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Newsletter 20/01/14

It was great to see many of our Little League players out at Norwood Oval on Saturday night before the Bite game. After the exhibition game the boys formed a guard of honour to welcome the Bite players onto the ground!

This was a fitting kick off to the second half of the season for our junior team who played their first game after the summer lay off on Sunday!

Our interprid photographer Jeff 'Snorky' Nicholas ventured out of the state to watch our boys in Sydney and Canberra- you can view the photos in our Photo Gallery.

Sturt Baseball Club will be holding a Quiz Night on 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

East Torrens 9 d Sturt 3

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

Tough day at the office today for the B grade side, we started a little flat and gave ET and early 5 run lead. We then held ET for the next 3 digs but just couldn't put any scoreboard pressure on ourselves. Eventually going down 10-4. The good news is we are still giving many young Saints a run, Damo, Mitch, Brodie and Kerryn again held their own and are all improving with every senior game they play. Great job lads.

Our D was pretty solid with only one error in 8 innings of baseball. Jimmy was real solid at 3rd , Brodie made another brilliant diving catch out at Centerfield, but we still need to do some basics better ie Cut-offs. Matt Franke started on the bump and had a tough first innings but then settled down well pitching a total of 6 innings and giving up only 5 hits. Mitch then finished off the last 2 innings solid only giving up 2 hits.

The whole team hit the ball hard today but we just couldn't find the gaps or string our hit together. Adam Kerr's bat was hot picking up 2 hit from his 2 at bats but unfortunately he had to leave the game mid way through due to injury. Macca was back and hit the ball well picking 2 hits. Franke smashed a double late in the game. Many blokes hit the ball hard without any rewards but Tom and Jimmy both picked up 1 hit each but could have easily been more with the aggression and purpose in their batting, great role models for our younger players.

With only 3 games to go let try and finish with some wins and cause a few upsets. But most of all enjoy the game of baseball.

Hits: 2 M.MacBeth, Kerr; 1 Passmore, Winter, Franke, P.Turner

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

No result available

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

GGDC 20 d Sturt 5

Last time it was 24 - 0 so we have improved a bit!

Not much to say but another injury this time to Rick (Rat) Trembath, great catch by Chris (Hoops) Thompson and Mark (Pop) Burns at right field.

Don (Wulffy) Wulff a home run to centre right

And plenty of errors and brain fades that helped GGCD get runs.

Safe Hits: Small 2 (1SF), Long 2, Colyer 1, Young 1, Wulff 1 (1HR), Day 2 (1D), Lee 1, Burns 1

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

Sturt 9 Playford 4 at Playford

For the second week in succession we travelled to Playford to play - for the third week in a row - the Pirates.

We now know their nicknames, where they went for the summer holidays, their favourite colour and what they think of the latest 'Anchorman' movie.

We also know how to beat them, which we did again - in total against the three Playford teams (with many of the same players), we put up almost 60 runs against just 6 conceded over the past three weekends.

Jordan 'Skinny' Wayne was again dominant on the mound in tandem with Justin 'JR' Ranford before Jake 'Gibbo' Gibson moved in for the kill. Everyone swung well including Dan '88' Oates and Ben 'Roger' Moore, although Rog seemed to find the outfielders on almost every occasion. In other news, Kingsley Turner earned himself the new nickname of 'The Badger' from Jess 'Lemo' Lemon (although none of us are quite sure how or what it really means).

Perhaps fittingly, stand-in coach Ditmar 'Galloping' Guehrer galloped his way around the outfield to take the final catch of the game to move us to 12-1 on the season.

Thanks to Heather for scoring and Craig Thompson from the 6s for filling in.

Hits: Lemon 1, Wayne 1 (1 RBI), Moore 1 (2), Oates 1 (1), Gibson 1, Turner 1 (1), Thompson 1

Pitching: Jordan 82 pitches, 53 strikes, 3Ks/Gibbo 25 pitches, 15 strikes, 1K

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

Sturt 17 defeated Henley & Grange 2

Playing at this time of the year is always a struggle to get a full team. This however opened up opportunities for two more juniors to play u19s. Thank you and welcome to Kieren Bartlett and Simon Adkins for filling in and both having successful games. This was the first game for the team in a few weeks. Some had been playing in other teams and some had to dust off the cobwebs. Josh Tindall started for us and threw very well. He pitched 3 innings only giving up 2 hits and striking out 6 of the opposing hitters. Tyson Hancock came on to pitch the final two innings and also did well striking out 5 and giving up only 1 hit.

Our bats were a little slow to get started. We were lucky to collect 11 free passes to first base. We had 5 extra base hits which really helped getting the runs in.

We have 5 more games until finals and all of them on the road, we need to make sure we do the little things to ensure we make the playoffs and perform well.

Great at bats by Simon Adkins getting 3 walks from 4 plate appearances.

Hits: Arnold, Wright, Bartlett 2, McArdle, MacBeth, Crameri, Hancock 1.

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

The Under 17.1s had a convincing 13-4 win against East Torrens at Sturt. The guys were out of the blocks with a 3hit, 2 out rally in the first inning scoring 2.

Another 4 hits in the second put 3 more on the board and 6 more runs in the third had the Sox on the ropes.

With only 6 minor round games left, it's time to get serious. H and G away next week

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

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

GGCD 9 d Sturt 7

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

Bye

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

Goodwood 2 0 0 3 1 - 6 Sturt      1 0 1 0 0 3 5 For the third time this season we went down by the smallest of margins taking a loss 6-5 to the Indians at Goodwood. As you would judge by the score line the game was dominated by accurate pitching and complemented with some ordinary batting. Statistically we out hit the opposition 5-4 but gave up 5 walks to just the one and let through more passed balls when it mattered and paid the price by losing.

The star of the offense was Chris Sandor who helped himself to two hits from his three at bats and drove in a run for good measure. Without doubt his best performance with the bat this season and one that goes to show if you continue to put in the effort the rewards will come. Well done mate. With the exception of Chris a lot of the boys were simply not switched on and watched too many strikes and when they did swing failed to make contact.

Defensively Tyrese Kimotho had a good day on the hill throwing 72 pitches for 41 strikes, 3K's and just 3 earned runs over 4 innings. Excellent work after a long break, Elliot Ridgway pitched the 5th grabbing 2K's and conceding just the one run. The fielding in general was good with guest star third base Luke Peters impeccable with four assists being the highlight.

Overall not that disappointing given the nil preparation we had due to the hot weather during the week and the big break since Xmas. We nearly pulled off a last innings rally and that's one thing to like about this team they don't throw in the towel. However, our season now sits precariously at 7-4 with a couple of road trips on the horizon. We need to get to everyone to training, get the bats swinging again and see if we can make the finals.

Hits: Chris Sandor 2, Elliot Ridgway, Tyrese Kimotho, Louis Gava

RBI's: Chris, Elliot, Tyrese

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

Sturt 9 Southern Districts 9

Having dodged the record breaking week long heat wave, the Saints and Hawks met for the third time this season on a perfect afternoon for baseball at Flinders. The Saints had comfortably dealt with the Hawks in the first two meetings down south, but with five regulars out of action and no formal training since the last game in December, this game was going to be anything but predictable and that proved to be the case. The 9-9 tie was probably a fitting outcome to this spirited contest with the Saints jumping out to a big lead before being reeled back in the last inning.

Despite settling for a tie, there was plenty to like and plenty of upside emerging from the game. The contributions over the first couple innings from LL Minors stalwarts Zac Becker, Harry Chaplin, Lachy Holland and Issie Gonzales were large and it's easy to see the future is bright for that group. Most impressive was the focus and concentration those young guns brought to the game that would benefit some of our regular players. Josh Vidale, Seb Steele, Tom Fisher and Finn Stranger hightailed it over from their win at Kensy for the last three innings and were a great help in battling out the end of the game. A huge thanks to all players and parents for subbing in on short notice.

Jordan Abfalter had a game for the ages and finally harnessed the howitzer on his right shoulder in the way we need, throwing 31 strikes in 49 pitches and allowing only two hits in three innings. As finals loom, that is the type of effort that will make us a threat for the big prize. To ice the cake, in the top of the fourth Jordy took a spectacular diving shoestring grab out in centerfield to rob the Hawks number five hitter and stunt a rally.

After a 3 up, 3 down first the boys came out swinging and before anyone was out Tom Emmett had 3 RBIs to his credit with a bases loaded two bagger to left that got all the players firing. Before the first was over Zac had an RBI single and Harry sent a nice shot through the right side to show their older teammates how it's done.

After another perfect inning in the top of the second, Sam B led off legging out a triple to leftcentre. Jordy singled to deep short to bring home the only run of the inning which was short-circuited by a steal attempt initiated by the dodgy first base coach later duly chastised in the dugout by the Head Coach.

5-0 and the livin' was easy - until the boys got a rude wakeup call in the top of the third. The Hawks bunched two hits and two walks around a couple of errors and suddenly it was 5-5 and game on. The top of the Sturt order banged out five singles and a fielder's choice in the bottom of the fourth that netted four runs and it appeared order was restored. Josh's single to drive in the fourth run of the inning proved the difference in gaining the tie.

The Hawks hung four more on the board in the top of the fifth to tie it, but with the meat of the order coming up, our boys were confident of pulling out an amazing win. It was not to be, however, despite two hard hit balls in the last at bat and the draw was sealed. A lot of real positives for the club from this game with both Jordy and Sam B hurling a high strike rate on the hill, team hitting was aggressive and solid and players from three different teams getting to know and rely on each other.

Next week is the intraclub derby and we wish the young Sainters all the best in that matchup.

This week's Yogi-ism applies to the healthy state of Sturt's Little League program as demonstrated by the makeup of our Majors team for this game: "We have deep depth."

Hits - Tom Emmett (2B), Sam Bennetts (3B) 3 each, Robbie Brennan 2, Jordan Abfalter, Sam Stewart, Zac Becker, Harry Chaplin, Josh Vidale 1 each

RBIs - Tom Emmett 4, Robbie Brennan 2, Jordan Abfalter, Zac Becker, Josh Vidale 1 each

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

Saints 16 defeated Kensington 15

The first game back from the break is always difficult as the kids haven't done a lot of training and half of them looked like they should still be in bed! However the boys are learning well and through some great pitching from josh, jack and max we held the cardinals at bay. We weren't the sharpest in the field nor our base running but sometimes you just find a way to win and that was what we did. I think the recent taste of winning for this group before Christmas created a belief that we definitely belong in this grade.

Outstanding performances from Jack Hutton with a couple of hits and a great play to finish the game. Also well done to Finn stranger who got hit in the head and the hand while batting, tougher it out in the field and continued to encourage everyone else. well done Finn, this great attitude will take you places.

Well done to the whole team and let's keep building on this for the rest of the year.

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

12 - 10 loss

The boys were still on a high from the previous nights exhibition game at Norwood Oval and came out swinging.

Picking up 4 hits and 3 runs to put some early pressure on the Tigers.

Our second innings gave us the maximum 5 runs thanks to some wayward pitching and another hit to Jonas.

We also managed 2 more runs in the 3rd innings thanks to some more wayward pitching and another hit to Jonas who picked up 3 hits for the day.

Unfortunately the Tigers matched us for the first 2 innings and scored a couple more in the 3rd to run out winners.

Our pitchers were a little of the mark and a bit out of sorts, but we did out hit the Tigers 6 to 2.

We picked up 15 walks for the day but we gave them 19 which is just a few too many in any game.

Special mention to Max Gray who picked up his first hit and RBI with a nice shot to 2nd base.

Well done to Ryder for taking 2 HPB's for the team and not even flinching..

Jonas had a day out with his 3 hits and also pitched a few thunderbolts striking out 3 Tigers.

Keep on working at your game lads and let's finish off the season with some strong performances.

Hits - Baxter 1, Ryder 1, Lachlan 1, Jonas 3 and Max 1

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

Little League 2 - Saints 15 d Kensington 1

..:: message posted on Monday the 20th of January, 2014 21:58:55 ::..

Newsletter 13/01/14

Sturt Baseball Club will be holding a Quiz Night on 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.

There has been some concern regarding the forecasted temperature for this Thursday's Training with the Pro's day. Please be advised that this event WILL STILL BE TAKING PLACE AS ADVERTISED! Through a combined effort of Baseball SA and the Adelaide Bite we will be taking every precaution necessary to facilitate the needs of your children i.e. keeping them cool and hydrated. We encourage all participants to carry a water bottle with them from station to station, as well as take advantage of the various water stations that will be set up throughout the grounds. Additionally, we are looking to incorporate some shade stands to be placed at each station so they kids can find a reprieve from the sun when they are not participating in a drill. It may be the summer holidays, but baseball season is still full on at Norwood Oval! Even better, the Adelaide Bite and Baseball SA are inviting your little leaguer to join us for the 2014 Training with the Pro's day! Training with the Pro's is available for ALL interested junior and t-ball players from the ages of 6-13!

