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Newsletter 14/11/17

For those of us there tonight Div 1 won the twilight game at home defeating Northern Districts 12-1

The Junior Player of the Week is James Athanasopoulos- you can view his profile on our player profile page

WORK WANTED

Outstanding baseballer and future Adelaide Bite player Dylan Ridding is looking for casual work in the vicinity of 20 + hours a week.

Dylan is a polite and intelligent young man who not only plays a great game of baseball but is fit, agile and ready to be put to work.

He has come up from Mount Gambier (his home town) to play with Sturt this summer season and is looking for any casual work.

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Division 1 (Coach:Tom Brice)

Twilight at Sturt - tonight- Sturt 12 d Northern Districts 1

Sunday- Woodville 8 d Sturt 7

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Sturt 12 d Woodville 7

With first real taste of the summer in the air, Woodville jumped out to a hot start with 4 of the first 5 hitters getting on base, by way of 3 doubles and a walk. With the bases loaded and one out, Brodie stepped up and got us a ground ball which should've ended the inning but we couldn't quite take full advantage by rolling the double play. With Brodie striking out the next hitter, the damage was limited but we found ourselves down 0-3 after the first inning. Dakota Mitchell started sharply for Woodville and faced the minimum batters in the first. Will Wirth kick started the 2nd inning with a double and was promptly brought home from a sac fly by Brandon Russo after advancing to third on a pass ball. Alex Hopton also crossed the plate in the top of the second to make the score 2-3.

Woodville were kept scoreless in the bottom half and we kept the pressure on by scoring two runs in the 3rd to take the lead, only to surrender the lead in the bottom half of the inning, thanks to 2 run home run to the Woodville cleanup hitter. The fourth inning saw the game tied up at 5 all and also the end of the day for Woodville's starter.

From here the mighty Saints took control. The top of the fifth saw 7 earned runs crossed the plate thanks to 2 walks, 4 doubles and a couple of singles. Josh Tindall took over the pitching duties with a handy lead and never looked back. While Woodville manage to score 1 run in each of the final two innings, they never really threatened with Tindall having all the answers to their challenges. The boys were challenged all day by a very competitive Woodville outfit, but in the end, we came away with a strong 12-7 win. It was really pleasing to see the team respond to everything Woodville had to throw at us and when the opportunity arose, break the game open. Quality at bats and solid defense again providing the result that sees the Div 2 boys holding top spot on the ladder over East Torrens on percentage.

HITS: Stewart, Arnold, Kerr 2, Faehse, Wirth, Russo, Hopton 1.

Division 3 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Remembrance Day 2017 was overcast, warm and humid. Playing at home against the undefeated ladder leaders Woodville, the game would turn into an 8-innings pitcher's bull fight ultimately culminating in a splendid 2-1 win for the Fighting Threes. Season ledger stands at 4-2.

The game began with an uncharacteristically angry young man taking the mound for reasons unbeknownst to anyone but himself. The lusty swings of the Senators further dampened his mood and a massive double to left centre had the Senators off to a good start and leading by one. Another lead off hit from Mr Evergreen Jarrod Holland plus a stolen base and we had none out and a runner in scoring position. Nope - nothing happened after that.

The Senators swinging continued, the bases were loaded up, the mood was dark on the mound, but we escaped the jam inducing a flyball to centrefield and the score remained at 1-0. Back into bat and just the 10 pitches later we're back in the field. The turnaround is worth mentioning. After prescribing himself "Africa" by Toto and "A Horse with no name" via Spotify 9 throws of controlled pitching results in two ground outs and a strike out to their 3,4 & 5 batters. You would think the reply was coming but a walk to Jake Powell was our only visit to the bases as our batters were handed a lesson by Rick Mitchell and we continued to trail 1-0.

The stalemate continued through the 4th and 5th and it wasn't until the 6th innings that we got something going. A lead off hit to shortstop by Mick Trlin followed by an aggressive safe bunt by Dutchy scored Mick and then Liam Lucas stepped up hitting a long tailing fly ball double to left, scoring Dutchy and we're in front 2-1 after 6.

The Seventh was the very special third edition for the season of the "Double Dutchy" with a do it yourself double play by that man again Jared Holland. A hit to second, tag the runner out and throw to first and two out. A strike out later and we're back into bat again. A change of pitcher and we get runners on second and third with none out but alas we couldn't score. 2-1

Top 8 and one of the stranger plays you'll ever see. One out and runners on one and two. A flyout to centrefield and the runner tags up and takes third. But did he leave early? An eagle-eyed Tony Catt (and umpire) both noticed the runner left early before the catch was taken. With the ball back with the pitcher on the mound a call from the dugout to throw the ball to second results in a surprised Aussie throwing the ball to Dutchy, the umpire puts his hand up and its game over and the Saints win a squeaker 2-1. Boy I had a giggle after that.

Coach Catt ordered defensive baseball and that's what he got. A very pleasing effort with contributions coming from all players at different times of the game. Best today was Aussie's huge effort on the mound pitching 7 innings for just the one run, but he was well supported in the field in particular by Duchy at second and Liam at centrefield. All positions did their job and Micks one hander lying on his back in left field deserves a special mention for co-ordination at its worst. Pity his kids don't have that one on tape.

Winning 2-1 against a team that had scored 71 runs in their previous 5 games was a great effort. Just have to keep doing it.

Thanks to Sue Mulryan for yet another superb score book.

Hits: Holland 2, Lucas L (2B), Trlin,
RBI's: Holland, Lucas L.
Pitching: McClure 7IP, 104 pitches 65/39, 5K's, 3BB's, 1ER

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt defeated Woodville 13-0

Well after his brilliant performance last week we decided to give Ben a rest from the pitching duties and give our others some innings. Pat Burns took the hill for his first start of the year and did an awesome job, throwing 4 digs for 60 pitchers only allowing 1 hit and 4ks. Shane Horne once again closed out the last two giving Woodville nothing.

It is great to be apart of a team with 3 in form pitchers that have only allowed 1 hit and no runs through our last 13 innings of baseball.

The boys were backed up well by the field again, with the routine plays all made. Special mention to Benny Packer who not only can pitch but proved very reliable at second base.

The hitters where excited to see some flat pitching for a change and really had to work on there at bats early in the game. Shane Horne broke the game open in the second with a 2rbi triple, we continued to score runs regularly and ran out easy winners.

So we now sit 5-1 with a good runs for/against percentage and are looking for more good things to come.

We take on Southern Districts this Saturday at home.

Hits: Martens 3, Lemon, Horne, Packer 2, Bicknell, Passmore, Nicks 1 each

Division 5 (Coach: Adrian Hill)

ST 002700.......9
WT 010004......5

This week we took on fellow div5 newbies and co cellar dwellers,the Eagles at Lockleys. After a slow start the Eagles upped the pressure and picked up a run in the bottom of the second to which we replied with 2 in the top of the 3rd thanks to a Richo single to centre.We take the lead 2-1. Frenchy regrouped to close out the 3rd and retire himself to the hot corner.Top of the 4th their reliever struggled to find the zone and gave up a couple walks and good hits we take control.11AM and we have the bases full with 1 out and the umpire calls for a minute's silence (helmets & hats off). After the break we pick up where we left off and continue to push the runners home this time the umpire halts proceedings when the 7th run crosses the plate.With a 8 run buffer I took to the Hill with some reservations but we picked up the 3 outs in the 4th with no fuss. Another run in the 5th and the pressure valve was slowly releasing.Brilliant offence and defence by Jonas Garcia at right field gave him a well deserved rest on the bench (for all of 4 minutes) to bring on the Colonel but Jonas was quickly back in the action after Stan came off with a hammy twinge.The bottom of the 6th I lost the plot briefly with a walk, HBPB and some cheap hits but my field got me out of trouble and I finished the game with a strike out. A impressive performance where everyone contributed to a good game of baseball.Thanks again to Jodie for scoring and to our travelling band of loyal supporters.

Hits: Garcia jnr, Hammer, Kosi 2, Frenchy, Richo, Stan 1.

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Final score 12 to 3 loose

Well this week was a different story to the win last week where we hit to the holes, this week we again picked the fielders out.

Errors in the field also did not help and we did not back our pitchers up. Brandon 'Baby Q' Weber started on the mound and gave up two runs, Glenn 'Doc' Young gave up 3 and Mark 'Pop' Burns gave up 7.

We managed three runs with one coming from Doc and two coming from Chris 'Smally' Small.

We play top of the table this week and we will need to hit the holes to give ourselves a chance.

Division 7 (Coach: Matt Chenoweth)

Sturt 9 defeated by Port Adelaide 12

Saturday's game was the game that got away from us.

We faced Port Adelaide at home on Saturday morning and we led the scoreboard for most of the game.

With the team getting the job done with the bat early we seen some quick runs scored with Shane O'Connell brining in 3 RBI's for the day along with Phil Martin with 2, Chris Sandor and Millie Martin with 1.

We went into the last innings three runs up and with a couple of lucky hits from Port Adelaide we unfortunately seen them score 6 runs in there last dig with the bat and seen us quickly on the back foot.

Unfortunately our last a bat only lasted nine pitches and before we knew it the game had gotten away from us.

Justin McKinley 78 pitches for 45 strikes

Under 17/1 (Coach: Mike Garcia/Dave Warburton)

Sturt 6 Woodville 1

The second week of the epic U17 five week road trip took us to Don Klaebe Reserve, Findon to face the Woodville Senators. For the second year running, Woodville came into its clash with Sturt seeking its first win and for the second year running Woodville trotted out its State U16 player for his first pitching stint of the season. Coincidence? Perhaps.

The boys were raring to go today and the hot weather must've helped them loosen up. Some great signs the specific things the boys are working on at training is paying off. The first two innings were scoreless for both teams with a nice 1-6-3 (Sam to Jonas to Josh) double play in the bottom of the second helping the Sturt cause. Brad Strapps and Joe Harvey got things going for the Saints in the top of the 3rd and after a double steal and a sacrifice fly by Sam, we were on the board. Joa then took a bullet to the leg and Jonas walked to load the bases for hot hitting Robbie Brennan. Robbie delivered our only hit for the game at the best possible time and after some very heads up base running by Jonas and Robbie after the Sens threw it around, the lead opened up to 4-0. A walk to Josh, another double steal and a throwing error that sent Robbie home and the lead was up to 5-0 after 2 ˝ innings. Against the odds, The Librarians had awoken!

Woodville pushed one across in the 4th, but the Saints countered with a walk to Sam, a couple stolen bases and a ground out by Jonas to end the scoring for both teams.

The key to today's win was the strength of our fielding up the spine with Bradley catching his best game of the season by far, Jonas and Luke both making multiple nice plays at shortstop and second base and Robbie taking a couple speccies in centerfield to stifle any chance of Woodville getting something going.

Sam and Josh threw three innings each and were equally strong in finding the plate and keeping the Senator hitters off balance.

A quirky game, for sure, with the boys getting six runs on only one hit and holding their opponents to two singles. We picked a great time to roll out our best baserunning in a long time.

A big thanks to this week's super sub Ethan Dawson. Thanks to Theresa and Linda for scoring and pitch counting. Our roadtrip hits the midway mark next week at Southern Districts - 9:00 a.m. for 10:00 start.

Hits: Robbie Brennan

RBIs: Robbie Brennan 2, Sam Stewart, Jonas Garcia 1 each

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jack Dawson/Mitch Dawson)

Bye

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

Sturt     5 7 5 1 - (18)
Kensington 3 0 1 0 0 (4)

The Sturt juggernaut roled on as the boys go 6 from 6 to cement their spot at the top of the ladder.

For the 3rd week in a row we had a shaky start - I'm now convinced it's a conspiracy to test the coaching staff. A very convincing win, but we must not get complacent. There were a handful of unforced errors and some reckless base running that will be dangerous against a stronger opposition.

Spencer had his first start of the season and was throwing gas from the outset. Unfortunately, in what should have been a regulation 3 up 3 down, a loose throw from SS on the 1st play let the Cardinals on base allowing the 4th and 5th batters to bring in 3 unearned runs in the 1st innings before the boys gained focus.

Bottom of the 1st and Austin led the charge with a 1st pitch single to CF, Tyler followed with a single to RF, and Jake 's double to CF drove in the 1st two runs. A walk to Jamie, a single to Finn and a 6-3 by Seb upped the tally to 5 before we headed back out to field.

We weren't on the field for long as Spencer unleashed, throwing just 5 pitches to send us back to the dugout! Newbie James kicked us off 2nd time round showing sheer determination to out run the throw from SS for his 2nd hit of the season, then stole 2nd and 3rd - way to go James!. Back to the top of the order and Austin batted in James, and Tyler and Jake upped the ante with a double and a triple and the boys were on a roll. Jamie got to 1st on a HPB, and was batted in by Spencer who doubled to CF, Finn singled to SS and both were then batted in by Seb to take us to 7 for the innings.

Spencer kept up the pressure in the 3rd, facing only 6 batters and conceding ony 1 run to the Cardinals big hitting catcher who's been getting his eye in playing U17s. Text book outs from from Tyler at 2nd, Jamie at SS and Austin at 3rd kept the damage to just the 1 run.

James kicked us off again in the 3rd with his 2nd hit of the day followed by a walk to Tyler . Jake borrowed the ladder from the shed to swat at a high pitch for the most unorthodox 3 run bomb one is ever likley to see and the dugout roared!. Jamie's frustration continued with another walk and no more stealing as we passed the 10 run lead. Spencer doubled for a second time to CF, Finn doubled to RF, and Seb was robbed of a near certain stand up double and a couple of RBI's by the 2nd baseman's reflex catch.

Top of the 4th and back out to the field we go. Spencer and the boys had different ideas and just 8 pitches later we were back up to bat. James led us off for the 3rd time with a walk, followed by a walk to Austin and Tyler's second double for the day brought James across the plate for his 3rd run of the day.

Top of the 5th and Austin took over from Spencer to close out and 12 pitches later it was suddenly over!

Everyone batted well this week, with only 4 K's (1 KC) for 31 plate appearances making it increasingly hard to pick MVP votes each week.

Jake had a field day narrowly missing a cycle and collecting 6 RBI's along the way. Finn continued to impress going 3 from 3. Tyler continued his strong run going 3 from 4. James and Spencer both went 2 from 3.

A big thanks to Stan for umpiring and Jake Parkinson for scoring.

Hits: Jake (HR, 3b, 2b), Tyler & Finn (2 x 2b, single), Spencer (2 x 2b), James (2 x single), Austin and Seb 1 each
Runs: Tyler, Jake, Jamie, James (3 each), Austin, Spencer, Finn (2 each)
RBIs: Jake (6), Spencer (3), Tyler, Seb, Finn (2), Austin (1)

Under 15/2 - Saints (Coach: Tony Catt/Stan Warrilow)

Bye

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Nick Borello/Tom Becker)

Sturt 14 defeated Kensington 4

The Sturt Saints were at Flinders University this week to take on a young Kensington team. The Sturt Saints had no intentions to stop their 5 game winning streak as they put on a sound batting and pitching performance that added another W to the Sturt under 13s record.

A 34 degree brought with it many bottles of water, countless tubes of sunblock and a bunch of keen parents fighting for shady spots to watch the great game the Saints played today. The game began with Harry Hutton throwing out the first pitch. Harry proved too fast for the Kensington players as the first 3 batters all struck out due to Harry's excellent pace and location. The Sturt boys jogged off the field to get into the dugout and prepare for a long, run-scoring inning. Unfortunately we couldn't get any feet crossing the plate with a disappointing 3 up 3 down inning. Nevertheless, we gathered our gloves and made the long jog out onto what seemed like an oven as the afternoon sun had finally emerged from the dark clouds.

Things didn't start as good as the Saints would have liked, with their number 4 hitter catching up to Harry's speed and driving a ball to Jayden in left field for a single. A few pass balls later the runner had scrambled his way to home and we were suddenly down by one run. Nonetheless, Harry got out of the jam and kept his composure striking out the next 3 hitters to stop the wound from bleeding out more runs.

The Saints obviously don't like being in a losing position as they put up the max 5 runs in the bottom of the inning. The big inning began with a walk to Zach who then stole second base and advanced all the way to home plate after some errors mixed in with the aggressive base running that Zach obtains. Max Becker wanted his own taste of the dish as he smashed a singing baseball into right field for a ground rule double. Max made his way home after some poor pitching to put another run up on the board. Magnus and Ciaran both drew walks before Jayden tested out his new bat by getting on base with an infield single. The rattled pitcher struggled to regain composure and couldn't find the zone. Lachlan did a great job by getting the bat to the ball and picking up a base hit to drive in the runners. Great job!

