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Newsletter 17/12/12

Congratulations to our intrepid photographer, Jeff (Snorky) Nicholas, who has won the Baseball SA Best Image of the Month!. Jeff does a great job with the photos and it is great to see his efforts rewarded.

It is hard to believe Christmas is almost upon us. The Sturt Baseball Club Christmas function will be held this coming Sunday 23 December immediately following the conclusion of the Division 1 game Sturt v Northern Districts. This is a function for all the family with Father Christmas in attendance, a BBQ and the bar open till late.

Congratulations to our players who have achieved state selection:

Under 14

Damon Arnold
Kieran Bartlett

Under 16

Tyson Hancock
Jordan McArdle
Charlie Goldsworthy
Mitchell Lightbody
Dylan Ridding (MtG)
Edward Trupp (MtG)

Under 18

Matt Franke
Shaun Wright

Each of the Sturt players who have made the team will receive a cheque to assist their expenses for the state trip at a presentation at the Christmas function.

Further to my Update on Norman Reserve Lease, I would like to reiterate the support of Sturt Baseball Club for the Bulls Baseball Club. As you know we have had a long association with the Bulls with many of our members playing for both clubs. The Sturt Baseball Club is fully supportive of the Bulls continuing to play winter baseball at Norman Reserve. The final decision rests with Mitcham Council. Please show our Club's support for the Bulls by attending the Council Meeting on Tuesday 18 December 2012 at 7.00 pm.

Burke Weber has been appointed as the Head Coach of the Southern Adelaide All-Star Little League Team

Congratulations to Kris McArdle who has been appointed as Assistant Coach and Bob Baker as the Pitching Coach.

The coaching staff would like to commence the trails ASAP - due to the short notice, if potential participants are unable to make the sessions, there will be further trails in the new year.

Tryout Details
West Torrens Baseball Club
Monday 17th December - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Thursday 20th December - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Sunday 23rd December - 9:00am to 11:30am

Players must be born between 1st May 2000 and 30th April 2002

The Annual Goodwill Series will be held at the Woodville Baseball Club - Saturday 22 to Thursday 27 Dec 2012.

We are still seeking a home for 4 of our US visitors. The players are 17 and 18 years of age.

The US players are part of 2 US Baseball teams who will be playing against our Youth State Teams.

Please contact Paul Chandler on 0421 133 103 if you are able to assist/ or require more information.

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!


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


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


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

GGCD 14 d Sturt 4

A great day for baseball, just a pity we didn't quite have our A game this week.

We hit the ball pretty good with 10 hits and 4 runs, the Dodgers had 11 hits and 14 runs!

The difference was we gave them 8 walks, 2 HPB and 3 errors!

Well done to Dillon Ridding and Edward Trupp for making their senior debuts for the Sturt baseball club by travelling up from Mount Gambier.

Charlie started on the hill and pitched well for the first 3 innings, Edward pitched the last 2 innings and gained some valuable experience.

Well done to Josh Tindall for a great clutch hit with loaded bases that scored 2 runs, and Charlie, Pete and Brodie who picked up 2 hits each.

Keep working on your weak points at training lads and make them stronger, as next week we saddle up the water bags for a must win game against Gawler.

Good luck to all the U16 state lads in the upcoming Goodwill series this weekend.

Special thanks to Dale Martens for lacing up the cleats and helping us out when we were short. It was great to have another experienced player with us.

Thanks also to Teresa for scoring :

Hits Turner, Warrilow, Syrus and Goldsworthy 2, Martens and Tindall 1

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

Sturt 6 d Northern Districts 2

Result Win 6-2 against Norths

It was always going to be a challenge for the team when our coach is away & 3 players get the call up to Div 3. However, a great team result saw the Div 4 pick a win against a good hitting North team.

Good pitching from both Matt Franke & Mitch Lightbody set up the win & solid fielding by the team kept Norths to just 2 runs. Some clutch hitting from Dan Oates & Jamie Knuckey kept us in front.

Special thanks to Dean Franke for scoring & John Gooley for umpiring on short notice.

Hits: D Oates, J Knuckey 2, A Hill, S Gooley, M Lightbody, B Shultz & G Baker 1.

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

GGCD 13 d Sturt 3

With Pat Burns making an appearance this week the team included three father/son combinations (Burns, Trembath and Small). And with the return of Bones (Glenn McDonald) to short stop we went into the game against Golden Grove with high hopes.

One run in each of the first three innings and solid pitching by Dave Nicholas saw us 3 nil up after three. From then on we let Golden Grove into the game with a mixture of good and bad plays.

The game highlights included a big double to left field by Dave Nicholas, a great catch by Jayden Trembath in left field, along with Pat playing a solid game at first. Daisy (Chris Day) at second made a great play tagging the runner heading to second and throwing to Pat Burns at first for the double play.

With our 7 hits and half of their runs coming from our errors it was going to be hard to beat a top three team.

Hits: McDonald (2), Nicholas, Trembath R, Young, Day, Long

Injuries: Small (hamstring), Day (shoulder)

Reports: Nil

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

Sturt 8 d Southern Districts 2

Against an opponent that could only muster eight players, this was a game where nothing less than a victory would be acceptable and, in the end, we did enough.

Jordan "The Splendid Splinter" Wayne starred again off the mound, throwing 94 pitches through six innings of work for 55 strikes and 39 balls with 5 strike outs and allowing only two Southern Districts players to cross the plate before Jess "Lemo" Lemon closed the door in the seventh.

Their left-handed pitcher fooled the top of our line-up in the first but Jules "Kiwi" Potiki continued his great run of form with a ringing double down the left field line to get the scoring underway and from that point onward we were in control. Andrew "AJ" Johnston has also been tearing things up with the bat and he was also a big part of putting the Saints in charge early while Dave "Hocko" Hocking and Ditmar "Galloping" Guehrer also joined the hit parade.

Behind the pitchers, our defense was solid and included highlights such as:

- another stop, spin and sting from Lemo deep in the hole at second
- two good catches and a flawless display at first for Rich "Elvis" Carter, filling in for the ill Ben "Roger" Moore
- a great 5-3 from Kingsley "Kidneys" Turner getting the runner by half a step
- and a 6-3 double play with Phil "Philthy" Martin taking a running catch behind third and then doubling up the runner at first.

Coach Martin also managed to get easily picked off at first and then volunteered to run for the catcher with the immortal words "I'll do it - I'm good at base running!".

A huge thanks to Steve Wayne for umpiring - he got to see his son's handiwork up close - and to Heather for scoring. Great also to see that Kingsley is growing the beard again just in time for Christmas...

Hits: Lemon 1 (2 RBI), Wayne 2 (1), Martin 1 (1), Potiki 3 (1), Turner (1 sac), Johnston 3 (1), Hocking 2 (1), Guehrer 1

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

Under 17/1-Sturt 13 defeated Adelaide 1

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

Under 15/1 - Sturt 21 defeated Golden Grove 1

With Henry Wood looking for Santa Claus in Iceland and our fearless Manager Mark drifting around Spain, we ventured out to Golden Grove for our last game of 2012. Stuart Brennan and Damo shut down the Dodgers offence while the Sturt bats put 17 hits together for a 21-1 win. We now have a 6 week break before heading out to Gawler on Jan. 27th .

Happy Christmas to everyone and good luck to all our State representatives.

Hits, Arnold 4, Adkins, Peters 3, Brennan, Evreniadis, Bennetts 2, Bartlett

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

Wednesday 12 December Twilight- U15/2 - Sturt 13 d Kensington 3

The first of our twilights was against Kensington at Norman reserve on a somewhat warm evening. We started with a willing team of eleven boys including Aussie McClure and Tyson Ottaway filling in for us - thanks boys for helping out. The ground set-up team worked their magic and had the diamond looking a treat in the evening light. We had an interesting and lively game with Conor pitching the first four innings. He continued with his excellent control but the Kensington boys came out swinging in the first innings. Credit to Conor's tenacity and good fielding four hits were kept to just a single run. After this he managed the next three innings with the minimum 9 batters faced, four K's and no further runs scored. Nik gave us the last innings and was unlucky to give up two runs on a hit falling between our outfielders. Once again the fielding was excellent with only a single error for the night. On the offensive side it was a very solid performance from all without anyone standing out. Two hits each to Matt and Tyrese with most of the other players getting a hit.

Perhaps the only criticism is that we are not consistently getting the signals right and the base running was at best pedestrian. There is only one speed between bases - flat out. Once again credit to Chris for great sportsmanship in his coaching even when the umpire made some marginal calls against his boys! Special thanks to James and Jo for organising Yiros dinner - much appreciated and enjoyed and made a tidy sum for the club. It is contributions like this that make the difference between an ordinary and an outstanding club like we have at Sturt. Thanks also to Sonya for staying behind for the late drinkers. See you Sunday.

Sunday 16 December - U15/2 - Sturt 11 defeated GGCD 6

After the coaching team had travelled to Golden Grove to play on Saturday the turn around to Gawler on Sunday made us wonder whether we should have camped overnight. Our last encounter with the Rangers was also at their home and ended up a 15-7 comfortable win. From the start Coach Smally had the boys only advancing bases on hits and opening the hitting zone. It was good to see Stu on the mound again and pitching very well. First dig saw three up/three down with 2 K's. Second trip to the strip saw the Rangers batting and base running aggressively to notch up a few runs on the board but overall a good comeback by Stu. Nik finished the game for us also pitching two innings and also conceding just the three runs. Again aggressive batting and running was well restricted by solid fielding and again no errors for the game for our team.

Batting was difficult with the opposition pitching erratic and a total of four pitchers used. It gets tempting to swing widely when good strikes don't come that often but the boys need to continue to leave the high stuff alone. Brandon with three hits from three at bats and Nik three from five were the best for the day. Many boys picked up several walks limiting hitting opportunities. Riley again proved he was a ball magnet - hit by pitch two times in the same game and not the first time this year! I think its that bulking frame that is difficult to miss!

Great start to the season boys, enjoy the break and see you all raring to go next year.

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

Sturt 3 lost to West Torrens 19

Had the feeling that it was going to be one of those days when we uncharacteristically hit the first batter. That was followed by 3 errors in the first innings and we gave the visitors a 4 run start. It was one of those days, taking nothing away from West Torrens it felt like we were never in the hunt. By the same token there were these little rays of sunshine with some really neat plays amongst the gloom that never quite allowed hope to die.

Our first 3 batters went down in just 9 pitches and sadly set the tone for the day. The batting struggled against a very competent pitching and fielding side. The scorers giving us just the single safe hit - a double to Aussie McClure in the last to give him 1/2 for the day. What a change from last week. We swung high or didn't swing at all. 9K's for 25AB's and got bat on ball just the five times. Enough said.

The pitching was again a mixed bag. Aussie threw okay but was crucified by errors, Kye Sellick put his hand up to pitch the last two and threw well. Nick Borello and Jordan Abfalter tried their best without luck.

Not a great way to finish the first half of the season but put in perspective we're 5-6 and will play at least one final. The better teams have our measure at the moment but if we can string it together we are capable of mixing with the best.

Thank you to all the parents that have helped out during the season. Thanks to Sam Hollis for umpiring.

To everyone have a safe and happy Xmas and we'll see everyone back in the New Year.

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

Little League 1-Saints 25 d Adelaide Angels 4

For the last game before the Xmas break we had a bare 9 with Tom O & Andrew B unavailable.

The boys were on fire today with a very solid, even team performance.

A maximum 5 runs in each innings with only 3 outs for the day - 2 at the plate and one in a force play.

Solid fielding to back up the pitching and aggressive base running taking every opportunity. Robbie started on the mound and threw 2 innings (40 pitches, 22 strikes, 1 K, 2 walks). Hugo stepped up for a whirlwind 3rd innings doing it all himself (13 pitches, 9 strikes, 2 Ks, and an infield fly). Tom E kept up the good work from last week through the 4th before Samuel made his debut for this season (21 pitches, 3 Ks, 1 Walk). Patrick and Reed were sound behind the plate as usual.

Batting was fantastic - 22 hits, 11 walks, 2 hit by pitch (Elliot sporting 2 bruised ankles). Of special mention were a Triple to Harry, Doubles - Reed (2), Harry (2), Ky (2), Hugo (2).

Hits: 4 - Samuel, Harry, and Ky; 3 - Reed and Patrick; 2 - Hugo; 1 - Robbie, and Elliot.

Walks: 3 - Robbie and Tom; 2 - Hugo; 1 - Samuel, Reed, and Elliot.

Great effort today boys and a fine way to finish this part of the season. Have a rest for a few weeks and return ready to go again. Adelaide No1 team first up and then some focus as we move towards the serious end of the season.

Thanks to all for there help so far - Linda and Danielle with scoring, Tim and Brian with practice and in the dug out. Also - Thanks to Tim and Elliot for having all the boys back after the game today, a nice way to finish off.

Have a Great Christmas.

See you in January

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

No result available

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

A colder day was had down south with both the weather and the play for our last game before the Christmas break. We started poorly against Southern districts with only 4 to face a determined pitcher with only Max getting on with a safe hit. In the field we improved dramatically with Max at pitcher keeping the to 0 with a strong display 9 balls, 12 strikes. Second time at bat we still were not hitting although we got on base. Still 0 runs. Strong pitching by Kurt kept them also to 0 with stats 5 strikes, 0 balls. Strong catching by Finn supported a good pitching display in the first 2 innings. An excellent play at first and a catch by Kurt still kept us in with a show. Top of the 3rd saw us start to bat. A strong hit to the outfield by James saw us sore 3 runners in the play of the day. Excellent slide by Kurt into home to beat the throw and also a fine slide by James into 3rd. Total 4 runs scored. We were now in the lead. Josh V now came in to pitch. Several errors in the field as we chased the runners around the bases saw them eventually score 3 runs. Joshs stats 18 balls, 15 strikes were not helped by our errors. Last innings we were up by 1 and still had a chance. However we continued to swing at stuff that was too high and made poor choices. No runs scored. Bottom of the 4th we had our chances again but made simple errors in the infield. This made it hard for Finn who had caught excellently with stats 24 balls, 12 strikes. On the whole this was an even game that we did not make enough of. We had a number of excellent plays on the infield with a great outfield catch by James and a huge hit to score 3.Equally we made simple fielding errors at third. Final score 8 to 4 Southern Districts. At this stage of the season 7 wins, 3 losses, 1 bye. We still have work to do on our fielding with simple errors being our downfall this week. Make sure we all do some practice over the break. Next game 27th January. The boys strengths this week; Finn excellent catching, Max, Kurt - pitching, James hitting and fieldwork, Calum and Josh R taking a hit for the team, Hamish, Axel, Josh V, Josh R, Rhys displaying positive teamwork and trying hard.

Thanks for the parents and Managers support. Have a great Christmas.

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

..:: message posted on Monday the 17th of December, 2012 21:01:58 ::..

Update on Norman Reserve Lease

I write to inform you of the current state of play in regard to our lease on Norman Reserve.

As you are all aware the lease on WA Norman Reserve was extended until the end of the current season, concluding in March 2013. After that date the Sturt Baseball Club does not have a lease on the ground.

Mitcham Council has determined that a consultation process will be conducted from the week commencing 14 January 2013 through to 15 February 2013. This will allow a report to be submitted to the Full Council meeting in February 2013 for Council's consideration.

I will write to you separately closer to the consultation process with details and how you can have your say in this process.

To enable the grounds to be "fit for purpose" for the playing of senior baseball it will be necessary for the Club to undertake significant works at W A Norman Reserve including the installation of fencing and nets to a height of approximately 12 metres. This work will be extensive and will also involve moving the backstop. The work involved will take many months to complete and given the extent of the work, it will not be possible for any games to be played on Norman Reserve during this time.

A full set of documents will be available on the Mitcham Council website during the consultation phase, however I have included a schematic of the proposed work for your information. I would also like to take this opportunity on behalf of the club to thank Peter Duffield and Darren Noble for their tireless work on preparing a huge amount of documentation for the Council in respect to the proposed works.

It is estimated that the cost of the netting and other remediation works will be in the order of $150,000. In order for Sturt to raise the necessary funds it will be necessary to apply through the SA Recreation Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program (CRSFP) process.

The Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program (CRSFP) process opens on 16th February 2013 with a closing date of 15th April 2013.

The Sturt Baseball Club requires a final decision by Council by the end of March 2013 at the very latest in order for the Club to be able to apply for this grant. The Club anticipates that around half the funds for the fencing will come from this source. We are also hopeful that the Council will assist with some funding assistance. The Club will also need to contribute a significant amount of money.

At the Full Mitcham Council Meeting to be held on Tuesday 18 December 2012 the following item has been placed on the agenda:

"That a licence for use of W A Norman Reserve be negotiated with Bridgewater Bulls Baseball Club for the 2013 winter season (April to September) for Saturday use only."

The Council have asked for Sturt's views on this proposal and whether the Bulls could use the Clubrooms. I have advised Council that I see no problem with the Bulls using the Clubrooms as they have in the past. The issue of the availability of WA Norman Reserve for winter baseball will depend on the outcome of the consultation process and Council's determination.

If following the Consultation process, Mitcham Council agrees to grant Sturt a licence to play baseball at Norman Reserve, then it will be necessary for Sturt to raise the funds to complete the remediation work.

At this stage it is not certain on what date these works could commence. I have advised the Bulls that given the extent of this work it would not be possible for the Bulls to use the ground during the redevelopment.

I thought it important that everyone was clear on the issues involved before Tuesday night's Council Meeting as the issue is not a straightforward yes or no in regard to the Bull's being able to play on Norman Reserve next winter.

As you are aware the Bulls have shown our Club great support when we have had matters before Council and I would urge you to show your support for the Bulls by attending the Mitcham Council Meeting this Tuesday night at 7.00 pm.

The Council Agenda and papers are available online.

..:: message posted on Sunday the 16th of December, 2012 14:44:51 ::..

Newsletter 10/12/12

It was great to see the Sturt boys playing under lights last Wednesday night at Norwood. I hope the League continues this opportunity past this year- the 60 th anniversary of night baseball. Unfortunately as Kitch reports later the boys went down 2-0

We have a Division 1 twilight at the club tomorrow night commencing at 6.15 pm. I know from personal experience this time of year is hectic with a variety of Christmas functions but the boys would appreciate the support and the BBQ will be fired up so why not come down for dinner and cheer on the boys!

Also with Christmas approaching please mark in your diaries our Christmas function which will be held on Sunday 23 December immediately following the conclusion of the Division 1 game Sturt v Northern Districts. This is a function for all the family with Father Christmas in attendance, a BBQ and the bar open till late.

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!


