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Newsletter 20/01/15

Congratulations to Mitch Lightbody who was awarded the Golden Glove at the Under 18 National Youth Championships held last week at Blacktown International Sportspark, Sydney. An outstanding achievement!

A Night with Knight

The Sturt Baseball Club has been able to secure the services of Brooke Knight for a dinner event at the Torrens Arms Hotel to be held on Wednesday 28th January @ 7.00 pm. Brooke will discuss his views on coaching, managing, player development and, the Bite. A special dinner deal of $25.00 / head-rump steak (cooked medium) with one drink (local pint, soft drink or house wine) has been arranged. Places are strictly limited and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you want to avail yourself of this great opportunity email Wallace Long, stating the number of tickets you require.

A night with Knight
Quiz Night

Don't miss out! Only a few tables left for the Sturt Baseball Club Quiz Night - Friday 6th February at 6:30pm Fullarton Park Centre, Fullarton Rd. Dean Waugh will be our MC for the night so expect a night full of laughs!

It's going to be a great night and at $10.00 a ticket, it's a bargain! Thanks to all our sponsors, there are heaps of prizes to win; including Limo rides, Thai food vouchers, Rounds of golf, a Sturt Football Club membership, Endota Spa voucher, Adelaide Bite merchandise and a few special prizes! Come along and we'll find you a table. Please email: events@sturtbaseballclub.org.au

Help required for 2015 ABL Grand Final Series

We are excited to be hosting the 2015 ABL Grand Final Series here in Adelaide!

With that comes a large amount of responsibilities that we are currently coordinating before the big event.

The Grand Final series will be held Friday (6th Feb at 7pm), Saturday (7th Feb at 7pm) and Sunday (8th Feb 2015 at 1pm)

During the series we will be looking for volunteers for the following services;

  • Ushers

  • Corporate catering/hosting

  • Customer service

  • Bars

  • Merchandise

  • Field staff

  • Production - video screen, score board

  • On field promotions

  • Ticketing

Lead up to the series;

  • Field Maintenance

  • Stadium Maintenance

If you would like to volunteer your time during the Grand Final series weekend or the lead up to the series, can you please email your name, number and preference to renae@baseballsa.org.au by 5pm on Wednesday the 21st January 2015.

For those of you new to the club, please join out Twitter feed, at Follow @sturt_baseball and our Facebook page!

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: Zac Stokes)

Kensington 17 defeated Sturt 7

Saturday we faced 3rd side Kensington and unfortunately we went down in the end by 10 runs. I do not believe the score reflects the type of game we played.

David Nicholas was our starting pitcher and it was the best that I have seen him throw all season. Nicholas threw a clean 1st inning but in the next few innings there were a few walks and many softly hit well placed balls which scored them many runs. Josh Tindall then threw 2 scoreless innings. Jackson Brebner-Russ then threw a scoreless inning before giving up a few hits in the last.

Even though we pitched well we gave them too many free base runners and Kensington took advantage of that.

Kensington threw their import Chris Salamida for the second time against us this season. Clearly they know we have a strong lineup. Last time we only got a few hits off of him. Last season he was the most dominant import pitcher in the league. This time against him we had a lot more quality at bats and timely hits. Angus Roeger got the scoring started with a huge 3 run home run in the 1st. Roeger and Wizz Chroust both had good at bats all day and hit the ball consistently hard. Chroust hit a 2 run bomb in the 7th.

Scoring 7 runs against that side was a good effort. Unfortunately we gave them too many easy runs.

Hits: Chroust, Roeger 2, Holmes, Faehse, Brebner-Russ, Holland, Wirth, Hollis 1.

Tuesday night we play against the 6th side Glenelg. We have all of the junior state kids back from nationals which will strengthen the squad. I expect a tough game that we must win if we are going to make the top 6.

Congratulations to Mitch Lightbody who won the Gold Glove award for the under 18 national tournament in Sydney.

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Kensington 8 d Sturt 2

Division 3 (Coach: Peter Turner)

Kensington 22 d Sturt 0

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

Kensington 10 d Sturt 8

The boys arrived early and were keen to get out on the ballpark after last week's rainout. This week saw us without Jared 'Cupboards' Thornquest and Jordan 'Skingles' Wayne. Both came out in support of the boys and were thrilled when they were handed the coloured pencils to spend the afternoon scoring. I am still trying to decipher what exactly went on in the scorers booth but I know a few guys probably owe you a beverage after some very generous infield singles were given.

The warm up showed focus and precision which we hoped to take out onto the field. Unfortunately this did not pan out as expected and after a couple of early errors we saw ourselves down 4-0 after 2. In the 3rd, Dale 'Martini' Martens then decided to serve up some gourmet cheese to the opposition who took advantage and added 3 runs putting us down 7-0.

On the verge of an embarrassing blowout, the Kensington boys started to get a little over confident in their play. This seemed to do nothing for their cause except perking up the interests of the usually quiet and reserved Benny 'Apricots' Packer who's return fire got our heads back in the game and also gave us some classic calls that the Australian cricket team would be proud of this summer.

A defensive switch for the 4th after Josh 'Scar Tissue' Clifford fouled a ball into his own shoulder saw an eager Jess 'Wall' Lemon take the ball from Martini for his debut on the hill this year and with confident words such as 'does it matter if I hit anyone?' who couldn't help but be inspired? A few hits and another couple of runs took us closer to the mercy outcome but we fought back in the bottom half of the inning with 4 runs of our own to keep us in touch.

Going into the bottom of the last down 10-4 we knew we still had a chance and the boys started to rally with 'Wall' picking up a leadoff walk, Shane 'Wordsmith' Horne collecting his 3rd hit of the game and Jake 'Big Shed' Gibson ripping a hard shot to right field to load up the bases with the powerful and in-form Mark 'Iron Chef' Richmond on deck who'd just smashed a double in his previous at-bat. Sensing this added pressure and shift in momentum Kensington had to make their pitching change bringing in some 90mph heat that just managed to get past the bat of 'Iron Chef'. Martini, now referred to as: 'Salami Martini' was up next and after calling his shot all day to nobody that would listen he finally managed to connect and put one over the right field fence for a Grand Slam bringing in 4 runs and getting the boys excited. Unfortunately that is where it ended and we went home with a respectable 10-8 score line.

A brave fightback from the guys who could have easily rolled over but hung in there and had some good at- bats all the way down the line-up to get us back in the game. Matty 'Kiwi Pyro' Attwell, Jayke 'Bruce' Wayne, Apricots and Wall all swung the bats hard and well collecting hits.

If we can put it all together and get out to a solid start both defensively and offensively one of these days we should start to see some W's on the board. These close loses are frustrating but the potential is there to finish out the year with a bang.

Hits: Horne 3, Martens 2(HR), Richmond 1(db), Lemon, Gibson, Packer, Attwell, Wayne

Don't forget the Quiz night February 6th - We want to at least win something this year!

Division 5 (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt 15 d Playford City 7

We packed our lunch, water bottles and dinner for the long drive out to Playford for a 3pm game.

With the weather on our side this week we started with the bats as the away team, first up Craig 'Rowdy' Thompson for a ground out to 3rd, Glenn 'Doc' Young up next for the first of many safe hits to centrefield, he then steals second, Chris 'Smally' Small up next and with power he hits between 3rd bases legs, more to the point an error by 3rd allowed him to get safe at first whilst Doc is safe at 3rd. Ben 'Shrek' Colyer up next with a sac fly to centrefield and we score our first run. Trent 'Junior' Small line drives to short stop for side away.

Rick 'Rat' Trembath takes the mound and Playford City come out swinging, first pitch and the first batter smashes it to centrefield, next batter does the same, third batter hits to left and they score 2 runs. We manage to get the next 3 outs with 2 flyballs and a 5-3 but the score is now 2 - 1 down.

Into the second and Adrian 'Fame' Hill up first and hits to centrefield, Mark 'Pop' Burns hit to short and Fame is out at second. Rat then hits to leftfield for a double and while Pop is heading to third the fielder tries to throw him out but it is wild, Pop scores and Rat ends up at 3rd. Demi 'Triples' Inglis hits to short, Rowdy hits to short and beats the throw while Rat scores, Doc hits to centrefield again and Smally grounds out to short for side away. Playford city are 3 up and 3 down with a ground out to first, a fly to third and a K2. Score after two is 2 - 4 up

Top the third and Playford's fielding falls apart, they lets us off the hook with errors and wild throws. They should have had us back in the field with no score but with all their errors we manage to get 5 runs, Doc has yet another double to centrefield and still batting 1000

With Rat still on the mound we have Playford 3 up and 3 down again, the first two ground out to Fame at 3rd and Rowdy takes a catch at centrefield for side away with no score. Score now 2 - 9 up.

Top 4th and with some more errors we manage another 4 runs, Doc again has a safe hit to short to keep his 1000 going.

Playford manage to get 1 run across the plate before side away, Score now 3 - 13 up

Top 5th Fame leads off with a walk, Pop hits to centrefield Rat and Don 'Wulffy' Wulff who has now come into the game both fly out, Rowdy then hits a double to score Fame, Doc then steps up to keep his 1000 average going and yes you guess it, grounds out to short for side away.

Playford back to the top of their line up and first batter gets a walk, takes his lead and rat picks off, safe, takes his lead again and his first base coach says if you are going to go then go, Smally and Rat have their pick off signal and Smally calls it again, Rat picks and gets the runner going the wrong way, Smally chases and with a flick of the ball throws to Pop who places the tag on a falling runner and nearly gets a boot in the face at the same time from the unfortunate runner who is now out, they then get a couple of runs from some good hitting. Score is now 5 - 14 up

Top 6th and Smally gets a walk first up, the next three batters are are out with a fly ball and 2 K2's.

Fame to the mound, Playford manage another two runs to put them self in touch for at least a draw. Score 7 - 14 up.

Top 7th with 30 minutes left on the clock and Pop is first up for a ground out to third, Rat hits to centrefield for a single, Wulffy smashes it to centre for a double but Rat scores in the mean time and gives us a lead we can not lose, Wulffy tries to steal third on the same play when they try to throw Rat out at home but he is out at third on the tag. Rowdy grounds out to second for side away.

Fame on the hill again and Playford are three up and down to finish the game with 15 minutes to spare.

Pitchers: Rat 64pitches, 41strikes, 2 K2's and 2BB's. Fame 27pitches, 18strikes

Safe Hits: Rowdy 3 (1D), Doc 4 (1D), Smally 2, Shrek 3 (1Sac), Fame 2 (1D), Pop 1, Rat 2 (1D), Wulffy 1 (1D)

Thanks to our supporters that made the trip and to Janet Young for scoring.

Go the Saints!

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 12 d Henley & Grange 3

After last week's wash out, it was going to be important to get a win on the board against the Rams - and we had something of a new look team on the park as well.

"Bob" Dylan Miels, making his first start in a Sturt jersey for ten years, slotted into second base and clean up and had a big game with three hits and a couple of great plays, while Adrian "Fame" Hill flew in from Cairns specially to give us a great innings of relief and another strong bat in the line up.

However the real star of the game was Chris "Hoops" Thompson, who was lethal on the mound - particularly against the left handers. Justin "JR" Ranford was stellar behind the plate and Kingsley "Butterball" Turner was a hoover at third, while Justin "Prez" McKinley contributed a couple of solid late catches and three ribbies to boot.

Coach Phil "Philthy" Martin, Bob, Prez and Butterball contributed 10 hits between them, with Butterball doing particularly well considering his wife yelled out LET HIM HIT YOU!! when he ducked a head-high fast ball.

The outfield of Prez, Jules "JP" Potiki and Anthony "Big K" Kocza didn't have much to do (until the last three batters tried to get past Prez) while we rotated Andrew "AJ" Johnston and Rich "Elvis" Carter at first to give Fame the chance to close out the game.

It was a good, strong win with aggressive baserunning, good hitting and solid defence behind some great pitching.

Hits: Ranford 1, Potiki 1 (1 RBI), Martin 4 (4), Miels 3 (1), McKinley 1 (3), Turner 2 (2), Thompson 1 (1)

Pitching: Thompson 4 innings, 19 batters, 33 balls, 39 strikes, 3 Ks, Hill 1 inning, 5 batters, 4 balls, 12 strikes, 1K Big thanks as always to Heather for scoring and to Fame for dropping past and giving us a couple of quality innings.

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 20th of January, 2015 15:24:08 ::..

Newsletter 13/01/15

Unfortunately a wet Saturday meant that we had wash outs for Div 3-7. Our Div 1 and 2 boys travelled to West Torrens with a double header Div 1 game where Coach Stokes reports that the boys played well against second on the ladder West Torrens. For those playing Div 7 this weekend please note that this game which was scheduled for 11:00am, has been changed to 10:00am

The Club has arranged some great social events in the next month:

Shark Tank

Sturt Baseball Club members can attend the Bite game this Friday night in the VIP Shark Tank area for a special Saints price: ADULTS: $45 - foot long hotdog + chips + 4 drinks* KIDS: $25 - foot long hot dog + chips + 2 drinks# *beer, wine, soft drink, water #soft drink or water. Follow this link for further details. Please email Wallace Long by close of business on Wednesday if interested.

A Night with Knight

The Sturt Baseball Club has been able to secure the services of Brooke Knight for a dinner event at the Torrens Arms Hotel to be held on Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 7.00 pm. Brooke will discuss his views on coaching, managing, player development and, the Bite. A special dinner deal of $25.00 / head - rump steak (cooked medium) with one drink (local pint, soft drink or house wine) has been arranged. Places are strictly limited and places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis including up front payment. If you want to avail yourself of this great opportunity email Wallace Long, stating the number of tickets you require.

Sturt Baseball Club Quiz Night

A reminder about the Sturt Baseball Club Quiz Night to be held on Friday, February 6 at 6:30pm Fullarton Park Centre in Adelaide, South Australia. Book your table or advise us of any prizes you can provide through events@sturtbaseballclub.org.au.



For those of you new to the club, please join out Twitter feed, at Follow @sturt_baseball and our Facebook page!

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: Zac Stokes)

Game 1: West Torrens 5 defeated Sturt 4

Sunday was a tough day for the boys suffering 2 losses for the day. West Torrens are second on the ladder so we knew we were in for some tough games. Overall the boys played well on the day and we were always in the games.

We opened the day scoring 1 in the first yet unfortunately so did West Torrens. The game was quiet until we scored again in the 6th to take the lead. West Torrens then scored 3 in the bottom half of the 6th to take back the lead. Trailing 2 runs in the top of the last the boys rallied to score 2 runs tying the game. With 2 out and runners on first and third there was a soft ground ball up the middle for a do or die play. Unfortunately we didn't make the play and the game was called.

Shaun Wright started on the mound for us. It was good to have his arm back in the rotation. He pitched 6.1 innings allowing only 6 hits. We actually out hit the opposition in the first game. However we didn't get the hits when we really needed them.

Josh Tindall came in for Shaun in the last. This was a very tough spot for him to enter the game. He is getting more and more confidence from his appearances this season.

Hits: Roeger 3, Holmes 2, Chroust , Hollis 1.

Game 2 : West Torrens 7 defeated Sturt 5

Billy Young took the ball to start for us in game 2. Unfortunately they scored early and then late again with a 3 run home run in the 7th which ended up being the difference in the game. Billy pitched well for us going 7 complete innings. Our bats were too quiet in the game where we only had 6 hits. We hit into 3 double plays in the game which killed many chances of scoring. Tindall came in to pitch again and again did his job with a clean 8th frame.

Going into the last inning we were trailing by 4. I was pleased that the boys rallied together to get two runs across the plate and had the tying run on base.

A special mention to Brodie Macbeth who collected his first division 1 hit when he pinch hit in the last inning.

HIts: Hollis 2, Holmes, Chroust, Holland, Macbeth

I want to wish Daniel Lee a safe trip back to the United States where he is going into his last season of collegiate baseball. It has been great to have Daniel play 2 games for the Saints recently. His leadership, knowledge and skill will be missed. We all cant wait to have you back in the future. Best of luck to you from the senior squad.

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

West Torrens 8 d Sturt 1

Having 9 players from last weeks top 3 teams is a great thing for the club as they are representing SA at the National Tournaments. Unfortunately Sturt teams become slimmer. This did make way for Sam Hollis to have his first ever pitching appearance as well as give some other players more at bats and time in the field.

Unfortunately West Torrens jumped out to an early lead. Our bats were quiet indeed and our only run came in the 4th inning but we were already chasing 6 runs. West Torrens only scored 2 more runs as Jack Dawson settled in throwing the last 4 innings. Jack also had 2 hits and clearly had a good game. Great job Jack.

Hits : Dawson 2, Macbeth, Holland, Kerr, Turner all 1.

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 13th of January, 2015 23:13:15 ::..

New Year Edition Newsletter

Happy New Year! I trust you have all had a restful break and I know a number of you are still on holidays! After the Christmas break our Senior teams- Divisions 1-4 recommenced over the weekend with our Division 1 team victorious and with our other teams having very narrow losses!

Best of luck to our junior players who are playing in the national baseball tournament interstate.

Quiz Night - Friday 6th February

Come test your knowledge, have a laugh and maybe walk away with a prize or two at the annual Sturt Baseball Club Quiz Night!

You're welcome to bring along your own food and drinks, or we are happy to organise these for you. Delicious platters are available for $20 each and a bar will also be open to buy a drink or two!

Feel free to organise a table of 10 or to register yourself for a ticket and we will be happy to allocate you to a table. Prizes will be awarded for best dressed table as your favourite Baseball Team. RSVP's are needed by the 23rd of January 2015, to secure your place, request your favourite team as the table name and to order your platters, please complete the payment form found at the following link: http://tinyurl.com/lk272jv. Tickets are only $10 and kids under 12 are free.

Can't make it? No worries, enter into the absentee raffle for a small donation. Donations can be completed via the following form: http://tinyurl.com/lk272jv

For any questions, please email events@sturtbaseballclub.org.au

#bleedblue

For those of you new to the club, please join out Twitter feed, at Follow @sturt_baseball and our Facebook page!

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: Zac Stokes)

Sturt 13 defeated Southern Districts 10

The game yesterday was a very important win for us. The guys battled all day long and did not stop. The energy, concentration and effort was exactly what I asked for. The impressive part was they kept that up the whole 9 innings which took 3.5 hours to play.

Colin Feldtman started on the mound for the Saints. He pitched 6 innings, gave up 5 hits, 4 runs with only 1 being earned and had a huge strike out count of 12! South's scored 3 in the 2nd inning due to a walk, a hit and a couple of errors. With 2 on and 2 out in the bottom of the 5th, Mitch Lightbody ran a long way to snag a catch finishing the game for Feldtman. Josh Tindall then came on to pitch. Tinny didn't have his best stuff yesterday and didn't stay in the game long. But that is baseball. Shaun Wright came in to finish the 7th and then the 8th inning. Jackson Brebner-Russ came in to close the game. After a leadoff walk that ended up scoring he settled in and finished the game.

Yesterday was an unusual game as it was very long, there were 23 runs scored in the game yet only 10 of those were earned. We normally field a lot better than we showed yesterday. It's good to get those out of the way in the first game after the break and continue the season with the fielding we normally produce.

Offensively we had 11 hits and we took advantage of the runners on base. Premek Wizz Chroust and Jackson Brebner-Russ led the team with 3 hits each. It is great to see these two men swinging the bat well.

