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Newsletter 18/11/13

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.

All non-members should take advantage of the promotional online price. The $6 tickets will not be available at the gate on the night so save yourselves a few bucks and pre-purchase online.

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

Sturt 9 d Port Adelaide 2

Wow what a difference a week can make in baseball!

After an ordinary performance the guys were keen to bounce back which they did at the expense of Port Adelaide who are early season premiership favourites winning 9-2.

As per normal the wind was blowing in a gale with Ruzic on the bump for PA and TJ for us I was thinking this will be a 1-0 or 2-1 type game. This was the case for the first 2 innings with both pitchers in control until some quality batting and base running saw us score 2 without getting the ball out of the infield in the third. And then in the 4th we did the same with a bb and a sac bunt by McArdle and then an error scored our 3rd run.

From then on we scored another 2 in the 7th and 4 in the 8th in an awesome display against some quality pitching we collected 15 hits, 4 walks with everyone being a contributor to the team.

Whilst all of this was going on we had TJ dominating on the mound and looking at a complete game shut out which unfortunately didn't come with 2 out in the last no one on TJ threw his first walk for the day then a home run killed the shut out opportunity.

His stats where amazing and had to be seen to believed how dominant he was against a very strong line up.

9 inn 4 hits 1 walk 14 k's which he struck out every hitter at least once.

From a coaches perspective I couldn't off ask for a better performance with great Defence as well. Hits- Redal 4, Brebner-Russ, Turner, Nicholas & McArdle 2 each and 1 each to Macbeth, Faehse & Hollis.

Next week a double header at East Torrens could really start to set up our season after a slow start.

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

Sturt 5 lost to Port Adelaide 8

We played solid baseball today with all contributing something to the game. The voice and team vibe was good our defence was solid and offensively we fought hard picking up 9 walks and 5 hits. In our second defensive dig we gave up 5 runs which included 4 walks and a couple of hits to Port ,this was the real difference today.

But to the boys credit down by 5 run early in the game we fought back manufacturing some runs with good hitting by Matt Franke and a towering homerun from Sam Hollis to regain some pride an go down by only 3 runs. Well done to Tyson who showed character today, pitching a rough 2nd he got out of that dig and then chuck 2 more solid digs to go to his full pitch count pitching 4 innings. Dutchy and Kitch finished the pitching off throwing a high percentage of strikes.

Well played lads good team effort.

hits: 1 Dutchy, Hollis, Kitch, Winter, Franke.

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

Sturt 6 d Northern Districts 3

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

Sturt 4 defeated Northern Districts 2

What a difference a week makes, we faced the top of the table Northern Districts and it was a tight game all the way through the entire 7 innings. Northern Districts started with one in the first but some good fielding by Wallace stopped them from scoring a second. Our first at bat started well with Wallace getting a walk but from there a quick couple of 5-3 and we were down by one at the end of the first. The second was scoreless both sides, we had them 3 up and down while we left 2 runners on base. In the third they scored one to go 2 up but we did turn a double to end the innings, we managed to get one back to be 2-1 down after three. We held them scoreless in the fourth with our second double play of the day by Chris Day and managed to even it up with one run. In the fifth we again held them scoreless and we squeezed one in to go one up with plenty of time left on the clock. Two innings left and we needed to hold them for the win. Top sixth and we stopped them again with our third and final double play for the day, and we then went and added one more to our tally to go 4-2 up with one innings to go. Three outs is required to win with 2 runs up our sleeve and we stopped them after 4 batters, the game was ours. This week no errors and some great plays. Thanks to Dan Oates and Cameron Young for helping out when needed, Cameron took a great catch at left and Dan picked one out the dirt at first for a double play.

Thanks to Phil Martin for umpiring he did a fantastic job for his first time.

Thanks to Janet Young, Jo Trembath and Carol Burns for all their help scoring the home games it is greatly appreciated and very easy to read the scorebook when they do it.

Safe hits: Long 2 (1D), Trembath 2 (1S), Sluga 1, Oates 1, Small 1, Thompson Craig 1

Pitchers: Rick Trembath 86 pitches, 59 strike, 27 balls over 7 innings. A complete game.

Go the SAINTS

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

Sturt 16 defeated Henley & Grange 10

It's great when your dad comes to sit behind home plate and watch you play. It's even better when you get a couple of decent hits and bring in some base runners.

Yep, it's all going well…right up to the point when you're trotting serenely down the third base line under the eyes of your adoring father - and you inexplicably trip over your own feet, face-planting on home plate, coming up with a mouthful of dirt to see your teammates rolling around the dugout in tears of laughter.

It was the only hiccup in an otherwise great day for Ben 'Roger' Moore who went 4-4, booming some big outfield hits to bring in 3RBIs. And we needed them early, as both sides traded hits to keep the scorers busy in the first few innings. However, our sheer number of base runners soon took its toll - coach Phil 'Philthy' Martin crossed the plate four times thanks to the hitting of Rog and Kingsley 'Butterball' Turner while Jayke 'Bruce' Wayne, Jules 'JP' Potiki and Wallace 'Gromit' Long also put together some crucial at bats.

Jordan 'Skinny' Wayne three 59 strikes to fan nine batters working with Andrew 'AJ' Johnston behind the plate, before Jess 'Lemo' Lemon came on for the save.

We're now 5-1 on the season heading into the bye. Thanks to Tredders for umpiring, Gromit for filling in and to Heather - once again - for a great job in the scorers' hut…and for Kingsley's new nickname. Butterball. It's perfect.

Hits: Lemon 1, Potiki 1, Martin 2 (1 RBI), Moore 4 (3), Turner 1 (3), Jayke 2 (1), Long 2 (2), Jordan 2 (2), Johnston 1
Jordan - 93 pitches, 59 strikes, 9Ks Jess - 24 pitches, 12 strikes 1K

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

Sturt 11 defeated East Torrens 8

This was probably the best game of baseball that we have played in this season.

East Torrens jumped out of the gate early scoring 3 runs in the 1st inning. Mitch Lightbody then held them scoreless for the next 3 innings.

We scored 2 in the 2nd and then took the lead scoring 4 in the 3rd inning. We scored 2 more in the 4th and 3 more in the 5th due to a big 2 out bases clearing triple by Max Guehrer.

The difference in the game was the pitching. Our pitchers Mitch and Tinny only walked 3 where as ET walked us 10 times.

Hits: Guehrer 2, Walker, Lightbody, Arnold, Hill 1.

A big thank you to John Gooley for umpiring.

Go the Saints!

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

West Torrens 8 d U17/1 - Sturt 2

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

Sturt 11 lost to Goodwood 15

A beautiful afternoon greeted us at Norman Reserve for our match with the Goodwood Indians, who defeated us heavily in the first round of the season. This rematch was an important test for us to see how far we have come. It turned out to be somewhat of a mixed bag.

Much of the game was evenly matched although we gave away extra bases and runs with some sloppy throws and others that did not need to be made. Despite this scores were level after 3 innings. The fourth inning however saw us give up the maximum 7 runs from some good hitting by the Indians, some errors and a couple of missed opportunities by us. We responded with 3 runs of our own but 7 was out of reach. A pleasing aspect was we scored in every inning and overall I was happy with our competitiveness.

Riley Mills had a great day with 2 hits and caught 2 infield fly balls, one of which he threw to Nik Sas who made a diving tag at home for a double play. Lachlan Delbridge continued a great rookie season with 3 hits and taking a big catch deep in left field.

Brandon Weber drilled a nice line drive into right field whilst Jamie Last and Aussie McClure, playing up from the U15s performed very well, thanks to both of them.

The improvement is significant boys so stay positive and keep working on your game.

It must be mentioned the Sturt fans were not happy with the coaches efforts at third holding up runners when they wanted them sent. Jeers and boo's poured forth. First time I've felt the wrath of the home crowd and it wasn't pretty! Very amusing though.

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

Sturt 15 defeated West Torrens 1

With the boys needing to show some improvement after last week, and up against a quality opposition, they arrived ready to go today.

Maximum 7 runs in the bottom first after holding WT to 0 was a great start. After this we managed to keep getting on the bases but not adding to the score.

The boys swung the bat today and gave us some chances to add scoreboard pressure. Only 2 K2s and no KCs for the game.

Ky started on the mound (77 pitches, 68%, 8Ks for 2 runs, 0 walks thru 4 innings) relieved by Aussie (50 at 62%, 2Ks, 5 runs with 1 HBP). Kieran came in to close out the game getting the last out.

Still a number of errors, and some lethargy in the field, did not give the pitchers the support they deserved.

Overall a big step forward with some aggression at the plate rewarded with runs on the board.

Good job today.

West Torrens   0002003 5
Sturt               700000x 7

Hits
3 - Harry and Jack, 2 - Ky, 1 - Kieran, Aussie, Tyrese, Reed, Matan

Walks
1 - Luke, Aussie, Jamie

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

Sturt        6 3 0 1 2 12
Eagles      3 2 1 6 1 13

A beautiful spring afternoon at West Torrens saw the "screaming" Eagles gun down the previously undefeated Saints 13-12 in a see sawing affair.

The game was never dull. Off to a flying start with a 6 run first innings, top of the 4th we led 10-6 only to cough up 6 runs in the 4th to trail by 2 going into the last innings. With two out and needing two runs to make the Eagles bat again an inside (maiden) home run 2RBI special by Harry Kitt tied the scores only to see us lose in the last with a passed ball.

We lost and it won't do the team any harm. We're not that good and the Eagles thoroughly deserved their win. The Eagles never dropped their heads despite at one stage looking down and out, kept persisting and eventually got the points. A good lesson for any team.

Hugo Dahlen-Flight came to play in his first game with the team and should be very pleased his effort. 3 innings 72 pitches 37 strikes 5K's, 4 walks and 4 hits. Had a good day with the bat as well collecting 2 hits including a triple and a walk. First long outing on the hill for the season and displayed a great attitude. A good day at the office.

Harry Kitt had a mixed day. An inside home run to tie up the score should be put in the memory bank for later recall. It was a pity we couldn't have a scored a win to make the big tonk all the more memorable. With the accolades come the brickbats and Harry struggled for control on the mound this week in just his second outing. Tried hard at catcher and always gives 100% and you can't ask for anymore.

Callum Turner stepped up to the plate and got his first hit and RBI for the season. Had a good day with two base visits from his 3 at bats, ran hard and backed up in the outfield. Josh Wilson an RBI double and Andrew Brennan's double play at short stop were other highlights.

Overall we were out pitched and out hit by the Eagles. The boys haven't seen a great deal of consistent pitching and today we faced a better team than the 2 previous weeks. We were struck out 12 times versus 8 was this was the game changing difference. The score reflected the stats, each team had 8 hits, we gave 7 walks the Eagles 8, stolen bases 8 each and the Eagles overall were just a little bit better and won the game.

With our previous wins everyone contributed, this week we didn't get it and we lost. It's a team game and we all have to put in and not rely on a few. Well done to the Eagles we'll get them next time. Thanks to Danielle for scoring.

Hits: Hugo 2, Harry (HR), Josh, Callum, Louis
RBI's: Hugo 2, Harry 2, Josh 2, Callum, Louis

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

Glenelg 7 defeated Sturt 1

Sturt headed to Tigertown for a showdown of two undefeated teams and a chance to see how our team is placed against the strength of the Majors South competition. We should have known this was going to be an odd sort of game when we showed up at Glenelg and The Pat didn't smell.

Assisted by a couple early fielding miscues by the Saints, Glenelg chipped away to knock us off with some steady pitching backed up by a solid defense in a game that was closer than the score would indicate. A real positive is the way the boys swung the bat today, knocking out 9 hits in only 21 plate appearances as a team. On the flipside the way we ran the bases once on board was not up to scratch, more than once running ourselves out of potential rallies and resulting in only one run scored over five innings.

The other tale-of-the-tape to this game was the fact Glenelg walked 1 batter while our pitchers collectively issued 8 free passes. That is a recipe for problems at any level of baseball and our pitchers will benefit from an emphasis on bullpen sessions at our upcoming training sessions.

Saint highlights from today's game include Tom Emmett's booming double over the head of the right fielder to knock in the only Sturt run, Kurt Schenk cutting off a hot smash down the left field line to hold the Glenelg batter to a single and Tully taking a looping low popup on the mound and doubling the Glenelg baserunner off third to end a one out bases loaded threat in the third inning.

Finally, thanks to James Rycroft for coming over to join the team today and again playing well. James scooped up an absolute stinger to second base and threw to first to nail the last Glenelg batter of the game.

