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Newsletter 05/12/11

Congratulations to our talented young players who have made the state teams in their respective age ranges. Under 18 representatives are Matthew Franke, Matthew Macbeth, Dakota Mitchell, Sam Roberts and Harrison Wood. It is an amazing effort to have five of our players selected at this level. The Executive Officer for the Under 18 state team is Dean Franke. At the Under 16 level congratulations to Max Guehrer, Tyler Horrigan, Max Walker, Shaun Wright with reserve Errol Burns. The Executive Officer is Tricia Guehrer. Again five players is a sensational effort! At the Under 14 level, Brodie Macbeth, Jordan McArdle, Zac Lunnon, Stuart Brennan and Mitchell Lightbody with the Executive Officer David Lightbody. Again five players were selected and this brings the total to 15 across the three levels.

This junior representation at state level is an outstanding achievement and recognition of the focus our club has on junior development.

This Friday night Aussie Tee Ball and Rookie Ball will play its final game before the Christmas break with a special focussed theme on Christmas which will include some give aways for the kids. The Friday night competition will recommence on Friday 3 February 2012.

This week's Featured Player of the Week, Conor McClure from the from the Saints Under 14/1 side. You can access the Player Profiles from the front page of the website either through the top menu about>player profiles or clicking on the icon under the Premiership table. Any player from Aussie Tee Ball through to our A Grade team is eligible to be a Featured Player of the week. To be featured simply fill answer the questions in the proforma and send it back with a photo to president@sturtbaseballclub.org.au

Sponsors

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

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

If you would like to become a sponsor please contact Dean Franke on 0428 821 008. Details of Sponsorship packages are available from our website in the become a sponsor section! Please visit this area if you are interested in learning more about our sponsorship packages.

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  Mt Lofty Golf Club  Dean Lynds Goodlife Health Clubs Goodwood  Hattam McCarthy Reeves


Aussie Tee Ball Sponsor: Windsor Meats

Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt) Sponsored by: Catapultwealth (Major Sponsor)

Sturt 6 defeated Kensington 3

This was the best test of baseball we have had since the opening round and the boys went about there roles brilliantly. We talked at the start of the game about who would stand up when it counted and there were a few that took that challenge up. Chris Lawson kept Kensington quiet through 6 innings and Tom Becker closed the game out in clinical fashion.

Offensively we took our chances when they were there. The heart of the order did the damage with Wattsy unlucky not to have capped a great day off with a Home run, Carter clutching up a couple of times and a big welcome back to Stokesy at this level as well.

We can certainly tighten things up a bit on the defensive side but all in all a great win for the Saints.

Hits - Watts 2, Carter 2, Turner 2, Brice, Holmes, Stokes, Passmore

Division 2 (Coach: Zac Stokes) Sponsored by: Catapultwealth (Major Sponsor)

Kensington 9 defeated Sturt 8

The loss yesterday can be described as gut wrenching. We were leading all game only to blow a 4 run lead in the bottom of the last.

In a game that both teams combined scored 17 runs with only 4 hits each is never going to be pretty. Our side gave up 9 free passes over 7 innings. This can not be repeated if we want to have success.

I expect everyone to have a good focussed practice this week and get ready to take on Goodwood next weekend.

We need to stick to our game plan and play the game the right way. No body is owed anything. We need to work hard for our results.

Hits : Faehse, Frogley, Stokes hr, Prokopec

Division 3 (Coach: Rick Mitchell) Sponsored by: Hattam McCarthy Reeves & Goodlife Health Clubs Goodwood

Sturt 12 d Adelaide 2

Division 4 (Coach: Kris McArdle Asst Coach: Norm Sluga) Sponsored by PPI Promotion and Apparel

Port Adelaide 4 d Sturt 2

Sturt came up against one of the top four teams in Port Adelaide. Port fielded a team of youth and with no Div 3 side had a strong team. Matt Mulryan started on the mound and shut out the first innings. Sturt hit the ball in the first inning but made it very easy for Port with some easy outs.

Port with three bleeders over the infield added two runs in the second innings. Sturt couldn't take a trick and even though hitting the ball, just couldn't find the gaps. The game went scoreless for both sides until the fourth inning when Sturt through Max Guehrer and Jordy McArdle put some hits together and a run was scored. Darren was brought to the mound in the fifth inning and held Port out. Sturt added another run in the sixth inning thanks to a triple by Sam Bates and followed up by another safe hit from Max.

Port came back with another run in the sixth and seventh innings but Sturt were unable to put any more hits together. Sturt hung in all day but seemed flat and didn't take opportunities when they presented themselves. As always, errors proved to be costly. There were some positives with good pitching from both Matt and Frenchy. The 'youth players' in the team also performed well. Max Walker continues to do a great job behind the plate and Sam taking some good catches at centre field. Max G, Sam and Jordy were the only ones to pick up safe hits.

Safe Hits: Max Guehrer 2, Sam Bates 2, Jordy McArdle 1

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small) Sponsored by: Smith Motor Company  The Courthouse Normanville Tony Colyer Pty Ltd

Sturt Div 6 Twilight game 30/11/11 at East Torrens

We came up against East Torrens for a twilight game on a cold Wednesday night.

East Torrens have note lost a game this season and we were not going to change this as the game went on. East Torrens currently have a pitcher that was pitching Div 2 last season and when you don't face pitchers with speed all year it takes some time to get your eye in especially for us old blokes. In our first at bat it was 3 up and down. East Torrens first at bat we sent Reg (David lee) to the mound for his first appearance and with some wild pitches and some strikes thrown in there East Torrens were able to only put 3 runs on the board.

Our second at bat saw Fame (Adrian Hill) get a safe hit and then the next 3 batters retired with a score. East Torrens second at bat and we sent Fame to the mound to see what he could do and they only scored 1 run of him and we thought just maybe would could turn this around.

At the end of our third at bat we then new that this was not our night as we had 3 up and down with no score, back in the field and Fame still on the hill and by the end of East Torrens bat they had plate the max 7 runs. Our fourth at bat and we scored our first run from errors but it was still a run, while East Torrens put another 5 runs on the board for a score line of 16 to 1.

Believe it or not but we again had 3 up and down with East Torrens 15 runs up and the same pitcher throwing bullets. With this score I decided to go to the Mound myself (Coach Smally) and see if we could put a stop to their run feast, with my speed and accuracy East Torrens did not know how to counter act it and we sat them down with out a run.

We still had about 30 minutes and our 6th innings again was very quick with 3 up and down and game was called as there was no way we could have won.

This was a terrible game for us but we had fun and a laugh.

Thanks to Carol Burns for coming out and scoring and to all those that turned up and played, twilights are always hard to get a team for.

Safe Hits: Fame (Adrian Hill) 1

Sturt Div 6 v Goodwood @ Sturt

Final score 10 -8

We had the bare 9 with Junior (Trent Small) injured and sitting on the bench. Thanks to Norm Sluga who also turned up and sat on the bench only if required, the good news was he was not.

Into the field we went and we sent the Cub (Jay Lunnon) to the mound and with a couple of walks and some hits Goodwood had plated 3 runs before we got the final out, our first was not as good and after 4 batters we sat down with out a score. Goodwood's second at bat was also a donut as the Cub found a little bit of rhythm and we had them all out after 4 batters. Our second at bat again saw side away before we had scored a run but we did have a couple of safe hits and it was only time till we made a run.

Goodwood's 3rd at bat and they started to hit the Cub so the change was made and we sent the Bear (Barry Lunnon) to the hill to stop the bleeding, with a great run down after a lovely pick off move from the Bear and then a K2 we got out of the innings and only gave up 3 runs. Our 3rd and we finally got a run on the board with the Cub scoring after a nice hit to centerfield and then some wild throws from Goodwood but we were still down 6 to 1 going into the top of the fourth. With the Bear on the hill we held Goodwood scoreless and then they returned the favor to go into the top 5th score 6 to 1 down.

In the 5th Goodwood made 1 run to go 7 to 1 up after we had a couple of errors and things were not looking good, we needed something to happen to get us going and Goodwood had a change in pitchers and we thought it was our turn now. With some good hitting and a couple of errors from Goodwood we had scored the max 7 runs to go 8 to 7 up and time was almost up.

We went into the 6th 1 run in front and only needed 3 outs, the first batter got safe on a nice hit to centerfield, he then advanced on a wild pitch to second, next 2 batters flied out to centerfield and rightfield, so two out runner on second and we need one out to finish the game. The next batter hits safe to rightfield and the runner advanced to third. All we needed is one out, runners on first and third, pick off move to first and Coach Small bumbles the ball to allow the runner at third to score to tie it all up. The third out comes from a great catch at Leftfield by the Gromit (Wallace Long).
Our last at bat and we only need 1 to win, first batter Bones (Glen McDonald) watches a third strike over the plate and he knew it, 1 out 1 run to get, the Bear gets safe with a safe hit to centerfield, Coach Smally up next and hits to short stop to get the Bear out at second and only just by inches beats the throw to first for the double play, 2 out 1 run to get, Gromit gets a walk, the Doc hits to second and what happens I can report on as I was running to third, the hit must have been a pop up and fell in between all fields and Junior (Trent Small) coaching third is yelling at his father to go home, I round third and stop as the fielder has the ball and with my speed I know I would only get half way down the line and the ball would have been at home plate. Reg (David Lee) steps up to the plate, bases loaded 1 run required to win, earlier in the day Reg had the longest single ever at Sturt, I think he took about 5 mental photo's of the hit before he got out the batters box, one bounce between centre left and into the fence, fielders chasing the ball and Reg strolling to first. Anyway back to the winning hit, Reg hits down the third base line for the third baseman to get a bit of a bounce and we score 2 runs. Pop then steps up to the plate and hits to short stop, Reg running from first to second ran quicker back to the dug out than he did to second, 3 out time and game.

This was one of those game we should have lost but got out of jail.

Thanks to Don Wulff for umpiring and to Janet Young for scoring.

Safe Hits: Lunnon J 2 (2 from 3), McDonald 1 (1 from 4), Lunnon B 4 (4 from 4), Small C 1 (1 from 4), Young 1 (1 from 4), Lee 2 (2 from 3), Burns 2 (2 from 4), Guehrer 1 (1 from 3)

K2's: Lunnon J 2, Lunnon B 3
Hits: Lunnon J 6, Lunnon B 3
Walks: Lunnon J 2, Lunnon B 1

Division 7 (Coach: Dave Smith Asst Coach: Jules Potiki) Sponsored by Bulls Baseball Club

Kensington 12 d Sturt 9

We may have lost the game on paper but I think we all played well, with a better start I'm sure we would have won without a problem. No stand out plays or players as everyone chipped in and we had almost no errors, good work again by Chris Thomspon pitching and Justin Ransford catching until a rare injury took JR out, hope it's all good bud. Short but good pitching session by an also injured Jules. I took a couple of things out of this game - We have to keep the base runners accountable and that the metal composite bats that all the other teams seem to be using should be supplied to us as well, they are a clear advantage....

Under 18 (Coach: Jeff Nicholas) Sponsored by: Adelaide Commercial Flooring & Freshwater Systems

Kensington 3, Sturt 3

Under 16 - Sturt (Coach: Kris McArdle Asst Coach:; Rick Trembath) Sponsored by: National Tool Distributors,  Smith Motor Company Wendy's Burnside

Woodville 3, U16 - Sturt 3

Tough fought out game by both teams.

Jayden started on the hill for the first time this year doing a great job in the first 3 innings throwing only 1 walk and restricting WT to 2 runs.

Our bats were firing well and it was good to see all players putting the ball into the field to pressure the WT fielders.

In the 4th , the WT batters took a couple of hits off Jayden, and with couple of pitching changes, the dig did not go according to plan with WT scoring the maximum 9 runs with some walks and managing to find the holes.

To the boys credit, they did not give up managing to score 6 runs in the 5th, with Errol, Max G, Jayden ,Max W, Henry and Jordan collecting safe hits, just falling short by 1 run in the fading light.

Jordan was solid again behind the plate, Max G took the catch of the match and was solid again at first, Max Walkers base running was fantastic and Charlies lead off was very good using up the starting pitchers first 8 pitches.

Safe hits ; Max W 2, Charlie, Tyson ,Henry ,Jordan ,Max G, Errol , Jayden 1

Thanks to Chris Small, Pete Turner and Matt Mulryan for assisting on the night.

Under 16 - Saints (Coach: Glen McDonald) Sponsored by Mt Lofty Golf Club

Kensington 17 d U16 - Saints 6

Under 14/1 - Sturt (Coach: Garry Wood) Sponsored by Premier Trailers

U14/1 - Sturt 12 d Adelaide 7

Under 14/1 - Saints (Coach: Glenn Young) Sponsored by: Last & Co Lawyers

Kensington 22 d U14/1 - Saints 4

Three games in 8 days is always a challenge for the team and particularly the pitchers. We had two very contrasting games. Wednesday night we visited the home of the Hawks and it is probably a game best forgotten. Against ordinary pitching we failed to get a single safe hit! Fortunately Sunday was a lot better. Although the score line was not a lot different the boys played much better baseball. Our two pitchers Ethan and Nik took us through the whole game and gave solid performances. We still struggle on occasions to get our strike ratio high enough and that makes it hard work on the mound and allows the opposition to be choosy. In the batting box we were much better. Good hits to Jamie, Stu, Ethan (2), Jack and other batters making the opposition work hard to get their outs. Marcel's four fouls at two strikes down showed how to hang in their in the batting box. Good infield work by Stu, a good shortstop catch by Brandon and a nice play at second demonstrated the results of training paying off. Ty continues to catch well at first but we need to get him nimble and fast to field the ground balls up the line. The one thing that did let us down was our catches in the outfield. Although there were some difficult chances we need to work on that aspect of our game. Well done to Jack behind the plate and thanks again to all the support from John and the off field crew of parents who help out. Thanks to Brett for umpiring - always that bit harder when your son is pitching. Finally my impression of Kensington (never good) was reinforced by them continuing to steal bases despite being well over 10 runs up! The Derby at Sturt this week so lets see if we can continue our good batting.

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach: Jamie Knuckey) Sponsored by: Smyth's Confectionery

Little League 1 - Sturt 21 d Goodwood 4

Congratulations to the boys today. We were back in form and having fun after a couple of tough weeks.

Ky started us off on the mound and walked the first 2 batters before finding his range. 3 Strikeouts in the next 4 batters and side away -no runs. The batting started well with Samuel, Reed, Hugo and Harry getting safe hits, followed by Matan and a double to Eli - 5 runs maximum. Ky continued well over the next 2 innings facing only 4 then 5 batters with 1 run scored in the 3rd after a walk. Some excellent plays by Reed at 2nd base prevented 2 safe hits. 2 runs scored in the 2nd innings after Tyrese was unlucky to be tagged at home, and 4 in the 3rd with Eli an unlucky out from the Infield Fly rule. Score 11 - 1.

Aussie stepped up to the mound and threw well. 2 hits followed by a walk was recovered with a good infield play and 2 strikeouts. He started the 5th innings, after a strikeout handed over to Hugo who showed what he can do and retired the side with a strike out and infield play. A maximum 5 runs in each of the 4th and 5th innings with good hits to Tyrese and doubles to Ky and Harry.

Special mentions today to: Eli - an excellent job behind the plate, Reed - some great infield plays, Hugo - showed us today what he can do with the bat and pitching. A great team effort with the bat - 26 hits, and a real team spirit and support of each other. Well done boys.

Hits: Samuel 5, Reed & Harry 4, Hugo Matan & Tyrese 3, Eli Ky 2

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Mark Abfalter) Sponsored by Dean Lynds

Little League 2 - Sturt 10 d West Torrens 3

The first Sunday of summer and the weather again was sensational for a Sunday 'hitout' on the Park. Round 8 saw our team short of our regular lineup by 4 and were ably assisted with the boys from Div 1 - Tyrese, Reed, Sam and Hugo thankyou very much.

Our first innings saw us back to our best. Elliot was his usual opening consistency on the mound to put away the Eagles in quick time with good support in the field. Hits were aplenty to see through 5 RBI's and Tom saw bat to ball twice in a fine display in the first innings. Hugo stepped up to the mound into the second to help us in the pitching dept throwing a very 'smooth' K2 and KC to hold the opposition at Nil.

We were sitting pretty until the third innings - handing West Torrens a 'get out of jail' run home with some silly throwing 'a cow pat' around the bases. We managed another RBI in the third with a great hit from Sam Bennetts past shortstop and followed up in the fourth with a solid hit from Axel over to rightfield and Elliot's slam past the mound to bring home 4 RBI's and finish with 10.

Hits - Emmett 2, Abfalter 2, Andrews 2, Ridgeway 1, Moseby 1, Bennetts 1

K2's - Dahlen-Flight 1, Kimotho 1, Emmett 1 (all three threw KC's as well with Tyrese throwing the majestic 3 up 3 down)

Special mentions to Div 1 stars Tyrese and Hugo for excellent pitching support, Sam & Reed in the field and also newcomer Axel Andrews to gain 2 safe hits in his second match.

A good solid win with some help from above! Don't forget our training this week is on Tuesday again at 4:30pm at Waite Reserve, Fullarton Road, and basic fieldwork again will be the focus. Our next game is on Sunday 11th December, 10:00am at Flinders Uni against the Glenelg Tigers - make sure you come out and support the boys!

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Stuart Crutchley) Sponsored by: Watts Agencies & Brooks

Little League 2 - Saints 14 d Hawks 10

The Saints ground out a 14-10 victory on a blustery morning at Peregrine Park. Strong hitting carried the boys over the line which was timely as the pitchers as a group must have had their collective radar jammed on the long trip to Christies. Their cause was not aided by fielding that was shaky at times.

The guys did, however, have their hitting shoes on knocking out twelve hits to equal their season high from the previous week. The highlight was a howitzer to right by Patrick with the bases loaded in the 4th inning. Mitch and Ollie were consistent when it counted with both having RBI singles on two occasions.

Nick did a good job at first base with a couple nice unassisted putouts and Aran just missed nailing a runner at first with a strong throw from third, but results aside, there is generally much to be done to raise our baseball nous when on defense.

While the next official game is back at Southern Districts next Sunday, the practice game Tuesday against the strong Sturt U12 Majors team looms large for the boys to see how they measure up with more experienced opposition.