It was great to see the workload was shared through the team. This is something we must continue to do and not leave it up to one or two players.

A special mention to Sam Hollis who crushed a ball over the rightfield fence. It just happened to be bases loaded resulting in his first Grand Slam in Division 1 baseball.

Hits: Chroust, Brebner-Russ 3, Hollis 2, Lightbody, Nicholas, Roeger all 1.

Next weekend we have a double header against West Torrens which will be another tough contest. If we play the way we can we should have some success.

For the next 2 weeks we will be missing many players. This is due to the under 16 and 18 national tournament in Sydney.

I wish all the guys the best of luck for the tournament. Enjoy the opportunity, play well, have fun and always #bleedblue

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Sturt 1 lost to Southern Districts 2

A nine dig pitchers Dual today, with only 8 hit between both sides for the day. Brodie again pitch a superb game today, he pitched 5 innings with 3 k's one hit and no earnt runs. Brodie has been very consistent this year with his performances. Damo then followed with 3 solid digs giving up only 2 hits and toughed out many situation in his outing. B grade pitchers this year have matched our opposition, done their job and given our team every chance to win ball games

Defensively we had some good moments in particular a massive catch in Centre right by Jack Dawson, tracking down the ball for a long way and shoe stringing the catch nice work. Unfortunately SD first run came of 2 errors and a walk very much unearnt. This will hurt in the close games but the lads played solid D for most of the game. SD managed to get Back to Back hits in the 7th to take the winning lead.

As mentioned neither team had many hit but we did out hit SD 5 hit to their 3. We put enough runners on to win this game but couldn't find that hit and capitalise. Max Walker was our stand out hitter picking up a double and single and our only RBI. B grade are now playing more exciting and competitive baseball over the last three games. Keep this up guys. Let's cause a few upset over the next few months. Things are heading in the right direction!

Hits: 2: Walker 1: Arnold, Faehse, Ridding,

Division 3 (Coach: Peter Turner)

Southern Districts 6 defeated Sturt 4

The team was ready to take on Southern Districts again after losing 13-5 in the last game before the break.

Ky Hampton was starting on the mound for the Saints. He had a tough first inning where he couldn't put the hitters away after being ahead in the count. This resulted in walks and 5 runs for Souths. This is just one of many more experiences that will help him improve his game. The second inning was a lot better from Ky where he got 3 outs from 5 hitters. Aussie McClure who was playing in his first senior game came in to pitch next. Aussie did well in his first inning then battled in his second. Luke Peters came in to finish the last inning. Even though the results didn't go our way there was a lot of learning that happened and the young men will be better off from it. Well done to the boys that pitched.

The guys swung the bats ok. The fact that we out hit the opposition 6-1 was a positive. Our first run was scored in the 3rd inning by Tom Bartley who led off the inning with a walk. Tom was moved to third base after back to back hits from Luke Peters and Harrison Knuckey. This allowed Captain Jimmy Passmore to hit a deep fly ball to centrefield for a sac fly that scored Bartley. In the 4th inning we managed to string a few hits together and score 3 more runs. Unfortunately that was all we scored for the game.

Hits: Peters 3, Knuckey, Turner, Bartley all 1.

It was great to have Aussie playing his first game. Next week there may be even more kids that get some experience in senior baseball. As long as we throw strikes we are always going to be competitive.

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

Southern Districts 4 d Sturt 3

..:: message posted on Monday the 5th of January, 2015 20:38:37 ::..

Christmas Edition Newsletter

On behalf of the Sturt Baseball Club, may I take this opportunity to wish you and your family members all the best for a safe and happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year!

Senior baseball recommences on Saturday January 3rd for Division 3 and 4 on Saturday and for Division 1 and 2 on Sunday January 4th.

Best of luck to our talented junior players who will be representing our state in the Nationals to be held over the break. Under 18 - Tyson Hancock, Mitchell Lightbody, Jordan McArdle
Under 16 -Simon Atkins, Damon Arnold, Ky Hampton, Harrison Knuckey, Luke Peters

Also there is a great interview with our own Mark Hutton who earned the distinction of being the first Australian pitcher to start an MLB game, right-armer Hutton enjoyed a twelve-year professional career across four Major League clubs despite the challenge of recurrent injuries.

For those of you new to the club, please join out Twitter feed, at Follow @sturt_baseball and our Facebook page!

Wine Orders for Christmas

The Sturt Baseball Club has secured some great wines from Behind the Door Wines. This is an excellent opportunity to buy some quality wines and help the club who will profit from your purchase. All you need to do is fill in the Order Form and submit to Sally Hill at Behind the Door Wines. Your wine order will be available for collection at the Club from 12th December 2014

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: Zac Stokes)

Tuesday Sturt 1 defeated Southern Districts 0

Tuesday was our last home game for 2014. It was great to have a strong crowd for a strong win. Despite only scoring 1 run we had 11 hard hits that were outs. That is a very high number for a game but it means the guys were swinging the bats well.

Colin Feldtman pitched the whole game and collected his 3rd win.

The team song was sung with loud passionate voices.

Saturday Southern Districts 3 defeated Sturt 2 in extra innings

Unfortunately we played another low scoring tight game of baseball that didn't go our way. Again we had several hard outs. Their pitching was very solid. Jackson Brebner Russ was our starting pitcher. He went very deep into the game and he is getting better and better with each outing.


We did not capitalise on chances we had to score. It was a very tight game. Overall we played well, it just didn't go our way.

Sitting on a 6-8 record going into Christmas we are still in a good position. We open on January 4th at Southern Districts again. Hopefully we take care of business and win the last game of the 3 game set.

Thanks to all the supporters that have been coming to our games. We look forward to our games in 2015 and hope to see you all there.

Have a great break, have fun, be safe and always #bleedblue

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Sturt 9 Defeated Southern Districts 4

Great to see this young side pick up a win against a quality B grade team. We are playing with more confidence and grabbed the lead in the third with a 9 run dig. We did receive many walks in this dig but thanks to Tyson Ottaway and Dutchy who put a couple of hits together to capitalise on a struggling SD pitcher. Our base running also helped create pressure causing some errors from SD.

Yes we were given some easy bags today but our lads backed it up with very solid defence. Lead by another solid pitching display by Brodie who is growing each week. Our fielding was near perfect with only one error. Great job today guys we are starting to play like the team we are. I was happy to see Shaun Wright and Max Walker back, adding to the team's strength.

Merry Christmas to all, thankyou to all that have come out and supported our B grade and A grade so far this year, the boys really like having the crowd backing. Lads keep working hard and let's see if we can add more wins to our tally in the New Year. Good luck to those travelling with State teams and make the most of your opportunities.

Division 3 (Coach: Peter Turner)

Southern Districts 13 d Sturt 5

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

Southern Districts 9 d Sturt 6

Division 5 (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt 9 d Goodwood 2

It is the season to be jolly and looks like the man in Red came early to the Div 5 side as we walked away with a win, the final score being 9 - 2. and we go into the break at 5 wins and 5 loses.

This was a great game of baseball to watch, and played by both teams and in great spirits.

With a 10am start we arrived at Goodwood to find a couple of walkers and a few dogs running around, but with a quick check of the phones we were at the right place and time, about half hour later Goodwood slowly turned up.

Our first at bat had Norm 'Wild Thing' Sluga up first and after a few weeks away with injury and then some holidays we thought he would break down again with his first run to first, but a good hit to deep short stop and he was at first before we knew it. Glenn 'Doc' Young up next and he was K'd, mean while Wild Thing had stolen second, Don 'Wulffy' Wulff pushed him to third with a ground out to second. Two out with Chris 'Smally' Small at the plate, he hits to third who in turns errors and Wild Thing scores. At the end of the first we have one on the board.

Rick 'Rat' Trembath to the mound for Goodwood's first at bat, first batter flys at to Adrian 'Fame' Hill at rightfield, second batter grounds out to Wild Thing at short, third batter gets a double to centre left and the fourth batter flys out to the Rat for side away with no score.

Our second at bat was no better than Goodwood's first at bat with Mark 'Pop' Burns K'd, Fame walked but was then out on a fielders choice when Rat hit to short stop and Wild Thing fly'd out to centre. Side away no runs, score still 1 - 0 up. Goodwood's second at bat, with the Rat on the bump still he had them three up and down, with a 5-3, F8 and a KC.

Top the third and runs was the call from coach Wulffy, first at bat Doc who grounds out to first, one away, Wulffy hits hard and before the first baseman knows it the ball is at his feet after he had to use his body to stop it, two hits straight to first for two away. Smally hits to centrefield and Ben 'Shrek' Colyer grounds out to third. Side away score 1 - 0 up.

Goodwood's third innings starts with a line drive to Chris 'Daisy' Day, next batter gets a walk and steals second and third, next is another walk and after a wild pitch the runner is at second. Runners at 3rd and 2nd and the next batter sacflys to centrefield, runner at 3rd tags up and runs, Wulffy hits the cutoff who is Wild Thing, he looks at the runner going home but see he will not get him, runner at 2nd things he is throwing to home and takes off only to see Wild Thing turn and the run down play begins. Wild Thing to Daisy, Daisy to Pop, Pop to Wild Thing who has covered 3rd, Wild Thing to Smally who has covered 2nd, runner falls over and Smally makes and easy tag for side away but Goodwood did make a run. Score 1-1

Top 4th Daisy grounds out to short stop, Pop hits to right field and the ball tails off towards the foul line but drops in, Pop hits the ground running and just as he rounds second the ball rolls into foul territory and over the fence line, so what should have been a triple turns into a stand up double. Fame grounds out to 3rd and Rat grounds out to the pitcher for side away.

Goodwood's first batter hits safe to centre, takes his lead and after a few attempts at pick offs from Rat the runner finally takes a lead that is to big and Rat and Smally combine for the pick off, one away. The next two batters get safe hits before Rat gets a K2 and then Wild thing gets an easy out at short stop for side away.

Top 5th and again coach Wulffy calls for runs, top of the line up and Wild Thing doubles to left, Doc singles to left and Wild Thing takes of from 2nd round 3rd and heads home, as he gets close the ball is coming he stumbles and slides in head first, his arm tucks under his body, his legs fail in the air behind him, his face plants on the dirt and he becomes a front end loader. He is safe, he spits out the half ton dirt he has taken in and we all then realize that Wulffy had told him to slid, in the mean time Doc has taken second base. Wulffy hits a single to centre and Doc scores on it, Wulff then gets to second on a wild pitch, Smally the triples to right and scores on a wild pitch, Trent 'Junior' is in the game and he grounds out to short, David 'Reg' Lee is in the game and he grounds out to 3rd, Pop then ground out to short stop for side away, but not before we had plated 4 runs, sore now 5 - 1

Goodwood's first two batters made it safely on base with a single and a double to have 3rd and 2nd occupied, but Rat then sat then next three down with a K2, an F6 and a great F8 to Reg as the ball was tailing away from him.

Top 6th, Fame singles to left, Rat is K2'd, Wild Thing singles to short, Doc Walks, Wulffy singles to centre, and scores Fame, to load the bases, Smally infield flys to the pitcher, Junior singles to centre and on the throw home ends up at second to score two, Wulffy scores on a wild pitch, Reg walks, Pop gets an error from 2nd to be safe and Fame for his second bat in one innings grounds out to short for side away and we score 4 more runs, score 9 - 1 up Goodwood first batter is HPB, second batter fly's out to a great catch from Wild Thing twisting and turning, next batter is a fielders choice out from Wild Thing, and then with Junior catching it is a K from Rat, Junior drops the ball but recovers to throw the runner out at first for side away.

Top 7th and last and we have three up and down.

Goodwood looking to put some runs on the board and we send Fame to the mound, first batter is a fly ball to Doc at 3rd, second is a hit back to Fame for an easy 1-3 out, 2 away and they then get a single, a walk and a single to score one run, next batter is a K2 to finish the game.

Pitches: Rat 100 for 65 strikes, 4K's, 2BB, 1 HPB and 7hits, Fame 25 for 16 strikes, 1K, 1BB, 2 hits.

Safe Hits: Sluga 3 (1D), Young 1, Wulff 2, Small C 2 (1T), Colyer 1, Small T 1, Burns 1, Hill 1

Thanks to Wallace 'Gromit' Long for sitting on the bench all game.

Thanks also to Janet Young and Carol Burns for scoring for the first half of the season, to all those that have umpired for us and to all our supporters.

The Division 5 side and Friends would like to wish all members of the Sturt Baseball Club a Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year.

See you all in 2015

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Bye

Under 19 (Coach: Mitch Dawson)

Sturt 9 defeated Port Adelaide 1

Going into this game both teams had equal points on the ladder so this was a must win for us.

Port Adelaide opened their account with a run in the first and even though they started with a couple of players short it looked like we might be in for a tough game.

I needn't have worried with Damon Arnold on the mound. For his maximum allowable 3 innings pitched, Damo threw only 36 pitches to 11 batters at a strike rate of 69%.

Jack Dawson took over pitching duties for the next 3 digs and threw well considering his lack of time on the mound. Jack made the Port Adelaide guys swing the bat and was ably supported by his field to get through unscathed, allowing only 1 hit and no runs from 50 pitches.

Once again the boys were solid with their bats with triples to Mitch Lightbody and Tyson Hancock, and doubles to Max Walker and Jack Dawson. Nearly every player registered a safe hit and it's great to see all the boys contributing.

With some of our regular pitchers either out on restrictions or injured I turned to our catcher Jordan McArdle to close out the game, and I've never seen a pitcher run to the mound so quickly. Struggling to keep the grin off his face Jordan showed a good change of pace to strike out his first two batters in style, and an easy out at first later the game was over.

Best of luck to our state players Mitch Lightbody, Jordan McArdle, Tyson Hancock, Damon Arnold, and Simon Adkins at the nationals in January.

We're back after the holidays to play an undefeated Woodville side at Norwood Oval on 28 Jan which should prove to be a cracker of a game so put it in the diary and come out to cheer the boys on, game starts at 6:15pm.

Hits: Dawson 2, Lightbody, Walker, T Hancock, Adkins, Trembath, Hill, Macbeth 1

RBI: Adkins 2, Lightbody, Arnold, T Hancock, Hill, Ottaway, K Hancock 1

Under 17/1 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Sturt 17 def Southern Districts 1

Our last game before the break and we were hoping to keep an undefeated start to the season going.

Damo returned to the hill for a start against his old club and Ky Hampton had his first start centre field for the 17s.

Despite the warm up of an unprepared, tired team the boys set the tone with their early at bats highlighted by our leadoff Simon Adkins seeing 28 pitches from 4 at bats. This type of hitting got us an early 3 to nil lead. Damo responded to that with putting up a an zero with two punchouts!

The game followed a similar pattern, as we were able to score in every innings again accumulating 13 hits resulting in our 17 runs. The standout performers were damo and Harry Knuckey picking up 3 hits and a pile of RBIs. Good to see our 15s Harry Knuckey, Ky Hampton stepping up in grade and picking up multiple hits.

Damo continued his good form throwing 4 innings for 60 pitches which compiled a complete game. It included 7 strikeouts and only 2 hits.

A great start to the year, not much more a coach can ask! Good luck to boys in the state competitions and we will see you in the new year!

Under 17/2 (Coach:John McClure)

GGCD 2 2 3 3 10
Sturt    4 6 0 1 11

Not sure what to make of it to be honest, 10-4 up after 2 very long innings we appeared to be cruising but a couple of brain fades and we let GGCD back into the game. A comical finish due to a brain dead Sturt coach thinking we had won 10-9 when in fact the score was 10-10 resulted in a walk off single to Tyler Duchene and a win 11-10. A win just before the break is a win worth having and we finish the first half of the year 4 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses from 10 games. I'll take it.

Top of the first saw Austin McClure take the hill in his first outing on the big mound at Sturt. One good hit and a couple of walks saw GGCD score a couple. The reply came quickly with Tyler Duchene setting the tone with a first pitch line drive to centre for a single. Stewart Gardiner took one for the team and an Aussie triple saw two RBI's scored. A well struck line drive to third by Riley Mills batted Aussie home and a couple of walks later we led 4-2.

The second was in hindsight an omen of things to come. With Aussie on the mound a hit, two walks, a strike out, a hit batter and a couple of wild throws from the field saw GGCD score another two. 4-4. The second innings began with a Stewie G special up the centre followed by another booming triple from in-form hitter Brandon Weber to score another one. What happened after that was nothing short of torture with 5 walks and a hit batter and we led 10-4 after two.

Tyrese relieved on the mound threw a strike out amongst a few walks and a couple of hits but we led comfortably 10-7. Well, prophetic words those - "led comfortably". A missed steal sign, and a double due to running on a fly ball and we're back in the dugout leading 10-7 with GGCD to bat.

Stewie pitched the last. If you have followed the team you would know there is rarely a dull moment when Stewie grabs the ball. The innings began with a hit to third that was arguably fumbled, a muffed fielder's choice followed, a walk, two hit batters and two strike outs and suddenly the scores are level. After assuming we had won (never a good decision to assume) and half packed up the field we came back and a Tyler Duchene single scored James Last and we won 11-10.

If one analyses the stats they throw up a few surprises, our pitching accuracy was 44% versus 48%, and hits were 4 to us and 6 to GGCD. The killer was 13 walks/HBP received versus 11 given. What looked like should have been a cruisy win turned out to be too close for comfort. Thanks again to Jo Gardiner for scoring and a big thank you to Glenn Young for umpiring on a hot muggy day - much appreciated.

Merry Xmas to all, have a great break and we'll see everyone safely back in the New Year.

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)



Sturt 20 Kensington 3 It was a Christmas feast for the batting senses as Sturt cut loose for a season high 17 hits, 10 for extra bases, in a 20-3 victory at host Kensington.

Hugo Dahlen-Flight led the charge with 3 stellar innings on the mound and a 3 for 5 performance at the plate that included 2 doubles as he awoke from a season long funk with the stick to rock Kensy's world. The dynamic duo of Harry Knuckey and Ky Matthews-Hampton were in top form combining to go 6 for 6 with a homer (Ky), three doubles and 9 RBIs between them.

The support crew this week were equally important as Josh Wilson went 2 for 4 with a booming double to right, Nick Borrello ripping an RBI single to centre and Andrew Brennan and Josh Vidale each knocking in a run to contribute to the cause. Sam Bennetts took many (pitches) for the team in doing his job in the leadoff spot, racking up 4 walks on the day as the Cardinal pitchers struggled to find his zone.

Aussie McClure followed Ky's three run jack in the first inning with an oh-so-close-but-not-quite shot to the centre field cones to ignite a follow on mini-rally that piled up 5 runs before Kensington had time to think. At this point the larger than usual overseas contingent cheering for Sturt was going crazy.

With Hugo having thrown only 51 pitches after three innings, Reed Stewart moved from behind the plate to the hill for the second week running. This set the scene for first baseman Ky to flash Gold Glove quality leather as he took two spectacular 4th inning catches, one in front of the Saints dugout and a second, leaping grab over his right shoulder, that snared a bullet. A third Ky catch in foul territory to lead off the bottom of the 5th frosted the cake and gave Reed further confidence to seal the deal on the mound. All in all a great team win today with all contributing. We head into the long break now with a raft of confidence, a healthy team depth and only 4 regular season games left to position ourselves for the finals. Now that the boys are gelling as a team and injuries have time to heal, the competition has every right to be worried.

