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Newsletter 06/12/10

It is hard to believe that it is only a couple of weeks to Christmas and as mentioned in last week's Newsletter, the Sturt Baseball Club will be holding its Christmas party on this coming Sunday 12th December commencing at 6.00 pm. There will be plenty of fun activities, the visit from Father Christmas with special handouts for all the children. We will also have the usual running races and other competitions! The bar will be open till late and we will have a special BBQ with salads available so that you can enjoy dinner and some Christmas cheer!

The Club will also make presentations to all of our players who have made the State Teams in their respective age groupings.

I would also like to direct you to this week's Featured Player of the Week, Sam Cavanagh from the from the Under 14/1 Division 1 side. We have had a number of the junior players recently complete profiles and these will be featured on a regular basis. 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. The Profiles are also available on Saints Mobile edition for those of you with internet access on your mobile phones.

On behalf of the Sturt Baseball Club I would like to extend our sincere sympathy to the Holmes family on the loss of Sue's mother over the weekend. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

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:
Ord Minnet  Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd and Ace Panel Systems  Lion Nathan  Sports in Focus  Bulls Baseball Club  Easton  Brooks
Silver Sponsors:
Food And Beverage Australia Limited Freshwater Systems National Tool Distributors  Wendy's Burnside   PPI Promotion and Apparel
Bronze Sponsors:
Force Access Hattam McCarthy Reeves Mastertax Austral Insulation Mt Lofty Golf Club  Lion Nathan


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

Sturt 6 defeated Woodville 1
A week is a long time in sport and it is amazing how quickly your fortunes can change. This week we didn't pick up as many hits but quite simply got them at the right time. This was the difference.
Lewis Townsend was outstanding. He pitched 7 quality innings, getting us the ground ball when we needed it. The field behind him was sensational, turning 4 double plays and the outfield took some great catches in trying conditions. Daniel Turner finished the game off for us on the hill and will be better off for the hitout.
We head to Port Adelaide this week for a crucial double header. Another challenge each and every player should be looking forward to.

Hits - Watts, Fox, Turner, Adkins.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter) Sponsored by: Ord Minnett (Major Sponsor)

In what was an important game for us to win to stay in the top six, we unable to score runs when it counted. We started the game very positively scoring in the first and second innings. We were able to hold this lead through most of the game; however we were unable to get the hits when we had the runners on, to generate more runs through the middle innings. Ben Packer started on the hill and did a magnificent job through 5, restricting Woodville to couple of hits and held them scoreless. Matt Macbeth for his first B grade game in a month also did a wonderful job behind the plate, in some pretty difficult conditions. After this loss we now fall back to the bunch and out of the six, so the next two games between Port Adelaide and Northern Districts become vital prior to the Christmas break

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

We had our youngest team on the park for the year and the boys did a great job so well done to Sam Roberts and Harrison Lightbody for their 1st Div 3 games. Kensington have been one of the teams to beat and they came to play showing us and giving us a lesson on how to play team baseball, they executed plays when needed and were very solid in the field. They ended up beating us 7-1. Dakota started the game his 1st for us this year and mowed them down in the 1st two digs but the got on top of him in the 3rd giving up 4 ending up with 5 in 4 digs off Dakota. Again we played very solid defence again going through the day without giving up any errors. In the box Matt Mulryan getting himself 2 safe hits , Nick Tuffnell again smashed the ball collecting 2 hits, Sam Roberts in his 1st game got himself his 1st safe hit and Dakota smashing himself another double for the year. We need to learn and watch these top teams to know what is required to play finals this year.

Division 4 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Sturt 0 lost to Kensington 16
The main difference between the two sides today was hitting. They hit and we didn't, with only registering 2 hits for the game. Welcome back Daniel Hewson who smashed the ball long to left field for one of our hits. Highlight of the game was two sensational catches in Centre field and a massive welcome back to Tim Brewer, i haven't seen someone take A grade catches both diving forward in div 4 for a long time or maybe never. Hopefully Tim can continue to play a few more games with us, he looks like a bloke who hasn't missed a training for five years let alone not played a game for five years. Thanks Trent Small for once again filling in, he made some good plays at short stop for us. Kingsley Turner returned from the US and made an awesome play on a slow roller at third. Guys we just need to string a few hits together and we will be of and running. Big thanks to Craig Ottaway for umpiring the game and he did a great job. Thanks to Mrs Turner for scoring this week and Sue Mulryan for scoring the last few weeks.. PS We had our record crowd this week at one point I am sure I counted 5.

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small) Sponsored by: Ace Panel Systems (Major Sponsor)  Smith Motor Group  Force Access

Southern Districts 8 defeated Sturt 4
Sturt travelled to Southern Districts looking for a much needed win. Coach Chris Small couldn't travel south due to 'injury' and Norm Sluga took the reins for the day.
There were a number of players away but fortunately there was a welcome return of Barry Lunnon, Don Wulff, AJ Johnston and after a long absence, Bruce Winter made his season debut.
The team was geared for a win and started the first innings with a run from Jake Gibson's safe hit and a double from Don Wulff. Jake Gibson started on the mound and unfortunately during the first innings, had to retire with a sore shoulder. This brought on Ron Taylor who pitched for a quick out and side away.
The next three innings saw Rocket Ron put in a great effort keeping the opposition to only one more run. Sturt added another run with hits from, Rat Trembath, AJ and Pop Burns. The score at the end of the fourth innings, Sturt 3-2 down.
Rocket Ron started the fifth innings, and after a couple of puss hits from the opposition and consequent runs, Barry Lunnon was brought to the mound against his old club striking out the first batter. There were a couple more hits to the opposition and Sturt were 7-2 down.
AJ did a good job behind the plate with Bones McDonald a utility player at a number of positions. It was great to see Lunnon command the mound, however the last innings saw Southern Districts add one more run and Sturt only adding another two runs to finish the game 8-4 down.
The Division 6 team fought hard all day, but our ability to consistently pressure the opposition with the bat was our undoing. Next week we have a home game against top side East Torrens. With some good batting and belief in ourselves, we can break the hoodoo and take the win.

Safe Hits: Don Wulff (2), Bones McDonald, Pop Burns, Rat Trembath (triple), AJ Johnston, Jake Gibson, and Rocket Taylor

Under 18 (Coach: Ben Packer & Paul Holmes)

West Torrens 13 def Sturt 2
In what was going to be probably the boys biggest challenge this year west torrens came out firing scoring 3 runs in the first putting our boys behind the 8 ball straight away. Dylan holt started well but a couple of errors let us down and the bats weren't working either so the game quickly got out of hand. cheers to Sam Hollis who battled through sickness to help us out and the other boys who doubled up games on this hot weekend.
Hits Jordan Wayne, Dakota Mitchell

Under 16/1 Sturt (Coach: Darren French)   Sponsored by: National Tool Distributors Smith Motor Group  Wendy's Burnside

Sturt 14 defeated GGCD 9
Today was a great hitout for us, it was always to be a tough assignment away. We got off to a slow start as normal then but the boys knuckled down and rallied together to finish, in what was an exciting game.
The key to our success was our hitting bringing in 13 earned runs, with every player involved picking up at least one hit. This was led by Sam Roberts who had a day out with 4 for the day. The surprise however was Sam Duffield who picked up 3 hits including a monster triple good work mate. Also Max Guehrer found some form with the bat getting multiple hits.
Our fielding was solid all day minus one dig where we went to sleep a little resulting in a few errors, but this was overshadowed by some awesome catches from Jayden Trembath at second base showing great determination and athleticism. Another highlight was a clean 9-3 play . Matt Franke started us off on the hill throwing three digs doing a good job, then Shaun came on for us who struggled with his radar a little but battled to get us three outs, Sam came on to finish strongly pitching two digs with 28 pitches and 20 strikes, good effort.
It will be a great day when the boys put together a complete game from start to finish, we have four hours of baseball before the christmas break, lets make the most of it and cap off a solid first half of the season. Well done to everybody who was involved into todays game its good to see you all working as a team.
HITS: Sam Roberts 4; Sam Duffield 3; Max Guehrer 2; Shaun Wright, Tyler Horrigan, Matt Franke, Josh Tindall, Jayden Trembath, Harrison Lightbody 1.

Under 16/2 Sturt (Coach: Greg Milburn)

Sturt 18 defeated Henley/Grange 1
We warmed up with 5 players and waited for support from U14/2 coach Jamie Bishop who organised 5 players for us while we waited for the 16/1 support to arrive special thanks to RJ Bishop who only had 19 pitches left to throw on the day, Angus Reed who showed true sportsmanship by playing for the opposition, Will Hill, Dan Ortize and Damon Grey who clobbered a stand up double to right field thanks Jamie and the boys.
Stand outs for us were Lewis Brideson with some great batting and base running, Henry Saundry who could only play for the first inning due to Christmas tree commitments thanks bloke, fantastic catches from Sam Powell and Rupert Saundry in the outfield and solid catching from Alex Milburn with his damaged finger.

Special thanks to Max Geuherer, Jayden Trembath, Sam Duffield, and Josh Tindal their coaches, managers and parents for helping out. And thanks AJ and Dittmar for calling the game for us.

Under 14/1 Sturt Coach (Coach: Kris McArdle)  Sponsored by: Jock Gilbert Real Estate  McArdle Family

Sturt 13 def Southern Districts 2
SD had there number one (State) pitcher on the mound today and the boys showed us all how they can hit anyone when they bat with a purpose. With 11 hits registered to the team we really did bat well today. Sam C, Jordan Mc, Max W and Matt A all registering 2 hits for the day. Most boys went home with a safe hit . Base running was better but some are still not running the bases hard every time no matter what the situation. Offensively we played very well making all the basic outs in the field and looking to get the lead runner at all times. Zach Lunnon started on the mound and was relieved by Mitchell Lightbody, both got themselves into a bit of trouble with walks but both also showed character and got themselves out of trouble. Their outings were almost identical giving up no runs and only one hit given away each. Charlie closed out the game and SD showed some fight scoring their two runs in the last. Charlie made a great play covering first base as Max was dragged off the base. The PFP we have been doing at trainings are starting to pay off. Guys keep working on basic baseball at training as this is showing in the game we only had the one pickoff error today and our fielding was very solid, this will win us games alone. Good work guys i am really enjoying coaching our team this season.

Under U14/2 Sturt - (Coach: Jamie Bishop) Sponsored by: DFK Gray Perry

Sturt 11 lost to Goodwood 14
Steamy muggy day out Goodwood ..12.30pm and a lethargic 9 (with 2 fill ins thanks Alex and Mac-Brod!)
We faced some strong pitching … (some of their lads are bigger than our dads!) and unfortunately few could get bat on ball all day - 2 safe hits - a single to RJ and a lovely double to Will … with all the rest of our on base activity coming from walks! (good batting though.. didn't chase much, and fouled off well to get on…)
Strong stealing (thanks to our guest 1st base coach Frasier!) meant that we made them pay for their walks.. and we did bring in 11 runs…. But they came back with 14 runs off 10 hits.. and much fewer walks than they gave us! It was a tight game and the boys tried throughout - especially the pitchers in view of the heat/muggy day.
One more to go before Xmas.. let's finish with a win down in Hawks country!
Team: Reuben Bishop (1 from 2 + BB), Tommy Bishop (3 BB), Stewart Gardiner (0 from 1 +1BB), Damon Gray (0 from 1 +2BB), William Hill (1 from 3 - 1 dbl), Daniel Ortiz (0 from 1 + 2BB), Angus Read (0 from 1+ 2BB), Alex Sutherland (3 BB) Mac Cross (0-2 + BB)
Absent - Fraser Crameri (injured), Tyson Ottaway, Evan Taylor (away)

Under U14/2 Saints - (Coach: John McClure)

U14/2 Saints 0 lost to West Torrens 14
Going from a nail biting loss to being "pantsed" by a very good hitting and pitching outfit who certainly have our measure was again humbling and I am told good for the soul. I doubt it. In all seriousness the fielding was pretty good but basic errors, again cost us dearly and the batting, well we never got going. Just two safe hits is rarely, at this level anyway, enough to win a game.

The positives included -

  • JJ getting another safe hit, getting bat on ball twice and taking a great catch at third to bring the crowd to its feet. There is no truth in the rumours about divine intervention. Keep raising the bar son.

  • Returning to the mound from catching duties Arno threw two very good innings and gave up just a run to temporarily stop the rot. Been very consistent of late. Good work.

  • Ryack did a good job catching on a difficult hot steamy day and always kept up the yap.

  • All pitchers threw 55% or better accuracy and I was more than pleased with the efforts of Jack, Max, Arno and Ethan. Ethan took a "speccy" running from the mound, had the other safe hit and played well at second.

  • Backing up was good overall particularly from a busy Matt at S/S, base running aggressive (when allowed!) and attitudes were positive although the coach got hissy a couple of times.

  • First attempted sacrifice bunt by Max nearly paying off. Our highly remunerated coaching staff finally using "complex" signals and doing something "basebally":

The scoreboard doesn't lie and we need to keep improving and challenging ourselves to be the best we can possibly be. Baseball is a game where single errors cost matches and if we want to win consistently we need to keep practicing and it will come together.

Special thanks to Jo Paddick (Ty's Mum) for her diligent and easy to follow scoring. Might be some Derwent's coming your way for Xmas. Also to Kylee Haar for an excellent umpiring display.

