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Newsletter 11/03/14

Sturt Under 19 Premiers and Baseball SA Junior Club of the Year in one weekend!!!

This past weekend has been a defining moment for our club with two major awards in the one weekend, together with our Division 8 side knocking off Glenelg to play off in the Grand Final this weekend!!

Sturt Division 8 will now play off in the Grand Final against Port Adelaide at Norman Reserve at 2.00 pm this Saturday 15th March, so please come down to the Club to support the boys get over the line!!

The Baseball SA Junior Club of the Year is an outstanding achievement for all of our junior players, coaches, managers, scorers and parents, but more importantly it signifies what we stand for as a club, to promote juniors to play to the best of their ability. This achievement is in no small measure to the tireless work of our Junior Coordinator, John McClure, thank you John for your leadership, hard work and dedication which has paid off in the ultimate prize! Our Club has a proud history of winning this state award, having previously been Baseball SA Junior Club of the Year in 2011/12, 2003/04,2004/05 and 2005/06.

Congratulations to our Under 19 Premiers! This is a wonderful achievement, given that this is the first year that we have had an Under 19 side in the competition and speaks volumes of the level of player talent we have within the club and also to the coaching of Zac Stokes, abely supported by Sam Hollis and manager David Lightbody! Photos are in the Photo Gallery and also on our Facebook page.

It was great to see our Mayor Michael Picton, tweeting about the success of our Under 19s- if you have not already done so please follow us on Twitter- the power of Twitter is quite critical during finals games where you can be kept up to date in real time with what is happening, so please Follow @sturt_baseball!

Senior and Junior Presentation Dates

Please mark down in your diary our Presentation Events which for Seniors including Under 19 will be held on Saturday 5th April 2014, 7.30 pm at the Club, while our Junior Presentation Day will be held on Sunday 30th March 2014, commencing at 1.00 pm

For those of you new to the club, you can get key information from our website on your mobile phone through Saints Mobile by simply typing in our website address to your phone's browser.

Sponsors

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

Division 8 (Coach: Phil Martin) Sponsored by:MichelsWarrenPublicRelations & Smith Motor Company & Lion Nathan

Preliminary Final: Sturt 5 Glenelg 4 @ Glenelg

Playing against the top team on their deck for a place in the Grand Final is what baseball is all about! We hadn't played Glenelg at all throughout the regular season - the heat cancelled our only meeting - so we were going from memory against the Tigers, who had only lost one game for the year. They brought 15 players to the park, with a stack of A-grade experience among them. In front of their home supporters, they would be a formidable opponent.

However, our attitude was simple. We were the underdogs, and had nothing to lose. Nobody would expect us to win, so the pressure was off. We were going to put the pressure on them instead.

Jake 'Gibbo' Gibson got us on the board in the top of the first, bringing coach Phil 'Philthy' Martin home for the game's first score with a towering triple into centre field. That was an important run - we had immediately put the Tigers under pressure and we were determined to keep the foot down.

Jordan 'Skinny' Wayne then took to the mound and pitched an absolute blinder, showing great control. The first six Glenelg batters were up and down before they knew it. Our defence was outstanding; Jess 'Lemo' Lemon and Jayke 'Ice' Wayne turned a poetic 4-6-3 double play and Dan '88' Oates was outstanding again at first. The trio of Gibbo, Jules 'JP' Potiki and Philthy took any catches needed in the outfield, Kingsley 'Butterball' Turner manned the hot corner with aplomb and Skinny and 88 even combined for a fantastic inning-ending pick-off.

Glenelg were finally able to draw level in the bottom of the third, and they then put another two runs on the board in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead.

Things could have got away from us at this stage. However, having banished their starter, we then started hitting their reliever to edge back to a 5-3 lead in the top of the fifth. Andrew 'AJ' Johnston came out having caught a great game for fellow catcher Justin 'JR' Ranford, and his pace on the bases was crucial as we scored another run.

We held them to a single score in the top of the sixth, making it a 5-4 game with only the seventh to come. Having held us scoreless, the Tigers came out in the bottom of the seventh knowing they needed two runs to take the win. We put the fresh legs of galloping Ditmar Guehrer into centre for JP, and steeled ourselves for the do-or-die finale.

After another great 6-3 for the first out, Glenelg then managed to put the two men they needed into scoring positions - runners on second and third with only one out.

Then Skinny - who had been masterful all day - snagged a come-backer, held the runner at third for the 1-3 put out and then induced a pop up which Lemo sprinted backwards to snatch for the win.

To say we were jubilant was probably an understatement. This was a complete team effort with outstanding defence - Skinny's line of 31 batters, 46 balls and 60 strikes for the complete game win was all the more remarkable when you consider that he ended with zero Ks.

Thanks to Heather for scoring and our big travelling contingent of family and friends who were very vocal throughout the day. We now have a huge opportunity next week to bring home some senior silverware.

Hits: Lemon 1 (1 RBI), Potiki 2, Martin 2 (1), Gibson 2 (1), Oates 1 (1), Jayke 1, Jordan 1, Johnston 1

Pitching: Jordan - 31 batters, 46 balls, 60 strikes, 0Ks

Under 19 (Coach: Zac Stokes) Sponsored by: Wendy's Burnside & Kingspan

Sturt 4 defeated Woodville 2

It was such a pleasure to coach this group of players all season. I could not have asked for a better way to finish the season other than winning the championship game like we did.

Shaun wright pitched very well going 7 strong innings and collecting an impressive 13 strikeouts. 
Veteran of the team Josh Tindall came in next and showed his experience by accepting the runner on first from Shaun and then getting the next 3 hitters out! That was such a key inning and was great to watch. Great work Tinny!

Tyson Hancock was given the ball and the chance to close out the game in the 9th. We had 3 runs up our sleeve so giving up 1 run in the 9th wasn't bad, it just made the game more exciting. With 2 out and the tying run at the plate Tyson got the big strike out and the Saints got the win and the championship!

After coming off a big win over Glenelg last weekend I knew this game was going to be a lot tighter. Both team starters threw very well for their respective maximum pitch count. After 3 complete innings the game was scoreless with only a few runners having reached first base.

Finally in the top of the 4th we took the lead. Shaun Wright hit a double to left field and then Max Guehrer followed him up with an RBI double to centrefield. That was all the scoring until the 7th where we scored 3 more runs. Firstly Dylan Ridding came home after Max Walker was hit by a pitch with bases loaded. With 1 out, Jordy McArdle hit a sacrifice fly to leftfield to score Damon Arnold and then Mitch Lightbody scored after Woodville made a throwing error on the same play.

Well done to Damon Arnold who was the only player to collect multiple hits for the team.

As usual our fielding was near perfect. The only error we had was a wild throw to first but thankfully the runner missed first base so we were able rectify that situation.

Hits, Arnold 2, Lightbody, Wright, Guehrer, Crameri, Ridding 1.

Thank you to Sue Brebner for scoring the finals allowing the parents to watch.

I just want to thank all the parents, scorers, Manager David Lightbody, Assistant Coach Sam Hollis and of course all of the players.

There are 12 players in this team. Every one got into the game and played a role. Each player played a big role in the season to get us into the finals. The grand final was a great team win. I am very proud of my team. I hope they all remember this season for a long time to come.

Go the Saints!

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 11th of March, 2014 19:26:14 ::..

Baseball SA Junior Awards Nights Success!

Congratulations to all our Junior Teams who have played so well this season that your efforts have resulted in the Sturt Baseball Club being awarded Baseball SA Junior Club of the Year, presented earlier tonight at the Awards Ceremony! Special thanks to John McClure as Junior Coordinator for his tireless efforts!

Congratulations to Junior Award winners: Brodie MacBeth- U17/1 winner, Conor McClure U17/2-equal fourth, Little League -Minors- Jonas Garcia equal fourth and Little League Majors- Tully Kennett, equal fourth!

Well done everyone, our club is very proud of our junior program and this result gives just reward for the large efforts put in by players, coaches, managers, scorers and parents in the support of their children.

..:: message posted on Friday the 7th of March, 2014 21:04:31 ::..

No Tball/Rookie Ball this Friday!

There will be no TBall or Rookie Ball this Friday 7th March 2014 due to the long weekend.

The last game will be held on Friday 21st March which will also be a presentation night for the players.

..:: message posted on Wednesday the 5th of March, 2014 20:08:48 ::..

Newsletter 03/03/14

This weekend Sturt will have our Under 19 side playing off for a Grand Final with our Division 8 side playing Glenelg in the Preliminary Final at Glenelg at 11.30 am and our Under 19 side playing Woodville at Woodville at 2.00 pm. Both games will be held on Saturday 8th March 2014.

Commiserations to the Sturt U17/1s, U15/1s, and our Little League 1- Sturt side who all completed their seasons on Sunday. Well done to these teams for making it so far into the finals!

Congratulations to our Baseball SA top 4 vote getters- Jonas Garcia Sturt LL Minor, Tully Kennett Sturt LL Major, Conor McClure Sturt 17 Silver, Brodie Macbeth Sturt 17 Gold. Best of luck when the final votes are counted at the Baseball SA Junior Award night this coming Friday night.

Senior and Junior Presentation Dates

Please mark down in your diary our Presentation Events which for Seniors including Under 19 will be held on Saturday 5th April 2014, 7.30 pm at the Club, while our Junior Presentation Day will be held on Sunday 30th March 2014, commencing at 1.00 pm.

Our Senior Presentation Night will also be a social function with a great menu including $5 for a Chicken or Steak Burger, $10 for Chicken or Beef Schnitzels. Food service will commence at 6.00 pm.

For those of you new to the club, you can get key information from our website on your mobile phone through Saints Mobile by simply typing in our website address to your phone's browser. Also this year the Club is also using Twitter, so please Follow @sturt_baseball!

Sponsors

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

Division 8 (Coach: Phil Martin) Sponsored by:MichelsWarrenPublicRelations & Smith Motor Company & Lion Nathan

Sturt 17 Golden Grove Central Districts 16 @ Sturt

In front of a big crowd, (well, in Div 7/8 terms anyway), this one was an absolute thriller, going down to the wire with the mighty Saints winning in a walk off in the bottom of the seventh, 17-16.

The score pretty much tells much the story of the game - the bats were loud from both sides throughout, but in the end it was some pitching brilliance that saw us through.

Jordan 'Skinny' Wayne started and threw 57 strikes to fan three of the 20 batters he faced, working well in tandem with Andrew 'AJ' Johnston behind the plate. However, despite some sterling defence from the likes of Dan '88' Oates, who was a hoover at first, the Dodgers were able to match us virtually run for run. Our base-running pressure was good, with coach Phil 'Philthy' Martin scoring four runs thanks to the bats of 88 (3 RBIs) and Jake 'Gibbo' Gibson (4 hits, 2 RBIs) while Justin 'JR' Ranford made a welcome return to the team with a good mix of hitting and aggressive running.

Jordan came off the field for Kingsley 'Butterball' Turner but despite the relief arms of Gibbo and then Jess 'Lemo' Lemon, the Dodgers started to pull into a lead.

The real turning point came at the bottom of the sixth. Having given up a couple of runs from the mound, Lemo decided to get one back all by himself with a fantastic lead-off, inside-the-park home run to narrow the gap to 16-14. More good hitting and running saw us level the scores at 16-16 before having to take to the field for the top of the 7th.

Having struck out the last couple of batters in the 6th, Jayke "Ice" Wayne then uttered the immortal words "I'll hold 'em" and did precisely that, forcing two pop-ups and a nice 6-3 to send us flooding into the dugout knowing that any score would do it for us.

