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Week 13 Results

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

Patron Saints

We are pleased to announce a new initiative at the Sturt Baseball Club, the launch of a new supporter group, the “Patron Saints”.

Patron Saints are past members and players from the Sturt Baseball Club who are no longer actively involved in day to day activities at the Club.

Membership of the Patron Saints will allow these people to renew old friendships, to stay in touch with what is happening at Sturt Baseball Club, and to have a practical input into the current and future development of our club.

You are invited to become a Patron Saint for just $100, and you will be showing your support for our great club.

This annual membership fee will entitle members to the following benefits.
All Patron Saints members will receive an exclusive key ring which will entitle you to certain privileges throughout the season. You will also be our lunch guest at a home game during the season.

Those members with access to e-mail will receive weekly reports from all of the coaches.
This weekly report will also keep you up to date with all social events and news from within the club. Members without e-mail access will receive regular updates by post. All members receive a Patron Saints cap.
Patron Saints and their businesses will be recognised on the club’s website.

Winter Baseball
Traditionally baseball is a summer sport. However there are a number of people who love baseball and want to play it all year round! To that end there is a SA Winterball Association which arranges a competition, commencing in May through to the Grand Final in the last week in August.

The objective of Sturt participating in this competition is to provide an opportunity for Sturt players to develop through the winter in an atmosphere less intense than the summer season. Due to the more relaxed atmosphere, players from Under 14 upwards can play!

In 2004 Sturt won the Premiership of the Winterball Association Flinders League defeating Glenelg 6-1

Following our success in the Winter of 2004, Sturt Baseball Club placed two teams into the 2005 Winter competition, one under the Coach Tony Catt and the other team under Coach Chris Small.

Tony Catt's Sturt Team again won the Premiership in 2005 defeating Glenelg 6-4

We are now seeking expressions of interest of all people who would like to play this winter. We have an optional training session once a week at the Seaton High School Batting Tunnels and last season the cost to play was $50 for the season. If you know someone who is keen to play baseball but needs to learn the game, this is the ideal environment. We have had a number of players that have not played the game before.

Please contact Tony Catt or 0412244327 to register your interest.

Division 1
We played Port Adelaide in a double header on Sunday and came out behind on a 6-1 loss and 8-2 loss. The scoreline does not reflect the closeness of the game, in game 1 it was 1 all until the 5th innings and it was 2 all until the 8th innings in the 2nd game. We had only 10 players turn up to our double header which in itself was very disappointing to me. As a club we have to learn that once your game or season finishes that is not the end of your responsibilities to your teammates and the Division 1 squad. It would have been great to have had some bench players who I guarantee would have seen game time yesterday. As it was we had only 2 pitchers (one being a 39 year old hack who is only pitching to help out) and Telmo who did an outstanding job holding the offensively strong Port Adelaide team for 8 innings until he got tired and had nothing left to give. Tim Boundy had a great 2 games behind the plate, to have a 17 year old catch two full games and only allow 1 pass ball was a real credit to him, offensively we struggled but Port Adelaide threw their 2 gun pitchers including their import who is a high quality pitcher, I was very proud of the players efforts and it was also appreciated by our loyal band of supporters who know that the players are giving their all every time we step on the field.

Division 2
BYE
This team has had an outstanding season to only miss out on finals by percentage. This group should be very proud of themselves and should be looking forward to next season with optimism.

Division 3
Played against Port Adelaide and lost 11-5, Once again Rick Mitchell pitched well.

Division 4
We won against Playford City 10-2 Saturday. I set the team a challenge of giving up no walks, no runs, and no errors. Like last week the only runs given up were on a late home run that scored their 2 runs. We did have an error or two but the pitchers, Stan Warrilow and Mark Colmer, did well in not surrendering a single walk.

This sets up another big game at Henley & Grange this Saturday. When we last met it was a battle of the 9-0 undefeated teams, which we won 16-3, so they'll be out for revenge on their home turf. It's also important because if we win we may just finish Minor Premiers but if we lose we can expect to finish 3rd behind Henley and Woodville. 1:00 Saturday for anyone interested.

Division 5
Even a Brett Macbeth home run could not help the boys as they lost 18-11 to Adelaide.

Division 6
Well the boys travelled to nth dist on Saturday WHICH MAKES THIS COACH PROUD TO HAVE SUCH A GREAT TEAM OF GUYS. The game was filled with many "you had to be there to believe its". We had everything from fouls that were called fair, fair balls called foul, guys kicking the ball and it was fair, but the best one I’m saving for last and i might just let the one who started this tell you all about it when you see him next is just ask Bruce Packer about "THE MYSTERY BALL" yes that’s right we had everything on Saturday. Any way Dave pitched the full game and did a fantastic job on the mound with Mike Papps catching, the boys did well in hitting and fielding. It was a close game over all, and nth dist did all they could to keep up with us just as we did all we could to keep in front of them. In the end we won 9-6. Again thanks to all the team who came out to play. MIKE ANDERSON, MIKE PAPPS, RITCHIE CARTER, BRUCE PACKER don’t forget to ask him about the mystery ball, DAVE WALTHAM, TOM PLEDGE, SIMON BRETTIG, BRAD MCINNIS, ADAM MARTIN.

Masters
Well we went ot nth dist and won the top half of the fisrt inning yeeeha!!!!!. And we lost the rest. At least we keep the status quo happening.

Thanks to all who came out and a great catch by Bobby Booker was one of the high lights of the game for our side. We lost as usual 13-7.

Under 18
The U18's played East Torrens on Friday in front of a reasonable sized, and some times vocal, crowd - great to have the support! Jake Gibson started on the mound and did a solid job. We scored four runs in the second digs to put the pressure on. Paul Holmes came up with some great at bats throughout the game. Shane Horne took over pitching half way through and finished the game off for us. Some consistent batting saw more runs scored and despite letting them slip a few in we ran out easy winners 14-4. Mention must be made of Shane Horne's slide into the home plate - his first in everyone's memory for Sturt - got his pants dirty and was still given out! The team certainly raised the standard this week and must improve further upon that as they head into the finals. Special thanks to Angus McKinnon for helping out again.

Under 16 Sturt
Travelled to Adelaide to play yet another away game! The boys put up a magnificent show against two State pitchers only to lose in the last innings 6-5. Pat Burns is getting stronger on the mound and everyone hit very well. There are fantastic signs of improvement from this group.

Under 16 Saints
Bye

Under 14 Sturt Blue
Defeated Port Adelaide 12-6

Under 14 Saints Blue
Lost to Northern Districts 14-4

Under 14 Sturt Teal
We had a very unsettling start to a game where we wanted to be competitive against the top side. Ten minutes late and still no sign of an umpire. Panic stations! Thanks to Gary Wood, under 12 coach, for getting us underway. After locating the umpire at Sturt, he made his way to Flinders a good 30 minutes late.

Giving up 6 runs in the first innings always hurts and we struggled for the remainder of the game. Defensively, we played quite well by restricting their hits to only 4 in their 5 innings. It was our batting that let us down. Picking up only 2 hits in our 4 innings, a single to right by Frazer Goodes and a 2 base bullet to centre by Alex Furler, just wasn’t enough. We struggled against the left handed Ben Eblen who threw with strength and accuracy all game. Thanks Ron MacBeth! In conclusion, the umpire called the game before time and we were denied another look at this pitcher. Thank you to the boys who stayed to pack up. Thanks, as always, to Deb, Richard and Alan - I could not do it without you! Final score – GGCD 11, Sturt 2.

Under 14 Saints Teal
Defeated Glenelg 19-6

Under 12 Division 1 Sturt
Defeated Cardinals 23-4

Under 12 Division 1 Saints
Saints 5 defeated Kensington 1

A great win by the boys after the close lost the week before. It was a close battle all day with great defence from the Saints. All played well. Great pitching efforts from Sam Roberts and Jackson Holst. Also there was one very happy coach after the game.

Under 12 Division 2 Sturt
Defeated Port 19-8

Under 12 Division 2 Saints
Twilight 8/2 won vs Eagles 11 – 0 In what was tough conditions with rain and white galahs to contend with the team played exceptional baseball in a shortened game Notables were Fraser's batting with 3 hits, Tim & Martin's pitching, Ryans fielding at shortstop & little Josh Tindall's hard hitting Tom caught well in only his second catching stint and covered himself in glory as well as mud

Sun 12/2 drew vs Goodwood 12 - 12

The one we really had to win to go ahead of Goodwood and the wheels fell off With a strong start in the batters box we went to pieces in the field and the battery struggled initially We may have put too much pressure on ourselves and stopped thinking, however, we live to fight another day Matt Franke batted strongly with 2 hits and stemmed the tide behind the plate when shifted there and copped a hot foul tip in the shoulder but still battled on Fraser Durham, Martin Kimber, Tom Alexandrou and Riley Hutchins batted well, as did Tom Renfrey for a double Fraser and Martin also pitched well We'll need to bring our thinking heads to the game next Sun against Sth Dists to still have a shot at the finals

..:: message posted on Sunday the 19th of February, 2006 00:29:39 ::..

