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Message from the President


Our President Phil Robinson keeps you up to date with all that is happening within the Club with a regular President's Report. If you have items to contribute please email Phil Robinson


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Sturt achieves Good Sports Accreditation

I am pleased to advise that the Sturt Baseball Club has now achieved Level 3 Accreditation as a Good Sports Club.

Our club is committed to strengthening the community with our members and their families. As a Good Sports Level Three club, we are proud of our efforts in promoting health and well-being while reducing risky alcohol drinking and ensuring smoke-free areas.

As a Good Sports Level Three club, our club is a healthy, safe and family-friendly environment. As a Level 3 Good Sports club we abide by a liquor license, manage the sale and use of alcohol responsibly, have both an alcohol management policy and safe transport policy endorsed by our club committee that is communicated to members, and our bar servers have completed responsible service of alcohol training. We do not rely solely on alcohol for club income by seeking other income opportunities.

Together with 7,000 Good Sports clubs across Australia, we are helping inspire a healthier sporting nation.

Speak to our club committee about what being a Good Sports club is all about or visit our Policies area

Be sure to also follow Good Sports on:

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..:: message posted on Saturday the 27th of May, 2017 13:29:38 ::..

AGM Report

The AGM for the Sturt Baseball Club was held at the Sturt Baseball Club on Monday 22 May 2017

For those of you who could not attend, I will give you brief highlights of the meeting.

Executive Positions for Election were filled by:

i. Vice President- Wallace Long
ii. Junior Coordinator - Andrew Vidale
iii.Baseball Operations Manager- John McClure
iv. Sponsorship Manager-Jeff Nicholas

Matt Mulyran was coopted onto the Committee to assist Jeff Nicholas in the role of Sponsorship Liaison.

At the meeting a vote of thanks was put for the outstanding work of David Lightbody who after many years on the Senior Committee has stepped down from the role of Baseball Operations Manager. Dave will continue in his role as manager of the A Grade team despite Mitch now going to College in the United States. For those who missed it there was a great article about Mitch on ABC News this week.

Dave Hutton was re-elected as our Patron.

Dave also presented a cheque for $1000 to Club President Phil Robinson on behalf of the Mitcham Lions Club to support Junior Development.

Cheque Presentation

Thank you to Bruce Packer who once again has produced a magnificent Annual Report which is now available for viewing on our website.

..:: message posted on Saturday the 27th of May, 2017 12:44:50 ::..

Notice of AGM

As per the Constitution I give notice that at the Annual General Meeting of the Sturt Baseball Club will be held on Monday 22 May 2017, 7.30 pm at our clubrooms.

The following positions are up for election as required by our constitution, namely-the positions of Baseball Operations Manager, Sponsorship Manager and Junior Baseball Manager.

Nominations and apologies should be forwarded to the President prior to the Annual General Meeting.

Can any players who believe they are eligible for Player Life Membership also make contact with the President

Phil Robinson
President
Sturt Baseball Club

..:: message posted on Saturday the 8th of April, 2017 10:05:41 ::..

Coaching News

I am pleased to advise that the Senior Committee at it meeting this week has appointed Tom Brice to the position of Senior Coach for the season 2017/18. The club had planned this transition over the past season whereby Tony Catt provided the mentorship for Tom to take on this role. As you all know Tom has done an outstanding job as Assistant Senior Coach last season and we look forward to him now taking on the head role. I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank Tony for his untiring efforts in every facet of our club.

Tom is currently working on the appointment of his coaching panel including the Division 2 coach.

I already have expressions of interest or coaches who have indicated succession plans for Div 3-7.

Expressions of interest for Junior Coaching positions are invited and interested people should visit the Sturt Jobs Page for further information.

Enquiries and expressions of interest regarding the Junior Coaching positions (U19,U17, U15, U13,U11) should be directed to John McClure on 0408 927 724 by 5.00 pm Monday 1 May 2017

..:: message posted on Saturday the 8th of April, 2017 08:55:39 ::..

Sturt Awards 2017/18

The Sturt Baseball Club held its Senior Presentation Night on Saturday 1 April 2017 and its Junior Presentation Night on Friday 31 March 2017.

At the outset my I take this opportunity to congratulate all our Award Winners! The President's Award which is given for outstanding service to the Club was won this year by Jamie Knuckey. Jamie's love of the club which he described as his church is well known to all. Jamie's dedication to caring for the grounds and the time that he has put into making our diamond the best in the league has also been noted by everyone at the club. In addition to the enormous time commitment Jamie puts into the grounds, he coaches Under 17s and assists with the Division 2 team!! Congratulations to Jamie!

The Josh Deegan Award was won by Andrew Vidale. Congratulations to Andrew and all the other nominees who exemplify the qualities of the Award.

The Dave Hutton Award for the player who polled the most club votes was won by Jackson Brebner- Russ (JBR) for the Seniors and Austin McClure won the for the Junior trophy for the second year in a row! Congratulations to both these young talented players!

Team Awards are listed below:

Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt/Tom Brice)

Most Valuable Player: Jackson Brebner-Russ
Batting Award: Evan LeBlanc
Coaches Award: Damon Arnold
Deegan Award: Alex Hopton

Division 2: (Tom Winter)

MVP: Brodie MacBeth
Batting Award: Adam Kerr
Coaches Trophy: Reed Stewart
Josh Deegan: Alex Hopton

Division 3: (Darren Stewart)

MVP: Jared Holland
MVP Runner Up: Austin McClure Batting Award: Andrew Harvey
Josh Deegan: Jared Holland

Division 4: (Mick Trlin/Dale Martens)

MVP: Ben Packer
Batting Award: Pat Burns and Ben Bicknell
Coaches Award: Jess Lemon
Josh Deegan Award: Adrian Hill

Division 6: (Chris Small)

MVP: Don "Wulffy" Wulff
MVP Runner Up: Rick "Rat" Trembath
Best Team Man: Chris "Daisy" Day
Josh Deegan: Don "Wulffy" Wulff

Division 7: (Phil Martin)

MVP: Justin McKinley
Coaches Award: Matt Chenoweth Best Team Heather Turner
Josh Deegan: Andrew Vidale

Under 19: (Matt MacBeth)

MVP: Tyson Ottaway
Runner up MVP: Damon Arnold
Coaches Award: Austin McClure

Under 17/1- Sturt (Jamie Knuckey)

MVP: Austin McClure
Batting Award: Reed Stewart
Most Improved: Joaquin Poskey-Miles
Josh Deegan Award: Josh Vidale

U15/1 - Sturt (Mike Garcia)

MVP: Sam Stewart
MVP Runner Up: Zac Becker
Most Consistent: Jonas Garcia
Josh Deegan: Joel Wilson

U15/2 - Sturt (Tim McLeod)

MVP: Jack Mossman
Most Improved: Emil Smith
Coaches Award: Jamie Vidale
Josh Deegan: Joe Harvey

Little League 1 - Sturt (Stan Warrilow)

MVP: Angus Catt
Most Improved: Angela Mourtzios
Batting Award: Jack Hutton
Josh Deegan Award: Samson Garcia

Little League 2 - Sturt (Tom Becker)

MVP: Ethan Dawson
Batting Trophy: William Jordans
Most Consistent: Spencer Warrilow
Josh Deegan: Joe Harvey

Little League 2 - Sturt (Jared Holland)

MVP: Harry Hutton
Mr Consistent: Brad Vince
Most Improved: Tom Oswald
Josh Deegan: Shannon Behan

Little League - Sturt (U11) (Jared Holland)

MVP: Zac Altamura
Runner up MVP: Kale Matthews-Hampton
Coach Award: Blake Taylor
Josh Deegan Award: Sam Horley

..:: message posted on Sunday the 2nd of April, 2017 08:38:46 ::..

