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Newsletter 03/11/14

Well done to Wallace Long and the large number of players he had assisting him with the Come N Try on Friday for Aussie Tee Ball! We had an excellent turnout as Aussie Tee Ball is the life blood of our club! Please distribute this flyer to anyone with children under 10 years of age!

Please mark down in your diary, Sunday 23 November as one of our sponsors and club members, Big Screen Video will be supplying a large video screen for our sponsors day! We have a double header on that day against Northern Districts. We will be entertaining our sponsors from 3.00 pm for their generous support of our club! We will also have our commentary team on hand headed by Don Wulff and supported by Bruce Packer.

Next week there will be some special games at Norwood Oval, SABL Imports vs Adelaide Bite Game, 7:30pm, Wednesday 5th November 2014 and the SABL All-Stars Game, 7:30pm, Friday 7th November 2014. On the roster for the All Stars game is Jackson Brebner Russ, David Nicholas and Billy Young and on the SABL Imports Roster- Colin Feldtman and Billy Young.

Sharron Linton our Social Events organiser has requested that ladies within the club with an interest in organising Ladies Day scheduled for 17th January, indicate their availabilty to attend a meeting at the club on Friday 14th November commencing at 5.30 pm. Please contact Sharron via email at events@sturtbaseballclub.org.au to indicate your availability to attend the meeting.

Congratulations to club member Ian Steel who has been nominated as a State Finalist for the Australian of the Year 2015 for his work in the KickStart for Kids breakfast program harnesses 70 volunteers to serve 25,000 breakfasts each week. Congratulations on this outstanding achievement!

We value greatly our volunteer scorers and Carol Burns has offered to run a Level O scorers clinic if there is sufficient interest or come out to a game to assist any of our new scorers. Please email Carol if you are interested in taking up this generous offer!

T-Ball Report

Great to see 36 kids take part in the Come and Try session last Friday evening. About twenty of these kids were trying t-ball for the first time.

Thanks to the 13 coaches, all senior players and the forty parents and family members who came out to support the kids.

For an hour the coaches took the kids through running, throwing and hitting drills followed by live t-ball games. You can see the photos on the Sturt Facebook page.
Thanks to Harry Gent who assisted in setting up the day and the Halloween fun, and to Dutchy for cooking the BBQ.

Emails will go out tomorrow regarding registration details. We start the season this Friday (weather permitting) at 6pm.

All enquiries to: saintsball@sturtbaseballclub.org.au

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


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)

Bye this week

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Bye this week

Division 3 (Coach: Sam Hollis)

Sturt 10 d Gawler 6

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

Sturt 12 d Gawler 1

Sturt Saints defeated Gawler Rangers 12-1 Our first home game saw us take on the Gawler Rangers - coming off a 31-0 defeat at the hands of Glenelg we knew they would be out to make a mends and restore some respectability to their name. On the other hand, we were coming off back to back walk off losses and were keen to get the elusive W on the board.

The boys were fired up after a spray from veteran Darren Stewart after last weeks capitulation but things didn't go to plan early when expected starter Shane Horne went down with a tweaked shoulder 20 minutes before the game. Our other potential starter, Jake Gibson was still feeling soreness from Round 2 so the only option left was for Dale Martens to take the ball for his first start in years. Potential reliever Jordan Wayne was told to be ready and waiting from the 2nd pitch onwards.

We took an early lead after some good hitting (and a couple of errors) at the top of the order. Our defense was solid, but Gawler threatened in the 3rd with Martens throwing a routine double play ball out to leftfield which didn't help our cause. They plated 1 run and the scores were locked at 5-1 until we broke the shackles in the 4th and 5th to score another 7 runs and end the game early at 12-1.

Some very good 2 out hitting with Jared Thornquest continuing his tear currently 9 for 13 and his hitting streak still alive at 4 games. Mark Richmond was solid as always behind the dish and is smashing anything sitting on the belt when he is at the plate. Martens finally started hitting the ball properly - albeit a little too flat to get it over the fence and Shane Horne also collected a couple of timely hits to put the score beyond doubt.

Great to get the monkey off our backs with the win and next week should be a good test coming up against Henley & Grange who narrowly beat us in Round 1.

Hits; Martens 3 (2x2b), Thornquest 3, Horne 2, Stewart 1 (2b), Richmond 1, Attwell 1

Division 5 (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt 20 d Playford City 5

Our first game at Flinders as the home side for the year and what a way to start it.

With Rick (Rat) Trembath on the mound he went to work and had them all out with no runs scored in the first, the only blemish was a double but that was as far as he got. Our first at bat was good enough to get three across the plate to start our scoring.

In the field again for the second and Playford City had some good hits to get three across and tie the ball game up at the top of the second, we how ever had different ideas and again with some good hitting we manage five runs to go up by that many after two innings. The highlight of this was Don (Wulffy) Wulff hitting a home run over the right field fence to score Smally with an RBI With some more hitting Playford got their last two runs for the day in the third. Over the next two at bats for us we put on another five and then the maximum seven to finally run away with the game.

The Rat pitched the whole five innings and we went to bat for only four digs.

Safe hits: Sluga 1, Thompson 2, Small C 3 (1D), Wulff 3 (1H, 1D), Small T 2, Young 1, Colyer 2 (2), Burns 3

Thanks to both Janet Young and Carol Burns for scoring for both sides as Playford City did not have one.

Also thanks to Cameron Young for umpiring I am sure he enjoyed calling his Father out at home on a tag and for the KC for His Dad's last at bat, although Doc said it was well out side it looked good to the rest of us.

Go the Mighty Saints!

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 20 Adelaide 15 @ Adelaide

After playing our first three games in pretty benign conditions, it was a shock to arrive at Weigell Oval to find the wind blowing hard. And it was blowing out - good for batting, but a nightmare for pitching.

With the wind whistling through his earings (he had them both tuned to C Major - quite melodious) Chris 'Hoops' Thompson didn't get too much help from his fielders in the first, giving up the maximum seven runs in response to the three had put up in the top of the inning.

However, having worked out that - thanks to the wind - his fastball was so slow that the batters were able to watch the pitch leave his hand, adjust their jockstraps, make a quick phone call, sing the national anthem, spit on their hands and then swing away, Hoops reverted to the curve and we started to get on top.

The bats were loud for both sides but, thankfully, we were a little louder. Brian 'Screwball' Emmett, Kingsley 'Butterball' Turner and Justin 'Prez' McKinley had 13 RBIs between them, with Screwball in particular hitting the ball hard. Coach Phil 'Philthy' Martin (2 RBI), Wallace 'Gromit' Long (1) and the jet-lagged Andrew 'AJ' Johnston (1) also kept Heather busy in the scorers' hut while Jules 'JP' Potiki, Shannon 'PP' Paige-Poropat and Demi 'Triples' Inglis also had good hacks.

We were up by five and preparing to field again when their umpires took pity on the Angels' pitching and called the game. That makes us 3-1 on the season heading out to Gawler this weekend.

Thanks as always to Heather for scoring, Anthony 'Big K' Kocza for his bench support and to Alex and Will for helping with our warm up (which obviously made ALL the difference...).

Hits: Long 1 (1 RBI), Potiki 2, Martin 2 (2), Emmett 2 (5), Turner 2 (4), Paige-Poropat 1, Thompson 2, McKinley 4 (4), Johnston (1)

Pitching: Thompson 104 pitches, 32 balls, 72 strikes , 5 Ks

Under 17/1 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Bye this week

Under 17/2 (Coach:John McClure)

Southern Districts 0 0 0 3 2 5
Sturt 2 0 1 0 2 5

Our third game of the season was a very entertaining affair that resulted in a nail biting draw.

The match didn't start in an ideal fashion. Flinders at 9 am for the U17's and parents is definitely not the sexiest game on the calendar. Dragging disorganised teenage boys out of bed early Sunday morning is a barrel of laughs. With 7 players present ˝ hour before game time the coaching staff were on the phone and getting a little agitated. By game time we had 8, the opposition 13 and away we went.

With two in the outfield and thanks to "too tall" Tom Bartley on the hill he put South's away with 2K's and no runs on the board. Bottom of the first and we lead 2-0 thanks to a Jamie Last single and a line drive RBI double base hit from Tyrese.

Top of the second was a pitcher's special from Tom. 16 pitches and 3 strike outs. Unfortunately South gave us the same treatment with the exception of Tyler's single to centre, we went 4 up and 3 down to keep our noses in front and maintain the lead 2-0 after 2. The third saw another 16 pitch special and another 3 strike outs from Tom. After 3 innings Tom had thrown 53 pitches for 31 strikes and 8K's! Great signs for the club going forward with our depth of pitchers. Outstanding stuff. Bottom of the third a single to Conor and a big double RBI to Tom resulted in a lead 3-0 after 3.

The fourth was a very interesting innings to say the least that just about had it all - a walk, a single, a double, stepping into a pitch followed by a hit batter, fielder's choice, catcher's interference, a great running catch in centrefield, and a strike out. After all that South's had tied the score 3-3. We had lost the momentum and it showed in the next innings, a 6-3, automatic out, error single and a KC.

A change of pitcher made for an interesting last innings. A 12 pitch 3 walk 3 wild pitch start with the scores level wasn't terribly inspirational from Conor and a strike after 3 walks brought up a Bronx cheer from the home supporters and a sigh of relief from the bench.

To cut a long story short - a terrific catch from Jamie Last, a strike out and an unassisted play from Brandon at first resulted in 2 runs and a 5-3 lead to South. The pitching was like an FJ on a cold morning - takes a bit to warm it up but runs okay once it's going.

The crowd was at fever pitch with the equation now two to tie and three to win. Conor took one for the team, Riley was walked and with some aggressive stealing both managed to get home tying the score at 5 apiece with two out. It was now up to Chris to try and get Tom home to score the winning run. After realising that a walk was not an option and on a full count Chris hit his best shot for the season and was denied by a good catch in centrefield to leave the scores all tied up. Excellent result for a game played in the right spirit.

Three votes went to Division Three Coach Peter Turner for turning up to umpire a game he had no personal connection to. Thanks mate, and a terrific display. Two Votes to Jo Gardiner for scoring a game with her son the boy we all love out injured and one vote goes to the team for playing a man down and having a crack, I couldn't be prouder of the effort today.

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

Sturt 16 East Torrens Red Sox 1

The boys hit the road for the first time this season venturing out to Felixstow to take on the Red Sox at a previously unknown back diamond at Patterson Sportsground. All guns were blazing today at the plate and on the mound which from a coaching perspective is very rewarding and let Knucks sit back and smoke the pipe.

