This week saw the commencement of Junior competition for the season together with the first hit outs for Divisions 3, 4 and 6.
Our Division One side had its second hit out with a great win against Woodville. This is the best start to the season for Division One in living memory so very well done to Tony and the boys! All that hard work in the preseason is paying off!!
Our Division 1 and 2 sides are home again on Sunday with Division 2 commencing at 12.30 pm and Division 1 commencing at 3 pm. I am delighted to advice that prior to the Division 1 game, our local Member of Parliament, Martin Hamilton Smith will be presenting us with a cheque for $10,000 on behalf of the South Australian Government's Active Club Grant. Our Club submitted a proposal through this scheme for two pitching machines which we have now ordered and all being well will be in Adelaide later this week!
I had the chance to drop down to watch our Division 3 side play on Saturday which resulted in a win against West Torrens. You can read the match report below but I have to say that given the Match Report is written by Rick Mitchell he is too modest to mention himself in the report. It would be remiss if we did not mention the fact that Rick pitched a great game for the Club. Well done Rick!
In other news I am very pleased to report that Sturt had 6 representatives in the Little League team that played in New Zealand with Kris McArdle as Assistant. Coach.
won their 2 games against the New Zealand Little League team convincingly in a double header on the 1st day after the boys only had about 4 hours sleep before because of the Virgin Flight delays and only narrowly losing 2 games to the NZ u14s with some really bad umpiring calls.
A reminder to our Senior Squad, Junior and Senior Coaches and Managers together with our Senior Committee that we will be having photos taken at the Club on Thursday night commencing at 7.00 pm by our Major Sponsor Sports in Focus. Players should bring their playing tops and managers and the Senior Committee should wear the Sturt Polo Top. Please make every effort to attend as it is great if we have a complete set of photos for our clubrooms and website.
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Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt) Sponsored by: Ord Minnett (Major Sponsor)
Sturt 3 defeated Woodville 2
Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter) Sponsored by: Ord Minnett (Major Sponsor)
In an excellent game of baseball, the Saints emerged victorious. Paul Mildren controlled proceedings very well from the mound and managed to get through 7 innings using only 72 pitches.
Facing an excellent young lefty, we knew we would have to put in some quality at bats and the boys responded very well. A standout for the day was Daniel Turner who racked up 4 hits and played some great defense as well. Everybody did there job when they had to. Daniel Lee clutched up with a matching winning hit to score the go ahead run, Jackson Brebner Russ fought his way to a full count to then hit a sac fly to centre field to tie the game up, Ali Young put down a great bunt to advance the runners. These are the little things that matter and winning games like this one will give the group a great sense of belief. Everything matters.
Tom Becker finished off the game in his authoritative fashion to cap off a quality day for the Saints.
Well done boys. Work hard. Remember the process.
Hits - Turner 4, Lee 2, Watts, Brebner Russ, Holmes.
Sturt Lost to Woodville 11-3
Division 3 (Coach: Rick Mitchell)Sponsored by:Hattam McCarthy Reeves Mastertax
The game started positively, with early hits, good pitching and solid fielding. However after leading 2-1 through the half way point of the game, every thing went a little sour. Poor baserunning, poor fielding and an inability to knock in runs saw us suffer a heavy defeat. Ben Packer once again was sensational on the hill, allowing only three hits and no earned runs. Ben however was let down by his field, which put a dampener on his solid performance. Tom Teague then finished of the game strongly. Again Tom Faehse and Jared Holland hit well, and were well supported by Jimmy Passmore who picked up three hits. Matt MacBeth once again played a strong game in the batters box and at second base. Matt has quickly adapted to senior baseball and will defiantly be a player to watch in the future.
With the depth of the senior squad and some strong performances in the div 3s on the weekend, some improvement is on the cards for many players.
Sturt 12 defeated West Torrens 7
Division 4 (Coach: Kris McArdle)
What a way to start the year with a good win against West Torrens, down there. Final score 12-7. We played a very consistent 7 innings scoring in all but 1 dig , which is exactly what we talked about doing at the start of the game.Craig Wright was a stand out in the box with 2 doubles and 2 walks for the day.
Ryan Mattschoss and Brian McGuinness did a fine job in the outfield and in the box both getting 2 hits each.
David Hirst played in his first 3s game for the club getting 2 walks and a safe hit , he also did an outstanding job behind the dish.
Cam Thorpe had a solid game at S.S and Michael Robinson was very good at second base at one stage had 5 outs in a row, both players collecting a hit each as did Matt Mulryan for his first div3 game .
