt started strongly with some quality swings, but were unable to find any gaps in the 1st. Defensively, we had an excellent start. This had been our downfall over the past month, and it was great to see the boys stand up under pressure. Brodie MacBeth held Adelaide scoreless over the first few innings and looked confident on the mound, finding his curve ball when needed to keep Adelaide bats quiet. A great return for Brodie and a solid overall performance!

In the second we were able to score our first run, when a battered and bruised Jayden Trembath stole 2nd to allow the runner on third to steal home. The next innings proved to be a strong one, with hits to both Hopton and Stewart (RBI), we took a 4-0 lead into the field. Adelaide scored 2 back with a bleeder to CF, but this was to be their last score of the game, as Sturt added 2 more runs in the 5th to stretch the lead to 6-2. Was great to see some timely clutch hitting, with Reed Stewart and Alex Hopton getting the job done when required. Well done boys!

Josh Tindall relieved and finished out the game, and held his nerve to get some quality strikeouts when the team needed them most. All in all it was an excellent win and gives us a feeling of confidence heading into our final game against Souths at home this weekend.

Let's keep the momentum heading into finals, as our best can match any team in the league!

Hits: Hopton 3, Kerr 3, R. Stewart 2, Faeshe.

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

Adelaide 12 d Sturt 1

Division 4 (Coach: Mick Trlin)

Sturt 10 d Adelaide 2

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

BOOM but no Shakalaka as we came crashing back down to a 9 - 5 loss
Last game of the season and the result changed nothing on the ladder as both teams miss out on a top 6 finish.

This game was played in good spirits by both sides.

Adelaide started the first with 1 run with Rick "Rat' Trembath on the hill for us. We did not trouble the scorers.

In the 2nd Adelaide made another run and we made 2 runs from a double to David 'Reg' Lee with bases loaded and then added one more to be 3 - 2 up after 2.

Adelaide then added 2 for the 3rd, 2 for the 4th, 1 for the 5th and 2 for the 6th to finish on 9 runs for the game, on the other hand we could only add 1 in the 3rd and 1 in the 6th.

Thanks to all those that helped out through the season and to all our supporters that came each week.

To Carol for doing the bulk of the scoring for us this season and to Jo, Janet and Lewis for stepping in when Carol was unavailable.

Well done boys for another enjoyable season and hope to see you all back next year to try and climb the ladder for the ultimate glory.

Safe Hits: Lewis 1, Long 2, Burns 1, Day 1, Wulff 1, Gooley 1, Young 2, Lee 2 (1D), Pettman 1.

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Angels 16 d Sturt 5

Under 17/1 (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

Adelaide 1 0 0 1 2 5 - 9
Sturt       6 0 0 2 3 X - 11

And so we bid farewell to Season 2016/17. A win over finals bound Adelaide 11-9 was a massive turnaround from the first game of the season where we lost 9-0. Today we had a contribution from every position in the batting order in the form of either a hit, walk or RBI. Combined with a dominant 4 innings stint from Austin McClure on the mound and we were able to win despite a late 5 run rally in the last by Adelaide.

The final game for Season 2016 was played at Sturt at 2pm on a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon. Adelaide got out of blocks with a couple of excellent hits to lead 1-0. We were looking for a response and we got it in the form of a first pitch line drive up the guts from Liam Lucas. That got the ball rolling and roll it did for our highest opening score of the season with the boys scoring 6.Luck was on our side for a change with dropped third strikes getting on base, bleeders dropping in and Dylan Hopgood and Aussie punching home a couple of runners and we led 6-1 after one.

Just a single hit in the second from Adelaide and Aussie strikes out 3 and we go bat into bat with no addition to the score. After the heroics of the first dig we failed to add and the score remained 6-1.

A good running catch in right field from Josh Wilson and a couple of hard fought strikeouts from Aussie and we're back batting again. A leadoff double from Josh Wilson was our only highlight and the standoff remained at 6-1.

Adelaide get one back through a big double to right field and trailed 2-6.The boys knuckled down again with a big double to Joaquin Poskey-Miles, and singles to Dylan and Nick Borrello and we score 2 and lead 8-2 after 4.

Mystery pitcher Brad Strapps came to the mound and struggled with his control a touch after last week's heroics. A leadoff walk followed by a triple and a sac fly (good catch by Joel Edwards) results in Adelaide getting a couple back and the score changes to 8-4. A leadoff walk to Joel and hits to Liam and Aussie leaves us with loaded bases. An errant throw trying attempting to get a cheeky Joel out at third results in two runs scoring and a sac fly from Dylan scores Aussie and we stretch our lead to 11-4 after 5.

Dylan the gasman came into close and it was an eventful innings to say the least. 3 walks and 3 hits and we managed to shut the gate after another 5 runs were added to the score and the final score was 11-9 in our favour. Phew!

From the season perspective we really underachieved - winning 5 losing 8 and drawing 2. We had two games lost due to heat and rain and both we probably would have won. Having said that apart from the game against Adelaide today we failed to beat anyone above us on the ladder. More in the season end of year report.

A big thank you once again to our regular scorer Deb Hopgood who has made the report writing a piece of cake.

Batting: Dylan 2/2 2RBI's, Nick 2/3 2RBI's, Aussie 2/3 RBI, Liam 2/4, Josh a double and Joa a double

Pitching: Aussie 4IP, 1ER, 8K's, Brad 1IP 2ER, Dylan 1IP 5ERs.

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Mike Garcia)

Henley & Grange 8 d Sturt 4

The U15/1 Saints, who fell just short of a finals berth this season, looked to wind up the 2016-17 campaign on a positive note heading down to West Lakes to challenge the top minor round club Henley & Grange. Other than having to rise before dark to make the trip northwest, it was a perfect morning for baseball with conditions the best they've been all year.

The game was a microcosm of our season with some nice fielding and solid, well battled at bats outweighed by occasional sloppy fielding and, to put it kindly, head scratching base running by the boys that repeatedly killed off chances to build momentum and put pressure a reasonably strong Rams outfit.

With the exception of one fly ball that was the subject of a "you got it", "no you got it" approach in leftcentre, the outfield did super well. Joel Wilson continued his great outfield play of recent weeks with two key catches in centre field. Will Jordans corralled a high fly to right by the Rams' star cleanup hitter to save a run in the bottom of the first. Seb Steel made it exciting for the coaches and supporters alike with his casual approach to tracking and gloving flies in left and effectively hit the cutoff man on numerous occasions to prove all that training throughout the year does pay off.

Sam Stewart, playing the hot corner, made two early bullets to third look routine with slick plays that closed the gate on the left side of the infield for the rest of the game. Zac Becker, then Robbie Brennan, at first did a great job on the receiving end of the throws across the infield as well as hounding a couple foul flies for outs.

Jonas Garcia was steady behind the plate in a half game cameo appearance that might foreshadow an U17 future as a signal caller. Will shifted from right to catcher later in the game and did nice work demonstrating the value of his versatility to the team.

Robbie tantalized with what could have been this year opening with two magnificent innings on the hill before having to retire early with a recurring sore arm. A real shame the team couldn't fully benefit all year from this strike machine who commands the mound well and really has the boys rallied behind him when on song. Zac came in to pitch the 4th and 5th innings and was super sharp to flag his high velocity stuff is as good as it gets when he's focused.

Your reporter is gonna break a club rule here but those in attendance will think it warranted. For those old enough to remember Kevin Sheedy at Essendon and his oft stated post game reference to "Martians" to avoid trouble with the league hierarchy, let's just say the Martians landed today at West Lakes much to the frustration of Sturt coaches, supporters and players. While not an excuse for the final outcome, it really kills the team buzz when bizarre decisions have a material impact on the flow of the game and derail those genuinely working hard to close out the season on a positive note. Full credit to the coaches for keeping their cool throughout.

While the finals proved elusive this year and we fell short of our pre-season goals, a bond has definitely developed among the boys that was great to see. Best of the luck to the second year young men moving up the U17s next year and likewise good luck to the boys playing on in U15s who will have a super strong group coming up from Little League to challenge for the flag.

Hits: Jonas Garcia 2, Joel Wilson, Zac Becker 1 each

RBI: None

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Tim McLeod)

Pt Adelaide 3 4 2 0 9
Sturt        3 0 1 2 6

The boys fought hard in what was a spirited game to watch. The stats fell our way (10v5 Ks, 9v6 hits, 7 walks apiece), but in the final analysis the Magpies defence was tighter than ours, and against the odds (we beat them 14-7 in Rnd 8) and the home ground advantage they managed to steal both a victory and a place in the finals from our grasp.

Aussie started on the hill throwing 1.1 innings before handing over to Jamie. Both pitchers threw well; picking the edges of the strike zone all day and between them racking up 10 of the 12 outs. Jake played a magnificent game behind the dish all day, including a spectacular catch on a mis-hit bunt that barely got any air.

We didn't bat badly, we just didn't get the hits at the right time. The highlight was Jake's solo in-park home run - the boy has wheels!! Nic also had a great day with the bat also going 2 from 2 with both hits picking the gap nicely at right field. Jamie, Tyler and Aussie also had a good day out with bat.

Thanks to Malene for scoring, and to all the parents and boys for a very enjoyable season - I hope we see all of you back next year.

Hits: Nic 2 (2b), Jake 2 (HR), Jamie 2 (2b), Tyler (2), Austin
Runs: Jake (2), Nic, Emil, Austin, Jamie
RBIs: Jake (2), Tyler (2), Jamie, Joe

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Stan Warrilow)

Win 7 - 2 You gotta love the local derby against the Indians and what a game it was!

Bang bang plays, great catches in the outfield, awesome pitching and a massive home run to Callum Finlayson.

Our pitching was outstanding again this week with Angus Catt firing down rockets for 4 innings followed by Harry Chaplin who shut the door for the last 2 innings.

Angus finished with 7 strikeouts, 2 hits and zero walks for his 56 pitches.

Harry finished with 3 strikeouts, zero hits and zero walks for his 20 pitches.

Our fielding was also pretty good which is important going into finals next week.

Our hitting was full of line drives and some great plays today as the Indians kept us scoreless until the 5th innings thanks to some great outfield catches and solid in fielding. I knew that we would eventually break through and that's what happened in the 5th innings. We were looking down the barrel with 2 outs in the 5th but then the wheels fell off the Indians stagecoach.

Angus Catt walked, then Spencer Warrilow smashed a ground ball that was too hot for the Indians 2B, then the big chief Jack Hutton chimed in with a base hit to LF, followed by a double to LF by Mr. February Lachie Seekamp, then a muffed fly at RF on a Harry Chaplin fly ball, which was followed by a slow roller to 3B by Samson Garcia that was thrown away by the Indians 3B and it was 5 runs thank you very much.

The 6th innings started off with a bang! As Callum Finlayson decided to hit the first strike and launched it over the RF cones (I think it's still going).

Then after 2 fantastic at bats by Ryder Mathers (8 pitches) and Angela Mourtzios (2 strike hitting) we were 2 outs and it looked like we wouldn't add any more to the score but 2 back to back walks to Angus and Spencer saw us with another opportunity and with that the big chief said thanks very much and lined another safe hit to LF to score another run.

All that were there would have enjoyed the spectacle and I reckon it was the best game we have played this season. Our 2 strike hitting / putting the ball in play is improving; our base running is aggressive but not over the top, our fielding is solid and the kids have a real team spirit.

We are super excited about playing finals this week and giving it a real crack!

Hits - Jack Hutton 2, Callum Finlayson HR, Lachie Seekamp 2B, Angela Mourtzios all 1.

Stay cool this week!

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

Sturt 13.2. 2 def East Torrens 1

Hey all firstly apologies for the lack of input to the last 2 weeks of games

I can assure you it had nothing to do with Wins and Losses (even though both were losses we shouldn't have endured)

Moving on.. Tough start 9 am Sunday morning.. as we all have experienced in our time in the game.

We faced a tough opponent not only on the field but off the field, which was quickly rectified. Their pitcher was relentless on striking out the world with 15 SO in the end over 5 innings. He basically dominated.

Without the cunningness of Brad Vince "Vaughn" we possibly would not have scored at all. Brads's first at Bat snagging a walk and scoring in the 2nd on some lack of focus and again scoring playing a little cat and mouse in the 5th with a hit and coming home on a pass ball.

Jack Gamlin was certainly not intimidated smashing the ball for a double down the line playing it like it was his playstation. Well Done Jack!

Jason Ambler on the hill was impressive pumping out 3 solid digs and the Hurricane coming in and owning the bump for a the registered win.

Today was a great performance of sportsmanship and resilience, these boys held it together and have earned the right to be in the finals.

They have never given up and its a credit to all of them that they have 'gotten better' over this season.. We look forward to the week ahead and having the opposition shed tears. Go you Sainters

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

STURT 3 - Goodwood 8

Well this was the end of a great season for us it's been fantastic to watch these boys grow and get better each week but this wasn't the best way to finish.

We threw Zac the ball to start off today even though Zac did find it a bit hard he will remember this and grow, we all have day where we're a little off.

Yeoryi gave his hand on the hill and for being a little in between drinks from when he last pitched he tryed his best and thats all a coach can ask. Kale finished the day off on the mound and gave it his all, well done.

With the bats today most of the boys were keen and ready to hit but was just not our day to shine.

For the second time this season we made a double play which brought the crowd to its feet. Could not be happier how our season has gone with the kids enjoying playing and hope they all come back next year a bit bigger and learn more about the game we love.

PITCHING

STRIKES

BALLS

Z.Altamura

24

17

Y.Perentes

10

20

K.Hampton-Matthews

8

23

HITS
Y.Perentes 2
Z.Altamura 2

..:: message posted on Monday the 27th of February, 2017 21:25:58 ::..

Newsletter 20/02/17

Thanks to everyone who came to our Quiz Night on Friday night. It was a great night with much needed funds raised for the club. Special thanks to Jeff Nicholas for organising the event and for Tony Catt acting as our Quiz Master.

Well done to our A Grade side who have had 5 wins from 5 games, placing us currently third with four games to go! It is tough at the top of the ladder with no certainty that we will make the top 6 unless we can keep winning! Keep going boys- great work!

Diary Dates

The Sturt Junior Presentation Night will be held on Friday 31 March from 6.30 pm with the Senior Presentation Night to be held on Saturday 1 April 2017.