Aussie McClure was dynamite on the mound for 4 innings combining with Hugo Dahlen-Flight to twirl a one hitter, with the pair facing only 17 Red Sox batters over 5 innings. Efforts like this made Reed and Harry's job behind the plate a cakewalk.

The hitters generally excelled as well complemented by 10 free passes issued by Red Sox pitchers. Harry and Ky had 4 hits apiece, Ky mixing in 3 smooth swinging doubles among the booty. Doubles were also pounded out by Harry, Josh Wilson and Reed to keep the scoreboard ticking over. That makes 8 hits in his last 8 plate appearances for Harry K. Nice work.

Most pleasing of all was an error free effort in the field.

Probably the only downside today was racking up 9 strikeouts at the plate for the second week running. We'll need to work at getting bat on ball more often to keep the pressure on the opposing defense as we head into the meatier part of the schedule. Thanks to Luke Furlan for stepping up to the 1's today and making his first start in left. A massive thanks goes to Emily Wilson who extended her consecutive scoring streak to 4 games with no end in sight. Her meticulous scorebook makes life a breeze for the coach and manager and is greatly appreciated.

More good news for players and parents as we have a bye next weekend to give many a break from the Sunday routine. Freshen up and come back ready for the always well drilled West Torrens in two weeks. Been a great start to the season so far. Hits: Ky Matthews-Hampton 4 (x3 2B), Harry Knuckey 4 (2B), Reed Stewart 2 (2B), Josh Wilson (2B)

RBI: Ky Matthews-Hampton 4, Reed Stewart 3, Harry Knuckey, Hugo Dahlen-Flight, Jordan Abfalter, Josh Wilson, Nick Borrello 1 each

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

Golden Grove 12 defeated Sturt 5

GG 3 0 7 2 -
St 3 0 1 1 2

What a fantastic game!

This is certainly not the same team that stepped onto Norman Reserve for their first game together 4 weeks ago. In every aspect of their game these boys have lifted their performance markedly. They are to be commended for the way in which every week they apply the lessons from previous games and implement the new skills from training.

With 6 absences this week we took to the field with only 8 players, including one borrowed from Golden Grove. We chose to play only 2 in the outfield, as it looked like GG weren't big hitters, and although this was the right call it still left a lot of territory for only 2 outfielder's to cover. The automatic out of the missing 9th batter also left us disadvantaged - and usually at critical moments. Together these were a significant contribution to us losing.

We continued with our policy of developing new pitchers and catchers this week. The usual team of Josh and Patrick opened the pitching/catching for us again, and with no other experienced pitchers this pair saw out the majority of the game. To close out the game 3rd base Callum swapped with Josh for his pitching debut and Patrick swapped with right fielder Joaquin who donned the catchers gear once again. Callum and Joaquin proved a good combination, Callum threw +50% strikes, recorded his 1st strike out and Joaquin's energy saw him chasing every foul ball for a possible catch and letting very few pitches past him. Hamish, Axel and Joel were on fire at 1st, 2nd and short-stop so we left them there for the whole game!

It was an exciting game to watch, and there were moments of offensive and defensive brilliance. At bat we were focussed and disciplined. A large strike zone was called against us, but we picked the pitches well and out of 20 plate appearances we recorded 8 walks, and got bat to ball 11 times (4 safe hits) and had only 1 strike out. When on base, last week's drills certainly paid off as we were confident with our stealing and base running. In the field the boys really starting behaving as a team, talking through the plays in advance and working together.

Our first magic moment came early on in the top of the first innings. With Joel and Patrick on 1st and 2nd and two out, things were looking grim when Josh stepped up and clobbered the 1st pitch over the cones to right field to bring the two runners home and give us our first three runs for the day.

Our second magic moment came in the bottom of the 1st with a great piece of team work from Joaquin, Josh, Axel and Joel. A good hit to right field, which should have been a safe double, was quickly run down and fielded by Joaquin and thrown back to Josh near the mound. Possibly thinking it was a wild throw the runner left off for third. When Josh flicked the ball to Joel at short stop the runner realised his mistake and tried to get back to 2nd but not before Joel made the throw to Axel for the tag. Inspired, we wrapped up the next two batters with a catch at 1st to Hamish and 1-3 put out. End of the first innings and we were 3 all!

In the second innings we went down to a good double play by GG followed by the automatic out of the missing 9th batter for no score. We instantly retaliated with 2 strike-outs and a catch by Josh to hold the score at 3 all at the end of the second innings. The third innings saw Axel and then Joel walked and they followed up with some aggressive stealing which put them in a scoring position. Bradey from GG batted home Axel for our 4th run. A cracker hit from Patrick looked like it would bring Joel home but was spectacularly caught by the GG 3rd baseman seeing us dispatched for the 1 run.

A few unforced errors and some confusion over the number of outs let GG get the better of us in the bottom of the third and they retired with 7 runs, taking the score to 10-4; but not before we racked up two more magic fielding moments. The first came in a rundown between home and 3rd. A mis-hit saw the ball land a few metres in front of the plate, with 1 out and realising that the runner from 3rd had left off early Josh ignored the possible out at 1st and flicked the ball to Patrick who was already moving up the 3rd base line toward the runner. Pat chased the runner back to third finally throwing to Callum and forcing the runner off the line for the out. Still high on the excitement of the first run down, the boys repeated the performance a few batters' later between 3rd and 2nd, this time with Callum chasing the runner back to 2nd before throwing to Axel for the tag. These two plays show just how far these boys have come with their game play.

We opened the fourth innings with a 1 base hit to Josh followed with a walk to Callum. Aggressive base stealing saw these two advance to a scoring position before Joaquin was walked giving us loaded bases. A timely safe hit from Hamish batted in our 1st run for the innings before the automatic out took it's toll. With 1 out, a good hit from Axel looked like it would advanced our runners but we narrowly missed out on scoring again.

The bottom of the fourth opened with a 1-3 put out for Callum followed by another magic fielding moment from Patrick and Axel. At right field Patrick came charging in on a short fly ball which he had no chance of catching, but he managed to keep the ball in front of his body and impart enough momentum to flick it up to Axel who'd gone out from 2nd to back him up. A quick throw from Axel must have beaten the runner by nano-seconds and the out was awarded. Callum wrapped up the innings in style with his first strike out. At 12-5 down we started the fifth innings nearing time. A solid 2 base hit to Patrick batted in Bradey from GG for our 1st run of the innings. Josh batted Patrick round to 3rd and with 2 out Patrick made a gutsy steal home on a wild pitch to give us our second run for the innings. We couldn't keep up the momentum and were soon retired for the 2 runs.

This was a magnificent effort from the boys, who down on numbers were at a disadvantage from the outset, but never let that get in the way of doing their best.

Thanks once again to Steve for pre-game and match day assistance, Matt for scoring and the great support from the parents and grand-parents who made the 2nd long journey in as many weeks to support their kids and grand-kids.

Hits: Josh 2, Patrick 1, Hamish 1
RBI: Josh 3, Hamish 1
Runs: Axel 1, Joel 1, Patrick 2, Josh 2

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

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) 13 d Henley & Grange 4

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

Sturt 2 lost to Northern Districts 7

A tough game of baseball today. The Northern Districts pitcher started very well and held us scoreless. Zac Becker also started well for us holding them scoreless for the first 2 innings.

We didn't have a great day with the bats. Hits were down today although a couple of reasonable hits were well caught. Will Jordans not only did a great job as catcher he got a couple of hits. Luke Warburton also had a couple of good hits.

Some highlights in the field was Harry Chaplin effortlessly fielding a well hit ball to him as pitcher then throwing it to first and a double play when Harry caught a hit to first then threw it to Luke at second to get the runner out before he could get back to base.

Overall not our best performance, we had the talent to do better however it just wasn't our day.

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

Southern Districts 12 d Little League 2 - Saints (U13) 9

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

Kensington 14 d Little League Sturt (U11) 10

A much improved performance from the boys this week!

Ryder started things off on the hill this week and threw plenty of good strikes for 2 innings of work.

A few walks, some hit batters and a couple of hits though and the Cardinals posted a 5 run first innings.

Darcy and Will picked up a hit in the first innings and we scored our first run for the game.

Ryder finished off his pitch count well and was replaced by Spencer to end the 2nd innings, but not before the cardinals scored 3 more runs.

A hit batter, 5 walks and a nice safe hit to Spencer and we scored the maximum 5 runs to end the 2nd dig.

Some great pitching and fielding in the 3rd innings by our boys kept the Cardinals to 1 run as we headed into the bottom of the 3rd.

Some strong pitching took the wind out of our sales though as we ended the 3rd innings with no runs.

Will took over the pitching duties and had a bit of trouble finding the strike zone but battled hard until he was replaced by Cooper who finished off the 4th innings but not before we gave up another 5 runs.

I asked the boys to finish off the game strongly and they did just that, with 3 hits in the last innings including a big smash from Bradley, another line drive from Spencer and a ripping shot from Tristan as we scored 4 runs.

In the end we just couldn't get over the line a and went down 14 - 10

Well done to Jack, Tristan and Darcy for all being so brave after being hit by the pitcher.

Another great job from our catcher Myles who always gives his all behind the plate and is ever watchful in the batters box picking up another 3 walks.

Hits - Spencer 2, Darcy, Will, Brad and Tristan 1

..:: message posted on Monday the 3rd of November, 2014 21:44:24 ::..

Newsletter 27/10/14

Another home game at our beautifully renovated home ground with both a live commentary courtesy of Don Wulff and Bruce Packer together with live scoring courtesy of Carol Burns.

Baseball SA has asked that the Scorers Association to place statistics for all Division 1 games on the website as soon as practicable after the games. This is for both statistics and also for those games that are scored live! I have put links on the front page of our website and also under teams>seniors>stats or under Baseball SA Division 1 Teams Stats if you are accessing our website from your mobile device.The direct links to the pages are:

Baseball SA Division 1 Stats Season 2014/15 for all League Clubs

Baseball SA Division 1 Live Games 2014/15 - plus individual game statistics and commentary

This Friday night, 31st October 2014, Sturt is running a Come & Try T-Ball! The session will run from 6.00pm - 7.00pm. Aussie T-Ball is great fun for girls and boys 3 - 10 years of age. Please pass on the flyer to anyone you know who has children in this age range! Canteen and bar open from 5.45 pm.

Attention all photographers! Baseball SA is once again running a Photo Competition! Send in your weekly images and a monthly prize winner will take away. Please note that phone camera images will not be accepted.