Harry continued his great pitching and only gave up one more run, ending his day with 55 pitches and an astounding 9 strikeouts! However, the Kensington hitter's nightmare wasn't over yet with the hard throwing Zach Altamura taking the mound. Zach pitched 2 innings throwing 27 pitches and striking out 4 batters! However, the famous Zach and Harry pitching combo was altered today when we gave Jacob the ball in the last inning. Jacob was very eager to give pitching a go and did a phenomenal job for his first time. Jacob pitched one inning to close out the game and only gave up 2 runs and struck out 2 batters! Great job mate!

Our superb batting form remained constant through the rest of the game. The Sturt Saints continued to get on base and score runs through pass balls and hits. For the first time today every player on the team scored at least one run! That really goes to show that everyone is contributing and improving. The batting highlights today were Max Becker driving in a key run with his ground rule double, Zach increasing his hitting streak to 6 games with a triple and base hit, Harry continuing to bat well with 2 hits to his name and Jayden who batted very well making contact with the ball each plate appearance and getting 2 base hits!

The game today was one that was hard to fault. Our batting was great and we dominated the Kensington hitters through our solid pitching. Fielding was hard to judge due to the Kensington hitters not making contact very often. If I were to critique one part of our game (I am being picky here) it would be our anticipation in the field. We need to work on anticipating where the ball will be hit and being ready in the field. The boys probably have become accustomed to not expecting the ball to be hit to them due to most teams struggling to make contact with our pitching but this may not be the case if we come across stronger teams. Nonetheless, I thought every player played extremely well today, all of you should be proud in the way you played today!

Well, game six is over and done with by the Saints continuing their solid performance and ending the game with a 10 run win. That's now six wins in a row and we remain in the top spot on the ladder! It was great to see that we had a large number of supporters this game and a big thanks to all those who came out, it really does create a bit more of an atmosphere and the players enjoy playing in front of a crowd. On another note, unfortunately this is the last match report you will get from me for a while due the fact I'm going on a family holiday meaning I will miss the next 3 games. I'm leaving you in the very safe and capable hands of Frank with help from Mark and Tom. With the improvement I'm seeing from all players and the consistently good baseball we have been playing, I have no doubts we will continue to play great games of baseball!

Have to thank Melane for scoring, Tony and Angus Catt for umpiring and Frank the manager for coaching first base!

Hits:
2 Hits - Harry Hutton, Zach Altamura (3B) and Jayden Quabba. 1 Hit - Oscar Levinson, Lachlan Kent and Max Becker (2B)

Runs Scored:
2 Runs - Harry Hutton, Zach Altamura, Magnus Smith, Ciaran Behan and Jayden Quabba. 1 Run - Oscar Levinson, Lachlan Kent, Max Becker and Jacob Willans.

Little League Sturt (U11) (Coach: Jarred Holland )

Sunday was a scorcher both on and off the field as the Saints took on the Angels in a Junior Version of the Halo Cup.

Dutchie was there to remind everyone it is all about FUN …but Hell To Pay if we let those Cherubs lose their way….

We found ourselves in a bunker where the mercury was pushing 100 in the old language, but with an esky of cold drinks (Thanks to Ann and Aaron) and continuous spray bottle mist (Thanks Carolyn) it was all about trying to keep cool and the energy levels up!

Jack and Archie got onto base in the 1st but no runs scored. The Angels started strong and were two runs for no outs until Gus took a nice right field catch not far from the cones to slow them up.

Josh Holland did a great job in his first time pitching this season. We were blessed to have Saint Ky Hampton, our secret weapon, helping out on the mound, and Josh showed great focus and leadership, cleaning up the rest of the innings with a solid throw to 1st.
Some very tidy catching by Tom, who is really enjoying putting the pads on.
The Angels got lost in the heavens over the next couple of innings, Kale took hold of the ball and clipped the Angels wings, as the Saints started to have visions of catching up, with Archie, Leo and Kale doing the 'Saintly Stroll' over the plate. Singles for the first two and a nice double for Kale.
4-3 Angels at the end of the 4th, and the strike zone starting to expand in the heat, making it hard for both teams to know when to sink or swing.
We headed into the 5th with time and energy beginning to run out, but this is where this team is really starting to come together, with Dutchie making sure everyone is getting the chance to do something different! The boys had to dig deep and work for each other, and there was lots of great encouragement and positive vibes, you cannot put a price on that!
Jack, Josh Holland and Leo all scored, with the Saints now leading 6-4 as the thermometers all began to melt.
Leo took to the mound for the last innings, and we finished it off giving one away for a final score of 6-5….Chalk one up for the Saints who are now 5 wins 1 loss for the season.
Sam and Jack did some catching as well, and everyone was happy to share the bench, swap positions, no fuss, no dramas. Great TEAM work!
As always, Larissa kept a tidy scoresheet, Ann did the pitch count, and Ky, Aaron, Jimmy were all there for the team, along with Wade and Jenny.
#BleedBlue…..
Ralph (One of the Management Team)

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 14th of November, 2017 21:26:45 ::..

Newsletter- 07/11/17

Another great weekend for our senior teams with our second sweep consecutive sweep of Divisions 1-4! Two shut out games at Norman Reserve on Saturday!

It was also another good weekend for our juniors so well done to all our teams!

T Ball commences this Friday night and we are still keen for more players. Visit our T Ball page for all the information!

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Division 1 (Coach:Tom Brice)

MIDWEEK - vs. Adelaide Angels

Midweek games have kicked off, therefore, the A grade side has played two games since the last instalment.

The first of which was played last Wednesday against the Adelaide Angels, in typically windy and cool conditions, at West Beach.

Devon Barker was in season form, as it was a pitchers dual from the outset and the game moved quickly through the first two innings.

An opportunity to score presented itself for Sturt in the third, after a Tyler Chappell double was moved to third by some quality Harry Knuckey team hitting. Alas, the runner was left stranded and the pressure started to mount in a game we should win.

Devon continued to dominate the Angel's hitters as we moved into the fourth.

After Angus Roeger singled, Connar O'Gorman, playing his first game back after two weeks off due to concussion, stepped to the plate. O'Gorman drove a first pitch fastball over the back of the mound behind the leftfield fence. The two-run bomb relieving the mounting pressure from the previous innings failure to capitalise.

From there it was all Devon Barker, as he didn't allow a base runner past first base for the remainder of the game.

One more insurance run for the Saints in the seventh and we were home with a good win in tough conditions. Sturt 3, Adelaide 0.

SUNDAY vs. Northern Districts

A lovely sunny Sunday afternoon met us at Ingle Farm as we took on perennial cellar dwellers, Northern Districts. Playing against opposition with nothing to lose, the outcome of a game can never be taken for granted. In sport, anything can happen.

The momentum of the game got off to a slow start as Northern District's catcher struggled to glove their left handed import. At the same time, we struggled to put the ball in play, and both teams remained scoreless through the first few innings.

Ky Hampton took to the mound and, although not as sharp as he would like, was getting the job done.

Once the hitting line up started to make the adjustments required to the ball in play, the game started to open up. A few scattered hits were complimented by errors in the field, accustomed to Northern District's baseball.

Steven Chambers replaced Ky on the mound in the 6th, looking to hold onto a score line of 6 to 2. He did so in convincing fashion powering through the final four innings amounting nine strikeouts.

The Saints tacked on two more runs in the final few innings, highlighted by Jordan McArdle's opposite field home run.

It was a long day at the office but the boys were able to grind out a solid, albeit slightly underwhelming win.

Sturt 8, Northern Districts 2.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Sturt 7 d Northern Districts 1 The Division 2 team went about their business, notching up another win on the road against Northern Districts. After a bit of a slow start and finding ourselves down by one run after the first, due to some uncharacteristic defense, we regained momentum by the 3rd and were back in front 3-1. The Macbeth and Tindall combination proved too much for the opposition hitters once again, with the only run crossing the plate being unearned. Our hitters settled into the game and managed to get on top of the Northern Districts pitcher. Whilst this was not our prettiest game, we did manage to grind away and finished with convincing 7-1 win.

HITS: Faehse, Wirth, Holmes, Kerr 2, Ottaway 1.

Division 3 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 5 d Northern Districts 0

Another pitcher's duel and another hard-fought win to the club's favourite team - the fighting three's 5-0 at Norman Reserve Saturday afternoon.

Austin McClure threw another beauty, claiming 12K's, no earned runs and just the four hits and one walk from his seven innings of work. Continuing his good form with the bat, Matt Mulryan picked up three hits and three RBI's from his four at bats. These were the two outstanding performances on top of another good team effort with contributions from all players.

Ben Lucas second innings play at shortstop really set the tone. A leadoff single followed by a cracking hit up the middle could have seen us with runners on 1 & 2 but instead a swooping double play by Benny fast beans Lucas put both the North players back in the dugout and a scoreless innings was the result.

It wasn't until the 6th innings that we were able to put a run over the plate and like any good team the boys continued to persist. A one out double to Matt followed by a 2 out triple by Peter Turner that we finally got our noses in front, one to nothing after 6 innings. Top of the 7th, a lead of just one, Aussie tiring on the mound after a monumental performance, pitch count at near peak and we have just the one out and runners on second & third. A flyball to Brett Mulryan in left and a soft ground out to Aussie and we escaped a jam. With the opposition pitcher tiring (Catty claiming in the dugout he had thrown 150 - no we just had some bad at bats) a leadoff single (his second for the day) to South Australia's friendliest baseballer Dutchy Holland being driven in by Aussie and a RBI double to Matt drives in Tyson Ottaway and Ben Lucas and we had given ourselves breathing space and lead 5-0 after 7.

Another excellent last innings door closing by Liam Lucas and the fat lady sings after 8 hard fought innings.

Thanks again to Sue Mulryan for yet another beautiful scorebook and Craig Ottaway for volunteering to base umpire.

Hits: Mulryan M. 3 (2B), Turner 2 (3B), Holland 2, Ottaway, Trlin, Lucas B, McClure
RBI's: Turner 2, Mulryan M 2, McClure
Pitching: Austin McClure: 7IP 68/37, 12K's, BB, 4 hits, 0ER. Liam Lucas 1IP 12/11, 1K, BB, 1 hit, 0ER

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Div 4 Defeated Northern Districts 11-0

NO HITTER!!!!!

That's right Ben Packer 7 inning, 84 pitches, 7ks and No hits!!! Ben was obviously sensational again, not allowing the Norths hitters anything.
Ben was well backed up in the field, with all the in field making the plays whilst the outfield were just spectators as not one ball went out there the entire game!

Once again our own hitting was awesome, quality at bats through out the whole side saw us accumulate 18 hits to score 11 runs.. Special mentions go to Patty Burns who continued his good start to the year going 4 from 4, Stu Crutchley, Craig Nicks and Tim Boundy who also picked up there first hits for the year.

We now go to 4-1 for the season and are ready to take on Woodville at home this Saturday.

Hits: Burns 4, Nicks, Passmore, Winter, Lemon, Crutchley, Boundy, Horne 2 each

Division 5 (Coach: Adrian Hill)

Southern Districts 10 d Sturt 7

This week the famous 5's faced a tough assignment down south against last years premiers. First innings was 3 up 3 down to both teams including a slick 5-4-3 double play to us to close out the first.The second innings was a 7 run blow out as they hit the holes with gay abandon.Our bats finally came alive in the fourth and we plated 3 runs .Frenchy battled on and brought up a few 0's in the 4th & 5th so we were still down 10-3 coming into the 6th. A pitching change in the 6th gave us chance and we pick up 4 runs to make it a 10-7 game but time was our greatest enemy and the ref blew the whistle and pointed to the tunnels.The French Bulldog was superb on the hill for the full 6 innings and picked up 3 hits himself but the 2nd dig blow out cost us. A "Litmus" test for us which proved a fair result in the end which we can take into next weeks cellar dweller game against the Eagles.

Hits: French 3,Richo,Stan,Kosi,2 Fame, J.Garcia , M.Garcia, AJ, 1

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt 13 d Hawks 10

We both went in to this game win 1 win and we needed to win to stay with the pack if we want to play some finals.

And things did not start of well, Friday morning I had 11 players, game time was 3pm. Friday Night I was down to ten and at 1.30pm on Saturday I was down to 9 players as Kym 'Kymbo' Pettman was called into work.

Saturday 2.30pm all accounted for and present, set the team, play ball.

Top of the first and we bat through 11 players and score 6 runs, Glenn 'Doc' Young with a nice double.
In to the field we go and we send Brandon 'Baby Q' Weber to the mound and he has been improving each week he gets up there and this week was no different. With a different mind set he the first two outs with K2's, the next batter gets a safe hit to right field, he then steals second and then third before he gets a little too far down the third line and Ben 'Shrek' Colyer catching comes up with a great throw to Chris 'Daisy' Day who gets the tag down for the out. Side away score is 6 - 0 up.

In the second we have an unlucky double play with Travis 'Huey' Lewis stealing and Daisy hitting a fly to shallow right field who catches and then throws Huey out who was caught in no mans land. We are back in the field with no runs scored. The Hawks with their tales up after a quick innings in the field go to work in pegging back the 6 runs and with a little help from us end up getting 5 of those 6 back. End of second 6 - 5 up.

In the third we needed to get those runs back and we went to work, David 'Reg' Lee gets a walk and then the newly nicknamed Lawrie 'Driver' McArthur steps up with a triple to centre field to score his first RBI and his first hit after coming into the side late. Craig 'Pa Kettle' Weber grounds out to short but gets an RBI with Driver crossing the plate. Shrek hits a triple and Chris 'Smally' Small gets a double to score one. Change of pitchers and Huey is KC'd with a worm burner, two out and Daisy gets a double, Smally scores on a wild pitch. Baby Q and Doc get a single and Daisy scores on a wild throw to first. We end up with 5 runs for a score of 11 - 5.
The Hawks back in to bat and again with our help they plate two runs to take the score to 11 - 7.

Top of the fourth and we are back in the field real quick with Shrek the only batter getting a safe hit.
Baby Q still on the mound first batter F5 for 1 out, second and third get on with walks and then a HBP, a wild pitch and one scored. Then a Fly ball from the batter to a short fielding Smally for a catch and easy double play to second as the runner had taken off for side away and a score line of 11 - 8.

Top of the fifth and last and we needed a couple of runs as insurance, Huey is out with a F4, Daisy and Baby Q get walks, Doc is struck out. Two down and no runs not what I was looking for, David 'Reg' Lee up to bat and he hits a double to right field just hard enough so it goes to the cones but stays in scoring Daisy and Baby Q, Driver gets a single and Pa Kettle grounds out for side away.
Score is 13 - 8 and Baby Q still on the hill, with a double a walk and a HPB, it is time to change and who else do you go to to save the day, unfortunately for us it is Doc and I give him a clear instruction, Do not hit any batters, first one hits him for a single to left field and two runs score, and you guessed it the next batter is a HPB, then he gets a K2 for the first out, runners at 1st and 2nd with the tying run at the plate, the next batter lines one to Huey at short who quickly gets it to Pa Kettle at second for a double play and side away. Doc saves the day but Baby Q did all the hard work!

Game is called a we win 13 - 10

Pitchers
Baby Q 75pitches, 41strikes, 34balls, 4K's, 4BB, 2HPB and 4BLKS
Doc 16pitches, 8strikes, 8balls, 1K, 1HPB

Safe hits:Colyer 3 (1T), Small 1D, Lewis 2, Day 1D, B Weber 1, Young 2 (1D), Reg 1D, McArthur 2 (1T), C Weber 1

Division 7 (Coach: Matt Chenoweth)

Sturt -11 defeated by Glenelg -19

Well Saturday's game was a high scoring affair with 30 runs scored between the two teams.

With Millie Martin making her debut for the club she had an outstanding first game with some clean fielding in right field.

The team took the field hopeful of a bounce back from last weeks game as we took on third place Glenelg at home.

Our offensive game did not let us down again with some great hitting from JR, Prez, Luca and Phil.

We also had some impressive fielding in the infield from Benny, Hoops and Luca.

Unfortunately the last couple of innings did see Glenelg score a few quick runs which ended up putting the win out of reach.

Well done to Prez and Hoops on the mound along with another solid effort from JR behind the plate.

Under 17/1 (Coach: Mike Garcia/Dave Warburton)

Sturt 9 Northern Districts 4

The Saints ventured to Ingle Farm for the first game of a 5 game road trip against the Northern Districts Reds. Having been shut out the last two games, the Sainters were itching to make amends against a fellow middle of the pack team.