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

Sponsors

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

Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt/Asst Coach: Tom Brice)

The past two weeks have seen much success for the Saint's A grade side, notching up five wins from five games.

The winning run began with a Tuesday night walk off home run by Jackson Brebner-Russ, after a solid Ky Hampton pitching effort, against over Henley & Grange.

Momentum carried over into the following Sunday's clash, versus top of the table, West Torrens. While Damon Arnold dominated on the hill, keeping our opponents to 1 run through six innings, the bats came alive. Home runs to Evan LeBlanc, Connar O'Gorman and Matt MacBeth, and Angus Roeger collecting 3 hits of his own saw us notch up 7 impressive runs. Jackson Brebner-Russ sealed the win with two solid innings to complete the game, seeing us victors 7 to 2.

Helped by some defensive blunders by our opponents, a solid pitching effort from Ky Hampton and some timely hitting from LeBlanc and Brebner-Russ, we were able to collect a mid week win the following Tuesday over Golden Grove, 5-1.

Our winning streak continued through our double-header clash versus Southern Districts, the Sunday past. In blustery cold conditions, the boys put in a genuine team effort to take both games, 11 to 5 and 10 to 4, respectively.

Both Damon Arnold and Ky Hampton were solid in their starts on the mound, while Brebner-Russ and Tindall were both effective in relief.

Patient hitting and solid defense were the name of the game in the trying wintery conditions. Highlighted by Harry Knuckey's 5 walks and 3 hits on the day, and the team only earning 1 error for the day.

With four games remaining in the regular season the A grade side finds itself sitting in 3rd place, but with still no certainty to make the top 6. A very important double header this Sunday against 6th placed Adelaide, away at the Plympton trotting track. See you there!

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 11 d Southern Districts 3

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

Southern Districts 8 d Sturt 2

Division 4 (Coach: Mick Trlin)

Sturt 13 d Southern Districts 2

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

BOOM SHAKALAKA a win 6 - 4

And yes after a win this could be a long report as we also completed the full 7 innings, so sit back, take your time and relive the win with us, you may need a beer or two as well.

Top of the first and Simon 'Gangsta' Gooley up first with a hard hit to first who miss fields and the ball ends up at right field for a single, David 'Reg' Lee played as our DH for the day and he flied out to short stop, Don "Wulffy' Wulff hits it hard back to the pitcher who also fumbles and Wulffy is safe, 1st and 2nd occupied and Ben 'Shrek' Colyer line drives to short for our 2nd out, Chris 'Smally' Small hits between 3rd and short stop who fields it too deep to make a play, bases loaded and Glenn "doc' Young up who grounds out to second for side away.

Into the field we head with Rick "Rat" Trembath to the mound, first batter has a blooper that is just out of reach of Smally at 2nd, next batter flies out to Jayke 'Bruce" Wayne at short stop and as the runner at first casually goes back to 1st Bruce throws a bullet to Gangsta for a double play, next batter hits to right field, next flies out to our catcher Doc for side away.

Top 2nd, Chris 'Daisy' day gets safe after an error at SS and then gets to 2nd on a PB, Bruce grounds out to SS, Trent 'Tiny' Small strikes out and Gangsta flies out to centre for side away. Rat back to the mound, first batter hits to left, second flies out to Wulffy at centre, next gets a K2 and the last out is straight back to Rat on the mound for an easy 1-3

Top 3rd, Our DH Reg flies out to centre, Wulffy hits a single to right, Shrek triples to left to score our first, Smally Sac flies to left to score our second run, Doc single to right and Daisy grounds out to the pitcher. Rat again to the mound, first batter hits to left for a single, next batter is a HPB, so after a WP and some stolen bases they have runners at 3rd and 2nd, next batter hits a single to left to score 2 runs and tie the game up, next flies out to Wulffy at centre running in to catch it down low and the runner was never going to get back to make it an easy throw to first for Wulffy, for a double play. Next batter flies out to Shrek at left field.

Top 4 and we are three up and three down, Rat back to the mound for his fourth, first batter singles to right, next singles to centre, then Rat gets a K2, next batter singles to centre to load the bases with 1 out, next batter hits to Shrek who is now at 3rd and he touches his base for the first out and throws to home for Doc to tag the third out and side away. Score still 2 all

Top 5, DH Reg gets safe on a wild throw from SS, Wulffy doubles to centre and Reg only gets to 3rd, must have been driving a B Double around the bases, Shrek flies out to the pitcher, Smally is a K2-3 and Doc grounds out to the pitcher for side away and no score. Rat back for his 5th on the mound and the first batter is a 6-3 ground out, next is a walk followed by a FF3 foul ball caught by Gangsta at first, then a single to short and a fly to Wulffy at centre for side away and no score change.

Top 6th, Mark 'Pop' Burns in for Daisy and he K2's, Bruce Flies out to left field for the second time, Tiny up with 2 out, ball one, strike one, ball two, strike two, foul, foul then ball 3 and 4 for a walk, Gangsta hits a double to centre to score Tiny, Reg hits to 2nd who fumbles and Reg gets safe at second, Gangsta scores on the wild throw, Wulffy hits a triple to score Reg, Shrek hits to 3rd for a wild throw to first and Wulffy scores, Smally hits to left, Doc flies out to right for side away but 4 runs cross the plate for a 6-2 lead. Rat back for the 6th a muffed fly at right and a single to centre buts runners at 1st and 2nd, next batter hits back to Rat who knocks the ball down to get the out at 1st but runners advanced, a wild throw from Bruce at SS scores 2 before we have a fly out at Centre to Wulffy again and a 1-3 from Rat. Score 6 - 4 up

Top 7th and last, Pop is a K2-3, Bruce is a fly out to yes you guessed it left for his third in a row, Tiny gets a walk again with 2 out, Gangsta also gets a walk and we are all thinking runs with 2 out again but Reg put that to sleep with a K2 and Wulffy not happy as he was looking for the Cycle. 3 outs is all that is needed to win and we send Rat back to the mound again for a complete game, a single to left, a single to short and Coach Small is thinking have they worked Rat out, one more batter and then I will change, fly out to Bruce at short for the first out, one more batter then we will change, a K2, OK let him go one more and the best way to finish a fly to Wulffy at center for the win.

Lucky for us we had our biggest crowd out to watch and when we told them we had won they all said 'no not really' but we told them we did and they then celebrated.

As always this year a big Thanks to Carol Burns for scoring for us, it makes writing reports easy.

Now that you have enjoyed the win with us you to can now go and rest as we all did after the game, I did text all the players to see if they wanted to have a few drinks at the local but they were all taking a nap.

Safe Hits: Gangsta 2 (1D), Wulffy 4 from 4 (1D, 1T, 2Singles), Shrek 1 (1T), Smally 2, Doc 1

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 6 - Goodwood 17 Well this weeks game against Goodwood is one we would all like to forget.

It was a tough day for the boys and an even tougher day for the pitchers.

With strikes being called balls, and fair balls being called fouls the baseball gods were not watching over us this week.

A shout out to all the boys this week as we stuck in there and battled through to the end of the game.

Ranford 1 hit
Thompson 1 RBI
Turner 1 hit 1 RBI
Chenoweth 2 hits 1 RBI
Sandor 1 RBI
Anil 1 hit 1 RBI
McKinley 27 balls 43strikes total 70 2ks
Carter 29 balls 15 strikes total 44
Johnston 13 balls 13 strikes total 26 1k

Under 17/1 (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

Southern Districts 1 3 0 0 0 0 - 4
Sturt        2 0 1 5 2 X - 10

A change of venue that suited everybody and a hard fought 10-4 win was the result. Star with the bat today was Nick Borrello going 2 from 3 with 3 RBI's. Not to be outdone Mike Sabatino cracked his first double (and hit) for the season to bring the capacity crowd to their feet.

Top of the first and Dylan had the ball for his first start for the season. Two outs to start with was promising until the Japanese imports (exchange students) got cracking with a single and a double to score one. A safe hit and aggressive running after an errant throw saw Brad Strapps on third and Austin McClure drove him in to score our first run. A line shot up the middle from Nick got him on base and the boys moved Nick around and we led 2-1 after the first.

Souths scored 3 in the second as the Saints wheels threatened to come off, a line drive to centre and too many walks resulted in South's being up 4-3. Full credit to Brad who came in to relieve with bases loaded, two out and with just his first dig of the season struck the batter out. Good work! Two fly outs and we added nothing to the score and trailed 4-2 after two.

Two strike outs and mystery pitcher Brad puts South's back in the field with no addition to the score. A pile of errors from Souths and we score just the one. I say just the one as the pitcher dropped a rain maker, a cracker hit from Josh Wilson went through second bases legs and a wild throw from 5-3 and really we should have scored more. 4-3 down after three innings.

Another change on the mound and Josh Vidale comes in and did the job - just the one hit, one K and most importantly no score. A leadoff double to the inspired Mike, a sac fly from Dylan and a big left field ground regulation double from Joaquin Poskey-Miles scores two more and suddenly we've cracked the game wide open and lead 8-4.

Another strike out from Josh and a delightful throw out at second from catcher Reed Stewart and Souths fail to add to their score. A single from Aussie and a hard line drive single double RBI from Nick and we're cruising at 10-4. Big Josh decides to load the bases before striking out the last two Souths batters and we win 10-4.

Not to get carried away the Souths team was young and if not for some errant in fielding the game would have been much closer.

Batting: Nick 2/3 3RBI's, Joa 1/3 2RBI's, Aussie 1/3 RBI, Dylan 1/3 RBI, Brad 1/1, Mike 1/3,
Pitching: Dylan 1.2IP, 26/62 1K, 3ER's, Brad 1.1 16/28 3K's 0ER, Josh 3.0IP 28/31 5K's 0ER's.

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Mike Garcia)

Woodville 5 d Sturt 1

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Tim McLeod)

Sturt    0 5 0 7 12
GGCD 3 5 0 0 8

The crowd were on their feet for a nail biting finish! Bottom of the 4th, 12 minutes to go, 5-8 down, top of the batting order - and the boys dug deep to add 7 runs to the score book and take the game 12-8!

The weather did its worst but couldn't dampen the spirits of either team that were there to play a great game of baseball. We got rained off midway and thus only managed 4 innings, but what we lost in time both sides made up for with energy.

Austin started on the hill going deep in the count as he battled it out with the lead batter before Tyler stood his ground against a smokin line drive to short on the 9th pitch to give us the 1st out and a taste of the intensity of the game we were in for. Austin kept the pressure up against an aggressive batting side, and the outfield backed him to the hilt; Emil perfectly timed a rainmaker to centre for the second out, and Jack followed at left with a running catch to dispatch the visitors for only 3 runs. The GGCD pitcher started erratically, gifting us 3 walks and dishing out 2Ks, but despite a boomer deep to centre by Nic, singes to Austin, Jamie and Joe and some good base running we just couldn't put it together and were retired scoreless.

Into the second innings and GGCD came out swinging and alas we helped them along the way to another 5 runs with some minor fielding errors before finding our feet. Angus got us the 1st out with a rocket from third, Nic fielded a tricky bounce at second for the 2nd out, and Austin wrapped it up with a K. The bottom of our batting order replied nicely, a single to Tyler, a walk to Seb and a single to Angus and we were on the board! Jack followed up with a walk, and hits to Austin, Jamie, Joe and Nic drove in another 4 runs to make it either side's game at the end of the 2nd innings.

We ramped up the pressure in the third. Jamie took to the hill partnering with Angus behind the dish and we held the visitors scoreless with 3Ks and just one hit. Our turn to bat again and despite singles to Tyler and Angus we couldn't narrow the gap.

Into the fourth dig, a quick look at the clock and we knew we had to hold the visitors in check to stand a chance - and we did! Just one hit, another 2 K's and the play of the match by Joe, stopping a hard hit bouncer down the first base line and we were back in the dugout! The boys had batted and run the bases well all day and in the final innings they finished in style - 7 runs, 2 LOB and none out! Jack got us started with a walk, Austin followed with a single, and a double to Jamie drove in two runs to put us just one behind. Singles to Callum, Lachie, Tyler and Angus drove in 5 more runs and put the finishing touches to a fantastic team effort - well done all!

A big thanks to Angus Catt, Lachie Holland and Callum Finlayson from the 13/1's and to Josh Holland for his help in the dugout and as bat-boy.

Thank you to Sonia for scoring again, Chris Day from the 6's for umpiring and to all the parents that braved the weather and helped pack up after the game.

Hits: Jamie 2 (2b), Tyler 2, Angus 2, Callum, Nic, Lachie
Runs: Jack (2), Jamie (2), Tyler (2), Austin, Callum, Lachie, Emil, Seb, Angus
RBIs: Jamie (3), Angus (3), Austin, Joe, Nic, Callum, Emil, Tyler

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Stan Warrilow)

Win 14 - 1

Cold!! Sure was.

An early start for the team this week as our game was moved from 11.00 to 9.00am.

A bit too early for some including the Angels umpire who slept in (Bad form Cocko !).

Anyway, thanks to Sperl's for filling the gap until another umpire could be found.

Our defence today was solid again with Jack Hutton and Samson Garcia sharing the pitching duties for 3 innings each.

Jack threw 67 pitches for 4K2's, 5 KC's, 4 BB's and 2 hits.

Samson threw 63 pitches for 4 K2's, 1 KC, 4 BB and 2 hits.

Both were well backed up in the field with only 1 error for the day.

Our offence started with a 4 run 1st innings thanks to 3 back to back infield singles by Harry Chaplin, Spencer Warrilow and Jack Hutton and then a massive 3 run bomb by Lachie Seekamp.

We didn't trouble the scorers in the 2nd or 3rd innings as the young Angels pitcher did a good job holding us down, the only hit for these 2 innings was a single to RF by Harry Chaplin.

Locky Holland got the 4th innings away with a single to RF, followed by a single to LF by Spencer Warrilow, and another 3 run bomb to Lachie Seekamp (outstanding).

The flood gates opened in the 5th innings thanks to a line drive to 3B by Samson that the Angels 3rd baseman nearly caught but it was just hit too hard, then a ground ball with eyes by Ryder Mathers, followed by a fantastic 2 strike line drive to LF by Angela Mourtzios (girl power), a double to RF by Locky Holland a walk to Harry, a fielders choice on a hard hit ground ball by Spencer, a double to Jack, a HPB to Lachie Seeks then a ground ball RBI to Callum Finlayson and it was 5 runs thank you very much.