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


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)

Goodwood 7 defeated Sturt 1

This weekends game against Goodwood was played a little out of character. Normally we have a very strong defence yet yesterday we gave up 4 errors which cost us several runs.

Miramontes pitched a great game for Goodwood only allowing 5 Sturt hits. Billy Young made his pitching debut for the Saints. Young pitched very well going 5 innings, 3 earned runs and striking out 8 Goodwood hitters. Shaun Wright pitched the remaining 4 innings and also pitched really well.

Our bats were quiet compared to the last two games. Billy Young lead off the 3rd with a double to left field and then was moved to third base by a sacrifice bunt by Faehse. Young then scored on a base hit by Chroust. Unfortunately that was the only run we scored for the day.

Hits: Chroust 2, Nicholas, McArdle, Young 1.

Next weekend the Division 1 and 2 have a bye. Our next game is at Henley and Grange on Saturday November 8.

Next weekend, Premek "Wizz" Chroust will be heading to Taiwan to play for the Czech Republic in the u21 world championships. Best of luck Wizz!


Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Sturt 3 Lost Goodwood 7

Better performance this week from the B grade, we were right in this game until Goodwood managed to string 4 hits together in the 6th. The team is improving with all the young players in the team looking more and more confident with every game.

Defensively we were more solid this week, a couple of errors in the first dig did help Goodwood score 2 and get off to a good start. But for the rest of the game we fielded well. Simon Adkins came in to the game and took a great catch in right field. He also looked quite comfortable hitting the ball hard in his two at bats. Jack Dawson has been very solid in centre field. Keep working hard boys and the rewards will come.

We hit the ball today but struggled to find the caps. Damo Arnold hit well with a great sac fly in the second. Sam Hollis again picked up two hits and Colin came up with a homer in the fifth to tie up the game. We do need to work on our hitting particularly our batting approach and knowing the situation of the game.

Again our two pitchers today Josh Tindall and Matt Mulryan did their job giving the team the ground balls and making the hitter accountable. This is all we can ask from you guys.

Keep training hard and work on the mental side of your game and we will see the improvement though out the year and with that our confidence will grow.

Hits: 2 Hollis; Feldtman; Holland 1

Division 3 (Coach: Sam Hollis)

Goodwood 27 d Sturt 3

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

Goodwood 6 d Sturt 5

Division 5 (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt 2 -East Torrens 3

This week we travelled to East Torrens for our first away game and even though the score was 3-2 against us this is one game that we should have won.

Rick 'Rat' Trembath started on the mound for us with Trent 'Junior' Small behind the plate and this combination worked well for 5 innings, giving up the 3 runs. Over innings ET left 6 runners on compare to us leaving 8 runners on.

We had our ups and downs this week in the field a couple of missed opportunities in the outfield to take catches which allowed ET to score but we also had some great plays, Short stop Norm 'Wild Thing' Sluga fielded a ball very deep going to his right which made him a very shallow leftfield only for him to throw a rocket to first to get the very slow moving runner out by 3 feet.

Our batting is still the part of the game we need to work on, we had 9 K's for the game which is not good in this grade. We need to be more aggressive and hit the first strike rather than waiting for our perfect strike. Most of the time the first strike is the best.

Mark 'Pop' Burns was the shinning light this week as he had a great double for his first at bat then he later had a single only for Wild Thing to hit to left field where the ball got past the fielder and went to the fence, this meant that Pop had to run from 1st to home. He got to second as the ball just bounced past the fielder and we could all see it in his face, first the surprise and then the realization that he would have to run to third and even home, as he said as he got to third he could see the fielder was just picking the ball up and he would have to score. At the end of the game he was still feeling the effect of the long journey from first to home and his recovery for this would take the rest of the day and night, unfortunately for him he had friends over for tea that night.

Don 'Wulffy' Wulff took to the mound for the last innings and kept them score less.

We played another 7 innings this week and finished 20 minutes before the game was due to finish and last week we finished 35 minutes early, but both weeks the games have been played in great spirits and we have enjoyed ourselves.

Thanks to Wallace 'Gromit' Long and David 'Reg' Lee for both doubling up this week with the div 7's. Also to Carol Burns for scoring for us and to our usual spectators who come out every week.

ET had a total of 7 hits for the day and we had 9, the big difference was we had 9K's and they had 1K

Pitching: Trembath 77pitches for 48 strikes 1 K and 1 BB, 6 Hits, Wulff 19pitches for 12 strikes 1 Hit

Hits: Sluga 2, C Small 3, Day 1, Thompson 1, Burns 2

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 10 defeated Northern Districts 5

Saturday was our first home game at Norman Reserve and, to be honest, it felt bloody good to be able to host at such a stunning venue. The Northern Districts guys were full of praise for our new-look ground and their traveling fans laid out their rugs on the new lawn to watch the game and they all hung around afterwards to grab a beer.

The baseball was, actually, worth watching for the most part with the mighty Saints racking up win number two on the season. Once again, we were lucky to have Wallace 'Gromit' Long pitching for us, this time in tandem with Brian 'Screwball' Emmett whose creaking knees could be heard in the outfield. Nevertheless, Screwball did an outstanding job behind the plate, calling a great game for Gromit who went the distance.

We had a couple of real highlights throughout the day, and both belonged to our new guys. First gamer Justin 'Prez' McKinley, who had never even held a bat until last Wednesday and only bought his first glove on Thursday, smacked one into left for his first ever hit while Anthony 'Big K' Kocza legged out an infield single for his maiden hit and came all the way around to score an important run.

The infield of Kingsley 'Butterball' Turner (2 RBIs), Demi 'Triples' Inglis, Phil 'Philthy' Martin and Chris 'Hoops' Thompson (2 RBIs) were a solid unit while Jules 'JP' Potiki took the last catch of the game in the only real play the outfield had to make all day - the fact that Gromit had only one K speaks volumes for our defense.

We were 9-0 up before we let them get a few runs, but we ran out comfortable 10-5 winners. That puts us 2-1 on the season and having lots of fun as we go.

Thanks to Heather for doing her usual brilliant job in the scorers' hut, to Tredders for umpiring and to Dave 'Reg' Lee for being our emergency player.

Hits: Long 2, Potiki 1, Martin 2 (3 RBI), Emmett 1 (1), Turner 2 (2), Thompson 2 (2), McKinley 1, Kocza 1

Pitching: Long 125 pitches, 58 balls, 67 strikes, 1K

Under 17/1 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Sturt 8 d Goodwood 7

Under 17/2 (Coach:John McClure)


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

East Torrens 11 Sturt 10

Round 3 saw the Saints continue their season opening homestand with a game against East Torrens at the Flinders University ground. An undermanned and under strength Saints team put in a valiant effort capped by a last inning rally that fell a tantalizing one run short to the stronger of East Torrens' two 15/1 teams. With 4 regular team members unavailable this week due to conflicting commitments or injuries, the Saints contested the entire game with 8 players which ultimately played a key role in the final outcome.

The Saints dealt with the shortage in the field by playing a three man infield. It was The Harry Knuckey Show all afternoon both in the field and at the plate as Knucks pioneered a new fielding position the boys dubbed "Thirdstop" with Harry as the sole fielder between 2nd and 3rd base. Showing unbelievable range and baseball nous well beyond his years, Harry piled up 3 ground out assists and 3 caught pop flies in five innings of play patrolling the left side solo. Combine that with holding on runners at both 2nd and 3rd throughout the game and it's easy to see why he enjoys the game so much and his baseball future is glowing red hot.

Special mention today also goes out to Hugo Dahlen-Flight who started and tossed 4 stellar innings shortly after arriving from a grueling 2 hour pre-game at a mate's birthday party. Very old-school! Other than one inning where his fielding support wasn't all it could have been, Hugo was in complete control throwing 62% of his 66 pitches for strikes. A really, really good effort from Hugo today that bodes well for the rest of the season.

Nice plays in the field were also made by Axel Andrews to spear a liner to left by the Red Sox leadoff batter and Josh Wilson who cleanly gloved a couple hot grounders to second in the 1st and 3rd innings.

Hitting was a bit spotty today as we accumulated only 6 safeties and with one or two more timely hits with runners in scoring position early in the game, the boys might have pinched this one from the Red Sox back pocket. Continuing a theme, Harry also starred with the carbon fibre cranking out 4 ground rule, through-the-cone, doubles to all parts of the outfield in 4 at bats. After regularly having success facing Division 3 and U17/1 pitching during the opening weeks of the season, Knucks would have thought the pitches coming in this game looked like a pastrami on rye in a New York deli - too tempting to pass up. A feast for the baseball senses!

If a loss can be palatable, in the circumstances this was it. Plenty to like and plenty to work on to get where we want to be later in the season.

A large thanks to Axel and Michael Sabatino who both came up from the U15/2 team this week on short notice to help fill our last minute player shortage. Michael is new to the game this year and once his raw power is harnessed, look out!

Hits: Harry Knuckey 4 (x4 2B), Reed Stewart, Austin McClure 1 each

RBI: Austin McClure 3, Harry Knuckey, Reed Stewart, Hugo Dahlen-Flight 1 each

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

Gawler 21 defeated Sturt 5

On Sunday the boys travelled north beyond the edge of the known universe to pit their skills against Gawler Ranges.

With the aid of the Northern Expressway wormhole the journey was a mere hour, but we had to pay the piper eventually! True to the Einstein's theory of time travel, on arrival we were but a fraction older than when we had left but the opposition awaiting us had aged by a few years. At least that was the feeling amongst our boys who were convinced that the young men waiting for us were an U17 team at the wrong game!

The boys got off to a slow start but in the latter ˝ of the game put on their best offensive display yet for which they are to be commended. We are a young team, but it's only taken a few weeks of training and watching and learning from the opposition for some of them to get the gist of base stealing. So whereas we only scored 1 run in the 1st ˝ of the game due to walks, in the 4th innings we scored 4 runs due to our own offensive play with a combination of stealing and improved batting.

Gawler batted well, and at this early stage in the season our inexperience in the field is still our main downfall, with a number of Gawler's runs coming from errors and indecision. As we continue to focus on key offensive and defensive skills at practice and get some game play under our belt I've no doubt we will be a real force very soon.

The match started at a sizzling pace with the Gawler pitcher dispatching our first two batters before a cracker hit to right field secured Hamish our 1st hit for the day and a spot on 1st. Unfortunately we couldn't advance him and we were soon retired for no score. Josh took to the mound for Sturt, consistently throwing strikes - but Gawler were clearly there to score and we struggled to find our feet in the field when they got bat to ball. One strike out and a super throw from Callum at 3rd got us 2 outs, but we couldn't find the 3rd before Gawler retired with 7 runs for the innings.