Our boys now can see where the bar is set for this year. Talent-wise there is little between ourselves and the best of the opposition. However, the way the Glenelg players went about their business and carried themselves on the field set an example our players would be wise to emulate.

This week's Yogi-ism: ""We made too many wrong mistakes."

Hits - Tom Emmett 3 (2B), Sam Stewart, Robbie Brennan 2 each, Tully Kennett, James Rycroft, Patrick Milewski 1 each

RBI -Tom Emmett

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

Sturt 0 lost to Adelaide 12

The scoreline doesnt reflect how well the boys played in this game.

After some major shuffling around due to a couple of players away and James playing in the other major team, we took to the field with a young but talented group.

Many thanks to Zac Becker and Hugo Ellery for playing two games and they did very well.

A great job by Angus Catt catching the whole game and doing a fantastic job.

Jack Hutton pitched 3 great innings while not giving up any earned runs. It was his best outing for the season. Max Culp and Josh Vidale pitched the final three innings and were great. Lots of strikes which put the pressure on the opposition hitters to swing the bat.

Young Lachy Holland had his first at bats in the majors and showed how much he has improved form last year.

Seb Steele also played up a grade and was the best hitter on the day with a couple of hits.

The team managed to play the whole 6 innings and held the opposition to a reasonable score. The best thing that these kids can keep doing is playing more baseball - they will keep learning and keep getting better as they play and train more and more.

Well done boys - keep your heads up!

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

Little League 2-Sturt 15 defeated Hawks 9

A windy and slightly chilly morning greeted us down at Peregrine Park as we met our next challenge against the Hawks.

Our first innings was great collecting the maximum 5 runs thanks to 5 walks a hit pitched ball and a safe hit each to Jonas and Hamish.

The Hawks came back and scored 3 runs but Jonas battled away on the mound and finished them off.

Our second inning was nearly the same as the first as we scored the maximum 5 runs again thanks to 7 walks and a hit pitched ball and a great team at bat from Baxter who put the ball into play and scored his first run.

Hamish pitched the second innings and was fantastic only allowing 1 run with 3 strikeouts and a couple of walks.

Or third innings (you guessed it) we scored the maximum 5 runs again thanks to 8 walks and another great team at bat from Baxter who again put the ball into play and scored his second run.

Hamish started the 3rd inning and ran out of pitches so Lachlan Fisher replaced him for his first go at pitching. The strike zone got away a little bit and the Hawks scored their maximum 5 runs, well done Lachy keep practicing and the strikes will come easier.

It was another great performance in the batters box by our boys.

Their pitch selection and patience is very good and pleasing to see.

Hence why we picked up 20 walks and 2 hit pitch balls for the day.

Hits - Jonas, Hamish 1 each

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

Little League 2-Saints 8 defeated Southern Districts 6

Both teams were undefeated coming in to this game at Flinders. We opened the batting without scoring. Three batters up and all struck out. Southern Districts opening pitcher was on fire.

Zac Becker took to the mound and pitched well with a couple of strike outs but they managed to score two runs. We then got a couple of hits in the second innings to even the score at 2 all.

Angus Catt took over the pitching duties with 3 strike outs and keeping them scoreless. We scored another run to take a one run lead.

Angus continued to pitch with two strike outs and then an easy out at 1st. We then scored 5 runs from some good watching and some good hits from Hugo Ellery and Issy Gonzalez.

We allowed 3 runs in the 4th and just 1 in the 5th with Lachie Holland getting the third out with a strike out to give us the WIN!

A good solid game by all and a very pleasing result. Well done boys!

..:: message posted on Monday the 18th of November, 2013 21:09:37 ::..

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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 7 d Sturt 1

This week we hosted the minor premiers from last year Golden Grove and went down 7-1

We possibly have the youngest line up going around which is no excuse if we want to be a force and do some damage which we clearly have the talent we need to be ready to play otherwise these good teams will continue to do what happened on the weekend.

We didn't start the way we had hoped allowing 2 runs in the first due to some really good team hitting by Golden Grove and then another 1 in the 3rd.

We bounced back on the back of base hits from Jordan McArdle and Curran Redal who then stole second causing a wild throw scoring our first run.

Unfortunately Golden Grove scored 4 more in the 4th with 2 out and nobody on putting the game out of reach and with only one other player making it past second for the rest of the game we never had a chance.

Our pitchers threw 60 more pitches then Golden Groves, we only gave up 1 more hit but 5 more walks which shows the value of throwing strikes.

Matt Franke once again did a stirling job by keeping the scoreline at 7-1 with 4 innings of relief only allowing 1 hit and David Nicholas came in at the end to strike out the side but the damage was done.

Another shining light was who each week keeps improving and making a statement to say he is ready for Div 1 is Jordan McArdle collecting another 2 hits.

Hits -McArdle 2 & 1 each to Redal, Turner, Holmes, Macbeth, Hollis (double)

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

Sturt 6 drew with GGCD 6


Today we started off well grabbing an early lead, up by 2 runs at the end of the 3rd dig. After a tough 4th and 5th dig we found ourselves down 5-3. Craig Wright pitched another solid game for us and handed the ball to Mitchell Lightbody top 6 for his first B grade pitching outing. We gave golden Grove another run in the 6th but with good Defence and Mitch taking on the challenge we held them scoreless in the 7th and 8th to give us one last crack at it in the bottom 8.

3 Runs down and 1 out things didn't look great, then Pete Turner and Sam Hollis got us consecutive walks. Tom Faehse came in to hit for the now injured Dutchy and he roped the ball flat down the right field line picking up the two RBI's with a stand up triple. Next hitter got out and now we are 1 run down 2 out. Matthew MacBeth came up to bat and line drove the ball for the second time up the middle to tie up the game. Unfortunately we couldn't score that last run but what a come back from the lads.

We should learn from today's game that if we keep fighting and stay focused we can not only come back but also score good runs in a single dig. Faehse showed how to come up with the important hit at the right time and Pete and Sam showed patience getting the two walks to start it all off and keep the game alive. Offensively we where discipline today picking up 8 walks in the batters box.

Today the pitchers where doing their job throwing strikes and only giving up the one walk and 2 HPB, once again well done to Mitch for pitching 3 tough digs to finish off the game. Jimmy was superb with the bat and the ball picking up 3 hits. Macca was a big help today making a key throw from right field to hose the runner at home and picked up two hits for the day. Dutchy was the team man as usual getting his walks and playing injured for most of the game. Kitch chipped in with a hit and made 2nd look easy thanks for helping out mate.

Keep up the good work the team spirit is growing.

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

Sturt 12 d GGCD 7

We had a great win against Golden Grove. All boys put pressure on the field and they made errors which helped us win the game. We also had strong defence all day. Thanks to Daniel Oates and Kingsley Turner for siting on the bench.

Hits 2 Brodie Macbeth, Sam Duffield, Brodie Syrus 1 Tyson Ottaway ,Damon Arnold, Mark Richmond, Dale Martens.

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

GGCD 24 defeated Sturt 0

OUCH!!

Go The SAINTS

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

Sturt 10 def. Playford 9

A game that had everything. A person in a ute driving through the outfield in the middle of the game. Runaway dogs invading the playing field. And a controversial last gasp win to Sturt!

The game started out friendly enough. Playford arrived with only 7 players and asked Sturt to waive the automatic 2 outs rule by appealing to Sturt's sense of sportsmanship and the fact that it was Div 8 "social" baseball. Sturt agreed and also offered a Sturt player to make Playford's numbers up to 8 - unwise in hindsight.

Playford started well with the bat -helped considerably by Sturt fielding errors - and built up a 5 -2 lead. Sturt came back and were in front by 3 runs after 4 innings - thanks to some good batting throughout the line-up and tight pitching from Jordan W to halt Playford's scoring. Special mention also to Jake G and Dan O who both brought in runs with solid outfield hits. Playford came back again thanks to some good hitting and more Sturt errors scoring 4 runs in 1 innings to take a 1 run lead close to time. In what was looking like the last chance, Sturt managed to get runners on 2nd and 3rd base with 2 outs. Ben M took the plate and hit one low and hard - unfortunately straight to first base for the 3rd out.

BUT - there were still 7 minutes to play and Sturt took to the field. This move was met by protest from Playford who believed that with less than 10 minutes to play the game should be called. Umpire Peter T advised that the 2 hours wasn't up and that the rules of the game allowed Sturt to take to the field one last time. The game continued and Sturt put Playford away for nought thanks to pressure pitching from Jess L. In Sturt's last innings with Justin R on second and Jules P at bat there ensued yet more controversy. Jules hit one straight to the pitcher. Justin took off for 3rd and the "fielder's choice" was to attempt the rundown play - which Justin skilfully managed to avoid advanced safely to 3rd . Playford appealed for the out but it wasn't given - another correct call by the Umpire. A few moments later Jake G brought the 2 runs in with a loopy left hander's hit to left field for a memorable Sturt win.

In a disappointing move considering the concessions Sturt gave them at the start of the game, Playford indicated that they will appeal the result.

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

Sturt defeated Woodville 11-6

On a cool summers day at Norman Reserve saw us have a win over Woodville. It was a great effort by the guys to hold on for the win for Coach Hollis in his first game as coach after getting out an 11-0 lead after 4 innings.

Good at bats and good base running was the highlight for us.

Tyson Hancock 84/46 and Dylan Ridding 25/13 pitched great to combine 6 innings with 2 hits and 6 runs.

Thanks to David Lee for the wonderful work with the ground, Trish Guehrer for scoring and Kris McArdle helping coach whilst Coach Stokes was away.

Hits: Lightbody 2, Guehrer 2, McArdle

Go Saints

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

The Under 17.1's won their top of the table clash against Golden Grove 10-6. Brodie Macbeth (5inn 5h 5bb 8ks) controlled the game from the mound and our hitters provided support when needed; Damon Arnold with 3 from 4. Apart from a few mistakes, we showed some very encouraging signs for the remainder of the season.

Next week we take on West Torrens at Lockleys, a game which is much anticipated by our very keen group!

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

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

Sturt 9 - Golden Grove 2

Sunday saw our first outing against Golden Grove for the season, the boys lined up feeling confident after the previous weeks win, but were taking a couple of players into the game that had been on the sick list during the week and another carrying an injury.

Conor McClure had another great week pitching with a 4 shutout innings performance and was well supported by the boys in the field. Stewart Gardiner took to the mound for the final 2 innings after recovering from a winter injury and pitched well to keep Golden Grove limited to 2 runs. Cameron Young had an equally good day behind the plate catching.

In the field, the boys limited Golden Groves opportunities, Lochie Delbridge took a difficult backwards running catch at right field, whilst Max Hood and Nik Sass also took good catches. Riley Mills and Brandon Weber both made good outs from short stop and third and Stewart took some great takes at first.

The bats continued to perform, with Tyler Duchene leading off and getting three hits for the day, followed by Conor 2 hits and Max with a 2 hit/3 RBI performance.

Riley Mills was one of two hit batters for the day, taking one to a back that saw him out of the game afterward finishing his at bat, we hope this isn't a sign of last year repeating itself for Riley. Thanks to Aussie McClure, who stayed on after the U15/2 game, his presence needed to take over from Riley.

The boys continue to come together as a team and all the signs are there for them to add to their last two weeks success.

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

Sturt    010200 3
Port     001045

Disappointing day! Extreme lethargy and disinterest by the team. Significant errors cost runs!

Highlights - good effort by all to absorb pitch count through first 2 innings against a quality pitcher. Excellent fly ball catches to Jamie (2) and Jack under difficult conditions.

Ky was superb on the mound (4 Ks, 2 1-3 plays, and a catch for 7 outs in 3 innings, 0 hits) but unfortunately we were mesmerised by the desire to absorb pitches early and forgot we had a bat and that you can use it to swing at the ball.

Result was few runners on and no score board pressure.

As a team we gave up 14 strike outs (most to some average pitching). 8 of these were called 3rd strikes, one with bases loaded.

Hits - Kieran 2, Jamie 1

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

Sturt               2 6 4 2 14
Golden Grove 3 1 2 0 6

The second game of the "Northern Series" saw a dominant Harrison Kitt lead the Saints to a 14-6 win against the Dodgers at Golden Grove on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

Making his first appearance on the mound Harrison Kitt had a game to remember. Threw 55 pitches with 28 strikes and got himself 4K's in his two innings. Kept up his remarkable start to the season with the bat, 3 hits from 4 at bats, 4RBI's and 4 stolen bases. Also made the last two plays at short stop to end the match. Great day Harry!