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

GGCD 10 d Sturt 6

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

GGCD 9 d Sturt 8

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

Henley & Grange 14 d Sturt 6



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

Final Score 18 - 10 down

This was one of those games where they got some early runs from balls that fell just over our infield but short of the outfield, and we had a few brain fades as well. Southern Districts like to hit an hit they did but when we have a pitcher as in Rick (Rat) Trembath who is throwing 75% strikes they have plenty of balls to hit.

We did play some good baseball and when we were 12 - 3 down we came back and they got scared as we put a 7 run maximum 5th innings to be down by 2, but we then gave the game back to them in the bottom of the 5th were they scored 6. We lost Norm (Wild Thing) Sluga with a calf muscle injury in his first at bat and then lost Geoff (Deno) Denison about after the 3rd with a groin injury.

Last time we lost 17 - 2 to them so we have improved from then but still one game that we could have won if the ball bounced our way but that is baseball.

Thanks to Jo Trembath for scoring and to all the spectators that turned up to watch.

Safe Hits: Long 2 (1D), Trembath 1, Sluga 1, Small 2, Day 2 (1D), Young 1, Burns 1, Colyer 2, Lee 1 (1D), Thompson 1

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

Sturt 18 Playford 2 at Playford

This one was effectively over after our first at bat. We sent 12 men to the plate and could have kept going had the 7-run mercy rule not intervened.

Thereafter Jordan 'Skinny' Wayne proved virtually unhittable on the mound in tandem with Andrew 'AJ' Johnston and the game, as a contest, was effectively over as Sturt piled on 25 runs before the opposition ran up the white flag (and, by not batting again, denied us the seven runs we had accrued in the fifth).

Jules 'JP' Potiki had something going with their left fielder, giving him catching practice about four times, but other than that we were pretty hard on their pitching, with Jayke 'Bruce' Wayne collecting five hits, coach Phil 'Philthy' Martin picked up five RBIs, while the rest - Ben 'Roger' Moore, Kingsley 'Kingo' Turner, Jess 'Lemo' Lemon and Ditmar 'Galloping' Guehrer - had another 11 runs batted in to their credit.

We get to play Playford AGAIN this week as we look to go 12-1 on the season. Thanks again to Heather for another great job scoring.

Hits: Lemon 3 (3 RBIs), Potiki 2 (2), Martin 3 (5), Moore 2 (1), Jayke Wayne 5 (1), Turner 2 (4), Guehrer 2 (3), Jordan Wayne 3 (2), Johnston 4 (3)

Pitching: Jordan faced 17 batters across four innings with 14 balls, 43 strikes and 6Ks

..:: message posted on Monday the 13th of January, 2014 21:59:17 ::..

Brian Noble RIP

It is with regret that I write to you at the request of Darren and Glenn Noble to advise you of the passing of their father Brian who sadly passed away at Kalyra Nursing home on Tuesday 7/1/2014 at the age of 73.

He suffered from a lung disease for some time and is finally at peace.

He was a jovial fella who was involved with the club in the 80's as a Team Manager for the junior teams Darren and Glenn played in. He supported Darren and Glenn for many years along with their late Mum Maria. Many past players & parents will remember the cheeky old man warmly.

If anyone would like to pay their respects, his funeral will be held at Centennial Pk, Florey Chapel Wed 15th Jan at 1pm.

..:: message posted on Wednesday the 8th of January, 2014 21:25:14 ::..

New Year Edition

Happy New Year! Best wishes to all our members for a great 2014! I trust everyone has had a nice break over the Christmas period and best of luck to all our players representing our state at the various junior national tournaments.

It may be the summer holiday's, but baseball season is still full on at Norwood Oval! Even better, the Adelaide Bite and Baseball SA are inviting your little leaguer to join us for the 2014 Training with the Pro's day! Training with the Pro's is available for ALL interested junior and t-ball players from the ages of 6-13!

Training with the Pro's participants will receive coaching and instruction from professional BITE and MLB affiliated players during a fun filled clinic, focusing on the fundamental areas of the game.

WHERE: Norwood Oval
WHEN: Thursday 16th January 2014
TIME: Sign-In 9:00-9:45am
Clinic 10am - 2pm
COST: $60 including lunch

Register online

Sturt Baseball Club will be holding a Quiz Night on 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

Div 1 travelled out to Northern Districts to play a well scheduled double header with our state kids away, Curran spending a week travelling with his family & Angus getting the call up to the Bite we welcomed back Sam Hollis to the line up.

Facing the Reds import in game against TJ both pitchers retired the first 6 hitters until Jimmy Passmore collected the first hit of the game in the top of the 3rd with 2 out, then the rains came stopping the game for 25 minutes.

TJ went back out to the mound to start the 3rd but with starting the game under a heap of pain he had to succumb to the injury and left the game, thanks to Janet Young for seeing him straight away and hopefully scans this week will give TJ and us some good news.

David Nicholas came in from Centerfield to retire the side in order which spark the bats with a Paul Holmes lead off HPB followed by a perfectly executed Hit & Run by Dan Turner with Jackson Brebner-Russ hitting a sacrifice fly to Left field to score the first run, Dave then went out and sent the next 3 hitters down to see North's first 12 hitters retired in order.

North's fielding started to explode making 2 errors and a walk in the 5th with Turners second shot of the game scoring 2 we were all the sudden 3-0 up going into the bottom of the 5th. North's bats then woke up sending 9 hitters to the plate collecting 5 hits and scoring 3 runs and then scoring another 1 in the 6th to take an unlikely 4-3 lead.

We had 1 last chance in the 7th with Jimmy getting on base with North's 5th error for the game to get to second with Dutchy then putting down a perfect bunt to get Jimmy to third and with the heart of our order up we couldn't get the ball in play to tie the game.

A loss that will really hurt when it comes to finals calculation and it just shows you cannot take the foot off the peddle to any side.

Hits 2 Turner 1 Passmore

Game 2 saw Matt Franke take the ball for his first Div 1 start and he started well throwing plenty of strikes.

The boys bats fired up in the 2nd scoring 6 runs off 5 hits and a couple of walks, North's then bounced back with a couple of their own until we put the game beyond their reach with another 4 in the 5th and 1 in the 6th to take 11-2 lead.

North's kept at us scoring another 1 in the last 3 innings to eventually go down 12-5 but the afternoon belonged to Matt Franke for his efforts.

With no pitchers left Matt knew he had to go deep in the game and that he did throwing a complete game for his first A grade win and finished with great stats.

9 innings 119 pitches 77 strikes, 5 K's 1 HPB and 11 hits, congratulations mate well deserved.

Hits - Faehse 3, Holmes, Young & Passmore 2 each & 1 each to Kerr, Turner, Nicholas, & Hollis (Special mention to Jacko 3 HPB's & 2 walks from his 5 plate appearances)

Congratulations to all of our juniors playing all of the country in the Nationals and all the best.

Also congrats to Simo, Kieran & Will for their first Div 2 starts and by the way they played on the weekend there should be plenty more to come.

Div 2 have another perfectly scheduled game being a ticklish against Goodwood Tuesday night starting at 6.15 then Div 1 travel to Golden Grove next weekend.

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

Sturt 10 d Northern Districts 2

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

We went down to East Torrens 12 to 1 the boys hit well but we just could not find the gaps. The only hit we got got for the game was Dale Martens with a solo home run. A few errors hurt us in the field. Overall the boys did a good job.



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

Sturt 13 d East Torrens 12

A must win game for us and a danger game also. This was one of those games that you do not know how East Torrens will come out and play and in the end they came to play.

We started the game with Chris (Hoops) Thompson on the mound and things did not go to plan as East Torrens came out with all cylinders firing and although Hoops was throwing strikes, which is what we ask, they hit him. We gave up the maximum 7 runs before we went into bat. Our first at bat was not great East Torrens had a pitcher who over many years of playing baseball, he was 75 years old we think and he knew how to throw strikes, we could not hit and we were three up and down. Score after the first was 7 - 0 down. East Torrens second at bat had them score one more run before we changed pitchers to Chris (Daisy) Day and the brakes came on. Our second at bat was only a little better than our first innings and we managed to score one to stay within touch and not let the game get away from us.

The third innings was better as we had East Torrens three up and down, and with us now all haven seen their pitcher we started to hit him and push 3 runs over the plate to get a bit closer to East Torrens with plenty of time left.

The fourth we sent Rick (Rat) Trembath out to the mound and even though they hit him they only managed to get one run to go 5 runs up, score half way through the fourth 9 - 4 East Torrens up. We started the fourth with a couple of walks as East Torrens had replaced their first pitcher with a young lad, unfortunately he struggled and after three batters he was replaced. At the end of this innings we had tied it all up at 9 runs a piece and the game was on.

In the fifth they again pulled away from us with 3 runs from some good hitting and we were lucky to keep it at three as we had a line drive to short stop who then doubled the play up at second as the runner was off the base for short stop to beat him back for the double. Our fifth innings was not good as we had 4 batters to the plate for no runs and just enough time for one more innings.

Top the sixth and with the game on the line we needed to stop them from scoring and with a runner at second they hit to the outfield and after a great catch by Hoops we all look around to see what the runner is doing to find Glenn (Doc) Young lying down at home plate, we know he has tripped over his own two feet as the crowd is in tears but he says he was just resting his old body, anyway we hold them to no runs and need 4 to win in our last bat. Coach Smally starts with a hit to short stop for a wild throw and ends up on second, Doc flys out to centre for the first out, Hoops grounds the ball to third and with some speed beats the throw while Coach Smally goes to third on the throw. Next up Mark (Pop) Burns and with Hoops missing a signal is told to run from Coach Smally at third and as he runs Pop hits a great ball to left field to score Coach Smally, 2 runs down for the tie and the winning run at the plate Chris (Rowdy) Thompson hits to centre field for a single, scores Hoops and put Pop on third base, Rowdy then steals second. So Rat at the plate winning run at second and Rat hits to left Field to score Pop and Rowdy for a great never give up win.

Final score 13 - 12 win. Thanks to Janet Young for scoring for us and Carol Burns for scoring for East Torrens as they did not have a scorer and also thanks to the Crowd for their support.

Don Wulff was kind enough to come and umpire our game so thanks Wulffy.

Pitchers: Hoops 46 pitches for 26 strikes, Daisy 23 pitches for 14 strikes & Rat 46 pitches for 37 strikes

Safe Hits: R Trembath 1, N Sluga 1, C Day 1, W Long 3 (1D), C Small 1, G Young 3 (1D), Craig Thompson 2, M Burns 1, Chris Thompson 1

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

Sturt 23 Playford Green 0 at Sturt

First game back from the short break, and we faced the first of what will be three consecutive games against Playford opposition - the second-bottom placed Playford Greens at home.

The best thing about this game was our focus despite playing against a group of guys and girls who are quite clearly still learning the game despite having Chris 'Smally' Small playing as their ninth.

We batted four times for our 23 runs with all of them earned - Jess 'Lemo' Lemon and coach Phil 'Philthy' Martin had 10 hits and 8 RBIs between them while everyone else in the line up contributed plenty with Dan '88' Oates, Andrew 'AJ' Johnston, 'Galloping' Ditmar Guehrer and Wallace 'Gromit' Long all bringing home 3 RBIs each. Jules 'JP' Potiki picked up 2 while Kingsley 'Butterball' Turner was the only man who failed to trouble the scorer (who, coincidentally, is his wife and therefore this was one of the few times in her married life where Heather had actually been untroubled by the big man...).

Jordan 'Skinny' Wayne was as efficient as ever on the mound without having to stretch himself; the only batter who managed to hit their way on was disappeared in an Oates-Martin-Oates 3-6-3 double play.

Big thanks to Gromit for filling in, Doc Young for umpiring, Heather for scoring and Smally for safely grounding out to short in his only Playford at bat (although he did take a catch for them).

Hits: Lemon 5 (4 RBI), Potiki 2 (2), Martin 5 (4), Oates 4 (3), Guehrer 2 (3), Long 3 (3), Johnston 2 (3), Wayne 2 (1)

Pitching: Jordan 5 innings (17 batters), 38 strikes, 23 balls, 6Ks

..:: message posted on Monday the 6th of January, 2014 21:51:11 ::..

Christmas Edition Dec 2013

On behalf of the Sturt Baseball Club may I take this opportunity to wish all our members a safe and enjoyable festive season. Our Christmas party last night was very well attended and included an appearance from Father Christmas. Thanks to our wonderful bar staff namely Sonia and Rosanna who packed the Christmas lollie bags and to Wallace Long for cooking the BBQ!