JR managed to get on base and stole his way around to third, when Jules 'JP' Potiki - having a big year with the bat - smashed the ball into left for the winning run (actually, it was a bloop that was called a muffed fly, but history is written by the victors, folks!).

Next week we play Glenelg at their place for a spot in the Grand Final. Thanks as ever to Heather for scoring and to our fan club for turning up in force. Also thanks to the Dodgers for playing the game in great spirit and bringing such a big family group to Sturt.

Hits: Lemon 2 (2 RBI including HR), Potiki 1 (1), Martin 2 (1), Gibson 4 (2), Oates 1 (3), Jayke 2 (1), Ranford 2 (2), Jordan (1), Johnston 1 (1)

Pitching: Jordan 32/57 3Ks, Gibbo 17/15 1K, Lemo 27/18 1K, Jayke 5/15 1K

Under 19 (Coach: Zac Stokes) Sponsored by: Wendy's Burnside & Kingspan

Sturt 16 defeated Glenelg 2

With the season on the line the team played an excellent game not only winning but gaining a spot in the championship game next weekend.

The game was a lot closer than the shoreline showed. Both team scoring 2 runs in first inning we then took the lead scoring 1 in the second inning. The score stayed like this until we scored back to back 6 spots in the 5th 6th inning.

Our pitching and defence were a strong point. Shaun Wright started and kept Glenelg scoreless after the 1st. Tyson Hancock came in after Shaun and threw the last few innings. Both guys pitched very well.

We had some excellent timely hitting. This is something we have lacked in the past so it was great to see.

This Saturday we will play in the championship game against a strong Woodville lineup. The game will be played at Woodville but I do not have a time as yet.

If the guys bring the excellent attitudes that they did this week, it should be a great game.

No matter what the result of the next game is, the team has had a great season and I am very happy and proud of them all.

Go the Saints!

Under 17/1 (Coach: Jeff Nicholas) Sponsored by: Freshwater Systems

The Under 17.1's bowed out of the finals going down 5-0. Brodie Macbeth did a great job in containing a strong opposition lineup but our 5 scattered hits were not enough to generate any kind of scoreboard pressure.

Not the best way to end the season after being on top of the ladder for most of the year, but that (like life) is baseball; chew it up, spit it out and look forward to another season of our great game. This bunch of guys have had a terrific season and are all developing into men of character.

Their parents especially, should all be very proud.

Hits; Arnold, Hancock, Bartlett, Brennan, Ottaway

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jamie Knuckey) Sponsored by: Last& Co Lawyers

After a long season the boys hosted West Torrens and ultimately bowed out in a thriller.

With many injuries throughout the season and current - the boys put up a valiant effort against quality opposition.

WT    004 213 0 10
Sturt 010 123 2 9

Austin McClure has had an exceptional finish to the season and showed the way again today going 4 innings with 69% strikes. Unfortunately a number of crucial errors in the field allowed runners on and ultimately score pressure.

Harry Knuckey relieved and again through a high number of strikes (70%). Ky Hampton threw the top 7 to keep us in the game only needing 6 pitches.

Reed Stewart was again superb behind the plate and has finished off the season well.

With the bat we matched them as well - 14 hits each for the game - however the two runs scored on the back of 6 errors (plus a couple of other lenient decisions by the scorers) proved crucial. Luke Peters, Reed, Kieren Bartlett had good days with the bat. Jamie Last rallied to the finish the last few games how he started the year - great effort.

Special mentions to Tyrese Kimotho (who was in plaster 2 weeks ago) and Hugo Dahlen-Flight (who tried to cut off his thumb) who rallied to play. Thanks to Harry Kitt and Josh Wilson who stepped up from 15/2's and performed well.

Hits: Luke 3 (1 2B), Reed 3 (1 2B), Kieren 2 (1 2B), Ky 2, Harry Knucks 1, Jamie 1 (2B), Aussie 1 (3B), Harry Kitt 1.
Walks: Luke 1, Knucks 1, Ky 1, Aussie 1

Finally thanks to Bill Last for his enthusiastic help at training and on game days.

Thanks to MaryAnne Peters and Sarah Last for scoring all season - a thankless job but essential to the game each week.

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach:Brian Emmett) Sponsored by: Printsalive

Adelaide 19 d Sturt 17 (7 innings)

What a way to finish the season as the Saints and Angels met for the third time this season, this one for all the marbles. A massive crowd was at Norman Reserve on a day of Sturt playoff games that promised much for our club, but unfortunately came up short in each case. In a 19-17 game there were hitting and fielding highlights and adventures galore- too many to mention individually but one thing does stand out from this game and this season: these boys have pride and resolve and determination that should make their parents, extended family and friends and club proud. Several times in this contest Adelaide appeared to have broken away only to see Sturt fight back whether it be with big hits or big plays in the field. Backs to the wall and needing 5 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to keep the game alive, the boys turned it up another notch to tie the game and send it into extra innings. Facing the same predicament in the 7th, the guys fell just short of another miracle comeback but still battled on to demonstrate to all in attendance they are prepared to fight to the end. While the result didn't go our way, that's all the coach and supporters can ask for. So ends a great season that hopefully was fun for the players and inspires them to return next season. A huge thanks to our coach, Brian Emmett, giving up so much of his time to impart his baseball knowledge on our sons. A huge thanks also to Linda Brennan who scored virtually every game for us this year.

Hits -Sam Bennetts 4, Jordan Abfalter 3, Patrick Milewski 2 (HR, 2B), Sam Stewart 2 (2B) Robbie Brennan 2 (2B), Tom Emmett 2 (2B)

RBIs - Patrick Milewski 6, Tom Emmett, Sam Stewart 3 each, Jordan Abfalter 2, Sam Bennetts, Robbie Brennan 1 each

This week's Yogi-ism: "The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase."
For those who have been reading this throughout the season and don't know of him, Lawrence Peter (Yogi) Berra played Major League Baseball for 19 years for the New York Yankees. He played on 10 World Series Championship teams, is a MLB Hall of Famer and has some awe-inspiring stats. His name is consistently brought up as one of the best catchers in baseball history and he was voted to the Team of the Century in 1999. While from a different era, he's a down to earth character that provided a good role model on and off the field and definitely added fun to the game which is what it's all about.

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 4th of March, 2014 07:36:33 ::..

Newsletter 24/02/14

We had a big weekend of baseball with our Junior Teams and Division 8 starting off their finals campaign. Well done to our Sturt Under 17/1 side who had a resounding 12 - 4 win against Woodville. Our Division 8, Under 19s, 15/1s and Little League 1-Sturt sides have another chance this coming weekend and on behalf of the club we wish you well! Game times are yet to be announced by Baseball SA.

Unfortunately our Under 17/2s and 15/2s finished their season on Sunday. Well done to both these teams for making the finals!

On Sunday before a large crowd our Division 1 played some outstanding baseball in a double header against Glenelg, particularly in the first game where the team displayed great courage to win the first game 9-8 in an epic battle! In the second game 15 year old Mitch Lightbody had his first A grade start and also Matt Mulryan pitched his first A Grade game. Congratulations to both these lads. Unfortunately this ends our A grade season with our team just missing out on finals. Well done to the boys and coaching staff on some great games against the league leaders of the last month. Given the age of the A grade squad the future looks bright!

Senior and Junior Presentation Dates

Please mark down in your diary our Presentation Events which for Seniors including Under 19 will be held on Saturday 5th April 2014, 7.30 pm at the Club, while our Junior Presentation Day will be held on Sunday 30th March 2014, commencing at 1.00 pm

For those of you new to the club, you can get key information from our website on your mobile phone through Saints Mobile by simply typing in our website address to your phone's browser. Also this year the Club is also using Twitter, so please Follow @sturt_baseball!

Sponsors

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

Division 1 (Coach: Peter Kitchingman)  Sponsored by: Catapult Wealth & Solitaire Automotive Group & Endeavour Homes & Freshwater Systems

With our finals hopes riding on every match after another clash with one of the powerhouses Port Adelaide on Tuesday night.

It didn't start well with Port Adelaide getting on top of Matt Franke scoring 6 runs in the first 2 innings. David Nicholas took the ball during the second and kept Port quiet for the next 4 innings keeping us in the game.

Port's pitcher dominated early until the 4th when with 2 out 3 hits in a row from Jordy, young and Macca saw 2 cross the plate.

Dan Turner took the ball in the 6th again kept port quiet giving the boys a sniff we then showed some great courage to score another 2 runs.

Amazingly the umpire sent us out in the dark to play the 7th and no surprises both sides couldn't manage to score and it was lucky no one got hurt finishing a game @ 8.20 15 minutes after the scheduled sunset and facing a power pitcher like Ruzic.

Again another hearty comeback but going down 6-4

Hits - McArdle 2, Macbeth 2, 1 each to Roeger, Nicholas & Young

With East Torrens now 1 game ahead we had a double header against Glenelg with both games a must win and the hope that ET drop 1 game.

What a performance our guys put on with a huge crowd and sponsors day.

Shaun Wright took the ball and gave up 2 in the first but we managed to get 1 back and then it see sawed for the next couple until we scored 3 in the 3rd to go up 5-3

Shaun let the game in the 6th throwing his full compliment of pitches with 2 on none out. David Nicholas took the ball and Glenelg pounced scoring 5 runs very quickly.

We went into the final inning due to time down by 3 and what the crowd saw next was something truly amazing and from a coaches point of view made me extremely proud.

Now facing Bite star Matt Williams the guys dug deep down to our last 2 outs and our season done Curran smashed a double followed by a holmsey hit then a great diving play got the second out with still 2 runs down.

Jacks and Daley had great at bats both getting walks to leave it to Dan Turner who has had an amazing season.

Dan fouled off 10 pitches then got it to a full count to then hit the 14th pitch of the at bat to right field to tie the game. Jordy then drew another walk from another quality at bat. You by tried the swinging bunt and their pitcher made an amazing play to throw home and keep the game alive.

So now we go to extra innings with not much happening do it all Dan Turner replaced Davey in the 8th and shut them down in the next 3 innings going into the bottom of the 10th Holmsey got on by an error then stole his 4th base for the game, Gus smashed a shot up the middle and then stole 2nd, they intentionally walked Jacko bring Davey Nicholas to the plate who got in a whole early but then smashed one to right field for a walk off hit. Winning 9-8

A stirring team effort and greatly appreciated by the crowd and with the game going 3 1/2 hours we knew ET had won the first game but was down 4-1 in the 5th innings over at Adelaide.

Mitch Lightbody took the ball for his first A Grade start and started really well but Glenelg got on top in the second scoring 7 going to a 7-2 lead and after news ET had taken control of game 2 we knew our season was over and the game just ambled on for 7 innings with Glenelg eventually winning 12-6.

Matt Mulryan got his first chance on the hill throwing 4 good inning and Roeger smashed a bomb being the highlights.

All said and done a really tough year with so many injuries and 6 losses to teams that finished behind us. We had a better record against the top 6 then we did the bottom 6 so we know we can match it with the best and such a young squad we have something special that all clubs are envious of with potentially a 10 year squad all playing now.

I would like to thank my assistant coaches Kris McArdle, Mark Hutton & Don Wulff.

Also Dave Lee for his tireless work and my 3 scorers, Heather, Sue & Carol

Division 8 (Coach: Phil Martin) Sponsored by:MichelsWarrenPublicRelations & Smith Motor Company & Lion Nathan

Sturt 11 Northern Districts 12 at Sturt

The vagaries of a very perplexing minor round draw meant we hadn't played the Reds prior to this final - and we ran into a very well drilled, hard hitting team.

It was neck and neck for a while with Jordan "Skinny" Wayne working hard on the mound in tandem with Andrew "AJ" Johnston but we couldn't back him up with our usual quality and the Reds started to build a lead.