Week 12 Results

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

Patron Saints

We are pleased to announce a new initiative at the Sturt Baseball Club, the launch of a new supporter group, the “Patron Saints”.

Patron Saints are past members and players from the Sturt Baseball Club who are no longer actively involved in day to day activities at the Club. Membership of the Patron Saints will allow these people to renew old friendships, to stay in touch with what is happening at Sturt Baseball Club, and to have a practical input into the current and future development of our club.

You are invited to become a Patron Saint for just $100, and you will be showing your support for our great club.

This annual membership fee will entitle members to the following benefits.

All Patron Saints members will receive an exclusive key ring which will entitle you to certain privileges throughout the season. You will also be our lunch guest at a home game during the season.

Those members with access to e-mail will receive weekly reports from all of the coaches. This weekly report will also keep you up to date with all social events and news from within the club. Members without e-mail access will receive regular updates by post. All members receive a Patron Saints cap.

Patron Saints and their businesses will be recognised on the club’s website. Patron Saints

Traditionally baseball is a summer sport. However there are a number of people who love baseball and want to play it all year round! To that end there is a SA Winterball Association which arranges a competition, commencing in May through to the Grand Final in the last week in August.

The objective of Sturt participating in this competition is to provide an opportunity for Sturt players to develop through the winter in an atmosphere less intense than the summer season. Due to the more relaxed atmosphere, players from Under 14 upwards can play! In 2004 Sturt won the Premiership of the Winterball Association Flinders League defeating Glenelg 6-1

Following our success in the Winter of 2004, Sturt Baseball Club placed two teams into the 2005 Winter competition, one under the Coach Tony Catt and the other team under Coach Chris Small.

Tony Catt's Sturt Team again won the Premiership in 2005 defeating Glenelg 6-4

We are now seeking expressions of interest of all people who would like to play this winter. We have an optional training session once a week at the Seaton High School Batting Tunnels and last season the cost to play was $50 for the season. If you know someone who is keen to play baseball but needs to learn the game, this is the ideal environment. We have had a number of players that have not played the game before.

Please contact Tony Catt on TCatt@ords.com.au or 0412244327 to register your interest.

Division 1
The final scoreline of a 7-0 win to Southern Districts does not fully reflect the closeness of this game. The little things were done better by Souths and this always counts in a close game. I cannot ask for more of the players than they are giving me at the moment. The pitchers are working their butts off and even guys that aren’t recognized pitchers are putting their hands up and doing a job for me without complaining. The score was tight for the first 4 innings where Souths were leading 1-0 and it was busted open in the top of the 4th where we made a couple of wrong decisions and to Souths credit they capitalized and took the score to 4-0. We kept on battling away but every time we got runners on we would hit into a double play. I believe at the end of the game Souths had turned 5 doubles over. These are the times we need to do things a bit better and hit behind the runners but it is still a learning experience to all our players and we will come out better for it at the end. The pleasing thing is that we are not getting down on ourselves and to see Angus Roeger sliding into first to try to keep our 9th innings going on Saturday is very heartening to me. A special mention to Jimmy Passmore for pitching the last 3 innings on Saturday. As a club we are not blessed with the pitching depth of other clubs and I realize we have to correct that next year so to have guys like Jimmy and Dutchy Holland put up their hands and offer to pitch a couple of innings really helps me out and it is appreciated.

Division 2
Lost to Port Adelaide 9-1

Division 3
Div 3 had a day they would rather forget losing to Glenelg 25-1.

Division 4
Sturt and West Torrens put on a pretty good display for a Div 4 game on Saturday with both teams playing solid defence and, in Sturts case, some good base running and timely hitting.

Barry Lunnon pitched the whole game and did a super job. West Torrens 3 runs all came on 1 home run late in the game. A sign of how dominant Barry was in pitching is that he threw only 97 pitches in a 9 inning game. Other highlights were Stan Warrilow with 4 hits, Mark Colmer with a good game catching as well as a key at bat late in the game in which he drew a walk. Yes, a walk was a highlight of the game as it was Mark's discipline in letting the bad pitches go after being behind 0 balls and 2 strikes. He also fouled off numerous pitches before getting a walk. That was the start of a 4 run inning for us. Another highlight was a 2 run double by Kris McArdle on a hit and run play. Three more games before the finals. Jamie Knuckey returned from injury Saturday and Norm Sluga returns from injury this week. One more to return from injury and 1 to return from holiday and with a bit of luck we have a full strength side for the finals.

Division 5
Lost to Glenelg 11-4

Division 6
The div 6 guys travelled off to southern districts, with Ritchie c starting we jumped off in to the lead for the top half of the first inning and that was the only time we were winning. The boys had a "fun" time but we went down 22-6. Baseball was the winner on the day! This week we travel to nth districts and we will have to turn around from last week. The next week we could be playing our last home game of the year, and if there is any one who would like to umpire this game let Jaye Johnston know on 0408890019

Under 18
The U18's played Northern Districts. This was a top of the table versus the bottom of the table encounter but unfortunately anyone watching would have seen Sturt playing well below the level of a top of the ladder team. Whilst we came out of it with a comfortable 10-1 win some of the execution left alot to be desired, particularly when you look at the credentials of the team. The guys will need to lift the intensity and maintain a higher standard than was evident on Sunday if it wants to fulfil it's potential in the final series.

Under 16 Sturt
We travelled to West Torrens to take on a very good side. We hung in there for most of the match and were unlucky not to convert a couple of scoring opportunities. The final score of 7-2 does not reflect how well we played. Pat Burns threw a fantastic game and Max Remfry was simply amazing at right field with both bat and ball. We displayed great team spirit and produced a pretty good all round game. If we keep playing at that level finals are in our reach.

Under 16 Saints
Saints started strongly against Dodger-Reds with a five run first and then a three up - three down performance in the bottom. The Dodger-Reds managed to put together some hits to take the lead and they were not headed for the rest of the game. Although this one goes down as a loss there were some positives. Elliott had his first shot at pitching and showed some promise. Matt Mulryan found the ball with his bat and also had a very encouraging cameo on the mound. Hugh caught three runners stealing, including a decoy play with Beau. Saints were MUCH improved over their performance the week before but are going to have to pull out all of the stops in the few weeks left in this season.

Under 14 Sturt Blue
After a slow start Sturt edged back into second spot by defeating Kensington 16-5 at Kensington. The Sturt boys took advantage of a short fence belting out 5 doubles and 3 home runs in their 17 hits. Max Renfrey and Zac Harnett held the Cardinals at bay and apart from a couple of lapses in the field, the boys looked in pretty good shape. We play Adelaide at 6:15 on Wednesday at home. Hits: Tape, Brebner-Russ (hr) 3 Day (hr) Lunnon, Teague, Nicholas 2 Renfrey, Papps, Larson (hr)

Under 14 Saints Blue
We had a home game at last only our third one this season and the boys have not lost one of them. We played Goodwood this week and again with no training the boys improved from last week even though they gave up early runs. Going into the last dig bottom of the fifth we were one run down (5-4) but the had a couple of hits and made six runs to win by five. Some great pitting by Jayke Wayne and Ben Young with Jarrad Small doing a great job behind the plate to catch all day. Cameron McKinnon did a fantastic job at short stop. from last weeks game to this weeks there was some good base running by Max Caon, Zac Cross, Lewis McDonald and Brett Mulryan. Well done boys we need to keep going over the last few games though. Thanks to Glenn Young for umpiring and Eric Caon for doing first base.

Under 14 Sturt Teal
With a cut lunch and water bag we made our way to Playford city. Having been beaten by this team early in the season and certainly not being on song last week, I was concerned. With Frazer Goodes dominating on the mound and the field backing him superbly we were 17-0 at the bottom of the third innings. Final score 24–6 It was also Frazer’s day with the bat, batting one thousand with an in the park homerun. Alex Furler’s triple to centre was also impressive. This game had nearly everything that we train for. A “survival catch” at second by Tayler Hutchins resulting in a double play, two runners caught stealing by Ben Daws behind the plate and both infield and outfield catches. Perhaps the most pleasing aspect of this game was the lack of errors. I cannot think of one. Well done to all!

Under 14 Saints Teal
Defeated Henley and Grange 25-7

Under 12 Division 1 Sturt
In the match of the season so far, the Sturt team defeated West Torrens 5-1.