The second innings was a mixed bag with the Gawler pitcher momentarily losing concentration. Discipline at the plate by Luke, Harry, Joaquin and Callum saw 4 consecutive walks with Luke coming across the plate for our 1st score for the day. But alas, again, we were retired before we could bring our runners home.

Bottom of the 2nd and we fired up a bit. A few early errors gave away 3 runs but we quickly recovered - a line drive to 1st was slickly fielded by Hamish for our 1st out of the innings followed by two strike-outs to Josh which held Gawler at 3 for the innings. Third innings got off to a great start, with a safe hit to short stop seeing Hamish on base for the 2nd time. A hit from Josh followed by a great steal by Hamish and suddenly he was at 3rd and looking at our 2nd run for the day. Again we were robbed, and couldn't get Hamish home - but clearly something had clicked.

Bottom of the third opened well with one pitch and quick field by Josh for the 1st out. We lost concentration for a while giving away 4 runs before a strike-out gave us the 2nd out and a slick throw from Harry at 2nd gave us the 3rd out.

Into the 4th and we put it all together. Harry and then Joaquin were walked and took no time stealing 2nd and 3rd putting them in a good position to score. They stole again with Harry giving us our 2nd run followed by a ground ball to 2nd by Lachlan to bring Joaquin home. Joel got a safe hit to 1st followed by a walk to Hamish both of which were brought home with a two base hit from Josh before we were retired.

Gawler mercilessly retaliated in the bottom of the 4th with 7 more runs to wrap up the game just as the rain started falling.

This week we mixed up the positions again when we could. Patrick put in a typically consistent and strong performance as catcher for the 1st 3 innings before Joaquin donned the gear for a sterling effort in his catching debut. Joel took to the mound for his U15 pitching debut and we sent Patrick and Josh to the outfield to give Lachlan, Harry and Luke some infield time at second, short stop and third. A big thanks to Callum and Lachlan, each for doing their turn on the bench.

Thanks once again to the boys for their enthusiasm, to Doug and Steve for pre-game and match day assistance, Matt for scoring this week and to all the parents who managed the journey all the way out there and still had energy left to cheer the boys on.

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

Sturt 7 defeated Souths 6

We made the journey down to souths to play a well-coached and well drilled team.

After notching up our first win last week, the boys were confident about putting up a good performance.

Robbie Brennan pitched really well for 4 strong innings and was unlucky to give up 6 runs. He threw strikes and forced the opposition to hit and didn't give them anything.

Sam Stewart had another great game behind the plate and is really learning how to lead the team.

In what was a really close game the highlight was watching Jack Hutton (9 years old) come in and throw 2 scoreless innings under pressure to win the game for us.

Everyone contributed. Everyone improved. Everyone had fun.

Well done boys. Lets do it again next week!

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

Sturt 11 defeated East Torrens 3

An exciting game of baseball today. Both teams had lots of hits, we pitched very well and some good plays were made. It also was the first time we got the full 6 innings in.

Angus Catt pitched first and kept the opposition scoreless. Zac took over for 3 innings and also kept them to no score. It was probably the best we have seen Zac pitch. He threw a total of 57 pitches, with 24 being strikes, 5 fouls and just 3 hits. Great stuff Zac.

Every player had a safe hit today. Emma Dawson had two hits and two walks and also made a great play at first base. Lachie Seekamp smashed one to centre field getting to third.

Again we were better than the week before. We will be even better next week!

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


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

First of all a big thanks to Mike Garcia and Craig Mathers for looking after the team during our outback adventure!

Our boys started well against a tough Indians outfit holding them scoreless in the first innings thanks to some great pitching from Spencer and a great catch by Brad.

A few walks and some hit batters gave us a 1 run lead heading into the 2nd innings.

A couple of hits and some walks gave the Indians a 5 run innings as Ryder came in to finish off the Indian batters with a couple of strikeouts.

Some great hitting by Spencer and some good watching in the box gave us a 3 run innings and we were looking good for the start of the 3rd innings.

Unfortunately that's where our scoring ended for the game as the Indians brought on some power pitchers.

Ryder, Will and Cooper finished off the next 2 innings as the Indians scored 2 more 5 run innings to run out the victors 15 - 4.

Well done to all the boys who had a go at pitching and catching.

A Special mention to Sampson and Cooper for being brave after getting hit by the pitcher and Myles for catching nearly the whole game.

Lots of things to work on at training..

Hits Spencer 1

..:: message posted on Monday the 27th of October, 2014 23:40:33 ::..

Newsletter 20/10/14

Another beautiful Sunday at Norman Reserve saw Sturt host West Torrens. The Division One game was great to watch but unfortunately our boys just missed out getting over the line after a strong come back from West Torrens. Thanks to Don Wulff who sat in the commentary box and to Bruce Packer who managed the sound and on ground announcements. You can view some great photos from the game courtesy of Jeff Nicholas!

As per the Baseball SA hot weather rule/policy training for Under 13 & Under 11 is cancelled if the forecasted temperature is 37C or above at 7am tomorrow morning. Please listen to the radio at 7am or check www.bom.gov.au

This rule also applies to Sunday games as well as training.

For those of you that have signed up for Aussie Tee Ball there has been a slight change of plans with games not commencing this Friday as previously advertised. Instead there will be a Come and Try session to be held on Friday 31 st October 2014, 6.00 pm at the club. For further information please contact Wallace Long or email saintsball@sturtbaseballclub.org.au

Trials for the U16 and U18 SA BITE teams for the 2015 NYC are as follows: U16 (Head Coach: Mark Haylock)

Trials held at West Torrens Baseball Club (Rutland Av, Lockleys) Saturday 25th October - 9am-1130am and Saturday 1st November - 9am-1130am

U18 (Head Coach : Damien Norsworthy)

Trials held at Goodwood Baseball Club (Sturt Avenue, Colonel Light Gardens)-Saturday 25th October – 9am-1130am and Saturday 1st November – 9am-1130am

Players will be required to register on the day before the commencement of the trial.

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


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)

West Torrens 14 defeated Sturt 12

Everyone that attended the game on Sunday was treated to a great game to watch. Unfortunately for Sturt, we did not come out on top.

Shaun Wright started on the mound for the Saints and pitched well through 4 innings. The 5th inning he had to to really work hard to get out of and eventually came out of the game in the 6th inning as he had reached his pitch count.

Our bats were on fire early in the game as we scored 11 runs through the first 4 innings.

Premek "Wizz" Chroust was a stand out with 3 hits and 4 RBI'S. Wizz would have had a 3 run home run in the 6th if it wasn't for an amazing catch by Mason Pickard robbing Wizz of a home run and keeping the momentum going for West Torrens.

It is disappointing to lose a game when you have that kind of lead. We need to keep pushing and not take the game for granted. West Torrens proved to everyone that the game is never over.

We will continue to work together as a group to improve on and off the field. We need a solid week on the track to prepare for our game next week against a tough Goodwood lineup.

Hits: Chroust, Lightbody 3, Holmes, Brebner-Russ "HR", Nicholas "HR", Young, McArdle 2.

Next game: vs Goodwood at home at 3pm on Sunday.

See you all there.

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Sturt 2 lost West Torrens 12 Tough day today at Norman reserve for the B Grade. WT pitcher did throw a good game and their fielding backed him up well. On the other hand we didn't have a great day in the field. On a day like today it is easy to focus just on the negatives and be clouded in seeing the positive from the day. For me the big positive today was our two pitchers.

Josh Tindall again threw a great game with a high strike rate picking up 4 K's in his 3 innings pitched. Tinny left the game 4-0 down with us still in a winning position. Matt Mulryan came into the game pumped and ready for his first outing for the season. Matt also pitched a high strike rate picking up 3 k's in his 2 innings, but unfortunately for Matt WT scored 8 un-earnt runs during his outing, he gave the ground balls but we didn't make the plays. Great job Josh and Matt keep up the hard work and focus.

Offence Highlights of the day was Brodie MacBeth hit the ball hard, Sam Hollis again showed another great at bat hitting with aggression and purpose late in the game. The big highlight today was Billy Young's towering 2 run homer it's great to have you on the team. Billy also proved his bat power in A grade great job mate.

Only game two plenty of time to make up for this game. Let it hurt and then move on quickly so we can train hard and prepare mentally during the week for our Goodwood game.

Big thanks to Glen Young for volunteering to Umpire Div 2, even though we didn't need your services in the end it is much appreciated cheers.

Division 3 (Coach: Sam Hollis)

West Torrens 10 defeated Sturt 2

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

West Torrens 6 defeated Sturt 5

Where were we? Ah, yes, round two'.

'Who did they play that week, Father?' asked the son with an air of reserved eagerness, still unimpressed by this team yet desiring to know more.

'West Torrens, my son, out by the old airport. The "Eagles", as they were then known. You best sit down and get comfortable. This week's pill is not an easy one to swallow…

"Today was the first real day of spring, the kind of day where summer seems to be knocking at the door. Dry, windy, a clear blue sky as if not even the clouds desired to exist on this day. And so we ventured out to West Torrens to battle an historically pesky foe.

"Upon the coattails of-some would say-an admirable loss last week, we were rather eager to make reparations and walk away with a win. Alas, this was not to be. Gibson pitched quite effectively, living up to the expectations of old, mowing down their first three hitters with consummate ease (he would go on to pitch only three innings, due to soreness, giving up just two runs). Thornquest continued his otherworldly streak and found himself on the base paths yet again. Martens walked but the rally ultimately fizzled.

"Showing the grit and resilience that makes our team what it is, we came up with three runs in the third, aided by three walks, six errors and a sacrifice bunt. Of course, more runs should have amounted on the scorecard but, nevertheless, we gained the lead, which was soon squandered by some decent hitting by WT.

"Both teams pushed forward through the onslaught of time and innings. Wayne gave us three quality innings of pitching, giving up two runs. It was 5-5, as we just snuck in to the top of the seventh, with perhaps three minutes to spare. The Great Vowel Elongater, Ron Kennealy, desired an outcome. As he stood upon the pitcher's mound at the end of the sixth, he invoked the posture and voice of Gandalf, as if both teams symbolised the Balrog, and screamed, 'YOU SHALL NOT TIEEEEEE!', and so the seventh began.