Thanks today to Emily for scoring and Lily for doing the pitch count. A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and rewarding 2015 to all U15 players, parents, coaches and other supporters.

Hits: Harry Knuckey 4 (2 x 2B), Hugo Dahlen-Flight 3 (2 x 2B), Ky Matthews-Hampton 2 (HR, 2B), Reed Stewart 2 (2B, 3B), Josh Wilson 2 (2B), Austin McClure 2 (2B), Nick Borrello, Samuel Bennetts 1 each

RBI: Ky Matthews-Hampton 5, Harry Knuckey 4, Reed Stewart, Hugo Dahlen-Flight 2 each , Sam Bennetts, Josh Wilson, Andrew Brennan, Nick Borrello, Austin McClure, Josh Vidale 1 each

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

Glenelg 8 defeated Sturt 1

Glenelg: 2 5 0 1 2 (8)
Sturt:     1 0 0 0 0 (1)

Under a scorching sun we were looking for the home ground advantage to help us battle it out against the Tigers for the last game of the year. Both teams clearly struggled in the heat and although there was little between the two teams in the field, at bat the Tigers handled the conditions better and slowly edged their way to victory a few runs at a time - I suppose that's why they are currently on top of the ladder.

Nick returned to the mound this week to open the pitching for Sturt, and in the tough conditions put in a strong performance that included 3 K's in two innings. It was a tough gig in the heat for pitchers so after two innings Nick took a break and Jordan Abfalter, who was playing his 1st game for us, stepped in to pummel the Tigers. Jordan deliver a stellar 3 up 3 down 3rd innings and went on to record 4k's all up and relinquish only 1 run in 2 innings before retiring in the 4th and handing over to Josh. It was no less torrid for the catchers and Hamish put in another great performance behind the plate for 3 long, hot and dusty innings, before handing over to Max who donned the catcher's gear for the 1st time this season. Despite the enervating heat, in the field everyone put in a solid performance that included a couple of catches - one to Lachlan at right field and the other to Michael at 1st, and several assists to Joel at short stop and Josh at 2nd and on the mound.

There's not much to report at bat. Hamish, who is proving to be one our more consistent hitters, Nick and Jordan got the only hits for the day, and although Glenelg gave up a number of walks to Hamish, Joel, Josh and Michael, Hamish was the only one we could get over the plate for the one run of the day.

A big thanks once again to all the parents who've helped out during the year, and in particular thanks to Steve and Doug for team management and training, Sally Edwards for scoring again this week, Richard Pickett for keeping track of the pitch count and fouls ball and assistance with setting up and Mark Furlan and Robert Sabatino for assistance with setting up and packing up. A big thanks to Wallace Long for umpiring at short notice.

All up it's been a great season so far for the team with everybody improving measurably since those early practices. I wish everyone all the best for the Christmas break, and look forward to seeing everyone refreshed and eager in 2015.

Hits: Hamish, Nick, Jordan

Runs: Hamish

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 22 defeated Woodville 0

A great way to end the year.

This team is very talented and very young but continue to understand what is required to get better at baseball.

On a very hot day in difficult conditions the boys came out and executed all the plays they needed to and swung the bats very well.

Jack Hutton started on the hill for us and got better as the day went on. Robbie Brennan then took over and threw his best game for the year.

The hitting was led by Sam Stewart and Robbie Brennan but it was a true team effort today with a couple of notable efforts from Lachie Seekamp picking up his first hit in Under 13 div 1 and Harry Chaplin turning a double play from first base.

I am very proud of you all and look forward to bigger and better things in 2015!

Go the saints.

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Ben Seekamp)

Sturt 14 defeated Glenelg 11

We were almost back to our usual team with only Emma Dawson already on holidays. We batted well scoring 4, 3, 5, 0 and 2 in our 5 innings. Zac Becker and Luke Warburton had multiple hits and only 2 strike outs for the day. Tyler Stephens was watching the ball well being walked three times 2 of which resulted in runs for him.

Our pitching was good. Zac started us off and gave us just 3 hits. Austin Parkinson took over in the third allowing just one run. Mid way through the fourth we threw Harry Chaplin in for strategic reasons and he performed very well. Lachie Seekamp played third all day and made some good plays to first during the day.

The game took an interesting turn in the bottom of the 5 innings. We were 5 up so we were either going to win or draw. Lachie Holland copped a whack from the batters bat on the third strike after dropping the pitch. He was hurt and couldn't quite get the ball the first. We then had a play at home again with Lachie which was called safe after a big drawn out pause.

Fortunately Harry struck out the batter for the final out and the game was ours!

We go the break having lost just two games. Importantly we have seen improvement in every player. We have developed 2 new pitchers, seen some great hitting and some really impressive infield fielding.

Well done to all, thanks to all that helped so far! Enjoy the break but make sure you have a throw when you can!

Little League 2-Saints (U13) (Coach: John Eckert)

Saints 15 draw Henley and Grange 15

We don't believe it but for the second game in a row we drew the score on the final plays of the day. This time we were defensively protecting a 1 run lead and got our second out by tagging a runner at home plate to retain the lead but unfortunately we could not quite do it a second time and the tied run scored in a close tag play at home plate that again could have quite easily gone either way. Next play was a routine out and the game was over...... aaaarrg - Again it was probably appropriate for both teams that a hard fought match ended in a draw but I don't think the parents can handle it a third time, even for half points. Jacob Jones and Jake Mossman pitched a lot of good strikes which made for some great fielding experiences, some perfect and some not so good. We had a mixed day with batting with the best result of 3 hits and 2 base on balls to our lead off batter and first season player Charlie Finnis. Now for a deserved summer break to regroup and practice some hitting, fielding, catching, and throwing!! Lesson this week was surviving defensive pressure.

Hits: Charlie Finnis 3, Jacob Jones 2, Baxter Eckert 2, Joe Harvey 1, Max Finnis 1.

Little League Sturt (U11) (Coach: Stan Warrilow )

Little League Sturt (U11) 9 d Glenelg 3

Hot! It was so hot I stopped off at the shops and bought a loaf of toast!

Our boys were on a roll and looking to get our 3rd win in a row as we faced up to the Tigers on diamond 3 at the bay.

We started well putting up a 3 run first innings thanks to some very good watching in the batters box as we collected 5 walks and a hit batter (Myles) who took it very well and was so brave.
Samson started on the hill throwing some good strikes after a bit of a shaky start, we made 2 great plays in the field and Samson finished it off with a nice strikeout as we kept the Tigers to 1 run.

Tristan started off the 2nd innings picking up a safe hit over the pitchers head, which sent the Tigers fielders in all directions. Myles then smashed a hit to shortstop, followed Ryder smashing one past the shortstop, followed by Spencer smashing one into left field.

The Tigers however made some great plays and even threw out poor Will from right field after he smashed it straight to the fielder and we couldn't get anyone home.

Ryder took over the pitching duties for the bottom of the 2nd innings and Darcy stepped up and replaced Myles as catcher (first time).

Ryder walked the first hitter and then gave up a smashing hit to centre field, however the Tiger runner didn't count on Spencer throwing a rocket to Myles at 2nd base and he was out on a great tag play.

Ryder then found his mark and struck out the next hitter and then fielded the next ball hit back to him to get the out at first base to end the inning without giving up a run.

The 3rd innings started well with a hit batter and a walk but the Tiger pitcher struck out the next 2 hitters, then Tristan hit another one to the Pitcher to move the runners around 1 base as they couldn't get him out with the throw, Myles picked up another walk and we managed to score 1 run before an easy play to first base for the 3rd out.

Ryder then destroyed the Tigers confidence as he mowed down the first 2 hitters with 2 strikeouts and then fielded the next one and made an easy throw to first base to retire the Tigers almost single handedly.

7 walks to start the 4th innings, throw in a strikeout and a nice RBI ground ball from Myles and we scored the maximum 5 runs to take a winning lead into the bottom of the 4th innings.

Cooper finished off the last innings after a break from pitching for a month and battled his way to victory. A few walks gave the Tigers a couple of runs but a great play by Tristan to get the lead runner at 3rd base, then a strikeout for Cooper and an easy force play by Samson at 3rd base gave us our 3rd win in a row.

Well done to the boys for another great win, keep up the practice in the holidays and have a great Christmas.

Hits - Myles, Ryder, Spencer and Tristan all 1 each

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Newsletter 01/12/14

A reminder that there will be a Div 1 twilight game tomorrow night- Sturt v East Torrens at home commencing 6.15 pm. Please try and get down to Norman Reserve to cheer on the boys!

For those not on our Facebook page, I would once again like to pass on condolences to Jeff, Leonie, David and Jess Nicholas on the passing of Jeff's Dad.

I also need to remind players to ensure that they have paid both their insurance fees to the Australian Baseball Federation and also club fees to Sturt. We have recently been checking and there a number of you who have paid no club fees as all! The Club relies on payment of your fees to function ie buy equipment so you can play and also to pay our fees to the League so our teams can be registered. Please visit our Registration and Payment Centre for further information. The Senior Committee at its meeting scheduled for Monday 15 th December will review all players who have not paid their fees and will advise coaches that these players will not be able to take the field for the first game in the New Year unless the fees are paid or arrangements are made for part payment with our Treasurer Ben Seekamp who can be contacted on 0403 302 845.

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Division 1 (Coach: Zac Stokes)

Port Adelaide 11 defeated Sturt 0

Yesterday was always going to be a tough game facing an experienced Port side who have won their first 9 games of the season.

A late injury withdrawal from our starting pitcher meant that Jackson Brebner-Russ got another start. Jackson threw well for his 4 innings. He threw a lot of strikes and every time he takes the mound he will get better and better.

Josh Tindall came in to pitch the next 2 innings until the game was called. Josh pitched well and he too is gaining valuable experience pitching in division 1.

The more our young squad play, the better they will get. Yesterday they saw how an undefeated team plays. We were out played by their experienced team.

Hits: Holmes, Lightbody, McArdle, Hollis 1.

Tomorrow night we have our first twilight game. We are playing East Torrens at the club. First pitch is at 6:15.

This is a big game and we request as many people as possible to come out and support the Saints.

#bleedblue

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Sturt 11 def Port Adelaide 1

Our second encounter for the year against Port Adelaide and pitching was the name of the game!

Damon Arnold started on the mound and finished on the mound. He threw 6 innings, with 11 strikeouts, 3 hits and 75% of his 85 pitches being strikes! It is tough to lose with such quality pitching every week

Port Adelaide's pitcher also brought his A game with our boys struggling to get on top! With some fielding errors we got runners into scoring positions and were about to capitalize with two out RBI hits from Jack Dawson and Harrison Knuckey the only real highlights in the box.

There were no stand outs with the bat but we were able to find a way to win when we didn't play our best Also make sure you are all out Tuesday night to support the A grade at home this week, big game for the boys!

Division 3 (Coach: Peter Turner)

Port Adelaide 12 d Sturt 2

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

Bye

Division 5 (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt Div 5 V Southern Districts @ Flinders
Final Score 2 to 17 loss

It is the second week in a row we have had a big loss and if not for a home run from David "Reg" Lee in the last we would have had a donut for the game.

We started off well giving up 1 run in the first and 3 in the second and then held them scoreless for three innings before the flood gates opened and they scored 7 and 6 to finish strong.

We however did not start as well with the bat and it was not until the bottom of the 7th before Reg hit his home run to score 2.

Wulffy started on the mound and threw well for 6 innings before Chris "Daisy" Day came in and finished off the game.

The big story was we had 3 safe hits for the day and SD had 18 for the day.

SD would be one of the top teams if they keep their pitcher who threw the entire game throwing 131 pitches for 68 strikes.

Wulffy threw 69 pitches for 50 strikes and Daisy had 49 pitches for 24 strikes.

Safe Hits: Reg 1 home run, Rowdy (Craig Thompson) 1 and Daisy 1.

There is always next week to get back in the winners circle.

Go The Saints.

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

East Torrens 10 Sturt 2

Not much to write home about with this one - in fact, not much to write to anyone about whether they're home or out doing something more productive...

Fair to say we weren't productive against the Red Sox - we could only muster three hits in a pretty sorry performance against effective pitching.

Chris "Hoops" Thompson was great from the mound again in combination with Justin "JR" Ranford but we didn't really back him up in the field with a number of errors. Jules "JP" Potiki showed the way with three catches including a great running/sliding effort, Demi "Triples" Inglis and Shannon "PP" Paige-Poropat were effective up the middle infield and Rich "Elvis" Carter made some good plays at first but we allowed too many stolen bases and easy runs.

JP, Phil "Philthy" Martin, Kingsley "Butterball" Turner and Triples were the only batters to trouble Heather in the scorers' hut and when the opposition lined another hit to Matt "Chewy" Chenoweth in left field for another run in the sixth, the ump called time and game.

We didn't want to lose this one as the Sox will be rivals for a finals berth - we have to beat them at home next time.

Thanks to Heather for scoring and to Will who was fill-in scorer until the cavalry arrived.

Hits: Potiki 1, Martin (1 RBI), Turner 1 (1), Inglis 1 Thompson 34 balls 63 strikes 3 Ks

Under 19 (Coach: Mitch Dawson)

West Torrens 11 defeated Sturt 7

It's always a tough game against West Torrens and this one didn't prove any different.
The game started well with our lead off runner Damo getting on base followed by a single from Mitch and a double from Jordy to score.
Unfortunately 3 of our next 4 batters struck out leaving the bases loaded, which ultimately came back to bite us.

Tyson Hancock opened the pitching and threw well for his 2 innings, allowing only one run with no safe hits.
In the second dig Damo, Mitch and Jordy combined again to score another two runs and we went into the third leading 3 - 1.

We decided before the season that we'd rotate our pitching and use Wednesday nights to give pitchers a competitive bullpen so I brought Jack in to pitch the third.
He threw 50% strikes which wasn't bad for his first time pitching U19's but wasn't helped by four wild throws in the field. Thankfully these were our only errors for the game but they hurt coming so closely together.
Damo pitched well from the next couple of innings as did Mitch who closed, both throwing around 60% strikes.

Both Jordy and Max each hit a single to score in the forth and fifth respectively but energy levels were low and going into the sixth we were down 11-5.
To the boys credit the intensity lifted and we loaded the bases with Jordy and Jack both scoring RBI's, before finally going down with a courageous at bat from Kayne Hancock.

Base running was great with 13 stolen bases but we need to bat for the team, leaving 9 runners stranded on base is just not good enough.

We really gave West Torrens a scare in the last but it's no good showing fight once the game is almost done. If we can keep that intensity up for 110 minutes there is not a team in this competition that will beat us.

Hits: McArdle 4, Walker 2, Lightbody 1
RBI's: McArdle 4, Walker 1, Dawson 1

Under 17/1 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Sturt 11 def Port Adelaide 1

Our second encounter for the year against Port Adelaide and pitching was the name of the game!

Damon Arnold started on the mound and finished on the mound. He threw 6 innings, with 11 strikeouts, 3 hits and 75% of his 85 pitches being strikes! It is tough to lose with such quality pitching every week.

Port Adelaide's pitcher also brought his A game with our boys struggling to get on top! With some fielding errors we got runners into scoring positions and were about to capitalize with two out RBI hits from Jack Dawson and Harrison Knuckey the only real highlights.

in the box There were no stand outs with the bat but we were able to find a way to win when we didn't play our best Also make sure you are all out Tuesday night to support the A grade at home this week, big game for the boys!

Under 17/2 (Coach:John McClure)

Bye

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

Sturt 5 Port Adelaide 4

A superb afternoon for baseball as the boys got to play at Sturt's true home ground for a change against an unknown opponent in Pt Adelaide. Sturt pulled it out 5-4 in the end, but made it much harder work than it needed to be. A strange sort of game with plenty of hitting that ended up not being reflected on the scoreboard.

Fantastic pitching carried the team today. Hugo Dahlen-Flight was dialled in with 63% of his 86 pitched over four innings being thrown for strikes and most importantly keeping the ball down in the strike zone. Austin McClure came in with the game in the balance and blew Port away over the 5th and 6th innings in a commanding performance that enable the batters to scrap up a 5th inning run and lock up the game.

At the plate hits were plentiful but the timing not quite there as the batters did just enough to win. Most notable were a couple bombs by Ky Matthews-Hampton to centre that got caught in the incoming breeze and landed just short of the cones for a pair of doubles. Aussie came through in the bottom of the 5th by shanking an 0-1 fastball out of the reach of the first baseman down the right field line to knock in Ky from 2nd for the game winner.

Next week we head to the Bay for a showdown against the young guns from Glenelg who currently sit atop the ladder. This should be a great game that will test the depth of our team so training will need to be sharp to prep for the Tigers.

Hits: Ky Matthews-Hampton (2 x 2B), Austin McClure (2B), Reed Stewart 2 each; Harry Knuckey, Hugo Dahlen-Flight, Nick Borrello 1 each

RBI: Harry Knuckey, Austin McClure 2 each; Ky Matthews-Hampton 1

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

Bye

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Tony Catt)

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) 12 d GGCD 8

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Ben Seekamp)

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) 14 d Hawks 4

We started the game with our newly found pitching talent in Luke Warburton. Luke allowed just the one run gaining 5 strikeouts with just one safe hit in his two innings. Our other new pitching talent Austin Parkinson took over in the third holding them scoreless and picking up four strikeouts for no hits.

It is fantastic to see these two come on and add to our pitching stocks. We still have Zac Becker and Harry Chaplin who are pitching well.

We had a great day with the bat. Everyone in the team had a safe hit. Luke continued his great day collecting 3 hits and one walk as did Lachie Seekamp both players also scoring a double. Emma Dawson found some form with the bat collecting 2 safe hits including a double.

Our batting was terrific to watch today with 16 hits.

Little League 2-Saints (U13) (Coach: John Eckert)

Golden Grove 15 defeated Saints 14

So close!, a great game where the lead alternated to the point I thought we had squeezed out a victory in the dying minutes (lesson to check with scorers rather than rely on hearsay).

Also a game that we should and could have won except we found the opposition with most our hits and they seen to just miss us with theirs - typical of the baseball gods. However it did prove that with each week we are becoming more competitive as a team and are getting the basics right. It was our first 6 innings game with the pitching duties equally shared between Jacob Jones, Lachlan Fisher and Jake Mossman, who all had their individual moments of greatness. Jamie Vidale did a great job catching in the heat and all our fielders contributed in a game full of opposition hits. Offensively we batted and ran the bases aggressively but just fell short in the last innings with runners in scoring positions. Again a great game full of lessons that we will take into the future.

Little League Sturt (U11) (Coach: Stan Warrilow )

Sturt vs Goodwood Red

A nail-biting finish to a good game for our boys, unfortunately we couldn't quite hang on for the win.

Firstly a big thank you to Goodwood for lending us 2 of their players for the game as we found ourselves with 7 players due to sickness and other commitments.

We started strongly in the 1st innings scoring 3 runs thanks to a walk to Myles and safe hits to Samson, Darcy and Jameson.
Spencer took to the hill and mowed down the Indian hitters with 3 strikeouts and 1 walk.
The 2nd innings saw us post the full 5 runs thanks to 5 walks and a couple of hits, including a triple to Jameson. We actually scored 6 runs but only 5 are counted.

Spencer continued his great work on the mound with another strikeout, then he had a few control issues and hit a couple batters in the feet but then we turned our first double play for the season to finish the innings and were looking strong heading into the top of the 3rd.

