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Message from the President


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Grand Final Edition

Congratulations to the four junior teams who played off in Grand Finals on Sunday! It is an outstanding achievement for any team to make a Grand Final and it was extra special that Sturt fielded teams in each junior level that we competed in this season! This speaks volumes of the players but most importantly the coaching staff who prepared the boys so well!

I was fortunate to be at Norman Reserve to witness the Little League 1-Saints and Under 15/1 - Sturt both win Premierships on our home ground! It was a real carnival atmosphere at our club with a very large contingent of supporters! You can view photos of both games on the front page of our website or in our Photo Gallery.

Commiserations to our Under 17/1- Sturt and Under 15/2 - Sturt who both did the club proud with their performances on the weekend.

Please remember that due to member feedback we are holding our Presentation Weekend earlier this season, with the Senior (Division 1-8) being held on Saturday 23 March, commencing at 8.00 pm with the Junior Presentation, on Sunday 24 March, commencing at 1.00 pm.

Sponsors

The Sturt Baseball Club thanks all of our sponsors for their generous support.

As club members please use our sponsors whenever possible and let them know you are from Sturt! Go to our Sponsors webpage for all the details about our sponsors.

If you would like to become a sponsor please contact Tony Catt. on 0412 244 327 .

Major Club Sponsors:
Catapult Wealth  Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd   Last& Co Lawyers  Easton  Brooks
Silver Sponsors:
Bendigo Bank Freshwater Systems National Tool Distributors  Wendy's Burnside   Smith Motor Company  PPI Promotion and Apparel   Hattam McCarthy Reeves

Silver Sponsors:
Direct Mail Centre

Aussie Tee Ball Sponsor: Windsor Meats



Under 17/1- Sturt (Coach: Tom Winter) Sponsored by: Felt Fabricating

Grand Final - GAME Sturt 5 were defeated by Woodville 7

The team consists of the following players: Tyson Hancock, Max Guerher, Tyler Duchene, Mitchell Lightbody, Jordan McArdle, Fraser Crameri, Charlie Goldsworthy, William Hill, Daniel Ortiz, Josh Tindall, Tom Bartley, Dylan Ridding, and Shaun Wright.

It is with a great deal of disappointment for the boys that I write the season's final report for having to advise that we were defeated by a very talented Woodville outfit yesterday at Woodville. After a slow start to the season our team progressed very well to make the Grand Final from fourth position on the table. All of the players should hold their heads high as we have had an outstanding season losing only to 3 sides above us on the table and then beating the top side who had not lost a game all season in the preliminary final to advance the Grand Final.

Thanks also to the large band of spectators who were there to support the boys. This included a number of senior players and the Club's Patron David Hutton. The players were very appreciative of every little bit of support you gave yesterday.

Lets talk about the game. On a perfect Autumn afternoon at Drummond Oval in Findon the home of the Woodville Senators we commenced the battle for the Under 17 flag against Woodville who had finished one position above us to be able to host the Grand Final. The first two innings were very tight with the score being 0 - 0 and only one hit recorded between the two sides. We scored a run in the 3rd inning to take the lead. We held the Senators scoreless until the 5th inning where there hits finally found gaps and scored five runs. The players did not give up and held the Sentors scoreless in the 6th and then scored 4 runs in the 7th to tie the game up. Woodville then scored two with a walk off home run to take the flag.

Every player did their little bit to keep us in the game. It started with Tyson Hancock (1 hit) on the mound throwing a solid 4 2/3 innings to Jordan McArdle (1 hit) who caught a very good game, our outfielders were rock solid with Charlie Goldsworthy taking some great catches and sending in some wonderful throws to the cut offs and William Hill (1 hit) and Tom Bartley (laid the perfect sac bunt) also doing themselves proud with some great catches as well. The infield were also rock solid with great plays from Mitchell Lightbody at short stop, Max Guehrer was ever reliable at 1st base with his enormous reach not allowing any balls to get past, Josh Tindall and Dylan Ridding were played a solid at 2nd and 3rd. Tyler Duchene then came into the game and making an impact with hit to right field to score a run in the 7th.

I would like to thank Sue Brebner for scoring all of the finals allowing our normal scorers to be parents and support their children.

Also thank you to Karen Tindall, Nicole McArdle and Trish Guehrer who scored during the season and to everyone who did the pitch count, sorry to anyone I have forgotten to mention. Let's go one better next season and win it.

Safe hits: Hill 1, Hancock 1, McArdle 1 and Duchene 1.

Go Sturt!

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jeff Nicholas) Sponsored by: Freshwater Systems

What a fantastic culmination to a great year. Mercy rule in the 6th and a 14-2 win over Kensington in the Grand Final!

As always the boys loved representing our club on the best field in the state .The plan was to get runs early and let them chase. That we did by scoring in the first and never looked back.

Brodie Macbeth continued his outstanding year on the mound by completely shutting down the Kensington Batting line up. He threw only 19 balls out of his 75 pitches while collecting 8 strike outs, 1 walk and a few scattered hits. He had tremendous support behind the plate by Henry Wood who caught a great game and also gathered 3 timely hits. Damon Arnold closed out the game as he has done so proficiently all year.

Our defence was again solid with some great catches which robbed Kensington of some base hits.

Our Hitting was a highlight. We have had a few issues over the last few weeks bunching our hits but on the big day all the boys did their job with some great team hitting and base running.

A big thanks to our A grade players Angus Roeger and Travis Fox for helping coach on the day.

Hits; Wood 3 Bennetts, Peters 2 Arnold, Brennan, Macbeth, Evreniadis

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Chris Small) Sponsored by: Last& Co Lawyers

Grand Final Result - West Torrens 10 - Sturt 3

It is always great to make a grand final but we could have perhaps wished for a better result. The loss aside, it was great credit to the boys that they were there to compete and they gave it their best shot. We were the only game at West Torrens so had the pleasure of playing on the main diamond and against a team that has had the wood on us this season. The boys started the game with the bats swinging; Nik, Cameron and Matan all getting hits to score two runs. Conor (our U/15 medal winner) started for us on the mound and through four innings showed why he scored so well in the MVP votes - four innings, 60% strikes, 2 K's, only one BB with 4 hits conceded. In the field we were not at our best and errors (12 for the game!) saw the West Torrens accumulate 5 runs (all unearned) through the first four innings. While we continued to hit we did struggle to penetrate the field and saw only two more safe hits (Conor and Riley) for the game. Nik finished on the mound for us and threw extremely well (3 innings, 62% strikes, 4 K's, 1 BB and four hits). Credit to both pitchers that they really kept us in the game until the last innings. I have no doubt that the boys gave a 100% effort but perhaps Grand Final nerves got the better of us! It was a good experience and will hopefully make the boys hungry for another try next year. Well done and thanks to Chris and Trent not only for their effort on Sunday but all year. Thanks also to all who have helped especially Janet who's beautiful scorebook makes it so easy to write these reports.

Little League 1-Saints (Coach: Jamie Knuckey) Sponsored by: The Courthouse Normanville

Grand Final Result: Sturt Saints 14 vs Adelaide 3

Well done to all the boys in the team!

An undefeated season and a premiership!

Third LL Major title in a row for Sturt!

Congratulations to:
Samuel Bennetts, Andrew Brennan, Robbie Brennan, Hugo Dahlen-Flight, Tom Emmett, Ky Hampton, Harrison Knuckey, Patrick Milewski, Tom O'Connell, Elliot Ridgway, and Reed Stewart.

A great team effort today.

For the second week running we had no strike outs as the boys swung the bat aggressively - 22 hits (14 safe hits)

This was combined with a great fielding effort behind some excellent pitching. The infield (Sam, Harry, Tom) made a number of great plays today - including the 5-3 play of the season by Tom Emmett.

Reed was outstanding behind the plate - no runs on passed balls and excellent throw to get the runner stealing 2nd.

The outfield were not really troubled today but were alert, backing up, and ready - great job boys.

Hugo started on the mound and took the first innings to get over the nerves. 3 walks either side of a HR let 3 runs in. He then went another 3 innings with 3 hits, no walks, no runs - great job Hugo.

Ky relieved and after some tough calls around the strike zone responded with a K and 1-3 to close out the 5th inning - no runs, no hits, 2 K's.

Safe hits: 3 - Tom E (1 double), Tom O (2 doubles); 2 - Reed (1 triple), Harry (1 double), Ky (2 doubles); 1 - Samuel, Hugo

Other hits: Samuel 2, Reed 2, Ky 2, Harry 1, Elliot 1.
Walks: Harry 1, Tom O 1, Robbie 1.

Box Score:
Adelaide 30000 3
Sturt 44015 14

For all results and tables go towww.baseballsa.com.au or visit the Sturt Website at Sturt Web Site

..:: message posted on Monday the 18th of March, 2013 20:01:21 ::..

Baseball SA Junior Awards

At tonight's Baseball SA Junior Awards, Connor McClure was joint winner of the Under 15/2 MVP, in Little League Majors, Ky Hampton was equal fourth, Austin McClure, third. In Under 15/1s Brodie MacBeth came third and in Under 17/1s Mitchell Lightbody came fourth. Congratulations to all of these talented baseballers on an outstanding achievement. You have done your club and families proud!

..:: message posted on Friday the 15th of March, 2013 21:14:08 ::..

Mortlock Park Consultation

You would be aware of the challenges we have faced over the past several years with obtaining pre-season training access and a new 5 year lease.

Our colleagues in baseball at the Goodwood Baseball Club are facing similar challenges and need our support.

The Goodwood Baseball Club recently strongly encouraged their members to support Sturt BC's survey and as a result many positive submissions were made.

I now encourage all members to reciprocate that support for Baseball in the Mitcham City Council.

Mitcham City Council have started an on-line survey with regard to Goodwood's occupancy at Mortlock Park and the Goodwood President has sent me the following message.

Currently there is a consultation process underway for the future of baseball on Mortlock Park within Colonel Light Gardens.

The Mitcham Council has placed an on-line survey on their website to gauge community reaction as to whether baseball should continue to be played on our ground.

The consultation closes at 5 pm Wednesday 20 March 2013 so your response would be appreciated now.

I urge you to take 2 minutes to fill in the On-Line Survey as we as a baseball community need to send a strong message of support!

Themes we as a Community Baseball Club are promoting in response to the survey are;

1. The Goodwood Baseball Club should be given appropriate access to Mortlock Park, including pre-season activities, to conduct organised sport.
2. Community Sporting Groups should be supported by Council in their use of larger Reserves for organised sporting activities.
3. (Mortlock Park) - "Yes" & "Should be More Formal Sport".
4. a) Both Primary and Secondary Diamonds should remain to support Junior sport in the Community.
4. b) Cricket nets should be approved but as close to the Primary School as possible.
4. c) Dogs should be on-leash during school hours and when organised sport being played.
4. d) Bike track should remain.
Thank you for your support for baseball in our Community!

..:: message posted on Thursday the 14th of March, 2013 21:58:18 ::..

Semi-Final Edition

What a great weekend of baseball we had with four junior teams out of four making Grand Finals next weekend!

It was great to see the carnival atmosphere at our home ground Norman Reserve, which hosted three finals on Sunday.

