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Message from the President


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


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Sturt Baseball Club Senior Squad Pre-Season Training 2010/11

Pre-season training for the Sturt Baseball Club Senior Squad details are listed below. These training times are effective from Tuesday 6 July until further notice!

For future reference you can access this information on the home page of the Sturt Baseball Club website or if you have a mobile phone with internet access visit Saints Mobile at http://www.sturtbaseballclub.org.au/.

Tuesdays, 4.00-5.30 pm

We will be training from 4pm till 5.30pm every Tuesday at the club. This training is optional as I am aware not all players can get there at this time.

Thursdays, 4.00-7.30pm

We will be training from 4pm till 7.30pm on Thursdays at the club. There will be a program of activities set for each player to complete. If you would like to make use of the daylight and have a throw or a hit at 4pm that would be beneficial. What time you arrive on this evening is not important - what is important is that you complete the program.

Sundays, 9.30- 12 pm

We will be training on Sunday mornings from 9.30am till 12pm at the club. During July we will be getting our arms ready and getting some batting proactive in. We will start playing internal trial games on Sundays from the start of August.

All enquiries to Head Coach Tony Catt Ph:0412244327

..:: message posted on Thursday the 1st of July, 2010 21:11:05 ::..

Coaching Expressions of Interest

As previously advised the Sturt Senior Committee has reappointed Tony Catt as our Division 1 Coach. Tony has recommended to the Senior Committee that Tom Winter be re-appointed as our Division 2 Coach and that Rick Mitchell be re-appointed to our Division 3 Coaching position. The Senior Committee will consider these recommendations at our next Senior Meeting.

The Senior Committee is calling for expressions of interest for the remaining Senior coaching positions ie Divisions 4, 5 and 6. Any questions in regard to the remaining Senior Coaching positions to Tony Catt on 0412 244 327

In regard to Junior positions I have already heard that Stuart Crutchley and Rick Mitchell have held up their hands for one of the Little League teams, but as there will be more than one Little League team other expressions of interest for coaches for Little League are required. In addition coaches are required for Under 14, 16 & 18. Any questions in regard to Junior coaching positions to Dean Franke Junior Coordinator on 0428 821 008 of your interest in any Junior Coaching position.

All Expressions of Interest to be emailed to Phil Robinson by Friday 2 July 2010.

..:: message posted on Wednesday the 23rd of June, 2010 22:45:25 ::..

Extension of Norman Reserve Lease

The Mitcham City Council meeting held earlier tonight had on its Agenda lease renewal options for our ground.

As many of you would be aware our 20 year lease on Norman Reserve expires in February 2011.

The Council has undertaken a review of the licence renewal process it uses for all of its grounds as detailed on Page 34 of the Council Agenda. This process will bring into line a consistent process for lease renewal for other clubs as well as ours.

As there will be Council elections this year, caretaker provisions for Council will commence on 7 September 2010. Given these caretaker provisions Council determined that they could not complete the consultation period for our lease in this caretaker period.

At its meeting tonight Council has passed a motion to extend our lease on Norman Reserve until April 2012 with a community consultation period on our lease renewal commencing at least six months prior to that end date.

I believe that this is the best possible outcome for our Club as it provides us with certainty over the next two seasons and allows for a consultation period to occur with the community over our lease well in advance of its expiry date.

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 22nd of June, 2010 22:56:25 ::..

Feedback from 2009-10 AGM

The AGM for the Sturt Baseball Club was held on Tuesday 15 June 2010. Thank you to all of you who attended on such a cold winter's night!

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

Executive Positions for Election were filled by:

i. President- Phil Robinson
ii. Vice President-Bruce Packer
iii. Secretary- Sue Brebner
iv. Treasurer- Ben Seekamp

The following non executive positions were available:

i. Grounds Supervisor
ii. Social Coordinator
iii. Canteen Manager
iv. Bar Manager
v. Facilities Manager
vi. Sponsorship Manager

David Lee was elected to one of these non executive positions. The Committee needs more help to assist with these non executive positions. Please contact Phil Robinson on 0417 806 765 if you are able to assist with any of these positions.