However as great a day as Harry had individually it's a team game and for the fourth week in a row all the players made their contributions in one way or the other. The discipline and patience in the batter's box was again good. Receiving 11 walks tested the lad's patience but they persevered and got on base. Base running was aggressive which is always pleasing but we got a little complacent a couple of times and suffered the penalty of 2 double plays. We're improving but we're far from perfect. Austin McClure relieved Harry and pitched to a standard we have come to expect - 27 strikes from 43 pitches, 4K's and just the one earned run. With the bat a double and ran the bases very well. Took the catcher's mitt for two innings for the first time in a long time and kept the yap up.

Edward Knights continues his terrific run with the bat 2 hits from 3 AB's, 2RBI's and 4 stolen bases, if it wasn't for Harry we would be raving about what a great first season Ed is having. Always dependable at first base and loves a hit. Keep it up.

Jono Stathy got bat on ball, Chris Sandor picked up 3 walks, Elliot Ridgway a hit and RBI, Josh Wilson got himself an RBI and caught to Aussie for two innings and did a good job, Andrew Brennan stole 4 bases and got home twice and Callum Turner got on base twice and showed a lot of guts staying on the field after a nasty hit in the elbow. If everyone keeps up the positive contribution the results will fall our way. Thanks to Emily Wilson for scoring again. Much appreciated.

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

Sturt 17 defected Saints 11

On what promised to be an emotional day against our fine young comrades, it proved to be a high scoring and challenging game with loads of hits and a few errors. It showed once again that when you put bat to ball you always put pressure on the fielders and give yourself a chance.

Today we moved people around and experimented. It proved a little unsettling, but also enabled the boys to see a different part of the ballpark. We had a total of 4 pitchers today.

Kurt Schenk started on the mound throwing 49 pitches (including 23 strikes) and conceding only 4 runs. His effort was great; pitching his first game in the Majors he showed excellent composure on the mound. Axel worked hard behind the plate and followed this up a cracking hit to left field.

Kurt was backed up by Sam Stewart (32P,19S, 3R) and Robbie Brennan (30P,12S, 3R). Tom Emmett closed the game, conceding 3 straight walks before settling in and throwing some heat that appeared to un-nerve the young opposition (38P, 16S, 1R).

Tony Catt's team hit the ball well all day and kept us on our toes. It was great to play a game of baseball in such a good atmosphere, and see his young charges gaining confidence. Clearly, there is a lot of depth in junior baseball at Sturt.

Our batting was sound this week, scoring the full 5 runs in the first 3 innings and finishing with 2 runs in the 4th. The base running was quick, and all day the boys looked eager to advance. "The Tully" ran so fast that he was rounding 3rd base and heading home as the ball rolled past the home run cones. He was sent back to second! Patrick followed up with a stand up 3B hit to right field. From the look on their faces, we now understand that smacking a line drive into the outfield is a good feeling, and one that we want to repeat.

The whole game was very tight which wasn't reflected in the end score. Well played everyone.

3H Tully Kennett (3B+2B)
2H Patrick Milewski (3B + 2B),Kurt Schenk, Tom Emmett, Nick Borello
1H Axel Andrews

Next week is Sturt vs Glenelg at Glenelg at 12:00pm. Be there at 11:00am and be ready for a tough game.

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

Saints 11 lost to Sturt 17

The local derby was a very entertaining affair this season as the young Saints team certainly came to play!

The boys seemed to step up to the challenge of playing the team to beat in this league and made sure they got noticed.

All three pitchers - Jack Hutton, Max Culp and Josh Vidale did a great job throwing a high percentage of strikes and forcing the Sturt team to swing the bat.

The biggest improver of the season is Tom Fisher - his catching was outstanding and he seems to love being behind the plate.

Lots of good plays defensively and some great hitting from the rest of the team. James Rycroft was the stand out with the batting as he shows how good he can be.

Well done boys - keep improving and we will scare a few sides during the rest of the season!

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

Sturt 16 d Kensington 4

Another home game at Flinders and this week we were up against the Kensington Cardinals.

Spencer started on the hill and did another great job, giving up 2 runs, a hit, 4 walks and 3 strike outs.

We scored 1 run in the first innings courtesy of a couple of walks, then 2 nice hits to Hamish and Spencer.

Jonas Garcia took to the hill and faced 4 hitters, striking out 3 in a much improved performance.

We started our 2nd innings with 3 back to back singles, followed by a double to Angus Catt and then 4 walks in a row gave us the maximum of 5 runs.

Jonas continued his great work in the 3rd innings and was replaced by Hamish after he had reached his pitch count. It was great to see Hamish have a turn at pitching and do a fantastic job finishing with 2 strikeouts.

Our 3rd innings was just as good as our 2nd as the boys picked another 5 walks and with safe hits to Angus, Joel and Spencer we scored another maximum 5 runs.

Angus Catt took up the pitching duties in the 4th innings and had a couple of great plays throwing over to 1st base twice and picking up 1 strike out.

We could have stopped the game there but Kensington wanted to play on so we obliged them.

6 walks, a hit pitched ball and some more hits to Spencer and Hamish and we scored the maximum 5 runs to end the game.

Well done to Angus, Jamie, Lachlan and Joel for all having a turn at catching and sharing the load.

This team is learning fast and doing the little things that count, such as not swinging at bad pitches etc.

Thanks to Lisa Fisher and Deborah Gray for continuing on their scoring journey and Mike Garcia for umpiring.

Hits - Angus 2, Joel 1, Hamish 2, Spencer 3, Lachlan 1, Jonas 1

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

Little League 2-Saints 14 defeated Goodwood Indians 10

Another game at Goodwood for another win. That is 5 straight wins and all on away turf!

Seb Steel opened up the pitching in the same manner as last week, keeping them scoreless. We then scored the maximum 5 runs with 6 hits from the first dig. Zac Becker, Lachie Seekamp, Seb Steele, Hugo Ellery, Lachie Holland and Issy Gonzalez all getting good hits.

Zac Becker took to the mound and also kept the opposition scoreless. The three outs were all strike outs. Great pitching Zac! He also had a great day with the bat including a huge hit to centre field which bounced just inside the home run line.

Hugo Ellery, Lachie Holland, Harry Chaplin and Lachie Seekamp all went well with the bat collecting 3 hits each.

Brady Carlson-Stewart couldn't quite repeat last weeks amazing game. Brady, it happens but keep the chin up as I know you can do it, we all have a day where it doesn't quite go to plan!

Next week we have a home game at Flinders v Southern Districts.

..:: message posted on Monday the 11th of November, 2013 22:58:42 ::..

Newsletter 04/11/13

The baseball season is well under way now with the first home game for the Bite this coming Thursday night at Norwood Oval, commencing at 7.00 pm when the Bite take on Perth Heat. You can buy ticket online!

The Adelaide Bite will be hosting a fantasy camp on 23-24 November at Norwood Oval. The camp is open to all players 35 and older. Participants receive coaching from Bite players and coaches as well as dinner each day. The cost is $300 per player. The price includes; Player Draft and Draft Photo, Two games on Day Two (24 November), Bite Jersey to wear for games, Personalised fitted 5950 Bite Hat, Dinner & Drinks provided after each day, Ticket to Bite vs. Brisbane series You can register online as places are filling fast!

Thank you also to all our club members for the overwhelming support that you have shown over the last week after my call last week for household goods for our two imports. Mark Hutton's phone ran off the hook and he was kept busy collecting all the kind donations from our club members!

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)

Game 1 saw the imports from each club going off against each other with 1 long ball being the difference in the game which unfortunately came in the 3rd by the Adelaide import scoring 3.

TJ was fantastic again going the full 7 innings only allowing 5 hits 4 walks whilst striking out 7.

Our bats were kept off balance by the Adelaide thrower who had almost identical stats with 1 less hit and walk allowed.

Going in to the last down by 2 the boys showed some real fight to have the bases loaded but we just couldn't get the final hit going down 4-2

Hits Redal 2, Roeger and Brebner-Russ 1 each

Game 2 we spoke about staying high and getting back to back hits.

Curran Redal lead by example once again taking a magnificent catch in the first crashing into the CF fence and boy did this help the team respond by collecting 14 hits as well as hitting the ball hard causing 4 infield errors.

Shaun Wright was again excellent on the hill going 6 innings for his 100 pitches only allowing 2 hits & 2 walks whilst striking out 6.

Matt Franke was again given the tough task after being at the ground from 9am to relief game 2 and has taken another opportunity and run with it only throwing 17 pitches in his 2 innings of relief for 12 strikes & 5 balls 2 hits well done mate.

A team shut out, no errors and some great hitting completed an excellent all round performance & a 10-0 win.

This game had a couple of first for a couple of our younger players, Firstly Jordan McArdle after last week hitting his first senior home run in the seconds this week collected his first Div 1 hit (with a tear in the old mans eye I might add) & then later in the day David Nicholas smashed his first Div 1 bomb with a monster over right field on his way to a 4 hit game congrats mate. I'm sure there is plenty more to come from both of you, well done.

Hits - Nicholas 4 (inc HR & 2 doubles), Holmes 4 (double), Hollis & McArdle 2 each, Turner & Brebner-Russ 1 each

Bring on Golden Grove next week at Sturt from 3pm should be a great match.

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Sturt 2 Vs Adelaide 8

Tough day for the boys today things didn't seem to go our way, line drives straight to fielders where Adelaide where dropping little pop ups into the gap. That's baseball!

Craig Wright did his job for us today pitching 6 innings with a high strike percentage and only one walk. Great job mate. Jordan had a day with the bat picking 3 hits for the day. Mitch is coming along well with another hit registered to his name. Dutchy and Adam Kerr both picked up solid hits to round out our 6 hits for the day.

Defensively there where a couple of disappointments but nothing we can't work on. Lads keep your heads up train hard and the wins will come. We need to bring our A game next week and get back on the Winners board.

Proud Father moment: Congrats to Jordy for his first hit in A grade yesterday and I was lucky enough to be coaching first and be there to shake his hand. Keep up the hard work mate.

Division 4 (Coach: Peter Turner)

Henley & Grange 9 d Sturt 5

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt 2 lost Southern Districts 17

CRASH - First came the car crash followed by the train wreck as we lost our first game and we lost it in an ugly way. Batting let us down and we made way to many errors in the field. One shinning light was Norm (Wild Thing) Sluga for his first time behind the dish with the mask on and what a job he did controlling the pitchers, our two regular catchers had better make sure to bring out their fielding gloves for next week. In the batters box we had 12 fly balls which killed us, we need to keep the ball on the ground, we did get 9 safe hits but they were scattered amongst the fly balls so we left runners on which does not help.

Rick (Rat) Trembath started on the mound and with some great pitching kept them scoreless until a miss communication with third base he baulked to give up the first run in the second innings, he then kept them scoreless in the third before the flood gates opened and Southern Districts got their eye in, we gave up the maximum 7 in the fourth, so as he has been our work horse so far this season I thought it was time to give Wallace (Gromit) Long a go on the mound and that is where the train wreck started, 3 HPB one catch at centre and the maximum 7 runs for the end of his pitching career. So in the last we went to Chris (Daisy) Day to throw a few and even though the game was well and truly over we only gave up 2 runs in the last. Southern Districts had 22 safe hits to our 9 and you can not win with that!

In the batting box we started well getting one run in the first after Gromit got on an error and the Rat pushed him to second with a safe hit to centre and Coach Smally singled to left which allowed Gromit to use his pace and score from second, Ty (TyMeDown) Borlace was the other player to make us a run.

Craig (CT) Thompson played well at second and is starting to get back into the swing of it.

We also added a new addition to the div 6 team and welcomed Geoff Denison to the Sturt Baseball Club, he last played in Sydney some 10 years ago but still looks like he has the goods and he got a work out at left field, he also had a safe hit.

Safe Hits: Gromit 2, Rat 1, Smally 2, Wild Thing 1, Daisy 1, CT 1, Geoff Denison 1.

GO THE SAINTS

Division 8 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 9 defeated Gawler 1

Another early start at Norman Reserve and another morning spent mopping up after over enthusiastic watering the night before...

This shortened our warm-up (Kingsley "Kingo" Turner even had to rush the obligatory pre-game ciggie!) but it didn't seem to do us any harm as we efficiently notched up another well constructed victory.

Jess "Lemo" Lemon fanned seven Rangers through 61 pitches of work in tandem with Justin "JR" Ranford before Jordan "Skinny" Wayne came through with the save. The infield of Dan "Bob" Oates, Jayke "The Duke" Wayne, coach Phil "Philthy" Martin and Kingo mopped up what little work there was to do, while the outfield of Ben "Roger" Moore, Jules "JP" Potiki and newcomer Jake "Gibbo" Gibson kept the voices up.