Finals this weekend!

A reminder that we have a big weekend of finals this weekend!

Sturt will be hosting Div 1 finals series this weekend for the first time in over two decades!!! Sturt who finished 3rd on the ladder will be playing 4th placed West Torrens in a best of three series this coming Saturday (3pm) and Sunday (11.30 and 3.30(if required) at Norman Reserve.

It will be a huge day at Norman Reserve on Saturday with our Div 4 boys continuing deep into the finals to play Goodwood at 12 noon.

We have arranged a selection of food for purchase on both Saturday and Sunday and of course the bar will be open. It goes without saying that we want every Sturt supporter at the club to cheer on our boys!!

If you can't make it to the finals series then you can follow the scores via Live Stats

Also on Saturday our Div 2 boys who finished 6th will be playing down at West Torrens at 11.00 am.

On Sunday our Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) will be playing Glenelg at 10.00 am at Glenelg.

..:: message posted on Thursday the 9th of March, 2017 23:17:57 ::..

Finals Edition- 07/03/17

It is my great pleasure to let you know that Sturt will be hosting Div 1 finals series this weekend for the first time in over two decades!!! Sturt who finished 3rd on the ladder will be playing 4th placed West Torrens in a best of three series this coming Saturday (3pm) and Sunday (11.30 and 3.30(if required) at Norman Reserve.

It will be a huge day at Norman Reserve on Saturday with our Div 4 boys continuing deep into the finals to play Goodwood at 12 noon.

We have arranged a selection of food for purchase on both Saturday and Sunday and of course the bar will be open. It goes without saying that we want every Sturt supporter at the club to cheer on our boys!!

Also on Saturday our Div 2 boys who finished 6th will be playing down at West Torrens at 11.00 am.

On Sunday our Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) will be playing Glenelg at 10.00 am at Glenelg.

Good luck to all our teams on the weekend!

Diary Dates

The Sturt Junior Presentation Night will be held on Friday 31 March from 6.30 pm with the Senior Presentation Night to be held on Saturday 1 April 2017.



For those of you new to the club, please join out Twitter feed, at Follow @sturt_baseballand our Facebook pageYou can also follow us on Youtube!

Sponsors

The Sturt Baseball Club thanks all of our sponsors for their generous support. If you require further information on sponsorship, please contact our Sponsorship Manager Jeff Nicholas on 0419 824 324.

Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt/Asst Coach: Tom Brice)

Requiring a win to guarantee a finals birth, the A grade team had a lot to play for last Sunday. Matching up against Southern Districts, nothing was taken for granted as funny things can happen against opponents with nothing to play for. With this in mind, the boys set about their winning task in business like fashion, scoring consistently from the 3rd through to the 7th (and final) inning to walk away with a convincing 10 - 0 mercy win.

Highlighted by a dominant pitching performance from Damon Arnold (yet again) for four innings, Nate Roe (returning from a month of rehab) for two innings and Ky Hampton to close out the seventh, the clean slate was maintained through the game.

On the offensive side, Harry Knuckey and Mitch Lightbody each had multiple hits, while Roeger displayed some impressive power.

As it turned out, the baseball gods were working in our favour around the grounds, as everything we needed to happen, happened! East Torrens beat Goodwood and West Torrens took care of Glenelg seeing us finish in 3rd place on the ladder, with a home final. A great and well deserved, result for everyone in the senior squad and something to be very proud of… but the job certainly isn't over yet!

We will be taking on West Torrens in a best of three series this coming Saturday (3pm) and Sunday (11.30 and 3.30(if required)) at Norman Reserve.

Would be really great to see as many of you at there as possible, getting behind us as we chase the club's 3rd ever A grade premiership!!

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt       6
Southern Districts 1

A second win against Souths in only a few short weeks has seen Sturt Saints Div. 2 qualify for finals!

The boys went into this game confident that our best would secure a win, but with the knowledge that a loss may impact finals chances. With that in mind, it was good to see the entire team stay switched on for the whole game, and through some solid defence we kept opposition bats quiet for most of the day.

Souths jumped out early, scoring one at the top of 1st, capitalising on a few groundballs that snuck through the infield. Fortunately, we were able to score 2 runs back in our first at bat, putting the pressure back on straight away.

Over the coming few innings, Brodie MacBeth looked good on the mound, not allowing any more runs, and handed the reigns to Aussie McClure, and finally to Josh Tindall, who shut down Souths for the remainder of the afternoon. It was great to see Aussie stay composed and get some quality outs after a shaky start, in what will be a great confidence booster heading into finals.

Offensively, we didn't have our best day, but reduced our strikeouts, and grinded out a few runs simply by putting the ball in play. Simon Adkins had a strong day, smashing a triple down the first base line, and with two hit by pitch, his on-base presence helped Sturt keep the pressure on. Alex Hopton continued his good form with the bat, hitting another RBI double when the game was in the balance.

It appears our first finals game will be against West Torrens away this weekend - which will be an early game - to allow players to head over to Sturt for the Div 1 finals against the same opposition. Exact details to be confirmed over the coming days.

Boys let's stay up and about, as our best can match any team in the league. 9 solid innings of baseball are all that separate us from another win.

Hits: Adkins, Kerr, Wirth, Hopton. Division 4 (Coach: Mick Trlin)

DIV 4 Finals Week 1 - Sturt 13 vs Kensington 8

Finishing 3rd after losing only three games for the season Sturt hosted Kensington at Norman Reserve on Saturday. Ben Packer battled through 5 innings for Sturt. Things were tight through 4.5 innings as the Kensington starter held Sturt scoreless and they got three runs on the board.

In the bottom of the 5th the Sturt bats came to life and runs started flowing over the plate. The Kensington starter took himself off the hill, with Sturt facing several relievers attempting to stop the flow over the 5th and 6th innings. 5 runs came in the 5th and 8 more in the 6th.

Shane Horne struggled early in relief giving up 5 runs over 2 innings. However, he was back on track at the top of the 8th innings and held Kensington scoreless over the final 2 innings of the game. Both pitchers were backed up by some excellent fielding. Jesse Lemon did a great (last minute) job behind the plate, Craig Nicks playing out of position at SS made some great plays, Adrian Hill at 2nd and Jimmy Passmore at 3rd were reliable and Pat Burns throw from right field to throw out a player heading for 3rd was spot on. As always Ben Bicknell and Dale Martens were solid in the middle of the batting line up. All round a great team effort which sees the boys move forward to the Semi Finals.

Special Mentions go to:

  • Tom Winter for sitting on the bench in spite of being unwell and then coming on for a player who buckled with cramps late in the game.

  • The numerous Sturt supporters who came out and watched the game cheering the boys on - this didn't go unnoticed by the players.

  • Sue Mulryan who has cheerfully scored for the team all season.

  • Ben Packer and Pat Burns who have been named in the Leagues Top 10 MVP players for DIV 4.



Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Tim McLeod)

Henley & Grange 12 d Sturt 2

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Stan Warrilow)

Win 8 -2

A glorious day greeted us at Norman Reserve for the highly anticipated 3v4 final.

Have fun and play aggressive baseball were the orders of the day.

Big Jack Hutton started on the hill and we were into it.

The Red Sox managed to score 1 run in the 1st on 1 hit and wayward pass ball combined with some aggressive base running.