The 6th innings was started by back to back singles to Samson and Ryder, a huge Sac Fly to CF by Angela who was robbed by a super human catch by the Angel in the outfield, another single to Harry, who was thrown out at home by the same Angel outfielder a few minutes after Spencer lined one up the middle and that was all she wrote.

4 0 0 3 5 2 - 14
0 0 0 1 0 0 - 1

A great start with a bit of a lull than a big finish, which was all in all a good win.

Hits - Harry Chaplin, Spencer Warrilow 3, Jack Hutton (2B), Lachie Seekamp (2HR), Samson Garcia, Ryder Mathers, Locky Holland 2, Angela Mourtzios 1

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

Southern Districts 8 d Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) 5

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

Glenelg 4 d Little League Sturt (U11) 0

..:: message posted on Monday the 20th of February, 2017 21:32:42 ::..

Newsletter 13/02/17

We are getting to the pointy end of the season with our Div 1 boys sitting 5th and our Div 2 boys sitting 6th! Our Div 1 boys are playing Golden Grove tomorrow night at Golden Grove

On Friday night we have our Quiz Night with today being the last day to book your spot. See details below in our Diary Dates section!

Diary Dates

The Sturt Junior Presentation Night will be held on Friday 31 March from 6.30 pm with the Senior Presentation Night to be held on Saturday 1 April 2017.

Quiz Night-Friday 17 February 2017- $10 for dinner/tables of 8- bookings essential by 13 February 2017 to Jeff Nicholas on 0419 824 324. 6.15 pm BBQ Dinner for 7 pm start! Download the flyer and use to help get your table together!

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Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt/Asst Coach: Tom Brice)

Sturt 7 d West Torrens 2

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

West Torrens 7 d Sturt 2

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

West Torrens 12 d Sturt 1

Two tough innings made the score line lop-sided. Aussie went well for 3 innings with the score at 1-1. Then the last two innings we let in 11 runs. We need to hit to be in a game. We'll done to Dutchy and Jake who did.

Division 4 (Coach: Mick Trlin)

West Torrens 1, Sturt 1

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Last time we played GGCD at their home ground we lost 14 - 1, this time at our home ground we lost 14 - 2 so we have improved.

We started with Birthday boy Jayke 'Bruce' Wayne on the mound and we held them to 2 runs for the first two innings before they got onto him and they scored the max 7 runs in the 3rd.

Mean time for us we had scored 1 in the 1st inning and 1 in the 2nd and that was all we could muster.

Rick 'Rat' Trembath took over on the bump and GGCD posted another 5 runs over the next 3 innings.

Unfortunately the score shows that there was not to much to write about.

Thanks to Carol Burns for scoring and to Andrew Vidale for umpiring.

Safe Hits: T Small 1 (1D), Wulff 2, C Small 1 (1D), Trembath 1, Colyer 1, Day 1, Burns 1.

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Coach: Matt Chenoweth

Sturt 11 d Woodville 7

With our starting pitcher Prez injured this week and our back up pitcher Jules also out with an injury, we had to call on our experience in the team to help us out on the mound.

Saturday's game saw us come up against bottom of the table Woodville and, although it was a close game of baseball at times, the troops rallied together to get the job done.

We had another good day in the field with some great plays made in the infield and a couple of great catches made out in left field and centre.

A mention to both "Elvis" and "Hoops" this week for doing a great job on the mound and along with "JR" behind the plate, helping us complete seen a number of outs at home.

Hits:
Thompson 2
Turner 3
Daniel 1
Sandor 1
Chenoweth 1
Vidale 1
Gueher 1

RBI
Thompson 2
Wright 1
Turner 3
Sandor 1
Gueher 1

Pitching
Carter 23 B 59 ST 4 K
Total 89 pitches
Thompson 13 B 9 ST 1 K
Total 22 pitches

Under 19 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Heat Rule- No Game

Under 17/1 (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

West Torrens 1 3 0 5 X 9
Sturt        1 0 0 0 1 2

Another Sunday morning and another belting - this time at the hands of West Torrens and again the culprit was the batting. Just the two hits and both came from the bat of Reed Stewart with a double and a single from his two appearances at the plate. At the risk of repetition and stating the obvious you won't win too many games with just two hits.

On a positive note Nick Borrello pitched an excellent three innings with 7 strike outs and Josh Vidale picking up 2 strike outs in his innings of work. Earned runs were 6-1 which was a fairer reflection of the score. The wind was a factor today and our outfield didn't cope with the sprinkling of bleeders that WT managed to get into the game. The opposition pitching was good but it was far from great and we should be doing better.

As usual we had a couple of costly errors that blew the score out. Brain fart throws from the outfield culminating in comedic infield errors resulting in runs to the opposition and raising the blood pressure of the coach which I'm pleased to say he controlled well today.

The less said the better about today and we move on with two more games to go. Thanks again to Deb for scoring and the parents that sat through another very ordinary performance.

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Mike Garcia)

Sturt 16 Adelaide 5

We're getting down to the business end of the season and the boys are finally getting' down to bidness, winning their third on the trot. Today the U15/1s ventured to Weigall Oval to cross the trotting track one last time before the Angels' upcoming major overhaul does away with both the traditional horse training track and sub-standard ball fields, particularly for the juniors.

With the sun shining and a cool, blustery wind blowing out to left the Saints were licking their chops to make the Angels' lair their own piece of Heaven. Zac Becker and Robbie Brennan combined to hold a young Adelaide squad to two hits and two earned runs over five innings while the offense consistently banged away to come home with a wet sail and lock this one in the vault.

After the Angels pushed one across in the bottom of the first on an error and three walks for a 1-0 lead, Sturt clearly stamped its authority answering with six runs in the top of the second inning. Zac led off with a double to right field and a couple walks later Will Jordans continued his late season resurgence from a broken arm with a sharp single to left that drove a run and set the tone for the rest of the afternoon. Sam Stewart then ripped double through the cones in centerfield and a single to Robbie for another two had the bench rocking. Winless Adelaide continued to chip away and after three innings, they had clawed back to within 6-4 to give the Sturt boys a sorely needed wakeup call. To their credit, they answered the call and plated three in the top of the 4th highlighted by Robbie's smashed double to centerfield and a sac fly to Zac. One more to Adelaide in the bottom of the 4th made it 9-5 and like an annoying itch, this mob (is that a harp of Angels?) just wouldn't go away.

Sam opened the top of the 5th by crushing a 3-0 fastball well over the cones in right centerfield for a solo dinger, his first of the year. The floodgates opened from there with a double to centre by Jonas Garcia, a single down the left field line by Robbie, a cracking double to left centre by Will and a single by Ethan Dawson highlights of a seven run 5thto shut St Peter's gates on any thoughts of an upset.

Full credit to a very young Adelaide outfit that battled hard and displayed the highest level of sportsmanship of any opposition team in the comp this year.

Our finals hopes remain intact by the slimmest of margins and all we can do is keep winning to keep those hopes alive over the next couple weeks. One final dose of home cooking coming up this weekend so let's chow down and keep it rolling.

Hits: Robbie Brennan (2B) 3, Sam Stewart (2B, HR), Will Jordans (2B) 2 each, Zac Becker (2B), Jonas Garcia (2B), Ethan Dawson 1 each

RBI: Robbie Brennan 4, Sam Stewart, Jonas Garcia 3 each, Will Jordans 2, Luke Warburton, Zac Becker, Ethan Dawson 1 each

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Tim McLeod)

U15/2 - Sturt 11 d Kensington 4

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Stan Warrilow)

Win 22 - 3

The score says it all, a big win although expected but you still have to apply yourselves and get the job done.

Harry Chaplin started on the hill and was outstanding for 3 excellent innings of work. Harry threw hard and commanded the strike zone finishing with 8 strikeouts, 2 walks and 1 hit for his 54 pitches.

Spencer Warrilow took over and pitched the last 3 innings, his first innings took a while to get going and the Dodgers put up 3 runs thanks to a few walks and a nice hit, but once he found his groove Spencer took control and shut them out for the rest of the game finishing with 7 strikeouts, 5 walks and 2 hits. For his 78 pitches, (not bad after throwing 44 in his 1st innings).

It was nice to see some infield plays to keep the field in the game as well.

Our offence was great as our first 5 hitters all picked up at least 2 hits each.

We scored 4 runs in the first innings, thanks to Angus Catt, Spencer Warrilow, Lachie Seekamp and Callum Finlayson all hitting safely and a HPB to Jack Hutton and a walk to Ryder Mathers (his 1st of 4 for the day).

The 2nd innings started with a HPB to Angela Mourtzios, a walk to Angus, a single to Spencer, a walk to Jack, a hit to Lachie, another walk to Harry and Ryder than Callum hit safely to bat in our 5th run.

The 3rd started again with Angela picking a walk, then Angus doubled, Spencer singled and scored on a Jack Hutton sacrifice fly after moving around the bases thanks to some sloppy defence by the Dodgers, Lachie S. walked then a safe hit by Harry, a walk by Locky H and a HPB to Ryder. We finished the 3rd with 5 runs thanks to another great 2 strike hitting the ball into play effort from Callum who batted in Harry thanks to a ground ball to 2B.

The 4th innings was led off by a walk to Samson who had returned after filling in for the Dodgers ( 7 players), then a couple of nice plays to the Dodgers and we were 2 out and it looked like we might not trouble the scorers. Once again though I shouldn't have worried as big Jack sent one deep over the LF cones to score 2.

The 5th started with a single to Harry, followed by back to back walks to Locky H. and Ryder, then an error by the Dodgers 2nd baseman saw Callum reach 1st base, a crushing double to centre right by Samson that was sooooooo close to being a home run was followed by a walk to Angus, then Spencer then lined one to left centre but due to the Dodgers only having 2 outfielders it went straight to the fielder who almost made a nice catch but couldn't quite hold onto it, then big Jack singled to LF and it was 5 runs and the end of the innings thank you very much.

The 6th innings saw us score 1 more run thanks to a lead off single to Harry, back to back walks to Locky H. and Ryder and another RBI to Callum who once again with 2 strikes came up with another ground ball to 2B to score the run.

15 hits for the day, along with 14 walks, 3 HPB and only 4 strikeouts tells me that we are being a lot more patient in the box and doing much better with our 2 strike hitting.

Lets keep improving guys and gals as we look forward to playing finals in a couple of weeks.

Hits - Spencer Warrilow, Harry Chaplin 3, Angus Catt, Jack Hutton (HR), Lachie Seekamp, Callum Finlayson (2B) 2, and Samson Garcia (2B) 1

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

Glenelg 14 d Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) 13

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

STURT 9- Hawks 6

Another great win by us sturt boys down in the south. From the first pitch to the last the boys we're ready to swing the bats hard and running the bases as fast as they could. Everyone made it to the bases with everyone having great at bats. To the pitchers there we're some great things to look at with Kale coming in with bases loaded and not letting them score and then doing it again in the next innings. Zac threw his heart out with great strikes to balls ratio. Josh.A. did try his best but couldn't quiet get out of his innings, it's been a long road to recovery for you please keep your chin up. Fielding today was one of those days where not much came out to the boys but when it did things looked good. Boys not many games left so please come to the last ones ready for baseball and lets have some fun.

PITCHERS

STRIKES

BALLS

Z.ALTAMURA

25

13

J.ALTAMURA

14

13

K.MATTEWS-HAMPTON

22

21



HITS
Z.ALTAMURA 2
K.MATTEWS-HAMPTON 2
J. JESSEN-MERLIN 1
J.HOLLAND 1

..:: message posted on Monday the 13th of February, 2017 21:46:34 ::..

Newsletter 06/02/17

As we enter a week of forecast hot weather, please note that if the forecast temperature is 37 at 6 pm the night prior to training or a game the following will apply this week for juniors: Wednesday 41C - U19's cancelled, Thursday 39C- all junior training cancelled,Friday 39C - teeball cancelled, Saturday 37C - juniors need parent permission to play senior baseball and at this stage Sunday is forecast for 28 so all junior games should proceed as scheduled.

Full details and information on Senior restrictions is available is available for download. The only change to the document is that the forecast to look at is the one at 6 pm the night before and not 7.00 am on the day. This change was made to assist country players make travel arrangements.

Diary Dates

The Sturt Junior Presentation Night will be held on Friday 31 March from 6.30 pm with the Senior Presentation Night to be held on Saturday 1 April 2017.

Quiz Night-Friday 17 February 2017- $10 for dinner/tables of 8- bookings essential by 13 February 2017 to Jeff Nicholas on 0419 824 324. 6.15 pm BBQ Dinner for 7 pm start! Download the flyer and use to help get your table together!

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

Sponsors

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

Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt/Asst Coach: Tom Brice)

Glenelg 7 d Sturt 1

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt Division 2 lost to Glenelg 7-1

Well not a whole lot to say about this one, but we were just beaten by a better side.

The game started positively for us with Jayden Trembath getting a great 6 pitch hit to left field to lead of the game, through walks and a couple of errors we were able to load the bases with one out. Unfortunately we were unable to score. Glenelg then went on to score 3 in the bottom of the first and they never looked back.

Josh Tindall started and threw the complete game, he battled a little but in the end did a fair job and would be better for the blow out.

Are hitting and fielding weren't up to the high standards we set for ourselves and ultimately against good sides you can't afford to be off even just slightly.

We look for to getting a few players back this week as we have another massive challange against top side West Torrens.

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

A tough outing for the boys going down 13-1 to Glenelg. A good effort from all pitchers, Bretty, Powellos and The Moose Cannon.

A lead of hit to Strapps was a positive start, this was followed by a hit from Dutchy and a double from Mick giving us our one run.

From this point Glenelg hit very well.

A big chance next week boys, so get prepared.

Division 4 (Coach: Mick Trlin)

Sturt 9 d Glenelg 2

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt 15 def Playford City 10

We're not complaining about the long drive to Playford City because those guys make long drives every 2nd week. However, we were worried after getting there that we might not even get a game in due to the rain, but in the end the rain stopped just before game time and we got the full 7 innings in.