Gibbo was a star at the plate, going 3-3 in his Div8 debut, while Jules brought home four base runners. Dan and Jayke had six hits between them as we forced Gawler to use three pitchers.

A really well-played game that included a 3-2 double play between Dan and JR and clean defense all 'round. Thanks to Heather for scoring and Sam H for umpiring - much appreciated.

Hits: Gibson 3, Potiki 2 (4RBI), Martin 1, Oates 3 (1), Jayke Wayne 3 (1), Ranford 1, Lemon (1)

Jess 61 pitches, 31 strikes, 7 Ks, Jordan 17 pitches, 8 strikes 1K

Under 19 (Coach: Zac Stokes)

Adelaide 6 d Sturt 4

Under 17/1 (Coach: Jeff Nicholas)

The Under 17.1's played their best baseball for the season defeating the Rams 19-0 at West Lakes.

A great batting display by the Saints with all 9 players hitting safely, Damon Arnold bagged 3. Apart from a few errors in the field, it was a very encouraging outing by our guys.

Brodie (3inn 0h 6ks 0bb) and Damo (2inn 0h 4ks 1bb) dominated on the mound. This game was a great warm up for what should be a much tougher contest against GG at Sturt next week.

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

Under 17/2 (Coach:Glen McDonald)

Sturt 15 - Northern Districts 9

After a bye we headed back out to Ingle Farm to face the team that had walloped us only 2 weeks before. With a chance to make amends the boys delivered an emphatic performance.

We were down 1 - 4 after the 1st innings but from there they took control of the game. Conner Mclure shut down the Reds for 2 digs backed by a much better fielding effort but it was our bats that really came to life.In the next 3 innings we scored 3 times then 5 then 6 to seal the deal.

Tyler Duchene has been doing a fine job leading off for us getting a hit and a walk. Nik Sas had a walk and ripped a double whilst playing as catcher where he made a terrific dropped third strike play. Stewart Gardiner picked 2 walks , an infield hit and made some great stretches at first to snare the throws. Lochie Delbridge had a top day getting 2 hits, taking his first catch in right field and making a superb outfield assist to first. Conner Mclure and Brandon Weber combined for a pick off at second and knocked out a single and a double respectively. Cameron Young had 2 nice singles to keep our rallies alive but it was Riley Mills who started 2 of them with 2 hits including a beautiful double to right. He also took a great line drive catch at short after spilling one the inning before so it was good to see him recover from that. Max Hood finished off the hit parade with a booming triple and an inside the park home run in a display of power hitting.

This was quite a turn around and the team showed what they're capable of. Having said that there is still plenty for them to work on and improve. I would like to see more concentration during the warmups and more attention to their own fundamentals like throwing and glove work. Thankyou to Jo Gardiner for the scoring.

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

Bye

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: John McClure)

Sturt                    4 0 5 3 12
Northern Districts 1 0 1 0 2

The first of the "Northern Express" 3 game series saw the Saints coast home thanks to a disciplined team batting performance and an excellent day out on the hill by Austin McClure.

The lads got out to 4-1 lead after the first innings and never looked back. North's pitchers struggled and overall gave up 16 walks - effectively 4 runs. On a positive note only 4 of the walks were of the 4 ball variety. We had spoken in training the previous week about how we needed to have more discipline in the batter's box, work the pitch count and be more selective about what we hit. The overriding philosophy is always to hit the ball when it's presented however this was tempered by the desire to occupy the box and make the opposition pitcher work. Pleasing to see all took note, 9 of 10 players scored and everyone either got a hit or a walk. Top team effort!

Individually the star with bat was Harrison Kitt - 3 hits for his 4 at bats and helped himself to 4RBI's. Greedy boy - keep it up. For his first three games of the season Harry has 6 hits from 7 at bats and 8RBI's. Fantastic start to his baseball career and with such a great attitude the sky's the limit. Knocking the door down to be promoted - keep it up. Tyrese Kimotho hit a lovely double and helped himself to 2RBI's. Aussie also picked up a single and Harrison Knuckey an RBI.

Great day out for Aussie on the mound throwing to special guest star Harrison Knuckey moonlighting as our catcher. 3 innings 1hit 3walks 68 pitches with 40 strikes and 9K's. Makes quite a difference when our pitcher is on song and the opposition is struggling. Harry threw a lovely cameo in the last dig to finish the game - 18 pitches, 11 strikes and 3K's. He's not known as the Terminator for nothing.

3 from 3 and a long season to go. Good start lads, keep coming to training, keep listening, learning and the rewards will fall your way.

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach:Brian Emmett)

Sturt 5 Southern Districts 3

In a scheduling quirk, Sturt made the journey to Southern Districts for the second time in three weeks to face the Hawks. Our guys are making Peregrine Park their own, downing the hosts again, this time 5-3 in a super high quality contest on a perfect spring afternoon. After last week's funkfest, the players appeared to have found their mojo - warm-ups were sharp from beginning to end and this carried over into the game. The team welcomed the Rycroft brothers, James and Josh, who came over from the Saints for this game and proved to be top notch teammates with big baseball futures. You're welcome back anytime, fellas!

Today's win was a complete team effort with everyone contributing, both with the bat and in the field, the one percenters that don't show up in the box score. The game was scoreless through two with a resilient Nick working out of a bases loaded jam in the first, before striking out the side in the second. In the top of the third, an opening walk to Sam, singles to Kurt and Tully capped by a Tom Emmett triple along with some heads up baserunning that pressured the Hawk defense provided a three run cushion that gave our pitchers some breathing room. Southern Districts fought back gamely in the bottom of the third. Two runs had scored and the Hawks had the bases loaded with two outs when Nick reached his 70 pitch limit. Enter Tulley Kennett pitching for the first time in competitive baseball. Tulley announced his arrival by dropping a 1-2 curveball across the plate for a called third strike that sent teammates, coaches and supporters berserk. In the words of the late, great baseball announcer Jack Buck, "I don't believe what I just saw!"

Fired up, Robbie led off the fourth with a double to right centre and after a walk to Josh, Nick "The Mailman" Borello (he delivers) boomed a triple to centrefield that drove in both baserunners to open up a 5-2 lead. Tully proceeded to hold the Hawks to one run the rest of the way, fanning six while walking one and plonking one, a debut that couldn't have been more impressive.

Great fielding was standard in this one. James took two nice catches at second base, Sam had a couple solid plays at third, Tom lept out from behind the plate in the bottom of the sixth to gun down an attempted bunt single and Robbie made a very clean scoop of a throw in the dirt to secure the last out of the game. The outfield saw light action but played heads up and threw to the right base when required. All around a great performance the boys have a right to be proud of and a good leadup to the intra-club derby next week. This week's Yogi-ism: "Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets".

Hits - Tom Emmett (2B), Tully Kennett (2 each), Robbie Brennan (3B), Nick Borello (3B), James Rycroft, Kurt Schenk 1 each

RBIs -Tom Emmett 2, Nick Borello 2

Little League 1-Saints (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 5 lost to Kensington 17

After a reasonable start this week we gave up some cheap runs late in the game which meant the score line didn't reflect the improvement.

Josh Vidale and Jack Hutton both through well, but a few errors in the field made their job a bit tougher.

Many thanks to Lachlan Fisher for filling in again - he got one of our only hits for the game and is starting to look at home in this grade.

Congratulations to Hugo Ellery and Hamish Pickett for playing in their first Major League game - the first of many for both of these boys.

Particular mention to Finn Stranger for a great catch and double play at second base and some great catching work from Tom Fisher. Well done boys.

The effort and attitude are still great boys - work hard at training and the results will come.

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Stan Warrilow)

STURT vs GLENELG Sturt 5 lost to Glenelg 9

A tough day at the office for the boys who faced up to another Tigers team.

Angus Catt started off the hill this week and did another great job pitching!

1 and 2/3 solid innings for 3 runs.

Jonas took over and finished off the second dig with a nice strike out.

The 3rd innings started well with Jonas striking out a couple more but then the strike zone got away and so did the pitch count. Spencer came in to replace Jonas and he to struggled a bit sending down a few walks and we ended up giving the Tigers 5 runs. Our 3rd inning was fantastic, Angus started it off with a hit pitched ball followed by some great pitch selection for 3 walks, a strike out and then a base clearing hit down the right field line by Ryder Mathers to score 3 more runs and give us the maximum of 5 for the innings.

Spencer knuckled down for the last innings and struck out to Tigers, but not before they scored another run on a big hit. Joel Edwards took a great catch at 3rd base to end the innings.

The boys had one more crack at the Tigers but their pitching and fielding was just too good.

Well done to Lachlan Fisher for being brave after hurting his thumb catching and then playing out the rest of the game.

Hits - Ryder, Angus 1

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Curran Redal/Ben Seekamp )

Little League 2-Saints 18 defeated Goodwood 7

We continued our winning streak and played our best game so far. The batting was exceptional and brought comments from the umpire, it was the best batting he had seen this year.

Brady Carlson-Stewart had a day to remember. He took to the pitching mound for the first time this year and dazzled us all. He struck out a couple with his hard accurate pitching. He then hit a home run and another strong hit to the outfield. Great stuff Brady!

Hugo Ellery was good with the bat and his quick thinking at third was behind his tagging of the runner. He also did a great job at catcher.

Seb Steel also hit the ball well and his pitching in the opening dig was terrific keeping them scoreless.

Zac Becker and Issy Gonzalez both pitched well, Lachie Seekamp was good behind the plate.

Overall it was great team effort led by Brady!

Can't wait until next week!

..:: message posted on Monday the 4th of November, 2013 23:08:43 ::..

Kath Magoulianos RIP

It is with regret that I inform you of the passing of Kath Magoulianos. As many of you know, Kath's husband Bill is the President of the Bulls Baseball Club and our two clubs have worked closely together over many decades.

On behalf of the Sturt Baseball Club may I extend our sincere sympathy to Bill and his family at this very sad time.

The family has advised that arrangements are as follows:

The funeral will be at 9.30am this Saturday 2nd November 2013 at St Anthony's Greek Orthodox Church, Milner St Prospect.

Attendees will then proceed to the Centennial Park Cemetery at noon where Kath will be laid to rest and Bill will speak.

The family requests that any flowers be sent direct to the church - or in lieu asks for donations to be made to Camp Quality (envelopes will be available on the Saturday)

Bill, Vas, Afroditi & Matt thank everyone for their kind messages and prayers……

PS - Any specific inquiries regarding the funeral proceedings - pls contact Nick Mastro @ Distinctive Funerals - 0408 823414

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 29th of October, 2013 20:18:50 ::..

Newsletter 28/10/13

We are in the process of moving our two import players into a Unit nearby to our club. Mark Hutton is the key person arranging furniture, kitchen appliances etc. There is a long list! Can you please either email Mark or give him a call on : 0413 951 323 if you have furniture or appliances that would be standard in most of our homes!

The specific list includes; 2 x Double beds Bedding, Cutlery, plates, Toaster, Kettle, TV, TV stand, Lounge, Fridge, Small dining table, Microwave, Pots/pans, Tupperware, Bin

Tony Catt reporst that our first T Ball session on Friday night, was a great success and it is not too late to bring additional players out if people want. We still have spots available! Special thanks to the following who came out to help;  Zac Stokes, TJ Macy, Curran Reddal, Sam Hollis, Jordan Mcardle, Matt Mulryan, Tom Becker, Jarred Holland, Jimmy Passmore, Ky Hampton We look forward to seeing much more of you as the season moves on.

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 updatingour 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)

A double header at Southern Districts is always going to be a tough day at the office.

Game 1 had Shaun Wright on the bump.

We struck early against Souths import to score 2 runs thanks to numerous walks and some excellent hitting. We had numerous opportunities to score thanks to some good discipline and excellent execution of our offensive plays but credit to the pitcher he got the outs when it counted and seemed to step up a notch when we had runners on base.

Shaun was outstanding until the 5th innings with 2 outs no one on a series of walks and a broken bat infield single saw the game tie up at 2 all.

Shaun completed 6 innings for his 100 pitch count only giving up 3 hits.

Curran Redal put on a clinic collecting 2 hits and stealing 3 bases with ease.

We had another chance in the 7th to hit the lead but a great backhand play by their 3B stopped another chance gone begging.

Souths got 1 chance and their coach come through with a big double to score the winning run for them 3-2.

This was a game of lost opportunities.