Under 12 Division 1 Saints
Saints 7 Lost to GGCD 8

A disappointing result given the importance of the game. The boys started really well but seemed to relax and loose focus on the game. Our pitchers struggled to throw consistent strikes and most of GGCD runs came from mistakes in the field. The boys will have learnt from the game that we need to concentrate for the whole 90 minutes! With games coming up against 2 of the top 3 teams we will see how well we have progressed. One thing that was very pleasing was that the boys never gave up , never dropped their heads and didn't question some rather poor umpiring. Really good efforts from Harrison Lightbody and Jackson Holst and some great hits to Sam Osmond , Spiro Rozaklis , Harrison Wood, Lachlan Bowler and Henry Ellenwood and good at bats from Alex Smith and Joel Grantham who also had a sound game behind the mask. Dig deep boys , it's up to us !!! See you on the track Wednesday.

Under 12 Division 2 Sturt
Lost to Henley 14-8

Under 12 Division 2 Saints
Some days are just the best to get out of bed and go to the ballpark ! After the early preparation of the ground and a $ 20 parking ticket all I needed was to be crushed again by our nemesis, the previously undefeated Southern Districts who we have now played that often this year that we are on first name terms with all their team and look like spending our holidays with them Seriously though, on a day that it all seemed to almost come together we drew 5 all in a topline game of U12/2 baseball which made me extremely proud of the boys A bit more experience on a couple of plays and a little more application in the batters box and we would have ended their undefeated run However, Martin Kimber pitched an exceptional game and got 3 hits, his brother Tim also pitched well as did Fraser Durham once again shutting the door It appears our rotation system with twilight games included is actually working Matt Franke caught a great game and almost caught a couple stealing at second, Ryan Kazmer played well at second and had a strong hit Tom Renfrey put bat on ball at the end to score a run to draw the game & Tom Alexandrou hit strongly after his long absence on holidays Riley Hutchins completed the plays at first and the rest of the team although not mentioned still contributed in some way I don't think these guys understand how really capable they are when they apply themselves and are more than competitive with the top sides now We've come a long way in our development from the first game and all creditto Karen, Greg, Paul & "The Kazmers" who ably assist the team each week We're on the move up now........bring em on !

..:: message posted on Saturday the 11th of February, 2006 10:19:36 ::..

Week 11 Results

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

Patron Saints

We are pleased to announce a new initiative at the Sturt Baseball Club, the launch of a new supporter group, the “Patron Saints”.
Patron Saints are past members and players from the Sturt Baseball Club who are no longer actively involved in day to day activities at the Club.
Membership of the Patron Saints will allow these people to renew old friendships, to stay in touch with what is happening at Sturt Baseball Club, and to have a practical input into the current and future development of our club.
You are invited to become a Patron Saint for just $100, and you will be showing your support for our great club.
This annual membership fee will entitle members to the following benefits. All Patron Saints members will receive an exclusive key ring which will entitle you to certain privileges throughout the season. You will also be our lunch guest at a home game during the season.
Those members with access to e-mail will receive weekly reports from all of the coaches. This weekly report will also keep you up to date with all social events and news from within the club. Members without e-mail access will receive regular updates by post. All members receive a Patron Saints cap.
Patron Saints and their businesses will be recognised on the club’s website.

Winter Baseball

Traditionally baseball is a summer sport. However there are a number of people who love baseball and want to play it all year round! To that end there is a SA Winterball Association which arranges a competition, commencing in May through to the Grand Final in the last week in August.
The objective of Sturt participating in this competition is to provide an opportunity for Sturt players to develop through the winter in an atmosphere less intense than the summer season. Due to the more relaxed atmosphere, players from Under 14 upwards can play! In 2004 Sturt won the Premiership of the Winterball Association Flinders League defeating Glenelg 6-1
Following our success in the Winter of 2004, Sturt Baseball Club placed two teams into the 2005 Winter competition, one under the Coach Tony Catt and the other team under Coach Chris Small.
Tony Catt's Sturt Team again won the Premiership in 2005 defeating Glenelg 6-4
We are now seeking expressions of interest of all people who would like to play this winter. We have an optional training session once a week at the Seaton High School Batting Tunnels and last season the cost to play was $50 for the season.
If you know someone who is keen to play baseball but needs to learn the game, this is the ideal environment. We have had a number of players that have not played the game before.
Please contact Tony Catt or 0412244327 to register your interest.

Division 1
This was a very pleasing game for us with every player contributing on the day. As a team we collected 18 hits with Tom Winter, Jared Holland, Daniel Turner, Angus Roeger and Tim Boundy all collecting 3 hits. The pleasing part of that is that 3 of these players are all 18 years old or younger so that stands the club in good stead for future years. Pitching wise Paul Mildren helped us out again by pitching the first 4 innings and completely dominating against the Northern Districts hitters, We then brought in the ace of the staff (only joking the coach came in then and that is when they scored their 4 runs). Final score being 16-4. We have a very tough run home to the end of the season but I fully believe a lot of the players have improved over last season and we are really looking forward to testing ourselves against the heavyweights of the league starting Tuesday night against West Torrens.

Division 2
Travelled to Northern Districts and won convincingly 13-2. Jared Thornquest pitched well and everyone hit well. We are still a chance to make the finals which will be an excellent outcome for this young group.

Division 3
After leading 6-2 halfway through the match, the Div 3 bogey innings came up again and we lost 8-6. Rick Mitchell again pitched well and there are still some excellent signs of improvement from within this group.

Division 4
rainy Saturday after playing in scorching 43 degrees the week before! We continue to do it tough with injuries and work committments enabling us to suit up the bare minimum but I'm optimistic we will have a full squad to choose from come finals. The key is for us to keep winning in the mean time. We led 8-0 going into the last inning but ET got all of their runs and 6 of their 7 hits in the last inning. Sturt were never really threatened but it becamse close enough that there was a collective sigh of relief when one of their runners was picked off 2nd base for the last out of the game - a tough way to finish the game if you're from ET!

Division 5
Lost to Goodwood 16-2.

Division 6
On Saturday the div 6 went up against a strong Pt Adelaide who we have not won against for some time and it was going to be a hard game to just hold our own, but through some strong pitching and a 2 run home run by DAVE WALTHAM the boys came out on top to beat port with a score of 11-4. Well done to all and a real special thanks to RITCHIE CARTER who took over coaching while this coach was on holiday during that time div 6 had 2 wins and a draw, well done RITCHIE!!! and thanks again. And thanks to all the guys in div 6 for going that extra bit .This week we travel to southern districts at 1:00 start.

Masters
Well the boys showed up to play against Woodville. We went down 16-1.thanks to all who came and played.

Under 18
The U18's played a twilight game against the well credentialed Glenelg at Sturt on Friday evening. From the outset Shane Horne set his authority upon the game from the mound, and that continued for the whole seven innings! An outstanding pitching job that would probably be the most consistent high class performance that Sturt has seen from Shane - well done buddy! As a result Glenelg didn't trouble the scorers at all. With some aggressive base running from Tim and Angus together with good hits from Jake we scored three runs for the game. A good tight entertaining game of baseball with Sturt winning 3-0.

Under 16 Sturt
We travelled to Golden Grove for our first game of the year and probably played the best game of the season, winning 17-2. Pat Burns pitched well and Daniel Lee had an excellent game with the bat, picking up two doubles, a triple and a single. Also Trent Small, Toby Cantrill and Sam Day also played very well.

Under 16 Saints
Saints U/16 traveled to Mortlock Park to face Goodwood for their first game of the second half of the season. It may have been the condition of the ground, jet lag, too much Christmas, too much sun, the prospect of school returning or a combination of all of these, but the boys were way off their game. There were some highlights; Elliot picked up our sole hit and made a couple of good plays and Hugh and Bradley were both vocal and encouraging tothe end. Otherwise there were lots of errors and silly mistakes producing a disappointing result that didn't reflect the Saints' true ability.

Under 14 Sturt Blue
Sturt defeated GG 12-2 at home. Zac Harnett and Sam Day pitched well and gave up only 3 scattered hits. We busted out of the blocks with 4 runs in the first, and 1 in the second – after not scoring in the third inning, the old chestnut of a Coke each for 7 runs in the forth was floated – net result – Sturt 12, GG 2, Coach down 10 Cokes! We play Kensy away on Sunday, check your email for proposed 10:30 start.

Hits: Day 2, Renfrey, Brebner-Russ, Harnett, Lunnon, Nicholas

Under 14 Saints Blue
We travelled to Glenelg for a game that we had a shot at winning but unfortunately for us with no training or games before this it showed. The boys did but up a great fight going down 16-3 in the end. For us it was a lack of timing with the bat with only two hits coming from Haydn Pocock one being a home run, and some bad throwing in the field. The boys need to get some batting under their belts and we will see some improvement in that area as too with the fielding. Some great pitching from Max Caon to start until his arm went on him, he was followed up by Brett Mulryan and then Jayke Wayne who both did a fantastic job. It has been a long time for the boys between games but I think with some practice they will improve.