Kris McArdle was made a Player Life Member of our club. Congratulations Kris on this well deserved milestone! A full list of Life Members and Player Life Members is available on our website.

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 15th of June, 2010 22:09:35 ::..

Adelaide Southern All-Stars - 2010 National Little League Champions

It is with great pleasure I write to advise you that the Adelaide Southern All-Stars were yesterday crowned the 2010 Australian Little League Champions.

The final game was a hard fought game which went right down to wire. Adelaide can out swinging in the first innings and took a 3 run lead. Ringwood slowly came back into the game scoring 1 run in the second and 2 in the fifth which tied the game up 3 runs a piece going into the 6th and final innings.

With an unfortunate pitching error the final batter was hit with loaded bases which sent home the Adelaide player on 3rd base to give Adelaide the win 4 -3 over Ringwood.

Adelaide Southern All-Star Manager Burke Weber was proud of his team and said he was proud of the win by his team and put the win down to hard work over the season by both the boys and their families.

It was the Adelaide Southern All-Stars 3rd year in a row in the Gold Medal game and yesterday's win will allow them to represent Australia at the Australasian Invitational in September.

Head coach was Burke Webber (West Torrens) with our own Kris McArdle assistant.

This is an outstanding result and all the better for Sturt when you consider there were six Sturt players in the team!

The Sturt Boys are;
Jordan McArdle
Zach Lunnon
Mitch Lightbody
Charlie Goldsworthy
Sam Cavanagh
Stuart Brennan

Congratulations to the whole team, but specifically to our Sturt players and Kris McArdle we are very proud of you!!

Further information and photos are available at the Baseball SA website

..:: message posted on Wednesday the 9th of June, 2010 20:17:48 ::..

AGM 15 June 2010

The Annual General Meeting of the Sturt Baseball Club will be held on Tuesday 15th June 2010 and not Monday 7th June as previously advised.

As per the Constitution, the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Facilities Manager will be declared vacant.

I have been advised that those people who are currently in the above positions are prepared to continue, however the Committee would be keen for some help particularly in the area of fund raising and the position of Facilities Manager. Other opportunities for interested members also exist so if you have any interest in assisting the administration of our club, please give me a call on 0417 806 765 or email Phil Robinson to express your interest.

At the meeting Player Life Membership will be bestowed on any player who according to the Constitution meets the following criteria:

"Player Life Membership is available to persons who have competed in a minimum of 150 Senior games and 15 years service as a Senior player for the Club."

If you believe you meet this criteria please email Phil Robinson so we can ensure that we do not miss anyone eligible for this Award.

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 4th of May, 2010 00:17:14 ::..

Sturt Awards 2009/10 Season

Our Club held its Senior Presentation Night on Saturday 17th April 2009 and its Junior Presentation Day on Sunday 18th April 2009

Photos of the Senior Presentation night are now online on the front page of our website!

In my opening address to both events, I reflected on my observations of the 2009/10 season and noted the continued improvement of our Division 1 side. Our Club was the only Club in South Australia not to use overseas imports this season and as our Head Coach Tony Catt said this was a deliberate decision to ensure that we would continue to support and develop our own players.

Whilst the Division 1 side improved as a group there were a number of outstanding individual achievements. Congratulations to Daniel Turner who was the runner up in the Capps Medal and also being selected as short stop in the South Australian All Stars Team. This was an outstanding achievement for Daniel and a great recognition of his season. Paul Mildren was named South Australian Claxton Shield MVP and was runner up MVP for all of Australia!

Our Division 2 side ended up second on the ladder and just missed out on playing off in another Grand Final. Well done to Tommy Winter and the boys!

The Juniors of our club continued to excel throughout the season with all our eligible teams making finals. Congratulations to Garry Wood's Little League Major Team who won the Premiership for this League. Congratulations to Thomas O'Connell from our Little League 2 Saints side who won the Ron and Jill Chandler Medal for Little League Minor South.