"We did nothing, in baseball terms, that is. (Obviously 'nothing' cannot actually exist. The idea of nothing is impossible. One cannot ever do 'nothing'. It's kind of a pointless concept, really). Anywho, flyout-groundout-flyout and we were going to the bottom of the seventh. Horne came on and threw for the first time in a year. He gave up a single then uncorked a wild pitch. With two out and a runner on second, the hitter made contact and the field was sprayed red with blood. The ball bled all over everything and landed in shallow right field, coming to a halt as the runner crossed home plate. We had our post game debriefing quite far up the right field line. We didn't want any blood on our pants.

"Another loss, another lesson learnt. Bleeders are the worst but they can't be stopped. Our closest neighbour awaits us next week. We shall soldier on, as we are want to do. We're starting to take shape, slowly. I've no idea what that shape will be but it will be a shape, of that I am certain."

Hits - Richmond 2, Thornquest, Gibson (2B), Packer, Attwell

Division 5 (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt 7 defeated Goodwood 0

This is our first official game at the new home of the Saints after last week playing a home game at Glenelg.

Again we did not know what the competition would be like as this is only our second game in the Division 5 league and from memory all those years ago (about 4 years ago) when we played Goodwood they always had the wood over us.

As we have all aged so have the Indians and some of them have spent more time in the hay fields than others.

So Don 'Wulffy' Wulff went to the mound for the first and as he said before the start of the game Norm 'Wild Thing' Sluga was in the chair, unfortunately for Wild Thing, Wulffy had strapped him to the chair and he never made it to the mound. I do remember speaking to Wulffy at the end of last year about him coaching game days this year and when he agreed he did say to me that he does not know when to change the pitchers over and if he ever started on the mound it will be hard to get him off. Well he started and 7 innings later he finished, runs scored against Wulffy '0' yes a big fat donut, Wulffy pitched a shut out game of baseball and he was supported well by the left hand side of the infield, namely Chris 'Daisy' Day and Wild Thing.

This was a great game of baseball played in the best spirit by both sides, but we all knew it was going to break open at some stage. We had Goodwood 3 up and down with Wild Thing at short stop getting a couple of outs, Glenn 'Doc' Young had a safe hit in the first but that was all.

The second and third was much the same with no scores by both teams although the 3rd out for Goodwood in the third was a bunted ball collected by our catcher Trent 'Junior' Small and a rocket thrown to his old man Chris 'Smally' Small. Score after three innings 0 - 0

In the fourth Goodwood had a couple of hits and looked like they may score the first run only for a fly ball to finish their innings without score. Wulffy started us of with a deep triple turned into a double, something to do with the young outfielder and Wulffy running. Smally then hit a hard ball that dropped in between third, short and left ok it was a fly ball that fell in but it still goes in as a safe hit. Wulffy had moved over to third base and Smally had stolen second with Chris 'Daisy' day up to bat he hit to second who tried to throw Wulffy out at home but Wulffy scored, Smally to third and Daisy safe at first. Daisy then stole second only for Goodwood's catcher to throw wild which allowed Smally to score, so we were on the board 2 - 0

Top fifth three up and down for Goodwood while Wild Thing scored for us after he got a walk at his at bat, stole second and Junior hit to centre for Wild Thing to score. So score 3 - 0 up after 5

Top sixth innings and again Goodwood all out after 4 batters, Goodwood send out a new pitcher and Smally starts of with a single to left, Daisy flies out to centre and then David 'Reg' Lee up to bat, he had been batting left handed up until know and his swing would not kill a fly so we all told go right handed this time and BANG he hits a triple making Smally look for the oxygen after running from first to home while Reg stands up at third, next up Craig 'Rowdy' Thompson and he too hits a triple to centre, this would be a double for the rest of us but with his speed around the bases he makes it a triple, this also score Reg. Wild Thing hits to left to score Rowdy and Junior hits to centre to score Wild Thing. Score 7 - 0 up and only three more outs to win.

In the seventh innings it is 5-3 from Daisy for the first out, then line drive to Daisy for the second out, then a safe hit to centre before you guessed it a 5-3 from Daisy again for the third out and to finish the game.

Sturt Division 5 have their first win on the board at home winning 7 - 0 Thanks again to Doc and Mark 'Pop' Burns for umpiring and to Janet 'Mrs Doc' Young for scoring, without these people games would not be played, and thanks to our supporters this week always glad to see you there.

Wulffy pitches 85 for 57 strikes, 1 KC, no walks, 26 batters faced

Safe Hits: Sluga 1, Young 1, Trent Small 2, Wulff 2 (2D), Chris Small 2, Lee 1 (1T), Thompson 1 (1T)

Go The Saints!

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 15 Kensington 12 at Kensington

With a couple of regulars missing again, we turned to Wallace 'Gromit' Long for help and he didn't let us down. In fact, Long would prove to be our 'long man' as we convinced him to start for us without telling him that we had little intention of relieving him…!

The Kensington diamond was more minefield than infield; they had done their best to smooth out the lumps left over from winter ball but our middle infielders of Demi 'Triples' Inglis and Shannon 'PP' Poropat were solid with Shannon in particular making light work of a number of ground ball chances. Rich 'Elvis' Carter kept turning Gromit's pitches into strikes and we pulled into a good lead with great hitting in particular from Kingsley 'Butterball' Turner and Gromit (4 hits). Triples was also a key factor at the plate, bringing home three runners - the winning margin.

The outfield of Chris 'Hoops' Thompson, Phil 'Philthy' Martin and Anthony 'Big K' Kozca were left largely untroubled until the Cardinal bats finally started to get on top of Gromit in the last. Hoops came on with the bases loaded and, assisted by Brian 'Screwball' Emmett who turned a great 5-2 double play and a strike out, got us safely home.

Great to have the first win of the season under our belts. Thanks to Heather for scoring and Will for assisting with our leisurely warm up.

Hits: Thompson 1, Long 4, Martin 1 (1 RBI), Emmett 2 (2), Turner 3 (2), Poropat 2 (2), Inglis 1 (3), Carter 1 (1)
Pitching: Long - 31 batters faced, 51 balls/63 strikes 10Ks; Thompson - 4 batters faced 4 balls/11 strikes 1K

Under 17/1 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Sturt 12 defeated West Torrens 2

Another battle against the rivals West Torrens and it started as expected, a tight pitchers battle Damo got his first start for the year and was very impressive. Breezing through 5 innings with 66 pitches and only two late runs!

The bats started slowly but an aggressive approach allowed 5 runs in the 3rd and 7 in the 4th and the game was all but over.

Harrison Knuckey one of our under 15s starred with three hits and Damo backed up his pitching with two hits!

Special thanks to Jeff Nicholas for the last minute umpiring call up Ky Hampton for helping out and getting a HBP in his only at bat and to Jordan Mcardle for catching due to Tyson getting hurt Positive signs for the boys

Hits: Knuckey 3, Adkins 2, Arnold 2, Macbeth 1, Mcardle 1, Dawson 1

Under 17/2 (Coach:John McClure)

Sturt       2 4 0 0 6
West Torrens 3 5 2 6 16

The second game of the season saw the lads travel to West Torrens on a hot Sunday afternoon. After titillating the crowd with a strong 2 run first innings the team capitulated and was eventually mercied after 110 minutes. The batting was okay, the fielding average and the pitching not to cut too fine a point was very ordinary. 8 hits to each teams but we gave away 12 walks to 1 and eight of those walks scored. A lot of work to be done in the bullpen.

Standout of the day was Stewart "angry man" Gardiner who hit 3 from three including a triple, two doubles and 2 RBI's. Excellent performance, in particular the sheer determination to succeed when he comes up to bat but sadly wasn't supported by too many of his teammates. Tyler Duchene also had a good day with the bat going 2 from 2 including a double. Austin McClure a single and 2 RBI's, Jamie Last and Tyrese Kimotho both had singles and Conor McClure with 2 RBI's were the highlights of the batting.

After 2 innings WT changed the pitcher and apart from Tyler and Stewart he bamboozled our batting and we didn't score in the last 2 digs and that was that.

Thanks to the parents/grandparents that came and to Shayne Sandor who made a special effort to come out. Hope you're feeling better mate. Thanks to Jo for another excellent scorebook and Bill for assisting.

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

Sturt 12 defeated Adelaide 1

Round 2 saw the boys take on Adelaide on a hot, sometimes sultry spring afternoon at Flinders. Top shelf pitching and a very solid hitting effort resulted in a convincing 12-1 victory for the Saints.

Ky Matthews-Hampton led the way with a hard to beat first up effort on the hill. Ky fanned 9 and surrendered no hits or walks while plunking one over the course of three innings to give the Angels a devil of a time.

Hitting was a total team affair with most all making significant contributions to the cause. In the bottom of the first, Reed Stewart cranked his first homer of the season driving a low and away fastball over the cones in centre. A Harry Knuckey single to left followed by a double to centre by Ky had the Saints up 3-0 after 1 and feeling confident.

After Ky again mowed them down on the mound, Reed knocked in Nnick Borello and Jordan Abfalter in the second, just missing his second round tripper by inches. A sac fly to Knucks put the Saints up 7-0 after two and the outcome was becoming apparent to all in attendance.

Nick and Josh Wilson contributed impressive doubles to centre and right respectively to round out a great day at the plate for the Saints. Bad luck for Nick who narrowly missed a homer to right centre on his two bagger, but he provided a good demonstration of the power he can generate when on song. A great level 1 debut for one of the Sturt juniors favourite sons.

Aussie McClure came in to pitch the final two innings and did a fine job closing out the game in relief allowing one hit and two walks, striking out three Angels.

Hits: Reed Stewart (HR, 2B), Ky Matthews-Hampton (2B) 2 each; Josh Wilson (2B), Nick Borello (2B), Harry Knuckey (2B), Andrew Brennan, Jordan Abfalter, Hugo Dahlen-Flight 1 each

RBI: Reed Stewart 3, Hugo Dahlen-Flight 2, Harry Knuckey, Ky Matthews-Hampton, Andrew Brennan 1 each

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

Glenelg 17 defeated Sturt 1

What a super day for jaunt down to the breezy and picturesque Anderson Reserve to pit our skills against the ever strong Glenelg. The weather was accommodating, but the hosts were there to do battle, and with some of our more experienced players missing it proved a tough gig for us. Despite the score, the boy’s spirits never faltered, eventually scoring in the final dig. The match started with a baptism of fire for one of our new team members when a last minute re-jig of the order saw Lachlan open the batting against a deadly accurate and fast Glenelg pitcher. The assault on the batting order continued, Joel got on base with a walk, but almost before we had time to take stock and advance Joel around the diamond Glenelg had dismissed the requisite three and we were in the field with no score on the board.