We also managed to score 1 run in the 1st due to a couple of walks and a clutch hit to Lachie Seekamp that fell just short of the diving red Sox outfielder.

The 2nd innings belonged to both pitchers as no runs were scored for both sides.

The Red Sox scored 1 run in the 3nd thanks to a solo home run (nice hit) but that was all they could muster as big Jack finished them off.

We managed to take control of the game in the 3rd with some great at bats and a HPB to Angela as the wheels started to fall off for the Red Sox.

Samson Garcia chimed in with perfectly executed routine fly ball to CF that wasn't caught due to all the Red Sox outfielders standing on the home run cones (respect).

So heading into the 4th we were up 4 -2.

Harry Chaplin took over from big Jack and the Red Sox were no match for his pitching groove, as he mowed them down one by one.

Our 4th innings was the finisher as the big Red Sox pitcher had lost his groove in the previous innings and was replaced by a couple of other Red Sox who couldn't find the groove either and we picked up some more walks and then Callum Finlayson chimed in with a line drive double that bounced over the CF cones.

So all that was left to do was get 3 outs as we were now up by 6 runs.

Harry pitched another great innings, only allowing 1 hit as we took care of the Angels and headed into the bottom of the 5th with an unbeatable lead.

Credit to the Angels for letting have our turn at bat in the 5th which allowed us to get a few more valuable at bats.

Basically it wasn't a pretty game to watch but we put enough pressure on the opposition to get the job done.

Our pitching was outstanding once again which is our biggest strength as we have by far the best staff in this league.

The Angels actually out hit us 4 to 3 but we gave up 3 walks to their 14 and that was the difference.

Both teams had a similar number of strike outs.

So we are off to play the Tigers of Glenelg for the right to play in the Grand Final.

I am confident we can get the job done as long as we stay focused for the full 2 hours.

Hits - Lachie Seekamp, Callum Finlayson (2B) and Samson Garcia all 1 each

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 7th of March, 2017 21:24:03 ::..

Newsletter 27/02/17

We are now at the business end of the season, with all teams except Div 1 finishing the minor round last weekend! Finals fixtures this coming weekend will be communicated as soon as they become available.

Our A Grade boys could end up with a top 3 finish if they beat Goodwood on Wednesday night at home! Please get along to cheer on the boys for this critical game!

Best of luck to all teams playing finals this coming weekend!

Diary Dates

The Sturt Junior Presentation Night will be held on Friday 31 March from 6.30 pm with the Senior Presentation Night to be held on Saturday 1 April 2017.



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

Sponsors

The Sturt Baseball Club thanks all of our sponsors for their generous support. If you require further information on sponsorship, please contact our Sponsorship Manager Jeff Nicholas on 0419 824 324.

Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt/Asst Coach: Tom Brice)

Sunday's double header proved to be a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Needing to win both games to claim top spot on the ladder, the A grade side was only able to take one off the 7th ranked, Adelaide Angels.

Game one saw one of the (if not THE) season's best individual performance. 17 year old, Damon Arnold, throwing a complete game NO hitter! Allowing just two runners to reach base, due to a hit batter and a walk, Damo powered through the Angel's line up.

Unfortunately, the Adelaide Angel's import was also dominant on the mound, not allowing a run on 2 hits and 5 walks through the regulation 7 innings.

With scores tied at zero a piece, the new international extra inning rule was implemented; starting the inning with runners on 1st and 2nd base.

Unable to capitalise on an Adelaide error, resulting in runners on 2nd and 3rd with none out, our defence took to the field to defend a tied score line in order to prevent a walk off loss. It took but one pitch to find a result, as Adelaide executed a bunt which was first bobbled then sent into right field by first baseman, yours truly, easily allowing the winning run to cross the plate.

A very disappointing end and anticlimax, taking attention away from Damon Arnold's remarkable pitching performance.

The boys shook off game one's disappointment to rally together and display the great offence and defence we've come to expect.

Quality at bats up and down the line up and solid defence behind another outstanding pitching performance from Ky Hampton, saw us get out to an early lead. Continuing to apply the pressure, runs came in all but three innings, resulting in a final score line of 8 to 1. With this win the team is all but cemented in the top 6, with 2 games to play.

With a win Wednesday night against Goodwood at home (6pm), a top 3 finish and home final could become a reality. See you there!

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt        6
Adelaide Angels 2

The weekend's game was an important one for our boys, as a win would all but cement a spot for us in the finals. An additional inventive was the prospect of a home final, which meant winning both the final two games of the season.

Adelaide was not to be taken lightly (2 spots above us on the ladder, and last year's grand finalists), we knew that a solid two hour performance would be required to notch up a W.

Sturt started strongly with some quality swings, but were unable to find any gaps in the 1st. Defensively, we had an excellent start. This had been our downfall over the past month, and it was great to see the boys stand up under pressure. Brodie MacBeth held Adelaide scoreless over the first few innings and looked confident on the mound, finding his curve ball when needed to keep Adelaide bats quiet. A great return for Brodie and a solid overall performance!

In the second we were able to score our first run, when a battered and bruised Jayden Trembath stole 2nd to allow the runner on third to steal home. The next innings proved to be a strong one, with hits to both Hopton and Stewart (RBI), we took a 4-0 lead into the field. Adelaide scored 2 back with a bleeder to CF, but this was to be their last score of the game, as Sturt added 2 more runs in the 5th to stretch the lead to 6-2. Was great to see some timely clutch hitting, with Reed Stewart and Alex Hopton getting the job done when required. Well done boys!

Josh Tindall relieved and finished out the game, and held his nerve to get some quality strikeouts when the team needed them most. All in all it was an excellent win and gives us a feeling of confidence heading into our final game against Souths at home this weekend.

Let's keep the momentum heading into finals, as our best can match any team in the league!

Hits: Hopton 3, Kerr 3, R. Stewart 2, Faeshe.

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

Adelaide 12 d Sturt 1

Division 4 (Coach: Mick Trlin)

Sturt 10 d Adelaide 2

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

BOOM but no Shakalaka as we came crashing back down to a 9 - 5 loss
Last game of the season and the result changed nothing on the ladder as both teams miss out on a top 6 finish.

This game was played in good spirits by both sides.

Adelaide started the first with 1 run with Rick "Rat' Trembath on the hill for us. We did not trouble the scorers.

In the 2nd Adelaide made another run and we made 2 runs from a double to David 'Reg' Lee with bases loaded and then added one more to be 3 - 2 up after 2.

Adelaide then added 2 for the 3rd, 2 for the 4th, 1 for the 5th and 2 for the 6th to finish on 9 runs for the game, on the other hand we could only add 1 in the 3rd and 1 in the 6th.

Thanks to all those that helped out through the season and to all our supporters that came each week.

To Carol for doing the bulk of the scoring for us this season and to Jo, Janet and Lewis for stepping in when Carol was unavailable.

Well done boys for another enjoyable season and hope to see you all back next year to try and climb the ladder for the ultimate glory.

Safe Hits: Lewis 1, Long 2, Burns 1, Day 1, Wulff 1, Gooley 1, Young 2, Lee 2 (1D), Pettman 1.

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Angels 16 d Sturt 5

Under 17/1 (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

Adelaide 1 0 0 1 2 5 - 9
Sturt       6 0 0 2 3 X - 11

And so we bid farewell to Season 2016/17. A win over finals bound Adelaide 11-9 was a massive turnaround from the first game of the season where we lost 9-0. Today we had a contribution from every position in the batting order in the form of either a hit, walk or RBI. Combined with a dominant 4 innings stint from Austin McClure on the mound and we were able to win despite a late 5 run rally in the last by Adelaide.