In my address I thanked all the coaches, scorers, umpires and other officials who have put in so much for our club! Our Club could not function without you!



Our major club Award winners were as follows:

President's Award
David Lee

Josh Deegan Award
Daniel Lee

David Hutton Award
Peter Turner (Senior)
Thomas O'Connell (Junior)

Team Awards were as follows:

Division 1
MVP: Daniel Turner
Batting Award: Daniel Turner
Most Improved: Will Frogley
Josh Deegan Award Nominee: Daniel Lee

Division 2
MVP: Dave Carter
Batting Award: Dave Carter
Coaches Award: Sam Hollis
Josh Deegan Award Nominee: Michael Robinson

Division 3
MVP: Nick Tuffnell
Batting Award: Nick Tuffnell
Coaches Award: Michael Robinson
Josh Deegan Award Nominee: Dale Martens

Division 4
MVP: Peter Turner
Batting Award: Stan Warrilow
Coaches Award: Sam Faehse
Most Improved: Adam Sincock
Josh Deegan Award Nominee: Takashi Yokoyama

Division 5
MVP: Barry Lunnon
Best Club Man: David Lee
Coaches Award: Mark Burns
Josh Deegan Award Nominee: David Lee

Division 6
MVP: Justin Richardson
Most Versatile: Justin Ranford
Outstanding Achievement Award: Chris Thompson
Josh Deegan Nominee: Justin Richardson

Under 18
MVP: David Nicholas
MVP Runner Up: Harrison Wood
Most Consistent: Jarrad Small
Josh Deegan Nominee: Sam Hollis

Under 16-1 Sturt
MVP:Matthew Franke
Batting Award: Matthew Macbeth
Outstanding Achievement Award: Dakota Mitchell
Josh Deegan Nomination: Matthew Franke

Under 16 -2 Sturt
MVP: Joshua Tindall
Most Improved: Alex Renton
Coaches Award: Henry Saundry
Josh Deegan Award Nominee: Sam Duffield

Under 14 -1 Sturt
MVP: Tyler Lunnon
Batting Award: Tyler Horrigan
Coaches Award: Errol Burns
Josh Deegan Award Nominee: Henry Brennan

Under 14 -2 Sturt
MVP: Reuben Bishop
Batting Award: Will Hill
Best All Rounder: Fraser Crameri
Josh Deegan Nominee: Matthew Amberg

Little League 1 - Sturt
MVP: Mitchell Lightbody
Coaches Award: Brodie Macbeth
Batting Award: Henry Wood
Josh Deegan Nominee: Tyson Ottaway

Little League 2- Sturt
MVP: Jack Bennetts
MVP Runner Up: Harrison Knuckey
Most Versatile Player: Cameron Young
Josh Deegan Award Nominee: Nik Saas

Little League 2 Saints
MVP:Thomas O'Connell
Batting Award: Connor Dyer
Coaches Award: Ethan Egglestone
Josh Deegan Award Nominee: Eli Egglestone

..:: message posted on Sunday the 18th of April, 2010 22:05:33 ::..

6 Sturt players make All Stars Team!

I am very pleased to advise that the following Sturt players have made the Southern Adelaide All Stars Team.

Congratulations to:

Stuart Brennan
Sam Cavanagh
Charlie Goldsworthy
Mitchell Lightbody
Zach Lunnon
Jordan McArdle

You can see our players in action on Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th April at Softball Park – West Beach Watch the Northern Adelaide All-Stars, Southern Adelaide All-Stars, Mt Gambier and the Riverland fight it out to see who will represent South Australian at the National Little League Championships to be held in June. Entry is Free – Canteen will be open. Further information at - http://www.sa.baseball.com.au/?Page=63915 Please note this is an Alcohol and Smoke Free Event

Best of luck to the team under coach Kris McArdle!

..:: message posted on Wednesday the 7th of April, 2010 21:38:57 ::..