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

Our first game under lights at Norwood this year against rivals Glenelg was a great game of baseball but unfortunately Glenelg got the better of the fall of the ball winning 2-0

A game that could of went either way with Sturt having chances early on but just couldn't get the hit to score the run, and then Glenelg' s first chance a bleeder to right field scored their first run in the third with their second coming from a 2 out error.

Chris Lawson was restricted to a 50 pitch count due to Bite commitments and was superb through 3 innings. Shaun Wright then came in to relieve throwing 3 1/3 innings striking out 5 and only allowing 4 hits and 1 walk. once again showing maturity beyond his years.

Sunday we faced off against triple premiers Kensington with both teams imports going head to head. Randy Mann was outstanding restricting Kensington to only 2 runs, 1 earned over 6 frames & considering the last 10 innings Kensington have scored 30 runs it was a great effort to keep their bats quiet.

Good defense also helped keep us in the game early and in the 6th took a 2-1 lead thanks to a lead off double to Alistair Young followed by a bunt hit to Tom Faehse and then a single to Paul Holmes and some aggressive base running by Faehse saw him scamper home when Holmes was caught stealing.

Unfortunately again we let ourselves down in the field for only a minute with a couple of errors and a double base hit allowed 4 runs over the 6th & 7innings to eventually go down 5-2.

It has been a rough month with some quality teams and one that got away but we have proved we can match it with the best with and without our Bite players.

Tomorrow night sees us take on league leaders Golden Grove with both sides expected to be a full strength so come on down and see if we can knock off the top side game starts @ 6.15

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

Result - 5-5 Draw with Kensington
We started well with 4 runs in the first frame and then sat back on our laurels for the rest of the game Matt pitched well to Macca for 6 innings, the ball given to the field and the job was done by Froggers, Stuey and Packs in the infield, but unfortunately at the crucial point of the game we just couldn't come away with the chocolates.
Woody hit hard to the leftfield corner and the the two Maccas had multiple hits with RBIs, Matt Mac threw well to 2nd getting an attempted steal.
Really feel like this was one that got away.
Hitting -Hollis (1H, 2BBs), Wood (2H, 1RBI), MacBeth (2H, 1BB, 1RBI), Frogley (2BB), Franke (1BB, 1RBI), MacArdle (2H, 1RBI), Crutchley (1BB), Mulryan (1BB) Battery - Franke 6I, 7H, 4K, 1BB, 5R, 1ER / Packer 1I, 1H, 0K, 0BB, 0R, OER to MacBeth

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

Another windy day at the Bay.
We started off with a bang scoring 2 runs in the first innings thanks to a walk, HPB, sacrifice bunt and a clutch hit from big Max.
Unfortunately we didn't trouble the scorers after that.
The big hitting Tigers swung the bat all day and ended up winning 13 - 2.
Charlie and Josh did a good job pitching and gained some valuable experience. Dutchie copped a bashing in the batters box with 2 HPB and a few wild ones from the young fellas but hey sometimes that's the way it goes.
It was a tough day in the outfield as balls that should have carried were dropping short even with a gale force wind behind them and the ones that should have stayed down kept going.
We stuck at it though and put the ball into play, which was pleasing.
Keep working hard at training lads, another win isn't far away.
Thanks to Heather and Theresa for sharing the scoring duties and Josh, Peter T, Brodie and Frenchy for doubling up.

Hits - Holland, Turner and Guehrer 1
PS thanks to Wattsy for filling in last week.

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

Sturt 13 lost Glenelg 14

I knew we had a good line up this week and was interested to see how the game would pan out! I started the game and threw the first four digs, and as expected they came out swinging.
In swirly conditions the outfield did their best with the ball hard to read all day! Simon Gooley had an awesome day with four hits setting the standard for the rest of us! Good job mate! So with 2 digs to go the score 12 - 3, Matt Saint comes on and looks good from the first pitch and keeps them down to two runs for the final digs! Good Stuff your hard work in previous weeks is paying off! So we are in the box and things start happening, we are hitting, scoring and all of a sudden the pressure swings and they are making uncharacteristic errors! Great to see everyone up and about we nearly pinched the game with two runners in scoring position, but not to be! We left our run to late, we played out the game well, gave up some runs a bit easy, myself included! But good to see a top two side rattled at the pointy end of the game!

Good Job Guys!
Hits: Gools 4, Pete Turner , Dylan Holt , Matt Saint 2, D French, S, Bates 1.

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

In the last game of the 1st round we faced Woodville at Norman Reserve. With the welcome return of Fame (Adrian Hill) from Queensland and David Nicholas and Jarred Small from Stereosonics (not young enough to know about that one) we commenced proceedings. Son of Snorky (David Nicholas) dusted off the cobwebs with 3 K's to bring us to the bottom of the 1st where we scored 2 runs.

With David in the zone for the next 3 innings, inspired by a female admirer in the packed gallery, we had a 6-0 lead by the end of his rotation. RAT (Rick Trembath) came into the game to clean up the last two innings and we came away with a 9-1 Mercy Rule win.

Highlights for the game were David Nicholas's dominant pitching and the Small family's hitting. (Don't know what you gave them for breakfast Jenny?)

Hits Hill X3, Nicholas, Small C, Small J, Colyer & Lee X2 ea, Small T X1

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

Sturt 4 v Hawks 8 at Southern Districts

We knew this one was going to be tough - the second-placed team in the division, on their home ground, on a windy day ... and when our trusty right fielder said "sorry I missed that catch last innings, coach - just realised I left my glasses at home" it got that little bit harder.

Andrew 'AJ' Johnston's myopia aside, we put in a solid overall performance against some very good pitching - our hussle meant we continually got on base but unfortunately we didn't bring enough runners home to back up our pitchers.

Jordan 'The Splendid Splinter' Wayne and Jess 'Lemo' Lemon were fantastic on the mound pitching to Justin 'JR' Ranford, with Lemo also starring at second where he made a couple of unbelievable plays - a chase, slide and throw half-way into right field to get the runner going to first plus a great pick-off between the two youngsters to get a runner leading off second. Ben 'Roger' Moore, Phil 'Philthy' Martin and Rich 'Elvis' Carter were also busy in the infield while Jules 'Kiwi' Potiki took a great catch and captained the outfield from centre, with AJ and Ditmar 'Galloping' Geuhrer providing plenty of voice.

We definitely had them worried after putting three runs on the board in the first innings - they admitted as much after the game - but unfortunately we could only manage four hits in total with high fastballs proving too hard to refuse in the blustery conditions.

Thanks to Steve Wayne who came in his gear after we learned that Kingsley 'Kidneys' Turner was a non-starter (stones), and to the Lemons who were also part of our cheer squad. Thanks also to Heather for scoring.

Next week we play the other Southern Districts team at home and we'll be looking to cement our top-three spot.

Hits: Lemon, Wayne, Martin, Johnston

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

Sturt 19 d East Torrens 2

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

Sturt played a great game to down the Tigers 16-1 at home. Stuart Brennan led the offence with 4 hits out of 17 for the team. Brodie Macbeth threw 4 shut out innings (3 hits, 6 ks, 2bb) and Damon Arnold mopped up in style. Road trip to Golden Grove next week (11am game) before the Christmas break.

Hits; Brennan 4, Arnold, Macbeth, Evreniadis, Bartlett 2, Bennetts, Adkins, Peters, Wood, Ottaway

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

We have reached the point where we are coming up against the teams we played in the early rounds. It was certainly better to be playing at the beautiful Norman reserve rather than taking the trek out to Golden Grove. With three games in the next seven days we were aware of the need to balance pitchers. As home team we started on the mound with Conor who threw 2 beautiful innings, only 22 pitches, 7 batters faced and in his second innings three K's. It is fair to say that he and the other pitchers were supported all day by the field with no a single error in the field and Brandon outstanding at first snaffling everything coming his way. Having started strongly we turned to one of our less experienced pitchers in Riley. For his first attempt on the mound Riley did a great job again supported by good fielding. Eli and Matan gave us an innings each to finish out the 5 innings game and both threw well but perhaps didn't get the best of the dodgy umpire for the day not giving the benefit of the strikes on the edges.

The batting was also lead by Conor and Jamie- three doubles and a single from 4 at bats for Conor and four singles by Jamie (all to the outfield). Nik and Matan had three hits each and Brandon and Cameron two each. Every batter had at least one hit for the day. Final score 19-9, but could have been a much bigger win if not for the sporting approach by coach Chris. It is good to see one sided games played in good spirit.

See you at the twilight.

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

Victory has many fathers and defeat is an orphan. Finally the batting returned and the ball bounced our way. A dropped third strike and a last innings rally post error was enough to secure a hard fought win. A windy sunny day at Southern Districts greeted the Sturt boys. With the season sitting at 4-5 this game had the feeling of a big test in the offing. A young South's team ranked 7 versus us at 6 was not representative of what an entertaining and decent standard game over 6 innings it was. After being smashed the previous week particularly in the hitting department the lads went back to Uncle Stuart's Batting 101 classes at training and I am pleased to say it seemed to work. The boys turned on the best overall team offensive performance with 8 out of 9 getting a hit and every player scoring.

With a galaxy of stars in the batting stakes to choose from the most impressive performance out of a lot very good performances was Austin McClure 4 from 4 including a triple and two doubles. Aggressive running saw him get home 4 times including a well thought out steal from 3rd. Dylan Egglestone is another who must enjoy the trip down South. 3/3 gave him his best game of the season. Jordan Abfalter 3 from 4 including two triples and narrowly missed out on two inside home runs. He had a great day. Josh Wilson two from 3 including a triple continued his excellent batting season. Nick Borello 2/3 back in the zone and had a good day as well, Mitch Foley 2/4 including a double and was nearly three from 4 but for a well caught line drive at first. Good work. Special mention to Kye Sellick and Louis Gava who hit 2/4 and 2/3 respectively. Both lads have worked really well at training and finally reaped the rewards. Now the trick is to do it all again.

2-0 after one, 7-3 after two, 8-6 after three, 10-8 after 4 and finally winning 15-9. We scored 5 in the last courtesy of a dropped third strike to flatter the score line. It was fortunate we brought our bats to out hit South 20-6.
Defensively we made some great plays, Josh took two good catches at centrefield in windy difficult conditions which saved a lot of bases. With the outfield starting to respond we can take some confidence into the second half of the season. Troy was again solid behind the plate with a very tidy performance. The pitching was a mixed bag. Nick threw 8 pitches in a terrific first dig facing 3 batters to give us a flyer of a start. However all three pitchers struggled with accuracy and we gave up a total of 12 walks (versus SD's 5) and this week we were good enough to get out of the jam and score enough runs.

A big test next week against a very good West Torrens will be a good measuring stick. No resting on our laurels back to training and continue focussing on the basics. Thanks to Mark Abfalter, Lyn Carman for scoring, Brett Egglestone for a very good batting warm up, Dave Hocking for fetching all the foul balls, Corinne Borello for pitch counting and to all the parents and family that made the trip down to support the team. Much appreciated.

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

The boys travelled to Glenelg to face an improving opposition. After a few slow starts over recent games the boys turned up early today.

Ollie Crutchley and Sam Stewart took a week off from Sturt duty and joined us to see how it is done the "Saints"way. Thanks for helping us out boys and feel free to give Mr McClure some tips.

Our best all round effort since earl in the season was produced today. We swung the bat aggressively early and scored heavily early with a maximum 5 runs in the second and the third innings. While we dropped off with the bat with the opponents throwing their best pitcher for the last 3 innings we still end with 11 hits and 9 walks for the day. The base running was again excellent guys - some good listening and watching kept the pressure on the opposition.

On the mound Harry started us off and set the standard for the day. A 10 pitch first inning and facing a total of 12 batters across 3 innings - 35 pitches, 27 strikes, 5 Ks, no walks, 2 hits, no runs - fantastic effort Harry. Tom E relieved for his second appearance on the mound this year and showed some good pitch speed and determination - 3 innings, 66 pitches, 32 strikes, 2 Ks, 1 walk. Both pitchers were well supported in the field which helped create the early scoreboard pressure. Some good infield plays by Samuel, Sam, and Reed, great foul ball catch by Elliot and tough tag play to finish the game, and Hugo cleaning up at first base. Reed and Patrick were very good behind the plate and good outfield plays by Ollie and Harry including great effort diving for a centrefield fly ball.

Hits - Reed, Tom E, Harry, Patrick (2 each), Samuel, Elliot, Ollie (1).
Walks - Samuel (3), Tom E, Hugo (2 each), Sam S, Harry, Elliot (1)

Great effort today boys. This is what we want to see next week for the final game before the Xmas break.
Final Score 12-7

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

Sturt 2 lost to Sturt Saints 13

In a much anticipated clash of the two sturt teams in the local derby, the Sturt boys just weren't quite up to the fast improving Saints outfit.

We did go in with high hopes and Jack Hutton opened up with a scoreless first inning which certainly was a highlight for the day.

Unfortunately our hitting was a bit lacklustre due to some excellent pitching from the Saints boys.

We had a bit of a hiccup today in our move forwards but it was absolutely fantastic to see how far the whole group has come since the first training only 3 months ago. It really is amazing to see.

A particular welcome to another new player to the club - Hugo Ellery - he certainly will be a great addition to the young sturt team. Welcome to you and your family.

Well done to Brett Schenk and Laura Stranger on winning this Derby - we will be back for revenge next year!

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

Another sunny Sunday saw the first match of the 2 sturt teams. Both were eager for a win. A good positive friendly competition saw some good pitching , fielding and hitting. Saints were first at bat and slow to start. 3 up 3 down with good pitching by Jack H. We came back from that poor start with some good pitching by Kurt and some plays in the field only troubling 4 batters.

2nd time at bat we had hits by James, Kurt, Josh R, Finn and Axel. Some good base running saw us score the 5 maximum. In the field Max pitched extremely well for 2 balls, 8 strikes to keep the Sturt team to no score. They continued to pressure us into the next innings where safe hits to James, Finn and Kurt got us going, the result was 5 runs scored by Hamish, James, Kurt, Josh R and Josh V. Sturt lifted its efforts in the 3rd to score 1 run while Josh V stats on the mound were a credible 4 balls, 11 strikes. Into the top of the 4th the Saints boys were keen to hit and scored 5 with hits to Max, Kurt, Josh R, Josh V and Axel. Bottom of the 4th Sturt kept up the pressure and scored 1 run but had loaded bases. Good pitching by Finn 18 balls, 13 strikes.

For Saints plays of the day included excellent catches to Finn and Kurt. Some excellent fielding by Max and James. Good hitting by Kurt 3 safe hits, Finn, Max, James, Axel, Josh R, 2, Josh V, 1.

Improvement Awards go to Rhys (improved batting) Josh R newest player teamplay.

A positive game with lots happening in the field. Congratulations to both the Saints and Sturt teams with lots of skill and sportsmanship on display. Final score Saints 15, Sturt 2.

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

..:: message posted on Monday the 10th of December, 2012 23:01:53 ::..

Newsletter 03/12/12

Congratulations to Sturt's Angus Roeger who has been named the ABL Delta Airlines' Player of the Week for the 5th Week of the 2012-2013 ABL Season presented by 'Be The Influence: Tackling Binge Drinking.'

Well done to the Under 15/2 - Sturt side coached by Chris Small who defeated Henley and Grange on the weekend 22-2 for the manner in which they played the game. Today we received feedback from Henley and Grange U15/2 coach for their "good sportsmanship and conduct throughout the day." Well done boys on the manner in which you played the game. You have done the club proud!

Please mark down in your diary Wednesday 5th December at 8.15 pm when Sturt will play Glenelg at Norwood Oval. This is the only time Sturt will have the chance to play at Norwood this year, so please don't miss this opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of this great ground and cheer on our team. This is a double header so the first game to commence at Norwood will be Adelaide v Woodville commencing at 6 pm.

Also with Christmas approaching please mark in your diaries our Christmas function which will be held on Sunday 23 December immediately following the conclusion of the Division 1 game Sturt v Northern Districts. This is a function for all the family with Father Christmas in attendance, a BBQ and the bar open till late.

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!


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

Henley and Grange 12 defeated Sturt 11

What started out to be a great day watching the seconds score 21 runs and we started in similar fashion scoring 11 in the first 4 frames thanks to a Dan Turner Grand Slam and a 2 run bomb to Matthew Macbeth and some great back to back hitting only to halt to a complete stop going down in the 9th innings 12-11 after being up 11-4 after 4 innings.

This week I hope has showed just how close the league is and that we cannot rest in any situation and let our opposition get a sniff.

Hits- Turner 4 (HR), Holmes 3, Macbeth 2 (HR), Brebner-Russ 2, Lawson 2, Stokes & Kitchingman 1 each

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

Sturt 20 defeated Henley and Grange 1

Its always a danger game against the Rams as they are a free swinging side that sneaks up on you if you don't stay on your game and after a loss to them in that fashion a few weeks ago we needed to do the basics and it would all take care of itself. Today's game was purely that, all the jobs that needed to be done, got done and we reaped the rewards. We got the runners on, moved them over and scored the runs, showing good discipline in the box for 90% of the time. What was pleasing was the constant and hard contact we made swinging the bat this week.

The game only went 3 innings and mostly the plays we could make in the field were executed correctly.

Big congratulations to Mitch Lightbody for his first appearance in Div 2, smashing the ball to left field for his first at bat and a nice play at short to get the out at second.

Matt pitched well and was ably guided by the veteran Tom behind the dish and Woody had a couple of good plays at third, with Jordy doing the job at 1st.

Hits - Franke 3 (5 RBI's), Crutchley, McArdle, Winter (2 RBI's), Wright (2 RBI's)- all 2, Hollis, Mann (3 RBI's) - 1 each

Pitching - Franke 3 Inn, 1 HP, 2 BB, 5 K, 4 H, 1 R to Winter

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

A strange game this one, filled with big innings, a few errors and lots of walks.

We welcomed to debutants to senior baseball this week, congratulations to Tyson Hancock and Charlie Goldsworthy.

Tyson started on the hill and had a few control issues but stuck to the task and pitched 2 innings, I am sure he gained some valuable experience.

The Goodwood lads jumped out to an 8-1 lead but we fought back in the bottom of the 2nd thanks to a few errors and a clutch hit from Pete Turner.

Josh Tindall took over the pitching duties and got the first 2 hitters out. A few control issues after that saw loaded bases but in the end we only gave up 1 run in the 3rd, which was a good result.

We didn't trouble the scorers in the bottom of the 3rd and were looking a bit shaky at 9-5 down.

Another error and a hit saw the Indians score one more run but 4 hits in a row, a walk and an error saw us score 4 runs to make it a 10-9 ball game.

2 more walks and a hit saw the Indians score another run in the 5th to take an 11-9 lead going into the last bat for the Saints.