The first inning started well with Sturt pushing 5 across the plate before one batter was out, a complete contrast to the past couple weeks. Sam led off the game with a first pitch double over the left fielder's head. A walk to Jonas was followed by Robbie getting plonked and it was bases loaded for Bradley Strapps who had missed the past couple games but was ready to rock. Bradley singled to left scoring two runs. Joel followed suit to score a third before Josh punched a nice 3-2 single to right to score 2 more and give the team some breathing room.

Jonas pitched well in the bottom of the first holding a Reds rally to 2 runs and strand 2 runners to maintain the Saints momentum. Sam and Jonas singled to start the second inning with Sam scoring on a Bradley ground out to claw back one run.
Josh took the mound to start the bottom of the second and began his best appearance of the season. Four innings, 1 hit, 8 Ks, 4 BBs and 2 runs scored is a pretty healthy base to build on for the next few weeks. Great to see Josh dig deep and throw strikes when things started to get a little loose. It was also good to see our pitchers start to implement some of the pick off strategies Warby has been imparting at training. We're real close to success with those and it is helping the defense stay alert as well.
Josh singled to left to start the third and came home on Joe's grounder - a real nice one percenter by Joe. Sturt further opened up the game in the top of the 5th, the highlight being a massive shot to left centre by Luke Warburton for a run scoring double and a big lift for the team. Josh closed things out in the bottom of the 5th aided by a beautiful pickup by Joe at second base and the group ended up with a well deserved "W".

We have a new nickname for this group, until further notice to be known as The Librarians. Whatever the situation, including after we've just pulled off game changing, run scoring hits, the bench remains as quiet as the school library. A unique group. A huge, huge thanks to 12 year old softballer Claire Warburton who bravely transitioned today from pitch counter to starting right fielder to give us 9 players and close an outfield gap that made a big difference over the course of the game. That was an awesome effort, Claire, and great to have you on the team.

To remove all doubt, our game next Sunday is at Woodville - be there at 9:00 for a 10:00 start. A nice morale booster today.
Hits: Sam Stewart (2B), Josh Vidale 2 each; Bradley Strapps, Joel Edwards, Jonas Garcia, Luke Warburton (2B) 1 each
RBIs: Bradley Strapps 3, Josh Vidale 2; Joel Edwards, Joe Harvey, Luke Warburton 1 each

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jack Dawson/Mitch Dawson)

Sturt 22 defeated Adelaide 3

Beautiful day at Adelaide, Angus opened our pitching with authority striking out 7 in 10 batters and only giving up 1 hit over 3 innings on the mound.

All 9 of our guys got multiple hits for the day, some standouts included Ethan Dawson with 3 hits, 2 walks, 2 stolen bases and 5 runs scored as leadoff, Will Jordans with 5 hits from 5 at-bats with 6 RBI's, Jaime Vidale with another strong performance with 3 hits including 2 doubles and 4 RBI's in the cleanup spot and Angus Catt with 3 hits and 2 RBI's to back up his strong pitching performance.

Tyler Stephens had an impressive division 1 debut with 2 doubles from his 4 at bats.

It was a long day for most of the boys who doubled up on games but it was impressive to see the lads see out the game to the end.

Thanks to Jake Parkinson for scoring, and the large group of family and friends for the support.

Hits: Jordans 5; Dawson, Vidale, Hutton, Catt 3; Seekamp, Warrilow, Parkinson, Stephens 2.
RBI's: Jordans 6; Vidale 4; Seekamp, Warrilow, Catt, Parkinson, Stephens 2; Dawson, Hutton 1.
Runs: Dawson 5; Parkinson 3; Jordans, Seekamp, Vidale, Warrilow, Hutton, Catt, Stephens 2.

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

U15/2 - Sturt 7 d Henley & Grange 3

Sturt 0 0 2 0 3 2 - (7)
H&G 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 (3)

Sunday saw us fired up and ready to take on H&G who were placed just below us on the ladder in 2nd place with 3 wins and no losses.

In a repeat of last week's performance we failed to bother the scorers in the first two innings and memories of last year's finals loss to H&G started to emerge before the boys settled into a rhythm and progressively built a lead that the Rams couldn't overcome.

The stats tell the story, and we had enough of an edge in the key areas to make the difference. Offensively we had 5 hits to 4, but courtesy of 7 walks, 3 fielding errors and 2 HPB's managed to get 18 players on base compared with H&G's 6. Aggressive base running is hallmark of this team and 11 stolen bases contributed significantly to the run tally.

Jamie opened the defense for us and threw 5 scoreles innings before handing over to Spencer to close out . Between them they dished out 13 K's and gave up 4 walks compared to H&G's 6 K's and 7 walks.

The field didn't see too much of the ball, but was typically polished with Tyler at 2nd, Austin at SS, Jack at 3rd and James, Will and Seb controlling the outfield.

Thanks to Jack Hutton and Will Jordans for filling in before heading off to their game, and Stan for donning the kit and umpiring from behind the dish.

Hits: Jake (2 x 2b), Jamie, Jack, Seb 1 each
Runs: Jake (2), Austin, Jamie, Spencer, Seb 1 each
RBIs: Sepncer (2), Tyler, Jamie, Jake 1 each

Under 15/2 - Saints (Coach: Tony Catt/Stan Warrilow)

Saints 14 defeated Goodwood 4

The visit down the road to play at Goodwood is always a test for the Saints at any level. The Goodwood teams are normally well drilled.

The team came out and worked on some of the areas we had discussed during week and before the game - namely baserunning and two strike hitting. Some highlights from the day were the fielding from Brad Vince at third - very good. All three pitchers - very efficient. The continued improvement in Shannon Behan.

Thanks to Louis some of the stats from the game are shown below - all contributed and it was a great game to watch the team improve.

Ryder 3 IP, 36 pitches, 21 strikes
Angela 1IP, 21 pitches, 16 strikes
Samson 1P, 17 pitches, 9 strikes

Despite 62% strikes only 2Ks.
12 of 15 outs were infield plays
14 first pitch strikes on 22 batters

Samson 2H. 2BB. RBI
Lachie H 2H BB RBI
Angus 2H BB RBI
Lachie S H BB RBI
Brad H BB RBI
Shannon H
Angela 2BB RBI

Saints threw 74 pitches over 5 inn
GW threw 74 pitches in our 5th inning.
Ryder got 5 first pitch outs

Well done all - we have a bye next week. See you at training.

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Nick Borello/Tom Becker)

Sturt 20 defeated East Torrens 4

The Saints headed down to Felixstow to play the currently 3rd place East Torrens side at a harsh start time of 9:00 am. However the early start didn't affect the Saints as we 'knocked the sox off' the East Torrens 'Red Sox' in a batting and pitching masterclass that resulted in a 16 run win.

The game started off with a hard hit line drive from Oscar which was unfortunately caught by a quick reacting 3rd basemen. An exciting start to wake up the crowd and players! Yeoryi was up next in the number two spot and took a pitch to the foot and made his way to first base. Yeoryi stole second and Harry Hutton started his terrific day at the plate by smashing a double to centre field to drive in the first run of many. Zach kept his 4 game hitting streak alive after driving a pitch to deep right field. Jack Becker managed to get the barrel to the ball and drove in both Harry and Zach to chalk up another 2 runs on the scoreboard. Two quick outs later we were sent into the field but had a 3 run lead to give Zach some room for error on the mound.

Zach Altamura started the game and pitched well throughout the game. The game got off to a bit of a rocky start with an error, walk and a double to put the first 3 hitters on base. A fielding error proved costly as 2 runners came home after the misfield. However the damage was limited to 2 runs with Zach coming back to strike out two hitters to get the bats back into our hands.

The top on the 2nd inning is when the bats came alive for the Saints. Oscar got on base after reaching on an error before walks to Yeoryi and Harry. Zach and Jacob put the bat to the ball with key hits to drive in the runners and within a blink of an eye the score was 7-2 our way. Great comeback!

Zach had a very good day on the mound with him throwing 46 pitches and striking out 6 hitters. Harry Hutton came then on and kept maintained the tempo, chalking up 6 strikeouts and allowing no hits and no earned runs. Great job! Jack Becker put up some more hours behind the plate with the rookie catcher catching the whole entire game and doing a superb job for only his second time catching!

After the 2nd inning, the game quickly turned into a blowout with our bats continuing to function well with us teeing off against the young East Torrens pitchers. We scored 5 runs in the 3rd, 3 runs in the 4th and finally another maximum 5 runs in the fifth to bring the total to an even 20. Our outstanding pitching performance limited the opposition to just 4 runs to give us the 16 run win.

In summary, the game turned out to be a showcase of our hitting potential with a total of 13 hits being on our side of the scoring sheet. The great news is that everyone made contact with the ball at least once and everyone was able to get on base! Ciaran and Jacob both got their first hits of the season with each of them doing a terrific job to put the ball into play. Drew also had a very good day with the bat, with him making contact with the ball and getting on base twice - well done! Yeoryi had a fantastic day at the plate and did great in the number 2 spot getting on base each at-bat, scoring 4 runs and getting 2 great hits! However on the negative side, some of our fielding today was a bit below par with us making 4 fielding errors. Fielding errors can be costly and are especially frustrating and hard to deal with as a pitcher. It was mainly simple things such as fielding ground balls which can be easily sorted after paying some extra attention to fielding next training.

Well after the win at East Torrens, that makes the Sturt under 13s 5-0 and still at the top spot on the ladder. Well done to East Torrens who played a good game and they put the ball into play much more then what we have been seeing playing against other teams. Special mention to Magnus who I was very pleased to see him being supportive to teammates and proved to be a great team player with him helping out other players and doing all the duties that a player on the bench should do. Great to see! I thought all players played extremely well and saw improvement from all of the players, everyone should be proud for the good game each of you played!

Big thankyou to Sally for scoring, Mark Hutton for helping out pre-game and manager Frank for doing his top-notch first base coaching!

See you all at training this Wednesday at 4:30!

Hits:
4 Hits - Harry Hutton (3 2B), 3 Hits - Zach Altamura and Jacob Wellins (2B), 2 Hits - Yeoryi Perentes (2 2B) and Ciaran Behan, 1 Hit - Oscar Levinson (2B) and Jack Becker

Runs Scored:
4 Runs - Yeoryi Perentes and Harry Hutton, 3 Runs - Oscar Levinson and Zach Altamura, 2 Runs - Ciaran Behan and Drew Edwards, 1 Run - Jayden Quabba, Jacob Wellins and Jack Becker

Little League Sturt (U11) (Coach: Jarred Holland )

STURT 3 - Goodwood 4

It was another glorious day at the beautiful Normen Reserve we all got there ready to go with the lines marked white the base paths were wet down from the day before, it was game time.

But this was the loss I was happy to have to give some great young stars the chance to shine.

In the warmup I strolled over to Sam with a new baseball and said would you like to start pitching today hes eyes lit up with excitement then I lazely walked to Aiden and tapped him on the shoulder and what would you think about trying to catch for the first time ? His response was "WOW really as long as mum gets a photo of me in the gear"!

So we were set to start, Sam got the job done in the first and started the second but was getting tired so fresh out of the ball pen with no other than Ky Hampton our pitching coach was Jake, one of our first year players and with much excitement did his best and got his outs but a few runs crossed the plate, great job kid i hope you enjoyed the challenge.

Their first pitcher was a leftie and threw well but two our sturt boys we got a couple of hits but could not string them together to score.

In the third innings two out backs against the wall young dutchy walked up and almost hit it over the cones but better still Williem was up next and did a clutch hit to score our first run and get his first hit for the season fantastic timing to get us on the score board. The next innings young Archie Becker was itching to try catching so he threw the gear on to see what it was like and did a great job with Leo doing what he does in throwing lots of strikes, well done.

This is where it got interesting Leo got tired with bases loaded so our pitching coach paid him a visit and said u have done your fair share and we gave the ball to Kale to get us out of a jam with bases loaded and none out, then he did what he does best and struck out the next three batters WOW!

Going into the last we were down 4-1 time to get the bats going Kale started with a ground rule double then with some hard fought at bats we got some walks but only scored two runs to finish 3-4 down.

Im so happy to give some new guys a chance to try something new and to get the boys who have played to teach their team mates how to play, keep your chins up boys you fought hard and we will know what to do different next time.

I know I write this everytime but thanks again to all my helpers who make sure everything goes smootly and putting smiles on these young kids faces.

PITCHING

STRIKES

BALLS

S.Horley

18

17

J.Destino

13

24

L.Garcia

19

17

K.Matthews-Hampton

6

2

HITS
J.Holland 2, W.Aitken 1, K.Mattews-Hampton 1

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 7th of November, 2017 21:33:08 ::..

Newsletter 31/10/17

A great weekend of baseball with our Division1, 2, 3 and 4 sides all recording wins. A long time since all of thee top four senior teams won on the same weekend. Well done!

Tomorrow night we have a twilight at Diamond Sports against Adelaide, 6.30 pm so please get along and support the boys!

Congratulations to Lachie Holland our Junior Featured Player of the week.

A reminder that Aussie Tee Ball starts this Friday night with a come and try session. Please distribute the flyer to any parents of children in the 3-9 year age range.

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Division 1 (Coach:Tom Brice)

Sturt 10 d GGCD 0 A cool Saturday night and the A grade side took on Golden Grove under lights at West Beach.

Proven to be a danger game in years gone by, the team was asked to lift the intensity from the prior week's poor game two efforts. And, that they did, posting their most impressive performance in memory. Strong pitching, outstanding hitting and even better defence brought to realization what we are capable of and demonstrated why our aspirations for the season should be set very high.

Lead by Dylan Ridding's four, the team amassed seventeen hits (7 extra-base) and ten runs through eight innings.

Backed up by some amazing infield play by Jackson Brebner-Russ, Tyler Chappell and Dylan Ridding, Steve Chambers threw five innings without relinquishing a run. He was followed by Ky Hampton. Bouncing back from last week's disappointment, Ky was back to his dominant self. Allowing only one hit through the final three innings, consolidating the 10-0, eight inning mercy win.

A very fun game to be a part of!

The squad will return to West Beach this Wednesday to take on the Adelaide Angels in the season's first midweek clash, at 6.30pm.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Sturt 9 d GGCD 1

Off the back of another solid defensive effort, we collected our 3rd win on the trot. Brodie Macbeth had the start once again, and after conceding two hits to the first two hitters of the game, he composed himself and got out of the inning without any runs crossing the plate. Thanks to the depth in pitching stocks at Sturt this year and the double headers behind us, we had the luxury of relieving Brodie after just 4 inning, from 45 pitches, 4 hits and 1 earned run. Josh Tindall pitched the final 3 inning, striking out 6 and allowing no hits in a dominant performance. It was a tough day out for the Golden Grove hitters with no walks or errors in the field to give them a chance.

Facing up against a submarine pitcher, our hitters adjusted well and continued swinging the hot sticks, driving in 8 earned runs along with a bonus unearned run. With Alex Hopton, Tyson Ottaway and Brodie Macbeth all picking up two hits, the team managed to score in every inning, bar one. It's great to see different guys stepping up each week and picking up the hits, which shows that we are a well-rounded team and not relying on any one player. Now sitting in 4th spot (equal 2nd on points) on the ladder with 3 wins and 1 loss, we need to keep working hard on the track and there will be more results like this to follow.

HITS: Hopton, Ottaway, B Macbeth 2, Wirth, Russo, M Macbeth, Tindall 1.

Division 3 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 8 d Golden Grove 2

With a few regular players missing for various reasons, work, dirty weekends and Italian family lunches the injection of experience and youth proved to be a successful combination and the Saints won a workman like performance 8-2 at picturesque Golden Grove.

With Sam Stewart playing his first ever senior game and master of the universe Tony Catt making his first 3's appearance for the season the Sainters managed to bat through the line-up for the first time since opening day.

Single hits to Liam Lucas, Pete Turner, Austin McClure and debuting rookie Sam Stewart got the team off to a bright start scoring 5. Tony managing to keep the umpires sweep to nil with a pop fly to first to end the innings. GGCD's reply began with a wayward throw from third, followed by a couple of good hits against the fast ball scoring two until Aussie ended proceedings with a couple of K's. 5-2 after the first.

The Sainters went back in to bat brimming with confidence. Liam helped by a throwing error at third managed to get home thanks to the bat of Matt Mulryan and that was all she wrote. A couple of hard earned walks, two strike outs and a single to centre keeps GGCD scoreless and the score moved to 6-2.