Hits: Mitch Foley, Oliver Crutchley, Nick Borello (2 each), Sam Stewart, Josh Wilson, DJ Mitchell, Bailey Passmore-Duthy, Aran Wittert , Patrick Milewski (1 each)

RBIs: Mitch Foley, Oliver Crutchley, Patrick Milewski (3 each), Nick Borello 2, Bailey Passmore-Duthy, Aran Wittert, DJ Mitchell (1 each)

For all results and tables go to www.sa.baseball.com.au or visit the Sturt Website at Sturt Web Site

..:: message posted on Monday the 5th of December, 2011 23:15:58 ::..

Newsletter 28/11/11

Another big weekend at our club started on Friday night with our Aussie Tee Ball, followed on Saturday with another great win by our Division 3 side who defeated Eastern Torrens 9-3. This places our Division 3 side in fourth place on the ladder. On Sunday our Division 1 and 2 sides travelled out to Ingle Farm with victories to both the sides. This places Division 2 in second spot on the ladder with Division 1 in fourth place.

You can view photos of the Division 2 and 3 sides in action this weekend by visiting the front page of our website.

Also on Sunday saw a fantastic opening round for the Sturt T-ball All Stars at the carnival played at the West Torrens Ground. Early wins against West Torrens and Kensington and a loss to Southern Districts by only one run was an outstanding result for the Sturt Team. Coached by Laura Stranger and assisted by Lynda Schenk, the team worked well together with some spectacular catches in the outfield and a rock solid performance by Kurt Schenk on first base. MVP was awarded to Robbie Brennan who was a standout with the bat with several home runs and a major contribution in the field at Shortstop. All players contributed to the team effort and many will no doubt challenge for the MVP award in future rounds. The next round will be held at Kensington on Sunday 11 December at 1.00pm for anyone interested in supporting the club in future rounds.

This week's Featured Player of the Week, James Last from the from the Under 14 Saints side. You can access the Player Profiles from the front page of the website either through the top menu about>player profiles or clicking on the icon under the Premiership table. Any player from Aussie Tee Ball through to our A Grade team is eligible to be a Featured Player of the week. To be featured simply fill answer the questions in the proforma and send it back with a photo to president@sturtbaseballclub.org.au

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of being shown the magnificent book on Mark Hutton's playing history which has been compiled by Jeff Nicholas. Mark was the first Australian to be signed by a Major League Club in America as a starting pitcher for the famous New York Yankees. The book is over 200 pages in length and features all Mark's statistics along with press clippings. There are also a number of DVDs of Mark playing in the United States. If you are interested in a copy please contact Jeff Nicholas on 0419 824 324. Congratulations Jeff on an outstanding book and videos that you have produced.

Sponsors

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

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

If you would like to become a sponsor please contact Dean Franke on 0428 821 008. Details of Sponsorship packages are available from our website in the become a sponsor section! Please visit this area if you are interested in learning more about our sponsorship packages.

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  Mt Lofty Golf Club  Dean Lynds Goodlife Health Clubs Goodwood
Bronze Sponsors:Hattam McCarthy Reeves Mastertax

Aussie Tee Ball Sponsor: Windsor Meats

Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt) Sponsored by: Catapultwealth (Major Sponsor)

Sturt 12 defeated Norths 2 (six innings)

The saints travelled out to Norths to face a team that had lost its coach during the week and would come out with some renewed enthusiasm.

We welcomed back Chris Lawson from Bite duty and sent him to the hill first. Chris threw 5 innings, giving up only 1 hit. Another quality outing from Smokey.

The pitching staff got lots of run support and as the 2 hour mark clicked over, the game was called. Offensively we had some quality at bats against their import which was a nice tune up before a big month of baseball heading into Christmas.

Special mention goes to Ace Prokopec for his first A grade appearance and hit. Well done mate.

Kensington at Kensington this week promises to be a great game and the boys are already looking forward to the challenge. Make sure you get down to Kensies to support the team.

Hits - Carter 2 (HR), Watts, Turner, Holmes, Young, Lawson, Prokopec, Adkins,

Division 2 (Coach: Zac Stokes) Sponsored by: Catapultwealth (Major Sponsor)

Sturt 15 defeated Northern Districts 0

The B grade team did exactly as asked and came out strong and set the tone for the day.

Not only did we shut out the opposition but we threw a team no hitter. Dakota Mitchell threw the first 3 innings and it was great to see him in good form. Ben Packer again closed the door on the opposition with a great final inning.

It's one thing to have pitchers going well and throwing strikes but having the confidence in a solid defense makes a big difference.

Offensively we only had 9 hits but many walks. This is something I watch and value when assessing hitters.

A special mention to Sam Hollis who hit his first home run and it was a grand slam! Great job Sam.

Division 3 (Coach: Rick Mitchell) Sponsored by: Hattam McCarthy Reeves & Goodlife Health Clubs Goodwood

Sturt 9 defeated East Torrens 3

Division 4 (Coach: Kris McArdle Asst Coach: Norm Sluga) Sponsored by PPI Promotion and Apparel

Southern Districts 8 defeated Sturt 3

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small) Sponsored by: Smith Motor Company  The Courthouse Normanville Tony Colyer Pty Ltd

Sturt 6 defeated Kensington 3

This was a game we need to win to keep in touch with the top 4 and in previous years we probably would have lost especially this close to Christmas, but this weekend was different we walked away with a win to put us half a game out of the top 4. We started with the Cub (Jay Lunnon) on the mound and the Bear (Barry Lunnon) in the chair and at first keeping a watchful eye over him, the Cub threw 4 innings very strong, the Bear then came in the top of the 5th and shut them down for 3 innings. Our first at bat this week we started with our youth again and both did not let us down with Junior (Trent Small) and the Cub scoring in the first for our first 2 runs. In the second we scored one more to go 3 - 0 up. The third both teams did not trouble the scorer so it was 3 - 0 up after 3.

The fourth innings Kensington started to look like they were going to take the lead and had scored 3 runs to tie it up, with a runner on first and two out their confidence grew and with the play of the day the runner decided to steal, the Cub still on the mound pitched a dirt ball which was scooped up by Shrek (Ben Colyer) and transferred to his throwing hand in one motion, one step and he launched the ball towards second only for it to fall short but do not fear Coach Smally (Chris Small) playing second with some very soft hands took the ball on the hop and placed the tag on the runner to stun him with the third out and the end of Kensington's charge.

With the score tied up at the top of the third we managed 2 runs with two outs from a lovely cover drive from AJ (Andrew Johnson) before the third out to go 5 - 3 up bottom off the fourth. With the Cub leaving to fill in for the Div 4's we went with mister reliable The Bear and he shut Kensington down for 3 donuts and the game finished half way through the 7th innings with Sturt in front 6 - 3 as we had an insurance run in the sixth.

One other thing to mention this week was a miracle catch by none other than the Doc (Glenn Young) out at left field, with a runner in the scoring position and two out with Kensington again threatening some how the Doc's glove hand worked quicker than his brain and he had closed his glove before the ball was there, but luckily, and for all you kids reading this, Doc had put his other hand up with his glove and trapped the ball with this hand and his glove for the third out.

In the batters box this week we had more fly balls and foul fly balls than safe hits but still managed the win, if we can only some how flatten our hits out.

A big thanks to all who turned up early to get the ground ready from some heavy rains.

Thanks to Reg (David Lee) for his early morning work on the ground and thanks to Carol Burns for scoring.

It is people Like Carol Burns, Jo Trembath and Janet Young that make writing reports easier, being able to read the score book play by play helps.

Safe Hits: Lunnon J 2, Lunnon B 2, Day 2, Colyer 1, Trembath 1, Young 1, Lee 1, Johnson 1.

Division 7 (Coach: Dave Smith Asst Coach: Jules Potiki) Sponsored by Bulls Baseball Club

South def Sturt 15 - 3

Slow start to the game but some good signs of another win on the horizon. Chris Thompson pitched the whole game and did a great job, well done. It was another solid day for Oatesey on 1st and it was great to have some mates from Div 6(Brock and Long) help us out, cheers. Good fielding by most (I should lead by example!!!) kept us in a good position but we couldn't hit out a good dig, I think we need some work there....Fresh game next week!

Under 18 (Coach: Jeff Nicholas) Sponsored by: Adelaide Commercial Flooring & Freshwater Systems

We travelled to Port Adelaide last Tuesday to play a twilight game in cold, windy and dark conditions and came away with a 2 - 1 win. Shaun Wright started on the mound and dominated the opposition giving up 1 hit, 4 walks and collecting 10 strikeouts. We could only put together 6 scattered hits for the game and again left 5 runners on bases. Our fielding continues to be good but we need to put more pressure on the opposition with our bats.

Yesterday we travelled to Golden Grove for a 9.30am game. The result was a disappointing loss to Golden Grove 7 - 8.

We started well picking up 7 hits in the first two innings and were in complete control of the match being 7 - 1 up.

We went to sleep after that and could only manage 1 hit for the rest of the game. Poor defence saw us give them the game.

This is the third game we have lost this season by 1 run after being in front. We have to get mentally tougher and finish off our opposition when the opportunities are there.

Under 16 - Sturt (Coach: Kris McArdle Asst Coach:; Rick Trembath) Sponsored by: National Tool Distributors,  Smith Motor Company Wendy's Burnside

U16 - Sturt 8 d East Torrens 2

Under 16 - Saints (Coach: Glen McDonald) Sponsored by Mt Lofty Golf Club

The local derby had a little extra spice in it with Reuben and Tommy Bishop lining up for Goodwood. The game, however, was played in good spirit and was another free scoring affair. Matt Amberg made his first start of the season and threw some great pitches but had trouble stringing them together. He probably pitched better in the 2nd innings despite giving up runs and after 2 we were 12-4 down. The last inning saw us hit, scoring 7 runs and putting us right back in the game.Sam Powell pitched a 1-2-3 dig but sadly time ran out helped along by some Goodwood delaying tactics. Daniel Ortiz had his best game picking up 2 hits and catching a fine game. Tyler Duchene took a confidence building catch in rightfield and Damon Gray did some good work in left. Ryan Cross had 2 hits and made a nice play at short. Look for signals boys and be aware of chances to take extra bases, and other runners after you make a play. Final score Saints 11 - Goodwood 12

Under 14/1 - Sturt (Coach: Garry Wood) Sponsored by Premier Trailers

Coach: Garry Wood, Assistant Coach: Barry Lunnon, Umpire: Craig Ottaway, Team Manager: David Lightbody

Score: Sturt 11 defeated Glenelg 1

Team: Simon A, Stuart B, Ryack P, Brodie M, Mitchell L, Cameron Y, Elijah R, Max S, Tyson O, Zach L.

Hits: Brodie 2, Cameron, Mitchell , Zach, Elijah, Max, Stuart, Tyson 1

A good job on the mound from Zach L and a good all round performance from the rest of the team.

Thanks to Umpire Craig, Scorer Julie and David Lee for having the ground in wonderful condition.

Reminder: Game this Wednesday at Norman Reserve vs Goodwood.

Go Saints

Under 14/1 - Saints (Coach: Glenn Young) Sponsored by: Last & Co Lawyers

As many are aware Sturt Saints have struggled to get any points on the premiership table. As a consequence this week the Saints and the Sturt u/14 had a player trade. Unlike the major leagues no millions of dollars changed hands, just a generous dose of goodwill.

Zach Evreniadis and Henry Wood played for the Saints while Cam Young and Elijah Randell played for the Sturt team. Thanks to all four boys for taking part in this experiment.

At the very picturesque Norman reserve the Saints boys took on Adelaide Angels. Our first outing in game 1 against Adelaide saw a 9-1 loss. We started with Zach E on the mound and the Angels certainly had come out to play. With some solid hitting and Zach taking a little while to find the zone Adelaide managed to put 3 runs on the board in their first dig. A great catch at centre field by Connor, a KC and pitcher fielded ball by Zach prevented it being more. Our first at bat saw a run on the board due to aggressive base running by Ethan and a safe hit to Connor.

Adelaide's second at bat saw three up three down with good fielding by Jamie and Zach and a great caught stealing with Connor making a direct throw from Centrefield to third and Stu tidying it up neatly to tag the runner out. Although Stu, Jamie and Ty all got bat on ball good fielding mean we were also three up and down in our second innings. Zach managed another two batters for us in our third defensive dig and Nik then took just three pitches to finish the innings. Another very nice out to Jamie cleaning up a deflection off the pitchers glove reinforced how comfortable he looks when playing second base. Again good hitting however meant Adelaide put another 2 runs to see them up 5-1. Out batting however continue to improve and hits to Nik, Ethan and Henry saw us get two runs back and close the gap. Jack finished the last two innings on the mound and gave a solid performance giving up only two runs in the 4th and then holding the scoreless in the 5th. Bottom 5 saw us 7-3 down. To the boys great credit they did not give up but went out blazing. Helped by two base on balls and then a cracking double to Stu and single to Ty were were 7-7 all. Luck was not to see a win as a double play and good field from the Angels field saw us three out and all square. Still we do now have a premiership point!

Overall it was a good game with very few errors and some solid batting and fielding. We will have to work on holding runners on base more (we gave away 15 stolen bases) but overall a good performance. Thanks again to Zach and Henry for their help and leadership and the boys who only played half a game (some without a bat!)

Finally, an interesting statistic. This game we took them through 4 pitchers, two of whom are in the State squad, and forced 112 pitches in total. Last time we played them they needed only 54 pitches for the whole game. This alone tells us how much our batting is improving.

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach: Jamie Knuckey) Sponsored by: Smyth's Confectionery

On a glorious day for a game in perfect conditions the boys were again today placed under score pressure. They responded with a fantastic effort to take the lead after Top5 (12-11) and held Kensington to 1 for a 12-12 draw.

After a slow start, both in the field and with the bat, we were down 11-3 after 3 innings. The rally started with a max. 5 run 4th inning and 3 up 3 down for Kensington through the strength of their batting order (11-8 down). A 4 run Top 5th for us and a 12-11 lead. Out to field and a K2 for the first up batter. The second batter walks and the tying run on base. 3rd batter put out at first base but the runner advanced to 3rd after having stolen 2nd. 2 out and runner on third. 4th batter in the box first 2 pitches see 2 strikes called - a pitch gets away from Eli who with a great effort retrieves the ball and lobs to Thomas - the runner slides thru home and safe. Scores level. One more ball called for a full count followed by a swinging strike to a Thomas fastball - Game over 12-12 draw.

A great effort by all today - to respond to the game pressure and take the lead was a fantastic effort. We need to take this effort into the next 3 games before the break and rekindle the team spirit of the first few games. All the boys should be proud of themselves today.

Hits - Thomas, Harrison, Matan, and Ky 2, Aussie and Reed 1. A great effort by Thomas to close the game with 18 strikes in 28 pitches and 5 strike outs.

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Mark Abfalter) Sponsored by Dean Lynds

Saints 13 defeated Sturt 4

Round 7 saw a re-shuffle and addition to the draw to play against our 'brothers' The Saints for our first Norman Reserve home game.

The last Sunday of spring brought fine weather and the stage was set for a great game. The scoreboard however didn't quite reflect our batting efforts due to the Saints excellent fieldwork.

Our first innings was a quick affair with 3 up 3 down due to a tight fielding display. The Saints showed us their batting strength with 4 safe hits bringing home 3 RBI's in quick succession. The second innings was much of the same and our 'sleepy' fieldwork (must have been a good party on Sat. night!) let us down to allow the Saints another 5 RBI's.

Our third innings saw us 'awaken' with hits across the board from all to see Owen, Robbie, Elliot, Andrew and Jordan all score safe hits and BB's to Tom and Zak. For a while the game was starting to open up as Zak came in to pitch, our fielding tightened up and we put away 3 of the Saints faster than 'Quick Draw McGraw'. Some great fielding by Elliot at first, Jordan at second and Tom catching 'creating' an out from a 'nought' held the Saints scoreless for the innings.

The fourth innings into bat and again we showed good bat to ball 'form' from Robbie, Elliot and Jordan only to watch the Saints hold us at bay with another strong display of fielding. We then saw Jordan step up to the 'plate' for his first pitch and he showed us another string to our pitching line-up throwing a K2 and some fastballs that were 'fast'. The boys continue to improve with the bat and this can only get better which was very pleasing on the day, as we have been weak in this area for a while. Our fielding however went 'missing', and we need to work on concentration levels (any ideas provided here will be tried!) as the boys are capable of much better.

Hits - Abfalter 3, R Brennan 2, A Brennan 2, Ridgeway 2, Short 1, Moseby 1

K2's -Ridgeway 2, Abfalter 1

Lots of hits with the bat was cancelled out by lots of misses in the field! Don't forget our training this week is on Tuesday 4:30pm at Waite Reserve, Fullarton Road, basic fieldwork will be the focus. Our next game is on Sunday 4th December, 10:00am at home - Norman Reserve against West Torrens Eagles - make sure you come out and support the boys!

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Stuart Crutchley) Sponsored by: Watts Agencies & Brooks

Saints 13 defeated Sturt 4

For all results and tables go to www.sa.baseball.com.au or visit the Sturt Website at Sturt Web Site

..:: message posted on Monday the 28th of November, 2011 23:50:08 ::..

Newsletter 21/11/11

This weekend our Division 1 and 2 teams had a bye, but we had great wins in our Division 3 and Division 4 sides. A particular mention to our Division 3 side which defeated Gawler 5-4 with our A Grade coach Tony Catt pulling back on the sandshoes to fill in for Division 3 (where were those cleats Tony?) to end up bringing home the team hobbling to the home plate after he pulled a hamstring as he took off from third base! It was quite a sight but exemplifies the spirit and determination to win at all costs!

This week's Featured Player of the Week, Jordan Abfalter from the from the Little League 2-Sturt side. You can access the Player Profiles from the front page of the website either through the top menu about>player profiles or clicking on the icon under the Premiership table. Any player from Aussie Tee Ball through to our A Grade team is eligible to be a Featured Player of the week. To be featured simply fill answer the questions in the proforma and send it back with a photo to president@sturtbaseballclub.org.au

Sponsors

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

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

If you would like to become a sponsor please contact Dean Franke on 0428 821 008. Details of Sponsorship packages are available from our website in the become a sponsor section! Please visit this area if you are interested in learning more about our sponsorship packages.