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach: Glenn Young & Jamie Knuckey)

After an improvement last week the boys put together an almost faultless effort this week to dominate Kensington from the start. It was a true all round performance with everybody contributing in the field or with the bat.
Jack started well on the mound throwing accurately and fast pitching 3 innings for 3 hits and 1 run - some of the Kensington kids were a little unsure of what to do with his pitching. Simon returned to the batting circle with a vengeance after a couple of lean weeks having a couple of good hits, RBI's, and stole home twice!!!
Cameron followed on the mound for his debut this season - and what start. Pitching 2 innings, a couple of KO's, a catch and throw to first double play, and no runs scored.
Most of the boys had a hit and some excellent fielding by everyone. It was the best team performance of the year and certainly the standard we need to take forward to our return matches against west Torrens and Southern.

Great game guys - keep training hard and the match play will continue to improve.

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Rick Mitchell & Stuart Crutchley)

What a great come from behind win for the boys trailing by 4 into the bottom of the last dig and with some smart and disciplined hitting we scored the max 5 runs to end up winning 9-8. Oliver Crutchley again was outstanding behind the dish and got himself a nice leftfield drive for safe hit. Hugo Dalen-Flight also had a good game pitching a good dig and getting himself his weekly hit.Bradley Peters had his 1st ever pitch and did a great job and he also got himself a hit.Tyrese Kimotho came on to pitch and was outstanding pitching to only 4 batters for his 3 outs. John Grandsen was another to have his 1st ever pitch and did a great job and he to got himself a safe hit. Bryce Terry hit a nice shot in the 1st to score himself 2 RBIs. Elijah Rabdell was another to get himself a safe hit . All the boys are doing a great job on the hill , in the box and in the field .

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Mitchell Knuckey) Sponsored by: Premier Trailers  Watts Agencies

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..:: message posted on Monday the 6th of December, 2010 22:11:48 ::..

Newsletter 29/11/10

I received a letter from Baseball SA this week in which a baseball umpire wrote to the League after receiving abuse from spectators. I would urge you to read his reflections and also the comments from Baseball SA in respect to Spectator, Player, Umpire Abuse. Last week I reminded you of the Code of Conduct that laid out by the Aussie Sports Code of Behaviour. This information is accessible from our website under about>code of conduct. For those of you with internet access on your mobile phones the code is also available through the Saints Mobile edition which can be accessed by typing in http://www.sturtbaseballclub.org.au/.

It was great to see the double page spread in the Sunday Mail on the Adelaide Bite. This is the extensive sort of coverage that is needed to promote baseball in Australia. Read the article and see the great pictures!

I would also like to direct you to our Featured Player of the Week, Mitchell Lightbody from the from the Under 14/1 Division 1 side. We have had a number of the junior players recently complete profiles and these will be featured on a regular basis. 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.

It is hard to believe that Christmas is almost upon us, and that means our Annual Christmas party! This year it will be held on Sunday 12th December 2010 from 6.00 pm at Norman Reserve. For those new to the Club our Christmas parties are geared particularly for the juniors with a few fun events and of course the appearance of Father Christmas. As usual the BBQ will be fired up and the bar will be open so please come to the club and enjoy the fun! This year our Christmas party is one week earlier than normal to allow people to go and watch the Bite who will be playing in Adelaide the following weekend.

I also write to remind those of you who have yet to pay your fees to please pay them immediately! Each person who has not paid their fees will be followed up and as you can appreciate this is time consuming. Please make it easy on your volunteer committee members and pay your fees this week or contact our Treasurer Ben Seekamp to discuss a payment plan.

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:
Ord Minnet  Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd and Ace Panel Systems  Lion Nathan  Sports in Focus  Bulls Baseball Club  Easton  Brooks
Silver Sponsors:
Food And Beverage Australia Limited Freshwater Systems National Tool Distributors  Wendy's Burnside   PPI Promotion and Apparel
Bronze Sponsors:
Force Access Hattam McCarthy Reeves Mastertax Austral Insulation Mt Lofty Golf Club  Lion Nathan


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

Sturt 3 lost to Kensington 4.
Another tough loss. The coaching staff posed some questions to the group and to some individuals this week and the response was excellent. We sent Tom Becker out to have his first start for the season and he gave up only 2 earned runs in 5 innings and will really benefit for the hitout. Lewis Townsend revisited his old club and after coping a fair bit of verbal early on, he settled into a great rhythm to pitch 3 innings only giving up 1 hit. In baseball terms, this was going to be one of the hardest outings Lewis has had in his career and he handled it magnificently. Onward and upward Lewis!

Dan Lee and Trav Fox bounced back really well this week and hit the ball hard all day. Special mention to Bricey for his 4 walks and a monster home run.

Good defence and good pitching wins baseball games - we are doing this and we just have to keep doing the hard yards on the track and the wins will come. Hang in there boys.

Hits - Fox 2, Lee 2, Watts, Brice (HR), Holmes, Adkins

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter) Sponsored by: Ord Minnett (Major Sponsor)

Div 2 Lost to Kensington 1-5
This was a game that we really could not get going, especially with the bat. We managed only 4 hits for the game and could only manage 1 run. Dan Lee was defiantly a standout with the bat picking 2 hits. The hitting side of our game is something we need to improve on if we are going to compete against the top sides. Tom Teague and Ben Packer battled hard on the hill, restricting Kensington to just a handful of hits and 5 runs.

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

Sturt 7 defeated Gawler 4
Playing Gawler is always a challenge so coming away with a victory is always good , we ended up winning 7-4 in the last.It was a tight game and we trailed 4-1 into the 6th then the bats woke up the hits just kept coming ,with some very good at bats we scored 6 in the 7th to come away with the win. Dakota Mitchell was the most outstanding in the box going 2-2 with a double and a walk with 2 RBIs.The field was brilliant with no errors.Craig Wright had another great game on the hill throwing 2 sensational digs it was the Craig of old, 6up 6down.
Hits went to Michael Robinson ,Matt Mulryan , Nick Tuffnell 1 (dbl),Dakota Mitchell 2 (1dbl),David Hirst dbl.

Division 4 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Sturt 10 Defeated Southern Districts 4
We had two players notify they couldn't play hours before the game ( with good reason of course ) and unable to find anyone who wanted to umpire we found ourselves down to 8 with no umpire 2 hour before game started. Thanks to Chris Small he managed to convince Trent Small and Ben Colyer to come and give us a hand. This just left us with the umpire problem and a big thanks goes to Richard Carter who rolled up to play and then ended up the umpire thanks Richard. SD started by ripping the ball deep to left field and I must admit I thought here we go again another Div 4 thrashing; but I was wrong with a double play and some good pitching by Frenchy we got out of the dig with only one run scored. We then put on 2 runs ourselves and where up, I was happy to call it a day at that point but unfortunately we had only played 15mins. We fought hard and most of the guys found some confidence today with solid hitting and fielding. Ben Colyer was a welcomed surprise as he can hit and catch plus call a smart game from behind the dish. Thanks Ben you can play in our side whenever you wish. Trent also made some great catches in left field and swung the bat hard, cheers Trent (he has only filled in this year so far; but has a winning omen as all games Trent has played for Sturt this year we have won, so if you need a win call Trent). Dan Oates, Justin Randford and Chris Thompson all hit the ball hard and are improving every week. I had a fun day and that's what it is all about a hit, catch and a laugh plus the odd win now and again is good too.

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small) Sponsored by: Ace Panel Systems (Major Sponsor)

Gawler 8 defeated Sturt 4
Well that monkey is still on our backs after yet another loss at home. Waking up to dark clouds and heavy rain at home I again thought we would not play but by the time I arrived the rain had cleared and some blue sky was heading our way. It looked like the game was going to be as per usual with the opposition getting cheap hits and scoring easy runs as we started with Rocket on the mound we found the first batter at second base very quickly after an infield error and a steal. Wild Thing then popped up at short to take a line drive catch and then catch the runner at second heading the wrong way for an easy double play, the third ground out to second and we had our tails up. In our first at bat we ended up with loaded bases and could not score a run, in the second and with a couple of hits they scored two while we again struggled with the bats. Our third innings was no better with three up and down and the same with the fourth bar a walk, while Gawler scored two in each innings, with the score at 6-0 we needed to start something and with two out Gibo hit a double then stole third to end up scoring our first run on an error from Gawler. We did not trouble the scorers in the 6th and Gawler added another 2 to go 8-1 up with one innings to play. We had them out for no runs and still had a chance for a draw, so going in to our last bat we only needed 7 to draw and after only making one run in six innings it was going to be tough, we managed 3 runs for the final score line of 8-4 down.
Safe Hits: Gibson 3 (1D), Sluga 1, Trembath 1.

Under 18 (Coach: Ben Packer & Paul Holmes)

Sturt 3 drew with Port Adelaide 3

Under 16/1 Sturt (Coach: Darren French)

STURT 8 def EAST TORRENS 3
Well it was a much improved effort on the previous week, we however still need to work on being prepared from when we warm up.
Our hitting reflected on the scoreboard with 9 hits in total compared to 2 last week, This was led by Matt Franke with 3 hits to his name. Matt got us of to a good start defensively, pitching three solid digs, followed by Shaun Wright who keeps improving he threw four with seven strikeouts.
Everyone else did their job in the field making some good outs, and all contributing with a team effort. Lets keep up the good work and start thinking about Golden Grove this week!
HITS: Matt Franke 3; Sam Roberts 2; Sam Duffield, Jesse Kemp; Shaun Wright; Max Guehrer 1.
Thanks for Dean Franke for giving up his time to umpire, and Mitch Lightbody for helping us out.

Under 16/2 Sturt (Coach: Greg Milburn)

Bye

Under 14/1 Sturt Coach (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Sturt 24 Def Northern Districts 1
Today we had a convincing win over the bottom side. We earnt nearly all our runs with the bat, didn't steal once today. It is a hard game to comment on as there was one occasion that the oppositions right fielder didn't even know the ball had been hit to him as he was more interested in digging up the grass. But the boys still played their brand of baseball and still worked on getting the outs and using the bat efficiently. We got to move the side around a bit today, pleasing sign was no one looked out of place. I was happy to see the team cheering on ND and giving compliments when they did something special, our boys do have big hearts and felt for the opposition. Next week will be a different story as we have South's and they will give us a run for our money. Keep up the good work guys and see ya all on Wednesday.

Under U14/2 Sturt - (Coach: Jamie Bishop)

Sturt 11 defeated SD Hawks 1
Again a picture perfect ground - AND an official SABL umpire! With Fraser still out with a broken arm and Mac now in NZ for 2 weeks, we had a bare 9, so thanks to Braydon Richardson who stayed back from U12's game to give us bench support.
RJ started on the mound and stopped them 3 up 3 down - 9 pitches, 2 k's and a 4-3..it's an easy game! But then the Hawks stopped us without scoring despite Tommy's nice single! Top 2nd and "the other" RJ took the mound - walked the 1st, then hit the 2nd before he settled in and stopped them 3 up 3 down with no runs in. Damon then started us up with a lovely double (his 1st of 3 hits for the day) followed by an RJ single.. and then big Angus clubbed a stand up triple to get his mum and Jo busy in the scorer's box! Tyson also hit well and brought in a 3rd run. RJ stopped them again in 4 batters with no runs… Stewie then hit well and was scored by Damon's crisp shot thru short before they stopped us again. So top of the 4th and RJ "wanted 1 more dig pls"… and 3 strike outs later it was our bat again! Evan welcomed the new pitcher with his 1st solid safe hit - a cracker to centrefield followed by hits to Ty, Will (dbl) Stew, Damon Angus ..and ANOTHER to Evan! 10 nil up and we were in good shape. Tommy took the ball and worked hard (tough act to follow after RJ) - and after a few location problems, he pulled it together and stopped them for only 1 run in. Then for our last at bat, Braydon snapped a great single to centrefield and Stewie a double to bring him in. Tommy then pitched the last innings … 2 runs came in but the game was called with scores reverting to 11-1.. a solid win!
Team: Reuben Bishop (1 from 3), Tommy Bishop (1 from 4), Stewart Gardiner (3 from 3 -1dbl, +1 walk), Damon Gray (3 from 4 - 1 dbl), William Hill (1 from 3 - 1 dbl), Daniel Ortiz (0 from 2 + 1 walk), Tyson Ottaway (2 from 4), Angus Read (2 from 3 1 triple), Evan Taylor (2 from 3), Braydon Richardson (1 from 1)
Absent - Fraser Crameri (injured),Mac Cross (o/s)

Under U14/2 Saints - (Coach: John McClure)

U14/2 Adelaide 17 beat Saints 16 Close but no cigar. A cloudy cold windy day at Plympton saw the Saints defeated in an entertaining topsy turvy game. Adelaide would be very pleased with their come from behind win and it's a good lesson for all that it's not over until the fat lady sings. There's nothing quite like the experience of losing one you shouldn't have and it's another milestone in our development as a team. Bottom of the fifth (second last innings) 15-8 up, two down and Conor pitching accurately we managed to concede 7 runs and effectively grab defeat from the jaws of victory. Just couldn't get the last batter and paid the big penalty. To Adelaide's credit they hit well and defensively we weren't able to take our chances and put the game away. On the positive side of the ledger there were some good individual performances. " Max Staggs pitched accurately (again) and his two high catches at third showed fine judgement in windy difficult conditions. At bat 4 times and got on base 4/4 by hook or by crook and home 3 times. Keep it up. " JJ Banyai-Haar 2 safe hits for 3 at bats. Showed a fair bit of dash around the bases. Must be paying attention. Good stuff " Conor McClure pitched accurately and quickly, took a hard straight drive low down for a play of the day catch on the mound. Played solidly at first. " Arno Norrito was his usual dependable self at catcher. Good decision making and chose well going for the pick offs. Took two for the team, being struck twice batting, got home three times plus a safe hit made for a good day. As far as our report card goes 2-4 after the first round. Not bad, could be better but definitely on the up. As the cliché goes we need to have the entire team contributing at the same time. Our batting has improved and if we can match the improvement on the field we will be more than competitive as we are now. Many thanks to a great set of parents and supporters making playing and coaching a very pleasurable experience.