Congratulations to all four teams on their outstanding achievement in making the Grand Final!

We have two home finals, with the SBC Little League 1 - Saints vs Adelaide at 10.00 am followed by the SBC U15/1 - Sturt vs Kensington at 12.30. Our other two finals are West Torrens vs SBC U15/2 - Sturt at West Torrens at 12.30 and also Woodville vs SBC U17/1 - Sturt at West Torrens also unfortunately at 12.30! It is very unfortunate that we have three finals at the same time, however I will try to keep you up to date via our Twitter feed at Follow @sturt_baseball and also through our Facebook site!

Sponsors

The Sturt Baseball Club thanks all of our sponsors for their generous support.

As club members please use our sponsors whenever possible and let them know you are from Sturt! Go to our Sponsors webpage for all the details about our sponsors.

If you would like to become a sponsor please contact Tony Catt. on 0412 244 327 .

Major Club Sponsors:
Catapult Wealth  Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd   Last& Co Lawyers  Easton  Brooks
Silver Sponsors:
Bendigo Bank Freshwater Systems National Tool Distributors  Wendy's Burnside   Smith Motor Company  PPI Promotion and Apparel   Hattam McCarthy Reeves

Silver Sponsors:
Direct Mail Centre

Aussie Tee Ball Sponsor: Windsor Meats



Under 17/1 (Coach: Tom Winter) Sponsored by: Felt Fabricating

The team consists of the following players: Tyson Hancock, Max Guerher, Tyler Duchene, Mitchell Lightbody, Jordan McArdle, Fraser Crameri, Charlie Goldsworthy, William Hill, Daniel Ortiz, Josh Tindall, Tom Bartley, Dylan Ridding, and Shaun Wright.

Preliminary Final - Sturt 9 defeated West Torrens 8 in 9 innings (3 1/2 hours)

Safe hits as follows: Goldsworthy 3, Hancock 3, McArdle 2, Ridding 1, Tindall 1, Lightbody 1, Bartley 1.

What a game today. The game went 9 innings and 3 1/2 hours. The winner today was baseball. Thanks to all the supporters that turned up at the home of the Eagles to cheer on our players. The Eagles were undefeated until today.

All the pitchers threw well today in trying conditions. All players swung the bat hard all day. Highlights for the day were Jordan McArdle's towering home run in the 1st, Max Guehrer's double play at 1st with diving catch and tag out of the runner, Charlie Goldsworthy and Tyson Hancock recording three hits, Tom Bartley double to left field scoring a run and a game saving catch at right field and Mitchell Lightbody's back hand catch at the 3rd and tag out the runner to turn the double play to win the game.

A big thank you to Sue Brebner for scoring the last two weeks allowing our scorers to be parents and support their players.

Lets keep up the work on the track and continue our efforts from today into next weeks Grand Final against Woodville at Woodville.

Good Luck to all teams playing next weekend in the Grand Finals.

Go Saints!!

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jeff Nicholas) Sponsored by: Freshwater Systems

The Under 15.1's came from 5-1 down to beat Adelaide 11-7.

Jack Bennetts sparked a rally in the 5th to put us up 6-5 and Zack Evreniadis finished off a 5 run 6th inning with a massive solo home run over centerfield.

Brodie Macbeth (4.2inn 5h 1bb 7ks) and Damon Arnold (2.1inn 3h 1bb 6ks) dominated on the mound and kept us in the game.

Next week we play Kensington at home in the Grand Final

Hits; Bennetts 3 Adkins, Evreniadis 2, Arnold, Brennan, Macbeth

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Chris Small) Sponsored by: Last& Co Lawyers

After a fairly ordinary performance against West Torrens last week it was sudden death this week against Southern District Hawks. This had been a bit of a nemesis team for us but the boys worked hard at training this week and were up to the challenge. To play at Sturt is always a delight and although the weather was a bit oppressive the ground as usual looked a delight. Defensively the boys were awesome. Conor threw 5 unbelievable innings - I hit, 7 K's and 2 runs given up, only one of there earned and therefore against his name. All the infield helped out with three plays to Tyrese and one each to Nik and Riley for an errorless performance from the infield. Nik came on to close and although the Hawks did manage a bit of a rally a great relay from the outfield (Riley to Stu and a great take by Cameron) to get out the player coming home and then a terrific play from Matan at third base to finish the Hawks innings and secure the game. Offensively we were much better than last week. All the boys were aggressive in the box and apart from some wild swinging at high pitches in the fifth innings pitch selection was good. Nic had a day out with the bat with three hits and a BB, two hits to Brandon, Cameron, Stu and Eli and singles to Tyrese and Matt. Well done boys excellent baseball under the pressure of finals - now to knock off West Torrens next week.

Little League 1-Saints (Coach: Jamie Knuckey) Sponsored by: The Courthouse Normanville

Little Majors South - Sturt Saints 9 vs West Torrens 3

It is always tough to keep a winning record intact, and after just beating West Torrens 2 weeks ago we knew they would come with nothing to lose and keen for revenge.

The boys were a little slow early to get going as West Torrens maintained good pitching and fielding pressure.

It was always going to come down to pitching depth and minimising errors. As the game progressed the quality and evenness of their players in this team became more and more obvious.

We swung the bat aggressively all day - in some ways to our detriment as it allowed Curtis (WT Pitcher) to control the pitch count and go deep into the game. The opposition were intent on watching as many pitches as possible. Despite this the boys continued to swing and swing hard. We had 10 safe hits, no strike outs, and 3 walks for the day (Eagles- 4 hits, 11 K's, 4 walks) and many other ground balls which moved the runners around the bases and batted in runs. The boys backed themselves with the bat and showed everyone how to do it - great job guys.

As usual our pitching was strong. Tom O started and went into the 4th innings facing 17 batters (74 pitches, 42 strikes, 6 Ks, 4 BB's, 2 hits). Ky relieved and faced 9 batters (39 pitches, 25 strikes, 5 K's, 2 hits). With Hugo and Harry still in reserve we were happy to go as many innings as required.

Reed was superb again behind the plate - no runs scored on past balls and a great retrieve and tag play at home with Tom.

Infield and outfield were alert and involved. Some great infield plays (Samuel, Hugo) and 2 outfield catches (Ky) kept the pressure on.

Safe Hits: Samuel 3, Hugo 3 (2 Doubles), Harry 2 (1 double), Tom O 2 (1 double - almost a HR), Ky & Elliot 1.

Every batting position contributed - other hits to Ky 2, Tom E 2, Reed 1, Robbie 1, Andrew 1. Patrick faced a 9 pitch full count to get a walk which also scored a run with loaded bases.

Walks - Reed 1, Tom O 1.

Eagles 020001 3
Saints 003051 9

A great team performance today. Everyone did their part and the team benefitted against a good opposition.

The greatest prize awaits next week - a grand final and the chance of an undefeated season.

Adelaide await and will be keen to take it away from us. One more week of focus and hard work required.

Keep up the effort - great game today.

For all results and tables go towww.baseballsa.com.au or visit the Sturt Website at Sturt Web Site

..:: message posted on Monday the 11th of March, 2013 20:52:17 ::..

Newsletter 04/03/12

Well done to all the teams that played in finals over the weekend. Commiserations to 'Philthy' Phil Martin and the Division 8 boys who went down at home on Saturday. On Sunday our fortunes improved with Under 17/1-Sturt, Under 15/1 - Sturt and Little League 1-Saints all winning! Under 15/2 - Sturt while going down on Sunday live to fight another day, while John McClure's Little League 1-Sturt team ended their finals campaign on Sunday.

This weekend we have three finals at Sturt, namely SBC Little League 1 - Saints vs West Torrens at 10.00 am, SBC U15/2 - Sturt vs Hawks at 12.30 pm and SBC U15/1 - Sturt vs Kensington at 3.00 pm. Our SBC U17/1 - Sturt will play West Torrens at 3.00 pm at West Torrens. Best of luck to all our teams remaining in the finals this Sunday!

Our Division 1 side finished the season on Sunday with a double header at home. It was also our Sponsors Day and it was great to see so many sponsors, coaches and other supporters attending. A sincere thank you to all our generous sponsors- we greatly appreciate all of your assistance.

Congratulations to the following five boys who were selected in the final 14 for the Southern Adelaide Little League All Star Team, namely Harrison Knuckey,Thomas O’Connell, Ky Hampton, Austin McClure and Samuel Bennetts

End of Season Presentation Dates

Following feedback from last season, we will be conducting on our end of season wrap up earlier this year! Our Senior Presentation Night will be held on Saturday 23 March, commencing at 8.00 pm. On Sunday 24 March we will conduct our Junior Presentation Day, commencing at 1.00 pm. Both events will be held at our clubrooms and the bar will be open for both events. Junior Presentation will include Little League up to and including Under 17. Please mark these dates down now in your diary!

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

Sponsors

The Sturt Baseball Club thanks all of our sponsors for their generous support.

As club members please use our sponsors whenever possible and let them know you are from Sturt! Go to our Sponsors webpage for all the details about our sponsors.

If you would like to become a sponsor please contact Tony Catt. on 0412 244 327 .

Major Club Sponsors:
Catapult Wealth  Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd   Last& Co Lawyers  Easton  Brooks
Silver Sponsors:
Bendigo Bank Freshwater Systems National Tool Distributors  Wendy's Burnside   Smith Motor Company  PPI Promotion and Apparel   Hattam McCarthy Reeves

Silver Sponsors:
Direct Mail Centre

Aussie Tee Ball Sponsor: Windsor Meats

Division 1 (Coach: Peter Kitchingman) Sponsored by: Catapult Wealth & Bendigo Bank

Game 1 loss 4-0

Our final games was always going to be tough facing the premiers if the last season in Kensington.

Shaun Wright was given the ball again in the first game and was great against a powerful line up only allowing 3 runs in his 100 pitches doing 4 1/3 innings striking out 6.

Paul Mildren did a great job finishing the game off only allowing 1 run

Their pitcher dominated out bats only throwing 60 pitches in his 7 innings of work.

Game 2 loss 7-1

Chris Lawson started very well but Kensington started to capitalise on our errors and scored 6 runs through the 6 innings Smokey pitched.

Randy was excellent for the balance of the game only allowing 1 run.

Again our bats went missing with the highlight being Jackson Brebner-Russ's solo bomb in the 9th.

A tough season finished but I would like to thank all of the guys efforts this season in particular the players that played seconds and then sat on the bench for the a grade all year.

A big thanks to David lee for his help and heather an sue for scoring all year.

Division 8 (Coach: Phil Martin) Sponsored by: MichelsWarrenPublicRelations

Sturt 0 lost to Port Adelaide 8 at Sturt

A one-off elimination final is always going to bring either celebrations or commiserations and, unfortunately for us, Saturday's game meant the latter.

We couldn't get anything going against their pitcher and their defence was tight, taking their catches and turning their plays. While our pitchers were outstanding again, we didn't back them up as well as we did during the regular season and allowed eight Port runs to cross. There were some moments where luck might have made a difference, but nothing went our way on the day.