Turner Runner Up Claxton Shield

I am pleased to advise that at the Capps Medal Presentation at AAMI Stadium last night, Daniel Turner was runner up for the Capps Medal and was also selected as the Short Stop in the All Stars Team of the Year. This has finished off what has been a magnificent season for Daniel and he thoroughly deserves these accolades. Photos of the night are on the front page of our website.
In more good news Paul Mildren was voted the MVP for the South Australia in the Claxton Shield.

..:: message posted on Thursday the 25th of March, 2010 09:09:22 ::..

Grand Final Edition

Last weekend heralded the end of the season for our club and what a season it has been!

On Friday night Baseball SA held their Awards night for juniors and Sturt featured prominently in a number of grades. I am proud to advise that Thomas O'Connell from our Little League 2-Saints took out the Ron & Jill Chandler Medal for the Little League Minor South competition. It was great to see that Harrison Knuckey came third followed by Jack Bennetts fourth from Little League 2-Sturt.

From our Little League 1-Sturt team congratulations to Mitchell Lightbody from coming third in the state followed by Zach Evreniadis who came fourth!
In the Under 16 competition Matthew Franke came third followed by Matthew MacBeth in fourth position!
To check out all the Baseball SA Award winners go to their Junior Medal Award winners page.

On Saturday we were brought back to reality with our Division 2 side missing out on a spot to play off in the Grand Final going down to West Torrens 5-2. It was a disappointing end to what had been a wonderful season for our young Division 2 team, but anyone who had been out to watch them during the season would be reassured that we have some great young talent coming through our club. On Saturday after the game three legends of our club announced their retirement from Senior baseball in Stuart Crutchley, Jamie Knuckey and Rick Mitchell. The contribution that these three individuals have made to our club as players, supporters and mentors of our younger players coming into the senior ranks has been outstanding. Our Club is very grateful for your efforts and I know we will be chasing you very soon for ongoing roles within our club. Once again many thanks for your outstanding contribution to our club!

On Sunday our Junior teams fronted up in four Grand Finals which is a wonderful testament to our Junior programme. Congratulations to Garry Wood's Little League 1-Sturt team who fittingly took out the Ron Macbeth trophy for Little League Major South. You can check out a very happy coach and players now featured on the front page of our website!

Unfortunately that is where our Premiership run finished with our U18, Under 16/1 Sturt and Under U14/2 Sturt sides all missing out on the ultimate prize. Whilst these teams were defeated there is wonderful young talent in all of these teams and our club is very proud of all the players, coaches and officials who worked so hard to get these teams into the Grand Finals in their respective divisions.

In other news which highlights the great talent we have at the Sturt Baseball Club Jackson Brebner-Russ has been selected for the SA Schoolboys team with Craig Wright and Alistair Young selected for the SA Under 23 team. Congratulations boys on a great achievement!

With more positive news on our talented young players, I hope you caught the great article in the Advertiser on Sam Day. If you missed it you can read the article on the Adelaide Now website.

Whilst the season proper has ended we have the Senior Presentation Night and Junior Presentation Day to come and we hope as many of you as possible can make these events. The Senior Presentation night is for all Senior Teams, Division 1-6 and Under 18 with our Junior Presentation Day for all of our Junior Teams from Little League through Under 16s. I will send out a reminder closer to the event. Please put these important dates in your diary as listed below in our Diary Dates section.

Diary Dates

Seniors Presentation Night Saturday 17th April 2010, commencing 7.30 pm
Juniors Presentation Day Sunday 18th April 2010, commencing at 1.00 pm. Both events will be held at the Club. For details go to Event Calendar

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.

Merchandise

Visit our Online Shop for Sturt Polo Shirts, caps etc. You can also can also order Performance Wear garments from the shop. The Sturt Baseball Club gains considerable financial advantage if you purchase Performance Wear so have a look at the online brochure!