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach: Glenn Young & Jamie Knuckey)

Little League 1-Sturt 13 defeated Glenelg 6
They say a week can make a huge difference in politics as it can in baseball.
After two fairly ordinary performances over the last two weeks we were looking for a change in form. Our boys had been struggling with the bat as reflected by 20 strikeouts for just 6 hits over the last two games. The focus this week at training was batting and particular not looking at third strikes. The boys seemed much sharper in the warmup and looked aggressive at batting practice before the game. This carried forward into the game with 11 safe hits and only three strikeouts. Most players are now getting bat on ball. Particularly strong at bat were Nik Sas, Harrison and Jack getting two hits each with singles to Sam, Simon, Cam, Thomas and Jamie D. Simon was particularly unlucky with very good fielding denying him better statistics. The battery of Harrison and Thomas threw very reliably with Harrison winning on the accuracy stakes but Thomas's speed producing more strikeouts. Both pitchers were well supported by the field with Cam very reliable behind the plate and great outfield catches by Thomas and Jamie D. Thanks again to all the crew that help Jamie and myself with the day, Travis our American imported umpire, Bill and Andrew for the field setup, Jayme for the managerial expertise and Janet for producing the picture perfect scorebook that allows us to track so well how the boys are going. My thanks to parents and the boys for accepting the fact that they often only get a half game, we do keep a very close track of that and ensure everyone gets an equal opportunity to play. If at anytime you have concerns about how things are going please don't hesitate to speak to Jamie or myself, we want the boys to learn about baseball but also most importantly to enjoy the game.

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Rick Mitchell & Stuart Crutchley)

Little League 2-Sturt 11 defeated South 6
Travelling down to Southern Districts is always fun no matter what grade it is so coming home with a 11-6 win was a job well done.Hugo Dahlen-Flight had an outstanding game , pitching a fine innings and doing a good job in the field.Oliver Crutchley is doing what he has always wanted and that is catch and he is doing brilliantly catching another great game.Not seeing many strikes the boys couldn't do much so we only managed 2 safe hits and they went to Dayton Mitchell and Matan Cohen,Matan came off the bench and had an immediate impact pitching a fine inning and collecting a nicely hit double.The boys were very smart in the box and waited patiently for their pitch we had 16 walks.
All the boys are doing a great job and are getting better and better.

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Mitchell Knuckey)

Little League Sturt Saints - 7 def West Torrens - 6
Our little Saints pulled off another heart stopping win, again at the very last moment, and this time by our littlest Saint taking a blinder of a catch at short stop - with a tentative little hand clutching out, cap pulled down over his nose, blonde hear billowing out and with one eye closed and the other half open - it was never in doubt - all glove ! To make the moment even more dramatic the opposition were only 1 run down in the last innings, loaded bases, 2 out, a big fat pitch comes down the alley, the batter takes a nice cut at it, the ball speeds flat and hard back past the pitcher, hearts in mouths, a 2 baser for sure, but no, freakishly the ball is plucked out of mid-air by the little black glove of Dylan Egglestone ! The Saints win and Dylan is mobbed by his teammates ! The Eagles trudge off, a victory spectacularly snatched away.
The rest of the game was pretty topsey turvey with the Eagles taking an early 4 - 0 lead after the 1st innings and then the Saints scored 5 - 1 in the second innings with good base hits from Reed, Eli, Austin, Isaak and Jacob with Elliot pitching well to keep them to 1 run. Another 2 runs for the Saints in the third and we eek ahead by 7 - 6 with hits from Eli and Jacob, some good base running and things fell our way just enough to get these 2 boys home. Luckily we had enough on the board at the end of the 3rd as we couldn't score anything at all in the 4th and 5th innings. With some good pitching from Eli, Austin and Jordan, we also kept them to 1 run in the last 3 innings. Some good outfield and fly ball catches to Austin and Elliot put some pressure back on the opposition in the 4th and 5th innings. So it all came down to the last innings, bases loaded, Jordan on the mound pitching for his first time, pressure on and then Wham - Bam. Don't mess with the Little Saints when it comes down to the big moments in the game. Well done boys !
Thanks to Lynette Egglestone for scoring - much appreciated.

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 29th of November, 2010 21:33:33 ::..

Newsletter 21/11/10

Congratulations to the players who have been selected to represent our state in the National Junior Championships in January 2011. In Under 18, Dylan Holt, Matthew Macbeth, Dakota Mitchell, David Nicholas and Lewis Townsend have been selected. In Under 16 Matthew Franke and Shaun Wright have been selected. In Under 14, Charlie Goldsworthy, Jordan McArdle and Maxim Walker. In all ten of our juniors have been selected which is an outstanding achievement for the boys personally and also demonstrates the strength of our Junior program.

In the AFL draft congratulations to Sam Day and Seb Tape on their success! I heard Sam being interviewed on radio and he already sounds like the seasoned media performer!!

I had a note during the week from one of club legends Don Wulff who while now playing for Division 6 managed to leave his cleats somewhere either in the changerooms or on the ground. Following some serious looking they have not been able to be located so it would be appreciated if anyone has found them then either let Don or me know. I understand that at the moment he is playing in his golf shoes which really is not a good look!

The Adelaide Bite are back in town this week, with the series against the Perth Heat starting on Thursday 25 November at 11.00 am where I understand over 800 school children will be present! A wonderful initiative to showcase our great game! There will also be a game on Friday night at 7.00 pm followed by two games on Saturday at 4.00 and 7.00 pm. All games are at Norwood Oval. Visit the Adelaide Bite website for further information.

I would also like to remind all officials, coaches, players, parents and spectators of the Code of Conduct. The Code is available on our website under about>code of conduct. It is very important that during game times particularly in junior games that parents do not approach the coaching staff while the game is in progress. If parents have any issues they need to be discussed with the coach after the game has been completed and not during the game. Our coaching staff go to great lengths in the very junior grades to provide equal game time to all players. Obviously in more senior junior levels other criteria apply.

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:
Ord Minnet  Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd and Ace Panel Systems  Lion Nathan  Sports in Focus  Bulls Baseball Club  Easton  Brooks
Silver Sponsors:
Food And Beverage Australia Limited Freshwater Systems National Tool Distributors  Wendy's Burnside
Bronze Sponsors:
Force Access Hattam McCarthy Reeves Mastertax Austral Insulation


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

Game 1 Sturt 5 lost to Golden Grove 6
The first game of the double header was crucial for us to go hard at and we sent Lewis Townsend to the hill to get proceedings started. He pitched very well before getting into a little bit of trouble in the fourth and handed the pill over to Ben Packer who also pitched well. 5-2 down in the last we staged an excellent rally to tie the game up. Unfortunately, two of the cheapest hits you have ever seen got the winning run across the line for the Dodgers in a heartbreaking loss.
Daniel Turner and Dane Adkins were the standouts offensively.
What we did very well in this game is create chances to score, what we did poorly is get them across the plate. Timely hitting will go a long way to winning you some baseball games.
Hits - Turner 3, Adkins 2, Holmes 2, Lee, Brebner-Russ, Watts

Game 2 Sturt 1 lost to Golden Grove 10
In what can be described as our only poor performance of the season, we just got out gunned by the starting import pitcher from Golden Grove.
Tom Teague again showed good signs and can take a lot away from the 4 innings he threw. Defensively we made a couple of small mistakes that might not have cost us the game but we need to tighten up on this side of our game again. Dan Turner and Dane Adkins again led the way with the bat and showed people that actions, not words, show how well you can play.
A special mention to JBR who had his 8 game hitting streak come to an end on the weekend - keep up the good work.
Once again we picked up 9 scattered hits and struggled to come up with the hit that mattered. This weekend we were a bit luckless which was probably pointed out to us as a mini tornado swept through our dugout during the day! Time to regroup and work hard on a few areas this week before we take on the Cardinals next weekend!

Hits - Turner 2, Adkins 2, Holmes, Lee, Watts, Fox, Brice,

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter) Sponsored by: Ord Minnett (Major Sponsor)

Sturt 6 defeated Golden Grove 1

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

Glenelg 12 defeated Sturt 7
After a promising start against the old foe we ended up losing to Glenelg 12-7. We jumped out of the box with 4 runs in the 1st dig , this was the perfect start but we handed back 2 runs straight away. We then scored another in the 2nd , but handed them another 2 making it a 5-4 ballgame.The Bays just kept hitting and on the other side we didnt take our opportunities when handed them ,both in the box and in the field which reflected the final score. Ryan Mattschoss was outstanding going 3-4 and was very solid behind the dish.Will Frogley filled in at late notice and showed his class with the bat with a great sac bunt and 2 solid hits which included a double. Michael Robinson has found himself a new home in left field where he did another great job and in the box keeping his 4 game hitting streak going with another solid performance, going 2-2 with a walk and a sac bunt. Pete Turner who also doubled up got himself 2 more hits (who knows what is possible if we saw him at training). Matt Franke for his 1st game in 3s this year got himself a walk and a safe hit. Have to mention JBRs first pitch in a very long time sure opened some eyes with his velocity. Michael Robinson showed he can do it all coming on to pitch the last out.
Not our best game of the year but there were some good signs. I think concentration is our worst enemy.

Division 4 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Glenelg 19 defeated Sturt 2

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small) Sponsored by: Ace Panel Systems (Major Sponsor)

Score 7-15 loss
Well another perfect day to play baseball and another perfect ground to play on at home and again the same result. We are struggling to win at home with three losses out of three games. We had to again put up with pop flies and errors that cost us in the field. We had Gibo on the mound and he was again throwing strikes but they again hit them and we were lucky to hold them to just one run, by the end of the first the score was 1 - 0 as we had three up and down. In the second they made 4 runs to go 5 - 0 up but we started to hit the ball and they made a few errors to let us score 7 for the innings. Top of the third and we are 7 - 5 up but they came straight back with 5 runs and we unfortunately did not trouble the scorers again while they scored 5 runs over the next three innings to get 8 runs in front and game was called.
We are able to make contact with the ball so our offensive is ok but can be better while our defense is letting us down and throwing games away that we should be winning. We need to work on cutting out the errors when we have the chance to get the outs and try and hold them when they hit the pop flies as we can do nothing about them but limit the damage.
So far the three teams that have beaten us this season are teams we can beat and hopefully we do. We are still in the mix and need to keep winning to give ourselves a chance to play finals, we just need to get the monkey off our back at home.
Safe hits: Wulffy 2 (1D),Gibo 1, Bones 1, Smally 1, AJ 1, Wild Thing 1 & Brocky 1

Under 18 (Coach: Ben Packer & Paul Holmes)

9-0 forfeit

Under 16/1 Sturt (Coach: Darren French)


STURT 2 lost GLENELG 7
We were competitive for the first few digs, Matt Franke battled well throwing five innings for four runs. Sam Roberts threw the last giving up three. Glenelg played the game out well with 10 hits to our 2, and only making 2 errors in the field to our 5.
Will be looking to string a couple of wins together starting this week, which will require a team effort.
As a player you cant sit and wait for somebody to turn the game around, everybody needs to make a contribution in order to make something happen.
HITS : Henry Brennan, Jesse Kemp 1.
Special thanks to Glen McDonald for umpiring, Josh Tindall and Sam Duffield for doubling up for the 16'2's on a hot day.

Under 16/2 Sturt (Coach: Greg Milburn)

Sturt 15 defeated Adelaide 13
The game started well with three quick outs, and some great base running to put us in the lead, then somebody turned out the lights routine plays turned into pulling teeth, and they scored a 9 run mercy on us.
The boys went out and kept us in the game with the bat and very aggressive base running, the opposition had no answer to it and allowed us to stay in touch.
Final dig 7 runs down the rest is history. thanks to Josh, Shey and Sam and all of the 16/2s , tough to come back, WELL DONE

Under 14/1 Sturt Coach (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Sturt 11 def West Torrens 2
Finally we got to play at our home ground and thanks again to all personnel involved with presenting an A grade baseball diamond to play on. The sun was out and it was a superb day to play baseball. The boys worried me a little before the game showing signs that the mid afternoon sun along with the late game was too much for them, well did they prove me wrong. Charlie once again led from the front , he pitch a complete game only giving up one hit, 2 late runs and 2 walks. This really was a champion effort but he couldn't have done it with the support of the field, in particular Zach E making two great catches in foul territory plus Matt A making a great catch low to the ground in Left. These type of catches and attempts to the ball helps out your pitcher and wins games. The team made the basic outs and executed what we have trained defensively. Offensively i was much happier with signals today with most boys picking them up, we struggled a little with WT first pitcher put managed to manufacture some runs through walks and bunting and forcing some errors. Once the first pitcher was off we hit the ball very well with nearly the entire side picking up a hit. Special mention to Max who very nearly hit his first homerun, Sam Cav also had a solid game playing Short stop and also picking up a great hit late in the game. Boys i am very happy with today's effort and i think we are moving along well. But keep lid on it there is a lot of baseball still left in the season and we need to keep pushing, training hard and improving our baseball. Well done boys......