With the GGCD pitcher throwing what could only be described as gentle off-speed junk he continued to mesmerise our batting line up. Like watching the cobra dance out of the basket we continued to pop up, ground out and even strike out at the accurate (and I say this with the utmost respect) pus. Accuracy is the key and our opposition pitcher had it in spades and continued throwing the ball in the strike zone and as many a good judge has said "they'll get themselves out" - and that we did! 3 up 3 down. Aussie throwing what looked like Aroldis Chapman by comparison kept GGCD in check with just a single hit, two fly outs and another K as he continued to get the job done on the hill.

Top of the 4th opened with a beautiful line drive single to centre and Catty was on the bases (and reigniting memories of his non-existent heyday) however, no one could push him home. There is a lot to be said for off speed pitching and it continued with the Saints unable to put the game away. GGCD made no reply due to another sparkling innings from Aussie, this time in just 10 pitches. Score remained 6-2.

A Ben Lucas double to left combined with a Sam Stewart RBI saw us squeak another to squeeze the lead to 7-2. A 7-pitch battle with the GGCD leadoff batter was a win to our pitcher and when Liam did an inspired pick off at S/S the fat lady was starting to sing.

The sixth and final dig began with a change of pitching from both sides. A wild throw by GGCD eventuated with Liam scoring his third run of the day and the Saints went into the bottom of the last dig leading comfortably 8-2. With Aussie's pitch count exhausted Liam Lucas took on the role of Kenley Jansen and didn't disappoint with a 10-pitch close to end proceedings and chalk up the Saints second win for the season. Season ledger now even at 2-2.

Thanks to Sue Mulryan for another superb score book.

Hits: Lucas B (2B), Lucas L, Turner, McClure, Stewart, Mulryan M, Mulryan B,
RBI's: Stewart 2, Trlin, Mulryan M
Pitching: McClure 5IP, 106 pitches 67/39, 8K's, 3BB's, 1ER
Lucas L, 1IP, 13 pitches 8/5, 1K, 0ER

Round 3-21/17 West Torrens 7 d Sturt 6

First home game for the season, bottom of the 7th and a two out 3RBI double into the right field corner by Matt Mulryan wasn't enough to save the team and we went down 7-6 to West Torrens.

Nick Borrello started on the hill and couldn't find his rhythm from last week. We got off to bad start with an errant throw (after taking a bare handed bizarre hopper) from third causing the first batter to get on base and from there we conceded 4 runs. Three up and three down and we trailed 0-4 after the first. A mishit dribbler and two walks later Aussie McClure was called to the mound with bases loaded. A IFF and 2 strike outs later we had escaped a jam but the batting didn't improve and another 3 up 3 down followed and the score remained 0-4.

The 3rd and 4th innings were much the same and apart from a BB to Reed Stewart (our first visit to the bases) neither side was able to hit the accurate and controlled pitching.

The fifth saw WT back in the field after another spectacular running catch from boom recruit Ben Lucas in foul territory in right field. Aussie decided enough was enough and smacked a long fly ball over centerfield's head (claiming it hit the fence on the full!) and helped himself to a double. A muffed run-down play saw Matt get on base and a bunt from Ben caused an error throw and suddenly bases were loaded with none out and when Pete Turner punched home Aussie and Matt home the score was looking more respectable at 2-4.

To WT's credit they came out in the sixth determine to score. A chance not taken in the outfield, a couple of bunts mixed in with a couple of errors and the score blew out to 7-2. The team had a crack with Liam Lucas getting on a base with a line drive up the guts but an unlucky line drive to first left the runner stranded and a double play put us back in the field.

The seventh belonged to the Mulryan boys. A juggled catch by Brett resulted in an 8-3 double play to brother Matt and Brett finished the innings off with a hail mary catch at centrefield to give us one last go to make up the deficit. A walk to Mick Trlin, a hard-hit single to centre by Jake Powell followed by a double to RF by Jared Holland and Mick scores 7-3. A two out walk to Liam loads the bases and a booming double to RF by Matt clears the bases and the score finishes at 7-6. Bugger.

Another knockout performance on the hill from Aussie with 7K's and conceding no earned runs. Shows the depth of Sturt's pitching when one of our State U18 representatives can't get a gig higher up. The 3's are more than happy to have him throwing.

Good effort by the team to not throw in the towel and it was pleasing to see every player contribute to the overall result with either bat or ball. Big thanks for Heather Turner for scoring - cheers!

Hits: Matt Mulryan 2B (3RBI's), Jared Holland 2B (RBI) Austin McClure 2B, Peter Turner, Jake Powell

Pitching: Austin McClure 6IP 61/39 2BB 7K's. Nick Borrello 1IP 26/29, 5BB 1K's

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Defeated Golden Grove 18-4

After a terrible game last weekend, we travelled to Golden Grove to get ourselves back on the winners list!! At that we did!!

as the away team we hit first and from the first at bat the game was over. We posted 8 runs in the first and 7 in the second to take a commanding lead 15-0 after two inning.

Ben Packer returned to the mound after week of from pitching and once again was brilliant, allowing only a couple of hits through 3 inning, a slightly shacking 4th but the damage was already done. Pat Burns then took the mound for his first outing of the year and closed the game out.

Our hitting once again was outstanding... quality at bats and patient hitting saw us accumulate 18 runs from 15 hits and 9 walks

All in all an almost faultless performance from the boys, that takes us to 3 wins 1 loss for the year and we are ready to take on Northern Districts this Saturday at home...

Hits: Winter 3, Passmore, Burns, Lemon, Warrilow, Horne, Packer 2 each

Division 5 (Coach: Adrian Hill)

Bye

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Tigers 16 defeated Sturt 5

We faced one of last year's grand finalists and while our guys tried hard the opposition swung the bats well and came through with some timely hits. In fact, they scored 3 in the 1st when they should have had none and then scored 7 in another inning, all within 2 out.

For the home side, Brandon started on the mound and has improved quite alot in a few weeks. He was followed by Doc who also threw alot of strikes. Next in was Rat and as per usual, he threw quality strikes and mixed up his speeds well. As I said, the opposition hit well and timely.

We welcomed Lawrie for his first game in 10 years and 3rd ever, proving the mind is willing but the flesh is weak! He went up to bat reminding himself to let the first pitch go but couldn't help but swing at it ….. even though it was head high. Boy, they look good sometimes!

Not a lot else to report but a big thank you to Kerryn for coming out to keep score and to Trent and Stiffy, both of whom are out for the year but came to support the team.

Division 7 (Coach: Matt Chenoweth)

Sturt - 7 defeated by Kensington-15

Saturday's game seen "Hoops" return to the mound for the first time in two years and he got us off to a flying start.

However a number of errors in the infield had us on the back foot and we could not get the job done.

A thank you to all the young lads from the 15s and 17s who helped us fill a team this week and a massive thank you to AV for helping us out.

Under 17/1 (Coach: Mike Garcia/Dave Warburton)

Golden Grove Central Districts 8 Sturt 0

One thing we learned today is arriving at the ground at 8:00 a.m. to play at 9:00 doesn't suit U17 players, parents or umpires. A disappointing game played on an incredibly blustery early Sunday morning. We'll look to improve next week at Northern Districts.

Thanks to Bricey for coming to Sturt early Sunday to umpire our game after a big Division 1 win Saturday night. Thanks to Knucks for umping the first inning and preparing the diamond to perfection. Thanks to Linda for scoring and Jac for pitch counting.

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jack Dawson/Mitch Dawson)

Goodwood 3 defeated Sturt 2

After a good start to the season we were brought down to earth by a well drilled Goodwood side.

A lead-off triple and run from Ethan Dawson in the 1st inning got us off to the perfect start. Things were on the up for the boys as Zac Becker tallied a couple stolen bases and Lachie Seekamp followed with a walk and a stolen base with only 1 out. Unfortunately we weren't able to capitalise and struck out with the next 2 at bats paving the path for the rest of the game.

It was a battle of the pitchers for the whole game in what was a very low scoring affair. Jack Hutton continued his impressive start to the season on the mound only giving up 3 hits and a run through 4 innings. Unfortunately the opposition pitcher was just as dominating with our only hit after the first innings coming off a ground rule double from Zac Becker, inches off a home run.

The pitching stayed consistent through the later innings as Zac Becker took over on the mound, keeping the game close with the help of some excellent plays at 2nd base by Samson Garcia as we went into the top of the 7th up by a single run. Goodwood poured on the pressure with the bat, getting an early runner on base and bunting to induce an overthrow that would ultimately lead to 2 runs giving Goodwood the lead heading into the bottom of the 7th.

To our boys credit, there was some fight shown in good at bats with solid contact from Angus Catt and Zac Becker, however it was all too late as our unbeaten start to the season was lost.

Hits: Becker, Dawson 1

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

Sturt        0 0 2 0 1 6 (9)
Pt Adelaide 1 0 1 1 0 0 (3)

Under a threatening sky the boys made the long journey to the Port to play possibly their best game yet, finally breaking the Maggies defense in the last dig to run away with the score and continue their winning streak.

The true of mettle of this team was on show this week. The boys found themselves in uncharted territory as Port Adelaide ground out an early lead and held us at bay until the final innings. Our big hitters struggled with the turbulent head wind, repeatedly popping up easy catches and the Pt Adelaide defense was unforgiving. The body language in the 5th said it all, until a quick pep talk from the coach fired them up and we got to see their trademark team spirit as the QABs rolled on.

Top of the 6th and Zac Altamura's tenacity won an 8 pitch battle to get us going. Tyler Stephens upped the ante going 12 pitches to put a second runner on and the middle of the order didn't disappoint. A single to Finn, a double to Jamie combined with some aggressive base running added 4 more to the tally, and the Port Pitcher began to wane as Austin and Spencer took him into double digits again and he approached 50 pitches for the innings.

Austin Parkinson started on the hill for us and was in complete control throwing 70% strikes over 4 innings for 2 earned runs and 10 K's in what may have been close to his best performance for the season so far. Spencer took over from Austin to close out in his 1st outing this season and did a great job throwing two scoreless innings and recording 3 K's. With only 8 players the outfielders had some extra work to do and Zac Alatamura at RF was kept busy with many a well placed hit by the Magpies.

Port Adelaide played a fantastic game and are to be complemented for their sportmanship in not taking the automatic out - the final score doesn't reflect how close the game was until the last innings.

A big thanks to Zac who made the long journey from his U13 game at Flinders and Jake Parkinson for scoring.

Hits: Jamie (2 x 2b), Austin (2b, single), Finn, Spencer, Zac 1 each
Runs: Finn, Jamie, Austin 2 each, Tyler, Spencer, Zac 1 each
RBIs: Finn, Jamie, Austin, Spencer, Seb

Under 15/2 - Saints (Coach: Tony Catt/Stan Warrilow)

Saints 18 defeated East Torrens 4

With a few kids having to move around this week and the weather blowing a gale it was always going to be an interesting game.

We jumped out of the blocks well both defensively and offensively as the kids worked on protecting the zone, putting the ball in play and making things happen. We scored a lot early in the game - particular mention to Lachy Seekamp with 4 hits. Great effort mate.

Defensively we didn't have to do too much as Angus Catt struck out 12 batters in his 4 innings of work. Nice to get some extended time on the mound for the first time this year with 66 pitches and 44 strikes. Angela and Ryder closed the game out well and the field got some work in which was good to see late in the game.

Another great team effort - remember it is what you do at training that will reflect how you go on the weekend - keep working hard on Tuesday and Thursday!

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Nick Borello/Tom Becker)

Sturt 5 defeated Henley and Grange 4

Nail-biting. That's the two words that would sum up this top of the ladder clash between the undefeated Henley and Grange Rams and the also undefeated Sturt Saints. With this fight for the top spot on the ladder, both teams were focused and keen to win but the trusty old Sturt Saints never failed to disappoint the spectators with a walk-off win!

The game got off to a shaky start with 2 runs being scored by the Rams after some extremely aggressive base running. Believe it or not, this was actually the first time this season that the boys were in a losing position. Being 2 runs down, the boys needed to get some runs up on the board to make a statement against the Rams.

Jack led things off smashing a base hit to left field on the first pitch of the game! However Jack got caught stealing a few pitches later, but Oscar managed to land on first base after a walk and scrambled his way to 3rd after some wild pitching. Zach continued his good form putting the ball into play and allowing Oscar to score on a ground out. The inning ended with Max grounding out to second but we were on the board and the Rams knew we were in for the long haul.

The pitching today was yet again phenomenal. Harry Hutton started the game and pitched very well allowing only 2 runs through his 4 innings of work. Harry ended up striking out a staggering 10 hitters and allowing only 3 baserunners during his pitching performance. Outstanding!

The game was close from the start and hits from our side were scarce with some great fielding from the Rams. The howling wind up at Flinders didn't help either side much either. We didn't manage to chalk another run up on the board until the bottom of the 4th inning when Zach led off the inning with a walk before stealing second and advancing to 3rd on a wild throw before finally dashing to home plate to tie the game up at 2-2 after yet another wild throw from the Rams.

At this point, it was the top of the 5th, the game was tied and Harry came off the mound after throwing a massive 67 pitches. Max Becker was catching a great game but unfortunately he injured his thumb so we had to find a suitable replacement to catch the speedy Zach Altamura. Jack Becker was keen as beans to have a shot at catching so he geared up and headed out behind the plate. With a very far backstop, the pressure was on for Jack to stop anything from getting to the fence. However, Jack 'stepped up to the plate' and did very well for his first time behind the dish. Zach helped him out with some accurate pitching but unfortunately, the Rams aggressive base running wounded the Saints again with us bleeding out 2 runs.

Well bottom of the 5th and 2 runs down, the Sturt boys knew that we didn't have long to gain a lead. Jack continued his good hitting getting on base and making his way to home after some wild pitching to bring the game to a close 4-3. One out later the boys had to head back into the field and do their best to stop the Rams from increasing the lead. Zach pitched incredibly well striking out 2 hitters and catching a line drive to send the Rams back into the field.

This is when it gets interesting. We are one run down, the boys and coaches are well aware this is our final chance to snatch the win against the undefeated Rams. After a quick word from Franco and myself, the boys were determined to win this incredibly close game. Harry Hutton led the inning off and unfortunately grounded out after a long at bat - way to get the crowd biting their nails. With one out, Zach Altamura stepped into the batter's box and realised it was now or never. Zach fouled off 4 pitches before taking one for a ride over the left fielder's head for a ground rule double. One stolen base and a wild throw later, Zach was in the dugout celebrating his phenomenal effort to tie the game up at 4-4. Max Becker was up next and knew exactly what he needed to do: get on base. Max produced a short pop up to land just between the pitcher and shortstop and sprinted to first base. Max knew his job wasn't done yet and stole second base. Well, there we were, tie game and a runner in scoring position. Magnus Smith was up next and realised that this was his clutch moment. Magnus got the count to 2 strikes and one ball before delivering with a hard hit ball to second base! Max was waved home and cheers broke out through the Sturt dugout with the winning run sliding through home plate. What a way to win a game!

What a great game to watch! Hats off to the Rams though with them keeping this game incredibly close. Our batting was yet again quite good considering they fielded very well and their pitching was on par. At times I thought we may have been able to bat a little better by swinging at the right pitches. Nevertheless, it was a hard game to fault with everyone doing their part in snatching the win. We had 11 players today which unfortunately meant 4 people would be having half a game. I know it's not the best having to sit out for half a game but you can still be involved in the game while on the bench by helping out and supporting your team mates. A big thanks is owed to Malene for scoring, Sally for pitch count, Tom Becker for umpiring and helping to pack up the field and manager Frank for coaching first and helping out in setting up the field. I thought everyone played very well and was very pleased to see everyone staying focused throughout this key game. Well done!

Hits
1 hit - Jack Becker, Zach Altamura (double), Max Becker and Magnus Smith.
Runs Scored
2 runs - Zach Altamura, 1 run - Oscar Levinson, Jack Becker and Max Becker.

Little League Sturt (U11) (Coach: Jarred Holland )

STURT 11 - Southern District 5

This weekend we headed to the beautiful southern suburbs and came away with a great team win. The boys all got there ready to go on time keen to play some hard baseball.

Leo started the day on the hill first and did a great job to gets his outs with 1 run, well done.

We didn't trouble the scorer in the first innings but had some great at bats.

Tom threw the next innings and did a great job throwing lots of strikes but they found the gaps and scored 4 runs.

Our next at bat we managed to get some things going and got a run.

Next on the bump was Kale" the fireman" and did just that, and put out the fires for the next two innings with some great plays in the field by Jack Josh and William.

Well our bats got on fire too score the MAX 5 runs in the next two innings for a come from behind WIN.