Under 14 Sturt Teal
The game on Sunday was a very disappointing game to begin our 2006 campaign. Michael O’Connors Impressive double to centre in the first innings was our only hit for the game. We were not switched on mentally in the field or the batting box. We need to work hard at training and focus on the basics. Congratulations to Glen McDonald’s Saints team, who pitched, fielded and batted magnificently. A well deserved win 12–0. Thankyou to John Hood who came from our opposition to complete our team.

Under 14 Saints Teal
Defeated Sturt Teal 12-0

Under 12 Division 1 Sturt
Cruised to another win 21-0 over Glenelg.

Under 12 Division 1 Saints
Tuesday Night 24/1/2006 Saints defeated Glenelg 21 to 1
Sunday 29/1/2006 Saints Defeated Cardinals 11 to 1

Under 12 Division 2 Sturt
Under 12 (2) Sturt With the boys still in 'holiday mode' we were no match for a more switched on Goodwood. Some good performances by Jamie Skippen, Henry Brennan and Brett Colmer kept the scoreline reasonable. Hamish Straatman, Jack Colmer and Ty Lunnon all batteld well on the mound but unfortunately let too many runners get on base.
Now that school is back we might get switched on and turn around our performance and bounce back next week.

Under 12 Division 2 Saints
Won Vs Kensington 8-6 After missing the last 4 rounds with 2 byes and 2 heat policies our first game for the year was going to be tough to get the focus back With some battery errors and loose pitching we let the opposition get off to a 5 run flyer in the first and we looked a little disinterested A little pep talk, a pitching change and renewed enthusiasm changed all that as we clawed our way back into the game to give ourselves a win I was so proud of the way all the team took the bit in their teeth and knuckled down and played some good baseball after a sluggish start and didnt throw in the towel Notables were Martin Kimber with an excellent pitching performance as did Fraser Durham to close the game out and both fielded well in the infield Tim Kimber and Josh Tindall made good plays in the infield and Matt Franke & Riley Hutchins did the job at first Riley Hutchins had 2 strong hits to score runs we needed desperately, Ryan Kazmer caught the whole game and at times looked a little shellshocked with balls in the dirt but did the job Alex, Tom and Tyler did their bit to help the team at bat although didn't have much to do in the field It was great to see some fielding drills come together during a game to get some outs at crucial times and improvement certainly showed Looking forward to the future with anticipation

..:: message posted on Saturday the 11th of February, 2006 10:15:00 ::..

Week 10 Results

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Canteen

We would like to thank all the canteen volunteers (rostered on and not rostered) that helped with the Christmas party extravaganza on Sunday the 18th. It was a great time had by all. Special thanks to Father Christmas for appearing in his favourite team colour - Sturt of course. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. This of course takes us to - could you please check with your manager to see if it is your day to help out when the season starts again after Christmas. Much appreciated as it will add to the success of Sturt Baseball Club. Cheers from the canteen. Have a good holiday.

Division 1
This was a game I fully expected us to win but we were outplayed completely by a more committed team in Woodville. Final score being 16-8. Offensively we did all that was required with continued good hitting form from Tom Brice with another 3 hits and Angus Roeger continuing an excellent introduction to A grade baseball with another 2 hits. Most players picked up at least 1 hit but Woodville had a lot of players with multiple hit games which kept us on the defensive for most of the game. Defensively we struggled again, pitching wise we knew we would struggle this year and to the pitchers credit they keep fronting up every week but we need to find them some help for next year. Without dominating pitching there will always be more balls in play and this in turn brings the potential for more errors. If someone knows a 90 mph pitcher tell them to please give me a call.

Division 2
Another impressive performance by the B Grade, defeating Henley & Grange 6-2. Jared Thornquest and Will Wirth were impressive on the mound. A fantastic first half from this team.

Division 3
Registered there first victory with a win over the Tigers 11-6. Rick Mitchell and Stan Warrilow shared the pitching duties well and Jamie Knuckey was particularly impressive with the bat with 4 doubles!

Division 4
Division 4 had a few players missing and faced a fired up Anthony Coxon on the mound for Goodwood to lose 11-10 in the last inning. A notable good game from Barry Lunnon.

Division 5
Thursday's Twilight game was another disappointing rain out…and a game we had a good chance of getting another win.

The Div 5 guy's will definitely be looking for some game time when we come back in the new year, after turning up to Flinders with a strong squad and looking forward to a game. But Flinders were unable to come up with enough players, so we had another no game but at least we got the win 9 - 0

Division 6
Lost to Glenelg 15-6 but it was a fantastic effort considering Glenelg have been basically untouchable all season.

Masters
BYE

Under 18
Systematically took Kensington apart 10-1. A great game by everyone and we look forward to our run into the finals. A particular mention to Matt Whitfords in the park home run!

Under 16 Sturt
The Sturt teams played off in the local derby. The Saints ran out victors 6-5 over the Sturt side in an excellent game. The Sturt boys will need to improve there hitting in the second half of the year for us to have a good chance in the finals.

Under 16 Saints
What a fantastic performance from this team. Everyone contributed well and fully deserved the win. The amount of improvement in the side has been staggering and I look forward to watching them continue this after Christmas.

Thursday Twilight

What a game! At home to the Eagles, Saints started slowly. The Eagles piled on six runs in their first two digs, holding Saints scoreless. The second was not without controversy with two "hard to understand" umpiring decisions giving an Eagles double play and closing Saints down. Saints bounced back with a nine run "mercy rule" inning and were able to hold the Eagles scoreless until the top of the last. Eagles managed to load the bases and score one. With the light fading, two out and bases loaded, Toby struck out the last batter. The Saints looked great all the way through, they kept their heads up when things didn't go their way and they were gracious in victory. Special thanks to Ben and Jackson for helping drag us over the line.

Under 14 Sturt Blue
Sturt had a reality check on Sunday going down 9-1 to Woodville. Strong pitching held our batters at bay and we found it hard to get into the game. The challenge is there for the second half of the season so let's dig deep and give it our best shot. Happy Christmas to all - see you in January. Hits Renfrey 2, Brebner-Russ, Lunnon, Teague, Larson.

Under 14 Saints Blue
Lost to West Torrens 19-7

Under 14 Sturt Teal
Defeated Glenelg 12-6.

Under 14 Saints Teal
Defeated Playford City 21-1

Under 12 Division 1 Sturt
Defeated Golden Grove 20-4

Under 12 Division 1 Saints
Saints 11 Defeated Glenelg 3. A solid effort with bat and ball delivered a well deserved win for the team.
Sam Roberts pitched well again and was ably relieved by Harrison Lightbody. Well done to Harrison Wood behind the plate and three hits. Great hits to Henry (3 Bag), Joel (2 Bag). Great plays to Lachlan at 2nd and Jackson at 3rd. Also well done to Sam O, and Spiro on a great game as well. A great team effort keep up the great work and practise hard over the Xmas break.

Under 12 Division 2 Sturt
Defeated Kensington 13-8

Under 12 Division 2 Saints
No Report

..:: message posted on Friday the 23rd of December, 2005 20:04:53 ::..

Week 9 Results

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Christmas Show

Held at : Sturt Baseball Club
Time : 6.00 pm
Date: This Sunday the 18th December 2005.
Put the date in your diaries now!

PAST PLAYERS CHRISTMAS LUNCH

The Past Players of the Sturt Baseball Club will be holding a Christmas Lunch at the Torrens Arms Hotel (our major sponsor) on Friday 16th December at 12.30pm. Lunch will be a 3 course meal for $26.90. Please RSVP to John Taylor on 82326711 or Richard Catt on 82236666 to confirm your attendance. This is very important for catering purposes. This promises to be a fantastic afternoon, so make sure you get along to catch up with your old mates to relive past glories!



Division 1
This was our worst game for the year by a long shot. We were beaten 15 – 0 in a mercy rule game and got what we deserved. The only 2 positives for us were the continued good hitting form of Paul Holmes and Jimmy Passmore’s continued fine defensive form at 3rd base. Probably the less said about this game the better.

Division 2
On a 37 degree day Jake Gibson stepped onto the mound and threw heat. In only his second B grade game Jake controlled the Port hitters for 6 and 1/3 innings (well done!). Tom Winter and Will Wirth finished off the game which we won 7-5. Tom Winter again was our stand out hitter with 3 from 4. it was great to have Zac Stokes back and playing – he collected 2 hits. The whole team contributed well with the bat, minimising our strikeouts and moving the runners around was a good sign. Our defence was tight under such tough conditions.

Division 3
Fronted a strong Glenelg side and lost 17-1. Many thanks to the three young fellas Michael Robinson, Angus Mckinnon and Daniel Lee for their effort on the weekend. Rick Mitchells arm must only be barely attached after that pitching effort!

