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Message from the President


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


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Week 18 Results

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

Sturt Tee Ball All Stars 2006/07 Inter District Winners!

The Sturt Tee Ball All Stars hosted the final round 4 carnival on Sunday at Waite on Sunday 25th February 2007.

Our first game against Southern Districts was a one sided affair and Sturt took the points in a solid display of strong fielding and batting 23-10.

Unfortunately the bats went to sleep in the 1st 2 innings of game 2 against a strong hitting Kensington outfit, and we went down 20-13.

Game 3 against East Torrens saw the boys fire up again and came home with a 25 to 11 win... So, 2 wins and 1 loss for the day!

So, after a nervous countback of all points for the 4 carnivals (win 2, draw 1, loss 0) Sturt narrowly claimed the cup 19 points to 18 (Kensington).

As always, the MVP was a tough decision, with Zach Evreniadis, Oscar Neighbour and Charlie Goldsworthy all having a great day.... but after review with co-coaches it went to Kyle Campbell who had a great day and a great series!

It's been a great season and a deserved result - a pleasure to coach and watch the whole team develop so well.

Special thanks go to ALL the parents who cheerfully and enthusiastically have pitched in all season - and especially at yesterday's carnival.

And thanks to Sturt Baseball Club for their support with coaching and Friday practise facilities!

Look out for the cup going back on display at Sturt - and keep an eye out for the lads over the coming years!

Angus Brooks , Brodie Macbeth, Charlie Goldsworthy, Charlie Parker, Fraser Crameri, Hamish Allan, Hudson Proudman, Jack Bolingbroke, Kyle Campbell, Oscar Neighbour, Reuben Bishop, Zach Evreniadis

Thursday Night Meals

Just a reminder to the club that meals are available every Thursday night at the club!
Make sure you come down and support the club and catch up with everyone.

Sturt Merchandise

We have a number of items available such as Polo Shirts and Bucket Hats - see Dave behind the bar to order yours!

Division 1
Division 1 We played Port Adelaide in an outstanding match and lost 11-7. The players gave a terrific account of themselves and should be proud of their efforts. Our plan was to play the game at our pace. If you play Port at their level you will be beaten most times so our plan was to throw our pitchers only once through the lineup so that the Port players could not get used to facing the same pitcher. This worked to a certain extent with Shane Horne pitching 3 innings, Ben Packer two and Tom Brice finished the last 4 innings for us. Defensively we were pretty solid making a couple of errors, offensively we were good considering we were up against a pitcher this year who has been virtually un hittable. Tom Brice picked up 3 hits, Paul Holmes and Angus Roeger 2 each. Our game has improved so much since Christmas and we are now challenging the top sides. We are still not at the level to beat these sides but we are at the level where we are consistently in the game till the 9th innings.

Division 2
No Report

Division 3
No Report

Division 4
The division four juggernaut rolled on again on saturday and the boys accounted for Golden Grove by a final score of 13-4. Michael Burns started the game taking pitching directions from Jamie Knuckey at third base until Jamie told Burner to dish up a "dolly" to a hitter whom he had two strikes on. Following the veterans advice Burner gave up one of the biggest home runs he's ever conceded in his illustrious pitching career. Needless to say Jamie was pretty quiet after that as Benny Harfields caustic comments from behind the dish were all the advice that Burner needed to complete the game. On the hitting side of things everyone contributed but no one could top the heroics of the RBI machine Glenn Noble batting from the 9 hole. Nobby was so confident in his hitting that he didn’t even need to run after getting a safe hit to right field. A special thanks must go out to Patrick Burns and Tom Teague coming all the way out to Golden Grove to play. Both of the young lads showed they were not intimidated by the older men and managed to pick up a couple of safe hits each showing they will be very valuable players for the club in the future. Pat thought he was even good enough to pick up a double on what was a routine single. Following the the base running error his older brother made earlier in the game lead to an outburst from coach crutchley again proving why he is known as the strongman!

The boys venture out to Southern districts next week in what may well be their last game for the season so if you're in the area do your best to drop in and lend your support to the boys

Division 5
No Report

Division 6
Well we went and played at flinders for the last time this year against southern districts. Both teams started off with a large first innings of runs. We went back and forth with a few runs each then sthn dist went up 18- 10 with our last digs we did our best and only scored 4 and we went down 18-14. We started with tom pledge on the mound and trev hendry came on and both did a great job!! Josh Connors catching has been great thru out the season. We now play our last game of the season at sturt this week. This team is going to play winter ball for the sturt baseball club, we will be needing a few players to top up our team over the winter ball season due to not all of the great guys of div. 6 will be able to play winter ball. So if you or know of some one who would like to play with a good bunch of guys, have fun, and have the will to win give jaye a call on 0408890019.

Under 18
Under 18 Sturt played Port Adelaide at Flinders ground this week and got thumped 17-2. Perhaps baseball Gods were trying to warn us when umpires threatened to cancel the game due to the poor state of the diamond. With frantic ground repairs from Coach and Chris Day, that would have left the Backyard Blitz team gobsmacked in awe, the umpires reluctantly agreed the match would proceed. Port were a formidable opposition, much improved from when we played (and beat) them earlier in the season, and their personnel was exactly the same for both games ! Highlights for Sturt included a great pitching performance from Jack Fahy (67%) including a great line-drive catch, a pro-ball catch from Nick Thornquest off a huge centre-field fly that pushed Nick right back on the 'fence' and a good hitting/fielding performance from Tom Kenny. Safe hits to Andrew McKinnon, Sam Bates, Angus McKinnon, Tom Kenny (3), Nick Thornquest and Toby Cantrill. Final match for the season is next week (weather permitting), so lets regroup and try to finish with a good one

Under 16 Sturt
The boys had a straight forward victory over a disappointing Port side. The hard thing to do in these games is to concentrate for the entire time and not let your standards drop. The boys did both of these very well.

Under 16 Saints
The Saints battled hard against the Sox. Apart from a couple of silly errors all players did well but couldn't convert with the bat. Some of the guys did really well playing some new positions in the last dig. Tom made a solid outfield catch and Fraser and Simon both pulled off excellent plays to Brad on first. Let's make our last game of the year a blast!

Under 16 Blues
The Blues earned the distinction of being the only team not to be shut out by Woodville this season. Having said that we did get walloped by them but we played some good baseball after a shaky start. Woodville only scored 1 earned run after the second inning as Jay Lunnon had a great outing on the mound keeping their batsmen off balance by mixing up his pitches and staying ahead in the count. Jayke Wayne started for us and did a credible job; our defense didn’t back him up unfortunately. Fraser Goodes and Haydn Pocock collected solid hits against good pitching. Trent Small impressed me with his leadoff at first base, like to see more of that from players. Jake Borlace laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt and Jack Goldsworthy scored for us and did a great job in the outfield, he is an under 14 player with a great attitude and promise for the future. Some good things happened Sunday boys and I hope the weather will allow us to play Antonio’s crew next weekend, would like to help give them a solid hit out before they extract revenge against Woodville in the playoffs. Thanks to Chris Small for his help also. I would just like to mention what a great group of parents we have; this season has been significantly enhanced by their support and attitude, my heart felt thanks to you all !!

