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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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Outstanding Fees

I would like to thank all of you who have paid your Player Fees. Nearly all of our junior players have paid and on behalf of the club I thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

There remains a number of senior players who have yet to pay their fees. I have sent lists to each of the Senior Team coaches of players who have not paid their fees and have asked them to follow up with each person individually.

As we are reaching the half way mark of the season it is essential that you either pay your fees in full or work out an instalment plan with our Treasurer Ben Seekamp. I am aware that for some senior players particularly in Divisions 4-6 that you only play occassionally and in these circumstances a separate fee can be negotiated with Ben.

There are a variety of ways to pay either online, Direct Bank Debit or over the bar at the club where we will accept cash or you can use EFTPOS if you prefer.

View details of payment methods.

Fees for the 2009/10 season are as follows:
Little League- Full Fee: $185

Under 14/16/18 Full Fee: $275

( If you have 2 young people playing in either Under 14/16 or 18, the second person's fee is half the Registration fee)

Division 1 & 2 - Full Fee: $400

Division 3-6 -Full Fee: $290

Coaches for all junior grades get a discount for their child's fees being half the actual Registration fee. Coaches for Senior Grades 2-6 get a discount of half the Full Fee ie Division 2-$200 and Division 3-6 $145

Non-Playing Member - $40

Playing Life Member - $95

If you require another Invoice please email Phil Robinson

I thank you in anticipation of your prompt attention to this matter.

..:: message posted on Sunday the 13th of December, 2009 10:02:41 ::..

Newsletter Week 9

I hope you all enjoyed what was a fantastic weekend of baseball starting off on Friday night with the Claxton Shield at Norwood Oval. Our own Paul Mildren did himself and our club proud and is summed up by the media release which stated; "After a magnificent pitching duel, South Australia managed to score a late run to beat Perth Heat 2-1 at Norwood Oval in Friday night's game one." The full match report from Friday night's game is available online. Congratulations to Paul Mildren on an outstanding display of pitching.
On Saturday it was back to Norwood Oval where for the first game at 3.00 pm our Club was rostered to assist the MLB in looking after the gate, scoreboard and a range of other jobs. Thanks very much to Bruce Packer, David Nicholas, David, Harrison and Mitchell Lightbody who joined me in volunteering on behalf of our club to fill our roster spot. Whilst in Game 2 South Australia went down, we bounced back in Game 3 with an 8-3 game three victory. Well done also to our own Angus Roeger who once again got a hit when he played in Game 3. If you haven't had a chance to get down to Norwood Oval yet, I would thoroughly recommend it to you and with South Australia on the top of the ladder you will see some great baseball! The final games before Christmas are on Friday 18th December and Saturday 19th December. Check our Events Calender for details.

On Sunday our Division 1 boys continued with another win which gives us 6 wins and 4 losses and places us in sixth position! It is a very long time ago since we have had that win/loss ratio and congratulations must go to Tony Catt, his assistant coaches and the players who have really been focussed this season. Well done!

It is hard to believe that Christmas is almost upon us! We will have our traditional Christmas Party at the Club on Sunday 20th December 2009 commencing at 6.00 pm. For those new to the Club this is tradition at Sturt, where we have an appearance from Father Christmas, drinks and lollies for the children, the Sturt Gift. There is also plenty for the adults to do, with a BBQ running and the bar open. Each year we have a great time, so please make every effort to get back to the Club on Sunday 20th December 2009. Fees

I also need to remind all of our senior players and junior players and their parents of the extreme importance of paying your subscription fees. The Club works on volunteers and for those who have not paid their fees, this results in addition work from your fellow members who have to chase these fees. If you haven't yet paid your fees, please make every effort to do so before we actually make contact with you! You can pay online or see Sonia or Rosanna behind the bar to make your payment, where we have available EFTPOS facilities. If you are not sure of the fee to pay you can check online

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 & Smith Motor Group
Bronze Sponsors:
Force Access Hattam McCarthy Reeves Mastertax Austral Insulation



Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt) Sponsored by: Ord Minnett (Major Sponsor)
Sturt 10 defeated Norths 3
The approach and execution of the basics were the key to this game and fortunately we did enough to get across the line for another win.
Craig Wright continued his good form from last week, pitching 6 and 1/3 quality innings. Ben Packer was then welcomed back after a week off due to work with a shut out to close the game.
The starting pitcher for Norths (import) had us on the back foot for the first half of the game and he will be a force to be reckoned with in the second half of the season. To the boys credit, they hung in there and then cashed in on the pitching change.
This sets up our season with a great opportunity to attack the two games before Christmas with nothing to lose. We must keep doing the basics and following the same process, the results will come.
Congratulations to Sam Hollis for getting his first A grade appearance. Well done mate - keep working hard.
Hits - Young, Roeger, Lee, Holmes, Frogley, Brebner Russ

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter) Sponsored by: Ord Minnett (Major Sponsor)
Sturt 5 defeated Norths 1
Another great effort defensively with Shane Horne, Tom Teague and Rick Mitchell all pitching well through 9 innings.
Offensively we were not good enough. We didn't take the pitchers deep enough into counts, gave up to many weak fly balls and were just not selective enough in the box. This needs to be addressed immediately.
Well done to Michael Robinson for his first B grade appearance for the season and showed how to do it with the bat. Great job.

Division 3 (Coach: Rick Mitchell)Sponsored by:Hattam McCarthy Reeves Mastertax
Woodville 8 defeated Sturt 6

Division 4 (Coaches: Stan Warrilow & Simon Gooley)
Woodville 16 defeated Sturt 0
Things started well with the news 5 mins before game time that we only had 8 players.
The big hitting Senators got going early thanks to a costly error and that was that.
After we finished the top of the 4th inning it was all over (thank god).
Our defence was pretty good and we made almost every play that came our way.
It’s just that Woodville got about 25 hits in between.
Playing with 2 outfielders doesn’t help much either.
Looking forward to playing with a full team this week.
HITS – Sincock 2, Takashi 1.

Division 5 (Coach: Dean Franke) Sponsored by: Ace Panel Systems (Major Sponsor) & Tony Colyer Pty Ltd (Team Sponsor)
Adelaide 9 defeated Sturt 7
This was a game that we had our chances to win but unfortunately did not get over the line with the final score being 9-7 down. We started with the Rat on the mound and the Doc behind the plate and for 4 innings we were in front 4-3. They made 4 in the 5th with three of those being unearned runs which was the difference at the end for us. So being down 9 - 4 going into the last bat we were still in the game but only able to score three runs to end up with the final score, loosing by 2. As a team we are getting better and starting to us signals which is very new to a few of the boys, especially working out what the coach has put on. The outfield kept us in the game with some great catches by Shrek, Smally and Rowdy and then they had some little bleeders that hurt. The infield also did some great work with FOT taking a great catch at first that was a line drive off the first ball from their first at bat, mind you if he missed it it would have punched a hole through his chest. We need to let the blood stop rushing to our heads in the batters box and be more selective at hitting strikes. It was a lot better at the end of the game as we can see our next win is not far off.
Safe Hits: Young 3, Sluga, Small, Winter 2, Colyer, Burns M & Burns D 1

Division 6 (Coach: Dave Smith)Sponsored by: Smith Motor Co
Adelaide defeated Sturt 12-2
We had a good start with the game held fairly even for the 1st 3 or 4 digs, thanks to Jamie Bishop for comming out to pitch for us it was great to see his excellent pitching and a couple of amazing pick offs - good stuff. We just could't match Adelaide with the bat and suffered for it, still good fun though.....Unfortunately in the early part of the game Adam Martin's foot dug in when sliding into 2nd which dislocated his foot and broke a bone in his leg - All the best from everyone on the team mate, we hope you have a swift recovery.

Under 18 (Coach: Chris Small)
Sturt 8 defeated Henley & Grange 7
Well a fantastic morning for baseball and the ground was in superb condition. Thanks to Bruce Packer and all the others that help get the ground looking fantastic for a full day of baseball, and the under 18's got us off to a great start with a win. It was not an easy win and the boys had to work hard for it after giving up 3 runs in the first and then going three up three down, it was looking like a long day. In the second we gave them another 1 to be four down before our second bat and the boys all still asleep. Just before our second at bat I talked to the group and gave them a rocket to get them going and to their credit they did, Matthew MacBeth hit an in the park home run to score two and get us on the scoreboard, this came after David Nicholas had just hit a triple. Bradley Trembath then came out and laid a bunt down that rolled up the line two inches in play and they had no chance to get him out. By the end of the innings with some more hits from Jarrad Small and Matthew Franke we had scored 5 runs and the boys were awake. The next two digs we held them scoreless and made two runs ourselves again Matthew MacBeth coming up with a triple. Our base running was great always looking for that extra base, we had good leads on first and on the pick off if first missed the ball we ended up at third in the scoring position, and scored from all bar one. David Nicholas was on the mound and battled to throw his full 110+ pitchers, throwing 58 strikes and 57 balls with 9 K's and 7 walk's, we then used Sam Hollis for his first pitch in the under 18's this season, he threw 16 pitches with 1 K2 and 1 walk, 9 strikes and 7 balls. Our captain for the day was Jayke Wayne and although he had a tough time at third he came up with a great tag to end the innings just as Henley and Grange had tied it up 7-7, the throw had come from Sean Lamonby who again was solid behind the plate all day. Going into the last we needed one to win and up to the plate was Dakota Mitchell and facing a new pitcher, he was able to get a walk and give us that chance to score him for the win. He had a nice lead and again from the pick off which the first baseman missed Dakota ended up at third. He was able to score on a hit and put us one run up for the final score of 8-7. The only thing that this group of boys need to do it be awake from the first pitch in the first innings, not wake up in the second innings and find themselves 3 or 4 runs down. A big thanks to the 4 under 16 boys that doubled up playing for me in the 18's and then playing their 16's game, they were Matthew Franke, Matthew MacBeth, Dakota Mitchell and Bradley Trembath. These guys gave me the bare nine for the game, I would also like to thank Rick Mitchell for helping out at first and Harrison Wood although injured still came out in uniform to help out on the bench. We are now two wins from two captains and hope to keep it up.
Safe Hits: Nicholas, MacBeth, Small & Trembath 2, Hollis & Franke 1.

Under 16/1 Sturt (Coach: Dean Franke) Sponsored by: Premier Trailers
Sturt defeated East Torrens 6 - 5
The boys sent Derek Schnoor and family back home to the US with a win, we wish you all well for the future. We came out of the blocks hard scoring 3 in the first thanks to Maccas centrefield bomb with 2 on but then stayed quiet till the 5th and 6th innings where we took our total to 6, losing some runners in the middle innings with poor base running. Matt threw a great game for 5 innings holding ET to 1 unearned run with a fastball that wasn't working but a curve that kept the hitters guessing. Dakota threw the last 2 innings with a strike zone he found difficult to deal with but brought us home in the end. Jack made a great backhand pickup at second and Dakota and Sam were solid at shortstop with Macca holding the plate well. In a must win game the boys now hold third spot behind ET on win/loss with a bye this week (and a breather from training) to face Woodville the week after. A little more thought over that period about our base running and off speed hitting and we'll be right in that game. Thanks to Rick for umpiring and Sandy for scoring.
Hits - Macbeth 1 (HR), Mitchell 1, Colmer 2, Holt 1, Trembath 2, Roberts 1
Battery - Franke 5 Inn - 1 H - 5 BB - 5 K2 - 0 ER - Mitchell 2 Inn - 3 H - 5 BB - 2 K2 - 3 ER to Macbeth

Under 16/2 Sturt (Coach: Darren Stewart) Sponsored by: Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd (Major Sponsor)
The under 16/2 team were defeated by Port Adelaide 13 – 8.
The boys played the top team who are undefeated so far this season. Although we lost, we were competitive until the end scoring runs in each innings.
We could only manage 5 hits for the day, but poor pitching from the opposition giving up 11 walks in 4 innings makes it hard.
Well pitched by Josh Tindall and Lewis Brideson but our fielding and base running errors let us down in the end.
Thanks to Harrison Lightbody for filling in behind the plate for his first catching effort for the year. A great display.

Under 14/1 Sturt Coach (Coach: Kris McArdle) Sponsored by: McArdle Family & Smith Motor Co
Sturt 19 defeated Port Adelaide 0

Under U14/2 Sturt - (Coach: Jamie Bishop) Sponsored by: dfk Gray Perry
Sturt U14 "Sluggers" 15 defeated Southern Districts 5
May I start by saying that if the boys don’t make it as baseballers, they can become cab drivers – this week we toodled all the way down to Southern Districts –they are certainly getting to know Adelaide!
What a start! Top of the 1st, and out we came – Wiley Will got on like a good lead-off should by forcing an error, and then Die-hard Damon forced his way on by making them cough it up too!.... Then Matt, RJ and Ryack ALL snapped crisp singles to outfield to load the bases and push in the runs… Up came Dan and whilst whistling “happy birthday to me” smashed a stand up double to centrefield! Angus then stepped up, and armed with his brand news USA bat thanks to mum spanked a long single to left… and Will then knocked in the 7th run with another centrefield shot! 7 runs mercy – "Hello Hawks - we’re here!"
RJ took the hill in the bottom of the dig - and although he took a few throws to settle in we quickly dispatched them allowing just 1 run.
7 -1 up and looking in TOTAL control! - so I thought it would be a great idea to reward them all with a candy bracelet! (Boy I won’t do THAT again! )
The wheels fell off - Top of the 2nd… We were All out – in 4 pitches!!
Bottom 2nd – Great K2 RJ to start - but then… hit batter, 2 silly hits, 2 past balls, a walk, an error, another hit, another 2 errors, …and then finally a K2 to stop them - after they scored 6 runs! 6-7
Top 3rdand things started ok – RJ’s hit to centrefield was dropped, and then nice singles to Ryack and Dan, a well earned walk to Gus got us 1 back 6-8 up.
But! Out they came again -and although Fraser tried hard, 3 walks, and 2 hit batters with only 1 K2 allowed in 3 more before Matt stepped up to stop them with 2 pitches!
Suddenly we were 10 -8 down - What happened????
And then the boys fired… the candy bracelets were forgotten… well earned walk to Damon , Crisp shot to left by Matt, A forced error by an aggressive RJ, walks to Ryack, Dan and Angus before Tommy smacked a leftfield shot – and then Will did too! Fraser finally found contact and drove in the 7th run to centrefield! Matt then stepped up to finish the game – struck out the 1st, and then let his field calmly put out 2 and 3 to win the game! The level of cheering would make you think we won the GF! Great come back win lads…thoroughly deserved!
Thanks to all – Simon’s management, Garry’s pitch counts, Bernard’s base-coaching and Maureen’s scoring.
Cheers,
Jamie “that’s the way I like it” Bishop - coach
Team
Matthew Amberg, Reuben Bishop, Tommy Bishop, Fraser Crameri, Damon Gray, William Hill, Daniel Ortiz, Ryack Parsons, Angus Read … and Josh “one wing” McLoughney (get well soon!)