As is our tradition, we presented cheques to all of our state players to assist them in some small way to cover the costs of their interstate travels. We wish all our players every success in representing our state.

Photos from the night are online which incudes all the action both on and off the field!

Sturt Baseball Club will be holding a Quiz Night on 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. We are currently uppityness website to thank all of our generous sponsors. 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

Southern Districts 4 d Sturt 1

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

Southern Districts 12 d Sturt 6

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

Kensington 14 d Sturt 7



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

Sturt 13 d Kensington 2

We travelled to Kensington on a blustery day to see if we could bring home an early Christmas present for ourselves.

As the game started the wind dropped and we were ready for a battle with the bottom side Kensington, first up Craig (CT) Thompson who hit it hard to 3rd to be thrown out at first, next up his brother Chris (Hoops) Thompson who hit hard to right field for a stand up double, Ty (TyMeDown) Borlace up next with Hoops now on 3rd after stealing and with a ground out to short TyMeDown gets the first RBI as Hoops scores, Norm (Wild Thing) Sluga grounds out to short for side away.

In the field we go and after 8 pitches Rick (Rat) Trembath has us back on the bench ready to bat again, 3 strikes to the first and second batter for 2 KC's and a great line drive catch to CT at centrefield after 2 strikes for side away.

Our second at bat Glenn (Doc) Young up for a K2, followed by Mark (Pop) Burns with a line drive to short but we manage 1 more run after Wallace (Gromit) Long had a double to left and then Rat got the RBI with a hit to centre.

Kensington's second innings was much the same as the first one only it took Rat 9 pitches this time, a 6-3 for the first out with 2 pitches, an error to Gromit at 5 for 2 pitches, then a line drive to short stop after 3 pitches had the WILD (SUPERMAN) THING parallel to the ground diving away to his right to take one of the best catches we have seen in division 6 in a long time, it took him back to his div 1 youth days but did take him a little longer to get up and dust himself off, the last out was again Wild Thing with a 6-3 and we all started to ask Wild Thing if he could share and let us play as well.

Our third at bat had three up and down before we got the bench warm, so we are 2 - 0 up middle of the third. Kensington's 3rd innings started off as the last with the first batter out and yes you might have guessed 6 - 3, they then got a runner on before Rat threw an inside pitch to a lefty to be tonked over the fence and Kensington have tied up the game at 2 a piece.

In the fourth we had a line drive out from the Doc followed by a 1 - 3 by Pops, so with two out and a tied score line we needed a spark, Gromit hit to left, then stole second. Rat then stepped up get his second RBI as he drove one to left before it bounced over the fence for a stand up double, Coach Smally to the plate to get the first of his 4 RBI's for the day as he hits to rightfield to score Rat, so score is now 4 - 2 up as Kensington come into bat.

And if you have not guessed it let me tell you, first out fly ball to short stop and the Wild Thing is playing all by himself again, Kensington's next batter get a safe hit, then a fielder choice as Gromit at third throws to Pop at second for the 2nd out and before long Wild Thing is throwing a tantrum because he did not have anything to do with that play, so coach Smally has a quick chat to Rat and asked for a ground ball to short stop. The 3rd out was yes a 6 - 4, Wild Thing happy again.

In the 5th we score two more runs to go 6 - 2 up and the game looked like it was ours, TyMeDown hits to second and with some speed gets safe at first because seconded found it to hot to handle, he the scores after a hit from the Wild Thing to rightfield, Ben (Shrek) Colyer then steps up to line drive a ball back to the pitcher for our second out before Chris (Daisy) Day hit to the centrefield fence to turn a triple into a double with some out standing speed.

6 - 2 up and Kensington have two bats at best and time is on there side just innings running out, first batter dropped third strike to then have Shrek throw him out at first, the next batter hits a double to left and that is when everyone else took the bench because you guessed it Wild Things bottom lip had started to quiver. third batter a fly ball to short stop for the second out, the next batter a 6 - 3 for the last out and all Wild Things tears were gone again.

Into the top of the 6th we go and to put the game out of reach we score the max 7 runs with coach Smally the hero batting twice in this innings to score the 7th run with a fantastic hit to rightfield to empty the loaded bases.

This was a great way to start the Christmas Week off and in all honesty this was a great team display, we all had a great laugh as well as playing some special baseball for a bunch of old and young blokes.

Safe Hits: Ct 1, Hoops 2 (1D), Wild Thing 1, Daisy 1 (1D), Gromit 2 (1D), Rat 2 (1D), Smally 3 (4 RBI's, 4 stolen bases batted 1000)

Pitching and what a performance, 6 innings pitched 64 pitches for 54 strikes, 5K's and 4 hits.

Thanks to Carol for scoring, Jo for starting scoring for Kensington before they got someone and to Jenny and Kat for cheering and who could forget our number one fan Ron 'The Great' MacBeth

Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year from all the Div 6 players and Family. See you all in 2014

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

Sturt 8 Port Adelaide (Div 7) 2 @ Port

What a way to end the first half of the season - a win against our arch rivals on their home turf to go 9-1 gong into Christmas.

And it was every bit as good a game for the mighty Saints as the scoreline indicated. We have had some big games against the Magpies - we had the wood on them in the regular season last year before they humbled us in the finals, and then they beat us at home early this season. They are good blokes who play hard baseball and our guys love coming up against them.

Coach Phil 'Philthy' Martin made the best decision of his (Hall of Fame) career by removing himself from short stop. In went Jayke 'Bruce' Wayne while Jake 'Gibbo' Gibson moved into second for the missing Lemo. On the mound and itching to get at the Port batters was Jordan 'Skinny' Wayne with Justin 'JR' Ranford making a welcome return from rhinoplasty behind the plate.

And it was pretty much Waynes' World after that as The Splendid Splinter put on a pitching master class, facing 32 batters for 86 pitches, 56 of them strikes and 4Ks. His brother was an absolute ball magnet at short, catching and scooping up everything in range and pinging them across to Ditmar 'Galloping' Guehrer at first. The outfield of Philthy, Jules 'JP' Potiki and Ben 'Roger' Moore had four fifths of sod all to do as the ball rarely made it out of the infield.

At the plate, we showed outstanding concentration, not over-swinging against the curves to plate 8 runs, all of them earned. Gibbo and Roger led the way with 5 RBIs between them while good, aggressive base running saw us scoring all the way from first on more than one occasion.

When Kingsley 'Kingo' Turner made a spectacular diving catch to end the game (picture, if you will, a large tree crashing to the ground in super-slow motion...plus the resultant panic and confusion for the surrounding wildlife and you get the picture), Skinny had pitched a stunner and we had won our ninth game of the season and twice in 8 days at Port (we beat the Div8 side last week).

Thanks - as ever - to Heather for scoring and to the Port lads for another game played in great spirit. Merry Christmas and safe holidays from all of us.

Hits/RBIs: Ranford 1, Potiki 1, Martin 2 (1 RBI), Gibson 2 (3), Moore 1 (2), Jayke (1), Turner 3 (1), Guehrer 1, Jordan 1

Pitching: Jordan 86 pitches, 56 strikes, 30 balls, 4Ks

..:: message posted on Monday the 23rd of December, 2013 21:11:53 ::..

Newsletter 16/12/13

Christmas is fast approaching with all our junior teams finishing off the first half of the season! This Sunday we have our traditional Christmas Party at the Club on Sunday 22 December 2013 commencing at 6.00 pm or at the conclusion of the Senior game against Southern Districts. The BBQ will be fired up and Father Christmas will be in attendance. There will be lollie bags for all the children and we also present our State players with cheques and our best wishes prior to them heading away for their state commitments. On behalf of the Sturt Baseball Club we wish all our junior state players every success! We are very proud of your achievements which have seen you selected to represent our State!

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. We are currently uppityness website to thank all of our generous sponsors. 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 2 games looming this week against Henley & Grange Tuesday night in perfect conditions was a great opportunity to start getting on a role with our 3rd win in a row and Shaun Wright starting on the bump the game started well scoring 3 runs in the first innings thanks to a monster bomb by David Nicholas with 2 out after sending 3 up & 3 down to the Henley hitters.

Henley bounced straight back scoring 4 off 4 hits with back to back doubles but an unusual double play being a 7-6-2-5 double to finish the innings.

Once again we went up with the right attitude waiting for our pitch and scored another 6 which saw the end to the Henley starter.

Shaun then took control of the game only allowing another 2 hits while we score another in the 3rd and then in the 4th Mitch Lightbody hit a bases loaded triple (not a bad way to get your first Div 1 RBI's) to finish the game with a resounding 14-4 win in the just over 90 minutes.

It was great to see the boys be selective and wait for their pitch with only 3 single base hits and 5 extra base hits as well as 10 free passes. Shaun Wright pitched well allowing 6 hits, 3 K's & only 2 walks.

Hits Holmes 2 (double), Nicholas (HR), Brebner-Russ 1 (double), McArdle 1, Young (Double), Holland 1, Lightbody (triple)

With game 2 on Saturday we knew we had a tough ask facing the highly rated Import from Henley's and this was going to be a different team we faced only 4 days and this was proven to be the case with both TJ and the Henley pitcher dominating the game.

Both pitchers threw complete games with the only difference being we thanks to Curran Redals 2 out base hit in the 7th to Score Tom Faehse with a great hard fought battle 1-0 win. Faehse got on with a 1 out HPB then Dutchy slapped one to Right field followed by a failed bunt attempt Curran stood up with a shot to RF.

TJ was simply outstanding with only allowing 2 hits 3 walks a rare feat of a complete game shut out and only 108 pitchers for the game. After the 3rd innings only 2 runners where allowed to reach base, both being 2 out walks.

Another mention must go to one of our veterans Dutchy collecting 2 hits when we have been in need due to so many injuries Dutchy simply keeps getting the job done, well done mate.

Hits - Redal's 2, Holland 2, Holmes & Brebner-Russ 1 each.

Great job that's now 4 in a row with a tough assignment facing Kensington at Norwood on Wednesday night from 6.15 and then South's on Sunday. 2 wins could see us start to cement a spot in the top 6.

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

Sturt 8 defeated Henly's 0

The boys got the job done today with 16 hits for the team and a solid D we never looked in trouble today. We jumped Henley's with a 3 run opening dig and continued to score runs in most digs. All players registered a hit today accept for Pete who picked up 3 walks and a HBP showing his discipline in the box.

Matt Franke pitched a superb shutout complete game. Matt chucked 78 pitches, 56 strikes and only 22 balls with no walks, doing what was asked of him; keep up the good work! Brodie again took a diving catch in centre and back up his solid fielding display with 3 hits, looking good mate. Damo had a great B grade Debut with 2 from 4, Dutchy continues his form with 3 from 5. Shaun picked up a big hit at the right time registering 3 RBI's.

Solid game today guys all players did something to contribute to the win. We need this intensity Thursday night when we take on Kensies. Believe it we can take this side. Great job today a real team effort.

HITS: 3 Dutchy, Brodie; 2 Faehse, Jimmy, Kerr, Damo; 1 Mulryan, S Wright

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

West Torrens 11 d Sturt 4

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

West Torrens 11 d Sturt 5

This was a game we should have won but one that got away from us.

We welcomed back Don (Wulffy) Wulff to the Div 6 side after a few years away in the paddocks but it was like he played last week. He still hit the ball well and hard and went 3 for 3 and even felt that good he had a pitch as well.

We were both locked at 1 run a piece after the first even though we had left runners on and in the second the wheels fell off and we gave up 7 runs to none and at that point our game was done.

We need to be more aware of what to do on the bases and put more pressure on the opposition if we are to play in finals at the end of the season, we also need to develop some of our part time pitchers. Wulffy did throw the last couple off innings and only allowed 3 runs so not bad for someone who has not played in awhile.

We had to contend with some calls that did not go our way but we have to play the game the way the umpire is calling it and just get on with it.

Even though we lost this one we are still hanging in there, we have one more game before a week off so lets finish this first part of the season off with a bang.

Go The Saints!

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

Sturt 20 Port Adelaide 7 at Port Adelaide

With a sea breeze that was more like a gale blowing in from the outfield, pitching was always going to the key at Port Adelaide and the trio of Jayke 'Bruce' Wayne, Jess 'Lemo' Lemon and Jordan 'Skinny' Wayne were too much for the Magpies, even with coach and fourth-string catcher Phil 'Philty' Martin having to deputise behind the plate.