Between injuries and work / social commitments, we had only 6 of the usuals available for the game, no scorer, and no coach. Thanks to Chris (Skinny) Sandor, Peter (Mutzy) Mourtzios, and Dennis (Wrongy) Wright who filled in more than admirably…………and helped to bring down the average age of the team!!!!!! Thanks also to old man Moutzy (Louis) for scoring. He did a great job as evident by the fact he had us in front at the end of the game:)

It was a game where everyone contributed. Pop had 3 hits as lead off batter and made a super catch at 2nd, Wallace (Gromit) filled in as catcher for the whole game and picked up 4 hits. Jayke (Bruce) Wayne pitched 3 good innings and got a couple of hits. Daisy, fresh off the ski slopes of California, had 2, maybe 4, hits and 5 rbi's. Rick (Rat) pitched 4 innings and also got a hit.

We had 21 hits as a team with everyone getting at least 1 hit or 1 rbi. The 3 fill ins all contributed with Skinny and Moutzy making some good stops in the outfield as well as having quality at bats. The star rookie, however, had to be Wrongy as he had 5 hits, 3 rbi's and made some good plays at 1st base.

After a number of disappointing losses this year it was good to get back in the winners circle!

(Guest writer: Don Wulff)

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 7 - Glenelg Tigers 10 - Coach - (Matt Chenoweth)

Saturday's game seen three of the Div 7 boys heading up to Playford to help out the Div 6 lads and we scraped together enough players to fill a team against 9th position the Glenelg Tigers.

The game went back and forth for the best part with a close game of baseball between both teams and it really could have gone either way right up to the last innings.

We had some fantastic fielding in the out field with " Philthy " Phil Martin with a couple of great catches along with Jules not letting anything past him at Center field.

We found our self with bases loaded and zero outs on multiple occasions but unfortunately we just couldn't bring the runs in.

Prez was solid on the mound again pitching a full game and it was great to have JR back behind the plate.

We are currently sitting two games out the finals with three games to go and are hopeful that finals are still within reach.

A thank you to Fame for umpiring and Heather for scoring.

Ranford 2 hits
Martin 1 hit
Stevens 1 RBI
Turner 1 hit
Chenoweth 2 hits
McKinley 1 hit 2 RBI
Anil 1 hit
Guehrer 1 hit 2 RBI

McKinley 32 balls 65 strikes 87 total with 4 ks

Under 19 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

A pleasant Wednesday evening at the Bay and a hard fought 5-3 win was the final result to the visitors.

After battling for playing numbers over the past few weeks a cast of thousands (twelve players) flocked in all wanting a piece of the action. With close to the strongest team we have fielded this season the coaching staff was optimistic of reversing a last innings lost the last time we played. Coach Macbeth took charge and away we went.

The first opened with 3 up and 3 down and just 12 pitches we were into the field for the first time. Aussie took the mound and two hits and 22 pitches including an average call on 0-2 that resulted in a massive double and the Bays led 1-0 after one.

Sadly our second innings was as woeful as the first, two strike outs and a runner thrown out at second and we were back in the field with no addition to the score. With the sun playing havoc with the outfield a towering shot to centrefield resulted in another run and the Bays edged along leading 2-0.

A flare to left field from Brodie was our only earned visit to the bases for the third innings. Back in the field, three walks and loaded bases saw a change on the mound and Damo relieve. Damo started rather unconvincingly with four bouncers (not quite but close) and the Bays scored another. Damo then put the foot down and two strike outs later we return to the dugout trailing 3 - 0.

A compulsory change to the mound by the Bays and four walks later we score our first run. A hit to Shaun and an RBI to Liam and we've tied the score 3-3. Back in the field a single to right field results in the most unlikely 9-6 with a Joa throw gunning the runner out at second. Play of the day and with that the momentum changed, a pop fly to short taken deep by Mitch and another Damo strike out and the score remained 3-3.

Top of the 4th: A centrefield single to Damo, a walk to Mitch, a wild pitch and we have runners on second and third with two out. Tyson hit a routine grounder to third and a wild throw combined with a terrific run from second by Mitch puts us into the lead 5-3. Bottom of the fourth and just eleven pitches and a strike out from Brodie and the Bays are back in the field trailing 5-3.

And the sixth innings saw no addition to the score and Mitch closed out with just 11 pitches and the boys won 5-3.

Not one for the ages but a win nonetheless. Thanks to Penny for coming out to score even though Simon the Slicer was unavailable.

Final game for the U19's this coming Wednesday.

Under 17/1 (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

Glenelg 2 0 1 1 5 X 9
Sturt     0 1 0 0 0 0 1

The joys of having multiple grounds were in abundance at the Bay on Sunday. With humidity at 100% and torrential rain forecast we played on the back diamond next to the Pat. No complaints about that and no complaints about copping a 9-1 belting by the top of the table Glenelg.

We led off brightly with a line drive single to Liam after an excellent 8 pitch at bat to get a runner on with the top of the order to come. A double play and a regulation ground ball to second and we took the field with just 3 additional pitches thrown. Aussie took the mound and a first pitch strike followed by a K and the boys were ripping the ball around. That's where the story stops. A 7 pitch walk, two singles through the gap and Glenelg led 2-0 after one.

A walk and very intelligent base running from Harry scored one but the struggle continued in the batter's box with no one else getting on base. Another first up strike out was the start we needed but two walks later a change on the hill and Liam came into pitch and induced two fly outs and the score remained 1-2.

The batting woes continued into the third with just a walk to Joel our only visit to the bases. Liam continued well on the mound and if wasn't for an errant throw and some brain dead fielding Glenelg wouldn't have added to the score but they did - 1-3.

Top of the 4th: A double to Reed and a single to Dylan and we had runners on the corners. A foul pop fly on a steal attempt results in a second double play and we make no addition to the score. Two drives up the centre and a big double to left scores another for Glenelg - 1-4

Nothing changed in the 5th and we're three up and three down. Dylan comes into pitch and a couple of hits and a line drive missed at 3rd and the Bays score 5 to take an assailable lead 9-1 with one innings remaining. We got one more go and you guessed it - three up and three down again and we lost 9-1.

Positives today - the pitching and fielding were just ok with just a couple of blues being expensive with the earned run score being 4-1 but walks were 7-3 which is way too many. Generally if you score just the one run the rest doesn't matter and today the batting couldn't find a gap. We hit into two double plays, had just 3 safe hits and on a positive note recorded just the 3 strike outs. Glenelg found the gaps, capitalised on our errors and won the hits 9-3 and that was basically the ball game.

Thank you to Deb for another marvellous effort with the scorebook and to the weather gods for being kind.

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Mike Garcia)

Round 14: Sturt 12 Northern Districts 5

Against all odds facing up to the Weather Gods, the game on Sunday at Norman Reserve came off with narry a hitch with the Saints bursting out of the gate to take a 12-0 lead and cruise home for back-to-back victories this week. Truly a great team effort as all reached based and eight of the nine starters hit safely against a pitching attack that was clearly in the development phase.

Jonas was a standout today throwing 3 1/3 solid innings of work and backing that up with the stick adding 2 singles and a walk in three plate appearances. Our fielding is returning to the high standard set early in the season with Zac making a couple nice plays from third, Robbie solid at first with some long stretches and Sam looking better behind the plate. Seb Steel took two very sweet catches in centre and looks to have declared that position his own. Joel Wilson wisely ignored the coaches' pleas to play shallow and took a beautiful grab just inside the left field cones to snuff out a Reds attack in the top of the second.

Generally a good game all around in tough conditions that builds further late season momentum. Thanks today to Theresa Warburton for yet another spectacularly awesome scorebook and the crack grounds crew that worked to get the field playable pregame and pack up in soupy conditions after the game.

Hits: Robbie Brennan 2 (2B), Jonas Garcia 2, Sam Stewart (2B), Zac Becker , Ethan Dawson (2B), Joel Wilson, Will Jordans, Seb Steel 1 each

RBI: Robbie Brennan, Zac Becker, Seb Steel 2 each, Ethan Dawson, Jonas Garcia, Luke Warburton, Will Jordans 1 each

Round 12: Sturt 10 Southern Districts 7

Playing a rare Thursday night encounter, the boys scraped off layers of summer break rust to down the third place Southern Districts Hawks before a massive crowd on a perfect night at Norman Reserve. After a good warmup the Saints played to their potential at the plate and in the field for one of the few times in what has been a frustrating season. Clearly, bringing Coach Warby on to the bench and barring the team manager from the dugout lifted the baseball brains trust substantially. Having the bulk of the Division 1 and 2 players and coaches stick around to support the boys was really appreciated and provided inspiration to do well.

After the Hawks jumped out to a 2 run lead in the top of the first, the Saints took advantage of a couple errors, 2 hit batsmen and a double by Zac Becker to tie the score and send a message they were here to battle. The Hawks responded turning 4 walks and a single into 2 more runs in the top of the second.

Sturt took control in the bottom of the 3rd with Will Jordans igniting a two out rally with a walk followed by 5 straight hits to Sam, Ethan, Jonas, Robbie and Zac that pushed 4 across the plate for a 6-4 Sturt lead. Small ball ruled with the Saints turning two singles, two walks and another hit batsman into 3 runs in the bottom of the third to establish a game winning break. The Hawks scored three in the final inning but fell short to send the crowd of Sturt loyalists home happy. A great club night and a great way to resume after the long break to keep our finals hopes alive, albeit on life support.

Hits: Zac Becker 2 (2B), Robbie Brennan 2, Jonas Garcia (2B), Sam Stewart, Ethan Dawson, Joel Wilson 1 each

RBI: Robbie Brennan, Ethan Dawson 3 each, Jonas Garcia 2, Zac Becker 1

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Tim McLeod)

Tuesday: Sturt 4/ Henley Grange 4

All the boys were pumped to play finally after the break. A welcome to a new player Seb Warr, and welcome back Lachlan Hammond.

Everyone wanted to contribute to the game and it started with Austin Parkinson on the hill, who threw a fantastic game of 63 itches and 38 of them strikes. Jake Mossman had another solid game behind the plate, Lachlan was fantastic at first for the first time, Tyler Stephens put in a performance at second, but I have to say every single player kept the pressure on and gave all, for the whole game, both with the bat and the ball. Very happy to see the guys not give up and score one more to get the draw. Thanks to everyone who helped on the night, scoring, coaching and supporting. Well done boys!

Sunday: Sturt 4 lost to Henley Grange Gold 8

It was a wet day, but that didn't stop the lads from being pumped after Tuesday's performance, to give one of the top teams a crack, and I must say a fantastic game was witnessed by us. Jamie Vidale started the pitching, putting in another solid performance and his first at bat was a 2 run home run. From this the pressure was on and every single player kept it on. Lachlans defence at first was great and with the bat solid. But we will miss him for the rest of the season, breaking his hand again. Jake showed great catching and base running. Seb, Nic and Jack in outfield were always talking and ready. Tyler, Joe and Jamie were solid in the infield. Then it happened....the big boys of HG put their car keys down, shaved (they were big boys), and did what they are known for and hit 3 home runs, scoring 6, to win the game by 4. Not once did our boys hang their heads and all of the time encouraging each other and thinking we almost had them. Thanks again for the help scoring, raking and assisting on the day. Fantastic performance.

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Stan Warrilow)

Win 7 - 0

A great win considering we were looking at another cancelled game due to the weather.

A soggy ET ground performed pretty well under the circumstances and our defence held up in what was a tight affair until the 5th innings.

Angus Catt pitched 2 great innings, followed by Samson Garcia for another great 2 innings and then Jack Hutton finished off as we combined for a NO HITTER!

ET managed 2 walks in 5 innings thanks to some great defence and the already mentioned pitching effort.

We didn't trouble the scorers in the 1st innings and only reached on a couple of walks. In the 2nd innings we managed to score 1 run on 1 walk, 2 HPB and a base hit up the middle from Angus Catt.

In the 3rd it was 3 up 3 down and things were very tight. I shouldn't have worried though as the 4th innings started with 4 straight walks to score our 2nd run, followed by a strike out, then a great sacrifice fly to LF by Lachie Seekamp to score our 3nd run and a base hit up the middle by Harry Chaplin to score 2 more.

Just when you thought we were done for the 4th innings, up to bat comes Samson Garcia and launches a missile into the swimming centre for a 2 run bomb! It's a shame only 1 of the runs counted but that's the rule.

The 5th innings was particularly pleasing for me as coach because we "manufactured" another run with some great TEAM baseball. Ryder Mathers laid down a perfect bunt with runners on 1st and 2nd and none out to move them over to 2nd and 3rd. Then Angus Catt hit a ground ball to 2nd base to score the run. Little things like that will help us go deep into finals and are very important.

The 6th innings was highlighted by a double down the LF line by Lachie Seekamp, we didn't trouble the scorers though.

I guess ET had had enough and decided to "phone home" as the umpire called time and game and that was all she wrote.

Hits Angus Catt, Lachie Seekamp (2B), Harry Chaplin, Samson Garcia (HR) & Angela Mourtzios all 1 each.

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

Henley & Grange 11 d Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) 8

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

Bye

..:: message posted on Monday the 6th of February, 2017 20:23:09 ::..

Newsletter 30/01/17

It was a big weekend for our players in the Bite. Ky Hampton made his debut on the mound and was featured in today's Advertiser. Warren Partland from the Advertiser wrote that "Ky showed tremendous confidence and composure. Ky turned 16 last month and failed to cough up a run in almost two innings, while also having one strikeout." Angus Roeger led off the batting with his 150 th game for the Bite. Mitch Lightbody and Corman O'Gorman were also in the starting line up. Congratulations to all our boys.

The Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, are in the playoffs for a third straight season.

We'd love to see Adelaide Shores Baseball Complex packed for Game 1 of our 2017 Preliminary Final Series will be played at the Adelaide Shores Baseball Complex.

First pitch is at 7:00PM with gates opening at 5:30PM on Friday 3 February. Tickets are now available for purchase online.

Please note that U18 Baseball memberships will not be accepted.

As you would expect the ticketing structure has changed slightly for the playoffs. Here is a breakdown of ticket categories:

Home Plate Reserved ($35 adults, $30 concession, $25 kids): These are reserved and assigned seats directly behind home plate under cover. Many members sit in this stand but it is open to the public.

Grandstand General Admission ($25 adults, $20 concession, $15 kids): These are seats on the first base and third base line located in the grandstand. These are unassigned seats but guarantee you a spot in the grandstands.

General Admission ($15 adults, $10 concession, $5 kids): Bring a lawn chair or a picnic basket! You can sit on any of the blue bleachers or find a spot on the home run hill and the grass around the grounds.