Hits - Redal 2, Turner & Young 1 each

Game 2 was always going to be tough after the heartbreak of the first game and the boys could of easily dropped their bundles but didn't with an 8-1 win.

TJ had his first start for the club and was absolutely outstanding through 8 innings allowing 2 hits and striking out 14, one souths player got the 2 hits with a solo home run with 2 out in the 8th.

Matt Franke had his first appearance in A grade only allowing 1 walk in his innings of work.

Our bats finally got going today collecting 10 hits and numerous walks in scoring the 8 runs with Redal and Holmes both hitting solo home runs.

Curran had a day to remember collecting 6 hits with a Home run, stealing 4 bases and one of the best outfield catches in memory at Souths running with the flight of the ball at Centerfield.

Hits - Redal 4 (HR), Turner 2, Brebner-Russ 1, Macbeth 1, Holmes (HR) Hollis 1

Another double header looms this week on Sunday against Adelaide and a a good performance will bring us pack to the pack.

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Strurt 3 lost to Southern Districts 7

Early start for the boys today and the beginning of a long day for many. Well done to those guys that played B grade and then played a part with the 2 A grade games you have not gone un-noticed cheers.

Today wasn't a bad day but we just couldn't get that important hit at the right time of the game, unfortunately leaving many runners on base. Score line was pretty close all day, we were in it all day until a little blow out at the end.

Pitchers need to work on command as we gave Souths to many walks to win the game. Fielding still needs work but wasn't to bad with some great plays made, i would like to see some guys demanding me for more ground balls at training or after training as repitition is the key to no errors.

Special mentions: Jordan McArdle got his first Senior homerun smashing the ball over Right Field fence in the first dig to give us a nice start to the game. Mitch Lightbody made two ripper plays at Second helping his pitcher out and Tyson Hancock played his first B grade game in relieve and held his own. Ty experienced the difficulty in being a reliever warm up sit down warm up sit down and then we had to put him in with bases loaded. He really showed fight and pitch well for his two digs. All three lads are still in our Junior system and doing real well. Futures bright. Nice to have Adam Kerr back in the side and he hit the ball real well today.

Boys today as I said we didn't play bad but lacked that intensity we had last week, let keep training hard and the rewards will come. Important we come ready to knock off Angels next week @ home.

Division 4 (Coach: Peter Turner)

East Torrens 10 defeated Sturt 4

We had a average game on the weekend by not making the simple plays and not picking up the runs lift on base. Thanks to all who doubled up on the weekend

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt 11 defeated East Torrens 3

This week's game started off differently on a number of fronts. Firstly, a number of players were away and the team was made up from U17s and Division 8 players. Then when having to set up the diamond, the council had left the sprinklers on overnight and home plate and first base were completely water logged. Our warm up for the game then consisted of shoveling, barrowing and raking. All that remained was 15 minutes for a quick warm up throw. Thanks Dave Lee for your assistance.

Game time and Rick Trembath started on the mound and Chris Thompson took some great catches at left field for side away. Sturt followed up with the bats and scored early with some disciplined batting and good base running. It was good to have some youth on the bases to put pressure on with hit and runs.

A couple more innings went by and East Torrens were still scoreless due to good defence by Andrew Johnson behind the plate, Tom Bartley at centre field and some great plays by Jarrad Small at second base. Rick Trembath picked off a couple of runners and took two catches drilled straight back at him (self-preservation). Dan Oats played a solid game at 1st base laying some good tags on runners.

Sturt continued with the bats and with aggressive base running, eventually ran out winners 11-3. The biggest highlight of the game would have been how 10 players all put in a great, all round team effort. Thank you again to the U17s and Division 8 guys to help make up the numbers.

Hits: Jarrad Small (2 Singles, 2 Walks), Rick Trembath (1 Single), Brandon Weber (1 Single), Norm Sluga (1 Double,2 Singles), Dan Oates (2 Singles, 1 Walk), Tom Bartley (2 Doubles), Chris Thompson (1 Double).

Division 8 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 11 GGCD 0 @ Flinders

Whereas last week's game was best watched (and mostly also played) with both eyes firmly closed, it was a different performance from the mighty Sainters against an outmatched but friendly Dodger outfit at Flinders.

Making his first appearance since fracturing his thumb pre-season, Jordan "Skinny" Wayne was back to his best on the mound with three perfect innings backed by some tidy defense. He sat down the regulation nine on just 37 pitches - F8, 4-3, 6-3/F7, 4-3, 6-3/ K K K. He was also pretty handy (pardon the pun) at the plate with three hits and two ribbies to boot.

Jess "Lemo" Lemon kept the shut out rolling in partnership with Justin "JR" Ranford while our offense combined to drive in 11 runs with Ben "Roger" Moore, Dan "Bob" Oates, Jayke "The Duke" Wayne and Kingsley "Kingo" Turner getting important hits. Coach Phil "Philthy" Martin and Jules "Kiwi" Potiki controlled things in the infield and outfield respectively as we combined as a team to put in a really solid game of winning baseball.

Huge thanks to AJ for umpiring (despite keeping a constant, nervous calculation of the distance from the mound to the nearest dunny due to gastro) and Heather once again for scoring superbly. Great also to see the Dodgers enjoying their baseball despite not having much luck.

Hits: Lemon 1, Potiki 1 (1 RBI), Martin 2 (2), Moore 3 (2), Turner 1 (1), Oates 2 (1), Jayke Wayne 2, Ranford 2 (2), Jordan Wayne 3 (2)
Pitching: Jordan 37 (23 strikes, 14 balls) 3Ks, Jess 47 (25 strikes, 22 balls) 3Ks

Under 19 (Coach: Zac Stokes)

Sturt defeated Henley & Grange 19-0

There is not a lot to be said about this game. They were down a player and we got the win.

Dylan Ridding and Josh Tindall pitched great to combine 4 innings of no hit and no runs.

Hits: Crameri 3, Lightbody, Guehrer, Macbeth 2, Walker, McArdle, Arnold, Ridding, Hill 1.

Under 17/1 (Coach: Jeff Nicholas)

The Under 17.1's defeated Southern Districts 7-0 at Home.

The Saints had a great day defensively, Brodie Macbeth (6inn 4 hits 0bb 6k) shut out the Hawks while Tyson Ottaway threw out 3 runners. We were a little less convincing with the bat with only 6 scattered hits but managed a 4 run 5th inning to put the game well out of reach for South.

There's plenty of work to do and a long way to go in the season, so let's knuckle down and become a run scoring machine.

Hits; Adkins 2 Macbeth, Hancock, Ottaway, Bartley.

Under 17/2 (Coach:Glen McDonald)

Bye

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

Sturt 13 defeated Golden Grove 2

The boys travelled north and spent almost as much time travelling than the game lasted - mercy after 4 innings.

A solid performance but a long way short of our best!

Jack started on the mound and went into the 3rd innings before handing loaded bases to Luke.

Jack 55 pitches ( 42% strikes, 3 K, 1 hit, 5 BB). Luke 27 Pitches ( 59% strikes, 3K, 1 Hit)

9 hits and 8 walks saw plenty of runners on the bases. A combination of hits, wild pitches, and errors kept the runners moving around to score.


Hits: 2 - Luke, Ky
1 - Reed, Harry, Jack, Kieran, Jamie
Walks: 3 - Hugo 2 - Kieran 1 - Reed, Harry, Matan
         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Final
Sturt - 4 1 6 2 - - - 13
GG - 0 0 2 0 - - - 2

Bye next week then Pt Adelaide in round 5
See you all at training this week

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: John McClure)

Sturt                    0 2 0 2 1 6 11
Southern Districts 0 2 3 3 1 1 10
The first home game for the mighty Sturt Saints 15/2 saw a come from behind, get out of gaol, call it what you like win with a six run last innings to pinch the points off Southern Districts. Just like last week everyone contributed with the glory being grabbed by Andrew Brennan with a 2RBI walk off single to give us the win 11 runs to 10.

Harrison Kitt had another great day making a solid debut at catcher and continuing his 100% on base percentage with the bat. Picked up another hit, 2 walks and a HPB and scored 3 runs. Andrew Brennan with his walk off RBI double, Elliot Ridgway and Austin McClure with two RBI's each also made excellent contributions at the right time. Some entertaining base running from Jono Stathy caused an error that resulted in a run, Callum Turner scored and showed some guts after a receiving a nasty hit, Chris Sandor got on base twice and scored, Josh Wilson a safe hit and a timely sac fly, Tyrese Kimotho a hit and RBI also contributed. The BP (Quiet Achiever) of the team has been Ed Knights solid at first base and highly dependable with the bat hitting 2/4 to make 4/8 for the season and like Harry Kitt yet to be struck out. Like last week everyone made a contribution and we were able to squeak the win.

We made a few errors and had a few fly balls that should have been caught but in the end got away with it with a big last innings. South's opening pitcher conceded just 3 earned runs and 6 hits and after 4 innings we were down 8-4. His pitching was intelligent with a good mixture that had our more aggressive hitters struggling. We continually hit to the field and this was demonstrated by a total of just the 4 strike outs. It wasn't until the last with the relieving pitchers' second innings that we were able to get going. South's batters had four doubles in their 12 hits whereas our 10 hits were all singles.

Tyrese opened the pitching, 3 innings, threw 57 pitches with an excellent strike ratio of 68%, gave up 7 hits, gave up no walks and got 3 strike outs. Austin relieved with 3 innings 69 pitches, 58%, 5 hits, 3 walks and 6 strike outs. The pitching was solid and South's seem to take took their opportunities with the bat more than we did. Our pitchers struck out 9 versus South 4.

Apart from the win the other pleasing aspects were the aggressive base running and the improved understanding of what is going on. Lots to learn and we're heading in the right direction.

Thanks to all the parents that helped set up and clean up and in particular Danielle for an excellent score book. Special thank you to ex-MLB star pitcher Luke Prokopec (uncle of Josh) for his advice and coaching today. Please come back as often as you like.

Hits: Brennan 2 Knights 2 McClure 2 Ridgway Kimotho Wilson Kitt
RBI's: Brennan 2 McClure 2 Knights Ridgway Wilson

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach:Brian Emmett)

Sturt 6 Goodwood 5

Our boys caught the coaches, parents and spectators unawares by staging their own Dreamtime Round on a cool, overcast spring day at the Flinders University diamond, eventually pulling a nail biting 6-5 victory out of the fire. The signs were abundant in warmups that Saturday had been a big night and switching on for the game was going to be a challenge for most of the players. Mixing the fielding positions around took the majority of players out of their comfort zones and our fielding and baseball awareness was tested early and often.

The bats which boomed the previous week fell relatively silent today. The boys combined to fan 10 times while taking only 2 walks which placed pressure on the pitching and defense to limit Goodwood's opportunities. However timing is everything and the Saints strung together 5 hits to score 4 runs in the bottom of the 5th capped by Tully's double to right centre and Tom's RBI single to right that drove in what proved to be the winning run. Jordan ripped two nice singles to right field to spark both Saints scoring rallies and it was good to see his zip back on the basepaths.

Our 4 pitchers combined to strike out 7 while walking 10. Robbie started and battled through 2+ innings, giving up only 3 runs in the process which was a good effort without his best stuff. Tom Emmett pitched 3 strong innings allowing only 1 run while Sam S and Nick combined to limit Goodwood to a single run in the top of the 6th to preserve the victory. Tully Kennett donned the catching gear for the first time in his career and did a first class job with the glove holding the Indians to a single stolen base and looking confident behind the plate.

The defensive highlight of the day was a rare triple play that snuffed out a Goodwood rally in the top of the 3rd inning and turned the momentum around to the good guys. With nobody out and Indian runners on first and second off with the crack of the bat, Sam squeezed the popup to second, stepped on second base to double off the lead runner and fired to Patrick at first to complete the triple play. Nice heads up ball by the infield.

This game highlighted that our guys have a long way to go to grasp the fundamentals and this is what we'll continue to focus on at training. As the great Yogi Berra once said: "90% of the game is half mental" and it is that aspect of our game where we can make the most improvement.

Hits - Tully Kennett (2B), Jordan Abfalter 2 each, Sam Stewart, Robbie Brennan, Patrick Milewski, Tom Emmett 1 each
RBIs -Tom Emmett 2, Patrick Milewski, Tully Kennett, Robbie Brennan 1 each

Little League 1-Saints (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 3 lost to Glenelg 18

I should stop recording the score each week because it doesn't reflect how many steps forward each member of this team is taking on a week to week basis.