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  Mt Lofty Golf Club  Dean Lynds Goodlife Health Clubs Goodwood
Bronze Sponsors:Hattam McCarthy Reeves Mastertax

Aussie Tee Ball Sponsor: Windsor Meats

Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt) Sponsored by: Catapultwealth (Major Sponsor)

Bye

Division 2 (Coach: Zac Stokes) Sponsored by: Catapultwealth (Major Sponsor)

Bye

Division 3 (Coach: Rick Mitchell) Sponsored by: Hattam McCarthy Reeves & Goodlife Health Clubs Goodwood

Sturt 5 d Gawler 4

Division 4 (Coach: Kris McArdle Asst Coach: Norm Sluga) Sponsored by PPI Promotion and Apparel

Sturt 11 defeated Northern Districts 1

With two injuries and some players away, Sturt started with the bare nine players. Thanks to Pete Turner (injured) who helped assist coach and Phil Martin who doubled up from Div 7 to be on the bench. True team/club spirit. Thanks guys.

With the team short of players, we had the 'juniors' of Max Guehrer and Jordan McArdle and with no catcher, we had the guest appearance of Jamie Knuckey to help out. Well, we weren't as bad as Norths who could only field seven players.

We started off in the field really well with Matt Mulryan finding the strike zone early and striking out the first two batters. However, with a batter hit by a pitch ball, a safe hit and a wild throw, Norths managed to get a run on the board. Our first at bat wasn't good with no score.

The next innings in the field was quick, with already two outs (only 7 players) and then a pop up catch it was side away. Our bats started to fire and we picked up two runs thanks to a nice two base hit from Max Guehrer.

With Matt Mulryan on fire (67 balls pitched for 50 strikes and 17 balls) and the field supporting him, there were no more runs from Norths. Sturt picked up another four runs in the third innings and in the fifth inning picked up the final 4 runs to mercy the game. It was great to see number of good hits back to back including doubles from Fame, Jamie, Stan and a great triple from Jordan. Focused offensive baseball.

Hits: Sam Bates 2, Max Guehrer 2, Jamie Knuckey 2, Jordan McArdle 1, Adrian Hill 1 and Stan Warrilow 1.

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small) Sponsored by: Smith Motor Company  The Courthouse Normanville Tony Colyer Pty Ltd

Final Score 11 to 15

This was one game that we definitely gave away and it should have been a win.

We started with the bats and Bones (Glen McDonald) lead us off with a nice high ball that feel in between left field, short stop and third to go in the score book as a safe hit, Gromit (Wallace Long) next up hit into a fielders choice choice to short stop to have Bones out at second, Gromit then proceeded to steal second, third with a pass ball and home with a wild pitch to get our first and only run for the innings, Junior (Trent Small) had nice hit down the throat of left field and Bear (Barry Lunnon) ground out to first for side away. The Rat (Rick Trembath) started on the mound and threw way to many strikes for a batting side like Glenelg, he had 15 pitches for 12 strikes and they had scored 4 before side away.

Our second at bat was no better than our first with Smally (Chris Small) having a safe hit to left field and the Rat hitting a nice ball which looked like it was going to be safe only for the second baseman taken the catch and turning it into a double play with a throw to first to get Smally out. Doc (Glenn Young) ground out to third, side away and a donut in the scorebook. Glenelg scored two more in their second at bat and we went into the third 1 to 6 down.

We scored 3 runs mainly from errors or pitches that got away from the catcher even though Junior (Trent Small) and Reg (David Lee) had safe hits. Glenelg added 2 runs in the bottom and the score was 4 - 8 down. Our fourth at bat was much the same as our third, runs scored on wild pitches and by the end of the dig we had leveled the score at 8 all. One thing for the bloopers reel again was Reg and his base running this week it was at third with a wild pitch Reg came into third and with a call for a slide from the coach we watched as his knees buckled and he feel face forward to stop short of the base, luckily he had enough time to crawl the last couple of inches to get a hand on the bag before the tag. Glenelg then had a reply of 5 runs with some good hitting.

Our fifth innings we had the chance to put a lot of runs on the score board but with some confused base runners and a bad call from the umpire we only managed 3 runs for the dig and this pretty much finished the game for us.

Another good game in the end from both teams but one that we should or could have won. We will have to be more aggressive on the bases in the future, when we started to run bases Glenelg changed their side around to stop us and this put pressure on them but good sides even at our level are able to do that.

Safe Hits: Young 3, Lee 2, McDonald 1, Long 1, Small T 1 (1D), Lunnon B 1, Small C 1, Trembath 1, Day 1

Trembath 50 pitches for 35 strikes, Lunnon 46 pitches for 28 strikes.

Division 7 (Coach: Dave Smith Asst Coach: Jules Potiki) Sponsored by Bulls Baseball Club

Henley & Grange 19 d Sturt 1

Under 18 (Coach: Jeff Nicholas) Sponsored by: Adelaide Commercial Flooring & Freshwater Systems

Sturt 12 defeated West Torrens 3.

The final score was flattering. West Torrens fielded a young side due to many of their players being unavailable due to "Schoolies" celebrations.

Dakota pitched solidly for 5 innings holding the opposition to 2 hits. Matt Franke returned from injury to close out the last.

Once again our defence backed up the pitcher producing another errorless display in the field. There were some good catches taken in the outfield and along the foul lines.

Offensively, we were not as aggressive as we should have been, watching too many strikes over the plate and again leaving runners on base.

Our base running was also a concern, with 5 runners being given out either thru poor judgement or not concentrating.

We still have some way to go, to get to the level we need to consistently play at, but are improving each week.

In saying that we'll take the points. Well done guys.

Hits: Wright, Lightbody 2, Roberts, Kemp, Mitchell, Wayne 1

Under 16 - Sturt (Coach: Kris McArdle Asst Coach:; Rick Trembath) Sponsored by: National Tool Distributors,  Smith Motor Company Wendy's Burnside

GG 2 Defeated Sturt 1

Today was a great tussle between two good sides and I am sure the boys are already looking forward to our next encounter. Golden Grove's pitcher did a great job holding our team to only two hits and a few walks. The boys still swung the bat hard but were a little unlucky line driving the second baseman on three occasions. Well done to Jordan and Max Walker who picked up our two hits for the day, but as i said many still hit the ball hard. Defensively today we were a massive improvement on last week. Jayden played solid at Short and Henry Brennan and Max Walker were both solid in the outfield. Unfortunately we made one infield blooper with two out which cost us as the next batter smashed the ball over left fields head and managed an infield homerun. That was their two runs right there. Special mention to Tyson Hancock who pitched an awesome game with only two walks a 65% strike rate and giving up only two hit for 6 digs. Well done Tyson your efforts today kept us in the game. In the end i was a real pitching dual. Keep enjoying the game and will see you guys at training.

Under 16 - Saints (Coach: Glen McDonald) Sponsored by Mt Lofty Golf Club

Saints defeated Port 13 - 11

A beautiful day for baseball and a good challenge for us against a committed Port Adelaide team whom i believe will prove to be a main rival. In a game that saw the lead change in every half innings it was up for grabs. Amazingly we only played 3 innings as both teams hit the ball and had defensive lapses. William Hill started on the mound with 2 good strikeouts before struggling with his control. Sam Cavanagh pitched well to finish off the 2nd before coming out of the game in the 3rd with a sore arm. This brought Sam Powell in who shut Port down after they had rallied for 5 runs to give them a 3 run lead. Our final at bat started with 2 strikeouts and we were looking down the barrel. William Hill then tripled to rightfield followed by a Tyson Ottaway walk who stole 2nd. Daniel Ortiz reached base safely on a hit to shortstop which scored a run, then Angus Read walked to load the bases. After fouling off several pitches Matt Amberg drove the ball down the leftfield line which went to the fence and scored all the runners including himself. Yes, an inside the park grand slam to win the contest! A piece of magic and a lot of character shown by the team. We will score runs but we need to do plenty of work on our defensive game. Many, many thanks to Craig Ottaway for umpiring, Tyson Ottaway for filling in and Matt Mulryan for base coaching.

Under 14/1 - Sturt (Coach: Garry Wood) Sponsored by Premier Trailers

Coach: Garry Wood, Assistant Coach: Barry Lunnon, Team Manager: David Lightbody

The team consists of the following players: Simon Adkins, Tyson Ottaway, Max Staggs, Arno Naritto, Henry Wood, Mitchell Lightbody, Zach Evreniadis, Ryack Parsons, Stuart Brennan, Zac Lunnon and Brodie Macbeth Game 6 Sturt 19 defeated Kensington 1

Safe hits as follows: Lightbody 4, Parsons 3, Macbeth Brennan Norito Staggs Wood all 2 each, Adkins Lunnon and Evreniadis all 1 each.

What a difference a week makes. I am pleased to report that the "other" Sturt team turned up to play this week after last week's less than impressive performance. 20 very solid and some very long safe hits! On what turned out to be a pleasant Sunday afternoon at the home of the Cardinals the Sturt boys performed very well and were impressive with the continued good form of our pitchers and the return to form of all the batters.

I think it if fair to say that the boys took last week's criticism on board and were determined to show the coach what they are capable of.

Every player made a significant contribution from Zac Lunnon (alias Billy bunter) to Mitchell with a long home run and going 4 from 4 to Zach E having his first pitch of the season and performing well after Brodie "set up" the win with some great pitching. Most pleasing was the improvement in support for each other and some great plays in the field again Zac L but also Arno making a great play from LF to cut the runner down at home plate. I could and probably should mention every player but they know how well they did so enough said. I will however mention Ryack Parsons who again showed some great signs for the future and both he and Arno are to be congratulated on their efforts so far this season, keep up the good work boys!

Only disappointing aspect from my point of view was some average base running and some of the boys early in the game not looking for signals, but now I am being too harsh and Mrs. Lightbody told me not to be!

Well done boys we are still undefeated and you can't do more than that, but we do have 3 games coming up in 7 days so that will test our depth and preparation so keep up the hard work on the track.

Go STURT !!!

Under 14/1 - Saints (Coach: Glenn Young) Sponsored by: Last & Co Lawyers

It would be fair to say that our game against glenelg was a game of two very different halves, well at least defensively. We started with our lefty McClure on the mound. Although there were a few nervous pitches to start Connor settled down to throw 4 very good innings. Well above the 50% strike ratio and a number of k's. Connor was well supported in the field with some good plays plays from Stu at third, a great diving flyball catch by jack at catcher and Ty once again playing well at first. Bottom 4 saw the score 3-1 down. The wheels then again fell off to a degree. A combination of good hitting and some fielding errors saw us again give up the 7 run mercy. Both Ethan and Nick gave us solid performances on the mound and all season our pitching has been solid. Special mention to jack for a good performance at catcher - his improvement over the course of the game was visible. There were also good signs in terms of us getting the plays right and the outfielders hitting our cut offs.

Offensively we continue to get scattered hits but are not stringing together enough runners on base to trouble the scorers. Both Ty and Connor have lifted their batting and Stu, Ethan and jack and jamie are getting regular hits. Overall the batting is improving but we have a way to go until we are competitive in this grade. We will keep working on it. There is plenty of time and hopefully enthusiasm to get there.

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach: Jamie Knuckey) Sponsored by: Smyth's Confectionery

Result: Sturt 2 Southern Districts 11

The boys came back to earth with a "thud" today.

In previous games the raw talent within the squad produced easy wins with little effort required and a dominant start to the season. Today, a combination of being over confident, not working hard enough on basic skills, and forgetting the simple things within the game saw Southern Districts dominant us.

From the start it was evident Southerns were here to play - our first at bat produced no runs for the first time this season and we were down 2-0 at the bottom of the 1st. 2nd and 3rd innings seen a rally and 2-2 was the score. Southern districts responded and produced innings of 5 and 4 runs for an 11-2 game score.

Our usual aggressive batting let us down with 5 hits for the game and 11 strike outs. Highlights being a centrefield double to Ky, 2 singles to Reed and a singles to Aussie and Eli. A special mention to Matan who turned his pregame energy into a focused effort in the game - we need everyone in the team follow Matan's lead and focus their attention on the game, and the game only, for the whole game. Remember there is no substitute for hard work on the basic skills at training and your effort at training reflects in how we play on game day.

See you all on Wednesday for a big effort at training.

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Mark Abfalter) Sponsored by Dean Lynds

Sturt 12 defeated Hawks 10

Round 6 saw our team head south for an away game at Southern Districts against the Hawks.

A light turnout for the first time this season saw us front up with 7 starters and the Hawks did us a big favour by 'lending' us a spare, who turned out to be a playmaker - no complaints thanks very much Hawks!

Our batters did well to load up the bases with BB's all round and Tom Emmett lead the charge in the first with a fine crack over to rightfield to seal the 5 RBI's for the innings. Elliot Ridgeway opened the pitching with a solid effort throwing a K2 and a KC. Our second innings was more subdued with another added to the score. Robbie Brennan came into pitch and 'shot down' the Hawks batters with a fine display throwing 2 K2's and field play to first to hold them at Nil.

Our best batting innings this year in the third saw everyone contribute which was very pleasing given our focus in recent times, although we still have room to improve, particularly with confidence when facing a 'count'. Safe hits were across the board with some big hits past outfield to Elliot and our 'sub for hire' Jayce. We added one more RBI in the last and brang in Johnno Gamble for his first effort on the mound and he showed some future potential with nice action, good speed and concentration. Hopefully Ron Mac can lend us a hand in this dept as he has had a marked influence on the other pitchers.

Hits - Emmett 2, R Brennan 1, A Brennan 1, Ridgeway 1, Abfalter 1, Hickling (Hawks sub) 2 K2's -R Brennan 2, Ridgeway 1, Emmett 1

A solid effort and good to get the win given we were undermanned. Focus going forward is again on batting - we need to gain more confidence in the batting box, and also to expand our pitching depth. So far our fielding has been excellent and hasn't cost us much yet. Our next game is on Sunday 27th November, 10:00am away again against the SD Hawks 1 at Southern Districts, same ground - make sure you come out and support the boys!

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Stuart Crutchley) Sponsored by: Watts Agencies & Brooks

Saints 9 defeated Glenelg 4

The Saints and Glenelg tangled at the Flinders Uni baseball ground in a game that was as cool and dour as the weather on the day. The Saints managed to grind out a 9-4 victory in a match not as close as the score would indicate. Highlights were few as the boys often appeared to be mentally compiling their holiday wish lists in the field rather than focusing on the job at hand.

Pitching carried the Saints with Josh effectively dodging a potential Tiger attack in the first and Sam turning in a solid four batter performance in the second. A nice running catch in rightcentre by DJ and a clean snatch of a quickdraw comebacker by Sam with a runner on third base kept the Boys From the Bay off the board through two innings. Enter Oliver "Cowboy" Crutchley in the third for his first pitching appearance of the season. Ollie unhitched his holsters and gunned down three straight Tiger batters to show the large crowd he can deliver at either of the battery positions.

The hitters were generally frustrated by an expanded strike zone and a lack of hittable pitches. While Nick's single to right knocked in his second run of the game and tied him for the team lead in RBIs, the team's two hits for the game were well below recent performances.

The game provided a good chance for players to gain experience at new positions. Sam and Aran donned the Tools of Ignorance behind the plate for the first time, giving Ollie a welcome break to play in the field, and did well. Cooper and Bailey had a taste of life in the middle infield that will inspire them at training.

A special thanks to Owen Moseby from LL2 Sturt who filled in for the short staffed Saints and drew two key walks and scored twice. Nice work, Owen!

Next week sees the boys back on the road to Southern Districts to take on the Hawks. Come support the boys and head to the beach after the game.

Hits: Sam, Nick

RBIs: Nick, Ollie and Bailey 2 each, Josh, DJ and Aran1 each

For all results and tables go to www.sa.baseball.com.au or visit the Sturt Website at Sturt Web Site

..:: message posted on Monday the 21st of November, 2011 23:37:08 ::..

Newsletter 14/11/11

A great win to our Division 1, 2 and 3 sides on the weekend! It is great to see the strength in our senior team line up and I know Rick Mitchell was ecstatic with his Division 3 win on Saturday against Goodwood! To be a serious finals contender we need to keep the wins coming from these Divisions! Pictures from our Division 1 win are online on the front page of our website.

For those of us at Norwood Oval on Saturday night, it was wonderful to see Paul Mildren's excellent pitching for the Bite which won him the MVP for the game!

Also please remember that the Baseball SA All Stars Team will play the Bite next Friday night, 18 November at Norwood Oval at 6.30 pm. You will get a chance to see some of our Sturt players in action playing for the Baseball SA All Stars Team.

This week's Featured Player of the Week, Jordan Abfalter from the from the Little League 2-Sturt side. You can access the Player Profiles from the front page of the website either through the top menu about>player profiles or clicking on the icon under the Premiership table. Any player from Aussie Tee Ball through to our A Grade team is eligible to be a Featured Player of the week. To be featured simply fill answer the questions in the proforma and send it back with a photo to president@sturtbaseballclub.org.au

It's Movember and time to focus on men's health. It is great to see many of our members getting behind this great initiative!

To show their commitment, David Lightbody, Daniel Oates and Paul Holmes are donating their faces to the cause by growing a moustache for the entire month of November, and he needs your support. Their mo's will spark conversations, and no doubt generate some laughs; all in the name of raising vital awareness and funds for prostate cancer and male depression.

They are asking you to support their Movember campaign by making a donation by either:

Donating online at:David Lightbody

Donating online at:Daniel Oates

Donating online at:Paul Holmes

If you'd like to find out more about the type of work you'd be helping to fund by supporting Movember, take a look at the Programs We Fund section on the Movember website: http://au.movember.com/about

A reminder that the Baseball SA Board is keen to hear from members as part of a Board Development Program being offered through the Office for Recreation and Sport (ORS). Further background information is available on the Baseball SA website. Therefore your input is sought to build a picture of how the baseball community interacts with the governance structure and decision making for the sport in this state. This survey aims to gauge the awareness in the baseball community of Baseball SA, the board and governance structure, including the roles of the member clubs. The survey is an online tool to make the analysis of data more simple.

The survey can be accessed via this link – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F78NFP8 Your response is required by Monday 5 December 2011.

Sponsors

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

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

If you would like to become a sponsor please contact Dean Franke on 0428 821 008. Details of Sponsorship packages are available from our website in the become a sponsor section! Please visit this area if you are interested in learning more about our sponsorship packages.