However, we can be proud of our 12-4 regular season and we now know what it feels like to make it to the finals. We smashed 175 RBIs and conceded just 98 to the opposition. Our season was full of good baseball, great guys and outstanding fun.

I'd like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their contribution:

- Jordan 'The Splendid Splinter' Wayne, Jess 'Lemo' Lemon and Jayke 'Bruce' Wayne: these guys were the mainstay of our pitching throughout the year and were outstanding throughout. Lemo was a hoover at second and always represented danger at the plate. The Splinter mesmerised opposition batters with his curve while Bruce mixed blazing fast balls on the mound with great speed in the outfield. It was great to see these young guys enjoying their baseball.

- Andrew 'AJ' Johnston and Rich 'Elvis' Carter: both AJ and Rich have great baseball brains and were fantastic utility players throughout the year, playing a mix of positions and always ready with an encouraging word for the less experienced guys.

- Josh 'Cliffy' Clifford and Justin 'JR' Ranford: Cliffy was an outstanding team man all year when he was with us, even contributing when injury prevented him from playing. JR was our first-string catcher and hardly anything got past him all year. Another great voice in the dugout.

- Ben 'Roger' Moore and Jules 'Kiwi' Potiki: our two lefties were great value throughout the year. The Kiwi served as another pitching option when he wasn't in the outfield while Roger was a revelation on his return to senior baseball, hitting in the clean up position and holding down first base.

- Ditmar 'Galloping' Guehrer and Dave 'Hocko' Hocking: The Galloping one had a great year with the bat while it was good to see Hocko loving his debut year in baseball. Great contributors all year.

- Kingsley 'KWT' Turner and Heather: The big man had a rough trot with injuries throughout the season but never made an excuse while Heather was - as ever - incredible in the scorers' hut.

Some honourable mentions for Peter Tredrea for umpiring many of our games, Steve Wayne for his fantastic support and umpiring, Macca for coming out to watch so many of our games and Dave 'Reg' Lee for making Norman Reserve the best ball park in the league.

Thanks again guys, and see you for spring training!!

Phil 'Philthy' Martin

Under 17/1 (Coach: Tom Winter) Sponsored by: Felt Fabricating

Sturt 25 d Port Adelaide 3

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jeff Nicholas) Sponsored by: Freshwater Systems

The under 15.1's fought out a tough game to beat Kensington 4-3 at Flinders. We left the cue in the rack for most of the game but Stuart Brennan, Brodie Macbeth and Zach Evreniadis hit when it counted and Jack Bennetts drove in the winning run with a single to right.

We play Adelaide at Sturt next week

Hits Adkins, Arnold, Brennan, Macbeth, Bennetts, Wood.

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Chris Small) Sponsored by: Last& Co Lawyers

West Torrens 17 d U15/2 - Sturt 3

Finishing top is always a mixed blessing. It comes with the double chance in finals but also significant expectation. Our opponent on a hot and oppressive afternoon at Flinders was West Torrens. Last time we played them we struggled to hit their pitchers and had lost 15-3. This game started well with tight baseball and the pitching dominating. Conor started on the mound for us and first innings was three up and down with two K's and an excellent catch to Riley at second retiring the team. We managed a run in the bottom of the first with three walks and good base running. It all went downhill from there! Although Conor kept throwing good stuff West Torrens were able to put on 5 runs in the second innings with five hits in the one innings. We struggled to get hits ourselves with only 6 for the game (Cam 2, Stew 2, Jamie and Brandon 1). We had 23 times at bat compared to the 39 appearances for West Torrens - we won't win these games without a more consistent batting performance. Defensively we were OK - a few errors hurt us but generally the fielding was solid. There were some highlights - a great running in outfield catch to Stew and a extraordinary effort by Tyrese to glove a ball at right field only for it to dislodge as he hit the ground. Next week it is do or die so lets come out with the bats swinging and knowing that we can win.

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach:John McClure)  Sponsored by: Premier Trailers

Sturt 0 1 4 0 0 1 6
Kensington 5 1 1 0 5 12

Really proud of the team and the way they played. Yes we lost but we had a little sniff of victory and couldn't pull it off. The lads were a credit to the club and more importantly to themselves.

The pitching that had kept us in many a game wasn't on song today. Too many walks, wild pitches and passed balls in the end proved costly. Two innings of conceding 5 runs ultimately made us pay the price. However having said that the fielding was good against a hard hitting and aggressive base running team. The highlight in the field was a double CS1 in the same innings that doesn't happen very often particularly the pitcher being credited with two "caught stealing". Started with a wild pitch that was recovered by the catcher thrown to the pitcher who chased down the retreating third base runner, tagged him - one out. Meanwhile runner trying to steal third had to back track to second was chased down by our rampaging pitcher, ball thrown to second and tagged out for a quite magnificent and bizarre double play.

The batting almost came together. We out hit Kensington 10-8 and it was great that some of the lads who had been struggling came to the party. Louis Gava had a great day with two doubles for his four at bats and narrowly missed on a third with a good catch taken at centrefield. Aussie McClure returned to form after struggling the previous week 3 singles from 4 at bats. Finished off for him what has been a great season culminating in selection in the Southern Adelaide All Stars. Nick Borello hit a great triple and returned to form just at the right time. Jordan Abfalter, the ever reliable Josh Wilson, Troy Hocking and Dylan Egglestone all contributed with single hits. The frustrating part was that we left 3 on bases in both our last innings. Close but no cigar.

Thanks to Mark and Stuart for their help today and Lyn for scoring and all the parents that supported the team. Cheers!

Little League 1-Saints (Coach: Jamie Knuckey) Sponsored by: The Courthouse Normanville

Sturt Saints 10 vs Adelaide 2

After an indifferent effort last week the boys faced 2nd placed Adelaide in the 1v2 showdown.

From the start the focus was good.

Warm up was efficient with intensity. Batting practice was excellent.

Tom O started us off on the mound with 3 up, 3 down - all K's. This effort was maintained with the bat as our first 5 batters were on base, we batted thru the line up (5 hits, 2 walks) for maximum 5 runs.

Tom pitched through 4 innings (62 pitches, 36 strikes, 6 K's, 1 hit, 2 runs) - great effort Tom. Ky relieved facing 7 batters over 2 innings (30 pitches, 20 strikes, 6 Ks) - another great effort.

Reed was excellent behind the plate as usual and the fielding backed up the pitchers efforts well - well done everyone.

Everyone swung the bat well, and with aggressive base running we kept scoreboard pressure all day.

Hits: Tom O (3 - 2 singles, 1 double), Reed (2 - 2 doubles), Harry, Ky, Elliot (1 - all singles)

Walks: Ky (3), Tom E (2), Samuel, Reed, Harry, Tom O (1)

Great team effort today. Everyone contributed, supported the pitchers, and played a role. We must continue this effort over the next 2 weeks.

It is sudden death from now on and we meet West Torrens next week.

Train hard

See you on Tuesday!

For all results and tables go towww.baseballsa.com.au or visit the Sturt Website at Sturt Web Site

..:: message posted on Monday the 4th of March, 2013 21:22:02 ::..

Newsletter 25/02/13

We have a big weekend of baseball starting off on Saturday with the only Senior team to make finals this year- our Division 8 side led by 'filthy' Phil Martin! The game will be played at our home ground Norman Reserve, 2.00 pm Saturday!

On Sunday the action continues with our Under 17/1 boys playing a home final against Port Adelaide commencing at 9.30 am. At 10.00 am , our Little League 1-Sturt plays Kensington at Kensington, meanwhile our Little League 1-Saints battles it out against Adelaide at Flinders University. At 12.30 pm our Under 15/2 - Sturt side player West Torrens at Flinders University, followed by our Under 15/1 - Sturt team playing Kensington at 3.30 pm also at Flinders.

Meanwhile back at Norman Reserve, our Division 1 boys finish off the season with a double header against Kensington, with game 1 commencing at 12.30 and game 2 at 3.00 pm. We will also be holding Sponsors Day at the Club on this afternoon to thank all our sponsors, coaches and managers for the magnificent assistance that they have provided the club this season.

The Australian Diamonds "2013 Beijing Baseball Blast" is designed specifically for ALL players that are aged 14-16 wanting to experience international baseball and learn about a new culture. Our goal is simple - "to assist each touring player improve their overall playing and interpersonal skills".

Our professional coaching staff will leave "no base untouched" in trying to assist each player "be the best that he or she can be". All of our staff are either former Senior Australian or US Professional players. As a result of this magnificent experience and opportunity to improve immensely, they should enormously increase their chances to play at a higher level.

One of our mottos is "to become a star, you first must reach for the stars". Through numerous on and off field activities, our entire staff will be dedicated to assisting players on this quest. In this fun packed program, ALL players will share equal playing and training time. The constant focus will be the repetition of "tried and true" fundamentals.

The cost of the tour is $3,900 per player and further information and contact details are available on the Flyer.

The SA Winter Baseball Association will begin its season on Saturday April 27 2013.

The SA Winter Baseball Association is currently organising the final touches of the Annual General Meeting which will likely be held on Tuesday April 9th.

If you have any queries about entering teams then log onto the SA Winter Baseball Association website for contact details.

End of Season Presentation Dates

Following feedback from last season, we will be conducting on our end of season wrap up earlier this year! Our Senior Presentation Night will be held on Saturday 23 March, commencing at 8.00 pm. On Sunday 24 March we will conduct our Junior Presentation Day, commencing at 1.00 pm. Both events will be held at our clubrooms and the bar will be open for both events. Junior Presentation will include Little League up to and including Under 17. Please mark these dates down now in your diary!

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

Sponsors

The Sturt Baseball Club thanks all of our sponsors for their generous support.

As club members please use our sponsors whenever possible and let them know you are from Sturt! Go to our Sponsors webpage for all the details about our sponsors.

If you would like to become a sponsor please contact Tony Catt. on 0412 244 327 .

Major Club Sponsors:
Catapult Wealth  Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd   Last& Co Lawyers  Easton  Brooks
Silver Sponsors:
Bendigo Bank Freshwater Systems National Tool Distributors  Wendy's Burnside   Smith Motor Company  PPI Promotion and Apparel   Hattam McCarthy Reeves

Silver Sponsors:
Direct Mail Centre

Aussie Tee Ball Sponsor: Windsor Meats

Division 1 (Coach: Peter Kitchingman) Sponsored by: Catapult Wealth & Bendigo Bank

Sturt 7 d Southern Districts 6

Shaun Wright took to the hill for his second Div 1 start and was fantastic through 4 2/3 innings only allowing 1 hit but some walks with 2 out and nobody on made the pitch count rise.
Shaun finished with his 100 pitches done which was a fantastic effort and collected the win. 4 2/3 innings 1 hit 8 walks 5 runs.

Randy Mann was fantastic in relief throwing 4 innings and allowing 1 run.
Our bats were on for the best part of the game hitting the ball solid all day and really capitalising on Souths errors scoring 7 runs in the first three innings with a very even contribution from the whole line up.
Paul Mildren collected the save closing the game with a strike out with runners on 2nd & 3rd.