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach: Garry Wood)Sponsored by: TNY Management Consultants
Sturt 11 defeated West Torrens Eagles 2
For the last 10 or so years when Sturt versus West Torrens in junior baseball you have been guaranteed a high quality and tight game.
This game started as with previous years with WT scoring a couple of runs in their first innings to put the pressure on early after we were held scoreless in our first and second innings.
The boys had been swinging the bats hard and finally had some success with the maximum 5 runs in the 3 rd before scoring 2, 3 and 1 in our next 3 at bats while holding WT scoreless.
Once again Brodie Macbeth pitched a great game throwing 48 strikes from his 77 pitches which included 6 strikeouts and only 1 walk. Brodie's improved temperament is assisting in his control and overall performance, keep it up mate.
The bats were hot after the slow start with a return to form from Peter Littleyuile and great hitting and fielding from all of the boys during the game.
Well done boys , remember that all the other teams will now be out to try and beat us so we need to keep training hard and doing the little things that will give us the required advantage over our opposition.
Areas for improvement I'm looking for this week include base running, field and batting vocal support and watching for signals every pitch.
Keep up the great work boys this was an exceptional win against a quality side, well done !!!! Still undefeated so keep trying hard , listening and practising boys. Go the Saints!

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Glenn Young)
Little League 2-Sturt 11 defeated Hawks 6
For the second week in a row we packed a cut lunch and filled up the cars to head off South to play the Hawks. After a close win last week I was hoping for a more convincing performance from the boys on this occasion. This we got. Our first at bat netted us only two runs but if we had been more alert on the bases we could have sneaked a few more. This along with a very good play by their shortstop to deny Jamie D a safe hit made us determined to come out and defend well. Jack Bennett's clearly showed the benefits from his pitching training and hard work to allow the Hawks only one run. In our second bat I asked the boys to take responsibility for the base running and this, along with some errant pitching, allowed us to get 5 runs. Harrison then continued his great pitching form to strike out three batters with only 13 pitches. The highlight of our third at bat was a stand up double (2 RBI) by Jamie D on two batters out, two strikes down - way to bat under pressure! Cam closed out for us and took every batter to a full count. He was unlucky on some calls from the ump but also is showing improvement in his pitching. We ended up with a solid 11-6 win but we can do even better I'm sure. Well done to Edward for another good performance behind the dish.
LL South Minor - Sturt 11 - Southern Districts 6
Hits Jamie D 1, Harrison 1, Jack 1,

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Darren French) Sponsored by: Brownhill Creek Tourist Park
The Little League 2-Saints had a solid victory against West Torrens on Sunday, finishing with a percentage boosting 15-8 victory played over 3 innings.
In the first innings we had Thomas O’Connell pitching to Conner Dyer and they were readily backed up by a very strong infield display. First batter up was out at 1st base with great team fielding between Nick Evenriadis fielding the ball near 1st base and tossing it over to Thomas who covered the base from the mound. Second batter up was also out at 1st base after Ethan Egglestone playing at shortstop backed up the ball hit back to the pitcher and made the fast, accurate throw to get the batter just short of the base. Thomas then struggled with accuracy for a few batters and gave up some walks which let 2 runs in, but came back strongly to strike out the final batter.
Our first batting innings saw a lot of discipline from the batters, only swinging at strikes and leaving the balls. With loaded bases and Eli Egglestone on 3rd, Connor Dyer made the only hit for the inning which resulted in a play at home plate and with heads-up base running by Eli he got home safely with a headfirst dive and a touch of the corner of the plate. The inning was brought to a close when Isaac Dangerfield took a nasty hit to the leg in the batting box allowing the 5th run to cross the plate. Isaac bravely made a return to the game later.
Score after the 1st inning was 2-5 Saints up.
Arty Dow pitched the second innings and has really shown an aptitude for getting the ball in the zone and making the batters swing. The first batter was walked (after hitting 4 foul balls) but was then put out at second base by great fielding between Ethan with the throw to Thomas at 2nd base who made a strong call for the ball to get the lead runner. Arty then walked the next batter, struck out a batter and walked the next batter. A runner then scored from 3rd base on the throw back to the pitcher (the only run for the inning) and Arty closed the inning out after a pop-fly was hit back to him.
The 2nd inning saw some erratic pitching by West Torrens with 7 base on balls and 2 strike outs. Highlights in the innings saw a hit to Carlin Stutley, the debut of Yannic Norrito (who got a walk after being at full-count) and excellent base running by Ethan who stole 2nd, 3rd and home. A maximum 5 runs was scored again by the Saints.
Score after the 2nd inning was 3-10 Saints up.
Ethan pitched to Eli in the 3rd inning. Ethan has normally been Mr Reliable as pitcher for the season, but he struggled with his accuracy today (the voice of Mr Mac was not with him, or perhaps it was his umpire/dad standing behind him saying “get your elbow up!”). Ethan walked 8 batters and the only hit ball of the inning resulted in an out with a great play from Connor Dyer to Thomas at 2nd, and 5 runs crossed the plate.
In our batting inning West Torrens again struggled to throw strikes, but those that were thrown were swung at. Arty Dow hit a single and Connor McClure took a hit to the head from what could well have been the slowest pitch thrown in history. With lots of walks the Saints scored the maximum 5 runs.
Score after the 3rd inning was 8-15 Saints victory!
The overall highlights of the game were:

  • The players discipline in the batting box. Any rubbish was left and any ball that came near the strike zone was generally swung at with vigor

  • Every player made it to base in the game

  • The fielding and teamwork was very impressive, the infield was impenetrable

  • Base running – was fast, decisive, put the pressure on the opposition and the sliding was great

  • The help from the parents was fantastic. Frenchy and AJ were both out this week and Brett/Lynette didn’t make it there until almost game time. It was great that everyone chipped in to warm the boys up, set up the diamond and have the team ready to fire from the first pitch (it obviously worked!)

Next week sees the battle for the top position with Saints taking on the undefeated Glenelg team – good luck boys!

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 7th of December, 2009 22:07:01 ::..

Newsletter Week 8

Despite the shocking weather on the weekend particularly on Saturday, our Division 1 and 2 teams came through with great wins on both Saturday and Sunday! Well done boys!
Well done to our Claxton Shield players who were up in Brisbane, particularly Angus Roeger who hit a home run in Game 3. South Australia ended up winning the series 2-1. You can read full match reports online!
Claxton Shield returns to Norwood Oval this weekend and you can view the game times on our Events Calendar. On Saturday 5th December from 2.30 pm till the conclusion of the first game our Club is required to supply five volunteers to assist ticketing and ground entry etc at Norwood Oval. At stage I have two volunteers and thefore need three more people. Can you please email Phil Robinson if you are able to assist by Thursday night? Many thanks in advance for your assistance!

Also if you are going to the Claxton Shield Sturt people may wish to support our Under 16 state players (we have 4), by parking in the secure parking area of the Lithuanian Club at a cost of $5.00.
A sausage sizzle and drinks will be available before and after the games. All proceeds will aid the team in it’s trip to Geelong for the Nationals.
The entrance to the car-park is off Oxford Place, which is the first left off Sydenham Road at Norwood (on the south side of Norwood Parade), and very close to the Norwood Oval!

After last year’s success – Training with the Pro’s is back – at the Home of Baseball – Norwood Oval! Training with the Pro's is open to all your Under 14, Little Leaguers and T-Ball Players and Coaches.
The Training will take place on Friday 18th December 2009 from 1.45-5.15 pm with sign in at 1.00 pm.
All the information is on the Baseball SA Website. including a Registration Form.
Please advise Glenn Young if you want to attend so we can get a group together from Sturt!

Fees

I also need to remind all of our senior players and junior players and their parents of the extreme importance of paying your subscription fees. The Club works on volunteers and for those who have not paid their fees, this results in addition work from your fellow members who have to chase these fees. If you haven't yet paid your fees, please make every effort to do so before we actually make contact with you! You can pay online or see Sonia or Rosanna behind the bar to make your payment, where we have available EFTPOS facilities. If you are not sure of the fee to pay you can check online

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 & Smith Motor Group
Bronze Sponsors:
Force Access Hattam McCarthy Reeves Mastertax



Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt) Sponsored by: Ord Minnett (Major Sponsor)
Sturt 3 defeated Port 2
In atrocious conditions in the first leg of a double header weekend, the Saints rallied in the tenth innings to score a come from behind win against last years premiers. Craig Wright started on the mound for the Saints and threw the best game of his young career to push through 7 innings with 7 strike outs and no earned runs. This was simply an extraordinary effort but he finally proved to himself what he is capable of.
Defensively we are putting on a display. The captain of the side, Daniel Turner, is leading from the front and two catches he took on the weekend were outrageous. Tom Winter was like the iceman at first base. Calmly and nonchalantly picking up short hops from all over the place. Will Frogley was given a chance to play third base in division 1 again and he took his chance with both hands with some excellent baseball.
My match report wouldn't be complete without mentioning the old dog of the squad, Rick Mitchell. He pitched 3 innings of relief for no earned runs and at 39 years of age, was involved in his first A grade win! Well done Rick - hard work and persistence always pay off - you set an excellent example for the little mitchells.....
The boys thoroughly deserved this win.
Hits - Brebner Russ 2, Green 2, Turner, Carter, Holmes

Sturt 13 defeated Henley and Grange 8
With an excellent win under our belt, the challenge for the group was to beat Henley and not undo all the good work that had been done the previous day. Daniel Lee was given his first A grade start on the mound for the Saints and we got the bats going early. Some excellent hitting and solid defence (mainly from Will Frogley again) led the Saints to an 11-1 lead in the 6 inning. Just when we started to feel comfortable, the Henley bats jumped to life and we found ourselves 11-8 up with a bit still to do to ensure the win.
Some excellent relief pitching from Dan Turner and his second homerun for the day led the Saints home for a comfortable 13-8 win.
Notable performances on the day also came from JBR who followed up his great game against Port with 4 hits. Will Frogley was outstanding with 4 hits. Daniel Turner and Paul Holmes hit their first A grade home runs (after 6538 at bats each). 21 hits on the day tells the story how we dominated the Henley pitching.
Great weekend boys - I understand it takes a big effort on these double headers and thats what you gave.
Hits - Turner 4, Frogley 4, Brebner Russ 4, Holmes 2, Frogley 2, Lee, Carter 2, Green 2

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter) Sponsored by: Ord Minnett (Major Sponsor)
Sturt 9 defeated Port 0
Will Wirth started on the hill and was fantastic for the Saints and the field didnt let him down. It was nice to score a few more runs for a change this season and the much need win was finally on the board! Congratulations to Cameron Thorpe who grabbed an opportunity with his first B grade start and also to Dakota Mitchell for his first B grade appearance.

Sturt 11 defeated Henley & Grange 0
Shane Horne pitched a solid game from start to finish to get the much need win for the B grade. Everyone chipped in to get the job done.
This win capped off a good weekend for the group and gets the B grade season back on track for another finals berth.
Well done boys.

Division 3 (Coach: Rick Mitchell)Sponsored by:Hattam McCarthy Reeves Mastertax
East Torrens 11 defeated Sturt 2
On what can only be described as a glorious day for baseball, we came out swinging with Harrison Wood leading off the game with a crisp single.
Unfortunately, from there it all went a little downhill. We were not strong enough defensively (with the exception of debutant Dean Franke - who was solid as a rock at 1st base) and the early errors hurt us on the scoreboard. To the boys credit they did not hang their heads and stayed positive throughout the day.
Nick Tuffnell battled well on the hill through 8 digs giving up only 4 earned runs. Ryan Mattschoss was strong at third and stung the ball hard all day and Harrison is starting to look very comfortable at SS. In all, we were outplayed by a stronger team on the day, 5 scattered hits will not win you many ball games. On a positive note I believe the difficult conditions proved a valuable learning experience for the younger guys on the team and I thank them for helping out as we were short staffed this week. Also a big thank you to Dean Franke, who willingly suited up for us to make up the nine - even recovering from the speed wobbles to get an out at first!
Hits: Wood, Small, Tuffnell, Mattschoss, McGuiness

Division 4 (Coaches: Stan Warrilow & Simon Gooley)
Henley and Grange 12 defeated Sturt 1
Cyclonic conditions greeted us down at the home of the Rams. I think it was the only place that it wasn’t raining. Once again we had the bare 9 but to the boys credit we played a solid game. Our defence was great up until the 5th inning where a couple of errors hurt us badly and cost us the game. At the bottom of the 5th inning it was tied at 1 all, which is no mean feat against the 3 time grand finalists. Matt Mulryan did a great job on the hill, but just couldn’t get through us through the 5th. A few bleaders and a couple of pinch hit home runs put us out of the contest. I have never played in a game as windy and miserable as this one. Special mention goes to Frenchy for playing a great game and picking up one of our three hits for the day. Not bad for a bloke with a busted forearm.
HITS – P. Turner, Warrilow, French 1

Division 5 (Coach: Dean Franke) Sponsored by: Ace Panel Systems (Major Sponsor) & Tony Colyer Pty Ltd (Team Sponsor)
East Torrens 11 defeated Sturt 1 (stand in coach Chris Small)
We started the game late in the week (Friday) with a phone call from Coach Zulu (Dean Franke) notifying us he was going to watch Matt play in the 3's this week and he was going to sit on the bench for them, after some reports we hear that Zulu played for the 3's and after the match he may get a call up for the 2's or 1's next week, he will not know until Tony Catt makes a decision Thursday night at the selection table, mind you all the reports are from Zulu himself. In other words see you at the Div 5 game Zulu So down to the game and with an overcast day and rain on and off it was to be a hard day at the office for us finally being mercied 11-1 after 90 minutes. Not too much to report about the game really but we started with the Rat (Rick Trembath) on the mound and he held them to 4 runs for the first three innings and in the fourth the gates opened up and East Torrens hit the holes to score the maximum 7 runs. On the batting side we had to fight for our hits or be rung up by the first umpire for strike 3 around our ankles (will not mention who the umpire was as he is a nice bloke off the field) what the hell SHREK (BEN COLYER) killed us from the middle. So with a change to the umpiring with Normy (Norm Sluga) taking over we thought we might be able to fight back but the East Torrens pitcher even though injured with a slight hammy still was able to shut us down. This week we brought the use of all our signals and with a steal on for the Rat (Rick Trembath) at first, FOT (Bruce Winter) turned it into a lovely hit and run. Again Rocket (Ron Taylor) laid the bunt down well even though the stand in coach for the day thought he had put a hit and run on, oops. We will forget this game as we have done for most of the season, other than the win at Glenelg with the triple play, and start a fresh for our next game at Adelaide.