Division 4
In what was a game of the last 2 unbeaten teams in Div 4 Sturt proved to be far too strong for Henley & Grange, winning 16-5. That takes us to 9-0 for the season with one more game before the Christmas break. We had many contributors in another super team performance. Our first 3 batters, Jamie Knuckey, Stuart Crutchley, and Stan Warrilow scored 10 runs between the 3 of them. That means they were not only on base alot but the hitters that followed, such as Barry Lunnon, Simon Gooley, and Ben Catterall, were getting clutch hits and lots of RBI's. Names like Knucks, Gools, Crutchley, Lunnon, Warrilow, etc bring back some great memories of Div 1 days gone by and while they've slowed down a bit these guys (and the rest) can still play!

Division 5
Another come from behind WIN, And a complete game by Rick Trembath on the mound. A slow start scoring again saw us 0 – 4 down in the top of the 5th, then the bats came alive in our 5th with 3 doubles and 2 tripples started the scoring and going ahead 7 – 4 . Rick then held off the strong hitting Port Adelaide side to just 2 runs in the last 2 inns. And our bats kept going in the last scoring another 3 runs to see us get up for win number 2….winning the game 10 – 6 . Hits going to J Conner, B Colyer, G Wood, G Young each with 2 and singles to T Colmer , J Gooley and C Small.

Division 6
Division 6 Well, Saturday saw the team venture to Goodwood again for the second time in recent weeks. After narrowly escaping a scalping by the Squaws, the boys were keen to get a win against Goodwood. In perfect summer conditions the coach sent our secret weapon Jeff Nicholas to the mound (or where the mound would be if there was one) to lead the charge. In a magnificent display of skills which can be readily verified by our number one supporter and Club sponsor Trevor Ranford of the Apple and Pear Corp., the Sturt side were not only successful in winning the game, but did so allowing only one error for the game. Plenty of hitting, and plenty of plays in the field. Every team member performed at their best, supported by a vocally supportive bench. The only question is, Tom, how do you injure a hamstring just standing at second base? Well done boys!

Masters
Sturt Bulls ventured out in cooler conditions on Monday night to engage Woodville in a game of Baseball. Adam Lodge of Woodville had his share of fun on the mound; as for the rest of us, we enjoyed the mild weather, fresh air, and sunshine. Woodville and baseball were the winners on the day 17-1. We look forward to changed fortunes in the New Year.

Junior Games
NO REPORTS THIS WEEK AS ALL JUNIOR GAMES WERE CANCELLED DUE TO HOT WEATHER

..:: message posted on Thursday the 15th of December, 2005 23:28:23 ::..

Christmas Message

Dear Members, Players, Coaches, Supporters and Sponsors of the Sturt Baseball Club,

On behalf of the Sturt Baseball Club committee I would like to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and an enjoyable New Year.

We are now half way through the baseball season and as a club we have again made significant progress both on and off the field.

Two sides remain undefeated at this stage of the season - the Under 12 Division 1 Sturt team under the guidance of Peter Gee and the Division 4 team with coach Don Wulff – well done! The number of Sturt Juniors selected for State squads is again a credit to all concerned.

Thanks must go to the Senior and Junior Committee members. As an amateur sport we are all volunteers and the time invested in the Sturt Baseball Club by all of you is much appreciated. It can sometimes be a thankless task but we are now starting to see the benefits of some hard work. Let’s look forward to the second half of the year with some optimism and continue to build a strong foundation for the future. As many volunteers as we have, there is always room for more. We still require additional scorers and umpires, for example, so if you would like to learn, we can help you.

After analysing and playing this game we all love for many years I believe we learn many things other than just batting, throwing, fielding and catching.

You learn about….

Working in a team. We have 10 players that must interact with one another both on the field and off. As I have always said, a team needs every single player to succeed.
Dealing with failure. Failure is a part of life, if you are not failing it probably means you are not trying. Baseball revolves around failure – getting on first base 3 out of 10 time means you are an excellent base-baller, at any level. Therefore, you must learn to accept the 7 times you don’t get to first base.
Dealing with success. Sport can offer many opportunities to succeed and how you behave and move forward when you succeed builds character.
Discipline. Sometimes things don’t always go our way, a bad umpire’s decision, an error in the field, or you get a bad bounce! Baseball will teach you to build inner strength to deal with bad times appropriately, and react in ways that do not negatively affect you or your team-mates.
Concentration. Baseball has many complicated plays that we use complicated signals to control. This requires good concentration, and will develop the ‘mental’ side of your game. I believe successful base-ballers will train just as hard on the ‘mental’ side of the game.
Self discipline. I used to get to training, and not talk to a single person until training was over – I needed to prove to myself that I could concentrate on all the plays we needed to execute over the length of a game.
Courage. Diving into home plate with a catcher in the way is not something you do everyday! Sliding into the bases with people in the way is something baseball teaches you to execute. Baseball creates courageous people.
Carrying out instructions. Baseball relies on each team member to be in certain positions and to carry out certain plays in different situations. Each team member learns to carry out instructions according to the coaches wishes. This is an attribute that you will reward you later in life.
Interaction with others. Baseball will teach you to interact with not only your friends and other team members, but with your coach, team manager, the umpires and your oposition as well.
Handling pressure. Two out, runner on third, the last innings and your team needs to score to win. You need a safe hit. Pressure in baseball is present in all age groups, and dealing with it is a skill you will learn.
Communication. Good base-ballers will always be communicating with there team mates and coaches during a game, both on the field, and in and from the dug-out. Good communication is vital to success – particularly if you are a catcher!
Loyalty. Being part of a team, and also a member of a club requires loyalty and commitment to bring about success. Loyalty is a quality that will stand you in good stead not only in sport but in your personal and working life.

These are just some of the many things we learn from our great game.

Parents, I would encourage you to encourage your kids to embrace these attributes and ideals. There is no better place to learn these valuable life skills than as part of a sporting club, particularly one such as ours that goes out of it’s way to recognise and encourage these qualities.

Seek help and never give up! To be good at anything, but particularly baseball takes time, practice, and self discipline. Don’t rely on others to push you to new levels, push yourself. Set your standards high, and don’t be afraid to dream……you just never know what may happen.

Once again, have a Merry Christmas and a safe New Year and I look forward to catching up with you in a successful 2006.

Tony Catt
President
Sturt Baseball Club

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 13th of December, 2005 23:56:02 ::..

Week 8 Results

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

Congratulations

The Sturt Baseball Club would like to congratulate Tim Boundy and Paul Holmes in their selection in the State Under 18 team. They will be traveling to Geelong for the National Championships in January. Well done boys!

RAFFLE

A reminder to get all Raffle Books back to either Tony Catt or Dave behind the bar by the 7th December. The club will raise significant money from this so make sure you get your book sold!

CHRISTMAS SHOW

Christmas function at Sturt Baseball Club commencing at 6.00 pm on 18th December 2005. Put the date in your diaries now!

PAST PLAYERS CHRISTMAS LUNCH

The Past Players of the Sturt Baseball Club will be holding a Christmas Lunch at The Past Players of the Sturt Baseball Club will be holding a Christmas Lunch at the Torrens Arms Hotel (our major sponsor) on Friday 16th December at 12.30pm. Lunch will be a 3 course meal for $26.90. Please RSVP to John Taylor on 82326711 or Richard Catt on 82236666 to confirm your attendance. This is very important for catering purposes. This promises to be a fantastic afternoon, so make sure you get along to catch up with your old mates to relive past glories!

Division 1
Division 1 This was a week where we needed to win all 3 games we played and ultimately this happened. It started on Tuesday night in a twilight game against Northern Districts. We won 11-0 in a mercy rule game and all players that were available got plenty of turns at bat and we got the job done convincingly. Sundays double header was crucial to our chances of getting as many wins as possible this year. We were up against an opposition in much the same position as us, plenty of young players gaining experience at A grade level, we were minus players which I thought would make the job harder for us but to all the players credit they stood up and shouldered a bit of extra workload and we triumphed in both games, 7-2 and 11-8. This was a very pleasing effort as the players are now starting to see the results of what we are trying to put in place, moving runners across, sacrificing their average for the good of the team. Defensively we were outstanding , only making 1 error over the 2 games (yes it was me) and the hitting was good, we picked up 26 hits and only struck out 6 times which was very pleasing. We have a tough trot into Christmas playing Goodwood Saturday night then Adelaide and Woodville but the players have shown that when committed we can match it with the best teams in the league.

Division 2
Lost to Golden Grove 9-7

Division 3
Division 3 lost to East Torrens 21-6 however this did not reflect how close this game actually was. The score was 9-6 until the last innings. Rick Mitchell pitched well and Michael Robinson picked up two hits in his first senior game. The hitting was certainly much better but the defence needs to improve.

Division 4
When your team has 19 hits and 13 walks while keeping the other team to only 1 or 2 hits you'd like your chances of winning. Fortunately, we were on the right side of what really was an ugly game. Sturt won 25-2 in only 5 innings. It's good to win but that was a game we'll forget quickly as this Saturday we take on Henley & Grange, the only other undefeated side in the competition. For those interested supporters game time is 3:00 at Sturt.