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  Mt Lofty Golf Club  Dean Lynds Goodlife Health Clubs Goodwood
Bronze Sponsors:Hattam McCarthy Reeves Mastertax

Aussie Tee Ball Sponsor: Windsor Meats

Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt) Sponsored by: Catapultwealth (Major Sponsor)

Sturt 11 defeated Woodville 9

An interesting game that didn't really hit any great heights. Our pitching was ordinary and had to battle to get through the day without leaking runs. Chris Lawson was one small bright spot in the rotation shutting there lineup down late in the game to preserve the lead. The pitching staff will certainly go back and work twice as hard to rectify things.

Offensively we had a pretty good day. Our base running was outstanding and a couple of clever decisions from Paul Holmes and Tom Faehse on the bases won the game for us in the end. Good teams concentrate on these little things and it is great to see us taking advantage of other teams mental lapses.

You cant rely on your defense every week and it was great to win a game in these circumstances.

We now move into another Bye with a solid platform for a tough run into Christmas. Everyone will freshen up and set themselves for a big month of baseball.

Hits - Holmes 3, Macbeth 3, Carter 2 (HR), Adkins 2, Watts (HR), Turner, Faehse, Passmore,

Division 2 (Coach: Zac Stokes) Sponsored by: Catapultwealth (Major Sponsor)

Sturt 8 defeated Woodville 1

The guys played very well on Sunday for a win. I am very happy with the way the guys are playing. Great pitching, solid defense and timely hitting has been the key so far this season and it's no secret that this will need to continue to have success.

Lewis Townsend started on the hill and performed very well. Ben Packer closed the door on Woodville in the last with a 10 pitch inning.

Offensively everyone contributed. It's not just the big hits that win games, it's also doing the little things right and not being a selfish hitter. This is something the team is aware of and excels at.

Division 3 (Coach: Rick Mitchell) Sponsored by: Hattam McCarthy Reeves & Goodlife Health Clubs Goodwood

Sturt 6 defeated Goodwood 1

Division 4 (Coach: Kris McArdle Asst Coach: Norm Sluga) Sponsored by PPI Promotion and Apparel

Goodwood 10 defeated Sturt 6

Saturday was another game that we should have won. Sturt started off with a couple of early runs and set the pace for the game. Matt Mulryan continues to put in a consistent pitching performance however on this occasion, the field let him down. One innings cost us the lead and after that we couldn't get back into the game.

There were some highlights with the bat and Stan Warrilow coming to the mound in relief. Next week is a must win for us to keep in the hunt for the top four.

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small) Sponsored by: Smith Motor Company  The Courthouse Normanville Tony Colyer Pty Ltd

Sturt 17 defeated Henley and Grange 3

We played our second home game of the season on a hot day but overcast at Sturt's picturesque ground and we our second win for the season.

We started with the Rat (Rick Trembath) on the mound and even though H&G had some hits off him we were able to get out of the innings with 0 runs scored and 2 k2's. Our first at bat and we again put the Cub (Jay Lunnon) into the number one spot and for the second week in a row hit started the game off with a triple, Junior (Trent Small) followed with a HPB and then stole second, so with second and third bases occupied Bones (Glen McDonald) hits to short for our first out and Cub scores, the Bear (Barry Lunnon) skies one to short stop and Smally (Chris Small) hits to centre field to score Junior for our second run before we are all out, 2 runs scored. Into the second we go 2 runs up and the first batter for H&G gets safe followed by the second batter and the third batter hits a triple which was nearly caught by Bones at left field, just out of his reach although it did hit the end of his glove, an error in the field gives H&G a run and by the time it is side away we are down 2 - 3.

Our second at bat was not great and they sat us down after 5 batters and no score. H&G's third at bat we had 1 up and down then they had a couple of hits to put runners on first and third when the fourth batter skied one to the Rat just inside the field of play and with the catch Coach Small noticed the runner on first was well away from his bag and a quick call to play first the Rat turned the catch into a double play.

Our third at bat and the Bear flies out to centre field, the coach drew a walk and on a steal the Doc (Glenn Young) hit the ball which was almost like a bunt, the pitcher fielded the ball and threw out the Doc and coach Small full of steam could see third was free as the fielder had also gone to get the ball and he charged, unfortunately he forgot to unhook the trailer and by the time he had rounded second and made third the fielder and ball were already there for the easy tag and third out, no runs scored, top 4th and still down 3 - 2. The Rat was into his 4th dig and we had 3 up and 3 down with a K2, a catch to Reg (David Lee) at centre field on one knee and an infield ground out to second.

Our 4th at bat and we final woke up the bats and things started to happen, Reg drew a walk and then stole second with what looked like a slide but with all that dirt flying around and Reggy some how holding the bag with his hand and his legs all over the place made it safe. Discussions about his sliding technic will be talked about for awhile, second up to bat was Pop and struggling with the slow pitchers (should have been counting to ten before he swung) was our first out. We then had a walk to the Rat before 5 straight hits and 7 runs scored. Score 9 to 3 top 5th. The Bear to the mound and with a third to first for the first out the Bear then sat 2 down with K2's and side away.

Our 5th at bat and 2 more runs to take our tally to 11 and H&G still on 3. Bear back to the mound and we would need to go deep into the history books for this stat and I mean DEEP, first batter F1, second batter K2 then history from the Bear, third batter HPB yes you read that correctly HPB (Batter Hit by Pitched Ball) the Bear was saying his hand was sweaty and the ball stuck before it bounce down the pitch and hit the batter, so was the bear fazed by this, no next batter K2 side away. Our last at bat Doc F4 our second out was Reg with a K2 and our third out was Reg with a K2, yes Reg that is right two K2's in one innings, but we managed to score 6 runs in the process and even though H&G made two runs in their last at bat with the count back the final score was 17 - 3 and a great second win for the Saints.

This game was played in front of a good crowd from both teams and played in great spirit.

Safe Hits: Lunnon J 2 (1T), Long 2, Martin 1, McDonald 2, Lunnon B 2 (1D), Small 2, Turner 1, Young 1, Trembath 3

Division 7 (Coach: Dave Smith Asst Coach: Jules Potiki) Sponsored by Bulls Baseball Club

Saturday 5/11/11

Sturt 9 - N Districts 9. Fantastic start to the game with the everyone performing well with the bat. Kept them at a low score for most of the game due to some excellent pitching by Jules Potiki and great feilding all round. Highlighted by a perfect double play by Martin, Smales and Dan 'The Don' Oates - Well done!! Hats off to 'Lighting' Thompson for his first game catching, very impressive. Unfortunately they found the gaps in the last dig, and the fielding quality dropped a bit so they caught up...Still, some good signs of things to come.

12/11/11 report:

Sturt Def Goodwood 17 - 13

Fantastic and almost error free game, well played. Thanks to Wallace Long for pitching well for us and Jules Potiki finishing the game well on the mound. Another great effort by Chris 'lighting' Thomson catching well and Tim Smales had a great day on 2nd. Ditmar also took an absolute screamer in the outfield - well done mate. Keep up the good work all.

Under 18 (Coach: Jeff Nicholas) Sponsored by: Adelaide Commercial Flooring & Freshwater Systems

Sturt defeated Woodville 8 - 0 in a much improved performance.

Shaun Wright started on the mound and was in control for the five innings he pitched. Shaun gave up 1 hit, 5 walks and collected 9 K2's.

Sam Roberts finished off the remaining three innings restricting Woodville to only 3 hits.

Defensively the field backed up the pitchers and ensured the opposition didn't score in an errorless display.

Offensively we improved on last weeks game and amassed 11 hits, while only leaving 6 runners on base.

Sam Duffield starred with the bat hitting back to back triples.

A big thank you to the under 16 boys who have helped us out, the past two weeks. Well done Jordy, Max G and Max W.

Hits: Wayne 3, Duffield 2, Kemp 2, MacBeth, Roberts, Wright and Lemon 1

Under 16 - Sturt (Coach: Kris McArdle Asst Coach:; Rick Trembath) Sponsored by: National Tool Distributors,  Smith Motor Company Wendy's Burnside

Sturt 11 lost Glenelg 15

Well today was the start to the new revamped U16 div 1 comp, we had a chat before the game about hitting the game with intensity and enthusiasm. But unfortunately i thought our warm up still lacked energy. Defensively it was not our day today all pitchers worked hard but could not manager to find the strike zone consistently. Most pitchers were around 50% strikes this needs to get up around 65%. This created a tough day in the field with 8 walks and 5 hit batters we just didn't create any opportunities and of only three fielding chances we erorred 2 of them. We need to make sure we are ready at all times in the field even if the game is going slow. After giving up the maximum 9 runs in the first dig which took 40mins to complete we showed some fight and came back with some aggressive hitting and scored 6 runs. I was pleased with this effort and we showed character to remain in the game and not take the easy option. We did manage to hold Glenelg to 0 runs in the top 2 and we then continued to hit the ball well scoring another 5 runs in the bottom of the 2nd dig to take the lead. The boys looked a bit more relaxed and i for one was much happier with the score line. But unfortunately the 3rd dig looked a lot like the first, pitchers struggled to throw strikes and continued with Wild throws and to Glenelgs credit they also picked up a few hits and we gave up 6 runs to fall behind again. After our last two offensive digs i was actually pretty confident we would still win but it was not to be we only managed one more run. Special mention to Henry Brennan who picked up three hits Henry you are hitting real well keep it up. Max Guehrer and Max Walker also picked up two hits great job boys. Ryan Cross lead off well for his first game with us this year good job mate.

Boys today was a hard long day, we need to find a way mentally to switch on as soon as we get to the ground. This way we will be ready to compete by game start. All we need is extra effort in some areas which are actually very small like more effort at training and come to training happy ready to have fun and then we can train with purpose, a little more effort to get to the game ready to go at 2pm and a small amount of effort to make some noise in the field and show your support for your pitcher and make sure you are ready to make the basic out for him, plus make more noise on the bench standing up supporting your mate who is batting at the time and this also shows the oppositions that we are still ready to play. Lads put all this together which are all easy to implement we will be a hard team to beat and Sundays at the ball park will be fun place for us all to hang out.

Under 16 - Saints (Coach: Glen McDonald) Sponsored by Mt Lofty Golf Club

U16 - Saints 17 d Southern Districts 7

Under 14/1 - Sturt (Coach: Garry Wood) Sponsored by Premier Trailers

Coach: Garry Wood, Assistant Coach: Barry Lunnon, Team Manager: David Lightbody

The team consists of the following players: Simon Adkins, Tyson Ottaway, Max Staggs, Arno Norrito, Henry Wood, Mitchell Lightbody, Zach Evreniadis, Ryack Parsons, Stuart Brennan, Zac Lunnon and Brodie MacBeth.

Game 4 Sturt 9 defeated Southern Districts 5

Safe hits as follows: Parsons 2, Ottaway 1, Evreniadis 1

This will be a brief report as I think it is fair to say that this is one game we would rather forget. Yes we won, just, but we displayed very little of the skill and game knowledge that we have come to expect from this talented team. There were very few highlights in the game apart from the continued improvement in form from Ryack, the catching display of Mitchell and some "sound" pitching from Brodie.

I think it is fair to say that the Hawks were the better team on the day and had the dominant pitcher and player on the ground but once again we able to do enough to come away with the win. 4 safe hits from 3 players says it all so practice is the only solution. This is a learning journey and I hope the boys have now realised that they can't just "show up" and expect to play an acceptable level of baseball without the correct preparation and attitude. Basic plays were missed, base running was again not acceptable and support for each other was non-existent. Interesting that when the boys were asked to give themselves a score out of 10 as a team performance the highest rating was 6 so it was obviously disappointing for them as well.
Oh well enough said for this week but the boys are still undefeated and you can't do more than that, so well done boys and let's practice hard this week and see how we go against Kensington.

Go STURT !!!

Under 14/1 - Saints (Coach: Glenn Young) Sponsored by: Last & Co Lawyers

It would be a fair description that this was not the best baseball we had played, nor the most fun the boys may have had on the diamond. The Saints came up against a very polished Eagles unit and we struggled to match it with them from the start. There were some positives as usual - the pitching was good from both Stu and Jack with them over 50% strike ratio and very few walks given. Some power hitting from the opposition and too many errors saw us give away 2 lots of 7 run mercy. It was not all bad in the field however, Jack made some good clean plays at shortstop and Ty helped out with some great stretches and takes at first. Elijah had a running back catch at third. Cam was solid behind the plate in trying conditions. The one aspect we can improve on is knowing where the play is PRIOR to the ball coming to us, both in the infield and outfield. This is something most of the boys should be on top of now - we will work on this but at the end of the day it is about concentration throughout the full 110 minutes.

Offensively we struggled to hit all three of their pitchers. The exceptions were a very good double by Marcel and a great right field hit to Elijah who was denied first base by a very good catch. We will keep working on the batting and hopefully this will translate into more hits. I continue to be pleased that we are being aggressive in the box and not intimidated by the faster pitchers we are seeing.

Finally full credit to the boys for not giving in. Pride in ourselves and the club means we have to play every play and at bat as if the game relied on it. Thanks particularly to Stu who played on when he was not 100% and had already given us his full count on the mound. Hopefully this week we will see a tighter and better game.

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach: Jamie Knuckey) Sponsored by: Smyth's Confectionery

Sturt 19 d Hawks 2 at Glenelg
The juggernaut rolls on with Jamie Knuckey's hungry little men making it 5 from 5. Playing a home away from home game on a humid overcast day at the Glenelg Baseball Fields. With the "Pat" wafting in their nostrils and Qantas doing flybys the lads took an inexperienced Hawks line up to the cleaners and scored the maximum minus one from their five innings at bat. What was pleasing was the concentration and fair play against another group of lads very much in the learning phase.
Player of the day was without doubt Harrison 'the terminator' Knuckey who opened the pitching, faced 10 batters, struck out 8,conceded no hits and threw just over 60% down the guts. And if that wasn't enough he helped himself to four hits, got home 4 times and a ripper home run over centrefield to bring in 3 runs as well.

Tyrese pitched out the remainder of the two South's innings and did a good job for his first visit to the mound this season. He threw just 11 balls in his first dig to see off the first 3 batters and finished his second innings with a strike out to close the match.

With such a dominating pitching performance there wasn't a lot of action in the field. Top of the 4th saw the fielding highlight of the game - a reasonably tonk into RF, a good grab taken by Aussie at knee height, a quick throw to Hugo catching the runner off base turns into a double play. Good concentration and awareness from both. Reed and Sam combined well at short and second to grab a few outs but the lads in general had a quiet day in the field due to our hurlers.

The scorebook certainly tells a story and the batting was again good. Gifted 9 walks the lads had 20 hits and just the one strike out. As coach Knuckey keeps the mantra of a "hitting zone" and the boys like the disciples of old follow gave the ball a belt when it's was there to be hit. Special mention to Eli for his excellent aggression with 4 hits and Ky who 'copped' 3 walks for his 4 at bats.
Hits: Harrison 4, Eli 4, Reed 3, Sam 2, Matan 2, Aussie 2, Hugo 2 and Tyrese.

Another test will come next week when they motor down the highway with the compass and cut lunch to take on second placed Southern Districts in front of an away parochial crowd.

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Mark Abfalter) Sponsored by Dean Lynds

Saints 13 defeated Sturt 8

Round 5 saw our team at temporary home Flinders Uni to take on U12 Saints in the local Derby.

Another drizzly and muggy Sunday morning (must be that time of the year!), we started in the field expecting a strong opposition and the Saints started hitting like Samurai's with 4 on the board in quick succession. Elliot Ridgeway got into the pitching groove with a couple of K2's and Tom took a 'circus' catch off a foul to shut them down. Into bat, a free pass to Tom followed by a couple of K2's had us on the ropes. Jordan Abfalter got bat to ball to bring home Tom and with a couple of BB's we managed to bring home Andrew Brennan to finish with 2 RBI's.

At the top of the second, with Robbie Brennan pitching, our fielding started strong with 2 clean field plays at second by Jordan to sink 2. The Saints batting machine was cranked up to deliver a string of hits to bag another five RBI's, and we had our work cutout for the day. Into bat saw us strike back with a BB to Owen Moseby, great hitting from Tom and Elliot past third base and we gained 2. Free passes were the norm for Jordan and Kurt, Zak Short slammed one over centrefield which brang home another three to bring our score up to 7. Into the third, Zak stepped up to the pitchers plate. Another strong batting display saw the Saints bring home another 3 RBI's, only to fall to the great work by Elliot with a double play at first. Into bat saw us 3 up 3 down and the Saints were looking strong.

At the 75 minute mark to start the fourth innings, in came Tom pitching and he shut down the Saints batting machine with a K2 and 2 KC's. Batting in the fourth saw a hit over to third by Jordan to bring home Robbie and our tally up to 8 for the finish.

Hits - Abfalter 2, Short 1, Emmett 1, Ridgeway 1
K2's -Ridgeway 2, Emmett 1

In summary, a hot and cold match that showed us where we can improve. This week training will focus on batting, batting and batting! Our next game is on Sunday 20th November, 10:00am away against the Hawks at Southern Districts - make sure you come out and support the boys!

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Stuart Crutchley) Sponsored by: Watts Agencies & Brooks

Saints 13 defeated Sturt 8

The long awaited first game of 2011/12 Subway Series was played at the Flinders University baseball ground pitting the Saints against their LL2 training partners and rivals Sturt. Knowing a loss to Sturt would drop the Saints two games arrears of the top spot, the Saints ground out a gritty 13-8 win in a hotly contested affair.

The Saints balanced effective pitching and solid early hitting to tilt the scales in their favour in the first of three intraclub games this season between these two quality teams. Nick Borello continues to be hotter than a Dutch waffle iron at the plate going 2 for 2 plus a walk and driving in four runs in a fine display of timely hitting.

The Saints made the most of their chance to bat first in the odd situation of being the visiting team at their own ground. Before you could say "I'm-glad-we're-not-playing-this-game-at-Glenelg" the Saints had opened up an early lead that proved insurmountable. A leadoff walk to Sam was followed by a single from Ollie, back-to-back doubles by Nick and Patrick and a single by Josh in a torrent that pushed four runs across the plate. DJ Mitchell was then given the pill in the bottom of the first in a bid to restore his confidence on the mound and DJ repaid the team's faith in him by turning in a great inning of work to limit the high scoring Sturt unit to two runs.

