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Newsletter 05/12/16



Congratulations to all our teams that won on the weekend. Special mention to our Div 1 and 2 boys who both won their games against quality opposition at Kensington!

Further to my previous correspondence, I need to remind all players to pay their Sturt fees. Please visit our Sturt Registration and Payment Centre for details. Any player who has not paid their fees by Friday 16th December will not be allowed to play again until their fees are paid.

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

After narrowly being defeated 4-3 in a valiant mid week effort at West Beach, the A grade side had a point to prove against Kensington in the second game against the SABL powerhouse for the week. Enjoying stunning weather at the second most picturesque field in the league, the team went to work to attain another win away from home. A combination of patient quality at bats and another (standard) high quality performance on the mound from Nate Roe, the boys did exactly that. Final score 11-2.

After scoring one run in the first, the Saints were unable to capitalize on getting runners in scoring position through the 2nd and 3rd inning.

Big hits from Will Wirth, Simon Adkins and Damon Arnold led to score line opening up in the top of the 4th, 4 - 0.

Kensington were quick to respond with two of their own in the bottom of the fourth. The result of a walk and some classy hitting. This was the only blemish on Roe's score sheet, as he powered through until the 7th inning without letting a base runner past second base.

After a pitching change, the runs continued to flow for the Saints, putting up two in the 5th, three in the 7th and the final two runs in the 8th.

Ky Hampton took to the hill for the final two innings, allowing only two hits to lock in the win, 11 - 2.

A notable performance, after collecting his first A grade hit Wednesday night, the ever improving and future stud, Simon Adkins collected four hits for the game. An awesome achievement by anyone's standard!

With a midweek bye, we will take on Woodville at Woodville this Sunday, 3pm. Look forward to seeing you there!

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt defeated Kensington 5-4

Well after a disappointing game against Goodwood a week ago, we travelled to Kensington to get back on the winners list!

This was a hard fought win for the boys. We managed runners on base consistently but were unable to score them threw the first 4 inning and went into the 5th with the score locked at 1-1. With some quality At bats getting runners on base and a well place hit down the line we were able to break the dead lock and take a 5-1 lead. Kensington then with a few miss plays by us got the score back to 5-4, but we were able to hold on in the 6th for a good win.

Brodie MacBeth continued his Stella year throwing a complete game for 85 pitches for only 1 earned run.

All in all a solid win for the boys against a quality opposition .

Hits: Faehse 2, Hampton, Kerr

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

STURT 7 defeated Kensington 4

It's in the book as a WIN! It was fantastic to be involved with watching the team get our first WIN for the season, hopefully more to write about. Austin McClure was on the hill to start and was pounding the zone with his fast ball all day with his hart on his sleeve and putting everything he could behind the ball. Great to see how you go about the game mate. Big chief Dale Martens going deep with the ball almost getting in over the green monster thanks for helping us out this week. Nick Borello getting two safe hits for his first game of senior outing and doing a great job in the outfield you where not out of place at all. Brad Strapps was fantastic at second base not letting a thing get past him. Brett Mulryan tracking everything down at center field. Then Jake Powell finished the game off with his curve ball and backing it up with painting the corners with his fastball. with only one error to talk about and everyone swing the bats I couldn't be happier with the guys. Then for the first time some young saints got to sing the song we all love to hear. The only bad bit was the coach mix up and for though who have coach and played it is easy to do. a VERY BIG thanks to Adrian Hill (FAME) for umpiring after playing two games thanks mate I hope you enjoyed your well deserve drink after. To the beautiful Sue Mulryan for the colorful score book and some fancy pitch counting. This just goes to show we are going in the right direction for the season with young men thanks team and nothing can take the WIN away from us.

Division 4 (Coach: Mick Trlin)

No result or match report available

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Well I am starting to sound like a broken record, another game that we could have/should have won but didn't!

We started with 8 players during the week due to injury and others being away, we grew to 11 the night before with some help from a couple of blokes from div 4 and then at 5.50am after a text we went down to 10.

1st Innings
Into bat we go and Adrian 'Fame' Hill was the only safe hit recorded for our first at bat. No runs.
So we started with Fame on the bump and after a start off walk they ended up with two runs before we had them back out into the field.

2nd Innings
They were not out there for long as we had Chris 'Smally' Small ground out, David 'Reg' Lee hit a single but then had a brain fart and when Jayke 'Bruce' Wayne flied out to right field Reg was caught running to second on the fly and thrown out at first for side away. Things looked up for us in the field as we had them 3 up and down

3rd Innings
Chris 'Daisy' Day started with a BB, Glenn 'Doc' Young flied out, Trent 'Tiny' Small got a BB, Fame hit into a fielders choice and Ben 'Shrek' Colyer ground out for side away and still no runs Their first batter walked the second batter hit to left and then the third batter hit to right, one runner scored as the throw from Don 'Wulffy' Wulff came in and as Doc caught it the runner at second tried to go to third on the throw but was thrown out at third via an 8-6-2-5. Score was now 3 - 0 down

4th Innings
Wulffy hit to centre, Smally ground out, Reg for his second hit of the day hit to centre, Bruce walked and we had loaded bases, Wulffy scored on a pass ball and everyone else moved over one base, Daisy was a K2-3 and Doc got safe on a E6 while Reg scored. Tiny was our 3rd out.

East Torrens managed to get 2 runs as well to keep the buffer. Score 5 - 2 down.

For our 6th and 7th innings we were unable to score any more runs and East Torrens got one more for a final score of 6 - 2 down.

5 safe hits to 6 but a few errors on our side did not help.

Thanks to Fame for coming out and throwing for us.

Safe Hits: Fame 2, Wulffy 1, Reg 2

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Glenelg 18 defeated Sturt 2

The good news - we got the big guy back, and in some style with DH Kingsley 'Rhino' Turner snorting the second pitch of his comeback deep into centre field to the jubilation of the bench.

The bad news - that he couldn't bat for a few of the rest of us as well.

We 'amassed' a paltry seven hits and two RBI from just four batters behind the combined pitching efforts of Justin 'Prez' McKinley, Rich 'Elvis' Carter, Jules 'JP' Potiki and Andrew 'AJ' Johnston who all struggled to contain the Glenelg bats. There were plenty of flares, dying quails and loopers but they all count and Glenelg made sure they had runners on base to take advantage of their luck.

Despite getting flogged, we conspired to have a good time as always with plenty of chat, banter and joking. So at least we had fun despite dropping our season's record to 5-4.

Thanks to Heather for scoring and to friends/family for turning out.

Hits: Potiki 3, Martin 2 (2 RBI), Turner 1, Sandor 1

Pitching: McKinley 25/39 4Ks, Carter 15/6, Potiki 31/29 1K, Johnston 5/6

Under 19 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Woodville 11 defeated Sturt 4

Under 17/1 (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

Sturt      0 0 7 7
Kensington 5 3 1 9

From chocolates to boiled lollies, the rollercoaster U17 season continues.

A grey, humid and overcast Sunday morning at 8:30am became an all morning soaking and turned picturesque Newland Reserve into a wet grassy area with five piles of thick slimy wet clay in a diamond shape. The result was an inglorious 3 innings loss 9-7. A rain shortened 90 minute debacle and frankly it was a horrible day for the 4 pitchers with wet balls and a mudpie of a mound. However, both teams had the same conditions and we were outhit 6-2 and that's all she wrote.

We're now two and a half wins from 8 games and as they say that the ladder doesn't lie. Our batting has been our Achilles heel all season and it continued today. Two hits - that was it and they came in the third and last innings. Our batting has rarely come together at the same time and that's pretty much why we've lost more than we've won.

Harry Knuckey line drove a 2 RBI double and Aussie McClure a single in the last was the sum of the bats. Dylan Hopgood twice struck the ball cleanly only to fall both times to the field, the two Joshes Wilson & Vidale and Brad Strapps all picked up two walks apiece, Reed Stewart, Joel Edwards also got on base with BB's. We scored the maximum 7 runs in the 3rd courtesy of 6 walks and two hits and unfortunately had just 2 out with the top of the order to come with the innings reach a compulsory close.

Pitching was difficult; the ball was wet and the mound slippery. Nick Borrello managed 3K's and struck out the lead batter in both his innings on the "mound" and Harry managed one in his unhappy innings on what was after 90 minutes a very sloppy slippery hill.

Thanks to Deb for another terrific scorebook and to good old Jimmy for umpiring in difficult conditions. Three games to go before the break and let's hope we have a breakout with the bats and our pitchers keep the walks to a minimum!

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

East Torrens 9 defeated Sturt 8

Sturt took to the road to visit East Torrens in muggy, damp conditions more reminiscent of Queensland than Adelaide. In what is unfortunately becoming a scene all too familiar, the boys checked into Heartbreak Hotel yet again, going down to the Red Sox 9-8 in a super exciting game of junior baseball that was well attended by supporters of both teams.

The boys were salivating while watching the Sox starter warm up looking like he would be offering the Eephus pitch every time to the plate. And jump on him early Sturt did with singles by Robbie Brennan, Zac Becker and Ethan Dawson sandwiched around a Jonas Garcia triple putting the Saints up 3-0 after half an inning. But looks can be deceiving and the feisty junk baller held the boys scoreless over the next two innings assisted by some wayward baserunning that will no doubt be a topic of discussion at future trainings. The Red Sox tied the score in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly, an error and a bomb over the left centre field fence by Jack Kelly. Zac Becker doused a Red Sox bid to take the lead in the bottom of the second with a spectacular play gunning down the Sox baserunner at the plate attempting to score from third on a one out grounder to the hot corner. Zac was solid all day in the field, went 3 for 4 at the plate and started out on the mound looking like the second coming of Nolan Ryan fanning 5 of the first 6 batters he faced.

A change of Red Sox pitcher led to a change of Saints fortunes in the top of the 4th with Robbie Brennan launching a 3 run dinger to centre that scored Austin Parkinson and Sam Stewart and bring the boys in double blue back to within one. Sturt then clawed back to tie the game in the top of the 5th with Ethan scoring after a Luke Warburton single and an East Torrens overthrow and the bench fired up big time. Due to time constraints we fast forward to the top of the 7th. Jonas Garcia launched the longest single of his career blasting a two out 0-1 Riley Yeatman fastball two thirds of the way up the centre field fence. Jonas promptly stole second and set the table for Zac who delivered a run scoring single up the middle to give the boys a one run lead and send the Sturt faithful the proverbial bananas.

Unfortunately the heart of the Sox lineup was due up and they took care of business scoring two in the bottom of the 6th and final inning to come away with a hard earned victory.

Jonas was solid starting on the mound and Sam did a good job again behind the plate. Will Jordans and Seb Steel took nice catches in left and centre. All the outfielders were encouraged to be as aggressive as possible in the future in tracking balls hit their way. A great learning experience for all involved today, but as any fisherperson can attest, the ones that get away are most memorable for the wrong reasons.

This was a classic game that featured great plays and the odd miscues by both teams that whets the appetite for more action before the holiday break.

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

RBI: Robbie Brennan 3, Zac Becker 2, Jonas Garcia, Ethan Dawson 1 each

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

Sturt -7 drew with Southern Districts-7

It was hot and very wet, and it was a great game.

All the boys were pumped to play and that enthusiasm continued all day. Every player encouraged each other, held their heads high and played exceptionally.

Jamie Vidale threw the whole game to Lachy Seecamp in the rain. Both boys were fantastic.

Jake Mossman was concrete at first and just as strong with the bat.

Nic Thompson, Tyler Stephens and Austin Parkinson made up the rest of the infield and they did not let much past.

Jack Gooden, Joe Harvey and Emil Smith were always encouraging in the outfield, Joe once again showing his skills with the glove.

Thanks Lachy for coming out to help once again and thank you everyone for helping out, it does not go unnoticed.

All the boys fought hard for the draw and a great result.

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

Sturt 19 defeated Kensington 9

Another shocker of a day for baseball down at Kensington as we took on the Cardinals.


In the end we were thankful to get a game in at all.

The bats were hot in the 1st innings after Locky Holland and Spencer Warrilow both picked walks with Angus Catt hitting a double, then a single to Jack Hutton, a wild throw by the pitcher on Samson Garcia's ground ball and a double to Ryder Mathers to finish with a 5 run maximum.

Harry Chaplin started on the hill looking to get some much needed pitching work in. He certainly did that and picked up a couple of strikeouts along the way, but not before the Cardinals scored a 5 run maximum.

Harry then proceeded to hit the 1st pitch of our 2nd innings clean over the fence for a lead off home run!

4 more walks, a HPB and a single to Callum Finlayson saw us post another 5 run maximum.

Harry Chaplin took control on the hill for the 2nd and 3rd innings and kept the Cardinals scoreless finishing his outing with a couple more strikeouts and allowing only 1 hit.

Our 3rd innings was over very quickly and we didn't trouble the scorers.

2 back to back walks to start the 4th innings for Spencer Warrilow and Angus Catt followed by a double to Jack Hutton and some aggressive base running saw us post 4 more runs.

Spencer Warrilow took over the pitching duties doing a nice job keeping the game going with plenty of strikes as the field got some much needed practice.

The Cardinals scored a couple of runs on a nice hit to RF and a slow roller to 3rd base but Spencer finished off with a pair of strikeouts to end the innings.

5 walks on the 5th innings and a muffed fly to LF saw us post another 5 run maximum thanks to some patience in the batters box and more aggressive base running.

A couple of walks in the bottom of the 5th saw the Cardinals post 2 more runs but again Spencer came back and finished with 3 strikeouts for the innings to finish the game.

Well done team for getting the job done today in terrible conditions and playing on a pretty ordinary baseball field.

Hits - Jack Hutton 3 (1x2B), Angus Catt 2(1x2B), Harry Chaplin 1 (HR), Ryder Mathers 1 (2B), Callum Finlayson 1

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

Wash out

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

STURT 9 defeated West Torrens 2

WOW what a great team game it was on not so nice day with the weather. All the boys came to the game with the right attitude ready to swing the bats and look what happened. Everyone got on base with some great hits and very good at bats hats off to you guys. Yeoryi got our first in the park homerun with smoking a ball to center right and nothing was stopping him running the base hard. Zach was a little off his zone first couple of batter but found it again and getting the job done. JR did his work on the hill got through his innings well done. Then the FIREMAN Kale finished the day off well done. Sam today got to try out catching and was very solid behind the plate well done you will get another chance at that mate. It's great to watch these kids grow as a group making friends a long the way that I hope will stay for the rest off your lives as it has for me with the game we all LOVE BASEBALL. Thanks to AAron for scoring even though his son didn't make it today.

HITS

J.Holland 2
T.Passmore 2
Y.Perentes 1 (HR)
Z.Altamurra 1
S.Horley 1
J.Janssen-Merlin 1

PITCHING

STRIKES

BALLS

Z.Altamurra

23

18

J.Janssen-Merlin

12

22

K.Mattews-Hampton

11

6



..:: message posted on Monday the 5th of December, 2016 20:38:53 ::..

Newsletter 28/11/16

Well done to our Div 1 boys who had a win against Goodwood and this has kept that equal top of the Div 1 ladder! As previously advised the Sturt Big Raffle was drawn on Sunday night after the post match addresses and all winners have been notified.

As Christmas is approaching we have decided to have our Christmas break up on the second to last Div 1 game before the break on Saturday 17 December 2016. The Div 1 game commences at 4.00 pm and the BBQ will be fired up for dinner. This event will be for both seniors and juniors, so please come along to the club to watch the game and then enjoy some Christmas cheer!

On a less happy note, I need to remind all players to pay their Sturt fees. Please visit our Sturt Registration and Payment Centre for details. Any player who has not paid their fees by Friday 16th December will not be allowed to play again until their fees are paid.



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

The sun was shining and the field looked in top shape (thanks Knuckey) as our A grade team faced off against old foe, Goodwood, in the local derby. With yet another outstanding performance on the mound by Nate Roe, getting backed up by solid defence and timely hitting, the young Sturt line-up was able to chalk up another line in the win column. Sturt 5, Goodwood, 1.

The nil all deadlock was broken in the 3rd inning after a Roe, with lead off single, was driven in by an aggressive Will Worth, scorching a double down the left field line on the first pitch he saw.

As the pitchers duel unfolded, both teams struggled to find base runners the following few innings.

Goodwood was next to score in the 5th, after a lead off walk was capitilised on with some sound fundamental small ball, and a fortunate infield hit. Scores were now tied at one a piece.

As the opposing pitcher (Darren 'the Specimen' Fidge) tired, runs started leaking in for Sturt. Scoring one in the 6th, off a Brebner-Russ double, another in the 7th and two more in the 8th, the lead extended to four.

Jackson Brebner-Russ replaced Roe on the mound for the final two innings. JBR allowed only one runner on base, in a clinical display of pitching, and cemented a very good win for the Saints.

This win, along with a good win last Tuesday, over Port (thanks to an awesome pitching performance by Ky Hampton), sees the A grade side holding share of top position on the ladder after 12 rounds of baseball.

Next game: Wednesday 6pm @ West Palm Beach. See you there!

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Goodwood 12 d Sturt 1

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

Saturday was another good effort by the division three squad. After a hard fought loss the week before we came out ready to go. We were one nil up going into the second but couldn't manage any more than that for the game. Goodwood put on eight in total, four in the second to last inning. It has been good to have the four U/17 lads (Josh, Austin, Brad and Jaoquin) playing Division 3, all have become important members of the team. Over the last three weeks we have never felt out of a game, our fielding has been strong with only our hitting letting us down. More cuts in the cages each week and we'll get it started. Well done to those who got hits, (sorry I don't have the score book on me). Good efforts by Micky T, Matchy and Powellos on the hill helped big time too. Looking forward to next week!