Sam Duffield led off with a walk followed by Pete Turners 3rd hit for the day, a timely miss field saw Sam score and we were looking good with 2 on and only 2 runs needed to win after yours truly hit a ground ball with eyes.

Big Wattsy came up and smashed a line drive to left field but the Indian managed to real it in at full stretch. A pass ball saw Pete score from 3rd to tie it up at 11 all but unfortunately we couldn't get the last runner home.

Today we hit the ball and put pressure on the opposition, which has been lacking in our games this season.

Let's keep the same attitude for next weeks game against Glenelg.

Special thanks to Sue Mulryan for scoring and Brodie for playing the first few digs until Jack arrived from his Henley and Grange detour.

Hits - Turner 3, Warrilow, Watts, Guehrer 2, Fahy and Hancock 1

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

Sturt 5 lost Goodwood 15

Matt Saint pitched the majority of the game with a workhorse like effort, whilst we made few errors, when we did came unstuck it was a crucial times! With Sam Bates going down early behind the dish, we had to roll the dice and Brodie Syrus stepped up to the challenge catching the majority of the game, his first time in doing so, he did very well for his first time! We were tied at 5 all after 3 digs and things were looking good, but a couple of long digs in the field and the game was all done after 90 minutes!

We are improving and we get the feeling that we are not far away from putting a good game together!

Thanks to Brodie Syrus and Josh Tindall for doubling up! and to John Gooley who umpire for us, and to Peter Duffield who did the 3's!

Hits:B, Syrus, D French2; J Tindall,S French,B Schutz,S Gooley, G Baker 1.

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

This week we hosted last year's premiers, East Torrens, at Norman Reserve. With our best batting behind us in the pre-game warm up we managed only 5 hits for the game. Unable to subdue the big hitting East Torrens line up we suffered an agonising 18-0 loss.

Adding to our woes was a mid game injury to Josh Clifford leaving us with only 8 players for most of the second half of the game. We now need to regroup for our next challenge against Woodville next week.

Hits Burns (2), Clifford, J Trembath and Young (1 each)

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

Sturt 21 Adelaide 5 @ Flinders

The great thing about Div 8 baseball is the friendly competition - we all want to win and, if possible, have a laugh at our own (or the opposition's) expense.

This week, the best gag was on one of us. Having taken a HBP to the left butt cheek, Andrew 'AJ' Johnston joked as he limped down the first base line that "you got me in the fattest part - it's a fair target", to which the first baseman retorted "so you've got a headache, then?!". We promised the Adelaide boys that HAD to go in the match report...

Kingsley 'KWT' Turner also earned a few giggles the hard way after pulling a hamstring sprinting for home ... on a bases-loaded walk. We suggested Heather might rub it for him, but our diligent scorer was all of a sudden far too busy for such trifling matters.

Elsewhere though, we were all business. With Jordan 'the Splendid Splinter' unavailable, it was left to Jess 'Lemo' Lemon to dominate from the mound and he didn't disappoint, giving up only three runs before eventually hitting his pitch limit. Even then he still threw strikes - with Jules 'Kiwi' Potiki on in relief, a batter advanced at his own risk on an infield fly and Lemo threw a 100mph bullet from behind first to KWT at third for the second out of the last inning. Fantastic stuff.

Other highlights included:
- a bomb from Ben 'Roger' Moore that did everything but clear the cones for a home run;

- a snow cone from Dave 'Hocko' Hocking in right field, followed up a few pitches later by a great 9-4-2 to get a runner going home

- a couple of nice backhand picks by Phil 'Philthy' Martin at short (who then, noticing that the runners were taking their time, decided to make Roger at first base chase the throws just for fun...)

Everyone contributed with the bat with the RBIs spread throughout the line-up. AJ brought in five runners, Jules four while Rich 'Elvis' Carter and Ditmar 'Galloping' Guehrer showed some smart hitting with men on base for five RBIs between them.

Thanks again to Heather for scoring, Peter T for umpiring and to the Adelaide guys who hung around for a beer afterwards (courtesy of Ditmar and his esky - nice one Dits!).

Hits: Lemon 3 (2BI), Potiki 2 (4RBI), Martin 2 (1 RBI) , Moore 2 (1 RBI), Turner 3 (1 RBI), Guehrer 2 (2 RBI), Hocking 3 (1 RBI), Carter 2 (3 RBI), Johnston 3 (5 RBI)

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 and Shaun Wright.

Game 8 Sturt 19 defeated Goodwood 2

Safe hits as follows: McArdle 3, Bartley 2, Guehrer 2, Goldsworthy 2, Crameri 1

A solid outing from Tyson Hancock who threw the first three innings which gave us a great start to the game and Charlie Goldsworthy who also pitched well in the last 2 innings. All swung the bat well. Highlights of the day was the towering home run from Max Guehrer which cleared the fence and took one bounce into the hedge (400 feet), Tom Bartley double which was followed up with a tumble roll slide into 2nd, Fraser Crameri with 2 great catches at right field and Jordan McArdle's double and triple.

Keep up the hard work on the track.

Game 10 Sturt 19 defeated Golden Grove Dodgers 0

Safe hits as follows: Trupp 3, Goldworthy 3, Lightbody 3, Tindall 1, McArdle 1, Ridding 1, Duchene 1, Hancock 1, Hill 1, Ortiz 1.

We would like welcome to the Dylan Ridding and Edward Trupp to the club who are playing with us from the Centrals Baseball Club in Mt Gambier.

A solid 1st outing from Edward Trupp who threw the first four innings giving up only one hit that gave us a great start to the game and Dylan Ridding who closed out the game. All swung the bat well with everyone recording a hit. Highlights of the day was the in the park home run from William Hill, solid plays from Josh Tindall at 2nd, Mitchell Lightbody solid behind plate and triples to Charlie Goldsworthy, Tyson Hancock and Mitchell Lightbody.

A great effort by the boys to remain focused for the whole of the game.

Keep up the hard work on the track.

Go Sturt

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

After 3 scoreless innings, Sturt forged out a 11-3 win at Henley and Grange. A 2 run home run by Stuart Brennan sparked a 7 run 4th inning and home runs by Henry Wood and Tyson Ottaway helped a 4 run 5th inning.

Brodie Macbeth closed out the game in style, striking out 7 of 12 batters faced.

Our slow start was not ideal, but the boys now have the chance to bounce back and concrete top spot after next week's big game.

Hits; Wood (hr)2, Adkins, Brennan (hr), Bennetts, Bartlett, Ottaway(hr)

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

Sturt 22 defeated Henley and Grange 2

Our game at Henley and Grange was against a very inexperienced but enthusiastic team, who I think have been having a season somewhat like our experience in the u/14's last year. From the start it was going to be a game where it would be easy to become complacent but the team showed good concentration throughout the game. The final score was 20-2 with strong offensive and defensive performances from the boys. To H and G's credit they did not stop swinging the bat and kept us working the whole game. Both pitchers (Nik and Tyrese) threw well and had remarkably similar stats - 40 pitches each, two innings each, same strike percentage but Nik 'winning' by one more K. Batting was solid all day helped a little by some errors in the field. Every batter had at least one hit with Matan and Brandon the best for the day with 3 from 4. Good fielding particularly from Brandon at first and Jamie at SS. We had great feedback from the H and G coach commending our boys on their great attitude to the game and terrific sportsmanship. Well done to the boys, the Smalls for coaching and great parental support.

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

A week is a long time in baseball. After joining the winners circle for the first time in 4 weeks the young Sturt team got sat firmly on their backsides to cop a 19-5 thumping at home to a revitalised Kensington team. After beating the Cardinals by the barest of margins in the first round Sturt came up against a team that had come to play.

The statistics speak for themselves 15 hits to 3. We gave up 13 free bases as opposed to 8 and were smashed on the scoreboard. To Kensington's credit they hit well, their first 4 batters got on base 20 times as opposed to our first 5 getting 8. Maybe the coach shouldn't have backed his two pitchers for as long but it's almost irrelevant if we only get the sum of three hits - we won't win too many games. The only positive with the batting was the fact that we had only 1 KC i.e. being struck out whilst looking which is the best for the season. However, taking two down the pipe and swinging and missing on the last is not the way to go either. Kensington's first pitcher was steady and accurate but we flattered him with some of our pitch selection. Back to batting practice again at training.

Amongst the rubble was one shining light - Sam Stewart. The little guy still sporting a shiner from a fortnight ago put in a pearler behind the dish and helped himself to a 3 bag hit and a RBI double in the first innings to get himself and the team off to a flyer. We scored 2 in the first to trail 3-2. Kensington scored another 5 and our second bat was a disaster losing 3 batters in 5 pitches to trail 8-2 bottom of the second. Down 12-2 after three, 17-2 after 4 and scoring 3 runs in the last courtesy of an error and four walks finally going down 17-5. Single hits to Aussie and Troy.

Pitching was ordinary. Both pitchers gave up too many walks and the minimum 50% accuracy we look for wasn't there. Fielding was passable, we missed a couple of outfield catches and made some good and bad plays in the infield. The small size of the diamond and base paths combined with the speed of some of the boys means a fumble or bobble means a "safe" hit. Baseball can be cruel in that respect. The highlight of the defence was a Mitch Foley special in right field that had the team and crowd on their feet. Good one Mitch!

Season now at 4-5 with a tricky trip down South to an improved Southern Districts side. We now need to hit the right ball and get the scoreboard ticking over again.

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

Little League 1 - Saints 4 defeated West Torrens 3

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

Sturt 18 defeated Goodwood Indians 14

Two in a row!! Another great victory from the young side. We jumped out of the blocks well scoring some runs and then never lost the lead.

It was great to see some better hitting this week from all the team. Particular mentions to Tom Fisher, Seb Steele and Lachie Holland who all picked up some timely hits.

Defensively, we took some great catches and most importantly are learning all the time. It is great to see.

We now have the local derby this weekend against the other Sturt team. I think we all have been looking forward to this to see how much the whole group has improved in two short months…..make sure you come out and watch the next generation baseballers in action!

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

On a sunny Sunday, our second game at home headquarters, saw us up against a determined Goodwood for a top of the table clash. Kurt opened our pitching with 5 strikes and seven balls to retire Goodwood with only 4 batters up. No runs scored. A couple of good plays in the field. At bat we scored 2 runs with Hamish and Nick getting home. Hits to Max, Nick, Kurt and Calumn. Second innings Max was up and kept them to 2 runs getting the last strike with loaded bases. Stats 12 strikes, 19 balls. At bat we were out quickly with some strong pitching from Goodwood. Third innings Nick came to the mound and pitched strongly and consistently. Only 4 batters with no runs scored for 14 strikes, 7 balls. At bat good pitch selection saw us on base plus a safe hit to Kurt, saw Hamish, Kurt, Calumn and James scoring. We were narrowly in front with some strong efforts at base running by James ( who took a heavy tag) and Josh Rycroft. Into the 4th They scored the 5 maximum as we started to tire and some minor fielding errors crept in. Josh Vidales stats 10 strikes, 29 balls. The bottom of the 4th and we needed 1 to tye. The boys stepped up with strong hits by Max and Kurt which eventually sa w them score along with Nick. Game called due to time with loaded bases. Sturt Saints 9, Goodwood 7. A good team effort. Thanks to the parents for umpiring, scoring and other support given. Two more games before the holiday break. Great efforts today ; Finn in catching, Kurt and Nick in pitching, Max and James in the field, plus a well done to Josh Rycroft for his first game where he played well.

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

..:: message posted on Monday the 3rd of December, 2012 22:54:15 ::..

Newsletter 26/11/12

Well done to Tony Catt's Little League 2-Sturt team for chalking up their first win of the season! It was great to see so many of the Little League 2-Sturt and Little League 2-Saints players and their families at the Bite game on Friday night at Norwood Oval. We must all remember that the success of our club is built from the base and I am sure all the junior players out there on Friday night had a great time. Well done also to Bruce Packer who sang the National Anthem to start off proceedings.

Please mark down in your diary Wednesday 5th December at 8.15 pm when Sturt will play Glenelg at Norwood Oval. This is the only time Sturt will have the chance to play at Norwood this year, so please don't miss this opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of this great ground and cheer on our team. This is a double header so the first game to commence at Norwood will be Adelaide v Woodville starting at 6 pm.

Also with Christmas approaching please mark in your diaries our Christmas function which will be held on Sunday 23 December immediately following the conclusion of the Division 1 game Sturt v Northern Districts. This is a function for all the family with Father Christmas in attendance, a BBQ and the bar open till late.

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!


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

We travelled to Goodwood on a perfect day for baseball, unfortunately it didn't turn out too perfect going down 7-0.

Goodwood's pitcher was simply too good for us today, only allowing 3 hits and no walks for the day. Sometimes it is best to simply acknowledge the performance and move on to next week.

Randy battled hard for 4 innings but Goodwood managed to capitalize every time we threw a bad pitch. Young Shaun Wright continued to impress only allowing 1 run over his 4 innings of work.

Angus Roeger was our only shining light in the box collecting 2 out of our 3 hits with Dan Turner collecting the other hit.

Next Saturday we have Henley & Grange, lets hope our bats can start flying as we now run into lots of games leading up to xmas.

Henley's are putting on a spit roast for the night with all of the trimmings (and a band) for only $15 so please support and hang around for a meal if you can.

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

Goodwood 5 defeated Sturt 2

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

Overall we played pretty well against the top side and we certainly improved from last week.

Dave Hirst started off on the hill and we had a scoreless first innings, thanks to 2 great catches from Jack and Sam.

We had a chance to score in the first innings thanks to a lead off hit by Dutchie but failed to execute.

The 2nd dig was quiet for both teams.

The wheels fell off in the 3nd dig and we gave up 9 runs with 2 outs, sometimes the last out is the hardest to get.

We did manage to score our only run in the bottom of the 3rd though.

Josh Tindall replaced Hirsty on the hill and finished off the last 2 innings, doing a great job only giving up 1 run on 3 hits and 3 K2's.

The best I have seen you pitch Josh, well done.

Sam and Jack both picked up hits in the 4th dig but again we failed to execute.

Final score was 10-1 down.

Keep on working hard at training lads and keep learning.

Special thanks to Hirsty, Brodie and Jack for doubling up and the wonderful Heather Turner for scoring.

Hits - Dutchie, Warrilow, Duffield and Fahy 1

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

Sturt 3 lost Henley and Grange 10

We battled well for the most part. Henley has been renowned for way they hit the ball, today was no exception with 20 hits to our 5! We had few errors this week in the field and a mention must go to Daniel Oates at first base who came up with a couple of good balls out of the dirt! D Hodges for them was solid all day pitching the whole game and made it very hard for us to break the game open, and his team backed him up well in the box!

We are improving however, and when we play out the full 120 minutes it will serve us better in the future!

Mentions go to Brodie Syrus,Jack Fahy, and David Hirst who doubled up in hot conditions, and Matt Saint who flew to Sydney and drove back a 1990 Laser in two days to make the game! Cheers!

HITS:Syrus; Bates; D,French, Fahy, S,French 1

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

Saturday against West Torrens on a picture, perfect home diamond saw a slightly different Sturt team. With many senior players away, it was time for the young guns to shine.

Jarrad Small took the mound in the first and struck out West Torrens first batter. Bradley Trembath, at centre field took a great running catch for the second out and Glen 'Welcome Back Bones' McDonald at second made his standard clean pick up and throw to first for the third.

A lead off hit to centre field by Jarrad set the scene for the innings. Solid hitting (8) including a double to Joshua 'Cliffy' Clifford and a triple to Jayden Trembath along with good base running saw us bring in the maximum runs. Sturt 7, W Torrens 0.

Jarrad did well to contain W Torrens to three runs in the second. Great catch by Trent Small in left and after Jayden came to the mound, Jarrad took a good catch running backwards at short for the third out.

Three up three down in the second for the saints. 7:3 after two.

Jayden got them hitting fly balls in the third. With a couple of hits, W Torrens added another run.

After a good lead off hit, we failed to score. 7:4.

The top of their order came out swinging. Great fielding by Bradley at centre restricted a certain triple to a two-bagger. Our commitment in the field was evident when Jarrad used his 'all body parts' approach at short to deal with a well hit drive. Chris 'Daisy' Day made a great stop at third and threw the batter out at first.

Bradley replaced Jayden on the mound. Bradley made a couple of great plays, picking up a short hit along the third base line, turning and sending a dart to Chris 'Smally' Small at first. Bradley also combined with Ben 'Shrek' Colyer with Ben getting a pass ball back to Bradley who tagged out the runner attempting to get home from third. The good hitting from W Torrens saw them add the maximum runs.

We couldn't kick the habit and for the third innings in a row we went three up, three down. After four - Saints 7; W Torrens 11.

Fifth innings saw W Torrens fail to add a run with a line drive taken well by Daisy at third, a strike out and a good play by Jarrad at short to end the innings.

Here was the opportunity for us to get back on top. Even though we got four runners up to the plate we again failed to score.

Top of the sixth, good pitching with strong support from the field saw W Torrens fail to add to their score.

Another opportunity to get ahead. This time we got five batters to the plate, had the tying run at the plate, added one run but fell short of the target. Final - Saints 9; W Torrens 11

Our fielding was excellent but in a game where we had 9 of our twelve hits in the first innings that was pretty much it. We managed to control a good hitting team however failing to get a string of hits together after the first innings hurt us in this match.

Great pitching by Jarrad, Jayden and Bradley. Welcome back Bones and thanks to Jo, Jodie and Jenny for scoring and Norm for umpiring.

Hits: 2 hits to Day, Small J and Small T; 1 hit to Trembath J, Trembath B, Small C, Colyer, Clifford and McDonald

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

Sturt 17 Henley & Grange 1

There were some great lines from this match. One of my personal favourites was when Kingsley 'KWT' Turner yelled at Jess 'Lemo' Lemon at the plate to pull his pants up because "criminals wear those kind of pants which is why they can't run away from the cops".

However, the best line of all belonged to Jordan 'The Splendid Splinter' Wayne. 79 pitches for 50 strikes, 29 balls and 8Ks over five innings of near flawless work. The Henley & Grange batters were left swinging late at fast balls and staring at curves all day and were even quicker than we were to line up at the end of the game just to shake the hand of the human hairpin as he moved serenely along the line.

Elsewhere, the rest of us were pretty good too. Everyone contributed with the bat, particularly Jules 'Doubles' Potiki who had four hits while Ben 'Roger' Moore and KWT contributed 8RBIs between them from their two hits each.