Their starter was pretty effective with only Kingsley "Kingo" Turner, Jake "Gibbo" Gibson and Jules "JP" Potiki working him out. JP raked all day, gong five for five with four RBIs and he also had a great day in centre.

Jayke "Bruce" Wayne and Jess "Lemo" Lemon worked well in the middle infield, Dan "88" Oates and Kingo had the corners while the outfield of Ditmar "Galloping" Guehrer, JP and coach Phil "Philthy" Martin had to deal with a series of bloops and flares from the Reds hitters.

We have been a good team all year, and the double chance we earned will now allow us to have another crack at things.

Thanks to Heather for scoring and to all the lads who turned up early to get the diamond looking a picture. In fact, we were all a bit too keen and even warmed up - clearly a break in our routine we won't be bothering with next week....

Hits:
Lemon 1, Potiki 5 (4 RBIs), Martin 1, Gibson 3 (1), Oates 1 (1), Turner 2 (2), Guehrer 1
Pitching:
Jordan 23 batters, 39 balls, 47 strikes, 4 Ks Gibbo 17 batters, 21 balls, 38 strikes, 3 Ks

Under 19 (Coach: Zac Stokes) Sponsored by: Wendy's Burnside & Kingspan

Woodville 9 defeated Sturt 6

For the first time all season I had all 12 players available for the game which is exactly what I wanted going into the first final. For most of the team it was the first time that they had played a 9 inning game.

Dylan Ridding started for us and did a good job. Tyson Hancock then came in and had his best outing in recent times. Lightbody then came in and threw to the last couple of hitters.

Jordan McArdle stood out with the bat collecting 3 big hits. As a team we actually out hit the opposition. We just struggled to get the hits when we needed them. We executed the small ball ok but we still can improve on that.

I was pleased that the guys made a good comeback after being down by 7. It was a good game of baseball and their starting pitcher did an outstanding job and we have to acknowledge that.

Hits: McArdle 3, Guehrer 2, Ridding 2, Crameri 1, Walker 1

This coming Saturday is a do or die final against Glenelg. I look forward to the game and seeing the guys bounce back with a win and move into the grand final the following week.

The season is still alive!

Lastly, congratulations to Mitch Lightbody for getting his first start as a Pitcher in Division 1 senior baseball.

Go the Saints!

Under 17/1 (Coach: Jeff Nicholas) Sponsored by: Freshwater Systems

The Under 17.1's had a resounding 12 - 4 win against Woodville in the first week of finals. In our best batting display for the season, we outhit the Senators 15-4.

Harry Knuckey, Damon Arnold and Kayne Hancock posted 3 hits each, while Brodie Macbeth (6inn 4h 4ks 2bb 1er) was rock solid on the mound. A few lapses in concentration let 3 runs score in the 5th, but overall, a fantastic display of baseball.

Hits; Knuckey, Arnold, Hancock 3 Brennan 2 Macbeth, Bartlett, Ottaway, Bartley

Under 17/2 (Coach:Glen McDonald) Sponsored by: Hydropure

Final Score Sturt 20 - Gawler 28

This Final was an unknown quantity as we headed out to Gawler for the first time this season. We had played and beaten them once before Christmas but there was not a lot to go on as they only had 7 players and we lent them 2 of our u15s.

The game was an epic and turned into a slugfest, a walkfest, an errorfest and a flood of runs! We got off to a bright start with 6 runs in the first but gave up 7 runs in the bottom of the first and second to be 6 - 14 down. 6 runs to 2 in the third closed the gap to 12 - 16. Another 6 runs in the fourth saw us take an improbable lead but it was short-lived as Gawler snatched it back with 4 of their own. The fifth proved to be decisive when we failed to score and Gawler brought home 6 to take an 8 run lead. We scored 2 in the top of the sixth to keep the game alive but Gawler quickly replied with 2 which then invoked the mercy.

Just a few quick stats to give an indication as to why a six inning game took over 3 hours to play!

Hits Sturt 14 - Gawler 19

Walks Sturt 14 - Gawler 9

Errors Sturt 11 - Gawler 5

Defensively we really let ourselves down today but offensively the boys stuck to the task and made a game of it. Tyler Duchene was outstanding with 2 doubles, a single and 2 walks. He also caught the final 2 innings for the first time ever which was a big ask and did a great job. Lachlan Delbridge and Conor McClure also had 3 hits each with Simon Adkins picking up 5 walks and a hit. Stewart Gardiner ripped 2 nice singles, Kayne Hancock a single and Brandon Weber a double to go with 3 walks. Max Hood and Riley Mills had tough days but both still managed to get on base twice.

Thanks to Howard Duchene for stepping into the scorers hut and to all the parents for making the long trip

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jamie Knuckey) Sponsored by: Last& Co Lawyers

First week of finals and it was 1v2 at Port Adelaide Down on personnel with a number of injuries, the boys had a huge opportunity to potentially host a grand final if we able to win.

Harry Kitt and Josh Wilson stepped up from 15/2 - thanks boys - and played well.

Aussie McClure went head to head on the mound with Port's gun (and State U14 MVP) and showed him how to do it. Aussie went 5 innings for 1 hit, 2 Ks, 3 walks, and 1 run - top effort.

Not a lot went our way and certainly the luck fell to the opposition. Unfortunately in a tight game we struggled with the bat and made some some crucial errors at costly times. After gaining the lead after top 6 Port put on a solid effort to lead 6-2 after 6 and hold on to win.

Sturt 000 002 0 2
Port  010 005 X 6

Hits: Hampton 2, Knuckey 1 (2B), Bartlett 1, Kitt 1.

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: John McClure) Sponsored by: Aquair Pty Ltd

Goodwood 7 1 3 1 7 19
Sturt      0 0 2 0 4 6

Continuing where we left off from last week we suffered another decent thumping losing 19-6 and finishing off our once promising season in rather inglorious fashion.

Taking to the field as home team in the battle between third and sixth we started off well putting the first batter back in the dugout with 3 pitches and a stock SS to first play. That was about as close as we got all day. 5 walks two maybe three errors and a couple of hits later saw us cough up the max 7 runs and it was as good as over. Just the same as last week a bunch of errors and a lack of hitting and we deservedly got smashed.

Offensively Harrison Kitt just kept on keeping on with 2 hits from 3 at bats including a huge double that was short of a home run by a whisker. Robbie Brennan continued his marvellous run as our team super sub hitting 1 from 2 including a double and two RBI's. Not to be outdone brother Andrew went 1 from 2 and should have had a double except for a comical run to first. Sam Bennetts also hit 1 from 2. These were out contributors with the bat. Not enough.

Josh Wilson was the pick of the team's pitching going 3 innings throwing 70 pitches and nailing 39 strikes. Excellent effort but considering it was his second game for the day made it all the better. He was walked 3 times for his three plate appearances and should be very pleased with his contribution. Andrew Brennan and Harrison Kitt couldn't quite find the target today consistently enough but as was written before it wasn't helped by some ordinary catching and fielding attempts. Elliot Ridgway deserves a mention for a long day behind the dish in only his second game as catcher. Good effort.

The only real lament is that the boys collectively can all do it but getting it done on the same day at the same game has proved rather elusive. Today was another one of those days.

Thanks to all those that put in today it was much appreciated. Danielle for scoring, Brian and Michael for warming up the team in my absence, Shayne for getting the field ready with Sam and Andrew for pitch counting. Apologies for anyone I've missed.

So ends Season 2013/14. It had highlights, lowlights, bad plays and good plays but most importantly would like to think the boys had a bit of fun. Look out for the full untold story in the end of season report.

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach:Brian Emmett) Sponsored by: Printsalive

Glenelg 10 defeated Sturt 0

Tough sledding today at Glenelg. The boys faced up to Rion Sato, one of Glenelg's Southern All Stars reps. who was on song on the mound. At the plate, we managed only two walks on the day. In the field we weren't our solid best in support of Robbie Brennan who deserved better. 59 pitches, 48 for strikes in a very impressive effort from Robbie. Worth a mention was a nice, casual looking catch by Axel in right field to end the first inning which apparently has improved his contract negotiating position with his Mum.

We're in the semis next week which gives us a chance to turn it around. Game info will be advised via e-mail during the week.

This week's Yogi-ism: "I never blame myself when I'm not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn't my fault that I'm not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?"

..:: message posted on Monday the 24th of February, 2014 22:00:05 ::..

Newsletter 17/02/14

What a week it has been- first of all we have had games cancelled due to heat then we had critical games cancelled due to rain!

Despite the weather Gods not shining on us kindly our Division 1 boys pulled out a win on Sunday against league leaders Kensington which can only be described as a gutsy inspiring team win! If you were one of the fortunate ones to see this game which in the end went to the 10th innings with Sturt finally winning 5-4 off a home run from Angus Roeger you surely would agree that it was a great game! This win has kept our finals hopes alive and this Tuesday we have a twilight at home against Port Adelaide.

The BBQ will be fired up on Tuesday night so please come down to the club to show your support for the boys in this most critical of games and have your dinner while watching the game!

Check out all the great photos from our gutsy and inspiring Division 1 win on the front page of our website or in the photo gallery.

For our junior teams Sunday represented the end of the home and away season with finals this coming weekend!

I will send out a separate email once the League have announced the Finals draw for this weekend.

Please mark down in your diary our Presentation Events which for Seniors including Under 19 will be held on Saturday 5th April 2014, 7.30 pm at the Club, while our Junior Presentation Day will be held on Sunday 30th March 2014, commencing at 1.00 pm

For junior players wanting further development over winter check out the Bite Baseball Academy!

The BITE Baseball Academy is the preeminent baseball coach and player development program in the state of South Australia, and the Junior Academy is the hallmark of that structure.

The Junior Academy is an eight-week program that commences in early May. The program is split into two age divisions; Under-13/Under-15 and Under-17/Under-19. All junior players receive intensive training from a hand-selected coaching staff, game play, and several value-added elements designed to assist youth ballplayers reach their full potential and progress their careers either in Australia or overseas, through US college placement, independent leagues or MLB contracts. BITE Baseball Academy replaces SABA (South Australian Baseball Academy) and is offered by Baseball SA supported by Adelaide BITE, ABF and ABL

I have a note from Kristian Mundy whose son played sturt minors at Flinders Uni last Sunday fortnight ago at 10am and they have left a left hand throwing Easton light tan glove at the game. Please contact Kristian or by phone on 8322 2784 or 0439 271 962 if you have found it!

For those of you new to the club, you can get key information from our website on your mobile phone through Saints Mobile by simply typing in our website address to your phone's browser. Also this year the Club is also using Twitter, so please Follow @sturt_baseball!

Sponsors

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

Division 1 (Coach: Peter Kitchingman)  Sponsored by: Catapult Wealth & Solitaire Automotive Group & Endeavour Homes & Freshwater Systems

Tuesday saw us travel out to reigning premiers Goodwood on another 40+ day and with a game scheduled for Thursday this one was always looming as a tough assignment.

David Nicholas was given the ball to see if he could tame the Goodwood bats and that he did with some great defence to help him out especially in the 2nd with Dan Turner rolling a double play off Stef Welch to end any threat they had. Dave then shut them down through 5 innings showing great endurance and composure.

Out bats were kept pretty quiet against Darren Fidge until the 5th when we had a chance after Youngy put down a perfect lead off running but for a hit and then wild throw followed by a walk but Goodwood managed to make a perfect play throwing out Youngy at 3rd on a good bunt and we just couldn't get that hit needed to score a run so after 5 the score was nil all.