This was great to watch us play as a great TEAM. By doing the little things and ENCOURAGING and ENJOYING and having fun with each other and to pick each other up when we we're down and to play the game hard. Hopefully the whole TEAM goes away with great big smiles on your faces for the week with a whole TEAM WIN.

Last thanks to our scorer Larissa and to my assistant coach Aaron and Ralph for taking training and pitching coach Ky who was the first coach to come off the field smiling after having a chat to one of the pitchers.

To all the mums and dads i hope you enjoyed todays game as much a very HAPPY COACH did, thanks Dutchy.

Pitching

Strikes

Balls

L.Garcia

19

17

T.Passmore

15

19

K.Mattews-Hampton

25

10

Hits L.Garcia 3 J.Destino 2 k.mattews-Hampton 2 J.Holland 2 A.Becker 1

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 31st of October, 2017 19:56:26 ::..

Newsletter 24/10/17

A big shout out to everyone in the club who knows boys or girls aged 3-9 years of age. On Friday 3rd November 2017 there will be a Come and Try session for children in this age range. Please download the Flyer and distribute to parents who have children in this age range. The future of our club depends on building a strong base of juniors!

Thanks to everyone that made the effort last night to attend our Open Meeting about building a sustainable future for our club. There were great participation and ideas from those that attended. Some of the key themes included how the junior teams could be more included within the club, for those new to the club more information on our values, many ideas were put forward on how to increase volunteer participation in our club with examples provided on how this is expected in other sports. A range of ideas were presented on how to diversify fund raising within the club.

The Senior Committee will review the input provided and certainly if people are keen to volunteer or have a good idea that they want to implement then please drop me an email.


A number of people were unaware of our extensive use of social media and in fact some were unaware of our presence in social media which is a little surprising given that the information below is contained in every newsletter. As it may be missed or skipped over we will put up a poster in the clubrooms but I would ask members to take the time to join the various social media platforms that we are currently regularly using.

For those of you new to the club, please join our Twitter feed, at Follow @sturt_baseball and our Facebook page.  You can also follow us on Instagram  and Youtube!

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Division 1 (Coach:Tom Brice)

This weeks double header, versus West Torrens, induced a mixture of emotions. The high from a comfortable game 1 victory continued into game 2. This high quickly turned south, after a 4 run lead was blown, then blown out. Finishing the day with a split.

Lefty slinger, Devon Barker, had another solid performance on the mound, game 1. Lasting 5 innings, he kept the reigning premiers to 3 runs on 5 hits and 1 walk.

This was more than enough, for our offence chalked up 13 runs off WT's import pitcher. Led by 2 hits and a walk from lead-off, Harry Knuckey, 2 hits and 5 rbis to Jordy McArdle and a 3 rbi homerun to Jackson Brebner-Russ, our offence looked as potent as it has all year.

Josh Tindall came in to finish off the 6 inning mercy win with a 1-2-3 inning.

Sturt victors, 13-3.

Game 2 saw us continue to look impressive offensively. Scoring 3 runs in the first inning, thanks to an Angus Roeger homerun, we looked to be in complete control.

Steven Chambers took to the mound for his first start for the Saints this season. One pitch separated him from a scoreless outing. Giving up only a two run homerun in the fourth inning, Chambers completed a solid 5 innings, leaving the game with a score line of 6-2.

Unable to capitalise on a bases loaded, none out situation in the 6th, there was a shift in momentum.

Josh Tindall couldn't continue the form shown in game one as he threw the bottom of the 6th, giving up to runs.

Unable to capitalise on scoring situations in the innings to come, momentum was working in WT's favour.

After spending two of the last three months playing in the US, Ky Hampton made his first Saints appearance of 2017, entering the game on the mound in the 7th.

In an uncharacteristically wild performance, WT's timely hitting was able to convert earlier walks into runs, closing the run differential and proceeding to take the lead, 7-6.

The young prodigy's struggles continued into the 8th. After allowing one more run, he left the game with bases loaded, 1 out. The pitching change did not have the desired result, as Tyler Chappell's first pitch was dispatched over left field for a grand slam. Another homerun followed.

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Sturt going down, 13-6.

The A grade side take on Golden Grove this Saturday night, 6.30pm @ West Beach.

Hope to see you there!

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Sturt 11 d West Torrens 1

With our first away game for the season, we took full advantage of hitting first and put four runs on the board straight up. Simon Adkins lead off game with a hit and advanced to second after Will Wirth picked up a walk. Brandon Russo put our first run on the board, smashing a double over the centerfielders head. Alex Hopton continued his string of quality at bats, making the pitcher work hard and picked up a walk to load the bases for Reed Stewart. Never phased about hitting with runners in scoring position, he picked up a single to right field scoring the second run for the game. Matty Mulryan stepped in to DH for us on short notice and clutched up with a two-out, base hit up the middle to pick up his first two RBI's for the game. The offensive side of our game has been a strong point so far this season with runners on base in most of the inning we've played. This continued throughout this game, with timely hitting from Matt Mulryan and Adam Kerr, picking up a total of 4 and 3 RBI's respectively.

Brodie Macbeth continued his great start to the season throwing the complete game once again, finishing with a line of 7IP, 5H, 2K, 0ER. Solid defense around the whole field backed up Brodie's great performance, with only 1 minor error on a tough double play chance resulting in West Torrens only run for the day. A great performance all round resulting in a 11-1 win putting us in the mix at the top end of the ladder.

HITS: Kerr 3, Russo, Mulryan 2, Adkins, Faehse, Wirth, Hopton, Stewart 1.

Division 3 (Coach: Tony Catt)

West Torrens 7 d Sturt 6

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

West Torrens 17 d Sturt 2

Division 5 (Coach: Adrian Hill)

10-2 W (6digs)

On a near perfect day at West Lakes we dished up a near perfect performance, a complete contrast to last week. We scored runs in each of the first 4 digs on good hits,some bleeders and solid ground balls forcing errors and then backed it up in the field. Frenchy shut them down on the mound and young 15 year old Jonas Garcia was silk at short, not letting anything get passed him. After 4 digs we were up 9-0 before they brought on their ace Veteran in Dominic Hodges who shut us down for the final 2 digs only conceding a single run in the top of 6th.They got their bats going briefly in the 5th and picked up 2 runs but frenchy got through it and closed out the 5th.I went to the Hill in the 6th and got the 3 outs from 5 batters. A polished performance that we can build on after next week's bye.Thanks again to Jodie Brown for keeping the books niece and tidy.

Hits: Jules, French, Richo 2, Fame,Mike Garcia, Kosi, AJ & Colonel 1.
Errors:0

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Div 6 Sturt V Goodwood @ Home

Final score 12 - 14 loose

Start of Report

FRUSTRATED

Thanks to Carol Burns for scoring and Norm 'Wild Thing' Sluga for umpiring

End of report

Division 7 (Coach: Matt Chenoweth)

Sturt - 16 defeated Henley and Grange - 4

The boys bounced back this week after a disappointing loss from the week before.

We were impressive with the bat from the first pitch and the boys continued with there aggressive base running to get continuous runs on the board.

Our defensive game was on display again with some fantastic fielding in both the infield and outfield.

A great job to Prez for pitching a whole game a long with JR with another solid game behind the plate.

RBI: Matthew Chenoweth 2,Justin McKinley 2, Justin Ranford 1,Lucas Giancola 1,Phil Martin1,Shane O'Connell 1,Michael Sabatino 1,Chris Sandor 1, Richard Carter 1

Under 17/1 (Coach: Mike Garcia/Dave Warburton)

West Torrens 9 d Sturt 0

It's not too often our boys are held off the scoreboard but such was the case today as Sturt went down to West Torrens 9-0 at Norman in a game that ended up being a closer contest than the score would indicate.

Josh Vidale started on the mound and threw well for his 3 innings. A few early plays in the field where we needed to attack the ball but didn't proved the difference with the Eagles opening up a 7-0 lead after 2 innings that proved too much to overcome. Four hits, a couple of which were catchable, and a walk to open the top of the first put the Saints on the back foot from the outset. To Josh's credit he dug deep and fanned the next three West Torrens batters in a row to strand runners on first and third, limiting the damage to 3 runs.

After a 3 up 3 down bottom of the first a similar fate eventuated in the top of the second inning. The top of the West Torrens lineup is littered with State and representative players who know their stuff and continued to put pressure on our defense. By the time the second inning was over the scoreboard read 7-0 and it looked like a long afternoon ahead. A bigtime play in the field was a perfectly executed Joel Edwards (LF) to Jonas Garcia (SS) to Sam Stewart (3B) relay to nail an Eagle looking to stretch a double into a triple. Great peg by Jonas really topped it off. Coach Mike Garcia would have had a tear of joy in his eye had he been here today - training does pay off! Still no joy with the bat in the bottom of the 2nd, but a walk to Robbie Brennan and a 7 pitch walk to Luke Warburton led to a highlight with crowd and team favourite Joe Harvey battling tough with a two out 8 pitch at bat against the Eagles' U16 State pitcher. A huge learning experience for young Joe that fired up the Sturt faithful.

Acting Head Coach Warby pulled a rabbit out of his hat and slotted untested and unpracticed Sam on the hill for the top of the 3rd. The young man did well limiting West Torrens to one run over the next three innings with solid defensive support, led by Zac Becker in centre, to a standard that would have benefitted Josh earlier in the game.

The boys tried to claw their way back into the game with Joa Poskey-Miles and Josh leading off the bottom of the 4th with singles, but we couldn't quite come up with the timely hit needed after that to turn the game on its ear. The same story in the bottom of the 5th with Jonas trying to fire up the offense with a line shot through a freaked out third baseman but the Saints again stranded 2 runners to pretty well seal our fate. West Torrens appears to be up with the best the competition has to offer and we hung in there with them today so we are clearly setting ourselves a goal of making the finals and see what happens from there.

Great work by Joa behind the plate today in an unfamiliar role. Great work by Theresa in a familiar role of scoring and Matt Miles for pitch counting. Thanks to Aussie McClure for umpiring again. Home again next week against Golden Grove Central Districts and a chance to regroup and build on the positives taken from this week.

Hits: Joa Poskey-Miles, Josh Vidale, Jonas Garcia, Zac Becker (2B) 1 each

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jack Dawson/Mitch Dawson)

Sturt 13 d Glenelg 3

After a solid start to the season against weaker opponents the lads were looking to continue their form away from home against a tougher challenge in Glenelg.

This challenge didn't come, however, as each of our pitchers dominated the strike zone.

Jack Hutton started on the mound and was throwing heat through his 3 innings, striking out 6 in only 37 pitches while keeping the opposition hitless in what was his best performance of the season thus far.

This form was continued in relief by Zac Becker who made his first appearance of the season striking out 4 of the 7 batters faced in his hitless 2 innings.

The closing role went to Austin Parkinson who showed a lot of promise, striking out 3 while only giving up one earned run.

After a quiet first inning at the plate, our bats erupted to pile on 7 runs in the second inning to put us in a strong position for the rest of the game as we went on to win 13-3.

A strong day with the bat was headlined by Jaime Vidale who finished with 3 hits including a triple and a towering home run over the centerfield cones. The hits kept coming with Zac Becker, Lachie Seekamp, Jack Hutton, Spencer Warrilow and Austin Parkinson

each tallying multiple hits and Angus Catt and Samson Garcia finishing with 1 hit each in what was our best hitting display for the year against quality pitching.

Spencer Warrilow and Austin Parkinson were impressive down the bottom of the order, not allowing the opposition pitchers a break with 6 hits and 7 RBIs between them.

Overall the boys showed impressive character and focus for the entire game to topple a good opposition both with the bat and on the mound for what was our best game of this young season.

Hits: Becker, Vidale, Warrilow, Parkinson 3; Seekamp, Hutton 2; Catt, Garcia 1.

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Mark Richmond/Andrew Vidale) / Under 15/2 - Saints (Coach: Tony Catt/Stan Warrilow)

Sturt    2 0 0 0 0 0 - (2)
Saints 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (0)

After a light sprinkling of rain to settle the dust of a hot week, a record breaking crowd packed a picture perfect Norman Reserve on Thursday night to enjoy a BBQ and watch a showcase of Sturt U15 talent.

In a tightly fought battle the 2 early runs gained by Sturt proved to be enough as they held the Saints scoreles for 7 innings.

The pitchers dominated, and the collective stats of the 5 that took to the hill are both impressive and a credit to them and their team's defensive skill.

All up there were 51 plate appearances in 13 innings. Only 7 hits and 5 walks were given up, there were 24 K's recorded, +60% strikes thrown across the board and only 3 minor errors for the entire game.

Home team Sturt opened their defense with Jamie Vidale on the hill. Jamie threw a fantastic no hit 5 innings, facing 17 batters and giving up 2 walks, no runs and recording 12 K's, before handing over to Austin Parkinson who finished in style throwing 75% strikes and recording 3 K's to keep the Saints scoreless. Saints opened their defense with Angus Catt followed up with Ryder Mathers and Angela Mourtzios. Angus recorded 3 K's in 2 innings, Ryder 4 K's in 3 innings and Angela 2 K's in 1 innings, and between them gave up only 5 hits and 3 walks.

In hindsight the decisive moment came in the bottom of the 1st when Tyler Stephens won an 8 pitch battle with two out to put Sturt's first runner on base. Jake Mossman followed with a single to CF, 2 stolen bases later Sturt had 2 runners in scoring position and a double to Jamie drove in what proved to be the only 2 runs of the game.

Therafter all pitchers settled into a rhythm that gave very little opportunity for either side to string together a run with the bat and a terrific battle ensued.

A number of players got bat on ball, but the fielding from both sides was excellent. Angela, Tyler, Lachie and Jamie at 2nd/SS let nothing through. A line drive catch by Angela at 2nd and Shannon Behan's catch at RF also prevented further damage to the score book. Jake Mossman ended the game in style throwing out an attempted steal to 2nd.

Overall it was a great night, and it was wonderful to see so many junior and senior players stay back to enjoy the BBQ and take in the game.

Special thanks to Jamie Knuckey for preparing the ground mid-week, and to the U17's and senior squad for letting us crash their training night.

Hits: Jamie 2 (2b), Tyler (2b), Jake 2, Lachie Holland & Ryder 1 each
Runs: Tyler, Jake 1 each
RBIs: Jamie (2)

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Nick Borello/Tom Becker)

Sturt defeated Southern Districts 12-0

Well our first away game of the season brought us down to Christies Downs, where we would be taking on the young Southern Districts under 13s. With a short backstop, runs for Sturt were scarce for the first few innings but our pitching remained dominant and our bats got swinging with the Sturt Saints dominating with a combined no hitter and a 12 run win!

Oscar got the ball rolling in the first inning with a walk and made his way to third after a great hit from Zach, but unfortunately after a bad decision from the rookie third base coach (myself), Oscar found himself tagged out at the plate with nothing left to do but to take the long walk back into the sheds. Nevertheless, the Saints didn't disappoint with Zach and Harry scoring after a great hit to left field from Max Becker. Two walks and a strikeout later, we picked up the gloves and headed out to the field with a 2 run lead!

We went with the famous Zach Altamura and Harry Hutton pitching combo and it worked a charm with a combined no-hitter! Zach started the game striking out the side with just 10 pitches! Zach continued his sensational pitching form throughout the game, striking out 3 batters in the 2nd and then another 2 in the 3rd inning, totalling up to 8 strikeouts!

After a scoreless 2nd inning, the Sturt boys got the bats swinging with keen intentions of increasing the lead. The 3rd inning started with some key walks from Ciaran and Magnus before Jack Becker stepped up to the plate with an amazing base hit to bring in the runners. Great job!

With a short backstop, the Sturt under 13s had to adapt and focus on driving in runners with base hits, rather than expecting to score on a pass ball which is something I felt we may have become accustomed to. Nevertheless, the Sturt boys altered their approach in the batter's box by coming more aggressive as the game went on. The 4th inning started with 3 first pitch base hits to the power trio of Zach, Harry and Max (talk about some aggressive hitting!). However, the other boys were keen to get on board the 'base-hit-train' in the top of the 5th with Yeoryi getting a hit to lead things off, Oscar following in Yeoryi's footsteps with a hit to second base, Zach continuing his great form with yet another base hit, Harry with a great hit to right field and walks to Max and Magnus and we ended up scoring the maximum 5 runs in the last dig. Great to watch!

Our batting was sensational and so was our pitching! Zach headed out to shortstop in the bottom of the 4th which brought Harry Hutton to the mound. Harry struck out 2 in the 4th and the another 2 in the 5th before getting some help from his fielders with Magnus hustling in from right field with a quick throw to Oscar to end the game!