The top of the 2nd saw more of the same with Nick and Patrick again key cogs in a five run rally that started with two outs. Mitch and Bailey, proving the bottom of the order can be equally dangerous, closed out the rally with seeing eye singles to left and right respectively that iced the five run cake. Sturt demonstrated their mettle by responding with their own five run 2nd that had the fans on the edge of their banana lounges.

The game then turned on its ear as the bats for both sides fell silent and the late inning pitchers took control. For the Saints, Josh was lights out in the bottom of the 3rd retiring Sturt on ten pitches. He was assisted by an unusual 7-3-4 (Bailey to Nick to Sam) putout that hosed down some aggressive Sturt baserunning designed to ignite a famous comeback.

Aran came in to close out the game for the Saints in the 4th and continued his recent consistent form on the mound with an effective one run inning.

The Saints switch dugouts next week and will host the Glenelg Tigers at the Flinders Uni ground. Let's have a good turnout to support the boys!

Hits: Nick 2 (2B), Patrick 2 (2B), Sam, Oliver, Josh, Mitch and Bailey 1 each

RBIs: Nick 4, Mitch 3, Patrick and Josh 2 each, Bailey and DJ 1 each

For all results and tables go to www.sa.baseball.com.au or visit the Sturt Website at Sturt Web Site

..:: message posted on Monday the 14th of November, 2011 20:49:58 ::..

Junior Games Redraw

As you may be aware Baseball SA has redrawn the Under 16 competition to split it from one league into two. As a result our U16 - Sturt side will remain in the Under 16 Division 1 competition and our U16 - Saints team will now be in the Under 16 Division 2 competition. To reduce any confusion their names will remain the same!

As a result of this redraw, the other Junior Team draws have had to be changed so all players in junior teams from Little League through to Under 18 should check the new schedule.

For your convenience the draw is on the Sturt website, however as it was only released late yesterday I would urge you to also double check on the Baseball SA website for any programming changes which may necessary once each club double checks the programming details.

You can view your teams full year list of games by clicking on teams>juniors>schedules and then clicking on your team.

For those of you with mobile phones with internet access you can view the games on Saints Mobile edition by simply typing in the club's web address: http://www.sturtbaseballclub.org.au

..:: message posted on Thursday the 10th of November, 2011 07:26:49 ::..

Newsletter 07/11/11

Congratulations to the Sturt players who were selected to play the opening round of the ABL season for the Bite. A special mention should go to Dakota Mitchell who is still eligible to play Under 18s who was selected, along with Paul Mildren, Tom Brice and Chris Lawson. Whilst the Bite went down in Perth, our boys featured in the action which you can read about on the Bite website You can also check game times for when the Bite will be playing in Adelaide commencing on Thursday 10th November at 7.00 pm Norwood Oval. Bite home games are also listed on the Sturt website frontpage and you can also access the game schedule from the top menu events>calendar.

Aussie T Ball and Rookie Ball returned to Norman Reserve on Friday night following being rained out on the previous week. You can view game times and the schedule for the rest of the year for both these competitions from the front page of our website, going to teams>aussie t ball, teams>rookie ball or view the schedule from your mobile phone by visiting Saints Mobile which is accessed by typing in http://www.sturtbaseballclub.org.au/

In regard to Junior Schedules, Baseball SA is currently redrawing the Under 16 competition. As such this means that scheduled games for Under 16, 14 and Little League may be effected. As such the game schedule for these games from this coming week have been removed from their website. I will write to you again as soon as we have been advised by Baseball SA of the new draw. I apologise for any inconvenience these late changes may make to your planning for this weekend!

It was a big day at Norman Reserve on Sunday with the A Grade double header and the B Grade curtain raiser. The B Grade boys set the scene with a great win and then our A Grade boys came out and after loosing the first game put in a great performance to win the second game. Photos of the A Grade game are the front page of our website.

It's Movember and time to focus on men's health. It is great to see many of our members getting behind this great initiative!

To show their commitment, David Lightbody, Daniel Oates and Paul Holmes are donating their faces to the cause by growing a moustache for the entire month of November, and he needs your support. Their mo's will spark conversations, and no doubt generate some laughs; all in the name of raising vital awareness and funds for prostate cancer and male depression.

They are asking you to support their Movember campaign by making a donation by either:

Donating online at:David Lightbody

Donating online at:Daniel Oates

contact Paul Holmes to get details how to donate to him online!

If you'd like to find out more about the type of work you'd be helping to fund by supporting Movember, take a look at the Programs We Fund section on the Movember website: http://au.movember.com/about

A reminder that the Baseball SA Board is keen to hear from members as part of a Board Development Program being offered through the Office for Recreation and Sport (ORS). Further background information is available on the Baseball SA website. Therefore your input is sought to build a picture of how the baseball community interacts with the governance structure and decision making for the sport in this state. This survey aims to gauge the awareness in the baseball community of Baseball SA, the board and governance structure, including the roles of the member clubs. The survey is an online tool to make the analysis of data more simple.

The survey can be accessed via this link – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F78NFP8 Your response is required by Monday 5 December 2011.

Our Featured Player of the week is back again this season and this week's Featured Player of the Week, Eli Eggleston from the from the Sturt Little League Majors side. You can access the Player Profiles from the front page of the website either through the top menu about>player profiles or clicking on the icon under the Premiership table. Any player from Aussie Tee Ball through to our A Grade team is eligible to be a Featured Player of the week. To be featured simply fill answer the questions in the proforma and send it back with a photo to president@sturtbaseballclub.org.au

Sponsors

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

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

If you would like to become a sponsor please contact Dean Franke on 0428 821 008. Details of Sponsorship packages are available from our website in the become a sponsor section! Please visit this area if you are interested in learning more about our sponsorship packages.

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

Aussie Tee Ball Sponsor: Windsor Meats

Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt) Sponsored by: Catapultwealth (Major Sponsor)

Game 1
Sturt 0 lost to West Torrens 6

After seeing 4 of our players head off to play for the Adelaide Bite, we knew we were in for a fight against a full strength West Torrens.

Facing there import, we simply could not get the offense going as he dominated our hitters all game. Lewis Townsend threw a reasonable game only giving up 7 hits through 6 innings but as can happen some days, the hits came at the wrong time and in the wrong place.

The second half of the game was much better than the first and set up some momentum for the boys to take the second game of the double header on with some positives.

Hits - Passmore 2, Turner, Carter

Game 2
Sturt 12 defeated West Torrens 2

After regrouping and talking about how we need to improve the quality of our at bats - the boys went to work. Tom Becker took the hill first in his first outing for the season and threw very well for 4 innings.

Offensively a 9 run outburst in the 4 inning set the win up. Jackson Brebner Russ hit not only his first A grade home run, he decided to make it a grand slam as well! Well done Jacko. David Carter also is starting to find his form with the bat with a 3 run home run.

Ben Packer came in to keep the West Torrens bats quiet for 3 innings and then Craig Wright closed out proceedings for a mercy rule win in 8 innings.

Well done boys on hanging in there all day and getting the job done.

Another big assignment again this week against Woodville at home.

Hits - Turner 3, Brebner Russ 2 (GSHR), Watts 2, Macbeth 2, Carter HR., Holmes, Frogley, Young,

Division 2 (Coach: Zac Stokes) Sponsored by: Catapultwealth (Major Sponsor)

Sturt 7 defeated West Torrens 5 After having a bye last week it was great to see the guys come out and play some quality baseball.

The game was tight and exciting to watch. We scored first and then gave up the lead only to claim it back in our last inning. Rick Mitchell started on the mound and gave us 5 good innings. Shaun Wright came in to close the game out and get out of a tough spot.

Offensively we played very well and did all the right things. I was very happy with the fight that the guys gave. Any time you come from behind and win, shows great spirit.

Hits: Holland and Frogley 2, Green, Robinson, Mitchell, Faehse.

Division 3 (Coach: Rick Mitchell) Sponsored by: Hattam McCarthy Reeves& Goodlife Health Clubs Goodwood

Kensington 6 defeated Sturt 3

Division 4 (Coach: Kris McArdle Asst Coach: Norm Sluga) Sponsored by PPI Promotion and Apparel

Sturt 4 defeated Kensington 3

Div 4 have notched up their second win for the season. Coming off a loss, the big difference this week was the lack of errors in the field. Only 1 error compared to the previous week, 5 errors. Another difference was the mental application throughout the game. Kensington who were still to win a game came with a team of calibre and after 3 innings were up 2-0.

Sturt kept the pressure on and in the fourth inning, added two runs (2-2). Up until this point is was the match of the pitchers. Matt Mulryan pitched well and Kensington were lucky with couple of hits. Kensington came back and added another run. In the fifth inning, 'utility' player, Fame Hill was brought to the mound with immediate results. The first two batters popped up for easy outs. Norm tried to cut off a grounder up the middle but unfortunately rolled on his ankle and couldn't get the throw away (some vocal supporters on the side said he was too old and slow). The next batter popped up and it was side away.

Our hits were scattered up to this point. Then in the sixth inning, Kensington brought on another pitcher. Norm led off and took a walk. Then Haz Lightbody came into the game and laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance Norm to second. Kris McArdle with one safe hit so far, came into bat and lampooned a deep ball to the fence at centre field to score Norm and even up the game.

Fame kept on throwing strikes and Kensington kept popping up and retired the side. Coming into the bottom of the seventh with the game was tied at three all. This was Sturt's chance to show some character. With one out, Pete Turner picked up his second walk for the game. Gools came up to bat and with two strikes against him, slapped a hard grounder to third. A deep, wild throw to first allowed Pete to score and win the game.

Some other notables for the game was Frenchy with a solid game at third base. Again the 'juniors', Max, Guehrer, Haz Lightbody and Jordy McArdle supported the team and played well. Finally, after some years away from the game, Sam Bates came into the side. Hope to have you back again Sam.

Hits: Kris McArdle 2, Norm Sluga 2, Fame Hill 1, Matt Mulryan 1, Simon Gooley 1.

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small) Sponsored by: Smith Motor Company  The Courthouse Normanville Tony Colyer Pty Ltd

Final Score 14 to 6

Adelaide is never a nice ground to play on when hot but luckily we had a breeze and the sun was behind the clouds for most of the day.

We started this game well with the Cub (Jay Lunnon) leading off a spot he said he has never been in, oh well nothing like throwing the Cub Bear to the wolves and he did not let us down with a triple to start us off, Junior (Trent Small) was next up and earned himself a walk whilst the Cub scored on a wild pitch. Shrek (Ben Colyer) had a nice hit to right field and the Bear (Barry Lunnon) made first on an error by 2nd. Smally (Chris Small) made first with a walk, Pop (Mark Burns) got there on a error from 3rd, the Rat (Rick Trembath) got HPB and Bones (Glen McDonald) was walked, Brocky (David Brock) was the first out with a strike out and we were back to the top of the order. Cub hit a grounder to 2nd with another error and we had scored our max 7 runs. The Cub started on the mound under the watchful eye of Poppa Bear and with a great first up catch from Brocky the tone was set for the day and we were looking good. 5 batters for the Cub in the first with a hit, walk and 3 fly balls to sit Adelaide down with a zero. In the second we had 3 up and down and even though we had a lead of 7 I started to shake. The Bear took the mound in Adelaide's second at bat with the Cub having a sore elbow and as ever the Bear sat them down 1, 2, 3 with two k2's and ground ball to second, my shaking had stopped. Our third was just as our second with 3 up and down and we were back into the field before the bench got warm. They started their 3rd with a hit to right and then we had a couple of errors in the field to allow 2 runs in and I though here we go again, get a great lead only to fall asleep and let them back in. Our forth was not looking good with bones flying out to right but then our bats woke up and we had four hits in a row to score two runs and again be 7 runs up going to the bottom of the fourth. With the Bear still on the mound they started to find some gaps with some nice hits and they scored 4 before we had them out. Top of the 5th and leading by 3 we needed to get some runs to give ourselves some breathing room and we came up with 2 from the Rat and Brocky. The Bear found his spots again and we sat them down in 4 batters, so top 6 and leading by 5 with plenty of time to play we made 1 run with help from Adelaide and errors. In the field the Bear was looking stronger and stronger as we had them 3 up and down. Leading by 6 runs into the top of 7th and last, we only need 2 to win and this time Shrek was not going to let it slip through our fingers as we did in game one, an in the park home run from the Shrek (Ben Colyer) to score the 2 runs we required and we had our fist win on the board.

This was a good game with few errors from us and plenty of laughs, the first innings set us up and we just had to make sure of it. Thanks to Bones (Glen McDonald) for coming out and helping with numbers hopefully it is not the last we see of him.

Safe Hits; Cub (Jay Lunnon) 3 (1T 1D), Shrek (Ben Colyer) 3 (1HR), Brocky (David Brock) 2, Junior (Trent Small) 1, Bear (Barry Lunnon) 1, Pop (mark Burns) 1

Division 7 (Coach: Dave Smith Asst Coach: Jules Potiki) Sponsored by Bulls Baseball Club

Northern Districts 9, Sturt 9

Under 18 (Coach: Jeff Nicholas) Sponsored by: Adelaide Commercial Flooring & Freshwater Systems

Glenelg 14 defeated Sturt 6

Under 16 - Sturt (Coach: Kris McArdle Asst Coach:; Rick Trembath) Sponsored by: National Tool Distributors,  Smith Motor Company Wendy's Burnside

U16 - Sturt 19 d Henley & Grange 5

Under 16 - Saints (Coach: Glen McDonald) Sponsored by Mt Lofty Golf Club

U16 - Saints 14 d Kensington 8

Under 14/1 - Sturt (Coach: Garry Wood) Sponsored by Premier Trailers

Coach: Garry Wood, Assistant Coach: Barry Lunnon, Team Manager: David Lightbody

The team consists of the following players: Simon Adkins, Tyson Ottaway, Max Staggs, Arno Naritto, Henry Wood, Mitchell Lightbody, Zach Evreniadis, Ryack Parsons, Stuart Brennan, Zac Lunnon and Brodie Macbeth

Game 4 Sturt 7 defeated West Torrens 1

Safe hits as follows: Lightbody 1, MacBeth 1, Brennan 1, Ottaway 1, Norrito 1, Adkins 1

I am pleased to report that, on what turned out to be a pleasant Sunday afternoon at the home of the Eagles, the Sturt boys performed well and were again quite impressive with the continued good form of our pitchers being a highlight.

I think it if fair to say that the Eagles were not at full strength and didn't have their better pitchers throwing until later in the game, but all you can do is score more runs than the opposition to win.

Max laid down 2 almost perfect advance bunts and Mitchell again pitched a good 4 innings giving up just 4 hits with 6 strikeouts. Brodie pitched the final 2 innings with 2 hits and 2 strikeouts to just 7 batters. Henry was solid all day behind the mask and Tyson showed great signs at 3rd base. Simon pulled off the catch of the season at a very important time in the game and completed the double play to retire the Eagles. Only recording 6 safe hits for the day was disappointing following our recent form with the bats and certainly too many of the boys watched close strikes that lead to us recording 8 strikeouts, most of which were where the 3rd strike was not swung at.

On a positive note Arno and Ryack are showing great signs and are making the adjustments needed for them to succeed at this level while overall the boys are playing good team baseball with everyone doing "their bit"!

Disappointing again was most of the boys not being focused on the game and the general lack of intensity and support from the bench and in the field. Once again there was below average base running and this area of the game we need to improve upon and learn from our mistakes if we are to do well later in the season.

But at the end of the day the boys are undefeated and you can't do more than that, so well done boys and keep up the good work.

Go STURT !!!

Under 14/1 - Saints (Coach: Glenn Young) Sponsored by: Last & Co Lawyers

Goodwood 16 d U14/1 - Saints 7

Week four and this was a game I (and I'm sure the boys) were hoping we could win. We were almost there and had we played at the level and intensity we had last week I think we would have got over the line. At the end a few simple things let us down and we will work on some of these. What to take out of this game - that we were always in there with the chance to win and we can do better and improve. We had Ethan start for us on the mound and although a hit by pitch to the first batter was probably not the ideal start Ethan showed his character by seeing out 2 and a half innings despite not perhaps having the radar completely focused. At the end of the day a 50% strike ratio is still around the mark and he certainly never stopped giving 100% effort. Stu again gave us a professional albeit short stint on the mound closing out the last two batters of the third dig with just 8 pitches. Nik Sas finished the pitching for us and was well supported in the field with some great outfield catches by Jack and Stu but we then got a bit sloppy in the field and let through 4 runs on errors - not the finish we really wanted.

In the batting stakes some good aggressive batting and while it is really pleasing to see only one KC we do need to work on leaving the high stuff alone and making the opposition pitches earn their strikes. Safe hits for Stu (2), Ethan (1), Jack (1), Elijah (1), and Connor (1). Other boys getting bat on ball which in time will translate into safe hits. All and all a solid performance just let down a little by losing concentration late in the game.

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach: Jamie Knuckey) Sponsored by: Smyth's Confectionery

No result available

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Mark Abfalter) Sponsored by Dean Lynds

Sturt 18 defeated West Torrens 10

Round 4 saw our team return to Flinders Uni to take on the mighty Eagles. Coming into the team to provide more depth was newcomer Ben Le (welcome) and the return of Jonathan Grandsen which gave us 11 starters.

On a drizzly and muggy Sunday morning, we started in the field much like the weather with 'iron gloves', and West Torrens were off to a flying start with 5 RBI's. Into bat and our boys stood up with 'free passes' to Tom Emmett, Elliot Ridgeway and Andrew Brennan. Jordan Abfalter hit a 'worm burner' to Centrefield to bring home a couple and with BB's to Kurt Schenk, Jonathan Gamble and Owen Moseby, we leveled the score to 5 a-piece.

At the top of the second, with Elliot Ridgeway pitching and Tom back into catching, our fielding tightened up significantly from the first with Elliot throwing a K2. Some great fielding from Kurt at shortstop and Jordan chasing down a runner at second, saw us hold the Eagles to no runs. Into bat saw great hitting from Andrew Brennan to slot one over to leftfield. Free passes again were the norm to Elliot, Robbie, Jordan and Kurt which gave us another 'fiver'. Robbie stepped up to the pitchers plate and made easy work of their batters with 2 K2's and we were looking the goods. A safe hit to Robbie, and a 'piece' over to leftfield by Jordan put us in a commanding lead to see in another 5 RBI's.