Our fielding was error free and was highlighted by Jayke 'Bruce' Wayne in centre field who took a couple of blinders including one where we almost saw a replay of the Steve Waugh/Jason Gillespie collision at Kandy in 1999. Thankfully, both Jayke and Rich 'Elvis' Carter picked themselves up with the ball still safely in the glove and the bones still safely in their correct order of assembly. The infield of Phil 'Philty' Martin and Lemo kept the base runners honest - Lemo and the Splendid Splinter even combined to pick off a luckless hitter who had dared advance to second - while Justin 'JR' Ranford had a great day both behind and at the plate with 3RBIs.

A great result which keeps us close to the leaders in the division - and we're hoping to build on the momentum next week against Adelaide at Flinders.

Thanks to Heather for scoring and for making KWT shave. We all thought she'd brought a new boyfriend...

Hits: Lemon 1 (1RBI), Ranford 2 (3RBI), Martin 3, Moore 2 (4RBI), Potiki 4 (2RBI), Turner 2 (4RBI), Jayke Wayne 1 (1RBI), Jordan Wayne 1, Carter (1RBI)

Under 17/1 (Coach: Tom Winter) Sponsored by: National Tool Distributors

GGCD 10 defeated Sturt 4

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

The long awaited clash of top of the ladder Kensington v second placed Sturt saw the Sturt boys post an 11-1 win.

We scored when it counted and were rock solid in the field. Highlights of the game were a 2 run home run by Zach Evreniadis and Brodie Macbeth's continued good form on the mound (4inn, 3 hits, 3bb, 3k's)

Back on the road next week at Henley and Grange and we only have 3 games before the Xmas break.

Hits; Evreniadis 2, Adkins, Brennan, Macbeth, Wood, Bartlett, Ottaway.

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

This week we travelled to Kensington to play for top spot on the table.

The warm up started well with the boys throwing well and crunching the ball with the bats, this was a great way to start and it continued into the game.

Our first at bat had us score 3 runs from 6 batters with some great hitting and aggressive base running.

On the hill in our first at field was Conor and with their 2 runs only coming from walks and no hits it was looking good, we needed to throw better strikes to make it harder for them to get on base.

Our second at bat was better than our first and we plated the full 7 runs with only 2 outs, again with some great power hitting.

In the field again and with Conor throwing strikes they had some good hits but we had them 3 out with only 3 runs scored. Top of the third and the score was 10 - 5 up.

We again scored the maximum 7 runs and the highlight from this innings was the hit from Conor McClure that fell just short of Kensington's 'A' grade home run fence, but as we are under 15's it had cleared our home run fence and then some. Our 7 runs came with only 1 out. Score bottom of the third 17 to 5.

Conor had throw 69 pitches so he was replaced with Stewart and even though he struggled with the tight zone from the umpire he threw well. They had scored the maximum 7 runs to get a sniff at a victory.

Top of the 4th innings and time was running out quick for Kensington, they need to keep us to 2 runs or less for a chance to draw or win. The kids were having nothing to do with this and continued to hit the ball hard to score the required 3 runs and win. Final score 20 to 12.

We had 20 safe hits to score our 20 runs while we gave up 5 hits to Kensington. We did give up 11 walks and only had 3 so this is what kept Kensington in the game. Kensington had 5 batters strike out and we had 4. Both our pitchers worked hard and did not give up which was very pleasing to see.

All boys played very well from warm up to finish and they hit the ball hard.

Safe hits: Matan 2 (2D), Eli 3, Nikolai 2, Stewart 3 (3D), Conor 3 (1D + 1HR), Jamie 3, Tyrese 2, Matthew 2.

Well done boys the best hitting I have seen for the season so lets keep it up.

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

Little League 1 - Sturt 12 defeated Adelaide 2

After being well beaten last week the team travelled back to Weigall Oval to play the younger of the two Adelaide sides the winless Angels. A hot still day greeted the team on the first match of round 2. The coaching panel were nervous after 4 straight losses with the team precariously perched in the sixth spot with a 3-4 record. A win was expected and a loss would unleash the rumours. Balls were hit, catches taken, attitudes were good as the lads warmed up, and after an early arm wrestle Sturt prevailed over 4 innings to take the workmanlike win 12-2.

The stand out player from our team was Jordan Abfalter. Lead off pitcher for the first time in just his second outing threw 63 pitches just over 50% at good pace, 4K's and just the two hits. Also had a good day out with the bat hitting 2/4 plus a fielder's choice and scored two for the day. Nick Borello relieved Jordan and threw 40 at 50%, 3K's and no hits. Couldn't ask for more. What is very pleasing about the team is the number of boys who want to step up and have a crack pitching which augurs well for the future. We walked 8 but gave away just the 2 runs was testament to a better defensive action this week led by Jordan and Nick.

After experiencing some opposition hot pitching in the past two weeks the boys had some trouble with the accurate slower looping throws of the Adelaide pitching. There was lots of impatient swinging and missing but we managed 6 hits in amongst 9 walks and three hit batters. Special mention to Dylan who got "donged" twice today - once on the helmet and the second a nasty inside thigh hit. Managed to steal both times with a very good impression of Speedy Gonzales. Also special mention to Sam, didn't have a lot to do today in the field, for his 4 plate appearances, managed 3 walks and a nasty hit batter on the thumb. Has been in the wars lately but put in a gutsy effort and appreciated by the team.

Just the 2 KC's this week and both were worth the subtle muttering from the batters. The first opposition pitcher threw accurately but the Angels struggled after the change with Sturt scoring 4 and 5 in the last 2 innings to flatter the score line. Jordan with 2/4, Aussie 2/4 with a big 3 bagger to an empty diamond, Oliver 1/1 and a much improved performance at catcher, Louis returning to the scorebook with 1/2. If we are to challenge the 5 teams above us we need more hitting. The defence is sound and good enough to challenge all teams but until we can hit the opposition we will struggle.

Next week we face Kensington who will be looking to atone for our squeaky 11-10 win first time round. Go Sturt!

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

Little League 1-Saints 15 def Southern Districts 9

After having an easy win over SD in round 1 the boys came expecting an "easy" game. Unfortunately they were not focused and spent the warm up and pre-game playing around. With a much improved effort by SD the game was tight and scores 9 all after 4 innings.

Not a lot to say except when challenged the boys again responded with maximum 5 runs in the 5th and game winning run in top of 6th after holding them scoreless in bottom 5.

Many hits again - 19 in total - with special mentions to Reed (4 from 4 including a double and a triple) and Harry 4 from 4 (all singles). Other Hits - Samuel, Tom O, Robbie, and Elliot 2, Patrick, Ky, and Tom E 1. Walks - Samuel and Patrick 1 each.

Hugo started on the mound and threw well - 68 pitches for 39 strikes and 4 Ks. It was a noticeable step up in speed and accuracy when he got a little angry. Well done Hugo and more "angry" please. Robbie relieved thru 3 innings for 45 pitches, 20 strikes, 1 K with a 12 pitch 5th and 8 pitch 6th inning being well supported by the field.

Special mention to Reed for 6 innings behind the plate without an error - great job. Patrick also made some great heads up plays at 2nd in the later innings - well done.

Today we did not perform to our best but always looked in control. One of the difficult things over the coming weeks will be for the boys to continue to improve and remain focused having gone through the full round of opposition teams undefeated.
The first step is to listen and then try to complete the play as requested. Too many times no notice is paid to what the coaches have asked and what we have practiced. Need to work on this and maintain the desire to keep improving. It all starts at training Tuesday - see you there.

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

Sturt 7 - Glenelg 5

This fast developing team triumphed with their first win of the season and to make the win even sweeter it was achieved on the main diamond at the picturesque Norman Reserve. Our club patron and his wife were in attendance to witness the great result and also see their grandson Jack Hutton pitch well and also put in a great play from third to the catcher beating the runner with ease.

The highlight was the record number of catches as well as the great team spirit shown when on the field and also in the dug out. This team encourages each other well.

Well done team, keep improving and keep enjoying the game.

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

On a hot Sunday we were up against a determined West Torrens at Flinders. We got off to a good start with Josh pitching keeping West Torrens to 0 in the first innings and scoring the maximum 5 ourselves. Finn, Rhys, Max, Calum and Kurt all getting home. In the second Max stepped up and kept them to 2 with a number left on base. 16 balls, 10 strikes. A great play in the field by James to force an out at first. Second time at bat we needed to fire to match our first innings. Unfortunately we backfired and went down with no runs scored and several left on base. Third innings they fired and received the maximum of 5 home. Kurts stats 13 strikes, 35 balls for a long stretch on the mound. The pressure was on and it was now make or break. Again at bat we crumbled under some strong pitching and finished with 0 with runners left on base. In the 4th James came to pitch with stats 12 strikes, 25 balls. They again received the maximum 5 with some good hitting, walks and errors in the field. We batted in the 4th to make it look more respectable with a safe hit to Kurt and runs scored by Calum, James and Kurt. Final score WT 12, Saints 8. Some errors in the field and pitching not to our usual standard were our downfall. Good plays by Max and James to Kurt at first. Good catching by Finn and Axel. We will continue to improve and comeback better against WT next time around. Brett Schenk - Coach.

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Newsletter 19/11/12

A great result for our Seniors playing at home on Sunday with a double header win for Division 1 and a win for Division 2! Well done boys!

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Division 1 (Coach: Peter Kitchingman)

A double header against Glenelg is always a daunting task but the boys came to play today.

Glenelg scored 2 in the second with 2 out and that was it for the game for them with Randy Mann showing his craft going a full 7 innings only allowing 7 hits and 2 walks in a stellar performance on the mound.

He was backed up by the bats today with us scoring 1 in the second followed by 2 in the third & fourth from there on we were never headed scoring another 3 in the fifth & 2 more in the sixth, thanks to some aggressive base running and outstanding hitting by the whole team collecting a massive 14 hits and 2 walks in 6 batting innings.

Every player reached base and did their part to secure the win.

Hits - Holmes, Roeger & Frogley 3 each, Brebner-Russ 2, Fox, stokes & Passmore 1 each

Game 2 sore Glenelg put their number 1 pitcher on the bump and with the game at nil all going into the bottom of the 4th Jacko set the game alight with a tracer over left center for his second bomb of the year. Unfortunately this seemed to wake up Glenelg who had struggled against Smokey for the first 4 frames to collect their first hits in the 5th and score 3 runs followed by another in the 6th to go to a 4-1 lead.

Smokey then delivered the blow knocking in 2 in the bottom half of the 6th to make it a 1 run ball game again.

Shaun Wright then entered the game to see Turner take an amazing catch behind 3rd base to help Shaun breeze through the 7th. Once again Frogley led off with a hit to start the 7th which then saw Shaun Wright's first ever Div 1 at bat and him lay down a perfect bunt, followed by a great at bat to Jimmy Passmore drawing the walk and a single to Foxy which scored Frogley and tied the game with 2 out then Roeger smashed his second double of the game to put us in front 5-4.

Shaun Wright was simply outstanding striking out the side in the 8th and then struck out the first hitter in the 9th followed by a 1-3 & to finish the game Smokey come up with a great play not seen much at this level with a 9-3.

Hits - Roeger & Frogley 2 each, Fox, Brebner-Russ & Lawson 1 each.

Great day by the boys scoring 8 runs with 2 down on the day excellent Job.

Some congratulations goes to Randy & Shaun for their first A grade wins for the club and I'm sure there will be plenty more to come & Sam Hollis for his first A grade start who did a great job in left field taking a spectacular diving catch and reached base on both occasions well done to all.

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Sturt 11 Def Glenelg 5

Today we played our second game at home and managed to keep our 100% winning percentage at home. Thanks Dave the ground is looking great.

The final score probably doesn't do the game justice as we swapped the lead with Glenelg most of the day. Bottom 4 the game was all tied up until we busted the game open with a 6 run dig. The team then managed to hold Glenelg out in the last to get us the win.

Offensively we didn't start all that well but we bounced back from that and was sound for the rest of the game. Pete Turner made two great sliding plays at second to help out his pitchers. Matt M and Stuart both took some nice line drive catches and Jordan took a tough foul fly at first. The outfield was solid dealing with the conditions well. Matt Franke stayed tough and pitched his max count which was important to get the win. Packer then finished off well 22 pitches to complete 2 digs. Tom was the rock behind the plate running the game well.

Tom and Jordan both picked up 2 hits for the game. We executed well in the batter's box picking up walks plus getting those important hit when needed. Base running was aggressive. Great game boys the team enjoyed the day out and that's what really counts in the end.

Big thanks to Chris Day for umpiring the game with very little notice.

Hits: 2: Winter, J McArdle; 1: P Turner, S Hollis, S Wright, M Mulryan

Division 3 (Coach: Stan Warrilow)

Kensington 17 d Sturt 0

Division 4 (Coach: Darren French)


Its fair to say we were beaten and bashed around today! We got off to an excellent start scoring all of our three runs in the first dig, and was looking positive but was not to be! They put on an excellent hitting display, out hitting us 12 hits to 2, this was obviously reflected on the scoreboard!

Matt Saint threw 4 digs and persevered well despite having to throw more than 3 outs in most digs! I finished off and the hits kept on coming!

Our two hits were from Simon Gooley and Tony Catt, Thanks for filling in Tony and catching the game for us! Also thanks to Josh Tindall, Dan Oates and Ben Schutz who all doubled up for the 3's!

Things will turn around if we stick together, keep training and get some more game time, hopefully we will chalk up a couple more wins before Christmas!

HITS: Simon Gooley, Tony Catt 1.

Division 6 (Coach: Wallace Long)

Our new team scout, Smally (Chris Small) recruited well during the week securing our first contracted player. A pleasure to welcome Snorky (Jeff Nicholas) to the team, joining up with his son and young gun Dave Nicholas. After the shock of 1) seeing a contract, and 2) seeing its size, it was quickly counter signed and we took to the diamond against Adelaide.

Rat (Rick Trembath) was pitching to Doc (Glenn Young). Two well placed hits started the game. Rat struck out the third batter. One fielding error, two regular outs and Adelaide had three runs.

Trent had a safe hit to get us started. Dave Nicholas got on base with a well worked walk. Snorky's first at bat saw him reach first on a fielder's choice. Smally picked up his first of three hits for the afternoon with Dave Nicholas being our first run.

Top of the second and a regulation 5-3 for the first out. Three safe hits to left field followed. This combined with a couple of errors and Adelaide had added four runs.

Reggie (Dave Lee) picked up his first of three hits but we couldn't manage a run in the second. Adelaide 7, Saints 1.

Good fielding by Daisy (Chris Day) 5-4 saw the lead runner out. Good running catch by Reggie and Adelaide were retired without adding to their score. Hits to Smally and Reggie but we failed to register a run.

Adelaide were finding the holes and after three safe hits Dave Nicholas took the mound. A strike out ended the innings, an innings that saw Adelaide add three runs.

Our bats came alive at the bottom of the fourth. We batted round the order (6 hits, 2 HPB) with Reggie getting his third hit and Shrek (Ben Colyer) with two hits in the innings (single and triple). Adelaide 10, Sturt 8.

Top of the fifth was an even mix of strike outs, BB and hits. At the end Adelaide had added another four runs.

Dave Nicholas made first after a hit to second base. Amazingly after tap dancing around, looking at second base (nobody there) the second baseman propped, threw to first only to see the first baseman drop the ball and Dave was safe. Dave was our only run in an innings that saw Smally get his third hit for the day.

Two strike outs by Dave started the innings, a safe hit and a fielding error gave Adelaide one more run. Nothing from us in the bottom of the sixth and Adelaide ended up ahead 15-9.

Thanks to Snorky for joining us and to Carol for scoring.

Hits: Small C (3) Lee (3) Small T (2) Colyer (2) Nicholas D (2) Nicholas J (1) Trembath (1)

Division 8 (Coach: Phil Martin )

Sturt 8 Reds 13 at Sturt

With the lure of Schoolies proving too much for our regular starting and relief pitching combination, it was up to the rest of us to try to overcome the Reds.

Jules 'Kiwi' Potiki took to the mound, combining with Justin 'JR' Ranford (back from altitude training in Belize) and had to watch as the Reds hit a completely disproportionate number of squeakers, sun-balls, flares, bloops, swinging bunts, dying quails and dribblers during the first two innings.

The good news was we would outscore them 8-2 from that point on. The bad news - they already had 11 on the board.

Jayke 'Bruce' Wayne showed his brother what commitment means, rushing from his exam at Flinders to relieve Jules and keep the Reds in check. Ditmar 'Galloping' Guehrer, Dave 'Hocko' Hocking and Rich 'Elvis' Carter were barely troubled in the outfield after that point, leaving the infield of Ben 'Roger' Moore, Josh 'Cliffy' Clifford, Phil 'Philthy' Martin and Kingsley 'KWT' Turner to do the mopping up. Andrew 'AJ' Johnston even had a run in centre field after Hocko pulled up lame.

A couple more innings and we might have got them, with the bats working hard and the baserunning as aggressive as ever. But it wasn't to be and it finished 13-8.

Thanks again to Heather for umpiring and AJ for his coaching support.

Hits: Hocking, Wayne, Guehrer (1 RBI), Clifford 2, Turner 2 (1 RBI), Moore 2 (2 RBI), Martin 3 (2 RBI)

Under 17/1 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 20 d Goodwood 2

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jeff Nicholas)

U15/1 - Sturt 19 d Northern Districts 7

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt 14 d Southern Districts 13

After Chris Small's match report last week caused the Sturt server to crash he has been banned from match reports for the time being.

The game for the Saints this week demonstrated how you can't take any game for granted. The Hawks had been soundly trounced by West Torrens last week and I think the team were expecting an easy win. The Hawks certainly came out to play and it ended up a very close and exciting game of baseball.

We used three pitchers with Nik and Conor both going to their full counts and Stu coming in at the end to finish the game for us. The game was very much level pegging for the first 4 innings but a lot of their runs scored on walks and stolen bases so we probably need to work on holding the runners a bit tighter. All the pitchers demonstrated that they have good pick off moves so we should use this to our advantage. Overall the pitching was solid and fielding good with only three errors for the day - not bad in a tight game of baseball. Our batting was very consistent with 10 hits for the day with almost every one picking up at least one hit. Jamie Last went three from three and Stu was on base three times from three plate appearances. Riley again demonstrated how much his batting has improved with an excellent outfield hit to bring Jamie home to score the wining run in overtime. If there is anything to work on with our batting it perhaps continues to be pitch selection.

Well done overall boys - a well fought out win in a tough and tense game and definitely a complete team effort with everyone contributing.

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach:Stuart Crutchley )

Adelaide 14 defeated Sturt 5.

The Sturt team travelled down to Weigall Reserve with the intention of keeping their season on the winning side of the ledger. Playing third placed Adelaide was always going to be a difficult assignment. With the team good luck charm, Mitch Foley out due to the infamous Canberra stomach bug and Sam Stewart injured in the warm up we went in with 9. The lads were determined to stare down the home town favourites.