Division 4 (Coach: Mick Trlin)

Goodwood 6 d Sturt 3

On a perfect day for baseball we turned up to the ground ready to face the benchmark of the competition in Goodwood. The boys didn't seem too fazed by this challenge but you could sense we were a little flatter than usual and we took this into the game. Benny 'Panorama's Finest' Packer once again did a stellar job on the hill holding Goodwood's All-Australian lineup to only 4 earned runs through 7.2 brilliant innings. Benny always finds a way to kick it up a gear at crucial times to keep us in the game - unfortunately for him this week we didn't pick him up with the bats only collecting 4 hits for 3 runs off their aces Justin Clarke and John Challinor. Daisy Martini picked up the rbi's with a double and triple.

13 strikeouts for us on the day showed that we really didn't make them earn the outs and we need to put the ball in play to make things happen.

A couple of basic errors in the third inning giving Goodwood 3 runs spoiled what was otherwise another solid performance defensively, Jimmy Passmore, Jess 'Wall' Lemon and Benny Bicknell showing composure and leading the way in the field again.

All in all we gave them a good run but were flat and lethargic throughout, not really putting them under any real pressure. We need to lift for the next few weeks as we are coming up against Kensi's and Glenelg…. A couple of good tests to see if we are actually contenders or just pretenders.

Hits: D. Martens 2 (3b,2b), J. Passmore 1, J. Lemon 1

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt V West Torrens @ Sturt Please get yourself a cup of coffee and a donut and sit in a quiet spot to read my short story, to those that don't want to read - then scroll on.

With half hour to go we had 4 players at the ground and what started off as a Beautiful sunny morning I had to asking myself, Why do we play baseball - Because we love the game.

Our schedule umpire was a no show and luckily Norm 'Wild Thing' Sluga was there to step up.

A late withdrawal from Mark 'Pop' Burns and we had the bare nine starters, with Jayke 'Bruce' Wayne to arrive around 15 minutes late.

Top of the first and Rick 'Rat' Trembath to the mound, a quick fly ball, K2-3, a single back to Rat and a 6-4 and West Torrens were into the field.

This is where the wheels started to go flat for us as we looked to take an early lead, 1, 2, 3 all out Rat flied out Trent 'Tiny' Small watches the 3rd strike and Kris 'Krispy' McArdle goes down swinging and kicking dirt as steam comes out his ears and he walks back to the dug out still kicking dirt.

2nd innings and Krispy is still steaming about his strike out, first batter flies out then a couple of safe hits and West Torrens is on the score board with 2 runs and we are running on three tires with one flat.

Ben 'Shrek' Colyer gets a safe hit, steals second. Don 'Wulffy' Wulff hits to right to score Shrek but in the mean time as the call to throw home catches Wulffy getting to far of first and with a quick throw Wulffy is out, Chris 'Daisy' Day laces one to right for a double, David 'Reg' Lee singles to left and Daisy is sent home only to be beaten by the throw to home and we have another flat tire. Chris 'Smally' Small beats a slow roller and bad throw from the first baseman and Wallace 'Gromit' Long flies out for side away. Score 2 - 1 down.

Top of the third and with a couple of doubles and a wild throw West Torrens get another 2 before we get the 3 outs required. In to bat and Rat starts us of with a single, Tiny flies out, Krispy with steam still coming out his ears singles through 2nd, Wulffy hits to to second for a fielders choice but Rat scores and Daisy grounds out to Short. Score 4 - 2 down

Half way through so if you need another cup of coffee I suggest you go get it now.

Top of the fourth and we send Bruce to the mound to change it up, first batter KC, send batter KC, third batter in the ground home run to centre right, Reg makes up ground at right field for a catch only to drop it before the next batter grounds out to Rat now at second. Our fourth at bat had Reg KC, Bruce who came in for Smally singled to left, Gromit singled to right, rat singled to right and things are looking up for us, has the game turned. Tiny Sac flies out to centre to score one and Krispy still kicking dirt from his first at bat hit the ball so hard it was a line drive out to left field, so you guessed it, more dirt. Side away wheels are all flat and the score is 5 - 3 down.

Into the fifth we go, Bruce still on the mound and and the gear box is now starting to go as the first two batters get walks, a hit, a K2 a hit and another walk with 4 runs scored and we make another change. Wulffy to the mound and we get the next 2 batters out for side away.

Into bat and Shrek singles, Wulffy gets on thanks to an error, Daisy flies out but some how Shrek scores and both Reg and Bruce hit into fielders choice for side away. Score 9 - 4 down

Top of the last as time is running out, Wulffy back to the mound and a single to the first batter followed by a HPB, a ground out back to the Wulffy a single and a runs scores followed by a KC for side away but the score is now 10 - 4 down.

By this time Coach Smally had given up but this is where the fairytale begins, a quick chat to the troops, and I mean quick, something along the lines of "We need 7 to win" and that was the spark. West Torrens still on their first pitcher and he was getting tired, Gromit up first, single to left, Rat doubles to centre and as Gromit heads to third coach is giving him the go signal but bang I could almost hear the gun shot as there goes the hammy but he makes it safe to third, Tiny hits to short stop and a wild throw he is safe, Smally who has taken over from Gromit on third scores. A walk to Krispy and Shrek loads the bases and scores run number 2 and with Wulffy up and a change of pitchers. Wulffy gets a walk to score number 3, followed by a walk to Daisy who is the winning run and run number 4, Reg hits through second to score run number 5. Still loaded bases and none out with the tying run at third and Daisy the winning run at second, Bruce up to bat and hits a foot inside the left field line to score the required 2 runs. Maximum 7 runs scored time and game called with a win 11 - 10 up.

Hope you enjoyed your coffee and donut

One of those games that we should not have won but one where we did, why because we never gave up even though we did not play a great game.

Thanks to Carol Burns for scoring as always, and Norm Sluga for stepping up to umpire.

GO THE SAINTS!

Safe Hits: Rat 3, McArdle 1, Shrek 3, Wulffy 1, Daisy 1, Reg 2, Bruce 2, Gromit 2

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 11 d Dodgers 6

Question: when is it ok for a Saints player to strike out looking?

Answer: when he's playing for the other team!

We had 13 ultra-keen Sainters at Flinders for a solid win against the Dodgers on Saturday. Our warm up set the tone - lots of banter and energy which we carried onto the field to put up seven runs in our first dig.

Starring performances came from Dits 'Galloping' Guehrer who went 4-4 with 4 RBI while Jason 'Tangles' Balint and Andrew 'AJ' Johnston had two ribbies each.

We put 14 hits behind the pitching of Justin 'Prez' McKinley who was outstanding again on the mound.

Perhaps the sweetest moment for Prez came when he faced Tangles who agreed to help out the Dodgers in their last dig when one of their nine had to leave early. Tangles pushed it to a full count before being deceived by a wicked curve from Prez for a K2. Result!!

Thanks to Heather for scoring and to Kingsley for coming along to support.

Hits: Vidale 1, Balint 3 (2 RBI), Martin 1 (1), Wright 1, Johnston 1 (2), Chenoweth 1, Guehrer 4 (4), Sanders 1 (1), McKinley 1 (1)

Pitching: McKinley 29/58 4Ks

Under 19 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Glenelg 7 d Sturt 6

Under 17/1 (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

Goodwood 0 0 4 0 2 6
Sturt      3 6 2 7 X 18 A smashing 18-6 win on a glorious Sunday morning at Knuckey Coliseum was the final result between near neighbours Goodwood and Sturt.

For a change it was hard to pick the three best players. The batting stepped up, the pitching was generally good and it's also a pleasure to report no errors in the field as well. With all due respect this was a young and much more inexperienced Goodwood team compared to some of our "hardened veterans". By a quirk of the draw I believe this was the first time we had played Goodwood at U17 level for 3 seasons.

It was a toss-up who was best with the bat. Reed Stewart spanked a double, 2 singles; two RBI's and scored 4 runs to get the votes from the umpire. That's why he's known as Mr. Statistics. Liam Lucas 2 from 2 including a line drive triple plus scoring 3 runs wasn't far behind and big "Papi" Josh Vidale 3 from 4, three RBI's and a run all had an outstanding day at the plate. Dylan Hopgood started with a KC and finished three from four including a double and two RBI's to also have a terrific day at the plate. Austin McClure 1 from 4 with 4 RBI's made a contribution after a dirty start and Josh Wilson gave the opposition pitcher something to remember him by with a hard hit line drive straight back into the leg. Joaquin Poskey-Miles and Brad Strapps both got a hit and a run and Joel Edwards found himself on base a couple of times and it was this all team contribution across the board with every player scoring at least one run getting the team over the line for a win.

Special mention to Ky Hampton hitting a big triple plus RBI and going back to the Adelaide Bite and made his pitching debut. Well done Ky and congratulations from everyone at the club and U17 team on a fantastic and well deserved opportunity.

Pitching: Josh Vidale 31/63 2.1 inns, 3K's 6BB's 4ER's. Liam Lucas 29/52 2.2 inns, 4K's 3BB's 2ER's

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

Goodwood 17 d U15/1 - Sturt 7

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

Sturt 14 defeated Port Adelaide 7

Another enjoyable day in the company of a fun team of baseballers - and a win to boot!

A special thanks to Lachie Seekamp from the U13/1's for making the journey from Flinders to help us out, and he made the most of it too! going 4 from 4 including two nice doubles - very happy to have you back any time mate!

Both teams played very good baseball, but the difference was in the Saints batting and tight fielding which was error free all day. For those that like the numbers, we had 37 plate appearances, 15 hits, 10 BB and 6 K's versus the Magpies 28 plate appearances, 4 hits, 7 BB and 8 K's.

We set the stage with a single off the 1st pitch and maintained the momentum all day. We scored in all but 1 of the 5 innings played, and everybody contributed to the tally with 6 players getting across the plate and 5 players getting RBIs. We ran the bases very aggressively and put the pressure on the Magpies to make the errors - which always got the crowd cheering and for the most part paid off.

Jamie started on the hill for us and threw strongly and consistently to Tyler behind the dish, keeping the Magpies to just 4 runs after 3 innings. Austin and Lachie replaced Jamie and Tyler in the fouth and kept on top of the Magpies only attempted rally for the game, before Austin closed out in style with a 2K scoreless final dig.

The pitchers could not have asked for a better defense. There was just no way of getting a groundball past Nic at 2nd. The Pies tried the third base line and straight back at the pitcher - but Austin and Jamie were having none of it either. So they tried going over, only to find Jack Gooden waiting to test out the leather on a high fly with 2 out and 2 on base - well done!

These boys have a fantastic attitude and team spirit mixed with a healthy serving of competitiveness and just enough cheekiness to keep the coaches on their toes. They kept up the chatter all day, supporting the pitchers and batters and gave us plenty of laughs along the way. Keep it up boys!

Thank you to Sonia for scoring again, to Anthony and Jake for keeping track of the pitch count and providing the valuable intel from behind the plate, and to all the parents for their support.

Hits: Lachie & Jake (3); Jamie, Austin & Tyler (2); Nic & Joe (1)
Runs: Jake & Tyler (4); Joe & Austin (2); Jamie & Jack (1)
RBIs: Emil & Lachie (2); Austin, Jake & Tyler (1)

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

Sturt 14 d Adelaide 3

Finally a perfect day for baseball!

A big thanks to Dutchy for umpiring, thanks mate.

So we were up against the undefeated Adelaide team, made up of 5 kids from Mildura and some locals. Hats off to them for travelling 5 hours up and back every weekend just to play baseball. Now that's dedication.

Angus Catt started on the hill for us and was outstanding!

Angus kept the Angels to just 1 run in his 3 near perfect innings, only allowing 2 hits and finishing with 5 strikeouts. His 45 pitches were broken down into 34 strikes and 11 balls.

We started with a bang scoring 5 runs in the 1st innings starting with a BB to Locky Holland, a double to Angus Catt, a RBI ground ball to Jack Hutton, a BB to Lachie Seekamp, a crushing double to Callum Finlayson and finished off with a Home Run to Samson Garcia!

Ryder Mathers started off the 2nd innings with a triple to RF, then another double to Angus Catt, a single to Spencer Warrilow and Jack Hutton saw us post 2 more runs.

The 3rd innings stared with a single to Lachie Seekamp, then a line drive single to Callum Finlayson, followed by a couple of walks and some good Angels fielding and we posted 2 more runs.

Jack Hutton took over on the hill for the rest of the game and was solid as ever, keeping the Angels to just 2 runs after a bit of a kerfuffle in the field.

Jack finished with 3 strikeouts and gave us some much needed fielding practice.

We were pretty quiet in the 4th and 5th innings as we swung at some bad pitches and were a bit too aggressive in the box.

Our 6th innings was a lot better and we picked up another 5 runs thanks to Angus Catts 3rd double, singles to Spencer Warrilow, a double to Jack Hutton, a single to Angela Mourtzios, a double to Samson and a single to Ryder Mathers to finish the game.

A great win and a solid game today.

Hits - Angus Catt 3 x 2B, Jack Hutton 3 (1 x 2B), Spencer Warrilow, Angela Mortzios, Ryder Mathers (1x3B), Samson Garcia (HR,2B) all 2 and Lachie Seekamp 1

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

East Torrens 16 def Sturt 11

Boys had an interesting outing with players having a crack in all different positions this week.

Max and Jordan getting an opportunity to have a pitch which was great.

Both looked like they thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Boys only picked up 6 hits for the day with Tommy 'O' smashing the ball with 2 doubles. Which was great considering he couldnt get near the ball in BP.. No- '5 O'clock Hitter' here.

Shannon in the lead off spot also nabbed a couple of hits.

Play of the Game would have gone to Jack playing Left Field making a 7 to 5 out with a missile throw.

Well done to the lads for not giving up and playing it out to to the end.

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

STURT 4 d Goodwood 2

WINNER ! This weekend we played at Flinders, with the trailor BBQ going thanks to Mark Hutton the boys hungry for another win. Zach Altamurra started on the bump with the extra training he did his full picht count this weekend, pounding the zone and getting it do.

Harry Hutton was next to go to work on the hill, thanks for coming down and helping us out with a few boys away this week. Send Josh Jansse-Merlin the lefty into be the FIREMAN on the hill, great job JR, to come to the game with the right attitude to do your thing on the mound.

In the batting box today the boys were a lot better with some refreashing memory about the strike zone and swung the stick. a BIG welcome to Tom Passmore for his first club baseball hit and it was a 2baser, thanks for joining the team I hope you had FUN and with show us what you really can do. Fresh of a trip away last weekend Yeorgi Perentes got a hit, welcome back keep working hard and keep the smile on your face.

JR was great in the batting box grabbing a hit too, see what you can do with keeping your chin up.

Josh Holland and Kale Mattews-Hampton were soiled behind the plate with so great blocking even though you boys were quite with your bats, you did the little things. Blake Taylor, Sam Horley and Willem Aitkens had some great at bats today and did some strong things in the field with our first 9-3 out.

So keep coming will the right smile on your faces and work hard on the training track because without everyone doing the small things we would not have WON! Thanks to the score Larissa Horley and the umpier DR Glen Young.

To the mum and dads who came out to help in setting out the ground up and helping me out on the bench and warm up. BIG THANKS! See you all on Tuesday at the club for more to work on to getting us making contact with the bats.

PITCHING

STRIKES

BALLS

Z.Altamurra

27

16

H.Hutton

19

11

J.Jansse-Merlin

8

18

HITS

1 J.Jansse-Merlin
1 T.Passmore
1 Y.Perentes

..:: message posted on Monday the 28th of November, 2016 22:16:37 ::..

Sturt Big Raffle Results

Our Big Raffle was drawn tonight at the club.

The winner have been notified.
1st Prize-Sam Stewart-Acoustic Guitar
2nd Prize- Graeme Stevens- Day Spa Treatment
3rd Prize-Dave McGowan-Sport memorabilia
4th Prize- Bill Griffen- Bat and coaching session
5th Prize-LIsa Lens-Audi Vehicle for the weekend
6th Prize- Bill Last- Round of golf for 4 people at Mt Osmond Golf Club
Congratulations to all the winners, thanks to everyone who bought tickets to assist our club pay for the batting cages which have been erected. A big thank you to Jeff Nicholas who arranged the Raffle.

..:: message posted on Sunday the 27th of November, 2016 22:42:37 ::..

Newsletter 21/11/16

Congratulations to Mitch Lightbody who singled in his first at bat for the Bite in Sydney. See full match report. Well done Mitch!

The Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, have their first home series this weekend against the Aces.

Former Bite players Josh Tols and Dushan Ruzic make their return to Adelaide after signing with Melbourne just before the season started.

Make sure you are there to cheer on Adelaide as we try to propel ourselves to victory.

I am advised that the Adelaide Bite games are over 50% capacity already for the games. If you wish to attend we recommend buying online

Just a reminder, all registered and fully financial players under 18 get in free. To book in use your BaseballSA membership number and book your tickets here. These tickets MUST be redeemed online.

If you would like to come along with your kids, and would like a great deal, make sure you can take advantage of a Buy 3 Get 1 Free deal ($45) here

Baseball is much better with a crowd so grab some mates and head on down to West Beach to cheer on the Bite.

A reminder that the Raffle will be drawn this Sunday at 7.00 pm at the club so any raffle books still outstanding must be returned to the club prior to the draw!



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

Sturt defeated West Torrens 3-2

Congratulations to Mitchell Lightbody on his debut start with the Adelaide Bite in Sydney on the weekend.

After a disappointing loss to Golden Grove on Tuesday night after leading 4 to 2 going into the bottom of the seventh. Golden Grove had the bases loaded and we had two out and then a walk off double cleared the bases handing them the win.