The final game for Season 2016 was played at Sturt at 2pm on a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon. Adelaide got out of blocks with a couple of excellent hits to lead 1-0. We were looking for a response and we got it in the form of a first pitch line drive up the guts from Liam Lucas. That got the ball rolling and roll it did for our highest opening score of the season with the boys scoring 6.Luck was on our side for a change with dropped third strikes getting on base, bleeders dropping in and Dylan Hopgood and Aussie punching home a couple of runners and we led 6-1 after one.

Just a single hit in the second from Adelaide and Aussie strikes out 3 and we go bat into bat with no addition to the score. After the heroics of the first dig we failed to add and the score remained 6-1.

A good running catch in right field from Josh Wilson and a couple of hard fought strikeouts from Aussie and we're back batting again. A leadoff double from Josh Wilson was our only highlight and the standoff remained at 6-1.

Adelaide get one back through a big double to right field and trailed 2-6.The boys knuckled down again with a big double to Joaquin Poskey-Miles, and singles to Dylan and Nick Borrello and we score 2 and lead 8-2 after 4.

Mystery pitcher Brad Strapps came to the mound and struggled with his control a touch after last week's heroics. A leadoff walk followed by a triple and a sac fly (good catch by Joel Edwards) results in Adelaide getting a couple back and the score changes to 8-4. A leadoff walk to Joel and hits to Liam and Aussie leaves us with loaded bases. An errant throw trying attempting to get a cheeky Joel out at third results in two runs scoring and a sac fly from Dylan scores Aussie and we stretch our lead to 11-4 after 5.

Dylan the gasman came into close and it was an eventful innings to say the least. 3 walks and 3 hits and we managed to shut the gate after another 5 runs were added to the score and the final score was 11-9 in our favour. Phew!

From the season perspective we really underachieved - winning 5 losing 8 and drawing 2. We had two games lost due to heat and rain and both we probably would have won. Having said that apart from the game against Adelaide today we failed to beat anyone above us on the ladder. More in the season end of year report.

A big thank you once again to our regular scorer Deb Hopgood who has made the report writing a piece of cake.

Batting: Dylan 2/2 2RBI's, Nick 2/3 2RBI's, Aussie 2/3 RBI, Liam 2/4, Josh a double and Joa a double

Pitching: Aussie 4IP, 1ER, 8K's, Brad 1IP 2ER, Dylan 1IP 5ERs.

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Mike Garcia)

Henley & Grange 8 d Sturt 4

The U15/1 Saints, who fell just short of a finals berth this season, looked to wind up the 2016-17 campaign on a positive note heading down to West Lakes to challenge the top minor round club Henley & Grange. Other than having to rise before dark to make the trip northwest, it was a perfect morning for baseball with conditions the best they've been all year.

The game was a microcosm of our season with some nice fielding and solid, well battled at bats outweighed by occasional sloppy fielding and, to put it kindly, head scratching base running by the boys that repeatedly killed off chances to build momentum and put pressure a reasonably strong Rams outfit.

With the exception of one fly ball that was the subject of a "you got it", "no you got it" approach in leftcentre, the outfield did super well. Joel Wilson continued his great outfield play of recent weeks with two key catches in centre field. Will Jordans corralled a high fly to right by the Rams' star cleanup hitter to save a run in the bottom of the first. Seb Steel made it exciting for the coaches and supporters alike with his casual approach to tracking and gloving flies in left and effectively hit the cutoff man on numerous occasions to prove all that training throughout the year does pay off.

Sam Stewart, playing the hot corner, made two early bullets to third look routine with slick plays that closed the gate on the left side of the infield for the rest of the game. Zac Becker, then Robbie Brennan, at first did a great job on the receiving end of the throws across the infield as well as hounding a couple foul flies for outs.

Jonas Garcia was steady behind the plate in a half game cameo appearance that might foreshadow an U17 future as a signal caller. Will shifted from right to catcher later in the game and did nice work demonstrating the value of his versatility to the team.

Robbie tantalized with what could have been this year opening with two magnificent innings on the hill before having to retire early with a recurring sore arm. A real shame the team couldn't fully benefit all year from this strike machine who commands the mound well and really has the boys rallied behind him when on song. Zac came in to pitch the 4th and 5th innings and was super sharp to flag his high velocity stuff is as good as it gets when he's focused.

Your reporter is gonna break a club rule here but those in attendance will think it warranted. For those old enough to remember Kevin Sheedy at Essendon and his oft stated post game reference to "Martians" to avoid trouble with the league hierarchy, let's just say the Martians landed today at West Lakes much to the frustration of Sturt coaches, supporters and players. While not an excuse for the final outcome, it really kills the team buzz when bizarre decisions have a material impact on the flow of the game and derail those genuinely working hard to close out the season on a positive note. Full credit to the coaches for keeping their cool throughout.

While the finals proved elusive this year and we fell short of our pre-season goals, a bond has definitely developed among the boys that was great to see. Best of the luck to the second year young men moving up the U17s next year and likewise good luck to the boys playing on in U15s who will have a super strong group coming up from Little League to challenge for the flag.

Hits: Jonas Garcia 2, Joel Wilson, Zac Becker 1 each

RBI: None

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Tim McLeod)

Pt Adelaide 3 4 2 0 9
Sturt        3 0 1 2 6

The boys fought hard in what was a spirited game to watch. The stats fell our way (10v5 Ks, 9v6 hits, 7 walks apiece), but in the final analysis the Magpies defence was tighter than ours, and against the odds (we beat them 14-7 in Rnd 8) and the home ground advantage they managed to steal both a victory and a place in the finals from our grasp.

Aussie started on the hill throwing 1.1 innings before handing over to Jamie. Both pitchers threw well; picking the edges of the strike zone all day and between them racking up 10 of the 12 outs. Jake played a magnificent game behind the dish all day, including a spectacular catch on a mis-hit bunt that barely got any air.

We didn't bat badly, we just didn't get the hits at the right time. The highlight was Jake's solo in-park home run - the boy has wheels!! Nic also had a great day with the bat also going 2 from 2 with both hits picking the gap nicely at right field. Jamie, Tyler and Aussie also had a good day out with bat.

Thanks to Malene for scoring, and to all the parents and boys for a very enjoyable season - I hope we see all of you back next year.

Hits: Nic 2 (2b), Jake 2 (HR), Jamie 2 (2b), Tyler (2), Austin
Runs: Jake (2), Nic, Emil, Austin, Jamie
RBIs: Jake (2), Tyler (2), Jamie, Joe

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Stan Warrilow)

Win 7 - 2 You gotta love the local derby against the Indians and what a game it was!

Bang bang plays, great catches in the outfield, awesome pitching and a massive home run to Callum Finlayson.

Our pitching was outstanding again this week with Angus Catt firing down rockets for 4 innings followed by Harry Chaplin who shut the door for the last 2 innings.

Angus finished with 7 strikeouts, 2 hits and zero walks for his 56 pitches.

Harry finished with 3 strikeouts, zero hits and zero walks for his 20 pitches.

Our fielding was also pretty good which is important going into finals next week.

Our hitting was full of line drives and some great plays today as the Indians kept us scoreless until the 5th innings thanks to some great outfield catches and solid in fielding. I knew that we would eventually break through and that's what happened in the 5th innings. We were looking down the barrel with 2 outs in the 5th but then the wheels fell off the Indians stagecoach.