Division 6 (Coach: Dave Smith)Sponsored by: Smith Motor Co
East Torrens def Sturt 29 - 7
We started well with fairly even scores through the 1st couple of digs but it got away from us in the end....Some excellent feilding by Greg Boundy was quite commendable in the windy and terrible conditions with 3 solid catches in the outfeild - well done mate. Our pitchers Richie Carter and Greg Milburn also did a good job in the strong winds as did Justin Ransford as catcher. Lightning (Chris) Thompson also lived up to his name with some great base running as did all the players that got bat to ball today - good stuff.

Under 18 (Coach: Chris Small)
Sturt 6 defeated Port Adelaide 5
We drove down to the Port which was going to be a close game as they are 5th on the ladder and we are 6th. As we arrived we were told we are playing on the second diamond as their main diamond was still swimming, so down to the back diamond we go to find home plate surrounded by wet sand and pools of water and a make shift pitchers mound with rubber mat and all. At game time they had put a heap of dry sand down at home plate and the rest of the ground was ok, so we play ball. This week we decided to appoint a captain per game and the captain would help with team position and batting line up, obviously I would have to agree with their suggestions, so this week it was David Nicholas as our first. Down to the game and we started of with Ben Young on the mound for his first pitch of the season and he was fantastic keeping Port to one run after 4 innings, next to the mound was Jayke Wayne and he unfortunately could not find his rhythm or the strike zone and port had scored 3 more runs, next was Ben Papps for his first time on the mound and he was good through 1 and 2/3 innings giving up one run, at this point in time it was Port's last at bat bottom of the sixth and the score was 6 - 5, we are up by one, two out and bases loaded. I called time and put the captain on the spot to finish the game and bring home the win which David did throwing 6 pitches - 2 fouls, 1 ball and 3 strikes. Final score was 6 - 5. On the defensive side of things we were solid with so great plays by Harrison Wood at third, Jarrad Small at second, both Ben Papps and William Brennan at short and both David Nicholas and Sam Hollis at first. Sean Lamonby was solid behind the plate all day and getting better and better the more he pushes himself. On the offensive side we still have room for improvement with signals being missed but we also had some great work with Jayke Wayne laying down a great bunt to advance the runners. Our base running was good which put pressure on Port and allowed us to get a few runners in scoring positions which we were able to score to keep us in front from the top of the third. Well done boys and this weeks captain will have to keep the wins coming. See you all on the track for training.

Under 16/1 Sturt (Coach: Dean Franke) Sponsored by: Premier Trailers
Sturt defeated Kensington 9-1
I asked the team to get themselves back on track and show me how well they can play the game and to their credit they responded today. Everyone contributed, everyone hit at crucial times and the hit and runs flowed, which makes the game so much easier when you get runners on with few outs and can put pressure on the opposition. Dakota was on fire on the mound and the field backed him up with Macca catching superbly and Matt closing out the game. The pleasing part was the guys I’ve been waiting to put bat to ball finally did and Jess, Harrison, Dylan, Brad and Sam all hit at crucial times with Jess and Harrison being the stand outs with 2 great hits each. The only blemish for the day being missed signals which today didn’t cost us but in a tight game are so important. All round, a wonderful effort but only a drop in the ocean, the way the season has gone so far, we now need to consolidate this performance in weeks to come. Derek Schnoor plays his last game for the club next week and fittingly we need to send him off with a win against East Torrens so heads down for next weeks game again.
Hits – Lightbody 2, Colmer 1, Franke 1, Mitchell 1, Macbeth 2, Trembath 2, Roberts 1, Lemon 2, Holt 2
Battery – Mitchell 5 inn 2H / 8K / 3W – Franke 1 inn 1H / 2K / 0W to Macbeth

Under 16/2 Sturt (Coach: Darren Stewart) Sponsored by: Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd (Major Sponsor)
Sturt 12 defeated Goodwood 5
We played another game in which I saw numerous players showing a complete lack of concentration during efforts on the field. A slight improvement from last week, but we are a much better side than what we are showing. Thanks to Jayden and Shaun for filling in, both had great games. There was an improvement in the batting box with a few hits, two to Shaun who was in his first game ever. There needs to be a lift in the concentration, intensity and passion during our games. Bats need to be swung hard and bases need to be run fast. Well done to Lewis and then Josh on the mound a great effort!

Under 14/1 Sturt Coach (Coach: Kris McArdle) Sponsored by: McArdle Family & Smith Motor Co
Sturt 4 defeated Southern Districts 2
Lost two players to U16's this week left us with 9 players for the day. Big thanks to Sam Cavanagh who played with a bruised ( we hope ) hand after copping one inside. Tyler Horrigan started this week and was solid with 3 digs and only one run given up , Zach Lunnon mid relieved the fourth doing a great job and only giving up one run. Then on came Tyler Lunnon who finished off SD beautifully pitching 2 digs 18 pitches 11 strikes and 6 balls good job Ty. Apart from Charlie Goldworthy leading us off with a great hit our batting was a little slow to start with not scoring until the 3rd dig where we scored 2 runs to even it up. By the end of the fifth we look pretty flat and the game was tied with 15 mins to play and i told the boys its now or never. Max Guehrer came up with a lovely single to centre, Errol Burns replied with a single to right for his second hit of the day and also advancing Max to third. Jordan McArdle then drove Max home with a great single to right for his second hit for the day as well. Errols then scored from a wild pitch putting us the 2 runs up. All we needed was three outs and we got them three up three down. Player of the day was Charlie Goldsworthy showing real skill at second making all the plays that came his way and there where a lot including a double play; a very high fly ball and he also led of the batting with his usual aggression. Well done Charlie. Good work lad we had it all against us this week but still pulled off the win, goes to show when we switch on we are a hard side to beat; we just need to deliver this for the full game.

Under U14/2 Sturt - (Coach: Jamie Bishop) Sponsored by: dfk Gray Perry
Sturt U14 "Sluggers" (5) defeated by West Torrens (15) at Sturt
So the heavens allowed windows of opportunity… the sporadic doses of sunshine matched our spontaneous baseball on the day!
A day we are glad to have behind us – a promising 2 all 1st innings indicated a hard fought contest to come between to even teams.,.. and our nemesis West Torrens…
BUT!!!!!
Top of the 2nd and we let them pile on the max 7 runs … stunningly average plays, tough hopes, poor decisions … and we were behind 7… and then to make matters worse put in a 4 up 3 down bottom to give them an impossible lead.
We brought on Mitch Lightbody to help us when RJ came off with a sore shoulder… but the problems continued…
Positives:

- Safe hits to Fraser, Matt, Tommy and Ryack
- Positive heads up attitude… (didn’t sledge each other or opposition – didn’t drop heads)
- We had to lose one! - it was starting to get silly at 6 from 6! A good one to lose – we will beat them well next time we see them
- A very small crowd to witness the “wheels come off”!
Thanks to Greg and Alex Milburn for their umpiring (and Greg for caching them last Thu when I was in Melbourne(… hang on – have I just found a reason???)?
Maureen - scoring – and all the gang!! Also many thanks to Mitchell Lightbody for staying and jumping in…much appreciated!
We have some things to tackle for next week –
Cheers,
Jamie “had better days” Bishop - coach
Team
Matthew Amberg, Reuben Bishop, Tommy Bishop, Fraser Crameri, Damon Gray, William Hill,
Josh McLoughney (broken arm), Daniel Ortiz, Ryack Parsons, Angus Read – and Mitch Lightbody (guest appearance)

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach: Garry Wood)Sponsored by: TNY Management Consultants
Sturt 15 defeated Southern Districts Hawks 4
As with previous weeks we knew this was going to be a game where the opposition would have improved since our first encounter.
Southern Districts started well and had 3 runs on the board very quickly. Stuart Brennan was struggling with his accuracy and so we replaced him with Mitch Lightbody who also initially lacked direction but then threw really well for 3 innings. South ended up with their 4 runs being scored in the first innings.
Our batters scored five in first before having a scoreless innings and then scored the maximum 5 in each of our next 2 at bats.
We had a good chat after the game about making sure we do things properly to prepare ourselves for the various aspects of the game. The "on deck" batters area isn't where you stand and have a chat while you are waiting for your at bat, you certainly should at least have a bat in your hands!!
The lack of vocal support in the field and for the batter needs improvement quickly.
On the positive side we witnessed a good return to hitting form from Zach Evreniadis and Mitch while all the boys contributed in other ways, Peter with a great catch, Tyson caught well, Braydon continues to improve and Max Staggs did really well in his first outing on the pitchers mound pitching 1 and 2/3 innings.
We face tough opposition again this week with a game against West Torrens and this will again give us a good indication as to where we stand in the competition.
Still undefeated so keep trying hard, listening and practising boys.
Go the Saints!

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Glenn Young)
Sturt 14 defeated Hawks 12
Game 6 and one we won by the skin of our teeth. It was cold and blustery as it can be at Southern Districts and we were looking for a win after our game against Glenelg last week. Sam was first up and took a hit on the body to start our innings off. A couple of walks to Jamie D and Nikolai saw us in good position to capitalise from a good double by Jack and we were three runs on the board. Mac and Jamie also took walks followed by a solid infield single by Corey then drawing a wild throw by their shortstop to allow Jack and Mac to score and we had made an excellent start. Edward started our defensive game on the mound and got two good strike outs but the opposition still managed to level peg us for this innings. In our second at bat we watched and picked our pitches well we were kept to three runs by some good fielding , Harrisons hit to left field the highlight of this dig. Jack gave us another solid performance on the mound with a KC, good put out by Harrison at first and an excellent catch by the pitcher to hold the Hawks to one run. Our third innings saw some good hitting including an inside home run by Edward costing the coach a packet of snakes. Corey and Nikolai made good contact but good fielding saw us score only Edwards run. Corey had his second go at pitching and just struggled a little to find the right zone. A lot of his pitches were close to the edges and unlucky to be called balls. To his credit and showing his character he finished out the innings but with us 11-9 down with 5 minutes to play. In our last at bat solid hitting by Cameron, Jack and Edward along with aggressive base running and some walks saw us score the 5 and have a three run lead to defend. Our "closer" Harrison came in and did what he does well - throw strikes to hold the Hawks to one run for a 14-12 win. Well done boys to fight back so well.
Hits Cameron, Harrison, Jack 2 (single, double), Corey, Edward 2 (HR, single)

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Darren French) Sponsored by: Brownhill Creek Tourist Park
Sturt 16 Def Kensington 12
A great team win, we batted first scoring five runs in the first innings with a great hitting display! Ethan Egglestone pitched the first dig doing a great job and picking up two strike outs! Second at bat saw us scoring a further four runs with Conor Dyer picking up his second hit and really putting the pressure on Kensington. Then we had Eli Egglestone pitching, who showed great promise and could prove to be very useful with further training. We scored one run in the third with a fantastic double from Isaak Dangerfield. Well done mate keep it up! In the field we had Arti Dow Pitch for the first time and he picked up a couple of strike outs also and will add a great advantage to our pitchers. Excellent stuff! To finish off the last dig we had Nick Evreniadis pitch he did a good job especially when his focus is on the glove and the strike zone.
Hits: Connor Dyer 3, Connor Mc Clure3; Isaak Dangerfield 2: Ethan Egglestone 1; Arti Dow1.

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..:: message posted on Monday the 30th of November, 2009 21:31:05 ::..

Newsletter Week 7

It was good to get in a full weekend of baseball with the cooler weather. Unfortunately not the results we were hoping for over the weekend, with only the Division 5 side managing to get a win. There were a couple of excellent junior results so well done to those teams in juniors who won over the weekend!

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Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt) Sponsored by: Ord Minnett (Major Sponsor)
Southern Districts 11 defeated Sturt 1
In a week that was interrupted by a number of external factors, the team just couldn't get it together and we got what we deserved. A good preparation during the week will go a long way to ensuring you give yourself every opportunity of performing at your best on the weekends - this is something we need to get back to.
There were not too many winners in our side on the day but special mentions to Daniel Turner with two hits who continues to impress everyone around him and Tom Winter, back in the A grade with a great game.
One step back - lets make sure this week is two steps forward.
Hits - Turner 2, Carter, Winter, Green, Brebner-Russ.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter) Sponsored by: Ord Minnett (Major Sponsor)
Southern Districts 6 defeated Sturt 2
A solid but ultimately unsatisfactory performance. The group had one inning which let them down and didn't do the small things. This proved to be the difference.
When things aren't going your way in this game you have to keep making sure you do the basics right and the rest will follow. This group needs to keep doing the basics and hang in there - the results will come your way and the hard hit balls will find gaps - they just need to believe it will.
A big double header weekend for both groups this weekend which should make or break finals chances.