The 6th we jumped out now facing another Bite star in Richard Olson, Gus lead off with a walk followed by a Jacko hit to right field, then Davey laying down a great but (this time we were just safe @ 3b) with bases loaded none out Paul Holmes got hit to right field to score our 1st run. Like all good pitchers Olson stepped it up a notch to strike out the next 3 hitters.

Unfortunately Stef Welch lead off the innings with a bomb to tie the game and then some quality at bats saw the bases loaded with 1 out and the run get walked across the plate. Dan Turner then came in and got the next 2 outs in 6 pitches.

The last saw a 2 out hit to Gus his second of the night but we couldn't manage to tie the game up.

An excellent game of baseball and once again could hold our heads high matching one of the favourites for the flag in a great game.

Hits - Roeger & Holmes 2 each, Young & Brebner-Russ 1 each

Thursdays game got washed out which gave the lads a well deserved night off before we faced top of the table Kensington in a must win game to stay in the hunt for that 6th and final play off spot.

Shaun Wright got the ball facing up against Talbot the Capps medallist for the last 2 year and what a show this game ended up being in one of the best games of baseball I have seen for a long time.

Shaun was simply outstanding early and our bats responded scoring 2 in the 3rd with some great team hitting after a quality walk by young McArdle then a perfect Hit & Run by Faehse to have 1st & 2nd occupied none out, Macca then laid down a perfect bunt followed by Curran & Turns getting the job done to score 2.

The game then saw Wright & Talbot put on a pitching display through 6 innings. Shaun left the game in the 7th after pitching his quota of 100 pitches with stats 5 hits & 7 k's & 2 bb's 6 1/3 innings awesome effort mate.

He left the game with 2 runners on and Kensies showed why they have only lost 1 game all year knuckling down with some real quality AB's and timely hits off Davey to score 4 runs.

The game went to the 8th still down 4-2 when we once again showed some real spirit again getting 1st & 2nd occupied with none out thanks to a great AB by Hollis then another great hit & run by macbeth followed by a great bunt by Youngy which ended up with Gus at the plate with 2 down he then smashed one over the head of 3rd base to SS (got a real bleeder) to score 2 and tie the game.

The go to man all year Dan Turner took the ball in the 9th and shut Kensies down.

Holmsey led off with a double after their import came into the game followed by a great passmore bunt we ended up loading the bases with 1 out but could get that hit again so we entered the 10th.

Dan got 2 up 2 down then walked the next 2 but got out of the innings.

Kensies then brought in another quality arm being Murphy and with Gus up to bat he quickly found himself in a hole 0-2 and then 2 pitches later BOOOOM a walk off home run over centerfield to keep the finals dreams alive!

One of the best all round displays by the boys who are playing with real spirit.

Hits- Roeger 2 (inc HR & 3 RBI's), Holmes 2 (2 doubles), Brebner-Russ & Faehse 1 each.

Tuesday night @ 6.15 we host Port Adelaide it would be great to see a massive crowd get behind the boys as they try to get that final spot in what is a must win game again.

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle) Sponsored by: Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd & Bendigo Bank & Jordan Plumbing & System Built Homes

Kensington 8 d Sturt 5

Division 4 (Coach: Peter Turner) Sponsored by: Hattam McCarthy Reeves

Glenelg 12 d Sturt 1

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)  Sponsored by: C2M Health & Felt Warehouses of Australia

Sturt 12 lost to Glenelg 14 The final game came around and went by without a noise from us, with Coach Smally relegated to umpiring duties it was left up to Mark (Pop) Burns and Norm (No No Stumpy) Sluga to bring home the bacon, but from where I was standing in the middle of the field it looks like Glenelg rolled us over and gave a good tickle up the middle. We started with Glenn (Doc) Young on the mound and it was not long before we found ourselves down 5 before we had even picked up the bat. Doc was throwing strikes and Glenelg had nothing to loss for their last game of the season and they came out swinging. Our first at bat saw us claw 3 runs back to be 5 - 3 down after one.

In the second Glenelg kept swinging the bat and kept making contact to score another 4 runs from good hitting. Not to be out done we came back with 5 runs to close the gap to 1 run down after 2 innings.

Top the third and Doc was returned to his normal position behind the plate and Pop gave the ball to Rick (Rat) Trembath for the rest of the game and he started well after walking the first batter he sat the next three down with ground balls for no runs scored and we started to look like we would kick on, but we had three ground outs from our three batters to score the big "O" as well. Score after three 8 - 9 down.

Top fourth and they managed to make 1 run to go to 10 and we managed to get two over the plate to tie it up.

In the fifth they started to get the hits again and before the third out they had scored 4 runs to move along to 14 - 10 half way through the 5th. Four runs down and time running out we needed to make a run but we only manage to get one back on them, going into the last we were three down 14 - 11.

The sixth started well with a KC then they hit a double before No No Stumpy had a grounder at short to hold the runner and get the out, Rat then sat the next down with a K2 to end their innings and give us a chance to wake up and snatch the game from the jaws. We started well with a walk to Craig (Rowdy) Thompson who then scored on Doc hits to centre and when they threw to home Doc took second, with Doc on second he took off to steal third and unfortunately Ty (TyMeDown) Borlace skied out to short who then took two steps to get Doc at second for the double play. 2 out and still two runs short they got a ground out to finish the game winning 14 - 12.

The result did not matter in the big scheme of it all and we finished fourth for the season and Finals bound. Looks like we will play Southern Districts in the first knock out game so if you are not busy on the weekend and want to see one of the greats Don (Wulffy) Wulff play a game of baseball then get yourself down to Southern Districts and cheer the old blokes on.

Pitching Doc 66pitches for 33 strikes, 1K , 3BB, 1HPB Rat 77pitches for 44strikes, 2k's, 3BB, 2HPB

Safe Hits: Jarrad Small 2, Wulffy 1, Daisy 1, Rowdy 2, Doc 2 GO THE SAINTS

Division 8 (Coach: Phil Martin) Sponsored by:MichelsWarrenPublicRelations & Smith Motor Company & Lion Nathan

Sturt 21 d Gawler 7 @ Sturt

It was an early start for the Div 8 boys at Sturt - after no baseball for two weekends in a row, we were determined to get a game in despite a gluepot thanks to the rain. Thankfully, Dave Lee orchestrated our first great team effort of the day as we dried things out and made the diamond look a picture (against the background noise of the pump tipping the contents of the home dugout into the storm drain).

There was no moisture in the air but we were a little leaky ourselves in the early going behind Jayke 'Bruce' Wayne as we gave Gawler a two run start. However, some good batting and base running by the likes of Jules 'JP' Potiki, coach Phil 'Philthy' Martin, Dan '88' Oates - and some massive clean-up hitting by Jake 'Gibbo' Gibson who ended the day with a commanding 8 RBIs - saw us draw into a lead we wouldn't give up.

After Bruce had struck out three batters in his two innings, brother Jordan 'Skinny' Wayne came on and, working in tandem with Andrew 'AJ' Johnston, he twirled his usual mix of speed and guile to strike out five batters while the defence mopped up anything that got through. Ditmar 'Galloping' Guehrer and Kingsley 'Butterball' Turner were solid at the corners, Jess 'Lemo' Lemon and Philthy had things in control through the middle of the infield while JP took the catch of the season diving away in centre field.

Gibbo took to the mound in the last to get some work into his arm before umpire Wallace 'Gromit' Long called the game to secure our 14th win of the season. With only one defeat, we've locked away a double chance in the finals and looking forward to the challenge.

Huge thanks to Gromit for umpiring - a truly outstanding performance - to Reg and everyone who helped get the soggy diamond in a playable condition and to Heather for scoring.

Hits: Jordan 3 (1 RBI), Potiki 1 (2), Martin 3 (3), Gibson 3 (8), Oates 2 (2), Guehrer 1, Lemon 1 (1)

Pitching: Jayke 25 balls, 30 strikes, 3 Ks (win), Jordan 10 balls, 25 strikes, 5 Ks, Gibson 15 balls, 18 strikes, 2Ks

Under 19 (Coach: Zac Stokes) Sponsored by: Wendy's Burnside & Kingspan

Kensington 3 defeated Sturt 1

Saturdays game was the last of the regular season. Ideally it would have been good to carry some momentum into the finals with a win but this was not the case. There was however many things we took from the game.

Those in attendance on Saturday witnessed a rare baseball game. We managed to not give up a single hit to the opposition and still lost the game.

Josh Tindall was the starting pitcher and threw well but with little help from the defence. Tinny also collected one of our three hits.

Our offence was a bit of a let down as we only managed to collect 3 base hits. I expect the hitters to bounce back and swing it well in the first final.

We needed to win to secure top spot on the ladder. Fortunately for us Glenelg managed to defeat Woodville and we end the season in first place.

Hits: Walker, Guehrer, Tindall 1.

I am proud of the guys this season. The group of 12 players have given their all and played well. I hope the team continues to play well in the finals.

Our first final should be at home on Saturday against second place Woodville.

Go the Saints!

Under 17/1 (Coach: Jeff Nicholas) Sponsored by: Freshwater Systems

The Under 17.1's bounced back from a rare loss last week to defeat Kensington 10-3 at Sturt. The boys produced a much improved performance, Damon Arnold led the way with 3 hits and Brodie Macbeth was solid on the mound giving up only 1 ER in 5 innings with 5ks and 2 scattered hits.

We finished the minor round in top spot setting up a home final against Woodville next week.

Hits; Arnold 3, Knuckey, K Hancock, Ottaway, Brennan

Under 17/2 (Coach:Glen McDonald) Sponsored by: Hydropure

Following on from 2 losses it was critical to finish the regular season with a good performance if not a win. The boys were awesome and produced probably their best game of the season. Our offence led the way with everyone registering a hit in a total of 14. The defence was very solid with only 1 error for the day.

Stuart Gardiner enjoyed his day smacking a Grand Slam amongst his 2 hits and taking a difficult, twisting foul fly at first. Tyler Duchene had 2 hits, 3 walks and took a terrific running catch in centre right. Conor McClure pitched 3 innings for 2 runs and cracked 2 nice singles whilst Lachlan Dellbridge took an important catch in shallow left field to go along with his 2 hits. Stuart Brennan was terrific with 2 hits, 2 walks, a double play and pitched 2 scoreless innings. Brandon Weber, Riley Mills, Nik Sas and Simon Adkins all picked up hits and contributed in the field. This was just the sort of morale boost we needed leading into the finals.

Thank you to Simon A and Stuart B for helping us out, John Hood Jr for throwing batting practice because I can't and Janet Young for making the trip out to score.

Final score Sturt 14 - Golden Grove Central Districts 2

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jamie Knuckey) Sponsored by: Last& Co Lawyers

U15/1 - Sturt 24 d Henley & Grange 0

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: John McClure) Sponsored by: Aquair Pty Ltd

Port Adelaide 0 2 2 5 7 16
Sturt     0 1 0 1 0 2

Today was an analogy of a boxing match that begins with two relatively even teams, starts off with a bit of shadow boxing, a few hits and eventually one team starts to dominate, gets the opponent on the ropes and delivers a knockout blow. That was our game in summary losing to a very well drilled Magpies outfit 16-2.

The stats made interesting reading. Hits were 6-7, walks 3-8 and the whopper was 10 errors versus one all in Port's favour. At times I am embarrassed to say it bordered on the comical - one of those days, 6 catches dropped or not taken, 4 in the outfield and 2 in the infield. The batting was the opposite and we had no luck as the Port took every opportunity presented bar just the one.

Our pitching was good and if the stats are to be believed our battery gave up just the 2 earned runs. The much disciplined Port team took full advantage of walks, stolen bases, wild pitches, errors and passed balls to record a big win. Andrew Brennan & Josh Wilson threw 50% and Andrew went a marathon 71 pitches and wasn't happy about being relieved! Andrew threw 3 strikeouts and Josh 2. We let them down in the field.