This week I was certainly impressed with Tom Fisher and Finn Strangers catching - much improved. Jack Hutton and Josh Vidale took another step forward with their pitching and were unlucky to give up as many runs as they did. Angus Catt came on and threw his first innings of Major League and didn't give up a run. Well done mate. Seb Steele and Tom Fisher swung the bat well and James Rycroft, Josh Rycroft and max Culp all looked much more comfortable in the batter's box.

Our outfield work was better, we made some good plays in the infield and we started to run the bases better. All good signs.

Attitude was good and the energy level held up all game. I am very proud of this group and the fact they are willing to get in and have a go. Character building stuff.

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Stan Warrilow)

9-7 winners

Another cracking day for baseball greeted us at Flinders as we took on the Tigers from Glenelg.

The boys were in great hitting form in the warm up and were ready to play.

Kurt Schenk was our fill in this week and started us off on the right foot by throwing down a magnificent first innings by striking out the first three Tiger hitters with an awesome display of pitching.

We scored two runs in the first innings thanks to some great pitch selection and three back to back hits from Jonas, Hamish and Kurt.

Kurt then returned to the mound and struck out the side again but not before the Tigers got on the board with one run.

Spencer lead off the second innings with a walk and the boys had a run on and scored the maximum 5 runs thanks to a smashing double by Hamish.

Jonas took over the pitching duties for the 3rd innings and ended up striking out the side, but not before the Tigers scored 4 runs on 4 walks and one hit.

Spencer lead off the 3rd innings with another walk, Joel hit to 2nd base and moved him over then the bats opened up again with a safe hit to Jonas, followed by another smashing double to Hamish and a safe hit to Kurt.

We headed to the 4th inning with a 9-5 lead.

Spencer came in to pitch and took a while to find the strike zone walking the first 3 Tigers then he fielded a ground ball and threw to Kurt at first to get the 1st out.

Then he struck out the next two Tigers to end the game.

Special thanks to Mike Garcia for umpiring, Kurt for filling in and our 2 trainee scorers Lisa and Debra who once again were mentored by the wonderful Karen Tindall.

Special mention to Max who copped a hit in the tummy and the hip during the game and was very brave.

Hits Jonas 2, Hamish 3, Kurt 2, Lachlan 1

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Curran Redal )

Little League 2-Saints 13 defeated Glenelg 12

Another away game for the Sturt Saints (and still 2 more before a home game) and another win.

Our batting was good, in particular a great hit to centre field by Seb Steel. Hugo Ellery also hit well.

We let ourselves down a little in the field. We need to get those catches and field the ground balls cleanly so to get the out. Issy recovered well at third to get the runner out which made up for the runner that got away from us as part of the same play.

Thanks for Angus Catt and Jack Hutton for filling in.

Next week we are at Goodwood and the week after that we are again at Goodwood!

..:: message posted on Monday the 28th of October, 2013 22:33:48 ::..

Update on Norman Reserve Upgrade

I write to update you on some of the practical issues relating to the pending upgrade of Norman Reserve.

In the last fortnight, the Sturt Baseball Club has finalised its licences for the use of the ground and clubrooms for the next five years. These licences are different from our previous lease in that they only grant us use of the ground from 1st October to 31st March each year.

Under the terms of the new playing field licence, the Council has imposed a requirement for the Sturt Baseball Club to erect new netting in accordance with a design and construction program, as approved by the Council. We are grateful for the generous funding that the Club will receive from the State and Federal governments for the majority of the capital costs associated with this significant upgrade.

As required under the terms of our licence and planning laws, the Club has applied to Mitcham Council for the various approvals required to undertake the upgrade. I am pleased to report that the Council's Development Assessment Panel has approved the design and configuration of the Club's proposal to erect the netting. The Council has also agreed in writing with our works program, which is expected to run from 1st April through to at least 29th August 2014 (depending on weather etc).

During this time the existing fence will be pulled down and the new fence and nets will be built. The whole area in the vicinity of these works will be secured as a building site while this construction takes place. This project's implementation has been carefully planned in consultation with the Club's contractors and insurers and with Council.

Regrettably, this work will impact on the winter baseball program of the Bulls. I and a number of the Senior Committee have been approached as to what our position is in regard to the Bulls using Norman Reserve during the winter of 2014.

Our position on this issue is very simple. Norman Reserve is the Council's responsibility from 1 April 2014 until the Club's licences kick in again on 1 October 2014. Its use over the winter months is controlled exclusively by Council, not by the Sturt Baseball Club.

The Council has already given permission to the Club over next winter to undertake the works at Norman Reserve in accordance with the program approved by the Council. To do so, the Club's contractors will be fencing off the area around the diamond for obvious OH&S and insurance reasons. That will make it impossible to play baseball on the current diamond.

Outside the area immediately affected by construction (that is, beyond the playing diamond), it is entirely up to the Council to decide what activities might, or might not, be permitted on the rest of Norman Reserve. The Club has no juristiction on whether the Bulls can, or should, play baseball at Norman Reserve in winter 2014. It is the Council's decision exclusively.

In respect to winter use in 2015 and beyond, as per the Mitcham Council resolution, a consultation process will be undertaken by the Mitcham Council into the use of Norman Reserve. This consultation process is yet to commence given that during the 2014 winter period, Norman Reserve's recreational use will be compromised by the Council's decision to require the Club to erect the new nets.

..:: message posted on Thursday the 24th of October, 2013 22:24:52 ::..

Newsletter 21/10/13

Our first Senior game at Norman Reserve for this season, started with the traditional line up of both teams to pay respects to those that had passed in the last 12 months. On this occasion we sadly paid respect to Julie French, mother of Darren French and Jessie Packer, mother of Bruce and grandmother of Ben. On a happier note we asked John Gooley who is the latest inductee to the Sturt Hall of Fame to throw the first pitch. Once again our club photographer Jeff 'Snorky' Nicholas is back at it again! You can view all the photos on the front page of the website or in the Photo Gallery.

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)

West Torrens 8 defeated Sturt 3

Firstly thanks to West Torrens for being part of the Minutes silence for our lost members over the winter and giving the time for our newest member of the Hall of Fame to throw the first pitch.

With our first game finally upon us after a long pre-season it was great to be at Norman reserve with a large crowd and our future out there with the average age of the starting 10 only 22 years of age.

Shaun Wright got the ball to start the season. We went down in the 1st 1-0 but bounced back in the 4th to score 3 sending 9 hitters to the plate with the innings ending on a screaming line drive at centre field by our newest addition Curran Redal leading 3-1.

Unfortunately that is all we troubled the scorers and West Torrens bounced back with 4 of their own courtesy of a big 3 run bomb. We gave up 4 - 2 out wild pitches that scored through the day with the batter in the box going out every time which hurt the score line.

Shaun & T.J Macy shared the duties on the hill with both throwing around the 75 pitches mark that will keep them in good shape for next weeks double header at Southern Districts

Hits Turner 2, Nicholas & Passmore 1 each

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Sturt 7 defeated West Torrens 5

Great start to the season with a win, we have a good mix of players young and experienced plus verging A graders and if this side put their mind to it they will always be tough to beat. The boys looked ready to play when they arrived at Norman Reserve and we held WT with Shane Horne on the Bump throwing a high percentage of strikes, plus a first of many Mitch to Jimmy Double in the first. Dutchy led off well with a single to left field and then Dan Turner absolutely smoked the ball back to the pitcher which to his surprise he caught and made the double throwing out Dutchy on First , can't do much about that, Shoot two out but that didn't bother the rest of the line up who lead by a big double by Jordy we racked up 4 hits in a row to but the pressure back on to WT. Pete picked up a Walk and then RBI king Franke line drives the ball to centre Field picking up 3 RBI's. Scoring 5 runs in the first was the aggressive start we where looking for, goes to show how dangerous and runs flow with back to back hits.

Hornie continued to look solid on the mound Picking up 3 up 3 down in the second well support by the field. We put a run on in our Second batting innings with a nice shot by Dan and Jimmy picking up his second hit already. The Third defensive dig WT managed to put on 3 Runs due to some nice hits but unfortunately some errors sneaked into our game. We came back with another and our final run in the 3rd with Craig Wright picking up his second hit for the day and Mitch chipped in with his first hit of the day to left field. The last three offensive innings we probably got to impatient with a new WT pitcher not really throwing as consistent as the previous pitcher. We chased him for a bit and gave up easy out, but can't complain when 8 player pick up hits and the one who missed out picked up two walks, I am very happy with the hitting today particularly 2 out hitting.

Defensively we were pretty solid, some errors where present but overall the team was solid. Hornie really pitched his guts out throwing 72 pitches 44 strikes 28 balls 1k 2bb 4hits completing 4 innings good jog Shane. Wrighty finished off the last two digs and too is looking good so far this year 24 pitches 14 strikes 10 balls 1k 1bb 2hits Craig good job very solid game with both pitching and bat.

Keep training hard lads and the wins will take care of themselves. Remember Winners are Ginners.

Hits: 2 - D. Turner( RBI ), J. Passmore ( RBI ) , T. Winter, C. Wright ( RBI ) ; 1 - J. Holland, J.McArdle, M.Franke ( 3 RBI ), M.Lightbody (RBI )

Division 4 (Coach: Peter Turner)

Little League 2 - Sturt 7 d Adelaide 4

We had a great game on weekend and all did their job in the field and with the bat. Thanks to the joiners - well played Damon Arnold and with their first senior game Brodie Macbeth and Stu Brennan. And thanks to Ben Colyer for filling in as well.

Hits B Macbeth, S Brennan ,T ottaway . 1 hit B syrus , D Arnold , P turner ,M mulryan ,S Duffield

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt 9 defeated West Torrens 8

We played our nemesis from the last couple of season West Torrens at home on a beautifully prepared ground with the sun shinning, and after 2 1/2 hours of play we walked off with a win 9 - 8. They got the early jump on us going up 4 - 0 after the first with some good hitting. We started our first at bat well with Jarrad Small getting safe and the Rick (Rat) Trembath getting a walk, unfortunately West Torrens then turned the first double play and an easy third out for side away. No score for both teams in the second even though we had bases loaded we could not get our first run on the board. Start of the third and their first batter hit a slow roller to first and did not even get out the batters box for an easy out, Rat then had a strike out and for the third out Jarrad deflected the ball at third to Norm (Wild Thing) Sluga to make a deep throw from short on the money for the out, mind you this redeemed himself from an earlier error where he tried the old hotdog but just did not get low enough for the ball to go under his glove. We then scored 2 runs and started to look good before West Torrens turn the second double play on us for the day and the last, score was now 4 - 2 down. The fourth they turned the tables and scored 2 to our 0 to go up 6 - 2 but plenty of time left. They had started to struggle in the pitching department as their catcher had gone down earlier in the game with a torn driver and they had to make changes, this opened the door for us and we started our come back. At the end of the fifth it was 5 - 6 and we were only 1 down, again leaving the bases loaded. With ten minutes on the game clock we started the last and they made it count scoring 2 runs to put us under pressure but we new they were struggling with pitchers. Our last at bat 3 to tie and 4 to win, rat started with a hit by pitch ball, Wallace (Gromit) Long then made it safe after a dropped third strike, Wild Thing moved them around with a ground out to short, and they then scored with a couple off wild pitches, Chris (Daisy) Day was hit by pitch also, Coach Smally beat out a slow roller back to the pitcher and stole second, so one out tying run on third and winning run on second, Ty Borlace drew a walk to load the bases, Ben (Shrek) Colyer pushed the tying run over the plate with a walk, Craig Thompson went down swinging and Jarrad Small drew the winning walk for game over. It was not our best performance but we got out of it with a win. Final score 9-8 win

We are now 2 from 2.

Safe Hits: Jarrad 1, Rat 1, Gromit 1, Wild Thing 1, Daisy 2, Shrek 2, Reg 1

Rat: 95 Pitches, 60Strikes, 35Balls, 2K's, 2BB's, 1HPB

Division 8 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 2 lost to Port 7 at Sturt

When history looks back upon this game, it will probably wonder why it bothered.

Having wasted its time, it will shake its head and will get on with something more meaningful.

Which is exactly what we will have to do after one of the most error-strewn games any of us can remember. We pretty much brought every bit of crap we could think of to the ball park, including base running blunders, missed catches and general all-round dozyness. Only Jess "Lemo" Lemon had an excuse - he actually HAD been out all night - but most of us just played like it.

There were some highlights - Jules "Kiwi" Potiki took a brilliant sliding catch in centre and smacked two hits and an RBI, Justin "JR" Ranford was great behind the plate and Jayke "Wayne's World" Wayne was solid on the mound with another 5Ks. Rich "Elvis" Carter, Kingsley "Kingo" Turner, Phil "Philthy" Martin, Ben "Roger" Moore and Chris "Hoops" Thompson all managed to hit their way on base but we left too many RBIs stranded on the bags.