On Friday night we travelled to South Australia's home of baseball at West Beach to take on top of the ladder team West Torrens.

After the first two innings in the game was tied at 0-0. West Torrens scored first in the 3rd after a mix up in the field and wild pitch. Scores remained level until the 6th innings were we scored two from a walk and hit batter. West Torrens evened the game at the bottom of the 6th through a walk and an error. A great play at home stopped them from increasing the lead. After a scoreless seventh innings we went into extra innings. We scored one run in the eighth after two successful bunts, a sac fly and the help of a throwing error. After pitching all seven dominant innings Nate Roe was relieved by Jackson Brebner-Russ. Jackson held the West Torrens batters scoreless handing us the win. Our bats were very quiet except for Harrison Knuckey who racked up 3 of our 5 hits.

Hits: Knuckey 3, Arnold, Holmes.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

B Grade drew with West Torrens 5-5

Well this was a hard fought 9 inning game that quite easily could have gone either way, however the ending was to be a draw.

We got on the board early, after some good early hitting and a clutch 2 out grandslam from Alex Hopton putting us 4-0 up after the first.. We unfortunately leaked runs through out the middle innings and ended up giving West Torrens the lead. Another clutch hit this time from Paul Holmes in the 7th giving us the tying run, we got out of a jam in the bottom of the last, putting the winning run to 3rd with none out, however with some great defensive plays from Paul Holmes and Simon Adkins in the outfield we kept that run from scoring and walking away with a draw.

Once again Brodie MacBeth was awesome on the hill throwing 8 innings for 97 pitches, only allowing 2 hits and 2 earned runs. Josh Tindal finished of the 9th. We were very solid in the field for most parts with some big plays made, special mentions to Ky Hampton and Jayden Trembath who were solid all day at Centre field and 2nd base respectively.

All in all not a bad outing for us, we had our opportunities to win against a very experienced side, but we proved that we can match it with the best so the boys should take some confidence out of this game.

Hits: Holmes 2, Hampton, Ottaway, Wirth, Hopton (hr) 1

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

West Torrens 5 d Sturt 4

Division 4 (Coach: Mick Trlin)

Sturt 18 def. West Torrens 4

This one started to shape up like a good competition for the first two digs. Both teams kept it tight with only one run traded (on their side) until the bottom of the third when the tide seriously turned. It was as if a completely different Sturt hitting line up took to the field as the hits just rolled in... and kept rolling in. It was like a BP display from our guys with extra bases and even a 3 run bomb from Ben Bicknell over centre right leaving us well in front after the third 11-1 up. Benny's hit was beautiful to watch as he yelled it over the fence! The ball got the message and did the right thing. First of the season for the 4's, hopefully not the last.

Other than Benny's bomb it would be unfair to single out other batting performances over the rest as the whole day was seriously impressive.

Solid base running was the order of the day with Lemo and Weber the standouts cutting grass on their way around the diamond, both lads looked the goods. Their catcher couldn't handle a rampaging Brando who did all the right things sliding into the plate as the older boys from West Torrens tried to make a deal of it. We all kept our heads and to good effect as we ended up so far up the board you couldn't catch us with a 12 foot extension ladder.

The field was tight as usual and Packer packed em' a lunch full of jamwich allowing only 2ER's for another complete game. Top effort boys.

7-7 was the starting tune in the club house as we sung the song again... on our way to a comfortable half way point lead. Sitting pretty at the top of the ladder never looked so good as Goodwood line up against us next week at home. It's sure to be a cracker in a 1 vs. 2 showdown. A win will leave us two games clear of the pack and with a loss we'll still be No.1 ahead on runs percentage.

Thanks to Sue for scoring, see you next week."

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

We turned up to face the 3 side on the ladder and put them to test, so much so that they had to throw someone that could pitch Div 3.

First to bat and with a HPB and a walk we had runners on, a few wild pitches we scored two runs before it was side away Kensington into bat and they came to hit and hit hard, unfortunately for them we had Don 'Wulffy' Wulff at centre field and he caught everything they hit his way.

Score was 2 - 1 up

In the second we did not trouble the scorers and Kensington put on 1 to tie the came up.

The third came and went the same way for us with another donut and with the only error for the day from Ben 'Shrek' Colyer at short stop Kennies but on 2 to make it 4 - 2 down after 3

In the fourth we plated 3 runs from a hit for David 'Reg' Lee and a couple of walks before they change their pitcher to put the brakes on us. It was a good challenge to us to see how we would go with a pitcher that could throw 3's and we were unable to score off of him for the rest of the game. Unfortunately for us that had a couple of hits into the holes and a 2 run home run and we finally went down 9 - 5 after 5 innings

Rick 'Rat' Trembath and Jayne 'Bruce' Wayne did the job on the mound for us and we were all ways in this game.

Hits: Smally 1, Wulffy (1S), Day 1, Colyer 1, Wayne 2

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Adelaide 15 d Sturt 3

Saturday was a beautiful baseball day and WA Norman reserve looked magnificent (thanks to all who are keeping this ground looking and playing great). Unfortunately we didn't play beautiful baseball - at best it could be described as was ugly.

We started with Jules Potiki on the mound and Jules struggled to find the strike zone. We gave up 7 in the dig then scored one in our first at bat. Things didn't really get much better from there. We struggled in the field, turning many easy outs into runners on base. Jules stand up triple, Chris Thompson great work behind the dish and Justin McKinley's pitching.

Thanks to Wal for Umpiring and Heather for scoring.

Hits: Thompson 2, Potiki 1 for a stand up triple, Sandor 2 (1), Tangles 2 (1), AJ, Chenoweth and Benny 2 (1).

Pitching: Potiki 43 B 27 S 1 K, AJ 11 B 16 S 0 K, McKinley 19 B 42 S 1 K

Under 19 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Sturt 11 def. Goodwood 3

Following on from a dominant opening round win, we faced our first away game against the neighbours Goodwood. Damon Arnold continued his return from injury with a solid three innings of work with 4 strikeouts and allowing just one hit. We have a good mix of Under 17s and 19s this year and the hitting was dominated by the younger lads. We scored in each of the first three innings to open up an 8-0 lead and the result was beyond doubt.

Reed Stewart was the standout with 4 hits and Tyson Ottaway wasn't far behind with 3 hits and continued working on his newfound talent of pitching, with 3 innings of work for 3 runs and a couple of strikeouts to close it out.

If you got nothing to do on your Wednesday night sneak down to Sturt, the boys often put on a show with many playing the senior grades.

Hits: Stewart 4, Ottaway 3, Hampton 2, Hopgood 2, Trembath 1, Borello 1

Under 17/1 (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

Match report Sturt 17's Week 6 Game 5

Sturt       0 1 0 3 3 7
Henley & Grange 1 0 1 3 3 8

After Sunday's game was cancelled due to a muddy home plate & mound the game was rescheduled for Tuesday 6pm at West Lakes. In summary it was a disappointing loss against a much younger team. The score was close but the game was average to say the least due to it being an error filled walk fest that frankly neither team deserved to win.

If you care about stats the majority were in our favour 8 strike outs to 6, Walks 11 received to 6 given, Hits 5-4 our way but the big killer was 5 errors versus 2 from H & G and I think the scorers were a little easy on a an fumbling opposition 3rd baseman that allowed a couple of our "safe" hits. The other frustrating stat was 12 LOB's versus the opposition 4. Our batters did not take advantage of our base runners being in scoring position against what was to be fair was gentle pitching.

Errors killed us and in no particular order - two pick off attempts that missed first base resulting in runs, a bad throw from short to first, another bad throw from third to first and a pick off attempt from home to third all of which resulted in gifted runs to the opposition that ultimately killed the game in our favour.

The positives - Josh Wilson continued his form revival with a two out line drive double to score two RBI's. Ultimately 1 from 3 but was unlucky not to score another double with bases loaded in the first and was denied by a great diving catch. Reed Stewart 2 from 2, Liam Lucas 1 from 2, and Joel Edwards 1 from 3. Austin McClure has an interesting night at the plate 4/4 on base picking up 3 walks, HPB and scoring 2 of our runs. Mike Sabatino picked up 3 walks from his 4 at bats.

Pitching was a mixed bag. Aussie struggled for control giving up 5BB's and a HPB. Conversely 7 strike outs and just 1 hit is good over 3.1 innings. Dylan relieved and inherited a couple of runners and a couple of errors in the field butchered any chance of closing with a win we probably didn't deserve. Full credit to H & G, they were younger than us and made less mistakes and got the chocolates. Thank you to the parents that got the boys out to West Lakes and to Sally Edwards slipping into the scorer's chair.

Match report Sturt 17's Week 7 Game 6

Sturt       0 0 3 0 1 1 5
West Torrens 1 0 0 0 4 0 5

The first real burst of summer with a midday 35 degree heater greeting the U17 Saints at Lockleys home of our nemesis the West Torrens Eagles. Second game of our Western Suburbs tour and the young Saints were keen to atone and get back in the winner's circle after their shock loss at West Lakes the previous Tuesday night.

A four hit dig in the third was our game highlight of a pitcher dominated game. After managing to get out to a 4-1 lead top of the fifth and looking to have the game under control a 4 run dig by the Eagles saw us trailing 5-4 going into the last. Ultimately a Brad Strapps bunt putting Austin McClure on 3rd after a 2 base steal followed by a wild pitch scores one tying the score with WT to bat. A fine 11 pitch close with 3K's by Aussie shuts the door and the score finishes 5-5. After 2 hours in the sun it was better than losing - just. Our batting didn't have a standout hitter today. Dylan Hopgood 1 from 3 and 2 RBI's got our best return. Liam Lucas 1 from 3 including an RBI, Harry Knuckey a double from his one at bat, Reed Stewart 1 from 1 , Nick Borello 1 from 1 and Joel Edwards 1 from 2 all got amongst it but unfortunately it was a bit spread leaving 6 runners on base across the game. Brad Strapps laid down two excellent sac bunts that moved runners into scoring positions both times resulting in runs deserves a mention.

The pitching was better this week. Both Aussie and Harry kept a 60% strike rate up and it was only the 5th where WT scored the 4 runs that blotted the copy book. Aussie 69/41 9K's, 3BB's, 3 hits, 4ER's. Harry 34/18, 4K's 1BB, 1 hit, 1ER

Goodwood at home next Sunday. Training as usual on Thursday. Onwards and upwards.

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

Glenelg 10 Sturt 8

Like a classic spaghetti western, the game this week had it all - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly as Sturt fell to Glenelg 10-8 in a toasty mid-afternoon game on Diamond 2 at the Bay.

The Good: The President of the North American branch of the Jonas Garcia Fan Club, Steve, flew in for the game and Jonas delivered in spades to his dedicated fan(s). Jonas went 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs, threw 58 pitches at a 60% strike rate over two tough innings, made an unassisted double play in the bottom of the 3rd snaring a red hot liner at 3rd base and doubling the runner off the same base to end a bases loaded threat and, as usual, was the most vocal player on the field encouraging his teammates at every opportunity. Other than that, he had a quiet game.

Luke Warburton had a breakout day at the plate going 2 for 2 with a couple nice outfield shots plus a walk.

Seb Steel went 2 for 4 and got on top of an 0-1 fastball with 2 on in the 2nd to miss a homer by millimeters.

Angus Catt filled in for us today and laid a beautiful bunt down the first base line and outraced the fielder to first to spark a two run top of the 3rd for the Saints. Young Gus also made a nice diving shoestring catch in right field that would have made his Mum and Dad proud. Thanks for filling in today, Angus - happy to have you on board anytime!

The boys put training into action when they turned a 1-6-3 double play, Ethan Dawson to Sam Stewart to Robbie Brennan, in the bottom of the 4th and made it look routine. Great work to have two twin killings in one game.

Ethan pitched well tossing an efficient final inning in his first stint on the hill this year.

Will Jordans took Coach Warby's in-game advice and framed up as instructed as he donned the Tools of Ignorance for the first time this year. Nice job behind the plate on a stinking hot day, Will.

Great to see Joel Wilson's Dad, Steve, have a follow-up Sunday off work to watch Joel effectively patrol left field and demo his stroke at the plate. Are all dedicated fans named Steve?

The Bad: Eight strikeouts at the plate and a couple untimely, uncharacteristic misfields cost some valuable runs in a ding dong battle.

The Ugly: What's with these flies? It's going to be a long summer.

You gotta like a club that has the amber fluid on ice and mobile - available for delivery to your seat well before game time, but forgets to install the pitching rubber until after the scheduled start of the game. It's all about priorities. Onya Tiges!!

A game that had a bit of everything that we probably could have won. Glenelg hit well so hats off to them and we'll look forward to a rematch in the finals.

Hits: Jonas Garcia 3, Luke Warburton 2, Joel Wilson, Robbie Brennan, Seb Steel, Angus Catt 1 each

RBI: Jonas Garcia 2, Seb Steel, Robbie Brennan 1 each

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

GGCD 12 d Sturt 2

We travelled way out of town to take on GGCD on a very warm day.

As a team, we kept our heads high despite not having much luck from the baseball gods with the bat, with the exemption of Nick Thompson that hit a massive double that was just short of going over the cones.

Joe Harvey started on the hill again throwing a great innings and gaining fantastic experience. Austin Parkinson followed throwing hard and fast and doing it all with a smile on his face. Jamie Vidale came out from a great stint behind the dish to close the game, pitching fantastic again. Tyler Stephens replaced Jamie as catcher and caught strong and confidently.

The boys spent a lot of time out in the sun, but never gave up, Jake Mossman proved that with his constant talking and staying focused at first base till the end, Jack Gooden and Emil Smith also never gave up the chatter and didn't falter in the field.

Although we went down, the team left the game a little wiser and rearing to go next week.

Thanks to everyone for helping out and also thanks to GGCD for lending us a player in good spirt of the game.

Well done boys.

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

Sturt 9 d West Torrens 0

"Some like it hot and some sweat when the heat is on"

The sun was shinning and the sky was blue (unlike last week) as we faced up against a very young and inexperienced WT outfit.

The highlight of the 1st innings belonged to Spencer Warrilow who crushed a line drive to straight away centre field for his first home run ever!!

Well done mate, you beat me by 8 years.

Samson Garcia started the pitching duties today and after ironing out a few bumps we kept the Eagles scoreless.

Our 2nd innings didn't produce any runs as we chased some bad pitches and left some good ones.

Samson Garcia continued in the 2nd innings as we made pretty easy work of the Eagles thanks to a nice catch by Harry Chaplin at CF.

The 3rd innings got of to a flyer with Spencer Warrilow crushing another line drive to centre field just a bit lower than the home run for a double.

Jack Hutton singled to centre field and we posted a 2 run innings thanks to some aggressive base running.

Callum Finlayson took over on the hill and started with a strike out and a couple of walks, but then Lachie Seekamp threw out our first runner for the season today with a great throw to 2nd base and another strike out finished of the innings.

Ryder Mathers started off the 4th innings with a line drive to RF, followed by doubles to Angus Catt, Jack Hutton and Lachie Seekamp. We were looking good for a 5 run maximum but unfortunately a line drive by Samson Garcia clipped Callum Finlayson in the back and he was out for interference 9.

Spencer Warrilow took over the pitching duties in the 4th innings and again we kept the Eagles scoreless thanks to some good fielding and a strike out.

The 5th innings was over pretty quickly but not before Ryder Mathers picked up another hit with a line drive double to RF.

Angela Mourtzios had the pitching duties in the 5th innings and again we shut the Eagles out with a couple of strike outs and a great catch at SS by Angus Catt.

We scored another 2 runs in the 6th innings thanks to Jack Huttons 3rd hit of the day and a triple by Lachie Seekamp, followed by some aggressive base running.

Locky Holland was robbed of a safe hit after smashing a line drive to 2B too.

Ryder Mathers closed out the game in the 6th innings and finished with a couple of strike outs.

A pretty good effort today in very hot conditions, we are going ahead in the right direction so lets keep it up.

Looking forward to another challenge next week against a pretty good Adelaide team.

Hits - Jack Hutton 3 (2B), Spencer Warrilow 2 (HR, 2B), Lachie Seekamp 2 (2B, 3B), Ryder Mathers 2 (2B), Angus Catt 1 (2B) and Samson Garcia 1

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

Sturt 13, Hawks 13

On the road @ Southern Districts

It was a ripper day for a ball game. The sandlot kids were looking for their second win for the championship season. You only need nine players to compete in this game so that's what we did. Hurricane Harry was given the rock to start things off. A brave 85 pitch outing saw him complete his third innings. We had Johnny whole staff complete the remaining 3 innings with appearances on the bump from Ryan, Shannon, Tom and Ciaron. A special mention to Brad who was behind the dish all day in challenging conditions, Jorge Posada would have been proud.

Sandlot kids were up 13 - 8 in the last but were not able to keep the Hawks off the bags as the Hawks came back to score 5 in the bottom frame to end with a draw.

Mighty effort from all involved, Mums and Dads should all be proud!!

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

STURT 0 - Glenelg 6

Today was what summer baseball is all about the sun was out not a cloud in the sky. (PLAY BALL) With the other team having not lost a game it was time to find out what stage we were at. For the first two innings Zach jumped on the bump to do his thing . Love the way you approach the game kid. we put runners on in those innings but couldn't put them together . Next first time Sam try his luck on the hill and for the first time you did great mate. Then fireman Kale finished the game off shutting there bat down and did a PIZZA for the boys double play from the coach that the guys will get last training night before the Christmas break . In the batting box we were swingthe bat which am very happy with but but some off the swing were at balls which we will need to work on . So get on the track and work on that. This taste like vinegar saying ghis but Joshua Holland had a great game behind the dish catching was fantastic . Well done SON. Can't wait to see how much we improve from this game and see what happens next time we play them. See you all Tuesdayon the track ready for another big game on Sunday .