Division 3 (Coach: Rick Mitchell)
Glenelg 5 defeated Sturt 4
Glenelg are always the team we measure ourselves against and today we fell 1 run short losing 4-5 after a great fight back in the last dig. Again we started off too slow collecting only 3 hits in the 1st 7 digs, which was nowhere near good enough putting up 27 hitters for 21 outs. The last was a different story collecting 4 hits for 4 runs. Nick Tuffnell got us off to a good start on the hill without much luck , the ball didn't quite bounce our way. Nick also a great day in the box going 2 for 4 with a 2 run triple in the 8th. Will Wirth came in for his first pitch for us and was simply outstanding holding Glenelg's good offence to 1 hit in 4 & 1/3 innings, great job Will. Sam Hollis was outstanding at right field pulling out a double play which included a great catch and throw, Sam also went 2 for 4, Sam is turning into a very good alround baseballer, keep it going. Can't forget to mention how great a job Michael Robinson did behind the dish, he threw a runner out and nothing at all got past, it is going to take some pushing to move Robbo from behind the dish after today's effort.
Again bad luck today boys, great effort in the field but we can't give headstarts away like this and wait 7 digs to start hitting!

Division 4 (Coaches: Stan Warrilow & Simon Gooley)
Glenelg 14 defeated Sturt 1

Division 5 (Coach: Dean Franke) Sponsored by: Ace Panel Systems (Major Sponsor) & Tony Colyer Pty Ltd (Team Sponsor)
A “triple play” – absolute poetry in motion, in the score book as an L1 / 1-6 / 6-3 implemented to perfection with precise accuracy that brought the capacity crowd to its feet – what an absolute treat !
Mastermind coach Zulu sent out an inspirational motivation for the team this week of the Bull Durham “Lollygaggers” shower scene to take on the Tigers, being the obvious tonic to get Div 5 over the line with an 8-6 victory. But it didn’t stop there, with another masterstroke, the coach determined himself on the “disabled” list after a bruising pitching effort the week before, then realizing that perhaps we may need a “bunt” signal for the first time in 4 years Rocket actually performed the perfect execution. Pure genius really and in the next two weeks we will gradually include things like “steal” and “hit & run” signals as we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves.
Everyone played their part of a complete unit, with Bear firing on the hill showing the class of his 25 Capp’s Medals (we’ve missed you) after Rocket started us off, Doc at the plate blocking everything, Wild Thing finally on fire at short, Daisy cruisey at two, RAT like a wall at third and FOT just the consummate professional at first.
We then had the impenetrable outfield of Shrek, AJ, Rowdy and Smally to back up a top infield. Zulu, Pop and Reg may find it hard to get back into this side after such polished performances.
Down 4-6 going into the last we battled away to get 4 runs across the plate with match winner Smally coming off the bench and of course using the coaches “special” bat to hit in the 2 winning runs which Bear and the field then shut out for an inspirational victory.
Just a fantastic effort with all the pre season hard work and clever planning obviously now showing dividends with a second win for the season, onward and upward all.
Hits – Shrek 2, Bear 2, FOT 1, AJ 1, Smally "you beauty" 1
Battery – Rocket and Bear to Doc

Division 6 (Coach: Dave Smith)Sponsored by: Smith Motor Co
Glenelg defeated Sturt 10-3
We started really well again with great pitching by Richie Carter and a cracking start with the bat by all. Justin Richardson pitched the second half of the game well but we could't keep up the good work with the bat and Glenelg got away from us. I think a win is not far away for our side as we are showing some great signs with almost 0 errors in the field for the entire game!!

Under 18 (Coach: Chris Small)
West Torrens 4 defeated Sturt 1
Well with no training for three weeks and no games for two, one with the hot weather and a bye the boys final got to play some baseball again, but unfortunately it was not the result we would have liked, finally going down 4-1 to West Torrens at home. It was a very good standard of baseball from both sides but we made a couple of errors in the field allowing them to score the runs. We had David Nicholas start on the mound and he through 5 innings for 98 pitches 58 strikes and 40 balls. Harrison Wood came in to finish of the last two innings with 34 pitches 21 strikes and 13 balls. On the offensive side we watch too many third strikes over the plate and had some brain fades with runners which cost us in the end. The boys still enjoyed themselves as always. I would like to thank Dylan Holt and Dakota Mitchell for filling in for us to give us the nine players required. Both boys did a great job.
Let's get out on the training track this week on Wednesday and get ready for next weeks game.

Under 16/1 Sturt (Coach: Dean Franke) Sponsored by: Premier Trailers
Golden Grove 11 defeated Sturt 5
With what was an exceptional start to the game with Matt Franke pitching 2 great innings and the bats alight with Matt Macbeth hitting a triple and Dakota and Bradley hitting strong singles we seemed to be switched on, being 3-0 up. Unfortunately that was where it ended with our hitters losing the momentum and making poor choices in later at bats.
We struggled defensively from that point and our opposition showed much more application and desire.
As discussed after the game, with such natural talent in the team, we are far from achieving what we are capable of and need to reassess the way we approach our game and trainings and our mental mindsets.
Jess hit the ball hard without luck and Bradley toiled hard behind the plate with Dakota finishing off a tough game on the mound.
Thanks also to Josh and Lazar for coming to the game after their earlier game at Gawler , warming up the pitchers and the field and both getting on base with their pinch hitting efforts.
Hits – Roberts 1, Trembath 1, Mitchell 2, Macbeth 1, Tindall 1
Battery – Franke 2 inns - 1 hit - 2 K2 - 0 BB - 0 ER, Holt 1 1/3 inns – 6 hits – 1 K2 – 5 BB – 5 ER, Mitchell 1 2/3 inns – 3 hits – 1 K2 – 1 BB – 4 ER to Trembath

Under 16/2 Sturt (Coach: Darren Stewart) Sponsored by: Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd (Major Sponsor)
Gawler 5 defeated Sturt 4
This game showed small gaps in our knowledge surrounding situational plays and base running. The group works well together with lots of positive talk! We are still lacking in our ability to communicate with each other in a professional manner. There were too many situations where we watched the opposition do as they please and no one said a word. Well done to Josh on the mound! A great start to your full distance pitching career! Louis closed well also. Another great job by Henry behind the plate! We'll keep going with our training and work on our game play. Thanks to Brett Colmer for filling in and getting our only hit (sorry Henry, going by the score book, haha).

Under 14/1 Sturt Coach (Coach: Kris McArdle) Sponsored by: McArdle Family & Smith Motor Co
Sturt 15 defeated East Torrens 0
Convincing win this week, I asked the team to play our game and they did that. Solid start holding ET in first dig we then went out and scored 5 runs in our first at bat. Max Guehrer hit a massive home run with two on base to get us going. We scored consistently in every dig, batting all round was a team effort with most getting safe hits but all contributing in some way. Fielding was also very good with all doing their job Sam Cavanagh came up with a double play and Jayden Trembath picked off a runner on first also making the basic outs. Today we used 4 pitchers all doing their job but special mention to Zach Lunnon who pitched two superb digs for his first outing of the year. Thanks to Matthew Amberg who filled in from div 2 and he also line drived the ball to Centre showing he can play at this level. Big thanks to Brett Colmer who went up to U16 div 2 to help them out. Great job guys!

Under 14/2 Sturt - (Coach: Jamie Bishop) Sponsored by: dfk Gray Perry
Under 14/2 Sturt (12) defeated H&G (5) at Sturt
As we cast our eyes to the sprinkling heavens we nervously watched the umpire ground inspection – surely not a "rain out" after last week’s "too hot" cancellation???
Nope! Our superb guest umpire Bill Magoulianos had no hesitation saying “play ball” – and we took to the beautiful Sturt ground with enthusiasm! (thanks Bruce P – it’s a picture) Thanks too to Kym Smith who stayed on to give Andy some base umpiring training…. 3 umpires! We did feel special!
With a 2 week lay-off, the zone was always going to be a challenge and Fearless Fraser did his best throwing good hard strikes to start, but then started having location troubles after 2 outs, and they snuck in a couple before I dropped Reuben “call me RJ” into a loaded bases situation – and he calmly got the final out with ease!
So, chasing 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st was the motivation the boys needed to get straight on with the job – they piled on the maximum 7 runs with great disciplined batting up and down the order!
William earned a walk to lead off (& then a 2nd as last batter) - safe hits from Dynamite Damon, RJ, Mighty Matt, Fraser and Too-tuff Tommy as well as walk by Awesome Angus!
H&G didn’t know what hit them!
RJ then took the mound and did well – although giving up 2 walks and a hit he did stop them with 3 strike-outs and allowed only 2 more runs in. Bottom 2nd saw some more good batting – walks to RJ & Damon followed by solid hits to Matt and Fraser saw 3 more runs in… 10-4. We stuck with RJ who walked a couple before getting down to biz – another strike out and then a great dbl play by Matt to end it!
Bottom 3 saw another crisp hit from Tommy to lead off (2 from 2 into right field!) – another well batted walk for William and a solid centrefield shot to RJ saw us bank another 2 runs. Matt came onto close and did the job well with good catches taken allowing just 1 in. Time was then called – and a strong win 12-5 was the final result!
Thanks as well Maureen for her wonderful scoring – and Bernard, Andy and Simon for all their efforts! Also many thanks to Jordan McArdle for riding our bench as back up –much appreciated!
Look forward to next week – home game 2.30pm against West Torrens!
Cheers, Jamie "having a ball" Bishop - coach
PS – at Bones suggestion, I will list the team at the bottom of each week so you can see names/surnames and match up "stars of the future!"
Matthew Amberg, Reuben Bishop, Tommy Bishop, Fraser Crameri, Damon Gray, William Hill, Josh McLoughney (broken arm), Daniel Ortiz, Ryack Parsons, Angus Read –

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach: Garry Wood)Sponsored by: TNY Management Consultants
Sturt 10 defeated Kensington 7
We knew this was going to be a difficult game against a team we had heard had improved. What made life more difficult was the fact that we hadn't trained or played for 2 weeks due to the heat policy.
So it was time to go back to basics and practice what we had been doing earlier in the year. With Mitch Lightbody pitching well and the field supporting him we took a commanding 6 to 1 lead at the halfway stage.
At this point we made some substantial changes to our team and put boys in unfamiliar positions. Credit to Kensington they lifted their game and scored a few runs to put the pressure back on us. They also fielded particularly well and in the fourth innings their pitcher only threw 4 pitches!
Brodie Macbeth came in to pitch at a tough time and finished the game off really well. The boys are learning that there is a lot to this game and that a small lapse in concentration can be disastrous.
The pleasing thing as that all the kids are contributing in their own way and are becoming a tight bunch of good mates. As Mr. Mac pointed out to the boys after the game, they do need to show more support both in the field and in the batters box for their team mates. As we now have signals the boys need to look at me after every pitch as we start to learn some of the "finer" points of the game.
It will be nice to get a good training session in this week.
I must make mention about Henry Wood who I thought caught well against some, at times, erratic pitching and chimed in with an inside the park Grand slam home run when 2 of the Kensington boys unfortunately collided with the ball still inside the cones!
Well done boys, stilled undefeated through 6 games.

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Glenn Young)
Glenelg 14 defeated Little League 2-Sturt 4
This week we came up against the league leaders on an less than ideal preparation having missed the last two trainings due to the hot weather. The Glenelg team demonstrated the level we need to work towards if we wanted to end up the year on he top of the table. On a blustery day we were somewhat "blown off the diamond" despite some good fielding and batting from our boys. Our first at bat saw some solid hitting from Nikolai, Cameron and Will but we were unable to penetrate the field to get runners on base. Harrison threw solidly for our first defensive innings getting the three outs at the plate and holding them to two runs from good hits. In our second dig the hitting continued from Matt and Edward but again good fielding denied us runs. Cam threw some good pitches as second up but a mixture of good hitting and some walks allowed the Tigers to get their maximum five runs. Out third at bat showed what aggressive batting and base running can do - hits from Cameron and Will and then good base running allowed us to get on the board with two runs. Will threw a marathon innings up next but kept the opposition to 4 runs. The story of our day at batting continued in the fourth with hits from Corey, Jamie D and Will but only Corey's able to penetrate the field. Two runs however made our score a little more respectable. Jamie D closed for us and held Glenelg to three for a final score of 14-4. I was overall happy with the batting and fielding but we need to find the strike zone a bit more consistently to beat a team like Glenelg. More aggressive base running and being alert on the bases is something we will also work on. hits: Cameron, Will, Corey, Jamie D

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Darren French) Sponsored by: Brownhill Creek Tourist Park
Little League 2-Saints 14 defeated Southern Districts 8
What a great team effort by the guys this week. We played Southern Districts at Flinders and had the bare 9 players which meant everyone had to contribute, and they did.
Ethan Egglestone started on the mound. He faced 7 batters giving up 2 hits for 1 run and striking out 3. An excellent start. Our first at bat saw the first 5 runners score, with hits to Carlin Stutley, Thomas O'Connell, Eli Egglestone and Isaak Dangerfield. In my last report I said of Isaak that "while he swung the bat well, he couldn’t connect (if he keeps swinging the bat like in that at bat he will hit the ball well)" and today he proved me right. Isaak collected his first safe hit and an RBI in our first dig. Well done Isaak.
At the end of the first innings we up 5-1 up. Thomas O'Connell pitched the second and while walked the first batter, he then struck out the next 3 in order. Our fielders had not had a lot of work at this point but it was good to see that the guys were still doing the little things to keep themselves in the game. I mention that Eli Egglestone did a great job behind the plate in the first two digs. Our second at bat saw four runs scored through walks and hits. Carlin Stutley hit a double, Thomas O'Connell and Conner Dyer got singles.
Carlin Stutley pitched the third innings. This was Carlin first appearance on the mound and he did a great job throwing lots of strikes. This bought the Southern Districts bats into the game and got fielders involved. Carlin pitched well even though he gave up 5 runs. We will make sure that Carlin gets the "Mr Mac" tips this week.
Our third at bat, saw Seaton Seigfried lead off, who was very unlucky not to beat the throw to first. Seaton's batting is improving every week and I know he will become an effective hitter soon. Safe hits to Arti Dow, Ethan Egglestone (double), Thomas O'Connell and a series of walks saw us scored the maximum.
End of 3 innings we are up 14-8.
Conor McClure pitched the last innings. Our second first time pitcher of the day. Conor did a good job as well. He gave up 4 walks, and struck out 2. Arti Dow took a magnificent catch at left field for the second of the 3 outs. The fielding in the last two innings was very good with the boys making good decisions most of the time. Final score 14-8.
Overall a very pleasing effort by the boys. They all stood up and made solid contributions to the game.
Thanks Brett Egglestone for another great umpiring performance and Lynette Egglestone for scoring.