The good news is that I don't think we could have played much worse and yet we only lost by five. The other way of looking at it is that we reckon we made a season's worth of errors in one day, so we should be bloody perfect from here on!

Thanks to Tredders for umpiring and Heather for scoring. She also did it last week and I forgot to mention her then ... So thanks for scoring last week as well Heather!!

Hits: Lemon 2, Potiki 2 (1 RBI), Martin 1, Moore 1, Turner 1 (1), Thompson 1, Wayne 1, Carter 1.

Jayke 80 pitches, 45 strikes 5Ks, Jess 53 pitches, 30 strikes 2Ks.

Under 19 (Coach: Zac Stokes)

Sturt 17 beat Goodwood 8

It was a good start to the season for the team. It wasn't a pretty game but we hung in there and got the job done.

Tyson Hancock pitched 3 of the 4 innings played. He got us started with a solid 18 pitch inning but then ran into trouble in the second where we gave some runs back. What I liked was that he got back to work in the third and had a 3 up, 3 down 11 pitch inning. John Tindall pitched the last inning and kept the ball down. He was very unlucky not to get out of the inning without giving up any runs. Next time it will go our way. Both pitchers did a good job.

Our fielding was solid with no errors for the game.

Good at bats and good base running was the highlight for me. Despite scoring 17 runs we only had 5 hits for the game. The team showed great discipline in the box. We recorded 14 walks and 1 hit by pitch. We stole 7 bases for the game with William Hill leading the way with 4 stolen himself. Josh Tindall made a great heads up base running play going from first to third on a passball.

Hits: McArdle 2, Lightbody, Walker, Ridding 1.

I look forward to next weeks game.

Go the Saints

Under 17/1 (Coach: Jeff Nicholas)

U17/1 - Sturt 9 d West Torrens 8

Hits: Hancock 3, MacBeth, Arnold 2, Bartlett, Brennan, Bartley

Under 17/2 (Coach:Glen McDonald)

A 10am game at Northern Districts is not the ideal way to start a Sunday, however it was a bright clear morning and the diamond was in good condition.Unfortunately the game itself was not such a delight. Whilst we prevented any 7 run innings we still made some errors that gave up too many unearnt runs. Stewart Gardiner fielded well at first and had a nice hit that was caught at deep centerfield, Max Hood got a great jump on a line drive running in to take the catch in left field and Nik Sas on the mound made a terrific heads up play tagging out an inattentive runner at third. We struggled early with the bat but created chances later in the game with base runners but only managed to score one run. Tyler Duchene had a double as did Conner Mclure and Lachlan Delbridge had a big day getting his first 2 hits for the club. It was noted by a parent after the game that the boys held their own in the second half. There is a good spirit in the team and if they continue to battle out games until the end then good things will happen.

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

West Torrens 9 d U15/1 - Sturt 8

Sturt              1 0 1 2 0 4 8
West Torrens 2 0 3 3 0 1 9

Not sure what hurts more being beaten by a lot or beaten by the smallest possible margin. Sunday afternoon saw an entertaining contest between Sturt 15/1 and West Torrens 15/1 end in a 9-8 win to the away team.

Statistically there was little in the match, WT 13 hits versus 11 to Sturt. We gave up 5 walks they gave up 7 and in the finish the difference was probably one play where we conceded 3 unearned runs due to a pair of compounded errors. WT hit to the gaps whereas we seem to manage to find a fielder. We had 35 plate appearances for just the 3 strikeouts and WT 34 for 3. There wasn't much in it, they hit that little bit better and won the game accordingly.

Our pitchers all pitched two innings and threw accurately, Kieran 45 pitches for 29 strikes, Ky Hampton 46/29 and Jack Bennetts 30/18 were all consistent. Ky was the unlucky one that gave up 7 hits to a couple of well-placed doubles and unlucky bleeders. Jack probably won the money giving up just the one run in his two innings. Kieran got out of gaol in the first having conceded 2 runs and facing loaded bases with one out managed to get himself out of the jam with some thoughtful pitching. A scoreless innings in the second capped off a good day. The boys all threw hard and thought about what they were doing which was pleasing.

Offensively the star was Luke Peters who hit 3 from 4, scored twice and had a good day at SS. Jack and Jamie Last both had two from three and should be happy with their days work with the bat.

A lot to like about this team. Down 9-4 in the last and there was no thought of giving up and they fought to the end. Plenty of pitching depth and hitting ability should mean they'll be around at the pointy end of the season.

Hits: Peters 3, Bennetts 2, Last 2 (1 x 2B), Hampton (2B), Dahlen-Flight (2B), Stewart, Bartlett

RBI's Bennett 1 Stewart 1 Dahlen-Flight 1 Peters 1 Last 1

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: John McClure)

Sturt 15 d West Torrens 8

Sturt               2 1 1 7 4 15
West Torrens 0 0 0 1 7 8

Opening day for the 15/2's in Season 2013/14 saw the mighty Saints take on the Eagles at Flinders University our home away from home in front of a capacity crowd. The sun was shining and the field was green. Play ball!

The coach could only be described as being as happy as a pig in the proverbial after today's performance. With three baseball debutants and just the one player from last year the young Saints took home the chocolates for their first win of the season.

Defensively the star was pitcher Austin McClure threw 4 innings, 70 balls for 7K's, 3 walks and just the one earned run against his name. Offensively Harrison Kitt made an outstanding debut. 4 plate appearances, 100% on base, 2/2 including a triple and double.

The entire team was terrific for 4 of the 5 innings. Catches were taken and the plays made. We blotted our copy book and gave up 7 in the last with 3 runs due to errors. Pareto's 80/20 principle at work.

Overall a very satisfying effort with everyone getting on base and the entire team scoring. Terrific team performance. Keep it up boys!

Hits: Kitt 2 (3B 2B) McClure (2 x 2B) Knights 2 Kimotho
RBI's McClure 5 Kitt 3 Knights 2 Brennan

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach:Brian Emmett)

Sturt 9 defeated Southern Districts 1

On a perfect spring Sunday afternoon, the Sturt Lumber Company opened for business down south at Peregrine Park by convincingly dispatching the Hawks 9-1. As a team, the boys hit .519 for the game with 6 extra base hits among 14 total safeties. The hits came in bunches as Brennan, Borello, Emmett, Kennett and Milewski ripped the ball all over the park each time through the order, looking like a modern day Murderers' Row.

Three runs in the top of the first capped by Patrick's 3 run triple gave the boys a confidence boost and lead that was never in jeopardy. In the bottom of the first, the Hawks parlayed their only two hits for the game, both singles, into their only run before being shut down by a combination of good pitching and solid defense the rest of the way. Nick started and hurled 3 1/3 solid innings before giving way to Tom Emmett. Tom came in with one out in the fourth to douse a bases loaded Hawk rally fanning the first batter and getting the third out on a popup to Robbie at first.

Up 5-1 entering the top of the fifth, the Saints added four runs highlighted by doubles to Nick, Tully and Kurt who bagged his first hit of the season on a nice shot to right centre. The Hawks needed to score three in the bottom of the fifth to keep the game alive, but Tom again wriggled out of a one out bases loaded jam to close out the game one inning early.

Patrick turned in a nice game behind the plate and made a super catch of a foul popup in the bottom of the third to nip a rally in the bud. Tom chipped in that inning with a couple nice catches in centre to demoralize the opponents. Honourable mention this week goes to Jordan who, knowing we only had nine players, played on despite a throbbing throwing elbow and made a sweet running catch in right for the first out of the fifth.

A very rewarding victory that the boys thoroughly enjoyed. Once again, our pitchers need to work to improve their strike ratio but it's early in the season and the benefit of sound defense and timely hitting has brought a good team spirit to the group. Great work today, boys!

Hits:Nick Borello 3 (2 x 2B), Patrick Milewski 3 (3B), Tully Kennett 3 (2B), Robbie Brennan 2 (2B), Tom Emmett 2, Kurt Schenk 1 (2B)

RBIs: Patrick Milewski 5, Tully Kennett 2, Nick Borello, Kurt Schenk 1 each

Little League 1-Saints (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 3 lost to Kensington 13

After a scratchy start we found ourselves down 10 - nil in the first two innings.

The group then knuckled down and started making some outs and doing the basics right. Josh Vidale pitched well for 3 innings and the rest of the group did a good job of hanging in there after a poor start. A much better effort also from Tom Fisher with catching this week. Great effort mate, keep it up.

This is going to be a long season of development and certainly a challenge that this group of young men want to take on. Improvement week in, week out is the key.

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Stan Warrilow)

Little League 2 - Sturt 7 defeated Adelaide 4

Our first game of the season, and what a glorious day it was.

After rummaging around in the Flinders shed I finally made my way out complete with bases, wheelbarrow, pitching plate and hammer etc.

The boys turned up right on time and we were away.

Jonas Garcia started us off by pitching the first innings and doing a great job, he was followed by our super star fill in Angus Catt for the next two innings, then making his debut on the mound Spencer Warrilow finished off the game in the fourth inning.

The boys had a big 3rd inning with the bat and scored the maximum 5 runs to take the game away from the Angels and record a 7-4 win.

In the field Jonas took a fantastic catch at centre field, Jamie Vidale put his hand up to have a go at catching and did a great job, Lachlan Fisher and Angus also had their turn at catching which is great to see.

Joel Edwards was our first hit by pitched ball (HPB) and like a trooper just shrugged it off and made his way up to first base.

The boys were all very enthusiastic in the field and kept their concentration up for the whole game.

Special mention to out 2 trainee scorers Debra Gray and Lisa Fisher who are being mentored by the wonderful Karen Tindall.

Thanks to Mike Garcia and Tony Catt for umpiring.

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Curran Redal )

Little League 2-Saints 20 defeated Southern Districts 10

A terrific game of baseball by all. We had 4 different pitchers and 4 different catchers and they all did an amazing job.

We scored our 5 runs in each innings, lots of good strong hits and good running around the bases.

Some exceptional performances by Hugo, Seb and Zac. Well done to Harry in his first game finishing off a great play getting the runner out on first. Ziggy finished the game off taking a great outfield catch.

A very enjoyable game to watch and I look forward to the next week!

..:: message posted on Monday the 21st of October, 2013 22:31:22 ::..

Aussie Tee Ball & Rookie Ball

Want to learn how to throw, field and hit a baseball?

The Sturt Baseball Club is pleased to announce the dates and format for this summer's T Ball and Rookie Ball Program.

Our Little League Academy is specifically designed to prepare young boys and girls to play baseball when they are older. This pathway teaches them the right skills at the right age, allowing them to build confidence.

We are very passionate about teaching children how to do things properly right from the start which is why we redesigned the T Ball Program this season to allow more coaching and specific teaching of the individual skills such as Throwing, Fielding and Batting.

It promises to be another great summer for the kids on Friday nights and the parents can enjoy the time with the clubrooms open with Food and Drink available.

Please contact Tony Catt if you have any questions or register on line today!

T- Ball Program

Suitable for ages - 5 to 7 year olds

Rookie Ball Program

Suitable for ages 8 to 11 year olds

Begins at 6 pm and finishes at 7.15pm

Season begins on October 25th -so please let your friends know about this great opportunity. Further information is availalbe on our website at the Aussie Tee Ball and Rookie Ball pages.

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 15th of October, 2013 23:20:38 ::..

Newsletter 14/10/13

We had a big start to the baseball season over the past weekend with Senior games starting on Saturday morning bright and early, followed up with our boys having a hit out with the Bite at Norman Reserve on Saturday afternoon. Visit our Photo Gallery for all the action!

On Saturday night we had a full house for our Hall of Fame and season opening dinner. We are wanting to make this an annual event and I am sure that all that were present had a great evening at the Spice Kitchen. Special thanks to Taylor Devine who has held her hand up this year to assist in organising social events for our club. Please email or call Taylor on 0412 928 705 if you can assist her in organising events.

A special part of the evening was the induction of John Gooley into the Hall of Fame. You can view John's profile and all of the other members of the Hall of Fame on our website. You can also view photos of the event in our Photo Gallery.

I am also pleased to advise you that we now have a signed licence to play baseball on Norman Reserve for the next five years and we have also received Development Assessment Panel approval to erect the netting over next winter. This gives our great club the certainty we need to plan confidently for our future!

This coming Sunday we will have our first A Grade game for the season, commencing at 3.00 pm, so please make every effort to get out to our first home game for the season!