HITS

J.Holland 2, S.Horley 1

PITCHING

STRIKES

BALLS

Z.Alamurra

21

9

S.Horley

14

16

K. Matthew-Hampton

10

11



..:: message posted on Monday the 21st of November, 2016 06:36:04 ::..

Newsletter14/11/16

The weather this weekend was mainly good for ducks but despite the inclement weather the boys strung together some big wins placing our Div 1 side in fourth position and our Div 2 and 4 sides in top spot!

You should all now have your Raffle Books and I would ask that you make a special effort to sell them as soon as possible. Whilst the Raffle is not drawn until 27 November we would be pleased if you could get the books you have sold back to the club and take more books if possible as every book sold will help our club meet our committment, including the batting cages which are currently being constructed. You can download the Raffle Brochure and share!



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

Sturt defeated Henley & Grange 5-1

After a convincing victory against Glenelg on Tuesday night 10-0 which was dominated by excellent pitching and hitting. We travelled to Henley & Grange on Saturday, as it was the 20th Anniversary of the Henley & Grange premiership victory over Sturt. Celebrations had been planned during the day and long into night. We spoilt their celebrations by winning both Division 1 and 2 games. The Division 1 team winning 5-1 and Division 2 team winning convincingly 17-1.

After the first two innings in trying conditions the score was tied at 0-0. We scored four runs in the 3rd after two hits and a throwing error followed by a two run home run from Evan LeBlanc. We were in a good position after 3 innings. Pitching continued to dominate the game with each team only scoring one run each over the next six innings. After 5 scoreless innings from Steve Chambers the ball was handed over to Ky Hampton for three dominant innings and Jackson Brebner-Russ threw the last innings. Our defence backed up the tremendous pitching with Henley & Grange only scoring one run from seven hits.

Hits: Knuckey, Brice, Macbeth, LeBlanc (HR) and Brebner-Russ.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 17 d Henley and Grange 1

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

Henley and Grange 13 d Sturt 6

To begin with, the score does not reflect the majority of this game.

Damo threw well in the first but solid base running from their lead off hitter put a runner in scoring position early, to which H&G capitalised on. We opened our account in the first scoring 4 runs, a combination of walks and hits taking us completely through the line up for the first time this year. Throughout the rest of the game we continued to fight with some scattered hits but failed to substantially build on our score. H&G hit all day as they are known to do. Joshy came in for us at the start of the third and threw with intent allowing one run in three innings. Well done mate! Top of the last, rain falling, a few things didn't go in our favour and away they went scoring 7 to make it 13 to 5. We scored one in the last but sadly that was it. The day full of achievements, young Strappsy (Brad Strapps) played his first senior match, bringing in an RBI, well done mate. Josh's effort on the mound! Bretty with 2 infield hits, mashed it! Aussie behind the dish doing well, standing tall when a 150 kg whale chose not to slide into home, made a fool of him. Boys, that is where it's at (minus the unfortunate last dig), let's get it started again next week!

Hits: Mulryan 2, Holland, Harvey, Hopton, Matschoss.

Division 4 (Coach: Mick Trlin)

Sturt 11 def. Henley and Grange 3

Makes it a little hard to put together a write up without the score book which has vanished after last weekend... hopefully no-one important reads this, but I'll have a stab from memory anyway. Sure it will turn up, I hope.

Another emphatic win makes it 6/6 so far and to the top of the ladder we go after Kensies lost on the weekend. It didn't start too promising however with the league umpire missing the memo that the start time was changed to 10:00am. Thanks a heap Daz and Stokesy for helping us out on last minute umpiring call ups, the league owes you both a beer.

The bats fired yet again with our lead off boys doing their job perfectly. Nice base hits followed by aggressive base running equalled runs on the board from early in the game. It was tight admittedly (5-2) till the fourth when we ran away with it dropping in a cool 5 runs to seal the deal on our sixth consecutive "W" for the season.

Donald Trump once said "we're going to win so much you'll get tired of winning"... well I can tell you that's a farce! You can't get sick of this!

Top performances went to Dale Martenez who found his stride going 4/4 with the bat including a classic triple into centre right which was pretty to watch. Benny Packer was solid on the mound again throwing a complete game and welcome back to plate side Richo for the first time this season with a great show at the dish calling the shots well and hitting hard. Thanks Benny Bicknell and Kym for rolling a half game, both boys performing well in their respective 3 digs and Tim Boundy had a screamer at DH leading off with style. To quote the man himself "DH is quite a relaxing position", must have been the new found freshness in his stride that translated to a top batting display.

Defensively we were solid once again and it's gotta be hard for our opposition to find a hole at present. Welcome aboard Craig Nicks at 2b who slotted in beautifully.

As far as hitting goes it was probably our best performance of the season collecting 17 hits (5 extra bases) and we showed much more patience with our At Bats knocking in 11 runs.

Now sitting at 6-0 we have set up our season perfectly. The cohesion on the team is fun to be a part of and its bloody fantastic to keep singing that song....

Thanks to Sue for scoring, all up a great day out, looking forward to next week vs. West Torrens.

Hits: Martens 4(3b), Passmore 3(2b), Burns 3(2b), Richmond 2(2b), Nicks 2, Boundy 1(2b), Lemon, Weber 1

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Adelaide 13 d Sturt 6

As the away side we went into bat first and things started of well with Wallace 'Gromit' Long and Chris 'Smally' Small scoring before Adelaide rolled a double play to finish the innings.

Adelaide into bat and they scored 3 to lead by 1 after the first innings

Second innings we went 3 up and down and we almost returned the favour to Adelaide but it took us 4 batters to get side away, still 1 run down.

In the third we did not trouble the scorers again and we gave up 1 more run to be down 4 to 2. The only thing keeping us in the game at this point was Travis 'Huey' Lewis who had taken a couple of diving catches at left field.

In the fourth we manage two runs from Glenn 'Doc' Young and Huey before he pulled up sore and went to the bench, unfortunately Adelaide we are able to get the two back. Score 4 - 6 down

In top of the fifth we evened it up with 2 runs from Kris 'Krispy' McArdle and Don 'Wulffy' Wulff before the wheels fell off and Adelaide went out and scored the maximum 7.

We went out in the top of the sixth for three up and down and game was called.

The score does not do the game justice as it was close most of the way.

Safe hits: Long 2, C Small 1, Wulff 1, Young 1, T Small 2, Wayne 1

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 20 d Henley 6

You know it's gong to be a fun day at the park when the club umpire turns up with a white cane ... literally!

His sense of humour notwithstanding, he could only watch as we found our rhythm again against the hapless Rams at West Lakes.

We put 26 hits on their pitching with everyone contributing - none more so than Dennis 'Wrongy' Wright who had a belter of a game including a mammoth home run over left and a stunning running catch as well.

Everyone hit well, with Andrew 'Colonel' Sanders, Jules 'JP' Potiki, Jason 'Tangles' Balint, Matt 'Chewy' Chenoweth and coach Phil 'Philthy' Martin all having three hits each, the latter with an inside the park home run.

Justin 'Prez' McKinley pitched another complete game in partnership with Andrew 'AJ' Johnston as we never let them in it.

Great to see Ditts back and thanks to Heather for scoring.

Hits: Sanders 3, Thompson 1 (1 RBI), Potiki 3 (2), Martin 3 (2), Balint 3, Chenoweth 3 (2), Guehrer 2, Wright 4 (6), Johnston 3 (1), McKinley 1 (1)

Pitching: McKinley 28/45 2Ks

Under 19 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Sturt 13 d Adelaide 0

Under 17/1 (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

Rescheduled to Tuesday night 15th November 6pm at Henley & Grange Ground A due to weather

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

Henley & Grange 8 d Sturt 5

On a day where Norman Reserve resembled a NASA Wind Tunnel two teams with visions of post season glory faced off in what promised to be a high quality contest. H&G were perched atop the ladder with the Saints not far behind and Sturt entered the game with bats blazing the past couple weeks.

Cal Ripkin representative Robbie Brennan toed the rubber for the Saints in the first but unfortunately left during his 4th batter with upper body soreness. Zac Becker entered on short notice and threw hard over 4 innings to keep the game close. The Saints fielding wasn't quite as sharp as is has been to date and a couple brain fades cost 2 or 3 runs which in the end proved important to the outcome of the game. In the Rams' half of the first, an early error, a walk and a poor choice of which base to throw to off a bunt contributed to a 3 run first inning and dug an early hole that proved difficult to climb out of.

In the bottom of the first, a solid leadoff double to rightcentre by Sam Stewart that threatened to clear the cones, an infield single to Robbie and a single to centre by Seb Steel brought home 2 and the Saints looked to be back on track. The Rams countered with 3 more in the top of the 2nd to widen a lead the Saints couldn't overcome. Walks to Sam and Robbie to lead off the 3rd, an RBI groundout to short by Jonas and a double to left centre by Zac, another that just missed being a four bagger, closed the gap again. After that, an RBI single to centre by Robbie in the bottom of the 5th and last inning was all the Saints could muster at the plate as they fell just short.

Other plays of note were a sharply hit single to rightcentre by Joel Wilson and a line shot up the middle by Luke Warburton that was speared by the Ram second baseman to rob Luke of a sure hit. The Saints' outfield continues to be a fortress and Seb, Ethan Dawson and Joel, who had two, all took nice catches on a day where conditions were as difficult as can be for an outfielder. Toss Will Jordans into the mix and Sturt has one of the best outfield combos in the league with plenty of depth and flexibility to support the pitching staff.

The way the boys kept fighting and coming back was good to see and shows their character. While we didn't quite play our best at times today, there is no doubt we have the tools to be around the mark at the business end of the season. The way the boys apply themselves at training will determine whether or not they reach their full potential.

The highlight of the day was a foul ball over the first base dugout that landed perfectly among the throng of legendary club stalwarts and dignitaries in attendance, knocking two A over T who most impressively spilled not drop of amber fluid in the process. Any rumours a crane was required to right the wreckage are only mildly exaggerated.

Next week it's off to the Bay for what should be an entertaining matchup against yet another well coached team and a good follow up test for the boys. See you there!

Hits: Robbie Brennan 2, Sam Stewart (2B), Zac Becker (2B), Seb Steel, Joel Wilson 1 each

RBI: Jonas Garcia 2, Zac Becker, Seb Steel, Robbie Brennan 1 each

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

Sturt 21 defeated Kensington 4

O when the Saints go storming in….

Despite the atrocious conditions that saw the catchers don a snorkel and flippers to deal with the puddles at the plate Sunday was all Saints day as we scored a very convincing 1st win for the season.

After an intense downpour in the bottom of the 1st we got very close to calling the match! But full marks go to both sides for wanting to play ball, and particularly the catchers, pitchers and wheoever kept up the stream of clean and dry balls flowing from the Sturt dugout!

A big thanks to Sam Stewart and Will Jordans (who caught all day in the mire) from the 1's for helping us out and a plug for Kenington's sporting spirit for lending us a fielder and batter every inings.

In the wash up, although the Kensy pitchers dished out more walks than they'd have liked, it was our dominance both at bat and on the hill that tells the story. In 37 plate appearances for the Saints we recorded 1 KC, 1 K2 and 4 home runs, compared to Keningston's 18 plate appearances with just 2 hits.

The lads kept up the chatter all game, it was a fantastic team effort with everybody getting on base and eventually scoring one way or another. These boys are developing into a strong team with great enthusiasm, and if they keep it up a place in the finals is within their grasp.

New kid on the hill, Joe Harvey, kicked us off with a highly comendable effort after only one pen at last week's training. A neat 1-3 assist got Joe's 1st out, followed quickly by a KC, and a sizzler 2-5 from Will on an attempted steal and it was side away with just 4 runs on the board for Kensington.

Kensington's response was devastating, after just 2 pitches we were two out! But we were sent running for the dug-outs as the sky opened up and this seemed to give us the much needed opportunity to re-group and after returning to the diamond we dominated. Jamie got us on the board with a solo home run - the 1st of four for the Saints, and Sam followed with a double and some quick running to plate our 2nd run and close the gap to 2 as we went into the 2nd dig.

Jamie took to the hill, and with the assistance of some nice catches at SS and CF, shut Kensington out of the game, striking out 5 of the 11 batters faced in 3 scoreless innings - nothing more to say!

At bat we continued to swing, and we ran aggressivley whenever we got on base. We added 5 runs to the tally in the 2nd courtesy of a double to Will, singles to Austin, Tyler, Jamie and Sam and walks to Jaxson (Kens) and Joe. Unbelievably we cranked it up in the 3rd with consecutive solos to Sam and Will, singles to Jamie and Austin and a number of walks to help us to 7 more runs. Another solo to Jamie and comendably respectful base stealing by the Saints saw another 7 runs added to the tally as the Kensington pitcher struggled to find his aim in the final dig.

Thank you to Sonia for a great scorebook, and to all the parents that not only braved the weather but stayed around to help tidy the diamond. Hopefully this was our last week of Winterball and we can play some Summer baseball next week.

Hits: Jamie (3, 2HR); Austin (2); Sam (2, 1HR); Will (2, 1HR); Tyler (1)
Runs: Jamie (4), Sam (4), Austin (2), Tyler (2), Will (2), Nick (2), Joe (2), Jaxson (2), Emil (1)
RBIs: Sam (2), Jamie (1), Tyle (1), Will (1)

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

Sturt 10 d Glenelg 7

"Get out the rye bread and mustard Grandma it's a Grand Salami"

More on that later!

What an absolutely shocking miserable day for baseball!

We were looking to bounce back against the top side Tigers after a narrow loss last week so it was game on from the get go.

Jack Hutton started the day on the hill and the first batter was K2 see you later but then a couple of errors in slippery conditions and the Tigers threatened. But a KC followed by a base running error and we were out of the inning.

Our first 2 hitters both reached on walks and we were looking good, but a pop up, then a ground out and a K2 ended that in a hurry.

The Tigers were kept quiet again by the Big Chief and a great catch in CF by Locky Holland to end the innings.

Our 2nd innings was over pretty quickly but not before Samson Garcia had a line drive single to RF.

The Tigers broke the game open in the 3rd innings with 3 runs on some pretty good hitting and a bit of luck.

Our 3rd innings started with a single to Angus Catt, followed by a fantastic bunt by Locky Holland (awesome). Unfortunately a pop up and a K2 took the sting out of our innings but we did manage to get 1 run home thanks to a wild pitch.

The Tigers again came back hard in the 4th as the lead off reached on a HPB. 2 quick K2's from the Big Chief and we were looking like getting out of a jam but again the Tigers bats woke up and they posted another 3 runs.

Our 4th innings was over quickly as only 4 hitters faced the Tigers and we were done and looking down the barrel in the 5th down 6 - 1.

Angus Catt took over on the hill and shut the door on the Tigers with a 3 up 3 down innings.

After a quick talk to the team we came out with a bang in the 5th, started with a single to Jack Hutton, a double to Lachie Seekamp, a BB to Spencer Warrilow, another BB to Callum, then Ryder Mathers drove in our 2nd run with a nice ground ball to 1st base.

Angela Mourtzios had an awesome at bat, fouling off many strikes until she earned herself a very valuable BB to keep the innings going. Then Angus Catt and Locky Holland both hit singles and we ended the innings with a 5 run maximum!

Again the Tigers came back in the top of the 6th with some good hitting and cheeky base running to post a valuable go ahead run. We were fortunate to get out of this one with just 1 run, and we headed into the bottom of the 6th down 7 -6.

The Tigers bullpen was stretched to breaking point by this time as we loaded the bases with 3 BB's in a row, which brought Callum Finlayson to the plate. I was about to tell him to take a strike but the pitcher had already started his delivery! It didn't matter as Callum smoked a "no doubter" down the LF line and cleared the home run fence by at least 20 feet!

Woo hoo a walk off Grand Slam to win!

A great win for us but we still have a lot of "little things" to work on both individually and as a team.

Great job today guys and gals!

Thanks to Tony Catt for umpiring.

Hits - Angus Catt, Locky Holland 2, Jack Hutton, Callum Finlayson (HR grand slam), Samson Garcia 1

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

Glenelg 14 def Sturt 9

Tough day at the park for the boys on Sunday. As everybody was subjected to the conditions were harsh.

In saying that we stuck with it earning 5 runs in the last to make it 9 total for the day.

What let us down was the base on balls 13 for the day makes it hard..

Highlights was our hitting (interestingly enough we didnt hit at training this week) polling 16 hits v Glenelg 11 hits for the day.

Maybe no more hitting for the rest of the season... As we only racked up 5 punch-outs for the day

A big day for Ryan Hendry with his first hit for the season and a magnificent catch in Left Field which had even the Umpire 'ole Mate Trev' celebrating.

Solid effort again by Jord's behind the dish and with the bat going 3-3, Max Becker solid in the leadoff position with a couple of knocks and the Beham Brothers both picking up hits this week the family rivalry continues.

Magnus was a madman in right field stopping a potential double with his body and HG 'Hurricane' was effortless in punching out 2 in his time on the hill.

By keeping down the walks boys, we were in contention for this game, so another opportunity arises for us to get better.