That was where our scoring stopped as we had 3 strikeouts in the 3rd and the same again in the 4th innings.
Samson replaced Spencer on the hill and started strong striking out the 1st Indian, but a few walks and a couple of hits saw the Indians post 4 runs to close the gap.

Darcy came out to pitch the last innings and gave his all throwing the full 40 pitches. The Indians managed to score the full 5 runs before we could get them out though to take the game with a 9-8 score line.

Well done to Brad for catching 3 out of the 4 innings and Darcy and Jameson for their first extra base hits this year.

See you on Tuesday!

Hits - Jameson 2, Darcy, Samson and Axel (Goodwood) 1

..:: message posted on Monday the 22nd of December, 2014 21:12:19 ::..

Newsletter 15/12/14

Tuesday night we have a 6.15 pm twilight game against Southern Districts. It also serves as our Christmas Party so the BBQ will be fired up and the bar will be open so please join us to watch the game and enjoy the festive spirit. Father Christmas will also be making an appearance so we would like to see as many juniors come along as possible!

For those of you who want some VIP treatment to watch the Bite, the Sturt Baseball Club has been able to secure a very special members deal where you can gain entry to the Shark Tank to watch the game in this VIP area for a cost of $45 per adult for four alcoholic drinks and a foot long hotdog. It is only $25 for children who will receive a hot dog and two drinks. Please email Wallace Long if you would like to take up this opportunity.

For those of you new to the club, please join out Twitter feed, at Follow @sturt_baseball and our Facebook page!

Wine Orders for Christmas

The Sturt Baseball Club has secured some great wines from Behind the Door Wines. This is an excellent opportunity to buy some quality wines and help the club who will profit from your purchase. All you need to do is fill in the Order Form and submit to Sally Hill at Behind the Door Wines. Your wine order will be available for collection at the Club from 12th December 2014

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: Zac Stokes)

The last week for the Saints has been a rough one. Tuesday night we went down to Kensington 15-1. Then yesterday we came off second best against Goodwood 22-0.

The group needs to pick their chins up and come out Tuesday night with a positive attitude to play Southern Districts at Sturt at 6:15

Well done to Luke Peters who made his division 2 debut start at 3rd base. Simon Adkins got his first division 1 appearance yesterday in left field with 2 great catches in the last inning. Matt Mulryan made his first div 1 start on the mound last Tuesday. Good work guys.

Tomorrow night we see the return of US college player Daniel Lee. Sorry Saints fans, he is only here for a few weeks.

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Sturt 5 V Goodwood 6

3-1 down top 4 and the boys dung deep and scored 3 runs, which was great to see this young team rally with Simon Atkins, Tyson Ottaway and Luke Peters starting it all for us. Now Leading 4-3 we extended our lead again in the 6th to go 5-3 up. Goodwood managed to score and tie up the game 5 all going into the last. Damo smashed a single, Will walked and things were looking good, Max Walker also walked and bases loaded with one out. We couldn't capitalise leaving bases loaded in the bottom 7, but again was good to see the group fight hard and give themselves a chance to take it. Another day it will go our way. Goodwood hit well in the bottom 7 and all over 6-5 lost, but one of the best B grade game in my opinion this year. Boys are starting to get that believe and having a real crack.

Brodie again was solid pitching his full limit and completing 5 innings working hard all day. Damo backed him up with 29 pitchers 20 strikes to close out the last 2 digs. Fielding was solid with some lesson coming out of it, but only the one error registered. Big improvement from last couple of weeks. Congrats to Luke Peters on his first b grade start and Tyson Ottaway's first start behind the dish both playing very well.

Things are looking up guys keep up your believe, confidence and energy and these games will turn into wins.

Hits : 1- Holland, Arnold, Wirth, MacBeth, Adkins, Ottaway, Peter.

Division 3 (Coach: Peter Turner)

Goodwood 8 d Sturt 1

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

Sturt Vs Goodwood (W 10-6)

Well finally the curse is broken as we pick up our first major scalp of the season.

After the initial confusion and disorganization with warm-ups and lineups the boys settled in well with Jake 'Big Shed' Gibson relishing the last minute opportunity to start on the mound in the searing heat. What a performance he put on going the distance and collecting 3 hits along the way to help himself out. Mark 'Iron Chef' Richmond was welcomed back into the meat of the hitting order and he came up trumps smashing 3 crucial doubles to give us the breathing space we needed to hold off the fighting Indians to wrap this one up.

Defensively we were solid for all but one innings - we need to work on this lack of focus as it seems to creep in to our game at some stage each week. Jess 'Wall' Lemon had SS locked down and was all over the place knocking the ball down and making great plays. Jared 'Hit Factory' Thornquest was tough as nails and put in a brave performance - looking in excruciating pain all day after hurting his back reaching for a cupboard in his kitchen the previous night. Darren 'Daz' Stewart showed some good form keeping the infielders on their toes with some testy pre-innings ground balls that nearly cost us the services of Benny 'Pacman' Packer early on. Thankfully they both managed to smash the ball and Daz even had a nice header in the 4th.

Big mention goes out to Timmy 'no nickname yet' Boundy who collected his first hit of the year, Tim hit it hard all day and was unlucky to pick up a couple more. One dishonorable mention goes out to Shane 'No Show' Horne who will need to borrow someone's bike as back up to get to this weeks' game.

All in all, eight of our nine hitters collected hits in what was an all around solid team effort and shows what is needed to beat these quality sides.

Thank you once again to Theresa who has saved our lives this year with the scoring duties and also a big cheers to Pete Turner who did a great job umpiring.

Hits: Richmond 3 (3x2b), Gibson 3, Packer 1 (2b) Lemon 1, Boundy 1, Thornquest 1, Boundy 1, Martens 1, Stewart 1

Division 5 (Coach: Chris Small)

Final score 9 - 20 Loss

The score line does not really reflect the way this game was played as we were still in it going in to the last innings.

With Rick 'Rat' Trembath on the mound things did not start the way we would have liked, but Adelaide came out swinging and with rat throwing strikes they were always going to hit him. Unfortunately for us we had a few missed catches and Adelaide hit the ball hard and to the gaps to score the max 7 runs. Our first at bat started well with the first three batters scoring but that is where it stopped and we left 3 runners on. So after 1 it was 3 - 7 down.

The second was better in the field and we had them all out without a score, good plays from Ben 'Shrek' Colyer at short a K2 by the Rat and Demi 'Triples' Inglis from second with the third out. However our second at bat was not good and after 4 batters at the plate we were back into the field.

The third innings saw Adelaide's first batter get on with a fly ball that fell in between rightfield and second base, before the next batter hit one to Don 'Wulffy' Wulff at centrefield. He took the running catch and with the runner having a brain fade Wulffy hears the call from Chris 'Smally' Small at first to throw him out for our first double play of the day. Unfortunately they then manage 4 runs before we are able to get the third out. Our third at bat when we needed some runs to keep in touch hurt as we had 4 up for the 3 outs again.

The fourth had Wulffy go to the mound and the first two batters had safe hits, so with runners on 1st and 2nd the next batter hits down the line to third, Chris 'Daisy' Day fields the ball, touches third base for the first out and the runner running to first for some reason starts to slow about 3/4 the way down first base line. First base coach yells at him to run and he puts the pedal down again only for Daisy's rocket throw from third to beat him by half a step, this is our second double play of the day. Adelaide plate two more runs for a score line of 3 - 13 down. Into bat we go, Josh 'Cliffy' Clifford comes in to the game and gets a walk, Glenn 'Doc' Young grounds into a fielders choice and Cliffy is the first out at second, Smally hits to left, Wulffy hits a double to centre and scores one, Ben 'Shrek' Colyer gets a walk, Daisy hits to right to score two, Ben Seekamp filling in for us gets a K2 for the second out, Mark 'Pop' Burns hits to centre to score one, Rat gets a walk, Cliffy hits to centre to score one and Doc hits into a fielders choice at third for the final out but we manage 6 runs to be 9 - 13 down and back in the game.

In to the last we go and unfortunately Adelaide score the max 7 runs again to put the game out of reach. Our last at bat Wulffy and Shrek had good hits but we fail to score. Time and Game is called with a final score line of 20 - 9 down.

Pitches: Rat 67 pitches for 42 strikes, Wulffy 52 pitches for 36 strikes.

Safe Hits: G Young 1, C Small 3, D Wulff 2 (1D), B Colyer 1, C Day 2, M Burns 3, J Clifford 1

Thanks to Ben Seekamp and Josh Clifford for helping out, Carol for scoring and Wallace Long for umpiring.

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 28 Playford 0 at Flinders

This wasn't one for the ages - although the game itself seemed to take ages, with a very slow pace and not a lot to get excited about. Many of the Playford guys are just learning the game, and it showed as we piled on a series of mercy innings before the game was called.

It was great to have Jules 'JP' Potiki back on the mound after a long absence, working with Justin 'JR' Ranford until he was relieved by Andrew 'AJ' Johnston.

Our defence didn't have to do a whole lot, so we concentrated on our batting and it was great to see the likes of Richard 'Elvis' Carter and Matt 'Chewy' Chenoweth racking up the RBIs.

Big thanks to Heather who scored for both teams, and also to Demi 'Triples' Inglis who doubled up for us and to Tom 'Tommy' Emmett who had an RBI while also playing half a game in the outfield.

Hits: Ranford 1, Inglis (1 RBI), Potiki 2 (2), T Emmett (1), Martin 2 (3), Turner 2 (2), McKinley 3 (2), B Emmett 1 (3), Chenoweth 3 (4), Carter 3 (5), Johnston 3 (3).

Pitching: Jules - 22 balls 21 strikes 2 Ks, AJ - 6 balls 6 strikes 0 Ks

Under 19 (Coach: Mitch Dawson)

Sturt 13 defeated East Torrens 1

It was a miserable and wet Wednesday evening at Norman Reserve that saw the resurgent Under 19 Sturt team take on East Torrens.

With 45 minutes to go the heavens cleared and were able to get the ground ready in time. Thanks to Craig Ottaway, the team and parents for their assistance.

Tyson Hancock opened the pitching and threw well in difficult conditions, allowing only 2 hits from his 3 innings pitched with 4 strike outs.

Tyson was followed on the mound with a cameo from Mitch Lightbody who after walking his first batter proceed to sit the next three batters down in succession.

Jack Dawson came in and consistently threw strikes in the final dig and with support from the infield closed out the game having thrown only 14 pitches.

With the bats we started off slowly in the first with our first three batters going down in succession before a lead-off double from Brodie and a couple of stolen bases opened our account in the second. Ottaway reached first base on balls and proceeded to steal second (who knew he could run that fast) before being scored by a team lifting single from William Hill to right field.

A double from Damon Arnold opened the batting in the third and some errant East Torrens pitching saw us load the bases, only to have them almost cleared again with a single to right field from Tyson Ottaway. Smart batting and some aggressive base running and we scored a maximum seven runs in the third innings to jump well clear on the scoreboard.

More wayward pitching and hits to McArdle and Dawson in the bottom of the fourth saw us score another four runs to finish out the game in style.

The team is really starting to gain momentum, our defence is tight and importantly our batting is starting to come together.

Most impressive was the aggressive base running and high energy shown by all the boys throughout the game. Kris and I have been talking about this for a while now and its great to see the team respond.

Next game is 6:15pm on Wednesday evening at Norman Reserve against Port Adelaide so come along and shown your support.

Hits: Arnold, McArdle, Macbeth, Dawson, Ottaway, Hill 1
RBI's: Ottaway 3, Hill 2, Dawson, Adkins, Macbeth 1

Under 17/1 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Sturt 20 Defeated Goodowod 3

After a close encounter earlier in the season we were hoping we could avoid that same situation
We started with three runs in the first innings to give Luke Peters some support for his first start for the year
Luke threw 5 innings for a complete game effort, it involved just 67 pitches and only allowed two earned runs in an outstanding effort. He also backed this up with 4 hits and 2 triples to make his trip to Goodwood a very successful one. He was helped by solid defense throughout from everyone with the boys continuing to make the basic plays which win you baseball games

Luke wasn't the only one swinging the bat well, we were able to score in every innings and as normal when you score 20 runs we accumulated 18 hits with all player contributing. Other major contributors were Simon Adkins picking up three hits and 2 triples and Kayne Hancock collecting 3 hits including 2 doubles. Thanks to Ky Hampton for helping out and picking himself up a triple!

With one game to go before the Xmas break it would be great to go into the break undefeated and set us up perfectly for the second half of the season

Hits: Peters, 4, Adkins Hancock 3, Dawson Knuckey Ottaway 2, Hampton, Arnold

Under 17/2 (Coach:John McClure)

Sturt    2 0 0 0 0 2
Gawler 0 2 2 6 0 10

2-0 after one featuring a five pitch innings from Tyrese Kimotho was one of the brighter starts of the season. Looking a million bucks after the first but alas it didn't last and it was death by a thousand cuts and resulted in 10-2 loss.

Offensively the best highlights came in a sparkling first innings with welcome back boy Jack Bennetts getting a mistimed dribbler down the third base line and getting us our first hit against Gawler. A stolen base and a wild throw had Jack sitting at third waiting for Brandon Weber to send him home which he duly delivered with another big thumping double to centrefield - 1-0. A hard ground ball by Conor McClure created an error at shortstop and plated Jack for a 2-0 lead. Looking good Billy Ray!

With Tyrese on the hill the first pitch was a well hit line drive that Stewart Gardiner at third brilliantly plucked from nowhere, taking a great catch and putting the unlucky Ranger back in the dugout. A fly out to Riley at second and a groundout to Tyrese and 4 pitches later we're batting again. Suddenly big league management was no longer a dream!

We managed just three hits for rest of the game, two to Riley Mills who continues to obtain consistency with the bat picking up his fourth consecutive hit from a match and Stewart Gardiner also picked up a hit in a welcome return to form. And that was all she wrote as far as our scoreboard went.

I thought the team battled hard in the box against a good battery from Gawler. We didn't see their best but the replacements were no slouches throwing 62% strikes versus our 55%. Both teams had 5 hits each but the major difference was 1 free pass against the 7 we gave away. Can't do it - simple as that. I don't believe there is much difference between the teams us but we need to play more consistently if we are to compete and challenge other teams. Our best is definitely good enough but it's producing consistently that wins game.

Defensively it was pretty good but no means perfect. The first "Harold" went well, catchers were held in the outfield and it was pleasing to see Chris Sandor grab a flyball at right. A couple of KWT's didn't help when we conceded 6 in the fourth and it's just a couple less errors and a couple more hits and the score would have looked very different. Then again if my aunty had the proverbials she'd be my uncle.

Finally a home game at Norman Reserve (where's that?) for the last game of the first half of the season. I would argue that we would currently be the best travelled side at Sturt with 2 x Gawler, 2 x GGCD, 2 x West Torrens and 1 by Southern Districts featuring amongst all that one home game at Flinders. Thanks again to our loyal supporters for coming out to watch.

Next week we're the hottest ticket in town with a 12:30pm start at Norman Reserve Stadium. Book at Bass it's going to be big.

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

Sturt 13 d Golden Grove Central Districts 2

On a glorious afternoon for baseball at a picture perfect Norman Reserve, the Saints put it all together at the plate and in the field to walk away with a comfortable 13-2 victory against a determined Golden Grove Central District team looking to spring an upset. The bottom of the order took heed of Knuck's post game comments last week at Glenelg and matched the top half of the order at the plate as the entire lineup contributed beautifully in racking up 13 hits spread across 8 of 9 players. The Saints were again solid in the field going errorless for the second consecutive week.

Ky Matthews-Hampton made a welcome return to the mound as the starter and put in a solid 3 inning effort holding the Dodgers to 2 runs on 3 hits with a couple walks scattered among 5 strikeouts. All in all a great sign for the remainder of the season to have the big fella up and firing and getting some important work in leading up to the national titles in January.

After scrapping for one run in the first inning, the boys broke their recent run drought by cutting loose for the maximum 7 runs in the bottom of the 2nd. Hugo primed the pump with a leadoff single to left soon followed by singles to Nick and Josh, a double down the left field line by Andrew, an infield single to Sam, capped by sharp singles to centre and left by Reed and Harry. Nick's second single of the inning drove in the 7th run which cemented a game winning break on the scoreboard.

Three Dodger hits and a well executed sacrifice bunt in the top of the 3rd resulted in their only 2 runs for the game and kept the boys on their toes. Sturt responded with a single run in the 3rd and 4 in the bottom of the 4th with Josh bravely taking a fastball on the lower leg then singles to Reed and Harry followed by a booming double by Ky that dropped inches short of the cones in left centre.

Reed came in to pitch for the first time in several years throwing a credible 2 scoreless, hitless innings to lockdown the game and give workhorses Aussie and Hugo a spell a week before heading into the long holiday break.

Thanks to Catty for umpiring today on short notice, Emily for scoring and those parents who helped set up and take down the field. Unbelievably we have only one more home game the rest of the season. See you at Kensy next week to meet up with a couple jolly fat men (and possibly Santa as well) as we look to head into the summer break on a winning note.

Hits: Reed Stewart 3, Josh Wilson, Nick Borrello, Harry Knuckey 2 each, Hugo Dahlen-Flight, Andrew Brennan (2B), Sam Bennetts, Ky Matthews-Hampton (2B), 1 each

RBI: Reed Stewart 3, Harry Knuckey, Sam Bennetts 2 each, Josh Wilson, Andrew Brennan, Nick Borrello, Austin McClure, Ky Matthews-Hampton 1 each

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

Northern Districts 8 defeated Sturt 5

ND    0 0 1 7 - (8)
Sturt 1 1 0 1 2 (5)

The boys are back!

In a nail biting finish to a very exciting game Northern Districts snatched victory from us at the last moment. Despite leading by a narrow margin for most of the game, after a long afternoon in the sun we couldn't quite match the depth in the ND team when it counted most. Although a loss, it was great to see the boys bounce back from last week's effort and they should be happy with their performance.

At bat we seemed unsettled by the erratic but otherwise slow-ish pitching from ND. Callum and Joaquin recorded the only safe hits, but many others got on base and into scoring position as the ND pitchers struggled to find the mark and gave away an average of 3 walks an innings. The ND defence was otherwise tight and we just couldn't find the opportunity to capitalise on those walks - despite some aggressive stealing.

Defensively we played a very strong game, spearheaded by Josh on the mound and Hamish behind the plate. This is the 1st time these two have paired up and they were on fire, with 2 scoreless innings to open the game including 4 K's, and conceding only 2 hits and 1 run in the first 3 innings. In the field they were backed up by good tight plays by Axel at right, Joel at short and Lachlan at 2nd. In a huge effort, Hamish stayed behind the plate as Michael took to the mound for the 2nd time this season to close for the final innings, where he recorded 1K and assisted with an out at 1st

After 4 very exciting innings in which we'd led most of the way, we'd let ND sneak in front of us, and at 3-8 down we headed into the 5th just before time with a chance to keep the game alive - and we got tantalizingly close! First Josh then Michael were walked and some aggressive stealing from both got them across the plate quickly. Max and then Luke were then walked and they stole their way around to 3rd and 2nd - so with none out, 2 on base and at 5-8 down it looked a certainty that we'd force ND to bat again. ND dug deep, striking out our next two batters only adding to the tension as we headed back to the top of the batting order - alas we just couldn't pull it off.