On the fielding side of things we did great with no fielding errors! Oscar continued his great work at first base, using his voice to control the field and fielding cleanly.

Well, with some aggressive hitting and some extraordinary pitching, the game ended with a 12-0 score, 11 hits to our side of the scoring sheet and no hits nor runs against us. Hats off to the Southern Districts team, they had some good pitching being that it was their first game and played a good and fair game. Special mention goes out to Jacob Wellins who was playing his first baseball game today, he had a great first game, picking up a walk in his first at-bat and almost coming home to score! We did have 12 players today which meant that there would be 6 players playing only half a game. Not ideal, I know, but thank you to those guys for not complaining and each of you played a great game! Well done!

Special thanks to Malene for scoring, Jodi for pitch count and manager Frank for continuing his great coaching at first base!

Hits
3 hits - Zach Altamura, 2 hits - Yeoryi Perentes, Harry Hutton, Max Becker, 1 hit - Jayden Quabba, Jack Becker, Oscar Levinson
Runs Scored
3 runs - Zach Altamura, Harry Hutton, 2 runs - Max Becker, 1 run - Magnus Smith, Yeoryi Perentes, Ciaran Behan.

Little League Sturt (U11) (Coach: Jarred Holland )

Sturt 14 d Glenelg 1

This weekend we got to play at the most beautiful ground in Adelaide sturt the lines where chorck up for us ready to go.

Young tom throw the first and after a bit of a shake start finish of well then gus had his first go of pitch and throw 2 great innings well done player of the week.

Josh altamura the left finish the game off and we got a double play to finish.

Batting was great with kids swing the bats hard and taking the walks we there. Hit of the day was adine with a double to yhe cones. Really happy with how things are going for us and how we are doing the little things for each other. My hat goes of to everyone who helps me at training and match days thanks. Sorry I can't make training this week but make sure you get there so we can keep get better guys.

Thanks coach Dutchy.

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 24th of October, 2017 22:29:04 ::..

Newsletter-17/10/17

Another glorious weekend for baseball which saw our Div 1 side split the double header against Goodwood. Div2 getting the job done, 6-0.

A reminder that the Senior Committee is reaching out to all club members to have their input into our future! The meeting will be held on Monday night 23 rd October 2017 at 7.00 pm.The Senior Committee is keen to hear from our members about all matters related to our club, so please make an effort to come along!

This Thursday night there will be a home derby of the Under 15/2 sides, commencing at 5.00 pm at home. The bar will be open and the BBQ fired up!

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Division 1 (Coach:Tom Brice)

Another cracking day greeted us at Norman Reserve for our round 2, double-header clash versus old foe, Goodwood. And, thanks to Jamie Knuckey, the field was looking fantastic Game 1: Not even 48 hours after arriving in Adelaide, Seattle native and newest member of the Saint's squad, left hander Devon Barker, took to the mound for game 1.

Goodwood's very experienced line up came out swinging, chalking up the games first run straight off the bat.

Not to be out done, the Saint's responded instantly, with a run of their own, the result of a 2 out base hit from Angus Roeger.

Although, (understandably) not having his best stuff, Barker settled in. Displaying the grit and gamesmanship that made him a desirable import pick up for the club, Barker relinquished just the 1 run through the 3 innings that followed. This was helped by some stunning defense from Jackson Brebner-Russ at 3rd base.

Patient at bats and some well executed "small ball" from the likes of Harry Knuckey and Paul Holmes, witnessed the Saints provide scoring opportunities in every inning. Outstanding defense was matched by a hot bat, as JBR collected a handful of rbis.

Leading 6-2 entering the 5th inning, a comfortable lead was cut in half due to some uncharacteristic poor defense and timely Goodwood hitting. Thanks to some heads up infielding from Tyler Chappell, the damage was limited to 2 runs. The bottom of the 6th saw the Saints chalk up 2 more insurance runs.

Tyler Chappell took to the mound to finish the game off. He did so comfortably with a 1,2,3 inning.

Saints winners, 8-4.

Game 2:

The swashbuckling Josh Tindall took to the mound for his second start of the year in game 2.

After putting up a zero in the first inning, control issues were intensified by an incredibly tight strike zone. Goodwood took full advantage scoring 6 runs.

Sturt answered with 4 of their own in the bottom of the inning, as Goodwood's starter suffered in similar fashion.

Tindall, to his credit, showed great character and composed himself. He went back to work in the 3rd, holding Goodwood scoreless in the following 3 innings, battling his was through to the 6th.

Frustratingly, Sturt squandered a number of opportunities as Goodwood's starter continued to struggle.

JBR took to the mound in the 6th and instantly found himself under fire, giving up 2 runs, to see the Saints down 8-4.

JBR found his groove, powering through the final 3 innings without relinquishing any further runs.

Scoring opportunities continued to present themselves, as the Saints failure to capitalise persisted. Poor at bats, good relief pitching and good opposing defense resulted in the scorer only being troubled one final time in the bottom of the 9th.,. The run resulting from a Jordy McArdle double (his third hit of the ledger) being driven in with a deep line drive by left fielder, Angus Roeger.

But, that was it for the Saints, a poor performance comfortably handled by a solid Goodwood outfit.

Final scoreline, 8-5.

Looking for improvement, the A grade side take on reigning premiers, West Torrens, in another double header this Sunday, starting at 12.30, for their first away clash of the season.

Hope to see you there.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Sturt 6 d Goodwood 0

After shaking off a disappointing loss last week, the boys put on a great display and controlled the game from start to finish. Even a couple of last minute changes to the lineup, couldn't unsettle the boys as they took it in their stride. Brodie Macbeth lead from the front, throwing a complete game shutout, never giving Goodwood a chance with only 4 scattered hits throughout the game. Reed Stewart stepped in behind the dish and did an outstanding job, after our starting catcher went down with an illness. Offensively, we had Goodwood's starting pitcher on the back foot after scoring three runs in the first, and managing to get runners on base in every inning. Another 3 runs crossed the plate after loading up the bases in the fourth and a couple of untimely errors by Goodwood. This gave us a 6-0 lead which would be the final score line after two hours. We will look to build some momentum off the back of this win but will need to cut down on strikeouts this week, as we take on last year's B grade premiers, West Torrens.

HITS: Stewart 2, Faehse, M. Macbeth, Russo, Hopton 1.

Division 3 (Coach: Tony Catt)

When is the last time Sturt's Division 3 side played 9 innings? Nothing I can remember this century anyway. Second game of the season and another away trip - this time to Goodwood and it turned into a pitching dominated game. 5 hits to 1 and 2 errors to us was enough to see Goodwood squeak home 2-0.

On the mound it was experience and rat cunning versus youth and perseverance. Goodwood's pitchers with a combined age of 85 versus our two babies of just 33 more than holding their own. Austin McClure and Nick Borrell threw 8 innings giving up just 6 hits and 3 walks to keep the Indians batters in check.

Well, our batting was another story. Brett Mulryan's double top of the third was our solitary hit for the game. Brett continued his good form from week one striking the ball hard. The rest of the team was bloody average - 16 strike outs from 28 at bats and nine of those looking due to trouble with the curve.

On a positive note the fielding was good. Two errors in a tight contest ultimately cost us the game however the infield was tidy and all catches were taken in the outfield on a day with a reasonable breeze blowing out to centre left. Thanks to Sue Mulryan for a top-notch score book.

Hits: Brett Mulryan 2B
Pitching Austin McClure 6IP 99/61 2BB 3K's. Nick Borrello 2IP 31/17, BB 2K's

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 17 d Goodwood 0

After a great round one win, we trekked to Goodwood for a re match of last years prelim final. I am pleased to say this time the result went our way.

We started the game strong, taking an early lead with some good hitting and some outstanding plays from the veteran Jimmy Passmore at 3rd.. From there we really didn't look back. We continued to score regularly, picking up another run in the 2nd followed by 2 in the third and then broke the game open with 5 runs in the 4th and 8 in the 5th..

Benny Packer has kicked of his year where he left of last, he was sensational on the mount throwing 5 digs for 54 pitchers only allowing 1 Goodwood hit. Ben was relieved once again by Shane Horne who is posing to be a threat with his submarine pitching!!

Effectively a faultless performance from the boys. Defensively we were spot on, with some special mentions to Jimmy P at 3rd, some great outfield work from Patty Burns at Centre Field and a clinic from our part time catcher Jess Lemon.

You can't score 17 runs without some good hitting!!! And that we did.. we managed to pick up 19 hits for the game and a couple of walks. It was mainly lead from our 1,2,3 who all picked up three hits each.

I'd like to thank Dutchy Holland who doubled up from the 3s after we were short on players at the start of the week. Pete Turner and Matty Mulryan as well, who both had to come into the game after a couple of our veterans succumb to injuries late in the game.

Big week this week against West Torrens, but we've started the year perfectly and hope to continue the form!!!!

Hits: Holland, Passmore, Burns 3.. Martens, Turner, Lemon, Packer 2.. Horne, Winter 1

Division 5 (Coach: Adrian Hill)

Goodwood 17 d Sturt 7 (7digs)

Our first home game of the season started badly and then got worse. A communication break down resulted in us not having a umpire initially.We reshuffled the deck and brought in 15 year old Jonas Garcia to right field. A stroke of genius as he put in a "boy of the match" performance and showing all of how to play the game. He caught everything,tried a few 9-3 double plays (got 1), picked up hits and ran the bases like a demon. That was the good part. I took to the mound and served up a buffet to the famished Indians as they put on 8 runs in the first 2 innings. From there we were always playing ketchup.I went to the hot corner to hide my head in the sand and give "Barron" French a go and to his credit did stem the flow for a while."Hammer" Hamish Hill in his summer pitching debut came on for the final 3 digs but we continually leaked easy runs on errors and walks. Next week may see the return of Stan "the Man" to the team who will hopefully give us an injection to take on a tough Rams team.Thanks to AJ for stepping into umpire and Jodie brown for keeping those red & green pencils sharp.

HITS: Hammer, Colonel, Garcia Jnr 2,Fame,Barron,Jules,Richo,Garcia snr 1.

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

What a perfect day to play baseball and Norman Reserve was looking a treat.

The final score this week was 16 - 7 down

Our problem this week was we gave away too many walks, 12 of them to be exact and we also had 5 HPB. Put this together with a couple of errors and it was going to be a long day.

They had 8 hits to our 12 but we only managed 2 walks and that was the story of the day.

Brandon 'Baby Q' Weber, Glenn 'Doc' Young, David 'Reg' Lee and Mark 'Pop' Burns all gave it their best on the mound as we tried anything and everything to stop the walks, and we were in the game for most of it.

Highlights - Travis 'Huey' Lewis taking some good catches at centre, Doc with one of the best balks that just stunned the whole crowd, Baby Q's unfortunate line drive to short stop who took a great catch and 60 year old Pop on the mound.

Low lights- To many Walks

We will dust ourselves off and do it all over again next week and hopefully have a better result.

Thanks to our supporters, Janet Young for scoring and Don 'Wulffy' Wulff for umpiring.

Some stats for those that wish to see them.

Pitching
B Weber 54 pitches, 20 strikes, 34 Balls
Young 57 pitches, 31 strikes, 26 balls
Lee 59 pitches, 26 strikes, 33 balls
Burns 14 pitches, 9 strikes, 5 balls

Safe hits: Young 2, Colyer 2, Lee 1, T Small 2, Lewis 2, B Weber 1, C Small 2

Division 7 (Coach: Matt Chenoweth)

Sturt - 8 defeated by Flinders - 16

Saturday's game had us coming up against Flinders at Flinders.

With a couple of new faces to the team again this week we started off a little slower then what we would have liked, with a few errors early it seen us finishing the first innings down 7-1.

With a bounce back in the second innings the infield was keeping it extremely tight, we had our new player Shane OConnell taking an absolute cracking catch at third base along with Michael Sabatino in left fiend with a couple of great catches at a crucial time in the innings.

Going into the third innings the boys really got down and dirty following the slow start and they all worked really well together with the bat, along with some aggressive base running before we knew it we were back in the game.

In the forth innings we dug deep again and the infield held up and kept flinders to within reach and we all knew we were in a perfect position to get in front for the first time for the day.

Our last at bat had us down 11-8 with bases loaded and no outs but we unfortunately we couldn't get the job done and with time running out Flinders went back into bat and finished the game off for the day.

A thank you to Shane Sandor for scoring.

Under 17/1 (Coach: Mike Garcia/Dave Warburton)

U17/1 - Sturt 10 d Goodwood 7

HEEEEEE'SSS BAAAAAA-AAACCKKK!!!

Josh Vidale made Mortlock Park his personal playground starring on the hill and at the plate to lead the U17s to their first victory of the 2017-18 season.

Glorious afternoon for baseball? Check
Full complement of U17 players? Check
Aggressive approach at the plate? Check
Solid field play? Check
Brains switched on and in the game for 110 minutes? Mostly check

After a frustrating opening game loss against a much less experienced team, Josh and the boys committed to training hard during the week to atone. That hard work paid off in spades with all contributing in a great team victory over Goodwood on their home turf, the first of two scheduled visits to the Teepee this season.

As game time neared, there was talk in the dugout about feasting on pies, but after a 1-2-3 top of the first the only pie the Saints were feasting on was humble pie and they soon worked out that didn't suit their taste.

Josh opened the bottom of the first super sharp retiring the first 2 batters on 9 pitches before channeling Aussie McClure and taking a rocket back through the box, fortunately off his non-pitching arm. JV sucked it up and shook off the close call by striking out the Indians' cleanup hitter to end the inning unscathed.

Josh then opened the top of the 2nd with a massive drive well over the head of the left fielder to the fence with the big guy cruising into third with a standup triple. Two batters later Robbie Brennan banged out the first of his 3 hits for the day, a sharp single to centrefield to drive in Josh and give the Saints their first lead of the season.

After a 3 up 3 down bottom of the 2nd and 7 batters over 2 innings retired on 19 pitches, the mood in the dugout was super positive. Jonas Garcia opened the top of the 3rd legging out a single to deep short. A misplay on a Bradley Strapps fly to right, a balk and a single by Joa Poskey-Miles later and the Saints had opened up a 3-0 lead. Legging it on the basepaths may have puffed our mound leader and Goodwood responded with 2 runs to apply some pressure.

In reality, Goodwood had poked the bear and Sturt responded with a full 7 runs in the top of the 4th to break it open 10-2. Sam Stewart ignited proceedings with a 2-0 single to centre. Robbie tripled-down, lacing one out to deep right centre for a 3 bagger and scooted home when the overthrow went into the Saints dugout. Joe Harvey got it all started again coaxing a full count walk. Jonas and Joel reached on Indian gifts, with Joel being cruelly denied a hit by the high standard scorers on his shot to centre. A double by Joa, a single by Josh, a walk to Sam and another single by Robbie and it was "no mas" from the home team.

Goodwood didn't rollover, though, responding with 3 in the bottom half of the 4th despite a nice catch in right field by Joe. The Saints recovered to get the 2nd and 3rd outs after the 3 runs were in to steady the ship.

After a scoreless top of the 5th and final inning, the boys needed 3 more outs to seal the deal. Simple, right? Always the entertainer, Joa took his first career stint on the mound to heart and gave the crowd a thrilling one man show walking 5, striking out 2 and sandwiching in a comebacker to finish the game a save what little bit of fingernails remained on Saints supporters.

Special mention to Luke Warburton who continues to flash Gold Glove leather at second base and Bradley who worked hard behind the plate all game. Thanks to Theresa Warburton for scoring the past 2 weeks and counting. Gold standard as well.

Great team win, a lot of fun - a good blueprint for the rest of the season. We face a buzz saw in West Torrens at home next Sunday afternoon so plenty to train for this week to see how we stack up against the best the competition has to offer.

Hits: Robbie Brennan 3 (3B), Josh Vidale 2 (3B), Joa Poskey-Miles 2 (2B), Sam Stewart
RBI: Robbie Brennan 3, Josh Vidale, Joa Poskey-Miles, Bradley Strapps 1 each

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jack Dawson/Mitch Dawson)

Sturt 12 defeated Golden Grove 0

9am Sunday morning, Flinders Uni ground was in pristine condition. The sun was shining and just starting to burn the dew off the freshly cut grass, we couldn't have asked for better conditions.

This was truly a game of two halves, with both teams pitching well for the first 3 innings to keep to a nill all ballgame going into the fourth.

Jack Hutton bamboozled the opposition, striking out 7 in his 3 innings on the mound. including 3 up 3 down in both the 2nd and 3rd innings.