Under U14/2 Sturt - (Coach: Jamie Bishop)

Bye

Under U14/2 Saints - (Coach: John McClure)

U14/2 Southern Districts 4 lost to Saints 12
A good all round team effort saw the mighty Saints get home 12-4 against a determined but out gunned Southern Districts. A hot windless day, that was a complete contrast to our previous trip 3 weeks ago, saw the lads again pack the compass, sunscreen and cut lunch and celebrate their second win of the season and do the away double down South.

The week will be remembered as the Birthday Festival of Brandon Weber who celebrated his 12th birthday with a big day out. Brandon hit his first two bagger with a brilliant outfield smash, caught his and the team's season first outfield catch with a non-textbook recommended "basket" special, was involved in a double play and to cap off a memorable day had a brain fade running on a fly ball. Great to see him getting amongst it.

Max Staggs again demonstrated what a quality unit he is in any position. Pitched 4/5 innings with laser like accuracy hurling 84% in the strike zone. Max certainly gets things happening when he puts the ball into the zone so often and it's great to watch. Max led from the front and with good support in the field was able to keep the runs to just 3 in 4 excellent innings.

Ryack Parsons was aggressive for his season's first play at catcher, always positive with good body language which is so important for any team's catcher. Ran a "home run" on a base hit and two errors to have the crowd roaring as the young man sprinted around the field. Glad he's on our side.

Very good disciplined workman like infield, Jack was polished and unflustered at 3rd and didn't put a foot wrong, Conor at short stop played a terrific first half and a good double play with Brandon capping a good day off for both. Ty was solid at first and the guys in the outfield backed up and did the job that was required. Matthew Davey made his debut and showed glimpses of what a fine recruit he'll be for the team.

There was a lot to like about today. It's not the win (it helps) but it's the attitude and team unity that is most pleasing and the lads are now playing some good ball. Interesting away game next week at Adelaide, this match will be a good progress report to see where we are at.

Hits - Alex 2, Jack 2, Brandon 2, Ryack, Conor, Max, Ethan

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach: Glenn Young & Jamie Knuckey)

Southern Districts 11 defeated Sturt 3
A trip to Southern Districts and perfect weather should have been a good day out. The baseball unfortunately got in the way of that. We started the day with three base on balls and then Thomas sent the pitcher back to the bench with a very solidly hit ground ball to the pitchers shin. Unfortunately the next guy came out throwing very quick and accurate pitches which we never got on top of. The next three batters were out without challenging the field. The only consolation was getting a run on board from quick thinking by Sam on a ball thrown back past the pitcher. Good batting by SD and errors by the field saw us give up five runs in our first and third fielding efforts. Although we got a few hits on their final pitcher we were never really in the game. We had 6 KC's for the day (watching the third strike go over the plate without swinging) which kills the morale of the team. Most of all we need to learn to be a team that can fight back from a slow start and errors. This week we will work on our batting as I honestly think we can be at the standard to beat West Torrens and SD. See you Tuesday.

Hits Thomas, Sam, Jamie L, Braydon

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Rick Mitchell & Stuart Crutchley)

West Torrens 12 defeated Sturt 8

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Mitchell Knuckey)

Little League 2-Saints 11 defeated Adelaide 10
The littlest Saints produced an inspiring, come back from the grave, 11-10 win against a gallant and very sportsmanlike team from Adelaide. With loaded bases and 2 out in the last innings and still 4 runs behind the opposition, consecutive hits to Reed, Eli, Harry and Austin saw the boys storm hope to claim victory from the jaws of defeat ! Congratulations to Super-Coach Mitch Knuckey for his debut win as a Coach - couldn't wipe the smile off his face for hours !!

However, with such a great start with clean pitching sheets from Eli and Elliot R, the Saints were up 5-0 halfway through the second innings. We didn't bother the score sheet in the second and only added 2 runs in the third innings. Unfortunately, we also let them in with consecutive 5 run innings in the 3rd and 4th which left us behind 7-11 going into the last innings. It was pressure stuff all the way to the line and the boys held their nerve to take the points.

Some highlights included - Eli not only pitched a great 1st innings with a clean sheet but he also had base hits for each of his 3 turns at bat, fielded well at first base and got us back at level pegging in the last innings bringing 2 players home, including a very daring steal from Andrew. Elliot R also played well with 3 quick outs from solid pitching in the 2nd innings, a nice tag run-out, 2 base hits and a run scored. Austin did a great job in the leathers and helmet in all 4 innings and lost a few kilograms in the heat ! The other highlight was a great piece of fielding and a long throw from 3rd to 1st base from our youngest and smallest Saint, Dylan - great stuff boys and a good team effort all round.

Thanks to the set-up team of parent helpers and particularly to Linda Brennan for her first time as Scorer - thanks Linda, much appreciated.

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 22nd of November, 2010 22:41:39 ::..

Newsletter 15/11/10

It was a big weekend for Baseball in South Australia with the Adelaide Bite starting off the season in style with a 4-0 clean sweep over the Melbourne Aces. Well done to our own Paul Mildren and Tom Brice for their great contribution to the win and also to Bruce Packer for singing the national anthem. Ironically I have been in Melbourne over the last week and missed it! I can report that there was only a small coverage in the Victorian papers! However the Adelaide Bite website has complete coverage of the game if you want to read about it in more detail.

Congratulations to the new Mayor for Mitcham Michael Picton. I spoke to Michael a couple of weeks ago and indicated I was looking forward to working with him if he was elected. If you are interested in the Council election results you can view the latest results on the Local Government Association of South Australia website. Whilst counting in some council districts continues it does appear that all results are now finalised for the Mitcham Council and you download a summary of the results for each ward. Congratulations to all the councillors who were elected. You can also see candidate position statements on the Sturt Baseball Club Election page.

Well done to our Division 1,2,3 and 6 teams who all had great wins on the weekend. Rick Mitchell tells me that the Division 3 win over East Torrens is the first win we have had against that Club since Rick started coaching at our club! I also note the Division 6 run away win and certainly I am sure Smally and the team will be talking about this one for a long time to come! It is great to see the convincing wins by our Division 1 and 2 sides and I note that Division 1 is sitting in top position on the ladder! Congratulations to Catty and all of the boys who have worked so hard to achieve such an outstanding result!

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:
Ord Minnet  Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd and Ace Panel Systems  Lion Nathan  Sports in Focus  Bulls Baseball Club  Easton  Brooks
Silver Sponsors:
Food And Beverage Australia Limited Freshwater Systems National Tool Distributors  Wendy's Burnside
Bronze Sponsors:
Force Access Hattam McCarthy Reeves Mastertax Austral Insulation


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

Sturt 6 defeated Norths 1

We travelled out to Norths and behind some excellent Tom Brice pitching we played some great baseball to win comfortably in the end. There is some pressure on spots in our team now which is a positive and keeps everyone on there toes! It was great to see Jackson, Holmesy, Youngy and Dane Adkins really get the job done offensively when the middle part of the order struggled. Bricey threw 7 innings for 3 hits and 1 run, turning in a best on ground performance. Daniel Lee and Tom Becker closed out proceedings in clinical fashion.

All in all a good win but we now must turn our attention to an important double header against Golden Grove. Should be a great challenge once again for the group.

Hits - Holmes 3, Adkins 2 (HR), Brebner-Russ 2, Young 2, Turner, Brice (HR), Watts, Fox.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter) Sponsored by: Ord Minnett (Major Sponsor)

Sturt 10 defeated Norths 0

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

A great win on the weekend beating East Torrens 7-2. Michael Robinson was thrown into left field at last minute , a position I am sure he hasn't played much of and was outstanding, taking a sliding catch in foul territory in the 1st dig, this set the standard for the rest of the day defensively. The outfield as a whole was outstanding all day ,with quality players like Josh Green and Nick Tuffnell out there nothing gets by these 3. Dave Hirst came back to the 3s this week and did a fantastic job behind the dish and in the box was brilliant going 2-3 with a double. Craig Wright was again good in the box even though he didn't get a hit he collected 3 walks and the pitched the final 2 digs where the opposition couldn't get near him. Safe hits went to Josh Green , Dutchy Holland , Nick Tuffnell ,David Hirst 2 ,Michael Robinson. It was good to have Dutchy fill in in the last minute and showed great leadership on and off the ground. We just need to keep playing 1% baseball to keep things rolling, great job boys.
Thanks to Sue Brebner for filling in as scorer and thanks to Pete Turner , Sam Faehse and Dakota Mitchell who all sat without getting a run.

Division 4 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Adelaide 6 defeated Sturt 3

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small) Sponsored by: Ace Panel Systems (Major Sponsor)

Sturt 30 Def Playford City 2

Yes you read the above score correctly, the final score after 5 innings was 30 runs to 2 runs.
After the long drive out to Playford City and with rain all the way I thought we may not even play and I would have to drive 1 1/2 hours home for nothing, but with 30 minutes to go the rain stopped and did not return. Our warm up was not the best with only 1/2 hour but that did not stop us in the game.
Our first at bat was our worst as we had the first two up and down but ended scoring 3 for the innings. Our second, third & fifth innings had us scoring the maximum 7 runs, while we scored 6 in the fourth. Playford scored one in the third and one more in the fourth. We started with the Rat on the mound and with help from the field threw 4 good innings to be relieved by the Rocket to finish off. In the field we made the plays when needed to keep them to the 2 runs while with the bats we had a field day, with a total of 30 safe hits. Well done to Pop (Mark Burns), 05 (David Brock) and Rocket (Ron Taylor) who all batted 1000 for the day. No one really hit the leather of the ball and Playford City made a few errors in the field which allowed us to score 11 runs on errors but we all hit well for the day.

Safe Hits: Burns 5 + 1BB, Wulff 5, McDonald 4, Brock 4 + 1BB, Young 2 + 1BB, Small 2, Day 2 + 2BB, Trembath 2, Taylor 2, Guehrer 2

Under 18 (Coach: Ben Packer & Paul Holmes)

Sturt 5 defeated Kensington 3.

In what was a tight game the boys played really well the whole game. As usual Dakota Mitchell pitched outstanding and Dylan Holt closed out the game in style. We played the best defence I've seen all year and though we didn't light up the bats we got the hit and moved runners over when needed. Thanks to Jarred Small for helping us out, its help like that which is going to get us through the season.

Under 16/1 Sturt (Coach: Darren French)

Sturt 7 def Woodville 4

It was good to be back in the winners circle this week, with a productive hitout away. Our demeanour before the game was much improved on the previous week. We were more aggressive in the box and quite solid in the field. Shaun Wright started for us throwing three digs, improving the more he threw, finishing strongly. It was a similar story for Sam Roberts who threw the second half of the game, getting better as he went! I would like to welcome Jesse Kemp and his family from Sydney, who will be joining for next couple of games and be back for good around christmas for the remainder of the season. Jesse's first game for the club was a good one, picking up 3 hits, and making some good outs at centrefield and first base. Well done!

I also would like to welcome back to the club Tyler Horrigan and his family who travel up from Mt Gambier. Tyler will be playing throughout the season. He collected one hit and made some good plays from third. Our intent was much better today, The scorebook could have read even better, with three or four runners thrown out at third or home, with couple of errors in judgement and some bonehead decisions from our third base coach (me), with two runs of theirs being unearned. This is why we love this game- there's always something to learn, practice or just improve on. Good effort guys!

HITS-Jesse Kemp 3; Sam Roberts 2; Max Guehrer, Shaun Wright, Tyler Horrigan 1.

Under 16/2 Sturt (Coach: Greg Milburn)

Sturt 15 defeated Adelaide 10

Our first pitcher Henry had trouble finding the strike zone but to his credit he persisted and with very good fielding support he maintained a 10 run advantage to all but the last having reached his quota. Errol came on to pitch the last and quite frankly scared me he won't mind me saying they scored 5 runs off him mostly walks and it took a visit to the mound and the threat to shoot his dog if he didn't stop stressing me, to get him to perform smoking the last two batters well done. I was again impressed with our fielding Lewis taking a great foul catch, Alex with two right field catches and the rest of the boys did it right enough to give the opposition an eating disorder well done all. Batting was strong with all the boys including Alex getting safe hits against some very good and fast pitching. Thanks to Henry, Shay and RJ Bishop for your help you all played a great game.

Under 14/1 Sturt Coach (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Sturt 13 def Woodville 2

Today we played a good well rounded game, with excellent hitting from all and solid defence. The pitchers are also playing well. Charlie started the game on the mound and showed some real pace. Charlie had a great game picking off a runner on second and showed great glove work on the mound using his quick reflexes to catch all line drives that came his way. He then moved to right field and fielded well throwing out runners at first and then second off line drive balls hit his way. Brodie relieved Charlie and throw very well getting out of his first inning cheaply, then showing character after climbing out of a hole in his second dig to complete 2 successful innings. Mitch finish off Woodville in the last. Matt Amber once again hit the ball solid, just dropping short from his first bomb. Jordy and Max hit the ball hard and Mitch picked up two hits again. Great game from Zach E hitting the ball hard and was very solid on first base. Overall we are all playing good baseball right know, keep it up boys as we need to play our A grade game next week to beat WT. This will be a real cracker Top vs. Second both on 5 wins 0 loses. See ya on the track plenty of fun and hard work still to be had.