The lads mixed raw speed with controlled curve to keep Port to just a handful of earned runs while the Sturt bats - led by Jules 'JP' Potiki, Dan '88' Oates, Ben 'Roger' Moore and Jake 'Gibbo' Gibson - were loud from start to finish with 20 runs to our credit. We were slick in the field, never taking our foot off the throttle despite our big lead.

While we treated the (very small) crowd to the occasional act of brilliance, we carefully balanced that with the odd doofus moment.

Like the time when Gibbo took off from first like a scalded cat on a 1-out fly ball only to be comfortably doubled off while still running to third. (Comment from his laconic Dad when the sheepish Gibbo returned to the dug out: "So where were you off to, mate?!"). Kingsley "Kingo" Turner tried to turn himself into a Babooshka doll by over-swinging at some late-game lobs and nearly twisted the top half of his body clean off. He pretty much did a 360 just in time to swing twice at the same ball before taking strike three, and putting the bat under the armpit for the walk back to the pavilion.

The odd laugh aside, it was another impressive performance from a bunch of lads who are gearing up for another run at the finals. Huge thanks to Steve Wayne for scoring...and we're back at Port again this weekend as we try to build on our 8-1 season.

Hits: Lemon 2, Potiki 4, Gibson 4, Moore 1, Oates 3, Turner 2, Jordan Wayne 5

Pitching: Jayke 53 pitches 21 strikes 2Ks; Jess 58 pitches 36 strikes 1K; Jordan 28 pitches 19 strikes 1K

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

Sturt (6) defeated by Glenelg (9)

Hits: Lightbody (2), Walker, McArdle, Macbeth, Wright (1)

Coming up against a solid Glenelg line-up who's ladder position doesn't reflect the talent they possess, the boys knew from the beginning that it was going to be a tough challenge ahead. With Zac Stokes being promoted to the Adelaide Bite coaching staff, rookie coach Sam Hollis took the reins with the assistance of former Sturt A grade coach Tony Catt on hand. The game was tic for tack from the get go; every run we'd score, Glenelg would hit back with a few of their own. We shot ourselves in the foot on defence, tallying up 6 errors which led to opposition runs being scored. In the end, we didn't play badly as such, Glenelg just played better.

Mitch Lightbody again proved why he is a valuable asset to our line-up. He threw 80 odd pitches and pounded the zone all day. He also collected 2 hits, with a double for his troubles. Outstanding Mitch.

Shaun Wright also showed that pitchers can swing the timber; making up for a few errors in the field by picking up 3 RBI's and drew out some good at bats.

There were no passengers on our team - everyone contributed in one way or another. However, if we want to take the next step and beat the top teams, we need to be able to execute basic plays and limit our errors on D.

Thanks again to Tony Catt for dusting off the white pants and helping out with Zac's absence. Have a Merry Christmas and we'll see you all in 2014.

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

The Under 17.1's played a great game to defeat Golden Grove 9-3 out there.

Mitch Lightbody got us away with a 1 run triple in the first and hits to Stu, Simmo and Damo piled on 3 more in the second. Other pleasing signs were that everyone hit and we only struck out 4 times.

Brodie (3 inn 3h 1bb 1k) and Damo (2inn 2h 2bb 1k) were rock solid and Tyson Hancock took 3 nice catches at ("nothing ever happens at") right field.

Hits; Lightbody 2 Adkins, Arnold, Macbeth, K Hancock, Ottaway, T Hancock, Brennan, Bartley

Happy Christmas to everyone - have a great break. Good luck to all our State Players - see you in January.

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

Our Wednesday game was played at Goodwood on what became a very cold and gloomy evening. Goodwood started a pitcher who helped us out with several walks and we took advantage to bat in 4 runs in both the 1st and 2nd innings. The Goodwood hitters came out blazing to also bring in runs and so the game went, we'd score then they'd score. Going into the final dig we were one run up and it was anyones game. With 2 out we pushed across 3 runs on the back of a big error from their pitcher. Under plenty of pressure Nik Sas took over on the mound to face the top of their order. Four batters later and the boys had sealed a gutsy victory.

Simon Adkins on loan to make his season pitching debut threw over 90 pitches to keep us in the game. Great work Simon and I loved that sweet curveball. Kayne Hancock had 3 hits and stole a swag of bases. Conor McClure crushed a beautiful double with Stewart Gardiner doing the same. Tyler Duchene picked up his usual hit and took 2 important catches in centre while Riley Mills punched a nice single.

Cameron Young playing in his last game before heading to Canada next year on a student exchange worked hard behind the plate and also ripped a single. All the best Cameron and enjoy the experience. Final score Sturt 14 - Goodwood 10

Sunday we faced the undefeated Gawler which represented the perfect challenge before the Christmas break. Unfortunately Gawler turned up with only 7 players and after some quick negotiations by my manager Craig Weber, Jamie Last and Reed Stewart from our u15.1s played a full game with Gawler. A big thank you to those 2 players and their parents for making this a proper game.

After jumping out to an early 7 run lead Gawler bounced back with 4 runs in the third to show why they are the top side. We held them scoreless over the next 2 innings and added a run of our own to take the win. No doubt when they have their full lineup it will be much tougher but this was an important result.

Conor McClure was excellent on the mound with 3 strikeouts and only 5 hits but 5 walks did give them opportunities. He also added a hit to his days work. Kayne Hancock had 2 hits with a triple and Stewart Gardiner smacked a triple as well. Tyler Duchene drilled 2 singles and took 2 catches in centre to have another productive day. Other singles were picked up by Nik Sas, Max Hood and Lachlan Delbridge with Max and Lachie taking a very different but still awesome outfield catch each.

Thankyou to Jackson Brebner-Russ for umpiring and Jo Gardiner for again stepping in to score. A nice Christmas present boys so a safe and happy Festive season to you and all involved with the club. Final score Sturt 8 - Gawler 4

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

Port  0 0 1 0 2 - 3
Sturt 1 0 3 0 7 - 11

Playing the undefeated top team at home before the break had the potential to be a great finish.

The boys put together a solid team performance. The field supported the pitching well, with a great outfield catch to Tyrese. Ky started to Jack and the combination did well. Ky going head to head with the Port Adelaide gun and pitching a no-hitter into the 4th inning. Harry relieved going 66% strikes to hold the port revival at bay.

The boys swung the bat well against a quality pitcher and kept him honest absorbing the pitch count to see him off after 3. They pitched 2 in relief and the went for the maximum in the 5th after some walks allowed runners on.

Hits: 2 - Hugo 1 - Luke, Harry, Jack, Ky, Jamie

Well played boys! A team effort against quality opposition who we are likely to see again at the end of the season.

Next game 19 January 2014. Have a great break and a good Christmas!
Spent some time thinking about what makes a good player and what makes a great team. After the break we need a solid and committed effort from everyone to take the team where it deserves to be.

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

Twilight Game

Sturt       1 4 4 5 2 16
Goodwood 2 0 2 0 3 7

Our only twilight match for the season saw the mighty Saints score a relatively easy win against an undermanned 8 player Goodwood team. A lovely evening for baseball saw the entire team contribute and coast in 16-7.

One of the more accurate pitching displays backed up by a good night with the bat saw a comfortable win. Goodwood played with an automatic out at 9th and so over 5 innings we threw 65 pitches for 41 strikes, one walk and surprisingly just the 2 strike outs. A three run bomb in the last gave debut pitcher Jamie Last a touch of reality after a career opening 7 pitch dig. Elliot Ridgway was back to his laser like ways and Tyrese Kimotho threw just 20 pitches in his two digs. Terrific all round effort.

Hugo Dahlen-Flight had a great night with the bat hitting three from 3 and two RBI's. Harrison Kitt continued his excellent season with 2 from 3 and 3 RBI's. Special mention to Sir Walkalot Andrew Brennan. Batting at 9th he scored 4 times from his 4 plate appearances including 3 walks, a single and an RBI. His "arrogance" when stealing bases is a delight to watch.

Thanks to Sarah Last answering the call for a scorer and TJ Macy for base umpiring with the ever appreciated Craig Ottaway.

Hits: Hugo Dahlen-Flight 3, Harrison Kitt 2, Jamie Last, Tyrese Kimotho, Louis Gava, Josh Wilson, Andrew Brennan

RBI's: Tyrese 2, Hugo 2, Louis, Josh, Andrew, Harrison

Sunday Game

Sturt       2 1 2 6 2 13
WT Eagles 2 7 1 1 3 14

What a game this turned out to be but unfortunately there was no happy ending with the all-female Eagles defeating us 14-13 to leave our season clashes 0-3 in their favour. Losing our regular catcher in the warm up (hope it heals quickly Louis) caused some consternation and after trailing 11-3 going into the bottom 3rd a potential disaster loomed. However the boys rallied tying the score going into the last innings only to drop a heartbreaker by the barest of margins.

Small margins generally mean small differences. Out hit 12-11, we gave up 8 walks and 2 hit batters versus 5 walks and therein were those minor differences. Generally the defence was good with few errors. There were some good fielding highlights. Chris Sandor took a screamer in centrefield to close the third innings, Matan Cohen, Elliot Ridgway and Ed Knights combined to catch the day's first batter attempting to steal in what was a very entertaining and crowd pleasing display and Austin McClure after receiving a late call up had an excellent day behind the dish. He bluffed the girls and gave us a season first of no stolen bases.

The pitching was solid without being spectacular. Elliot was the pick of the bunch throwing 39 strikes from his 58 pitches collecting 2 strike outs. Overall we had too many walks and too many wild pitches and this helped the runners into scoring positions. We finished in the black (strikes/balls) which was a vast improvement on our previous loss to the same opposition. Having said that most of the Eagles runs came from good hitting rather than our mistakes.

The batting was much the same as the pitching - solid without being spectacular. Harrison Kitt had a great day out going 3 hits for his 4 at bats including a double and collecting 3 RBI's. Matan had a triple and went 2 from 3 for his visits to the plate. Chris also scored twice and continues to rack up the runs.

Hits: Harrison Kitt 3, Josh Wilson 2, Ed Knights 2, Matan Cohen 2, Elliot Ridgway, Austin McClure
RBI's: Harrison 3, Austin 3, Elliot, Chris, Matan, Josh

If you said at the beginning of the season we would be 7-3 going into the second half and third on the ladder I would have taken it in a heartbeat. 10 games down and 5 to go. Thanks again to Danielle for scoring and TJ Macy giving up his morning to umpire.

We'll see everyone back and raring to go 19.01.14 with finals to play for. We're in the box seat and we need everyone on board.

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

Sturt 14 Goodwood 8

Goodwood by game, good-wood by nature as Sturt travelled to Mortlock Park to take on a young tribe of Indians. The middle of the batting order fired with hot bats and hot fielding by all the Saints abounded as they cruised to a 14-8 victory in a game not as close as the score would indicate.

Taking advantage of shorter than usual outfield fences Jordan, batting second in the first inning, came within a couple feet (for the young locals, that's 61 cms) of our first over-the-wall homer of the year. Singles to Tom and Robbie sent the boys out to a 3-0 lead that set a positive offensive vibe for the rest of the game. Goodwood responded with 2 runs on a hit and 3 walks in the first to keep things tight.

Walks to Nick and Axel in the top of the second set the table for five consecutive two out hits that pushed five across the plate to take control of the game. Jordan, James, Tom, Patrick and Robbie all fought hard at the plate and delivered reward for effort. Bat on ball makes good things happen and a mixture of solid hits and well placed bloops worked to advantage. In a turnaround from last week Saint batters had only two strikeouts against some fairly speedy arms.

Sturt hung another five runs on the board in the top of the third capped by James Rycroft's second right field rocket two bagger of the day. With two of our better players unavailable this week, James again did a marvelous job filling in and we look forward to more opportunities for him to contribute.

On the defensive side of the equation, our pitchers again battled hard to throw strikes and with great support from the fielders, did enough to carry the day. In the bottom of the first inning and the bases loaded with two outs, Sam S ranged deep in the hole at short to scoop a grounder and went the hard way firing to Nick at first to pip the batter and get out of a jam. Kurt was equally savvy in the third turning a one out bases loaded threat into a tag and throw double play that snuffed out another Indian uprising - a super heads up play.

Patrick came on to make his pitching debut in the bottom of the fifth. Two standout plays closed out the game starting with a slow roller to Jordy at third who collected and fired a tracer to Nick for the out in a play no other third baseman in the league could hope to match. Facing ex-Saint Little Leaguer DJ Mitchell, Patrick pounced on another slow roller toward first, duly discarded his cap and fired accurately to bring the curtain down on this feel good game. Nick did a great job at first today in the face of some tight, difficult to handle throws on bang-bang plays while Tom was as solid as ever catching in very difficult field conditions around the plate.