Angus Catt walked, then Spencer Warrilow smashed a ground ball that was too hot for the Indians 2B, then the big chief Jack Hutton chimed in with a base hit to LF, followed by a double to LF by Mr. February Lachie Seekamp, then a muffed fly at RF on a Harry Chaplin fly ball, which was followed by a slow roller to 3B by Samson Garcia that was thrown away by the Indians 3B and it was 5 runs thank you very much.

The 6th innings started off with a bang! As Callum Finlayson decided to hit the first strike and launched it over the RF cones (I think it's still going).

Then after 2 fantastic at bats by Ryder Mathers (8 pitches) and Angela Mourtzios (2 strike hitting) we were 2 outs and it looked like we wouldn't add any more to the score but 2 back to back walks to Angus and Spencer saw us with another opportunity and with that the big chief said thanks very much and lined another safe hit to LF to score another run.

All that were there would have enjoyed the spectacle and I reckon it was the best game we have played this season. Our 2 strike hitting / putting the ball in play is improving; our base running is aggressive but not over the top, our fielding is solid and the kids have a real team spirit.

We are super excited about playing finals this week and giving it a real crack!

Hits - Jack Hutton 2, Callum Finlayson HR, Lachie Seekamp 2B, Angela Mourtzios all 1.

Stay cool this week!

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

Sturt 13.2. 2 def East Torrens 1

Hey all firstly apologies for the lack of input to the last 2 weeks of games

I can assure you it had nothing to do with Wins and Losses (even though both were losses we shouldn't have endured)

Moving on.. Tough start 9 am Sunday morning.. as we all have experienced in our time in the game.

We faced a tough opponent not only on the field but off the field, which was quickly rectified. Their pitcher was relentless on striking out the world with 15 SO in the end over 5 innings. He basically dominated.

Without the cunningness of Brad Vince "Vaughn" we possibly would not have scored at all. Brads's first at Bat snagging a walk and scoring in the 2nd on some lack of focus and again scoring playing a little cat and mouse in the 5th with a hit and coming home on a pass ball.

Jack Gamlin was certainly not intimidated smashing the ball for a double down the line playing it like it was his playstation. Well Done Jack!

Jason Ambler on the hill was impressive pumping out 3 solid digs and the Hurricane coming in and owning the bump for a the registered win.

Today was a great performance of sportsmanship and resilience, these boys held it together and have earned the right to be in the finals.

They have never given up and its a credit to all of them that they have 'gotten better' over this season.. We look forward to the week ahead and having the opposition shed tears. Go you Sainters

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

STURT 3 - Goodwood 8

Well this was the end of a great season for us it's been fantastic to watch these boys grow and get better each week but this wasn't the best way to finish.

We threw Zac the ball to start off today even though Zac did find it a bit hard he will remember this and grow, we all have day where we're a little off.

Yeoryi gave his hand on the hill and for being a little in between drinks from when he last pitched he tryed his best and thats all a coach can ask. Kale finished the day off on the mound and gave it his all, well done.

With the bats today most of the boys were keen and ready to hit but was just not our day to shine.

For the second time this season we made a double play which brought the crowd to its feet. Could not be happier how our season has gone with the kids enjoying playing and hope they all come back next year a bit bigger and learn more about the game we love.

PITCHING

STRIKES

BALLS

Z.Altamura

24

17

Y.Perentes

10

20

K.Hampton-Matthews

8

23

HITS
Y.Perentes 2
Z.Altamura 2

..:: message posted on Monday the 27th of February, 2017 21:25:58 ::..

Newsletter 20/02/17

Thanks to everyone who came to our Quiz Night on Friday night. It was a great night with much needed funds raised for the club. Special thanks to Jeff Nicholas for organising the event and for Tony Catt acting as our Quiz Master.

Well done to our A Grade side who have had 5 wins from 5 games, placing us currently third with four games to go! It is tough at the top of the ladder with no certainty that we will make the top 6 unless we can keep winning! Keep going boys- great work!

Diary Dates

The Sturt Junior Presentation Night will be held on Friday 31 March from 6.30 pm with the Senior Presentation Night to be held on Saturday 1 April 2017.



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Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt/Asst Coach: Tom Brice)

The past two weeks have seen much success for the Saint's A grade side, notching up five wins from five games.

The winning run began with a Tuesday night walk off home run by Jackson Brebner-Russ, after a solid Ky Hampton pitching effort, against over Henley & Grange.

Momentum carried over into the following Sunday's clash, versus top of the table, West Torrens. While Damon Arnold dominated on the hill, keeping our opponents to 1 run through six innings, the bats came alive. Home runs to Evan LeBlanc, Connar O'Gorman and Matt MacBeth, and Angus Roeger collecting 3 hits of his own saw us notch up 7 impressive runs. Jackson Brebner-Russ sealed the win with two solid innings to complete the game, seeing us victors 7 to 2.

Helped by some defensive blunders by our opponents, a solid pitching effort from Ky Hampton and some timely hitting from LeBlanc and Brebner-Russ, we were able to collect a mid week win the following Tuesday over Golden Grove, 5-1.

Our winning streak continued through our double-header clash versus Southern Districts, the Sunday past. In blustery cold conditions, the boys put in a genuine team effort to take both games, 11 to 5 and 10 to 4, respectively.

Both Damon Arnold and Ky Hampton were solid in their starts on the mound, while Brebner-Russ and Tindall were both effective in relief.

Patient hitting and solid defense were the name of the game in the trying wintery conditions. Highlighted by Harry Knuckey's 5 walks and 3 hits on the day, and the team only earning 1 error for the day.

With four games remaining in the regular season the A grade side finds itself sitting in 3rd place, but with still no certainty to make the top 6. A very important double header this Sunday against 6th placed Adelaide, away at the Plympton trotting track. See you there!

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 11 d Southern Districts 3

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

Southern Districts 8 d Sturt 2

Division 4 (Coach: Mick Trlin)

Sturt 13 d Southern Districts 2

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

BOOM SHAKALAKA a win 6 - 4

And yes after a win this could be a long report as we also completed the full 7 innings, so sit back, take your time and relive the win with us, you may need a beer or two as well.

Top of the first and Simon 'Gangsta' Gooley up first with a hard hit to first who miss fields and the ball ends up at right field for a single, David 'Reg' Lee played as our DH for the day and he flied out to short stop, Don "Wulffy' Wulff hits it hard back to the pitcher who also fumbles and Wulffy is safe, 1st and 2nd occupied and Ben 'Shrek' Colyer line drives to short for our 2nd out, Chris 'Smally' Small hits between 3rd and short stop who fields it too deep to make a play, bases loaded and Glenn "doc' Young up who grounds out to second for side away.

Into the field we head with Rick "Rat" Trembath to the mound, first batter has a blooper that is just out of reach of Smally at 2nd, next batter flies out to Jayke 'Bruce" Wayne at short stop and as the runner at first casually goes back to 1st Bruce throws a bullet to Gangsta for a double play, next batter hits to right field, next flies out to our catcher Doc for side away.

Top 2nd, Chris 'Daisy' day gets safe after an error at SS and then gets to 2nd on a PB, Bruce grounds out to SS, Trent 'Tiny' Small strikes out and Gangsta flies out to centre for side away. Rat back to the mound, first batter hits to left, second flies out to Wulffy at centre, next gets a K2 and the last out is straight back to Rat on the mound for an easy 1-3

Top 3rd, Our DH Reg flies out to centre, Wulffy hits a single to right, Shrek triples to left to score our first, Smally Sac flies to left to score our second run, Doc single to right and Daisy grounds out to the pitcher. Rat again to the mound, first batter hits to left for a single, next batter is a HPB, so after a WP and some stolen bases they have runners at 3rd and 2nd, next batter hits a single to left to score 2 runs and tie the game up, next flies out to Wulffy at centre running in to catch it down low and the runner was never going to get back to make it an easy throw to first for Wulffy, for a double play. Next batter flies out to Shrek at left field.