Major Club Sponsors:
Ord Minnet  Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd and Ace Panel Systems  Lion Nathan  Bulls Baseball Club  Easton  Brooks
Silver Sponsors:
Freshwater Systems National Tool Distributors Smith Motor Group Traffic Technologies
Bronze Sponsors:
Force Access Hattam McCarthy Reeves Mastertax Austral Insulation


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

Sturt 2 lost to West Torrens 5
This match saw two very young, evenly matched teams slug it out for a spot in the Grand Final.
Both teams found it hard to get anything going offensively, until we gifted them a couple of runs with a couple of untimely errors. This was enough to give West Torrens the momentum for most of the game and we struggled to get it back.
Tom Teague pitched 6 strong innings and his last month has been outstanding. This will provide an excellent platform to bigger and better things next season from this outstanding talent. Shane Horne also closed the game out very well and other than a quiet patch just after Christmas, should be very proud of the season he has had.
Offensively we just couldn't quite get much happening until we threatened in the last innings but unfortunately it was too little, too late.
Three stalwarts of the club announced they had played their last game at Senior level and on behalf of the club I would like to thank them for their outstanding efforts. Stuart Crutchley, Jamie Knuckey and Rick Mitchell have proved that the game does not know how old you are and have been fantastic contributors to the Senior squad. Well done boys.
This season has been another great year with a completely different group to the Premiership side from the year before. We look forward to seeing you all work hard in the off season and go one step further next year.

Under 18 (Coach: Chris Small)

It was a perfect morning for baseball as we turned up to Woodville for the Grand Final. The ground also was in perfect order for the game. This game I believe was always going to be close and it would come down to the last few innings to decide a winner and that is how it went, unfortunately for us we were on the wrong side of the score board going down 11-8 in the ninth. We started well with 2 runs in the first and a great catch at centerfield by David Nicholas to get the game going. In the second both sides went scoreless and the third saw us score another run and hold Woodville scoreless. Going into the fourth we were held scoreless with three up and down and Woodville scored 4 after they put the pressure on us with base runners and a few errors came into our game. In the 5th we were able to score 3 more and get back in front at 6-4 with some good batting but could not finish the innings off leaving 3 runners on. We held them scoreless. In the 6th we made one and they made three so going into the 7th it was all tied up at 7 all. In the 7th we had three up and down while Woodville took the lead to go into the 8th at 8-7, this is where our wheels fell off a bit and with a few more errors we were 11-7 down going into our last bat. We needed 4 to get back to even and hope to hold them to force more innings but it was not to be, Woodville made the outs to finish the game. This game was played in great spirit by both teams and it was nice to see some of the Woodville lads show concern when David Nicholas nearly had his head knocked off by a line drive at third from Jay Lunnon, fortunately it was only his helmet that was knocked off and he was in foul territory not to be given out. Lewis and Harrison did a great job on the mound for us but we could not hold the bats of Woodville enough to win.
Townsend:- 110 pitches, 68 strikes, 42 balls, 4 K's, 2 BB, 11 hits, 5.2 innings
Woods:- 50 pitches, 29 strikes, 21 balls, 1 K's, 1 BB, 3 HPB, 4 hits, 2.1 innings
Safe Hits:- Hollis 1, Wood 1, MacBeth 1, Nicholas 2, Small 1, Lunnon 1

Thanks to all those that helped out this season especially Pat Hollis who was the Manager, it always makes life easy when someone is helping out in the background, all those parents that pitched counted or scored through the season.
It has been a pleasure coaching this punch of young men as it is not always easy to motivate U18's but when game time came around these boys were always ready to play. We should be proud of where we finished our season and hopefully for those of you that choose to play on this will only make you hungrier for a win.
Hope to see you all at the Senior presentation night.
Congratulation to all other teams that played in Grand Finals over the weekend.