This week's Yogi-ism could apply to our pitching as a team: "In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is."

Hits -Jordan Abfalter (2B), Robbie Brennan, 3 each, James Rycroft (2x2B), Tom Emmett 2 each, Patrick Milewski
RBIs - Robbie Brennan 5, Jordan Abfalter, Tom Emmett 2 each, James Rycroft, Kurt Schenk 1 each

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

Saints 9 defeated Goodwood 4

After a shock loss the week before the young saints came out and made amends with a good victory.

Angus Catt pitched a couple of good innings and Harry Chaplin and Hugo Ellery finished the game off well.

Our hitting was still a little tentative which is unusual for this group. The main standout was Brady who got a couple of hits and led they way.

This has been a great start to the season for this young group. Only losing one match so far is a great result and they should come back from christmas full of confidence to make sure they hold on to top spot!

It is always great to see the level of improvement.

Saints 4 lost to Glenelg 10

With a couple of our players missing with illness and promotion to the other majors team, we introduced a couple of new players to the group - Lachy Holland and Brady Carlson-Stewart. This is great for these new players to experience the game at the next level up.

We played the full 6 innings against the equal top team and gave them a very good game. We are a very competitive team now and showed this today. Jack Hutton and Josh Vidale pitched 3 innings each and threw well. The field backed them up well with Lachlan Holland at shortstop a standout with some great plays.

Our batting was a bit patchy but the great thing was to watch the boys swing the bat - that is all i ask. Keep swinging and keep learning.

This has been a great first half of the season and the boys are very aware of how much they have improved both individually and as a team. That being said, we still have lots and lots of work to do....lots of hard work boys!

Well done and enjoy your christmas.

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

Sturt vs Indians-9- 8 winners

A great day for baseball down at the Indians home ground.

The boys were happy about school being over for another year and a bit tired from the past week.

I asked them to concentrate for 2 hours and then go and have a well earned rest.

Our first batting innings was over very quickly with 3 up and 3 down.

Spencer took to the hill as we began out first fielding innings.

He was great today with plenty of strikes; still the Indians picked up 3 hits and scored 3 runs. Spencer finished up with 3 strikeouts and a couple of walks for a great effort on the mound.

Hamish led of the 2nd innings with a line drive to centre field, a few walks later Baxter hit a nice ground ball to score our 1st run, then Lachlan came up with a clutch hit to centre field to score 2 runs. 3 walks later and we had scored the maximum 5 runs. Hamish took over the pitching duties for the 2nd innings and struck out the side 3 up 3 down in a great pitching display.

Our 3rd batting innings started with 3 walks, then Baxter came up with another nice ground ball to score another run. Some more walks and a safe hit to Jonas and we scored 4 more runs.

Hamish started the 3rd innings with another strikeout, a hit and a walk and was replaced by Lachlan who battled hard as always.

A few walks and an Indian hit and they had scored the maximum 5 runs to end the innings and the game.

Today was hot and the boys all did a great job, finishing off the year with a win.

Keep working hard over the break lads and have a throw or two if you can.

Enjoy your break and have a safe and happy Christmas.

Hits - Jonas, Hamish, Baxter and Lachlan 1 each

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

Little League 2 - Saints 9 d Goodwood 3



..:: message posted on Monday the 16th of December, 2013 22:27:32 ::..

Newsletter 09/12/13

Congratulations to the following players from our club who have been selected to play for our state:

U14-Ky Hampton,Harrison Knuckey,Austin McClure,Luke Peters

U16-Brodie Macbeth,Mitchell Lightbody,Jordan McArdle,Damon Arnold,Dylan Ridding

U18-Shaun Wright

The 2014 South Australia Little League Championship is fast approaching, and there are some exciting changes in Little League to report this season.

The 2014 South Australia Little League Championship will feature the addition of development teams from both Adelaide North and Adelaide South. Additionally, it is anticipated that multiple country teams will participate in the 2014 South Australia Little League Championship, which will help produce a more robust and memorable event for all young South Australian ballplayers.

Adelaide South:
Tryout 1 - Saturday 11 January from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM at Norwood Oval
Tryout 2 - Saturday 18 January from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM at Norwood Oval

We have a twilight game this Tuesday night at 6.15 pm against Henley and Grange at Norman Reserve, so please come down and support the boys!

I also remind all of our club members that the Sturt Baseball Club Christmas Party will be held on Sunday 22nd December, immediately following the conclusion of our Division 1 game!

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. We are currently updating our website to thank all of our generous sponsors. 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 night we hosted goodwood and for the people that saw possibly summer ball being played in the most atrocious conditions seen in 20 years fortunately no one was seriously hurt other then the 4 leg injuries we received.

The other fortunate thing was the round was cancelled after us going down 3-2 and the round being declared a no round. Thanks to all that turned out to stand in the wet and cold I won't report in the stats due to it being a no round but it was great to see us take it up to the reigning premiers the whole game with a 3 run bomb to Goodwood being the difference in the first.

On Saturday we ventured out to Adelaide with TJ on the hill against their import and our team with 4 forced changes, Tim Winter doubled up in a world of pain after catching the seconds to a great victory led by the young kids.

Adelaide scored an early run un-earned in the 2nd and we then bounced straight back thanks to a great AB by veteran Dutchy who was moved around by some team hitting by the bottom part of the line up to have him score our first run.

From there on it was don't leave your seat baseball with both TJ and their import dominating the game.

TJ left the game after 7 innings with only allowing 3 hits and 3 walks whilst striking out 8 no earned runs an amazing effort after throwing 6 on Tuesday in the wet great job mate.

Shaun wright then took the ball and after a couple of scares thanks to a couple of bleeders by Adelaide he managed to pitch his way out of jams in the 9th and 10th innings.

With 1 out and no one on Curran Redal again showed his class with a shot to right field then stole second with Paul (McClutch) Holmes at the plate he then proceeded to smash a ball to right field to score Curran for a 2-1 lead.

Shaun again showed composure well above his years shutting down the Angels for a great win in 11 innings.

Shaun finished with 4 innings of work 4 hits 3 walks and 5 ks.

Great to see so much fight in the boys in what had been a tough week and the song sung with some real gusto.

Winning a game with only 2 players recording hits is awesome and my hat goes off to the Adelaide pitcher who threw a fantastic game going all 11 innings.

Hits 2 each to Redal and Holmes.

Bring on Tuesday at 6.15 against Henley's

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

Sturt 8 defeated Adelaide 3

Great team effort today coming from 3-0 down in the top 4 to win 8 -5. The bats took a while to get going but once Adelaide made a pitching change we adjusted and flattened our swing out to score 2 runs in the 4th, 2 in the 5th and 4 to seal it in the 6th.

Dylan Ridding played his first B grade game for Sturt Seniors and what a game it was, he was our starting pithcer and threw 5 solid digs giving up only 2 hits striking out 3 hitters. Dylan also picked up an RBI with the bat later in the day. Dylan has shown he too along with our other juniors is ready for B grade baseball. Brodie Macbeth continues to impress with a game winning catch in Centre field, tracking the ball down and making a great dive to take the catch. Mitch played another solid game picking up 3 hits, making all the plays at Short stop and then closing out the last 2 digs on the mound giving up no runs or hits. Mitch showed composure getting out of some tight positions while on the mound. Faehse come up with the big hit at the right time to clean up the bases with a brilliant triple. Shaun Wright also chipped in with 3 for 3 in the batter's box. Who said pitchers can't hit. Today was a team effort and was great to see the boys adjust to the better pitcher and score runs late in the game to take the win. Great job boys, two in a row lets work hard on the third. Hits : 3 Lightbody, S Wright; 2 Faehse; 1 Winter, Mulryan

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

Glenelg 14 d Sturt 5

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

We started this game Friday night with 11 players at the ED for a few Christmas drinks and it quickly became 9 players with Doc & Pop pulling out to do a little bit of Work around Doc's house. Glenelg have been struggling this season and have only won one game for the season, they nearly won their second game of the season but we pinched it in the last innings to win by one with the final score being Sturt 19 - Glenelg 18.

We started well in the field with Chris (Hoops) Thompson starting on the mound and we gave up just the one run. Our first at bat was not that good as we struggled to hit their pitcher. In their second at bat Hoops started to struggle a bit so we changed pitchers to Rick (Rat) Trembath, mind you this was only the second time Hoops had pitched, by the end of the innings and an error by our first baseman, yes an error by Coach Smally we gave up another 5 runs, our second at bat was no better than our first and we had three up and down to be 6 - 0 down after 2 innings.

Top of the third and we scored some runs after a few hits and we closed the gap to 6 - 4 down going into the bottom of the third, Glenelg however had different ideas and they hit the ball well and to the holes to score the max 7 runs and pull away a bit more. Score 13 - 4 down and we were looking at a lose to the bottom side.

Top fourth and we managed to put 1 run on the board and had Ben (Shrek) Colyer a foot an half pass first base when the ball arrived and he was called out, Glenelg then added 2 more to 15 - 5 up with 40 minutes left on the clock.

In the 5th we had to score 7 runs to keep in it and with Glenelg's starting pitcher seeming to tire our chances started to open up and so did the walks. We had 6 walks for the innings but that was not the highlight of the innings, let me paint the picture, bases loaded after some walks and a couple of scattered safe hits and one out up to the plate steps Ben (Shrek) Colyer with fond memories of a home run he hit a few years at Glenelg with a 40knot wind assist and he tells us the story every time we play at Glenelg, well this time it was a slow ball put on a tee for him to hit a GRAND SLAM and he will be dreaming of that for years to come now. Max 7 runs scored and we are coming back. Glenelg go out and put 2 more runs on the board to take the score to 17 - 12 down.

Ten minutes to go and the last innings starts, we need 5 to tie or more to go in front for the first time, again Glenelg struggle to throw strikes and with more walks and a timely hit from Coach Smally we score the max 7 runs again to go 2 runs up, umpire then calls time and game halfway through the innings and the score will revert back to give Glenelg the win, we told him that we must finish the game on even innings and because we started the 6th innings it must be finished.

Out to the field we go for the last time, first batter a walk, second batter let off from a foul fly ball that we dropped, he then hits to short stop Norm (Wild Thing) Sluga who throws him out by a foot and the umpire calls him safe, runners now at 1st and 2nd. Next batter again hits to Wild Thing who throws to second for the first out while the runner at second advances to third, Hoops at second goes for the double play and throws wild, runner at third scores, runner now at 2nd and winning run at the plate with 1 out. Rat comes up with a big KC to get the 2nd out, next batter grounds out to Wild Thing and we steal the game from them by 1 run.

Hoops and Rat both pitched well.

Glenelg ran out of pitchers and that hurt them in the end as they walked 13 in the last two innings, for us it was better in the batters box as we became patient until we got something we could hit and we then hit it.

Thanks to Jo Trembath for scoring and to Jenny, Jodie and Kat for I think the first time in history cheering when we hit the front.

An ugly day at the office for us but we ground out the win and in this league who cares it is about mates and fun, yes and winning also.

Safe hits: Rat 2 (2D), Shrek 2 (1GS), Smally, Wild Thing, Daisy, Demo, TyMeDown 1 each

GO THE SAINTS!

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

Sturt 16 Gawler 3 at Gawler

After the long slog out to Gawler, it looked like our first innings would be a disappointing way to cap off 90 minutes in the car until a kind umpiring call gave coach Phil "Philthy" Martin a close, two-out infield single and we were on our way to a rally.

We sent 12 men to the plate in the first, bringing home the maximum 7 runs before Jake "Gibbo" Gibson strode to the mound and started the pain for the Rangers. Two of the Gawler batters dared to make it to first, whereupon they were quickly picked off thanks to great work by Ben "Roger" Moore at first and directions from Andrew "AJ" Johnston behind the plate.

Everyone hit with Kingsley "Butterball" Turner particularly damaging with 5 RBI, presenting relief pitcher Jess "Lemo" Lemon with a nice buffer to work with.

In the end, we let Dan "88" Oates close out the win - thanks to a nice 8-4-3 double play from Jules "JP" Potiki and Jayke "Bruce" Wayne - making it 7-1 now on the season.

Thanks to Heather for scoring and doing a great job as usual. Also hats off to the Gawler boys for taking another tough result in great spirit.