Under 14/1 Sturt
Sturt defeated Port Adelaide 18-9 belting out 17 hits including a towering home run to Sean Lamonby. Unfortunately our pitchers had trouble finding the strike zone giving up 14 walks (and 2 hits) which gave Port a sniff. With one game to go before the finals, it’s time to iron out the bugs and give it our best shot. Hits Wood, Nicholas 3, Hollis, Lamonby, Brebner-Russ 2, Papps, Young, Daws, McKinnon, Brennan

Under 14/1 Saints
No Report

Under 14/1 Blues
What a tight and well fought out battle we had against Golden Grove. The got of to a fast start after making use of some wayward pitching and took a 3-1 lead. The boys seemed a little bit intimidated in the box early in the game and we were having too many strike outs. Down 6-1 a home run by Macca seemed to put a spark into the game and the boys over the next few innings rallied to take a 9-6 lead. Some great hitting by Michael Grey, Dakota and Macca, Alex Martins and Jarrad LoBasso really kept us alive. We let Golden grove back in the game tying it up even though Jordan made a great double play from a pop up bunt. Our defence was tight all day and we didn’t make an error. We went ahead by 1 in the last from a hit to Michael grey .The opposition scored 2 runs in the last to eventually win the game. We had a number of controversial decisions go against us but in the end we didn’t bat well enough to win the game. This could see the end of our finals chances which is extremely disappointing for the young Blues .Thanks to Brad Trembath who filled in for us on the weekend and played a great game for us.

Under 14/2 Sturt
No Report

Under 12/1 Sturt
No Report

Under 12/2 Sturt
The boys again put up a good fight against the leagues number 3 side, the Saints. Strong hitting from our team was a major positive that arose from the match. It was unfortunate that we were beaten by a stronger team on the day. Both Adam and I would like to congratulate the boys on what was a fantastic season. Many improvements were noticeable within the boys own skills and their team approach to the game. The boys should feel confident in their own game and look forward to next year’s season. We are both very proud to have coached this squad throughout the year. We would also like to acknowledge the help of the parents and families of the boys for their help throughout the year.

Under 12/2 Saints
No Report

..:: message posted on Monday the 5th of March, 2007 23:55:18 ::..

Week 17 Results

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

Thursday Night Meals

Just a reminder to the club that meals are available every Thursday night at the club!
Make sure you come down and support the club and catch up with everyone.

Sturt Merchandise

We have a number of items available such as Polo Shirts and Bucket Hats - see Dave behind the bar to order yours!

Division 1
Division 1 We played Southern Districts in a double header this week and acquitted ourselves very well against them. We lost both games 5-1 and 7-2 but we were more than competitive for the hawks. Southern Districts were fighting for home ground advantage in the finals thus took the games very seriously against us. They threw their two dominant pitchers and they showed the difference quality pitching does to your team. The fielding of Souths was outstanding not making an error for either game and making some outstanding plays in between. Tom Winter pitched all of game 1 for us and did a terrific job, we had 1 bad innings in the field which cost us 4 runs so the game could really have been a lot closer. Shane Horne pitched the first six innings of game 2 and Rick Mitchell threw the last 2 innings. All pitchers had quality starts and kept the ball in play for us. The difference being is that dominant pitching picks up very cheap outs and we are not fortunate enough to have that dominant type pitching but I can not fault any of the efforts our pitchers are giving us every week. Our hitters struggled with the wind blowing in but we are getting better at cutting down our strikeouts and at least making the opposition make a play on us each time. Lastly I want to give a huge compliment to all the players and coaching staff. When you are struggling for wins, it can become easy to start blaming each other and looking for excuses, not once has this happened this year, The guys are still busting their guts in each game and not losing heart, the important thing is they are still enjoying the game and enjoying playing with their team mates and it is a pleasure to be involved with them.

ALL OTHER GRADES WERE CANCELLED DUE TO HEAT RULE

..:: message posted on Monday the 19th of February, 2007 22:01:07 ::..

Week 16 Results

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

Sturt T Ball All Stars

The Sturt Tee Ball All Stars headed down to Southern Districts for round 3 of the season's 4 carnivals last Sunday (11 Feb)
It seems we suffered a little jet lag having to travel that far - our normally well drilled dozen had a very slow start to the day...and before they knew it they were down 7-13 in the bottom of the 4th to a much improved East Torrens! Fortunately the lollies and red cordial finally cut in, and they fought back valiantly to a 14 all draw.... and then went on to thump firstly Southern Districts and then their arch rivals Kensington to finish the day 2 wins and 1 draw.
So! Their noses are in front for the final round - and it's sure to be an exciting afternoon on Sunday 25th February from 1pm -5pm at home - Adelaide Uni sports grounds at Waite (corner of Fullarton Road and Claremont) - supporters welcome! As always, many thanks to you guys at Sturt Baseball Club for your valuable coaching assistance at our Friday night training sessions - and thanks to the parents who make it all happen - and of course to our team sponsors, Jock Gilbert Real Estate!
Wish us luck for Sunday fortnight!

Thursday Night Meals

Just a reminder to the club that meals are available every Thursday night at the club!
Make sure you come down and support the club and catch up with everyone.

Sturt Merchandise

We have a number of items available such as Polo Shirts and Bucket Hats - see Dave behind the bar to order yours!

Division 1
We played Kensington in a Saturday twilight match. Final score was a 5 nil loss. Defensively we were outstanding for the whole game. There were no errors made and some outstanding individual fielding efforts made. Jimmy Passmore at 3rd base had a great game making some fine diving plays and Paul Holmes continues to impress at 1st base in a position that he doesn’t normally play. Our pitching was solid with Tom Winter throwing the 1st 5 innings then Ben Packer closing out the game. Kensington scored all their runs in the 4th and 5th innings so we are starting to compete for longer parts of each game which is very pleasing to see. Offensively we were out hit 10 hits to 7 but all our hits were singles and spread apart whereas Kensington bunched their hits together and executed some outstanding hit and run plays. As a playing group we have talked about getting physically stronger so that we can start to pick up multiple base hits, instead of singles, like all the top sides do.