Tom Winter made a cameo appearance on the hill holding West Torrens to zero runs in 2 innings he did a fine job, then Wrighty came in and closed it down for a dig , well done boys its great to have the quality of these 2 pitchers in Div3.
We have now shown what we are capable of now we need to put our heads down and get on with the job ahead of us.We have another test next week with Goodwood.So boys we need all the support we can get some come down Sat at home 3pm next Saturday.
Sturt 15 defeated West Torrens 9
Division 6 (Coach: Dean Franke) Sponsored by: Ace Panel Systems (Major Sponsor)
Always nice to start the season off with a win but not much better than a win over West Torrens. We set up the victory with some awesome batting in the second dig scoring 9 runs. Norm Slugger was just smashing the ball along with Pete Turner and Frenchy showing power with the bat. Pete Turner pitched well for three and Trevor Hendry went 2.5 with Norm finishing off in the last. Our bench looked like an AFL interchange with players coming on and off during the whole day, this was necessary as we had 15 players on the team list. We had it all today tumbling catch from Gools, Kingsley Turner forgot the box and yes you guessed it, triples doubles,line drive catches, pulled hamstrings and plenty of laughs. Good work guys.
Result 2 - 10 down
Under 18 (Coach: Ben Packer & Paul Holmes)
Well with the start of the new season and the team being dropped down to Div 6 from Div 5 thanks to the SABL we went in with some high hopes, unfortunately that was not to be the case.
We had 12 on the list for this week's game and by the start of the game we were down to eight.
Luckily Karen Tindall was at the club dropping of some Wendy's gear, which we all enjoyed on Saturday and Sunday.
B3 (Norm Sluga) played div 4 and Zulu (Dean Franke) umpired for us and I must say did an absolute fantastic job and would be welcomed back at any time.
So down to the game, final we took the field after winning the toss and we started off with the Rat (Rick Trembath) on the mound after the Bear (Barry Lunnon) was struck down with the flu, Karen Tindall took first base and the Spider (Neil Stewart) was relegated to left field.
Although the Rat was pitching well West Torrens seem to hit everything and they hit it all to left side of the diamond, Reg (David Lee) was making all the plays from short stop and Daisy (Chris Day) was missing everything that went between him and third base, the Spider had the first tumble of the season with a fly ball going over his head, which had the umpire Zulu laughing.
We made only one mistake in the field for the game but our batting let us down. Spider and Wulffy (Don Wulff) both had a nice safe hit and we should have scored three for the game but Shrek (Ben Colyer) had our first brain fade for the season and with two out went back to second and tagged up before the ball hit the ground and he only made it to third. B3 made it to the game after some last minute calls and took over from the Rat on the mound and put a stop to West Torrens runs. I was given a severe dress down after the game from my wife and Melinda Wulff as for the last two innings the Wulffy feeling good went to the mound and did a fantastic job, unfortunately I was informed in my dress down that there would be no work done at the Wulff house on Sunday as Wulffy will not be able to move.
Our next game is at Northern Districts at 12.30pm with the div 4 following so we need to win to keep in touch early in the season as we know we will come home with a wet sail.
We need to work on our batting at training so see you all there this Wednesday from 5.30pm.
We must thank Karen Tindall for filling in as she did a great job at first making some great outs, also to Zulu for umpiring love your work.
Safe hits: Not Enough
Sturt 9 d Woodville 8
Under 16/1 Sturt (Coach: Darren French)
STURT 16 KENSINGTON 2
Under 16/2 Sturt (Coach: Greg Milburn)
Overall a very pleasing effort first up, with a convincing win away. It took a couple of plays for our team to settle with some first game of season nerves.
Our pitchers on the day did an outstanding job, We played 5. Starting with Sam Roberts just giving up one run in two innings, then Shaun Wright who pithched the third keeping them scoreless, and Matt Franke finished off the last two giving up just the one run.
Everyone held their own in the field led by some good athleticism by first baseman Max Guehrer.
With the bat there were also some encouraging signs with Jayden Trembath, Josh Tindall, Harrison Lightbody and Sam Roberts all getting multiple hits!
Well done everybody concerned, there are some good signs and something we can all work with!
Special thanks to Dean Franke who reluctantly did the base umpiring in an away game! Also to all the players who came back from that Northern Districts debarcle, all had an influence on the game.