Hits: Lemon 1, Potiki 2, Martin 5 (2 RBI), Gibson 2 (2), Oates 1 (1), Moore 2, Turner 3 (5), Wayne 2 (1), Johnston 1 (1)

Pitching: Gibson 36 pitches, 18 strikes, 4Ks/Lemon 45 pitches, 23 strikes, 2Ks/Oates 22 pitches 12 strikes

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

Wednesday night - Sturt defeated Kensington 7-2

This was the first twilight game of the year for the team. With only short notice of the game we had to rush to get a team together. Our usual pitchers could not play and our others were still on pitch counts. This gave a great opportunity for Brodie Macbeth to step up and pitch in the 19s for his first time ever. After a slow start we were saved by a double play hit straight to shortstop. For the next 3 innings Brodie found his zone and found things a whole lot easier when he was throwing strikes. After the first inning he had 3 innings in a row of 3 up 3 down baseball. It was an excellent effort. He threw one more inning where he managed to have a 4 hitter inning. 17 hitters through 5 innings was an excellent job Brodie. Well done. I look forward to the next time you pitch in my time.

While Brodie was pitching very well our bats were unusually quiet. We had runners on in the first two innings but it was until the 3rd inning that we managed to scrap a run on a pass ball. We were scoreless again in the 4th, 5th and 6th but managed to get our first two hitters on in the 7th. The Matt Franke clutched up and gave us a 2 run double. Some team hitting let us score 3 more runs in that inning. It was great to see strong hits from Will Hill, Fraser Crameri and Shaun Wright.

What let us down and prevented up scoring runs was our baserunning. As a team we were out on base at least 4 times. This cannot happen. We were lucky to get the win with that stat. It was great to be playing again after two weeks off.

Hits: Crameri 2, Walker, McArdle, Franke, Hill, and Wright.

Saturday - Sturt defeated Kensington 20-4

After a less than par first inning where we allowed 3 runs on walks and pass balls we managed to come back out in the bottom of the 1st scoring 7 running. We scored those runs being patient in the box and then picking out good pitches to hit. We then had a scoreless 2nd inning as we were not patient and we got ourselves out. This changed in the 3rd and 4th innings where we scored a further 13 runs. Dylan Ridding led the hitting going 2/3 with a walk and 5 RBIs.

Josh Tindall pitched the 2nd through the 5th inning. He was excellent. Only allowing 1 run but he was there to compete and had a great attitude. When our pitchers throw strikes our team will be successful. It was a win but we need to focus in a little more and everyone had good attitudes and doing the right thing for the team.

Hits: Ridding, Macbeth 2, Lightbody, Arnold, McArdle, Tindall, Crameri.

This Saturday we play Glenelg at home at 11 before the B grade. This will be the last game before the Christmas break. It will be a tough game. No excuses, we need to pitch well, field well and we will be ok. A win Saturday should secure a top 3 position going into the break.

Go the Saints!

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

U17/1 - Sturt 8 d Adelaide 2

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

U17/2 - Sturt 15 d GGCD 6

After last weeks indifferent performance I demanded a much improved approach for our encounter with Golden Grove Central Districts. In the first inning a reverse double play from Stewart Gardiner at first to a Damon Arnold tag at second really set a tone for the day.

Conor McClure was outstanding on the mound using only 57 pitches in 4 innings (including a neat pickoff) and with only 2 errors the defence did a terrific job backing him up. Tyler Duchene had 2 hits, 2 walks and made an outfield assist from centre to third. Stewart Gardiner picked up 2 hits as did Kayne Hancock who also made his season pitching debut to close out the final inning. Nik Sas was great at the catcher position, Brandon Weber made some good plays at second and Cameron Young came up with a key hit. Riley Mills had a quiet day but still batted in a run.

I was worried about this game so it was pleasing to see a strong effort put in by the whole team.

Thank you to Simon Adkins, Damon Arnold and Kayne Hancock for making themselves available. Phil Mills for umpiring the bases and to Glenn and Janet Young for helping myself and just about everyone else at the club. Final Score Sturt 15 - Golden Grove Central Districts 6

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

Sturt    3 7 7 7 24
H & G 0 0 0 2 2

From the scoreline it would appear a dominating performance. Unfortunately the reality was far less flattering. Against a very undermanned opposition, newly promoted to 15/1 baseball, the boys were flat and lethargic. Some basic errors and attitude problems from senior players cost bases and eventually scored runs late.

Aussie McClure pitched well and went 3 from 4 with the bat. The field was solid in support but not really tested. The opposition had only 18 AB thru 4 innings for 2 unearned runs. Harry pitched the last 2 outs to complete a domination on the mound by the Sturt boys.

With the bat we hit well but were more than a little lucky at times. The mismatch highlighted by 33AB's with only 1 out after the first innings. 23 hits and 6 walks with maximum runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings.

Hits
4 - Jamie (from 4 with 2 dbls)
3 - Luke (from 3 with 1 dbl), Harry (from 3 with 2 dbls), Aussie (from 4 with 1 dbl and infield HR), Tyrese (from 3),
2 - Jack (1 3B), Ky (from 2), Hugo (from 3)
1 - Reed (from 1, 1 2B)

Walks
2 - Ky, Reed
1 - Luke, Harry

With top team Port Adelaide on the horizon the boys need to show some enthusiasm and desire for the team and their teammates and work far harder than they did today if we are to be a serious contender come finals time.

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

Sturt              2 0 1 6 1 10
Port Adelaide 2 1 1 0 2 6

On a warm sticky Sunday afternoon at lovely Norman Reserve the mighty Saints came back into the winners circle with a 10-6 win over a young Port Adelaide outfit. After the shipwreck of last week the boys were keen to atone and on the strength of one very good batting innings and some good defence managed to collect the 2 points and leave the season at 6-2 after 8.

Matan Cohen took the hill for the first time this season in what will probably be his third to final game for the Sturt Baseball club. We will miss his nonstop yap and his advice for every situation. Port Adelaide jumped out to an early 2-0 lead but we managed to hold them with some neat defensive plays - Josh Wilson at S/S, Matan with a strike out and Elliot Ridgway a lovely throw from 2nd to home to extinguish the innings. We scored 2 in the first thanks to a couple of walks and a line drive single to Matan. 2-2 after one

After the second Port took a 3-2 lead with the innings being closed by catcher Louis Gava's excellent CS play to second. Louis' throws to second have been a delight and he was in good form today behind the plate. The third saw Port sneak out to a 4-3 lead. The defensive highlight was Chris Sandor's maiden outfield catch that saw a happy dugout dance from the coach

With Matan having thrown his quota across 3 innings it was time for a pitching change and trailing 3-4 it was going to be an interesting choice with possible coaching careers on the line. Andrew Brennan nonchalantly stepped up to the plate for his first dig for the season and with the help of the field gunned down Port in just 6 pitches to record our fastest defensive innings this year. Another jig was done in the dugout.

Our batting stood up and we scored 6, the scorer's had the red ink out with Josh and Louis causing infield errors with well struck drives and Elliot and Matan getting hits and suddenly we led 9-4. Suddenly all the players were interested in the score. The fifth and final was 1-2 and the boys took the chocolates 10-6.

Not exactly a robbery but a win that was looking highly unlikely after 3 innings. Same old story keep hitting the ball and generally the runs will come. There were some good plays in the field today and the batting was aggressive.

Two games to go to finish the first half of the season and we need to keep the momentum going. Thanks to Danielle for a lovely score book and Shayne Sandor for assisting with the umpiring in perhaps one of the coolest t shirts seem at Norman Reserve.

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

Sturt 12 Adelaide 2

Jordan Abfalter and Tully Kennett combined to pitch a one-hitter as Sturt comfortably ground out a 12-2 victory Sunday against Adelaide at Weigall Oval. Relying primarily on solid pitching, defense and free passes the Sainters turned the tables on last week's showing by parlaying 12 walks issued by Adelaide pitching and only 4 hits into 12 runs.

10 batters came to the plate for the Saints in the top of the first with hard hit singles up the middle by Sam Stewart and Sam Bennetts sandwiching 6 walks to open the game as the boys jumped out to a five run lead. Jordan took the mound and after a short period of adjustment, he delivered in the way we know he can allowing only 2 runs on 1 hit and 4 walks while striking out 6 over three innings. That was a well earned confidence booster for Jordy who is finding the art of pitching is more than throwing it through a brick wall (which he can probably do!).

The Saints put two more on the board in the second via three more walks and some heads up baserunning to stretch the lead to 7-1. The Angels closed out their scoring in the bottom of the third with a walk and their only hit, a solid shot to left centre before our pitching and fielding sealed the deal for the final three innings. Tully continued his dream debut season throwing a lights out 38 strikes from 57 pitches. Just to frost the cake, Tully banged an inside-the-park homer to right in the top of the sixth that sent his teammates and the appreciative Sturt supporters into a frenzy. Just another day at the office for this gem of a lad.

Tom did a stellar job behind the plate as usual. Hats off to Patrick as he turned in two super 5-3 assists at third and will go to bed tonight with the coach's cry "get down and ready!" ringing in his ears. Only one bad hop error for our guys in this game which is as good as it gets with the leather.

Our only weakness today was racking up 12 strikeouts with the bat - highly unusual for this group but not a huge concern as the boys were struggling to find quality pitches to drive and were often caught off guard when they eventually had a gettable pitch in their reach.

All in all a great, fun win this week against a quality opponent.

This week's Yogi-ism: "I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did."

Hits - Sam Bennetts 2, Sam Stewart, Tully Kennett (HR) 1 each

RBI - Tully Kennett 2, Robbie Brennan, Jordan Abfalter, Tom Emmett, Kurt Schenk, Samuel Bennetts 1 each

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

Saints 4 lost to West Torrens 12

Another week where the scoreline doesn't quite reflect the closeness of the match.

All I ask for is small improvements week to week and this time i saw a few things -

1. Not being intimidated when batting. This is a big step for these kids. They are now stepping out to bat and feeling confident in there abilities. Lots of ground balls.
2. Throwing the ball around the infield after an out
3. Infielders preparing every pitch great to watch boys!

Josh Vidale is now swinging the bat much better and getting rewarded for his effort. Callum and James Rycroft hit well without luck and Seb Steele came in and threw his first innings of Majors. Great effort.

Good all round performance again boys. Get set for a big weekend to make sure we go into Christmas with another win!

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

Glenelg Gold 12 d Little League 2 - Sturt 6

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

Little League 2-Saints 7 lost to Glenelg Black 8

The loss we had have!!

We didn't get off to a good start with most of the team turning up late! I think a few of the dads (and mums) were not in the best condition thanks to Christmas Parties and the Cricket!

Despite the late arrival we scored the maximum 5 runs in the first innings. Hits to Jack Hutton, Harry Chaplin and Hugo Ellery being the highlights.

Our pitching just wasn't what it usually is but we can't always have good days, sometimes it just doesn't go to plan. The key is to battle through it and do your best. Angus Catt threw 18 strikes for only one hit but a few more balls than he would have liked, Harry Chaplin threw 12 strikes also for one hit and Lachie Seekamp closed the day out with 4 strikes for no hits. We just allowed too many walks which is not how we usually go about it.

Next week boys!!

Lachie Holland took a great catch at third after the ball was smashed his way. No fuss, just took the catch and got on with it!

We need to get focused for next week, get to practice of Wednesday then to the last game of the year on time for a good warm up so that we finish with a good game!

Let's do it!

..:: message posted on Monday the 9th of December, 2013 21:07:53 ::..

Newsletter 02/12/13

It was great to see so many sponsors at our home game this weekend against Northern District where our Division 1 and 2 boys turned it on with wins in both divisions! Our Sponsors Day is a small way that our club thanks most sincerely the generous support of sponsors!

Tuesday night, 6.15 pm at the Club our Division 1 boys have a hit out against Goodwood, so please come down to the club to catch all the action!

On Friday night, Anvers Wines will be again hosting wine tasting at 6.15 pm with part funds coming back to the club, please make the time to try the wine and even better order some wine as this also support the club as well as you have some great wine!

It is hard to believe but yes Christmas is approaching fast! This Friday night is the last Tee Ball games before the Christmas Break and I understand that Father Christmas will be making a special appearance!

I also remind all of our club members that the Sturt Baseball Club Christmas Party will be held on Sunday 22nd December, immediately following the conclusion of our Division 1 game!

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. We are currently updating our website to thank all of our generous sponsors. 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

Facing bottom of the table Northern Districts the start was not what was being looked for with them scoring 2 in the first through some slopping D and a few hits but we then bounced back to score 4 with 2 out and no body on through 2 walks, 3 hits and some really good base running. We continued to keep hitting and scoring pretty freely being 10-3 up when Shaun Wright left the game after 7 innings for his best outing of the year only allowing 4 hits whilst striking out 3 for 83 pitches.

To North's credit they bounced back with 5 runs in the 8th innings which seemed to wake us up again as we put on 6 more straight away to take the game away from North's.

Although not a pretty game to watch at times we won without relying on the long ball collecting 19 hits 6 BB and 2 sac fly's which was very pleasing. Back to back hits is what we were looking for before the game and to collect which we done very well at one stage sending 8 in a row to the plate before an out was recorded.