Top 4 and we are three up and three down, Rat back to the mound for his fourth, first batter singles to right, next singles to centre, then Rat gets a K2, next batter singles to centre to load the bases with 1 out, next batter hits to Shrek who is now at 3rd and he touches his base for the first out and throws to home for Doc to tag the third out and side away. Score still 2 all

Top 5, DH Reg gets safe on a wild throw from SS, Wulffy doubles to centre and Reg only gets to 3rd, must have been driving a B Double around the bases, Shrek flies out to the pitcher, Smally is a K2-3 and Doc grounds out to the pitcher for side away and no score. Rat back for his 5th on the mound and the first batter is a 6-3 ground out, next is a walk followed by a FF3 foul ball caught by Gangsta at first, then a single to short and a fly to Wulffy at centre for side away and no score change.

Top 6th, Mark 'Pop' Burns in for Daisy and he K2's, Bruce Flies out to left field for the second time, Tiny up with 2 out, ball one, strike one, ball two, strike two, foul, foul then ball 3 and 4 for a walk, Gangsta hits a double to centre to score Tiny, Reg hits to 2nd who fumbles and Reg gets safe at second, Gangsta scores on the wild throw, Wulffy hits a triple to score Reg, Shrek hits to 3rd for a wild throw to first and Wulffy scores, Smally hits to left, Doc flies out to right for side away but 4 runs cross the plate for a 6-2 lead. Rat back for the 6th a muffed fly at right and a single to centre buts runners at 1st and 2nd, next batter hits back to Rat who knocks the ball down to get the out at 1st but runners advanced, a wild throw from Bruce at SS scores 2 before we have a fly out at Centre to Wulffy again and a 1-3 from Rat. Score 6 - 4 up

Top 7th and last, Pop is a K2-3, Bruce is a fly out to yes you guessed it left for his third in a row, Tiny gets a walk again with 2 out, Gangsta also gets a walk and we are all thinking runs with 2 out again but Reg put that to sleep with a K2 and Wulffy not happy as he was looking for the Cycle. 3 outs is all that is needed to win and we send Rat back to the mound again for a complete game, a single to left, a single to short and Coach Small is thinking have they worked Rat out, one more batter and then I will change, fly out to Bruce at short for the first out, one more batter then we will change, a K2, OK let him go one more and the best way to finish a fly to Wulffy at center for the win.

Lucky for us we had our biggest crowd out to watch and when we told them we had won they all said 'no not really' but we told them we did and they then celebrated.

As always this year a big Thanks to Carol Burns for scoring for us, it makes writing reports easy.

Now that you have enjoyed the win with us you to can now go and rest as we all did after the game, I did text all the players to see if they wanted to have a few drinks at the local but they were all taking a nap.

Safe Hits: Gangsta 2 (1D), Wulffy 4 from 4 (1D, 1T, 2Singles), Shrek 1 (1T), Smally 2, Doc 1

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 6 - Goodwood 17 Well this weeks game against Goodwood is one we would all like to forget.

It was a tough day for the boys and an even tougher day for the pitchers.

With strikes being called balls, and fair balls being called fouls the baseball gods were not watching over us this week.

A shout out to all the boys this week as we stuck in there and battled through to the end of the game.

Ranford 1 hit
Thompson 1 RBI
Turner 1 hit 1 RBI
Chenoweth 2 hits 1 RBI
Sandor 1 RBI
Anil 1 hit 1 RBI
McKinley 27 balls 43strikes total 70 2ks
Carter 29 balls 15 strikes total 44
Johnston 13 balls 13 strikes total 26 1k

Under 17/1 (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

Southern Districts 1 3 0 0 0 0 - 4
Sturt        2 0 1 5 2 X - 10

A change of venue that suited everybody and a hard fought 10-4 win was the result. Star with the bat today was Nick Borrello going 2 from 3 with 3 RBI's. Not to be outdone Mike Sabatino cracked his first double (and hit) for the season to bring the capacity crowd to their feet.

Top of the first and Dylan had the ball for his first start for the season. Two outs to start with was promising until the Japanese imports (exchange students) got cracking with a single and a double to score one. A safe hit and aggressive running after an errant throw saw Brad Strapps on third and Austin McClure drove him in to score our first run. A line shot up the middle from Nick got him on base and the boys moved Nick around and we led 2-1 after the first.

Souths scored 3 in the second as the Saints wheels threatened to come off, a line drive to centre and too many walks resulted in South's being up 4-3. Full credit to Brad who came in to relieve with bases loaded, two out and with just his first dig of the season struck the batter out. Good work! Two fly outs and we added nothing to the score and trailed 4-2 after two.

Two strike outs and mystery pitcher Brad puts South's back in the field with no addition to the score. A pile of errors from Souths and we score just the one. I say just the one as the pitcher dropped a rain maker, a cracker hit from Josh Wilson went through second bases legs and a wild throw from 5-3 and really we should have scored more. 4-3 down after three innings.

Another change on the mound and Josh Vidale comes in and did the job - just the one hit, one K and most importantly no score. A leadoff double to the inspired Mike, a sac fly from Dylan and a big left field ground regulation double from Joaquin Poskey-Miles scores two more and suddenly we've cracked the game wide open and lead 8-4.

Another strike out from Josh and a delightful throw out at second from catcher Reed Stewart and Souths fail to add to their score. A single from Aussie and a hard line drive single double RBI from Nick and we're cruising at 10-4. Big Josh decides to load the bases before striking out the last two Souths batters and we win 10-4.

Not to get carried away the Souths team was young and if not for some errant in fielding the game would have been much closer.

Batting: Nick 2/3 3RBI's, Joa 1/3 2RBI's, Aussie 1/3 RBI, Dylan 1/3 RBI, Brad 1/1, Mike 1/3,
Pitching: Dylan 1.2IP, 26/62 1K, 3ER's, Brad 1.1 16/28 3K's 0ER, Josh 3.0IP 28/31 5K's 0ER's.

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Mike Garcia)

Woodville 5 d Sturt 1

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Tim McLeod)

Sturt    0 5 0 7 12
GGCD 3 5 0 0 8

The crowd were on their feet for a nail biting finish! Bottom of the 4th, 12 minutes to go, 5-8 down, top of the batting order - and the boys dug deep to add 7 runs to the score book and take the game 12-8!

The weather did its worst but couldn't dampen the spirits of either team that were there to play a great game of baseball. We got rained off midway and thus only managed 4 innings, but what we lost in time both sides made up for with energy.

Austin started on the hill going deep in the count as he battled it out with the lead batter before Tyler stood his ground against a smokin line drive to short on the 9th pitch to give us the 1st out and a taste of the intensity of the game we were in for. Austin kept the pressure up against an aggressive batting side, and the outfield backed him to the hilt; Emil perfectly timed a rainmaker to centre for the second out, and Jack followed at left with a running catch to dispatch the visitors for only 3 runs. The GGCD pitcher started erratically, gifting us 3 walks and dishing out 2Ks, but despite a boomer deep to centre by Nic, singes to Austin, Jamie and Joe and some good base running we just couldn't put it together and were retired scoreless.