At the 80 minute mark to start the fourth innings, in came Kurt pitching and he provided another solid effort. A great running catch by Jordan off a foul at third and a clean field from newcomer Ben Le saw a tidy fielding session. Batting in the fourth saw a slam over to right field by Robbie, a great hit past third from Ben to bring home another couple and our tally up to 18 for the finish.

Hits - Abfalter 2, R Brennan 2, A Brennan 1, Le 1
K2's - R Brennan 2, Ridgeway 1
In summary, a great win and our season is shaping up well. This week training will focus on infield plays and batting movement. Our next game is on Sunday 13th November, 10:00am at our home Norman Reserve against our friends Sturt Saints - make sure you come out and support the boys!

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Stuart Crutchley) Sponsored by: Watts Agencies & Brooks

Saints 15 Kensington 7

The Saints played their first game on home soil dispatching Kensington 15-7 at a dusty Flinders Uni diamond. With the smell of sizzling sausages wafting over the field, the Saints continued their recent run of aggressive hitting. Looking like the second coming of the long ago Chicago White Sox South Side Hit Men, the boys ripped five solid extra base hits among nine total hits in a game that covered only three innings.

Under pre-game direction from Coach Crutchley to expand the strike zone and swing the bat, the first five batters in the 1st inning promptly drew walks. Mitch Foley capped the five run 1st with his first hit of the year, a run scoring double to straightaway centre.

The 2nd inning saw more of the same with the formidable duo of Patrick Milewski and DJ Mitchell smashing back to back doubles to left and right respectively to ring up another five for the inning.

Josh Wilson sent the dugout into a frenzy with the Saints' first round tripper of the season, a two run shot to deep right centre that kick started a game sealing five run 3rd inning.

While the hitting provided positive results from work at recent training that has focused on developing the boys' swings, pitching will start to feature in upcoming training sessions to find better strike zone consistency. Josh and Aran Wittert pitched into and out of trouble and really bore down when it most counted. Sam Stewart turned in a dazzling relief effort after inheriting a bases loaded no out situation and limiting the Cardinals' rally to one run.

Their three game wining streak has the boys primed for next week's top of the table intra-club showdown with undefeated LL2 Sturt.

Hits: Josh 2 (HR), Patrick 2 (2B), DJ (2B), Mitch (2B), Nick (2B), Baily, Aran

RBIs: Patrick 4, Nick, DJ and Josh 3 each, Oliver and Mitch 1 each.

Dave Stewart
Team Manager

For all results and tables go to www.sa.baseball.com.au or visit the Sturt Website at Sturt Web Site

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 8th of November, 2011 06:59:24 ::..

Newsletter 31/10/11

I had the opportunity on Wednesday night to attend the Baseball SA President's Meeting. For those of you that are not aware Baseball SA this year has a new Board under the leadership of Shayne Bennett. Jenni Franke from our club is also on the Board, along with Bob Neiswander, Mark Snelgrove (Vice-President), Mark Brougham, Peter Fischer and Nathan Davidson. The Board along with General Manager Paul Chandler gave a presentation on the actions they are taking to further develop baseball in this state. Their presentations were very professional and they emphasised that the clubs were the stakeholders in the League and as such they would be consulting with us in a much more collaborative manner than has occurred in the past. It was an extremely positive meeting and certainly one left the meeting feeling that baseball in the state was in good hands with the Board.

As part of this collaborative process Baseball SA Board is keen to hear from members as part of a Board Development Program being offered through the Office for Recreation and Sport (ORS). Further background information is available on the Baseball SA website. Therefore your input is sought to build a picture of how the baseball community interacts with the governance structure and decision making for the sport in this state. This survey aims to gauge the awareness in the baseball community of Baseball SA, the board and governance structure, including the roles of the member clubs. The survey is an online tool to make the analysis of data more simple.

The survey can be accessed via this link – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F78NFP8 Your response is required by Monday 5 December 2011.

It was unfortunate that rain prevented us running Aussie Tee Ball and Rookie Ball on Friday night. Unfortunately the ground was too wet to play on. Our T Ball Coordinator Richard Stranger tells me this is one of the first times in his memory that they have been washed out. I hope that we were able to contact all parents. If this happens again Team Managers will contact parents on the mobile number you have supplied along with sending you an email as soon as it becomes clear that the night will need to be called off! Hopefully weather permitting Aussie Tee Ball and Rookie Ball will recommence this coming Friday night.

The Australian Baseball League (ABL) season commences this week on Thursday 3 November with the Adelaide Bite travelling to Perth. Congratulations to Dakota Mitchell who has been called up into the Bite squad. Home games are played at Norwood Oval again this season, and you can get programme details from our website under events>calendar or from the Bite website. Also please note that Baseball SA in partnership with the Adelaide ETSA Bite is planning a Baseball SA All-Star Team vs. the Adelaide ETSA Bite. This game will be played at Norwood Oval on Friday 18 November 2011 – it is anticipated that this will become a regular event on our Calendar.

Our SA All-Star team will be managed by last year’s Division 1 Premiership Coach Leigh Norman from the Kensington Baseball Club. This will continue each year with the previous year’s Division 1 Premiership Coach given the opportunity to manage the Baseball SA All-Star Team.

It was also great to see the Bite out at Sturt on Saturday night for a hit out against Sturt.

Sponsors

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

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

If you would like to become a sponsor please contact Dean Franke on 0428 821 008. Details of Sponsorship packages are available from our website in the become a sponsor section! Please visit this area if you are interested in learning more about our sponsorship packages.

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

Aussie Tee Ball Sponsor: Windsor Meats

Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt) Sponsored by: Catapultwealth (Major Sponsor)

Bye

Division 2 (Coach: Zac Stokes) Sponsored by: Catapultwealth (Major Sponsor)

Bye

Division 3 (Coach: Rick Mitchell) Sponsored by: Hattam McCarthy Reeves

Sturt 6 defeated Woodville 4

Division 4 (Coach: Kris McArdle Asst Coach: Norm Sluga) Sponsored by PPI Promotion and Apparel

Woodville 9 defeated Sturt 8

This was a game where defeat was snatched from the jaws of victory. Sturt led through out the match but unfortunately errors and a lack of concentration cost us the game. Both Matt Mulryan and Stan Warrilow gave solid pitching efforts to win the game but they were not supported in the field. Having said that, there were two infield plays that do deserve a special mention. Fame Hill at second base with two great diving efforts to stop the ball and throwing out the runners from his knees.

Even with the loss, there were some positives to take from the game. For two weeks in a row, the team came out swinging the bats and applying pressure from the start. 13 hits for the game with Pete Turner picking up 4 hits. Again the team had an injection of youth with 3 players from the U/18s and Sam Duffield in his first game picking up two hits. Well done.

This week is a must win to keep in the competition. Lets bring out our best as I know we can.

Don't forget that there is training on every Tuesday night at Waite from 5.30pm. Please make an effort to get there.

Hits: Pete Turner 4, Darren French 2, Matt Mulryan 2, Stan Warrilow 2, Sam Duffield 2 and Fame Hill 1.

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small) Sponsored by: Smith Motor Company  The Courthouse Normanville

Div 6 Game 1 vs Woodville

Score 15 all

We started our season down at Woodville and this was a game that we in the end gave them a draw. We started strong with Gromit (Wallace Long) new to the team and first up to bat, he drew a walk and was followed with walks from Pop (Mark Burns) and newly named Junior (Trent Small), Cub (Jay Lunnon) was next up and with bases loaded hit to right field to score two and we were on the board. Smally (Chris Small) was next up and although hit to second was luck not to get out on a double play because of a bad throw from short. We finished with Doc (Glenn Young) with a KC, Shrek (Ben Coyler) with a walk and Brocky (David Brock) with a K2, 3 runs scored. The Cub went to the mound and much like his Father the Bear (Barry Lunnon) almost had 3 up and down, 4 batters no score and we went back to bat. First up in our second innings was the Animal (Kingsley Turner) and with a hit straight back to the pitcher he was back on the pine after 2 pitches, we then opened up a handy lead putting on 5 runs to add to our 3 in the first and things were looking good. Woodville's second at bat the Cub again faced 4 batters for no runs. First game back for the season and our energy levels started to waver, 3rd at bat 3 up and down so in the field we go Cub still on the mound and starting to get wild so we make the move and bring the Rat (Rick Trembath) onto the mound, with a few errors now coming into our game they scored the max 7 runs and we were only one in front now. Our forth at bat was just as our third with the Doc hitting into a double and having a great day with the bat 2 KC's and one double. The Rat did the job and we held Woodville to a zero as well. We scored 1 in the 5th and Woodville also got 1. So into the last we go because there is 8 minutes left and we have a 1 run lead, get 7 here and we can not lose but need 6 at best to go 7 runs up, we end up with 6. All we need is 3 outs to win and not let them get the 7 unfortunately they got 7 and we walk of with a draw. For us there was a few to many errors and yes I was one of those that made a few to many and being on first did not help as they should have been easy outs, but at the end of the day a draw was better than a loss and yes a win would have been better.

Safe Hits: Long 1, Burns 1, Small T 1, Lunnon J 2, Small C 1D, Colyer 1, Turner 1

Div 6 Game 2 vs West Torrens

Score 1 to 11

Not a pretty game this one to watch I suspect or to play in from our point of view. Our batting let us down and we only recorded 4 safe hits for the day. We started again with the Cub (Jay) on the mound and held them to a zero for their first at bat but they returned the favor. A shinning light was a double play with the Cub to the Gromit and finished with a Bear in there for the first two outs in the second, we again held them to a zero. We had 4 batters up for our 3 outs and only got on because of a wild throw. They scored 3 in the third with good hitting and a couple of lucky shots that hurt, the also did the same in the 4 and scored 5, they got 2 in the 5th and 1 in the 6th. We got our only run from the Cub (Jay Lunnon) with a single to centre field followed up with a single to the Bear (Barry Lunnon) and a single to Shrek (Ben Colyer). All in all this is a game I think we would like to forget and move onto next week.

A big thanks to Matt Franke for umpiring our game, we were meant to have a blue but he did not turn up and Matt stepped into the role for his first time and did a fantastic job.

Safe Hits: B Lunnon 2, J Lunnon 1, Coyler 1

Division 7 (Coach: Dave Smith Asst Coach: Jules Potiki) Sponsored by Bulls Baseball Club

Golden Grove Def Sturt 11 - 6, a game we probably could have won having left the bases loaded on 3 occasions. Great effort by all, showing good potential for future games. Well done to Jake Wayne again for a great day on the mound, including an awesome double play, where Richie Carter tagged at home and made the throw to 1st, nice one. Thanks to 'Rat' Trembath and 'doc' Young for joining us also for the 1st half of the game, fantastic duo.

Under 18 (Coach: Jeff Nicholas) Sponsored by: Adelaide Commercial Flooring & Freshwater Systems

In a close hard fought game the Under 18's lost to West Torrens 2 - 3.

Both teams fielded quality lineups with the batters facing a high level of pitching which reflected in the final score.
In the seven innings, the lead changed three times with both teams taking the lead or coming back to level the score.

The main difference between the two sides was in the batting stats. We left 9 runners on base and they only 5. We need to get tougher in the batters box and bring in the runs when needed.

Our defensive work in the field was good as we made the correct plays for the outs.

Well pitched by Dakota Mitchell and in relief by Matt Franke.

As our "stand in" coach Mark Hutton said to the boys after the game, there was nothing to be ashamed of in their display.

Hits: Lightbody - 2, MacBeth - 1, Kemp -1

Under 16 - Sturt (Coach: Kris McArdle Asst Coach:; Rick Trembath) Sponsored by: National Tool Distributors,  Smith Motor Company Wendy's Burnside

Sturt 24 Defeated Kensington 0

Well done boys we did all the basics today. Base running was a big improvement, we hit through the line up and made the out in the field. Sean pitch the first three digs and dominated the plate. Tyson Hancock finished off the last two holding out kensies. Sam was one of the few tested defensively and making all three out with no problems. Max Walker had his first time behind the plate showing he has talent here. Jordan got his first taste at catching a good curve ball and did it with ease. Half way through the game we shifted the entire team around and all adapted to different positions well. Charlie hit line drives all day as per coaches instructions, most lads went home with multiple hits . Great team effort we need to make sure we stick to our game and maintain concentration . We are improving each week, keep up the effort at training.

Under 16 - Saints (Coach: Glen McDonald) Sponsored by Mt Lofty Golf Club

Southern Districts 17 d U16 - Saints 1

Under 14/1 - Sturt (Coach: Garry Wood) Sponsored by Premier Trailers

Coach: Garry Wood, Assistant Coach: Barry Lunnon, Team Manager: David Lightbody

The team consists of the following players: Simon Adkins, Tyson Ottaway, Max Staggs, Arno Naritto, Henry Wood, Mitchell Lightbody, Zach Evreniadis, Ryack Parsons, Stuart Brennan, Zac Lunnon and Brodie MacBeth and for this week Brandon Weber!

Game 3 Sturt 16 defeated Saints 0

Safe hits as follows: Wood 2, Lightbody 2, Evreniadis 2, Macbeth 2, Brennan 2, Parsons Ottaway Norito 1 each

Unfortunately due to absence, illness and injury we only had 8 players before the game and a big thanks to Brandon Weber who helped us out and performed well for us getting 2 walks and scoring both times, thanks mate. I am pleased to report that our third game of the season was again a successful one.

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon at home (Norman reserve was again magnificent thanks David Lee) against the Saints the boys performed well and continued to impress with good form with both bat and ball. Brodie MacBeth again pitched an excellent 3 innings giving up just 1 hit with 1 walk and about 70% strikes while Stuart Brennan pitched the final 2 innings with a great 17 strikes from 20 pitches! Henry Wood hit well scoring 5 RBI's for the game and looked very solid at second base while the reliable Mitchell Lightbody, Zach Evreniadis, Brodie MacBeth and Stuart Brennan all contributed 2 safe hits. Tyson Ottaway looked safe and sound behind the mask and all in all the boys played a good team game with all contributing in some way to the win.

Most pleasing for the coaches was the way we continued to hit the ball with most of the boys making very solid contact throughout the game. Disappointing again was some of the boys not being focused on the game and the general lack of intensity and support from the bench and in the field. Once again there was some average base running and this area of the game we will focus on again at training this week as we will need to be at our peak if we are to be competitive against the undefeated West Torrens this week. Well done boys, and well done to the Saints side who made us battle throughout this weekend's game.

Go STURT !!!

Under 14/1 - Saints (Coach: Glenn Young) Sponsored by: Last & Co Lawyers

The Saints vs Sturt Derby at the glorious Norman reserve was never likely to be a close contest but it was still at least a good game.

Although the final scoreline was 16-0 there was a lot of positives to take out of the game for the Saints. These included:

Good pitching by Stewart and Conor. Both boys held their own against a strong batting lineup. Stewart throwing 76 pitches with 40 strikes. Conor throwing the last two innings without giving up a hit.

Aggressive batting - most boys got bat on ball against some quality pitching. Stu 2 safe hits from three at bats: Jamie, Jack, Ethan, Conor, Riley, Marcel, Nik and Ty all getting the ball into the field but denied hits by excellent fielding.

Marcel telling me two weeks ago that he didn't know how to play second and being at base to receive the throw from Jamie to finish the game.

Elijah knocking down some hot balls and getting two outs at third.

A good catching performance from Jack despite having little previous experience behind the plate.

Some good outfield catches to Nik and Stewart and great thinking plays by Jamie at centrefield.

Keeping the Sturt team to less than the seven runs every innings - something most teams have struggled to do.

Well done boys, we are improving every week.

Thanks to Craig for umpiring and the Sturt boys for a good game.

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach: Jamie Knuckey) Sponsored by: Smyth's Confectionery

On a sunny Sunday morning and a rare opportunity to play at Sturt, the stage was set for a perfect day to play baseball. After two relatively easy games to start the season, the boys were finally tested today, and a great game of baseball was the result.

Eli made his debut on the mound for the year and started well - 2 K's 2 walks, no runs scored. The batting also started well with 4 runs scored from 4 hits and aggressive base running again seeing the players move around the diamond. After the team thinking they were cruising again this week Adelaide rallied, putting pressure on the pitching and fielding for the first time this year and scoring a maximum 5 runs in the 2nd, 3 in the 3rd, and 1 in the 4th and 5th. Our second innings scored 2 runs with an RBI Double to Harrison after Samuel and Reed were walked - 6 to 5 after 2 innings. 2 more runs in the 3rd with hits to Eli, Tyrese, Matan, and Ozzie, followed by 1 in the 4th after no hits, but Ky stealing all the way to home. Bottom 4 and 9 all. Entering bottom 5 we were 1 run down and time fast approaching.

Under pressure Hugo watched 4 balls and walked to 1st followed by Samuel absorbing a full count to also walk to 1st - winning runs on base. Both runners stole bases to advance then Reed hit a single and reached 2nd on an error to score Hugo and advance Samuel to 3rd. Game tied. Harrison then hit a walk-off single to centre-field scoring both Samuel and Reed - Sturt wins 12-10.

Hits: Harry 3, Eli and Matan 2, Samuel Reed Tyrese and Ozzie 1

Great effort from the whole team.

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Mark Abfalter) Sponsored by Dean Lynds

Sturt 12 defeated Adelaide 1

Our team this week was back on the road to visit 'Angel' Oval, and we had the minimum 9 players. Our great form continued to put the Angels 'to sleep' with a convincing victory.

We started at bat running in the maximum 5 after a stellar hit by Andrew Brennan to leftfield effected 4 runs and our team made a strong start. Into the field, we quickly put the Angels out conceding no runs as Jordan Abfalter made a great double play at second base.

At the top of the second, Tom made a nice hit past shortstop to bring Zak home and we were 6 up. With Elliot Ridgeway pitching and Tom back into catching, 3 knockout K2's showing us all Elliot was in command and the match was in our control. Into the third, with great hitting from Andrew Brennan and Jonathan Gamble, the bases were loaded. A slamming smash over to leftfield from Tom added another 4 runs, which was added by Robbie Brennan's hit to third to bring home Elliot. Another excellent pitching performance by Robbie with a K2 and a KC in the third and we were on fire.