Next week a tough double header against 3 time premiers Kensington

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle) Sponsored by: Pyper Leaker& Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd

Sturt 6 d Southern Districts 5

Division 3 (Coach: Stan Warrilow) Sponsored by: Hattam McCarthy Reeves

Our last game of the season started well by keeping the Bays scoreless in the first innings and us scoring a run.

The Bays hit back and equalized in the second and we didn't trouble the scorers.

We both scored 1 run in the 3rd dig but then the Bays broke it open with 4 runs in the 4th.

We couldn't get back into the game offensively and ended up losing 6-2. Matt pitched a solid game but our Defence let him down.

The highlight of the last innings was turning a double play to finish.

It's been a hard year and I would like to thank the boys for all their efforts this year.

Thanks to the wonderful Heather Turner for scoring.

Hits - Turner, Warrilow, Guehrer, Mulryan, Syrus 1

Division 4 (Coach: Darren French) Sponsored by: Wendy's Burnside

STURT 10 def GLENELG 9

IT was great to finish off the season with a win! We were potentially looking at the wooden spoon if we lost, so we were desperate for that not to happen! Adrian Hill had a great workhorse like performance pitching out the shortened 90 min game due to the hot weather policy! It appeared Glenelg were expecting an easy win. But due to Fames perseverance and some good hitting in the box we fell over the line for a well deserved victory!

Thanks to Catty and Ben Seekamp for filling in on the day!

Hits: D,ARNOLD, T,CATT, A ,HILL,D,FRENCH, B, SEEKAMP 2; B,SCHUTZ, C,OTTAWAY 1.

Thanks to all who have filled in/ umpired / scored etc. for division 4 this season, we cant play without you!

Division 6 (Coach: Wallace Long) Sponsored by: C2M Health

Sturt 8 defeated Woodville 3

With a forecast temperature of 37 our game against Woodville on Saturday was cut to 90 minutes. Didn't keep the crowds away, with our second biggest turnout for the season.

Our starting order consisted of our father and son combinations:

Chris, Trent & Jarrad SMALL, Glenn & Ben YOUNG, Jeff & David NICHOLAS. Rick Trembath and David Lee made up the nine.

On the bench: Mark Burns, Chris Day, Glenn McDonald and Wallace Long.

Just prior to the game Snorky (Jeff Nicholas) renegotiated his 27 page contract with a commitment to return in 2014 if he was able to play half a game at second base. Negotiation successful.

Jarrad started by getting to second with a wild throw from short. Snorky hit to third and was out on a good pick up and throw. Smally (Chris Small) reached first on an error by the first baseman but was able to bring in Jarrad, our first father/son RBI of the day.

Dave Nicholas hit a cracking shot, unfortunately going straight to and being caught by short, for the third out.

Dave Nicholas started on the mound, had great tempo as he threw well for three Ks, 1 hit and 1 BB in the first. Saints 1, Woodville 0.

Top of the second and Dave Lee hit to third who again threw well only for it to be dropped by their first baseman. After 4 years away from the game (and with the shortest warm up ever) Ben Young produced a long at bat and a BB. Trent Small starts the Small family off with a hit to centrefield. Doc (Glen Young) continued his good end of season hitting with another hit to centrefield. Second father/son RBI. Rat (Rick Trembath) works a BB. Jarrad hits safely to left field. With Snorky having his last at bat for the season after three balls he proceeds to swat the fourth high ball so he can at least get a hit. Expending all his energy on the overhead smash his next contact sees the ball hit back to the pitcher, who throws him out at first. Smally Ks. Four runs added.

One run to Woodville in the second as Dave produces 4 x BB and two Ks. Saints 5, Woodville 1 after 2.

Dave Nicholas leads off the third and works a BB. Dave Lee strikes out for the first out. Ben Young another BB. Trent Small flies to centrefield and is caught. Doc again hits a double with Rat hitting a single. Jarrad hits to third for the third out. After all that, 2 runs in.

Burns, Day, McDonald, Long replace Jeff and Dave Nicholas, Trent Small and Glenn Young.

Trembath takes the mound and is completely confused by the new catcher's (Long) signals or 'lack of'. Regardless of the novice catcher it was Rat as usual three up, three down. After three, Saints 7, Woodville 1.

Dave Lee and Daisy (Chris Day) both hit safely in the fourth. No runs for the dig.

Woodville lead off with a double. The first out is a catch by Rat. Third batter singles. Thankfully the ever observant Smally, at first realises that something is amiss and the novice catcher returns to the dugout to put on a chest plate. Rat strikes out the last batter and again Woodville are retired with no runs.

Top of the fifth and Bones (Glen McDonald) held back so long on the third strike he swung just after the catcher had caught the ball and was in the motion of throwing it back to the pitcher. Gromit and Rat both hit singles and we add one run as our last innings of the season comes to an end.

Smally and Rat combine well for the first out (3-1). After an unusual error by Daisy at third and a couple of hits Woodville add two runs. Our last out of the season - Pop to Smally and the Saints end up winners 8-3.

Thanks to our supporters and to Carol for scoring this week.

Let's rest up over winter and give it another crack next year.

Keep your eye on the Sturt website and let's get out on Saturday and support the Div. 8 boys this Saturday.

Division 8 (Coach: Phil Martin) Sponsored by: MichelsWarrenPublicRelations

Sturt 13 defeated Henley & Grange 1

The last time we played these guys, Jordan 'The Splendid Splinter' Wayne pitched a flawless complete game with the Rams finding themselves staring at a succession of perfectly weighted curve balls. So we thought we would see whether they'd go any better second time around.

In short, the answer was no. The Splinter - pitching to Rich 'Elvis' Carter - was in command from the first pitch, throwing a total of 54 pitches for 34 strikes and 4 strike outs for another complete game of mastery. He also chipped in with three hits to round out a great day at Norman Reserve.

In fact, everyone contributed strongly in our last hit-out before the finals. All starting players brought runners home, with the RBIs scattered throughout the line-up. The infield of Ditmar 'Galloping' Guehrer at first, Jess 'Lemo' Lemon, Kingsley 'Ow my knee' Turner and coach Phil 'Philthy' Martin at short were only had to deal with a few grounders while the outfield of Josh 'CLiffy' Clifford, Jayke 'Bruce' Wayne and Jules 'Kiwi' Potiki had little to do.

As ever, there were some great highlights:

- a crush 'n run inside the park homer for Lemo leading off in the first, with a fantastic hit down the right field line
- a moon shot from the Galloping one that somehow managed to stay in the park
- a flawless display from our third-string stopper Elvis who blocked everything with aplomb and even combined with the Splinter for a tag at the plate

We lost Lemo late with queasiness - the Splinter wondering aloud 'mate, maybe you're pregnant' - so Ben 'Roger' Moore came off the bench to take his place.

After 75 minutes we were up by more than 10, so the heat/mercy rule saw the game called and gave us a 12-4 record on the regular season.

Thanks again to Heather for scoring, Peter Tredrea for umpiring, Macca for base coaching and the Rams for all piling into the club rooms for a drink at the end.

It's finals next week, so we're looking for another strong game and - hopefully - plenty of support from the rest of you mighty Saints!

Hits: Lemon 2 (1 RBI home run), Jordan 3 (2), Martin 2 (3), Potiki 3 (1), Turner 1 (1), Guehrer 1 (1), Clifford 2 (1), Jayke 1 (1), Carter (1)

Under 17/1 (Coach: Tom Winter) Sponsored by: Felt Fabricating

Sturt 6 d Henley & Grange 3

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jeff Nicholas) Sponsored by: Freshwater Systems

The under 15.1's defeated Woodville 17-1 at Sturt. Henry Wood led the offence with 3 hits and Zach Evreniadis belted a towering Grand Slam to centerfield.

Our last minor round game saw us finish minor premiers with a 16 and 1 record - the fun part of the season is over.

Now it's time to get serious.

Hits Wood 3 Arnold 2 Evreniadis, Bennetts

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Chris Small) Sponsored by: Last& Co Lawyers

Match report Twilight 20/2

At the pointy end of the season we had a scheduled twilight game at Sturt on a balmy evening. It was a play off of one versus two and the boys first game for 10 days after a bye the preceding weekend. Our first four defensive innings saw us concede only one run with excellent pitching and fielding. Conor had a day out on the mound with 0 hits, 9 K's and a strike ratio well over the magic 50%. Our batting was solid with 2 hits to Eli and singles to Riley, Cam, Conor, Matt and Nik. It was however errors and walks that largely allowed us 13 runs by the end of the game and we will not always be afforded that luxury. The opposition did come back at us towards the end but at even innings we were 13-1 up and a good victory.

Match Report 24/2

After a very good victory against the SD team at home on Wednesday we travelled to the South to play the "Hawks". The last game against the Hawks ended in a 13-13 draw. This game was almost as close and equally exciting but unfortunately we ended with a loss - 7 to 6 in five innings. Overall it was a solid batting and fielding performance but not at our very best. The boys hit the ball well but good fielding (particularly catching) saw us add runs slowly but not as many as we ultimately needed. Both Stu and Nik gave us two good innings on the mound with Conor finishing out the last innings. While the pitching was solid we gave away 6 walks and three HPB that ended up hurting us - the game ultimately decided by a HPB. Batting saw two hits to Conor (one HR) and Brandon with singles to Cam and Eli. While we were denied other hits by good fielding we will need more than a handful of hits to win finals. It was a good test for the boys and I have no doubt they can come up a notch when we start our finals campaign next week and our depth in pitching will really help us in the 7 innings games.

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach:John McClure)  Sponsored by: Premier Trailers

Sturt 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
Kensington 0 5 0 3 0 3 12

The final rubber of the minor round saw Sturt lose to Kensington 12-2. As has been the case all season the batting let us down. The pitching and fielding overall was okay and we were competitive but if you don't get the hits you won't win too many matches. Overall we were outplayed by a better team on the day who pitched accurately and hit when the ball was in the zone.

Star of the day for Sturt was the home run hitter Josh Wilson. Smacked a beauty over the left field fence to help himself to a solo home run and our first for the season. 2 hits and got on base 3 times for his 3 at bats and suffered a shocking call from the first base coach attempting to go to second. Coach needs depth perception testing on his eyesight. Mind you, the slope of the ground took some getting used to on the number 2 diamond at Kensington. Josh flew the flag as far as the batting went.

Louis Gava had a good game and continues to improve. Played well at catcher on an oppressive day and made a couple of good put outs at third when moved later in the game. Helped himself to a safe hit to go 1 from 2. Also getting hits were Mitch Foley, Dylan Egglestone and Sam Stewart who all when 1 from 2. That, sadly was that. The opposition pitching was laser like accurate (52 strikes from 68 pitches) but with all due respect to the cardinals we made it look a lot harder than was the reality. 23 AB'S for 9 strikeouts and just 5 hits. On a positive note no KC's for a change.

The pitching combination of Aussie, Josh, Sam and Jordan pitched at over 50% accuracy collectively Special mention to Jordan Abfalter's 5th innings dig where he retired the Kensie top 3 in 4 pitches, that was sweet to watch. The team gave up 9 walks and 13 hits versus nil and 5 hits. Errors were kept to a minimum but situational awareness that we discussed and practiced at training was at times disappointing. This is a young team and it was a hot day but thinking that's it all over when you make an single out is something we are trying to educate. Got caught dozing a couple of times by aggressive base running.