Division 5
Lost to Kensington 18-5

Division 6
WOW what a game of baseball we had on saturday against GGCD, with Dave W. on the mound. Dave shut them down their fisrt inning 1-2-3!! In our first inning we scored 1 run from Chad E. who ended up the day with 3 runs. Then a few innings later GGCD had total of 9 runs to our 4 and this was our last chance. All of a sudden we had 2 outs and were really waiting for the end of the game to come much sooner than later. Then the boys decided hey this is not going to be the way we want this game to end, so out came the bats with 2 outs! Let me remind you again with 2 outs we made short work of the deficit, scoring 6 runs to pull out a win. The run scored for saturday were CHAD EDWARDS 3 RUNS, JAYE JOHNSTON 2 RUNS, SIMON BRETTIG 1 RUN, MIKE ANDERSON 1 RUN, DAVE WALTHAM 1 RUN, MIKE PAPPS 1 RUN, AND {THE SLIDER} MARK BURNS 1 RUN
Very well done and it was just a great team effort by every one on the DIV 6 SIDE and thank you boys for such a great win. This now puts our record at 4-2-1. This is a complete turn around from last year at this time, where we did not have a win. This team really is coming together as a great side in div 6 and having fun too. Also with practices on Wednesday nights with at least 8-10 guys showing up is helping. Again this coach is very proud of this team and thanks all the boys who came out and played on Saturday and everyone in DIV.6 We will be at Goodwood this Saturday at 1:00 so come on out and see what we do this week.

Masters
Well we got spanked 18-1. Not much more one can say about this except thanks to all who came out and tried. Special thanks Greg Milburn for catching the whole game, and did a great job. The first inning set the pace for us with 5 pitches thrown to us that retired our side real quick. And it went on from there. 13 hits to the brewers to center field sent Jaye looking for oxygen more than once. Thanks to Peter Tredrea. and Bob Booker for throwing.

Under 18
This weeks game was a must win for the boys and they came through with flying colours! Jake Gibson start on the mound did an awesome job at that. Pretty much all of the guys hit the ball really really well, and also hit the ball hard which is more than a coach could ask for. If they keep playing the way they did last Friday, FINALS HERE WE COME!!!

Under 16 Sturt
Another good game of baseball from my team – winning 9-8 in the last innings against the Eagles. Daniel Lee and Michael Robinson were very solid on the mound and everyone swung the bat well. Particular mention to Pat Burns who was very impressive in the batting box. A big game this week in the context of our season – make sure you are ready guys!

Under 16 Saints
Saints had good reason to smile for their team photos after Sunday's hard fought contest. Saints started strongly with Pat on the mound and in great form, but East Torrens kept coming back. With the boys starting to swing the bats well and with some great work in the field (great catch Trent) we looked a great chance. In the top of the last innings, with two outs, a East Torrens blast to right field brought the tying run around third. Pat's "decoy" throw which missed Toby and went to the net sent him towards home. Somehow Hugh managed to get to the ball and flip it to Toby for a close tag for the final out and a well-deserved win. Thanks to Pat and Sam for their work, you're always welcome!

Under 14 Sturt Blue
Sturt defeated South 12-2 on Sunday. Zac Harnett got back on the mound (after a dodgy outing last Wednesday) and threw 3 innings for 1 hit and 7 k2’s! We play the Derby Sunday then Woodville at Flinders. Hits – Renfrey, Tape, Brebner-Russ 2 Teague, Larson, Nicholas.

Under 14 Saints Blue
Chris Small and team had a trip to Port Adelaide to try and string together two consecutive wins after a good performance in the Wednesday twilight. The game started well will all square through the first two innings. Unfortunately the boys then gave up a 7 run innings due to some good batting by Port Adelaide and some fielding errors by us. The team never managed to quite rally in spirit and it ended up a disappointing outcome. On a more positive note the pitching performance by Jayke and Brett was excellent and Hayden once again did well behind the plate. We look forward to this week and putting in a concentrated and positive performance for the full match. Result 14-5 loss.

Under 14 Sturt Teal
U14 Sturt Teal (Twilight)
Last weeks twilight game was our first Sturt / Saints “showdown”. It was a tight game over three innings and was played in good spirit. Hits were at a premium as both sides picked up only three each. At the bottom of the third the Sturt boys needed three runs to win. Unfortunately, we were unable to hit when it really mattered and left the winning runs on the diamond. Final score – Saints 14, Sturt 13. Thank you to Matthew Macbeth and Daykota Mitchell for filling in so well in our team. Daykota took a great catch at right field and Matthew picked up one of our three hits. Thank you boys – the game would not have happened if it was not for you. Thanks also to Brett Macbeth for umpiring. Giving the opposition 20 walks in four innings should have made victory impossible. Sturt Teal eventually defeated Playford City 12 -11 in a lackluster game. Three up, three down in the third innings did not help our cause. With two out and two spent pitchers, Richard Edwards came to the mound with only seven pitches left due to the Wednesday game. A remarkable effort from this boy gave us the elusive third out by strikeout with four pitches. Two super double plays by Michael O’Connor and Ben Daws were also highlights of the game. Thanks to the boys and their parents for contributing to our third win.

Under 14 Saints Teal
Wednesday nights big showdown against Peter Halls Sturt Teal was a tight struggle with neither team playing particularly well . The match see-sawed and could have gone either way. Many runs were scored from walks and pass balls but saints hits and ground outs seemed to score those extra valuable runs that made the difference. Jarrad Pearce had two nice hits and Simon'Noodles' Evreniadis cracked a timely double with runners on. In only his second game on the mound Noodles pitched the last inning and held up extremely well under the pressure of a close finish. Kane Mattsson made a heads up play to throw a runner out at first from right field. Well done to Sturt and we look forward to the next encounter.

Having beaten Henley @ Grange twice already I was hoping for a big result on Sunday. This was not to be however as we squandered a 6 run lead to let the Rams tie it up in the last. Josh Grantham led off the bottom of the inning with a ringing double to right field. From there we were able to get him home for our second one run win in a row. Jarrad Pearce continues to bat well and Brodey Blanks ripped two doubles. Josh Clifford had a strong hit and made a sweet play from third base. It is nice to win these close ones but I know the boys can play much,much better. We need to keep working hard on our skills and our focus to make that improvement.

Under 12 Division 1 Sturt
The local derby was a tight affair for most of the game with the Saints impressing both in the batters box and in the field where they made the routine plays look easy. Final score Sturt 13 Saints 8. Standout performances for the day included: Michael Grey's effort with both bat and ball. He displayed great control with his pitching and the confidence to throw his changeup to good effect. He picked up 2 good hits with the bat. Scott Millar continued his impressive season with a solid performance at third base and another 2 hits to add to this year's tally. Brad Trembath put on a show behind the plate with copy book blocking and catching. His improvement since game one and willingness to apply himself are second to none. Dakota Mitchell is rapidly becomming one of the best lead off hitters in the Ron Macbeth League with a great awareness of the strike zone and his good hitting skills. Another two hits from Dakota this week.

Under 12 Division 1 Saints
The young Saints side can hold their heads high after a great performance against the very strong and undefeated Sturt team going down 8 to 13. This again highlights the great strength in juniors in our club as it was the closest game that Sturt have had this season! Congratulations to both teams for a great game of baseball. Sam Osmond and Sam Roberts both pitched well for Saints and I thought Harrison Wood caught a great game with very few pass balls being registered. All players contributed in some way which is of course very necessary in team sports. Great hits to Joel , Henry and Sam R were highlights as were some great outs in the field by Spiro , Harrison L and Alex. No one deserves to go unmentioned so to Lachlan , Billy and Jackson well done and keep up the good work boys. Let's keep training hard because the work is showing good results. Go Saints!

Under 12 Division 2 Sturt
Defeated Kensington 20-8

Under 12 Division 2 Saints
Had the BYE this weekend

..:: message posted on Saturday the 10th of December, 2005 00:36:32 ::..

Week 7 Results

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

THANKS!

The Sturt Baseball Club would like to acknowledge the recent generous donations from Charlie Brebner and Rob Brice. Much appreciated.

Thursday Night Meals

Reminder about meals on Thursday night - Schnitzel, chips and salad. $5.00!

QUIZ NIGHT

Many thanks to all who attended the Quiz Night on Saturday night. I hope you all had a great time. It was a good turnout. Thanks again to Marita Thornquest for her help and to the sponsors on the night – Mal Watts (Brooks), Bill Magoulianos (Renaissance Limousines), the Adelaide 36ers and to Richard Catt for the fishing trip.

RAFFLE

A reminder to get all Raffle Books back to either Tony Catt or Dave behind the bar by the 7th December. The club will raise significant money from this so make sure you get your book sold!

CHRISTMAS SHOW

Christmas function at Sturt Baseball Club commencing at 6.00 pm on 18th December 2005. Put the date in your diaries now!