Go Saints

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

STURT 12 d Hawks 11

It was a very wet and winter day at our home ground the dad did a great job to get the ground ready to play after the weather came in just game time, but we got a game in.(THANKS GUYS) It was very hard to stay warm and to keep the boys ready to play. Gus start on the hill for for the first time too first time catching Willem. Great to see you boys give it a go. Next Kale jumped on the bump to stead the ship well done kid you get the save today. Yeoryi finished the game off and gave it his best. Not a lot happened in the field to day with both team throwing lots of walks, but the boys where very good in the batting box in making the right chooses. It just goes to show what we are working on at training is working. So this week at training we will work on our fielding and pitching and see what happens next week at Glenelg. A BIG thank to behind the plate umpir AJ and to the score Aaron Aitken and Poppy Bob for helping out at training and on game day hopefully next weekend is better weather for SUMMER baseball. To the manger Ralph Hennessy for listen to me talk and writing up the team sheet and helping out with everything thanks mate. See you all Tuesday.

HITS

J.Holland 1

PITCHING

STRIKES

BALLS

A.Hennessy

K.Mattews-Hampton

Y.Perentes

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..:: message posted on Monday the 14th of November, 2016 20:53:57 ::..

Newsletter 07/11/16

A great weekend for baseball with perfect weather where our Div 1 and 2 boys had a bye.

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

Bye

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Bye

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

Gawler 13 d Sturt 5

Today was another tough outing for the threes. A big thank you to Damo, Fizz and Hoppo for helping out.
Damo started and threw well but gawler were hitting and we were making errors. A combination that gave Gawler a 5 run lead in the first.
6 hits to Gawler in the second allowed 6 more in. One run in the third and one in the fifth made it a total of 13 for the travellers.
We had 5 hits for the day. Nicksy with two and Joshy with a big double!! We had our chances but couldn't keep the rallies alive. Powellos and Aussie did well on the mound. Cheers boys!
A big thank you Sue for scoring in dusty, trying conditions behind the dish.
Let's train and go again!
Hits: Nicks 2 (Double), Hopton 1, McLure 1, Vidale 1 (Double).

Division 4 (Coach: Mick Trlin)

Sturt 10 d Gawler 4

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

No result or match report available

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Flinders 16 d Sturt 11

That scoreboard looks pretty good when you consider Flinders are top and beat the Rams 22-0 the week before.
And when Justin 'JR' Ranford, Jules 'JP' Potiki and Phil 'Philthy' Martin smacked consecutive hits in a 5-run first inning, their pitcher looked visibly distressed at having given up his first hits in about three weeks.
However, it all fell away pretty quickly after that with our defence doing a mostly lousy job of packing up our two pitchers.
Some of our new boys had good games again with Chris 'Skinny' Sandor and Benny 'Roger Binny' Anil on the scoresheet along with Dennis 'Wrongy' Wright.
But it wasn't enough to overcome Flinders who made fewer mistakes than we did.
Thanks to AJ and the Colonel for coaching/base coaching and Heather for scoring.
Hits: Ranford 1 (1 RBI), Potiki 2 (3), Martin 1 (1), Carter 1 (1), Sandor (2), Wright 2 (1), McKinley 2, Anil 1
Pitching: Potiki 36/34 1K, McKinley 10/24 3k

Under 17/1 (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

Redsox 0 0 0 1 4 5
Sturt     0 3 0 4 1 8

Winner, winner chicken dinner - our first win of the season and it's a pleasure to advise the club's most popular team got back in the winner's circle with an 8-5 win against the Redsox at Norman Reserve. A glorious Sunday morning, our beautiful home deck and a good crowd greeted the boys as they left the dugout and took to the field. Imported American umpire Nate Roe called "play ball!" and away we went.

Coach Knuckey was taking no chances with the imposing combination of State U18 representatives - pitcher Ky Hampton on the hill and catcher Harry Knuckey behind the dish forming our opening battery. And disappoint they didn't with the Redsox in the field after 15 pitches. A grind out, walk, fielder's choice, hit batter, and a strike out demonstrate that there is no length's this team won't go to keeping the crowd entertained on the different ways to get yourself on and off the bases. Score nil nil.

Ky continued on his merry way, 2K's and just 16 pitches and we're into bat. A booming double to Josh Wilson has Joaquin Poskey-Miles sitting on third. A walk to Mike Sabatino and the bases are loaded. A cracking line drive to right field by Liam Lucas scores 2 and a triple by Reed Stewart to right scores another and we lead 3-0 after two innings equalling our highest score of the season.

Not content to rest on his laurels a 10 pitch innings from Ky gives us another fast return to the batter's box. Three watched strike outs later (could be a club record?) we're back in the field with the score remaining at 3-0

Not such smooth sailing in the 4th for the Saints as the Redsox get a run back and have runners at first and second. Ky leaves the hill due to a pitch count limit and is relieved by the gasman Dylan Hopgood. Looking to induce heart palpitations amongst the coaching panel, Dylan loads the bases up with a blooper hit to left field, induces a rain making fly out to Joaquin Poskey-Miles at third and strikes out the last batter. Score now 3-1. Walks to Josh and Reed and a two out single to Harry scores one, another single to Ky and the bases are loaded. Dylan does it on the hill and now does it with the bat with a cracking line drive to left field scoring Reed, Harry and Ky to make the score 7-1.

Never a dull moment with these blokes, just when you thought maybe we were home Redsox score 4. A one out error and three good hits and suddenly a comfortable lead is evaporating. The fireman Harry comes from behind the plate and closes the last two out and the score is 7-5. Another booming double from Josh Wilson has ASADA ringing the club (what did he have for breakfast?) and an RBI single from Mr Statistics Reed Stewart hits another run home and we win 8-5.

Thanks to Deb Hopgood for another lovely score book, Nate Roe for giving up his morning to umpire and to all our supporters that came out and cheered the team home.

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

Sturt 13 d Woodville 7

God made days like today to play baseball. On a gorgeous Sunday afternoon, the boys continued to rack up early season frequent flier miles travelling to Woodville to face the Senators. For the second consecutive road trip, due to scheduling "quirks" and through no fault of the host club, the Saints and their opponents had to play on what must be considered a Mickey Mouse field (which on the upside made for a few entertaining moments).

Aggressive hitting is contagious. The Saints have taken the coaches' advice to heart and really gone out and done the job at the plate. The team racked up 14 hits including 6 two baggers to keep the basepaths busier than the racetrack of the Findon Skid Kids who were holding a major race meeting within a foul ball of the first base side of our diamond.

Sam Stewart provided spark from the leadoff spot banging out 3 doubles to show he's back on song. Zac Becker (4 for 4 including a double) and Seb Steel (3 for 4 with 2 doubles) were both right on top of the ball today as well and kept a relentless stream of pressure on the Woodville pitchers and defense.

The Saints hung crooked numbers on the board early getting 3 in the top of the first and 5 in the second by combining walks, hits and a bit of loose Woodville fielding to open up an 8-2 gap after two. Some misfortune on the basepaths kept the Saints to a single run over the 3rd and 4th innings while Woodville's representative on the 2016 Waves, Jack Higgenbotham, was a one man wrecking crew capping a big day at the plate with a grand salami over the short centre field fence to pull the Senators within 9-7 after 4 innings. Duly awakened, the boys responded establishing a final break in the top of the 5th and final inning with Austin Parkinson, Sam, Jonas Garcia, Zac and Seb driving balls safely to all parts of the outfield to score 4 and set up the final margin of 13-7. Jonas retired Woodville in order in the bottom of the 5th to close out proceedings.

Another great team win today. Fielding continues to be a major strength with only one error on the day and only 4 total errors as a team in 4 games which is incredible at this level. Ethan Dawson was stellar at shortstop, making all three chances there look routine. Will Jordans did well on the receiving end of throws to first base and the word is obviously out not to hit in the direction of Luke "Hoover" Warburton as he had no action in the game which is an oddity at 2nd base.

Austin Parkinson, up from the 2's, and Joel Wilson both had a great day at the plate and, like the 2016 World Series winning Cubs (!), proved how valuable it is to have production from the lower half of the order.

Last but not least, staff workhorses Zac and Jonas threw heavy balls and combined for 11 strikeouts to stifle any dreams Woodville had of springing an upset. A fun day for all concerned.

Hits: Zac Becker 4 (2B), Sam Stewart (2B x3), Seb Steel (2B x2) 3 each, Austin Parkinson 2, Joel Wilson, Jonas Garcia 1 each

RBI: Jonas Garcia 3, Joel Wilson, Zac Becker 2 each, Sam Stewart, Ethan Dawson, Seb Steel 1 each

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

Henley & Grange 11 d U15/2 - Sturt 7

Sunday we travelled back to West Lakes to take on the other Henley Grange side on a fantastic day for baseball.

The boys started strong with the bats and ran bases aggressively, Tyler Stephen and Jake Mossman walked up to first, stole bases and thanks to some hits from Jamie Vidale and Austin Parkinson, they scored to get us on the board and start what was a great game to watch.

Nick Thompson took to the hill first and threw a solid first innings, only letting through one safe hit and two runs.

The rest of the day offensively all of the boys took the pitches deep into the count and swung the bat hard, especially Austin, Jamie and Samson Garcia who had some great safe hits.

Defensively Joe Harvey made the position of centre field his own with four great catches and some great fielding, Jonas Garcia was super strong at shortstop and equally as strong was Jack Gooden over at first base.

Emil Smith is showing that he is improving in leaps and bounds with ever week, becoming a great team player.

Jamie Vidale had a fantastic day pitching and Austin Parkinson finished the game strong. Tyler didn't let much through at all behind the dish and looked good.

We have to mention the talk on and off the field was exceptional and great to see, also thanks to the Garcia boys for coming out for the team, and although Lachie Hammond is out at the moment with a broken thumb, he still came out to support and be part of the team. Well done guys!

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

Lost 6-5

Well we certainly came up against a team worthy of a challenge this week in Henley & Grange.
It was a tough loss to take but there were a lot of positives to take home.
We didn't trouble the scorers in the 1st innings as we chased a few bad pitches and suffered 3 K2's.
Big Jack Hutton started on the hill for us and we kept the Rams scoreless too as it looked like a pitchers dual.
The 2nd innings wasn't much better as we suffered 3 more K2's and were again kept scoreless.
The same went for the Rams in the 2nd innings so we were locked at nil all going into the 3rd.
Spencer Warrilow got things going in the 3rd with a single to LF, which turned, into a triple courtesy of the Rams fielder. Then Angus Catt singled to CF to drive in our first run.
Unfortunately the Rams hit back in the 3rd with 5 big runs which proved the difference in the end.
The Rams did hit the ball well in this innings but we didn't execute a couple of basic plays and there were also a few wild pitches.
Callum Finlayson got us going in the 4th with a lead off single, followed by a pair of walks to Locky Holland and Spencer Warrilow. Then Angus singled to SS with a hard hit line drive followed by a crushing double to Jack Hutton and we finished with 3 runs to bring it back to a 5-4 game.
Angus Catt took over the pitching duties and finished the innings with 3 K2's but not before the Rams scored another run on a few nice hits and a lucky one that dropped just short of Callum Finlayson in RF.
Ryder Mathers got us going in the 5th with a nice single to RF, followed by a HPB to Angela Mourtzios, then Locky Holland singled to RF to drive in our only run for the 5th.
Angus Catt took care of the Rams hitters in the 5th with another 3 K2's and we headed into the last down 6-5.
We had a runner on base with 1 out but the innings ended on a double play and that was all she wrote!
A good game with a few little things that need some more work.
We look forward to another challenge next week as we face a worthy Tigers from Glenelg at home.
Hits Angus Catt 2, Locky Holland, Spencer Warrilow, Jack Hutton, Callum Finlayson and Ryder Mathers 1

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

Henley & Grange 14 d Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) 4

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

Bye

..:: message posted on Monday the 7th of November, 2016 22:29:02 ::..

Newsletter 31/101/6

Well done to our Div 1 boys who got the job done on the weekend. There is a Div 1 game against Woodville tomorrow night at 6 pm at home.

Congratulations to Ky Hampton and Harrison Knuckey who made the State Under 18s side- well done boys!

You should all now have your Raffle Books and I would ask that you make a special effort to sell them as soon as possible. Whilst the Raffle is not drawn until 27 November we would be pleased if you could get the books you have sold back to the club and take more books if possible as every book sold will help our club meet our commitment, including the batting cages which are currently being constructed. You can download the Raffle Brochure and share!



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

Sturt 7 d Port Adelaide 3

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

defeated Northern Districts 4-2

Well the week started with a resumption game against such Norths on Tuesday night. The game originally started on the 16th of October but was delayed after 72mins with the game tied at 1-1. Austin Mcclure started on the hill and was throwing well, Norths threw their import B grade pitcher and was definitely having the better of our hitters, however we, managed to keep the game close and with some terrible weather the game was called.. So we all showed up Tuesday to finish the last 48minutes and get a result. A very tough situation for all, but the only goal was to get the win, Aussie jumped back on the hill and was well received by Josh Tindall. With some scratchy hitting and good fielding we got the job done.. This was the first time by only I but all the players had been in a resumption game and they all handled themselves well and a win is a win.

HITS.. Adkins 2, Faehse, Holmes, Wirth, Lightbody

30/10 defeated Port Adelaide 3-0

The trip to Port Adelaide is always a tough one, and with terrible wind and rain! once again the ultimate goal was to get the win and go home... We struggled most of the game with the bat but managed to scratch in three runs in the third behind some good hitting from Tyson Ottaway and and grafting hit from Alex Hopton. The story of the day however was the sensation pitching from Brodie Macbeth, you don't need to hit that well when your pitcher is throwing as well as he was. Brodie threw a complete 7innings for only 82 pitches, 3 hits and no walks.. It's a new looking B grade this year and the boys are starting to gel together, we haven't played our best yet but we are sitting 3 wins 1 loss and the year is set up well. We will enjoy a week off and tackle Henley and Grange on the 12th of November...

HITS Ottaway, Hopton, Kerr

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

STURT 2 lost to Southern District 14

Well today was a beautiful day down at sunny west beach for baseball. "PLAYBALL" It was great to see today that the men read the board and got the bats moving, I know we only got 4 hits in the book but with some smart base running and guys picking up the signals and doing them got our 2 runs in. Jack Powell started on the hill with trying to mix them up with some junk it really did work for two innings. Ryan Mattschoss took to the bump for his first pitching outing for the season and threw some great in the zone fast balls great to hear your around for the rest of the season. The game was very close going into the last innings with the score 2-6. But in the last innings Josh Vidale couldn't quite find the zone and with some hard to see fly balls in the out field they scored 8. Don't worry Josh next time u will be better and for your first senior time on the bump and only being 14, great work kid. Guys please never give up on each other get out on the track and keep working. Big thanks to Andrew Vidale for helping me by being the manager and the lovely Sue Mulryan with the colorful score book.

HITS
J.POWELL 2
A.MC CLURE 1
J.HOLLAND 1

Division 4 (Coach: Mick Trlin)

Sturt (19) def. Southern Districts (5)

What a way to take a win down at the West Beach Diamond Sports complex for the first and only time this season! And what a starting record, 4-0 so far undefeated in the season the boys are on fire!

Nothing short of an absolute shellacking was dished out to the home side as the mighty Sturt rolled over them from start to finish. 5 runs in the first dig and 7 in the second pretty much secured the win for us in the first 30 minutes. Our bats fired with 12 hits for the game which spanned over 6 digs, two guys in particular had a cracker of an outing with Ben Bicknell and Pat Burns going 3 hits a piece.

It was important to keep our boys in the dugout as much as possible due to the stinking hot conditions and wind on Saturday. That's exactly what we did. We hit round the order for 3 of the 6 digs and wouldn't have spent more than 35-40 minutes in the field overall. During the short stints that we did have in the paddock our defence was solid despite having some guys out of position due to absenteeism. Fame did a great job on the hill allowing no earned runs and picking up 2K's over 3 digs. Trlin shut it out over the last 3 allowing 4 ER's and picking up 4K's. A late rally from the opposition in the 5th was short lived with a quick flurry of 6 hits which included a few lucky drops giving them hope, but we quickly took it away again when we pinned the same number of runs back in the top of the next. Deep knocks despite the wind came strong this week which certainly boosted our RBI numbers with Packer, Weber, Boundy, Burnsy and Fame all going long for extra bases, it was pretty to watch.

Great work all round from the boys, thanks to Sue for scoring. Looking forward to only our second home game this season next week when we take on Gawler with a diminished side (down at least 5 regulars), but I'm sure we'll pull together and make it 5-0 by the end."

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

GGCD 14 d Sturt 1

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 5 lost to Adelaide 10

The might Div 7 Saints hung in the air exactly the same way that bricks don't, coming back to earth with a thud to record our first loss of the season against a team that we practically owned last year.

The Angels seemed to have the weather gods on their side, with every fly ball they hit doing nerf ball loops in the tricky wind - while every time we put one into the air, it landed with a plop in a glove.

A major highlight for us was Randy 'Cannon' Stevens, who threw the runner out at the plate from left field with an absolute snorter from somewhere out near the trotting track.

Elsewhere, Jules 'JP' Potiki did a great job at third, Andrew 'AJ' Johnston was a rock behind the plate and Matt 'Chewy' Chenoweth gave us a couple of hits. However, with only five hits in total to our credit combined with our inability to hold base runners, we could never overtake the Angels.

Thanks to Heather for scoring. If only she'd added a few more runs for us!

Hits: Potiki 1, Johnston 1 (1 RBI), Chenoweth 2 (1), Vidale 1

Pitching: McKinley 45b 77s 3Ks

Under 17/1 (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

Sturt          2 0 0 0 1 3
Port Adelaide 0 0 0 4 1 5

The skid continues with the U17 Saints going down 5-3 over 5 innings at Port Adelaide. With the weather being no excuse and I use it merely to paint a picture was windy, grey and miserable with the odd bit of sleet. There seems to be no spring in Sundays in October, beautiful one day crap the next and today was average to say the least.