Overall the boy's performance was solid and, with the score so close throughout, it was a very exciting game to watch.

Although we didn't do wonders with the bat, we didn't swing at too much rubbish and recorded only one KC. In the field we were clearly thinking more about the play in advance and we seemed more certain of where to throw, we made very few errors and nothing that a bit more practice won't fix.

Thanks to Sally for scoring, Richard for pitch counting and to Steve and Doug for organisational and coaching assistance during the week and on the day.

Hits: Callum 1
Runs (1 each): Callum, Josh, Michael, Axel, Lachlan
RBI (1 each): Hamish, Joel

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Tony Catt)

West Torrens defeated Sturt 5-4

A great game of baseball dominated early by a couple of excellent pitchers.

Our young team had a couple of new call ups this week due to injury and illness. Young Samson Garcia played his first game in the big leagues and swung the bat and competed which is all I wanted him to do. He is going to be a fine young baseballer in years to come.

Lachlan Seekamp also got a run in Division 1 today and did really well. Swung the bat aggressively and has a great arm in the outfield. Another young gun to keep an eye on!

With a few missing our bats lacked some depth but the boys gave their best effort which is all I ask for. In particular Sam stewart was great with the bat and Seb and Robbie picking up crucial hits.

We faced the best pitcher we have seen all year which is great for our development. Have to see the best and compete against the best to be the best.

Well done boys - bring on next week!

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Ben Seekamp)

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) 11 d GGCD 6

Little League 2-Saints (U13) (Coach: John Eckert)

Saints 15 draw Gawler 15

The final play of the day decided the game result and it was probably appropriate for both teams that a hard fought match ended in a draw. That said we had the winning run on third base with 2 outs after Jake Mossman stole home to level the score, so the final play could have easily ended in either 'fielders interference' or 'running off the line' in a 3rd base /home plate run down play. Unfortunately it was the latter after a valiant effort by base runner Joe Harvey and we were awarded the half points for a draw - better than a loss but again sooooo close! Jake Mossman and Lachlan Fisher shared the pitching duties admirably with regular injured starter Jacob Jones tidying up the last few batters. Jamie Vidale persevered in the heat and caught well with Luca Mozer batting in 3 runs with a stand up double at a critical part of the game. Different game play each week is providing great learning experiences, this weeks 'take outs' were batting under pressure and supporting team mates - all good.

Little League Sturt (U11) (Coach: Stan Warrilow )

Little League Sturt (U11) 11 d Kensington 10

It was another beautiful day for baseball at Norman Reserve as we came up against the Kensington Cardinals.

Darcy started off the pitching duties with the ever reliable Myles behind the plate. There was plenty of action for the field with Darcy throwing a high ratio of strikes for the Cardinal hitters.

4 hits and 3 walks saw the Cardinals post a 5 run maximum innings and a much improved performance from both pitcher and catcher.

Hits to Spencer, Jack and Myles saw us score 2 runs early in the 1st innings but we finished with 2 strikeouts to end the inning and were down 5-2.

Darcy continued his great work to start the 2nd innings giving up 1 hit, a walk and then a strikeout before reaching his pitch count and being replaced by Spencer.

Spencer was a bit shaky to start giving up a hit and a walk before finding the zone to strikeout the next 2 Cardinals to end the innings but not before the Cardinals scored 2 more runs.

5 straight walks to start the bottom of the 2nd innings gave us 3 early runs but the replacement Cardinal pitcher did well and we ended up with only 1 more run thanks 2 a couple of walks and a hit batter as we headed into the 3rd innings down 6-7.

Spencer continued on the mound throwing plenty of strikes, giving up a couple hits to the Cardinals, a couple of walks and a couple of big strikeouts.

Ryder then came in for the last 2 hitters, walking the 1st one and then making a great play to first base to get the 3rd out but not before the Cardinals scored 3 more valuable runs to lead it 10-6.

I had a quick chat to the boys and told them we needed the maximum 5 runs to win and that we had to patient in the batters box.

Ryder, Samson and Spencer all came up with hits to lead us off on the right foot.

A walk, then another hit to Myles and 2 more walks saw Darcy come to the plate with loaded bases and 1 out and the game tied at 10 all.

To finish of a great day he hit a line drive to right field to score the winning run!

Another great team effort from the boys today as we keep improving each week.

Special mention to Jack Fraser for getting his first hit of the season!

Thanks to Clay for umpiring at short notice too.

Hits - Spencer (2B) and Myles 2 each, Ryder, Samson, Jack and Darcy 1

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 16th of December, 2014 00:02:53 ::..

Newsletter 08/12/14

It is getting very close to Christmas and as such we have two upcoming events prior to Christmas. On this Friday 12th December straight after T-Ball finishes we will have appearances from Gus, the Adelaide Bite Mascot and Santa!

Come along, have a photo with Santa and Gus, and enjoy the last T-Ball night before the holiday break! Wendy's Hot Dogs will be on sale (from $4.00).

We have an A Grade Twilight game next Tuesday week 16 December 2014, Sturt v Southern Districts, commencing at 6.15 pm which will also serve as our Christmas party! All juniors players are particularly invited as we will have Father Christmas present after the game and we will also be showcasing our junior players who are representing the State. The BBQ will be fired up so please come down and join us to celebrate Christmas.

Also our Quiz Night will be held on Friday 6th February 2015 The location is Fullarton Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton, 6.30 pm for 7.15 pm start. Get your tables together and book by Friday 23 January 2015. $10 per person, kids under 12 free!

Please email your chosen table name, names of attendees and payment details to events@sturtbaseballclub.org.au A brochure is available for download to promote the event amongst your friends!

Thanks to all of you who have passed on their condolences to our family on the passing of my mother Zoe last Tuesday night. Our family also very much appreciated that the teams wore black arm bands over the weekend as a mark of respect. Mum loved watching sport and has the honour of being the first full time employee of the Port Adelaide Football Club and was made a Life Member of the Club for her 23 years of work at the Club.

Our thoughts are also with the Nicholas family with Jeff's Dad's funeral this coming Wednesday.

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Wine Orders for Christmas

The Sturt Baseball Club has secured some great wines from Behind the Door Wines. This is an excellent opportunity to buy some quality wines and help the club who will profit from your purchase. All you need to do is fill in the Order Form and submit to Sally Hill at Behind the Door Wines. Your wine order will be available for collection at the Club from 12th December 2014

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: Zac Stokes)

Tuesday December 2
Sturt 7 defeated East Torrens 6

The team had great energy for our first Tuesday twilight game. Colin Feldtman was on the hill for the Saints. East Torrens jumped out of the gates scoring 3 in the 1st and another in the 3rd. Sturt pegged 1 run back in the 2nd and 1 in the 4th. It wasn't until the 5th inning where we scored 4 runs to take the lead. Sturt scored another run in the 6th from a Sam Hollis home run. The Hollis home run ended up being the winning run as East Torrens scored 2 in the last inning making the final score 7-6.

Feldtman earned MVP for the game pitching 6 innings, 7 strikeouts and allowing only 5 hits. Feldtman also batted 1/2 with another HPB.

The Saints hit 4 home runs in the game which is a rare sight for the squad.

Hits: Holmes, Brebner-Russ 2 (HR), Lightbody, Roeger (HR), McArdle(HR), Feldtman, Hollis(HR), Chroust 1.

Sunday December 7
Woodville 3 defeated Sturt 2

Sunday the boys had challenge in playing 3rd place team Woodville. Billy Young was the starting pitcher for the Saints. Billy was named MVP for the game after he threw 7 innings, striking out 3 and only allowing 4 hits and zero earned runs.

Josh Tindall was the relief pitcher throwing the last two innings. The more innings Tindall throws in div 1 and 2 the better he is getting.

Former professional pitcher Jackson Lodge started on the hill for the visitors. Lodge pitched 6 and a third innings allowing only 2 runs. It was quite the pitching dual with scoring runs hard to come by.

I am very proud of the team that was missing a few key players to match it with a strong, experienced Woodville team. There were many learning points from that game that will only benefit the team in the future. The boys played some good baseball and keep improving with the more the group play together. I look forward to the next time we face Woodville. They know they will get a tough game from the Saints.

Hits: Brebner-Russ 2, Holmes, Lightbody, Chroust, Nicholas, Faehse 1.

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Sturt 0 vs Woodville 6

We matched Woodville in safe hits 5 to 6 but that was all; Walks, Errors and stolen bases hurt us bad. Offensively was better than last week, but we had runners on 4 of the 5 digs but couldn't capitalise.

Well done to Tyson Ottaway picking up his first B grade hit a nice catch in RF for his first B grade start. Jack Dawson tracked everything down in CF today. Peter Turner fought hard to close out the game pitching.

Lads we need to bring more energy and belief to our game. We have the goods the skills and ability to beat these sides, we need to start taking a risk, play with confidence and have a never die attitude.

Hits: Faehse, Dawson, Kerr, Mulryan, Ottaway.

Division 3 (Coach: Peter Turner)

No report or result available

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

Woodville 12 d Sturt 7

Well, what a letdown this week was!

The boys were pretty keen to pick up where they left off in the rain cancelled game at Northern Districts 2 weeks ago and we started well with Lemmo relishing in his leadoff spot getting aboard with a walk and letting the guys behind him pick him up. We did that and grabbed a couple of runs to take the early lead.

The Senators fired right back picking up a few in the bottom half with Gibbo just starting to get in his groove towards the end of the innings and with a bit of luck (some would say the ugliest TRIPLE PLAY you have ever seen) we were in to have another hit. We picked up where we left off in the first and scored another 4 to take a commanding lead.

The game then turned into a defensive battle until Woodville blew it open in the 4th with 6 runs. We were unable to get the momentum back, our bats went quiet and before we knew it game was called and we were left once again to rue another L that are now starting to pile up in that column.

Some positives to come out of the game were Lemmo stepping up and making his debut behind the dish (Richmond & Boundy both out) and holding his own, some comments made in the outfield were that towards the end of the game he even looked like a catcher - although his overly aggressive framing technique could use a little work. He also continued to swing the bat hard and picked up another couple of hits. Some of you may see Whito down the gym this week bulking up in an effort to get the ball an extra three feet to clear the fence this weekend.

Hits: Lemon 2 (3b), Martens 2 (2b), Horne 1, Gibson 1, Whitford 1 (2b)

Division 5 (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt 5 d GGCD 4

This is a must win game for us so we can keep in touch with the tops sides and with the coach Don 'Wulffy' Wulff having to play half a game he went straight to the mound. The first batter hit to left field for a safe hit and then stole second base, he then went to steal third but Glenn 'Doc Young and Chris 'Daisy' Day had another idea, how about we we get this young bloke out with a throw behind the batter from Doc to Daisy who is just off the bag for Daisy to tag the runner out with a tag behind his back. That is the way we roll in the 5's.

Second batter had a safe hit as did the 3rd batter and they were on the board with 1 run before Wulffy retired the rest.

Our first at bat was a quick 4 up for side away. No runs scored and we went into the 2nd 0 - 1 down

Wulffy started to loosen up and after 4 batters came to the plate it was again side away with no runs scored.

Our 2nd at bat was worse than our first as it was 3 up and down, and most of us did not even get our backside on the bench and we were back in the field.

Into the top of the 3rd we go still down by 1 and again it was 4 up for the 3 outs and side away for GGCD, We again had 4 up for our 3 outs and the mood around the camp was down.

35 minutes of game time gone and Wulffy thinking he would have to leave after 3 innings went back out to the mound and why not with 3 up and down again to keep us in this game.

Our 4th at bat we thought we might start to get some luck because everything we had hit so far went straight to GGCD and they were making the outs, so Wulffy up first and he hits to right field for a single, Ben 'Shrek' Colyer moves Wulffy to second and then Trent 'Junior' Small hits to right to score Wulffy for our first run. Daisy up to the plate and for the second time he line drives out to second base for our second out. Rick 'Rat' Trembath is the third out for side away and the score is all tied up a 1 a piece.

Wulffy departs and sends Rat to the mound, Junior relieves Doc from behind the plate and he goes to left and Chris 'Smally' Small enters the game at first.

With Rat throwing GGCD like his speed a little better and score 2 runs before we get side away, they would have scored 3 runs if not for a great tag at home plate by Junior, Shrek fielded the ball at short stop and as the run left third he threw on the spot for Junior to finish off a great play. Score 3-1 down.

Our fifth at bat had David 'Reg' Lee start with a single to left, Mark 'Pop' Burns was caught at second and then Craig 'Rowdy' Thompson came up with some speed to beat the throw to first and get an error to move around to second, while Reg ended up at third. With one out we looked good to score but Doc was K'd and Smally flied out for side away.

Top of the sixth and leading by one GGCD added one more before we got the 3 outs and we were now down by three. Score 1 - 4

Our 6th innings and we did not start well with Shrek and Junior both out after facing one ball each, Daisy up next and he was not going to let it be a three ball innings and after a 7 ball battle he ended up at second after a bump ball back to the pitcher who in turn had a wild throw to first. Rat then hit to right and Reg did the same thing and before we know we have scored 2 runs with 2 outs. Pop up next and he has had 3 hits for the day straight to a GGCD player every time to be caught out and side away.

Into the top of the 7th and final innings and Rowdy takes a great catch at centre field for the first out, the next batter double to centre field, the third batter is K2'd by Rat and the last hit a quick come back to Rat and I still don't know how but he took the catch for side away, must be those Rat like senses that took over his body.

We had been hitting the ball all day but with no luck, Daisy had 2 line drives, Pop had one and the rest hit straight to fielders, we needed a spark.

Down by one and at the top of the line up this was it, Rowdy bounces one over the pitchers head to centre field for a single, Doc up next and as stand in coach I said to him any way you can, you are the winning run, you just get on, take one for the team if you have to. First pitch and whack straight on the left cheek of the buttocks. Runners on first and second with stand in Coach Smally at the plate with Wulffy's words still ringing in his ears we need a win Smally, he hits to centre field to score Rowdy and put Doc on 3rd, Shrek up to bat Smally steals second, Shrek then hits to second base and Doc gets home safe for the win 5 - 4 up

A great come from behind all day and win.

GGCD had 10 hits for the day and we had 8 hits

Safe Hits: Rowdy 1, Doc 1, Wulffy 1, Smally 1, Junior 1, Rat 1, Reg 2.

Pitching: Wulffy 61 pitches for 38 strikes, Rat 58 pitches for 38 strikes.

Thanks to Janet Young for scoring for us, Carol Burns for scoring for GGCD as they did not have one, Wallace Long for Umpiring and our number one ticket holder Ron MacBeth plus the usual supporters.

Go The Saints!

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 10 GGCD 9 at Sturt

This one had a bit of everything - it was a tense, back-and-forth affair right down to the bottom of the seventh when the new lightweight Kingsley 'Butterball' Turner singled in the winning run.

Daytime television programs will be madly speculating all week - just how does a man lose four kilos in the space of seven days??

Butterball might have scared the grandkids right behind the couch when he emerged from the bathroom having shaved his head and beard, but it worked a treat as the big man was lethal at third and even stole a base!! (we don't recognise defensive indifference in this league, particularly when everyone is laughing too hard..).

There were plenty of other heroics - Jules "JP" Potiki with his two RBIs and a great catch, Demi "Triples" Inglis with her great at-bats, Phil "Philthy" Martin's double play at short, Matt "Chewy" Chenoweth's debut at second, Justin "Prez" McKinley's sliding catch in right, Anthony "Big K" Kocza's determination at the plate and clean-up man Brian "Screwball" Emmett with his three-hit day.

However, for the individual highlight it was hard to go past Justin "Doink" Ranford who, when stealing third, managed to deflect the incoming throw right off his ... protection, which made a very satisfying sound. Doink.

Working in tandem with Andrew "AJ" Johnston, Chris "Hoops" Thompson was tireless on the mound and pivotal in our walk-off win. With the score at 8-9 in the bottom of the seventh, Hoops reached first on a fielders choice and then stole second - just evading the tag - and while the Dodgers were still arguing with umpire Pete Tredrea, Hoops leapt to his feet and stole third. Magic.

He would come home on another JP single, setting up the fresh-faced Butterball who swung truly for the walk-off single.

If this were the major leagues, we all would have jumped on Butterball and ripped his uniform off (thank GOD we're not in the majors then...).

Thanks to Heather for scoring, Tredders for umpiring and to Will for helping us warm up.

Hits: Potiki 2 (2 RBI), Martin 3 (2), Emmett 3 (1), Turner 1 (2), Inglis 2, Johnston (1)

Pitching: Thompson 50 balls, 71 strikes, 4Ks

Under 19 (Coach: Mitch Dawson)

Sturt 8 defeated GGCD 0

Another beautiful Wednesday night and the Under 19 team finally got to play our first game at Norman Reserve.

Tyson Hancock opened the pitching and again threw well for his three innings, allowing only two hits he got the outs when they mattered and kept Golden Grove scoreless.

Brodie Macbeth replaced Tyson on the mound for the next three digs and pitched exceptionally well, throwing only 34 pitches at 70% strikes to get his 9 outs, and allowing only 1 hit.

While both pitchers were great I tip my hat to the fielders who executed one of the best defensive games of baseball I've seen. Simon Adkins absolutely owned right field and caught everything that came his way, while Max Walker put on a clinic at third base and didn't put a glove wrong.

Jordan McArdle was menacing behind the plate and really had the GGCD runners worried with his throws to second.

Mitch Lightbody was again solid at shortstop and was part of a great backup play where he narrowly missed a ball down the middle only to have Damon Arnold magically appear diving behind him to make the catch.

Tyson Ottaway, Jayden Trembath and Jack Dawson were also faultless in the field and we finished the the game without a single error.

Offence wasn't bad but there was still a few too many strike outs, something that we will continue to work on.

Mitch, Brodie, and Simo all hit well when it mattered to score runs from three out of our four safe hits.

A big thanks to Tom Winter who stepped in to help coach, and also to William Hill and Kayne Hancock for their help in the dugout.

Next game is at Norman Reserve again on Wednesday evening, spectators are welcome.

Hits: Arnold, Lightbody, Macbeth, Adkins 1

RBI's: Adkins 2, Lightbody, Macbeth 1

Under 17/1 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Sturt 4 def Woodville 3

For the second time this year we used a get out of jail card to remain undefeated! The boys didn't come ready to play this week and that was shown with Woodville's three runs all in the first inning and all unearned With Damo on the mound again we knew we were always going to be in the game and again he threw 5 solid innings for 87 pitches to keep us in the game until the bats woke up.

It stayed at 3 nil until the last inning with Woodville's pitcher doing an excellent job only allowing one hit threw his first 4 innings. When the game was on the line the boys lifted and showed why we re undefeated with some patient and clutch hitting especially from Tyson and Luke, to plate the four runs and take the lead.

It was down to our A grade outfielder Jack Dawson to shut them down and he had us nervous with a 4 pitch walk but a 4-6-3 double play relaxed everyone and that was all she wrote!

Special thanks is due for my assistant coach 'bones' helping out and umpiring and doing a stirring job and replacing him on the bench Mitch Dawson, thanks. Also to the under 15s that help our whenever we are short it's greatly appreciated and you boys don't look out of place at all


Hits- Arnold, Ottaway, Peters, McClure 1

Under 17/2 (Coach:John McClure)

Sturt                     3 4 0 1 8
Southern Districts 4 1 1 2 8

Another game against Southern Districts and another draw! An entertaining game that had some terrific highlights with both teams making some good plays and both teams making a few howlers.