Into the second innings and GGCD came out swinging and alas we helped them along the way to another 5 runs with some minor fielding errors before finding our feet. Angus got us the 1st out with a rocket from third, Nic fielded a tricky bounce at second for the 2nd out, and Austin wrapped it up with a K. The bottom of our batting order replied nicely, a single to Tyler, a walk to Seb and a single to Angus and we were on the board! Jack followed up with a walk, and hits to Austin, Jamie, Joe and Nic drove in another 4 runs to make it either side's game at the end of the 2nd innings.

We ramped up the pressure in the third. Jamie took to the hill partnering with Angus behind the dish and we held the visitors scoreless with 3Ks and just one hit. Our turn to bat again and despite singles to Tyler and Angus we couldn't narrow the gap.

Into the fourth dig, a quick look at the clock and we knew we had to hold the visitors in check to stand a chance - and we did! Just one hit, another 2 K's and the play of the match by Joe, stopping a hard hit bouncer down the first base line and we were back in the dugout! The boys had batted and run the bases well all day and in the final innings they finished in style - 7 runs, 2 LOB and none out! Jack got us started with a walk, Austin followed with a single, and a double to Jamie drove in two runs to put us just one behind. Singles to Callum, Lachie, Tyler and Angus drove in 5 more runs and put the finishing touches to a fantastic team effort - well done all!

A big thanks to Angus Catt, Lachie Holland and Callum Finlayson from the 13/1's and to Josh Holland for his help in the dugout and as bat-boy.

Thank you to Sonia for scoring again, Chris Day from the 6's for umpiring and to all the parents that braved the weather and helped pack up after the game.

Hits: Jamie 2 (2b), Tyler 2, Angus 2, Callum, Nic, Lachie
Runs: Jack (2), Jamie (2), Tyler (2), Austin, Callum, Lachie, Emil, Seb, Angus
RBIs: Jamie (3), Angus (3), Austin, Joe, Nic, Callum, Emil, Tyler

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Stan Warrilow)

Win 14 - 1

Cold!! Sure was.

An early start for the team this week as our game was moved from 11.00 to 9.00am.

A bit too early for some including the Angels umpire who slept in (Bad form Cocko !).

Anyway, thanks to Sperl's for filling the gap until another umpire could be found.

Our defence today was solid again with Jack Hutton and Samson Garcia sharing the pitching duties for 3 innings each.

Jack threw 67 pitches for 4K2's, 5 KC's, 4 BB's and 2 hits.

Samson threw 63 pitches for 4 K2's, 1 KC, 4 BB and 2 hits.

Both were well backed up in the field with only 1 error for the day.

Our offence started with a 4 run 1st innings thanks to 3 back to back infield singles by Harry Chaplin, Spencer Warrilow and Jack Hutton and then a massive 3 run bomb by Lachie Seekamp.

We didn't trouble the scorers in the 2nd or 3rd innings as the young Angels pitcher did a good job holding us down, the only hit for these 2 innings was a single to RF by Harry Chaplin.

Locky Holland got the 4th innings away with a single to RF, followed by a single to LF by Spencer Warrilow, and another 3 run bomb to Lachie Seekamp (outstanding).

The flood gates opened in the 5th innings thanks to a line drive to 3B by Samson that the Angels 3rd baseman nearly caught but it was just hit too hard, then a ground ball with eyes by Ryder Mathers, followed by a fantastic 2 strike line drive to LF by Angela Mourtzios (girl power), a double to RF by Locky Holland a walk to Harry, a fielders choice on a hard hit ground ball by Spencer, a double to Jack, a HPB to Lachie Seeks then a ground ball RBI to Callum Finlayson and it was 5 runs thank you very much.

The 6th innings was started by back to back singles to Samson and Ryder, a huge Sac Fly to CF by Angela who was robbed by a super human catch by the Angel in the outfield, another single to Harry, who was thrown out at home by the same Angel outfielder a few minutes after Spencer lined one up the middle and that was all she wrote.

4 0 0 3 5 2 - 14
0 0 0 1 0 0 - 1

A great start with a bit of a lull than a big finish, which was all in all a good win.

Hits - Harry Chaplin, Spencer Warrilow 3, Jack Hutton (2B), Lachie Seekamp (2HR), Samson Garcia, Ryder Mathers, Locky Holland 2, Angela Mourtzios 1

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

Southern Districts 8 d Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) 5

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

Glenelg 4 d Little League Sturt (U11) 0

..:: message posted on Monday the 20th of February, 2017 21:32:42 ::..

Newsletter 13/02/17

We are getting to the pointy end of the season with our Div 1 boys sitting 5th and our Div 2 boys sitting 6th! Our Div 1 boys are playing Golden Grove tomorrow night at Golden Grove

On Friday night we have our Quiz Night with today being the last day to book your spot. See details below in our Diary Dates section!

Diary Dates

The Sturt Junior Presentation Night will be held on Friday 31 March from 6.30 pm with the Senior Presentation Night to be held on Saturday 1 April 2017.

Quiz Night-Friday 17 February 2017- $10 for dinner/tables of 8- bookings essential by 13 February 2017 to Jeff Nicholas on 0419 824 324. 6.15 pm BBQ Dinner for 7 pm start! Download the flyer and use to help get your table together!

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Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt/Asst Coach: Tom Brice)

Sturt 7 d West Torrens 2

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

West Torrens 7 d Sturt 2

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

West Torrens 12 d Sturt 1

Two tough innings made the score line lop-sided. Aussie went well for 3 innings with the score at 1-1. Then the last two innings we let in 11 runs. We need to hit to be in a game. We'll done to Dutchy and Jake who did.

Division 4 (Coach: Mick Trlin)

West Torrens 1, Sturt 1

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Last time we played GGCD at their home ground we lost 14 - 1, this time at our home ground we lost 14 - 2 so we have improved.

We started with Birthday boy Jayke 'Bruce' Wayne on the mound and we held them to 2 runs for the first two innings before they got onto him and they scored the max 7 runs in the 3rd.

Mean time for us we had scored 1 in the 1st inning and 1 in the 2nd and that was all we could muster.

Rick 'Rat' Trembath took over on the bump and GGCD posted another 5 runs over the next 3 innings.

Unfortunately the score shows that there was not to much to write about.

Thanks to Carol Burns for scoring and to Andrew Vidale for umpiring.

Safe Hits: T Small 1 (1D), Wulff 2, C Small 1 (1D), Trembath 1, Colyer 1, Day 1, Burns 1.

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Coach: Matt Chenoweth

Sturt 11 d Woodville 7

With our starting pitcher Prez injured this week and our back up pitcher Jules also out with an injury, we had to call on our experience in the team to help us out on the mound.

Saturday's game saw us come up against bottom of the table Woodville and, although it was a close game of baseball at times, the troops rallied together to get the job done.

We had another good day in the field with some great plays made in the infield and a couple of great catches made out in left field and centre.

A mention to both "Elvis" and "Hoops" this week for doing a great job on the mound and along with "JR" behind the plate, helping us complete seen a number of outs at home.

Hits:
Thompson 2
Turner 3
Daniel 1
Sandor 1
Chenoweth 1
Vidale 1
Gueher 1

RBI
Thompson 2
Wright 1
Turner 3
Sandor 1
Gueher 1

Pitching
Carter 23 B 59 ST 4 K
Total 89 pitches
Thompson 13 B 9 ST 1 K
Total 22 pitches

Under 19 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Heat Rule- No Game

Under 17/1 (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

West Torrens 1 3 0 5 X 9
Sturt        1 0 0 0 1 2

Another Sunday morning and another belting - this time at the hands of West Torrens and again the culprit was the batting. Just the two hits and both came from the bat of Reed Stewart with a double and a single from his two appearances at the plate. At the risk of repetition and stating the obvious you won't win too many games with just two hits.