Under U14/2 Sturt - (Coach: Jamie Bishop)

West Torrens 8 defeated Sturt 5

"Coulda, shoulda, Woulda….. did'na!"

Love playing home games at Sturt - thanks David and Bruce it looked a picture again (..& Bruce a sensational singing effort Friday night at the Bite game!)

West Torrens with Burke as coach is always a handful… but we started well and Tommy and the field kept them to 1 run in the 1st and then none in the 2nd with 2 strike outs. Meanwhile we snuck in 3 runs with 3 walks and then a lovely hit by Dan for 2 rbi's! We didn't bother the scorer's in the 2nd despite Will picking up a hit. … 3 -1 up. I gave Stewie the ball and he battled … 4 hits and a walk and we were looking troubled.. but then 2 strike outs and I thought we could get out of it… but he just couldn't get the last out and I had to go to Reuben early with 5 runs in before he stopped them. Again they stopped us 3 up 3 down and RJ promptly did the same to them… and then they stopped us again despite nice hit from Damon! Top of the 5th and as RJ tired (played a full game before this one) they snuck in a couple before we brought Tommy onto finish them off with 1 pitch.. and so bottom of the last and we needed 5 runs to tie them. Stewie and Ty both hit, and a couple of walks and a hit by RJ got us back within 3… and with bases loaded and Angus up to bat, the stage was set for a grand slam walk off…. 2 home run hits both went narrowly foul… and then… just as the pitcher let it go, Angus WAS ATTACKED BY A FLY! (no doubt West Torrens remote controlled) .. he took a hand of the bat to wave it away.. and got struck out! Game over!

Particular mention to our scoring brigade led by Maureen… these new SABL sheets are a handful.. and appreciate their efforts!
Thanks also to Greg Milburn who had a 4am airport start, then his daughter's softball, then coached the U16-2's game at Adl ..and then umpired our game!
Team: Reuben Bishop (1 from 2), Tommy Bishop (0 from 1+ 2 walks), Fraser Crameri (injured), Stewart Gardiner (1 from 2 +1 walk), Damon Gray (1 from 2), William Hill (1 from 3), Daniel Ortiz (1 from 1), Tyson Ottaway (1 from 2 + walk), Angus Read (0 from 3), Evan Taylor (0 from 1 + HPB), MacKenzie Cross (0 from 2)

Under U14/2 Saints - (Coach: John McClure)

Bye this week!

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach: Glenn Young & Jamie Knuckey)

Bye this week!

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Rick Mitchell & Stuart Crutchley)

Great win over Adelaide 11-10.

The day started off brilliantly with Matan Cohen hitting a lead off in the park Homerun. Then later in the game Hugo Dahlen Flight hit another in the park Homerun . Both boys smashed both shots.Pitchers on both teams struggled early on the hill but to the boys credit when we got our chance at a strike we took it and swung the bats very well with every player making good contact with the bat , this was a very pleasing site , all the boys have improved their hitting since the start of the year , their ability to take instruction in the most pleasing thing with this group.Oliver Crutchley had another great day behind the dish , he keeps getting better each week.
Hits went to Matan Cohen HR, Hugo Dahlen-Flight HR,Elijah Randell (2hits),,Aran Wittert (2hits),Bailey Gilbert,Oliver Crutchley ,John Grandsen ,Dayton Mitchell all 1 hit each.
The boys are doing a fantastic job .

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Mitchell Knuckey)

Little League 2-Saints 2 lost to Glenelg 8

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 15th of November, 2010 21:38:48 ::..

Newsletter 08/11/10

Further to the Election Special Newsletter last week, please remember that votes need to be received before 5 pm this Friday which effectively means you only have a couple of days left to get your vote completed. You can get a run down on the candidates by visiting our Election pages. I read in the paper late last week, that participation in voting in the Council elections was at an all time low, so please make the effort to put your vote in!

Well done to Lewis Townsend for his first A Grade start this weekend. You have a great future with our club!

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:
Ord Minnet  Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd and Ace Panel Systems  Lion Nathan  Sports in Focus  Bulls Baseball Club  Easton  Brooks
Silver Sponsors:
Food And Beverage Australia Limited Freshwater Systems National Tool Distributors  Wendy's Burnside
Bronze Sponsors:
Force Access Hattam McCarthy Reeves Mastertax Austral Insulation


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

Game 1- Sturt 8 defeated Adelaide 1

An outstanding effort to jump out of the blocks and knock off the Angels in Game 1 of the double header. Milly and Tom Becker took care of things on the hill and Dane Adkins and Daniel Turner led the way offensively. This was a fairly clinical performance and very pleasing to watch.

Hits - Turner 2, Adkins 3 (HR), Lee 2, Brebner-Russ, Watts (HR), Brice, Fox

Game 2- Sturt 3 lost to Adelaide 6

Congratulations to Lewis Townsend who got the start on the mound for his first A grade appearance. Lewis has proved to all of us he is more than capable at this level and we look forward to seeing his development in the years to come. Another pleasing note in this game was the first pitching performance of Tom Brice. The big fella has been itching to jump on the mound and he put his best foot forward, closing the final 5 innings out in good style.

Offensively we never got going. Although we picked up 11 hits, we never got the hit that mattered which was the difference between this game and game one. Pleasingly we never threw in the towel and made every out count right until the last play of the day. The import pitcher from Adelaide threw a complete game for the win against us and sometimes you just have to tip your hat to the opposition and acknowledge they played better on the day. We will still take a lot from the game and keep improving from here.

Hits - Fox 3, Brice 2 (HR), Carter 2, Lee, Holmes, Turner, Lee

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter) Sponsored by: Ord Minnett (Major Sponsor)

Sturt 12 defeated Adelaide 1

Sturt 11 defeated Adelaide 1 A danger game for us in many aspects. The need for a win to stay in the hunt of the top six and the loss of a few players due to under 18 commitments, this was a game that we could have dropped. Ben Packer did a fantastic job on the hill for us, shutting down the Adelaide hitting line up through 6 innings. Tom Teague then found some form and some heat to finish of the job. The hitting side of things was a different story, especially early. We struggled to adjust to the 'slower' pitching which created some average at bats. This is an aspect of our game that we need to improve in, as we will not get away with it against better opposition. However to the boys credit they stuck at it and we managed to string together hits late in the game to record a comfortable win. Special thanks to Michael Robinson and Ryan Mattschoss for making themselves available to play, especially Michael who doubled up from the div 3s on Saturday. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Lewis Townsend on his first A grade start. Lewis has been in great form for us and has been a great inclusion to the club. This is a great advertisement for 'hard work will be rewarded'.

Tom winter was the standout with 4 hits and certainly demonstrated how things should be done.

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

Sturt 15 defeated Golden Grove 10

Travelling out to Golden Grove you want to come home with a win under your belt and this time we managed to do it, winning 15-10. Josh Green came into the side for his first game of the year and showed the younger guys how to be a lead off with a 8 pitch lead off walk, stealing 2nd then ending up scoring, its great to have such experience at the top of the lineup. Cam Thorpe found some form with the bat hitting himself a hard hit double. Matt Mulryan was elevated to the 3 hole and he delivered 3-4 and his only out was a sac ground ball to move over a runner, great job Matt have to keep it going. Nick Tuffnell got his weekly hit and his outfield work was outstanding with 2 double plays from right field. Craig Wright 2-3 with a double and a walk is having an oustanding year with the bat. Michael Robinson collected himself 2 walks and a hit, Dakota Mitchell got himself a safe hit as well.

With our pitch selection being as good as it was on Saturday it was no wonder we had an 11 run innings which included 7 walks and 8 hits with 2 doubles .

Division 4 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Golden Grove 11 defeated Sturt 3

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small) Sponsored by: Ace Panel Systems (Major Sponsor)

Final Score 11 to 22 down

It was a perfect afternoon for baseball and the Sturt home ground was looking fantastic however it was not to be a fantastic game of baseball for us.

We started with Gibo on the mound and other than a HPB we had the three outs required with the first four batters. We were looking good after our first at bat with 4 runs across the plate and some nice hitting from Bones, Smally, Wulffy and Bear but this is were our game went to the dogs. We gave up 2 runs in the second, 4 in the third, 7 in the fourth, 6 in the fifth and 3 in the last with errors coming into our game and we were not playing good defensive baseball. Our pitchers Gibo and Bear were throwing strikes and the Tigers hit them both to the holes and to us to force some easy errors. At our second bat we had three up and down to some good fielding by the Tigers, in the third we managed 1 run from Wulffy when Spider hit to the outfield, in the fourth we had 2 runs in, the fifth we had 0 runs and in the last when the game was well and truly over we made 4 runs to make our score look a little better.

So this week we travel to Playford City and there will be nothing worse than driving all the way back with a lose so we need to get to bed early and be ready to get back on the winners circle.

Safe Hits: Wulffy 3 (2D), Spider 2 (1D), Smally 2 (2D), Bones 1, Wild Thing 1, Bear 1, Pop 1, Shrek 1, Gibo 1 & Ditsy 1

Under 18 (Coach: Ben Packer & Paul Holmes)

In what was a close encounter over 8 innings we went down 1-3 after a 1-0 scoreline for the middle part of the game. Dakota Mitchell pitched an excellent game throwing the entire 8 innings for a low pitch count and very high strike percentage and he really deserved a win for his efforts. Matt Franke put up his hand to catch when no one else wanted the job and considering he hadn't caught for 4 years did an outstanding job. Jordan Wayne made some good attacking plays from third and Sam Hollis made the plays and stretches at first when it counted. Harrison Lightbody struck the ball well, Matt hit in our only run and poor little Jess Lemon copped a pitch on the elbow that restricted him from swinging the bat at the deathknock but showed great courage to have a crack as we had no reserves. Thanks to the U16's who filled in admirably.

Under 16/1 Sturt (Coach: Darren French)

STURT 6 lost WEST TORRENS 8

The scoreline reflects the way our boys played the game. Its makes it very hard to get the desired result when everybody isn't switched on and turn up 100% fully committed.

Sam Roberts and Shaun Wright did a good job for us, and if we got the bats going a little earlier things may have ended a little differently, it must be said their pitcher did well and got of to a good start.

Harrison Lightbody flew the flag for us in the batters box picking up two good hits generating a positive vibe on the bench.

With Sam, Shaun, Henry, Max, and Sam D all picking up singles.

Encouraged by the way we finished off the game, and would expect to start this week in the same manner.

Under 16/2 Sturt (Coach: Greg Milburn)

Sturt 10 defeated Goodwood 2

The boys started the game aggressively with the bat putting us 6 runs up in the first forcing Goodwood to chase a growing target throughout the game. Our outfield had a good workout taking some great catches thanks Rupert, Sam and Max.

Infield work from Henry and Ryan kept their heads down, with solid pitching performances from Tinny and Max backed by an errorless field gave us the final result in the face of very good pitching from the opposition Thanks to Max, Tinny and Will

Under 14/1 Sturt Coach (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Sturt 12 Def Adelaide 5

Today we got the job done and went home with the win. We only posted 4 hits to their 7 ;but we also received 8 walk and 1 Hit batter from Adelaide's pitchers where our pitchers only gave up 2 walks. Today Zach Lunnon started and throw three very solid digs giving the ball to his field and forcing the batters to swing the bat. Defensively their was many basic out made but still a few little errors we need to ween out, highlight in the field was a great line drive catch by Sam Cav, Jordan caught a runner stealing second which was a great effort by the pitcher and catcher as this boy is one of the fastest base runners in the league. My favourite a ball hit to right field with an Adelaide runner on first who takes of fast looking for third, Henry Wood field the ball cleanly and throws a perfect ball to the his cut-off Stuart Brennan who in turn throws to Sam Cav at third and tags the runner out. I like this one so much as we have been training hard to hit the cut-off and execute your part of the play. Mitch Lightbody relieved Zach and as always throw a solid two dig, Mitch keep working on your rhythm. Offensively Max Walker registered two hits showing his power and putting the ball pass the cones on the ground with no problems. Zach L and Stuart B registered a hit each. base running was more aggressive today but i still see guys looking at the play and cantering up the line rather than really pushing hard and forcing those extra bases. Good job by all see; ya at training.

Under U14/2 Sturt - (Coach: Jamie Bishop)

Sturt 7 lost to Adelaide 12

The boys were ready to go right on warm up time and looked sharp! We jumped out well in the first with Ty drawing a walk and then Will slapping a solid 2 bagger – pushing the steals and getting around for 2 runs in.

RJ then took the mound and with Will catching threw well to challenge their strong hitting - with a good out at home and a well played 1-3, we stopped them for 1 run… 2 to 1 up and we knew we had a game on our hands!

Top 2nd and Stewie worked hard to earn a walk, before Evan got hit in the foot to also get on – and then Ty hit a solid shot to left, RJ then punched safely to centre, Will smacked to left, and then Dan hit to right field! 3 runs in before they then stopped us with solid pitching. 7 -1 up!

RJ took to the hill and K’d the 1st batter… but then 2 walks and a catcher’s interference followed by a dropped 3rd strike allowed them to load up… and then a good opposite field 3 bagger and a couple more hits and they got in 7 runs for a mercy…8-7 down in the bottom of the 2nd.