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

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 24th of November, 2009 00:06:15 ::..

Newsletter Week 6

We have had a huge weekend of baseball with the Claxton Shield returning to the Norwood Oval on Friday night! Unfortunately I was flying back from interstate at the time so missed out, but have heard that the atmosphere was fantastic! I also hear that Paul Mildren did an excellent job and at the Saturday night game Angus Roeger hit a grand slam in the seventh inning. You can read match reports from the weekend games on the ABL website. Great to see SA start off the series with a three game clean sweep!

Talking of Paul Mildren, his commitment to our club is outstanding! Under 14/2 Sturt Coach Jamie Bishop commented that "Paul's constant coaching assistance for the kids (U12’s and U14’s especially) has been fantastic – and he even recently visited Highgate Primary and spoke to the class" (click here to see pictures)

Whilst we don't normally do free advertising I thought that many of you may be interested in the book The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento - written by Australian author Nicholas Henning. This is reportedly the first Australian baseball novel detailing the journey of a young Australian baseball player who is looking to fulfil his dream of playing professional baseball. A light-hearted script that all baseball fans would love. You can read more about the book on the ABF website or order it directly from Amazon.

Fees

I also need to remind all of our senior players and junior players and their parents of the extreme importance of paying your subscription fees. The Club works on volunteers and for those who have not paid their fees, this results in addition work from your fellow members who have to chase these fees. If you haven't yet paid your fees, please make every effort to do so before we actually make contact with you! You can pay online or see Sonia or Rosanna behind the bar to make your payment, where we have available EFTPOS facilities. If you are not sure of the fee to pay you can check online

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 finnancial 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

Silver Sponsor:
Freshwater Systems & Smith Motor Group
Bronze Sponsor:
Force Access



Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt) Sponsored by: Ord Minnett (Major Sponsor)
West Torrens 5 defeated Sturt 3
In very difficult conditions the boys played sub par baseball to loose in a close contest. Ben Packer was good again for 5 innings but the bats never really got going and with the shortened match we found ourselves behind in the 7th.
Poor decision making was the story of the day.
There were not too many positives to take from the day other than the fact we can play a lot better.
Hits - Turner 2, Roeger, Passmore, Brebner-Russ, Holmes.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter) Sponsored by: Ord Minnett (Major Sponsor)
West Torrens 4 defeated Sturt 3
The story of close losses continues for this group. This is there third one run loss.
Rick Mitchell continues to do the job on the mound for this team and Shane Horne threw well after a shaky start.
Offensively, Dave Carter was a standout but the balls just aren't finding the gaps. Hang in there boys - things will turn your way soon.

Division 3 (Coach: Rick Mitchell)
GGCD 9 defeated Sturt 5
Heading out for another trek in the heat 2 weeks in a row , last week Gawler this week Golden Grove I thought we were better than even odds to win , but this wasn't to be the case going down 9-5 in well fought out game.
With some last minute scratchings we were short a couple of players so Tony Catt came to the rescue pulling on the gear for the first time in a couple of years and I thank him very much(I hear the pool we dragged him from was very comfy!)
We started off very well going out to 2-0 lead with a great 1st dig but that is where it stopped with GGCDs pitcher facing only 12 batters out of 9 in the next 3 digs. We then came alive again in the last scoring 3 more runs .Not sure where we were in the middle 3 digs it wasnt at a baseball game.Well done to Nick Tuffnell who pitched a good game , struggled then fought back very well ( by the way well done on your 1st HOMERUN the week before!) Cam Thorpe keeps delivering in the lead off spot going 2 for 3 with a double and doing a good job in the field. Boys we need to hit better and I think our season will turn around the signs are there. Well done to Matt Franke who came up for his first Div 3 game. Hits : Thorpe 2/3 with a dbl,Harris 1/1 2walks ,Mattschoss 1/2 1walk ,Mitchell 1/3 1dbl,Robinson 1/2

Division 4 (Coaches: Stan Warrilow & Simon Gooley)
Sturt 1 defeated by Adelaide 13
I reckon everyone (including myself) was thinking too much about the heat policy than the game.
It certainly showed in our performance!
The key words are as follows;
Embarrassing, lack of confidence, and very very poor.
It was over in less than 70 minutes (thank god) as I chose not to go out and start a new inning.
Gool’s took a fantastic catch, Matt Mulryan pitched his heart out and Peter Turner picked up 2 hits.
That’s all folks.
HITS – Turner 2, Small 1

Division 5 (Coach: Dean Franke) Sponsored by: Ace Panel Systems (Major Sponsor) & Tony Colyer Pty Ltd (Team Sponsor)
An unfortunate loss 5-8
We travelled to the lovely City of Playford ground with its abundance of wind swept trees and beautiful scenic surrounds for our 90 minute soiree this weekend. With the temperature at a lovely balmy 40 degrees I decided to take on the pitching duties so as not to stress out our overworked bullpen, and we nearly got away with it. In a tough struggle for most of the game we were in front, behind, drawn and then behind at the end. Our bats were much better today and Smally and Norm both hit strongly as did Daisy as Shrek ballooned a couple over the infield. Rocket was a rock at first and incurred the wroth of the "blue", who was actually "green" for "threatening" (go figure) a runner who decided that first base should be the runners bag and not share it with the fielder. Davey Lee continues his consistent work in the outfield by actually taking catches and FOT took a couple of nice ones too. The Wild Thing is struggling a little with his brick glove while Shrek is snatching almost everything at the plate. A special mention to the Doc who was up early and flew to and from Melbourne just for the game, what dedication. A game loss by an improved Divy 5 side this week. Thanks also to Carol for making the trek out to score.

Hits – Shrek 2, Daisy 1, Smally 2, Wild Thing 1, Zulu 1

Division 6 (Coach: Dave Smith)Sponsored by: Smith Motor Co
West Torrens defeated Sturt 10-1
Great start by the saints with very low scores for most of the game, we were up 1-0 until Torrens had a fantastic dig with the bat leaving us well behind. Good work by all in the the heat and a big thanks to Richie Carter who came along to save the day with his excellent catching (as always). Justin Richardson's pitching is getting better and better and he is a credit to the team, Steve Smith also had a great day on 2nd base and with the bat. We probably could have won the game with the way we were playing but alas got overrun. We're all still having fun and that's the aim!!

Junior Games
No junior games were played this weekend due to the heat!

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 16th of November, 2009 22:29:04 ::..

Newsletter Week 5

Congratulations to our Division 1 side who had a magnificent win against Glenelg on Sunday. Congratulations also to Paul Mildren and Angus Roeger for being named in the SA Claxton Shield for the upcoming series against Queensland at Norwood Oval.

Given the hot weather we are experiencing in Adelaide at the moment I remind everyone about the Baseball SA Heat Policy.

The Heat Policy also applies to Junior Training sessions. I understand that this week coaches are making individual arrangements about training depending on the day and forecast temperature. Coaches or managers will be in touch with junior teams effected.

Fees

I also need to remind all of our senior players and junior players and their parents of the extreme importance of paying your subscription fees. The Club works on volunteers and for those who have not paid their fees, this results in addition work from your fellow members who have to chase these fees. If you haven't yet paid your fees, please make every effort to do so before we actually make contact with you! You can pay online or see Sonia or Rosanna behind the bar to make your payment, where we have available EFTPOS facilities. If you are not sure of the fee to pay you can check online

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

Silver Sponsor:
Freshwater Systems & Smith Motor Group
Bronze Sponsor:
Force Access



Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt) Sponsored by: Ord Minnett (Major Sponsor)
Sturt 2 defeated Glenelg 1
What a great game. Both sides played great baseball which was highlighted by a number of stats but to give you a taste, neither side threw a walk for the entire match.
Some great defense from Dan Turner at shortstop for the Saints and from Dan Wilson in CF for the bays. Dan Wilson took two of the best catches to rob us of hits I have ever seen.
It is hard to keep coming up with words to describe how good Paul Mildren is. His effort through 7 innings on Sunday was fantastic. Special mention to Craig Wright who had to enter a tight game against a very good side and he was superb in relief.
Offensively, everyone chipped in but no more so than the Angus Roeger bomb into left field to put the Saints in front.
Everyone contributed, everyone did the small things and the Saints won. That's the standard.
Hits - Green 3, Holmes 2, Turner , Roeger HR, Lee, Day, Brebner-Russ, Carter.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter) Sponsored by: Ord Minnett (Major Sponsor)
Sturt 5 lost to Glenelg 6
The B Grade managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory!
Rick Mitchell and Daniel Lee deserved a win for their efforts on the mound. The Saints showed great character to rally from behind to hit the lead by a run in the last innings. The boys played much better baseball this week and were unlucky to be beaten in the bottom of the last.
The team needs to concentrate on the 6 and a half innings of great baseball they played and learn from the mistakes that we made in the end.

Division 3 (Coach: Rick Mitchell)
Sturt 3 defeated by Gawler 9


Division 4 (Coaches: Stan Warrilow & Simon Gooley)
Sturt 1 defeated by Northern Districts 11
Our good points for the day:
We turned up.
Not much else after that, our pitchers struggled to find the zone early, when they did we couldn't field it or catch it.
No one had more than 2 at bats so it's no surprise we only collected 3 safe hits.
North's on the other hand racked up 10 for the day.
A few players hopefully learned some important lessons so it wasn’t a total waste of time.
I told my team to put this game behind us and bounce back next week against Adelaide.
HITS – Warrilow, Gooley & Turner 1

Division 5 (Coach: Dean Franke) Sponsored by: Ace Panel Systems (Major Sponsor) and Tony Colyer (Team Sponsor)
Hawks 13 defeated Sturt 0
Div 5 - oh, woe is me, trainwreck at Norman Reserve, authorities investigating !!
For Sale - 7 unused aluminium -3 bats, in very good condition, previous owners have no current use for them
Apart from the Bear's 2 hits and Bish's 1, that's it, that's all
Rocket started slowly and the Hawk batters got the hits where the field wasnt and by the end of what seemed a marathon 1st innings we were down 0-6, the Bish, making a cameo appearance on the mound then stemmed the flow for a while but it just didn't get any better!
Shrek toiled behind the plate in hot conditions and Wild Thing got lost amongst the dirt at second with an almost phantom double with Rocket unsighted!
Bear, fresh from his hibernation smashed the ball to the right and Bish got a good shot to centre from 1 at bat.
Obviously the carlag and extra training session from last weekend slowed us down this week and training may need to be modified to peak at the right time of the year (or any peak would be good !)
We will go into the mid season draft with a "youth policy", hoping to pick up some midfielders with our 1 & 2 picks overall.
Apparently the coach still has the backing of the full committee (you know what that means) even though onfield performances haven't been acceptable.
Thanks to AJ for the umpiring experience and Carol for scoring, she was only busy in the top half of each innings and Tony Colyer for sponsoring (although he may not get the TV exposure he was looking for)

Division 6 (Coach: Dave Smith)Sponsored by: Smith Motor Co
Southern Districts 14 defeated Sturt 10.
Well we got off to a good start with both sides scoring 3 runs in the first dig.
Both sides struggled in their pitching in finding the mark.
Southern Districts broke away in the second scoring 6 runs to our 3.
The game tightened up after that but the damage was done.
Baseball won the day with good spirit and good sportsmanship playing throughout the game

Under 18 (Coach: Chris Small)
Bye

Under 16/1 Sturt (Coach: Dean Franke) Sponsored by: Premier Trailers
lost to West Torrens 2-12
In what was a most disappointing result, we certainly now know where the bar is set!
Dakota pitched well with little support from the field as we struggled to do the "basics", Matt Macbeth worked hard behind the plate, Derek also made some nice plays at rightfield.
Jack Colmer implemented a perfect hit & run with his batting improving each week.
We made some very poor decisions both in the field and the batters box and mentally didn't switch on!
The eyes before the game had little spark and it continued throughout the game, we discussed the "West Torrens factor" afterwards and the mental ability to cope with the game, where we just didn't apply the pressure required to be competitive.
I have high hopes for the ability of this team and individually we have plenty of talent when applied, but it wasn't this day.
We let ourselves down and our supportive families, the boys, maybe not that far away from senior selection and some with high ambitions need to learn that nothing gets handed to them and hard work and concentration makes you successful, not just turning up for a day.
Having said that, we also have a fair sprinkling of 14 year olds who hopefully will be better for the experience.
Lift your heads lads, learn from this game and hit the track harder ! - remember it's a long season.
Hits - Macbeth 1, Mitchell 1, Colmer 1
Battery - Mitchell, Holt to Macbeth

Under 16/2 Sturt (Coach: Darren Stewart) Sponsored by: Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd (Major Sponsor)
11-10 down. The game started well with four runs in the first two digs. Fell asleep in the middle innings which cost us seven runs. Need to show a bit more guts in situations that are not to our advantage. Also decision making was costly at times. But we did pick up and get back our solid form in the batting box only to fall one run short. Well done to Louis who threw at full distance for the first time, a solid performance on a such a hot day! Thanks to Matt who came from div 1 to fill in, good job on the mound too, the curve was working and you had a go with it. Another solid job by Henry behind to dish with a couple of hits too. Finally to Miro who belted a triple in the last to bring us so close, nice!