On a positive note Nick Borrello pitched an excellent three innings with 7 strike outs and Josh Vidale picking up 2 strike outs in his innings of work. Earned runs were 6-1 which was a fairer reflection of the score. The wind was a factor today and our outfield didn't cope with the sprinkling of bleeders that WT managed to get into the game. The opposition pitching was good but it was far from great and we should be doing better.

As usual we had a couple of costly errors that blew the score out. Brain fart throws from the outfield culminating in comedic infield errors resulting in runs to the opposition and raising the blood pressure of the coach which I'm pleased to say he controlled well today.

The less said the better about today and we move on with two more games to go. Thanks again to Deb for scoring and the parents that sat through another very ordinary performance.

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Mike Garcia)

Sturt 16 Adelaide 5

We're getting down to the business end of the season and the boys are finally getting' down to bidness, winning their third on the trot. Today the U15/1s ventured to Weigall Oval to cross the trotting track one last time before the Angels' upcoming major overhaul does away with both the traditional horse training track and sub-standard ball fields, particularly for the juniors.

With the sun shining and a cool, blustery wind blowing out to left the Saints were licking their chops to make the Angels' lair their own piece of Heaven. Zac Becker and Robbie Brennan combined to hold a young Adelaide squad to two hits and two earned runs over five innings while the offense consistently banged away to come home with a wet sail and lock this one in the vault.

After the Angels pushed one across in the bottom of the first on an error and three walks for a 1-0 lead, Sturt clearly stamped its authority answering with six runs in the top of the second inning. Zac led off with a double to right field and a couple walks later Will Jordans continued his late season resurgence from a broken arm with a sharp single to left that drove a run and set the tone for the rest of the afternoon. Sam Stewart then ripped double through the cones in centerfield and a single to Robbie for another two had the bench rocking. Winless Adelaide continued to chip away and after three innings, they had clawed back to within 6-4 to give the Sturt boys a sorely needed wakeup call. To their credit, they answered the call and plated three in the top of the 4th highlighted by Robbie's smashed double to centerfield and a sac fly to Zac. One more to Adelaide in the bottom of the 4th made it 9-5 and like an annoying itch, this mob (is that a harp of Angels?) just wouldn't go away.

Sam opened the top of the 5th by crushing a 3-0 fastball well over the cones in right centerfield for a solo dinger, his first of the year. The floodgates opened from there with a double to centre by Jonas Garcia, a single down the left field line by Robbie, a cracking double to left centre by Will and a single by Ethan Dawson highlights of a seven run 5thto shut St Peter's gates on any thoughts of an upset.

Full credit to a very young Adelaide outfit that battled hard and displayed the highest level of sportsmanship of any opposition team in the comp this year.

Our finals hopes remain intact by the slimmest of margins and all we can do is keep winning to keep those hopes alive over the next couple weeks. One final dose of home cooking coming up this weekend so let's chow down and keep it rolling.

Hits: Robbie Brennan (2B) 3, Sam Stewart (2B, HR), Will Jordans (2B) 2 each, Zac Becker (2B), Jonas Garcia (2B), Ethan Dawson 1 each

RBI: Robbie Brennan 4, Sam Stewart, Jonas Garcia 3 each, Will Jordans 2, Luke Warburton, Zac Becker, Ethan Dawson 1 each

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Tim McLeod)

U15/2 - Sturt 11 d Kensington 4

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Stan Warrilow)

Win 22 - 3

The score says it all, a big win although expected but you still have to apply yourselves and get the job done.

Harry Chaplin started on the hill and was outstanding for 3 excellent innings of work. Harry threw hard and commanded the strike zone finishing with 8 strikeouts, 2 walks and 1 hit for his 54 pitches.

Spencer Warrilow took over and pitched the last 3 innings, his first innings took a while to get going and the Dodgers put up 3 runs thanks to a few walks and a nice hit, but once he found his groove Spencer took control and shut them out for the rest of the game finishing with 7 strikeouts, 5 walks and 2 hits. For his 78 pitches, (not bad after throwing 44 in his 1st innings).

It was nice to see some infield plays to keep the field in the game as well.

Our offence was great as our first 5 hitters all picked up at least 2 hits each.

We scored 4 runs in the first innings, thanks to Angus Catt, Spencer Warrilow, Lachie Seekamp and Callum Finlayson all hitting safely and a HPB to Jack Hutton and a walk to Ryder Mathers (his 1st of 4 for the day).

The 2nd innings started with a HPB to Angela Mourtzios, a walk to Angus, a single to Spencer, a walk to Jack, a hit to Lachie, another walk to Harry and Ryder than Callum hit safely to bat in our 5th run.

The 3rd started again with Angela picking a walk, then Angus doubled, Spencer singled and scored on a Jack Hutton sacrifice fly after moving around the bases thanks to some sloppy defence by the Dodgers, Lachie S. walked then a safe hit by Harry, a walk by Locky H and a HPB to Ryder. We finished the 3rd with 5 runs thanks to another great 2 strike hitting the ball into play effort from Callum who batted in Harry thanks to a ground ball to 2B.

The 4th innings was led off by a walk to Samson who had returned after filling in for the Dodgers ( 7 players), then a couple of nice plays to the Dodgers and we were 2 out and it looked like we might not trouble the scorers. Once again though I shouldn't have worried as big Jack sent one deep over the LF cones to score 2.

The 5th started with a single to Harry, followed by back to back walks to Locky H. and Ryder, then an error by the Dodgers 2nd baseman saw Callum reach 1st base, a crushing double to centre right by Samson that was sooooooo close to being a home run was followed by a walk to Angus, then Spencer then lined one to left centre but due to the Dodgers only having 2 outfielders it went straight to the fielder who almost made a nice catch but couldn't quite hold onto it, then big Jack singled to LF and it was 5 runs and the end of the innings thank you very much.

The 6th innings saw us score 1 more run thanks to a lead off single to Harry, back to back walks to Locky H. and Ryder and another RBI to Callum who once again with 2 strikes came up with another ground ball to 2B to score the run.

15 hits for the day, along with 14 walks, 3 HPB and only 4 strikeouts tells me that we are being a lot more patient in the box and doing much better with our 2 strike hitting.

Lets keep improving guys and gals as we look forward to playing finals in a couple of weeks.

Hits - Spencer Warrilow, Harry Chaplin 3, Angus Catt, Jack Hutton (HR), Lachie Seekamp, Callum Finlayson (2B) 2, and Samson Garcia (2B) 1

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

Glenelg 14 d Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) 13

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

STURT 9- Hawks 6

Another great win by us sturt boys down in the south. From the first pitch to the last the boys we're ready to swing the bats hard and running the bases as fast as they could. Everyone made it to the bases with everyone having great at bats. To the pitchers there we're some great things to look at with Kale coming in with bases loaded and not letting them score and then doing it again in the next innings. Zac threw his heart out with great strikes to balls ratio. Josh.A. did try his best but couldn't quiet get out of his innings, it's been a long road to recovery for you please keep your chin up. Fielding today was one of those days where not much came out to the boys but when it did things looked good. Boys not many games left so please come to the last ones ready for baseball and lets have some fun.

PITCHERS

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Z.ALTAMURA

25

13

J.ALTAMURA

14

13

K.MATTEWS-HAMPTON

22

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HITS
Z.ALTAMURA 2
K.MATTEWS-HAMPTON 2
J. JESSEN-MERLIN 1
J.HOLLAND 1

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