Josh took to the plate for Sturt, and replied with an equally strong pitching performance supported by some good defensive play. Michael took a great catch at right field to dismiss the 1st batter; the 2nd fell to an assisted put out by Josh at 1st. We narrowly missed a 1-2-3 with a dropped catch at short stop but responded with a K2 leaving the score at 0 apiece going into the 2nd innings. Glenelg repeated their 1st innings performance. Hamish got on base with a perfect hit to centre field, followed by a very aggressive steal to 2nd, but we just couldn’t bring him home and we retired again with no score.

Bottom of the second and we responded accordingly with a K2 from Josh followed by a cracker throw from Joel at short stop for the 2nd out. The game was starting to look predictable and we were all expecting to see Glenelg held scoreless for the dig. Unfortunately we briefly lost concentration, and a few unforced errors let Glenelg get the jump on us before another K2 from Josh ended the innings – but not before Glenelg got three across the plate.

Same again from the Glenelg pitcher in the 3rd innings! Patrick got on base with a perfect hit to left field. But once again we weren’t able to advance him and we retired scoreless.

Bottom of the third and we seemed a bit dented by our earlier mistakes. Glenelg seemed to sense this and cranked up the batting performance. So despite 2 more K2’s from Josh we gave away 7 runs leaving us to chase 10 at the end of the 3rd innings.

With such a new team it is our intention to give all players a chance to try new positions and develop skills. So, once it was time for Josh to retire from the mound, and with one of our regular pitchers absent it was a great opportunity to give others a go. Hamish stepped up for one innings for his debut in U15s and Patrick, who had put in another stalwart performance as catcher, pitched the final innings with Max donning the catcher’s gear.

Alas, Glenelg had our measure by the 4th, and despite a couple of solid plays including a great catch at centre field by Luke, Glenelg retired a second time with 7 runs.

Despite a 17-0 score we agreed to play on to give both teams more game play and the Sturt boys seemed to fire up. Harry, the second of our new team members, was awarded a walk, and taking a cue from Hamish’s earlier dash promptly stole 2nd and then 3rd! Luke took to the plate and with a safe hit to short stop brought Harry home for our 1st run. Joel was awarded a walk, and suddenly things were looking up with none out, 1 run on the board and 2 runners on base. Callum stepped up with a good groundball to 3rd but some quick thinking and slick fielding by Glenelg got the double play at 3rd and 2nd dashing our hopes. Patrick got another safe hit but alas we couldn’t capitalise.

Thanks once again to Doug and Steve for pre-game and match day assistance, Robert for rising to the challenge of 1st time scoring with zero notice and all the parents and grand-parents I could hear yelling encouragement from the sidelines.

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

Sturt 7 defeated East Torrens 6

Playing the same side in two weeks was a good test for our young team considering we needed to turn around the loss from 7 days ago. The team already has a good sense of self belief and knew they could turn the tables.

Robbie Brennan and Jack Hutton threw very well restricting the ET lineup. The defence was much improved this week. Great catching in hot conditions from Sam stewart set the tone for the day.

Although there is room for improvement, the hitting was better and will continue to get better as the boys confidence grows.

Well done lads - make sure you are ready to sing the club song in future!!

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

Sturt 14 defeated Henley Grange 10

A comfortable win today despite the closeness in the score. We hit well with thirteen hits to the opposition having just the two.

Zac Becker pitched very well. His first innings saw him walk the first and then strike out the next three batter. His second dig was three walks and three strike outs keeping them scoreless.

Some great hitting from all with Lachie Seekamp hitting and running the bases well, Zac Becker with two hits and Luke Warburton with three hits. The rest of the batters watched well to get many walks on base.

We continue to improve with this exciting group of players.

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

No report available

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

No report available

..:: message posted on Monday the 20th of October, 2014 19:15:43 ::..

Net Opening Special Edition

The 2014/14 season for the Sturt Baseball Club started in grand style with the opening of our spectacular ball park which was described by many independent observers over the weekend as the 'best in South Australia"!

The new netting and surrounds is the cumulation of 8 years of work to achieve a safe solution for the playing of Senior baseball at Norman Reserve.

The netting design was the brainchild of Peter Duffield of Bicton Constructions who has worked tirelessly over a number of years to firstly come up with a design which would satisfy the risk assessment conducted on Norman Reserve and to also be able to come up with a design at a cost that was achievable. Peter then led the construction work over winter, putting in hundreds of hours of volunteer time to ensure that every detail was meticulously addressed. The Sturt Baseball Club owes a great deal of gratitude to Peter for this amazing contribution to our club and also to his wife Janine given the countless hours that Peter was missing from home while he was delivering this result for our club.

The negotiation of a 5 year licence for the summer use of Norman Reserve and a co-licence for the winter use of the ground with our long term partners the Bulls Baseball Club, was aided invaluably by the expert assistance we have received from Bill Last, from Bill Last and Co. The Sturt Baseball Club is indebted to the pro-bono legal advice provided by Bill. Bill's willingness to assist our club in its time of greatest need is deeply appreciated.

There are many other key individuals that have been instrumental in achieving this outcome for the ground and these include Jeff Nicholas, Tom Winter, Darren Noble, Matt Mulryan and all the helpers from both our club and the Bulls that willingly came out over the last 6 weeks to assist with the beautification work. Thanks also to our Treasurer Ben Seekamp who has managed all the finances for this major project.

A special mention to David Lee for all the work he has done over many years and Bruce Packer before him who week in and week out have given devoted service to ensure that our diamond looks magnificent!

In my opening speech I thanked the Mitcham Council for granting us the five licence to play baseball at Norman Reserve and particular thanks to the State and Federal Governments for each contributing $75,000 toward the cost of the nets. It was great to have Minister Martin Hamilton Smith representing the state government present as Martin has been a long term supporter of the Sturt Baseball Club and has provided me with significant assistance over the duration of this journey.

I would also like to thank David Ridgway for stepping in to represent Dr Andrew Southcott, Member for Boothby for the Commonwealth component of the project.

For those present it was great to see both Martin and David throw the opening pitch to the Executive Director of Recreation and Sport in South Australia, Paul Anderson who has been of invaluable assistance to our club in achieving our licence.

It was fitting that Martin Foster, Vice President of the Bulls Baseball Club also spoke of the strong bond between our two clubs and announced funding support for the work being conducted on Norman Reserve. The Sturt Baseball Club is delighted to have a co-licence with the Bulls for winter which means that our long standing relationship over many decades can continue now into the foreseeable future!

Thanks also to Mayor Picton for speaking at the opening. Your support of our club over this process has been greatly appreciated.

The spectacular opening day events including the evening music was all coordinated by our Operations Manager Wallace Long and our Social Coordinator Sharron Linton. Photos are online

Special thanks to our singer, Lucy Mount, a year 11 student from St Peters College who did a great job. I have received lots of positive feedback about our game commentary of Peter Gee and Bruce Packer. I am pleased to advise that we will have a commentary team for this Sunday's Division 1 game against West Torrens at Norman Reserve commencing at 3.00 pm.

The Opening Day was topped off with wins to both our Division 2 and Division 1 sides! Well done to Zac Stokes who has worked tirelessly over the winter season- great result for the first game A Grade coach!

It was also great to see so may players rediscover baseball and make up our Division 4 side this weekend- many of these players were junior state players who have not played for many years!

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


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 10 d Henley & Grange 0

What a fantastic opening day we had at the Sturt Baseball Club.

Thank you to all the people that attended the day. It was a perfect way to acknowledge all the people that have helped with the new lease and the new netting system that the club now has.

The atmosphere was awesome. The whole day was a huge event. Thank you to all that helped. The opening game was a spectacle of excellent pitching.

Colin Feldtman started on the mound for the Saints and was dominant all day. Feldtman did not allow a base runner until the 5th inning. Feldtman went the whole game and racked up 8 strikeouts and only gave up two base hits. Feldtman faced 27 batters which is just 3 about the minimum number of possible batters in 8 innings. Excellent work Colin.

Oliver was the starting pitcher for the opposition and he also pitched extremely well. Oliver held the Saints scoreless for the first 7 innings.

Going into the bottom of the 8th still tied at zero, we managed to put the ball in play and a couple of things went our way. We loaded the bases and a double from Roeger brought in two runs. We got the bases loaded again and Davey Nicholas knocked a double to the right field wall scoring two more runs.

With bases loaded and two out, Faehse poked a ball to right-field scoring another 2 runs. Premek "Wizz" Chroust then delivered a base hit scoring Holmes and brining in our 10th run for the inning and for the game. This enforced the mercy rule and the game was call in the bottom of the 8th.

Our fielding was fairly solid, only making 1 error for the game.

The amount of passion that went into the club song after the game was outstanding. It was a special time. Now that opening day has been and come, we need to keep focused on improving our game.

Thanks for all in attendance

See you at the club next Sunday when we take on West Torrens.

Hits: Roeger, Nicholas and Lightbody 2, Brebner-Russ, Feldtman, Faehse and Chroust all 1.


Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Sturt 11 Def Henley and Grange 1

Rollin up to Norman Reserve today there was a sense of pride. We have all put in hard yard to get to this day and it was finally here. The place looked amazing, the sun was out and it was important to the B Grade team to get a good start with a win. We managed to mercy HG in the required 90 min mark.

Today's warm up was very professional and had purpose that moved into the game where we jumped HG with 3 runs in the first and never looked back. Our fielding was solid but not pressured. Damo showed some great footwork at second and Shaun looked comfortable at SS. We picked up 7 hits for the day, the team picked up 8 walks showing patience in the batter's box. All 9 hitters reached the base. Hitting well today was Wrighty, Holmes and Hollis they all came home with perfect batting averages. Billy also finished the game with a towering Sac Fly showing he can swing a hard bat.

Outstanding effort from Josh Tindall today. Josh pitch the complete game for his first B grade start for SBC. It was so good to see him pitch a near perfect game today and is a testament to his hard work and character. Tinny throw 56 pitches gave up only 1 hit, struck out 6 and only gave up one walk and 1 HPB. Well done Tinny very solid effort keep working hard mate. Josh was backed up very well by Dutchy behind the dish. Great combination guys.

Congratulation to Jack Dawson on his SBC Senior B Grade debut, great to seeya back in Sturt Colours after a stint in NSW.

Thanks to all that helped with the big day, very successful on and off the ground and a great night had by all.