We got away to a good start, Dylan led off with a cracking ground hit to left, Aussie with a mistimed hit to third and Josh Wilson with a big 3B first ball hit to right and 2 RBI's. Jordan steps up and line drives with a scorcher straight back at the unfortunate pitcher's ankle and takes the poor lad to the ground. Nick with a well-placed drive to right and we're scored four. Aussie began on the mound, threw accurately and had a first up 9 ball duel including 5 fouls against Adelaide's leadoff batter, gave up four hits, two walks and we conceded 5 runs against five lefties due to some good hitting.

The second saw us go 4 up and 3 down with no score added. Two strike outs, 2 walks, no hits, couple of wild pitches, aggressive base running saw Adelaide grind out 2 runs to lead 7-4.

The third began with Josh helping himself to another first ball hit through centrefield and Nick hitting him home for our single run. Accurate pitching saw Adelaide cancel out 3 of our batters in just 10 balls. A change on the mound brought Jordan Abfalter on to have his first pitch of the season. Great start, throwing his pocket rockets to gun down the Adelaide with no score added. 7-5 and we're still a chance.

2 out and bases loaded saw Adelaide put us away without scoring. Back in the field- a neat play by Nick at third, another strike out to Jordan, and now 2 out then a lucky hit half way down the first base line gets the batter safe at first. A big smash to left scores an inside home run and adds 2 to the Adelaide total. Dylan finished the innings with a spectacular off the ground catch at left field to close the innings with the score at 9-5.

A 12 ball innings sees us three up three down. Enough said. We took the field with the expectation of a quick innings would give us the opportunity to bat again and pull a rabbit out of the hat. Alas it wasn't to be. Another 2 tonks into a very busy left field, a fumble at short stop, two strike outs, hit batter, 3 walks - this innings had it all but sadly for our sake also 5 runs. Adelaide wins 14-5

Josh led the way with 3 hits from his 3 at bats today, Jordan 2/3, Nick 2/3, Aussie 2/3 and Dylan 1/3. The pitching was good with the accuracy of Aussie at 50% and Jordan at 55%. The Adelaide boys fought much better in the box today and that in the end was probably the difference. We had too many blokes going down in 3 to 4 pitches whereas the Adelaide lads kept fouling until they either got a walk or a hit. Hits between the teams were the same, it was the way Adelaide refused to let Aussie or Jordan get on top that gave them the win. Jordan's first pitch of the season after a bit of Tuesday night Mr Mac magic was a corker. Hard and fast and got a few batters dancing around. Keep it up.

We regroup and return to play the younger Angels same time same place next Sunday. Training is Tuesday at the later time of 5:30pm. Thanks to Emily Wilson for a lovely score book. Just as the match was about to begin up and coming star Sam Stewart cops a swinging bat to the cheekbone and goes down like a sack of spuds. No laughing matter and we all need to ensure this doesn't happen again. Only one player on deck at any time. Please ensure you communicate this to your boys. Hope to see you soon Sammy.

Little League 1-Saints (Coach: Jamie Knuckey )

Little League 1-Saints 19 defeated Kensington 1

After a great start to the season the boys faced Kensington for the first time - completing the first round of games in LL majors.

The challenge was to keep up the good form. Warm up and enthusiasm was the best it has been for a few weeks - great effort guys.

The game started with Ky on the mound and Tom O behind the plate. After a full count walk to start the day before Ky reached top gear and 3K's followed to dent the confidence of the opposition.

Some good fielding by Kensie saw us 3 down thru 5 batters for 1 run after Reed and Ky had good ground balls to centre.

A 3 up 3 down for both teams placed us 1-nil up after 2 innings.

3 outs from 4 batters with 2 more K's and a good field by Hugo at first and we were back to bat. True to recent form the boys fired up in the back half of the game. Hits to Samuel, Reed, Tom O, Robbie, and doubles to Ky and Hugo saw 4 runs in. In the bottom 4th hits for Harry, Elliot, Sam, Reed, and Ky - 4 more runs after holding them to 1 run with Ky taking 3 K's thru 5 batters (4 innings, 65 pitches, 41 strikes, 10 K's, 2 walks, 1 run - fantastic effort Ky).

A complete reshuffle after 4 - Harry to relieve for Ky and Patrick behind the mound. Well pitched in 5th and 6th for 25 pitches, 17 strikes, 1 hit, no runs, 2 Ks, no walks - great job Harry and well supported by the field with great diving effort by Tom O at RF, great catch es by Hugo (LF) and Ky (CF) with a fantastic throw to 3rd keeping the runner honest.

More aggressive batting in the 5th and 6th produced maximum 5 runs each innings. Hits were plentiful with Patrick and Elliot joining in and a double to Tom O in the 5th.

Hits - Reed 5 (from 5), Ky 4 (from 4), Samuel, Tom O, and Harry 3, Elliot 2, Hugo, Robbie, and Patrick 1.

Walks - Robbie, Samuel, Patrick, Elliot 1 each.

An impressive team performance today - the effort to close the game in the field with great outfield work supporting the pitcher and our team culture of batting aggressively again proving the difference.

Undefeated after a full round of games sets a standard now for the boys to achieve over the next few weeks. Keep training hard and swinging the bat aggressively.

See you Tuesday.

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 7 lost to Glenelg 10

The boys started in very good form scoring the maximum runs in the first inning and getting the first 6 glenelg batters of the game out! We started to dream of our first win. Unfortunately Glenelg came alive and scored some runs in the next 2 innings and our batting went a little quiet.

This was still the best game we have played this year and is clearly demonstrating that the training is paying off.

Well done to everyone this week - another big chance this Sunday to notch up out first win!

Encouragement award this week goes to Izzy Gonzalez - he pulled off the best two plays at shortstop we have seen all year! Well done mate!

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Brett Schenk)

We were up against a formidable Glenelg Gold side who had not lost a game to date. This week our boys were awake and got off to a flyer. Josh opened the pitching for 12 strikes and 4 balls giving up only 2 runs. At bat we came to play with safe hits to Kurt, James and Josh and we gained the 5 maximum. In the field however we looked a little loose making some simple errors. Second innings Kurt was up and the batters retired quickly with stats, 2 balls, 6 strikes for no runs scored. Second inning we batted 5 home again with hits to Max, Harrison, Josh and Hamish. (nearly a homer by Josh) Into the 3rd Glenelg continues their good form hitting well and our attitude improved as we sensed an upset. Three runs scored. Robbie Brennan pitched well with 2 quick outs but strong hitting and some poor fielding didn't help. At bat we fell asleep and scored 0 for the inning putting pressure on ourselves and leaving the door ajar for the tigers. Into the 4th and they scored the 5 maximum again with strong hitting. Max pitched consistently with 8 balls and 15 strikes. Last to bat in the bottom of the 4th and we needed 1 run to win. Hits to Max and Robbie saw us load up the bases. We scored the magic 1 run and time and game was called. Excellent batting by Glenelg. We batted and pitched well but will need to go back to basics in the field. Overall a competitive game of baseball which may see us move close to the top of the ladder. Standout moments Josh and Harrison's massive hits, excellent all day catching by Axel, Kurt's pitching stats and catch on first. Well done to the boys and parents who helped. Much thanks !

Coach Brett Schenk.

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..:: message posted on Monday the 19th of November, 2012 21:19:33 ::..

Newsletter 12/11/12

The best of the South Australian Baseball Clubs have teamed together to challenge the Adelaide Bite at Norwood Oval for the 2nd Annual Adelaide All-Star Game. The two teams will clash on Friday, November 16th with First Pitch at 7:00pm. This event will feature a Celebrity Homerun Derby right in the middle of the action. Get down to Norwood Oval to support Mildren & Roeger going against the All-Star team which has Travis Fox & Chris Lawson on the team.

On Sunday our Division 1 will have a double header at home against Glenelg. First game is at 12.30 pm, followed by Game 2 at 3 pm. Please come down to the club to support our team!

Take a look at Baseball SA who have a new website!

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!


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:
Catapultwealth  Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd   Kingspan  Last& Co Lawyers  Easton  Brooks Monumental Kitchens
Silver Sponsors:
Freshwater Systems National Tool Distributors  Wendy's Burnside   Smith Motor Company  PPI Promotion and Apparel   Dean Lynds Mt Lofty Golf Club Hattam McCarthy Reeves
Bronze Sponsors: Goodlife Health Clubs Goodwood

Aussie Tee Ball Sponsor: Windsor Meats

Division 1 (Coach: Peter Kitchingman)

With the Bite away and injuries to Fox and Stokes the team was shuffled around this week both in the field and the batting line up.

Dan Turner was promoted to the 3 spot and for the second week in a row we scored a run with 3 hitters after Turner collecting a hit to centerfield scoring Youngy after reaching on via an error then stealing second.

Henley then managed to score 1 in each of the first 2 innings to take a 2-1 lead. Henley's import then settled to go on a strike out spree striking out 7 of the next 9 hitters until we then collected 3 hits in a row and a BB to score 2 in the 4th taking back the lead. And then we scored again in the 6th taking a 2 run lead.

Once again Henley's bounced back and score 2 in the 6th to tie the game.

In the 7th Dan Turner collected his 3rd hit and 2nd RBI to take the lead 5- which was the final result.

Once again Smokey was fantastic throwing 7 innings and collecting 3 hits & 2 RBI's himself.

Shaun Wright was again handed the ball to close out the game and after a couple of walks in the 9th showed composure beyond his years striking out the hitter for the save, his 2nd in 2 chances well done Wrighty.

Hits- Lawson & Turner 3 each, 1 each to Frogley, Holmes & Passmore

Friday night get down to Norwood to support our boys with Mildren & Roeger going against the All-Star team which has Travis Fox & Chris Lawson on the team.

Sunday is an important weekend up against Glenelg in a double header at home with Game 1 starting at 12.30 followed by the 9 innings game at 3pm.

If any juniors are interested in being batboy for these games and get the opportunity to sit on the bench and learn from the guys please contact Peter Kitchingman on 0417 029 174, first in first served.

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

H&G 5 def Sturt 4

We let one get away today. The Boys loaded the bases 3 times but just couldn't get the important hit leaving many runners on. Good learning curve for the lads.

Henry Wood hit the ball well picking up 2 hits. At times we may have been a little picky and not aggressive enough, but we did create the opportunities now all we need to do is capitalise on those opportunities.

The D was pretty solid, Pete pitched another gutsy game. Big thanks to Tom Winter rushing to the ground after work to help the team by pitching the last two, you are a club man Tommy and the team really appreciates it.

Thanks to Pete and Jarrod for also doubling up by rushing off to help the 3's.

Keep your heads up lads, seeya all on the track Tuesday.

Division 3 (Coach: Stan Warrilow)

A good game overall apart from some throwing errors.

With only 8 players until 5 mins before the game things were looking a bit grim.

However, Dutchie and Peter Turner saved the day by coming straight from their B Grade game at Henley and Grange and arriving just in the nick of time.

Mitch Lightbody started of with a cracking hit to right field which was pleasing, but that's where it ended for the first dig.

Yours truly started on the hill and after the first innings we were down 1 nil.

We had 2 bad innings after that and both of them cost us 4 runs each time.

In between the boys caught and fielded everything, a big improvement from last week.

Brodie did the job at 3rd base along with Sam, Dutchie and Jack in the outfield taking some great catches looking into the sun.

So basically we played 6 great innings and 2 terrible innings and ended up with a 9 nil loss.

It's not everyday you get to play (let alone pitch) 8 ½ innings in Div.3, but we did and we were a lot better than last week.

A big thanks to Harrison Lightbody for filling in for the last 4 or 5 games, Dutchie and Pete Turner for doubling up and my dear old mum for coming all the way from Darwin to score.

Good luck next week lads against last years premiers Kensington.

Hits - M.lightbody, Catt, Warrilow, Syrus, Fahy

Division 4 (Coach: Darren French)

Sturt 1 lost to Port Adelaide 9

I thought we improved in the field this week making less errors than the previous week, and will continue to improve the more we play and train together!

Matt Saint threw the whole game for us throwing seven innings, 116 pitches for 81 strikes. Good effort it can be a long day at times for little reward! Our hitting was also better this week, which was led by Ben Schutz with two solid hits! We had plenty of runners on in several digs, just couldn't convert them.

Thanks to Dylan Holt who put the uniform back on to help with numbers!

HITS; Schutz 2, Bates, Holt, D French, Saint 1.

Division 6 (Coach: Wallace Long)

A plethora of emails circulated throughout the week trying to solve the puzzle of who to play where. With several of our regulars, including our strike pitcher sunning himself in Bali we were fortunate that Div. 8 had a bye and both Philthy and Elvis put their hands up to join us on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Goodwood.

Top of the first and our top order all made good contact but failed to score a run even with a double from Daisy (Chris Day). Jarrad Small, pitching to Doc (Glenn Young) took to the 'mound' getting the first batter to hit straight back to him. 1 out. With some well placed hits Goodwood put on six runs before we had the other two outs.

In the second Doc hit a double and scored our first run. Jarrad pitched strongly in the second with three up three down. The innings highlighted by a great running catch by Philthy (Phil Martin) in centrefield.

Top of the third and with several hits, including another double to Daisy and a booming home run over left field to Philthy we added 6 runs. Goodwood picked up one run in the bottom of the third. 7-7 after three.

Pep talk yielded no runs in the top of the fourth. Needing to hold them Goodwood had a couple of hits and soon had five runs. Elvis (Richard Carter) took to the mound and picked up the first out with a great catch by Doc. Even with another great catch by Sleepy (Mark Williams) Goodwood added two more to take it to seven for the innings.

Whilst we added another four in the top of the fifth, with Pop (Mark Burns) hitting a double and Doc a single we fell short. Goodwood batted out the game for an eight run win (19-11). Regardless of the result the team made good contact with the bat and hustled well in the field.

Thanks to Philthy and Elvis for helping out, our four pitchers, Jarrad, Elvis, Trent and Daisy and to Janet for scoring.

Hits: Jarrad Small, single; Philthy (Phil Martin) home run; Daisy (Chris Day) 2 doubles; Pop (Mark Burns) double and single; Doc (Glenn Young) double and single; Gromit (Wallace Long) triple and 2 singles.

Division 8 (Coach: Phil Martin )


Under 17/1 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 21 defeated Kensington 2

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 and Shaun Wright.

Safe hits as follows: Wright 4, Lightbody 2, McArdle 2, Hill 2, Tindall 2, Bartley 2, Ortiz 1, Duchene 1, Hancock 1, Crameri 1.

Under trying conditions the boys performed well at the home of the Cardinals.

A solid day on the mound from Josh Tindall gave us a great start to the game and he was well backed up by Mitchell Lightbody who closed out the game. All swung the bat well. Welcome back to Shaun Wright who went 4 from 5.

Keep up the hard work on the track.

Go Sturt

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jeff Nicholas)

The Under 15's travelled down to Southern Districts for a Wednesday twilight. With a chilly breeze and setting sun coming in from centre right, conditions were far from perfect, but Sturt had come to play.

Brodie gave up 1 hit in 3 innings and Damo threw 2 shut out innings. Simmo and Brodie bagged 3 hits each with the final score 14-1

Hits; Adkins, Macbeth 3, Bartlett 2, Peters, Arnold, Brennan, Wood

Sturt defeated Port 18-0 at Home. Simon Adkins continued his good form with 3 hits and Luke Peters nabbed a well placed inside the park home run.

Brodie gave up 1 hit in 3 innings and Stuart and Damo threw an inning each. Road trip out North Next Sunday.

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

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Chris Small)

This is my first report for the season as Glenn Young normally writes them, Glenn said to apologise for the length of it!

We travelled down to Southern Districts on a warm day with a slight breeze for our first game against one of the two Southern District teams. I arrived early so I could watch the other SD Hawks team play to see what we will be up against need week.

We started the game off batting first and we looked to make a strong start to give our pitchers and field something to defend. Matan Cohen was first up to bat and with some great patience he drew a walk, he then ended up at third after a pick off went wrong for SD, safe hit then to Nik Sas - to left field, Jamie Last to deep short stop and Conor McClure with a double to left field we had 3 runs on the board and Conor on second. Brandon Weber was next up and even though he has been one of our better hitters he swung and missed the third strike only to have the catcher fumble it and with quick thinking by Brandon he took off running to a wild throw from the catcher to end up swapping spots with Conor who had scored. Matthew Allen was next up and again with great patience he also got a walk, Tyrese Kimotho was our first out but he went down swinging which is always great to see, better than just watching the third strike. Tyrese has a great swing and when he hits the ball he hits it hard for a first year under 15. Next up to bat was one hit I was very excited by, Riley Mills smashed a ball to left field for his first safe hit of the season. I must mention that Riley is very patient in the batters box and draws a lot of walks. I was glad to see him give Trent Small (first base coach) thumbs up when he got to first after the hit. Cameron Young was our number nine batter this week and not feeling to well (was sick as he arrived at the ground) was tough all day to play as we only had the bare nine, drew a walk and we were back to the top of the line up. Matan went down swinging for our second out and a walk to Nik we had bases loaded and Jamie up to bat, he again hit to short stop who threw to first only to have Jamie beat the throw, Riley scored on the same play to have the innings over with 7 runs and about 30 minutes off the clock. Into the field we go and with Cameron Young sick and Eli Egglestone away on camp we had to find someone who could catch this week, Nik put up his hand and said I will give it a go but you will have to teach me a few things, five minutes later he knew what he was doing. First batter went down swinging only to have Nik drop the ball but without thinking picked the ball up and threw the runner out at first, the second batter was out with a foul fly ball caught by Matan at third and the third batter was out with a 5-3 play, side away and back in the shade after 11 pitches from Conor and great fielding by the team.

In our second at bat and a change of their pitcher we were back in the field after only scoring 1 run to go 8 - 0 up with them to bat to even the innings up.

With Conor on the mound they managed to score 3 runs for the innings with only 2 safe hits and 4 walks. In this innings one of their runners missed home plate and again Nik received the ball from Matan and as he went to tag the runner trying to get back to the plate had the stuffing knocked out of him but to his credit he got up dust himself off, caught his breath and continued on with the game, He also managed to get a nasty ball on the knee cap which stung for awhile, welcome to catching Nik but we were still up 8 - 3.

Top of the third and Riley leads of with a walk followed by Cameron, a safe hit to Matan and a fielding error on the play see us score 2 runs, we score another 2 runs before the end of the innings to go 12 - 3 up.

