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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!

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)

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.

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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!

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

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Division 1 (Coach:Tom Brice)

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!

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

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Division 1 (Coach:Tom Brice)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Sturt 7 d Southern Districts 2

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

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

Division 3 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 3 Southern Districts 16

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

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

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

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

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

It always darkest before the Dawn.

No stats to protect the innocent.

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 9 d Southern Districts 4

Division 5 (Coach: Adrian Hill)

Sturt 9 d Adelaide 7

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

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

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

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

West Torrens 16 d Sturt 9

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

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

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

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

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

Division 7 (Coach: Matt Chenoweth)

Sturt 7 defeated by Southern Districts 11

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

Southern Districts 4 Sturt 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hits: All played well

RBIs: All played well

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

U15/1 - Sturt 15 d Southern Districts 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bye

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

Score Saints 7 defeated Port 0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sturt 15 d GGCD 8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Little League Sturt (U11) 8 d Glenelg 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

PITCHING

STRIKES

BALLS

B. Taylor

12

19

J. Altamura

22

20

S. Horley

4

-

K. Matthews-Hampton

9

4

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



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