Play of the day was Tom Bartley's towering solo home run over centrefield in the last innings that gave us a two run buffer going into the last innings that proved crucial. Tom also pitched 3 innings picking up 4K's and had a mixed day with walks, strikes outs and at times wasn't helped by the field.

Other batting highlights were Brandon Weber's big double that fell a few feet short of the cones, Riley Mill's double RBI line drive to left field in the first innings and Conor McClure's single plinker to RF. A sum total of 4 hits comprising of a home run, double and two singles. We also collected 4 walks, 2 HPB and 6 K's. Not a batting performance for the ages by any stretch of the imagination.

Conversely we gave up 6 walks, 5 hits and 3 errors so a draw was probably a fair result. Tyrese Kimotho pitched the final innings and after a wobbly start got the job done. One of the more entertaining plays of the game was a failed put out at the plate (by just a whisker) that had the crowd debating quite vigorously I might add about whether the opposition runner was safe. Somehow our shortstop James Last finished up at home plate and was unlucky not to have claimed a caught stealing scalp. The players need also to learn that the umpire's decision is final and no correspondence shall be entered into.

Thanks to the supporters that came out to watch the players and in particular to Howard for scoring at short notice. Thanks to Bill and Craig for their help with the team and a proppy coach!

Another road trip awaits next week with a game with the Rangers at Gawler. Hopefully we bring our A game.

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

Glenelg 6 Sturt 3

The boys headed to the Bay for a 1 vs 2 top of the table showdown against a well drilled Tiger outfit. Glenelg features a roster with at least 4 Gold Coast National Little League veterans plus an U14 State player so to say they ooze baseball nous is an understatement. Things looked promising early as the Saints jumped out to a 3 run lead in the top of the first courtesy of a couple sharp infield singles to shortstop by Reed and Harry and a booming double to right centre by Aussie who eventually scored what proved to be our final run of the game on a Glenelg throwing error.

In the field there were many pluses and minuses that both kept the game close, yet out of reach in the end. If you're a glass half empty person (ie coach): 8 walks, 1 hit batsman, 1 catcher's interference and a bit of loose glove work on a couple missed tag plays. If you're a glass half full person (ie player): only 4 hits yielded - all singles, two magnificent pick off plays - one at 2nd and one at 1st to snuff out Tiger rallies in both the 2nd and 3rd innings, nice defence at 2nd base today by Jordan and in right field by Josh Wilson and no errors as a team.

Special mention to Nick Borrello today who started in left field and played as long as he could with a severely wrenched back. One of the highlights of the day was his rocket to the gap in right centre to lead off the 2nd inning. We could use more of our guys playing with Nick's desire.

A Very Special mention goes to Emily Wilson for scoring yet again. Thanks, Emily, for your amazingly neat scorebook.

Glenelg has now set the benchmark for our season so it is clear to the boys the level we'll need to train and play at as a team to achieve our ultimate goal for the season. We have a good opportunity to get back on track next week against Golden Grove Central District so let's aim to make the most of it.

Hits: Austin McClure (2B), Harry Knuckey 2 each; Reed Stewart, Nick Borrello, Hugo Dahlen-Flight 1 each

RBI: Austin McClure 2

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

Henley & Grange 18 defeated Sturt 2
H&G   4 7 7 -
Sturt 0 2 0 0

Not our finest moment, as we dragged ourselves through 3 ˝ innings.

There were some memorable moments nonetheless, including two great catches, the 1st a very high foul caught by Hamish behind the plate and the 2nd by Michael at centre. Patrick scored our only safe hit for the day, and our 2 runs went to Michael and Luke.

Hopefully extra focus at practice this week will prevent a repeat next week.

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Tony Catt)

No report or result available

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Ben Seekamp)

Sturt 8 lost to Goodwood 14

The under 13-1s had suffered some player losses so this meant we had to send 4 of our players up to help them out. We were fortunate that 4 under 11s were able to help us out. They performed very well and I can see why they are doing so well in their grade.

Our pitching was not quite as good as we have come to expect. We had Harry Chaplin, Luke Warburton and Austin Parkinson take the ball but things just didn't flow as well as it usually does. They still were good but did not dominate as we expected.

Our batting suffered with our hits being well done on previous weeks.

We just had one of those games! We have seen improvement each week but unfortunately we didn't see it this week. Are we worried? No, we have a great group of kids who will bounce back next week and show us all what we enjoy watching. Let's just forget about that game and look forward to next week!

Little League 2-Saints (U13) (Coach: John Eckert)

Glenelg 15 defeated Saints 10

A game of 2 halves, we had our best game start of the season restricting Glenelg to 2 runs in the first 3 innings with tight pitching by Jacob Jones and clinical defensive plays by the infield consisting of Jamie, Lachlan, Joe, Jake and Baxter. In contrast we scored 6 runs through good pitch selection and aggressive batting. We were also assisted by a 9th player on loan from Glenelg (B Pearce) who generously contributed 2 safe hits. Unfortunately the second half wasn't as successful conceding 13 runs and only scoring another 4. Again a number of good lessons and experiences for our first time players. Good to see many of the boys now making batting contact and racking up a few hits. Our second time playing out all 6 innings within the allotted time is showing that the game quality is also improving.

Hits: Luca Mozer, Baxter Eckert, Lachlan Fisher, Joe Harvey, 1, Jake Mossman 2, Jacob Jones 3,

Little League Sturt (U11) (Coach: Stan Warrilow )

Sturt 10 d Goodwood Indians 9

"Get out the rye bread and mustard Grandma it's a Grand Salami"

Yes folks that's right, congratulations to Samson Garcia for his first grand slam home run!

More about that later.

We were back down at the reservation taking on another Goodwood Indians team on another perfect day for baseball.

Our boys started with a 5 run 1st innings thanks to 5 walks and safe hits to Ryder Tristan and Myles.

Ryder started off the pitching duties this week after a week off and battled away throwing his full pitch count. The Indians managed to score the full 5 runs on 5 walks and 2 hits and a hit batter so we went into the 2nd innings tied up at 5 all.

The 1st Indian pitcher was replaced after his pitch count was up and our boys were sent packing with 3 strikeouts and a couple of walks, for a big donut (zero) runs for the 2nd innings.

Samson replaced Ryder for the bottom of the 2nd innings, the Indians picked up a couple hits and 3 walks to post a 4 run innings but Samson came back strongly and ended up with 2 strikeouts. Tristan made a great play to get the lead runner with a great throw to Brad at 3rd base, which ended up being a game winner.

The 3rd innings was filled with 4 walks and a hit batter as Samson strode to the plate with loaded bases and then POW, a beautiful line drive to left centre field.

We all thought it had landed on the line for a double but the very honest Indian outfielder advised the umpire that it had gone over the line for a grand slam home run. Hence we ended the innings with the maximum 5 runs to take a slender 1 run lead heading into the last innings.

Spencer came on to pitch and mowed down the first Indian (strikeout) for out number 1. A walk and then another mowed down Indian (strikeout) gave us out number 2.

A couple of hits / missed chances and the bases were loaded with 2 outs.

So the Indian hits the ball down the first base line and Spencer picks it up on the run and underarms it to Darcy at 1st base to get the final out!

We won!

What a great team effort it was.

I am so proud of this team with their effort today as they continue to improve each week.

Hits - Samson (grand slam HR), Ryder, Tristan and Myles all 1 each

..:: message posted on Monday the 8th of December, 2014 21:40:14 ::..

Newsletter 24/11/14

Two good wins from our Division 1 side with Coach Stokes listing a whole lot of firsts for our club with a number of our younger players earning the right to play in Division 1. Well done to all those boys for their 'firsts'.

Another great sponsors day made all that more special thanks to the generous support of our club member and sponsor Mike Ellery who arranged for his company Big Screen Video to have a video screen at the club for the day. It was also great to see his brother and business partner, Paul Ellery also in attendance. We might have even picked up another player with Paul enjoying the game so much he was considering bringing his boy to for play!

Thanks also to Don Wulff who has really settled in nicely to the commentary chair with the able assistance of Bruce Packer

Sue Mulryan has put out a call for anyone with an old bike they no longer require consider donating it to Bicycles for Humanity. Collection point is The Feathers Hotel Sunday 30th November 10am- 12pm. Contact Sue Mulryan if you can't drop off at that time and she will sort it out.

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Sponsors

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Division 1 (Coach: Zac Stokes)

Game 1. Sturt 10 defeated Northern Districts 2
Yesterday was always going to be a physical and mental challenge for our young senior group. For some players they experienced their first division 1 double header. I am very proud of the squad and their efforts for the day.

Billy Young Jr took to the mound to get things started in game 1. Billy pitched an outstanding game. Billy had 5 strike outs and only 3 hits in his 7 inning complete game. Another great statistic from his game was that he threw 94 pitches through 7 complete innings. This averages out to 13.4 pitches per inning. Excellent numbers. Not only did Billy pitch well but he collected 2 hits and 3 RBIs.

Our line-up had really good at bats which got their starting pitcher into a high pitch count early. In the bottom of the 3rd we scored our first run for the game. We finally got on top of the pitcher and scored 7 runs in the 5th and 2 in the 6th.

Hits: Holmes, Lightbody, Brebner-Russ, Young 2, Nicholas, McArdle, Hollis, Faehse 1.

Game 2. Sturt 12 defeated Northern Districts 7
Game 2 starting pitcher was Jackson Brebner-Russ. JBR did a great job going 5.2 innings with 7 strikeouts. JBR gave up 5 hits and only 1 run! Excellent work.

Offensively we started very well out of the box with a triple by Holmes. We only scored 1 in the first inning. What I was pleased about was that in our 8 offensive innings we scored in 5 of them. This is what I want to see more of in the future. Credit to the players of both games as a team goal for the day was to lower strikeouts and put more balls in play. They did do that and the results showed.

Both games included some excellent fielding. It is great to see our young squad being able to back the pitcher and make the plays. Mitchell Lightbody made an amazing play as a shortstop that fielded the ball on the first base side of the base, throwing off balance and completed the great play which the crowd loved.

Hits: McArdle 4, Holmes 3, Brebner-Russ, Young, Dawson, Faehse 2, Lightbody, Nicholas 1.

A very positive thing for the club moving into the future is that yesterday we had a lot of "career firsts".
Brodie Macbeth - First at bat in div 1.
Damon Arnold - First at bat in div 1.
Josh Tindal - First at bat in div 1.
Damon Arnold - First time in the field in div 1.
Josh Tindall - First pitching appearance in div 1.
Jordan McArdle - First time as starting catcher in div 1.
Jackson Brebner-Russ - First time as the starting pitcher in div 1.
Jordan McArdle - First time collecting 4 hits in a div 1 game.
Jordan McArdle - First Homerun in div 1.

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

ND 4 def Sturt 2

Tight 8 innings battle today with ND, we led most of the game but ND ended up getting that hit at the right time in the last. It hurt but we played well and the game could have gone either way, particularly in the 7th with Dutchy getting robbed on a shoe lace catch in Right Field which would have scored Hollis and put us back in front.

Brodie started on the bump for the first time in B grade and he was awesome, holding ND scoreless for 5 of his 5 1/2 innings pitched. Brodie had a very high strike rate and dominated most of ND hitters; he picked up 6 K's. Great job today mate and well done on your second BP in a row, keep working hard its paying off. Damo relieved Brodie; he started by getting us out of a troubling 6th dig with a quality K2 and then for the second week in a row started to pick of the ND hitters one by one. Mate you are looking great on the mound.

We played error less baseball today which is a big positive from last week. Damo and Matt where both solid in the infield. Pete made some great catches at Right field. We only picked up 5 hits for the day but I could see the team working on the thing we have talked about which will eventually pay off. Hitting highlight was Sam's double, good to have you back me old mate.

Would have been great to get the win today but things are still moving forward from a development point of view with B grade and in time we will win these games. Keep working lads. Massive thanks to Jeff Nicholas for umpiring today it's tough to find someone willing to do this job cheers mate. If anyone would like to become the B grade backup umpire please let me know.

Hits: Hollis, Wirth, B. MacBeth, Mulryan, J. McArdle

Division 3 (Coach: Peter Turner)

Northern Districts 10 defeated Sturt 0

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

Wash out

Division 5 (Coach: Chris Small)

Glenelg 19 defeated Sturt 1

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Game washed out

Under 19 (Coach: Mitch Dawson)

Sturt 6 defeated Kensington 3

Another balmy Wednesday night saw the under 19's with another away game, this time up at Kensington. The boys were keen to make amends for last weeks let down.

Unfortunately we were 3 up 3 down in our first dig, which wasn't the start we were looking for.

The boys rallied in the second and showed good plate discipline to rack up 5 walks, and combined with 2 batters hit by pitch, a couple of stolen bases and a sac fly from Jack we managed to score 6 runs.

The 3rd and 4th were uneventful and going into the 5th with fading light and a 6-3 lead we needed to make something happen to secure the win, and to the boys credit they loaded the bases and scored another three runs before the game was called for bad light.

Brodie opened our pitching and while he had an extended first innings managed to strike out three batters. Damo came in and pitched well for the next two innings.

Tyson Hancock came in to close for us in the 4th and close he did, throwing bullets he pitched 11 strikes from his 15 pitches to strike out each of the first three Kensington batters.

Well done to all the boys, it wasn't the hitting display we wanted but you can only hit the ball if its thrown over the plate.

Hits: 1 - McArdle, Dawson, Wright

Under 17/1 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Sturt 10 defeated Northern Districts 4 This week was about finding a way to win anyway we could! Our first away game for the year and it was the adventure down to Northern Districts We were a bit depleted for numbers with the A grade double header and the 15's playing at the same time we relied on 4 players from the under 15/2's to help out. A special thanks in order for the parents, driving their kids to either end of Adelaide and hopefully the two wins and all four of the kids contributing made it easier To the game, Tom Bartley's first start in Division 1 team and I had heard good things from his division 2 performances and he didn't let us down. Tom threw 95 switches through 5 1/3 innings missing out on the complete game by two outs. Impressively he threw 11 strikeouts out of the 16 outs he threw which is quite amazing! With pitching such a new thing for Tom I think we can expect big things with more time on the mound and exposure to the different situations that come with pitching. I must not forget to mention Simon Adkins first trip to the mound throwing 6 pitches to record the final two outs, even with 5 of his 8 warm up pitches hitting the backstop! Offensively the boys started a bit sluggish with a number of poor base running mistakes and poor at bats with runners on base. As the game progressed so did our offense and we were able to break the game open in the last two innings with big two out hits to Riley and Tyrese ensuring the results. Luke Peters continued to show ability with his switch hitting picking up 3 hits, with a double from the left side. The undefeated run continued so there can't be too many complaints from the coach and just another thanks to the boys who doubled up for the day Hits: Peters 3, Ottaway 2, Hancock, Mills, Kimotho, Weber, Adkins 1

Under 17/2 (Coach:John McClure)

Sturt       5 3 2 0 0 10
West Torrens 0 0 2 1 1 4

I'll take a win at West Torrens in any grade and on any given Sunday having been on the end of a few beltings down there. The boys got out of the blocks early to lead 10-0 top of the third and eventually got a win 10-4 when the game was called after 5 innings. WT's first pitcher struggled for rhythm and we were able to get on top, stay in front and restrict the opposition. Tyrese Kimotho set the win up with an excellent 3 innings dig allowing just the one earned run to give us the start we needed.

The batting had a couple of sensational moments with Brandon "Ace" Weber and Tyler "lightning" Duchene hitting deep inside home runs to bring the away crowd to their feet. Tyler has been consistent all season and Brandon has hit a purple patch in the last two games going 4 from 7 to turn his season around. Other quality batting came from Austin McClure with a triple and single hits to Conor McClure, Stewart Gardiner and Riley Mills for a grand total of 6 hits. Fortunately they came at the right time with Brandon, Tyler and Conor coming up with double RBI's.

Tyrese pitched beautifully and was supported by the field who apart from a comical series of throws in the third that resulted in a run were near faultless for a change. Aussie at shortstop was consistent, Tyler determined behind the plate and even Stewart Gardiner at centrefield got involved in a run down play that ended the match. Stewart also pitched an entertaining dig in his 2.2 innings including 5K's, 4W's and just the one earned run.

Good work today, let's enjoy the win but there is still plenty of room for improvement.

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

Sturt 11 d Southern Districts 0

Sturt                    1 2 1 1 1 5 11
Southern Districts 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Probably the team's best overall effort for the season in terms of application and consistency. The bats were hitting, the pitching was on song and the defence was solid. The most innings the boys played this season going six of what was tight good quality baseball and it wasn't until the last innings that Sturt saw off Southern Districts laser pitcher Bailey Short that the score blew out.

Offensively the hitting was outstanding with the Saints gathering 16 hits to South's 4 to dominate the scoreboard. Harrison Knuckey had yet another day out with 2 doubles and a single from his 4 at bats and scored 3 times. If he is not the best bat in his age group in the State we haven't seen anyone who is better. Josh Vidale after a rushed trip down the Expressway, wasn't far behind Harrison in the batting stakes going 3 from 4 including a double, two singles and 3 RBI's. Great stuff. Everyone contributed at some stage with the bat which was just what the team needed and we had 6 batters get multiple hits. A special mention to Austin McClure who hit a solo bomb in the 5th to record his first home run in any grade. Congratulations.

The defence was led by Aussie & Reed Stewart who formed a mean battery recording 7K's over 4 innings conceding just 4 hits and no runs. Harrison finished off South's in typical terminator fashion over the last 2 innings recording 3K's, no hits and claimed Ky Hampton's excellent running catch in centrefield was regulation. He's a hard man our Harry.

A start with just 7 wasn't ideal and a thank you to Sharon Milewski who drove Patrick and Josh from Adelaide immediately after their game and managed to turn up at precisely the right time to take the field. Nice work.

Well done boys, good result, tidy effort and the trick is to do it again and again.

Hits: Knuckey 3(2 x 2B), Vidale 3(2B), McClure 2(HR), Borello 2(2B), Brennan 2(2B), Dahlen-Flight 2, Stewart and Hampton

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

Sturt 12 defeated Adelaide 7
Sturt      0 0 1 7 3 1
Adelaide 0 0 1 2 2 2

Such a fantastic day with so many highlights it's hard to know where to begin!

This team have steadily improved every week, but this week they cranked it up another notch and collectively played their best game yet and scored their first, and well deserved win for the season.

To be honest, we mucked about in the pre-game and I was feeling a bit nervous as we took to the field - but the boys were clearly messing with me. At bat they took a few innings to find their feet, but in the field they were lethal from the outset.

We opened the batting subject to the aroma of the delirium inducing home team's strategically placed sausage sizzle behind home plate - and it clearly worked! Within a blink we were three out after only 13 pitches, with too much watching and just one swing of the bat. Bottom of the 1st and Max took to the mound after a long absence to open the pitching for Sturt, and he returned the favour. The 1st out went to a good field by Axel at short-stop followed by two strike-outs to leave the score board empty at the end of the 1st innings.