Their new pitcher then walked the 1st and then k’d the next 3 (having already pitched for the div 1 team earlier that day) …. we then went to Tommy, but his radar was off, and walks and a hit allowed 1 in before we switched to Stewie who did well with 11 pitches to stop them… but not before 4 more had come in… 12-7 down

We had one more innings but could not wake up the bats and despite Will’s efforts at stealing after being walked, we could only got one in and then time was called and scores reverted to 12-7.

A tough team we will beat next time with a more positive attitude all the way thru the game… a few calls didn’t go our way and a few hits from them should not cause us to drop our heads!

Team: Reuben Bishop (1 from 3), Tommy Bishop (0 from 1+ 1 walk 1 HPB), Fraser Crameri (injured), Stewart Gardiner (0 from 0 +2 walks), Damon Gray (0 from 2), William Hill (2 from 2 (1 dbl) + walk), Daniel Ortiz (1 from 2+ walk), Tyson Ottaway (1 from 2 + walk), Angus Read (0 from 1), Evan Taylor (0 from 1 + HPB), MacKenzie Cross (0 from 3)

Under U14/2 Saints - (Coach: John McClure)

U14/2 Goodwood 13 defeated Saints 8

On a pleasant mainly sunny afternoon at Mortlock Park the lads, coming off a close win the week before, warmed up beautifully, moved confidently and maybe just maybe were starting to look the goods. Looks can be deceiving and after a sluggish start where we found ourselves bottom of the second down 8-1 and with our pants well around our ankles. However, to the lads credit they could have rolled over and said “too hard” but they dug in, rallied and kept coming to finish 13-8 against Goodwood’s only U14 team.

The lads struggled in the first two digs at bat with just a single hit, a couple of walks and just the one run against a very accurate and quick Indian pitcher. It was starting to look like a case of déjà vu as in the first round with a possible rout on our hands. Goodwood hit well against an accurate Jack Dawson and we were unable to take advantage of the few opportunities that were offered.

The third dig began with Max Staggs forsaking catching duties and having his first pitch of the season. Max took control with a phenomenally accurate display of well paced pitching. Max threw 70% of his 59 pitches in the strike zone creating many opportunities, some we cleaned up nicely and some we butchered but giving us the opportunity to match Goodwood for the rest of the game showing that we can do it but that we need to do it more often if we are to beat the good teams.

Other highlights of the days play included –

  • JJ Banyai-Haar’s big tonk into RF where he was unluckily caught by a hanging basket Hail Mary special. Might be a touch of irony in that. Also had a nice RBI, imagine what he could do if he practiced

  • Arno Norrito’s play at catcher. Not much got past him, excellent high foul catch behind the plate and a couple of very smart pick offs. Two hits for two at bats made for a very good day indeed

  • Brandon Weber’s first hit of the season with a lovely drive into right field to have the stands cheering. Also won the biggest smile award

  • The ten dollar Grand Slam offer that had the budding capitalists thinking

  • The season’s first double play between first and home

  • Max picking off the runner on third with what finished up looking like a half Nelson. Revenge of the Fly.

  • Krystina Sutherland’s very unselfish mother duck act

After 4 rounds and with a bye next week we finish our first block of games 1-3. The amount of improvement, enthusiasm, team spirit and willingness to listen has been very pleasing. Every player has moved up a notch and if we continue in this vain we should be in for a good season. The support of a very good crowd of parents and family is much appreciated by the team.

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach: Glenn Young & Jamie Knuckey)

After a week of much hype, anticipation and expectation the boys arrived to a top of the table clash at West Torrens. Surprisingly we were a little flat in the warm up but started the game well with Thomas on the mound throwing some good pitches. After a short time West Torrens were 2 up, 2 down and with a small amount of luck a fly ball foul near first could have been caught and retired the side. Unfortunately it went out of bounds, they got a couple of good hits and we eventually sat them down 1 run behind. Our at bat started well with the first few boys getting to first on balls. After we watched a number of strikes go by, then swung at some high pitches we were in the dug out 1 run down. We matched them again in the second innings and scored two runs to be 1 up with Thomas again throwing well.

As the match progressed into the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings we allowed West Torrens to overpower us. The highlights for the day were few but as a team we learnt a lot of lessons. West Torrens showed us how to play baseball as a team today - they fielded well, knew the play with each pitch, and worked together. The batting was disciplined and when they swung at a pitch they swung hard wanting to make contact. The base running was spontaneous and they made good decisions. Interestingly, these are all the qualities we have seen regularly in our playing group. Today we were beaten by a better team. Our spirit was missing from the start, our heads were down yet we matched them for the first two innings despite not playing our best. The boys now know the skill level, intensity, and desire they need to aim for to succeed. We must remember this for next time - if we play our best and believe in ourselves we can show them how we play baseball.

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Rick Mitchell & Stuart Crutchley)

Little League 2-Sturt 9 defeated Glenelg 4

The boys played very well on the weekend beating Glenelg 9-4. Matan Cohen had another great game starting off with a nicely hit double which scored 2 runs and he also did the job for us on the hill keeping the opposition scoreless.Oliver Crutchley collected himself a safe hit and did a fantastic job behind the dish showing everyone what a good little catcher he is becoming .Bryce Terry got his 1st double base hit . Gavin Barrett also collected himself his 1st double base hit both boys are really improving well with their hitting.Hugo Dahle -Flight came to pitch the 2nd and did a fantastic job again , he was very good in the field making a couple of good plays at short stop.Cooper Bailey again got himself a safe hit and as each week goes by he keeps improving. Dayton came into the game and smashes a line drive to right for a double keeping his batting ave at 1.000 for the year then came on to pitch the last and did a great job pitching to 4 batters for his 3 outs. All the boys are improving each week and are doing a great job, keep it going .

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Mitchell Knuckey)

Goodwood 12 defeated Little League 2-Saints 9

On the weekend the Sturt Little League 2 Saints played Goodwood at Goodwood. The boys played well, and despite a 9-12 loss, I thought that our last batting inning was the best that we've had so far. The standout of the game was Reed Stewart who hit a three run homerun, as well as pitching well in the first inning. Special mention also goes to Eli Eggleston, who caught well all game, as well as a good safe hit in the last inning. The other pitchers were Austin Mclure and Elliot Ridgeway, who pitched well in the second and third inning respectively. All in all, it was a good effort, and I hope to see some more good baseball next week against Glenelg.

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 8th of November, 2010 21:48:53 ::..

Redraw for Under 16/1 and Under 16/2 Competition

Please be advised that due to Northern Districts withdrawing their team from the U16(2) Dave Mundy League - both U16(1) & (2) divisions have been redrawn.

The Under 16(1) Greg Elkson League will contain 8 teams - Sturt, Southern Districts, GGCD, Glenelg, West Torrens, Woodville, East Torrens and Port Adelaide.

The Under 16(2) Dave Mundy League will contain 5 teams - Adelaide, Kensington, Sturt, Henley & Grange and Goodwood Tigers.

The redraw has involved a significant number of changes to the schedule so you will need to either visit the Sturt website and view the new schedule by going to the top menu and clicking on teams>juniors>schedules and then selecting with U16/1 Sturt or U16/2 Sturt. If your mobile phone has internet access you can visit Saints Mobile for the new game schedule. Saints Mobile can be accessed by simply typing in http://www.sturtbaseballclub.org.au/ into your phone.

..:: message posted on Wednesday the 3rd of November, 2010 21:02:10 ::..

Newsletter 01/11/10

I write to you this week with a major focus on the current Council elections. All households would now have received voting slips and these need to be completed by Friday 12 th November at 5 pm. A number of our members have approached me and other members of the Senior Committee asking for advice on how they should vote, given the previous issues we have had with Mitcham Council in relation to our ongoing use of Norman Reserve.

As most of you are aware our lease has been extended through to April 2012.

As the Sturt Baseball Club is not aligned to any particular candidate the Senior Committee decided the best thing to do would be to write to all of the candidates standing for election and ask them the following question:

What is your position on the playing of senior baseball at Norman Reserve, Mitcham?

I have set up a special Election 2010 webpage where you can read more details and also read the responses from the candidates so far. If the candidate for your Ward is yet to respond you can contact them and ask them the same question or check back later in the week as more responses are coming in to us all of the time. There is also a link on the front page of the website for your future reference. I encourage the other candidates to supply a response to the question and the website will be updated accordingly with their response.

The Sturt Baseball Club wishes all candidates all the best in the forthcoming election and is very positive about working with whomever is elected.

I have recently updated our Photo Gallery and you will see some great photos on the front page of the website from when the Bite trained at Sturt on the previous Sunday. Thanks to Jeff Nicholas for taking the photos. Jeff's work on not only the photos but the videos for the players is of immeasurable assistance.

I would also like to offer a belated thanks to one of our junior parents Jo Wright who volunteered to clean the clubrooms before the start of the season. Your willingness to volunteer is greatly appreciated.

I would also like to thank our Silver Sponsor Karen Tindall for providing those delicious donuts and also for the hot dogs which are now available each week from the bar! In addition, the bar is now able to offer a nice cup of coffee which I understand is in high demand for the early junior games that are played at 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:
Ord Minnet  Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd and Ace Panel Systems  Lion Nathan  Sports in Focus  Bulls Baseball Club  Easton  Brooks
Silver Sponsors:
Food And Beverage Australia Limited Freshwater Systems National Tool Distributors  Wendy's Burnside
Bronze Sponsors:
Force Access Hattam McCarthy Reeves Mastertax Austral Insulation


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

Sturt 5 lost to Glenelg 6
A memorable game that went down to the wire. Unfortunately we didn't come out on top but there a number of positives to take from the day which will stand us in good stead for the rest of the season.

Milly and Becker did a great job against a tough hitting line up and I am sure they learnt a lot from the outing to keep in mind for next time we face the Bays. I have not seen a better A grade debut game than the one I witnessed on the weekend. Dave Nicholas, went three for three with a walk and took care of things at left field well. Hard work does pay off - output reflects input- congratulations Dave, this is reflects the amount of hard work you done during the last 6 months.

Yet another notable performance came from Jackson Brebner Russ behind the dish.

Welcome to Travis Fox for his first game in Sturt colours and he had a day out with 3 crucial hits as well. Wattsy enjoyed another good day with the bat and remains on fire in the opening rounds.

Double Header back at Sturt this Sunday - we must jump back on the winners list straight away this weekend.

Hits - Watts 3 (HR), Fox 3 (HR), Nicholas 3, Brebner Russ 2, Holmes.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter) Sponsored by: Ord Minnett (Major Sponsor)

Glenelg 6 defeated Sturt 2
With a few players unavailable and Glenelg pitching one of their usual Division 1 starters, this game was always going to be a challenge. We started positively with early runs and good fielding, however Glenelg's relentless pressure saw them overtake us late in the game.

Lewis Townsend for the second week running was sensational on the hill, giving up only 3 runs in 6 innings against a solid hitting line up.

With the start of Div 1 'double headers' this weekend, Lewis' form will defiantly have him in the mix for his first A grade appearance. Our fielding especially through the first 6 innings was faultless in particular Will Frogley at third. Will made some exceptional plays which kept us in the game. We struggled throughout with the bat, against some quality pitching, only managing to pick up 4 safe hits and score 2 runs.

Although a loss, this was a very positive game for us. To be able to match it with a top side, with players out and against A grade pitching was very pleasing. If we can take this into next week's game against Adelaide, I'm positive we will come away with a win.

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

Sturt 6 drew with Henley and Grange 6
I think the post match celebrations by the opposing team for a draw sums it all up.

This was a game we should've won if we want to be taken seriously this year. The final score flattered us in the end with a 6 all draw.If players in div 3 are pushing for a spot in div2 they are going about it all wrong , basic errors and dumbass baseball is not going to get you there. (Sorry , now that that is off my chest ) With 3 runs only scored in the first 4 digs it took a 16 yr old to get us started , Dakota got himself a safe hit then stole the next 2 bases then went on to score , we went on to score 3 runs in the 5th to put us 1 up til the 6th when H&G went on to tie the game up in the last.

Hits went to Cam Thorpe , Dakota Mitchell & Craig Wright . Pete Turner backed up after playing 4s earlier and chimed in with a 2 bagger. Michael Robinson had great day in the box collecting 2 hits from 3 at bats .Thanx to Brian McGuinness who raced down from the Bay after playing 2s and got himself a hit .

Thanx to Pete Turner and Brian McGuinness for their commitment.

Division 4 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Henley & Grange 10 d Sturt 0

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small) Sponsored by: Ace Panel Systems (Major Sponsor)

Sturt 15 defeated Henley and Grange 7
We had another drive over to the other side of town again this week and while driving down it looked like play was not going to happen because of the weather. After driving for the hour and with it still raining with only 30 minutes to game time we all stood on the side of the road and talked about our week. 25 minutes to game time rain stops and never returns for the whole game, the wind however hung around.

First innings and we welcomed Bones (Glen McDonald) to the Div 6 side by making him first up to bat, he ends up with a walk and then scores the first run for the day, by the end of our first at bat we had 4 runs on the board. Into the field we go and we start with Rocket (Ron Taylor) on the mound, he walks the first batter and it looks like we will have a game on our hands. The second batter is K2ed and thrown out by the Doc (Glenn Young) after he dropped the third strike. The first batter who had stolen second was looking to do the same to third but with a quick call from our first baseman Smally (Chris Small) to Rocket to step off we had the run out with a run down play. The final out for the innings was from Bones, so at the top of the second the score was 4-0. We managed one more in the second and gave up two for a 5-2 score line going into the third. This is where we made our move and opened the game up with 7 runs for the innings mercy rule and held them scoreless for a 12-2 lead. We then gave the ball to the Wild Thing (Norm Sluga) and he took the mound, Rocket came out of the game and Trent Small came in, unfortunately the Wild Thing was struggling on the mound and gave up two in the fourth innings and struggled again in the fifth before telling the coach time to take him of the mound. With bases loaded and only one out the coach decided to put himself on the mound to get the last two outs, with a hit and a walk they had scored three before a great play from the Rat (Rick Trembath) to turn a double play to end the game.