We change our pitcher and send Tyrese to the mound, Southern Districts seem to like what Tyrese was throwing and their bats come alive. For the first time in baseball we had a run from second run to third while SD had a runner at third, confusion set in and the runner from second kept running and got in front of the runner at third which is an automatic out, the runner at third was 1/3 way down the line before he knew what was happening just as Nik placed the tag on him for the second out in the innings. With a few walks and their hitting they manage to score 6 runs before we get the third out and time to go again but only just. The umpire sends us out there and we need to score at least 3 runs to go up by 7 and come away with a draw as worst case or score 4 and put it out of SD reach, Tyrese is first up and hits it hard to left field, Riley is next up and again as he always does he draws a walk, Cameron up next and he goes down swinging and I am surprised that he was still out there swinging the bat because he looked drained but was never going to let the team down, Matan up to the plate and hits to short stop to beat the throw and then have it go pass first base to end up on second and we have now scored 2 runs and only need one more to win. Nik gets a walk, Jamie gets safe on a hit as Nik was going home only to be tagged out at the plate for our second out and still needing 1 run to win, Conor gets a walk and with Brandon up and runs on third and second there is no pressure on him what so ever, I look to the crowd and Brandon's Dad's fingers are bleeding because he has bitten his nails down that far and his Mum is heading for the hills as they can not watch, But me I had all the faith needed and knew Brandon would not let us all down, he smashing the ball to centre field, scoring the two runners and having the game called.

The final score of 17 - 8 was reverted back to even innings and we won 12 - 8.

Great game played in great spirits and the kids looked liked they were enjoying themselves. Well done to all.

Thanks to the great support from all the parents and grandparents that turn up to cheer the boys on, thanks to Janet Young for Scoring and Sue Weber for pitch counting. Thanks also to Glenn Young my manager for all his work each week and to Trent Small my son for coming out each week to base coaching and help the kids out.

Safe hits: Matan 2hits+1walk, Nik 1hit+2walks, Jamie 1hit, Conor 2hits(1D)+2walks, Brandon 1hit, Matthew 1walk, Tyrese 2hits, Riley 1hit+2walks, Cameron 2walks.

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach:Stuart Crutchley )

Sturt Saints 13 def Sturt 6

The first Little League Major derby had all the boys on both teams a little more nervous than usual.

With Andrew injured after an accident left him with a broken arm, Reed and Tom O unavailable the Saints team were undermaned with only 8 fit players. Thanks to the Sturt team for allowing Dylan E to play and leave both teams with 9.

With a good crowd in attendance the boys took to the field with Hugo on the mound and Patrick behind the plate - 3 up 3 down and 2 Ks. Hugo starting well. The boys went to bat against a familiar face as Aussie took to the mound. Samuel and Robbie on base and scored by Harry and Ky with good ground balls for all. Some pressure on the field allowed Patrick on base and a hit to Elliot seen 4 runs scored. Team Crutchley scored 1 and 2 more Ks for Hugo. Back to the top of the order saw Samuel on base again then aggressively moving around the bases to score before 3 outs for 1 run in. (5-1 after 2) Some great batting and base running by Team Crutchley saw 4 runs in and some real pressure on the boys in the field. Fair to say they were a little asleep and not at their best. A motivational chat with coach Knuckey seen some improvement. After 2 up 2 down Tom hit safe to be on base then joined by Dylan. Hits to Samuel, Robbie, Harry, then Ky scored a maximum 5 runs (10-5 bottom 3). With Hugo only having a 8 pitches left he was going to see off the first batter - Fly ball to Harrison and a spectacular catch, Fly to Hugo, then a 1-3 put out for 7 seven pitches - great job Hugo (74 pitches, 41 strikes, 6 Ks, 2 walks). 3 more runs in the 4th after walks to Hugo, Patrick, and Dylan with a double to Tom. Harry relieved and closed out the game thru 2 innings (30 pitches, 22 strikes, 3 Ks, 1 walk) - great effort Harry with good work from Tom taking over behind the plate.

Hits - Samuel and Ky 3, Robbie, Harry, and Tom (including a double) 2, Patrick and Elliot 1

Solid effort today but again poor effort at training and in the warm up shows with how you play in the game.

We must know the plays before they happen and talk to each other - the fielders need to back up the pitchers effort.

Keep practicing hard and enjoy yourselves - well done boys

See you Tuesday

Little League 1-Saints (Coach: Jamie Knuckey )

Little League 1-Saints 13 d Sturt 6

On a hot Sunday afternoon the underdogs and obvious crowd favourite LL Major Sturt took on the mighty undefeated Saints in a blockbuster derby match at the magnificent Norman Reserve. Tensions were high as the boys observed the minutes silence to remember the fallen. Manager Stewart was last seen handing out opposing players dossiers prior to the match commencing before returning to the comfort of the shade. Rumours and counter rumours swirled at Mitcham.

The game had some magic moments - the highlight from our team's perspective was the last innings play courtesy of team rookie Louis Gava taking a spectacular catch at second off Saints slugger Ky Hampton to turn a potential two bagger into a double play. This effectively stopped a possible last innings run on and gave us a very positive lead into next week. 3 up 3 down. That's the way we can play its just we have to do it more often.

We were beaten on the day by a better hitting side but we are capable of matching with all teams in this comp. On the whole the defence was mostly good but against sides like the Saints your errors will be punished. The third innings saw us concede the maximum 5 runs after having three out due to a simple error. If we can continue to eliminate mistakes and stick to the basics we are not that far away and with practice and match experience against quality opposition we will continue to improve. As the game progressed we made some changes. Troy Hocking relieved Oliver Crutchley behind the dish to have his first run at catcher and looked good. The defence had its share of the highlights, Sam Stewart catching an infield rain maker, Ky Sellick showing some style at short stop and Jordon Abfalter showing why he's probably the best third baseman in the comp. Austin McClure pitched well and made a couple of good plays at first and Nick Borello relieved and as always threw accurately to keep the field busy.

Austin with 3/3 hits including a 2B and 3 RBI's was the day's batting star. Troy Hocking also continued his promising start with a hit and an RBI for his 3 at bats. Unfortunately that was the sum of the batting. To give credit where credit is due Hugo and Harry pitched well throwing 55% & a sensational 73% respectively into the strike zone over 5 innings. However hoping for a walk is not percentage baseball against accurate pitching and collecting 6 KC's for the game is disappointing. Aussie threw at 58% and gave up 10 hits as opposed to Hugo's 3 and Harry's one. The Saints suffered just the 1 KC. Jordan battled hard getting bat on ball for his 3 at bats but was unable to get it away. Keep hitting and it will come. As the coach said we need to concentrate on defensive hitting, get the ball into play and try and make it happen. At worse go down swinging.

Overall there is probably nothing better than the scent of an unexpected win. We had a sniff 5-5 after 2 innings and it was very tasty. We would like to do it again.

We re-group and play Adelaide at Adelaide next week and this will be another challenge for the group who I am sure are up to it. Sitting at 3-3 next week is the final game of the first round and will give us a fair indication of where we sit.

Bouquets to Division One Coach Peter Kitchingman for volunteering to umpire the game. Thanks Kitch, nice one! Brickbats to the "home" side that left the clean up responsibility to the home coach and "away" team.

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 8 lost to Kensington 13

This was once again a much better game from the team against a more experienced lineup.

All the pitchers - Jack Hutton, Seb Steele, Tom Fisher and Lachie Holland - threw strikes and made the opposition swing the bats.

Defensively we are seeing the team develop better arm strength and therefore more prepared to throw the ball to the right spots.

What was particularly pleasing was out hitting - all the kids are getting more confident and starting to hit the ball really well.

Well done to Brady on a great first game and to my nephew, Riley for filling in.

Well done team - a win isn't far away!!!

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Brett Schenk)

On a beautiful day for baseball we visited Southern Districts in the deep south. The coach was suffering from a late night birthday celebration and the team also seemed to be suffering with a slow start. First innings saw a slow start to the batting with two k2s to our first two batters. Finn Stranger got on and eventually scored. In the field Kurt Schenk started at pitcher pitching 22 strikes, 18 balls for 4 runs scored. Second innings we scored 0 .Still asleep. Had the slump set in. Southern districts came to play and scored 3 in their second dig. Max took it to them with some power pitching 13 balls, 17 strikes for 3 runs. It was looking gloomy. We were falling behind due to our slow start. In the third we fired and scored the maximum 5 with good batting from Axel, Kurt, Max Finn and Rhys. Nice pitching by Josh Vidale in the third for stats 9 balls, 13 strikes for 2 runs. An excellent play from Josh to Kurt at first kept the momentum going. In the 4th we scored 4 with some excellent base running and a great slide home by Kurt. We were up by two and in with a chance. James came to the mound and pitched well. 18 balls, 13 strikes. They were 2 out with loaded bases with 2 strikes against the batter. It was anyones game. Unluckily for us they scored a safe hit and 2 runs scored. We had narrowly lost 11-10. However I believe this was one of our best games so far in the season with all players showing areas of improvement. Good catching by Finn and Axel. Best batting by Josh and James.

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..:: message posted on Monday the 12th of November, 2012 21:02:59 ::..

Newsletter 05/11/12

It was a tough day at the office for our Senior Teams this week, with all of them going down except for Division 6 which drew with Kensington. Our juniors saw wins to Under 17, Under 15/1 and Little League 1-Saints. Unfortunately the Bite also went down this weekend, so clearly hopefully things will look up for next weekend!

Our intrepid photographer Jeff 'Snorky' Nicholas headed down to Woodville to get some action shots of our Div 1 boys. As usual these are on the front page of our website.

This weekend we have our Division 1 and 2 teams playing on Saturday, with Division 2 playing Henley & Grange commencing at 1.30 pm and Division 1 playing the Saturday twilight, commencing at 4 pm. Both games will be played at Henley and Grange.

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!


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:
Catapultwealth  Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd   Kingspan  Last& Co Lawyers  Easton  Brooks Monumental Kitchens
Silver Sponsors:
Freshwater Systems National Tool Distributors  Wendy's Burnside   Smith Motor Company  PPI Promotion and Apparel   Dean Lynds Mt Lofty Golf Club Hattam McCarthy Reeves
Bronze Sponsors: Goodlife Health Clubs Goodwood

Aussie Tee Ball Sponsor: Windsor Meats

Division 1 (Coach: Peter Kitchingman)

The game started just the way we wanted with Holmsey getting a lead off hit followed by a triple to Foxy then Roeger's base hit all of the sudden we were 2 up none out and only 3 hitters had come to the plate.

Unfortunately Woodville came out swinging scoring 6 in the first 2 digs. Smokey was able to find some really good rhythm only allowing 1 hit and 2 walks over the next 4 innings to keep us in the game. Woodville sealed the game in the 7th .

We today just didn't have it in the batters box being out hit with Woodville having 17 base runners to our 9 told the story.

Shaun Wright again showed he can match it with the best going through the heart of Woodville's line up unscathed with a scoreless 8th innings.

Hits - Brebner-Russ 2, 1 each to Holmes, Fox (3b), Roeger, Lawson, Passmore.

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Woodville 11 def Sturt 1

Tough day for the B grade today, we faced top placed Woodville. We gave up 5 runs in our first defensive innings, mainly due to errors in the field we really never looked like coming back from there.

Matt pitched two very tough digs and held his nerve well as mentioned the field really didn't back him up this week.

Woodville's pitcher threw a good game and Randy was our only player to register a safe hit, some guys hit the ball put couldn't find the gap.

Thanks again to Kitch for coming to the rescue and pitching the last 2.5 digs ( in pain ) with 5 strike outs, only giving up 2 runs. Boys Kitch showed us today if you got heart things will start to go your way. Let pick ourselves up work on our fielding and go get the win over Henley & Grange next Saturday.

Division 3 (Coach: Stan Warrilow)

A tough ask awaited us as we came up against last year's grand finalists.

I told the boys at the start of the game if we didn't make any errors we would be in the game all day.

Unfortunately we ended up making far too many errors and went down 10-2.

Big Max started on the hill and did the job for a couple of innings striking out 2 hitters. Yours truly replaced him after he had reached his pitch count for the day.

A costly mental error allowed the Eagles to score 6 runs, 3 of them from a home run.

The next innings was better but after that we made some more errors, which cost us more runs.

Stuart Crutchley came on and pitched the last 2 innings, doing a great job throwing strikes and giving our 3rd baseman plenty of fielding practice.

In the last innings we managed to get the bats going and scored a couple of runs.

Too late she cried, the boys need to get out to training on Tuesday and work on the basics.

Thanks to Haz Lightbody for filling in, Brodie and Frenchie for doubling up and Sue for scoring.

See you next Saturday at Woodville boys.

Hits - Crutchley 2, Guehrer, Warrilow, Duffield, Syrus 1.

Division 4 (Coach: Darren French)

Sturt 2 lost to Southern Districts 12

This was to be our biggest test yet for the season, and we looked ok early in the game, before we came undone!

Tinny started for us, He threw 3 good innings giving up 4 runs,3 earned. Then came Matt Saint pitching the next 3 digs, they scored 8 runs all unearned, support in the field was hard to find!

So for a total of 9 unearned runs, a win was not likely. In Div 4 this is what win/loss comes down to!

Everyone is accountable for their position this week, so let's switch on next week and we will learn from this game, move on and try and put it behind us!

Thanks to Jamie Knuckey who help us out behind the plate, and the two guys who doubled up for the 3's Brodie Syrus and Sam Bates! Last but not least our scorer Sue Mulryan who scored both games Thanks!

Hits: Jamie Knuckey, George Baker 1

Division 6 (Coach: Wallace Long)

Sturt 11, Kensington 11

Round 4 saw us hosting Kensington at the well manicured Norman Reserve. With RAT (Rick Trembath) on the mound and Doc (Glenn Young) catching we began our 1st innings in the field surrendering 1 run. David Nicholas led off the batting in the bottom of the 1st, dusting off the cobwebs with a bomb over the centrefield fence. With hits to Jarrad Small and RAT we took a 3 to 1 lead into the 2nd.

Kensington added 3 more runs in the next 2 innings whilst we failed to score leaving us 3-4 down going into the 4th. David Nicholas took to the mound pitching 3 shut out innings, finishing with 6 K's from 9 batters. We kept the run tally ticking over taking a 11-4 lead into the top of the 7th innings.

With David Nicholas signalling that he was done a quick Rock, Paper, Scissors at the change of innings saw the unlucky Grommit (Coach Long) head out with the ball. Grommit struggled to find his target after a long lay off from pitching and the Kensington hitters took a liking to our Closer Smally's (Chris Small) grenades! We gave up the maximum 7 runs for the innings. Needing 1 run for a win, a fly out to centrefield from Daisy (Chris Day) and K's to the last 2 batters saw a disappointing end to a game we seemingly had in the bag.

Highlights for the day were David Nicholas home run in the first and a staggering put out at the plate from deep left field showing what a great natural talent he is. Trent Small and Rick Trembath continued their fine form with the bat, each collecting 3 hits.

Thanks to Wolfy (Don Wolf) for volunteering his time to umpire for us.

Hits: Small T, Trembath R 3ea, Small J, Nicholas D, Burns M, Young G 2ea, Small C, Day C, Lee D 1ea

Division 8 (Coach: Phil Martin )

Sturt 7 lost to Glenelg 12

In their first three games, a super-strong Glenelg team had piled more than 55 runs on their opposition but for the best part of five innings on Saturday, they were looking up at the mighty Saints.

Jordan 'The Splendid Splinter' Wayne commanded the mound at the Bay and held them to a measly four runs while we put 7 on the board with a mix of strong hitting (including Dave 'Buddha' Hocking's first RBI for the year) and patience at the plate. Our defense was strong again - another 6-4-3 double play to add to the list ('Philthy' Phil Martin - Jess 'Lemo' Lemon - Ben 'Roger' Moore), with Andrew 'AJ' Johnston again creaking the knees behind the plate and Kingsley 'King T' Turner unpassable at third. They had some big outfield hits (soon corralled by the likes of Jules 'Ichiro' Potiki and Buddha) but these were matched by Josh 'Cliffy' Clifford who smashed a pair of triples among his three hits.

Unfortunately, they eventually started to get on top of us and not even the injection of the fresh arm of Lemo, Jayke 'Bruce' Wayne at short or Ditmar 'Galloping' Guehrer in right could stem the flow.

Still, it was a brave effort and we know we're good enough to beat them. Huge effort by The Splinter who was simply outstanding with bat and ball and Cliffy's hits kept us right in it.

However, perhaps the highlight of the day was the constant sledging between their starting pitcher and King T; despite Heather's constant pleading, the pitcher couldn't bring himself to plunk his old mate Kingsley and paid for it, with the big man smacking two hits.

Hits: Lemon (2), Jordan Wayne (3), Clifford (3),Hocking, Turner (2)

Under 17/1 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 10 defeated Southern Districts 2

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 and Tom Bartley.

Safe hits as follows: Lightbody 2, Ortiz 1, Duchene 1, Guehrer 1, Tindall 1.

After our journey to the Hawks we returned to the hallow turf of the Saints and our opponent today was Port Adelaide. Our warmup continues to improve. Under trying conditions the boys performed well and continue to improve each week.

A solid start on the mound from Tyson Hancock gave us a great start to the game and he was well backed up by Charlie Goldsworthy who closed out the game. The field backed up the pitchers well with great catches taken by Tyler, Charlie and Will. All swung the bat well with Tyler starring with a great double to right field along with Max's triple to right and two line drives up the middle to Mitchell. Daniel had another solid day behind the mask in trying conditions.

Well done again boys we are now 3 and 2. Let's keep in the positive with a win on Sunday game and a midweek game both against Kensington. Keep up the hard work on the track.

Go Sturt

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jeff Nicholas)

The Under 15.1's defeated Woodville 17-1. The boys had a great day with the bat, with a 7 run 3rd inning putting the game well out of reach for the Senators.

Brodie pitched 3 innings (0 hits, 4 ks, 2bb) and Stuart Brennan closed well in his first appearance on the mound.

We have a couple more challenges this week with South away on Wednesday and Port at Home on Sunday - time to get serious boys.

Hits; Arnold 3, Macbeth(hr), Evreniadis(hr), Bartlett 2 Peters, Adkins, Wood

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Chris Small)


Little League 1-Sturt (Coach:Stuart Crutchley )

Sturt LL Major lost to Glenelg 7-17

A warm afternoon greeted the team as they ran out onto Norman Reserve for the anticipated clash against Glenelg. After opening the season with three hard fought wins and suffering a nail biting 3-1 lost to West Torrens last week the Sturt boys were beginning the second of 4 games "series"against much fancied opposition. The Kardiac Kids had trained well during the week and hit well in their warm up and were prepared to give it a crack.