Under 16/1 Sturt (Coach: Dean Franke) Sponsored by: Premier Trailers & National Tool Distributors

Grand Final defeated by West Torrens 6-8
Sturt 3 to West Torrens 0 earned runs, unfortunately tells the story of how the first innings implosion effected the outcome of the game. When we needed to do the basics early and hold the opposition out we just couldn't complete the tasks, or make the outs Matt gave us to start with, whereas to our oppositions credit, they did. To be 0-7 after the second was always going to be a tough ask, but to our lads credit they fought back and fought it out to the end with a chance to win late in the game. I was extremely proud of our spirit to get back into the game and not give it away and with D firing on the mound we ran out of innings in the end. Sam Roberts had a day out at second, topping it off with a great play behind first base and the two Matt's fielded solidly at short and third with Dylan completing the outs at first. Jess was reliable at centre and Macca was the stand out hitter with 2 hits for the day, although others hit well without luck and hit regularly to their field who made some great plays to hold us out when we threatened. A grand final loss is a gutting feeling when I thought we had a really good shot at it, to the Eagles credit though, they were the stand out team for the year and did enough to get over the line this day.
Thanks to Smally for his assistance, Sandra for scoring, David for the TM'ing and the parents that helped out with pitch counts etc. Thanks also to the hundreds of spectators that tried to lift us over the line, Bruce for the great ground, the senior squad that helped us out at trainings and club coach Tony Catt, we live to fight another day. GO SAINTS !

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

Sturt U14 "Sluggers" vs Northern Districts
Our 14-2’s have had a great season – won 10 games, lost 4 and drew 1 to finish 2nd on percentage … and then have battled the long way round to make it to the grand final - against Northern Districts.
Northern Districts is a very impressive side – this season they have won 14 games from 15 played – 13 by the mercy rule.
To their credit, our lads came out looking to give it their best shot. Top of the first and we couldn’t get a start – 3 up, 3 down, with 2 strike outs. RJ took to the mound for us and battled hard, but the tight zone and strong batting coupled with a few nervous errors allowed them a 7 run start and it was all before us. Our 2nd at bat showed promise as the boys stuck to the game plan and fought for every at bat. Fraser earned a walk, and RJ saw his pitch early and started our account with a safe hit. Tight base running plus disciplined batting put the pressure on and we hussled 3 runs in by stretching 3 more walks into 3 runs. Bottom 2nd saw tighter control and fielding, but again solid hitting allowed them to get the 3 back and it was 10-3 down. We scrambled 1 more in at the top of the 3rd when Fraser earned another walk (again fouling well to push the count) and RJ hit his 2nd safe hit (again to right field).
Knowing we had to go 7 innings with our pitching roster, we stayed with RJ and got them to 2 out before we went to Tommy to start his closing role. He struck out the 3rd batter to stop them with 1 run in. 11 -4 at the bottom of the 3rd and we had outlasted their primary attack. Top of the 4th and their 2nd pitcher (who also throws very well) stepped up - and we started to hit. Will started with a crisp double, and then Ryack made good contact. Unfortunately, we couldn’t sustain the assault and managed only 3 runs in. Tommy finally showed he is human after all and had an uncharacteristic innings with 2 walks and 2 hit batters… and their hits found holes to allow a 7 run mercy again. 18-7 at the bottom of the 5th.
Top 6th and Matty started us up with a lovely single to right and Fraser got on again with a walk. Unfortunately, RJ couldn’t keep up his hitting streak and hit into a fielder’s choice – Tommy got on via a nasty hit pitched ball but got up and got on with it… but we couldn’t keep it going and with only 1 run in and a score of 18 – 8 with only 1 at bat to go in the top of the 7th, the umpire called time and game.
We were very grateful to have the assistance of Jack Bennett from U12-2’s who came out to give us bench support and came on for Josh Mc (who injured his back at Thursday’s practise, but battled through 3 innings before succumbing) - many thanks to you both for your effort today!
Thanks also to – Simon Gray, a fantastic manager – Maureen Rischmueller who has become a most experienced scorer – Bernard Hill for his 3rd base coaching and training – Helen, Andy and Gary for their regular pitch counting all through the season – and to all the parents for everything from bangle sales to transport scheduling! Special thanks to Trudy who unflinchingly put up with the 24/7 baseball chat, preparation and occasional coach "fill-in" role when I have been away throughout the season!
Congratulations to all … it was a terrific season and you should all be very proud of the way you played – I hope memories of this year live with you as long as they will for me!