Finishing 6th for the season gives us a sniff at the finals next week and surprise surprise we're back at Kensington to have another go. Nothing better than being the underdog with nothing to lose. Back to training and get the bats back hitting. A good day in the field and 10 hits and we're a chance to beat anyone. Got to do it collectively, that's the trick.

Little League 1-Saints (Coach: Jamie Knuckey) Sponsored by: The Courthouse Normanville

Sturt Saints 9 d West Torrens at West Torrens 8

Being the last game before finals, and after an impressive performance last outing, we were hoping the boys came ready to play.

Unfortunately too many were ready for someone else to step up and show the way.

Thru the first 3 innings we made many mistakes and gave up runners and scores to errors.

As has been the way too often, not until we were under pressure did the boys stand up and show some true form.

8-4 down after 4 innings with match time almost up we went in to bat. 2 out and no-one on base then we rallied. 7 batters in a row on base, maximum 5 scored for 9-8 lead.

West Torrens closed out for 9-8 final score - great call Dave Stewart who suggested to send Harry deep at CF only to see the ball almost clear him next pitch.

At the last moment the boys stepped up and maintained an undefeated run - a great achievement. Now finals begin there will be no room for complacency or errors.

Time to get serious and show the coaches and parents just how good you as individual players are in this team, and what and great team we are when we work together and play for each other.

Remember a great team will always beat a team of individuals.

Hits: Reed, Harry, Tom - 2; Samuel, Robbie, Hugo, Tom E, Ky -1

Walks: Samuel, Harry, Hugo -1

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Tony Catt) Sponsored by: Watts Agencies & Brooks

Little League 2 - Sturt 9 d Hawks 8

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Brett Schenk) Sponsored by: Tony Colyer Pty Ltd

Final result Saints 11, Goodwood Tyros 10.

A very hot game for our last of the season and it was a tug of war. We started off ready to hit with hits to Kurt , Hamish, James and Josh V. We scored 4 for the innings and things looked positive. In the field Kurt started off the pitching he finished with stats14 strikes , 12 balls. They had a couple of good hits but we made several errors in the field which enabled them to score the maximum 5. Second innings saw good hits to Kurt, James, Josh and Finn but we only managed to score 2. Josh pitched next and kept Goodwood to 0 with stats of 13 balls, 12 strikes which gave us a real chance. The heat was really getting to everyone and the game drew out as Goodwood rotated personnel and people tried to cool down.

Top of the 3rd we again batted well with several getting on with good pitch selection (Calum, Reece, James) with hits to Kurt and Josh V. Rhys scored 3 runs for the game. We scored the maximum of 5 and it was going to be close.

In the field James was up and Calum took over catcher from Finn who had done a great job. As the temperature rose James continued to plug away. In a long final innings Goodwood managed to get the 5 and James had stats of 15 strikes, 25 balls.

Overall a finish of 3rd in the competition which really hi-lights where the boys have come from since the start of the season.

Hi lights of the game was better hitting, Josh pitching for 0 runs, Rhys runs, Calum stepping up and great catching by Finn. Overall the boys stood up under difficult conditions.

Once again thanks to the managers and parents and the BBQ post game was successful. I look forward to presentation night in a few weeks to celebrate their achievements.

For all results and tables go towww.baseballsa.com.au or visit the Sturt Website at Sturt Web Site

..:: message posted on Monday the 25th of February, 2013 23:21:03 ::..

Newsletter 18/02/13

I hope everyone kept cool on Sunday with all Junior games being cancelled due to the Heat Policy.

A reminder that the consultation process for Norman Reserve concludes this coming Friday 22nd February 2013. If you have not yet completed the Mitcham Council Survey, this is your last chance!! Please refer to my previous advice on how to complete the survey!

On Saturday, Jim Manning invited me onto the radio program, The Old Ball Game which is a two hour program devoted to Baseball and Softball to talk about our plight to continue to play baseball on Norman Reserve. The interview was podcast if you are interested in listening!

For those of you who have not used Twitter, this is the quickest way to be kept right up to date with all that is going on with our lease. It is simple to join, so please Follow @sturt_baseball and then click on the Sign Up button if you don't already have a Twitter account!

South Australian Baseball Academy (SABA)

The SABA Academy is available to all Junior players within South Australian clubs and we encourage them to register and take part should the opportunity present itself.

The South Australian Baseball Academy (SABA) is part of the Nationally Endorsed Player Development Pathway. This Player Development Pathway exposes players to the various physical and technical aspects underpinning our National High Performance Program and the Major League Australian Academy Program (MLBAAP). The goal of the Academy is to provide a platform for players to develop their game to move to the next level through the development pathway of Baseball SA, MLBAAP, College, Australian Baseball League (ABL), Professional/International Baseball and ultimately help increase the pool of players that can represent Australia.

The SABA program has been developed to work hand in hand with Baseball SA State Junior programs to educate all players to fall in line with the identity of SA Baseball and how we play the game.

The Academy has two levels

1. Development Squad (one session per week plus game on the weekend starting in May)

2. High Performance Squad (two sessions per week plus game on the weekend starting in May)

3. Limited number of athletes in the High Performance squad - on receipt of enrollments squad will be selected by HP manager and nominated panel.

Players Receive

  • Skill Development sessions

  • Quality Indoor Training Venues

  • Coaching from qualified and Nationally endorsed coaches and instructors

  • Strength & Conditioning Program

  • Feedback document

  • Access to the Medical Network supplied to the Adelaide Bite

  • SABA cap and T shirt

Interested players should register online!

Sponsors

The Sturt Baseball Club thanks all of our sponsors for their generous support.

As club members please use our sponsors whenever possible and let them know you are from Sturt! Go to our Sponsors webpage for all the details about our sponsors.

If you would like to become a sponsor please contact Tony Catt. on 0412 244 327 .

Major Club Sponsors:
Catapult Wealth  Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd   Last& Co Lawyers  Easton  Brooks
Silver Sponsors:
Bendigo Bank Freshwater Systems National Tool Distributors  Wendy's Burnside   Smith Motor Company  PPI Promotion and Apparel   Hattam McCarthy Reeves

Silver Sponsors:
Direct Mail Centre

Aussie Tee Ball Sponsor: Windsor Meats

Division 1 (Coach: Peter Kitchingman) Sponsored by: Catapult Wealth & Bendigo Bank

Game 1: GGCD 7 d Sturt 1

Game 2: GGCD 8 d Sturt 0

With a must win double header against the top side and a full compliment of players this was a good opportunity to try and get some form and maybe rattle the top 6.

Unfortunately we simply didn't come to play once we got behind and couldn't get the runs needed to support our pitchers.

Paul Mildren battled hard but with no run support and some sloppy defence we ended up going down 7-1

Hits- Roeger (double), Brebner-Russ, Frogley, Macbeth & Passmore 1 each.

Game 2 Smokey was fantastic and again lethargic fielding combined with aggressive base running saw Golden Grove score 2 runs in the first 3 frames from unlikely positions and a couple of cheap hits.

Again our bats could not touch their import only collecting 3 hits.

Golden Grove scored 6 in the last 2 from a homerun and 4 unearned with 2 out a very disappointing day going down 8-0.

Hits- Holmes, Fox & Frogley

We have 3 games left to gain some respect back.

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle) Sponsored by: Pyper Leaker& Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd

GGCD 7 d Sturt 3

Early start at GGCD got the boys up early. We competed the best we could against a very tight GGCD outfit. Their D was so tight we couldn't find the gaps and all the boys hit well but didn't get the rewards due to some great fielding display from GGCD. Youngy was the star today picking up two hits. His first shot hit the homerun fence on the full picking up a double and then his next at bat he went one better putting it over the fence HOMERUN. Youngy also caught a great game always showing positive body language even when things got tough. Jordan and Matt both picked up a hit, hitting the ball hard. Special mention to Mitch Lightbody who had his first start for the B grade, he was solid at SS making some great plays. Mitch came up with a great shot over left fields head to score two RBI's and register a double, well done mate. Once again we show we have talent on its way and Sturt have many young A graders on their way all they need is time. Pete Turner relieved and pitched 3.5 digs proving that throwing strikes is the key. Thanks Pete who also caught for the 3's the day before.

Unfortunately I write this report from my very small room in Moomba and will not be in Adelaide for the last game. Boys work hard till the end, I hope your last game is a enjoyable one and we finish on a win. In the end we only really missed out on finals by a few wins and we all know we lost a couple of games we had control off early but let it go late in the game. Next year we will be bigger and more experienced. Thanks for letting me coach you guys I enjoyed the season and experience.

GO Saints

Division 3 (Coach: Stan Warrilow) Sponsored by: Hattam McCarthy Reeves

Result 13-3 loss

Today we just couldn't find the form we have been playing with for the last month.

Matt pitched OK but the Indians hit the ball to all parts of the field and there was no stopping them.

We were down 6 runs after the first dig, but we scored 2 runs in the 2nd and started to get back in the game. The Indians scored another run in the 2nd and we didn't trouble the scorers in the top of the 3rd.

The Indians broke the game open with another 6 run innings to put the result beyond doubt.

We picked up another run in the top of the 4th thanks to a Dale Martens double.

The game was over early as the 10 run rule was enforced after 100 minutes.

Big Max picked up 2 hits and Damon Arnold took a great catch at 2nd base in the last innings.

Thanks again to Heather for scoring and Kingsley for helping out on the bench.

Also thanks to Tyson Hancock and Damon Arnold for doubling up from Div.4

Let's finish of the season with a good performance against Glenelg next week.

Hits Guehrer 2, Martens, Warrilow, Hancock, Tindall 1

Division 4 (Coach: Darren French) Sponsored by: Wendy's Burnside

Goodwood 9 d Sturt 8

Division 6 (Coach: Wallace Long) Sponsored by: C2M Health

East Torrens 12, Sturt 1

Saturday we travelled to East Torrens, to take on the division front runners.

Rat, pitched the whole game to Doc on a very warm day. They did a good job against a big hitting side.

We fell short of our target only managing five hits. They hit well, especially with men on base.

Again thanks to the supporters and Jo for scoring.

Hits: Day, Trembath, Long, Burns, Hocking

Woodville next Saturday for our last game of the season. We're hoping to get as many father/son combinations on the diamond as possible.

Division 8 (Coach: Phil Martin) Sponsored by: MichelsWarrenPublicRelations

Sturt 9 d Reds 8

Sturt 9 Reds 8 at Sturt On a hot, muggy day at Norman Reserve, we managed to beat the Reds by the narrowest of margins - but we had to come from behind to do it.

With the heat a major factor, protecting our pitchers was our main focus and our three hurlers - Jayke 'Bruce' Wayne, Jess 'Lemo' Lemon and Jordan 'The Splendid Splinter' Wayne - did a great job all day with 11 strike outs between them to Justin 'JR' Ranford behind the plate.

However, the Reds managed to out-hit us in the early going, racing to a 5-0 lead. We let their pitcher get ahead in the count too often and a few of us were caught looking at strike three. However, once we got aggressive the runs started to come.