Into the 2nd innings and we were still under the influence of the barbecue, and were again quickly dispatched without scoring - although at least we had begun to swing the bat. The bottom of the 2nd started anxiously and after a couple of singles and some good stealing Adelaide had runners on 2nd and 3rd and a chance to take the lead - but the Saints were having none of it. A potentially game changing fly to short-stop was intercepted by Axel and the ball flicked to Harry at third for the double play as the runner scrabbled to tag up. With two out and a chance to hold the Angels scoreless Max wrapped up the innings with one pitch, picking up a ground ball hit for the assisted out at first. Heady on the pace of the game and the slick fielding the boys hustled off the field clearly keen to rack up some runs.

Adelaide let us into the 3rd innings early on with a couple of walks to Harry and Michael and both boys capitalised on the opportunity with some aggressive stealing to put themselves in a scoring position. Luke followed up with the 1st hit of the day to bring Michael over the plate for our 1st run of the day. Alas we couldn't bring Luke home and we retired with only 1 run despite getting a few more walks. Bottom of the 3rd and Joel took to the mound, letting Max have a break after pitching two scoreless innings. Joel maintained the pressure with a ripper start, dispatching the 1st batter with three quick strikes followed by an assisted put out at 1st. A lack of concentration in the field saw us give away 1 run to the only hit of the innings to level the score at 1 all.

Into the 4th innings and again Adelaide let us in early with 4 consecutive walks - but this time we didn't let go of the opportunity handed to us. 1st hit of the innings went to Michael with a short fly behind 1st to bring home Max for the 3rd run of the day. Another couple of walks bought home Axel, Harry and Michael and kept the bases loaded for us in time for Patrick's double to left field to bring home Joaquin and Lachlan and retire use with 7 runs for the innings. Bottom of the 4th and Josh took to the mound. A shaky start saw Adelaide score 2 runs, before the Saints responded with a catch by Josh, a strike out and an assisted out by Max. At the end of the 4th we were leading 8/3 and we really felt in a commanding position.

The 5th innings saw us score 3 more runs on the back of improved batting to widen the gap. Singles to Max and Luke and a double to Michael bought Max, Axel and Harry over the plate. We kept the pressure up in the bottom of the 5th innings, with 2 strike outs and an assisted out by Josh, giving away only 2 runs to close out the 5th innings 11/7.

Into the 6th with a commanding lead. Singles to Patrick and Max combined to bring Josh across the plate for our only run of the innings. Michael took to the mound for his pitching debut and put in a strong performance supported by good fielding which saw us relinquish only 2 runs for the innings to give us our 1st win for the season!

One of the most rewarding aspects of the game was the enthusiasm and camaraderie these boys have - it really is a joy to coach them.

We had 11 players all up this week which gave us a chance to continue with player development, broadly swapping the outfield and infield, and we started Patrick and Joshua on the bench to give the Joel his second shot on the mound, Michael his debut at pitching and Hamish another shot at catching.

Thanks once again to Doug and Steve for coaching and organisational assistance during the week and on game day. Thanks to our ever reliable score Matt and to Mark for record keeping.

Hits: 2 Axel, Max, Michael, Patrick; 1 Luke
Runs: 2 Axel, Harry, Max, Michael; 1 Hamish, Joaquin, Josh, Lachlan
RBI: 3 Michael; 2 Patrick; 1 Harry, Joaquin, Joel, Lachlan, Luke, Max

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Tony Catt) Sturt 3 d Glenelg 2

Video Match report

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Ben Seekamp)

Bye

Little League 2-Saints (U13) (Coach: John Eckert)

Saints 9 defeated Goodwood 2 Our second win and we are on a roll. Every player in the team made a positive contribution during the game this week and we consistently and aggressively batted our runners in. Jacob Jones again pitched out his allowance picking up a career high of 8 strike outs, followed up by Jake Mossman with his own career high 4 strike outs, a fantastic effort by both players and equally well supported by Lachlan Fisher and Jamie Vidale behind the plate. Those opposition that did get a hit generally found Joe Harvey at second base who made 5 individual outs look easy! The whole team is now making those routine outs look far easier than at the start of the season and the players development is vividly evident each week. Bring on Sunday!

Little League Sturt (U11) (Coach: Stan Warrilow )

Bye

..:: message posted on Monday the 24th of November, 2014 22:10:44 ::..

Newsletter 17/11/14

Next Sunday we have a double header against North and as coach Stokes notes in his report, it is a big couple of games in the context of the season! As previously advised next Sunday is Sponsors Day where we thank all of our generous sponsors! As an added attraction not only we will have Don Wulff and Bruce Packer in the commentary box but we will have a huge video screen at the ground courtesy of one of our sponsors Big Screen Video.

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Division 1 (Coach: Zac Stokes)

Port Adelaide 12 defeated Sturt 1

The score yesterday does not truly reflect how the game was played. At the completion of the 5th inning, it was a 2-1 game with both pitchers throwing very well.

Shaun Wright was our starting pitcher who pitched very well. Unfortunately he had a few innings of long pitch counts which unfortunately got him to his maximum pitch count earlier than he wanted.

Most of our lineup had very few if any at bats against the unorthodox Port Adelaide pitcher Ruzic. Ruzic dominated against our lineup going the full 9 innings and only allowing 4 hits and 1 run.

Our young side took many learning points from the game.

Jordan McArdle was our standout hitter for the day. Jordan had two of our four hits with strong at bats all game.

Jack Dawson played his first game as a starting player in Division 1. Jack collected his first Division 1 hit and did not look over matched at all. Well done Jack.

Will Wirth made his debut for the season after being out due to injuries. It was great to have him playing again.

Hits: McArdle 2, Dawson, Young 1.

Next weekend is our first double header for the season. We are playing Northern Districts who have some strong imports and are not the Northern Districts of old. I expect two hard fought games. The games next weekend are extremely important in our season.

First game is at 12:30 with the second game following.

The division 2 game starts at 10:00 am

We would love to have as many supporters as possible. See you all at the club.

#bleedblue

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Sturt 3 Vs Pt Adelaide 7

Today was a good challenge against the undefeated Pt Adelaide, but we were playing catch up ball all day. We struggled against their pitcher, unable to get base runners to pressure Port. Simo picked up a solid single late in the game and Brodie again had a good day with the bat. Will Wirth back from injury also looked good in the box.

Matt pitched well put unfortunately we made too many errors giving up easy bases to the opposition. Damo finished the last with style and showed he has the nerve to pitch B grade.

Hits: 1 - Kerr, Young, MacBeth, Adkins

Division 3 (Coach: Sam Hollis)

Glenelg 8 d Sturt 0

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

Glenelg 7 defeated Sturt 1

Coming up against the top of the table Glenelg on Saturday was another good opportunity to test where we are at as a team.

It was very tight early with Gibbo keeping us in touch through his 4 innings of work. We threatened several times only to see runners picked off or an inability to get the timely hit when needed. A couple of errors saw the lead start to creep out and before we knew it the game was out of reach.

As a team we were clearly outplayed and require more focus on and off the field to start beating these quality teams. Time to stop talking about how many junior games we won a decade ago and start worrying about how we are going to start winning this year because 1-5 is not at all good enough and is not reflective of this squads' talent.

Some positives to come out of the game were Jayke Wayne and Jess Lemon opening their accounts with some solid hitting. Horne collecting another multi-hit game and Mark Richmond doing a solid defensive job behind the dish.

All in all a disappointing result with plenty of early chances going begging. Be up at the club Wednesday to get some hacks in and also to work on some fundamentals.

Hits: Horne 3 (2x2b) Lemon 1, Attwell 1, Jayke 1, Jordan 1, Richmond 1, Thornquest 1

Division 5 (Coach: Chris Small)

Bye

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Port Adelaide 13 d Sturt 3

This was a grand final rematch - but it turned out to be a bit of a mismatch against a Port Adelaide team that has further improved its already formidable lineup.

We took an early lead with RBIs to Jules ‘JP’ Potiki and Brian ‘Screwball’ Emmett in the top of the first after Justin ‘JR’ Ranford led off. Chris ‘Hoops’ Thompson took to the mound and managed to keep things close in the bottom, giving up only three runs.

However, our bats were pretty much silent after that while Port kept piling on the runs. There was not much wrong with our defence - the infield of Andrew ‘AJ’ Johnston, Demi ‘Triples’ Inglis, Kingsley ‘Butterball’ Turner and Screwball turned some good plays, with Screwball particularly effective - however the outfield of Matt ‘Chewy’ Chenoweth, JP and Justin ‘Prez’ McKinley was busy throughout.

Rich ‘Elvis’ Carter came on to third base and made some nice plays, but AJ was our only other batter to trouble the scorers across the seven innings.

Thanks to Heather for scoring - next week we’re at home against the Magpies, the second Port team in our division...

Hits: Potiki 2 (1 RBI), Emmett 1 (1), Turner 1, McKinley 1, Johnston 1 (1)

Pitching: Thompson 51 balls, 80 strikes, 6 Ks

Under 19 (Coach: Mitch Dawson)

Southern Districts 5 defeated Sturt 3

With a star studded line-up our expectations were high going into this much anticipated first game of the season.

Conditions were hot Wednesday night and the trek down to southern districts seemed to take its toll on the players.

Energy levels were just not where they needed to be and we failed to capitalise on early opportunities with the bat, leaving a number of runners stranded on base.

Mitch Lightbody started us off with a single to centrefield and proceeded to show up SD's left handed pitcher causing a pick off error and stealing two bases, before being scored by Jordan McArdle on an error at second. Things were looking positive when Jordan followed this up with two stolen bases, only to be left stranded on third.

A magnificent triple to centrefield from Tyson Ottaway scored our only run for the second innings, and a single to left field from Jordan McArdle scored Mitch Lightbody in the third.

Shaun Wright pitched consistently for the first three innings with a strike rate of 63% and allowed only one run in.

Tyson Hancock took the mound in the fourth and pitched valiantly however struggled to hit the umpires strike zone.

An important lesson here for all pitcher's that we need to be flexible and pitch to the zone that is being called.

Ultimately four safe hits was never going to win us the game and we left a runner stranded on third base in each of our first three innings.

Hits: 1 - Lightbody, McArdle, Ottaway, T Hancock.

Under 17/1 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Sturt 10 def Port Adelaide 0

The boys are becoming accustomed to playing at the newly designed Norman Reserve and this week was no different!

Coming up against an unknown Port Adelaide team with Brodie on the mound.

He brought his best stuff for us today pitching a 3 hit shutout over 5 innings clocking up 10 strikeouts in 65 pitches.

Our hitting once again solid scoring in 4 out 5 innings to blow the game open by the 3rd inning.

Brodie was supported in the field with the basics being done and another week of every player getting a hit and all but one scoring a run, showing the even contribution every week and not relying on one or two players to always supply the offense.

Aside from the 12 hits we also moved runners over when needed and hit the ball to the right side or got the sac fly to generate runs when the hits weren't frequent.

Special thanks to Austin McClure coming and helping out from 15's this week to make our 9 and picked himself up a couple of RBI's and a base knock.

Congratulations also due for Jack Dawson one of our Under 17's starting his first A grade game.

Hits: Dawson, Arnold, Macbeth 2, Adkins, Hancock, Knuckey, Ottaway, Peters, Mcclure 1

Under 17/2 (Coach:John McClure)

Sturt 2 7 2 7 18
GGCD 0 0 7 7

Real score 11-7. A nine run start saw the mighty Saints win their second game of the season. After nearly being dacked (no score) at Gawler the week before, the boys got out of the blocks early and built an unassailable lead after two innings. The defence was pleasing, Tom Bartley pitched well again and was supported in the field with no dropped catches and an enthusiastic display by fill-in catcher Stewart Gardiner behind the plate.

A rather cool and breezy Sunday afternoon greeted the 8 man Saints at GGCD. Leading off the batting James Last took one for the team and combined with a single RBI from Conor McClure saw 2 on the board in our first at bat. With Tom Bartley on the hill, GGCD was put away with a zero thanks to a strike out and a well taken pop fly by Brandon Weber at first to set the tone for the day.

A solo double from on loan GGCD player Josh Lake got the lads in a celebratory mood and five hits and two walks followed. A bases loaded Grand Slam from that fill in man Josh Lake ended the innings with the maximum 7 added to the score. Very decent of GGCD to lend us a hitter. Tom being the generous and kind pitcher that he is put GGCD back into the field after 12 pitches and added a second K for the day. 9-0 after two and its smiles all around.

Top of third saw a double to Tom, hit to Stewart Gardiner and a RBI to Conor and gave the Saints a comfortable but not impregnable 11-0 lead. The wheels came off somewhat when GGCD took their third turn at bat and scored the maximum 7 in the innings. A few hits, a few walks and all of a sudden the lead is reduced to just 4 with the possibility of another innings to go.

5 hits in the last innings were enough to see us safely out of danger and the game was called after 2 hours. Theoretically 18-7 but in reality an 11-7 win.

Most pleasing was the batting with the entire team making a contribution at some stage. Hits were 13 to 4 with the best statistics being Conor McClure 3 from 4, 4 RBI's and excellent base running. Brandon Weber had a day to remember and nearly matched his bold pre match prediction of 4 from 4 hitting 3 from 4! Great return to form after a lean start to the season. Keep it up. A special mention to James Last who played leadoff hitter and went 1 from 1 and scored 5 times. A double to Tom and singles to Stewart, Riley and Tyrese went a long way to a good win.

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

Sturt 9 defeated West Torrens 8

 

Seen one of these before? Well on a cool, crisp yet sunny spring afternoon at the Flinders University baseball ground, the boys used them to full advantage to escape from today's game with a win that defied all odds and left most in attendance scratching their heads at the final result. In the words of one of the all time great bands the Grateful Dead, what a long, strange trip it's been.

The numbers pointed the wrong direction for a win including 3 walks drawn while racking up 14 strikeouts at the plate. Hardly a recipe for success, Nonetheless timing is everything and the team fought back from an 8-6 deficit heading into the last at bat in the 6th, led by the bottom of the order, to escape with a 9-8 victory that leaves as many questions as answers for the next stage of the season.

Hugo Dahlen-Flight started the game on the mound and uncharacteristically struggled a bit by his high standard for the first time this season. West Torrens batted around in the first, jumping out to a 3-0 lead that set the scene for Sturt working from behind for most of the game. The boys chiseled away against the Eagles' State representative pitcher Callum Park and managed to claw it back to a 4-4 tie after the 3rd inning through a few timely hits and some heads up base running capped by Ky Matthews-Hampton's steal of home.

Aussie McClure came in to pitch in the top of the 3rd and likewise plugged away to keep Sturt in the game over the last 4 innings while the offense worked out where-to-from-here.

Scraping in under the time rule to get one final inning under way, the bottom of the order led the battle back from an 8-6 deficit in the last at bat of the day. Patrick Milewski's one out walk and Jordan Abfalter's game saving two out single to left were key to the game deciding comeback. Reed Stewart's two out double down the right field line brought the Saints within one. With Harry Knuckey coming to the plate, MLB legend Pete Rose would have been rushing to his local TAB to place a win bet on the Saints to close the deal. Harry duly delivered, running his hit streak to an amazing 12 consecutive plate appearances and capping an unexpected come from behind victory for the Saints.

Off to Southern Districts next week for a match against one of the key challengers for the title this year.

Hits: Harry Knuckey 4 (x3 2B), Reed Stewart 2 (2B), Ky Matthews-Hampton (2B), Jordan Abfalter

RBI: Ky Matthews-Hampton 3, Harry Knuckey 2, Reed Stewart , Josh Wilson 1 each,

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

Goodwood 16 defeated Sturt 6

Goodwood 1 3 2 2 7
Saints     0 2 4 0 0

Sunday found us at Mortlock oval doing battle with Goodwood in a match that we had a real chance of winning - alas it was not to be. We just kept our nose in front for the first half of the game - leading 6 to 5 at the end of the third innings but with three scoreless innings in the latter half we really let the Indians run away with it.

Despite the score it was yet another positive day for the boy's development and there were some spectacular moments.

At bat, a generously large strike zone was consistently called throughout the game, and whilst it certainly kept the game moving quickly it did seem to unbalance many of the Saints. A few of the lads were unruffled; Nick hit 2 sensational home runs, including one grand slam, and narrowly missed a 3rd HR to a foul out to left field, Lachlan had his best performance yet at bat driving 2 safe hits to short stop and centre field and Max, Hamish and Andrew each recorded safe hits also.

In the field, we continued with our player development. Nick opened the pitching for Sturt this week before handing over to Callum for his second stint on the mound to close out the game. Andrew Brennan from the Div 1's opened the catching for Nick, and then retired to the bench to let Joaquin continue his development behind the plate, before he handed over the mit to Hamish Pickett who tried his hand at catching for the 1st time.

Thanks once again to Doug and Steve and the many parents that helped with the scoring and record keeping.

Hits: 2 Nick (2HR) & Lachlan; 1 Andrew, Max, Hamish

Runs: 2 Nick (2HR); 1 Andrew, Joel, Max, Hamish

RBI: 3 Nick

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Tony Catt)

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) 13 d Southern Districts 3

Watch video of match report!

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Ben Seekamp)

A cracker with Sturt beating Southern Districts 11 to 9.

Little League 2-Saints (U13) (Coach: John Eckert)

Little League 2 - Saints (U13) 15 d Hawks 8

A long but successful trip down south with the team's first win for the season. With 7 of the squad members first time players we have had a steep learning curve to date but have now tasted our first victory and it was sweeeet!

Our regular starting pitcher Jacob Jones again threw a lot of strikes and kept each innings tight. Supported by some great defensive infield plays with Baxter on 3rd, Jake at ss, Joe on 2nd and Jamie at 1st each individually contributing with outstanding efforts and every game are finding more confidence in the field. Jacob again pitched his full allowance and late in the 4th innings Jake Mossman came in and shut out the innings with bases loaded and absorbing the pressure. Both pitches were well supported by the catcher Lachlan Fisher who completed all the strike outs and made some great pick ups. Offensively Jake Mossman was on fire with a 3 hits - a home run, a double and singles with each time batting runs in. Many players got bat on ball with Luca, Tom and Baxter getting their first hits. The bad luck award goes to Joe Harvey hitting 2 infield fly's with both being dropped.... A rule we will need to discuss at practice! A Fantastic effort from everyone and hopefully the first of many victories.

Little League Sturt (U11) (Coach: Stan Warrilow )

Tigers 15 d Little League Sturt (U11) 2

Another great day for baseball down at the Bay against a tough Tigers outfit.

Myles started us off with a great hit, then Spencer the same but unfortunately we couldn’t score any runs thanks to a good come back from the Tigers.

Samson started on the mound and had a great day by throwing excellent strikes to the Tiger hitters, who had some nice hits but our boys did their best in the field. It was nice to see some action in the field rather than too many walks.

We headed into the 2nd innings with a 5 run deficit to make up.

A double each to Samson and Will gave us our first run of the day. Then the Tiger pitcher came back with 3 strikeouts to end the innings.

Ryder took over the pitching duties and had to make a few adjustments before he found the strike zone. The Tiger hitters once again hit the strikes when they were there and scored another 5 runs.

2 walks to start the 3rd innings and another hit to Spencer scored our second run for the day.

Darcy took over the next innings for his first ever pitching outing and was fantastic! He showed great poise on the mound and managed to get his first strikeout as well as throw nearly 50% strikes. A great first up effort indeed.

Spencer came in for the last hitter as Darcy had reached his pitch count and a walk gave the Tigers their 5 runs to end the innings and the game.

Special mention to Brad for catching the last innings and doing a great job, well done to Myles who is having great fun as our number one catcher.