HITS: Holmes 3/3; Hollis 2/2; Wright 2/2

Division 3 (Coach: Sam Hollis)

Henley & Grange 11 d Sturt 6

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

Henley & Grange 7 d Sturt 5

Opening days aren't usually comprised of almost half a team picking up a baseball or a bat for the first time in over a year, but, alas, this was the case on Saturday. With a vain breeze blowing in from left-centre field over a sordid excuse for a second diamond, we-the Sturt Saints Division Four squad, to be referred to from here on out as ""-took to the field with a rusted confidence, born from years of non-playing corrosion yet tainted with belief in our own abilities.

Our foes, upon this fine spring day, were last year's runner up in the Division Four minor premiership , the Henley & Grange Rams. Oh, how they dandied about before the game, mocking us with respect and quietude as we regaled each other with tales of yesteryear!

If anything, this game, this season, nay! this summer! would be one filled with nothing but stand up doubles, shutouts, bombs and, most importantly, supremely, utterly and irrevocably, fun. A bunch of former adolescent stars bandying together for one last diamond frolic, one last midnight, one last shot at a glory before the inevitable onslaught of Father Time strips us of our strength, that forlorn harbinger relegating us all to the nondescript halls of Memory. Unless… Unless, of course, we burst like a supernova and burn away the doubts of success and forgetting, and methodically and metaphysically destroy every opponent we face and win the division four flag, ultimately securing a photo upon the hallowed walls of the Sturt Baseball Club, enshrining ourselves in history's pages as eternal victors, ensuring generations to come will look upon it and ask, 'Who are those vagabonds, Father? Who would let such a sordid band of vagrants pull on the sacred uniform?' To which the father of this child would reply, 'Well, son, that is a tale of hardship and woe, upon which the pillars of fortitude and self-indulgence are built. I shall evince this story to you but I must warn you, after hearing it you shall not be the same. Your life will change as the exploits of these men are recounted to you. Are you ready?'

With a look of existential rumination and suspended disbelief, the boy replied, 'Yes, Father. I am ready'. The father pulled the photo off the wall, revealing a hidden crevice. Within it lay a leather-bound tome and upon those pages the following was written… (And so, the match reports of division four will be written as if they were folklore. Deal with it).

"Most of us had not played for a long while. Some not since before the agonising heat waves of 2013/2014, others not since the invention of the printing press. And, so, there was an air of angst pervading the makeshift dugout and its environs upon this Saturday. Alas, we did harbour a certain kind of confidence to which doubt is anathema. We knew what was expected, what was possible. It all came down to execution.

"The wind wreaked havoc upon both teams. Any pop up or fly ball to right field seemed to become possessed by some evil spirit of mediocre power, ensuring the safe collection of the ball before hitting the ground was rendered impossible. In retrospect, witchcraft was shown to be the cause, yet we still don't know which person from the Rams was learn-ed in the Wiccan mysteries.

"Thornquest (AVG 1.000), after a decade long sojourn, proved his innate ability for this venerated game, by lacing a single to left field. His reclamation of divine status had begun anew, punctuated by him collecting three more hits. To this day, you can hear whispers on the wings of memories in back alleys bespeaking tales of Thornquest, if, of course, you have the eyes to hear it. Alas, a double play and a ground out ended any hopes of infecting the opposition's hearts and minds with despair.

"They then went on to score a run with such smugness that the air became toxic. But we responded with our own run in the top of the second inning. Alas, due to a few errors and some wind-aided luck (witchcraft), the Rams scored four times in the bottom of the second.

"We were not dismayed. Martens singled to right. Horne doubled to centre, which, as Horne and Stewart have noted time and time again, should have left the park had it not been for the dark wind arts practiced by the Rams. After an RBI groundout from Gibbo and Kiwi's sacrifice fly (dedicated to Odin), we were trailing 5-3.

"A nondescript inning passed and then Martens and Horne found themselves upon the base paths again, scoring to make it 5-5. The game became an intense battle of minds. Who would crack first? Whatever witch or warlord was aiding the Rams turned up their influence to eleven, for the wind aided their at bats and their hits. They scored two runs. The game ending with a score of 7-5.

"Gibson, Wayne and Martens combined to throw eight innings. Wind-aided walks were an issue and the rust of baseball inertia affected some fielding. They all threw well. The final score most certainly does not reflect their individual performances. But we do worry for Martens. One gets the feeling that, at somepoint this season, if he keeps on pitching, his arm will end up coming off as he throws. (We've started taking bets on how many pitches he has left; I'm down for 17, Stewart thinks 26). Luckily his efficiency from the 90's era hasn't abandoned him - only needing 11 pitches to get through his innings of work.

"Yes, it was a loss but we have proven to ourselves that this coming season, with the advent of more playing time, will be one coated in the sweet scent of sweat and victory and the infinite. We have an air of je ne sais quoi about us, an indefinable sense of destiny pervades our squad, an aura emitting colours that don't yet exist and can't be named; something not seen since that division two team went all the way in 'The Year of the Baby Blue'. We will prevail, dear reader, or we shall die trying."

Hits: Thornquest, J 4; Horne, S 3 (2B); Martens, D 2 (2B); Gibson, J, Clifford

Division 5 (Coach: Chris Small)

Adelaide 8 d Sturt 3

Another season under way! With the majority of this year's Div 5 team being the same as last year's Div 6, only a year older, we went into the game uncertain on how we'd do moving up a division, particularly given we played the Adelaide Angels, a finals team last year. Instead of 1 fulltime coach we thought we'd go with a job share arrangement where Chris Small organises everything short of game day, which I'll handle.

With our Div 1 playing Saturday this game saw us as the home team but playing at Glenelg, which we appreciated despite the 10:00 start. With a few away we had the bare minimum 9 players and 1 spare who had to umpire. Dave Lee got there just as the game was about to start after a few hours already spent getting Norman Reserve ready for the season opener. We also had Doc Young pull up fresh from a trek through the Himalayas and only a few weeks after having a knee operation! Sometimes it seems easier to catch up with each other over a coffee somewhere rather than endure the aches and pains of playing baseball, but we do so because we love the game, the camaraderie of such a good group of fellas, and because it allows us to compete with others. And compete we did, despite going down 8-3.

We played the full 7 innings with only 3 walks given up by our pitchers and 1 walk by Adelaide's. Rick Trembath started on the mound for us and pitched well for 3 innings before we handed the ball to one of our new recruits in Matt Franke. Matt also did well, particularly his first 2 innings where he faced only 6 batters. I won't mention who our last pitcher was but when our catcher, Trent Small, said he couldn't believe how much the curve was breaking the nameless pitcher didn't have the heart to tell him that was his fastball that was breaking so much! Gravity does that!

While we struggled a little with the bat there was some good individual plays, including Rowdy Thompson saving multiple runs with a couple of nice catches in RF, Trent Small with no passed balls as catcher, Pop Burns, Chris (Daysy) Day, and both Smalls getting nice hits. We led this game 3-2 after the first but couldn't score again after that.

Thanks to Pop Burns and Doc Young for umpiring and Carol Burns for being our scorekeeper.

Most of us have slowed down but we will be socially competitive each week. Anyone out there, who maybe hasn't played for a few years, is welcome to join us for a bit of fun. You can find us training at Norman Reserve Wednesdays at 6:00 pm.

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Glenelg 11 d Sturt 8

Some people can go their whole careers without ever witnessing that most rare of things in baseball - a triple play. On Saturday, Sturt's Div 7 team turned its SECOND in just two games.

With last year's stunning effort by Jess Lemon in the grand final still fresh in our minds, this time it was our new second basewoman Demi 'Triples' Inglis who snared a great catch, stepped on second and fired a strike to Kingsley 'Butterball' Turner at first for the third out. Great stuff.

Our new look team - including an infield of Turner, Inglis, Brian 'Screwball' Emmett and new shortstop Shannon 'PP' Poropat and an outfield of Chris 'Hoops' Thompson, Jules 'JP' Potiki and Phil 'Philthy' Martin - gelled immediately behind the battery of Andrew 'AJ' Johnston and Justin 'JR' Ranford.

After both Hoops and JP got on base in the top of the first, Coach Martin doubled in the first two runs and we held grimly onto the lead with JR and Butterball also smacking doubles for RBIs - however Demi had the hardest-earned run with a bases-loaded RBI with her ribs (or thereabouts!).

Eventually Glenelg's (very) long hitting saw them get on top despite the strong relief pitching of Hoops and Screwball but there were only three runs in it at the end.

Thanks to Teresa for scoring, Shannon's husband Alex for umpiring and to Tom 'Tommy'' Emmett who endured a knock on the wrist in the warm up before bravely pinch running numerous times. Rich 'Elvis' Carter and Anthony Kocza were also important coming off the bench.

Hits: Thompson 1, Potiki 1, Martin 1, Emmett 1, Poropat 1, Turner 1, Ranford 1, Johnston 1

Under 17/1 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Sturt 8 d Henley and Grange 7

An interesting coaching debut indeed!

Coming up against a much improved Henley and Grange side with two impressive pitchers was going to be a tough day!

The boys started with an 8-1 lead after two innings after a long home run from Brodie and multiple quality at bats!

The bats went quiet, an injury scare and the rams got themselves within a run with two runners on!

But quality pitching by Damo, got out of a jam and the boys won the close one like good teams should!

Plenty of work to do, but a win is a win!

Hits, Arnold 2, Hancock 2, Knuckey 2, Peters 1, Macbeth 1, Adkins 1

Under 17/2 (Coach:John McClure)

Sturt    3 6 3 1 13
GGCD 1 0 2 1 4
Opening Day for Season 2014/15 saw the mighty Saints travel out to GGCD. A lovely day of 24 greeted the travelling contingent and a team that was itching to play ball. The warm up was good, mood was positive and the play was a reflection of what became an even better day. The boys swung the bats, had a dip and came away with a great start to the season winning 13-4 over 2 hours and 4 innings.

The batting was pleasing. Seven out of nine got hits, everyone got on base and all made a contribution at some point. Highlights was Conor McClure's 5 RBI's, little brother Austin McClure over the cones (local rules) double + 2 RBI's, James Last 2 from 3 and 1.0000 OBP from 4 plate appearances and Riley Mills 2 from 3 as well. Good day with the bat to say the least.

The defence was led by Tom Bartley who pitched 3 innings in his opening debut as starting pitcher. 2 K's and 2 runs went a long way to helping us win. Tom also took an absolute pearler of a running catch at centrefield with loaded bases in the last dig to save at least two runs and the pitcher's undying gratitude. Disappointing day with the bat but a great day in the field. I'd say he came out well in front. Other highlights were Riley's double play at second, the catching of Aussie and Tyler and the very entertaining last dig from Wild Thing Conor who loaded the bases twice and escaped with just the one earned run including 3 BB's and 2K's.