Kingsley 'Ow My Knee' Turner went 4 from 4 - the big man's pleas for a courtesy runner fell on deaf ears - while Ben 'Roger' Moore brought Phil 'Philthy' Martin home twice from second for a couple of crucial runs. Ditmar 'Galloping' Guehrer and Andrew 'AJ' Johnston (back from training with the Detroit Tigers in Florida) also both came up big late in the game.

The Reds never stopped swinging, loading the bases a couple of times but both Lemo and the Splinter ended the threats with some fantastic strike-'em-out pitching to leave them scoreless. In the end, it was a 9-8 squeaker and a great, gritty effort to run down a determined opposition.

Special thanks to Jules 'Kiwi' Potiki and Rich 'Elvis' Carter who took turns base-umpiring for Jimmy Davidson, while Heather was as patient as ever in the scorers' hut. It was also great to see some of the Div 6 lads come back to the club to give us some support despite us being the only home game of the day.

We're now 11-4 on the season; next week we're at home again against the Rams in our final warm-up for the finals.

Hits: Turner 4 (1 RBI), Jordan Wayne 2 (1), Martin 1, Moore 1 (2), Guehrer 1 (1), Johnston (1), Potiki (1)

Pitching: Jayke 49 pitches (3 Ks), Lemo 48 (4), Jordan 23 (4)

For all results and tables go towww.baseballsa.com.au or visit the Sturt Website at Sturt Web Site

..:: message posted on Monday the 18th of February, 2013 22:27:52 ::..

Junior Hot Weather Policy for Sunday

A reminder that all junior baseball (Little League, U15, U17, U19) will be cancelled if the forecast temperature at 7am on Sunday morning is predicted to be 37 degrees or above as broadcast on Radio (AM or FM) or as per the Australian Bureau of Meteorology Adelaide Forecast.

..:: message posted on Saturday the 16th of February, 2013 16:31:08 ::..

Newsletter 11/02/13

The final consultation session in regard to the future use of Norman Reserve will be held on Wednesday 13 th February 2013 at the City of Mitcham Civic Centre 131 Belair Road, Torrens Park, commencing at 6 pm! I know that this has been a long protracted process, but as this is the final night of consultation I would urge club members to turn out in force wearing their true colours to really give the Council a clear message that we care about our ground and want to continue to play there! if you have not yet completed the online survey the now is the time to complete it!! Please refer to my previous advice on how to complete the survey!

We have had great media coverage since the start of the consultation process, last week's Messenger featured the Young family talking about what it meant to play baseball at Norman Reserve as a family, and this week Mark Hutton is featured talking about the club as a current pitching coach and former New York Yankee!

Chris Lawson from the Direct Mail Centre has been very generous in his support of our club, printing the Fact Sheets which have again today been distributed to over 700 residents in close proximity to our ground. Thanks Chris for your support and welcome aboard as a Bronze Sponsor of our club.

Please do all you can to support our generous sponsors!

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

Sponsors

The Sturt Baseball Club thanks all of our sponsors for their generous support.

As club members please use our sponsors whenever possible and let them know you are from Sturt! Go to our Sponsors webpage for all the details about our sponsors.

If you would like to become a sponsor please contact Tony Catt. on 0412 244 327 .

Major Club Sponsors:
Catapult Wealth  Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd   Last& Co Lawyers  Easton  Brooks
Silver Sponsors:
Bendigo Bank Freshwater Systems National Tool Distributors  Wendy's Burnside   Smith Motor Company  PPI Promotion and Apparel   Hattam McCarthy Reeves

Bronze Sponsors:
Direct Mail Centre

Aussie Tee Ball Sponsor: Windsor Meats

Division 1 (Coach: Peter Kitchingman) Sponsored by: Catapult Wealth & Bendigo Bank

Goodwood 6 d Sturt 0

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle) Sponsored by: Pyper Leaker& Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd

Goodwood 5 d Sturt 4

Division 3 (Coach: Stan Warrilow) Sponsored by: Hattam McCarthy Reeves

Henley & Grange 6, Sturt 6

We came to play, scoring 2 runs in the first innings thanks to 3 back to back doubles and rattled the Henley boys.

Josh Tindall took to the mound and kept the big Henley bats under control only giving up 3 runs in 5.1 innings.

Josh's pitching performance was simply outstanding, well-done mate.

We scored 3 more runs in the 3rd innings thanks to some more power hitting from our top order.

We managed another run in the 4th innings and were looking great at 6-3 up against the top side.

Unfortunately Josh had reached his 100 pitch limit and had to replaced by yours truly, and the Henley boys rallied.

We didn't trouble the scorers in the last 3 innings and managed to hold onto a 6 all draw.

The last innings was very tense and to our credit we fought it out and didn't drop our concentration.

Special thanks to Damon Arnold for starting the game due to Brodie being geographically embarrassed and arriving a little late (but still managing 2 hits) and the wonderful Heather Turner for scoring.

Todays game was excellent, we fielded well, we hit well and we had fun.

Let's get out to training, keep working hard and give the Indians a run for their money next week.

Hits - Turner, Warrilow 3, Martens, Syrus 2, Duffield, Lightbody, Fahy 1

Division 4 (Coach: Darren French) Sponsored by: Wendy's Burnside

Henley & Grange 14 d Sturt 5

Even though in the end we lost by nine, we returned to having many positives and highlights throughout the game! We were more than competitive in the first half! Matt Saint pitched another good game for us, even though they got a few hits as they normally do! He persisted well!

Fame finished off giving up four runs, all unearned! Young Damon Arnold came up with a great double play to wrap up the innings, and Tyson Ottaway picked up his first Senior Hit, well done!

But I cant go past Big Benny (the Brut) Schutz's two run home run over the left field fence, awesome mate, who said Cricketers can't play Baseball!

Special thanks to Josh Clifford who came to help us out, and Jack Fahy who doubled up!

This week we play Goodwood, one of the last two games for the season, and really is our best opportunity to chalk up a win! So Its like a final guys we need to put some more space between us and GGCD!

HITS: B,Schutz (HR) T,Ottaway, D,French 1.

Division 6 (Coach: Wallace Long) Sponsored by: C2M Health

Sturt 3 d West Torrens 2

On Saturday at Lockleys, West Torrens took on Dave Nicholas. In an amazing display over seven innings Dave struck out 17 batters!

With the rest of us 'making up the numbers' we secured a much needed 3-2 win.

A pre-match pep talk aimed at inspiring the team to get more hits than our post-break average of 6, resulted in us getting six hits.

Dave had the opposition mesmerised! Even with two outs and runners on Dave just struck 'em out. Watched by our largest crowd of the season Dave's performance will be remembered by all who were there. Doc (Glenn Young) did a fine job catching. Dave had the ball moving both ways and often had batters pulling away only to see the ball cut back over the plate.

The other West Torrens four outs: good pick up by Bones 6-3 and good stretch by Trent (Small); picking up where he left off last week a good catch by Pop (Mark Burns) at second; Dave Nicholas 1-3 and Doc's 2-3 to end the game.

RBIs to Rat (Rick Trembath) and Doc, Bones (Glenn McDonald) batted well to work two BBs.

Thanks to Carol for scoring.

As a few niggling injuries start impacting on the older players we are looking to hold it together and see if we can achieve two more things this season: at least one more win and a game with more than 6 hits.

D Nicholas: 7 innings, 6 hits, 17 Ks, 1 BB, 40 balls, 72 strikes

Hits: Trembath (single & double), Burns, Lee, Long, Young

Division 8 (Coach: Phil Martin) Sponsored by: MichelsWarrenPublicRelations

Bye

Under 17/1 (Coach: Tom Winter) Sponsored by: Felt Fabricating

The team consists of the following players: Tyson Hancock, Max Guerher, Tyler Duchene, Mitchell Lightbody, Jordan McArdle, Fraser Crameri, Charlie Goldsworthy, William Hill, Daniel Ortiz, Josh Tindall, Tom Bartley, Dylan Ridding, and Shaun Wright.

Game 16 - Sturt 15 defeated Port Adelaide 4

Safe hits as follows: Goldsworthy 3, Guehrer 2, McArdle 2, Ortiz 2, Lightbody 2, Hancock 1, Duchene 1, Hill 1, Wright 1.

Our game today took us to the redeveloped ground of Port Adelaide. The ground was in magnificent condition with an all couch infield made it great to play on. We started the game well scoring four runs in the first three innings to be level with the opposition who also scored 4. Our bats then lit up and we recorded 12 hits in the next 2 innings and scored 11 runs. We then held the opposition scoreless to take the game 15 - 4. A good effort today by all of the team.

A solid outing from Mitchell Lightbody who threw a solid three innings giving up only two hits. Tyson Hancock then came in to relieve for the last two innings and did an excellent job giving up only one hit. Charlie Goldsworthy who excelled with the bat recording three hits and started the day with a lead off double. A number of players recorded two hits for the day and we also had an in the park home run from Jordan McArdle with a great hit to the fence.

It was good to see a turnaround from last week were you remained focused for the whole game today.

We have now secured 4th spot on the table so lets work on those little things over the next few weeks to make us ready for the finals.

Go Saints

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jeff Nicholas) Sponsored by: Freshwater Systems

Sturt defeated West Torrens 13-5 at Lockleys. A few errors put the pressure on the field but Stuart and Damo pitched well holding the Eagles to 4 hits. Jack Bennetts got play of the day with a spectacular 9-3. We were sound offensively picking up 13 hits but still have work to do to get into finals mode.

Hits; Brennan 3, Adkins, Bartlett, Ottaway 2, Arnold, Evreniadis, Peters, Wood

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Chris Small) Sponsored by: Last& Co Lawyers

Bye

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach:John McClure)  Sponsored by: Premier Trailers

Adelaide 4 3 3 5 0 15
Sturt 0 1 3 2 1 7

Probably our best second half of a game for the season, one in which we managed to hang in and prevent a blowout that was looking ominous early when at the top of the third we trailed 10-1. Adelaide's number one side are a better hitting team than us and probably pitch a little deeper than we do as well. To the lads credit I thought they didn't give up and finished well to "win" the last dig.

The pitching was shared between Kye Sellick, Jordan Abfalter and Josh Wilson. The strikes were over 50% and we only gave up 4 walks. The boys threw in the zone and Adelaide had a crack which made for an entertaining game. The defence or fielding was generally good, the errors were minimal and it was Adelaide's good hitting that gave them the edge. The highlight in the field was Kye's running catch at deep centrefield to deny the Adelaide batter his 5th hit from 5 at bats. Kye took a beauty and brought the crowd to their feet. His Grandfather said there was never any doubt when he went for the catch. We tried 3 catchers, 3 pitchers and swung the field around to try and give everyone a go.