Keep concentrating for all the game and try and do some extra practice in the back yard or the park with your parents if you can.

Hits – Spencer 2, Myles, Samson and Will 1 each

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 18th of November, 2014 23:29:35 ::..

Newsletter 10/11/14

Great wins this weekend by our Division 1 and 2 sides playing away at Henley and Grange! Well done boys!

There was no T-Ball last Friday due to the extreme weather conditions. We get started at 6pm this Friday, 14th Nov. If you want your child to play you must register them before they play. Details here

The Adelaide Bite have their first home game this coming Thursday at Norwood Oval against the Perth Heat. The game commences at 7.00 pm and you can get tickets at the gate or buy them online.

Please mark Sunday 23 November 2014 in your diary for the double header with Norths where we are fortunate enough to have a large video screen to complement the commentary thanks to one of our sponsors Big Screen Video.

Congratulations to Glenn Spear who has been elected as Mayor of the City of Mitcham. Glenn spoke positively to us during the election campaign about his support of local sport and we look forward to inviting him to watch a game at the club in the near future.

As reported on our Facebook page, Bill Standing passed away last Friday. Bill was a great servant of the Sturt Baseball Club and also the Bridgewater Bulls Baseball Club. Bill will be sadly missed. The funeral for Bill will be held this Friday 14th November @ 3pm at Centennial Park 760 Goodwood Rd Pasadena. Please note that in lieu of flowers, donation envelopes for the Cancer Council will be available.

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Division 1 (Coach: Zac Stokes)

Sturt defeated Henley and Grange 23-4

Saturday was the first away game for the season. Coming off of a bye we needed to pay extra attention to being switched on and prepared to play. Paul Holmes started the scoring in the top of the 1st with a leadoff homerun. A big positive was that we scored in every inning. We ended up only playing 5 innings.

Shaun Wright started on the mound and pitched very well, especially since we had long offensive innings. Jackson Brebner-Russ made his first appearance on the mound this season. He threw 8 pitches to close out the final inning. Sturt fans can expect to see more of JBR on the mound this season. Not only did Shaun pitch he also hit for himself and collected a base hit. Great work Shaun.

We had 17 hits for the day which included a huge effort from import Colin Feldtman who went 5 hits from 5 at bats. great work!

Next week we take on the undefeated Port Adelaide team. It will be a tough game but one we can win if we do the right things.

Hits: Feldtman 5, Nicholas 3, Holmes, Lightbody, McArdle 2, Young, Faehse,Wright 1.

Well done to Jack Dawson who made his Division 1 debut. He had one at bat and played centerfield for 1 inning.

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Sturt 18 Defeated HG 4

Big win today from the lads, with the team picking up 11 hits for the day and fielding solid.

Jack Dawson was on fire with 3 from 3 and 7 RBI's followed by Brodie MacBeth having a day with 2 home runs from 3 hits and 6 RBis great effort guys. Adam Kerr showed great leadership today.

Our Pitchers again did their job today with only the one dig were we struggled a bit but we bounced back as a team from that well.

Well done today guys we need to approach Port with the same positive and aggressive attitude. Go Saints!

Hits: 3 - Dawson, MacBeth; 2- Kerr, Mitch; 1 - Turner

Division 3 (Coach: Sam Hollis)

Henley and Grange defeated Sturt 7-5.

Stand in Coach Jimmy Passmore did a great job getting his troops ready to play. Their Div 3 team is full of ex Div 1 stars. many could still play div 1 if they wanted. It was such a credit to the team to have a close game.

Tyson Hancock did well starting on the mound against the solid H&G line-up. Jayden Trembath came in to pitch next and did an outstanding job. It is great to have Jayden back out playing. Jayden managed a very hard feat as a pitcher as he collected a 3 pitch inning. fantastic work!

This is a great group of players so please support them when you can.

Hits: Hancock T 2, Peters, Walker, Vernocchi 1.

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

Henley & Grange 3 d Sturt 2

Division 5 (Coach: Chris Small)

This was going to be one of those games where we won or lost on the simple fact that Flinders are on the bottom of the ladder and winless, you go into this game with a certain mind set. Luckily for us we came away with a 11 - 7 win.

Wallace 'Gromit' Long started on the mound for us this week with Rick 'Rat' Trembath away and we were all nervous, we have been hearing from Gromit how good he is but we did not know how he was going to go.

As the away team we took to the batters box with Norm 'Wild Thing' Sluga hitting a little pop up to fall just over 2nd bases head for a safe hit, Craig 'Rowdy' Thompson was next up and first pitch Wild Thing steals second, next pitch Rowdy grounds out to the pitcher and on the throw Wild Thing takes 3rd, the 1st baseman must have thought he could get Wild Thing out and throws to 3rd only for wild throw which allows our first run across the plate. Chris 'Smally' Small hits to centre and Don 'Wulffy' Wulff hits to 1st for a fielders choice to get Smally out at 2nd. Ben 'Shrek' Colyer draws a walk and Trent 'Junior' Small smashes one down centrefield's throat for side away.

So we go to Gromit on the mound to see what he is made of, first batter fly's out to centrefield, second batter gets one through the infield, next batter is a 6-3 ground out and the last batter is a fly ball to short stop. Side away no runs scored and Gromit has thrown 13 pitches for the innings and we all now believe in him.
Top of the 2nd and Matthew 'Frankie' Franke gets a walk, Gromit is hit by a pitch, Wild Thing fly's out and Rowdy grounds out to a fielders choice. Side away no score. The rains starts and with Junior at leftfield Flinders hit out to him for him to miss the catch, they then get a walk, then hit to Junior again for another miss catch and they score their first run, Gromit gets his first KC, then a tag at home plate to Shrek before the last out a fly ball to Wulffy at centrefield. Score all tied up at 1

Top 3rd and Flinders make some errors plus we also have some good hits to score the maximum 7 runs, Shrek the highlight with a double. Gromit still on the mound he gets the first two out with ground balls, they then hit a single home run before he retires them with a K2. Score now 8-2 up.

Top 4th we Wulffy is out with a ground out, Shrek singles, David 'Reg' Lee replaces Junior for a strike out, Glenn 'Flying Doctor' Young fly's out to left for side away no score. Wulffy relieves Gromit on the mound with Junior and Frankie coming out the game the side is moved around a bit and Smally goes from 1st to centre and says to his son on the way out this is how you catch a ball, Flinders first batter hits to right for a safe hit, the next batter hits a fly ball to Smally at centre and even though Reg and Rowdy are yelling back the ball sails over his head for a double and Smally can not find a shovel quick enough. Flinders manage 3 runs to bring the score to 8-5.

Top 5th and Mark 'Pop' Burns hits to short stop for a wild throw to get safe at first, Gromit for the second time is hit by the pitch, Wild Thing hits to centre for a single and bases loaded, Rowdy hits one back to the pitcher for Pop to be tagged out by the pitcher running home, Gromit scores on a wild pitch with Wild Thing and Rowdy going to 3rd and 2nd, Smally hits to right field for the fielder to miss field and allow him to get to second and us to score 2 runs, Wulffy grounds out and Shrek fly's out to the pitcher for side away. Flinders first batters gets a single to centre (a safe hit not a missed catch) then steals second, their second batter hits safe to left field for the ball to be run down by Rowdy who hits the cutoff Wild Thing with the runner trying to score from 2nd Wild Thing hits Shrek on the chest at home for the tag and out, next batter hits to left field again and with the wind pushing the ball towards the fence Rowdy takes a flying jump to catch the ball for the 2nd out, The third out was a dropped third strike to be thrown to first, side away no runs scored. Score is 11 - 5 going into the last.

Top 6th and we are unable to add to the score sheet and Flinders need 6 to tie or the maximum 7 to win. first batter hits safe to rightfield, next batter hits back to the pitcher for a fielders choice out at 2nd, next batter hits a double to score one, they then have two hits to leftfield to score one more before we get the last two out for game and the win 11-7.

Pitchers: Gromit 38 pitcher over 3 innings for 26 strikes 2 K's, 1 BB and 4 hits. Wulffy 59 pitches over 3 innings for 39 strikes 3 K's, 0 BB and 8 hits

Safe Hits: Sluga 2, Small C 2, Wulff 1, Colyer 2, Long 1

Thanks to Carol Burns for scoring and our supporters for coming out until the rain arrived and they went shopping.

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 16 Gawler 4 at Gawler



There was panic on the faces of the mighty Div 7 Saints as coach Phil 'Philthy' Martin took to the mound to warm up ahead of our game with Gawler ... What was he doing?!? Truth is, he was panicking too and wasn't even hiding it particularly well - but, with only one minute to go until game time, Chris 'Hoops' Thompson finally arrived, having driven all the way from dog obedience class in Aldinga, a mere 674 kilometres to the south!

With runs already on the board for the good guys, Hoops started to mow through the Rangers line up, fanning 9 in six innings of commanding work in tandem with Justin 'JR' Ranford. He topped that off with two great smacks into centre field for a couple of ribbies.

Kingsley 'Butterball' Turner (3 RBIs), Jules 'JP' Potiki (2), Justin 'Prez' McKinley (2) and JR (2) were torrid with the bats while the defense did its job - Butterball and Brian 'Screwball' Emmett switched corners for this one, Shannon 'PP' Poropat-Paige held down shortstop while Demi 'Triples' Inglis made a particularly nice play in the last.

New Saint Matthew 'Chewy' Chenoweth marked his return to the bigs with a HBP and spent some time in the outfield acclimatising to the pace of the game ... which wasn't very fast.

Nevertheless, it was another solid win ahead of two games against our old rivals from Port Adelaide.

Thanks to Heather for scoring and Will for assisting again with our warm-up.

Hits: Ranford 2 (2 RBI), Potiki 2 (2), Martin (1), Emmett (1), Turner 1 (3), Paige-Poropat 1, McKinley 2 (2), Thompson 2 (2)

Pitching: Thompson 6 innings, 29 batters, 37b/62s, 9Ks

Under 17/1 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Tuesday night against GGCD, 27 to 0

A cold windy Tuesday night for our first twilight and we hosted Golden Grove who made the long journey.

We were lucky enough to have our regular A graders Mitch and Jordy play and Mitch started on the mound for us.

The game started with three strikeouts for Mitch, followed by 7 runs for us The game followed a similar pattern with a team perfect game achieved in 42 pitches and every player picking up a hit for a convincing win!

Hits- Arnold 4, Mcardle 3, Hancock 2, Dawson 2, Adkins 2, Macbeth 1, Knuckey 1, Bartley 1, Peters 1, Ottaway 1, Lightbody 1

Sturt vs Glenelg, 11 to 2
Our 5th consecutive home game and we hosted Glenelg, hoping to make that 5 wins as well

A challenging day with the bare 9, boys a bit bruised and battered from games earlier in the weekend and illness!

And must mention the first game for my new supercoach at first Glen McDonald or Bones.

Damo started on the mound for us and battled through 4 innings allowing just 1 earned runs, with solid defense all the way around, Brodie finished the game for the final two innings not allowing glenelg back into the game.

The hitting is improving every week and the boys hit as team today moving runners over and picking up the clutch hits scoring in every innings except one, eventually blowing the game open in the latter stages.

Jack Dawson followed on from his huge game in b grade to pick up another 3 hits and 3 RBIs

All positive, let's keep it rolling!

Hits- Dawson, Arnold, Hancock 3, Macbeth & Ottaway 2, Bartley & Knuckey 1

Under 17/2 (Coach:John McClure)

Sturt     0 0 1 0 0 1
Gawler 3 0 7 1 11

A lunchtime game at Gawler saw the lads cop a decent spanking at the hands of an extremely good left hand pitcher. Throwing 10 strikeouts with 75% efficiency and a curve/gravity ball that completely bamboozled the majority of the team. He gave away just the one run that the scorers generously called a hit and very nearly pitched a shutout. Conversely, our pitchers struck out 7 over 4 but they gave away 8 walks and combined with a sprinkling of hits resulted in belting.

Our first innings went in the blink of an eye 3 up and 3 down in just 14 pitches. The reply started well with Austin McClure striking out the first batter but two walks later and a well-placed hit to centre the scoreboard had Gawler 3 Sturt 0.

The second innings saw us back in the dugout without troubling the scorer our first on base appearance courtesy of a walk. Gawler's second innings saw us return the favour, Aussie striking out 2 and combining with Tylor Duchene at the dish to catch a runner attempting to steal left the score at 3-0.

The third saw us get on the scoreboard, a dropped third strike and a wild throw saw Brandon Weber at third. A fly ball hit to RF for Tyler and we've scored. Unfortunately we added zip after this. The bottom of the third and the wheels come off with the opposition batting proceeding as follows - walk, safe hit after a battle, missed chance at RF, error at RF, strike out, hit batter, walk, pitcher change, strike out, walk, error at SS, hit batter and a double to right, thank god for the mercy rule and suddenly we're down 10-1.

The fourth quelled any air of recovery with an 8 pitch 3 up 3 down including 2 strike outs. We could have dropped the ball completely but to Stewart Gardiner and the team's credit they conceded just the one to trail 11-1 going into the last.

The fifth told the story - a 12 pitch last innings 3 up and 3 down and another 2 strikeouts. The game ended 11-1 in Gawler's favour.

In essence they had a match winner and we didn't. Aussie and Stewart pitched just okay but 8 free passes versus one is very hard to overcome. Tyler battled hard behind the plate and with his single hit & RBI was our best player on the day. One hit, one walk and just the one run is very unlikely to generate a win.

Not to despair its only game 4 and we're 1-2-1. Baseball is brutal for the fact that every error and every play is magnified and when it goes wrong it's very unpleasant. It's also a pitcher's game and today we got shown just that.

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

Bye

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

Southern Districts 14 defeated Sturt 11

SD     1 7 6 0
Saints 3 1 0 7

On Sunday the boys were blessed with their second game for the season at the new home ground and I'm sure it was the fine surroundings and enthusiastic support that spurred them on to their highest score yet and to within a whisker of victory. Eventually we were between by the clock, but I've no doubt from the run rate in the final ˝ that another innings would have seen us victorious.

For the 1st time this season we had the full complement of 13 available plus Andrew Brennan joined us from the Div 1's. With 14 all up there was a constant barrage of cheering from the dug-out regardless of whether we were batting or fielding.

Nick Borello took to the mound with Joaquin behind the plate to start us off in grand style, quickly dispatching SD with 1 strike out, a run out at 1st and a tag at 3rd for the loss of only 1 run. Clearly inspired by a good start we went to the plate meaning business. Nick led off the batting with a safe hit to 1st followed by a good steal. A ground ball by Joel put Nick on 3rd and a 2 base hit to Joaquin brought Nick home for our 1st run. Our hitting streak was momentarily interrupted when our next two batters, Josh and Harry were hit by the pitcher. But Hamish followed up in style with a perfect ground ball that brought Josh and Harry home. At the end of the 1st inning we were up by two runs - one of our best starts ever!

The middle part of the game was a bit surreal. We lost momentum in the 2nd innings both at bat and in the field, and didn't really re-gain it until the 4th, with a number of unforced errors contributed to us giving away 13 runs in the meantime. SD, conversely, upped the ante in the 2nd and 3rd innings but couldn't maintain the momentum into the 4th.

Nick, Joaquin and Josh got safe hits in the 2nd innings but we could only get Nick across the plate for one run. Michael got our best wallop of the day with a 2 base hit to right field in the 3rd innings but alas we were retired scoreless for the innings. At the end of the 3rd innings we were 4/14 down.

Into the 4th innings and we managed to dismiss SD without scoring thanks to 1 strike out, a great catch by Michael at right field and some slick play by the infield. A change of pitcher for SD saw a number of our batters walked and kept just enough runners on base that safe hits to Patrick and Hamish brought in 7 runs quickly and we were retired ready to take to the field again.

Alas time was not in our favour, and with only a 3 run margin to SD the game was called.

All up it was another good game to watch, running the full gamut from exciting highs to frustrating lows, and like every match these boys play, it was an overall improvement. I think there were 2 big positives for the day. Firstly, of 27 plate appearances we had only 1 strike out, and although there were 6 walks and 4 HBP we got bat to ball 16 times - which I think shows that on the whole we are swinging when we should. The second was our attitude towards base stealing and running with most runners taking good leads and putting the pressure on the opposition at every chance. Now all we need to do is drill the fielding skills some more!

Thanks once again to Doug for coaching assistance and the many parents that helped with the scoring and record keeping for pitch counts and foul balls and Kym Smith for umpiring. A special thanks to team Brennan (Gavin, Andrew and Robbie) who stayed back afterward to help rake and water the diamond.

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Tony Catt)

Southern Districts 10 d Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) 3

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Ben Seekamp)

Sturt 15 defeated Saints 7

The team was very happy to be playing at our real home, Norman Reserve. A couple of our regular players were not with us today so we were fortunate that a couple of under 11's were able to help us out. Cooper Faull and Tristin Mozur did well filing in for us.

We unleashed a new pitcher to start the game in Luke Warburton. Luke kept the Saints scoreless in his first innings with three strikeouts and allowing one hit. In his second innings the saints managed to score two runs but Luke continued to do a great job on the mound. Luke had a day out with the bat with 5 hits from 5 at bats, including an inside-the-park homer!

Harry Chaplin also had a great day with the bat. His first two bats resulted in inside-the-park homers! Harry took to the mound for 2 innings and only allowed 3 runs.

Our second new pitcher was Austin Parkinson. We had noticed he had a strong arm and wanted to give him a try. He pitched very well getting three stikeouts and holding them to 2 runs.

Lachie Seekamp and Austin Parkinson both had three hits each. Emma Dawson got the bat swinging again and was unlucky not to finish with three safe hits.

Austin and Luke both took great catches, Luke's catch resulting in a double play getting the runner out at third.

Our batting was terrific to watch today with 13 hits.

Little League 2-Saints (U13) (Coach: John Eckert)

Sturt 15 defeated Saints 7

Little League Sturt (U11) (Coach: Stan Warrilow )

Glenelg 15 d Little League Sturt (U11) 8

Another glorious day for baseball on Sunday as we took on the Tigers.

Ryder started off the pitching duties and did a good job throwing plenty of strikes.

The Tigers picked up 3 hits and a few walks to post a 5 run maximum innings, but not before Jack made a great play at 2nd base for our first out of the day.

Our first 4 batters all got on base in the bottom of the 1st innings thanks to some good watching and great hits to Myles and Samson. Then the Tiger pitcher got on top and struck out 3 of the 4 next hitters and we managed just the 2 runs.

Ryder continued the 2nd innings and the Tigers picked up another hit and a walk but Ryder finished off with a nice K2, and then was replaced by Spencer.

The Tigers had a few lucky breaks and a few walks to post another 5 run innings.

Ryder and Spencer both picked up hits to start the 2nd innings off with a bang but unfortunately we started to swing at the wrong pitches and had 3 strikeouts to end the innings with just 1 run.

Spencer continued into the 3rd innings and picked up a strikeout and made a nice play to first base and then was replaced by Samson.

Samson did a good job to finish off the innings but not before the Tigers scored another 5 runs.

I asked the boys to apply them selves for our last bat and see if we could score 5 runs.

The boys did just that by picking up 6 walks and a great hit to Cooper to finish the game.

Well done to Bradley for having a go at catching and doing a fantastic job.

We are definitely improving each week so keep up the training boys and have fun.

Hits - Myles, Samson, Cooper, Ryder Spencer 1

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