HITS: Jayden Trembath 3, Josh Tindall, Harrison Lightbody, Sam Roberts 2, Shaun Wright, Matt Franke, Henry Brennan, Shea Clark, Sam Duffield 1.
Sturt 9 Northern Districts 0 (forfeit)
Under 14/1 Sturt Coach (Coach: Kris McArdle)
Northern Districts had seven players who we were told want to play U14.
We had ten players so we lent them two for a scratch match (well done Henry and Rupert, catcher and first base, respectively). After the first dig Henry Brennan pitched for them, thanks Henry. We took a safety first approach because their guys were understandably intimidated. Well done to our boys for being good sports. Thanks to Peter for umpiring and Karen for all assistance. Despite everyone's best efforts and intentions this was at best a waste of time and at worst detrimental to the development of all players involved, especially the Sturt boys.
Sturt 22 defeated Glenelg 7
Under U14/2 Sturt - (Coach: Jamie Bishop)
Great start to our season with every player collecting a hit and fielding well. We jumped out of the box with the bats and registered the full 7 runs. Glenelg fought back hard and scored 3 runs in reply. Brodie Macbeth pitched very well and held Glenelg off in the next two defensive innings with no score, great job Brodie . I think we may have sat back on the success of our first offensive inning and also did not score in the next two innings with the bat. We then started to see the ball well and put on 4, 5, 6 runs in the next three offensive innings showing that all the batting practice has payed off. We need to keep working on line drives because some of our outfield shots may get caught against the top sides.
Mitch Lightbody pitched very solid for two digs only giving up one run. Stuart Brennan finished off the game well considering he has had very little time on the mound in the past. Glenelg scored 3 in their last batting innings finishing well. Thanks to the four boys who had to sit on the bench which is always hard to do on the first game of the season. Special mention to Sam Cavanagh who picked up 3 hits for the day. Boys this was a good start to the season we still need to work on more hustle during the game and play the full 110 minutes. Seeya all on Wednesday night.
HITS: Sam Cavanagh, Jordan McArdle - 3; Mitchell Lightbody, Stuart Brennan, Zac Evreniadis - 2;
Charlie Goldworthy, Zach Lunnun, Max Walker Matt Amberg, Brodie MacBeth, Henry Wood -1
Goodwood 10 d U14/2 - Sturt 7
Under U14/2 Saints - (Coach: John McClure)
The boys put on a fine show for their first outing against a Goodwood line up that outsized but didn't outclass them. We were two ahead after the 2nd innings, and one down after the 4th, but their 4-run 5th was going to be tough to reply to. In the end we managed only 2 and went down 10 to 7 but showed plenty of spirit and promise for the season ahead. Good solid pitching from Reuben and Fraser, and our runs were shared between 7 different players. Lessons for next week (when our coach gets back) include picking your pitch (too many called strikes this week) and thinking through your running (don't run at the fielder with the ball if you don't have to). We'll get these guys next time out. Thanks to all who helped out, especially Craig for stepping up as umpire.
West Torrens U/14(2) 18 defeated Saints U/14(2) 1
Little League 1-Sturt (Coach: Glenn Young & Jamie Knuckey)
"It wasn't the start we were looking for" may well be an understatement but take the positives and remember that underneath every cloud there is a silver lining. To the credit of the boys, some whom were playing baseball for the first time, there were promising signs of a cohesive team that will stay focused and continue to improve week in and week out.
By the look of the score we were well beaten by a very good opposition and at this stage of the season a much better team however, the way in which the boys held it together, gave it 100% and stayed positive, kept encouraging, were a credit to themselves and the club.
Our first score came in a flurry of excitement. With two down and looking at a possible 3 up 3 down start, Ryack Parsons steps into the game with a lovely punch through third. With the next batter now up Mr Sneaky aka Parsons steals 2nd, disobeys the third base coach and steals 3rd. The crowd was roaring. Mr Cool Ty Langford sweetly puts one past short for a safe hit. Top of the first, we've scored and now we're really cookin!!!!!!!!' Sadly, that was the days' scoring highlight.
Two very good Eagle pitchers threw fast and accurately and made life very difficult for our young team of batters who probably haven't seen opposition balls this quick before. We struggled with the bat, very miserably offered just two walks in six innings and our 4 safe hits came from Messrs' Ryack, Ty, Conor McClure and Max Staggs.