The batting showed improvements but it's still frustrating watching head high balls been swung at, batters on 3 balls swinging at high/low pitches, runners on base not looking up or not touching first base in the run through. It's the little things that come with experience that we really lack. On a positive note there were some very pleasing returns to form. Jordan made a welcome entry into the scorebook going 2 for 3 plus a walk for his 4 visits to the box. Troy Hocking with his "new" stance went 2 for 2 and Mitch Foley went 2 for 2 plus a walk for his three visits. Great to see these blokes getting amongst it. Josh Wilson continued his good form getting a safe hit with his only at bat. Mr Reliable with the bat Aussie McClure continued his stellar batting season going 3 from 4. The hits were 19-10 and that in the end was really the difference.

Today the boys also saw just how important the outfield is. Catches win matches and we didn't take all our chances. We're getting there as Louis and Kye showed what they are capable of. If we are to threaten in March the team needs to lift in the batting stakes and support Aussie and Josh who are our only consistent week in week out contributors with the bat.

Little League 1-Saints (Coach: Jamie Knuckey) Sponsored by: The Courthouse Normanville

Sturt Saints 11 - Kensington 1 at Kensington

Against one of the better teams in the competition, and a few weeks out from finals, the boys put together their best performance for the year.

From the opening at bat there was intensity and focus.

Everybody contributed in what was an impressive team performance.

A special mention to the pitchers giving up 1 hit for the day - Ky (72 pitches, 41 strikes, 9 Ks thru 4 innings), Tom O (34 pitches, 19 strikes, 4 Ks thru 2 innings). Great work behind the plate from Reed.

Everyone was alert, backing up, and contributing when needed in the field.

Batting was aggressive again today with 11 hits (back to the pre Xmas break attitude in the box) coupled with some clever base running - well done all the boys.

Hits - Harry 4 (3 doubles), Reed 2 (2 doubles), Hugo 2 (2 doubles), Samuel, Tom O, Robbie, Tom E - all 1. Ky 1 HR.

Great effort today. The intensity is what we want to see over the next few weeks as push forward.

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Tony Catt) Sponsored by: Watts Agencies & Brooks

Sturt 5 lost to Goodwood 8

In another great step forward for the group we battled it out with the top of the table Indians. After a couple of strong innings we were ahead 4-2 and things looked great.

Jack Hutton and Tom Fisher had pitched well and our fielding had been great - including an unbelievable catch from Brady at left field.

Unfortunately we gave up a grand slam homerun which proved to be the difference in the end. The kids played well all day.

We have now played the 3 top teams twice this season and the second time through it has been clear how much better we are.

We simply just need more at bats, more throwing and more fielding and we will be unstoppable!!!

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Brett Schenk) Sponsored by: Tony Colyer Pty Ltd

Little League 2-Saints 10 defeated Glenelg Black 8

We played Glenelg at sturt for only the third time this season. They were a good team and came ready to match us. However the boys were awake this week and really fired up. We were on base a lot and scored the maximum 5 in the 1st and third innings. In the others we has plently on base but struck out at key moments. What I enjoyed this week was the boys hitting. Improvement has been shown here. Several great outfield hits to Axel, Kurt, James, Josh and Calumn. In the pitching department all 4 boys pitched well Max, Kurt, James and Josh but Max highlighted up first with a very strong and consistent effort. In the field there was not a lot of play but a couple of simple errors at home and first let in a couple of runs to Glenelg that we should have stopped. Overall a good team performance. Hi lights for me was Max’s pitching, Axel performed catcher again well, Calumns batting.

They boys showed a more cohesive effort and sang the winners song with vigour. Final score 10;8.

Thanks to the parents for support and Dale for umpiring. Two more games to go. Andrew and Laura to run the show next week as the Schenk’s will be away.

For all results and tables go towww.baseballsa.com.au or visit the Sturt Website at Sturt Web Site

..:: message posted on Monday the 11th of February, 2013 23:49:27 ::..

Newsletter 04/02/13

Thanks to those of you who have already completed the Mitcham Council survey. Please refer to my previous advice on how to complete! It only takes a few minutes and I would ask those who have not completed the survey to do so as soon as possible! Please do not delay as the consultation window is fairly limited and we all know how quickly time flies!

There is another community consultation session on Norman Reserve, which will be held at the Mitcham Council Chambers on Wednesday 13 February 2013 commencing at 6 pm, City of Mitcham Civic Centre,131 Belair Road, Torrens Park.

We also have printed copies of the Fact Sheet which are available if you would like to distribute them in your business or to your neighbours. Please email me if you need some copies.

As it turns out we have also been made aware of a consultation on the use of Unley Oval being conducted by the Unley Council. The Unley Oval would be of great strategic benefit to our club if we were able to gain use of it! Given the number of junior teams we have the Unley Oval would be the perfect venue for our club to have as either a primary ground or the perfect compliment to the Norman Reserve. I have registered our interest with the Unley Council in being considered for using the Unley Oval. I would strongly encourage you as a member of the community to also express a view that this would be a great ground for the Sturt Baseball Club to use! You need to register to complete the survey, but all details are available on the Unley Council website.

The 2nd round of the All Stars Carnival was held on Sunday at Norman Reserve. The competition is strong and taken very seriously, teams competing are Kensington, West Torrens, Southern Districts and Sturt.

The Sturt team started off a little rusty in the field for the first game and were beaten by a very strong West Torrens Team. Angus Catt, Jack Hutton and Lachie Seekamp played well . The second game was against Southern Districts. We played better however we still couldn't grab the win. Callum Fryer played a great game hit the ball well and held down the position of catcher very well. Angus Catt was terrific at First Base, Jack Hutton played well at 3rd base well and Maegan Catt saw plenty of the ball at left field.

The final game was against Kensington and we were determined to break our drought and pick up a win. Callum Fryer, Archie Richardson and Lachie Seekamp were great with the bat, James Rycroft performed well at short stop and Harry Chaplin was good at the pitching position. We game into our last bat being 4 runs down but sadly we were three up and three down.

Thanks to all the supporters, ours and the opposition clubs. There would have been about 100 people at the club yesterday and all seemed to thoroughly enjoy the day. The tee-ballers felt very privileged to be able to play on the main diamond.

Thanks to the All Stars sponsor, Endeavour Homes. Huge thanks to Trent Small for umpiring and packing up, a few more of him wouldn't go astray! Thanks also to Tony for umpiring.

Work Opportunities

There are currently a number of opportunities available that may suit some of our players:

Jackie Kerr who is the 8-12 Girls Sport Coordinator at Mercedes College is looking for anyone that would be interested in coaching Softball. We have 3 teams - Year 8/9 team playing C grade, Yr 9/10 team playing B grade and a Year 11/12 team playing A grade.

Training is usually on a Wednesday night after school 3.45-4.45 but training can be taken on any night. The games are Saturday mornings with the A & C grades playing at 8.15 and the B grade at 9.30. Games are played at a variety of College venues (Mercedes, St Peters Girls, Pulteney, St Michaels) as well as Softball Headquarters West Beach.

The commitment is approximately 2 ˝ hours per week. The first game is this week Saturday 9 February and the last game for this term will be Saturday 23 March. We are also starting training on Wednesday this week. The competition then concludes in Term 4 which runs for about 5 weeks.

There is remuneration offered for this which is dependent upon experience and qualifications. For example a student who has just completed their Year 12 in 2012 and has no coaching qualifications would be paid $18 per hour. However an experienced coach without qualifications would be paid about $25 per hour.

If you are interested call Jackie on 0427 978 386 or email her.

Nicole Chaplin requires a softball umpire for Glen Osmond Primary School. The dates for first term are:

6 Rounds - 16/2, 23/2, 2/3, 16/3, 23/3, 6/4

and then they return in Term 4 for the remainder of the season. We pay $20 per game and games are at 8.30am and 9.45am pending whether we have one or two teams playing at home on each of these dates.

The rules are slightly modified for the Yr3/4 and Yr 5 team so I can go through that with them. Y6/7 is pretty much full rules.

The draw won't come out until the week beginning 11 Feb as schools are still working out teams.

Please contact Nicole either via email or phone on: 0402 470 065.

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

Sponsors

The Sturt Baseball Club thanks all of our sponsors for their generous support.

As club members please use our sponsors whenever possible and let them know you are from Sturt! Go to our Sponsors webpage for all the details about our sponsors.

If you would like to become a sponsor please contact Tony Catt. on 0412 244 327 .

Major Club Sponsors:
Catapult Wealth  Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd   Last& Co Lawyers  Easton  Brooks
Silver Sponsors:
Bendigo Bank Freshwater Systems National Tool Distributors  Wendy's Burnside   Smith Motor Company  PPI Promotion and Apparel   Hattam McCarthy Reeves

Aussie Tee Ball Sponsor: Windsor Meats

Division 1 (Coach: Peter Kitchingman) Sponsored by: Catapult Wealth & Bendigo Bank

Adelaide 14 d Sturt 7

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle) Sponsored by: Pyper Leaker& Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd

Sturt 12 d Adelaide 0

Division 3 (Coach: Stan Warrilow) Sponsored by: Hattam McCarthy Reeves

Kensington 11 d Sturt 0

Division 4 (Coach: Darren French) Sponsored by: Wendy's Burnside

Kensington 11 d Sturt 4

Division 6 (Coach: Wallace Long) Sponsored by: C2M Health

Adelaide 18 d Sturt 1

First innings against Adelaide and Daisy (Chris Day) led off with a well-earned walk. With two out Rat (Rick Trembath) hit safely to centre. We left two on with no runs in.

Rat started on the mound, pitching to Doc (Glenn Young). Adelaide came out hitting. We did see the first of Pop (Mark Burns) four great catches at second base. With well-placed hits Adelaide ran in seven runs.

We held them well in three of the next five innings. Strong hitting, aggressive base running and whilst our defence wasn't too bad they mainly hit the gaps and showed us why they're coming second on the ladder. Adelaide added another eleven runs. Adelaide 18, Sturt 1.

We again were unable to get bat on ball and could only manage four hits for the game.

Thanks to Elvis (Richard Carter) who played well at first and pitched the last innings and Hocko (David Hocking) who played well at left and was unlucky not to get a single.

Thanks also to Jo for scoring and our supporters on the day; Smally, Jenny, Carol and Ron.

Highlights: Rat's pitching and Doc's catching, Daisy's big double to left field, Pop's four catches at second (three running backwards), good defence by Daisy at third, Bones (Glenn McDonald) and Sleepy (Mark Williams) combining for a good put out at second and a great catch by Hocko in left field.

Hits: Day (double), Trembath (2), McDonald

Division 8 (Coach: Phil Martin) Sponsored by: MichelsWarrenPublicRelations

Glenelg 19 d Sturt 7

Glenelg are undefeated on the season, and we know why - they're experienced, they hit hard and they don't make mistakes. But we reckon that - on our day - we can go with them.

Unfortunately Saturday wasn't our day. As we did when we played them at their place (where we led 7-4 before being run down) we matched the Tigers run for run in the early going, putting on four in the first and two in the second to keep things locked away at 6-6.

However, then the Glenelg bats started to take their toll and our fielding lost its edge with some uncharacteristically sloppy play and, with the game out of reach, we decided not to show them all our tricks this close to the finals.