Twilight Game

Tuesday night we played Northern Districts in a must win game for us. Probably for the first time this year we were favorites in a game and I fully expected us to win. We ended up winning 8-7 in the last innings in a game where our hitting was very solid and our fielding was very poor. As I explained to the players after the game we must learn to get our hitting, fielding and pitching all to the same level if we want to compete with the best sides. This is the only way we will move up the ladder. Daniel Turner pitched the full game and apart from 2 innings was very good. In the 3rd and 4th Northern Districts took to Daniel with some very strong hitting and backed up with some very ordinary fielding we allowed them to take a 7-4 lead. We had to take stock and the players to their credit hit back strongly and tied the game up at 7 all leading into the last innings. We picked up the winning run with 2 out in the last for a very important win. We have set ourselves the target of getting of the bottom of the ladder and to do that we need to win at least 2 of our final 5 games. Offensively, Will Frogley had his best game for the club with 3 hits, Jimmy Passmore and Adam Kerr both picked up 2 hits. This week we have a very important double header against South’s and I really want to pick up at least 1 win against them.

Division 2
Although losing to Kensington the team played good baseball. Our defence was solid but a couple of hitters from Kensington really hurt us. It is great to see Daniel Lee again picking up a couple of hits and Alistair Young playing his first Div 2 game. Alistair got one hit and also put the ball into play on his other trips to the plate. He also caught really well (great work). Other hitters were Jarrod Holland, Darren Stewart & Trent Mattschoss with 2 hits each. Jared Thornquest pitched well in his 6+ innings. We just need to bunch our hits and be more patient in the batting box at certain times. Div 2 players are required Tues night for the twilight game at Sturt- start time 6pm.

Division 3
The Division 3 side had an excellent win on the weekend defeating Henley & Grange 15- 11. It was a very pleasing result considering the battles this side has faced over the season. Thanks need to go out to the young guys who have helped out this side with numbers over the past weeks

The game started well with the side up 5-0 after 2 innings. Unfortunately we had a lapse in the third and fourth innings let in 11 runs. Some poor concentration, voice and inability to make simple plays hurt us badly. After a mid game pep talk the boys again hit their straps, made the simple plays and hit very well, something that we haven’t done for most of the year.

Angus McKinnon continued his spakling form and he was well supported with the bat by Andrew Mattner and Rick Mitchell who each collected multiple hits. Tody Cantrill, making his senior debut also had a safe hit on the day.

Rick Mitchell pitched well and the game was closed out by Andrew Grego who had 7 strike outs in the last three innings. The challenge now is to build on that effort and achieve some good results as the season draws to a close

Division 4
The 4’s faced their biggest test of the season and came up short against the Reds on Saturday. But were in no way disgraced. We were easily outhit by the strong Norths lineup with our pitching unable to find the edges all day. It seemed we were serving up batting practice as we split the middle of the plate belt high all day. We battled hard and all players can hold their heads high. Michael Burns continues to spark in the batters box and Dan Martens again came up with some super plays in the outfield. Frenchy came up with a clutch hit to score 2 in the last to give us a sniff but we couldn’t go on. Big Benny Harfield was solid all day behind the plate, while Stuey and Knux continued their fine batting form. This week we play Woodville in the early game at home which is now a must win if we are to see finals action. Hope to se you there. Thanks to Tony Catt for umpiring last week and to Burnsy for the birthday beers

Division 5
What a blistering start to the game leading Port 8 nil mid way through the game. One bad innings letting them score 7 became our down fall and once again errors set in and we eventually lost 16-12. Trev Colmer pitched a great game only allowing 3 earned runs making a tally of 13 unearned runs which is not good enough at any level of baseball and becoming increasingly frustrating for all. Ben Colyer and Dean Franke were hot with the bats picking up numerous hits with the side collecting 15 hits for the day. Thanks to Trent Small for filling in and doing a great job at third base. It is still mathematically possible for us to make the finals but we need to play in the 40 degrees this weekend and hope a few teams ahead of us all go fishing over the next few weeks. Division 6 No report

Division 6
No Report

Under 18
No Report

Under 16 Sturt
Sturt faced up against East Torrens with the task of having a good win to remain a chance for the top spot. Pat Burns pitched a great game, Sam Day made a welcome return to the side and Beau Pelgrim continues to put pressure on the opposition with his blinding speed.
We just need to remember that success only comes through hard work. Keep going boys.

Under 16 Saints
The Saints played well but were unable to match the strong hitting West Torrens team. Tom's pitching was a joy to watch and Brodey pulled off a couple of well-executed plays. All of the boys swung the bat well, but were unable to connect. A lousy scoreline but a great effort from the whole team.

Under 16 Blues
HEAR YEE!! HEAR YEE!! The Sturt Blues played real baseball on the weekend defeating Northern Districts 3-1, a side that not only walloped us 12-0 and 17-3, in the first two games of the season, but also had only lost to the top three teams on the ladder thus far! We were without arguably our best batter Jay Lunnon, but Zac Harnett in his swan song for the blues, did not allow an earned run and Alistair Young finished the game in style on the mound to seal a great win for our side. Jayke Wayne, who always finds a way to contribute, got things started with a double in the first inning and eventually crossed home plate to get us up. Under 14 player Jordan Wayne surprised the Districts side and took advantage of a lapse in concentration by their infield to score our second run. Zac laid down a textbook bunt to bring home Haydn Pocock and give us an insurance score to seal the win. Kyle Larson made a couple of awesome catches at first base and our defense didn’t let us down. Fraser Goodes came up with some good defense, Haydn and Zac combined to get an out at home plate. And Jayke threw a perfect strike to 3rd base, from mid- centre field to throw out a districts runner at a crucial point in the contest. Everybody deserves credit for this win; a team victory, the boys showed real character and got a well deserved result. I am so proud of this teams’ effort on the weekend!!!!

Under 14/1 Sturt
Sturt defeated Kensington 19 – 5 in a good hit-out coming down to the finals. Sam Hollis started and gave up only 1 hit in two innings while the mercurial Will Brennan picked up a smaller bat and nailed 2 hits to centrefield. We play Norths away on Sunday at 12 – weather permitting.
Hits Young 3 Papps, Nicholas, Daws, Brennan 2 McKinnon, Brebner-Russ, Wood

Under 14/1 Saints
We played East Torrens and after coming back in the third we finally went down 13-4 but the boys played well. We still had some fielding errors and the boys need to work on them. We batted well but they fielded well enough to keep us out of the game. Jack Goldsworthy had his first appearance at the pitchers plate and did a fantastic job for his first time. Thanks to Matthew MacBeth for filling in for us.