At home on Saturday I was delighted to receive the Active Club Grant Certificate for $17,285 to assist us erect our batting cages from our local member Martin Hamilton Smith. The Club greatly appreciates the support of the the Office for Recreation and Sport. Without their support this project would not have been able to be completed. Martin also did a great job of throwing the opening pitch!

On Sunday the heat rule meant that all junior games were cancelled.

Diary Dates

The Sturt Junior Presentation Night will be held on Friday 31 March from 6.30 pm with the Senior Presentation Night to be held on Saturday 1 April 2017.

Quiz Night-Friday 17 February 2017- $10 for dinner/tables of 8- bookings essential by 13 February 2017 to Jeff Nicholas on 0419 824 324. 6.15 pm BBQ Dinner for 7 pm start! Download the flyer and use to help get your table together!

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

Sponsors

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

Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt/Asst Coach: Tom Brice)

Tuesday, 24th of January was the evening we took on Woodville for the third time this year. Finishing with a flurry of runs resulted in our third win against last year's grand final runners up.

Damon Arnold took to the mound for his first A grade start of the season. Relinquishing only one run in the 3rd inning, the young gun was near perfect all other innings, taking the team through the 6th inning. After a slow start with the bats, the 4th inning saw them come alive with hits to LeBlanc and Brice, before the game was blown open by a three run bomb to Brebner-Russ.

Three more runs were scored in the bottom of the 6th, to see

Jackson Brebner-Russ handed the ball to throw the 7th, with a 6 to 1 scoreline. He did so with a clean slate to chalk up another victory to the Saints.

Sunday saw the A grade side take on Kensington. The team battled hard but were unable to get across the line, going down 7-5.

Scoring four times in the first three inning, Kensington were quick out of the blocks. After another two runs, Josh Tindall, was replaced by none other than Tuesday's top performer, Damon Arnold, in the 4th.

Through patient at bats and a little help from Kensington's defence, the boys were able to claw their way back into the game. Score, 6-5.

Another great job on the mound from Damon, holding Kensington to one run through the following 4 innings gave the team a sniff.

Unable to trouble the scorers in the final two innings the two run deficit remained, handing us our second loss of 2017, 7-5.

With a bye this Tuesday, our next game will be played at 4pm this Saturday @ Glenelg. See you there!

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 7 d Kensington 6

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

STURT 14 d Kensington 2

On the weekend we had a great team WIN with everyone doing the little things and look what happened, we know we are not looking to play finals but this just shows how much pride the men take in their game and wear their hearts on their sleeves. Stand outs for the day were A.Harvey hitting 4/5 at bats with 3 RBI and not letting anything past him at short stop. M.Trlin pitching 2 2/3 innings for 39 pitchers and M.Richmond with 3 RBI .

With the guys in the outfield they backed each other up to make some great plays and not letting them get to many extra bases. Could not be happier with this game glad we put a full game together and look forward to next week to see how we turn out against the top 4 side.

THANKS SUE MULRYAN. .......

HITS
A.Harvey 4
J.Holland 3
J.Powell 2
B.Mulryan 2
B.Strapps 1
M.Trlin 1
M . Richmond 1
A.Hill 1

Division 4 (Coach: Mick Trlin)

Sturt 9 d Kensington 2

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Henley & Grange 14 d Sturt 13

We traveled to H&G for an 11 o'clock start on a beautiful day for baseball.

Things did not start well at the home plate coaches visit and I should have known it was going to be a bad day but that is baseball and sometimes you have to play against 10 when you are the away team, but on the other hand we did hand H&G the win with some unforced errors.

We started of with 5 runs in our first at bat with some great hitting and then we sent Don 'Wulffy' Wulff to the mound, unfortunately Wulffy was not getting the usual calls as the zone came into an 'A grade zone' but H&G did hit it when it was there and they scored the maximum 7 runs.

In the 2nd we got another 2 runs to tie the game up with a couple of walks and a double by David 'Reg' Lee. With Wulffy not getting the calls we changed to Trent 'Tiny' Small and even though he gave up 2 walks and a HPB he also got a F1, KC and a K2 for no runs scored to make it 7 all.

In the 3rd we had the donut three up and down, Tiny was done so we went to Glenn 'Doc' Young and he gave up 2 runs to make it 9 - 7 after 3.

In the 4th with some hits we managed to get 3 across the line before side away again with a lovely double from Travis 'Huey' Lewis. Doc still on the mound we gave up 2 to be 11 - 10 down.

With time running out we needed to get 1 to force them to bat and 2 to give us a chance so we went out and made 3 to be 13 - 11 up and three outs for the win. H&G first batter had a single to left and on the throw in which went wild he tried to go to second only to be tagged out and then thrown out of the game, one out two to go. Next had a walk, then a safe hit to left, so with runners on 2nd and 3rd we had a K2 and Tiny tried to throw the runner out at 3rd with 2 out for an error and the runner scored. Still up we had a muffed fly between 2nd and SS and they tied it up, then they had a hit to centre for the winning run to cross the plate and game called.

One of those loses you hate and another game we should have won but didn't.

Thanks to Chris Sandor from Div 7 for coming out and helping us.

Safe hits: T Small 2 (1D), Gooley 2, Wulff 3 (1D), Lewis 2 (1D), Lee 3 (1D), Young 1, Sandor 1

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Gawler 11 d Sturt 5

A tough road trip against a tough opponent for a tough loss.

We have never previously lost to Gawler, but they have found a new pitcher who was very hard to hit. We kept things tight until we start to wilt in the sun, and things got away from us in the end.

Hats off to Prez for another great pitching effort and to Elvis behind the dish. It was good to have Roger back from India, although I'm not sure he thought so as he took a fast ball straight in the ribs...!

Thanks to Heather for scoring and to the lads for keeping their heads up.

Hits: Sanders 1 (2 RBI), Martin 2 (1), Vidale 2

Pitching: McKinley 34/78 9ks

Under 19 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Sturt 8 d Goodwood 3

..:: message posted on Monday the 30th of January, 2017 20:51:27 ::..

Quiz Night- request for prizes

The Sturt Baseball Club Quiz Night will be held on Friday 17 February 2017. Further details will be available shortly but please save the date! In addition the club is asking for the donation of prizes from any of you who run businesses and can spare us a prize! Please contact our please contact our Sponsorship Manager Jeff Nicholas on 0419 824 324.if  you can help!

..:: message posted on Monday the 23rd of January, 2017 22:53:01 ::..

Newsletter 24/01/17

Welcome back to our junior teams who commenced this weekend!

Congratulations to Jonas Garcia and Robbie Brennan from Sturt's U15s who were selected in the Adelaide Waves team and participated in the state tournament this weekend. The Waves beat the Pirates in all three games. Congratulations to the Waves, State Champions! Visit our Facebook page for their photo!

This coming Saturday our Div 1 and 2 boys will be playing at home before the Div 1 game which is due to commence at 4 pm the Hon Martin Hamilton Smith our local member with be presenting our Active Club Grant certificate for $17,285 to contribute to the cost of the erection of our batting cages. Without the support of the Department of Recreation and Sport we would not have been able to build the batting cages. Please make every effort to attend the club on Saturday to cheer on our boys and also to be there for the presentation!

Diary Dates

The Sturt Junior Presentation Night will be held on Friday 31 March from 6.30 pm with the Senior Presentation Night to be held on Saturday 1 April 2017.

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

Sponsors

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

Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt/Asst Coach: Tom Brice)

Sturt 11 d Northern Districts 0

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

B grade lost to Northern Districts 10-7

Well not a whole lot to write home about with this one, we were just beaten by a better side and one that probably wanted it more than us.

Brodie MacBeth once again started on the hill and it was a little bit of a battle for him this week, however he persisted and did a good job. Josh Tindall then finished of the game.

It was a tale of two halves when it came to the hitting, we came out well with a 5 run second inning which saw some very good 2 strike hitting from Alex Hopton, Reed Stewart, Aussie McClure and Adam Kerr and other quality 2 strike 2 out clutch hit from Tyson Ottaway in the 3rd to score a run. However that's were it stopped and the hitting and quality of At Bats dropped off.

A game that has been and gone now and we move on and re group and we take on Kensies this Saturday at home.

Hits.. Trembath, Faehse, Ottaway, Hopton, McClure, Stewart. All 1

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

North 5 d Sturt 0

With a good win under our belt from last week we were hungry for another one but we just couldn't get the bats working for us today. Austin was fantastic on the hill throwing his heart out there going five innings great outing.

Shane finished the last two innings with his solid side arm thing even though he couldn't see without his glasses.

Was happy that we didn't give up any errors for the day so keep it up guys wheres always next week!

Division 4 (Coach: Mick Trlin)

Sturt 19 d Northern Districts 2

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Well it was like Christmas I had to check my list twice and on Friday morning I had 12 players

By Friday night when I checked my list again I was down to 11 with Mark 'Pop' Burns out due to work.

Saturday morning rolls around and I get an early wake up text, Glenn 'Doc' Young out due to work, down to 10 but still ok.

With an hour and a half to go another text, Simon 'Gangsta' Gooley out, work broken into and he had to go in. Down to the bare 9!

1 hour to go and another text rolls in, Jayke 'Bruce' Wayne out sick.

What happened to my Christmas list, obviously all the naughty boys were not allowed to play.

Quick phone call to Phil 'Philthy' Martin and with half hour before game Philthy turns up to make the bare 9 again. Please no injuries.

Unfortunately the injuries did happen but they just had to play through the pain, Ben 'Shrek' Colyer catching did his back and Kris 'Krispy' McArdle did a driver.

In the first we make one from a lovely double to Krispy before side away. Don 'Wulffy' Wulff to the mound, A K2-3, then a double play and the Tigers have a donut.

In the second we get another run, our bats are awake. Tigers have another donut after another double play from us.

In the third our bats start to go quiet and we put up donuts for the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th innings while the Tigers start to put runs on the board. Why because we started to make errors and they are what hurt us in the end.

We managed to hold to hold the Tigers scoreless in the 7th with the score being 2 - 6 down, 5 runs to win or 4 for the draw, unfortunately we only managed 2 for a final score of 6 - 4 down.

Wulffy pitched the whole 7 innings which we completed in 97 minutes, we play 120 minutes or 7 innings.

Thanks to Carol Burns again for scoring even though Pop did not play, Thanks to Adrian 'Fame' Hill for umpiring and to our supporters for coming out.

Safe Hits: McArdle 2 (1D), Colyer 1, Wulff 1 (1D), Small C 1, Small T 1, Pettman 1

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Written by guest Coach Matt 'Chewy' Chenoweth.

Sturt 3 loss to East Torrens 7

The boys were up and about on Saturday knowing a win could see them jump from 8th position on the ladder into the top 5.

East Torrens got off to a fast start scoring four of their seven runs in the first two digs.

Following that the boys played a fantastic defensive game keeping the Red Sox to just a further three runs for the rest of the game.

Prez once again pitched a fantastic full game with the infield giving him some great support and "Hoops" once again having a day out behind the plate.

A long with a couple of great catches in the out field to "Tangles" and the "Colonel" the boys had a great day in the field.

With 10 minutes to play in the game we were four runs down and sending the Red Sox into bat.

We were successful with three outs in four minutes which meant we had the opportunity to have another bat and take the game into the last inning.

We started off with "Mutzi" leading us off with a fantastic hit to left field and before you knew it we were bases loaded with no outs.

Unfortunately the fairytale ended there and we fell short with the bat.

It was a great game to all involved and a thank you to Heather for scoring.

Batting - Thompson 1 hit
Stevens 2 hits 2 RBI
Martin 1hit
Turner 1hit 1 RBI
Mourtzios 1 hit

Pitching
McKinley 21 balls 77 strikes 2k's

Under 19 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Sturt 11 d Adelaide 3

Under 17/1 (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

Sturt       7 0 7 0 7 21
Northern Districts 1 0 2 0 3

Reed Stewart birthday edition:

An emphatic trouncing of an inexperienced Northern Districts was the final result on a warm sunny Sunday afternoon at Ingle Farm. First game back after the break and the boys were keen to give Reed a birthday present to celebrate his sweet 16. Getting out of the blocks and scoring 7 in the first, keeping the bats swinging and running out very comfortable 21-3 winners to give Reed a nice present.

What was most pleasing to day is that we swung the bats and got the results- it was a team effort - 13 hits and 12 free passes versus one hit and seven walks tells the story. Having a day out was Austin McClure going 3 hits from 3 at bats and a lazy four RBI's.

Excellent support came from Josh Vidale 2 from 2 and 2 RBI's, Joaquin Poskey-Miles 2 from 2 and RBI, Liam Lucas 2 from 4 and 2 RBI's, Nick Borello 1 from 2 and 3 RBI's, birthday boy Reed Stewart 1 from 2 and 2 RBI's, Josh Wilson 1 from 2 and two RBI's, and Dylan Hopgood 1 from one and an RBI as well.

An entire team contribution with the bat and it showed.

Not to be outdone both pitchers delivered when it mattered. Liam 2IP, 1H 1ER and 3K's and All Australian U18 softballer Dylan 2IP 0H 0ER and 5K's did the job when the field didn't. Highlight in the field was a double play from shortstop Aussie taking a pop fly deep behind second base and gunning the runner down at home with the assistance of Mr Reliable Reed Stewart. Mike Sabatino's catch in left field deserves a mentioned for unorthodox technique that got the result - that time anyway!

5 games to go and a chance to turn our season into a positive one. 3 wins 6 losses and 2 draws, not too outrageous to think we can shape the finals race over the coming weeks. Last five weeks of junior baseball for a few players and it is a milestone in a young man's life. Let's give it a crack.

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Mike Garcia)

No game this weekend

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Tim McLeod)

No game this weekend

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Stan Warrilow)

Win 18 - 6

After a well earned break it was good to be back out on the park playing again.

Jack Hutton started on the hill and pitched 4 outstanding innings, giving up no hits and striking out all that came before him. Jack finished with 12 K's, 4 BB and a HPB. The Hawks had no answer for his pitching today.

Spencer Warrilow pitched the last 2 innings, and did a good job. He battled hard on the hill and finished with 3 hits, 3 K's, 2 BB and a HPB.

I think we were all a bit rusty and our energy levels and concentration can and will lift, as we looked pretty ordinary in the field for the last couple of innings.

Our hitting was great today as we picked up 14 hits and 10 BB's. We scored 5 runs in the 1st, 1 in the 2nd, 5 in the 3rd, 2 in the 5th and 5 in the 6th.