Coach Crutchley pulled a few changes. Nick started on the mound and was relieved by Ky making his pitching debut. Both lads threw well, the pitching was accurate but the Tiger batting was up to it. The defence was generally okay, a few fluffed throws, a couple of errors here and there but generally okay. Outfield throws coming back to second as instructed was pleasing. Some of the fielding highlights included Dylan taking a difficult rain maker infield catch by getting underneath and behind, Olly was good behind the dish on a hot difficult day, Josh took our first outfield catch at right field and Troy was solid at left following instructions. Louis played his first game at third and improved as the game wore on.

The opposition batting was better and that was the main difference- we were out hit by a better team. 17-7 tells the story. However, offensively there were good signs. Louis got his first hit with a line drive down to left for 2B. Olly put together an excellent day with the bat with 2/2 & a walk including another fine two base tonk, Troy collected an excellent two base smash, between right and centre as did Aussie in almost the identical spot. There were some excellent individual hitting but not enough RBI's. As many a coach has lamented they all came at different times and not together. Disappointing at times were the shot selection, swinging at what the assistant coach politely calls rubbish and too many KC's. Better to have a dip than die wondering. Apart from the first when we scored 3 to trail 4-3 we couldn't get a rally going at any other time and ultimately that was the difference. Basically just two runs an innings saw a 10 run match differential at the game's end.

Thanks to Lyn for scoring, Mark doing a sterling job umpiring in hot conditions, Hocko for helping with the set up and clean up and Gail for pitch counting. Lovely field by Dave Lee. Much appreciated.

Next week we turn our eyes to the Derby against Knuckey's Evil Empire - the undefeated Sturt Saints. The odds are juicy and are the lads up to it? Be sure to get there early to get a shady spot in what should be a cracker in front of a packed house. There is a lot to like about this team and with more game time plus plenty of practice we will see lots of improvements.

Little League 1-Saints (Coach: Jamie Knuckey )

Little League 1-Saints 13 defeated Adelaide 5

This week we travelled to Adelaide to face an expected quality opposition. Having never been to Weigall Oval without it blowing like a small hurricane - our expectations were again fulfilled. A "gentle" breeze from Right Field and our supporter group leaning to their right to stay vertical. Despite this the boys were not put off. They swung the bat aggressively and managed some score board pressure early to build a comfort margin.

We started well with walks to Reed and Robbie, a double to Harry and a sacrifice fly to Ky scoring 3 for the innings. Ky started on the mound and after blowing off some cobwebs thru the first few batters sat three outs down with strike-outs - 1 run scored. The second dig started with some good at bats - walk to Tom, hits to Samuel, Reed, Robbie, Harry and a walk to Ky seen 2 runs scored and bases loaded. Andrew absorbed 5 pitches then unleashed to Right Field for an 'in the park' HR Grand Slam - 5 runs scored. With the team on a high Ky fired out 3 more for an 8-1 lead. On a high we relaxed a little and 3 up 3 down. Back in the field Ky had 2 more K's before tiring into the end of his pitch count (72 pitches, 40 strikes, 8 K's, 3 hits, 1 run) - great effort Ky. In relief Hugo stepped up - we all thought he was still asleep and not the normal smiling Hugo - how wrong - striking out the 3rd out. Back to the top of the order and Samuel on base Harry decided he too could match Andrew's effort and smashed a ground ball to centre field and then beat the throw home for another HR. Ky thought this seemed easy and followed with another ground ball to centre field off the first pitch - then raced the throw home for another HR. Great effort guys. Hugo completed another two innings and never let Adelaide have a chance (31 pitches, 23 strikes, 4 Ks, no walks, 3 hits, 2 runs). Robbie (recovering from an arm injury) put his hand up to close the game (10 pitches, 5 strikes, 2 hits). Reed started the day behind the plate and was fantastic as usual. Patrick "subbed--in" and continued a quality effort by the catchers - great work guys. The field was not really challenged and was solid with limited opportunities but we did make some mistakes we need to learn from.

Hits - Harry 4, Samuel 3, Reed and Andrew 2, Robbie and Ky 1.
Walks - Hugo 2, Reed, Robbie, Ky, Andrew, Tom, and Patrick 1.

A great team effort against a good team was a solid work out ahead of the derby game at Sturt next Sunday. The Sturt (team Crutchley) leadership group saw the need to send team Manager - Dave Stewart - out to "watch" number 1 son play. We know this was part of planning for next weeks game and is nothing short of spying - we are looking forward to the game and have saved a few tricks for the 'Battle of Norman Reserve".

Train hard this week guys and well played today.

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 10 lost to Souths 13

We made the long journey down South rd on a quite hot and blustery day. The kids were in a really positive frame of mind which was great.

With some tight pitching and defence we held a 2 run inning into the bottom of the last innings - the crows went silent as the anticipation of the first victory was in the air - however it wasn't meant to be as Souths batted very well to score the required runs for victory.

This was by far and away the best game the Sturt team had played all season and the improvement is really starting to show. The pitchers were throwing a lot of strikes, the batting was more aggressive, the fielding was great and made sure we made the right decisions in the field.

The first win isn't too far away - keep your heads up kids - we will sing that Sturt song soon!

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Brett Schenk)


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..:: message posted on Monday the 5th of November, 2012 20:58:04 ::..

Newsletter 29/10/12

Congratulations to Jordan McArdle and Shaun Wright.

Jordan McArdle first start in B grade at age 14 which is awesome not only that he got 3 hits (including a double) he played very good defense at third base and looked very comfortable.

Shaun Wright had his first appearance in Div 1 and pitched to 4 of the better hitters in the ABL to collect his first save against last years runners up his stats 1 innings 1 hit 1 K 0 runs.

Photos from the game courtesy of our resident photographer Jeff 'Snorky' Nicholas are on the front page of our website

Congratulations also to Paul Mildren who pitched for Australia in Sydney on the weekend, pitching 3 innings with 5 k's and 1 unearned run.

T-Ball and Rookie Ball kicked off last Friday and the weather was perfect. Numbers were great with over 70 registered players and all showed great enthusiasm. The first week involved exposing the players to the skills and techniques of baseball in order to better equip them for the games. Many thanks to the senior Sturt players in Randy Mann, Travis Fox, Matt MacBeth and Harrison Lightbody for their assistance. All looks good for a great season.

This weekend the Australian Baseball League season starts off with the Bite playing at home against the Perth Heat. Games are scheduled for Thursday 1 November, Friday 2 November and Saturday 3 November, all at Norwood Oval. Visit the Bite website for further details. You can also download the home game calendar to make sure you don't miss any of the action at Norwood Oval.

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Division 1 (Coach: Peter Kitchingman)

Game one started slowly with Port jumping out to a 3 run lead in the first & then it got worse with Zac Stokes being hit in the head in the first innings to end his day, let's hope Zac is OK and will be returning soon.

Will Frogley jumped into first base after just playing seconds to do an outstanding job collecting a hit.

Randy then started to find his rhythm holding Port at bay until they scored 1 in the 4th to go up 4-0. The the Angus Roeger show sparked the team with a monster solo Home run in the 4th followed by a 2 run bomb in the 5th, Port then got one run in each of the last 2 innings.

To the boys credit we showed lots of fight to get get back to within 1 run with the chance to pinch the game but just fell short.

Randy battled well to get through the whole game which was needed as Mildren was in Sydney with the Australian team.

Hits - Roeger 3 (2 Hr's), Turner 2 & 1 each to Frogley, Brebner-Russ, Macbeth & Passmore

Game 2 the boys carried on their good form from the final 4 innings of game 1 to score 3 in the first 3 innings to lead 3 -0. Smokey was in full control and we ha our chances to blow the game open several times but just couldn't find that 2 out hit. Port bounced back 2 in the 6th and 1 in the 8th to tie the game, thanks to a fantastic diving stop by Frogley at 1st to knock the ball down for Passmore to collect and get the out at first which stopped the runner from second scoring and Port going to the lead.

Then bottom of the 8th Frogley completed a fantastic day with a lead off hit to ne replaced by Sam Hollis who then saw 3 great at bats which lead to a bases loaded walk to Roeger to get the go ahead run over the plate which then to another walk and a ground ball to take a 3 run lead into the 9th and Wrights first appearance in Div 1 facing the heart of the Port line up he managed to Strike out Tadd Langman the Capps medalist from 2 years ago for his first save.

Smokey had a great outing pitching 8 innings and was backed up by his team 13 hits & 6 free passes for the game.

Hits- Fox 3, 2 each Brebner-Russ, Turner & Macbeth, 1 each Roeger, Lawson, Frogley, Passmore

Great job I think we only lost 3 innings all day and to get a split against last years grand finalist was a good day, Woodville next week.

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Sturt 6 defeated Pt Adelaide 3

Today we came switched on and remained focus from start to finish as a result we got the win over Pt Adelaide.

Defensive we kept Port scoreless in 7 of the 8 digs this was spearheaded by Tom Winter starting on the mound today. Tom showed grit pitching 6 inns 112 pitches 3k's only 2 walks, massive effort making a big impact on the game and helping the team with the win. Thanks to Kitch for closing the last 2 digs and doing the job. Offensively we hit well picking up 9 hits for the day, and had good AB's. We scored in 5 of our 7 offensive innings.

Congratulations to Jordan McArdle for his B grade debut and what a day he had picking up 3 hits with a double and one RBI, at third he made 5 complete plays to first and took a nasty infield pop-up finishing with 6 successful outs. Good job mate.

Well played today lads we are improving every time we play, must keep working on the track.

Hits: 3 J McArdle ( Double ), 1 Faehse, Young ( Double ), Frogley, Franke, Winter, Hollis ( Double )

Division 3 (Coach: Stan Warrilow)

Sturt 5 lost to East Torrens 8

With the A grade having a double header and a number of players away for the weekend, the Division 3 started with a young lineup. Josh Tindall started on the hill and did a great job and should be very proud of his outing. He will only grow from the experience.

The game was played in blustery conditions and never reached any great heights but the Saints toiled all day and stayed in the game until the very end.

Mitch Lightbody played some solid defence at Shortstop and showed some of us older players how to swing the bat! Harrison Lightbody also settled in well behind the plate for a few innings.

In the end we just didn't do the basics well enough and it doesn't matter what level of baseball you play - most games are won or lost on doing the basics well.

Tony Catt - Stand in coach.

Division 4 (Coach: Darren French)


A win this week was always going to be a tough ask as we were restricted with numbers, we had several players playing in new positions, especially Batesy who caught the entire game!

I would like to thank the guys from Div 8 who filled in for us Josh Clifford and Kingsley Turner, Both making some good plays, and Josh picking up a hit! Also thanks to Norm Sluga who filled in at short notice coming up with some good plays at short!

Our defence today was excellent with very few errors and some great outfield catches stopping certain runs. Everybody was committed and backed each other up , an example being Dan Oates playing first base and getting cleaned up, a great sign of dedication and desire for the ball!

Our hitting was pretty good lead by Stephen French with two hits, this was good to see!

HITS: S. French 2, Baker, D French,Sluga, Oates,Clifford,

Division 6 (Coach: Wallace Long)

On another fine Saturday afternoon we headed to the picturesque suburb of Glenelg to face the Tigers in a must win game.

Grommit (Wallace Long) returned from the USA, his major league prospects in tatters, citing confusion stemming from an under the table agreement that saw him transfer to us from Sydney last season as a major hurdle in being transferred to the US team of his choice.

Batting first we adopted an aggressive base running approach scoring 2 runs with hits to Jayden Trembath, Jarrad Small and Chris Small. Inspired by the younger base runners ahead of him Chris Small took it upon himself to attempt to steal 3rd base. With legs pumping and arms waving he set off from second. Unfortunately Glenelg had made the play and were nestled back in the dugout before he made the required ground.

We took to the field with Jarrad Small making his first appearance on the mound for the season. A solid start gave up no runs as we headed for the bats for the 2nd innings. Unable to add to our run tally Glenelg came out scoring 4 runs for the innings. With 1 more to us and 2 to Glenelg we found ourselves 6-3 down heading into the 4th. Needing to get the bats firing we scored 4 runs for the innings with singles to Chris Small, Sleepy (Mark Williams) and a stand up double to Grommit (Wallace Long). With the RAT (Rick Trembath) now on the mound we steadied the ship surrendering 2 runs for the remaining innings whilst adding a further 6 runs to our tally and came out 13-8 victors.

Highlights for the game were Wallace Long's home run over the left field fence, Rick Trembath's perfect run scoring bunt in the 3th, Mark Williams first 2 hits ever (a novice ball player) and Trent Small's stunning catch and double play at 2nd.

Hits: Long 3, Williams, Small J, Small C 2ea, Trembath J, Colyer, Young 1ea

On a more sombre note, today's game marked the fifth anniversary of the untimely passing of our former teammate Trevor Colmer. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kerryn, Brett and Jack at this difficult time.

Division 8 (Coach: Phil Martin )

Sturt 14 Northern Districts 2 @ Sturt

A great day for baseball on the immaculate turf of Norman Reserve and we responded in kind, with our third different battery combination in three weeks getting the job done.

Jess 'Lemo' Lemon got the start this time and, after introducing himself to Andrew 'AJ' Johnston behind the plate, proceeded to hold North to only two runs over three innings before handing over to Jordan 'The Splendid Splinter' Wayne who was virtually unhittable in relief.

Neither of them realised they were working with a GOLD MEDALLIST ... yes, AJ kept the Masters medal at home but regaled us with stories from the athlete's village in Alice Springs. Nice work if you can get it.

Our defence was excellent once again with clean skills in the infield and Jayke 'Bruce' Wayne taking a couple of great catches at centre and turning one of them into a double at second. The bats did the talking from the first until the last, with everyone getting on base and putting baserunning pressure on their fielders. We made them throw the ball around a lot and, although they got us a couple of times, we made more bags than we missed. Ben 'Roger' Moore and 'Philthy' Phil Martin contributed 8 of the 14 RBI (despite Martin's comical and potentially career-ending sliding efforts) with strong support from the likes of Kingsley 'King T' Turner, Jules 'Kiwi' Potiki and Josh 'Cliffy' Clifford who was making his first appearance in left.

Next week it's Glenelg who are also unbeaten after three.

Hits: Wayne, Wayne, Potiki, Moore (2), Johnston, Martin (3), Clifford, Turner. Lemon 3BB.

Under 17/1 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 16 defeated Southern Districts 5

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 and Tom Bartley.

Safe hits as follows: McArdle 3, Crameri 3, Bartley 2, Lightbody 2.

This week we travelled to the home of the Hawks. Our warmup was vast improvement on last week's effort and took it into the game. After a slow start and trailing 0-3 we finally scored in the third innings and flood gates then opened up with the team scoring 7 in the next two innings.

Every player made a significant contribution today from Tyson Hancock throwing all of the 5 innings (74 pitches for 44 strikes) to Jordan McArdle with a towering grand slam to Tom Bartley with 2 hits to Fraser Crameri with 3 hits and controlling the outfield and Daniel Ortiz who caught a great game.

Well done again boys we are now 2 and 2 let's get in the positive with a win next week against Port Adelaide at home. Keep up the hard work on the track.

A special mention must go to the coach who came out of retirement today to pitch 6 innings in the B Grade and came away with the win.

Go Sturt

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jeff Nicholas)

Sturt defeated Adelaide 4-3 at Flinders. A close game all day, but we held the Angels out when it counted.

Brodie pitched 5.2 innings (2 hits, 6ks, 0bb) in another outstanding performance.

Luke Peters went 2 from 3 and is starting to find some form. We travel to Woodville next week to face the in form Senators.

Hits; Peters 2, Arnold, Macbeth, Evreniadis, Brennan, Bartlett

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt 11 drew with West Torrens 11

After three fairly comfortable games we expected that West Torrens would give us more of a challenge. On a beautiful day for baseball the game turned out to be a cracker. Conor started us off on the mound and threw three very good innings. His control is improving all the time and his pick off getting a runner napping at first was a highlight of the game - you have to love left handed pitchers. Three innings, 5 K's and only one run scored. Conor also had a big day with the bat with three hits from four at bats including a double and a triple. Our batting early on was solid with runs in each of the first three innings seeing us 5-1 after the first three innings. Nik gave us two innings on the mound and kept up his consistent performance but the opposition getting more aggressive in the box and us still 8-5 up. Stu Gardiner made a guest appearance as our closing pitcher and to West Torrens credit they kept the game alive with aggressive batting to put on six runs and make us bat again. The boys kept their heads and despite being two out they managed to score 3 runs to manage a draw. With a runner stranded at third it was a shame not to manage the win but overall it was an excellent game of baseball.

The boys will have learnt a lot more from today than they have in the last three games. Nothing changes with the score - it's still one play or pitch at a time. I'm looking forward to our next game against West Torrens.

Hits Conor 3; Matan and Nik 2; Brandon, Jamie 1.

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach:Stuart Crutchley )

West Torrens 3 Sturt 1

The Sturt boys hit the road to Lockleys to take on an undermanned West Torrens side that had three of its best players playing up in the U15s. What ensued was a low scoring pitching and defensive duel the likes of which is rarely seen at the Little League level. After averaging 13 runs per game over the first three games, some tight West Torrens fielding and a lack of timely key hits proved to be Sturt''s Waterloo.

Austin McClure and Nick Borrello were solid on the mound to keep Sturt in the game despite our lack of offense. Three walks and an error led to the Eagles' first run in the first inning. Aussie did a great job bearing down with the bases loaded and one out to hold West Torrens to a single run that inning.

Troy Hocking led off the second inning with an absolute rocket to right centre that unfortunately went right down the throat of the West Torrens centre fielder. This was deflating to Troy and the team, but rest assured, Troy will be rewarded in the future for solid shots like that.

After shutting down Torrens in short order in the second, walks to Mitch Foley and Jordan Abfalter followed by an RBI single by Sam Stewart to tie the game had the Saints' bench rocking. When Sam and Jordy advanced to second and third on an errant throw and with nobody out things looked promising. Unfortunately a couple cans of corn and a strikeout later, Sturt was retired without further troubling the scorer and this ultimately was the turning point of the game.

A bit of wayward fielding allowed West Torrens to push one run across in the bottom of the third to regain the lead, but the boys were confident of reeling that in. As Wall Street says, however, past performance is no guarantee of future results and alas the previously red hot bats of Sturt either fell silent or continued to fall victim to solid West Torrens fielding.

The team welcomed Louis Gava for his first game and the big fella strode to the plate in the fifth with one out and Sam on first to face the Eagles' second and best pitcher of the day - no easy task. Louis ripped a sharp grounder up the middle only to see the Torrens shortstop range to his left and turn an apparent single into a 5-4-3 double play as once again, nice hitting went unrewarded.

Plenty of positives for Sturt to take out of this game. The infield led by Jordan at third continues to gel and subject to some better communication will be as solid a unit as there is in the league. Oliver Crutchley was sterling behind the plate and by far delivered his best defensive game of the season. Louis and Troy bring a ton of physical presence to what is otherwise primarily a small speedy team. Josh continues to take good solid hacks at the plate and pile up the hits. All in all a good position for the team to work from as the schedule toughens up.