Under 14/1 Blues
What a disappointing last 2 weeks it has been for the young Blues going down to Woodville 13-8 and on the weekend losing to Northern Districts 8-3 who we beat easily a few weeks ago. Both games we were faced up against some good pitching and I am afraid our bats went quiet. The Woodville game saw our pitchers throw 15 walks which is impossible to defend and throw in a couple of crucial errors and we were behind the 8 ball. It was pleasing to see our boys put on some offensive pressure later in the game but giving up 7 runs in the last made the come back task too difficult. Our game against North’s was a pitchers game with both sides collecting 12 strike outs. Well done to Jordan and Macca for their pitching and both collected hits. Jarrad and Lewis hit well and Billy got himself on base with contact hitting. Our fate is in our hands over the next few weeks to stay in the finals. We play all the teams that are vying for our spot. We need to all do our bit and not wait for someone else to light the spark. Be more aggressive in the batters box and generally play with more passion and commitment for each other and the club. After a great year we deserve to play in the finals but it just wont happen all the little things in baseball need to be executed.

Under 14/2 Sturt
No Report

Under 12/1 Sturt
A shaky start but we came back strong to win this game.

Under 12/2 Sturt
No Report

Under 12/2 Saints
Saints went down to West Torrens 5-1 , we battled hard to hold this side to 5 runs and our bat wasn't as threatening as normal although we did have a hard time with some calls in the box. We did get a our share of hit but was unable to string them together at the right time. All pitchers did their jobs and we defended well with little amount of errors. Henry Brennan got two of our five hits Tyson Ottaway gained a nice hit also forcing the error and advancing himself around the bases to be our only batter to make it home. Jayden Trembath and Lewis Brideson both spent half a game on the bench and both returned to the game to get a hit well done boys. We have had a great start to this season with 9 wins and 3 losses all we have to do now is get out on the track work on our fielding and batting and there is no reason why we can't finish on a high.It is up to us , Keep it up boys.

..:: message posted on Thursday the 15th of February, 2007 22:21:26 ::..

Week 15 Results

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

Harvey Norman BBQ

Many thanks to all the Under 16 Division 1 Saints team and the Division 5 boys for selling snags out the front of Harvey Norman last weekend. We managed to raise in excess of $1200 for our efforts. This is invaluable for our club. Great work!

Thursday Night Meals

Just a reminder to the club that meals are available every Thursday night at the club!
Make sure you come down and support the club and catch up with everyone.

Sturt Merchandise

We have a number of items available such as Polo Shirts and Bucket Hats - see Dave behind the bar to order yours!

Division 1
We played West Torrens in a Saturday night twilight fixture and came up with a 11-4 loss. The was definitely a game of 2 halves where we dominated for the 1st four innings and then were dominated for the last 5. We started with Paul Mildren on the mound for us in his last game before heading back overseas and we all wish him the best of luck. He held the offensively strong WT lineup for his 3 innings of work and at the end of the 3rd we were 4-2 in front. Our hitters were being patient and getting some good pitches to hit and our fielders were backing up the offence nicely. As has happened in quite a few games this year then our hitting went silent and the fielding followed. We allowed WT to take control and we made some basic errors in the field. These type of errors should not be happening at this level and against a top side we were made to pay. Ben Packer threw the middle 3 innings and was not rewarded for his efforts by our fielding. A side like us needs to only make 3 outs an innings not 4 or 5 and we were made to pay. Tom Winter threw the last 2 innings including getting out of a bases loaded none out situation. Dan Turner continued to have a hot streak with another 2 hits. His last 4 or 5 games have been a lot closer to what I expect from him. Tom Brice had some quality at bats which we expect from him but for us to continue to improve we need to have more player contributing for a larger portion of the game.

Division 2
No Report

Division 3
No Report

Division 4
Division 4 In the absence of Stuart "The Strongman" Crutchley as coach due to work commitments a young and reinvented div 4 player in the name of Michael Burns made his coaching debut and the lads in the team did not let him down. The final score against Goodwood was a lopsided 21-2 in a tremendous batting display from all of the players. Everyone in the team picked up at least one hit and Glenn Noble even managed to get three hits all in the same innings. The fielding happened to be pretty good too highlighted by a diving catch turned into a double play from Dan "Hollywood" Martens just as Goodwood were starting to build up some momentum. In what promises to be a classic game Sturt faces Northern Districts next week in a game that will have a huge bearing on the finals aspirations of both teams. So please come along and support the boys and help us get over the line at Flinders University on Saturday.

Division 5
No Report

Division 6
Well we played Port Adelaide at Sturt on a very hot Saturday. And firstly i must say the boys all did what was asked from them which was just get into the batters box and swing. Everyone had a good day batting, and Simon Brettig had a inside the park home run, well done Simon, and yes he can run. And thanks to Josh and Ritchie for catching on such a hot day. Trevor Hendry pitched a great game all day, thanks and well done Trev. And yes the sturt div 6 won {tony can you add in the score i forgot what it was} We play Goodwood at 11:30 on saturday at Goodwood.

All Junior Games not played due to heat rule!

Under 12 Division 2 Sturt (from last week)
Loss 7 to 8 to Glenelg. The team did well for saying we had 8 boys out. Glenelg substituted a fielder for us. 3 hits Sam Cavanagh, 1 hit for Mitchell Lightbody, Sam Kazmar & Josh Tindall. We came back from 8-1 down in the 4th innings to 8-7 and just fell short, great fight-back.

..:: message posted on Monday the 12th of February, 2007 18:45:31 ::..

Batting Tunnel Update

As many of you are aware, the Sturt Baseball Club committee has been hard at work developing plans and gaining approval for an indoor batting tunnel facility.

This approval has subsequently been appealed by the local residents and we are currently in the arbitration stage of this appeal.

Due to the attention that this proposal has placed on the Sturt Baseball Club, many other issues have been raised by the Mitcham Council. These revolve around the limitations of space at Norman Reserve and the risk management issues of playing baseball at the ground.

The Mitcham Council has recently resolved to actively assist the Sturt Baseball Club in locating facilities that would enhance the club and allow the club to continue to grow.

The Sturt Baseball Club committee is encouraged by the Mitcham Councils offer and will be working closely with them over the coming months to explore all opportunities.

Should you have any concerns or feedback regarding this matter, please contact Tony Catt.

Sturt Baseball Club Committee

..:: message posted on Saturday the 10th of February, 2007 18:46:26 ::..

Week 14 Results

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

Coaching Clinic

Last night’s Under 14 coaching clinic was a great success with 36 of 41 under 14’s attending. The 2 hour program included infield and outfield work, hitting, pitching, catching, middle infield, 1st and 3rd base drills.
The coaches who attended worked wonderfully with the lads and they deserve our thanks and recognition for their efforts.

• Daniel Turner
• Paul Holmes
• Alistair Young
• Neil Stewart
• Paul Mildren
• Daniel Lee
• Don Wulff
• Jamie Knuckey
• Darren Noble

This kind of training is a valuable tool in junior development and is critical in fostering liaison between juniors and seniors.