We got out of the blocks first, maintained the lead through 3 innings, suffered a crushing 4 run rally in the 4th and scored a run apiece in the last to lose 5-3. On the day Port hit better than we did including a cracking 2 run homer to left field to start the rally that ultimately killed us.

The first innings began brightly courtesy of two free passes and then Ky Hampton and Aussie McClure driving in a run apiece to leave us 2-0 up. Aussie took the mound and struck out 2 and a nicely judged catch by Josh Vidale at left field in very windy conditions closed the innings with Sturt up 2-0. It was difficult for both pitchers with the wind and the very interesting strike zone.

A safe hit top of the second to Sturt debutante Bradley Strapps was the only highlight of an 11 ball innings. Two KC's was not what we needed. Port weren't faring any better with another two strikeouts and a flyball to Dylan Hopgood and the score remained 2-0. Another hit to Ky was the only highlight of the third as we leave two runners stranded in scoring positions with one out. Another sterling innings from Aussie with 2K's puts Port back in the field with the Saints holding at 2-0.

A strike out, line out and grind out result in a seven pitch destruction of Sturt by Port. Aggressive batting with no success and we return to the field, making 3 changes. A well struck ball to centrefield, a two run bomb to left field and the scores are tied. A deep infield drive to short places another runner on base. The next two are struck out and a difficult opportunity at left is missed and the score moves to 3-2, another double to right, two six ball walks and we trail 4-2 after 4.

Two well struck pitches by our boys and two equally well taken outs top of the fifth wasn't a great cause for hope. A walk to Ky and a cracker ground ball hit (called a fielding error by the scorer's - high standards ladies) by Aussie resulted in Ky scoring. Unfortunately Aussie gets himself thrown out at second due to a brain fade deciding a single was a double when it was a single all day. Back in the field trailing 4-3
The gasman Dylan Hopgood closed the innings with just the one run coming courtesy of 3 walks and one hit amongst two strike outs and that was all she wrote as the umpire called time at 110 minutes.

There is no magic panacea, we need to bat better and score more than the opposition, take the sharp chances and the wheel will turn in our favour. More to the point we need an even contribution with the bat and not rely on one or two a week.

Thanks to Deb Hopgood for scoring in atrocious conditions and the parents that came out to watch.

Stats: Ky 2 from 2, Aussie 1 from 2, Brad 1from 3. Not enough from 24 plate appearances and 20 at bats. 4 singles is not going to win many games. Positive was just 4 strike outs.

Pitching: Aussie 50/93, 8K's, 3BB's, 4 earned runs. Dylan 14/36, 2K's, 3BB's 1 earned run



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

Sturt 18 d Adelaide 2

Conditions at Norman Reserve resembled San Francisco's infamous Candlestick Park as the Weather Gods threw everything but rain at the boys in facing a young Adelaide Angels team cutting their teeth at the U15 level. Base running proved to be the best way to keep warm and from top to bottom of the order everyone had multiple trips on the base paths to fight off the effects of the cold, blustery weather.

The pre-game message from the coaches was aggression at the plate and the Saints largely delivered smashing 14 hits on the day to ignite a consistent offense that kept the pressure on the Angels' defense all afternoon.

An emerging trend among this group is our starting pitcher also leading the way at the plate and Zac Becker stepped up this week in a big way on the mound and at the plate. Zac whiffed 8 in 3 innings in holding the Angels hitless and allowing only two unearned runs on the hill. He also went 3 for 5 at the plate, including a double, driving in 5 runs. These late starting times might be just what the doctor ordered to see his best!

Joel Wilson had a breakout day with the stick going 3 for 4 with 2 ribbies providing evidence his decision to emerge from a one year retirement was a wise one for all concerned. Jonas Garcia was also solid at the plate and has certainly matured as a player at this level.

It was great to welcome Will Jordans back from the 60 day disabled list following the effects of a football injury. We anticipate Will being a big contributor to the team's success this season.

Once again everyone contributed in all facets of the game on the day and clearly a good team chemistry is building. Fielding looks to be a strength and continued work at training to build consistency in that area will go a long way to helping the boys develop and determine what they can achieve.

Hits: Joel Wilson, Zac Becker, Jonas Garcia 3 each, Sam Stewart 2, Robbie Brennan, Luke Warburton, Seb Steel 1 each

RBI: Zac Becker 5, Sam Stewart, Joel Wilson, Luke Warburton, Jonas Garcia 2 each, Seb Steel

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

East Torrens 13 d U15/2 - Sturt 5

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

Win 17 - 3

Hey hey, what do you say, it's a great day for baseball!

Said no one at our game 9

Facing the Indians in conditions you might call horrendous, we were looking for a challenge after some lack luster opposition in previous weeks.

The big chief Jack Hutton was on the hill throwing bullets and we had the Indians 2 up 2 down and then they rallied with a nice hit up the middle followed by a double down the right field line.

A rare wild pitch gave the Indians their first run but then the big chief ended the innings with his second strike out.

We started our innings with back to back walks to Locky H, and Spencer then the Chief came through with a double to score both runners. A walk to Lachie S and a HPB to Callum along with some wild pitching saw us put up 3 runs.

The next innings was over in a flash as we had the Indians 3 up 3 down with a couple more K2's for Jack H and a nice play at 2nd base by Lachie S.

Another walk to Locky H, then a single to Spencer, a double to Angus, a single to Jack and a double to Lachie S saw us post 4 more runs to the score.

The Indians put up a brief fight in the 3rd with a 2 out double, followed by a single to score another run but it was ended by a great play at 3rd base by Samson.

A HPB to Samson started off the innings for us and the Indians defence struggled contain our contact hard hitting. We ran them ragged and posted 5 maximum runs with only 1 hit, another double to the big chief Jack H.

Angus Catt took over the pitching duties and hosed down the Indians in the 4th innings with 3 K2's.

Harry Chaplin started the 4th innings of with a bang hitting a nice double, then a couple of walks, some more hard hitting and a single to Angus saw us post another 5 run maximum.

The Indians scored one more run in the 5th on the back of a couple of walks but Angus finished strong with 2 more K2's.

A big win for us today, looking forward to facing another challenge next week against the H&G Rams.

Thanks to Dutchie for umpiring and Carol Burns for scoring.

Well done also to Jason Ambler who got his first taste of U13/1 baseball, thanks for your support today.

Hits - Jack Hutton 3 (2 DBL), Angus Catt 2 (1 DBL), Lachie Seekamp 1 DBL, Harry Chaplin 1 DBL and Spencer Warrilow 1

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

Sturt 11 def Goodwood 10

With the early start this week, the boys were very keen to get back on the field.

This determination lasted the whole game and and instrumental for us scoring 5 runs in the last inning for a walk off win.

When looking at the charts, we have improved immensely with the bat, reducing our number strikeouts by half and by being more aggressive in the box with picking up more hits.

In saying that Jordan had another great week picking up 3 hits.

Ryder gave us a great start with 2 solid pitching digs as well as having the HG Hutton 'Hurricane' coming in and closing the door on a tough situation.

Fynn and Jack did well in the batting box, with both drawing walks in the last inning assisting in us going ahead on a double by Max.

Brilliant victory to the boys whom are learning the club song with as much vigor as they play.

Well done Team.

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

STURT 1 lost to Southern District 7

Well today we played are first away game down at southern district it was very windy and cold."PLAY BALL". Hitting today was tough with some very fast pitching and it being very windy, but to the boys credit they worked hard with some well earn't walks and HBP which show they are learning the strike zone. The pitching was fantastic today with Kale picking himself up after his first at bat and with all his mates around him got into a great rythmn. JR did a great job with his pitch count with strike and balls. The fireman Zac did his part on the bump to finish the game great job Altamura. It was great to see the team help each other out picking each other up after not having the best time and all have 8 players and getting HBP GREAT TEAM work. Thanks to pitch counter Larissa to the manger Ralph and the first time scoring Aaron. See you all Tuesday guys.

HIT
S.Horley 2
Z.Altamura 1

PITCHING

STRIKES

BALLS

K.matthews-Hampton

14

17

J.Jenssen-Merlin

25

23

Z.Altamura

12

7



..:: message posted on Monday the 31st of October, 2016 21:20:36 ::..

Newsletter 24/10/16

The weather gods shined on us over the weekend enabling us to get all our games in! Our Division 1 boys split the double header against East Torrens. On Tuesday night our Division 2 boys will be playing at the club to finish off the rained out game from last weekend!

You should all now have your Raffle Books and I would ask that you make a special effort to sell them by next weekend and return them to the bar. Whilst the Raffle is not drawn until 27 November we would be pleased if you could get the books you have sold back to the club and take more books if possible as every book sold will help our club meet our committments, including the batting cages which are currently being constructed. You can download the Raffle Brochure and share!

Last Friday, the 21st of October, we saw the kickoff of the 2016-2017 Tee Ball season. As the weather was able to hold off, Friday's "come and try" session was a great success. We had almost 50 kids' ages ranging from 4 to 11 having a hit, and running the bases at the Sturt Baseball Club. It was great to see so many returners from previous seasons, while also having the chance to meet so many new young players and parents at the club. The hour long session concluded with a sausage sizzle and there was a good time had by all!

This year is exceptionally special for Tee Ball as we have put together a team of amazing coaches directing the program. The team is led by 2 former professional American players, as well as up and coming youth stars from the club. We are all very excited about the season which will be a stepping stone to teaching the next generation of stars about this great game. The program is designed to teach key fundamentals that will promote healthy growth and development in the sport.

The season is set to officially kick off this Friday the 28th at 5:45 pm. For all of those that may still need to register, please do so ASAP so we can have a better idea of numbers for Friday. You can register online but please feel free to pay over the bar.

All equipment and gloves are always provided but if your child is interested in having their own glove, we still have several available for sale over the bar.

If you have any other questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to Evan LeBlanc via email at saintsball@sturtbaseballclub.org.au.

We are all very excited about the season and we look forward to seeing you and your children on Friday, for the start of a great year of Saints Tee Ball.

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

With the sun finally shinning, the Division One team was able to recommence its season following a two week weather effected hiatus (which felt like an eternity). Coming up against East Torrens in the double-headed encounter, we were confident winning both games was attainable. We were on track after a solid all-around team performance, winning game 1 (7:2). But, we were unable to maintain momentum in the second matchup, being comprehensively beaten (3:15).

On the back of a very solid pitching performance by import first gamer, Nate Roe, we were able to hold East Torrens to two runs through the first five innings of game one. Up against the East Torrens lefty import, productive at-bats came from up and down the line up. Scoring one run in the second and four in the following inning, we found ourselves in a promising position. Not wanting to run Nate's pitch count up, the ball was handed over to Josh Tindall for the final two innings and a save opportunity. The sturdy right hander didn't let us down pitching two clean innings while we managed to tack on an extra two runs in the sixth.

A great team effort highlighted by the pitching of both Roe and Tindall. Sturt 7, ET 2.

Game two started how game one left off. With momentum swinging our direction, we began by scoring two quick runs in the first inning. Ky Hampton, making his first start in division one, graced the mound after a very impressive relief debut in round one. The young gun didn't disappoint, putting up zeros for the first two innings, completing the fourth with just one unearned run to his name. In the meantime, what momentum in the batter's box we had, slowed to a complete halt. Against, what can be best described as some very mediocre East Torrens pitching, we were unable to score for the next three times to bat. It was then, in the fifth, one of those baseball anomalies occurred. Everything East Torrens hit turned to gold. Base hits hugged foul lines, bloopers dropped in and fielding errors were all capitalised on and compounded by some really impressive hitting. They scored eight runs. We hit back with one of our own in the bottom of the inning, making it 3-9. Having taken the mound mid the inning prior, Jackson Brebner-Russ was unable to stop the bleeding… in fact, blood continued to flow. Good pitches continued to find barrels and runs continued to cross the plate. East Torrens put up six more runs over the remaining three innings without us bothering the scorers, and came away with the mercy win. Sturt 3, ET 15.

The short-lived high felt after game one was definitely over shadowed by game two's disappointing result. Where credit must got to East Torrens for their impressive hitting performance, we must find a way to consistently utilise (what I believe to be) one of the strongest hitting line ups in the SABL and better manage our pitching, which is better than results suggest.

Everyone's favourite trip, Port Adelaide @ Port Adelaide next Sunday. See you there for win number two.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

East Torrens 4 d Sturt 2

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

East Torrens 14 d Sturt 0

Division 4 (Coach: Mick Trlin)

Another resounding victory for the quality Div 4 boys this week, and against no slouch of an opposition with a Stirling 10-3 win. It's always going to be a battle out at East Torrens but our boys dominated from the word go. Quick outs, consistent hitting and an outstanding defensive effort in an E-free 7 digs assured the victory.

Pound for pound we were certainly the underdogs. They must have had a good 30kgs per man on us, and that was just the infield!! Good thing it takes more than size to win a ball game. The bat fired for Fame with a huge 3/3 game including two walks he was a standout at the plate and did a superb job at lead off followed up by a solid order with hits to Packer, Boundy, Trlin, Burns and Lemon.

In the paddock Lemo was the star with catches happening from short stop all over the paddock. But as a team we were superb with a solid back up of Benny Packer who threw a great 7 digs for only 9 hits and 3 earned runs.

Great job all round.

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt 9 d Playford City 3 Yes we are on the winners board!

We played five and a half innings without an error in the field this week.

Kris 'Krispy' McArdle Started on the mound and pitched two digs for their three runs to come in the 2nd innings, he was followed by Jayke 'Bruce' Wayne for 1 innings, Rick 'Rat' Trembath then went for 2 and it was finished off by Don 'Wulffy' Wulff. Our runs came from some solid hitting with Ben 'Shrek' Colyer, Krispy and Wulffy all batting a 1000 for the day. We got two in the first followed by 6 in the third and 1 in the fourth but it was the third innings that saw us pull away as they started to make some mistakes in the field and we made them pay.

Safe Hits: Young, T Small, Wulff, C Small, Day, Lee, Gooley, Wayne all had 1, Colyer & McArdle 2 each.

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 10 Goodwood 7

The smell of brain farts hung heavy over Norman Reserve on Saturday as the mighty Div 7 Saints extended their season's tally to 3-0.

There were misplays aplenty on both sides, with guest umpire Tony Catt shaking his head in wonder as if the game we played was foreign to him. And no doubt it often was, with base running miscues and defensive indifference blotting an otherwise fairly solid win for the Saints.

Jules "JP" Potiki started us off from the mound, with the infield of Andrew "AJ" Johnston, Matt "Chewy" Chenoweth, Phil "Philthy" Martin and Rich "Elvis" Carter throwing themselves around (sometimes at the ball, sometimes away from it) to keep the Indians in check.

Justin "JR" Ranford was outstanding again behind the plate, but we were locked at 7-7 by the time Justin "Prez" McKinley came on in relief.

It was then that another of our new boys shone. With Peter "Mutzi" Mourtzios already having singled his way onto the scoresheet. "Roger Binny" Benny Anil brought home a RBI and then came home from second to give us some vital breathing room that we wouldn't relinquish.

It wasn't pretty but, then again, WHO CARES.

Thanks to Catty for umpiring and Heather for scoring.

Hits: Ranford 2 (2 RBI), Martin (1), Balint 2, Vidale 1, Johnston 2 (3), Chenoweth 2, Mourtzios 1, Anil 1 (1), Potiki 1

Pitching: Potiki 25/36 1k, McKinley 17/34, 4K

Under 17/1 (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

Sturt      0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3
East Torrens 0 0 2 2 3 X 7

After the wash out last weekend Sturt U17 travelled to East Torrens optimistic of opening their account for the season. A 3 run burst top of the third had the crowd hoping but the East Torrens boys found more ways to score and eventually won 7-3. Unfortunate to be on the wrong side of the ledger but on a positive note the game was entertaining and moved quickly. It is unusual to play 7 innings in U17's in the time allotted.

The boys swung the bats and had a go. They were helped by opposition pitcher Brayden Caskey throwing with a 70% strike rate, giving up just the 4 hits, 2 earned runs and claiming 9 strike outs. 8 strike outs came from just 4 of our batters.

Best with the bat were Liam Lucas 2 from 3, Reed Stewart 1 from 3 including 2 RBI's and Josh Vidale 1 from 3. Dylan and Aussie hit the ball well without luck. Caskey threw a mean curve ball that bamboozled a few of our boys.

The crucial stats were all in ET's favour - seven hits to four, 6 free passes (walks) to nil and three errors apiece showed that we were out pitched and out batted and surprise surprise we lost. Special mention to the "gasman" Dylan Hopgood for his excellent 11 pitch close in the sixth. Liam and Nick Borello had their moments on the mound but weren't supported by the field at times.

Fielding was generally good, Liam was first class at short stop and took a great rain making catch, Aussie was solid at third and it was great to have Reed back behind the dish. The outfield held their catches but it was the three throwing errors that didn't help the cause.

Thanks to Emily Wilson for a lovely scorebook in the absence of master scorer Deb Hopgood. On to next week.

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

Sturt 8 Northern Districts 2

The Saints made the long journey to Ingle Farm to face off against an unfamiliar Northern Districts outfit on a very brisk and blustery October morning. Northern Districts hosted this game on their back diamond which included the shortest right field fence this side of Yankee Stadium and the most bizarre ground rules in the league (e.g. over the 50 foot high trees in right is a homer, under is a double, etc). The boys could be forgiven to think they had travelled to Mil-WALK-ee as the Reds gifted Sturt 13 free passes in 32 plate appearances which proved both a blessing (many base runners) and a curse (loss of aggression at the plate).