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach: Garry Wood)Sponsored by: TNY Management Consultants

Sturt 18 defeated West Torrens 4
What a fantastic result and a great way to end a great season. Firstly to WT, they again had a good season and were always going to be hard to beat, so well done to those boys and their coaching staff Jamie and Tim on making the Grand Final.
Congratulations to our boys for their excellent effort not only yesterday, but since Christmas when we asked them to really knuckle down and improve the small things in their game. The base running, support for each other, concentration level and general improvement has been outstanding.
Once again, after a brief "rev up" from the coach before the game, it was obvious that the Sturt boys had come to play. The boys started things off really well in the first innings after 2 excellent catches to Tyson at RF had the strong WT line up 3 up 3 down and we then scored 4 in our first at bat after solid hitting, a good bunt and a long solo home run to Stuart Brennan.
After WT scored a couple in their 2nd at bat the Sturt boys again scored 4 before WT replied with 2 more to keep the game in the balance. However the Sturt boys had victory in their sights and scored the maximum 5 and 5 in their remaining 2 innings before the result became mathematically impossible and the umpire called time and game with the Happy Saints players running out victors 18 to 4.
Our best players in no particular order were Simon Adkins, Stuart Brennan, Zach Evreniadis, Brodie Macbeth, Mitchell Lightbody, Braydon Richardson, Jack Dawson, Tyson Ottaway, Henry Wood, Peter Littleyuile, Stewart Gardiner and Max Staggs. Yes, that is all of them because they all contributed something yesterday and during the season to get us to the GF.
Special mention must go to Brodie who pitched the whole 5 innings, throwing 73 pitches and only giving up 2 walks while collecting 5 strikeouts, mainly achieved with his excellent change up. He was well supported by the boys in the field, who except for a couple of small issues, made the plays when required.
Thank you to the boys for listening to me all year, their very supportive parents and grandparents, my team manager Jo Gardiner and to David Lightbody, Mitch Dawson and Craig Ottaway for helping at various times during the year in various jobs, this success couldn't have been achieved without your assistance so thank you! To Penny and Jane who have done the pitch counts most weeks and to Julie and Trudy for scoring you are an important part of this success also.
I must say congratulations to Mitchell Lightbody and Stuart Brennan in making the Southern All Stars squad.
Finally to Bruce Packer who again turned our ground out in fantastic condition thanks Bruce.

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Glenn Young)

Little League 2 - Sturt 17 d Kensington 10
A glorious Sunday morning at an immaculately prepared Sturt home diamond (thanks Bruce Packer and co!) saw the final game of what has been a very impressive season for the U12/2 Sturt team. We took on the team widely regarded as Sturt's arch rivals - the Kensington Cardinals. Nik Sas took the mound first for us and in his usual very economical style pitched only 18 pitches including 11 strikes. Kensy's first batter was struck out looking but then their bats got swinging and with Nik finding the strike zone reliably, the Cardinals had 5 runs from as many hits and a couple of nervous fumbles in the field. Not to be put off by their start, our boys fired up and equalled their record. Hits to Sam, Jack, Edward and a spectacular triple to Matt Fidgeon getting us the maximum score. So with scores level at the top of the second it was time to break out a new pitcher. Sam Bennetts, our youngest player, debuted on the mound with what must be a record first pitching outing. 9 balls and 12 strikes, for 2 strikeouts and only one run scored has secured Sam a definite pitching future for Sturt! Time to put the pressure on with the bats and the boys responded perfectly. Hits to Nik, Sam, Harrison, Jamie Last and Jack Bennetts brought up 5 runs again for Sturt to go ahead. Our pitchers were really "on" for their final outing of the season. Harrison was next to the mound and managed 2 strikeouts and combined with Will Robinson at first for a good out, for 2 hits and again only a single run, before retiring the opposition after only 19 pitches. Third batting dig and something went wrong! Only 2 runs scored this time, off a good single to Sam and a lovely double to right field to Cam. Kensington then faced fiery Jack Bennetts and although Jack was hitting the strike zone consistently (3 strikeouts!) they managed a last hurrah scoring 3 runs in the 4th dig. Sturt were up by 2 and unassailable but the umpire (Thanks Jamie Knuckey for a great job!) made them earn their win well and truly and sent them back in to complete the innings. The boys made the most of this opportunity and again racked up 5 runs. Good hits to Sam, Harry, Jamie Last and Jack secured an excellent 17 - 10 win.
Great pitching, aggressive batting and base running, an almost errorless outing in the field and plenty of pressure put on the opposition throughout the game by all the team. The depth of talent in this group augurs well for the future of Junior Baseball at Sturt - hope to see you ALL next season.