Harvey Norman BBQ

Many thanks to all the Under 16 Division 1 Sturt team and the Division 6 boys for selling snags out the front of Harvey Norman last weekend. We managed to raise in excess of $1200 for our efforts. This is invaluable for our club. Great work! Thursday Night Meals

Just a reminder to the club that meals are available every Thursday night at the club!
Make sure you come down and support the club and catch up with everyone.

Sturt Merchandise

We have a number of items available such as Polo Shirts and Bucket Hats - see Dave behind the bar to order yours!

Division 1
In what was probably our best effort for the season, we came up with a 8-5 win over Woodville. Every time we have played them recently we have given ourselves a chance to win and this game we finally came through. I was really proud of the player’s efforts as they’ve been kicked in the guts plenty of times but we keep backing up again. We started off like a house on fire scoring 3 runs in the 1st innings and I thought finally I might be able to have a relaxing game but as has happened many times this season we allowed Woodville to immediately hit back with 4 runs of their own. The rest of the game then became an arm wrestle with the pitchers starting to dominate. Shane Horne was outstanding going the full 9 innings and only having the bad 1st innings. He has come on in leaps and bounds this year and finally got his deserved 1st A grade win. Tom Faehse continues to battle for us behind the plate. Defensively we were very good making no errors. Offensively we were paced by Will Frogley and Jared Holland with 2 hits each. Dutchy continues to make a pest of himself to opposition pitchers by refusing to swing at pitches out of the strike zone and he will continue to get my support in doing this. The difference in our playing style and efforts prior to Christmas and now is very noticeable and this continues to give us more of a chance to compete at a higher level for a longer period of each game.

Division 2
Although losing to Woodville 6-3 we played good baseball for most of the day. With basic errors costing us dearly. A welcome return by Darren Stewart, who batted in all our runs. And a job well done by Ryan Mattschoss, catching division 2 for the first time.

Division 3
No report

Division 4
Sturt 7 Goodwood 0

Farewell to “The Phantom”

Darren Noble played his last game for the year for the 4’s and what a way to finish. A powerful hitting display where he almost completed the ‘cycle’. Only the home run was missing. He now heads off overseas but hopefully he will be back for game 1 of the 2007/08 season. It was the usual suspects again leading the way for the 4’s with the bat. Knuckey, Crutchley, Noble led the way ably supported by Lachlan Jones. Jonesy also pitched a pearler, throwing all 8 innings and only giving up 4 hits for the day. He is getting better with every outing and will play a big part in our push for the finals. Dan Martens took control in the outfield with a polished display in front of his visiting family from Queensland. Bustling Benny Harfield was his usual rock self behind the plate but to be a big time performer needs to encourage his team mates a bit more instead of some of the caustic comments that come out. Not everyone has a flame thrower attached to their shoulder Benny!
The boys are now locked in a 3 way battle for 3rd and 4th and a tough draw will not make life any easier…neither will an 11.30am game this Saturday. Some of the boys will just be getting home from the previous night while some will still be working. The SABL is amazing in their programming.

Division 5
What a huge win for a much depleted div 5 side .We beat H&G 24-6. Trev Colmer had his first pitch for the year and did a fantastic job although hitting 4 of their players .Our batting was fantastic with all players collecting numerous hits. We only had one player who didn’t get a hit (cant mention his name) After a few injuries Wood –hamstring Macbeth –Driver we had to get young Trent Small and Matt Macbeth in the game both kids colleted hits and in one innings got all 3 outs in what was a great moment for them and there proud dads. Ben Colyer caught for the first time since 1984 and was fantastic, Slug had a day out collecting 4 hits while Dean Franke is nursing a sore body after getting hit twice. A good fun game with lots of banter but may need to start getting serious to try and make the finals.

Division 6
With Trev Hendry pitching and a great infield and out field we held our own through 7 innings but we went down 14-6. Although the boys are doing great and having fun. This week we are at Sturt for a 12:30 game against port Adelaide. We have not had many home games so come on out buy yourself a drink from Dave at the bar and sit down to a good game of baseball with div 5 playing after us - should be a great afternoon!

Under 18
Despite what the scoreline might suggest, most of this match was good, competitive baseball. West Torrens was ahead 4-2 going into the last innings. Sturt had fielded well with no errors, to that point. Good catches to Elliott Cameron, Angus McKinnon, Jack Fahy, Toby Cantrill and Zac Butler were backed up with solid put-outs from ground balls. Safe hits to Andrew McKinnon, Tom Kenny, Jack Fahy and Sam Bates. Two quick outs in the final innings, for the loss of only one run, kept Sturt in a strong position. However, a total of 6 fielding errors in the final innings allowed West Torrens to score 9 runs before the mercy rule kicked in. A disappointing end to what had been a good, solid performance from Sturt. Thank you to U16 players Toby Cantrill and Alistair Young for helping out.

Under 16 Sturt
A fantastic performance from the whole group. Pat Burns led from the front pitching a one hit game and keeping the West Torrens bats at bay. Defensively, we improved a couple of notches from the week before. The most pleasing aspect of this game was our concentration. Every player had their head in the game for the full 110 minutes – this is crucial against the better teams. This week we face Woodville – we need to make every play count in this game

Under 16 Saints
Saints met a strong Woodville team at Glenelg. Starting with Hugh on the bench and unable to take the field after some adolescent exuberance led to an ankle injury, we were able to restrict the scoring of the very powerful Woodville team with our best yet fielding performance. Some great catches, good throws and a vastly reduced number of errors were great to see. Unfortunately we couldn't do it with the bat and went down. I was proud of the way the boys played and their individual and team efforts. Tom and Matt both pitched well, Brad did a great job behind the plate and all of the guys did well in the field

Twilight Game

A full strength Saints team started well against the Cardinals at home on Tuesday night. Cardinals batted strongly and pitched well, but, apart from one blow-out inning Saints were always in the game. The win went to the Cards but the Saints played very well. Our batting was much improved over the last game and a more aggressive display helped us to keep our scoreline moving. Thanks to Zac for the pitching and to Daniel for a great job as a first up umpire.

Under 16 Blues
East Torrens was singin’ the “Sturt Blues” last Sunday as the Blues recorded an emphatic 17-7 victory! We had our full team as Zac was able to join us and the best aspect of the game was that everyone made vital contributions. Jarrad “nugget” Pearce did an awesome job as leadoff, collecting 3 safe hits and scoring 4 times. Jay Lunnon went 2 for 2 and scored 4 runs also. He closed the game with another display of intelligent pitching. Jayke Wayne again came up with a solid outing starting on the mound. Haydn Pocock will be hard to live with this week as he collected 3 extra base hits on the day including a standup triple, and made a great catch against the backstop while behind the plate. Zac hit the ball hard and scored three times, he runs the bases extremely well. Kyle knocked in the go ahead runs, batting in 2 in the first dig. Trent played well defensively. Fraser Goodes continues to hit the ball hard to right field. And Jake Borlace had a great game at second base, he made all 3 outs in the last innings to seal the game for us! I am really proud of the way the guys have kept their chins up after some tough games; well done you deserved the win. Thanks to Alistair Young for helping out as first base coach and Barry Lunnon who did a great job umpiring. Also congrats to Zac and Jay who both collected hits in the win over West Torrens by Tony Catt’s Sturt side.