We failed to take advantage and had a slow start with the bat against a solid GGCD pitcher who had his curveball on point. A single to Will Jordans and a couple of stolen bases from Ethan Dawson the highlight for our first three innings at the plate.

The score was 0-0 going into the 4th inning, and after a lead off hit Angus was able to close out the inning with a couple of timely strikeouts.

Bottom of the fourth the opposition pitcher began to tire and Zac Becker delivered on a promised line drive double to center right. This sparked a rally with Jake Mossman getting a timely walk and stealing 2nd with ease. Jack sacrificed himself to bring in the first run of the game which was then followed by an impressive line drive to center by Will Jordans to drive in a second run.

Golden Grove's pitching fell away from the 5th inning onwards, hits to Lachie Seekamp, Zac Becker, Austin Parkinson and Jamie Vidale helped drive in 7 runs in the 5th and blew the game wide open.

Angus Catt closed out the game in style making it a boring game for our fielders. Jack and Angus combined for a 2 hit shutout and once again no errors in the field.

We expect a tougher game this week against Glenelg but our coach has a 100% win record so things are looking good.

Hits: Becker, Jordans 2; Seekamp, Parkinson, Vidale 1

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

Sturt   
7 4 4 5 (20)
Goodwood 0 0 1 2 (3)

Another polished team performance with a stellar outcome!

Yet again these boys played like a team that have been together for a long time with plenty of spirited encouragement from the dugout and on the field.

The stats tell the story. The Goodwood pitchers struggled to find the zone and we hammered it!, when the opposition did throw strikes we were punishing with the bat and our base running was exemplary. 15 hits (inc 2 HR), 7 walks, 22 stolen bases and 7 K's for; versus 1 hit, 1 walk, 7 stolen bases and 4 K's against.

The boys came out swinging and running hard and completely unnerved Goodwood from the outset. In the first dig we batted through the order and were retired with the maximum 7 runs with only 1 out. For the next three innings we kept the pressure up and it was obvious early on that a win was on the cards. A brief lapse of concentration in the 3rd innings was the only time Goodwood managed a safe hit which eventually led to their 1st run. We again lost focus in the 4th innings just long enough to let through 2 more runs, but by then it was all over.

Austin Parkinson was commanding on the mound, throwing 2 scoreless innings with an efficient 63% strikes, recording 4 K's against 6 batters. Jake Mossman was equally impressive behind the dish, and the only batter that got on base in the 1st dig was smoked by Jake on an attempted steal to second. Jamie Vidale took over from Austin and kept up the pressure going 3K's from 4 batters throwing 71% strikes and giving up only 1 hit and run. Jake stepped out from behind the dish to close out the game for us. Much like last week our pitching was just too good to give our fielders much of a look at the ball. Goodwood got bat to ball only 5 times, a double to RF and a minor infield error being the only two to get runners on base, the other three were dispatched with text book efficiency by Jamie and Tyler Stephens.

All of the boys had a day out with the bat and the highlights are almost too many to mention. Austin went 2 from 4. Finn Pannell had a field day going 3 from 4 in his 1st game of baseball. He K'd first time at bat, but clearly got his timing sorted and followed up with a single, a 2 run bomb and a double! Tyler went 2 from 4. Jake went 3 from 4. Jamie went 2 from 2 including a solo HR. Jack Gooden belted out a sac fly and followed up with a double to CF. Callum Finlayson went 1 from 2. Our other new player, James Athanasopoulos got bat on ball twice and Will Jordans went 2 from 3.

A big thanks to Will Jordans for making up the 9 after playing earlier in the 1's. And a special mention to Jake Parkinson whose 1st attempt at scoring is a coloured sight to behold.

Hits: Finn 3 (HR, 2b single), Jamie 2 (HR, single), Tyler 2 (2b, single), Jack (2b), Will (2b), Jake 3, Austin 2, Callum 1
Runs: Tyler (4), Austin/Finn/Jake/Jamie (3), Jack/Callum/James/Will (1)
RBIs: Jamie (3), Will/Finn (2), Tyler/Jake/Callum/James/Jack (1)

Under 15/2 - Saints (Coach: Tony Catt/Stan Warrilow)

Sturt Saints 23 defeated Kensington 4

The team was keen to improve on last weeks performance and they certainly came out and proved they were up to the challenge this week! Ethan Dawson got the pitching started and was well backed up by some good innings from Ryder and Angela. We only threw 3 walks for the game which was a major improvement on last week! Defensively we were solid and made all the plays we should have. Still lots to learn but we are making headway.

The highlights came with the bat - Lachlan seekamp led the way with 3 hits and one massive double. Everyone hit well but I wanted to give a particular shout out to Shannon Behan in his first game. He picked up a hit with his first at bat and later hit a great double with some aggressive baserunning - well done mate!

Good to get our first win and I am looking forward to the derby against the other Sturt team this Thursday night!

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Nick Borello/Tom Becker)

Sturt defeated Goodwood 14 - 4

With a massive win in Round 1, the Sturt under 13 boys got to the field with intentions of keeping the win percentage at 100% - in which they did! Our tidy pitching and our strong batting granted us the win against the young but quite skilful Goodwood side.

We came to the field with more than enough players, something that seemed very unlikely that morning. Believe me, there were some very worried people on the coaching staff that morning, but the phone calls were made and the miscalculations were found and we ended up having a strong 9 man roster.

The very capable Harry Hutton started on the mound and gave us a tidy first inning in which he gave up one hit and struck out 3 batters. We got into the dugout and the boys again delivered on the batting side of things. We got on the board putting up 2 runs and gave Harry some breathing space on the mound.

The Sturt under 13s were awoken with a triple which turned into a home run by the first batter of the inning. Harry dusted himself off though and got back to work and struck out the next 3 batters!

A quick and scoreless batting half of the inning resulted in some worried faces on the Sturt supporters, but Harry got onto the mound and struck out the side - and yes, you counted correctly, that's 9 hitters that Harry has struck out now! Amazing to watch!

With a mere 1 run lead heading into the 3rd inning, the boys headed into the dugout keen to stack some runs up on the board. A leadoff walk from Max Becker and a base hit to Zach mixed in with a passed ball left both Max and Zach in scoring positions. Clean-up hitter Harry Hutton delivered with a base hit to centre field, driving in both Max and Zach. However, the determined Sturt boys weren't done yet with Oscar drawing a walk from a long at bat, Jayden reaching on an error and making his way to first base, a walk to Ciaran after a quality at-bat, a hit from Yeori and blend that in with some wild pitching, we had scored the maximum 5 runs and had no other choice but to head back into the field.

Harry finished his pitching with 9 strikeouts, 0 earned runs, 2 hits allowed and 53 pitches thrown. A remarkable performance! Zach, eager to pitch closed out the last 2 innings of the game for us with 0 earned runs, 3 hits allowed, 4 strikeouts and 47 pitches thrown. A phenomenal day for both pitchers! Max Becker caught for both Zach and Harry and had a great game behind the plate!

Well, with 3 more runs for the Goodwood Indians and the boys scoring 2 runs in the 4th inning and then belting out the maximum 5 runs in the 5th, the final score resulted in being 14-4 our way. It was a great game with each Sturt player contributing due to every single Sturt player getting on base at least once during the game! Special mention to Jayden who was playing his first game, Jayden got on base twice and scored both times!

We rounded up the day with 7 hits and 9 walks. The runs against us were all unearned due to a couple of pass balls and one error, but all in all, we played quite well on the fielding side of things. Oscar played smoothly at first base and Drew, Ciaran and Jack all fielded well in the outfield with some strong throws into second base.

Big thanks owed to Sally Edwards for scoring, manager Frank Altamura for coaching 1st base and Mark Hutton for umpiring!

All players played extremely well and they played as a team - great to watch!

Hits
3 hits - Zach Altamura, 2 hits - Yeori Perentes, 1 hit - Jack Becker, Harry Hutton
Runs Scored
4 runs - Zach Altamura, 2 runs - Max Becker, Harry Hutton, Jayden Quabba, 1 run - Oscar Levinson, Jack Becker, Drew Edwards, Yeori Perentes

Little League Sturt (U11) (Coach: Jarred Holland )

STURT 13 d Goodwood 7

This Sunday we played away at Goodwood, the kids all got there ready to go on time for a great warm up, and keen and excited for the first pitch. PLAYBALL.

In the first innings we got a couple of hits but didn't bother the scorer, the leftie Josh Altamura took to the hill for us at the start and after 1 hit they didn't get anymore, well done champ.

Then BANG our bats started to get hot in the second innings, to score the maximum 5 runs, great job to the bottom of the order.

Josh ran out to the mound ready to finish off what he started but after a few hits and some walks they too scored 5 runs.

So time to see if our bats we're still hot, we'll they we're Red hot Scoring 5 more !

Tom Passmore got to the bump to do his thing and they only scored 1 run off of him.

Time to hit again the boys stuck at the job and kept swinging and scored another 3 runs.

Kale's turn to throw some fireballs down but just got up to his pitch count so threw the ball to Leo for his first try and finished with KC well done kid.

It was fantastic to see Jack Destino get his first game and first hit for sturt but better still, everyone got a hit today WOW!

I know it's early in the season but i can't wait to see this group grow and to keep improving and having FUN !

Keep up the smiles on your faces and keep on encouraging each other.

One again I thank all my helpers for before and during games.

THANKS DUTCHY.

PITCHING

STRIKES

BALLS

J.Altamura

22

19

T.Passmore

19

20

K.Matthews-Hampton

19

21

L.Garcia

3

3


HITS
L.Garcia 2
K.Mattews-Hampton 2
J.Destino 2
T.Passmore 2
J.Altamura2
B.Taylor 2
A.Becker1
A.Hennessey 1
S.Horley 1
A.Lapthorne 1
J.Holland 1

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 17th of October, 2017 20:59:28 ::..

Newsletter 09/10/17

The season started off on Friday night with our Opening Dinner which was also a tribute to Ron Macbeth. People from all around Australia spoke of the influence Ron had not only on their baseball but also their lives. You can catch all the video tributes on the Sturt Youtube Channel.

Saturday it was down to business with our Senior teams Division 3- 7 starting off.

Sunday saw our junior teams commence the season and also our Division One and Two sides take on Kensington at home. Div 2 went down narrowly before we had the dedication of the Ron Macbeth Bullpen. The ceremony is also available for viewing on the Sturt Youtube channel.

Div One were able to defeat Kensington 4-3 in a tight game. Well done boys! Great way to start off the season.

Sturt will be home again next Sunday against Goodwood.

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Division 1 (Coach:Tom Brice)

Sturt 4 d Kensington 3

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Faehse/Paul Holmes)

Kensington 8 d Sturt 7

We came to ground on Sunday with a strong lineup and everyone eager to get stuck into games after a solid preseason for the whole squad. With perfect weather, we kicked off the 2017/18 season.

Early on we found ourselves down by one run after two quiet inning with the bat and Kensi's taking advantage of a lucky break in the bottom of the first.

Cue in Alex Hopton who led off the bottom of the third inning with a double to right field and with some quality at bats to follow, we piled on four runs. With Brodie continuing to pound the zone we were in a commanding spot but gave up 3 unearned runs in the top of the fourth to see our lead disappear. To the boys credit we fired back instantly with 2 runs thanks to some clutch hitting with two out, the first of which, was a triple to Simon Adkins.

We pushed hard again in the bottom of the sixth adding one run to the tally, but we were stopped in our tracks when Will Wirth was robbed of a hit by an outstanding catch from the Kensington centerfielder. With only four minutes of game time left, we entered into the final dig 7-5 up, but couldn't hold off a fast finishing Kensington who scored 3 to finish up the winners 8-7.

Whilst we were all disappointed taking the loss, there were plenty of positives to be taken out of our first game which we will build on. Thanks to the boys who sat on the bench. It's always great to see and there will be plenty of opportunities for game time throughout the year.

HITS: Faehse 2, Adkins, Wirth, Ottaway, Hopton, Kerr 1.

Division 3 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 17 d Kensington 4

A beautiful day at Newlands Reserve home of the Kensington Cardinals welcomed the new look Divisions 3 Saints outfit. Under the tutelage of master of the universe and team coach Tony Catt, the Saints had put together a line-up that had many a punter starting to whisper around the traps that they may be a good thing. Over the winter a mixture of experience and youth had been drawn together and after big pre-season the day of reckoning awaited.

Opening Day - Division 3 Sturt line up:

Club stalwart U11 coach and another everywhere man second base Jared "dutchy" Holland as leadoff man, Skinny (-30kg) Pete Turner at catcher with rather large pants, Boom recruit southpaw axeman Brandon Russo at third, Matt Mulryan returning to senior ranks after recovering from god knows what injury this time at first, Jake the bearded alphabet man Powell starting in leftfield, Liam "Bill" Lucas former U17 star and one half of the flower pot men roving the Newlands Paddock at centre, Austin "my nose?" McClure starting on the hill on opening day after a very long off season, Mr. Reliable Brett Mulryan doing his twinkle toed stuff at shortstop and another recruit this time from the lofty heights of Australian softball and the other half of the Flower pot men Ben Lucas. Rookie U13 coach and former star Sturt junior Nick Borrello rounded out the 10. Two sets of brothers - aren't we the family club?

Four runs in the first was probably too much to ask for but the gods of karma baseball delivered as Coach Catt predicted. Dutchy got us off to a great start with a leadoff single and five hits later and a handy error the score had us taking the field with 4 on the board and looking very chipper. 3 regulation plays in the field and just 11 pitches later and we're batting again. Love baseball!

The top of the second beckoned with optimism after such a sparkling first innings and with the top of the order batting and the result was 3 up 3 down and no cause for excitement. We had the Kensie batting under control for the moment and a leadoff single was the best Kensington could manage and 2K's later we were back batting.

More misery as the Saints middle order go 3 up 3 down and that's now with our last six visitors to the plate not making it to base. Catty orders a verse of kumbaya whilst the team held hands. A 6-ball leadoff walk followed by a fielder's choice out saw the first of the "double dutch" plays of the day with the veteran Holland at second turning back the clock and what turned out to be first of his two double plays for the day. Crowd was roaring and the score remained 4-0. Singing worked.

Two hits in the 5th and we score 1 to sneak out to 5-0 and seemingly in control. Another excellent innings of controlled pitching and solid fielding and no score is added by the opposition. Solid hitting and we add another 2 and look the chocolates at 7-0. Things got a little wobbly bottom of the fourth as Aussie struggled to contain a suddenly rejuvenated Kensington line up that hit back with 2 hits and 4 BB's scoring 4 and now trailing by just 3 runs with one innings to play.

Shouldn't have worried. A bleeding pop fly single into shallow left field is turned into a double by a hard-running Sturt debutant Ben Lucas and the fun began. 10 runs scored and the lead blows out to 17-4 Another double dutch play from that man Dutchy and a regulation 6-3 and we're opening day winners 17-4. Winner winner chicken dinner - here come the threes!

Aussie had a day out doing it with bat and ball - 5K's and 3 hits from 3 plate appearances was enough to keep him smiling in his first regulation game since being line drived in the beak in South Carolina. Gutsy effort.

Special mention to debut boys Ben Lucas and Brandon Russo. Ben with 3 hits from 4 at bats and a stunning running diving catch in the outfield on debut with Sturt and first game for Sturt Brandon Russo 1 from 4 with 2RBI's and swung the bat hard. Welcome aboard.

Hits: Ben Lucas, Austin McClure 3, Matt Mulryan, 2, Brandon Russo, Brett Mulryan, Liam Lucas, Peter Turner, Jared Holland.
Pitching Austin McClure 6IP 100/58 5K's, 5BB's, HPB

Division 4 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 14 d Kensington 2

Division 5 (Coach: Adrian Hill)

Glenelg 14 d Sturt 4 First game of the season for the famous fives was played in trying conditions on diamond 3 at the bay with a strong northerly blowing in from left field.We started well loading the bases with one out but failed to score. Frenchy pitched 4 solid innings which kept us in the game but our failure to convert cost us and then the 6th and final inning off my pitching there was a 6 run blow out. Final score 14-4.loss.

Richo was the Ayers rock behind the dish blocking everything and picking up 2 hits. Hamish Hill in his first summer season made some brilliant plays at short and Matty Dege in his first ever game chased down everything at left field.He also gets the play of the day and a contender for play of the season.A deep fly ball to left looked like it was gone and the runners at first and second took off.A combination of his good wheels and the wind blowing in he turned ran caught it and then threw a dart on hopper to first for a 7-3 double play.Amazing.There were plenty of positives from this game which we will take into next weeks game against Goodwood who we will match up well with.