The final score was 15-7.
We had two run down plays for the game and the second one coming from a fantastic throw from Shrek (Ben Coyler) from left field to trap the runner trying to score from second.
Again we were assisted by H&G making some errors in the field while we were again solid.
Our batting was again good by most with only myself and the Rat not getting a safe hit, the Rat however after being hit by pitched balls twice last week was again hit this week he seems to be a ball magnet at the moment. Doc had a lovely long hit to the outfield turn into a single and ask Doc he will tell you it was Wulffy's running from second to third that turned it into a single. Wulffy and Doc had a double for the day. H&G had no home run fence or cones so we had to run everything out.
The best thing about the last two games is the fun and laughter we are all having while enjoying the game of baseball and at our age that is the most important thing to do.
Safe Hits 3 to Doc (1 double), 2 each to Pop (mark Burns),Wulffy (1 double), 1 each to Bones, Shrek, Wild Thing, Rocket and Trent Small

Under 18 (Coach: Ben Packer & Paul Holmes)

Sturt 14 defeated Golden Grove 2
Despite the cold and wintery weather the boys rocked out to Golden Grove high spirited and ready for the challenge ahead. Great attitude....

Dakota Mitchell starred on the hill yet again dominating the young hitters with a powering fastball and great offspeed, which resulted in 9 strikeouts 4 hits and 2 runs over a healthy 4 innings.

Jordan Wayne picked up where 'D' left off with 2 solid innings on the hill, fanning a couple of hitters with a filthy curveball. Great effort after having not pitched in 12 months due to injuries, keep it up champ!

Behind the pitching was a very solid field led by Matty Macbeth. Matt is a fantastic catcher, infielder, outfielder, you name it he can do it. His energetic, can do attitude is infectious and it rubs off on everyone he meets and is a real credit to such a young man. Though his hitting and fielding is always solid, his baserunning this week was great, taking every opportunity for that extra base. Most impressive!

The lads hit good quality pitching from 1 to 9, with everyone picking up a safe hit, or 2 in some cases, or some even 3! Keep swinging the bats well at training and this will be a regular occurrence. Special mention must go out to Sam Roberts who for the last 3 weeks has played up in the 18's picking up a fantastic 6 for 10 showing that the game really doesn't know how old you are.

All in all the boys played a great game of baseball from start to finish which shows in the final score of 14-2. Keep up the great work!

Hits - Hollis, Roberts 3, Holt, Townsend, Franke 2, Lemon, Macbeth, Mitchell, Wayne 1.

Under 16/1 Sturt (Coach: Darren French)

Sturt 14 def West Torrens 4
The guys switched on from the very first pitch. Which was great to see in an away game. We set the flow of the game with an aggressive five run innings in the first.
Matt Franke started the pitching off for us with a solid effort pitching four digs and five strikeouts for the day. Sam Roberts was our reliever finishing off the last giving up no hits.
We hit pretty well with Jayden Trembath picking up two hits, Sam a triple and a good double by Harrison Lightbody at an important stage of the game.
Our attack on base was great to see, taking advantage of a few pass balls, with a total of 11 stolen bases with Josh Tindall leading the way. First baseman Max Guehrer was confident all day making some great plays.
Overall a good effort with room for improvement and plenty still to work on at training.
Special thanks to Henry Brennan who went a did a good job for U/16 div 2.
HITS: Jayden Trembath 2; Sam Roberts, Harrison Lightbody, Shea Clark 1.

Under 16/2 Sturt (Coach: Greg Milburn)

Sturt 18 defeated Goodwood 3

Under 14/1 Sturt Coach (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Sturt 19 def East Torrens 6
We achieved our goal today and scored a run in every dig, this will remain our short term goal each game. Today we started some players in positions they have not played yet and all did a really good job. Matt Amberg made some solid plays at third, Brodie and Henry both caught well and Zach E played well at First base. This just shows the depth we have in this side. Offensively we also batted very well with nearly all getting safe hits for the day, Matt A had a great day with the bat taking home 4 RBI's and two hits. The overall stand out for the day was Charlie Goldsworthy he Led off the batting line up taking home 3 hits from 3 at bats, he started the game as pitcher and gassed the ET boys away and then showed real skill catching a hard line drive back to him on the mound and then doubled up with the throw to first base, great day Charlie. Brodie Macbeth once again was solid on the mound really baffling the ET batters with his change up, and Zach E finished the last dig solid pitching very well. Guys we are really starting to bond as a team and i am very happy to see you all looking after each other; but make sure we don't get ahead of ourselves, we still have lots to work on and plenty of room to improve our baseball over the season.

Under U14/2 Sturt - (Coach: Jamie Bishop)

Sturt 13 defeated Southern Districts 4
Another treat of a day - and the splendor of a perfect home ground at Sturt. The boys bounced out for the 1st dig and the battery of Fraser on the hill to Ty didn't disappoint… 2 k2'S and a put out to 1st with only 1 walk stopped them cold. Will then led the charge - hits to him, RJ, Fraser, Ty and a dbl to Gus coupled with walks to the others saw us mercy the 1st innings for 7 runs. In the second Fraser battled to find the zone and couldn't quite find the 3rd out - 3 runs got in before RJ came onto close the innings with a K2. Our bats found the fielders in the 2nd dig with 3 up 3 down.. but then RJ replied with 3 K2's in the top of the 3rd to stop any comeback aspirations they may have had.

Bottom 3rd and Dan came onto to draw a walk… Tommy then snapped a nice safe hit to left and Stew one to right… but they stopped us for only 2 runs in. Top 4th and RJ gave up a walk and 2 dribble hits got a run in before he stopped them with his 6th strike out in 2+1/3 innings. The boys then got the bats going again - but 4 safe hits resulted in only 2 runs. Tommy then came onto close with authority before time was called. Great disciplined effort in the field and at the plate. Many thanks to Bruce Packer and all the parents - (Jo/Maureen, the score book is a work of art!)

Team: Reuben Bishop (2 from 3), Tommy Bishop (2 from 2 + walk), Fraser Crameri (2 from 3), Stewart Gardiner (1 from 1+2 walks), Damon Gray (2 from 3 + walk), William Hill (2 from 2 + walk), Daniel Ortiz (1 from 1+ walk), Tyson Ottaway (1 from 3), Angus Read (1 from 2 dbl + walk), Evan Taylor (0 from 2), MacKenzie Cross (1 walk)

Under U14/2 Saints - (Coach: John McClure)

U14/2 Hawks 14 lost to Saints 16
The mighty Saints prevail in an up and down 5 innings arm wrestle at a windswept and cold Southern Districts. With the smell of salt and the scent of victory in their nostrils the boys won through in a titanic struggle to win by 2 with a terrific team effort shut out last innings.

The game began with the lads scoring 3 for our best start so far. Ty Langford led off with yet another safe hit to get us going. Ty had a wonderful day with the bat hitting safely 3/3 + a walk to bring his average from the first 3 games to 0.55. Ryack began on the mound, conceded only a first inning single hit and run and took a blinder of a catch chasing a swirling high foul ball successfully to have the crowd roaring. Top of second 3-1

Our next dig saw another 4 runs added with a good display of hitting and base running, all of a sudden we're 7-1. Ryack continues pitching - two up two down, how good is this? And that's when the wheels fell off. A couple of hits, a couple of errors and the score's now 7 all. We can't afford to lose concentration, no one can.

The third innings saw the lads respond beautifully. 7 runs to put themselves in the best possible position. However, the Hawks came to play and with some good hitting and a couple of errors, scores are locked away yet again. 14-14. The fourth came and went with tight ball being played on both sides. Jack Dawkins commanded the mound with good controlled pitching throwing just 10 accurate pitches with the help of the field to keep us even on the scoreboard. 14-14

Last innings and the boys knew they were under the pump. They had to score to win. Hits to Ryack, Conor, Max, and Jack saw us get two home to lead by just those two, top of the 5th. The atmosphere was electric as bench and crowd got behind the closer Arno Norrito who prepared to pitch us onto victory. Backing up and support were the order of the day. With Arno putting the ball on the spot, Conor took charge at short stop and took out the batter with a good throw to first and caught a difficult high infield catch to put number 2 back in the dugout. Arno cleaned up the last batter and we were home by two.

Nice to get a win and commiserations to the Hawks as it could have gone either way. Very pleasing to see the lads with their collective tails up. Talk and encouragement was good as well. Some of the backing up efforts today were very pleasing to see and it's the one percenters that are the difference between an average team and a good team. Enjoy the win but to win consistently we have to show what we are capable for the entire game. Again for the third week we leaked two big innings scores and this time we were lucky to get away with it.

Max was again terrific behind the plate, Alex backed up well at Right field, Ethan had good plays at third, Brandon got home twice, Arno and Jack were faultless at first and both pitched well. All in all it was a good team effort and there's nothing like a win for morale.

Hits - Ty 3, Ryack 3, Max 3, Jack 2, Conor 2.

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach: Glenn Young & Jamie Knuckey)

Sturt 15 defeated Adelaide 5
Week 3 and what happened to Baseball being a summer sport - it was freezing at Adelaide baseball club. The coaching team new it was going to be a good day when the boys took themselves off unprompted for the warm up run and stretch - good job team. The opening at bat reflected the story of the day. Fairly benign pitching, a good number of walks and some aggressive hitting saw us get the maximum 5 runs. The highlight of the day as far as the batting went was two inside home runs from Harrison - two many RBI's to calculate! Jamie D got his best hit for the season with a triple to right field. Thomas also had a good day with the bat with three safe hits. The rest of the team showed good pitch judgement with many getting on base courtesy of base on balls. We do need to be aware of taking the chance to hit strikes when we see them - at this stage they sometimes do not come along all that often. For a game that was decided fairly early on the concentration in the field was excellent. Simon's play with a clean pick up and accurate throw to get the first put out of the game (5 to3) set the tone for the fielding. It seems the boys are getting the concept of knowing the play before the ball is pitched and supporting each other in the field. We were only metres short of a double play with Jamie L playing an underhand flick to Sam at second and Sam instantly looking for the double play to first. The pitching crew was in excellent form, Nik throwing three innings without giving up a run, Jack throwing solidly and with good pace and Nick E finishing off for us, wrapping up the game with a good first performance on the mound. So far none of our pitchers have gone anywhere near their pitch counts and are throwing excellent strike to ball ratios. Keep it up. Next week will be our test coming up against West Torrens who always put a good team on the diamond.

Hits Knuckey 3 (2 HR), O'Connell 3, Dayman 1 (triple), Sas 1 (double), Adkins 1,

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Rick Mitchell & Stuart Crutchley)

Goodwood 7 defeated Sturt 5
What a great game and of high standard for a div 2 game.We ended up going down in the end 7-5.With familiar names like Coxon, Crutchley and Doyles playing it was next gen coming through.Dayton Mitchell was outstanding pitching the first dig very well then going 2-2 in the box ( 1 triple and 1 double).Oliver Crutchley had his first pitch of the year and he to did a great job.Hugo Dahlen-Flight came in to pitch the final dig and pitched to only 4 batters for his 3 outs , great effort.It was a difficult day in the box as it was dominated by walks and passed balls and when we hit the ball it went straight to the fielder for an easy out , we need to be weary of our strike zones as at times we were swinging at pitches over our heads and balls bouncing in front of the plates, but these are thing we can learn and improve on. The boys all tried hard but it just wasn't our day . Keep going guys you all are doing a great job.

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Mitchell Knuckey)

Kensington 15 defeated Little League 2-Saints 8

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..:: message posted on Monday the 1st of November, 2010 22:24:42 ::..

Newsletter 25/10/10

Another good win for our Division 1 side at home on Sunday with 3 wins out of 3 starts has been a great start! Before the Division 1 game Martin Hamilton Smith the Member for Waite presented me with a cheque for $10,000 following our successful application to the Active Club Grant Program. These funds will be used to purchase two pitching machines for our club, which will provide valued assistance for our coaches!

It is with regret I advice you of the passing of Peter Lovett who was one of Sturt's great players in the 1940's & 50's. Peter , small in stature & slightly built was an A Grade pitcher & shortstop with an excellent arm ; he represented SA against VIC in Melbourne beating them in a 3 hit performance . He played in our very strong Night Baseball competition from 1952-1957 for the successful Sturt Tigers ( retiring 1957 ).

Peter was a successful A grade Cricketer for Sturt as a wicketkeeper retiring after 1961 -1962 season. He went on to become Club Treasurer for 25 years !

A Life Member of the cricket club .

In Sept 2000 he was awarded the Australian Sports Medal . The Sturt Baseball Club extends sympathy to his wife of 56 years Pauline & daughter Julie.

I also am sorry to advise you of the passing of Peter Tavener who died on 18 October 2010 at the age of 65 years. Peter was a member of the Sturt Baseball Club from about the age of 15 in 1960 until he did two years National Service. Following that he rejoined the Club until he was married in 1969. Peter played baseball in the lower grades during these years. The Club passes on its condolences to his family particularly Brian who is well known to many of you at the club.