Lachie Seekamp had a day out with 4 hits including a Home Run, Angela Mourtzios had a day out too picking up 2 hits after training hard during the break and working on her hitting. Ryder Mathers took a great catch in RF to end the 5th innings and Jack Hutton finished off our last innings with a monster shot down the LF line that cleared the fence by at least 50 feet.

I say this every week, and today was no different we can improve and need to improve if we are going to be a serious threat to the better teams.

All I ask is for each player to concentrate for 2 hours during the game and I believe we can beat anyone.

Hits - Lachie Seekamp 4 (HR), Angus Catt 3, Jack Hutton 2 (HR), Angela Mourtzios 2, Spencer Warrilow, Locky Holland and Callum Finlayson 1

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

Sturt 2 def Gawler Rangers 1

Great day for baseball with a nice little break under the belt.

There is no doubt the boys came in a little under done with a little too much Christmas cheer under the waistline (probably the more the coach than the kids).

Training last week being cancelled due to the weather didn't help the cause.

In saying that the boys came out with the same amount of excitement they showed invite first training session. Great to see a few of the boys sporting new gloves and shoes, showing that they are committed to getting better or just looking good.

To the game. Harry Chaplin came down to get some work in on the hill and after a first inning of making some adjustments mentally and phyically settled in and threw the stitches off it. 11 punch outs in 4 digs work giving up no hits. Well Done Harry. Great outing.

Not be outdone the other Harry. The "Hurricane' came in and left off exactly where started last year. Pumping the strike zone and fielding like trooper.

Our timing with our hitting was a little off and is to be expected after having a reasonable break and will come back stronger with some sessions in the nets. Tommy Os came up with a couple of knocks which didn't leave the infield. Nice work. As did the silent assassin, Ciaran Beham come up with a couple of hits and ended being the winning run in the 6th, on MADMAN MAGNUS'S LASER DOWN THE RIGHT FIELD LINE bringing the crowd to their feet chanting. Great work Magnus.. Great persistence..

Thanks Nate for umpiring in the conditions in the heat and on a Sunday morning. Also for acknowledging a proud moment for Magnus in presenting him with the ball after the boys sung the song.

Side note on the this was we got this game done 20 minutes under the maximum playing time of 110 mins. With the Harry's throwing strikes and the lads being aggressive in the batters box made this game a pleasure to be a part of, especially when our last game v. Gawler was a white wash.

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

STURT 7 - Goodwood 6

Well never knowing what's going to happen after a long break away from playing, the guys came out with a BANG! In the hitting warm up the message got through to the team if it's close to hit do it and they took it into the game. There was a new player to the team Aden Lapthorne who got a hit in his first game" well done", and to Willem Aitken getting his first hit well deserved kid. The base running went well today with the guys running them hard.

The pitchers were fantastic with a good amount of strikes and getting the job done.

There was not much to talk about in the field but josh Altamura took a great catch at right field wow kid glad to have u back.

See u all at training on tuesday night.

HITS
K.Mattew-Hampton 3
Z.Altamura 2
J.Holland 2
J.Altamura 1
J.Janssen-Merlin 1
W. Aitken 1
A.Lapthorne 1

PITCHERS STRIKES BALLS
Z.Altamura 23 20
J.Janssen-Merlin 14 21
K.Mattew-Hampton 20 21


..:: message posted on Monday the 23rd of January, 2017 22:33:13 ::..

Newsletter 16/01/17

Happy New Year and it certainly has been a busy time for our juniors.

Congratulations to Angus Catt and Jack Hutton who had the honour of representing Australia in U12 Baseball World Cup Qualifier in Guam between the 12-17 January, where they won the championship and have gained entry to the U12 World Cup to be held in Taiwan later in the year! This is an outstanding achievement by both these very talented baseballers from our club.

Harry Knuckey, Damon Arnold and Ky Hampton represented the state in the U18 National Championships held in Sydney. Jeff Nicholas travelled with the team to get some great shots of our boys competing on the national stage! Closer to home our Div 1 boys have started 2017 strongly winning four out of our last five games!

The Club would also like to extend condolences to Peter Hughes, Hall of Famer and Past President on the sad loss of his wife Raelene early in January.

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Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt/Asst Coach: Tom Brice)

After a dropping the last three games before the Christmas break, the A grade side has started 2017 strongly, winning four out of five.

Vs Northern Districts

Due to round two's double header being washed out, the second half of the season resumed early to make up the rescheduled games. Taking on Northern Districts (perennial wooden spooners), confidence was high we could get year started on the right foot.

With each teams import pitchers matching up for game one, the match up proved to be a good old fashioned pitchers dual. Dominating pitching from our own Nate Roe was matched by Norther Districts as zeros were thrown up on both sides of the scorecard through the regulation 7 innings. The twighlight exchange required two extra innings before the deadlock was broken on a two basehit to Tom Brice scored Paul Holmes from second base.

G1. Sturt 1, Northern District 0

Rolling on from the previous nights low scoring affair, runs were hard to come by early in game two of the tie. Tied at zero a piece going into the 5th inning a Tom Brice homerun broke the deadlock. Five solid innings from Josh Tindall saw him give the ball to Steve Chambers at this stage. Sturt's lead was bolstered in the 6th thanks to a two run Jackson Brebner-Russ bomb. Chambers cruised through the final inning to complete our second shutout in as many days.

While the bats were taking a while to warm up after the break, it was our defense, lead by short stop Mitch Lightbody, that impressed most on our way to two new year victories.

G2. Sturt 3, Northern District 0

The Sunday that followed saw us take on Golden Grove at home in perfect conditions.

Josh Tindall took to the mound, for his second start of the week, as we got into yet another must win game. Stumbling in only one inning, Josh was dominant through seven innings.

Lead by Jackson Brebner-Russ with two homeruns, our bats started to heat up. Scoring in the 3rd, 5th, 6th and 8th paved the way to open a five run lead taking us into the 9th. JBR breezed through the last two innings to lock in the A grade sides third win for the week.

Sturt 9, GGCD 4

A mid week twightlight clash saw us take on first placed West Torrens at West Beach.

An early lead was taken with an Evan LeBlanc bomb in the first inning. Jackson Brebner-Russ took to the mound for the start and was good through the first three innings.

The bottom of the 3rd saw the game open up with hits and walks through the line up resulting in a five run inning. Leading 6-0 going into the 4th and we were in good shape.

The top of the 4th created a little trouble for JBR as a few hits and a walk lead to the bases being loaded with Jordan McCardle to bat. The ex-Sturt prodigy proceeded to take a well located fastball away and dispatch it over the leftfield fence. One more run was then tacked on to have West Torrens pull the scoreline back to within one.

Unable to score for the remainder of the game, relievers Steve Chambers and Josh Tindall, were able to hold the potent West Torrens line up scoreless, confirming another good win for the side.

Sturt 6, West Torrens 5

Yesterday's game versus Port was set to be a tight one, as second and third on the ladder went head to head.

True to form, on the back of two quality import pitchers pounding the strike zone, the game was tied at zero a piece as the 4th inning rolled around. Port then opened the scoring as their lead off hitter left the yard following a walk, resulting in a 2-0 lead.

Two more runs scored in the 6th inning saw the scoreline out to four and the team with a lot of work to do to get back in the game.

Back-to-back home runs to Brice and LeBlanc in the the bottom of the inning put the team back in the game.

After completing the 7th inning, Nate Roe the gave the ball to Brebner-Russ to hold Port to four and give our offence half a chance. And he did just that.

A walk, an error and routine ground ball resulted in the manufacturing of another run in the bottom of the 8th to put the side back within one.

Unable to trouble the scorers in the 9th and the game was over. The boys going down in a high quality encounter, 4-3.

Sturt 3, Port 4

In a very congested top half of the ladder, the A grade side sits in 4th place. An encouraging position given the pending return of the boys representing SA in the under 18s and with only a few weeks remaining for the Bite.

Next game: @ Goodwood, Tuesday 17th, 6pm.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 4 d Port Adelaide 3

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

No report or result available

Division 4 (Coach: Mick Trlin)

Bye

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Happy New Year to All

Well the weather Gods look after us this weekend and we got to play our first game for 2017.

It does not take long, or he could have still been on holidays somewhere, or he could have been still celebrating the New Year but we played our first game back and we had our first BRAIN FART for the 2017.

Yes you read that correct and not that I am naming any names but Glenn 'Doc' Young had one of those moments, could be his age, his eye sight or just that Brain Fart, but more on this later.

We went into bat and the Glenelg pitch was throwing good strikes and for the first 3 innings we struggle to get bat to ball only having 2 safe hits over the 3 innings, one from Ben 'Shrek' Colyer and one from Rick 'Rat' Trembath and on the other hand Glenelg hit the ball well over the first 2 innings scoring all of their 10 runs with 2 home runs. We started with Rat on the mound and they liked what he was throwing and they hit him. So after 2 innings the score was 10 - 0

We then sent Don 'Wulffy' Wulff to the mound and with some great catches and good plays from Jayke 'Bruce' Wayne at short we held Glenelg scoreless over the next 4 innings and we started to get some hits and scored 2 runs over the next 4 innings.

So now the brain fart, 6th innings, Chris 'Daisy' Day starts with a single, Bruce flies out, Doc hits over left fields head for single because Daisy is motoring down to second for the slowest 90feet we have ever seen, Doc looks to go to 2nd but the bench holds him up because of the runner in front, wild pitch and Daisy to 3rd, Doc to 2nd, Kim 'Kymbo' Pettman hits a slow roller to 3rd who fields the ball, Doc takes off and Daisy freezes, Kymbo motors down to first and beats the throw, Doc is now 2 feet from overtaking Daisy after rounding 3rd, again the bench screams back Doc, trap play between 2nd and 3rd, Daisy creeping down to home and told to go and its a race to home, who or what gets there first Daisy or the ball, well if you have ever heard of the tortoise and hare I can tell you the tortoise is still running as we speak. Daisy is tagged out at home and Doc ends up at 3rd after confusing everyone, luckily for Sturt no juniors where there to see this base running brain fart.

Best thing about it all was we where able to have a laugh about it at the end of the game.

The 10 - 2 score line after 7 innings does not show how we played after the first 2 innings as we outscored Glenelg for the rest of the game.

Safe Hits: Rat, Smally, Pop, Daisy, Doc all had 1, Krispy, Wulffy & Shrek all had 2 each.

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 21 d Kensington 11

..:: message posted on Monday the 16th of January, 2017 21:51:11 ::..

Christmas Newsletter Edition

On behalf of the Sturt Baseball Club I would like to wish all our players and members are very merry Christmas and all the best for 2017!

Division 1 will be playing a twlight game Tuesday night at home against Henley and Grange commencing at 6 pm. The BBQ will be fired up, so please come down to support our team and have dinner at the club!

Congratulations to the following players who have been selected in the 2017 Little League Seakhawks team who will compete in the State Championships in April 2017:

  • Harry Chaplin

  • Spencer Warrilow

  • Samson Garcia

  • Jack Hutton

  • Lachlan Seekamp

  • Angus Catt

Executive officer is Tony Catt

Baseball SA, in conjunction with Woodville Baseball Club, is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2016/17 Goodwill Series

As the final preparation for the U16 and U18 Nationals, the best young talent in South Australia will compete against visiting US teams over 6 days.



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Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt/Asst Coach: Tom Brice)

The past week has seen the A grade side take two losses.

The first game was a midweek West Beach pitching extravaganza, against East Torrens. The game ended with the only run of the game being scored, handing the boys a 1-0 extra inning walk off loss.

An outstanding complete game on the hill from Jackson Brebner-Russ, saw East Torrens first hit finally coming in the 6th inning. JBR's efforts were let down by a lack luster offensive effort. Striking out a total of sixteen times and being unable to score the runner from 3rd with less than two outs on three occasions was the difference between winning and losing.

In Sunday's game against reigning premiers, Glenelg, it was obvious we needed make some adjustments at the plate to get back on track after Wednesday's effort. There was a slight improvement and our bats finally started to heat up at the very end of the game.

With an average age of seventeen, our pitchers (Ky Hampton, Brodie MacBeth & Damon Arnold) did a great job, holding a strong hitting line up to six runs.

Our hitting let us down early, and it wasn't until the 9th inning we were finally able to string some hits together. Having one of those days that sees nothing fall our way, the boys showed great character, able to turn a 6-1 deficit into 6-4 ball game and gave us a chance to win.

Losing 6-4 to Glenelg sees us with a 10 win and 6 loss record with one game to play before the Christmas break. We are sitting in about 5th place on the ladder and in good shape. The playing group is confident in attacking the second half of the season and coming home with a wet sail and being right around the mark, come seasons end.

Tomorrow's (Tuesday) game verse Henley and Grange starts at 6pm @ the club. See you there!

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Glenelg 9 d Sturt 8

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

Glenelg 17 d Sturt 1

Division 4 (Coach: Mick Trlin)

Glenelg 5 d Sturt 0

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Southern Districts 18 d Sturt 9

We traveled down south this week on a lovely day for baseball and with our biggest cheer squad all season.

I turned up about 10 minutes late this week to find Simon 'Gangsta' Gooley with a dummy around his neck after last weeks little spit.

We started the batting off and Rick 'Rat' Trembath got himself a walk then stole second, Jayke 'Bruce' Wayne had a K2-3 which advance Rat to third, Ben Colyer 'Shrek' had a 6-3 but Rat scored for our first and only of the innings. Kris 'Krispy' McArdle flied out to right after some suspect umpire calls so Krispy says.

SD into bat and Bruce on the mound, we should have gotten out of this without any runs after an error but with 2 outs SD managed to get 2 runs in. Kym 'Kymbo' Pettman takes a good running catch to finish off the innings.

In the second we managed to leave the bases loaded after a couple of walks and a hit to Trent 'Tiny' Small.

Back into the field and again errors hurts us as we allow the maximum 7 runs, Bruce comes off the mound with two out and we give the ball to Tiny to get the last out when Krispy at first has a tunnel ball, as we get back to the bench he said I did everything right, got my body behind the ball, thought to myself keep low only just forgot to but the glove down.

In the third Bruce got on with a muffed fly, Shrek had a double, Krispy flattened the 2nd baseman as he covered 1st from a slow roller and as the first baseman threw the ball it took the 2nd baseman right into Krispy's running and he rolled him but they still got the out. Tiny hit to centre to score two runs and we plate 3 before the end of the innings.