With no AJ or JR available, it was up to coach Phil 'Philthy' Martin to make his debut as catcher to Jordan 'The Splendid Splinter' Wayne and brother Jayke 'Bruce' Wayne who both threw hard all day. The infield of Ben 'Roger' Moore, Josh 'Cliffy' Clifford, Kingsley 'Torn Cartilage' Turner and Jess 'Lemo' Lemon were kept busy as was the outfield of Ditmar 'Galloping' Guehrer, the Wayne brothers and Jules 'Kiwi' Potiki.

The Waynes had the day's best highlights; both pitched well, Bruce brought in 3 RBIs while the Human Hairpin took possibly the catch of the season diving and rolling in centre. Rog almost hit one out (foul) while the Galloping one had another good day at the play with a couple of stinging drives up the middle.

After five wins on the trot, this was the loss we needed (they always say that, don't they...) and we've now got the bye to freshen up before the run home to the finals.

Thanks to Heather for scoring and Steve Wayne who was very fair on his boys as umpire, even ringing up the Human Hairpin for a called third strike in the last (and it was fat, Jord - even the old man knew it!).

Hits: Lemon 2, Potiki 1 (1 RBI), Moore 1, Turner (1), Clifford 2 (1), Jayke Wayne 1 (3), Guehrer 2

Under 17/1 (Coach: Tom Winter) Sponsored by: Felt Fabricating

Sturt 10 were defeated by Woodville 11

The team consists of the following players: Tyson Hancock, Max Guerher, Tyler Duchene, Mitchell Lightbody, Jordan McArdle, Fraser Crameri, Charlie Goldsworthy, William Hill, Daniel Ortiz, Josh Tindall, Tom Bartley, Dylan Ridding, and Shaun Wright.

Safe hits as follows: , Lightbody 2, Hancock 2, Duchene 1, Goldsworthy 1, Guehrer 1, Hill 1, Ortiz 1, Bartley 1.

Our game today took us to Woodville with conditions being perfect. We started the game well scoring three runs in the first two innings to the opposition who scored four. Then our bats went to sleep for a couple innings whilst the opposition scored 5. In the last innings our bats woke up and we rallied to score 7 runs. We could hold the opposition who scored two more runs to take the game. A good comeback guys after Woodville scored five runs in the fourth to extend their lead.

A solid outing from Charlie Goldsworthy who threw a solid three innings giving up only three hits. Our pitchers need to work on throwing more strikes so the field can back you up as we gave up 11 walks. A good day was had by Mitchell Lightbody behind the plate and hosed four runners and all were solid in the field.

A great effort by the players today but we need to remain focused for the whole two hours as a lapse in concentration cost us today.

Lets put this game behind us and put our focus on Wednesday nights twilight against Southern Districts.

Go Saints

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jeff Nicholas) Sponsored by: Freshwater Systems

U15/1 - Sturt 15 d East Torrens 4

Sturt found some form after a slow start to defeat East Torrens 15-4 at Flinders. After giving up 4 runs on 4 hits in the first, Brodie notched up another sound performance (5inn, 6 h, 8ks, 3bb)

Stuart Brennan led the offence with 2 hits and in his first u15 game, Ky Hampton picked up a nice line drive to centre.

Only 4 games to go in the minor round, we have a tougher test with 3rd placed West Torrens next week at Lockleys.

Hits; Brennan 2 Evreniadis, Bartlett, Wood, Ottaway, Hampton

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Chris Small) Sponsored by: Last& Co Lawyers

West Torrens 15 d U15/2 - Sturt 3

The time for a loss had to come and at the hands of a team that played better baseball. It seems likely that we will meet West Torrens in the finals and this was a taste of what is required to win at that level. Both offensively and defensively WT had the better of the stats and that was born out with a 15-3 final result. There were many positives to take out of the game - we probably can pitch better (strike ratio's for the day well under 50%), we have greater depth in our pitching squad and we were no were near at our best in the field. It is however under this sort of pressure that we need to do the basics, field the ball before we try to throw it, know where the play is, back up and TALK. Batting was an improvement on last week and we will concentrate on facing some faster pitching in batting practice over the next few weeks. Overall the team played well but not at their best. Riley the best with the bat at two from two, Brandon was solid at first base, Tyrese showed some great persistence on the mound in the face of aggressive batting and Cam very solid behind the plate and showing his good sportsmanship when a catchers interference went unnoticed by the umpire. Lets look for some good wins on the run into the finals.

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach:John McClure)  Sponsored by: Premier Trailers

Sturt 5 lost to Saints 9

A warm sunny afternoon at beautiful Norman Reserve greeted the team as they ran on to the field to take on the might of the Evil Empire in the keenly awaited derby rematch. A big crowd was there to witness a what they hoped would be a titanic struggle and the lads didn't disappoint. With the match going the full 6 innings and 110 minutes the Saints prevailed over Sturt 9-5

At the end of the first we led 2-1 with the star of the innings being Josh Wilson with a line drive single to right and a deep catch at centrefield. Defensively we kept the Saints to a single hit and just one run. Both pitchers kept a lid on the batters and a tight scoreless innings was the result and the score remained at 2-1. The third saw Saints get 3 hits and two runs. We managed to reply with two runs with the hits coming from Austin McClure and Louis Gava. Score 4-3 The fourth ended and we trailed by just the one run. A couple of walks and a couple of very timely hits saw the Saints get two home. We went 3 up and three down to lose the momentum. Trail 4-6. Top of the fifth special guest Harrison Knuckey mows down 3 of his teams mates with a 10 ball innings, still 4-6. We bat, two down, one on base and Harry hits a single RBI to drive in the run. Trail 5-6. Saints got the final 3 in the last stanza and we were unable to reply and went down 9-5.

An entertaining game that went down to the wire with a win to the team that batted that little bit deeper. Our team continued on the good form from last week and there was much to be pleased about. We have been able to contain the opposition batting but we are still not as a team exerting the necessary scoreboard pressure that the better teams do. Difference between winning and losing is small and the lads are not far away. The usual lament of not enough hits. 9 to 4 and walks 5 to 8 although its pleasing to say that's better than it has been, Single hits to Josh, Aussie, Harry and Louis. The pitching was good all three lads threw 50% or better, errors were few and far between. Hopefully we'll continue to improve and a few boys who are having a bit of second half slump will click into gear with the bat. Good test against Adelaide next week.

Little League 1-Saints (Coach: Jamie Knuckey) Sponsored by: The Courthouse Normanville

Sturt 5 lost to Saints 9

For the second time this year the Knuckey Knights crossed swords with McClure's Marauders.

With the 'Knights' releasing Ky Hampton to the 15/1s the goodwill was overflowing as Harry Knuckey suddenly appeared on the opposition team sheet.

Sam Stewart joined big brother Reed on the 'Knights' and when Andrew Brennan was still a little sore during warm up after returning from his elbow fracture we were down to 9.

The game started well with the Samuel on base with a lead off walk, then moved around to 3rd after a line drive to 3rd by Reed and some smart base running.

1 run scored on a ground ball from Tom O saw us on the score board early. A couple of good at bats from Robbie and Tom O absorbed a number of pitches from Aussie who started well for the challengers.

Hugo lead us away and took a little while to blow away some cobwebs. A couple of walks early saw bases loaded, then 2 scored on a walk and a HBP before 2 K's closed out the innings.

Our second dig was short with Elliot on after a walk and a good at bat, before a couple of strike outs closed the innings and out us back in the field.

Hugo fired up and went 3 up - 3 down with 2 Ks.

Top 3 - Samuel on with a walk before a single to Tom O, double to Hugo, and single to Elliot scored Samuel and Tom.

Hugo continued and a walk and 2 hits scored 2 against before he again fought back with 2 Ks and a IFF to Tom O.

Top 4 - Sam S walked after absorbing 6 pitches to eventually wear one in the helmet. Well done Sam. With walks to Samuel, Robbie, Tom O and hits to Reed (double), and Elliot we scored 3 for a 6-4 lead.

Bottom 4 Tom O took over on the mound and retired 3 in 12 pitches (all Ks).

Sturt returned fire as Harry Knuckey (one of the Knights regulars) stepped up to the mound against his usual teammates. 3 up- 3 down with 2 Ks and a 1-3 infield play by Knuckey junior.

Tom continued and after walking Aussie a hit to Harry scored 1 bookended by 3 more Ks - game score 6-5.

Top 6 and the boys needed score board pressure to finish the game. Reed lead us away and was walked. Hits to Tom O, Hugo, Elliot, and a sac fly to centre by Tom E - 3 scored.

Robbie stepped on to the mound with the game on the line. Some good infield plays by Tom E and Sam S before Robbie finished it with a 1-3 saw side away and game over.

Again the boys responded under pressure to score runs when they needed and close the game out with solid fielding effort.

We swung the bat wildly at times today, and also had some at bats where we watched 3 strikes go by.

The pitching quality we faced today is what we need to expect come finals so we have some work to do to return to the aggressive batting which was our strength before the Xmas break.

Overall - a good effort today. Plenty of work to do.

Hits - Elliot 3, Reed 2, Tom O 2, Hugo 2

Walks - Samuel 3, Reed, Robbie, Tom O, Elliot, and Sam S - all 1

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Tony Catt) Sponsored by: Watts Agencies & Brooks

Sturt 3 lost to West Torrens 7

This was a good test for our youngsters playing against an experienced Eagles team.

The team was fantastic all day with the pitching and defence a real highlight. We played 5 innings of good quality baseball.

Our hitting let us down a bit but this is an area of the game which seems to get better with age. More practice and seeing more live pitching will fix this over the next 12 months.

Well done to Hugo Ellery for having his first go at pitching. Well done mate.

Improvement and development were always the key focus this season and we have already ticked those boxes with 3 games to go. Lets finish strong!

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Brett Schenk) Sponsored by: Tony Colyer Pty Ltd

Little League 2-Saints 15 Glenelg 12. On Sunday we took on a large Glenelg side (13) who have tested us throughout the game. We batted first with safe hits to Finn, Josh V Kurt and Axel. Good base running helped us score the maximum five. Max pitched first and was really determined. He pitched well and had them 2 out for no score. Then the game fell away with some errors in the field and some close umpiring decisions not going our way. We let them back in to score 5 but Maxs efforts were strong as he pitched 56 pitches. In our second bat we again scored 5 taking advantage of some balls prime for hitting. Hits to Josh R, Finn, Josh V and Kurt. Runs scored by Finn, Josh V, Kurt, Rhys and Hammish. In their second innings time was getting the better of the game and they again scored 5. Finn pitched consistently with stats 27 balls, 13 strikes. Third time at bat and we needed to consolidate our chance for a well deserved hard fought win. Hits to Josh V and Calum helped move us along and sensible ball selection and good base running saw Josh R, Max, Rhys, Hamish and Calum score. We now had 15 and new Glenelgs last innings was to be a watershed. We had to hold them to less than 5. Josh Vidale took the plate and pitched sensibly with good support in the field. All the team rose to restrict Glenelg to 2 runs. Joshs stats 10 balls 14 strikes. Game highlights included several hits by Calum. Stong hitting in all innings by Josh V. Strong catching by Kurt. Rhys taking a hit(in the side) for the team. Thanks to Laura and Andrew for taking on a variety of roles to get the job done. Thanks for the parents.

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