Situational hitting was lacking and we recorded just the two RBI's versus seven for the opposition. There were some bright moments amongst the gloom. Star of the batting line up was Robbie Brennan who helped himself to two hits and two RBI's. Wasn't a smart move to bat the young bloke at 8 in hindsight. Tom Emmett also put on an excellent display going 1 from 2 plus a walk, scored both our runs and fielded well at 3rd and catcher. Harrison Kitt 1 from 3 was Mr Reliable again. Josh and Andrew chipped in with 1 from 3 as well.

Special thanks to Craig Ottaway for umpiring. He may well be on the League umpires panel but turning up to Flinders at 3pm on a Sunday to umpire a U15 division two game is greatly appreciated.

The minor round finished at 8-6. The team has made the finals and should be very proud of the fact. Four teams have had their seasons finished and we will live to play another week. Lift the intensity boys the finals are here and you have to be in to win it.

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach:Brian Emmett) Sponsored by: Printsalive

Sturt 11 d West Torrens 7

After a week of the strangest weather imaginable, Sturt made the trip to West Torrens for what was sure to be a danger game to wind up the regular season and we were treated to perfect conditions for baseball. West Torrens always fields a well drilled team and this was just what we needed to tune up heading into the finals next weekend.

In a reversal of last week's game, our bats were quiet early as the result of a strong effort on the hill by the Eagles' starter. The first five Saints batters were retired on only 13 pitches and all signs pointed to a short, quiet long afternoon for Sturt fans. Robbie Brennan then stepped up with 2 outs in the 2nd and after battling to a 2-2 count, was plunked on the backside for the second week running. The bottom of the order suddenly fired and consecutive singles by James Rycroft, Kurt Schenk, Nick Borello and Sam Bennetts pushed three across to give the Saints a 3-2 lead. West Torrens responded with 5 runs to open up a 7-3 lead and were feeling confident.

Following a scoreless third for both teams, James opened the 4th inning with a single to right and two batters later Nick lofted a majestic drive out to the expansive rightcentre field gap to drive in James and wheel into third for a triple that got our boys fired up and believing "it ain't over til it's over". The top of the fifth saw an RBI single to right by Patrick drive in Jordan to cut the lead to 7-6 and our loyal supporters were now looking for the nearest defibulator to see out the game. Jordan continued to throw goose eggs on the board in by far and away his best outing on the mound this year and we went to the sixth and final inning down one run with our mojo workin'. Axel led off the sixth with a crisp single down the right field line that really energized the bench. Nick followed with his 3rd hit in three trips to the plate and with Axel flying to third the tying run was tantalizingly close. Sam B knocked a timely two bagger to right field to score Axel and it was game tied with runners on 2nd and 3rd and nobody out. Sam Stewart sent a sacrifice fly out to left to score Nick and advance Sam B. Jordy doubled to bring home Sam B and a single by Tom Emmett followed by some loose fielding by the Eagles allowed us to plate the full five runs and take the field with a four run lead to close out the game. Jordan mopped up the remaining three outs and a well earned victory was in hand.

Probably our best team effort of the season with all players making key contributions with bat, glove or both. Special mention once again for Jordan who pitched 4 1/3 innings of shutout ball in relief throwing 40 of 63 pitches for strikes and most importantly looking like he was having fun doing it! Tom Emmett did a great job behind the plate after returning from injury. Last but not least, the lower third of the batting order (James, Kurt, Axel and Nick) was spectacular going 7 for 9 and igniting each of our 3 multiple run innings.

Great effort boys!

It's finals time starting next week and our guys are as primed as can be at this time of year, so we'll be looking to carry on the Sturt tradition of success. Go you Sainters!!

This week's Yogi-ism: ""Nobody goes there anymore because it's too crowded."

Hits: Nick Borello 3 (3B) Sam Bennetts 2 (2B), Jordan Abfalter 2 (2B), James Rycroft 2, Kurt Schenk, Patrick Milewski, Axel Andrews, Tom Emmett 1 each

RBI -Sam Bennetts 3, Nick Borello, Patrick Milewski 2 each, Jordan Abfalter, Sam Stewart, James Rycroft 1 each

Little League 1-Saints (Coach: Tony Catt) Sponsored by: Catapult Wealth & GTK Training

Southern Districts 17 defeated Sturt Saints 0

After the seemingly endless hot weather it was a great day for a game of baseball as the Saints headed way down south for the final game of the season against Southern Districts.

Hopes were high after our win the previous week, but alas Southern Districts had different plans, and once they got going we simply couldn't reign them in until after the damage was done. A well deserved win by a focussed team that simply outplayed us.

We started off the batting in great form with a safe hit to right field from Callum Fryar. Joshua Vidale and Finn Stranger were walked soon after, and with loaded bases it looked as if we had a real chance to chalk up some early runs. Unfortunately, we just couldn't capitalise on the opportunity and were retired without scoring.

But we responded well, as Jack Hutton opened the pitching and with good fielding to back it up we disposed of the first two Southern District batters in a blink. But then the Southern's juggernaut got going and we had no answers for the remainder of the first and the second innings. A run of big hits from the opposition in the first two innings seemed to sap our confidence early on and we had trouble staying focussed and disciplined in the field despite some good moments, including a great catch from Finn in the second.

By the top of the third we were 10-0 down. Then with a safe hit from Max Culp and another couple of walks to Joshua and Finn we looked certain to score, but again just couldn't put it all together…

Joshua Vidale took to the mound for the third and fourth innings and put a halt to Southern Districts assault with excellent pitching including 4 K's, supported by good fielding by Seb Steel and the second great catch of the day, this time by Joel Edwards.

At last it looked like we might claw back some of Southern's lead. But they cleverly mixed up the pitching during the fourth and fifth innings and we just couldn't find our feet with the batting, and despite a cracker line drive by Callum in the fourth we eventually retired without scoring.

We took the opportunity to mix up the fielding late in the game. Tom Fisher, who has been a stalwart catcher for the season, went to 1st to give young Hugo Ellery a go at catching for the Majors. Finn and Jack spent some time in the outfield to give the outfielders some infield experience too. Well done to all.

Overall we've seen huge growth in the skill level and focus of all the team over the course of the season - look out for these boys next season!

Thanks to Joel Edwards and Hugo Ellery who stepped up from the Minors to help us again this week.

Thanks to the parents who've scored, umpired and assisted in other ways throughout the season.

Hits: Callum Fryar (2), Max Culp(1)

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Stan Warrilow) Sponsored by: Remarkable Bathroom Resurfacing

What a way to finish!

Our last game for the season, once again we faced a team of Tigers down at Flinders.

Some great pitching from Jonas gave us the start we wanted as we kept the Tigers scoreless in the top of the first.

We kept the momentum going in the bottom of the first and scored 3 runs thanks to a few walks, a double by Hamish and a line drive up the middle from Max.

Jonas continued the 2nd innings but was soon replaced by Lachlan after he had reached his pitch count.

Lachlan struck out the next hitter for the first out and battled brilliantly to finish up with 2 more strikeouts, but not before the Tigers scored 4 big runs to take the lead.

Once again our boys put the pressure straight back on the Tigers with hits to Lachlan and Jonas, a couple of walks and a HPB to Baxter, to score another 2 runs and wrestle back the lead.

Hamish took over the pitching duties and did a great job throwing lots of strikes but the Tiger hitters kept the pressure on us by picking up 4 hits and ended up scoring the maximum 5 runs.

It came down to our last batting innings for the season, and we were looking down the barrel at 5 - 9 down!

Ryder and Jamie both picked walks to start of the innings, then we started to put the ball into play with some hard shots and a few ground balls with eyes.

Hamish stepped up to the plate and smashed his second double for the game to left centre to start the scoring frenzy.

A timely walk to Baxter followed by another ripping line drive to Max and we had done it!

The boys had scored the maximum 5 runs to take the lead at 10 - 9..

Due to the late arrival of the Glenelg coach we started 10 minutes late, but some of our kids had to leave for the T-Ball All Stars competition so after a quick chat between myself and the Tigers coaching staff the game was called.

It's so pleasing to see your team improve throughout the season and to finish off like that was fantastic.

Well done lads….

Special thanks to Lisa Fisher and Deb Gray for scoring and pitch counts this year.

Thanks to Mike Garcia for umpiring nearly every game at Flinders for us.

Thanks to Craig Mathers and John Eckert for your assistance at training and during the games.


Thanks to all the parents for having such great kids who love to play baseball.

Hits - Lachlan, Spencer, Jonas and Joel 1, Hamish and Max 2

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Ben Seekamp ) Sponsored by: Water Equipment Plus

Little League 2-Saints 12 defeated Adelaide 6

A great finish to our season with a comprehensive win.

This team has many strengths, one being the availability of good pitchers. We went with Harry Chaplin to open the game after many strong performances in closing games. Harry took just 19 pitches to get through the first innings. As a result he went again in the second and took just 16 to end that dig and keeping them scoreless in both.

Zac Becker then took to the mound and 27 pitches later he had allowed just 2 runs.

To close out in the forth Angus Catt took to the mound. At this point you see the disbelief in the opposition as we bring out a third quality pitcher. Angus was pitching well but after a allowing a couple of walks and some hits he looked down. A quick pep talk saw him strike out two batters and finish the innings.

Our batting was impressive. When the strike was there we swung at it and invariably made contact with a good hit. Lachie Seekamp led the way with 3 hits, Angus Catt with 2, Zac Becker and Issy Gonzalez with 2.

Angus Catt made two great plays whilst at shortstop, the runners had no chance getting to first with his strong arm. Zac Becker doing well to take the throw at first. Brady also did a good job at first, fielding a though ball and getting back to base before the runner.

It has been a real pleasure watching this group of players improve throughout the year. To finish with just two losses is not something I would have expected and really in hindsight we should have won them all! But winning at this stage is not the important part, it is all about getting better each week and having fun. I think we achieved this.

Thanks to all those who helped out during the season, see you next year!

..:: message posted on Monday the 17th of February, 2014 22:25:56 ::..

Newsletter 10/02/14

Some teams have had a quiet couple of weeks, due to the extreme heat that we have been experiencing in Adelaide! Our Division 1 side has snatched three great wins over this period against Glenelg last Sunday, Henley and Grange on Tuesday and then yesterday a great come from behind win at home against Woodville! Great effort boys!

We are once again in for a very hot week. Please remember the rules related to heat. All junior baseball (Little League, U15, U17, U19) will be cancelled if the forecast temperature at 7am the morning of competition is 37 degrees or above as broadcast on Radio (AM or FM) or as per the Australian Bureau of Meteorology Adelaide Forecast. Restrictions of a different nature also apply to Seniors. Visit our Heat Rule page for full details. These restrictions also applies to training!

For those of us fortunate enough to attend the Quiz Night at the club on the Friday night a week ago, a great time was had by all! It was wonderful to once again be able to have an event in our clubrooms and despite the heat outside, thanks to Bicton Constructions who air-conditioned our clubrooms the temperature inside was nice and cool despite a capacity crowd! Special thanks go to Taylor Devine and Sharron Linton who did an outstanding job organising the event and to our fantastic quiz master Tony Catt who has always did a great job compering the event! The night raised $1500 on the night so thank you for all attending and to those who donated prizes many thanks!



For those of you new to the club, you can get key information from our website on your mobile phone through Saints Mobile by simply typing in our website address to your phone's browser. Also this year the Club is also using Twitter, so please Follow @sturt_baseball!

Sponsors

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

Division 1 (Coach: Peter Kitchingman)  Sponsored by: Catapult Wealth & Solitaire Automotive Group & Endeavour Homes & Freshwater Systems

During the extreme heat Div 1 game on the 2nd Feb against Glenelg was moved to an 11am start .