We go to the Rat to stop the runs but SD hit the ball well and again score the maximum 7 runs

In the fourth we managed to get 5 runs back and a high light was Kymbo getting his first safe hit for the Div 6's and it was a double

SD manage to get 2 more runs.

Final score 18 - 9

In the fifth we are all out with no runs and game is called.

Thanks to all the supporters that came out sorry we didn't get a better result, lets hope next time you are all out we can. As always thanks to Carol Burns for scoring always easy to write up a report from the score book.

Safe Hit: Wayne 1, Colyer 1, Young 1 (1D), Small T 2, Small C 2, Burns 1, Pettman 1

Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year to all

See you all in 2017

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)



Sturt 6 lost to Southern Districts 7 This will be short and sweet (not a Smally tome). Saturday, against Southern Districts, was the game that got away from us. The 7-6 score line was an honest reflection of the game. We were in front 6-4 going in the their last at bat and they managed to get the 3 runs they needed. Highlights for the day included a dominant display by Prez on the mound (not a lot of Ks but lots of plays to the infield), Randy Stevens, aka, the ball magnet, at short, good catches in the outfield by Wrongy and Skinny as well as Dits had a great game at first making plays out of wayward throws.

Hits Randy 1 (1), Tangles 2 (1), Jules 1, Wrongy 1 (1), AJ 1 (1), Skinny 2, Dits 1 (1) and iPod 2 (1).
Pitching Prez 72 strikes 28 balls 2Ks

Under 19 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

West Torrens 19 d Sturt 1

Under 17/1 (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

Glenelg 5 1 6 2 14
Sturt    3 0 0 4 7

First versus tenth and unfortunately the result was no fairy tale. A 14-7 smashing by the Tigers over the Saints was a very ordinary Xmas present indeed. A 2 out five run rally in the first innings by the Glenelg U17's sealed the game and sadly featured some of the best hitting we've come across this season.

11 hits and 11 RBI's versus 6 hits and 4 RBI's was the story of the game. Our pitching got smashed by a murderers row like combination and if wasn't for some of the best centre fielding you'll ever see from Dylan Hopgood the score would have been further in the Bays favour. It's not hard to see why this team is top of the ladder when all nine players get hits versus six of ours.

As mentioned Dylan's out fielding was superb and apart from a terrible bounce at short stop and a missed flyball at right the fielding was good and that is all you can ask.
Our pitching struggled for control and all three pitchers threw more balls than strikes and to state the obvious that is never a good thing. Harry Knuckey has a forgettable opening innings going for 7 hits and 5 runs. Josh Vidale stemmed the bleeding in the second with 1 run but the 3rd opened up the floodgates with 3 free passes and 3 hits resulting in 6 runs. Josh's pitching highlight was striking out State U18 catcher Mason Clavell looking with a couple of deftly placed curve balls. Dylan threw the last dig and picked up a strike out but two walks proved costly and another two runs. Young Gasman Hopgood has a ripper slider that if he keeps working on it senior pitching beckons.

Batting was a mixed bag. Liam Lucas, coming off a relaxing cruise, wasn't pretty in the box but he battled hard and got the job done going 2 from 3, getting on base 3 times from his 3 at plate appearances including our second longest at bat of the season- a terrific 10 pitch at bat that resulted in a hit and RBI. Austin McClure in the unusual position of lead off batter went two from three, Nick Borrello continues his recent good run of form with the bat going 1 from 2 and also continued to suffer rubbish calls from his base coaches - this time from third. Mr Reliable Reed Stewart one from 3 including two RBI's were our best with the bat.

Thanks to Jimmy Davidson from the League for umpiring, Simon Gooley from the mighty Division 6 team for base umpiring, Deb Hopgood for driving thousands of kilometres and scoring, Mike Sabatino for coming out and supporting his team mates and the parents that sat through the belting.

At the break our record stands two wins, six losses and two draws. About 10th on the ladder and very much resembling just that position. Six games to go and probably need to win every one just to have a better than .500 season. Possible.

Thanks to everyone that has helped so far this season and in particular to all the parents that bother to get their young men out of bed each Sunday morning to play the great game of baseball - thank you. A very merry Xmas to all the team and families and a safe and happy new year and we'll see everyone back on the track Thursday 19th January at 4:30pm at the Club.

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Mike Garcia)

West Torrens 16 d U15/1 - Sturt 6

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Tim McLeod)

U15/2 - Sturt 20 d Woodville 3

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Stan Warrilow)

STURT vs HENLEY & GRANGE LOST 7 -0

"A team isn't one individual, but a collective unit"

Today we were simply outplayed and outclassed by a very impressive H&G unit.

The Rams started with a bang scoring 3 runs in the first innings, in a flurry of hard hitting and a Home run to LF.

Our bats could not get going for the whole game due to an outstanding pitching performance from the Henley pitcher.

The score remained at 3-0 until the top of the 6th when once again the Henley bats woke up and again hit the ball hard and found the gaps, scoring another 4 runs.

Jack Hutton and Angus Catt both pitched their hearts out but the Rams were just too good today.

You can't win many games when you don't score any runs.

Keep your heads up lads, our season is well on track for a finals appearance and remember if you don't make mistakes you can't become a better baseball player.

See you all on 10th January for our first training back.

Hits - Jack Hutton, Angus Catt 1

Thanks to Travis Lewis for umpiring and Tony Catt for scoring

Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all

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

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) 8 d Woodville 5

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

STURT 7 d Adelaide 0

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE, there you go a early christmas present from your coach 'another win'.

The sun was out on a bright sunday day the time might have been a little different and the silly season is upon us and the kids we're silly also but hey they had fun.

Zac started on the bump for us for two innings and got 5k's which made me very happy.

Next J.R. jumped on the bump "the leftie" and did 1 2/3 for 3k's, well done champ.

The "fireman" Kale finished off the game with a k and a ground ball, love your work ethic.

Today in the batting box we we're eager to swing the bats with only 2 kc which is what the coach wants " swing the bats" that's the way you get hits. On the bases the boys we're running hard to get to the next base, a bit sad to see the slip and slide training didn't get used with no slides but the pizza made us hungry for another win.

I hope u all enjoy your christmas holidays and don't forget to take a photo of where you have a throw to see who wins the, have a throw from the furthest place at home.

Good to have you back again Josh Altamura.

A massive thanks to Aaron for scoring and Ann for pitch counting and Larissa for helping Aaron and Ann.

See u all on the Tuesday before the first game of the new year!

Thanks coach DUTCHY

PITCHES:

STRIKES

BALLS

Z.Altamura

22

12

J.Janssen-Matthews

16

20

K.Hampton

6

4



HITS: Zac 3
Josh 1
Kale 1

..:: message posted on Monday the 19th of December, 2016 20:16:04 ::..

Newsletter 12/12/16

Further to my previous correspondence, I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Roeger family including Craig's wife Christine, to his children Angus and Chloe and their partners and Helen Patroney. Craig's Funeral service will be held at Heysen Chapel,Centennial Park, 760 Goodwood Road, Pasadena, SA on Friday, 16th December 2016 at 3:15pm.

Burial service will be held at Centennial Park Cemetery, 760 Goodwood Road, SA, Australia on Friday, 16th December 2016 at 4:15pm.

On a brighter note our Division 1 and 2 teams had a win on the weekend down at Woodville! Well done to both teams.

It's that time of year again! With the silly season in full swing and our Div 1 and 2 boys looking strong we will be having a BBQ this Saturday the 17th of December. Come down to Norman Reserve to watch the Div 1 and 2 boys play Glenelg starting at 1.30. Stay around after the div 1 game for a BBQ and a few drinks.

We are also looking for Christmas decorations to help make the clubrooms a bit more festive! So if you have any decorations you no longer need please bring them to the club when you are next there.

Further to my previous correspondence, I need to remind all players to pay their Sturt fees. Please visit our Sturt Registration and Payment Centre for details. Any player who has not paid their fees by Friday 16th December will not be allowed to play again until their fees are paid.

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

Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt/Asst Coach: Tom Brice)

Sturt 11 d Woodville 1

After enjoying a bye during the week the boys were refreshed and ready to take on last years grand finalist Woodville at Findon Oval. Enjoying stunning weather for the second week in a row, hard to believe after this year's weather patterns. Again this week the boys swung the bat well with all players collecting at least one hit for the day to back up Nate Roe who threw another awesome who is now 7-0 for the season.

After scoring one run in the first from a lead off walk and losing our first baseman to Tom Brice to injury, the Saints didn't trouble the scorers in the second.

In the third the floodgates opened with 5 runs crossing the plates from 3 walks and three hits. After a pitching change in the middle of the 4th we piled on another five runs to lead 11-0.

Woodville finally troubled the scorers in the 5th to score their only run from a walk and a hit after we scored another 3 in the 5th. After another stellar performance from Nate Roe he exited the game thus allowing Josh Tindall to take over reins and keeping Woodville scoreless in the last two innings of the game.

A notable performance, after playing Division 2 earlier in the day was Will Wirth who replaced the injured Tom Brice collected two hits and two walks and took an amazing catch from a line drive down the first base line.

Hits: Holmes 2, Lightbody 2, Wirth 2, Arnold, Adkins, LeBlanc, Knuckey, Adkins, Brebner-Russ.

This week we have a midweek game at West Beach against East Torrens followed by a Saturday game at home against Glenelg. Come out and support the Division 1 and enjoy a BBQ tea whilst watching the game. Game time is 4.00pm.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt defeated Woodville 6-3

Firstly I would like to pass my condolences to Angus and the rest of the Roeger squad on the passing of Angus' father Craig during the week

And after this tough week it was awesome for the boys to get back on the park and send the hall of famer off with a couple of good wins.

Well it's amazing what 12 months and some extra hard work can do!!! We travelled to Woodville twice last year to be belted 21-1 (mercy) early in the year, then 10-0 (mercy) in an elimination final.. So leaving there with a hard faught win was very pleasing for me.

Brodie MacBeth once again started on the hill and once again got the job done, although only half way threw the year, Brodie is really stamping himself on the B grade competition and I'm sure an A grade gig is not far away.. keep up the good work Brodes!!

Damon Arnold then shut the door with 2 quality digs at the end.

Getting hits hasn't been our strongest point all year, however the boys ability to have quality at bats and pick up walks etc when given is a credit, with that our 7 hits manufactured 6 runs.

We were solid in the field, with everyone contributing.

Our last game before Christmas break is this Saturday at the club against Glenelg, and we are sitting in a good spot with 6 wins, 2 losses and a draw, to sit in equal second! But the jobs only half done.

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

Another good outing from the Div 3 team. We scored one in the first, third and fith innings holding woodville to 4 till the fifth. Matchy and Jake threw well for us. Aussie was solid behind the dish. Dutchy crossed home plate 3 from 3 times, working hard to get around the bases. Nicksy went 3 from 3 taking all three RBI's. Once again more hitting at training will eventually lead to more hits in the game and therefore less time in the field. Get to it lads.

Hits: Nicks 3 (single, triple, double), McLure 2, Strapps, Harvey, Holland, Mulryan.

Division 4 (Coach: Mick Trlin)

Sturt L Woodville

Well, after a week which saw one of our best wins for the season we were brought back down to earth with a resounding thud. We took to the field against Woodville as if it was a tune up game for next week's top of the table clash against Glenelg. What a mistake that was….

Cruising along into the last innings we were 9-2 up and from there I am not entirely sure what happened, defensively we were poor all day but this last innings we were a rabble. Add to that 7 of the cheapest hits you will ever see and a strikezone the size of a moving matchbox and it all made for the worst half innings of baseball most of us have ever been involved in.

Let's move on, use this embarrassment as an opportunity to regroup and refocus on a big task next week.

Hits: Martens, Bicknell, Packer 2, Hill, Passmore, Burns, Turner 1

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt 14 d Port Adelaide 9

EJECTED, GOOD NIGHT, SEE YA LATER, HIT THE CHANGE ROOMS (unfortunately you will need to read my novel to see what happens).

For the first time this season we had an SABL umpire

Yes you read that correctly we had a Sturt Div 6 player ejected after coming up with some beautiful poetry.

Lets paint the picture, we turned up to a magnificent field at Norman Reserve playing bottom dwellers Port Adelaide and they went into bat first.

Jayke 'Bruce' Wayne started on the mound for us and first batter grounds to Simon 'Gangsta' Gooley at short stop, wild throw and he is safe, with a stolen base and a hit to centre field he scores. Bruce then gives up a walk, a KC, a hit to Chris 'Daisy' Day at third who steps on his plate for the second out before Gangsta redeems himself with 6-3 out.

Our first at bat and Rick 'Rat' Trembath grounds out to short, Ben 'Shrek' Colyer K2's and things are not looking good considering we are facing a 13 year old pitcher and catcher. Kris 'Krispy' McArdle get hit by a pitched ball, Daisy hits to right field and Bruce gets a walk to load the bases with two out, Chris 'Smally' Small up and a wild pitch scores Krispy, Smally then singles over 3rd baseman's head to score two before Gangsta is a ground out to the pitcher. Score 3 - 1 up

Port Adelaide get a hit, a K2, a wild throw, a muffed fly, two more hits before we get a foul fly caught by Daisy and a fielders choice from Gangsta to Daisy at third but PA managed 3 runs to go 4 - 3 up

Mark 'Pop' Burns returned after 3 weeks of injured and hit to right field and then he stole second base, Kym 'Kymbo' Pettman now playing with the 6's got himself a walk after 7 pitches, the Rat hit to left field, as did Shrek, Krispy hit to centre, Daisy to right, Bruce had a walk, Smally dribbled one to second as the field were playing in but the throw to home was in the dirt and Krispy scored, Gangsta followed Smally's lead but Daisy was throw out at home this time, Pop was a HPB, Kymbo was a fielders choice and Rat had a walk for our 7th run. Score 10 - 4 up

In the third Rat went to the mound and with a couple of hits they managed to get 2 runs, score 10 - 6 up

Shrek started us off with a double to left, Trent 'Tiny' Small came in for Krispy as he had to leave and hit to left, Daisy hit straight back to the pitcher which came of his foot to short who threw Daisy out at first, Bruce walked, Smally singled to left for 2 more RBI's and GANGSTA hit a double to centerfield scoring Smally, then BANG YOU ARE OUT OF HERE, see ya later, good night, hit the change rooms. Now here is the story. Gangsta standing on second, score is 14 - 6 at present, ball has come into second base and we were all celebrating Gangsta's second hit for the year that we did not notice that second still had the ball, pitcher got on the mound but did not touch the plate so as you would Gangsta took two steps of the base and was tagged out by the second baseman. So Gangsta argues with the umpire that it is a balk as the pitcher is not allowed on the mound without the baseball for the hidden ball trick to work, yet the pitcher was on top of the mound just not in contact with the plate, Gangsta asked the umpire are you going to give me out, which he replied with a yes, this is when Gangsta took the soap out of his mouth and let rip, this is disgraceful among other not so poetic words came out as he slowly walked off the field, he was warned by the umpire and unfortunately for Gangsta he let one more little spray go and that was it.