Under 14/1 Sturt Coach (Coach: Kris McArdle) Sponsored by: McArdle Family & Smith Motor Co
No result available

Under U14/2 Sturt - (Coach: Jamie Bishop) Sponsored by: dfk Gray Perry
Sturt U14 "Sluggers" (14) defeated Gawler Rangers (2) at Gawler
(with apologies to Fiddler’s Dram – AND even Baz, Pilko and Peter Plus!)
“Didn’t we have a wonnerful time – the day we went to Gawler
A scorch of a day - we stopped on the way
(-and that was to check the map you know!)
On the way back we bought Hungry Jacks and picked up a 6 pack for later ….
Singing a few of our favourite songs as the boys won well!”
For many (coach included) this was our first foray to Gawler…. – but distance proved no barrier and the 10 Sluggers and families gathered on the dusty paddock on time and on budget!
(…for such a long trip, you’d sort of hope the toilets would have loo paper?)
“Play ball” said the ump - and we let them! (throw balls) ….our guys worked the count and chased no rubbish… - thanks to aggressive base stealing and discipline we started with 2 runs in the 1st.
RJ led the first attack from the hill in the hot and dusty conditions – and a hard 2 base shot to centrefield let us know there were some hitters in the Rangers!
He struck out the next batter in 3 but the dropped 3rd strike and a wild throw cost us… 2nd batter up and he made sure of it with a follow up regulation K2.
A lucky couple of shots to holes brought in the 2 runs before a well played double stopped them – 2 all….
Next innings and Mighty Matt started with a crisp shot to open the account – and with disciplined walks to Ryack and Damon we converted all 3 runs…
RJ came back out feeling more confident – and started with 2 more strike outs then a walk before a well played 1-3 stopped them and it was 5-2.
Top of the 3rd and out came Gus fresh from his “Kev-fest” in Canberra to draw a well played walk… and then Fearless Frasier (who had also been having some Rudd time last week) spanked a lovely double to bring him in… followed by a hard shot single to Jumping Josh to bring us another 2 runs.
RJ was then allowed “just 2 more batters ok?” before he was to hand over – so he struck them both out too! (I hate dragging pitchers!) …. And Frasier finished off that innings without any more scoring…. So bottom 3rd and it was 7 -2.
Did we want to finish it here? No I don’t think so – we didn’t come this far to lose, or squeak it in - the boys fired and up and down the line up- we hit, we stole and we hussled those poor old Rangers into a 7 run mercy innings… strong singles to Angus and Frasier, a double to Reuben and topped off with Josh falling 2 foot short of yet another homer for another double!
A quick bottom of the last (well almost.. umpire called game with it all but over … an interesting time to call game?)
Top day, top team top result! Well done lads - many thanks especially to Tony Catt who took their practise on Thursday – looks like I’m out of job!

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach: Garry Wood)Sponsored by: TNY Management Consultants
Sturt 16 defeated Goodwood 5
We knew this was going to be a difficult game against a bit of an unknown outfit.
It was important after last week's great game to back up with another solid performance. After a slow start the boys really played well and held the opposition scoreless after the first innings.
We started the Game with Zach Eveready on the mound and after a slow start he then pitched 2 more excellent innings. He was replaced for the last innings by Jack Dawson and he finished the game off brilliantly.
Mitchell Lightbody caught an excellent game in the hot conditions and all in all it was a great performance by the team.
Several of the boys continue to grow in confidence game by game so at this early stage things are progressing well . We still have a lot of work to do over the next few weeks particularly with our hitting and general concentration during the game.
The boys support for their teammates was improved from the previous week but still needs work.
Most boys recorded safe hits which helped us score most of the runners who got on base.
Unfortunately with this week's weather forecast we are unlikely to get on the track so remember boys there is a lot you can do with practice swings etc etc.
"Go the Saints "

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Glenn Young)
Sturt 5 drew with Goodwood 5
The Sturt LL boys took on Goodwood this week and I suppose it was fair to say we did not play quite to the standard of our previous games. Our first at bat saw a number of walks and two good hits to get our maximum 5 runs. Jamie Dayman hit a good ground ball past short stop for our first hit of the day and then Corey cracked a great double to centre field to score 2 RBI's. That however was the total of the hits for the day. We did not however go down watching as the boys attacked the pitching but perhaps we need to work a little on pitch selection. All three pitchers (Will, Nikolai, Jack) threw well, particularly Nikolai who was very accurate. Well done to Edward for his first appearance behind the dish where he did a great job. After our third at bat we were still 5-4 up and had the chance to win the game. At two outs we gave away a stolen base to home to tie the game up. A good lesson in how we have to be focussed in the field at all times. Overall a good defensive game that allowed us the draw when our bats weren't firing. As the boys proudly pointed out to their coach - still undefeated after 4 rounds.

Hits Tucker 1 (double), Dayman 1

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Darren French) Sponsored by: Brownhill Creek Tourist Park
Saints 15 defeated Hawks 9
This week we took on the Southern Districts Hawks again. The boys were quite excited about playing at Mitcham, with "real dugouts" and a great diamond. We had a couple of late drop outs, so we had to call up our "Rostered Day Off" reserves (Ethan and Eli Egglestone) who responded to our call for help. Many thanks to Brett, Lynette, Ethan, Eli and Dillon.
Nick Evrenadis started on the mound. "Mr Mac" was on hand to watch his Under 12 protégé?s and some excellent last minute advice. It worked with Nick, who walked the first batter (nerves I am sure), then K2'd the next 3. He threw 19 pitches and gave up no runs. An excellent job!
He then led off our batting hitting safely. We used only 7 batters to score our maximum five runs. Conor McClure, Matthew Johnston and Ty Langford were walked. Connor Dyer singled, scoring Nick. Thomas O'Connell doubled scoring Matthew and Connor. Then Carlin Stutley stepped up with another double scoring Ty and Thomas. A fantastic at bat.
Matthew Johnston threw the next dig and struggled for control. He threw hard and did not give on his task. At the end of the dig he had given up 5 runs, through 2 hits and six walks. I know Matthew will work hard this week to get his control back.
Our next at bat saw Isaak Dangerfield lead off and while he swung the bat well, he couldn?t connect (if he keeps swinging the bat like in that at bat he will hit the ball well). Seaton Siegfried was next up and got an excellent hit to short for a single. Nick singled, Conor McClure was walked, Matthew got K2'd before Conner Dyer hit a double to score Nick and Conor. Ty Langford came up and, in his relaxed style, smacked a double scoring Conner. Thomas O'Connell then hit a single to score Ty and the innings was over. Saints leading 10-5.
Thomas O'Connell pitched the third. He walked the first batter and then settled down to throw quality strikes. The Hawks managed to hit him twice (and score 2 runs) which was an indicator of how well Thomas was pitching. He closed out the innings - striking out 3, walking 1, giving two hits and two runs.
Our bats came to the fore in the last. Carlin Stutley showing great patience and pitch selection was walked, Nick again hit safely to go 3 from 3 for the day, followed a double form Conor McClure, followed by a triple from Matthew Johnston, Conner Dyer then hit safely again to got 3 from 3. Ty was walked and Thomas O'Connell hit a double to go 3 from 3 for the day. End of 3 innings, Saints up 15 to 7.
Our "super subs" Ethan and Eli, came into the game for the last dig with Ethan pitching and Eli catching. Ethan pitching really well, striking out three, walking two and giving up 2 runs.
End of the game Saints 15 Hawks 9. Congratulations to the Hawks as well as they are a much improved side from the team we played in round one.
Thanks to Brett Egglestone for an excellent umpiring job "behind the plate" and also to our 'Super Scorer" Jo Langford.

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

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 10th of November, 2009 15:27:36 ::..

Newsletter Week 4

Another weekend of mixed results for our Senior teams with our Division 1 boys going down in the end in a game that was there for the winning! Our Division 2 ended up with a draw, while our Division 3, 4 and 5 teams all came through with a win!!

Our Junior Teams continue to be doing overall very well!

My spies tell me that Glenn Young (Doc) is doing a great job with Little League training on Wednesday night with lots of guys from the club also helping!

Thanks also to Jamie Bishop who has organised a special shipment of Rawlings Sliders. Approximately 50 pairs have been ordered and are winging their way from the US and should be here in late November!

On Wednesday November 4th at 7pm there will be an introductory meeting open to the public to come and see Norwood Oval as it is transforming into a baseball field. At this meeting Major League Baseball will be introducing the members of their staff, and key members of the community that have helped make this happen. This new league is about expanding baseball in Australia and giving a higher level of play for future and current baseballers. Please make every effort to attend!

On behalf of the Sturt Baseball Club I would like to congratulate the following players who I understand have made state teams:

Under 18s - Sam Day, Jackson Brebner-Russ, David Nicholas, Tom Teague
Under 16s - Dakota Mitchell, Harrison Wood, Dylan Holt, Matthew Macbeth
Under 14s - Max Guehrer, Jayden Trembath, Henry Brennan.

This is breaking news so I apologise in advance if I have missed anyone, but wanted to let everyone know as soon as possible of this outstanding result for our club.

Fees

I also need to remind all of our senior players and junior players and their parents of the extreme importance of paying your subscription fees. The Club works on volunteers and for those who have not paid their fees, this results in addition work from your fellow members who have to chase these fees. If you haven't yet paid your fees, please make every effort to do so before we actually make contact with you! You can pay online or see Sonia or Rosanna behind the bar to make your payment, where we have available EFTPOS facilities. If you are not sure of the fee to pay you can check online

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

Silver Sponsor:
Freshwater Systems & Smith Motor Group
Bronze Sponsor:
Force Access



Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt) Sponsored by: Ord Minnett (Major Sponsor)
Sturt 2 defeated by Woodville 5
This was always going to be a tight match with two very talented and young squads going at each other. Paul Mildren once again led the way with 6 near faultless innings as he shows why he is one of the premier pitchers in the SABL. An Angus Roeger home run was the only offense we got going in the first half of the game as the scores were tied 1 all going into the last 3 digs.
Woodville perfectly placed 3 hits down the left field line to race 3 ahead but to the boys credit we fought the game out to the bitter end and were unlucky not to be closer in the finish.
This was a good effort by the squad but the dice didn't quite roll our way. Next week we play Glenelg and I am confident we can put our best baseball on show once again and take the game to the Tigers.
Hits - Green 2, Turner 2, Carter 2, Day, Roeger HR, Holmes, Winter

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter) Sponsored by: Ord Minnett (Major Sponsor)
Sturt 4 drew with Woodville 4
Another lack lustre effort and the Saints were lucky to escape with a draw. The tempo and body language from our team was very ordinary and some leadership needs to be displayed very quickly to get this group going.
Craig Wright and Rick Mitchell continue to get their team ground balls and keep opposition scores down. The defence and hitting needs to lift to back these two blokes up who are giving there all at the moment.
Well done to David Carter for his heroics in the last innings with a game saving homerun.

Division 3 (Coach: Rick Mitchell)
Sturt 18 defeated Southern Districts 3
Before the game we had a lengthy chat about what we expected from each other both in the field and in the box and to the boys credit we did exactly what we had discussed. We finally got on the board with a mercy rule win against Southern Districts 18-4. With minimal opposition all the boys to their credit stuck to task. We collected 14 safe hits. After scoring 13 runs in the 1st, hits still kept coming in the next 3 digs and every player still kept their heads in the game which was pleasing after such a massive start.Matt Saint played his first game for the year and did an outstanding job on the hill and the only runs they got were unearned also collecting a hit. Cam Thorpe played his 1st Div3 game for the club smashing the ball as our leadoff going 3 for 4 with a triple,he also had a solid game at short stop. Nick Tuffnell also had a good game in the box going 2 for 3 with a walk. Sam hollis looked comfortable in the box going 2 for 3 with a walk. Great game guys this week we head out to Gawler so lets keep doing all the little things and make the trip a pleasant one.
Hits : Thorpe 3(trpl),Noble 1,Hollis 2,Harris 1, Mitchell 2 , Robinson 1(trpl),Tuffnell 2(dbl),McGuiness 1 , Saint 1.

Division 4 (Coaches: Stan Warrilow & Simon Gooley)
Sturt 8 defeated Port Adelaide 7
What a day to wake up to, the sun was shining and the sky was blue.
Welcome back Matt Mulryan, a great game son!
We took a few innings to warm up during this game but we just did enough to scrape home with a well earned win.
The Port boys swung the bat all day and out hit us 14 to 10 but fortunately for us we bunched them together at the right time.
Matt Mulryan led the way with 3 hits for the day as well as pitching 4 great digs to earn his first win.
Things got tight in the last 2 digs as the Magpies were kicking with the wind and we almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory (again).
It was up to Mr. Reliable Pete junior Turner to get us out of a jam.
I tossed junior the ball with loaded bases and 1 out and he came up with a massive strike out and then ended the Port boy’s hopes by grounding out the next hitter and earning himself a well earned save.
We managed to string out our last batting innings to ensure we didn’t have to field again thanks and a bit of sly coaching from yours truly.
A good win in the end but we need to score our runs more evenly throughout the game instead of 1 or 2 big innings.
HITS – Mulryan 3, Warrilow, Faehse 2, Mcardle, Small, K.Turner 1

Division 5 (Coach: Dean Franke) Sponsored by:Ace Panel Systems (Major Sponsor)
Div 5 vs Gawler – a win 11-10 !!!

The goose’s egg is well and truly broken ! We took a hard right turn at Port Wakefield to find ourselves at the foot of the Gawler Ranges, playing at the picturesque "Rangers Park" to the sound of galahs, sheep, cattle and the odd Skippy bounding past. The amenities were interesting, looking out for "Joe Blakes" whilst not wanting to put both feet down at the same time in case they decided higher ground was safer. That aside, the long journey out proved too difficult for some, with RAT and FOT arriving at the deathknock and we’re still looking for Shrek who didn’t arrive until the training session at Doc’s.
With the coach having to start, much to his disgust and Wild Thing on the mound the game looked doomed with a 1-5 scoreline ! Then cometh the Rocket ! Wiley Rocket Ron came to the mound and made it his own with an exceptional display of controlled pitching for the rest of the game, bewildering the Rangers batters. Even Dave Lee was so impressed he decided to take some catches at rightfield as did Smally at left. FOT, who took over from coach Zulu at first was on fire, as was Pop at second and then Sluga at short. The bats were on fire for the first time this year and Daniel "Rowdy" Burns got bat to ball hard without any luck as did Dave Lee and Smally. Oh yeh, nearly forgot, Sluga hit a grand slam as well (he finally got the ball out of the infield), ho hum – big deal ! We were 11-7 up with the home team to bat in the last and with a tiring Rocket, he was able to close it out for a memorable win after all shaking off the carlag and the northern suburbs curse.
Thanks to Carol for making the journey to score and Doc & Doc lady for the late night training session for the team which resulted in slow Sundays for most of us, Woody for the Heinekin kegs and Jo for the pav (well played girls)
All played well on all fronts – especially "Southern Comfort Chris" – (you really need to take a good look at yourself)
Hits – Smally 1, RAT 1, Doc 1, Wild Thing 1, Rocket 1, Zulu 1, Leeeeeee 1 – Jenny 1 on Smally after Docs training session.
Battery – Wild Thing and Rocket to Doc – Assault & Battery on Smally by all.