Thanks to Jo for scoring, Bill Last for coaching and to the parents/grandparents that came out to support their lads and made for a good start to the season.

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

Sturt 12 defeated Woodville 1

The U15s opened the season with a 12-1 victory against a young, inexperienced Woodville Senators outfit at the magnificently refurbished Norman Reserve diamond. Many supporters were having their first experience at Sturt's new layout and gave it a unanimous thumbs up - full credit to President Phil Robinson and his team of volunteers who turned dreams into reality in securing the club's home at Mitcham for the foreseeable future.

Coach Knucks celebrated the occasion by throwing a late afternoon slumber party. Whether it was the late start or many of the boys having played multiple games of baseball or other sports prior to the game, energy was low and the mood was flat in the Saints dugout throughout the game.

Hugo Dahlen-Flight took the hill on short notice to open the pitching and did a great job throwing 58% strikes and limiting the Senators to one run on one hit and six strikeouts over three innings.

The Saints opened the scoring in the bottom of the first with Reed Stewart stealing second and third and chugging home on an overthrow to third. Aussie McClure followed a walk to Ky Matthews-Hampton with a double to right field that brought him home. Josh Wilson then wrapped up a good half inning with a double to right centre that knocked in Aussie and Hugo to open up a 4-0 lead. The bottom of the second saw the boys capitalize on a couple walks and some loose Woodville fielding to add four more runs on no hits. While the scoreboard flattered proceedings, the lack of solid hitting highlighted it's early in the season and there is plenty of work to be done in the batting cage.

The only real Woodville threat was in the top of the third and was snuffed out by Jordan Abfalter on a throw to the plate that nailed the Woodville baserunner trying to score from second following a two out bases loaded single to right. The Saints matched that run in the bottom of the third when Sam Bennetts singled to left drive in Andrew Brennan.

Aussie came in to start the fourth and threw hard despite having caught during the 17/2s game earlier in the afternoon across town. A couple early hit batsmen had the opposition thinking twice about digging in and Aussie shut down Woodville the rest of the way. Sturt closed out its batting on a positive note with singles by Jordan and Reed, a two run double to left by Knucks and a single to left by Aussie.

Reed was solid in the dustbowl behind home plate including throwing out the only would-be Senator base stealer.

This was a welcome win to kick start the season, but more focus will be needed when we take on Adelaide at Flinders next week.

Hits: Reed Stewart, Austin McClure (2B) 2 each; Josh Wilson (2B), Harry Knuckey (2B), Sam Bennetts, Andrew Brennan, Jordan Abfalter 1 each

RBI: Josh Wilson, Harry Knuckey, Austin McClure 2 each; Reed Stewart, Hugo Dahlen-Flight, Samuel Bennetts, Ky Matthews-Hampton 1 each

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

Northern Districts 14 defeated Sturt 8

What a fantastic start to the season for these boys in their first match together as a team. We have a new team with a mix of experienced through to 1st time players, and although, in the end we couldn't match Northern Districts for game play experience at bat nor in the field, the boys should be very proud of the result.

Northern Districts got going from outset, scoring 7 in the 1st innings with some determined batting and base running. We took a little longer to get going, scoring only 3 in the 1st innings as Northern Districts defensive experience put the pressure on us and forced a few errors.

We responded well in the 2nd innings. A strong pitching performance by Nick backed up by good infield work from all saw us retire Northern Districts without scoring. Improved batting and base running by us put a bit of pressure back on the Northern Districts infielders and we levelled the score at 7 each at the end of the 2nd innings.

Northern Districts responded, scoring 7 in the 3rd innings, but we temporarily lost our momentum and were retired with no score. We came back well in the 4th innings, again retiring Northern Districts with no score, leaving us to chase their 7 run lead to stay in the game. We batted well in the 4th innings, but Northern Districts experience came to the fore, holding us at 1 run.

Overall, everybody put in a strong performance, with every player contributing to the score and the outs in some way. At bat we were swinging not watching which is great to see. Nick, Patrick, Axel, Josh, Max, Joaquin and Luke all got safe hits including 2 base hits to Nick and Patrick. Nick, Axel, Joel (3), Josh, Patrick and Hamish all scored. Patrick and Axel put in solid performances behind the plate and Joaquin and Michael both took great catches in the outfield.

A special mention goes to two new players, Luke and Joaquin, who showed tremendous sportsmanship in volunteering to each play 1/2 a game for Northern Districts which were 1 short. Luke hit a cracker out to centre field 1st time up to bat, and Joaquin took two great catches at centre field whilst playing for Northern Districts.

Thanks to Steve and Doug for the organisational and on-field assistance, Matt for scoring, Dave for umpiring, all the parents for their support and to everybody that has contributed to the new field - what a great venue!

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

East Torrens 8 d Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) 3 View match report

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

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) 13 d Gawler 4

Despite playing the whole game one short we managed kick off our season with a comprehensive win.

Our pitching with Zac Becker and Harry Chaplin was good and I am sure they will both get better in coming weeks.

Lachie Holland was on fire with the bat. His second at bat saw him crush one to centre field and he was able to run all the way home (including a stumble and fall after third base!) He had a further two hits which were both doubles. The team combined for 12 hits for the day.

A good start and all will be better for the run.

Little League 2-Saints (U13) (Coach: TBA)

East Torrens 11 d Little League 2 - Saints (U13) 10

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


..:: message posted on Monday the 13th of October, 2014 23:11:40 ::..

Opening Day- Saturday 11 October 2014

Sturt vs Henley & Grange

It will be a carnival atmosphere at Sturt Baseball Club as we celebrate Opening Day and the Official Opening of our new netting system.

If you're currently involved in the club or a past player make the effort to get to the club as it's going to be an exciting day.

Everyone is welcome. In addition to two exciting games of baseball there will be:

  • Free balloons for all kids
  • Speed Gun - see how fast you can throw a baseball!
  • Free face painting (2pm - 4pm)
  • Raffle - your chance to win Season Tickets to the 'Adelaide Bite' home games
  • LIVE Music from 7pm!
12 noon Div 2 commences

3:00pm Official opening of new netting system

3:30pm Div 1 commences

6:30pm Div 1 and 2 presentations

7:00pm The Reason LIVE!

For catering purposes please advise us if you're coming to the LIVE music from 7pm.

..:: message posted on Monday the 6th of October, 2014 08:59:52 ::..

Reminder to Register!

Now that the football season is behind us it is time to focus on getting registered for Aussie T Ball/Rookie Ball and Baseball!

Our opening game for Seniors is on Saturday 11th October 2014- two weeks away!

Our coaches tell me that there is a good number of players wanting to play this season, however only a small number of you have registered! In order for us to confirm with the League how many teams we are fielding this season it is essential that you register as soon as possible! It would be great if you could do this before the end of the week to avoid our coaches having to follow you up individually.

This year we are using a two step process where you are first required to register your details and pay insurance to the Australian Baseball Federation (ABF). It is mandatory that all players register and pay their insurance prior to the first game. Baseball SA check player registrations for insurance and games will be forfeited if we have players on the ground who have not paid their insurance! If you registered last year via this method you should have received an email from the ABF advising you of your log in details.

The second step is to register or update your registration details on the Sturt Baseball Club website. If you are new to the club then you need to fill in the New Player/Members Registration Form or existing members and players of Sturt Baseball Club can register for the season via a password protected area of the Sturt website. Once you have these details you can come back to this area at any time during the season to update your details. Click here to gain access to the password. Once you have the password you can log in to this secure area.

For detailed registration information please visit our Registration and Payment Centre.

Given the extensive building works that are being undertaken over winter, I strongly encourage Non Playing Member Registrations at $55 per person to assist the club with badly needed funds to assist in completing the work. You do not need to register on the ABF website for Non Playing membership but simply go to the Sturt Registration and Payment Centre.

..:: message posted on Sunday the 28th of September, 2014 19:15:59 ::..

Help needed next weekend

Thank you to everyone that has helped out at the club in recent weeks….but we still have lots more to do.

I am asking for help from the whole club. We have 6 senior teams and 8 junior teams and many Tball players. If we can get a few helpers from every team that will go a long way. Players, Mums, Dads, kids, fans, friends, anyone!!

Next Saturday the 27th we need help from 8am.

Yes it is the AFL grand Final. All we ask is a few hours from as many people as possible.

If you can't come out Saturday but you can on Sunday….Fantastic. Just let me know when you can come and help.

There are lots of jobs to do both inside and outside the club.

Example of jobs outside include, fixing cut-outs, building bullpen mounds, laying grass, clearing rubbish, whipper snipping, cleaning up the car park, mowing and more.

Inside jobs include, cleaning both bathrooms and shower area, replacing ceiling tiles, sweeping vacuuming and general cleaning of the clubroom, panting, fixing latches of storage boxes, putting clothing hooks up, rearranging chairs, furniture and tables in the clubroom.

It would be great to have help from the whole club. Our field and surrounds are going to be one of the best in the state. Come on out and be part of it.

Please contact me at zacstokes@hotmail.com or on 0431 308 547

Thank you and I look forward to meeting you all.

Zac Stokes
Head Coach
Sturt Baseball Club


..:: message posted on Sunday the 21st of September, 2014 20:49:30 ::..

Ground Update No 6

Thank you to all those Sturt and Bulls club members who have been able to spare a couple of hours of their time over the last weekend to assist with all the work required to prepare our ground for the start of the season!

The response over the last two weekends has been fantastic and I would like to thank all those club members for their committment!

Take a look at how good the ground is looking!

There is still much to do before the start of the season and I would remind you that help is required this and every weekend before the start of the season.

In order for us to best capatilise on your time can you please contact Tom Winter on tjwint@hotmail.com or call Tom on 0451 439 919 to advise of your time availability this weekend or for future weekends.

By letting us know when you are available Tom can then plan the work schedule around those available.

Once again on behalf of the Sturt Baseball Club, thank you for your willingness to assist your club!

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 16th of September, 2014 23:36:48 ::..

Household items for our imports

Thanks to the hard work of our Operations Committee the Sturt Baseball Club is once again welcoming imports from overseas!

Mark Hutton is coordinating setting up the house for them and has asked me to see if members can assist witht the following items:

2 x double beds.

2 x quilts, pillows and sheets.


4 x Kitchen chairs.

Cooking gear.

Please email Mark Hutton if you can assist.

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