Under 14/1 Sturt
No Report

Under 14/1 Saints
Under 14 Division 1 Saints We played the Blues at Flinders but went down 13 to 6. Our first innings was our down fall allowing them to score 7 runs and we never recovered from there. This was the innings that won the game as we held them to only 5 more runs for the rest of the game while we scored one in the first and 5 for the rest of the game also. Jack Colmer and Dylan Holst pitched well on the mound while Bradley Trembath was great behind the plate all day. Our batting was ok but we left runners on base which did not help us. Fielding also was good but some errors allowed them to score.

Under 14/1 Blues
The local Darby with our fellow Saints team ended up being a close affair. The Blues got ahead early by some inconsistent pitching allowing 7 runs in the first innings. Macca started on the mound and threw 3 solid innings being ably supported by a solid defence behind him. The blues although only collecting 5 hits for the day always seemed in control. The base running by the Blues has continued to be aggressive and had been a big plus to there game over the past few weeks. Jarrad L has continued to bat well collecting 2 hits .Josh Masters smashed a long double late in the game to score 3 runs while Macca and Jordan Wayne collected hits. A more focused effort in the batters box over the next few weeks is going to be needed for us to keep our 4th spot. Many teams are starting to breath down our necks. This young Blues side has what it takes to mix it with the best. The eventual score was 13-7.

Under 14/2 Sturt
After spotting Glenelg a 4 run lead ( mainly due to some wayward pitching ) the boys settled down and took charge of the game. We scored 7 runs in the bottom of the second which chased their starting pitcher from the game. From there , Adam Hofmeyer started to hit the strike zone and our defense made some great plays. Most notably a catch by Tyler Blanks behind his head falling backwards, Tim Kimber at short stop taking an infield catch diving forward and Kane Mattsson blocking a tough throw to first base to still make the out. This was a timely win for us as Glenelg were the team most likely to overtake our third spot. Final score 16-4. Hits T Hutchins (double), R. Hutchins, Rozaklis, Osmond, Grantham

Under 12/1 Sturt
West Torrens 6- Sturt 5
No doubt the toughest game of the season, both teams undefeated and both playing for top spot. We got an early lead going up 5-2 but a few silly eroors cost us dearly. Considering we played West Torrens on the Tuesday just gone and went 5 all, there seems little between us and it will all come down to who plays better on the day in the finals.
Jake Cavanagh and Tyler Lunnon are both showing excellent form with the bat and Ryan Kazmer is impressing on the mound.

Under 12/2 Sturt
No Report

Under 12/2 Saints
Good win and start to the second part of the season for the Saints. Zach Lunnon was the stand out this week for me as he came in and closed out a lengthy second dig. Zach also pitch out the third dig giving away no runs. Lewis Brideson pitched his heart out and also came up with a crucial hit to put us in front. Darcy Cathro again fielded well. William Hill had two great at bats fouling off the pitcher continuously and then gaining a walk both times. I always find it hard to comment as every week proves to be a team effort rather than individual effort ( coaches dream ) and I hope this continues. We are looking good at this stage boys , lets stay focused have fun and enjoy our baseball

..:: message posted on Thursday the 1st of February, 2007 23:58:57 ::..

Week 13 Results

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

Thursday Night Meals

Just a reminder to the club that meals are available every Thursday night at the club!
Make sure you come down and support the club and catch up with everyone.

Sturt Merchandise

We have a number of items available such as Polo Shirts and Bucket Hats - see Dave behind the bar to order yours!

Division 1
We played undefeated Port Adelaide in this weeks game and went down 8-3. I was really proud of the player’s efforts and I think we are really starting to show some improvement. The hardest thing for the players is that each week we are coming up undermanned but the thing I cannot question is their intent. Shane Horne pitched the first 6 innings and did an outstanding job holding the very powerful Port lineup to only 6 runs, Ben Packer finished the game and with a full preseason can only be more valuable to us next season. Hitting wise Angus Roeger was the standout with 2 hits but all the players valued their outs a lot more and consequently we cut down the amount of strikeouts. All the players are starting to realize that each time they go to bat they have a responsibility, whether that means starting a rally or moving a runner across. We need to strengthen the players up and quickly, when we pick up hits they are generally singles but opposition pick doubles and home runs. This is just a strength issue as it is normally us playing boys against men. Fielding wise I was really happy, we are cutting down our errors, hitting cutoffs, pitchers are learning to back up each play. Finally, congratulations to Angus Roeger on his signing of a professional contract with the Phillies and to Daniel Lee for making the Australian Under 16 team. This club is still in good hands.

Division 2
No Report

Division 3
Washout

Division 4
Norths 9 def Sturt 0
Ridiculous conditions…stop gap diamond built at Centre Field due to water on infield…no mound…..no cut outs…should have been no game. End of story

Division 5
Wash out

Division 6
No report

Under 18
Under 18 Sturt played at Kensington this week and put in another good team effort. Tom Kenny played well at second base taking 4 fly balls and making 4 putouts. The outfield was busy early with 10 plays in the first 4 innings. Nick Thornquest took two great catches at left-field including a big fly right on the home run fence. Sturt hit well with safe hits to Tom Kenny (double), Angus McKinnon, Zac Butler, Jack Fahy and Nick Thornquest. The Sturt boys worked hard and kept positive throughout. Another victory for the year will surely be achieved if they keep this effort going. Thanks again to U16 player Toby Cantrill for helping out, pitching the last two innings with 4 strike-outs and no runs.

Under 16 Sturt
The first game back after the break is always tough and the wet conditions made for a trying day. Thankfully the boys played good enough baseball to win but well below our best standard. Many thanks to Ben Young for filling in and contributing magnificently!