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

Sturt 12 defeated Souths 2



In a comprehensive display from all players, this was an excellent result in front of the home crowd. Once again, Paul Mildren and Tom Becker took care of things on the mound. Paul was a little bit off his best due to a couple of factors but his professionalism and work ethic made sure he worked through and got the result for us.

Offensively we prepared to get the side armer all week and came out firing in the first, scoring three runs. This set the tone for the day and finished the job off in two hours for the mercy rule. Special mentions go to Ali Young who came up with a couple of big hits for RBIs; Jackson Brebner Russ is doing a fantastic job behind the plate catching to a couple of the best pitchers in the State and his hitting continues to improve week by week; Dave Carter broke out with a good day with the stick as he finds his groove.

Looking forward to our next game as we have Glenelg down at Glenelg. The boys should be excited about challenges like this. Games like this is why we play.

Hits - Brice 3, Watts 2, Carter 2, Young 2, Turner, Brebner Russ, Lee.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter) Sponsored by: Ord Minnett (Major Sponsor)

Sturt 5 d Southern Districts 1

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

A disappointing end to what was a very tight close game with nothing given by either side with Goodwood leading 1 -0 into the 6th dig , then, the wheels fell off , we forgot basic baseball and missed signals which is all that a team like Goodwood needs to jump ahead . The final score 6-0. Credit to our boys in the field we were solid all day bar one inning . With only 4 hits in 8 digs there wasn't to much to report offensively Sam Hollis and Brian McGuinness both collecting a hit each and Ryan Mattschoss was the stand out getting himself 2 safe hits.

A team like Goodwood and their experience showed us what it takes to play off in finals, which is our goal. Their discipline in the box was outstanding , their situation hitting is what we missed, it is all about taking our opportunities when presented as limited as they were we needed to take everything presented but we failed to do so. Hopefully this was a great learning opportunity for some of our boys. On to next week.

Division 4 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Glenelg 20 defeated Sturt 0

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small) Sponsored by: Ace Panel Systems (Major Sponsor)

Sturt 15 d Northern Districts 3

Well it is a long drive out to Northern Districts and even a longer drive back if you lose and after one week of games Northern Districts were sitting top of the table. I am happy to say that the drive home was very pleasant after giving ND a little touch up with the final score being 15-3. We had our new recruit Jake Gibson play his first game after a few years away from baseball and we expected big things from him, so I put the pressure on and made him lead of the batting what a mistake he skied the first one straight up and easy catch for the pitcher for the first out, so to try and redeem himself I put the ball in his hand and sent him to the mound. He throw three innings and allowed the three runs in. He will need a lot of work at training to get his rhythm back. At the end of the first the score was still 0-0. Into the second and we started hitting the ball and to our luck they made a lot of errors in the field to help us out, by the end of our bat we had scored 6 runs and we were able to held them scoreless in the second. In the third they made their three runs and we added 7 more. In the fourth we had another 2 runs and then went with Norm on the mound for the final 3 up and 3 down. We had 11 walks and 4 HPB with only 7 safe hits but we came away with the win. Good hit out for our second game with our batting improving from the first week as we became more selective with our pitches and we were again solid in the field.

Safe Hits Day 3 , Trembath 2 (1Triple), Young and Gibson 1each

Under 18 (Coach: Ben Packer & Paul Holmes)

Sturt 18 defeated Henley and Grange 7

Under 16/1 Sturt (Coach: Darren French)

Sturt 14 defeated Pt Adelaide 5

The first dig saw us shut them down with Sean doing a good job on the mound.
Our lead off batters did their job finishing the innings with 4 runs.
In the 2nd and 3rd innings our pitch selection was not as good as we would have liked and we only managed 1 run.
Sam Roberts came to the mound in the 4th and only gave up 1 run in the last 2 digs consistently hitting the spots called by Harrison.
Our base running became more aggressive but the end result was assisted by the oppositions struggling pitchers.
All round a pretty good effort picking up our 2nd win of the season. We have a very talented squad, and with some solid training over the next few weeks, I'm sure we can be a super competitive team.
Thanks to Mitchell L and Sam C for helping with the numbers to start the match.
Hits- Matt Franke, Harrison Lightbody- 2, Sam Roberts , Jayden Trembath- 1

Under 16/2 Sturt (Coach: Greg Milburn)

U16/2 vs Henley and Grange: Sturt 23 Henley and Grange 2

Sturt 22 defeated -H/Grange 2

The boys all came with a very confident approach and it showed in their performance, how easy is this coaching gig when you have players like this. Ryan our lead off took the pitcher and field to task and set the standard for all our boys and they did it well.

After the first warm up throw from our catcher Alex, nobody tried to steal until late in the game and he was thrown out three feet short of second well done, Errol played a great game in the infield with several outs, Lewis a solid performance on first. The rest of the boys didn't see much action in the field but made up for it with the bat.

We have started the season with six regular players and thanks Max, Tinny, Henry and their parents for helping out.

The scoreline does not reflect our dominance. Three mercies were called at seven runs instead of nine, robbing us of six runs and we played doggo in the last which should not have been played. We are hoping for promotion to Div 1 after next week and on the evidence of today it would be justified. The boys played the game really well keeping up their concentration until the end. It was unfortunate we had to play the last which generated some ill-will from Henley and Grange - we did not intend to upset them. The archetypal "all played well" by us and good luck to Henley and Grange.

Under 14/1 Sturt Coach (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Sturt 6 Def Golden Grove 3

Today's game was a real close tussle both sides pitchers doing a great job. Zach Lunnon pitched 4 digs only giving up 2 hits and Mitchell Lightbody finished off the game throwing 3 digs and only giving up 1 hit for his outing. During the week we practised getting the ball to the catcher quicker giving the catchers more time to throw the runners out and it worked as we got two runners stealing, well done boys. Our fielding today was very solid with Sam Cav making some great plays at third, Charlie was solid at second and Brodie looked good at first base. The outfield didn't get much actions but i did notice the backing up boys, its the little things that makes a good ball team. Our hitting today was good with most getting a safe hit special mention to Matt Amber with a ripping double to the fence just when we needed it, good work Matt. But i thought the real difference was our base running, i asked all to run the bases aggressive and that's what we did. I am very happy with today's performance it was a solid team effort with plenty of hustle on and off the ground and we played the game right to the end. See you guys at training on Wednesday.

Hits: 1 - Charlie G; Sam C; Zach L; Max W; Jordan Mc; Mitchell L; Matt A

Under U14/2 Sturt - (Coach: Jamie Bishop)

Sturt 20 defeated Saints 6

Sturt U14 -2's had their first derby against the U14-2 Saints at home - the ground looked a picture thanks to all the hard work by Bruce, David and others!

The boys took control early with solid batting and brought in a couple to start - and then Tommy Bishop started on the hill for the first time this season and worked through 2 innings with a good effort that allowed only 2 runs.

Stew Gardiner then came on for 2 innings and kept things tight defensively with a good first performance, including a 3-up 3-down to start.

Tyson did a great job behind the plate in the 1st half and Dan then took over and did well. Solid at bats with good discipline kept the game comfortably in hand (with all 11 players scoring at least one run) and then Reuben closed out a comfortable first win. Doubles to Tommy, Gus, Damon and Fraser.

Team: Reuben Bishop, Tommy Bishop, Fraser Crameri, Stewart Gardiner, Damon Gray, William Hill, Daniel Ortiz, Tyson Ottaway, Angus Read, Evan Taylor, MacKenzie Cross.

Great atmosphere, great field, great weather… one of the good 'uns thankyou all!

Under U14/2 Saints - (Coach: John McClure)

Score 6-20
Offensively a much improved performance, but nowhere good enough to beat a determined Sturt in the home derby at beautiful Norman Reserve looking a picture on a corker of a day.
The game saw some terrific hitting from a few of our lads.

  • Alex Sutherland helped himself to his first competitive hits in junior baseball with two including a double deep into left field.

  • Conor McClure also collected two safe hits including a two base whopper to right field to continue his bright batting start to the season.

  • Ryack Parsons also collected two hits to build on his excellent start to what should be a bright batting season.

  • Worth mentioning was JJ Banyai-Haar's first hit of the season with a 30 metre "bunt" to nowhere to have the crowd on their feet as he looked like a startled gazelle finally running safely to first much to the delight of all.

Defensively we didn't match the improvement we made in offense. Several missed catches and poor fielding efforts cost us dearly.

  • Ethan Egglestone started on the mound and gave another good performance pitching consistently into the strike zone. He threw 61 pitches and gave himself and the field every opportunity for outs.

  • Alex making his first unassisted out at third, and immediately attempted a double to second. Good to see you're starting to get it.

  • Jack Dawson throwing a lovely ball from short to home for Max to make the putout in a tight contest for runner and catcher. Jack fielded well at short stop and will better for his first throw on the mound for the season.

  • Max Staggs and Arno Norrito both caught well and tried hard defending the plate.

However, the improvement does and will continue and each player performing at his best is definitely good enough to win games. With more match and practice time together the team will get better every week. It's a work in progress and I believe we have much to look forward to.
Many thanks to David Lee for his beautiful ground preparation.

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach: Glenn Young & Jamie Knuckey)

Our first home game and a beautiful morning for it. Goodwood was a nemesis for this team last year with a draw and narrow win against a team we should have beaten easily. We gave the ball to Thomas O'Connell to start his pitching for this season. Good teamwork by Cameron at SS and Nik Sas at first saw the first two batters out and then a nice fly ball catch by the other Nick saw three up, three out. Once again we started off challenging the pitchers to find the tiny strike zone of Sam and saw him on base with a good hit to left field. Hits by Nik and Cam along with a nice double by Thomas saw us one run up at the bottom of the first. Good pitching again by Thomas, another good catch by Nick E and a good field and out at first by the pitcher saw the Goodwood team not trouble the scoreboard. Although we got bat on ball in the second batting dig good fielding by the opposition held us again to a single run but still two runs up bottom 2.

Thomas came to the mound for his third and final innings and kept up the pitching seen in the first two digs. Although the opposition got some good hits away good fielding limited them to two runs. Thomas threw three innings for 38 pitches - 33 strikes. What an exceptional effort for a junior pitcher. Our next at bat saw us finally capitalise on our aggressive approach in the box and some wayward pitching from the Indians. A good hit from the pocket rocket Sam saw two RBI's and along with walks saw us score the maximum 5. Simon came to throw our fourth innings and did a great job for his first visit to the strip. Two K2's and a good field and throw to first saw Goodwood out and us 7-2 up with a bat to come. Bat on ball by Jamie D, Sam Bennetts and a nice triple by Cam (three RBI) saw another 5 run dig and game over. A comprehensive 12-2 win. Well done all and lets keep the ball rolling.

Score Sturt 12 - Goodwood 2. Hits Sam 1, Cameron 1, Thomas 1, Jamie D 1, Braydon 1

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Rick Mitchell & Stuart Crutchley)

We ventured up to Kensington and the boys did a fantastic job winning 11-8.We played 4 very good innings Aaron Wittert started on the hill and did a great job getting his 3 outs pitching to only 5 batters. Matan Cohen pitched the 2nd dig and to was fantastic he also pitched to only 5 hitters for his 3 outs , at this stage we had only given up 1 run in 2 digs.Tyrese Kimotho pitched the 3rd dig and like the 1st game did a wonderful job. To close the game out Hugo Dahlen-Flight pitched the last and he to did a great job. In the box our boys continually improve , they are starting to know their zones and pitch selection is improving.Hit of the day was a base clearing triple to Bradley Peters who smashed it to the fence at centre field, great hit. We had 4 doubles , which were all sensational hits, they went to Hugo Dahlen-Flight, Matam Cohen, Dayton (DJ) Mitchell and Bailey Gilbert . Cooper Gilbert whilst filling in for Kensington hit a line drive out to left field for his first ever hit.
Single base hits went to Aaron Wittert ,Oliver Crutchley , Elijah Randell and Gavin Barret, great hitting by all.
Oliver Crutchley was again outstanding as catcher , we also tried 2 more lads this week behind the dish and they to did an outstanding job ,well done to Gavin Barret and Bailey Gilbert.
Thankyou heaps to the 4 boys that filled in for the opposition on the weekend you each did a wonderful job.

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Mitchell Knuckey)

Bye

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..:: message posted on Monday the 25th of October, 2010 21:14:24 ::..

Fee Discount Extended!!

Thank you to everyone who has taken the opportunity to pay their fees before the first game!

As a special offer the Club is extending this opportunity to the end of this weekend!

This is great chance for you to get your fees paid at a reduced rate!

You can pay your fees online, by Direct Debit, EFTOS at Club or post a cheque to the Treasurer. Visit our Registration and Payment Centre for further details.

..:: message posted on Thursday the 21st of October, 2010 00:20:53 ::..

ETSA Adelaide Bite to train at Sturt on Saturday!

On Saturday morning 23 rd October between 9.30-11.30 the ETSA Adelaide Bite will be training at Norman Reserve!

We are delighted that the Bite will be training at our facility!

This is a rare opportunity to see the Bite train before the start of the season.

Games for the Bite are listed under Upcoming Events on the Sturt Website or you can visit Adelaide Bite for further information on the team!

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 19th of October, 2010 21:52:28 ::..

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