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Darren French) Sponsored by: Brownhill Creek Tourist Park

Little League 2-Saints 8 defeated Goodwood 7
Last game of the season and the boys were ready to play (well hopefully).
We batted first and Arti Dow, in his last game before returning to Japan led off. He was walked. Eli Egglestone batted second and calmly smacked a double to centrefield, scoring Arti. Gavin Barrett put bat on ball, but was thrown out at first. Carlin Stutley and Matthew Johnston both struck out swinging.
Thomas O'Connell pitched our next dig. He faced 4 batters, striking out 2, giving up no runs.
Our second at bat, produced nothing. Isaak Dangerfield hit the ball but was put out at first. Ethan hit safely through second, then stole 2nd and 3rd.
Unfortunately Arno and Seaton both struck out swinging.
Ethan pitched our next dig and threw 12 pitches. He struck out 1, walked 1 and had a hand in the other two outs, giving up a run.
After two digs the score was 1-1.
Our third at bat saw the boys bat and run well. Hits to Arti down, Connor McClure (double), Ty Langford (Double), Ethan and Arno as well as walks for Matthew Johnston and Isaak Dangerfield saw us score the maximum 5 runs. Some excellent aggressive base running really helped.
Art Dow pitched our third innings and while giving up two hits, he struck out 2, to concede no runs.
After 3 digs the score was 6-1
Our 4th at bat saw Seaton Seigfried get walked, and through aggressive stealing come home when Arti got another hit. Connor McClure and Gavin Barrett struck out and Ty hit into a 1-3 to end the inning.
Goodwood's bats got going in the fourth. Arno Norrito pitched well throwing strikes. He struck out 3 batters and walked one, but Goodwood scored 4.
After 4 digs the score was 7-5.
Matthew led off our last at bat. Patient batting saw him walked. Isaak Dangerfield struck out. Ethan and Arno were walked to load up the bases.
Seaton struck out swinging. Arti Dow was walked as well to score Matthew, then Ethan was caught stealing home ending the dig.
Connor McClure stepped onto the mould for the last dig. He walked the first, struck out the next two, before giving up a hit that scored a run.
He walked the next batter, gave up another scoring hit, then struck out the next batter.
Saints get the win 8-7. The pleasing part of the game was that none of the boys ever gave up. They all kept working and the result came. Well done.
The team would like to wish Arti Down and his Mum, Yoko, all the best in Japan (baseball season is about the start there) and thanks for being part of the Saints. See back at Sturt when you come back.
Congratulations to Thomas O'Connell on the Ron Chandler Medal win. It should also be noted that Sturt U12 side had two players, Jack Bennetts and Harrison Knuckey place 3rd and 4th in the count. A fantastic effort for the club.
Thanks to all parents and for their assistance during the year. A special thanks to our scorers Jo Langford, Lynette Keading and Trudy Evreniadis.
Also thanks to Clive Dangerfield, Brett Egglestone, Terry Evreniadis, John McClure, Lochie O'Connell and Michelle O'Connell, for helping the coaches on match day and at training throughout the year.
One final thank you to the Brownhill Creek Tourist Park who sponsored the team this year, thanks Gavin and Linda Dyer.

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

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