Under 16 Saints
Port Adelaide was wet and windy and Saints started a man down. Thanks Tyler for filling in. Although we out batted and out pitched the Magpies we let ourselves down badly with errors. There was some good aggressive hitting and some flashes of brilliance in the field. Simon made a welcome return and used his head to complete a run down at third. The final score did not reflect the closeness of the competition. 8-3

Under 16 Blues
No Report

Under 14/1 Sturt
Sturt defeated Goodwood 17 – 2 at home on Sunday. Ben Young gave up only 1 hit in difficult conditions while our batters had a productive day. Sean Lamonby smashed 3 home runs over the left field cones in 3 at bats in a stand out performance. Twilight Wed. 6pm at home followed by Woodville at Flinders 3pm Sunday.
Hits; Lamonby 3 (3hr) Daws, Hollis, Nicholas, Wood 2 Young

Under 14/1 Saints
No Report

Under 14/1 Blues
What a fantastic way to start the New Year with a 13 to 7 win over Northern Districts on the sacred Norman Reserve. North fancied themselves to come away with the win as they had a state pitcher who throws the ball pretty hard. The Sturt boys did a great job in their pitch selection picking up numerous walks and with some great clutch hitting by Lewis and Macca were able to score runs early in the game. Dakota pitched a great game with a solid defence behind him and Macca finished the game throwing strikes. Jarrod Lobasso had his best game behind the plate and is turning into a solid catcher. Most players picked up hits on the day in what was a very satisfying victory. We now play the Saints in a local derby in what is an important game for us to stay in the top 4 and getting a break on those behind us.

Under 14/2 Sturt
No Report

Under 12/1 Sturt
No Report

Under 12/2 Sturt
No Report

Under 12/2 Saints
Great win Guys we come back and score 7 runs in the last innings to win was a true sign that this team will never give up. The support we gave each other was Huge lifting guys when they were down , cheering them on when they got one base or made a play. This attitude is what makes a very hard side to beat. All pitchers played solid games Henry starting of very strong , Jayden taking the hard spot to follow him and Lewis who under pressure finished the game off well. Lewis also gave us a much needed inside home run in the last innings. Jordan caught well and got himself a stand up double in the last. Darcy made numerous plays from third and short stop, his fielding really is a stand out. Again and again thanks to you guys that had to sit out half a game without any complaints, this is the worse job with coaching.
Finally super job boys this was a real team effort and lets continue the good work.

..:: message posted on Monday the 29th of January, 2007 23:48:27 ::..

Week 12 Results

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

Thursday Night Meals

Just a reminder to the club that meals are available every Thursday night at the club!
Make sure you come down and support the club and catch up with everyone.

Sturt Merchandise

We have a number of items available such as Polo Shirts and Bucket Hats - see Dave behind the bar to order yours!

Division 1
Firstly, happy new year to all Saints supporters. We had our first game back on Saturday night after the Christmas break and came up with a very satisfying 9-8 win over Northern Districts. We welcomed back into the group a young untried player by the name of Paul Mildren, He came through with flying colours for us and showed he may have a future in this game. Paul threw 2 innings for us and showed the class that he possesses and why he is obviously so highly regarded by the Marlins. The rest of the game then became a lottery in that we just didn’t have the pitching resources available to us so the coach sent himself to the mound. Luckily our fielding and hitting stayed strong and we battled to a win. Coming into the 9h innings we were 4-3 down. Coach hit the wall and by the end of the 9th we were 8-3 down. Our players refused to give in and following walks to Boundy, Stokes and Bicknell and hits to Holmes, Turner and Faehse we were able to pick up the 6 runs required and pick up our 2nd win for the season. A huge thank you needs to be given to Sue Holmes who off her own back arranged a beach volleyball training session for the players on Thursday night. This was a great chance to socialize with the players outside of the playing field. This was appreciated by all the players that did attend.

VS West Torrens
We came up against one of the league heavyweights in West Torrens in a double header round. Although we lost both games 8-1 and 11-0 we were certainly not disgraced. Some of our players had outstanding games including Paul Holmes with 4 hits over the 2 games, Jared Holland although not picking up any hits picked up 4 walks and showed the discipline that has been missing from some other hitters. He copped a lot of flak for not swinging but if the pitcher can’t throw strikes then he is being disciplined and taking the walk. Paul Mildren started Game 1 and went 4 quality innings, he is getting stronger every week and should be ripe for the Claxton Shield, Dan Turner finished game 1. We had our opportunities to score but didn’t capitalize whereas WT seemed to take every chance that came their way. Shane Horne pitched 7 innings in game 2, he just has to learn to become more intimidating as hitters are standing on the plate to him knowing that he will not brush them back. Fielding wise I thought we were outstanding, no errors were made. Special mention needs to be made of Tom Winter who had 2 great games at 1st base, throwing himself at all balls coming his way and making some tough plays look easy. Jimmy Passmore’s last couple of games at 3B have been a lot more like what I expect from him. Our next aim is to get the fielding and hitting to stay at the level required to compete consistently.

Division 2
After many weeks of frustration for both players and coaches we played a game with intensity and commitment. 2 players from the past, Jamie Knuckey and Stuart Crutchley filled in and proved a huge boost with experience, talk and baseball knowledge. Grinding out a win against West Torrens 7-6. Jake Gibson pitched well and all team members played their positions with accountability. All players contributed one way or another with the bat, either picking up a hit, advancing runners or just proving to be tough outs for the opposition. We must work at producing this form week in & week out to become a better team.

Division 3
The Sturt boys put in an excellent effort against the top side Kensington, only to lose 3-4.

Zac Stokes pitched well for the entire game and Andrew Grego showed just how good he will be with a bit more training and game time under his belt.

Looking forward to see this standard continue throughout the second half of the season.

Division 4
Sturt 10 Southern Districts 1

How Sweet It Is!!!!!!

Any win is something to savour, but beating the second side (and especially Souths) is as sweet as it gets.

After the Xmas break you would expect a little rust to have developed on this dedicated band of merry men, but oh no, this finely tuned unit came out firing on all 9 cylinders and showed just what they are capable of.
After a couple of scoreless innings to start the game the Blue Boys exploded in the third picking up 5 runs and restricting Souths to a solitary run in the bottom frame. And then it happened…it was either the 4th or 5th inning and Souths were charging…none out runners on second and third…squeeze bunt…. caught by the pitcher inches from the ground…throws to third…throws to second…TRIPLE PLAY….AWESOME. I must admit I get a little excited reliving it again! After that we just kept on hitting and scoring runs…ho hum. We saw off three South pitchers for the day while young Mark Colmer threw the complete game for us. This kid might just have a future if he works at it. Stuey Crutchley, Jamie Knuckey and Dan Martens led the way in the batters box picking up a couple of hits each. Stuey hit as well as any time in the past couple of years and Dan even picked up a single which went all the way on the ground through the infield!!!!! Michael Burns made a welcome return to the club after a long layoff and showed he will be a huge asset to this team for the remainder of the season and Benny “The Rock” Harfield once again gave a polished display behind the dish.

Division 5
A fighting 8-14 loss to Adelaide. One of the highlights for the day was Glenn Young hitting his first home run!