After a woeful performance against Woodville on the Tuesday before Curran Redal wanted the ball on the hill. Then to be 3 down before the first pitch I asked for an extra effort from the squad and boy did they respond.

In probably one of our best team efforts we beat second placed Glenelg 2-1 and in extreme heat.

3 highlights were the triple by Holmsy to start us after going down 1-0 in the first, Paul's leadoff triple scored. The team done everything right in what ended up being a pitchers dual executing bunts & hit and runs to scramble a second run half way through the game.

Finally Curran who asked to pitch given TJ's injury and our lack of fight the game before pitched 5 innings amazing innings only allowing 2 hits 3 walks and 7 k's with his only hits and runs given up with 2 out nobody on in the 1st. David Nicholas took the ball for the final 2 innings and done the job to close out the game only allowing 1 hit and 2 walks.

Awesome to see the lads respond and keep the slim dream of finals alive.

Hits- Holmes, Faehse & Young

We then travelled for yet another midweek game to Henley's with Matt Franke taking the ball and done the job needed collecting his second Div 1 victory with a 9-4 win. Matt pitched 3 innings allowing 5 hits and 4 runs with Dan Turner doing it all this year throwing the last 2 innings whilst striking out 3. Our bats done the job collecting 9 hits and again doing the team things stealing 6 bases.

Another pleasing sight for the club was to see the game finished with Jordan McArdle at 3b, Mitch Lightbody at Short stop & Brody MacBeth at Centre Field (replacing his 19 year old brother) and our oldest players being 26 so there is a massive future for the club right there.

Congrats to Brodie for his first taste of Div 1 ball running for Jacko and fielding the last dig, keep up the good work mate and more opportunities will come.

Hits- Nicholas & Young 2 each, 1 each to Roeger, Turner, Faehse, M. Macbeth, McArdle

Game 3 for the week saw a game we hosted to Woodville with them sitting in 6th 1 game ahead of us and smashing us only 12 days earlier at their ground, so needless to say season over if we don't win this one.

With the line up almost full strength for the first time since November Shaun Wright took the ball with one of the largest and loudest crowd we have had all year, thank you all for turning up it really makes a difference.

The boys enjoyed watching the Div 2's play some quality ball with possibly their best outing for the year but the game didn't start as well as we would of liked with Woodville collecting 1 in the first & their bite pitcher Wilson Lee dominating early and then we let 5 runs in during the 3rd with the ball only leaving the infield once & some tough calls on Shaun's pitching saw us facing a 6-0 deficient.

The boys responded with some quality at bats and showed some real steel to get back in the game over the next 2 innings with a highlight being Curran once again sparking the by spearing the catcher so he dropped the ball at the plate bring the game to within 1. Some very wild pitching allowed us back in the game and after 5 innings we were down 5-6. Shaun had just left the game after a great outing that stats won't show so I won't give them but he showed why he is classified as one of the best locals in the league.

After scoring 4 in the 5th we then came out and had some patient at bats with some clutch hitting and another bomb from David Nicholas to score 6 to take a 11-6 lead.

In what ended up Matt threw 2 1/3 innings to collect his 3rd win for the year, well battled mate and well deserved you have worked hard all year the first pre-season training, Matt gave up 2 in the 7th but battled to get out of the dig to give us a fighting chance!

David Nicholas then finished the game with 2 solid innings of shutout pitching.

But this wasn't the story of the day, it has been a very long time since I have seen an infielder dominate a game in such a way that Dan Turner did and for the crowd that saw the efforts this was one that I hope gets talked about for years to come, 11 ground balls for the day diving, back hands charging and knocking down line drives and bad hops it was truly fantastic to watch and showed why the "bleed Blue" message needs to taught to the whole club.

I'm not going to mention hits etc but we won 12-8 as it was an amazing team effort everyone contributed.

A couple of very proud coaches here with as I said some real steel shown and now after 3 games we sit 6th with our destiny in our own hands with a massive game against last year's premiers on Tuesday night at Goodwood from 6.15 so if you can get their please do so then we are at West Torrens on Thursday followed by Sunday against league leaders Kensington.

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle) Sponsored by: Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd & Bendigo Bank & Jordan Plumbing & System Built Homes

Sturt 9 Defeated Woodville 0

With only the 2 games left in the B grade season we set a goal to not take the easy option and just see the season through but to continue to work hard and play consistent competitive baseball. 9 - 0 win showed we had control all day.

Mitch let up off with a solid double to left centre followed by a walk and then Kerr dropped a timely safe hit bunt putting Woodville on the back foot. First dig up 1-0. Patient batting gained us 3 walks in a row at the start of the second then a centrefield shot by Jimmy scoring 2 RBI's helping to a 4-0 lead bottom 4. Bottom 6 saw 2 more walks from our first two hitters. After a woodville pitching change Tom Winter put down another safe hit bunt to surprise Woodville. Franke stepped up and smacked a 2 run double to centre. 7 hits 9 runs scored for the day. Offensively today we showed patience and adjusted to pitching changes and game situations really well. Great to see all three young lads picking up a hit.

Defensively Matt Mulryan started and continues his B grade success. Giving up only 2 hits in 5 digs pitching a high percentage of strikes and giving his team ground balls all day. Matt made it real tough for the opposition pounding the zone all day and showed focus is his key. Mitch finished of on the bump and also held Woodville picking up 2 strike outs for his short outing. The infield was switched on with Mitch and Damo working well together, Jimmy led by example again and Alley was the rock behind the dish. Two tough shoe string catches from Kerr and Hollis in the outfield helped with the teams shutout performance.

Today was an all-round team effort the bench was enthusiastic, we hit with purpose and played a solid D can't ask for much more from the lads. Lets finish with another win.

Hits: 1 - Lightbody, Kerr, Passmore, Winter, Franke, B.MacBeth, Arnold

Division 4 (Coach: Peter Turner) Sponsored by: Hattam McCarthy Reeves

No game- heat rule!

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)  Sponsored by: C2M Health & Felt Warehouses of Australia

No game- heat rule!

Division 8 (Coach: Phil Martin) Sponsored by:MichelsWarrenPublicRelations & Smith Motor Company & Lion Nathan

No game- heat rule!

Under 19 (Coach: Zac Stokes) Sponsored by: Wendy's Burnside & Kingspan

No game- heat rule!

Under 17/1 (Coach: Jeff Nicholas) Sponsored by: Freshwater Systems

The Under 17.1's took their second loss for the season going down 6-4 to Woodville at Sturt. Stu Brennan picked up 2 of our 3 hits for the game including a 3 run double in the last but it was all too late.

Good to get that one out of the system as we get ready for finals action.

Hits; Brennan 2 Arnold

Under 17/2 (Coach:Glen McDonald) Sponsored by: Hydropure

Northern Districts 11 d U17/2 - Sturt 1

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jamie Knuckey) Sponsored by: Last& Co Lawyers

Sturt 3 3 0 3 9
Glenelg 0 4 3 3 10

On a day when we played a solid team sitting mid ladder, and having a few key injuries, we needed senior players to stand up. Unfortunately this was far from the case.

We committed 10 key errors - 6 resulting in runs scored. There was a lack of desire and enthusiasm among the players to play for the team and each other.

Luke Peters pitched a very good game and suffered from a lack of support from teammates in the field. Reed was solid behind the plate again.

Harry hit another homer and was metres short of two. Ky went 3 from 3.

Hits: 3 - Ky, 2 - Harry (HR and 2B), 1- Luke, Tyrese

Walks: 2 - Sam B, Reed, Jamie, 1- Luke

Thanks to Sam B and Sam S from 13/1 for helping us out.

With only 1 game before finals the boys have a lot of work to do. When Reed (1st year) and Sam B are the most vocal players then a number of the other players have to work hard and commit to the team goals and needs.

If we do not play as a team come finals we will not succeed - this is not an individual sport and requires a team effort.

With Wednesday likely cancelled can we try and make training Friday?

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: John McClure) Sponsored by: Aquair Pty Ltd

Gawler 1 1 1 2 5
Sturt     2 0 3 3 8

A lovely day at sunny Gawler saw the mighty Saints defeat the home team 8-5 and take the two premiership points. Leading 5-3 with an innings to play Harrison Kitt stepped up to the plate hitting a ground ball triple deep to right to drive home Elliot Ridgway and Chris Sandor giving us enough breathing space to run out winners. Andrew Brennan closed out and we were home breaking a run of 3 consecutive defeats.

After a stop start second half to the season it was good to about smelling the roses again and paying close attention to our Sat Nav's. The game turned out to be one based on the best defence and in the end we had the slight advantage. Hits were 3 apiece but we received 12 walks and gave just 5. The aggressiveness of the base running by both sides was a delight to watch. It certainly kept the fielding players on their toes and the crowd involved in the game. Winning by just 3 was simply that we were given more opportunities to run the bases (and run we did, sometimes successfully and sometimes not) than Gawler were and came out with the win.

Offensively Harry Kitt got the clutch hit when it mattered most, a triple with an RBI double top of the last. Elliot Ridgway 1 from 2 scored twice and Josh Wilson one from two and a solid performance at S/S were best with the bat. Discipline in the box was good, just one KC and a couple of 8 pitches at bat resulting in walks were all very pleasing.

Excellent pitching performance from Austin McClure 42/74, 8K's, 3BB's went a long way to helping the team win.

A win today by 8-5 leaves our season at exactly that - 8 wins and 5 losses. As they say in the Bigs "we've had a winning season" but we still need to win next week if we're to play finals.

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach:Brian Emmett) Sponsored by: Printsalive

Sturt 9 d Kensington 7

It was a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde performance as Sturt rolled up to Hallet Road, Kensington to play a late season gelling Cardinals outfit that had tied the competition leaders Glenelg in the last round. Presented with a howling wind blowing out to right centrefield and a short right field fence on the small Kensy Little League diamond, the boys were licking their chops during warm ups to have a crack at the fences.

Sam Bennetts channeled the boys' vibes, lofting the 3rd pitch of the game over the cones in centre to kickstart an offensive explosion in the first. Sam Stewart ripped a shot down the third base line and after a walk to Jordan, Patrick Milewski returned from the disabled list cranking an 0-2 pitch well past the cones in centre and enjoyed breaking out his home run trot for the first time this year. A Robbie Brennan double and a couple wild pitches later and all was right with an early 5-0 lead.

Jordan took the hill for the first time in a couple weeks with a chance to fine tune things leading into the finals. Kensington converted a couple walks and a hit batsman into 2 runs which might have been worse if not for a spectacular diving catch by Nick Borello in foul territory behind first base.

Sturt came to bat in the 2nd inning full of confidence. A walk to Kurt and a single by Nick set up Sam B for a 2 run double, a shot off the first baseman's glove that went down the right field line. Jordy punched a double past the cones in centre and when it was all over the boys were up 9-2 and looking good. Jordan's gyroscope was re-calibrating as he went and soon the lasers were finding their mark. The Cardinals batters had no chance of turning on his offerings. Two strikeouts, two walks and a strikeout later and the boys were back in the dugout looking for more.

Kensington brought their #1 pitcher to the mound to start the third and it proved to be a major reality check for the guys. Throwing 21 pitches over the next two innings, 19 went for strikes and suddenly the Saints previously molten hot bats were as effective as a Russian icebreaker on a rescue mission to Antarctica. James Rycroft was the only batter to reach base over the two innings, that being on a dropped third strike.

Meanwhile Robbie took the mound in relief of Jordan in the third and did a stellar job, but was sadly let down by some abysmal fielding to close out the game. The way we threw the ball around under pressure to gift wrap several runs wouldn't have cut the mustard with the tee-ball all stars and we need to give our pitchers much better support if we are to be relevant in the finals.