Division 6 (Coach: Dave Smith)Sponsored by: Smith Motors
Gawler 14 defeated Sturt 9
Well we had a fantastic start and even managed a mercy rule (7runs in one dig) against the opposition - Unfortunately time was against us and after a couple of slow digs with the bat we couldn't keep our lead, going down 14 -9. Josh Conner showed great effort for his first time pitching and as usual Richie Carter was a legend catching well in the very hot conditions! Good work by Craig Martin and Greg Boundy on 1st base, there were some "challenging" throws to be caught and they both did well. Generally good work with the bat and ball by all, good base running by Chris Thompson (I think we'll call him Lightning Thompson) and last but not least Justin Richardson pitched the second half of the game and also did a fantastic job! Well done lads...

Under 18 (Coach: Chris Small)
Sturt 0 V lost to Woodville 11
We turned up to our home ground to find Bruce Packer setting up the diamond as he has been when there is a triple header at home and it looked fantastic, Bruce does a great job. We warmed up a bit sluggish and started the game that way with a few errors in the first that the boys never recovered from. We only gave up two runs in the first but the attitude that they had in the rest of the game was nowhere near the same as last week. Harrison Wood was on the mound and was throwing strikes and that is what I asked him to do, unfortunately the field was not switched on and the errors hurt, it may have been the pressure that Woodville but us under with the bats. The game pretty much went that way for us with a few more errors and just not hitting the ball in groups.
Sam Hollis was good at first always talking and trying to get the boys up and Matthew MacBeth was again filling in behind the plate and taking a beating. Ben Papps again laid down a great bunt to advance the runners but we could not get our bats going. Jarrad Small and Ben Young had some nice hits. We welcomed Sean Lamonby back and he took over from Matthew MacBeth behind the plate and slotted straight in. David Nicholas came onto the mound and put a stop to there runs throwing hard. We need to forget about this game and get ready for the next, we have the bye this weekend so relax and enjoy it off if you are not playing seniors and I will see you all on the track for training.
Thanks to Matthew Franke
for coming out and sitting on the bench he also coached first base for me.
Michael Papps umpired. In the end we were mercied after ninety minutes for the 11-0 loss, this now puts us at 2 and 2 with us playing the top three sides over the next four weeks + the bye, this should give us a good indication of how we will sit for the rest of the season and show us what we will need to work on. We are capable of beating the top sides but we must be ready to play and work hard for the wins.

Under 16/1 Sturt (Coach: Dean Franke) Sponsored by: Premier Trailers
U16/1 Sturt 15 defeated Woodville 3
Dylan started the game, but only lasted 4 batters with a sore arm unfortunately abruptly ending his afternoon. Matt then came to the mound and closed the game out with a struggling fastball but good off speed stuff that kept the opposition batters at bay. A more disciplined batting display after the early innings then saw us draw away from our opposition. Better selection of pitches by our hitters and heads up on the bases and in the box as far as picking up signals put the desired pressure on the Senators. Jack batted strongly with 2 good hits and it was pleasing to see Lazar and Sam come up with hits when needed. Everyone did their bit to the team success although we weren’t challenged in the field, our hitters all did their job.
11 BB’s, 11 hits tells the story from 32 batters
Hits – Lightbody 1, Lemon 1, Losic 1, Franke 1, Trembath 1, MacBeth 1, Colmer 2, Schnorr 1, Roberts 1, Duffield 1
Battery – Holt 1/3 inn 3 hits & 1 K2 & 2 ER, Franke 3 2/3 inn 2 hits & 5 K2 & 5 BB’s to Trembath

Under 16/2 Sturt (Coach: Darren Stewart) Sponsored by: Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd (Major Sponsor)
Bye

Under 14/1 Sturt Coach (Coach: Kris McArdle) Sponsored by: McArdle Family & Smith Motors
Sturt 13 def Glenelg 0
Today the boys faced the award winning Carl Ripken pitcher Ben Keeping. I asked the boys to just concentrate on getting bat contact and then Glenelg will have to rely on their field. The first dig glenelg held us to 0 runs and they then came out blazing filling up the bases. Tyler Lunnon showed real guts and with help from the field we got away with no runs scored. The next innings neither side scored. The third dig i reminded the boys that bat contact is what we need and they replied by scoring 6 runs and with help from Brett Colmer who's took ten pitches off Glenelg's pitch count with one at bat, 6 fouls and 4 balls to get the walk. This effort finished Ben Keepings outing and we then pushed on hard and scored another 7 runs in the 4th. Great effort on the mound from Tyler Lunnon who pitched 3 digs, 54 pitches, 34 strikes and 20 balls, followed by our newest recruit Tyler Horrigan who finish on the mound with 10 pitches, 9 strikes and 1 ball 3 up 3 down. Tyler Horrigan also picked up 2 hits and made a great play from third to get us out of the shaky first dig. Welcome to Sturt Tyler and the Horrigan family. Good job guys we are back. Lets give Golden Grove their first loss this week.
HITS: Single hits to Jayden T, Brett C, Henry B, Tyler L, Errol B, Charlie G and 2 hits to Tyler H.

Under U14/2 Sturt - (Coach: Jamie Bishop) Sponsored by: DFK Gray Perry
U14/2 - Sturt 13 defeated Kensington 12
Halloween came and went this weekend – and in the wee small hours of Sunday morning, many of our team finally slipped away to snatch a few short hours of sleep before heading out to Kensington!
So on top of a lolly hang-over, the boys were welcomed with the mercury headed towards 33+ on the main diamond – and we knew it was going to be a long day!
With two of our team hanging out with Kev on a school camp in the ACT, we were grateful for the addition of Jordan and Max from U14-1’s.
Our manager "Simon the valiant" gallantly tackled the scoring role with enthusiasm …and creativity! (- he mostly agreed with their scorer!) Meanwhile our depleted parents & ring-ins jumped into the voids of line-up manager, warm up and 3rd base coaches.. - thanks to all for their help!
The bats rattled in the 1st and we were away well – but a lucky double play for them stopped us at 2 runs - just as we were looking dangerous! At the bottom of the first RJ took to the mound for us with enthusiasm – but the pesky 3rd out eluded us… and a combination of wild throws, dropped 3rd strikes and just bad luck allowed them to scramble 5 runs in to reply…
Top 2 and we fought back with 4 runs – highlighted with a lovely double from Jordan McArdle. RJ did his best starting the bottom of the second, but hits started to come and heads were down….
So! - to the sound of "Wild Thing"… out came "Mad Max" Guehrer and the heat went up another 10 degrees at Kensington! His velocity was too much for most of their batters (…and a bit of a handful for our hardworking catcher “Dan the man” too!) Bottom of the 2nd 11-6.
Out we came for the 3rd, and went 3 up, 3 down…. And some nervous parents started clock watching.. was this where the U14 Sluggers streak stopped? “Not today” said the boys… and they replied with a scoreless 3rd with good putouts and catches!
So! Top of the 4th and the Sluggers fired -Matt and Jordan both got on with safe hits.. and then "Mad Max" drove one out of the park to pick up 3 runs! Wild Will then managed another hit and got home to add 4 (bringing it to 10-11 down)… Bottom 4, and Kensington scrambled one more run with Max serving up 2 strike outs.
So at the top of the 5th we had it front of us… and 10-12 down was something we could fix! Matt got on again with a solid hit, and Max connected again to get on with a double. Then “Wild Will” Hill drove another one in, and Dynamite Damon Gray smacked his first hit since coming off the injured list this week – nice timing Damon!! .
13 -12 up …bottom of the last - we looked to the Bull pen .. and Mighty Matt A strode out and closed them out like a major leaguer! Did a put out to 1st,gobbled a fly and then caught the runner on 2nd off his base to slam the gate on a disbelieving Kensington!
Awesome win boys – 13-12 is the way to do it! Special mentions to our 2 injured fellas who battled through – Too-tuff Tommy B stuck with it after being spiked at first… and Mighty Ryack for taking a ball in the ankle (and one to helmet!) - and staying out there for the innings we needed him to!
Hits to: William (dbl, 2 Sgl), Max (HR + dbl) Matt (2 Sgl), Jordan (Dbl, Sgl) and valuable singles to Damon, Reuben, Tommy & Ryack.
Wish us luck for next week – our first Gawler trek! (we’ll be dropping bread crumbs!)

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach: Garry Wood)Sponsored by: TNY Management Consultants
Sturt 9 drew with West Torrens 9
We knew this would be a tough game against the always well drilled WT team.
We started the Game well with Brodie Macbeth pitching the best game I have seen from him. He was well supported by the fielders particularly Tyson Ottaway who caught the whole game in very warm conditions and hardly let a ball get past him. Mitchell Lightbody then pitched well particularly in the last innings with the scores tied.
Several of the boys got their first safe hits at this level and I'm sure that will help their confidence moving forward. We have a lot of work to do over the next few weeks particularly with "squashing the bug" and seeing the ball "hit the bat" as well maintaining concentration when in the field!
One thing that the boys need to do is support their teammates particularly when they are batting but that will also come with confidence.
Well done boys.
By the way Brodie also hit a home run with 2 on base to tie the game at a crucial time so well done mate!
Keep training hard and we will practice our hitting and base running on Wednesday night

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Glenn Young)
Little League 2 - Sturt 6 d Little League 2 - Saints 4
Week three saw us back at Flinders but this time for the local derby against the Saints. The Youthful and exuberant Sturt vs the more experienced and perhaps calmer Saints - well thats the coaches at least! We always knew it would be a tough game to win and it turned out that way. As home team we started on the field with one of our one innings "veteran" pitchers Will. Will gave another solid performance assisted by two good catches at first base by Edward to keep the saints to a single run. As in the last few games we then came out with the bats swinging with a good centre field hit by Cameron scoring our first RBI. Jack and Edward both followed up with hits and a bit of assistance from the pitcher allowed us to get three runs up at the bottom of the first. Edward then came to the mound for his virgin pitching outing and showed his tenacity by retiring the opposition for three runs. Our second at bat allowed us two more runs with a single by Cameron and then a sensational inside home run by the lightening fast Harrison Knuckey - 6 to 4 up at the bottom of the second and an hour played. The third innings saw me interchange Sam Bennetts for Matthew to take over the catching duties from Cameron - if looks could kill then Sam would have me dead many times over! I love that passion to play. Jack Bennetts threw our third dig and kept the Saints scoreless with solid pitching and another catch by Edward at first.
The last out three straight strikes. The Saints then rallied with a solid pitching performance by Ethan Egglestone to hold us scoreless again despite a good hit from Corey. With 5 minutes to go we were sent out to defend our lead and we brought in "the closer" Harrison Knuckey. 15 pitches was all he needed to wrap up the game for us with a 6-4 win. Thanks to the Saints for a great game (our hardest yet) - I'm sure Darren will give you his impression of the game in his report, to Brett for a great job in his first game as umpire and all the others who assisted.

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Darren French)Sponsored by: Brownhill Creek Tourist Park
Little League 2 - Sturt 6 d Little League 2 - Saints 4
The Under 12 Derby/Showdown/Rivalry game happened today. The Saints took on Sturt and it was mate against mate...
It was a low scoring game with pitching dominating with Sturt coming through with a 6-4 win. The Saints batted first and weren't comfortable. However, 4 walks pushed our only run across the plate. Matthew Johnston pitched the first dig, and while his warm up pitches were on the money, he struggled for control early in the innings, and after a couple encouraging words from Coach French, he dug deep to get the 3 outs of the inning. He walked 5, struck out 2, and gave up 4 runs. Our second at bat, generated some positive batting with Matthew Johnston and Thomas O'Connell both generating RBI scoring hits. Three runs were scored get us back on level pegging. Thomas O'Connell pitched our second innings and pitched very well (facing only 5 batters). Striking out 2 and giving up only two runs (unfortunately one was an "inside the park home run). Effectively that was the end of the batting as we were unable to score any more runs in subsequent innings. Thomas O'Connell dig hit a magnificent stand up double which we failed to capitalise on. Sturt's third at bat was pitched by Ethan Egglestone who threw an excellent innings. He faced 4 batters, striking out two and giving up none. Well done all.

We were also able to secure a team sponsor during the week, with the Brownhill Creek Caravan Park coming on board for the second season (thanks Gavin and Linda). The park is a superb facility and just up the road from the home diamond at Mitcham... Have a look at their web site at Brownhill Creek Tourist Park and recommend them to all those interstate friends coming to Adelaide over Christmas...

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 2nd of November, 2009 22:42:24 ::..

Newsletter Week 3

It is pleasing to see two wins in a row to our Division 1 side. Well done to Tony and the boys!! Overall we had a good weekend with the majority of our junior teams winning!

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Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt) Sponsored by: Ord Minnett (Major Sponsor)
Sturt 6 defeated Adelaide 1
Facing an undermanned Adelaide was always going to be a matter of us bringing our best game and the game would be ours. The boys played near faultless baseball defensively which kept Adelaide at bay. Paul Mildren was outstanding again, throwing 6 shutout innings.
Offensively we couldn't quite get a large rally going but kept the scoreboard ticking over and put runners in scoring position. The knock out punch didn't occur until the 8th inning when Sam Day hit his first A grade homerun, scoring 2.
Massive game of baseball ahead of us this week against Woodville at home. Some of the best young talent in the state will be on display and will be well worth watching.
Hits - Holmes 3, Lee 2, Day 2, Turner 2, Passmore, Roeger, Green

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter) Sponsored by: Ord Minnett (Major Sponsor)
Sturt 12 defeated Adelaide 0
In a clinical display from the Saints this game was over under the mercy rule in about 90 minutes. Craig Wright again put his best foot forward and threw 5 innings for 3 hits and 8 strikeouts.
Offensively, everyone did there job. Special mentions to Angus Roeger and David Carter for some timely hitting throughout the match.