PAST PLAYERS CHRISTMAS LUNCH

The Past Players of the Sturt Baseball Club will be holding a Christmas Lunch at the Torrens Arms Hotel (our major sponsor) on Friday 16th December at 12.30pm. Lunch will be a 3 course meal for $26.90. Please RSVP to John Taylor on 82326711 or Richard Catt on 82236666 to confirm your attendance. This is very important for catering purposes. This promises to be a fantastic afternoon, so make sure you get along to catch up with your old mates to relive past glories!



Division 1
This was another of the long list of close games that we have had this year. In what was an outstanding game of baseball to watch we came out on the wrong end of a 6-4 loss. Defensively we were outstanding again for 8 out of 9 innings but as has been the case in numerous games this year we let ourselves down in one inning. Telmo pitched all 9 innings and did a fantastic job keeping us in the game, offensively we were pretty good for the whole game, Tom Brice, Daniel Turner, Chris Catalano all continued their strong form from this season and Paul Holmes keeps impressing every game he plays. We are very light on player wise at the moment with injuries and schoolies week so to keep putting up credible performances every week is very pleasing.

Division 2
Thursday
After a poor game against East Torrens the previous week the team turned that around for a great win 2-1. Tom Winter pitched 5 good innings only allowing a couple of hits. Ben Packer closed the game well. 3 double plays and solid fielding was a great improvement from our last game. Sunday
This week resulted in a 7-4 victory over Norths. Again good pitching from Tom Winter restricted the opposition and good defence from Will Wirth were the highlights. Hits from Matt Harris, Will Wirth, Tom Winter and Tim Brewer were good. Again we left to many runners on base, unable to push them around. This needs improving against the stronger teams.

Division 3
Division 3 welcomed the return of Darren Noble to the club and had a hard fought game against the Tigers, eventually losing 8-5. Special mentions to Rick Mitchell again on the mound, Angus Mckinnon in the outfield and Andrew Mattner with the bat.

Division 4
Div 4 beat West Torrens 13-5 at home on Saturday. Highlights included a sensational diving play at short by Stuart Crutchley, who threw the runner out at 2nd while still on the ground. The batting has been solid with numerous contributors and Saturday was no exception. Simon Gooley continued his super batting with 2 hits, including a bases loaded double in the 1st inning that brought in 3. We scored 5 runs in the 1st inning with 2 outs proving that while our team batting has not been spectacular we have the batting lineup that can score many runs at any time. Scott Crutchley came in for one of our injured old men and got 3 hits himself.
This injured old man thought he was on to some home remedy for a niggling knee injury that, unfortunately, proved to be somewhat useless. Traditional medicine indicates his injury will heal, but never the less, the word around Div 4 is 'shoelace'!
One last call to anyone that can hear.....we are in need of a score keeper. Div 4 is a fun bunch of guys who are, so far, undefeated. I know many of the guys are prepared to pay extra for a score keeper who is lenient when scoring hits as opposed to errors!! If interested please contact Don Wulff on 8276 3440.

Division 5
Finally the guys had some fun with the bats, although a slow start scoring we were getting walks and hits. Being down 3 – 5 at the end of the 2nd , everyone started making contact with the ball. Leading the way was Brett MacBeth who was robbed his 2nd hit by a great catch at left field, but still got 4 for 5. Followed by RonTaylor who got 3 for 3, Rick Trembath 3 hits also 3 hits to Chris Small. Bill Magoulianos collecting 2 hits with a GRAND SLAM over the left field fence. And singles to Garry Wood, Josh Connor and Trevor Colmer who also pitched the complete game picking up 8K’s and shutting down G.G.C.D. scoring. We scored 11 runs in the last to pick up our 1st win 18 – 7. Great games Guys.

Division 6
Drew with the Squaws 9 all

Masters
Lost to the Northern Aces 9-8

Under 18
The U18's played Northern Districts at home and achieved a convincing but unspectacular 10-4 win on the day. Angus Roeger started on the mound and had his fast ball working really well, much to the dismay of the opposition batters. We accumulated runs well, opening with 4 in the first digs. We kept Northern Districts scoreless in all but one innings when a bit of looseness allowed them to score four runs. Whilst we looked threatening in terms of blowing the game apart with the bat we didn't quite get there. We finally ran out comfortable winners 10-4. Well done to Andrew McKinnon who did well in the batting box and Jake Gibson who came in to relieve after Angus's excellent start. Special mention to Angus McKinnon and Alistair Young who came up from the U16's to play and acquitted themselves very well.

Under 16 Sturt
We travelled out to the picturesque Port Adelaide only to blow an 8-5 lead late in the game and lose 9-8. Some significant improvements are being made within this team however – Tom Kenny and Tom Abbott are playing great baseball – Daniel Lee is still getting stronger on the mound – Cameron Thorpe is turning into an excellent player and Beau Pelgrim demonstrated some excellent fielding at shortstop. Hang in there guys – we will be in the mix at the end of the season.

Under 16 Saints
Sturt U16 Saints put up a good fight but still went down to Woodville at Findon. If the game had gone a little longer Saints would probably have triumphed. Matt B and Toby were missed. Thanks to Alastair and Angus who filled in very well and are welcome back any time. Beau made a beautiful double play and Brad continued his great outfielding. Hugh caught well and several of the team showed their batting is improving.

Under 14 Sturt Blue
Sturt scored 25 runs on 27 hits to shut out the Indians in a one-sided affair at home. The tribe could only scrape up one hit each off David Nicholas and Tom Teague who both made their season debut on the mound. We have a twilight game at Norths Wednesday, then the Hawks at Home followed by the local derby and finally before the Christmas break, another crack at Woodville. Hits; Day, Renfrey 5 Larsen 4 Tape, Brebner-Russ 3 Teague, Lunnon 2 Nicholas, Papps, Harnett

Under 14 Saints Blue
The first at bat was a good start for the boys with 3 runs scored and holding GGCD to only two with great plays to get 3 outs and only 10 pitches from Jayke Wayne. Bottom of the third and scores tied at 4 all the boys where in with a chance but we started to struggle with a change of pitches by GGCD and lost 10-6 in the end. I was very happy this week as the boys are starting to swing the stick a lot more and getting hits which will boost their confidence in the box. Great pitching by Jayke and Brett. Sam Hollis also took a great hip and shoulder on first base only to end up with a sore shoulder and no out (unlucky). Great catching by Haydn and Jarrad with Cameron making some good plays at short stop. Looking forward to the twilight game at home on Wednesday.

Under 14 Sturt Teal
Defeated Henley & Grange 13-10.

Under 14 Saints Teal
It was an unhappy trip out to Golden Grove finishing with a 13-1 loss. The 9.30am start seemed to catch the boys out of sorts and we never reallysnapped out of it. The bottom line though was that we were beaten by a more switched on unit that came to play. They put the pressure on,were aggressive with the bat and we couldn't handle it. Having said that,we loaded the bases twice when the game was still there to be won and couldn't capitalise. It just wasn't our day. Kane Mattsson took a great catch at right field in the hole behind the 1st and 2nd baseman and Brodey Blanks did well when he came on. There were some things to learn from this game boys and we now need to bounce back. On Wednesday night we face Sturt Teal who are coming off two big wins in a row and will enter this derby as the raging red hot favourites.I noticed on the weekend that Hally had the spring back in his step!!! Good luck and may the best teal team win.

Under 12 Division 1 Sturt
The Sturt Under 12 team played the also previously undefeated Kensington team. We were switched on from the beginning of the game, as all the guys were keen to show what they could do against some quality opposition. To their credit the whole team stepped up a notch and played an excellent level of baseball right up until the last 5 minutes of the game where they relaxed and let in a few runs. Dakota Mitchell continues to impress with his awareness of the strike zone collecting numerous walks and only swinging at strikes. Matt Macbeth led the hitting with 3 with Tom McGarry, Scott Miller and Michael Grey 2 hits each with Jordan Wayne and Jaryd LoBasso hitting singles. A dominant pitching performance from Scott Miller and then Michael Grey, combined with tight defensive fielding and the Sturt machine showed a glimpse of what we are looking for from this season. Sturt 20 Kensington 3

Under 12 Division 1 Saints
Defeated East Torrens 10-4

Under 12 Division 2 Sturt
A local derby against Saints U12 going down 13-10. Unfortunately our batting let us down, only picking up a handful of hits late in the game to put some respectability back into the score. We were outclassed by a more committed Saints and in actual fact the final score doesn't really reflect the tone of the game.
Hamish Straatman pitched well late in the game to hold off the scoreline. Nathan Angelakis in his first full game played well. A big week on the track is required if we are going to put pressure on the tops sides.