A win is a win, but it's time to get our baseball brains working to make all those hours of training this season pay off.

A big thanks to Josh Rycroft for playing for us today. His cracking line drive with runners on first and second was snared by the second baseman and deserved better.

This week's Yogi-ism: ""You give 100 percent in the first half of the game, and if that isn't enough in the second half you give what's left."

Hits: Sam Bennetts 2 (HR,2B), Patrick Milewski (HR) Robbie Brennan (2B) Jordan Abfalter (2B) Sam Stewart, Nick Borello 1 each

RBI -Sam Bennetts 3, Patrick Milewski 2, Jordan Abfalter

Little League 1-Saints (Coach: Tony Catt) Sponsored by: Catapult Wealth & GTK Training

Saints 17 defeated Goodwood 7

In what can be best described as a difficult game to watch, the Saints kept doing the right things defensively and with the bat to record their third win of the season.

Jack and Josh did a great job on the mound, throwing lots of strikes and making sure the field took care of things.

Many thanks to Jonas, Jamie and Joel for filling in due to a late shuffle of players. Much appreciated and I hope you enjoyed the experience.

Not long to go now until the end of the season - lets end it on a winning note!

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Stan Warrilow) Sponsored by: Remarkable Bathroom Resurfacing

Sturt vs Glenelg 13 - 8 loss

Our first game for 3 weeks and the boys took a few innings to warm up..

Joel started in the hill and threw some good strikes but the Tigers picked up a couple of hits and managed to score 2 runs.

Our boys went to bat and it was over in 5 pitches, not before Jonas lined a shot straight to the right fielder.

The Tigers had another big innings picking up 5 hits and scoring 5 runs.

Joel finished his pitch count and was replaced by Hamish.

Our 2nd innings started promising with a safe hit to Hamish and a walk to Spencer but then the Tiger pitcher regained his control and struck out the next 3 hitters.

The Tigers put on a further 2 runs in the 3rd innings but some lack luster base running, allowed Spencer to catch a fly ball at 1st base and then step on the base for our first and probably only double play of the season!

Our 3rd inning was much better as we scored the maximum 5 runs thanks 2 a couple of hits, 4 walks and 2 hit pitch balls.

Spencer took over the pitching duties in the 4th innings and battled away throwing some good strikes to the Tigers who put the ball into play to give our guys some much needed fielding practice.

A few walks, a strikeout and a couple of hits saw the Tigers score another 4 runs to take an unassailable lead into the last inning.

To our credit the boys knuckled down and managed 3 back to back hits, 2 walks and another hit pitched ball to Baxter (his second for the day) to score 3 more runs and finish with a respectable score.

We are continuing to improve as a team each week with is fantastic, well done boys lets finish off the last game strong.

Hits - Lachlan 1, Jonas 2, Hamish 2 and Max 1.

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Ben Seekamp ) Sponsored by: Water Equipment Plus

Little League 2-Saints 9 lost to Goodwood Indians 10

Despite the loss it was a great game of baseball. There were some strong hits, some great fielding and some impressive pitching.

Angus Catt took just 17 balls to get through 4 batters allowing just one to get on base due to being hit by a pitch. Harry Chaplin again did well to close out the game, he has good consistency in his pitching.

Zac Becker smashed one to right field, one bounce and over the boundary. Zac is a good chance to hit the first homer of the year, hopefully next week! Lachie Seekamp had two good hits, Lachie Holland also whacked a hard ball to centre field. Issy Gonzalez, Harry Chaplin, Angus Catt, Brady Carlson-Stewart and Hugo Ellery all had good hits.

Two great plays during the game must get mentioned and both were done in the bottom of the last dig when we were trying to save the game. First Hugo Ellery at catcher watched a batter steal 2nd. The same batter then went to go to 3rd on the next strike and Hugo took him on, clean throw to Brady at third who managed to grab the ball and make the tag! Shortly after they hit a ball to right field and Issy Gonzalez sprinted forward taking a very tough catch.

One game to go, we need to bring our best game and finish the year off well. The attitude of the boys is good and I am sure they will want to cap off a great year with an impressive performance.



..:: message posted on Monday the 10th of February, 2014 23:57:58 ::..

T Ball is on tomorrow night + Forecast for Saturday

Sturt T Ball and Rookie Ball hits off tomorrow night at Norman Reserve at 6.00 pm.

For future reference the Sturt Baseball Club was a leader in advocating for Heat Rules to be put in place to ensure the safety of our players. This is particularly the case with children.

The Heat Rules are on our website for easy reference.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Friday's forecast maximum is 35 degrees. As the cut off for junior sport is 37 degrees, if the forecast does not change then T Ball and Rookie Ball will be played tomorrow night.

In relation to games for Saturday at this stage the forecast is for a temperature of 42 degrees which would mean that all games scheduled for Saturday would be cancelled.

Please check the Bureau of Meteorology website at 7.00 am on the day of your game to see if the forecast has changed.

The safety of our players is our primary concern. Thank you for your understanding.

..:: message posted on Thursday the 6th of February, 2014 22:12:02 ::..

Newsletter 28/01/14

We are once again in for a very hot week. Please remember the rules related to heat. All junior baseball (Little League, U15, U17, U19) will be cancelled if the forecast temperature at 7am the morning of competition is 37 degrees or above as broadcast on Radio (AM or FM) or as per the Australian Bureau of Meteorology Adelaide Forecast. Restrictions of a different nature also apply to Seniors. Visit our Heat Rule page for full details. These restrictions also applies to training!

In regard to the game programme I have received the following advice from Baseball SA:

1. Tomorrow's U15 and U17 fixtures to continue as planned, as long as the current forecast of 33c holds steady;
2. Tomorrow's Division 1 fixtures at Norwood Oval will continue as planned;
3. Saturday's Women's and U15 Girls tryout at Glenelg is under threat - Baseball SA will cancel and reschedule if the Saturday 7 AM forecast is 37c or higher, as junior players are eligible to try out for both sides; and
4. The standard heat policy guidelines will apply to all junior fixtures this upcoming weekend.

I have also sent a separate communication in regard to Fee Payment. If you have only paid your Insurance Fee via the Baseball SA website then now is the time to pay the remainder of the fee. Visit our Registration and Payment Centre for further details.

Sturt Baseball Club will be holding a Quiz Night on this Friday 31 st January 2014, 8.00 pm at the Club. The Quiz nights we have had in the past are a lot of fun, so get a table together now! In the past tables have been arranged around our various teams, so the easiest way to organise this is to elect a Table Captain who can then collect the money for each table. The cost is $5 per adult with children under 14 free. Please email Taylor Devine at events@sturtbaseballclub.org.au with the name of your table captain and the number of people on each table. Payment is required in advance and can be paid via PayPal.

For those of you new to the club, you can get key information from our website on your mobile phone through Saints Mobile by simply typing in our website address to your phone's browser. Also this year the Club is also using Twitter, so please Follow @sturt_baseball!

Sponsors

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

Division 1 (Coach: Peter Kitchingman)  Sponsored by: Catapult Wealth & Solitaire Automotive Group & Endeavour Homes & Freshwater Systems

No weekend game

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle) Sponsored by: Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd & Bendigo Bank & Jordan Plumbing & System Built Homes

No weekend game

Division 4 (Coach: Peter Turner) Sponsored by: Hattam McCarthy Reeves

Sturt 9 d Northern Districts 0 (forfeit)

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)  Sponsored by: C2M Health & Felt Warehouses of Australia

Sturt 9, Northern Districts 9

We travelled out to ND for what might have been a very important game for us if we want to keep our finals chance alive and we ended up with a draw 9 runs a piece.

We batted first and Wallace (Gromit) Long got us started with a hit to Leftfield, Ben (Shrek) Colyer flyed out and Coach Chris (Smally) Small pushed Gromit to second on a ball to centrefield. Don (Wulffy) Wulff then hit a grounder and played tunnel ball with their first baseman to have Gromit score our first and only run for the innings. In the field and with our normal pitcher Rick (Rat) Trembath out injured we went with Glenn (Doc) Young, first batter and we have our first HPB (Doc's record is 8 HPB) and I thought it is going to be a long day, the next two batters both hit fly balls out to leftfield where Craig (Rowdy) Thompson took two great catches, and Gromit from 3rd base made the last out to hold ND scoreless.

We scored 3 more runs in the second with some good hitting, Ben (Shrek) Colyer being the highlight with a triple to leftfield and we kept ND scoreless again.

The 3rd we scored another three runs with a triple from Jarrad (Ben) Small to go 7 to 0 up, unfortunately Doc started to tire in the 3rd and after replacing him with Jarrad (Ben) we gave up the max 7 runs for ND to tie the ball game up with time left for 2 innings. In the 4th both sides went with the donut and did not trouble the scorers

. We made another run in the top of the 5th to go one up after we were 2 out, Rowdy got safe and then stole second and third for Ty (TyMeDown) Borlace to beat a throw from third to first and get the RBI. We held ND to nil runs and time for the last innings going into it 1 up.

The last, top 6th and with 1 out Wulffy on first the Doc hits a triple to leftfield to get an RBI with Wulffy scoring, Doc then has a bit of white line fever and with the ball hit to third he goes home only to be throw out with about 45 feet still to run. So into the field we go with a 2 run lead and only the three outs for the win, Jarrad (Ben) still on the mound, unfortunately we got the three out after ND had scored two runs to even the game up for a 9 all draw.

For ND their division 4 side forfeited which I think gives us a 7 - 0 win and keeps us in the mix to play finals.

Safe Hits: Gromit 3, Shrek 1 (1T), Smally 1, Doc 2 (1T), Jarrad (Ben) 1 (1T), Pop 1, Rowdy 1, TyMeDown 1

Pitchers: Doc 56 for 29strikes, Jarrad (Ben) 73 for 39strikes

Division 8 (Coach: Phil Martin) Sponsored by:MichelsWarrenPublicRelations & Smith Motor Company & Lion Nathan

Sturt 14 defeated Henley 7 at Henley

This was a drama-filled game, and it started before the first pitch.

Having followed the instructions on the web site (We're playing Henley at Glenelg?? Really??) and double checked with through the correct channels during the week, we were somewhat annoyed to receive a phone call 30 minutes after our arrival at Glenelg to be told we WERE playing at Henley after all and that we had better get a move on.

We made the mad scramble to Henley for a late start, but still had to take the field with 8 after Jake 'Gibbo' Gibson managed to leave home with his brother's wallet (how? Don't ask...) and had to do a u-turn.

We put a run up in the first inning with Phil 'Philthy' Martin able to come home from second on a single by Dan '88' Oates, and then managed to hold the opposition to two, thanks mostly to a superb running catch by the Galloping Guehrer - Ditmar was playing pretty much all of left field while Justin 'JR' Ranford hovered in right.

Batting the second time around, we had men on base but still no sign of our ninth player - until the white Navara arrived in a cloud of brake smoke, Gibbo jumped out, sprinted to the plate (pausing only to tie his shoelaces) and smacked the very first pitch he saw for a massive ground rule double.

Jordan 'Skinny' Wayne came on to replace Jess 'Lemo' Lemon and, working in tandem with Andrew 'AJ' Johnston, he mastered a very weird strike zone and the Rams batters. The game threatened to get out of hand with a little bit of niggle, but we rose above that and continued to put pressure on them until the end.

Such was our outstanding commitment that Kingsley 'Butterball' Turner even stole a base (Heather promptly added this fact simultaneously to the scorebook and her edition of Ripley's "Believe It Or Not").