Congratulations to the Under 23s that beat Victoria to win the Bronze Medal. Shaun Wright, Matthew Macbeth and David Nicholas were our players from Sturt who played for the State and the coaching was an all Sturt affair under Head Coach Peter Kitchingman, ably assisted by Zac Stokes, Assistant Coach and David Lightbody Executive Officer. Well done to all involved from Sturt- an outstanding result!!

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)

Bye

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Bye

Division 4 (Coach: Jared Holland)

Lost: Kensington 11 - Sturt 5

Coaches - Jared Holland and Zac Stokes

The team had a large number of players available for this game. It was great to see a mix of some older players with some of the younger members of our club. We actually had 6 players under the age of 20 take the field on Saturday. While I was coaching 3rd base I had several opposition players ask how old our team was. Once I told them they were very impressed and that is a credit to the way the guys played the game.

We used 3 pitchers for the game, Josh Tindall, Matt Mulryan and Mitch Lightbody. All three pitches did well. Each had some rough as well as good patches in their stint on the mound. But overall it was a great job done by all.

I was pleased to see that we had a couple of guys play their first ever senior games. Congratulations to William Hill and Fraser Crameri. Well done guys.

Thank you to Craig Ottoway for umpiring and for Heather Turner for scoring. It is greatly appreciated.

I do not believe that the score truly reflects how well the team played. Kensington is going to be a tough opponent in every grade. We gave Kensington a few walks and a few errors and then they were able to get a couple of big hits that scored multiple runs. We just need to eliminate the things that get the runners on base. It was great to see that our team used wood bats versus the metal bats that Kensington used. We had great at bats all day throughout the team.

Aggressive base running with 2 out helped up scored a few runs and this is something that the players must remember and continue to do. One thing that the team learnt quickly and put into use in the last inning was pitch counts. There were a few cheap outs early in the game but after a talk it was great to see the guys listen and work hard with their pitch counts in their at bats. The guys made the pitcher work hard for every at bat in the last inning. I think in the last 2 innings we left 6 runners on. Not to mention others earlier in the game. Kensington made 2 big fielding plays that saved them runs. Keep up the good work, get on base, put the ball in play with 2 strikes and soon we will get the BIG hits that open games up.

I believe that every player in the team either learnt a few things on the day or was reminded of a few things that they needed to do. It was a great game to get some younger guys experience as well as get rid of some first game jitters for all involved.

It was a pleasure to be involved.

Go Saints

Zac Stokes.

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt 14 d Kensington 4

Well what a start to the season, here I am thinking that we would start this weekend like past years but no on Thursday the SABL put out the schedule and before I know it I am scrambling to find 18 players for the div 6 & 8's to make sure we get two competitive teams on the park. I finally secure my 18th player at 10pm on Friday night because again the SABL change the schedule at 5.30pm on Friday and instead of the division 6 following the division 8 team at home where I could have people double up the SABL changed it so we are playing at the same time on different grounds.

With the bare nine players David (Reg) Lee secures Curran Redal one of the imports to umpire for us and even though he had only landed two days earlier he did a great job and we thank him for that, I think he was very impressed with the skill and speed we play the game at, I think it was the third innings he nearly feel asleep. Reg even showed him how to play the outfield with a great running catch at centre, Curran gave him the thumbs up for the catch but I think it was more that Reggie ran to get the ball. Chris (Coach Smally) Small was picking all sorts of stuff out of the dirt at first base for the outs from the other infielders and we made the easy outs when required. Norm (Wild Thing) Sluga was at short and played well fielding plenty and combining with Mark (Pop) Burns at second to get some great third outs, Pop also made some good outs letting nothing get by him. Glenn (Doc) Young at third also had some great throws to first for some good outs. Ty (TieMeDown) Borlace at right had a nasty time with the early morning sun but nothing got past him, Joshua (Cliffy) Clifford at left only had a couple go his way. That leaves us with Rick (Rat) Trembath throwing to Ben (Shrek) Colyer and what a combination they made for the day, the Rat was throwing a lot of off speed junk that they struggle to hit cleanly giving the infield some easy outs and Shrek was calling a good game from behind. The Rat was the outstanding player for us this week dominating the mound. Our bats where good with all but Shrek getting a safe hit after having no batting practice at all before our first game. The final score was Kensington 4 to Sturt 14 a great way to start the season.

Hopefully we will welcome back a few players this week and have a bench. Thanks to Cliffy for doubling up and to Carol for scoring. Again thanks to Curran for umpiring.

Safe Hits: Doc 1, Cliffy 1, Rat 1D, Wild Thing 3 (1D), Smally 2, Reg 3, Pop 1, TiMeDown 1.

Rat 81pitches, 55strikes, 26ball, 3K's, 6hits over 5 innings

GO THE SAINTS

Coach Smally

Division 8 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 7 d East Torrens 4

An early start to the day (10am!) and the new season, so you could be forgiven for thinking there would be some rust among the nine in blue as we eased into our warm ups at East Torrens.

However Jess 'Lemo' Lemon quickly put things right with an inside the park home run in the early innings to keep the scoring close. Jayke 'The Duke' Wayne was awesome on the mound, getting stronger as the innings went by as he struck out six Red Sox with the encouragement of Andrew 'AJ' Johnston behind the plate.

The infield of Dan '88' Oates, Lemo, Kingsley 'KT' Turner and Phil 'Philthy' Martin kept the runners honest while the outfield of Ditmar 'Galloping' Guehrer, Jules 'Kiwi' Potiki and Ben 'Roger' Moore didn't have much to trouble them.

We left a few too many on base and looked in danger of dong so again when Dan blasted a 2-out, bases loaded 3-2 pitch into the outfield to plate three runners.

Those runs were the difference in the end as Lemo sat them down in order in the last to record a satisfying 7-4 win.

A good way to start the season - next it's Port at home.

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

Jayke: 85 pitches 51 strikes, 6Ks Jess 25 pitches 14 strikes 2K

Under 19 (Coach: Zac Stokes)

Bye

Under 17/1 (Coach: Jeff Nicholas)

The 2013-14 season is finally here!! The U17.1's defeated Glenelg 9-6 in our opening game at Glenelg. Brodie and Damo threw well in difficult conditions which included a howling head wind, low flying aircraft and a curious strike zone. A 6 run third inning set the stage for us as we held off the aggressive Tigers who scored 5 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks in their half of the third. Sturt showed great character with a couple of 2 out rallies as we set ourselves for a challenging season.

Thanks to Jordy McArdle and Mitch Lightbody for filling in.

Hits; McArdle 3 Arnold, Lightbody, Hancock

Under 17/2 (Coach:Glen McDonald)

Goodwood 21 d U17/2 - Sturt 3

The U17-2s season got off to a rocky start on the weekend. A local derby always adds some extra interest but we were unable to come away with the chocolates. Our first inning in the field was good getting 3 quick outs but we soon found ourselves 5 nil down midway through the game. The boys found something at this point and scored 3 runs on 2 nice hits from Nik Sas and Tyler Duchene. The Indians replied with good bat on ball and unfortunately our fielding fell in a hole missing several routine outs mainly with wild throws. Conner Mcclure threw over 90 pitches and battled on well as did Cameron Young behind the plate. Brandon Weber took the ball well at first but also missed a couple of gettable ones. Our rookies Lachlan Durbridge and Max Hood survived their baptisms of fire and hustled really well in the outfield getting the ball into the cutoffs quickly. By the end we were soundly beaten but there were some signs. As the confidence builds and the team gels there will be plenty of improvement. Final score Sturt - not many Goodwood - plenty!

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

After a long break gameday finally arrived!

With only 6 boys remaining from last years 15's squads a new look team was on show.

The defence started with some experience - Kieran on the mound and Jack behind the plate. Kieran went 2 innings for 57% strikes giving up 2 walks, 2 hits, and 2 runs for 2 K's.

Ky relieved for 2 innings going 57% strikes giving up 2 hits, 2 walks, 1 run for 4 K's. Tyrese came in to finish and took a little while to find his range before finishing strong - 37% strikes, no hits, 7 walks, for 4 runs and 2 K's to end the game.

The boys took some time to get into stride in the field but performed well given their first game together.

Offensively they attacked the game from the start with the first 4 batters on base and scoring 4 then 3 runs in the first 2 innings.

HITS
Jack 4, Ky 2, Reed 2, Harry 1, Luke 1, Kieran 1, Tyrese 1

WALKS
Luke 2, Kieran 2, Matan 2, Harry 1, Aussie 1, Jamie 1

GAME SCORE
Sturt 4 3 1 0 3 15
Glenelg 1 1 1 0 4 7

Well done all. A solid start but much to improve upon with West Torrens on the horizon.

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: John McClure)

Bye

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach:Brian Emmett)

Sturt 9 defeated Adelaide 8

The first game of the year, played at Norman Reserve before a large Opening Day crowd, could not have been more eventful and all concerned will hope the rest of the season settles into a more mundane affair. The Bennetts men, with help from a key support cast, carried the day to get Sturt across the line in the first game of the post-Knuckey Dynasty Little League era.

Young and energetic Samuel Bennetts had a day to remember (a single, a two run inside-the-park homer, 2 walks, 3 stolen bases, 3 runs scored, a couple nice 6-3 assists at short plus closing the game on two pitches after coming in to pitch with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the last inning) as well as a day to forget ( a one hop rocket to the face on the last play of the game requiring multiple stitches to his lower lip and dental restoration) in leading his team to victory.

Not-so-young but relatively energetic Jayme Bennetts aka the Barefoot Groundsman ensured the diamond was playable after overnight rains and finished up his strange day by personally administering the suture work to his resilient son. Mum eventually recovered her colour and his obviously sympathetic brother Jack, on hearing the news at his U15 game commented, "Well, that's baseball".

One player does not make a team, however, and notable contributors on the mound were Robbie Brennan and Nick Borello who showed both positive signs and room for improvement to get the strike percentage working better in their favour. Tom Emmett worked well behind the plate and wielded a hot stick going 3 for 3 with a double. Nick was also solid at the plate and at first and the entire infield looks to be a strength for this team. Building the boys baseball nous will be the focus at upcoming trainings, but the early signs point to a good season ahead.

Hits - T Emmett 3 (2B), S Bennetts 2 (HR), N Borello, P Milewski, R Brennan 1 each

RBIs - J Abfalter, S Bennetts 2 each, T Emmett, P Milewski

Little League 1-Saints (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 10 lost to Goodwood 17

This was a big step up for many of the boys this season as all of them found their way into the Majors for the first time.

We are going to learn lots this season and the weekends game was no exception. We are going to have to concentrate better for longer as an initial first step.

There were some great signs from all the team. Jack Hutton, Max Culp and James Rycroft all did a solid job on the mound for 5 innings. Defensively we made some good plays in particular Callum Fryar at centrefield was outstanding.

We will keep getting much better week by week -training hard during the week and a good attitude is the key - keep a close eye on this group!

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Stan Warrilow)

Bye

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: TBA )

Little League 2-Saints 11 defeated Glenelg 4

The comparison with this time last year versus this time is incredible. We travelled down to Glenelg for our first game and won comfortably.

The boys warmed up well, had a great attitude and then pounded out 9 hits in the first inning! Great effort from all.

In particular it was great to see - Lachlan Fishers great first game of baseball, Hugo Ellery and Seb Steele's massive improvements, Lachy Seekamp smashing the ball to centrefield, Tom Fisher catching with confidence, Izzy pitching well, Ziggy with 3 hits in his first game!" Zac Becker batting well and running the bases with confidence.

Well done to all - a good season ahead for this group.

..:: message posted on Monday the 14th of October, 2013 21:46:02 ::..

Hall of Fame Dinner this Saturday!

There are a few spaces availabe for our Hall of Fame Dinner this coming Saturday night 12 October 2013, 7.30 pm at the Spice Kitchen - 252 Kensington Rd, Leabrook

The cost is $50 per person including a three course meal and payment is required at the time of booking.

Please RSVP Taylor Devine - 0412 928 705 or taylor.devine08@hotmail.com by 11th October 2013

I attach a flyer which you can use to promote the event.

There are two ways to pay either via PaylPal or direct debit to the Sturt Baseball Club Bank account.
You do not need to be a PayPal member to pay via this method. PayPal provides a secure method of credit card payment.

PayPal

Direct Debit

Acc name: Sturt Baseball Club Inc
BSB: 035-094
Acc no: 12-4740
If paying by Direct Debit please ensure your name is added as the reference so we know who has made the booking

..:: message posted on Monday the 7th of October, 2013 21:13:25 ::..

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