Special thanks to Ritchie Carter for turning up to watch and being thrown in the deep end for Jules after only 1/2hr so he could attend a wedding and also Jodie Brown for her meticulous scoring.

Hits : Richo 2, Frenchy, Dege,Hamish & AJ 1

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt 6 d Glenelg 3

On a windy day down at Glenelg we tried our best to lose the game but in the end we snatched a win with the final score 6- 3. Here is how it unfolded.

So this season we go in with 14 blokes on the list being Chris 'Smally' Small (Coach), Trent 'Junior' Small, Ben 'Shrek' Colyer, Jayke 'Bruce' Wayne, Glenn 'Doc' Young, Chris 'Daisy' Day, Rick 'Rat' Trembath, David 'Reg' Lee, Mark 'Pop' Burns, Travis 'Huey' Lewis, Kym 'Kymbo' Pettman

We welcome back Michael 'Stiffy' Hodges

And we welcome Craig ' Pa Kettle' Weber & Brandon 'Baby Q' Weber to the Div 6 family

So after a couple of donuts for both sides in the first 2 innings we manage to get 2 in the third with Baby Q and Pa Kettle scoring, but Glenelg get one back in the bottom of the 3rd. Score 2 - 1 up

In the 4th we get the big '0' and with Smally not bending his back a ball gets past him at first and Glenelg score two to go in front score now 3 - 2 down.

Top of the 5th and Smally first up to bat with a late swing to pop up and easy foul ball catch to the catcher, at this point in time Smally hangs his head and hides somewhere on the bench as he can see the game slipping. The score stays 3 - 2 through the middle of the 6th innings when the umpire calls game with 25 minutes to play. The question is asked why and his reply is 7 innings played, a quick check with the scorers and we work out we still have 1 and a 1/2 innings to go, back out we go and hold Glenelg to a 0 in the bottom of the 6th.

Top the 7th and last innings, Coach Smally asks the boys to rally and safe his face and pull out a miracle. Smally up first and gets safe on an E5, gets to second on an E3 back to the pitcher from a pick off to first, Huey F8 for the first out, Kymbo gets safe and moves Smally to third base, Shrek hits to third and get safe on an E5 as Smally scores the tying run, Reg F9 for the second out, Daisy hits to right field to score 2 more and by the end of the innings we have plated 4 runs, 3 outs required to win.

Rat still on the mound as he has been for the last 6 innings and 4 batters later it is side away and we walk away with a 6 - 3 win.

Some notable plays, Stiffy with a great catch at Right field, Huey with a couple at Left field, and our first double play of the season 6-4-3 Baby Q to Pop to Smally. Daisy a great 5-3 to finish the game.

Thanks to Jenny Small and Jodie Colyer for starting the scoring off until Janet Young arrived.

Well done to Rat for throwing the full 7 innings for the start of the season, throwing 122 pitches - 80 Strikes and 42 balls, 2 HPB, 5 K's, 2 BB and 6 Hits

Safe Hits: B Weber 1, C Weber 2, Trembath, Small 1, Lewis 2, Pettman 1, Burns 1, Day 1

Division 7 (Coach: Matt Chenoweth)

Sturt defeated Golden Grove 19-2

Well the first game of the season started off a little wet, however by the end of the first innings the only thing that was raining was runs!

The boys started the season off to a flying start defeating the Dodgers by 17 runs on Saturday, it was an even contribution from every player and we got the result we were looking for. A special thanks to Shayne Sandor for Scoring and a massive thank you to AV.

Safe Hits: Justin Ranford
Josh Vidale
Matt Chenoweth
Lucas Giancola
Shane O'Connell
Jamie Vidale x2
Benny Anil x2
Chris Sandor
Justin McKinley

Count: Justin McKinley 78 pitches
Strikes: 55

Runs: Justin Ranford 2
Josh Vidale 2
Matt Chenoweth 2
Lucas Giancola 2
Shane O'Connell 2
Jamie Vidale 3
Benny Anil 2
Chris Sandor 2
Justin McKinley 2

RBI: Justin Ranford 4
Josh Vidale 4
Matt Chenoweth 3
Lucas Giancola 2
Shane O'Connell 2
Jamie Vidale 3
Benny Anil 2

Under 17/1 (Coach: Mike Garcia/Dave Warburton)

Kensington 11 d Sturt 7

A long awaited glorious day of weather welcomed a huge crowd to Norman Reserve for the 2017-18 season opener. In addition to the excitement of Opening Day, the day was a very special one for the club and the Macbeth family honouring the memory of club and SA baseball legend Ron Macbeth, affectionately known by most as Mr Mac, who passed away in July. Many of our boys were fortunate enough to have been tutored by Mr Mac during the early years of their careers in the art of pitching. His legacy is long and distinguished and he will be missed by all. The naming of the home bullpen in his honour will be a lasting reminder of his dedication to shaping quality ball players and young adults.

In a nutshell, the boys' hitting today was reasonably good but the fielding and pitching was as rusty as a Detroit auto manufacturing plant. Errors and walks are a lethal combination and unfortunately that proved the case today. Mix in a few well timed hits and the result is a disappointing defeat at the hands of a young Kensington team. The Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on 3 walks and a couple singles. Luke Warburton at second base helped minimize the damage with a spectacular diving stop to his right and a flip to Jonas Garcia for a force at second base, the first of two nice diving stops Luke made during the game.

Doubles by Sam Stewart and Bradley Strapps keyed a two run fightback by the Saints in the bottom of the first. Kensy added an unearned run in the top of the second but the Saints responded nicely with Robbie Brennan benefitting from a bases loaded two base error to plate 3 unearned runs and open up a 5-3 lead. In this seesaw battle Kensington responded with 4 runs of their own on only one hit to open a 7-5 lead. The bottom of the 4th saw Joel Edwards rip an RBI single to deep short and Robbie Brennan bring him home with a booming double to left to tie the score and ignite the crowd yet again.

Top of the 5th and Kensington got their hitting shoes on to touch us up for 4 more runs. This time Sturt had no answers and the final score was in the books at 11-7. With a long season ahead there is plenty to work on at training to reach our potential.

Hits: Sam Stewart (2B), Bradley Strapps (2B), Joel Edwards, Robbie Brennan (2B), Josh Vidale 1 each
RBI: Bradley Strapps, Joel Edwards, Robbie Brennan 1 each

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jack Dawson/Mitch Dawson)

Sturt 17 def Gawler 2

Round 1 had the U15/1's filling the water bags for the trek out to Gawler, and true to form the paddock was dry and dusty.
We had a few players out due to school holidays so a big thanks to Harry Chaplin and Emma Dawson for filling in, and Samson Garcia, Angus Catt, Lachie Seekamp, Lachlan Holland, and Nick Thompson for playing both div 1 & 2 games.
With three U15 teams this year we expect plenty of opportunity for players to double up and play in both divisions.

Angus Catt got us off to a great start with a lead off single, to be scored by a booming line drive double from Lachie Seekamp.
Lachie Seekamp went on to impress with the bat, hitting three from four including two doubles and four RBI's.
Ethan Dawson and Samson Garcia both had a slow start but finished the day in style with a couple of hits each, and after a frustrating day at the plate Lachlan Holland came up with the goods in the last with a hard hit grounder to right field.

Nick, Harry, and Emma all had solid at bats and regularly made it on base, contributing two runs each.

Jack Hutton was a bit unlucky with the bat, getting hit by pitch in two consecutive innings but more than made up for it on the mound.
For his 2.1 innings Jack had the batters worried, striking out 5 and only allowing 2 runs.
Angus Catt came in to close and didn't miss a beat, striking out 4 in his 1.2 innings pitched.

Lachie Seekamp was solid behind the dish and paired up nicely with Harry Chaplin to throw behind the runner at first after a strike out for an impressive double play.

In the end it was a solid team effort against an undermanned opposition, it was pleasing to see no errors for the game.

Hits: Seekamp 3; Dawson, Garcia 2; Catt, Holland 1

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

Sturt     3 2 0 0 2 - (7)
East Torrens 0 1 0 3 2 0 (6)

What a great way to start the season!

It was a joy to watch two enthusiastic teams play a spirited game that could have gone either way in the last dig. The Sturt boys pulled together into a cohesive group from the outset and everyone contributed to the end result.

Thanks to some greate batting we led from the outset and slowly widened the gap to 5-1 by the end of the 3rd innings. But a rally by the RedSox in the 4th and 5th innings narrowed our lead to just 1 run as we headed into the 6th. We gifted the Sox a few opportunities to score, but thanks to some good fielding by Seb Warr, Brad Vince and Callum Finlayson they couldn't capitalise and we were spared the need to go into bat again.

Seb starred with the bat going 2 booming doubles (who put those cones there!) from 3 at bats. James Athanasopoulos had a ripper start to his baseball career with bat on ball twice, including 1 safe hit and a RBI.

We opened with a time proven battery - Jamie Vidale on the hill and Jake Mossman behind the dish. Jamie delivered three punishing innings giving up no hits, 2 walks and recordind 6 K's for 2 scoreless innings and only 1 run. In the fourth innings he handed over to Callum Finlayson for his 1st time on the hill in the 15's. Cal kept up the momentum, also giving up no hits, recording 3 K's and closed out nicely with a scoreless innings to wrap up the game.

Both pitchers were well supported by the infield. Brad at 2nd and Tyler Stephens at short efficiently dispatched the few RedSox that managed to get bat to ball. If there is a downside to good pitching, it was Jack Gooden, Zac Altamura and James never getting site of the ball in the outfield, other than to back up the infielders which they did perfectly.

All up a fantastic effort from a new team that did absolutely everything right and clearly had a heap of fun at the same time.

Some special thanks are in order: to Joaquin Poskey-Miles from the U17's for umpiring, to Stuart Mossman for scoring at zero notice, to Zac Altamura who stepped up after playing a game in the U13s and to all the parents who helped on the day.

Hits: Seb 2 (2b), Brad 2, Tyler (2b), Jake, Jack, James (1 each)
Runs: Brad 2, Tyler, Jake, Jamie, Callum, Zac
RBIs: Jake (2), Tyler, Jake, Jamie, Seb, James (1 each)

Under 15/2 - Saints (Coach: Tony Catt/Stan Warrilow)

Saints 6 lost to Henley and Grange 13

Great to get the season underway as the young Saints team travelled down to Henley for the first game.

Due to school holidays there was a bit of shuffling going on but many thanks to all the kids and parents who 'doubled' up with games.

The team played reasonably well but lots of room for improvement! Unfortunately we threw 13 walks for the day which gives the opposition far too many opportunities to score and ultimately we paid the price for this. I am certain we will be able to straighten this up in the weeks ahead.

Our fielding also was a little shaky at times - particularly our decision making. Once again these things will be worked on at training and the kids are keen to learn!

Hitting was the highlight for me - the team all swung the bat aggressively and put some good swings on good pitches. This is an area that I thought we were up to standard.

Hits - Angus Catt 2, Lachy Seekamp 2, Angela, Lachie Holland, Harry Chaplin.

See you all next week!

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Nick Borello/Tom Becker)

Sturt 19 defeated Adelaide 5

There were more than a few worried faces around the field when one hour before the game it looked like we would only have 7 Under 13 players playing. However, the under 11's side granted us a gift in our hour of need with both Kale Hampton and Josh Holland stepping up an age group to fill in for the season opener.

After a good warmup, some batting practice and a few ground balls, the team were keen and ready to get into the game. Zach Altamara started the pitching with an eye opening 3 up, 3 down display in which he struck out 2 and got a groundball to first in which Jack Becker fielded smoothly and made the out. Zach kept his great form and pitched deep into the game, throwing 54 pitches and only giving up 5 runs. Great job!

After a great defensive performance the boys got into the dugout ready to hit - and hit they did! Kale got the ball rolling with a walk, stole second and third base before scoring from Zach's groundout. With 2 outs and no one on base, it seemed like the inning would be over, but no, Harry got a base hit to left field, Yeory got a great hit, Jack smashed a hit to left field, Oscar on his first game got a great hit to 3rd base and then the under 11, Josh Holland got the barrel to the ball with a great hit up the middle. With the maximum 5 runs scored from the inning we had no choice but to get back in the field. What a great start to the season!

Our pitching was one of the stand outs of the game. When Zach finished his great pitching performance, Harry Hutton walked up to the mound and put on an absolute pitching clinic. Harry threw 28 pitches to close out the game and struck out 6 from 6 batters!

Amazing to watch!

The team did a great job supporting our pitchers with some great defensive plays and some remarkable batting. We scored at least one run in each inning and scored the maximum 5 runs in 3 of our 5 innings! We ended the game with 9 hits but still showed some discipline at the plate with the team receiving 11 walks. The team ended up scoring 19 runs with everyone contributing.

All in all, it's always great to snatch a win on the first game and the boys played phenomenally. Hats off to the young and new Adelaide side who played a good game and had some pretty fast pitching. Of course there are a few things we still need to work on at training but easily sorted. Special mention to Lochy, Oscar and Drew who were playing their first baseball game for Sturt. Lochy did a great job in the number 2 spot, getting on base 3 times and scoring twice! Oscar got his first hit and scored twice and Drew did extremely well getting on base 3 times and coming home to score twice! A big thanks is owed to Kale Hampton and Josh Holland who filled in for us. Kale batted lead-off and caught a great game while Josh had an amazing day with the bat getting 2 hits to his name!

Also have to thank Sally Edwards for scoring, Mark Hutton for helping out pre-game and coaching first base as well as Wade who helped pitch count and coached first base.

Little League Sturt (U11) (Coach: Jarred Holland )

STURT 9 - Angels 4

What a great day, the baseball god's gave us to start out our new season. We all got to flinders with the smell of fresh cut grass in the air and everyone was excited to hit the field.

Kale started on the hill and got his job done by pounding the zone, then BANG ! Our bats came alive with all the hard work from pre-season training.

Next Tom jumped on the bump for the first time ever and didn't let the team down "well done Tom". Josh A finished the innings off for Tom and the leftie closed the game off well.

In the field Josh H, Sam and Gus worked hard behind the plate.

Archie, Blake, Aiden and Leo fielded some great ground balls....

I would like to welcome Leo and Archie to club baseball and hopefully you guys have got the hunger for the game as we all get.

With how fantastic and exciting it was to watch today i cant wait to see where we go this season, it was a great game to watch.

To Adrian Hill thanks for doing a great job umpiring for us today.

To Larissa for not forgetting how to do the fantastic colouring on the score book.

Bigger thanks to my manager Ralph and the assistant coaches James and Wade thankyou for making the day go smoothly with warm up and throughout the game.

See you all on Wednesday at 5pm for more practice to see how much we can improve on, ready for next Sunday.

THANKS COACH DUTCHY.

HITS
J.Holland 2
K. Mattews-Hampton 2
S.Horley 2
A.Becker 2
T.Passmore 1
J.Altamura 1

PITCHING

STRIKES

BALLS

K.Mattews-Hampton

24

9

T.Passmore

20

18

J.Altamura

23

14



..:: message posted on Monday the 9th of October, 2017 23:06:55 ::..

Season Opener/Dedication to Ron Macbeth

Division 1 will start their season tomorrow with hit out against Kensington at home.

Prior to the commencement of the Div 1 game, the club will be making a special dedication in the memory of Ron Macbeth. It would be great to see as many of you there as possible!

Last night's tribute to Ron Macbeth featured some great tributes which you can view on our Youtube channel

..:: message posted on Saturday the 7th of October, 2017 14:44:06 ::..

Arrangements following Funeral

Ron's family have asked me to let everyone know that Sam Mcinnes, the Manager of the Torrens Arms Hotel, has reserved the Beer Garden for Ronnie's relatives and friends to meet after the funeral around 12.30.

All welcome.

..:: message posted on Wednesday the 2nd of August, 2017 21:01:04 ::..

Ron Macbeth Funeral Arrangements

Ron's funeral will be held at 10.15 am on Friday August 4, 2017 at the Heysen Chapel, Centennial Park

..:: message posted on Monday the 31st of July, 2017 17:06:26 ::..

Ron MacBeth RIP

The Sturt Baseball Club Senior Committee, players and coaches send their sincere condolences to the MacBeth and Trembath families on the sad loss of Club Life Member, Hall of Famer and legend of our club Ron MacBeth.

Ron has played a leading role in the baseball development of countless junior players within our club, many of whom have gone on to play state, national and international baseball.

Ron is held in the highest esteem within our club.

I have been in regular contact with the family today and will advise on Funeral arrangements once they are finalised.

..:: message posted on Friday the 28th of July, 2017 00:11:25 ::..

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