After Gibbo mashed his second ground rule double of the day, the umpire called time and game at 14-7 and we were happy to walk off with our 13th win of the season.

Thanks to Heather for scoring and for Bill Magoo for the base coaching.

Hits:
Lemon 1, Wayne 2 (2 RBIs), Martin 1 (1), Oates 1 (1), Turner 1, Ranford 1, Guehrer 1 (1), Johnston 1 (2), Gibson 2 (3).
Pitching: Lemon 21b 9st 1K, Wayne 41b, 55st, 5Ks

Under 19 (Coach: Zac Stokes) Sponsored by: Wendy's Burnside & Kingspan

Sturt 12 defeated Adelaide 9

We played a very interesting game of baseball. The lead changed a few times but fortunately we go up in the end.

Josh Tindall started well for us and then Mitch Lightbody came in to pitch the remainder of the game.

As it was a tight game we needed to play small ball. Fraser Crameri had an excellence sacrifice bunt in the 4th inning. Damo Arnold also had a great bunt for a hit with bases loaded. It was great to execute the little plays. We need to work on our defensive plays and we will be better.

It was a very strong team effort for the game. This is what we need to do to move forward in the season.

Hits: Walker, Wright, MacBeth, Arnold, Tindall, Hancock.

Go the Saints!

Under 17/1 (Coach: Jeff Nicholas) Sponsored by: Freshwater Systems

The Under 17.1's defeated Henley and Grange 16-2 at Sturt.

7 runs in the first inning set the scene for the game while Damon Arnold and Simon Adkins gave up only 2 cheap hits in 5 innings.

Kayne Hancock had the crowd on their feet in the second with a Grand Slam into the hedge. Damo registered 4 from 4 and Simmo 3 from 3.

We have an interesting twilight game at WT on Wednesday which should set us up for the run home to the finals.

Hits; Arnold 4 Adkins 3 Hancock 2 Bartley

Under 17/2 (Coach:Glen McDonald) Sponsored by: Hydropure

Bye

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jamie Knuckey) Sponsored by: Last& Co Lawyers

Sturt         4 1 0 3 8
Woodville 1 0 2 2 5

After a bye last week the boys played their first game for 2014.

With a couple of boys carrying injuries, Matan having departed to Melbourne, and Tyrese unavailable - Sam B from 13/1's made his debut.

Woodville started their gun pitcher who played well for SA at the recent U14 nationals.

Fortunately we were well served with Harry, Aussie, Ky, and Luke in the same team giving up some excellent scouting. We batted thru to number 7 and put 4 runs on after some solid at bats from Harry, Kieran, Ky, and Jamie - great start.

Aussie started on the mound to Reed. Keeping it simple he threw well with the umpire keeping a tight zone. 1 run conceeded.

As the game progressed the tight zone eventually got the better of Aussie (63 pitches, 33 strikes, 2 Ks, 7 walks, 3 runs) and Kieran came on in relief (38 pitches, 19 strikes, 4 K's, 2 walks, 2 runs). Great job by both in tough but fair circumstances.

After 2 quite efforts with the bat thru 2 and 3 the boys bounced back in the 4th to put on 3 runs and give Kieran some breathing space going into bottom 4.

Special mention to Hugo who after extended holidays arrived with bags still packed to the game. 2nd pitch line drive to LF and some great efforts in the field. We might consider keeping Hugo away from the training track for the rest of the season.

Overall great effort by the boys against good opposition. We are unlikely to see too many pitchers this quality and still managed to some hits and 5 runs.

The fielding was very good first up effort. Highlight was 4-6-3 double play - well done SamB and Harry - smart play.

Hits - 2: Harry, 1: Kieran, Luke, Hugo, Jamie, Reed Walks - 2: Kieran, 1: Harry, Luke, Ky.

We do it all again Wednesday in top of table clash at Southerns - 6.15 game. Try and be there by 5.30 at latest for warmup.

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: John McClure) Sponsored by: Aquair Pty Ltd

West Torrens 2 0 7 3 12
Sturt              1 1 2 0 0 4

Middle of third leading 4-2 was definitely a cause for optimism and had a hint of an upset in the offing but alas it wasn't to be. Conceding 7 runs bottom of the same innings made for a mountain we were unable to climb and ultimately losing 12-4 in a game where our bats were never allowed to get going.

For the second week in succession the star of the offense was Chris Sandor with another two hits from three at bats. Chris was promoted to lead off after his excellent previous week and continued with his hot bat. Well done. Robbie Brennan playing his first game in the 15's indicated why many rate him a future star with his two hits from three at bats. Josh Wilson and Harry Kitt also recorded single hits.

Lots of excuses why we didn't win but the bottom line was not enough hits. Outhit 6-11, we suffered 10 strikeouts to the oppositions 5 and the free passes (walks) were about the same. We had our opportunities but failed to take them.

Defensively Andrew Brennan and Josh Wilson pitched well enough to keep us in the game. Both threw around 50% and recorded 2 and 3 K's respectively. For two blokes that haven't done a lot of pitching this season the efforts were good and the results okay. We made three howlers in the field that didn't help the pitchers. Game of inches.

With the game about to start and just 6 players present it wasn't an ideal build up. Many thanks to Brian Emmett for bringing down Tom and Robbie and to Dave Stewart for bringing down Sam at the last minute to complete our nine. All three acquitted themselves well playing two full games on a hot Sunday afternoon. Thanks to Emily Wilson for a lovely score book.

Two maybe three games to go with the season sitting at 7-5. If we are to make the finals we have our destiny in our own hands. Very simple equation hit the ball more times than the opposition and you generally win.

Hits: Chris Sandor 2, Robbie Brennan 2, Harry Kitt, Josh Wilson

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach:Brian Emmett) Sponsored by: Printsalive

Sturt 21 defeated Sturt Saints 5

It was The Present vs The Future when Sturt and the Sturt Saints faced off at Norman Reserve on Sunday and both generations of Little Leaguers showed good promise in a well played game.

Robbie Brennan's confident pitching was the story of the game from our perspective as we look for options on the mound heading into the finals. It was great to see Robbie laying in strikes to get the ball in play and his recent work with Mr Mac was apparent in his improved pitching motion and relaxed demeanor.

The boys' hitting was solid with 6 extra base hits, including Jordan Abfalter's first homer of the year, among 15 total hits on the day. Equally pleasing was the team's fielding which was good until a couple sloppy plays early in the last inning took the shine off an otherwise heads up performance.

Thanks again to this week's super subs James Rycroft and Jamie Vidale (who made the jump from Little League minors to help us out). Great work, boys!

Well done to Jack Hutton of the Saints for his hard work on the mound and all his teammates in support.

Next week's game is scheduled to be a top of the table clash against Glenelg that will give us a chance, weather permitting, to prime up for the finals. Let's hope for an early cool spell after another hot week ahead.

This week's Yogi-ism: "How can you think and hit at the same time?"

Hits: Sam Stewart 4 (2x2B, 3B), Sam Bennetts 3 (x2 2B), Robbie Brennan 3 (x2 2B) Jordan Abfalter 2 (HR), Kurt Schenk 2, Tom Emmett, James Rycroft, Nick Borello 1 each

RBI - Kurt Schenk, Sam Bennetts 3 each, Sam Stewart, Jordan Abfalter, Tom Emmett, Robbie Brennan 2 each, James Rycroft

Little League 1-Saints (Coach: Tony Catt) Sponsored by: Catapult Wealth & GTK Training

Saints 5 lost to Sturt 18

The Little League Sturt Derby was on again on the weekend and it was great to play back at Norman Reserve.

After a bit of player swapping this week both very competitive teams took to the field.

Both teams played a high quality of baseball at a very good tempo. We got through the maximum 6 innings in well under 2 hours.

Josh, Jack and Max pitched well again. Many thanks to Angus Catt for catching all 6 innings and picking up a hit.

There were a number of plays that occurred in this game which were great learning experiences for the Saints. This is what this season is all about.

Good luck to the Sturt team as they march to the finals - make sure you think, act and behave like the best team in the South!

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Stan Warrilow) Sponsored by: Remarkable Bathroom Resurfacing

7 -7, one more each and it would be a draw…

What a day down at Flinders we had.

Firstly, a big thankyou to Joel, Jamie, Ryder and Spencer for filling in for the Saints.

As always around this time of year teams are short of players so we decided to let our game go against Adelaide who also did not have enough players.

Angus Catt started on the hill and was fast and furious sending down a few rockets, the Hawks managed a couple of hits though and put 2 runs on the board.

Our first batting innings did not produce any runs and the Hawks started the 2nd innings with a 2 run lead.

Big Zac Becker took charge in the 2nd dig on the hill and kept the Hawks at bay only conceding 1 run for an 18 pitch innings.

Our boys managed a few walks and a hit to pick up an important run for our 2nd batting innings.

Zac was again great in the 3rd innings but the Hawks managed another run and were up 4 -1.

Once again we managed to scramble another run to keep us in the game thanks to a great team effort and an RBI to Hugo.

Harry Chaplin started the 4th innings and was fantastic throwing a high percentage of strikes, but a few errors and a couple of wild throws gifted the Hawks another 2 runs.

Things were looking grim as we headed into the bottom of the 4th down 6 - 2.

I had a quick chat to the boys and they responded magnificently as we scored the maximum 5 runs thanks to some great at bats and timely hitting.

We had 4 back to back hits and the Hawks were rattled as we took the lead 7 - 6 going into the last innings.

Harry Chaplin was again outstanding in the top of the 5th by striking out the side, but the Hawks managed an in the park home run due to some aggressive base running and another wild throw to even up the score at 7 -7.

The boys gave it everything in the last innings and we had loaded bases with 2 outs but we just couldn't get it done.

A great game of baseball!

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Curran Redal/Ben Seekamp ) Sponsored by: Water Equipment Plus

Little League 2 - Saints 7, Hawks 7

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Outstanding Fees

As you know this year Baseball SA introduced a new payment system for the collection of Membership fees.

Initially this method required either full payment or for the insurance fee only to be paid. Thank you for those of you who have paid your fees in full.

After feedback from our members a part payment option was created on the Baseball SA website, however unfortunately I was advised a couple of weeks ago that this feature had not been operative. It is now working!

A number of our members have paid insurance only fees. It is imperative that you now paid the remainder of your fees!

I have now set up options through the Sturt Baseball Club which I think will prove easier to manage than going to the Baseball SA website.

The only categories of membership where an insurance only option is available are: Division 1 & 2 (Insurance $47.45 + Remaining Fee $407.55), Division 3-8 (Insurance $47.45 + Remaining Fee $282.55), Under 15-19 (Insurance $27.25 + Remaining Fee $287.75)

Further information on Fees for other Divisions are available on our Registration and Payment Centre page.

Options for fee payment through Sturt Baseball Club are listed below:

Sturt Baseball Club- Additional Payment Options

Sturt Baseball Club online payments can be made through PayPal. This is a secure way of transferring money online and you do not need to be registered with PayPal to use the service.

If you want to make a part payment of your fees, please use the Buy Now button for this purpose. You will need to record the amount you are paying along with a description eg "Part payment of Under 15 fees" which you can record on the PayPal payment page by clicking on the heading "Add Special Instructions to Seller"..

Direct Debit

Sturt Baseball Club is able to receive Direct Debits to our Bank Account. Simply go to your own internet banking account and follow the instructions to transfer funds between your account and the Sturt Baseball Club.

Our Direct Debit details are as follows:

BSB: 035-094
Acc No: 124740
Acc Name: Sturt Baseball Club
Bank: Westpac
Branch: Mt Barker

EFTPOS

The Club has EFTPOS facilities available for you to make payment so any time the club is open this is an easy way for you to make payment.

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