The fourth innings again saw Andrew hit to leftfield to bring home Kurt Schenk. In came Zak Short pitching and he provided another solid effort. A great field out by Owen Moseby at shortstop, with Elliot showing us his allround skills making a spectacular doubleplay at first. Batting in the fifth saw us taper off with some easy batting practice. Kurt Schenk made a fine debut on the mound in the fifth and he didn't disappoint, throwing 2 KC's to lock away the game.

Hits - A Brennan 3, Bennett 1, R Brennan 1, Gamble 1

K2 - Elliot 3, R Brennan 1, Emmett 1

In summary, all the players are working well together and starting to gel, they are now a great team and appreciate the support from all parents. Our next game is on Sunday 6th November, 10:00am at Flinders Uni against the mighty West Torrens - make sure you come out and help us to continue the momentum!

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Stuart Crutchley) Sponsored by: Watts Agencies & Brooks

Saints 11defeated West Torrens 7

The Saints topped up their frequent flier points and wound up their three game road trip by downing the West Torrens Eagles 11-7 in a well balanced workman like effort at the West Torrens Baseball Club in Lockleys. With the Saints normally reliable pitching proving to be somewhat rocky, the hitters stole the show banging out 7 timely hits that gave the boys growing confidence as they came to the plate.

All of this was achieved despite the Saints missing four players on the day. To fill the void, Jonathon Gransden from the U12 LL2 Sturt team and Jack Hutton, playing his first game of Little League, answered the call to join the Saints lineup and their hard play was appreciated by all the boys, coaches and supporters. A big thanks to Jonathon and Jack from the Saints!

Nick Borrello, continuing his torrid start to the season, left jaws agape as he rocketed a tracer over the centre fielder's head to the cones in right center for a triple that knocked in Aran Wittert and ignited a second inning rally that proved the difference. Three batters later Oliver Crutchley ripped a line hugging double just inside third base that brought home Sam Stewart and Patrick Milewski to seal the deal. Ollie is proving to be an awesome role model and team leader for the newer players and has yet to be retired this season. His Dad may want to take note of that and cut him some slack!!

On the hill, Josh Wilson and Aran survived shaky starts to limit the Eagles to one run each with Aran singlehandedly closing out the game with 3 straight pitcher to first groundouts. Sam found out pitching isn't always smooth sailing but persevered and will be better for the experience.

The unsung hero of the week goes to DJ Mitchell who aside from a nice single to centre to drive in a run in the first, on two occasions hit the ball to the right side of the infield to advance base runners into scoring position. Great work, DJ. Honorable mentions to Patrick and Josh who each got hit by pitches twice and came back for more.

Back to back wins sets the table nicely for some welcome home cooking next week against Kensington at Flinders Uni. Let's get a big crowd out to cheer the boys on!

RBIs to Oliver 3, DJ, Josh, Jonathon 2 each, Sam, Nick, Aran and Patrick 1 each.

For all results and tables go to www.sa.baseball.com.au or visit the Sturt Website at Sturt Web Site

..:: message posted on Monday the 31st of October, 2011 21:37:17 ::..

Newsletter 24/10/11

Well done to our Senior teams this weekend with Division 1 through 4 all notching up wins!

On Friday night Tee Ball returned to our home ground at Norman Reserve with games being played for Aussie Tee Ball (under 8) and Rookie Ball (under 11). This marks the return of Tee Ball to the Sturt Baseball Club following our merger with the Sturt Tee Ball Club. Thanks to all those who helped out on Friday night. We have the BBQ fired up and the bar is open from 5 pm. Special thanks to our Team Sponsor Windsor Meats for providing the meat. Games commence for Aussie Tee Ball at 5.30 pm and Rookie Ball at 6.30 pm.

Further to the news last week about the success of our masters team the Stingers, I have been provided more information by Stan Warrilow who organised and coached the team. The following Sturt players were involved; Stan Warrilow - Coach, Team Manager / organiser, David Carter - assistant coach, Stuart Crutchley, Craig Watts, Simon Gooley, Norm Sluga, Rick Mitchell, Tony Catt, Bruce Packer - manager.

The Stingers only lost 1 game and beat the H&G Rams 9-5 to win the gold medal on Saturday. Once again congratulations to the team on a fantastic effort!

For those following the Baseball World Series, following an outstanding pitching performance by Derek Holland who threw a dazzling World Series gem as the Texas Rangers shut out the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 on Sunday to level the best-of-seven championship at 2-2. You can read the full match report on mlb.com. As previously advised the games are available on Foxtel.

Sponsors

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

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

If you would like to become a sponsor please contact Dean Franke on 0428 821 008. Details of Sponsorship packages are available from our website in the become a sponsor section! Please visit this area if you are interested in learning more about our sponsorship packages.

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

Aussie Tee Ball Sponsor: Windsor Meats

Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt) Sponsored by: Catapultwealth (Major Sponsor)

Sturt 8 defeated Northern Districts 1

A solid win today against an import pitcher that will win some games this season. It was nice to see both Paul Mildren and Tom Brice back in the lineup before they start their Adelaide Bite campaign.

Paul threw 5 very good innings before passing pitching duties over to Chris Lawson who finished the game well.

Offensively it was great to see Jimmy Passmore pick up 4 hits and Jackson Brebner-Russ continues to improve with 3 hits as well. It has been fantastic to get run production out of all parts of the lineup. This will be crucial as we get deeper into the season.

We now head into the bye this weekend but we have scheduled a trial game against the Adelaide Bite at Norman Reserve from 5.15pm on Saturday. Make sure you get down and still support the boys against the best in SA.


Hits - Passmore 4, Brebner-Russ 3, Watts 2, Brice 2, Holmes, Adkins, Macbeth

Division 2 (Coach: Zac Stokes) Sponsored by: Catapultwealth (Major Sponsor)

The B grade team had a good win over Northern Districts 14-3. The players and the spectators at the game, know it was not as exciting as the score makes it seem. Northern Districts were down a few pitchers and players but they battled through.

We scored 14 runs on only 8 hits for the game. There were some long batting innings with quite a few walks. I commend my guys for hanging in there. In these slow games it is very hard to stay up and be focused.

Lewis Townsend continued his great form with going 3 innings for zero hits and zero runs. Dakota Mitchell pitched the final 2 innings giving up just 1 hit.

Will Frogley lead the way with the bat picking up 3 hits. Dave carter also did well with 2 doubles.

This game showed the guys how important it is to do the basic things in the game. Scoring early and a positive atmosphere is continuing to benefit the team.

With a bye next week, we play West Torrens the following week.

Division 3 (Coach: Rick Mitchell) Sponsored by: Hattam McCarthy Reeves

Playing Golden Grove is always a tough task so beating them 7-0 was an outstanding effort. Ben Packer came back to the 3s and pitched an outstanding game throwing 6 shutout digs with great control, with the bat he to did a great job considering it has been about 4 years since he has held a bat collecting himself 2 walks and a STOLEN base.

Tom Teague continued on from his 3 hits last week with a timely triple. Ace Prokopec played his 1st game for the club and was very solid at short stop and he also nailed one to right getting his 1st hit.

Tane Bowels another 1st gamer for the club played a good game in the outfield ,Good to see Stuey Crutchley back at the club he also collected a hit.Nick Tuffnell again was ever reliable collecting 2 walks and a safe hit.

Michael Robinson deserves a special mention for a job well done again behind the dish. Good start we just need to keep rolling.

Division 4 (Coach: Kris McArdle Asst Coach: Norm Sluga) Sponsored by PPI Promotion and Apparel

Sturt 13 defeated GGCD 1

A complete team effort saw Sturt put on their first win for the season in convincing style. The team was made up from some 'seasoned veterans' in Adrian (Fame) Hill, Norm Sluga, Kris McArdle with a guest appearance from Dave Lee and the young guns of Max Guehrer, Alex Milburn, Jordan McArdle and Haz Lightbody.

The defence was fantastic with Mat Mulryan pitching the total game in great style and Haz supporting Mat with a solid job behind the plate. The infield looked sharp knocking down some hard grounders to make some tough outs. The guys in the outfield were just as good making ground to take some great catches. In the last innings Jordan McArdle took two catches to seal the game.

The offence was just as awesome with the team collecting a total of 12 hits. It was great to see the whole line up contributing and keeping the pressure on all day. Pete Turner starred with 3 solid hits (one hit was a triple and with a wild throw turned into a home run). Fame and Kris both crushed the ball collecting two X doubles each.


This game is the one that the team needs to take away and remember all the positives. Being mentally focused throughout the game needs to backed up each week. Well done guys.

Hits: Pete Turner 3, Kris McArdle, Fame Hill 2, Kris McArdle 2, Norm Sluga 2, Max Guehrer 1, Alex Milburn 1 and Jordan McArdle 1.

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small) Sponsored by: Smith Motor Company  The Courthouse Normanville

Woodville 15, Sturt 15



Division 7 (Coach: Dave Smith Asst Coach: Jules Potiki) Sponsored by Bulls Baseball Club

Port Adelaide 16 def Sturt 0

Not a great start to the season but as agreed during the post match team huddle we can only improve from here. Sturt just made too many fielding errors however there were some promising signs. Jake Wayne showed great promise on the mound throwing with a good deal of courage and heat. Dan Oates was solid on first base considering most of the throws to first were high wide or in the dirt. Yet he still managed to pull most of them in to secure the out or at least prevent overthrows. The highlights were two nice outs at home plate - including the last play of the day - a throw from second to home to get the runner out.

Under 18 (Coach: Jeff Nicholas) Sponsored by: Adelaide Commercial Flooring & Freshwater Systems

The Under 18's defeated Golden Grove 5 - 3 to record our first win for the season.

Matt Franke started on the mound and pitched 4 solid innings to restrict Golden Grove to 1 run, 4 hits, 3 walks and collected 4 K2's.

Shaun Wright finished off the remaining 3 innings giving up 2 hits, 1 walk and collecting 5 K2's.

Errors in the field continue to hurt us as we again gave up 2 unearned runs to let Golden Grove back in the game.

Terrific squeeze bunt by Matt Franke to score Matt MacBeth early in the game to put us in front.

Overall it was a good team performance to get the points, the boys are slowly improving as a team.

Hits: Matt MacBeth - 2 (triple, double), Shaun Wright - 2, Sam Roberts, Jesse Kemp, Matt Franke, Alex Milburn - 1

In the previous week Sturt went down 8-7 to East Torrens after leading for most of the game. We left runners on base at crucial times and showed some lapses in the field.

A challenging start to the season, there is plenty to work on and we look forward to a great year.

Hits; Wood 2 Roberts, Macbeth, Franke, Duffield

Under 16 - Sturt (Coach: Kris McArdle Asst Coach:; Rick Trembath) Sponsored by: National Tool Distributors,  Smith Motor Company Wendy's Burnside

Sturt 10 Defeated Port Adelaide 0

Today we had the right attitude to take on a game of baseball. The boys came ready to play, warm up had purpose and we were much more prepared to play . After a a good start with Jayden getting on base as lead off we unfortunately popped up twice on a steal signal eventually creating a double play and not troubling the score board. Our first defensive innings was a bit shaky getting one out but then Port filled the bases things didn't look good. But Max G did his job and gave Jayden at SS a ground ball and with Charlies assistance rolled an awesome double play, that's how you get out of a dig and trouble with style, great job boys. Now with a slightly happier coach we went into the next dig and started scoring runs. We probably could of scored more runs early in the game but offensively this was a much better game than last week. Jordan had a great day with the bat gathering two hits and caught a solid game blocking well, Errol was the RBI king pushing the ball behind the runners on numerous occasions. Charlie, Henry, Max G all went home with a hit and welcome to Tyson Hancock with a towering shot to right field running out a inside home run. Defensively we played well with no errors but wasn't really pressured. Pitching Max G and Charlie G both pitched solid, we will work on getting our strike rate up. Lets go boys , weather is getting warmer and baseball is here. Lets enjoy our season , train hard and play harder.

Under 16 - Saints (Coach: Glen McDonald) Sponsored by Mt Lofty Golf Club

Adelaide 21 d U16 - Saints 5

Under 14/1 - Sturt (Coach: Garry Wood)

Sturt 17 defeated Adelaide 3

Safe hits as follows: Lunnon 4, Lightbody 2, Evreniadis 2, Parsons, Ottaway, Wood, MacBeth and Staggs 1 each.

I am pleased to report that our second game of the season was again a successful one.

On a rather warm and balmy Sunday afternoon at the home of the Angels the boys came switched on and ready to play. Several of the players continued to impress with excellent form with both bat and ball.

Zac Lunnon had an absolute day out recording 4 safe hits from 4 at bats while pitching 3 very solid innings. Mitchell Lightbody caught a very good game and went 2 safe hits from 3 official at bats while Brodie MacBeth pitched as well as I have seen him to close the final 2 innings with a high strike percentage and Max Staggs batted a 1.000 for the day.

Most pleasing for the coaches was the way we hit the ball early with most of the boys making very solid contact in the first and again in the fourth innings when we scored the maximum 7 runs. Disappointing was the lack of intensity and support from the bench and in the field and some average base running, but they are areas that can quickly be improved upon with a focused effort at training.

Well done boys, no doubt a tough game this week against Doc Young's Saints, so let's make sure we train hard and listen hard and practice what the coaching staff are telling you and I am sure we can be a force to reckon with as the season progresses! Go STURT !!!

Under 14/1 - Saints (Coach: Glenn Young) Sponsored by: Last & Co Lawyers

U14/1 Saints 4 lost to Kensington 17
A hot humid Sunday afternoon at Flinders Stadium hosted the game between the Cardinals and Saints. A game that saw some good plays but nowhere near enough to win finished with the scorecard Kensington 17-4. There were many positives to take out of the game.

We scored 3 more runs than last week. The base running was more aggressive and we stole bases and created a little bit of mayhem. The good form with the bat for Jack, Conor and Stewart continued where they all left off last week. Stewart helped himself to 2 safe hits and a couple of RBI's. Jack got his hit and got home from his sole appearance at the plate. Conor continues to bat .500. Ethan also picked up his first hit of the season but that's where the hitting ended. The instructions were to "have a go" and I'm pleased to report we only had one KC as opposed to 5 the previous week. At this level, and we know it's not easy, you won't get too many walks. Better to go down swinging.

Defence had the good and bad. The pitching was mixed. Jack in his debut pitch in the 14's did a good job in his 3 digs at the mound keeping a clean sheet in the 2nd innings in a generally tidy performance, Conor closed the 3rd innings like a pro, suffered a few close plays in the blowout 4th innings and struggled with his accuracy. Nik Sas, also making his 14's pitching debut, wasn't supported well in the field but sure made things happen. We need our pitchers throwing over half in the zone as well as the team supporting the pitcher in the field if we are to become more competitive. Kensington's pitcher had a beauty throwing 65% in the zone; we were all under the 50%. That's where we need to be.

Defensive highlights included a lovely double play from Stewart at shortstop, a nice outfield catch to get Elijah's season underway, Cam's high hospital catch near the end and his solid play from behind the plate. It wasn't a nice day to catch (is there ever?) but Cam hung in there like the trooper he is. There was no lack of effort but at times concentration waned. Small things like backing up, talking and relayed throws etc. and we won't be far off the mark.

Thanks to Jo, Craig and Jayme and a special thanks to Chris Small for giving up his Sunday afternoon to umpire on a sticky day.

Second week in with a team that hasn't played together much and there is a lot to like.

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach: Jamie Knuckey) Sponsored by: Smyth's Confectionery

Sturt 16 defeated Glenelg 2.

After an impressive start to the season the boys continued with another solid effort, despite a poor effort at training mid week.

With a warm and sunny afternoon at Flinders the conditions were perfect for baseball.

Harrison started on the mound and pitched 3 innings. He only faced 11 batters for 8 strikeouts, and an out at first with 2 walks. A great foundation for Ky who pitched 2 innings for 6 strike outs, 4 walks, and 2 runs scoring in the last innings. No hits over 5 innings and again the field was not tested.

The batting and baserunning was again aggressive. A hitting zone is our team philosophy and the boys showed their talent again. Samuel, Reed and Harrison led off in the first with safe hits and only 6 pitches thrown. Ky, Eli and Matan on base with walks, then Tyrese knocked home 2 on a single for innings maximum of 5 runs with no outs. Second innings had Ozzie, Harrison and Ky on base with walks, another single for Samuel, with Hugo, Reed, and Eli striking out - 3 runs scored. Another 3 runs in the third with hits to Matan, Hugo, Harrison, with Ozzie, Samuel and Reed all getting on base. 4th innings was a maximum 5 runs with hits to Eli (double), Tyrese, Ozzie, Hugo, Samuel, and Harrison (double). With the game over, the boys batted again in the 5th with a third hit for Tyrese (double) and a single for Matan - no runs.

Hits - Samuel 3, Harrison 3, Tyrese 3, Matan 2, Hugo 2, and Reed, Eli, Ozzie 1.

Well done again today. We need to work hard at training on our fielding as we still have not been tested and look forward to next week.

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Mark Abfalter) Sponsored by Dean Lynds

Sturt 20 defeated Glenelg 3

Our team welcomes Jonathan Grandsen into the side. We continued to show good form into our second game with a great win against a well supported side.

With our first 'home' game at Flinders Uni, we started in the field lead by Tom Bennett pitching, well supported with Andrew Brennan's first game catching and this 'battery' got us off to a strong start. We quickly got the Tigers out conceding only 1 run and went into bat, scoring the maximum 5 runs with consistent batting from all of our team.

At the top of the second, Elliot Ridgeway went into pitching and Tom back into catching. With 2 K2's and an infield playout, the boys were in fine form to setup the match. Hits to Tom, Elliot and walks to the rest of the lineup ensured we reached the 5 run cap to give us a 9 run lead.

Another excellent pitching performance by Robbie Brennan with 2 K2's in the third and the game was locked away after Tom hit a home run and hits from both Elliot and Robbie. Zak Short provided another awesome pitching effort in the fourth throwing 2 K2's and the batting lineup again was not interested in easy outs by scoring the full 5 runs to wrap up play.

Hits - Bennett HR & 1, Ridgeway 2 , R & A Brennan 1 each, Gamble 1

K2's - R Brennan 2, Short 2, Ridgeway 2, Tom 1

In summary, another great all-round effort from all players, well done boys. Thank you to all parents, last week was a good turnout both at practice and on game day. Our next game is on Sunday 30th October, 10:30am at Plympton against top team Adelaide Angels - make sure you come out and support all the boys and let's keep the momentum!