It's hard to point out the stars from the day with 7 players collecting multiple hits and everyone hitting the ball hard all day.

Congratulations to Mitch Lightbody on collecting his first Div 1 hit, keep working hard mate and there will be plenty more opportunities for you.

Tuesday night we play our Neighbours Goodwood at home which should be a great game of baseball so please get down and have a look at our young squad take on the reigning premiers, game starts @ 6.15pm

Hits, Redal 3, Turner 3, Holmes 3, Roeger 2, Brebner-Russ 2, Nicholas 2, McArdle 2, Macbeth 1, Lightbody 1.

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

Sturt 9 defeated North's 6

Great to get the win today.

Well done to Mitch who had his first start on the bump in B grade. He was challenged by North's but stood up to pitch 5 solid digs and take home the win, keep up the hard work Mitch. Matt Mulryan then finished the game off well.

Big congrats to Brodie MacBeth for his first B grade game. He started off with an awesome catch on the fence helping set the tone for the day then picked a single to left field, great job mate a couple of box's ticked today. Damon Arnold made his second appearance for B grade picking up a walk both lads are still U17 players but have shown they can mix it with the big boys. Dutchy was again our best hitter picking up two hits. Nice to have Kerrie back from Vietnam.

Lets back it up with another win next week boys.

Hits: 2 Dutchy, 1 Kerr, P.Turner, Passmore, B.Macbeth

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

We played goodwood on the weekend we got up 5 to 1. We had Josh Tindall start on the hill and he threw 5 good innings for us! All boys played strong defence! Hits dale martens 2 Hits,Damon Arnold,Mark Richmond,Kieran Bartlett,Will Hill and Brodie Syrus 1 hit each

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

Sturt 16 d Woodville 1

This was a must win for us if we are to stay in touch with the top of the table and Woodville are right behind us. Woodville turned up with 7 players and said that the other two would be there come game time, they must have got lost because they did not turn up, one got there at the start of the second innings and the other sometime during the third innings. As Sturt always play with the good sportsman attitude we offered Woodville our two bench players, which they accepted. Just as Mark (Pop) Burns and Craig (CT) Thompson got to their bench the first extra player turned up so Pop returned and CT played the first few innings with Woodville. This worked out well for Woodville as CT was their only run scored for the day. So a big well done to both Pop and CT for great sportsmanship. We were with out Rick (Rat) Trembath this week as he has been pitching for us all season we sent him on a holiday, that is what we do for our over worked pitchers, he will tell you a different story something about work I think. So we borrowed young Jess (Lemo) Lemon from our partners in crime the Social City Championship side and for 4 innings he had Woodville under control throwing 85 pitches for 44 strikes, 3 hits, 3 walks and 7 strike outs from 19 batters.

Chris (Hoops) Thompson then pitched the last innings and he was solid with 8 pitches throw, 6 strikes and 1 hit.

Our batting was solid this week with a few blokes batting a 1000 this week. Lemo started us off with a safe hit, followed by a triple from Ben (Shrek) Colyer and the rest followed to allow us to score the max 7 runs for the first innings, the second innings saw Woodville change pitchers with a young lad that threw rockets and had a curve ball that moved. Unfortunately for him his control was a little wayward and he collect Norm (Wild Thing) Sluga on the elbow, by the time Wild Thing had wiped away his tears and made first base he was out the game with a little bump on his elbow and freezer full of ice on it. We scored the max 7 runs again. We scored 2 more runs in the fourth our last at bat to take the win with 15 minutes playing time left.

Safe Hits: Lemo 2 (1T) from 4, Shrek 2 from 4, Small 1+2BB+1HPB from 4, Pop 1 from 1, Glenn (Doc) Young 4 from 4, Wild Thing 2BB, Chris (Daisy) Day 2 from 4, Geoff (Demo) Denison 1 + 1BB from 2, Ty (TyMeDown) Borlace 1+1BB from 4, CT 1 from 2 for Sturt and 1 from 1 for Woodville.

A big Thanks to Janet Young for scoring on this day as she was put to the test from all the changes that Woodville made and trying to work out who was batting when and were from their paperwork as well, Gold Star.

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

Sturt 14 East Torrens 3 at Sturt

East Torrens had the right idea! The Red Sox arrived early at Norman Reserve - waaaay before any Saints bothered to show for the 10am start - and put themselves through a warm up worthy of their Major League namesakes, with the full squad of 13 players running, stretching, taking grounders, fly balls and ABs to ensure they were 100% ready when the game started.

Sturt, on the other hand, arrived late in motley clumps of one or two at a time, yawned, scratched, pulled on their cleats and then proceeded to smack the Red Sox pitching all over the park.

With Jayke 'Bruce' Wayne starring on the mound in combination with Andrew 'AJ' Johnston, the Saints put 10 runs on the board within the first three innings, led by comeback king Ditmar 'Galloping' Guehrer who went 4-4 with 5 RBIs. He was also impassable at first, scooping and picking his way through his first game back from injury. He was well supported by the infield of Jordan 'Skinny' Wayne, coach Phil 'Philthy' Martin and Kingsley 'Kingo' Turner who all had a clean day on the diamond. The outfield of Jake 'Gibbo' Gibson, Jules 'JP' Potiki and Dan '88' Oates didn't have much to do with the glove so they helped themselves with the bat to contribute to another convincing Sturt win.

When Bruce got a bit tired, Gibbo came on and fanned 5 batters in just two innings of work. We're now 6-1 on the season after our second win against the Red Sox and looking forward to the trip to Gawler where the GPS, water bags and fuel stops will be much needed.

Thanks to Sam Hollis for a great job umpiring, the injured Ben 'Roger' Moore for basecoaching and Heather - as always - for scoring. And thanks also to East Torrens for another game played in great spirit.

Hits: Potiki 2, Martin 3 (1 RBI), Gibson 2 (2), Oates 1 (1), Guehrer 4 (5), Turner 2 (2), Jayke Wayne 1, Johnston 2
Pitching: Jayke 35/35 2Ks, Gibbo 18/27 5Ks

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

Bye

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

The Under 17.1's came from behind to defeat South 9-6 at Sturt.

A 3 run double in the third by Kane Hancock was the highlight of the day in a game that could have gone either way until the last inning. A bunch of errors allowed us to take the lead as Stuart Brennan nailed a 2 run double to seal the game.

Time to strap on the waterbag as we hit the road until the New Year with games at Adelaide and Golden Grove.

Hits; Adkins, Knuckey, Macbeth, Hancock, Peters, Brennan

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

Sturt 2 lost to Northern Districts 12

The trials and tribulations of junior baseball continued on Sunday! A strange day with very changeable weather and a team that just didn't bring their best against a team we have beaten before. We scored in the first and in the fifth but in-between our offence never fired. Defensively we started poorly but fought back well.

Tyler Duchene was the standout with 2 doubles, 3 stolen bags and scored our 2 runs. Brandon Weber had our only other hit and made 4 outs to have a solid game and Conor McClure came on to pitch and slowed the bleeding.

I know there are plenty of distractions this time of the year boys but there is only one reason why we are gathered on a Sunday. When it's time to play baseball, IT"S TIME TO PLAY!

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

Glenelg     0 3 0 2 0 5
Sturt        1 3 7 3 X 14

On a difficult day with showers and high wind the boys put together a solid performance. The damp conditions saw both teams struggle on the mound, but Kieran and Jack had much better range and control than the opposition. The game saw 16 walks (Sturt 6, Glenelg 10) and no one with >50% strikes. Well done in tough conditions. Reed was solid behind the plate and Harry made some nice plays at short.

With the bat the boys hit well (9 Hits), only gave up 2 K's, and had plenty of opportunity on the bases with 10 walks. While some wild pitching in the middle for Glenelg allowed us to move around the bases easily, timely hits scored runs when needed. Unluckiest play to Kieran who turned a standup double drive to centre into a slide play out at third, trying to be aggressive on the bases but scored the run.

Hits
2 - Harry, Jack (2 doubles)
1 - Luke, Kieran (double), Matan, Reed, Hugo

Walks
2 - Like, Reed, Hugo
1- Kieran, Jamie, Matan, Tyrese

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

Eagles 20 d U15/2 - Sturt 10

Today was one of those days when a tooth extraction minus the anesthetic would have been preferable to the game we all watched at West Torrens! We gave up 20 walks and the opposition 12. Thirty two walks do not make for a good game of baseball.

The girls of West Torrens pulled our strides down for the second time this season with a 20-10 trouncing. We tried 3 pitchers without success. We threw 143 pitches for 47 strikes. Enough said. With a thin squad we are going to have to persist and overcome. Practice and more practice will fix this. In defence of the boys that pitched they all went in underdone without any practice through the week due to heat but they all had a dip and kept trying.

Amongst the rubble of our defeat there were some bright points. Elliot Ridgway went 2 for 2 and got on base 3 times for his 3 visits to the plate. Josh Wilson one for one, 2 walks and scored 3 times, Chris Sandor followed instructions to the letter getting walked 3 times for his 3 visits and scored once. Louis Gava and Ed Knights both chipped in with single hits. Not enough to win the game and not across the board. WT's first pitcher really struggled to find the zone but their second pitcher struck out 3 of 9 batters faced and conceded just the one run. They have a couple of good pitchers and if they both put it together on the same day they will be hard to beat. Base running was good and fielding passable given that there were only 5 hits to defend. Louis did a good job behind the plate stopping a lot of very ordinary throws.

The talking and the back-up of the opposition was a good lesson for our lads. It's a pity they weren't paying that much attention. The aggressive base running of the girls left the team a little befuddled at times and the penny has not dropped just yet with positional plays. Given that we are dealing with an inexperienced side performances like this are to be expected. The trick will be not to do it two weeks in a row. Thanks to Danielle for scoring again.

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

West Torrens 14 lost to Sturt 10

This week's game against an undermanned West Torrens at Flinders had all the makings of the script of a Hollywood blockbuster. Unfortunately for Sturt the game started out as a disaster movie, transformed for a time into a thriller and eventually descended into a box office B Grade flop. Following some early wayward pitching and fielding Sturt found themselves down 8-0 after an inning and a half. Brian called the boys together for a cast meeting and an urgent script rewrite. What was cooked up looked for a time to be a mix of The Great Escape and Escape from Alcatraz. The boys tunneled out of jail, launched the inflatable raft, looked set for a successful escape and then…….PFFFT…..the air went out of the comeback.

With Tully holding West Torrens scoreless in the top of the third, the Saints hung a 4 on the board in the bottom of the inning capped by a two run double by Patrick to close the gap to 8-5. The Eagles managed only two more runs over the next two innings while Sturt strung together 5 hits to score 3 runs in the bottom of the fourth. Doubles by Jordan and Samuel in the fifth scored another run and suddenly it was a one run game with Sturt sniffing an unlikely win. However, West Torrens spoiled the happy ending with a 4 run burst in the top of the sixth to put the final result out of reach.

Positive signs in the field were a nice twisting over-the-shoulder catch by Patrick in short left from third base and improved glovework and throwing by Axel in left.

This was a loss we didn't need to have. 13 hits and 10 runs should be enough to control any game. We have a pitching staff full of powerful arms, but that doesn't mean a lot if we continue to shrink the strike zone. 9 of the 12 West Torrens batters who walked in this game ended up scoring. End of story for this tear jerker..

This week's Yogi-ism: "You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going because you might not get there."

Hits - Jordan Abfalter 3 (2 x 2B), Patrick Milewski (2B), Tom Emmett, Tully Kennett 2 each, Samuel Bennetts (2B), Sam Stewart, Robbie Brennan, Kurt Schenk 1 each

RBI -Patrick Milewski, Robbie Brennan 2 each, Axel Andrews, Tom Emmett, Jordan Abfalter, Tully Kennett, Samuel Bennetts 1 each

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

Sturt 4 lost to Souths 13

Another good display but a few crucial errors at the wrong times cost us dearly. Young teams playing at higher levels will be inconsistent but I will never let the boys use this as an excuse. We are in this grade to improve and compete. We will need to train harder to make sure we iron out these mistakes and decision making errors.

Jack Hutton pitched his full 70 pitches with a good outing. Lachy Holland was a stand out with the bat collecting a couple of hits. Considering these two are 8 and 9 years old we have plenty to look forward to in this grade for the next 4 years! Good luck to everyone else then!

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

A 9 all draw.

A funny old day down the Angels field.

We started with a bang scoring the maximum 5 runs courtesy of 5 walks, a cracking double by Hamish and a single to Lachlan.