Jonas Garcia was clearly the star of the day for the Saints fanning 4 while walking only 3 in tossing 4 strong innings, going 3 for 4 at the plate and kick starting the team's offense with a booming 2 run homer to left in the top of the first.

In the spirit of the odd dimensions of the field, Lachlan Hammond reinvented the defensive right field role by initiating, not one, not two, but three right field to first base putouts that killed off any Reds' hope of a momentum shift in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings. Great work by our super team man called up from Division 2 for the occasion.

Special mention to Luke Warburton who made a dazzling play at second base diving to his right and getting up throwing to nail the speedy Reds leadoff hitter to end the second and rev up his Sturt teammates even further. Toss in a stolen base and some great heads up baseball nous and Luke had a day to remember.

Zac Becker recovered well from a bobble at 3rd to calmly fire across the diamond to retire the Reds' leadoff hitter in the top of the 3rd. He then flashed his potential on the mound coming in to strike out the side including the Reds' feisty cleanup hitter, who had earlier gone deep, to wrap up the game in the bottom of the 5th.

Sam Stewart was solid as usual behind the plate. Joel Wilson at first, Ethan Dawson at short, Austin Parkinson in left and Jamie Vidale in centre all made solid contributions in the field. All in all a great team win today clearly led from the front by Jonas.

Editors' note: Today the Chicago Cubs won the National League pennant and will advance to the World Series for the first time since 1945. Anyone who doesn't have soft spot for the Cubbies to go all the way would have a hole in their soul. : Go Cubs!!!!

Hits: Jonas Garcia 3 (HR)

RBI: Jonas Garcia, Jamie Vidale 2 each, Sam Stewart

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

Sturt v Henley Grange Maroon: Draw 9 each

Last Sunday we braved the chilly wind at West Lakes in what ultimately proved to be a weekend of firsts all round (congratulations Cubs) including: Emil Smith's RBI in his 1st game of baseball, Jamie's 1st time on the hill, Lachlan's 1st time behind the plate and the 1st time I've seen a parent from the away team fill in for the AWOL umpire?.

The Saints led from the outset with everyone contributing at bat and in defense for what was a thoroughly enjoyable and spirited game of Junior baseball. But, in the nail biting final innings the Maroons rallied to a well deserved draw.

The Saints were raring to go and the 10 min wait for the non-existent umpire couldn't dampen their eagerness. Jamie led us off with a booming single to right and quickly stole 2nd and 3rd. Tyler followed with a walk, stole 2nd and suddenly we could sense our 1st runs. Austin delivered the goods, bringing Jamie home with a line drive to right field and Tyler followed closely behind on a wild pitch to Lachlan. A walk to Lachlan and some aggressive stealing by both Austin and Lachlan set the play for Jake's triple to bring in two more - followed closely by the 5th run as Jake took advantage of the overthrow to 3rd. Nick kept up the pressure with a single, scoring our 6th run on Emil's line drive to left!. Back up to the top of the order and we were robbed of another run when Jamie was held up rounding 3rd as his line drive to centre just rolled over the cones. Bottom of the 1st and we continued to dominate. On the hill Jamie struggled with consistency handing out 3 walks, but the damaged was limited to just 2 runs courtesy of 3 smokin K's.

Into the 2nd innings we couldn't continue our momentum at bat, but we kept up the pressure with some very aggressive stealing. A walk to Jack got us started and he was batted in by Austin for our 7th run. Lachlan followed with a single and was batted in by Joe for our 8th run.

Bottom of the 2nd and after some quick tuition from pitching coach Dutchy Jamie hosed 3 H&G batters for a scoreless innings leaving the Saints 8/2 up.

A change of pitcher in the 3rd kept us quiet at bat and scoreless. Austin replaced Jamie on the hill and with consistent pitching and the support of the fielders held H&G to just two runs.

Into the 4th and the H&G pitcher continued to give us some trouble, holding us scoreless again. Austin continued to keep the game in check striking out two batters and giving up just 1 run.

Into the 5th and we were 8/5 up feeling good. Angela got us going with a walk, a single to Jamie followed by a walk to Tyler put her in a scoring position for a gutsy steal home on a wild pitch which almost scored our 9th run. A couple of wild pitches in succession allowed Jamie home for our 9th run before the pitcher found his mark with a couple of K's. Bottom of the 5th and H&G came out fighting. Jake took over from Austin on the mound and showed remarkable composure under the pressure of loaded bases to close out the game with a strike-out.

All up a fantastic effort from a team that has played together only once before. They did everything right and very clearly had a heap of fun which is what it's all about.

Thanks to Dutchy for vocal guidance, Angela for making the long trip after her 13's game and bringing her dad along to score his umpteenth game for the weekend, Jake Parkinson for holding down the scorer's seat to begin with, the supportive parents and a greate bunch of kids for putting on a wonderful game.

Hits: Vidale (3), Parkinson, Hammond (2), Mossman, Smith
Runs: Vidale (2), Stephenson, Gooden, Parkinson, Hammond (2), Mossman, Thompson
RBIs: Parkinson (2), Mossman, Smith, Harvey

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

Sturt 15 d Angels 0

A solid performance from the team this week against a first year Angels team.

Harry Chaplin began the pitching duties this week and did a good job considering it was his first outing for the year. He kept the Angels scoreless with 1K2 and 2 BB for his 22 pitches. Lachie Seekamp took a nice catch in right field, which turned into a double play to end the innings.

We were unlucky not to score in the first innings with 2 runners on base and a line drive from Angus Catt that was caught brilliantly by the Angels Short stop.

Callum Finlayson took over pitching for the 2nd innings and was awesome with 3 K2's for his 12 pitches, well done for your first ever outing!

Our next batting innings started with a bang!

Lachie Seekamp smashing a double, then 2 quick outs and Angela Mourtzios picked a walk after fouling off 4 strikes in an awesome at bat, which brought us back to the top of the line up.

A double to Locky Holland and a single to Spencer Warrilow followed by some aggressive base running on some wild pitches saw us post 4 runs.

The big chief Jack Hutton bounced onto the hill for the 3rd innings and posted a quick bang, bang, bang 3K2's for his 13 pitches.

Then he strolled to the box to start the bottom of the 3rd innings and with 2 strikes in him sent one deep into CF for a solo homerun!

A few walks, a hit in the back for Lachie Seekamp, some aggressive base running and a single to Spencer Warrilow saw us post another 3 runs.

Spencer took his turn on the hill in the 4th innings and finished with 2K2's giving up 1 hit for his 16 pitches and again we kept the Angels scoreless.

Harry Chaplin lead off with a double to start the bottom of the 4th innings and then the big chief Jack Hutton sent his second home run of the day into LF!

Ryder Mathers and Angela Mourtzios again picked walks by being patient in the box and Locky Holland and Spencer Warrilow both hit doubles to finish the innings with a 5 run maximum.

Angela Mourtzios took over the pitching duties to start the 5th innings and did a sterling job finishing with 1 K2 for her 12 pitches.

Some more hard hitting in the bottom of the 5th innings with a double by Harry Chaplin and a single to Callum Finlayson saw us post another 3 runs.

Angus Catt closed the game with a bang and some furious velocity!! He finished with 2 K2's and 2 HPB for his 19 pitches.

Today we used 6 pitchers who all did a great job for a total of 58 strikes and 36 balls.

Hits - Locky Holland and Spencer Warrilow 3, Harry Chaplin and Jack Hutton 2 (2HR), Lachie Seekamp and Callum Finlayson 1.

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

Gawler Ranger 20 def Sturt 6

Fair trek out for the u/13.2's to Gawler for the boys first official game of the season against the Rangers.

It was a great day for a ball game.

The eager young men keen to apply their skill set, started strongly scoring 2 runs in the first dig.

Unfortunately this proved to be a little short lived as we left our run late scoring 3 runs in our last round of at-bats.

The boys battled hard and did not give in at anytime during the game.

There were many highlights from the game. A couple include a great effort from the pitching staff in Brad, Harry and first time hurler Jason.

Jordan Lewis showed a lot of maturity with the bat, going 1-1 and drawing 2 walks and also extremely impressive behind the dish.

HG Hutton diving play at Short Stop unlucky not to get the out.

Tommy Oswald and Ciaran Behan picking up clutch hits to bring in 3 runs between them.

Well done boys, this is the starting point of our development and we have plenty of potential to generate success this year.

See you on the track.

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

Sturt 6 d Goodwood 3

Today was a lot friendlier baseball weather at flinders, it was a little fresh, "so PLAY BALL". We threw Kale the ball for his first outing in 2016, he did his thing for 2 innings great to have another kid we can throw in to pitching. Next Josh A took his spot on the bump, the left handed wonder was great for 2 innings. Fire ball Zack closed the game for 1 innings, kid you have the last name to go with your baseball skills. There was a bit more action in the field with Gus knocking a ball down then making a great play and Yeoryi and Sam fighting over a ball but great to see you guys want the ball. Today we once again had some fantastic batting and base running. The game was on the line in the last innings the boys all stood up and got on base and moved the runners over and got them home. GREAT TEAM win boys could not be happier,"THANKS TEAM". It just goes to show how practice makes you better and helps you learn more about the game we all LOVE. Thanks to Phil Martin for umpiring and to our scorer Larissa and my manager. It makes every coaches job a lot easier if you have parents willing to help so thanks mums and dads.

Hits

S.Horley 2
K.Hampton-Matthews 2
J.Holland 1
J.Altamura 1
Z.Altamura 1

Pitching Strikes Balls
Kale      19      15
Josh A    22    15
Zack     12     5


..:: message posted on Monday the 24th of October, 2016 20:50:00 ::..

Newsletter 17/10/16

Just in case anyone needs reminding baseball is a summer sport! It is too bad the weather did not realise it this weekend! After a hot and windy Saturday, we transcended into rain and more rain on Sunday which resulted in a wash out for the majority of games! Division 1 games have been rescheduled to Tuesday 3rd January and Wednesday 4th January 2017 whilst the Division 2 game has been rescheduled to Tuesday 25th October 2016. The games have been updated on our website for your convenience.

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Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Wash out- both games

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Wash out

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

Northern Districts 10 d Sturt 0

Warming up with six people is not ideal, three had been out at the ground for the previous game. Highlights consisted of leaving two on base in the first and Harvey going 2 from 2. We never gave ourselves a chance. Weak at bats meant that seven of us had two plate appearances while two only made it up there once.

Hits: Harvey 2, Stewart 1.

Division 4 (Coach: Mick Trlin)

Sturt 7 d Northern Districts 0

A thoroughly deserved 7-0 win to the boys this week. We hit well, we fielded well and the base running was great. A huge thanks to Ben Packer who threw a shut out game from start to finish, allowing only 6 hits over 6 digs.

Tim Boundy was solid behind the plate and the rest of the field was tight as it gets. Pretty awful conditions out at Norths with the wind tearing into the batters faces all day, not much went deep.

The boys did a great job knocking balls flat and hard to negate the wind and drive through single after single with a total 13 hits for the game with 9 of the 11 guys who played improving their average. Great chat in the paddock and a proper team effort getting the win show how much a threat this group is if we can continue to put together performances like this. Well done all, thanks to Sue Mulryan for scoring.

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

Henley & Grange 11 d Sturt 9

Another game that we gave up in the last but we did make it hard on ourselves with a slow start.

We welcomed Travis (Kermit) Lewis to the 6's for his first game, we welcomed back Don (Wulffy) Wulff and Jayke (Bruce) Wayne.

So this week we went in the game with 13 players and I thought we would have won but things did not start of well.

In the first Kermit got on with a Muffed Fly and then we had the next three outs leaving Kermit stuck on third. Bruce went to the hill but we gave up 4 runs all being un-earned.

In the second we managed to get one run before our three outs, but again H&G came back with 2 runs.

In the third, Wallace (Gromit) Long hit a fly ball to centre and the gail force winds helped push it away from the centre fielder before the ball raced away to the fence, Even if the wind did not push the ball away from the fielder it would have gone over his head and Gromit was off and running, and run he did all the way home for an in the park home run, this was our only run for the innings. We then sent Rick (Rat) Trembath to the mound and he sat them down with some help from bad base running.

The fourth & fifth innings saw no runs added to either side so we where 2 - 6 down.

Going into the last we needed something and our bats came alive with Kris (Krispy) McArdle starting things of with a double, Kermit also had a double and Krispy finished the innings off with another stand up double to plate the maximum 7 runs, score now 9 - 6 up. All we need was three outs to win. Unfortunately H&G hit well and with a couple of walks and a HPB they scored 5 runs to win by 2.

Safe Hits: Long (1HR), McArdle (2D) 2 each, Trembath, C Small, Lee, Burns, Colyer, Lewis (1D) 1 each

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 18d Woodville 6

Why bother going all the way to Africa on safari when you can see a rhino in the wild at Findon Oval?

The dust was flying as Kingsley 'Butterball' Turner galumphed around the bases for a stand up triple before cratering at home plate like he'd been felled by a big game hunter*. It was a sight for the ages and for the aged, but it was only one of the many highlights of our 18-6 win over the Senators.

Justin 'Prez' McKinley was outstanding again on the mound, throwing a lot of butterflies past a madly swatting opposition. He struck out four while throwing 62 strikes out of his 81 total pitches for complete game domination. Justin 'JR' Ranford was unpassable behind the plate as usual.

Elsewhere we had another 10 guys turn up desperate to play Saints baseball, so there were a few half games going around. It was great to have Rich 'Elvis' Carter back as well as new boys Pete 'Mutzi' Mourtzios and 'Roger Binny' Benny Anil, both of whom contributed with the bat while Mutzi took a great catch at second. We also welcomed back expectant father Chris 'Hoops' Thompson who managed the lazy 4RBI despite only playing half a game at short.

A good game by all played in great spirit in bloody windy conditions. Thanks to Heather for scoring brilliantly as usual and to our support crowd.

*STOP PRESS: The big Butterball is out for a few weeks with a badly corked thigh and swollen knee courtesy of coming down at home plate. Our thoughts are with you, big man - get well soon!

Hits: Ranford (1 RBI), Potiki 2, Thompson 2 (4), Anil 1 (1), Wright 1, Turner 2 (2), Sandor 1 (1), Vidale (2), Mourtzios 1 (1), Carter 2 (2), McKinley (1)

Pitching: McKinley 19/62 4Ks

Under 17/1 (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

Wash out

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

Bye this round

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

Wash out

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

Wash out

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

Wash out

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

Little League Sturt (U11) 8 d Adelaide 2

...'I thought baseball was a summer sport' was the most common phrase of the day, as the u11 Saints started and ended their game in steady rain...Dutchys batting practice at training on Tuesday paid off, with some strong hitting from Kale, Josh A, Sam and Zack in the 1st...Josh A then pitched a solid game, supported by Josh JM....More hits from Yeoryi and the top 4, brought home Gus and we retired with 5 for the innings...the rain slowed us down a bit, and some cold wet people when time was called...Saints 8...Angels 2....thanks to Peter for umpiring, Larrissa for scoring, Aaron for Managing, Wade for helping out, Dutchy for the positive vibes....Go Saints!!!..Ralph (Stand in coach)...

..:: message posted on Monday the 17th of October, 2016 22:24:46 ::..

Newsletter 10/10/16

Welcome to the 2016/17 baseball season. We had a very big weekend commencing on Friday night with the Pre-Season dinner and Hall of Fame induction of Craig Roeger.

Special thanks to Jeff Nicholas who organised the event with strong support from Wallace Long. It was a great evening where our Assistant Head Coach Tom Brice (welcome back Bricey!) gave an outstanding speech about what he had learnt from being at Kensington and most importantly how much he loved being back at Sturt! Bricey's speech conveyed the passion of what it meant to play for Sturt and from all the feedback I have received he has done an outstanding job pre-season.

Sturt hosted the season opener against Adelaide where the Div 1 side went down 13-6. Craig Roeger had the honour of throwing the opening pitch for the season!

Photos of both events are now online at our website and also on Youtube.

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Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Adelaide 13 d Sturt 6

With expectations for the season ahead riding high, and a great preseason under the belt, it would be fair to say Sunday’s performance was an anticlimax. Under performing with both the bat and on the hill, it was evident that there were a few first game jitters. That being said, our opponents the Adelaide Angels, were deserving winners. Sound defence, behind a solid pitching performance by their American import and hitting (surprisingly) well, saw them finish the afternoon 12-6 victors.

Finding ourselves 6-1 down after two innings was obviously not the ideal way to get things started. Jackson Brebner-Russ finally settled down in the 3rd, to pitch like the JBR we know and love, and register a quick scoreless inning. Taking a conservative pitch count approach, we went to Josh Tindall who threw a scoreless 4th. Some uncharacteristic pitching control issues, an error, and some timely hitting saw Adelaide score three more runs in the 5th. Score: 9-1.

The feeling in the dugout remained positive and after a small rally in the bottom of inning, we scored 2 runs on a Roeger two out base hit. Pegging the score back to 9-3.

Tindall’s struggles continued into the 7th, forcing a pitching change with one out and the bases loaded. Enter: Ky Hampton, in his first A grade appearance. Providing us with the game’s highlight, the 16 year-old rookie, proceeded to strike out the first two hitters he faced, leaving the bases loaded and us with a fighting chance. Good plate discipline from Brebner-Russ and Matt MacBeth, a great push bunt by Hampton, and the bases were loaded, none out. Harry Knuckey’s sac fly and LeBlanc’s double resulted in a three run inning. Score 9-6.

Hampton’s impressive pitching continued through the 7th and 8th, posting two quick scoreless innings.

With Adelaide’s starter out of the game, it was the final three innings we really let ourselves down at the plate. Adelaide’s part time relief pitching held us scoreless through all three, unable to even threaten.