Division 3 (Coach: Rick Mitchell)
West Torrens 8 defeated Sturt 2
Not the start to the season that we were all hoping for but the signs are looking better.
Although we lost 8-2 we can put it all down to 1 innings in the field. Dakota pitched his first senior and did an outstanding job for 2 digs keeping them scoreless and only getting 1 hit off him, before injury overcame him. Before the game we talked about being more selective and jumping all over the right pitch, in this I think we succeeded, the boys looked ready to hit, batting with a purpose.
Although we only collected 5 hits for the day I think we as a whole looked a lot better in the box.
Safe hits went to Brian McGuiness, Sam Hollis,Dale Martens and Will Frogley who smashed a double. Dale Martens played a great game at 1st as did Trent small at 2nd .
Michael Robinson had another good day behind the dish and has had a great start to the year as catcher (keep it going).
Our side is looking stronger each week we just need everyone to stand up and not wait for someone else to be the one.

Division 4 (Coaches: Stan Warrilow & Simon Gooley)
West Torrens 9 defeated Sturt 8
Another magnificent spring day was upon us as we took on the Eagles of West Torrens.
Things started badly due to our starting pitcher being unavailable due to a self inflicted mystery illness.
Pete Junior Turner was tossed the ball by yours truly and he gave me the catcher’s glove back.
That’s right for 3 long innings I attempted to fill the catchers role and boy you could tell that I was out of my comfort zone!
So after about 45 pass balls and approximately 35 stolen bases we found ourselves in a bit of a pickle down 7 nil after 3 innings.
So began the top of the 4th and as we have done all year so far we found a bit of fight and were off and running.
Gool’s started things of with a base hit but the next 2 hitters got out and we were looking at another scoreless dig until Sam Faehse picked a walk followed by a single to Oscar (Pedro) Serrano, then a walk, single, walk, error, single (Gool’s second for the inning), walk, single (welcome back Kris Mcardle) and finally they got the 3rd out but not before we had scored 8 runs (you have to love a 2 out rally).
At this point I decided to give up catching and return to the outfield (sigh of relief) and we managed to hold the lead until alas a few costly dropped catches and a bad rundown play ended up costing the game.
We had a runner on 2nd base with none out in the last inning but we couldn't get him in and ended up losing 9-8.
We also had 9 strikeouts for the day which is not good enough.
On a positive note to finish special mention goes to Pete (Junior) Turner who toiled magnificently on the hill for 6 brave tough innings, well done.
HITS – Takashi, Gooley 2, Thorpe, Warrilow, Mcardle, Serrano 1.

Division 5 (Coach: Dean Franke) Sponsored by:Ace Panel Systems (Major Sponsor)
Lost to West Torrens 1-10
Well, after 4 innings it was 1 all and then the wheels fell off. Rocket Ronnie Taylor was throwing his little heart out and belying his 65 years of age and things were going well in the field, however, as often happens in this Divy 5 game of baseball, we may have peaked too early and fallen at the 1600 metres rather than being able to run out the 3200. Wild Thing Sluga came to the mound and the field struggled with the extra attention it received. I think it had a lot to do with the overcast conditions and the dark balls, I know I didnt see 2 scud missiles that passed me at first base, just felt the breeze as they wizzed past. Doc again pulled everything out of the dust, Pop's a good player out of luck and Dave Lee is just Dave Lee. Shrek with his new teeth looked good, Smally was very rigid at second, FOT got welcomed to the batters box with a stinging HPB and Dan Burns is getting back into the swing of things. Looking forward to next weeks field trip to Gawler, but more importantly the team training session after - (get the beer cold early). Thanks also to Ben for umpiring this week and allowing the coach to play (not).

Hits - Colyer, Franke, Small, Young
Battery - Rocket, Wild Thing to Doc

Division 6 (Coach: Dave Smith)
Sturt 4 defeated by Woodville 24
Another good game by all, great work again by Josh Conner as catcher who is always there for the team to get the job done. Richie and Justin pitched well with plenty of throws over the plate resulting in strikes or action for the fielders as the batters were forced to have a swing - Well done.

Under 18 (Coach: Chris Small)
Well it was another fine sunny morning at Norman Reserve NOT and the boys as usual looked like they were still half a sleep but with a few jokes and a bit of laughter they were awake for the first pitch.
We started with David Nicholas on the mound and Harrison Wood behind the plate and the bare nine.
This was one of those games that we needed to win and even though the boys were saying it was going to be easy it might not have started that way as Adelaide scored two in the first innings.
David was doing a good job on the mound but Adelaide just hit a few of the old pop ups that fell into holes and we could do nothing about that. To the credit of the boys they came out swinging and we started off with the first pitch being bunted to perfection from Sam Hollis to get safe at first. We scored 7 in the first and had both David and William Brennan hitting triples, David with two triples for the day.
The boys then held Adelaide scoreless for the second while they came out swinging again to score another 7 and put the game out of reach for Adelaide.
In the third we gave up three runs to Adelaide and that was because we had three first and thirds and Harrison tried to get the outs at second which was smart thinking with us up by 12 runs. We scored 2 more in the fourth and after 5 innings and 90 minutes we had won the game 16 to 5 with the mercy rule.
All boys played well both with the bat and in the field, the only bad thing in this game was the loss of Jay Lunnon for about 5-6 weeks with an ankle injury.
Again it was great to see all the boys laughing and smiling throughout the game, some of the cheeky buggers even giving me a bit of stick, but they will pay at training.
A big thanks goes to Michael Robinson who came out an umpired the game for the second week in a row and this was from a late phone call from myself. I do appreciate what you did Michael Thanks.

Under 16/1 Sturt (Coach: Dean Franke) Sponsored by: Premier Trailers
Sturt def Henley & Grange 17-2
A difficult game playing against a less experienced side who struggled with their pitching, to the team's credit, we knuckled down and were disciplined in the batters box. 12 walks and 8 hits from 29 hitters going to the plate in 4 innings showed we were disciplined and switched on from that perspective (very pleasing). A few missed signals but signals that were picked up early worked a treat. Matt pitched well with 8 K2's 4 walks and 1 ER from 3 innings and Dylan closed the game with 2 K2's and 1 walk from 1 inning. Unfortunately there wasn't a lot of work for the field to do but it was good to see the concentration continue when runners did get on. Before the game I made the announcement to the boys that our onfield captain for the season would be Matthew MacBeth who shows great leadership qualities and is an immense pleasure to coach with his willingness to help and encourage his teamates and get in and get his hands dirty. Matt and Derek hit well for the game and Dakota had the distinction of 2 HPB's and a walk from his 3 times at bat.

Hits - Lemon 2, Trembath 1, Franke 2, Holt 1, Schnorr 2
Battery - Franke, Holt to MacBeth

Under 16/2 Sturt (Coach: Darren Stewart) Sponsored by: Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd (Major Sponsor)
Sturt 18 defeated Redsox 2
Finally the under 16 2’s season has begun and it started brilliantly with an 18 to 2 win over East Torrens/GGCD.
That good the game couldn’t be finished due to mercy rule! A great effort by Sam Roberts on the mound pitching the whole game out! Sam Roberts and Adrian Veljkovic collect three hits each, well done boys!
Also triples to Sam Duffield and Lewis Brideson topping off a great day! All of the boys getting a hit today. Also a great defensive effort by all!
Once we get our base running skills up a bit I feel we will have one of the best offences going around! Thanks to those who helped out today also! Great Game!

Under 14/1 Sturt Coach (Coach: Kris McArdle) Sponsored by: McArdle Family
Sturt 1 lost to West Torrens 13
Unfortunately today was not our day with only two hits from the team we did not challenge WT. We definitely met one of the bench mark teams in the competition and I think if we work hard during the season come the end of the year we will have a good chance to knock them off.
There's a challenge I send out to you guys, give me 100% at training and we will be a top four team and knock WT off when it counts!
Back to today's efforts there was a few things that let us down. Firstly our batting was not aggressive enough especially with two strikes on the batter too many of us watched that third strike, take your chances boys and open your strike zone right up. We practiced our cut-offs during training but this didn't sink in as we continues to ignore the cut-off and throw sky balls to home, not only did this not get the out at home but allowed the other runners to advance to a scoring position. I stated during the week that it is a team rule to hit the cut-off , we will practice this again and again until we hit the cut-offs.
The final thing that got in the way of playing good baseball was too many of us dropped our heads way to early in the game. WT scored 3 runs in the first dig and we looked like a team that was in the dying moments of a 10-0 losing game. We can't afford to drop our heads about anything; the score; the fact you got stuck out or made an error we all need to push on through and make the next play or get a hit in the final moments of the game boys it should never be over in your heads no matter what the score is stand up and be the one who leads the team to a win. Last week we stopped once we were up this week we stopped because we were down on the score board and because things weren't going our way. Great game from Brett Colmer, Jordan McArdle behind the plate was solid stopping WT from stealing and taking a good foul ball catch, Charlie Goldworthy was solid at second and the two pitchers Henry Brennan and Jayden Trembath showed real character and fought hard on the mound. The only two hits of the game came from Brett Colmer and Tyler Lunnon good work boys keep it up.
Boys no need to harp about this game any more, all I ask is we find a bit more fight in us in the following weeks and we will be on our way. Seeya Tuesday

Under U14/2 Sturt - (Coach: Jamie Bishop) Sponsored by: dfk Gray Perry
Under 14/2 Sturt 18 defeated GGCD 7
Proudly supported by new team sponsor DFK Gray Perry
Our Sunday journey to GGCD was an exciting way to start the day – and as we hit the road at daybreak we looked forward to the day’s event!
To the sound of “are we there yet” ringing in my ears, we arrived to a full roster of players and parents, and the “Sluggers machine” rolled into the arrangements with the ease of a group of parents and players who look like they have been doing it for years!
We started hard with the bats – Thursday’s session at the Seaton batting tunnel investment paid off in spades ….and we jumped to a 4 run start – including a solo home run shot from Reuben!
… “fearless Fraser” then took the mound .. and he did a gallant job despite all the jitters that come with this tough gig… and their 4 runs tied it up!
We then got stopped in the 2nd .. but RJ also kept them to a goose egg – and then in the 3rd we erupted with 7 runs … then let them have a couple and then came back out and pounded them again with another 7 runs… including the walk off Grand Slam from our newest recruit Josh in his 2nd ever game … to belt them 18-7!
A tight fielding display and a strong batting effort up and down the field turned the outing into a “northern education”…. (But their wily old coach did spot our weakness in holding runners and so we will be working on pick-offs and run-downs next practise!)
Look forward to next week – with Fraser and Angus going to see Mr Rudd, we are borrowing Zach from the ones and we’ll be looking good against Kensies!

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach: Garry Wood)Sponsored by: TNY Management Consultants
Sturt 11 defeated Southern Districts 8
Game 2 we travelled to Southern Districts. Tyson Ottaway pitched well for the first 2 innings and Stuart Brennan then pitched well for a couple of innings before Stewart Gardiner closed out the game well.
A great effort behind the plate from Brodie MacBeth. We swung the bats well with hits to Adkins 3, Gardiner 2, MacBeth, Staggs, Brennan, Richardson 1.
Well done to everyone on a great team effort. Well done boys keep up the hard work at training. Thanks to all the parents for their help.

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Glenn Young)
Sturt 12 defeated Hawks 9
We had our second home game in a row and were coming off a good first game win.
Again we blooded some new pitchers (Cameron and Corey pitching their first innings in a game) and a new catcher (Matthew).
Both Cameron and Corey pitched well and more importantly hung in there when it got tough on the mound.
We were 4-2 down after the first dig with our bats not firing in the first at bat. Both teams scored the maximum 5 runs in the second dig with Sam, Harrison and Will all getting solid hits. Harrison Knuckey pitched a super third innings with two KC's and a "caught and bowled" to single handedly retire their team with just 18 pitches. Some more solid hitting from Sam, Jamie Dayman and a series of walks saw us score the 5 runs for a come from behind win 12-9. We are looking forward to the first appearance of Edward next week as it will be a tough match against our other Sturt team.
Hits S Bennetts 2, Corey 2, Knuckey 1, Robinson 1, Dayman 1.

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Darren French)
After some confusion due to changes with the draw, the U/12 Saints arrived at Glenelg to play West Torrens. The bottom line was another win with some very pleasing signs.
The boys batted well getting some hits, a lot walks and the occasion strike out. We managed to collect 13 runs for the game. Ethan Egglestone and Nick Evrenadis both got two safe hits and Thomas O'Connell, Ty Langford and Conor McClure and getting hits.
Defensively the boys put in a great effort. We had several infield put oust at first and second (it was great to see the boys making their own quality decisions in the infield). Eli Egglestone caught all game and did an excellent job. Nick Evrenadis pitched the first innings and after some initial control problems settled down well. He gave up 3 runs in the process of getting the 3 outs with some infield help. Thomas O'Connell pitched the second dig (second attempt at pitching) and did a great job. He threw the ball fast and accurately, giving up 3 runs. Ethan Egglestone came on and pitched the 3rd dig. 3 up and 3 down. Hard, fast, accurate pitching; a great job! Ty Langford tried his hand at pitching for the first time in the last innings. He worked very hard, quite often getting ahead of the batter. He struck out one batter before conceding the 5th run. A very good first up attempt and we know that he will improve with more outings.
A special thank to Brett Egglestone who umpired the game for us and to all the parents who had to cuddle non playing siblings to stay warm.
Well done all...

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..:: message posted on Monday the 26th of October, 2009 22:24:18 ::..

Further changes to Junior Schedule!

It has been brought to my attention that the Little League 2 teams for Sturt and Saints have had their games completely redrawn!
At this time of year with clubs pulling teams there is always some last minute changes to the schedules.
There have been a few other minor changes in some of the other Divisions apart from the complete redraw of the U16/2 team which I alerted you to last night!
We endeavour to keep up with these changes, however at this time of year it is always wise to also check the Baseball SA website for the game schedule.
Please advise me if you spot any variation between the games on our website and those on Baseball SA as we are not always informed of every change.
I am hopeful if no more teams pull out that we will have a stable schedule very soon.
As you can appreciate these changes are beyond the control of the Sturt Baseball Club and I appreciate the frustration these changes cause.

..:: message posted on Thursday the 22nd of October, 2009 22:41:57 ::..

Game Draw Changes

Please be aware that there have been a few changes to the Game Draw, particularly for the Under 16/2 where the whole draw has been redone due to the withdrawal of a team!

As a general rule particularly in the early part of the season it is always wise to double check our website before the weekend to confirm the location of your game!

..:: message posted on Wednesday the 21st of October, 2009 23:25:12 ::..

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