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Stuart Crutchley) Sponsored by: Watts Agencies & Brooks

Saints 7 Southern Districts 4

The young Saints continued their season opening road trip travelling to seaside Peregrine Park to take on Southern Districts on a glorious afternoon for baseball. In a truly team effort, the Saints shook off some initial jetlag to outlast their hosts 7-4 in a well contested affair.

Pitching once again proved to be the Saints strongpoint with the quartet of Josh Wilson, Aran Wittert, Sam Stewart and DJ Mitchell yielding only 2 hits in 4 innings and Aran, Sam and DJ combining to fan five in a row in one stretch. When called upon our team defense did enough to shut down a late Southern Districts rally in the 4th inning, but we'll be working at training to continue to develop consistency in the field. Oliver Crutchley was stellar as usual behind the plate and will welcome the chance to share the load as the weather heats up.

Through a bit of timely hitting, good strike zone discipline and heads up baserunning the boys parlayed 4 hits into 7 runs in the first two innings which was enough to seal their welcome first victory. The 2nd inning proved the turning point with hits by Aran, Patrick Milewski and DJ scattered among a few walks to hang a 5 on the scoreboard that proved the difference. RBIs went to Nick Borello, Patrick (2), DJ, Oliver, Josh and Mitch Foley.

A confidence boosting win for the boys as they continue on the road next up at West Torrens.

For all results and tables go to www.sa.baseball.com.au or visit the Sturt Website at Sturt Web Site

..:: message posted on Monday the 24th of October, 2011 22:37:34 ::..

Newsletter 17/10/11

I think for most of us we can now feel that the season has started in full! This weekend all our junior teams commenced along with our Division 3 and 4 sides. Our Division 1 side has now notched up 2-2 wins so a great effort boys! Our Division 1 and 2 boys will be playing at home at Norman Reserve this coming Sunday so be sure to come on down and cheer them on!

For all of the juniors who played their first game of baseball this Sunday we sincerely hope you enjoyed the experience and will continue to enjoy baseball for many years to come!

I have heard that the Masters Games which concluded on the weekend resulted in the team managed by Bruce Packer and with Sturt representatives including Rick Mitchell and Tony Catt winning the tournament. Well done boys!

Now that the Masters Games have completed the final two senior teams will commence this weekend. We have two teams in this competition Division 6 and Division 7. Division 6 is coached by Chris Small and Division 7 is coached by Dave Smith and Jules Potiki. The draw for these teams has now been worked out by Baseball SA and the complete program is on their website. Given the number of changes that have occurred I have only put up the games till Christmas on our website to make sure there are no more changes to the schedule for this competition!

On this coming Friday 21 October, our Aussie Tee Ball competition hits off at Norman Reserve. Thank you to all those young people who have registered to play in either the Under 8 or Under 10 competition. Games will commence at 5.30 and 6.30 pm respectively. Please try to arrive at half an hour before the game to allow sufficient time to collect kits and uniforms. Team lists and a playing schedule will be available on the night.

We have allocated a Team Manager/Assistant Coach for each team prior to the first game with coaching assistance to be provided by current senior baseball players.

All parents are encouraged to provide assistance to the Team Manager and Coach during practice sessions as well as help to set-up/pack up the diamond.

The bar will be open from 5.00 pm and we will also be having a sausage sizzle during and immediately after the games.

As I have advised previously the Sturt Tee Ball Club has now merged with the Sturt Baseball Club, so I would appreciate Sturt Baseball Club members also popping down on Friday night to welcome the new members to our club and to make them feel welcome!

Meanwhile in Panama Team Australia finished fifth at the International Baseball Federation World Cup. Sturt's Paul Mildren and Tom Brice were part of the side which Manager John Deeble said he was amazed at how well his team preformed throughout the international tournament. “With a group of ten rookies, I think it was a fantastic job, one of our best finishes ever in international baseball,” Manager Deeble said. Read full report. Congratulations to Tom Brice who made the All Stars Team at the end of the 39th IBAF World Cup as selected by the IBAF Technical Commission and based on the data worked by the Scorer's Commission. See IBAF press release for full details and for the other awards.

Meanwhile the Australian Baseball League season will commence at Norwood Oval on Thursday 10 th November. The game schedule is on the Sturt Baseball Club website under events>calendar. If you are new to baseball, then I can thoroughly recommend going to Norwood Oval to see high level baseball being played. Further information on our South Australian team the Adelaide Bite can be viewed at their website.

Whilst in Australia the baseball season is just hitting off, in the United States, they are in play off mode for the World Series! The Texas Rangers defeated the Detroit Tigers, 15-5, to win the American League Championship (4-2) and advance to the 2011 World Series. A game summary is available at mlb.com In the National League, St. Louis completed a six-game dismissal of Milwaukee in the National League Championship Series on Sunday night and advanced to the World Series to face the Texas Rangers. A game summary is available at the MLB site.

For those of you with Foxtel, the World Series will commence on Thursday 20 October which you can view live from 10.00 am or you can catch replays from 8.00 pm. Go to the Foxtel TV Guide for more details.

Sponsors

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

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

If you would like to become a sponsor please contact Dean Franke on 0428 821 008. Details of Sponsorship packages are available from our website in the become a sponsor section! Please visit this area if you are interested in learning more about our sponsorship packages.

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


Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt) Sponsored by: Catapultwealth (Major Sponsor)

Sturt 5 defeated East Torrens 0

Division 2 (Coach: Zac Stokes) Sponsored by: Catapultwealth (Major Sponsor)

The B grade's 12-1 win over East Torrens was a fantastic team effort. After the loss last week the boys did just what I had expected and came out of the gates with the bats swinging.

Scoring 4 runs in the first inning before we even took to the field gave us a great chance to win. Lewis Townsend started on the hill for us and went 5 innings giving up no runs and only 1 hit. Ben Packer came in for the final two innings and continued his great form. The pitchers again did an awesome job and if we continue to hold teams to a low score we have a great chance to have a successful season.

There was no stand out hitters for the game because every player did their job. It really was team win. Half the line up had multiple hits which is great to see. More importantly the guys did the little things that I asked, bunting, running, moving runners over and scoring them from third.

This win was very pleasing to me and shows the team the little things that we all need to do to get the job done.

Special mention to Sam Roberts who came into the game for a pinch hit and successfully recorded his first B grade safe hit.

Next game is against Northern Districts and I expect the same level of play to continue over.

Division 3 (Coach: Rick Mitchell) Sponsored by: Hattam McCarthy Reeves

Glenelg 9 d Sturt 5

Division 4 (Coach: Kris McArdle Asst Coach: Norm Sluga) Sponsored by PPI Promotion and Apparel

Glenelg 11 d Sturt 0

Under 18 (Coach: Jeff Nicholas) Sponsored by: Adelaide Commercial Flooring & Freshwater Systems

East Torrens 8 d Sturt 7

Under 16 - Sturt (Coach: Kris McArdle Asst Coach:; Rick Trembath) Sponsored by: National Tool Distributors,  Smith Motor Company Wendy's Burnside

Southern Districts 11 d U16 - Sturt 1

Under 16 - Saints (Coach: Glen McDonald) Sponsored by Mt Lofty Golf Club

East Torrens 16 d U16 - Saints 2

Under 14/1 - Sturt (Coach: Garry Wood)

Coach: Garry Wood
Assistant Coach: Barry Lunnon
Team Manger extraordinaire: David Lightbody

The team consists of the following players: Simon Adkins, Tyson Ottaway, Max Staggs, Arno Noritto, Henry Wood, Mitchell Lightbody, Zach Evreniadis, Ryack Parsons, Stuart Brennan, Zac Lunnon and Brodie MacBeth.

Game 1 Sturt 5 defeated Glenelg 0 at the beautiful Norman Reserve*

(Thanks David Lee)* Safe hits as follows: MacBeth 1, Lightbody 1,

Noritto 1, Lunnon 1, Adkins 1, Ottaway 1 Welcome to the new season and our first game which I am pleased to report was a successful one.

We are delighted with the quality of the 11 boys in the squad this year and it was encouraging to see so many talented young baseball players showing some early form with both bat and ball.

Game 1 we lined up with some of the boys who have been coached by me before and some who were experiencing it for the first time. As in previous years I have certain expectations of the boys and their families including promptness at training and games and we will again have numerous team rules that the boys were made aware of before yesterday's game.

Mitchell Lightbody pitched a solid first 3 innings after a slow start by his standards and was then relieved by Zac Lunnon who threw well through 3 innings and Brodie Macbeth finished off the game in which we completed all seven innings. All pitchers were very well caught by Henry Wood and Tyson Ottaway behind the mask.

Most pleasing for the coaching staff was the fact that all the boys contributed in some way to the end result but more importantly I think realised that ALL positions whether infield or outfield are important and that we have a role to play on nearly every pitch whether it be backing up or verbal support etc. The game also highlighted several areas where improvement will be required if we are to be a serious contender this year including set plays, looking for signals, base running and encouraging our team mates both in the field and when batting.

Well done boys, train hard and the results will come and we will practice our mentioned areas of improvement on Tuesday night.

Go STURT !!!

Under 14/1 - Saints (Coach: Glenn Young) Sponsored by: Last & Co Lawyers

Adelaide 9 defeated Under 14/1 - Saints 1

Having decided to have two teams in U/14 1 it was with some trepidation that the coaching team approached our first hit out. An away game at Adelaide with the boys raring to go. The scoreline, 9-1 down didn't really reflect how close the game really was. We certainly held our own in the field but came up a bit short with the bat. Stu Gardiner threw the first four digs and had a great first performance on the mound. He had a 60% strike percentage and only two walks with 5 strike outs. Ethan came in to close for us and was similarly accurate and pitched with good concentration. The highlights in the field were a couple of great plays by Jamie at second and then right field, as well as always knowing where to be when playing second. Ty had a good game at first and helped out the infield considerably with some great takes at full stretch. Conor proved that you can be a lefty at third base and Jack swallowed every thing hit to him. Cam was solid behind the plate and I'm sure his thighs will tell him that he did a good job first game out.

Batting was variable. The highlights for me were Marcel batting 1000 after his first at bat in baseball, Jamie Last with three good hits from three plate appearances and Jack making solid contact. My only concern is that we had 5 KC - lets go done swinging guys.

Well done boys for our first game. I look forward to working with you this year. Thanks to all those who have put up their hands to help John and me out.

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach: Jamie Knuckey) Sponsored by: Smyth's Confectionery

Sturt 23 defeated Goodwood 1

After many weeks of trials the time to play baseball arrived today - and what a start to the season the boys made!

Playing away at Goodwood the first innings produced a maximum 5 runs with 1 out and 6 boys getting solid bat on ball. Aggressive base running was a superb back-up to some solid batting. With Harrison starting on the mound the Goodwood bats were quickly under pressure. 3 strike outs, and only 4 batters to the plate, we were quickly back into the batting box. The first 7 batters again put bat on ball, and quickly another 5 runs were added. Harrison then pitched 9 strikes in 12 pitches for 3 strikeouts. After 2 innings the boys had made an impressive start to the season.

Over the next 4 innings the trend continued - solid batting with aggressive base running, excellent pitching, and great teamwork. Ky made his debut on the mound for innings 3 and 4 - 5 strikeouts, no hits, no runs - well done. After 4 fine innings behind the plate Eli took a well earned rest and Reed took up where he finished with a fine effort catching to Thomas for innings 5 and 6. If Goodwood thought the pitching would be getting easier they were sadly mistaken. Thomas retired 6 of the next 7 batters with 4 strikeouts, 1 hit, no runs. While not really tested in the field the boys worked well together and knew the plays required. In summary, all 10 players had hits for a team total of 19 hits and 2 "in the park" home runs. (Harrison 4, Thomas 3, Samuel, Matan, Eli, Hugo 2, and Ky, Ozzy, Tyrese, Reed 1). Final score STURT 23, GOODWOOD 1.

Well done to everyone today.

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Mark Abfalter) Sponsored by Dean Lynds

Sturt 15 defeated Kensington 7

Welcome to all players and parents in the U12 Div. 2 Sturt side.

The season has started on a high with a great result against a quality side.

With our playing list strengthened by the inclusion of Elliot Ridgeway and Tom Emmett, we started the game with some strong batting from all, going through the lineup to score the maximum 5 runs per innings. Safe hits and walks were the norm heading into the field at the bottom of the first. An excellent start from Elliot pitching, Tom catching, and top fielding from our infield held us in good stead for the second innings. Another powerful display from our batting lineup in the second innings put us in command increasing the lead to 9 runs, with some excellent hitting in particular from Andrew & Robbie Brennan. Robbie's pitching in the second innings made it look easy and we were setup for the match, with an excellent double play by Elliot at first base.

Kensington came out firing in the third with a blazing effort from their pitcher Henry McLockland throwing 3 straight K2's, and the game was on. Zak Short showed us his pitching prowess by keeping their batters under control, and we headed into the fourth innings with the game up to us. Our boys all stood up, bagging another 5 runs to lock the game away.

Safe Hits - all had 1 plus

K2 - Ridgeway 2, excellent pitching from Brennan, Short and Emmett.

In summary, a fantastic effort from all players for the first game of the season, well done boys.

To all parents, please try and get your boys to training on Wednesday nights @ 4:30pm as this is an important part of their development. In regard to match day, try to arrive approx. 1 hour before the match for warm-up. We will be endeavouring over the course of the season to rotate players in different positions and give every player an opportunity to develop their skills where practical.

Our next game is on Sunday 23rd October, 10:00am is at Flinders Uni against Glenelg - make sure you come out and support all the boys!

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Stuart Crutchley) Sponsored by: Watts Agencies & Brooks

Adelaide 13 defeated Saints 9

Several promising baseball careers were launched Sunday as the Saints blooded six new players in a nail biting encounter against Adelaide at a cool and blustery Weigall Field. The boys spotted the Angels an 8 run lead after two innings then dug deep, displaying excellent resilience by fighting back to take a 9-8 lead heading into the bottom of the 4th. Adelaide had their hitting shoes on and managed to pull it out in the end, but the first game effort gives the players, coaches and supporters reason to be optimistic.

Pitching looks to be strong with Josh Wilson, DJ Mitchell, Sam Stewart and Aran Wittert all hurling well, yielding a combined total of only 3 walks. The boys hung in at the plate with many facing their first live pitching and displayed a willingness to swing the bat with Oliver Crutchley leading the way with 2 hits. Nick Borello flashed some good leather at first base and Patrick Milewski provided a glimpse of his cannon arm with a couple slick plays at third. All in all a great effort by the boys to build on for next week at Southern Districts.

For all results and tables go to www.sa.baseball.com.au or visit the Sturt Website at Sturt Web Site

..:: message posted on Monday the 17th of October, 2011 23:06:26 ::..

Div 1/2 Match Reports + info on this week's round

Welcome to the 2011/12 season of baseball! Last weekend we saw the season start off with our Division 1 and 2 sides playing at home. It was great that our Division 1 boys were able to defeat Glenelg! Match reports for both games are included in this Newsletter. There are also some great photos of the game online on the front page of our website

This weekend sees our Division 3 and 4 season commencing with both games being at Sturt.

On Sunday our Junior games commence. Due to last minute changes from other clubs the schedule for these games was only released last night and for the moment is only accurate up till the game scheduled for 6 November. You can access the game schedule from the Sturt website however due to the fluid nature of game scheduling at this time of the year I urge you to make a final check on the Baseball SA website for any last minute changes of the game schedule for your particular team.

There were also some last minute changes by Baseball SA to the Under 16 competition due to the imbalance of teams nominated for U16s; there were 11 for 16/1 and 3 for 16/2, hence there will be a grading system held after the first four rounds, whereby the 16/1 and 16/2 will be split into their respective divisions. This may result in some minor time and venue alterations throughout the junior programs. This means that we have renamed our Under 16 teams to reflect this change. Our Under 16/1- Sturt side is now called Under 16 - Sturt (coach: Kris McArdle) and our under Under 16/2 - Sturt side has now been renamed Under 16 - Saints (coach: Glen McDonald).

If you need any further information about this weekends games please contact your respective coach or team manager. These details are available from our website at about>people

The training schedule is also available from our website for anyone needing further information on training times and venues.

For those of you with internet access on your mobile phones you can access Saints Mobile edition by simply typing in our web address into your phone!

Best of luck to all teams on the weekend!

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Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt) Sponsored by: Catapultwealth (Major Sponsor)

Sturt 3 defeated Glenelg 1
This was an excellent way to start the season.

We get underway this year and welcome a few new faces to the Sturt Baseball Club. Current Adelaide Bite squad member, Chris Lawson, has joined the Saints. Chris got his season underway in sensational fashion facing his old club, pitching 7 innings, no runs, and giving up only one hit. Fantastic start for him.

Ace Prokopec has joined Sturt after a number of years out of the game and Tane Bowels has also joined after playing A and B grade for Kensington. All three will be welcome additions to the squad and we look forward to getting to see you in action this summer.

With Chris keeping Glenelg at bay, we went to work offensively and although we didn't quite get the hit we needed to do more damage, we got the job done. Craig Watts, Dane Adkins and Daniel Turner were standouts offensively.

Lewis Townsend and Dakota Mitchell also deserve special mentions. Lewis pitched the 8th inning and did his job magnificently. Congratulations to Dakota on his first A grade game and we certainly threw him in the deep end by asking him to close out proceedings in the 9th. He gave me some heart palpitations but got the job done and notched up the win for the Saints. Well done boys.

We travel to East Torrens this Sunday - make sure you come out and support us!

Hits - Watts 3, Adkins 2, Turner 2, Holmes, Passmore, Lawson

Division 2 (Coach: Zac Stokes) Sponsored by: Catapultwealth (Major Sponsor)

It was a great opening match up against Glenelg who are always around the top of the ladder. Unfortunately we went down 5-2. The game was a lot tighter than the final score. We were either tied or trailing by 1 run the whole game until they got a couple at the end. Our pitching was very good. Ben Packer started on the hill and gave us a great effort, strongly followed by Craig Wright and then Shaun Wright who made his first B grade appearance. The bats were pretty quiet and that ultimately let us down. However I do not see this as being a common occurrence. Looking forward to a great game this week against East Torrens.

For all results and tables go to www.sa.baseball.com.au or visit the Sturt Website at Sturt Web Site

..:: message posted on Thursday the 13th of October, 2011 09:34:56 ::..

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