Apart from the 2 costly innings where we leaked 7 and 6 runs the performance of the defence was generally pretty okay. We conceded 5 runs in 4 innings but 5 to 24 in the hit department told the story. The positive to take from game one is that the ball is going over the plate and that's exactly what we want. It's up to the entire team to raise their own defensive skills and support our pitchers. Dropped catches lose matches. Practice is the cure to all evils.
Ethan Eggleston (69 pitches) did the majority of the pitching, came on at a difficult time and did a good job, Max Staggs playing his debut game as a catcher was consistent, caught the entire game, was never rattled and constantly encouraged his pitchers and team whilst cleaning up some difficult balls. Ryack Parsons with minimal pre-season preparation threw 59 balls, fielded well at S/S and ran bases aggressively when he had the opportunity. Conor McClure got a hit and closed out the innings conceding no runs and ending the game for us in the most positive of fashion.
Thanks to West Torrens for allowing us another innings as we require as much game time as we can get. It's a marathon, not a sprint and I look forward to the boys continuing to improve and enjoy their baseball. It's all up from here. Thanks to all the parents who helped and supported, much appreciated by the team.
Little League 1 - Sturt 7 d Kensington 4
Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Rick Mitchell & Stuart Crutchley)
Another season starts with the LL major boys having trained well leading up to the opening game. Our team this year has two players with Division 1 experience and 10 coming up from LL minors.
Our first challenge, to overcome Kensington at their home ground. Our first at bat saw the boys swinging but unable to penetrate the field with Nik, Simon and Jack out on good plays despite solid hits and Harrison our only on base with a walk. We started our battery with Nik Sas to Cameron. Kensington had obviously come to play with their team getting bat on ball. Good plays from Thomas at second and Simon at third to a reliable Jack at first saw the first two outs. Then an excellent throw from Cameron to Simon to catch a player stealing third saw us retire their team but only after they had crept 1 run ahead. Our positive approach to batting continued in the second dig although on this occasion some fielding errors by the opposition helped us score some runs. Bat on ball from Sam, Jamie L, Cameron, Nik Sas and Simon along with Jamie D getting a nasty one on the elbow helped us to 4 runs.
Nik kept us going in the second defensive innings and had good help from the field with a nice catch by Sam, a second out for the day for Thomas and a great throw from Jamie at centre field to catch the runner trying to take an extra base to third. 4-2 up bottom of the second.
Our third bat saw us up and down pretty quickly and us needing to defend our lead with the clock now ticking down. The ball was handed to Harrison to take the mound and he didn't take long to warm up. Good support again from the field (a 9-3 out by Sam and two nice catches by Thomas) saw us at bat again without any damage to the scorebook.
Three new players into the game started our fourth innings off. Braydon got himself on base courtesy of a walk and then Simon with a hit to shortstop and a lovely double by Harrison saw Baydon home from his first at bat for the season. Simon and Harrison, capitalising on some erratic pitching, saw two more runs in from passed balls and then Sammy retired his brother by hitting a great line drive directly into him as he ran to second! You see it all in junior baseball. Harry threw our first three up and three down for the season with two strike outs and a nice catch by Jack. 7-2 up one dig to come.
We didn't trouble the scorers in the 5th so had to defend a 5 run lead to win the game. Jack threw our last dig and although to Kensington's credit they managed a last innings rally a lovely pick up and throw by Simon and good catch by Thomas saw us run out winners 7-4. A good first outing but assisted somewhat by the opposition errors. Defensively I thought we played very well.
Score: Sturt 7 - Kensington 4. Safe hits Harrsion 1, Cameron 1.
Little League 2-Sturt 13 defeated Little League 2-Saints 9
Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Mitchell Knuckey)
First game of the year and first game for nearly all our players so you never know what to expect . We played the other Sturt team and the boys did a fantastic job winning 13-9.
Hugo Dahlen-Flight started the day on the hill and did a fine job . Dayton Mitchell (DJ) for his 1st pitch was great with 2 strike outs and not giving up a run.
Tyrese Kimotho pitched the last dig and was very good , all 3 pitchers did a fine job. Oliver Crutchley caught all game and did a great job for his 1st game behind the dish.Cohen Matan was outstanding in the box going 2-3 with both hits going to the outfield.Tyrese also did a great job collecting 2 hits.DJ got 1 hit and 2 walks and was very disciplined in the box for a 7 year old, Bailey Cooper in his 1st game got himself a nice hit. Brad Peters also got himself a hit . Great job guys, very impressive for everyones 1st game.
Little League 2-Sturt 13 defeated Little League 2-Saints 9
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