A few more Adelaide runs, off a tiring Hampton, saw the day finish with the previously mentioned score line, a disappointing, 12-6.

With the first game now behind us, we look to settle down next week and look for two wins in a double header against Northern Districts.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 8 d Adelaide 5

No match report available

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

Adelaide 9 d Sturt 1

Welcome back to summer baseball at Norman reserve. I would like to congratulate Josh Vidle on his first start to senior baseball and for beening are only run score for the day. The new guy on the block Harvey (the captain) stared on the hill for us to and threw 3 great innings. Next Horne jumped on the bump for us to give us his side arm stuff for a innings. Great job sorry we wont see you again till Christmas Shane.

Next Powell try his luck and did a great job. There is somethings to work on with base running but to win game you have to get more than 5 hits at this level. Thanks to Austin for coming out and smashing the ball to no luck. Mulryan for hanging around for the game. Fielding was 80% done with some very cheap hit over that small shortstop and only 1 error in the book. HARD BUT FAIR was the thing I ask the men to do, 70% done. Keep our heads up its a long season with players coming and going. A big thanks to goes too Teresa for scoring today can't thank you enough.

HITS

Dutchy 2
Harvey 1
Richmond 1
Hopton1

Division 4 (Coach: Mick Trlin)

Sturt 8 d Adelaide 6

Since the current Division 4 squad was formed two seasons ago, boasting a number of members from the now near-mythical B-grade premiership squad, there have been high expectations. Expectation that have remained unfulfilled. One could conjure myriad reasons for the lack of Div 4 hardware adorning the clubhouse. From experience, it comes down to part lackadaisical approach, part bad luck. The amount of one run and/or walk-off losses this team has experienced over the past two summers is nigh on ridiculous. But just like the past week or so, sometimes the wind can swing round real hard, and bring with it an imperceptible change of fortunes.

And, oh, how it did.

The sun was shining and warm to the skin. The freshly cut grass of Norman Reserve threw up the unmistakeable scent of spring and hayfever and a new baseball season. As The Fizz always used to say on the first game of the year, referencing the nervous excitement of returning to the diamond, suited up for the Saints, “A little bit of wee just came out”. It felt good to be back with the fellas. Dutchy preached his gameday mantra, his warcry, if you will. “Hard but fair”. The boys listened with eager intent, as if being rallied by their general before going over the top.

Fame started on the mound for us. Everyone was humming along to the Bowie soundtrack in their minds. After a walk and a few hits, we were down 3-0. But the boys came back in the bottom half, with hits from Passmore and Mattchoss. We scored one. The second started with a HBP but Fame knuckled down for a couple of Ks. Unfortunately, a sneaky double made it 4-1. There wasn’t much doing in the third. It was a shutdown inning from both camps.

Fame felt something niggling in his leg and told Dutchy, putting the team first like a champ, so the fourth saw Benny Packer come into pitch. A nice little 4-3 and a K2 saw the inning off to a tremendous start. Although a few hits and a walk made it a 6-1 games. Coming of the diamond, Dutchy could sense the game was at its tipping point. We needed a boost. A kick up the arse. We needed to be louder. We needed to shift the momentum. Baby steps. Only half of the allotted time had passed.

And we listened.

Adelaide made a pitching change and this guy couldn’t buy a strike. Packer walked, Horne fouled out like a mug, Mulryan walked, Passmore walked, then the Big Martini smacked a 2-run single through the right side, scoring Packer and Mulryan. Pat Burns worked another BB but Mattchoss flied out heavily to centre. Two runs are better than none. 6-3. The momentum was shifting. After this medium-sized offensive outburst of patience and plate discipline, we needed the forever lauded shut down inning from Packer. He delivered. Ground out to short, weak single to centre, ground out to third then a KC to finish it off. It was delicious.

By now you could smell it. That W was just over the horizon and we were charging ahead like peak Lomu for the All Blacks. Boundy flew out to centre to start our half of the fifth. Packer drew a walk then Horne chinked one to right field that left copious amounts of blood all over the field. Mulryan poked one to right field, scoring Packer with Horne advancing to third. From memory, the right fielder muffed it in some way. Up came Passmore. Mulryan advanced to second on defensive indifference then Jimmy roped one to centre, scoring Horne and Mulryan. Lemon struck out and Martens grounded out to end the inning but it was a brand new ballgame. 6-6. The scent was stronger now.

You know what we needed to drive a few more nails into the coffin? A proper shut down inning. You know what we got? Six pitches, four strikes, a flyout and two groundouts. Packer was setting the tone for some heroics. The prey was wounded and cornered. We could smell the blood. We were ready to sink our fangs in and feast like kings.

The bottom of the sixth began with Boundy drawing a walk and stealing second. Mattchoss moved him to third with a single to right then stole second. Boundy, patient as ever, drew another walk (our ninth for the day), which brought none other than Benny Packer to the plate. Now once upon a time, Tommy Winter told me there were three kinds of people that can come up to hit in a situation like this, game on the line, do or die: 1. Someone who will go up there expecting to get a hit, 2. Someone who hopes to get a hit but has the shadow of doubt hovering above them, and 3. Someone who wants to be the f@#$ing Glory King. I daresay, in this moment, Packer was number two with the desire for number three; maybe he even knew he’d be number three. Pitchers don’t get to hit that much, don’t put that much effort into it at training, for obvious reasons. But that just means they keep it real simple, they don’t over think it. That’s surely a good thing, right? It’s a very good thing.

Called strike, foul, foul, ball, ball, foul. 2-2 count, bases loaded, game tied, infield in. You know what Benny does? Benny Packer smokes a single past the pitcher up the middle and scores two runs. We take it home 8-6. We have a walk-off win, first game back. We have a walk-off win thanks to a bloke throwing some shutdown pellets and with balls big enough to make bull weep.

But it wasn’t just Benny that made it possible. Like I said, nine walks on the day, eight hits and four stolen bases. We earned every single one of those runs, walks and steals. Our pitchers battled and knuckled down when things didn’t go our way. Fame and Benny gave it everything they had. When we were behind, we didn’t give up. We played hard but fair. We grinded and showed some real Sainter spirit. It may have merely been the first game of the season but it’s set the scene for what can be a great journey for the fellas this summer. It felt good to walk-off and it felt even better to sing the song in the rooms after.

Hits: Passmore, Mattchoss 2; Horne, Martens, Mulryan, Packer.
Fame: 3IP, 5H, 4K, BB, 3ER
Packer: 3IP, 4H, 2K, BB, 2ER

Division 6 (Coach: Chris Small)

We welcomed Rick 'Rat' Trembath back this season after a shoulder recon and we sent him straight to the mound. First pitch of the season and it was a strike, he also lead the batting off with a double to right field.

We gave up 2 runs in the first with a couple of hits that fell into no-mans land and an error.

Into our first at bat and the Rat was on second, Trent 'Tiny' Small got a walk followed by Simon 'Gangsta Gools' Gooley, Kris 'Krispy' McArdle followed with another walk and the first RBI, Wallace 'Gromit' Long got a K2, Chris 'Smally' Small hit to short stop who fumbled but got the runner out at second, with Tiny scoring, Glenn 'Doc' Young hit to left and Gangsta scored. Smally saw the hit from Doc go over left fields head and thought he could get to third base on it and when he was thrown out and he got back to the bench they told him that the third baseman had time for a cuppa tea, someone else piped up and said he could have had a biscuit as well and then Gangsta comes out with 'he also had time to dunk the biscuit'. Side away 3 - 2 up.

The Tigers went scoreless in the second. For us Chris 'Daisy' Day started the second with a great shot to left, David 'Reg' Lee next up and he hit to third and into a double play, the comment from the bench and again by Gangsta ' Turn the hour glass over for the fielders' Daisy with shot knees and Reg with a 90 year old hip I can tell you the fielders could have throw that double play twice. at the end the score still 3-2 up

We gave up 3 unearned runs in the 3rd and only had 1 for us to be down 5 -4.

In the fourth we keep them scoreless from some great fielding by Daisy and good pitching from Krispy, we managed 1 run from Daisy to tie it all up at 5 all

In the fifth we both had a donut score still 5 all.

In to the last we go and their first batter hits to third, Daisy takes a dive and stops the ball, gets up throws to first and the runner gets safe as the throw is not great, runner checks as the ball gets passed first, turns to go to second but Ben 'Shrek' Colyer our catcher has followed the runner collected the ball and thrown to Gangsta to tag him out at first. In the end we gave up 2 runs.

For our last at bat we need 2 to draw, 3 to win. Shrek starts with a single to left and steals second, Daisy flies out to right and Shrek goes to third. Reg grounds out to third and Shrek scores one run. One run down with 2 outs and that is how it ended side away one run down.

We had a great game just not the out come we wanted but that will change, we have dropped down from the 5 to the 6's this season where we should be and I think we will have a very enjoyable season this year so what this space.

Hits: Rat, Tiny, Krispy, Gromit, Doc, Shrek, Reg 1 each, Daisy 2

GO THE SAINTS

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 13 d Tigers 9

A beautiful day at the Bay and a bunch of blokes in blue who barely knew each other.

And yet we all gelled together to produce some solid baseball and a good first-up win against the Tigers (one of two Glenelg teams in our 15-team comp).

Last season, Justin 'Prez' McKinley kept hinting that he'd like a pitch. We all though it was a bit of a joke, but the Tigers batters weren't laughing as he whiffed three of them on his way to a pretty dominant performance. Whether it was his deceptively slow fastball or his mortar pitch, they found him harder to solve as the day went on.

He was ably supported by Andrew 'AJ' Johnston behind the plate and a defence that did just about everything right. Andrew 'AV' Vidale was solid at first, Matt 'Chewy' Chenoweth took a couple of catches at second, new boy Jason 'Tangles' Balint made some nice plays at short while Jules 'Kiwi' Potiki was at third. The outfield was all new - with Chris 'Skinny' Sandor in centre flanked by first timers Dennis 'Wrongy' Wright and Randall 'Randy' Stevens, who took a fantastic catch in left to save a run before tweaking the ol' hammy and being subbed for Andrew 'Colonel' Sanders.

Chewy and Wrongy were best with the bat with 7 RBI between them while Prez added a couple of ribbies to his great pitching performance. A seven run inning in the second was the difference for us and we ran out comfortable winners.

Thanks to Heather for scoring and to coach Phil 'Philthy' Martin for the most inept low-five ever attempted while coaching first base. See you next week!

Hits: Potiki 1 (1 RBI), Sandor 1, Balint 1, Johnston 2 (1), Chenoweth 2 (4), Sanders 1, Stevens (1), Wright 2 (3), McKinley 2 (2)

Pitching: McKinley 23/39 3Ks, Potiki 12/15 0Ks

Under 17/1 (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

Adelaide 3 0 0 2 1 3 9
Sturt    0 0 0 0 0 0
16 games to go.

Opening Day 2016 and we got "dacked" - 9 zip: a fair and square belting. There were some highlights make no mistake but at the end of the day a polished ……. is still a …… Sturt had Twelve strikeouts and just the six hits versus Adelaide with twelve hits and 6 strikeouts.

With the batting tunnels nearly completed and the diamond resurfaced with brown gold (brickdust), an overcast day greeted last year's preliminary finalist at home on the first day of the new season. Left field had turned into the boggy marsh it once was pre 1960 due to a busted pipe somewhere in the vicinity. Rumours of sinkholes was the talk of the crowd but apart from that little problem the ground looked a treat due to the efforts of Groundskeeper Willie - Jamie Knuckey.

The team for opening day: Josh Vidale taking the mound, Knucks behind the dish, Aussie at first, Joel at second, Ky at short, Nick at third, Mike at left. Jo at centre, and comeback kid Josh Wilson at right. Liam and the "gasman" Dylan on the pine. First pitch was a strike and that was the only time we "led" for the day.

As mentioned above just the 6 hits. Knucks 2 from 2, Ky 2 from 3 Dylan a double and Liam with a single were best with the bat. To his credit opposition pitcher Dylan Strickland from Adelaide threw a very good game fanning 8 in four innings of work and bamboozling a few with his third strike curve. From a team point of view losing seven of the 12 looking without swinging at chance number 3 says we're not aggressive enough in the box. Hey - its week one!

Nick threw well today in his 3 and a bit innings striking out 4, threw hard but wasn't supported by the field at times. Josh picked up a couple of strikeouts before giving his elbow a tweak and Mike took two catches in left to create a PB and that was basically that. The less said the better.

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

Southern Districts defeated Sturt 7-1

The sky was grey and the opposition's shirts were a very bright orange at our opening game down at Southern Districts, marking the very welcome return to Sturt of Luke Warburton and Joel Wilson.

It was always going to be tough for us, as we did not have a full side until two brave Under 13s, Lachlan Holland and Callum Finlayson offered to fill in for us. Great effort boys, especially after already playing a full game.

Robbie Brennan started on the mound for us and pitched a good couple of innings; his first time with the longer distance. Jonas Garcia pitched the third inning and Zac Becker the last two. By the 2nd inning the rain was making things pretty uncomfortable but we battled on. The ball was slippery and that made it hard for pitchers on both sides to find the strike zone.

There were a few really good highlights including our only run of the game; Ethan Dawson was walked and then stole 2nd, when a huge double to centre field by Zac Becker brought him home. Later in the game an unlucky call at home base robbed Zac of another run.

Jonas Garcia turned a swift double play with assistance from Ethan Dawson and Luke Warburton. Seb Steel impressed in his first ever outing as a catcher. Joel took two awesome catches in centre. We were unlucky not to get more safe hits as we made some good contact, and will be much better prepared next time for the boys in orange.

We were also pleased to see Will Jordans come and support the team even though he is currently injured.

Next week is a bye so we will be back on October 23rd, with an early start (9am game) at Northern Districts.

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

Gawler 14 defeated Sturt 7

The Under 15/2 team headed out to Gawler for their first game of the season. Despite the weather conditions, the team arrived with great attitudes and the support of their families.

We saw some great team work today that included Austin and Jake leading with some impressive pitching and Jake, Austin, Jamie, Nick, Tyler and Jack scoring valuable runs.

Thank you Sonia for scoring, Jenny for pitch counting and the parents who assisted the coach during the day. We may have not won today's game, but the team had the attitude of winners. Well done everyone!

Hits: Jamie Vidale (2), Joe Harvey (1)

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

Sturt 10 d East Torrens 2

A great win to start the season from our team!

Facing last years premiers, we jumped them early, after keeping the Red Sox to one run we put up 4 big first innings runs with back to back doubles from Locky and Spencer, a walk to Harry and a single to Samson.

In the 2nd inning we held them scoreless thanks to some great pitching from Samson and the field backing him up. We then scored another run thanks to a 2 out single to Locky and another double to Spencer.

Ryder took over the pitching duties for the 3rd and 4th innings and shut them out for no runs doing a great job throwing plenty of strikes and again being backed up by the field.

Our bats were aggressive in the 3rd and 4th innings but we were unlucky as our hard hit balls went straight to the Red Sox fielders who also made some great plays.

After 4 complete innings we were up 5 - 1.

Spencer took over from Ryder on the hill and we once again shut the Red Sox out with no runs thanks to a play it yourself double play from Locky at short stop to end the innings!

I had a quick chat to the team before our bottom 5th batting innings and asked them to be a bit more patient and take a strike to help see the ball a bit more. We were looking at another scoreless innings with 2 out but then we rallied for a maximum 5 run innings.

Spencer started it off with his 3rd double of the day, followed by a Home Run from Harry Chaplin!

Then Jack and Callum got in on the act with nice hits in between a couple of walks.

The big chief Jack Hutton came in to close the door on the Red Sox in the top of the 6th inning and that was all she wrote.

It was a great team effort today with our pitchers pounding the zone for most of the day and our field backing them up well.

Add to that some great hitting and it's all smiles.

Thanks to Brad Vince for filling in this week and doing a great job.

Thanks also to Louis for his awesome scoring and Wallace for umpiring both games (legend).

Hits - Spencer 3 (3x2B), Locky Holland 2 (1x2B), Harry Chaplin 1 (HR), Jack Hutton, Samson Garcia 1

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

No result or match report available

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

Sturt 5- adelaide 5 Welcome to the first game of club baseball for the new boys and for the other boys welcome back for another season. It was a great morning at Flinders for the first game of the season, Zac Altamura started on the hill for us for 2 great innings. Kale Matthew-Hampton was catching like a champ behind the plate.

Next the left handed Josh Altamura did his thing on the mound for 2 innings, well done for his first time. Yeoryi Perentes tried his hand at pitching he couldn't quite finish his innings but gave it his all, don't worry champ it's a long season and you will only get better as time goes on.

Josh Jensen-Merlin finished off the game and that's what team mates do for you. Nothing really happened in the field, that's normal for this grade and time of year but that will all change as we go on. When the ball did go out there everyone stopped the ball and threw it to the right place, great work guys.

Batting today everyone gave it a great go with only 2 players not making it to base but don't worry your time will come. Very happy that we all did what i said at the start of the game which was EFFORT and FUN. It just shows what practice can do before you play the game.

Very sorry that I won't be able to see you boys improve next week but hard work on the training track Tuesday will make you better!

Thanks to all the parents for helping me with, scoring and managing and all of you for just wanting to be involved for our children and our club, thanks.

HITS

Z. Altamura 3
K. Matthew-Hampton 1
S.Horley 1
J.Holland 1

PITCHING

Z.Altamura 16 balls 20 strikes
J.Altamura 20 balls 17 strikes
Y.Perentes 18 balls 12 strikes
J.Janssen-Merlin 6 balls 6 strikes

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 11th of October, 2016 21:55:05 ::..

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