Division 6
Lost to Adelaide 7-12

Under 18
A promising start back after the Christmas break. Very pleasing to see an enthusiastic team who wanted to prove they could play baseball. None more so than Angus McKinnon, who in the second innings came up to bat with bases loaded and promptly belted a huge outfield fly to centre-left. The ball bounced into the home run fence and sent outfielders scurrying for a deep relay back home, by which time Angus had cleared all bases to score four runs. A "grand slam" hit, enjoyed by all. Contributing well to Sturt's defence were useful pitching performances from Jack Fahy and Toby Cantrill and solid catching from Andy McKinnon, including a great pick-off to Elliott Cameron at 3rd base for an out. Attacking batting and base running from Sturt made for an exciting game, with safe hits to Andrew McKinnon (2), Angus McKinnon (2), Elliott Cameron (2), Jack Fahy, Zac Butler and Nick Thornquest. Thank you to U16 players Max Renfrey, Toby Cantrill and Zac Harnett who replaced two sick U18 players, Sam Bates and Matt Borlace. Get better soon guys.

..:: message posted on Monday the 22nd of January, 2007 13:51:46 ::..

Week 11 Results

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

The canteen organisers would like to wish a Merry Christmas to all the Sturt Baseball club members.
A big thank you goes to all the people who have helped so far this season. That includes some who have worked in the canteen, some of you whom I have roped into cooking BBQ's at different times and one person in particular who has organised special deals on the best meat in town. Last but not least, all of you who help support the club by buying from us.

We look forward to your continued help and support in the new year.

I can't thank you all enough for your help in trying to make the canteen a success, which then means the Sturt Baseball Club committee will be able to achieve their long term gaols eg. batting tunnels.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Cheers from the canteen organisers.

Sturt BBQ – Harvey Norman Marion

Many thanks to all the people that helped cook the BBQ at Harvey Norman on the weekend – the club raised well over $1000! This support is much appreciated.

Thursday Night Meals

Just a reminder to the club that meals are available every Thursday night at the club!
Make sure you come down and support the club and catch up with everyone.

Sturt Merchandise

We have a number of items available such as Polo Shirts and Bucket Hats - see Dave behind the bar to order yours!

Division 1
Sturt 8 lost to Golden Grove 10

Division 2
Sturt 4 lost to Kensington 5

Division 3
BYE

Division 4
BYE

Division 5
BYE

Division 6
BYE

Masters
Season yet to commence

Under 18
Sturt 5 lost to GGCD 16

The Sturt U18 team has worked hard in 2006 to get something out of each game. Despite being outclassed by a more experienced GGCD team, Sturt remained positive and took on each challenge as it came, be it in the field, in the batters box or on the bases. Not all succeeded but the player's determination paid off in the last innings, scoring 4 runs and rattling the otherwise composed GGCD team. The team's determination epitomised by a spectacular diving slide in to home from Tom Kenny who leapt over the top of a stunned catcher, and home plate, to land in the batter's box on the far side. While the catcher searched for the ball in the dust, Tom quickly touched home plate to score a run. A good pitching effort from Jack Fahy (60%) and Toby Cantrill (62%), reflected good improvement through the year in all our pitchers. Great work at left field from Zac Butler, covering enormous territory, backing up and taking a great catch. Similarly with Angus McKinnon at shortstop, taking two great pop-up flies. Andy McKinnon once again caught well and has shown vast improvement throughout 2006, after starting from scratch. Safe hits to Andrew McKinnon (2), Jack Fahy, Tom Kenny, Zac Butler. Sturt had many hits to the outfield (13 in all) but most were caught (10). Thank you to U16 players Bradley Baldwin and Toby Cantrill for helping out this week, and to all U16 players who have played for the U18's during 2006, without whom there would not be a Sturt U18 team. Next game is 14 January 2007, with training recommencing Tuesday 9 January and Thursday 11 January. Have a happy and safe holiday and look forward to more challenges and improvement in 2007.

Under 16 Sturt
Sturt finished off the first half of the season with a hard fought 8-4 victory over Norths. The boys played well below there best but got the job done and we can now look forward to the second half with some confidence. We have many tough games ahead, but I think we are ready!

Under 16 Saints
Saints 9 defeated Blues 5

Under 16 Blues
Blues 5 lost to Saints 9

Under 14/1 Sturt
Sturt 25 defeated Kensington 5

Under 14/1 Saints
Saints 7 defeated by East Torrens 15
Thanks to Matthew MacBeth and Jarrad LoBasso for filling in. Well done to Bradley Trembath who played in the game before us and then was behind the plate all day. Cameron McKinnon also played for us and then played in the game after us.
Well we held them to 2 runs in the first and scored 2 ourselves, let them get 4 in the second and came back with 5 to put us one up but that's when we fell asleep, did not execute some critical hit and run signals and was unable to score again but let in 9 runs. As a team the boys need to do what is asked of them in the batters box and help out the runners on base by swinging the bat when a hit and run is on as this was one aspect of our game that hurt us. Our fielding was good with some great plays to first and our pitchers were solid with both throwing strikes, unfortunately this allowed East Torrens to hit the ball which they did, they also found the gaps which did not help. We were still in the game going into the top of the last only behind by two but East Torrens scored 6 to shut the game out.
I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR.

Under 14/1 Blues
Sturt 6 drew with West Torrens 6

Under 14/2 Sturt
Sturt 6 lost to Golden Grove 12

Under 12/1 Sturt
Sturt 25 – Golden Grove 6 After a sluggish start where we gave up 4 runs in the first, the boys came back and took control of the game to end up with a comfortable win. Harrison Lightbody threw well for his time on the mound and was ably backed up by Sam Roberts. Ryan Cross played hard aggressive baseball all day and got on base several times with some good hitting.
We go into the X-Mas break undefeated and look forward to the New Year when we meet probably our biggest opponents West Torrens and Kensington. Well done boys for a good start but, the season is by no means over and there is still a lot of hard work to do if we are going to succeed in the finals!

Under 12/2 Sturt
Sturt 2 lost to Playford City 7

Under 12/2 Saints
Sturt 14 defeated East Torrens

..:: message posted on Friday the 22nd of December, 2006 17:46:43 ::..

Merry Christmas

To all Players, Parents, Coaches and Members of the Sturt Baseball Club

On behalf of the Committee, we would like to wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year.
The first half of the season has been very busy as the club entered 17 teams in the competition for the second year running. Many thanks to all the volunteers that have allowed us to achieve this, your help and time is invaluable.
We continue to make progress on the batting tunnels and are currently in the middle of arbitration meetings with some of the the local residents after an appeal was lodged against our successful application to the Mitcham Council. We will keep you posted!
Have a great break and we will see you in 2007.

Tony Catt
President
Sturt Baseball Club

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 19th of December, 2006 18:15:15 ::..

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