We went on to win the game with 8 players on the field and one watching from the bleachers in his civvies.

The final score was 14 - 9 but we still had a bat to come.

P.S Just to clear it up, Gangsta was not having a go at the umpire at all and none of his words were directed at the umpire, they were direct at Port Adelaide, as it was late in the game and they where 14 - 6 down with 1 bat to come and could not win, Gangsta said it was a dirty play and not very sportsman like considering the time of game, to Port Adelaide credit their coach did come over an apologise for the play and he even said it should not have happened and he told his players in this grade you don't do that at this time in the game

Thanks to Carol for scoring and to our supporters for cheering us on, especially Ron MacBeth

Hits: Rat 1, Shrek 3 (1D), Krispy 1, Tiny 1, Daisy 2, Bruce 3 walks from 3 at bats, Smally 2, Gangsta 1, Pop 1

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 13 d Tigers 12

Under 19 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Bye

Under 17/1 (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

Sturt      0 0 1 0 3 0 4
Woodville 0 1 2 1 0 0 4

Tenth place Sturt took on third place Woodville on a magnificent sunny day on an excellent surface at Klaebe Stadium. The result was a 4 all draw and after trailing 4-1 after 4 innings, scoring three to tie the game it was probably a little disappointing not to win.

Runner on third with one out, top 6th and we couldn't convert. Still the boys came back from behind to level the score.

We had our opportunities - 9 hits to 3 but 6 walks given to one received evened up the ledger. Earned runs were 1-1 apiece and errors were made on both sides but generally it was a good even contest with some quality baseball between two teams playing in the right manner and spirit.

It was the Josh Vidale show and boy he had it all covered today. The young galloping gasometer starred on the mound with 3 quality innings of relief, pitching 33/59, 3K's, 2 BB's no earned runs and got out of a bases loaded jam in the 4th dig despite the team doing their best to keep him on the mound with a couple of errors. With the bat he went 2 from 3 including two crucial RBI's in the 5th innings that tied the score. Good day for a lad yet to turn 15.

Harry Knuckey threw a nice 3 digs 34/65 5K's 4BB's and one earned run.

Nick Borello had one of his better days with the bat for the season going 2/3 and was solid at first; Austin McClure hit a ripper double at the end of an 11 pitch bat that included 5 fouls, Dylan Hopgood 1/1 including an RBI, Josh Wilson, Harry Knuckey, Joaquin Poskey-Miles, and all recorded hits for the day. We also hit into two double plays including one after a big mouth first base coach mentioned he couldn't remember the team having bases loaded and none out all season.

Interestingly for those "purists" who question the overall usefulness of QAB's the quality at bats score was 12-12 and we tied the game. Just sayin' that's all.

Fielding was generally good. Highlight was Dylan's big throw from centrefield to hose the runner at home and deny a sac fly and a run. Good work by Aussie to take the throw on the line, block the same runner, tag and stop the score. Joa is developing into a good third baseman, made most of his plays today and closed the deal with a regulation 5-3 to record the last out of the day.

C'mon down next Sunday morning and see the club's favourite team take on League leaders Glenelg at home. Last game before the Xmas break.

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Mike Garcia)

Golden Grove Central Districts 7 defeated Sturt 2

It was a beautiful day for a ball game Sunday afternoon as the boys played their last game for 2016 on the hallowed turf of Knuckey Field against GGCD. The game appeared on paper to be an even contest and played out that way with the final score not reflecting the closeness of the contest.

Zac Becker started on the hill and did a great job limiting the Dodgers to 3 runs over 3 innings. After holding the Dodgers scoreless in the first, the Saints second batter, Jonas Garcia, ripped a solo four bagger over the centerfield cones to ignite the healthy crowd on hand.

Robbie Brennan followed with another towering shot to centre that was hauled in right at the cones, the first of five controversial home run line decisions that had those in attendance scratching their heads in wonder. These early bombs were both a blessing and a curse as from that point on as the aim switched from getting on base and building a rally to everyone trying to hit a 5 run homer.

Highlights were Jonas' 2 for 3 including the dinger, Robbie with two doubles that could have been homers and flashing great leather at first and Seb Steel cleanly fielding 4 grounders at an unfamiliar third base position.

Low lights were five errors in the field and a 7:1 strikeout to walk ration at the plate.

Unfortunately our finals hopes are dim but where there's life there's hope.

Hits: Jonas Garcia (HR), Robbie Brennan (2 x 2B) 2 each, Sam Stewart (2B), Seb Steel 1 each

RBI: Jonas Garcia 2

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Tim McLeod)

Gawler 6,1,0.0.0,4: 11
Sturt      0,0,1,0,2, -: 3

What a ripper day for a game of baseball!

The ground was in tip-top condition and the crowd were rewarded with a quality game of baseball that for thre most part was a pitching battle.

In the end we couldn't quiote hold Gawler in check enough to go into bat one last time and the score doesn't really reflect how tight the game was.

We opened with Jake Mossman on the hill and Tyler Stephens behind the dish knowing full well from experience that the Gawler boys were handy with the bat and would come out firing - and they did!. They found the gaps and alas we helped them along with a few early fielding errors before we finally settled down in the field.

Full marks to the Gawler pitcher who kept us pinned down with 5 K's an infield fly,a HPB and a walk to see us through two innings without a hit, before Spencer led the charge in the 3rd with a singe to LF. Jake followed up with a single to short and Spencer plated our first run for the game!

Jamie Vidale took over from Jake in the 2nd, and pitched fantastically to hold Gawlet to only 1 run for the next 4 innings with the help of Lachie Holland who took over from Tyler as catcher in the 4th.

Gawler continued to pitch well, Emil scored a single to short in the 3rd but we couldn't bring him home.

Our big moment came in the 5th beginning with Jake's bomb to right field which got us our second run for the day and started a rally with Austin Parkinson following up with single to centre and Joe Harvey batting him home for the 3rd run.

Nic Thompson took to the hill in the 5th and did a great job under pressure as we tried to hold Gawler to under 4 runs to give us another go at bat. In the end we just missed out, but we didn't go down without a fight.

Once again the boys were enthusiastic and kept their spirits high to the end with plenty of chatter and support for their team mates both in the field and at bat.

A big thanks to Spencer Warrilow and to Lachie Holland from the 13/1's for helping us out after already having played a full game earlier in the day- happy to have you back any day.

Thank you to Sonia for scoring again and to Jake for setting out the field.

Hits: Jake (HR), Spencer, Austin, Emil, Joe 1 each
Runs: Jake, Spencer, Austin 1 each
RBIs: Jake (2), Joe

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Stan Warrilow)

Win 9 - 4

Special thanks to the Phantom (Nobby) for umpiring today :

An early morning wake up call awaited us as we faced up against the Eagles of West Torrens on what was a beautiful day for baseball.

Callum Finlayson started the pitching duties for us today and after a few wild ones ended the 1st innings strongly with a couple of strikeouts and allowing 2 runs.

We didn't trouble the scorers in the 1st innings as we watched too many good pitches pass us by. The only highlight was a base hit to LF from Spencer Warrilow.

Callum went back out in the 2nd innings and found some better control, striking out all 3 of the Eagles hitters and allowing only 1 hit for no runs.

Our 2nd innings was over in a flash as were doubled out after a base running and bunting mishap.

Samson Garcia took over on the hill for the 3rd innings and pumped the strike zone doing an excellent job. The Eagles picked up a few hits but Samson fought back and finished with a couple of strikeouts.

Angela Mourtzios got things going in the 3rd innings picking a valuable walk, then base hits to Spencer Warrilow, Jack Hutton and a double to Lachie Seekamp saw us score 3 big runs to take a 4 - 3 lead heading into the 4th innings.

Samson continued his great work on the hill with an 11 strikes and 1 ball innings. Unfortunately one of those strikes went over the home run fence for a solo shot and we were tied again at 4 all.

A double to Locky Holland got things going in the 4th innings, Spencer reached on a hard hit ground ball that the 1st baseman couldn't deal with, then Angus Catt doubled and Lachie Holland reached on a walk.

Harry Chaplin clutched up with a bases clearing triple to RF and we scored another run when he crossed the plate on a pass ball to give us the maximum 5 runs.

Ryder Mathers took over the pitching duties and pumped the zone again doing a fantastic job. The first Eagles hitter reached on weak ground ball placed beautifully between 1st base and the pitcher, but then Ryder slammed the door shut with 3 back to back strike outs.

Our 5th innings was over pretty quickly with 3 strikeouts, but not before Locky Holland picked up his 2nd double for the game.

Ryder went out and again did a great job on the hill finishing with 2 more strike outs, giving up one hit and Angela took the last catch to end the game for a hard fought win.

Not our best performance and far too many strikeouts, but a win is a win and our season rolls on.

Our next game will be a cracker as we take on the H&G Rams who are undefeated so far !

Hits - Locky Holland 2 (2B), Spencer Warrilow 2, Harry Chaplin 1 (3B), Angus Catt 1 (2B), Jack Hutton 1

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

Sturt 17 def Northern Districts 1

Sunday was one of many firsts in my time in baseball.

The first was a combined NO-HITTER with Hurricane Hutton belting down an extremely impressive 11 'punch-outs' in 3 2/3 innings and due to pitch count Max Becker finished the last out the game with a strikeout. Well done boys.

Which leads me to second which is the the superstition that you are not supposed to talk about No Hitters or Perfects Games. In this case we didn't discuss it until about 4 hours later due to my obliviousness.. My bad..

Then there was that each Northern Districts out in the game was due to a strikeout. There were no plays made by the field to make an out during the game.. It was a strange day at the yard.

Moving on. Northern Districts struggled to field a team rocking up to Flinders with 7 and the way the Sturt boys approached this and supported the way game to meant to be played by swapping in and out in the outfield, probably outshone the historic feats mentioned above.

The Sturt played in the manner in which I was very proud. Fair but hard.

We picked up 5 hits for the day, with Jordan Lewis shining going 2-2 with his first Home Run of his career. Well Done Jordan

Thanks also to Tim Boundy, whom had a fair task adjudicating at 9 am Sunday morning we appreciate it.

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

STURT 4 d Adelaide 1

Today was a real test to see how far we have come from the start of the season and we didn't let are fans down. It was a real summer baseball day with the sun was out it was beautiful to see these young men come to PLAY! It was great to hear the team encourage each other and picking each other up all game that's what team mates do for each other.

We gave Kale the chance to start today and he didn't let us down throwing his full count.

Next Dutchy junior tried out pitching for the first time and didn't let his team down, great effort.

Then FIREMAN Zach finished the game off after trying his hand at catching for the first part of the game and getting hit where no boy wants to be hit, OUCH lucky he was protected way to pound the zone again champ.

We gave Gus a chance behind the plate and he didn't let us down he tried his best and that's all i ever ask.

Sam jumped at the chance to try again behind the plate catching " fireball " Zac is never easy but u did a great job for your second time.

With the bats we all looked like we all wanted to hit with some great at bats with the boys swinging at any chance and getting some timely hits and walks when they were there.

In the field there wasn't that many plays to be had with the pitchers doing there things, but hats off to Kale for robbing a kid of a safe hit by taking control at center field taking the catch, hats off kid u are a great team man.

I know i say this every week but BIG THANKS to all the parents helping me out with the warm up and pitch counting and scoring it makes it a joy to coach when u have great support around the TEAM.

Will see u all Tuesday for some well deserved pizza and a special thing to say thanks for me " your coach ".

HITS
J.Holland 1
K. Mattews-Hampton 1
Y.Perentes 1

PITCHING

STRIKES

BALLS

K.Mattews-Hampton

25

19

J.Holland

11

24

Z.Altamura

12

1



..:: message posted on Monday the 12th of December, 2016 22:57:40 ::..

Final Notice Player Fees

I write to thank those players who have paid their fees. Unfortunately there are a number of players who still have not paid their fees even though we are nearly half way through the season.

The Senior Committee has resolved that any player who has not paid their fees by Friday 16th December 2016 will not be allowed to play again until the fees are paid or a payment plan has been worked out with our Treasurer Ben Seekamp on :0403 302 845. Details on how to pay club fees are on our Registration and Payment Centre webpage.

..:: message posted on Sunday the 11th of December, 2016 14:44:51 ::..

Funeral Arrangements: Craig Roeger

Douglas Craig (AKA Craig) ROEGER
Born in Australia on 2 May 1952
Passed away on 6 December 2016
Late of PORT FAIRY
Aged 64 years
Service Detail
Funeral service will be held at Heysen Chapel,Centennial Park, 760 Goodwood Road, Pasadena, SA on Friday, 16th December 2016 at 3:15pm.
Burial service will be held at Centennial Park Cemetery, 760 Goodwood Road, SA, Australia on Friday, 16th December 2016 at 4:15pm.

..:: message posted on Saturday the 10th of December, 2016 08:05:16 ::..

Craig Roeger RIP 06/12/16

It is with sadness that I write to inform you of the passing of club legend and Hall of Famer Craig Roeger who passed away on Tuesday 6th December 2016.

On behalf of the Sturt Baseball Club Senior Committee, players and members I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Roeger family including Craig's wife Christine, to his children Angus and Chloe and their partners and Helen Patroney.

As a club we were so pleased that we could induct Craig into the Hall of Fame a few months ago and that Craig could spend some quality time with his family in the last few months including seeing our mighty win last weekend at Kensington.

Funeral arrangements will be advised at a later date. For now please sit back and look and the photos we have compiled on Craig's wonderful career at Sturt. RIP Craig Roeger

..:: message posted on Thursday the 8th of December, 2016 21:32:35 ::..

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