Hits: Sam Stewart 2, Jordan Abfalter, Josh Wilson(1 each)

RBI: Sam Stewart

Little League 1-Saints (Coach: Jamie Knuckey )

Little League 1-Saints 15 vs Adelaide Angels 5

The boys took on an undermaned Angels team this week and after a slow start managed to come home strong.

Everybody played well and we made lots of changes on the day giving everyone some opportunity in new positions.

Our batting was again aggressive with some stand out efforts from Hugo (4 from 4 with 3 doubles), Reed (3 from 4, 1 double and a walk), Tom E (3 from 3 with 1 double), Ky (3 from 4 with 1 double), and Andrew (2 from 4 and 2 walks). Harry started on the mound and did extremely well (60 pitches, 35 strikes, 8 Ks for 1 hit), followed by Hugo (54 pitches, 30 strikes, 4 K's) who continued the great work. Elliot closed, making his Majors pitching debut and closed out the game with a good first up effort (23 pitches, 13 strikes, 1 K). Reed started behind the plate and was again very solid, Patrick continued the good work - great job guys.

While we won the game 15-5 we were very slow at the start. Hopefully all the boys learnt a lesson and are now aware they need to be ready to play and want the ball to come to them on every play. We need to be aware on the bases and take our opportunities to move around the diamond. Finally, while we swung the bat well, more effort to keep the ball on the ground and take the fielders out of play needs to our focus.

Solid effort boys but we need to keep working hard.

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Tony Catt)


Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Brett Schenk)

Little League 2-Saints 13 defeated Indians 4

On a bright and warm day we visited Mortlock oval for the first time. All of the team were eager to do well. We started off the first innings with good hits to James Rycroft, Kurt Schenk, Finn Stranger and Josh Vidale. Final score 3. Great pitching up first by Kurt, saw 4 batters and 3 K2;s (11 strikes, 7 balls). Second innings we received the maximum of 5 with the top of the lineup getting home mainly on balls pitched. Max Culp then pitched and threw a couple of zinggers. Two K2's for 4 runs batted in. (10 balls, 18 strikes). In our 3rd time at bat we were keen to hit. Again we got the maximum of 5 with good hits to Calum Turner and Josh Vidale moving our team along with loaded bases with Axel also getting on. The boys looked sharper in the field today and it was evident that their skills were improving. At Goodwoods last bat two K2's by Finn Stranger (12 balls, 11 strikes) saw no score to the Indians. Good catching by Calum for the first time. A good catch by Josh off first, to wind it up. Hamish, Kurt and James on base a lot. Rhys also batted well to get on but we just couldn't bat him home. After a good run, now time to enjoy that bye next week. A solid team effort. Well done. Saints 13, Indians 4. Nb- thanks to all the parents for their support of the team and just stepping up to manage all the necessary tasks.

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Newsletter 22/10/12

Well done to Divisions, 3, 4 and 8 who all recorded victories in Seniors this weekend.

Aussie Tee Ball and Rookie Ball start this Friday the 26th October at Norman Reserve.

T-Ballers - Please arrive as close to 5pm as you can so we can distribute uniforms and have a short game for the first week.

Rookie Ballers - Game to start at 6.30, also arrive at 6pm so uniforms can be obtained.

We have some room for more t-ball aged players so please encourage others to register asap!

Can you please let Ben Seekamp (phone: 0403 302 845) know if you are interested in helping coach/manage a team? All help is appreciated.

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!


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Division 1 (Coach: Peter Kitchingman)

The game started well with Holmsey collecting a hit then stealing second for Macca to do the team job and move Holmsey to 3rd for Foxy to score the first run of the game.

Unfortunately that was the only fight we put up with the West Torrens pitcher taking control and not allowing another base runner until the 6th Innings when Smokey lead off with a single which we managed to score one run.

Missing our mental focus we have had for the first 2 games really showed in the batters box and in the field with more mental errors not giving Smokey the support he needed on a tough day for pitchers. Randy Mann blew the cobwebs off with 3 solid innings of relief work.

This week we have our first home stand for the year playing Port Adelaide last years grand finalist which will show where we are at so get down and support the guys. If we come to play mentally like we have for the first 2 weeks we will be a mighty tough team to beat.

Hits- Holmes & Lawson 2 each, Macbeth, Fox & Stokes 1 each

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Sturt 2 vs West Torrens 7

Having beaten WT two weeks ago I knew it was going to be a tough back up game. Score board was tight all day with WT just hitting out in the end scoring 3 in their last at bat. Matt Franke started for us today and again had a good outing 82 pitches with 50 strikes, 4 strike outs and only giving up 1 earnt run. Shaun relieved and also pitched a solid 2 digs picking up 2 strike outs. Both lads are playing well for the team, today at times the field didn’t back them up like we have in the last few weeks. Dan Turner picked up 2 hit for the day and coach Kitch showed the boys how it is done with a patient walk and then backed it up with a stand up double. Harrison Wood did the team thing twice with a sac bunt and sac fly, Faehse continued to hit well and Frogley picked up a safe hit. Team is looking good but as they would know we still have work to do, when this side puts it all together it will be very exciting baseball to watch.

Division 3 (Coach: Stan Warrilow)

Our first win for the year, well done lads.

Big Max G. started on the hill with a 30 pitch limit and did a fantastic job for 2 1/3 innings. Yours truly came in shortly after and managed to stay on the hill for the remainder of the game.

A few errors in the middle innings let Gawler into the game and we found ourselves down 4-1.

The next innings we replied with 4 runs and took the lead by playing team baseball and putting the pressure on their fielders.

A few back to back doubles also helped.

The Rangers didn't trouble the scorers after that and we managed 3 more runs in the last 2 innings.

Well done to Jordy and Jack for picking up their first hits for Div.3.

Thanks to Tony Catt for filling in with his bright blue sneakers and Hursty, Pete Turner and Brodie Syrus for doubling up and playing in both games.

Good luck next week against east Torrens away.

Hits - Warrilow 2, Holland, Crutchley, McArdle, Catt, Fahy, Syrus

Division 4 (Coach: Darren French)

STURT 8 def GGCD 7

It was great to get our first win of the season, in what was a tight game!

Our pitches did a solid job, Josh Tindall started off for us and did what was required! Matt Saint threw the next four digs, he did very well considering its been quite some time since venturing to the hill!

We were much better in the field this week with very few errors, which helped out our pitches and made it easier to defend our lead!

Our hitting this week was excellent, with just about everybody picking up a hit! Lead by big Benny Schutz with 3 cracking shots, great job! and Simon Gooley with a couple, it was good to see him back out there after some time out with injury!

Thanks to David Hirst for coming out while he's back in town for a short while, and Stephen French and Daniel Oates who helped out and stuck it out all day! Also Peter Turner and Brodie Syrus who doubled up for 3's and 4's!

Hits: Schutz 3,Gooley 2, Tindall, Bates , Hirst, French , Syrus , Baker 1.

Division 6 (Coach: Wallace Long)

Northern Districts 15 defeated Sturt 10

On another fine October day we hosted northern Districts at Norman Reserve. With a combined age of the Northern Districts infield almost totalling that of Coach Burns we knew we would have to draw on our experience to win this one. Once again a slow start, not scoring until the third innings, saw us playing catch up baseball. Somehow we found ourselves 8 all at the start of the sixth innings. Unfortunately, with the thought of a hot shower and a cold beer post game, we gave up 7 for the innings. We managed to claw back 2 and finished the game with a score line of 15-10.

Highlights for the game were Jarrad Small’s running bunt in the third innings and his solid performance at Left Field. Rick Trembath had another solid game on the mound, our fielding errors not helping his pitching stats. Glenn Young returned as catcher after off season shoulder surgery and played his usual sound game.

Hits: 2 each to C Small, J Small and D Lee, Singles to Day, Colyer, Oates, Clifford and Burns

Division 8 (Coach: Phil Martin )

Sturt 12 defeated Playford 6

After getting the season off to a winning start against Port, we were determined to keep up the momentum against the Pirates - and the first innings set the scene for the day.

With Jess 'Lemo' Lemon and Jordan 'The Splendid Splinter' Wayne using their lead-off pace to put immediate pressure on the fielders and beat out the throws, 'Philthy' Phil Martin sac-flied the first run home and we were away. With good hitting by the likes of Jules 'Kiwi' Potiki (two doubles for the game) and Ben 'Roger' Moore, we put four on the board before the Pirates came to bat.

With the Kiwi on the mound, we then showed the Pirates who was boss with three great defensive plays - a brilliant caught stealing at second (Trent 'Junior' Small, who had an outstanding day behind the plate, pinging a strike to Lemo for the tag), a 6-4-3 double play (Philthy-Lemo-Roger) that the umpire generously called a 6-4 and then a laser from Kingsley 'King T' Turner for the 5-3 out.

We backed this up with the maximum seven runs in the second for an 11-0 lead. When the big Kiwi started to tire with the Pirates putting some runs on the board and runners on base, the Splendid Splinter took to the mound and mixed blazing speed with wicked curve, calmly picking a couple of come-backers while the infield supported him with clean defence (Lemo in particular was a hoover at second). Newcomer Dave 'Hocko' Hocking drew two walks in his first game and patrolled right field under the guidance of Jayke 'Bruce' Wayne.

We managed to hang one more run on their reliever who pitched well and closed out the game with a three-up, three-down last.

A great game by all with no errors and plenty of hits. Thanks again to Heather for scoring - this week it's Northern Districts at home.

Under 17/1 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 7 were defeated by Woodville

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 and Tom Bartley

Safe hits as follows: Tindall, McArdle 2, Ortiz, Goldsworthy, Hill, Hancock 1.

I am pleased to report that, on what turned out to be another pleasant Sunday afternoon at the home of the Saints, the Sturt boys pushed the very powerful Woodville outfit right to the last at bat again. Thanks to David Lee for preparing the diamond and Stuart Crutchley for umpiring. I have forgotten to mention our wonderful scorers Nicole McArdle and Trish Guehrer.

Tyson Hancock started for us on the mound and pitched well for 4 innings and then ably relieved by Charlie Goldsworthy in his 1st outing for the year. After scoring 5 runs in the 1st two innings the runs dried up and whilst the opposition only scored 1 run in the 1st 4 innings swung the bats hard in the 5th scoring 6 runs to our 1. All the boys played well and were unlucky not to come away with a win.

Well done boys, train hard and the results will come.

This week's tip: Look for signals from the coach. Come prepared to concentrate for the full 3 hours instead of just the game. Your warm up is a very important part of the whole game.

Go STURT !!!

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jeff Nicholas)

The Under 15. 1’s had a 12 – 2 win over Goodwood at Mortlock Park. It took us a few innings to work out the finer details of the local strike zone, but we kept the pressure on with Simon Adkins 4 hits leading the way. Brodie Macbeth threw 5 innings (8k2s, 1 hit) with Damo in relief throwing the pitch of the day – a 12-6 hammer - to strike out their power hitter in the last. A few bugs still to get out of the system, but momentum is gathering…

Hits; Adkins 4, Evreniadis, Brennan, Wood 2, Arnold, Macbeth, Gardiner

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt 16 defeated Adelaide 1

Week three, finally a home game and perfect weather for baseball. The 16-1 win was a credit to a good team effort – a number of our outs due to us pressing the limits with base running and some good plays from the opposition. Nikolia had a day out with an excellent starting performance on the mound and three hits from three at bats. He is now throwing some excellent off speed pitches and maintaining his accuracy with the fast ball. Three innings pitched using only 40 pitches and giving up two hits with no runs scored. Tyrese was our first reliever and pitched one and a bit innings with good pace and gave up just the one run and generally was well supported by the field. Matan closed with his first pitching appearance and while he struggled a little with accuracy had a good first performance but will only improve from here with more experience.

On the batting side we are looking strong. Matan looks dangerous every time he comes to bat and again had two solid hits and two walks to have an excellent day with the bat. Brandon, another who has improved his batting immensely, had four from four looking very aggressive in the batting box. Eli and Matthew each had a hit and the other boys generally are getting bat on ball and challenging the field. Only one KC for the day is an excellent result.

The fielding is strong but we still need to work to a no error game. Matthew in his first season of baseball had two excellent plays at second and is showing us how quickly he is picking up the game.

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach:Stuart Crutchley )

Sturt 16 defeated Southern Districts 15

After giving supporters and coaches heart palpitations the previous week at Kensington, the Kardiac Kids backed it up with another thriller, scoring four runs in the bottom of the fifth and final inning to pull out a 16-15 victory over a determined Southern Districts team at Norman Reserve.

The boys learned a lesson in this game that will pay dividends down the road. After jumping out to a 10-1 lead after two innings, the tide turned as the Hawks took advantage of some wayward pitching and loose fielding by the Saints to go up 15-12 after four and a half innings. To their credit, with time running out the boys set about tackling the three run deficit in the bottom of the fifth and delivered with confidence, piling up the four runs without an out.

Hitting continues to be the Sturt strength early in the season. The boys banged out 14 hits with an incredible .813 team on base percentage in combining good strike zone discipline with an aggressive approach at the plate.

Heroes at the plate were many as RBI machine Austin McClure knocked in 6 runs on a 4 for 4 effort including a key double during the game winning rally. Nick Borrello continues to lead from the front going 2 for 3 plus a walk and driving in the tying and winning runs with his second double of the day to straightaway centre after fighting off three pitches on an 0-2 count. The smile on his dial as he came off the field after his game winning hit was a sight to behold. Troy Hocking had two hits and two RBIs in his LL Majors debut and is a welcome addition to the team. Kye Sellick had his first RBI in the Majors as he drew a bases loaded walk in the first. Dylan Eggleston celebrated his return to baseball with his first hit of the year. Josh rattled the Southern Districts pitcher in the first with a one out double to left and contributed to the game winning rally with an RBI single in the fifth.

In the field, Jordan Abfalter made another nice play on a grounder to third once again proving hitting to the left side of the infield against this team is no ticket to success for opposing batters. Aussie turned in a couple solid innings to start the game, but was tested when the Hawks' bats came to life in the third inning.

Plenty for the boys to work on at training over the next few weeks. Improving communication and concentration in the field will improve our defense and help keep family, friends and coaches off life support during the balance of the season. Our next game at West Torrens will be a benchmark game for the team as it cuts its teeth at the higher level.

Hits: Austin McClure 4 (2B); Nick Borrello (2x2B), Josh Wilson (2B), Sam Stewart, Troy Hocking (2 each), Jordan Abfalter, Dylan Egglestone (1 each)

RBIs: Austin McClure 6, Nick Borrello 3, Troy Hocking 2, Kye Sellick, Sam Stewart, Josh Wilson, Oliver Crutchley (1 each)

Little League 1-Saints (Coach: Jamie Knuckey )

Sturt Saints (Saints 10 - Glenelg 3)

Our first home game for the season was a welcome change after the first 2 games away.

With Hugo making his debut for the season and Patrick returning we ready for a challenge from Glenelg.

Robbie has unfortunately injured his elbow and will miss a few weeks - but well done for coming out to support your teammates.

The day started well with Ky on the mound - 12 pitches and 3 strike outs. Glenelg were sitting down a little shellshocked.

Samuel led us away and walked to first. Stealing 2nd, then 3rd, then home while Reed was accumulating a full count and then a walk. reed was moved around by hits to Harry and Ky. 2 runs scored and 2 runners left on base. Glenelg again 3 up 3 down with 2 K's and a put out at first. Andrew led us away in the 2nd with a solid drive to shortshop and just short at first. Single to Samuel, double to Reed, then Harry, Ky and Hugo on base with 2 runs in (4-0 bottom 2). 3 more K's thru 4 batters for Ky hen hits to Patrick, and a triple to Reed scored 2 more runs (6-0). Hugo moved to the mound and after being a little rusty through the first few batters showed us what we remembered he can do - 3 runs against (6-3). Singles to Ky, Hugo, Elliot, Andrew and Tom seen 3 runs in (9-3 after 4 innings)

Hugo continued on the mound and threw well - He was well supported by the field with good infield work from Harry, Samuel, and Andrew, and a great outfield catch to Tom. 1more run in the 5th after a lead of double to Harry (10-3) and the game closed out by Hugo with 3 up 3 down.

All boys played well today. Some smart plays in the field and smart aggressive base running. While we swung the bat well and had a lot of hits, we also left alot of runners on base and could not create the scoreboard pressure our good play deserved. Reed was excellent behind the plate, then Patrick continued the great work. Ky (8K's) and Hugo (2 K's) dominated the battters - well done guys. Elliot, Andrew, Patrick, and Tom all swung the bat aggressively and managed safe hits. Samuel needs to watch out for the police because people who steal as much a he did today end up in goal sooner or later.

Well played guys

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 3 lost to Goodwood 10

Playing at the picturesque Flinders grounds for the first time this season the team was looking to improve a bit more once again.

We were up against Goodwoods first team which made life a little difficult but the kids played some good baseball.

Of particular note was the improvement in the pitching – well done to Tom, Jack, Seb and Angus. All threw much better strike/ball ratios and we kept the opposition scoring lower as a result.

The hitting still needs some work – that will need to be the focus this week!

A very honourable loss with a lot of positives to come from the game.

A special mention and the winner of the encouragement award this week goes to Madison Wright who wore a hit by pitch ball right in the elbow!. In a great show of resilience she didn’t rub it at all! Boys take note…….

Little League 2-Saints (Coach:Brett Schenk)

A sunny but smelly day at Glenelg (the pat ?). We started slowly with 2 runs scored by Calum Turner and Finn Stranger but Glenelg were on fire with3 K2’s. I was worried. In the field Glenelg Black scored 2 runs quickly and my day was getting worse. But with 2 on base Max Culp stepped up efforts and K2ed the next 3 batters. The second innings saw no runs scored by either team with a clean sheet for Kurt Schenk(7 balls, 7 strikes). The third innings saw us start to hit (and not hit balls) and we scored the maximum of 5. Runs to, Finn, Max, Kurt, Hamish and Josh. New pitcher James Rycroft did an admirable job with statistics 14 strikes, 17 balls for 4 runs. Going into the 4th we were up by 1. Excellent safe hitting to the outfield by James Rycroft and Josh Vidale saw us score 5 easily. Runs to Finn, Max, Kurt, Hamish and Josh again. The time was nearly up but we fielded again. The game was in the bag but Josh pitched solidly for 15 strikes, 8 balls for 1 run scored. He was backed up well in the field, by a couple of good infield plays. A slow start but a Ferrari finish. Both teams played well. Final score Sturt Saints 12 Glenelg Black 7.

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