Hamish was first on the mound and did a fantastic job striking out 3 Angels and giving up a couple of walks to keep them scoreless.

Our second innings was great too as we scored 4 runs thanks to a double by Jonas and another cracking double by Hamish.

Spencer took over the pitching duties but struggled to find the zone, he battled hard but just couldn't throw enough strikes today.

Our next innings started off with the Angels making a nice play to get the first out, then a cracking double to Ryder only to get caught stealing 3rd base.

The 3rd innings started o with some more wayward pitching and we nearly handed the game to the Angels, but Jonas came in to save the day by striking out 3 Angels and we finished with a draw.

A little disappointing but a draw is better than a loss.

Our hitting was outstanding today and it was pleasing to see most of runs coming from safe hits.

The Angels on the other hand did not get a single hit and scored all of their runs from walks.

I cannot stress enough how important it is for our pitchers to throw strikes.

Keep working hard boys, practice makes perfect as they say.

Hits - Hamish 2, Jonas, Ryder and Lachlan 1 each.

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

Little League 2 - Saints 10 d Adelaide 7

..:: message posted on Monday the 2nd of December, 2013 22:38:49 ::..

Newsletter 25/11/13

This week we have two twilight games on Wednesday night, one at Sturt for our U17/2- Sturt team against Goodwood and our U15/2- Sturt Team will be playing Southern Districts at Flinders University. Both games commence at 6.15 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. We are currently updating our website to thank all of our generous sponsors. 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

Game 1:  East Torrens 6, Sturt 6

Game 2:   East Torrens 8 d Sturt 3



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

Sturt 4 lost to East Torrens 8

We busted out early today scoring 3 runs in our first dig, with a lead off hit to Dutchy and a smoking line drive double to Youngy backed up with a walk from Stokesy and a 2 RBI chinka to Tommy things where looking good. ET scored 1 in the second and we followed up with another in our 3rd 4-1 up.

Unfortunately like previous weeks we hold a lead and have one bad dig, this week it was the 3rd where we gave up 3 reasonably easy runs. We just could not find a break after this with line drives finding fielders and creating what should have been runs into double plays, some errors sneaked into our game and we just could not find those hits to create a come back.

Stay focused guys we are not getting the wins at the moment but we are not far off the mark. There is still plenty of room for improvement and we still haven't put a full game together, i look forward to next week and working hard for the full 120 minutes to get the win.

Hits 2 Dutchy; 1 Faehse, Young, Winter, P. Turner

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

Sturt 5 lost to Adelaide 14

We lost to Adelaide 14 5 what hurt us was giving up 10 walks in the game. We had Simon Atkins played his 2nd senior game. All boys played well! Keep up the hard work.hit French 3 Hits Turner,Ottaway 2 each Duffield, Arnold ,Macbeth 1 each

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

No report available!

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

Bye!

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

No game this round due to schoolies!

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

The Under 17.1's bounced back from last week's loss to defeat East Torrens 10-3 at Sturt.

Kayne Hancock led the way with 3 hits including a a bomb through the poplars. We played a fairly balanced game except for a few little mistakes - so it's baserunning practice this week Boys!

Thanks to Max Walker and Harrison Knuckey (2 hits) for filling in.

Hits; Hancock 3, Adkins, Knuckey 2, Arnold, Macbeth, Walker, Bartley.

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

Bye

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

U15/1 Sturt  2 5 1 4 7  19
Adelaide      0 0 0 1 0  1

After 2 weeks of average performance the boys fired up today!

Facing a team with 2 state level pitchers all boys swung the bat aggressively and reminded everyone of the potential this team has.

Ky started on the mound and completed 4 innings - 63 pitches, 9Ks, 1 walk, 1 hit, 1 run. A superb performance well supported by the field with Jack solid behind the plate and throwing out the steal to 2nd. Good catches to Matan, Harry, Kieran, and Jack.

Aussie relieved and closed out the game with a 16 pitch effort.

Back to the batting - 27 hits, 3 walks, 1 K in 39 plate appearances through 5 innings says it all.

3 HR - Jack, Ky, and Jamie Last for his first bomb. We'll done boys. Kieran went 5 for 5 with 3 through the fence for stand up doubles. Luke put to over the fence just foul switch hitting.

Everyone recorded a hit.

Luke 2 from 4 (1dbl) 1 walk
Harry 4 from 5 (2dbl)
Kieran 5 from 5 (3 dbl)
Jack 3 for 3 (1HR, 1dbl) 1 walk
Ky 2 from 4 (1HR, 1 dbl)
Aussie 1 from 4
Jamie 4 from 4 (1HR, 1 dbl)
Matan 3 from 4
Tyrese 1 from 1 (1dbl), 1 walk
Reed 2 from 2 (1 dbl)
Baseball is a team game and this was a team effort!
Great effort boys!!

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

Sturt 4 1 2 5 6 18
Southern Districts 0 0 5 2 1 8

Another beautiful spring afternoon at lovely Norman Reserve saw the Saints out hit and out pitch Southern Districts and win 18-8.

The two stats that stood out in the game - South's got 5 hits versus our 13 and gave up 12 walks versus just our 3. Hugo Dahlen Flight threw 4 innings for 41 strikes from 70 pitches and 3 strike outs. Making his season debut on the mound Elliot Ridgway made it look easy with one innings throwing 20 pitches for 11 strikes and one strike out. Excellent job boys!

The batting was our best for the season. 13 hits and 12 walks backed up our pitchers. Everyone got on base at least twice either by hits or walks so it was a win once again driven by an overall team effort.

Individually there were some terrific highlights. The galloping baby giraffe Chris Sandor got his first hit for the season and brought the capacity crowd to their feet. Wonderful to watch the progress Chris has been making since he started. Hard work does pay off. Callum Turner had a great day with the bat. 4 plate appearances, 2 hits, 2 walks, 3 RBI's and scored 2 runs. For a bloke that took a while to get going his last two weeks with the bat have been fantastic. Well done.

Andrew Brennan scored 4 runs from his hit and 3 walks. His base running has improved out of sight and he continues to make himself an integral part of the team. Ed Knights and Harry Kitt 2 hits apiece and Louis Gava had a 3RBI single with a deep outfield hit also made good contributions. Louis made an excellent throw to catch a runner stealing and his work behind the dish was a marked improvement on last week.

It's sometimes difficult when everyone around you is getting hits and you're struggling but special mention to Jono Stathy for his two walks and 4 at bats that took the opposition 25 pitches. That makes the opposition work and helps the team and that is more important than individual success.

We still need to review our situational awareness if we are to beat the better teams. A couple of forced plays were executed very poorly to say the least and a couple of catches were missed. Calling for a fly ball in the infield was a perfect example and we still need to think about the next play i.e. what to do if the ball comes to me.

5-1 after six and we play South's again Wednesday night at Flinders and the girls of West Torrens the following Sunday so we have a couple of interesting games ahead of us.

Hits: Harry 3, Ed 3, Callum 2, Hugo 2, Chris, Andrew, Louis

RBI's: Louis 3, Ed 3, Callum 3, Elliot 2, Harry, Hugo, Jono, Chris

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

Sturt 8 defeated Kensington 1

I was good day. 9 boys arrived at Flinders and none of them left their heads at home! What a difference it made compared to last week!

Jordy made his much-anticipated debut on the mound. It was worth waiting for. We all knew he had an arm, but he showed great control and maturity, pitching 2 innings with 3 strikeouts and giving up no runs. A wonderful start that set the foundation for the rest of the day. He left the mound a happy young man. Job done.

Tully was tossed the ball at the top of the 3rd. 5 strike outs in 3 innings which included, breaking pitches, curve balls, sliders and change ups. Tom (catching) and Tully seemed to be having a good time, Kensington weren't; they were swinging and missing. Tom pitched the last innings finishing the game with 3 K2's (and 2 walks) to concede their only run. 11 strike outs in 6 innings indicates the strength of our pitching today.

Kensington's pitcher needed to be respected. Fast and accurate and although we hit the ball well, we didn't manage to score until the 3rd innings. 3 solid runs and then finishing up with a full 5 runs in the bottom of the 5th. Batting and base running were a highlight of the day.

A special mention needs to go to our international man of mystery, Samuel Bennetts. He has been sorely missed and it was terrific to have him back. The smooth left hander's swing delivered 3 safe hits including 2 doubles. Other highlights included Robbie's 2 hits, and Patrick's solid catching and 3 hits (including a great 2 base hit to left field). A final mention goes to a smooth play by our "reluctant" third baseman (5-3).

It was a good day. It was good to win. You should all be very happy.

3 hits- Samuel B (2 x2B) Patrick M (1 X 2B): 2 hits- Robbie B, Tom E: 1 hit- Sam S, Jordan A, Kurt S

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

Saints 13 defeated Goodwood 10

Our first win! This was result wasn't a complete surprise to the team or the parents as week by week we have seen enormous improvement in these young men. We have a team that is now starting to understand what is required at this level and how much concentration and effort is needed for the full 2 hours.

Jack Hutton and Josh Vidale did a great job on the mound and threw a lot of strikes which puts the pressure on the opposition to swing the bat.

Our hitting now looks a lot more assured and confident. Everyone looked aggressive and took their swings which is exactly what I ask from week to week. We only learn from doing things, trying things and making mistakes!

Very hard to pick out some standout players - everyone played very well.

We are looking forward to the rest of the season with optimism

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

Little League 2 - Saints 15 d Little League 2 - Sturt 7

The derby between Sturt and the undefeated Saints.

Firstly I would like to mention the importance of throwing strikes, and how it involves everyone so much more than seeing walk after walk after walk.

The Saints started with a bang scoring the maximum 5 runs and picking up 5 hits.

The pleasing thing was that our starting pitcher Joel was fantastic, not only was it Joel's first try at pitching, but he finished with 21 strikes, 16 balls, a strikeout and only one walk.

It was great to see the ball getting put into play and the kids getting involved.

We scored two runs in the first innings thanks to a couple of walks and a safe hit to Jonas.

Spencer was next on the mound for us and did a fantastic job, with 16 strikes and 13 balls. The Saints scored the maximum 5 runs again but once again the ball was being put into play and everyone was getting involved.

Our second innings was over pretty quickly courtesy of some hard throwing by Angus Catt who struck out the side.

Jonas was next on the mound and kept the Saints scoreless with 3 strikeouts and a couple of walks.

Unfortunately we didn't trouble the scorers in the 3rd inning.

The 4th inning was a bit messy and once again the Saints scored the maximum 5 runs after picking up a couple of hits and some walks.

I asked the boys to knuckle down and get some runs in the last innings and to their credit they did, with 5 walks and a timely hit to Hamish giving us the maximum 5 runs.

Well done to Ryder for picking 4 walks for the day and showing great concentration in the batters box.

Special mention to Max Gray who copped a ball on the nose in the warm up, and still played out the game for his team to make up the 9 players.

The Saints boys were just too good for us today, but in all it was a great game.

Hits - Jonas, Hamish 1 each

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

Little League 2 - Saints 15 d Little League 2 - Sturt 7

The battle of the Sturt teams!

Being the away team again we opened the batting and set the opposition a tough task by scoring the 5 runs. A great hit by Lachie Holland set the scene.

Zac Becker took to the mound only allowed them two runs pitching his 38 to eventually get his three strike outs. Our next at bat saw us score the 5 runs again, great hits from Zac Becker, Lachie Holland and Lachie Seekamp.

Angus Catt took over the pitching and blew them away requiring just 19 pitches to get three strike outs and no addition to the score. Great work Angus. Our next at bat wasn't as fruitful with no runs scored.

Harry Chaplin made his pitching debut and and with some good fielding plus two strike outs also held them scoreless and required just 16 pitches. Nice start Harry! We then scored 5 runs. A couple of big hits from Zac Becker and Lachie Seekamp being the highlights.

Issy Gonzalez finished the pitching for the day. He never gave up however they managed to score the 5 runs.

Well done to Ziggy Taylor playing at first all day, getting a couple of outs and learning the spot well.

Another great game played in good spirit. Well done boys!

..:: message posted on Monday the 25th of November, 2013 22:10:39 ::..

All Star Game Friday Night!

The Adelaide Bite vs SABL All-Star game this Friday 22nd November 2013 commences at 6.30 pm with the Home Run Derby followed by the Adelaide Bite vs SABL All-Star game commencing at 7.15 pm. Purchase a ticket online using promotional code allstar 2013. All members get in free with their plastic member card so be sure to bring it along. If you are yet to receive it there will be a list with your name at the front gate where you will be able to collect an entry ticket.

Shaun Wright and Curran Redal will be representing Sturt in the All Stars Game

..:: message posted on Thursday the 21st of November, 2013 22:58:34 ::..

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