Under 12 Division 2 Saints
Saints won 13 - 10 A well fought game between the two Sturt sides with our team coming out on top narrowly Tim Kimber threw a great game to his limit of pitches and the field did a great job to back him up Matt Franke caught well and got 2 hits, Martin Kimber & Ryan Kazmer made some great plays at shortstop Tyler Blanks got 2 hits and Riley Hutchins made some outs at first base Josh Tindall backed up 1st extremely well from rightfield when he came on Most guys got on base for the day and we didnt leave too many runners on An all round effort from everyone and pleased to beat the other local team who battled on well and fought back bravely

..:: message posted on Wednesday the 30th of November, 2005 20:23:30 ::..

Week 6 Results

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

A Grade – Saturday Twilight Game

This Saturday the A Grade will be playing a twilight match against Southern Districts beginning at 5.30pm. There will be dinner available from 6pm. The Quiz night will follow the game so make sure you get down and support the Saints!

PAST PLAYERS CHRISTMAS LUNCH

The Past Players of the Sturt Baseball Club will be holding a Christmas Lunch at the Torrens Arms Hotel (our major sponsor) on Friday 16th December at 12.30pm. Lunch will be a 3 course meal for $26.90. Please RSVP to John Taylor on 82326711 or Richard Catt on 82236666 to confirm your attendance. This is very important for catering purposes.
This promises to be a fantastic afternoon, so make sure you get along to catch up with your old mates to relive past glories!
QUIZ NIGHT

Quiz Night will be held from 7.30 pm for 8.00 pm start, following the A Grade twilight match at the Sturt Baseball Club. $5 a head will get you a fun filled evening. Please book your table with Marita by:
Email to marita_thornquest@hotmail.com OR
Mobile 0413 525595
DEPOSIT of $30 would be appreciated. This can be left at the Club Bar or Canteen.
Please leave your team name, and contact details written on the envelope. May we suggest you form a team table. You will need to BYO food to share at your table


Division 1
This was a pretty disappointing weekend for the squad. In a round where I expected us to win at least 1 game possibly 2 we came up short in both. Game 1 was very disappointing; we lost 9-0 and really struggled to find any sort of spark. The fielding was poor and to East Torrens credit they made us pay for our mistakes. We came up against yet another import pitcher who pitched a fine game and it was only late in the game where our hitting started to come together. Game 2 should have been won, we were up 6-3 in the 7th innings but once again could not close out the win. Ben Packer threw very well going into the 7th innings, our hitting stood up well in this game but this is the 2nd time this year where we have been leading going into the late innings and been overrun. This is something that we have to overcome if as a club we are to improve.

Division 2
Starting on the mound for his first B grade game was Jake Gibson. He pitched well for the early part of the game but wasn’t backed up in the field or in the batting box. The only shining light was Adam Kerr’s first home run (over the right field fence). Well done.

We will be looking for a far more committed performance in Thursday nights game.

Division 3
Div 3 headed to Port Adelaide and fell short 11-3. Rick Mitchell did a good job on the mound once again but wasn’t backed up by the field. This Saturday we play before the A grade and we are looking for a much better performance.

Division 4
Div 4 had a busy week with a Thursday night game and a Saturday game.
The guys went out to take on the undefeated Golden Grove Thursday night and left with a resounding 15-1 win. Everyone hit the ball well and Scott Crutchley, in his first game for the year, pitched a terrific complete game victory.
Saturday saw Sturt take on East Torrens at home and while the opposition was different, the result was the same.....15-1 in favour of the Saints. Proving the depth of the team, Ben Catterall pitched the complete game this time. This takes us to top of the table with ourselves and Henley & Grange as the only unbeaten teams remaining.

Division 5
Thursday’s twilight game against Adelaide saw a tight ball game for the first 4 innings at 2-4 down, with some great hitting early in the game by Josh Conner and Chris Small both with 2 hits and singles to Brett MacBeth and Jeff Nicholas. But the wheels fell off with the only other hit for the game coming from Trev Colmer in the 5th wasn’t enough and we eventually went down 11 – 2
Saturday’s game was lost from the start, it’s a bit hard to score and defend against scoring when only 7 of the team turn up, then our 8th player comes straight from the airport to the game after flying in from Melbourne, runs straight into the game and picks up 3 hits from 3 time at bat. Great job Ben Colyer!
Also well done to Gary Wood and Rick Trembath for some great pitching under the situation we had to play with. The end result was 16 – 1

Division 6
Well the boys came out play a good game of base ball on saturday and we did for a while, Dave W started on the mound and did a good job, and we were in it for a while then a few to many 2 OUT ERRORS BROUGHT US UNDONE!!!! And really that was the story for the day, we were by far the better team on the ground. Jeff Nic came on and closed for us. We had a slim chance towards the end of the game but the batting gods where not close to us. I know the boys have learned from this and it wont happen again, {right guys?}. Any way we had a great game and things like this happen and we learned from this, and now we are 3-2 and go to Goodwood on Saturday to play the squaws and we should have a better out come, and thanks to all who played and didn’t also all who are supporting us, yes we are starting to get a following. Masters

Sturt Masters
Well the STURT BULLS MASTERS season has started and we started with a bang. We got up early against the Nth Aces with Peter Tredrae pitching and Bruce Lucas catching, through Peters pitching we were 6-1 up in the last inning and then error god came for a visit and created havoc. We did our best to stop this but it all went pear shape and the bang we started with fizzed right out. Next week we play Adelaide and we will see what happens there. Thanks to all the bulls who came and the ones on the side lines it was a fun game of ball and looks like we will all be in it for fun and to win. Remember the subs for playing is $50.00 and this can be paid to Bill M. as soon as possiBULL. Under 18
The U18's had a Friday twilight game at Glenelg in somewhat cloudy conditions. The team as a whole lacked the focus and sharpness necessary to execute good baseball and as a result numerous fundamental errors allowed Glenelg to score more runs than they should have. Shane Horne started on the mound and if the field had backed him up more we would have only two or three runs scored against us. As it was we allowed Glenelg to slip away to a 7-0 lead before we started pegging them back. We were able to score 5 runs late in the game which was then called early due to the failing light. Angus Roeger did a top job relieving and shut Glenelg right down and had bad light not stopped play we might have had the momentum to create a different result from the 7-5 loss.

Under 16 Sturt
Sturt had a disappointing loss to the Eagles 7-2. A brilliant pitching performance from Daniel Lee and some solid batting from only Alistair Young and Toby Cantrill wasn’t enough. We need more players in the team contributing with the bat. Hard work at training over the next few weeks will rectify this.

Under 16 Saints
Had a tough game against West Torrens and lost 18-0. Thank you to Angus McKinnon, Yuma, Toby Cantrill and Tom Abbott for helping in this game. A particular thank you to Mick Abbott who coached two games in a row – well done!

Under 14 Sturt Blue
Sturt played their best baseball this year to beat West Torrens 16-1 at Lockleys. Zac Harnett had a day out on the mound pitching a 1 hitter (8 k2, 1bb) while Jackson (Hollywood) Brebner –Russ caught magnificently. The boys played 5 innings of good solid baseball and never gave the Eagles a sniff. Hits: Tape, Nicholas, Day 3 Teague, Harnett, Lunnon 2 Brebner-Russ.

Under 14 Saints Blue
BYE

Under 14 Sturt Teal
A solid defence and some aggressive batting, team average 400, produced our first win for the season. Final score Sturt 14 Glenelg 10. Well done to all concerned. We now need to prepare ourselves for what will be a very difficult three games within eight days. Work hard boys.

Under 14 Saints Teal
The long trip out to Playford City ended with a lopsided 21-7 victory.Playford had a number of 11 year olds playing and were very inexperienced as a team.3 innings of seven runs were produced with walks and some good batting.When a strike was thrown the boys hit it well. Josh Grantham knocked in three runs with a standup double and Simon Evreniadis hit a beautiful inside the park grand slam. Kane Mattsson and Mitchell Kosiol also had nice hits. A highlight for me was an outfield hit chased down by John Hood and relayed through Brodey Blanks to Alex Martens that held the Playford batter at third. The boys are beginning to realise the importance of these types of plays and bringing some method into their game. Well done.

Under 12 Division 1 Sturt
With an amazing display of power hitting this team belted Adelaide 25 – 1.Jess Lemon lead the way with the bat showing size doesn’t matter when it comes to hard hitting. Tom McGarry also had three hits. Scott Miller was once again solid on the mound supported well by Matt Macbeth behind the plate throwing out a runner at second base. Our continual work on defence drills is starting to show through, with Michael Grey having a faultless game at short stop. It was great to see all the players contribute in the victory. A big test next week with our game against the other undefeated side in the competition in Kensington.

Under 12 Division 1 Saints
Sturt (Saints) 1 lost to West Torrens 11. Under 12 Saints fought hard all day in the field but could not get bat on ball due to great fast pitching from West Torrens. Sam Roberts pitched well again and was ably relieved by Jackson Holst. Well done to Harrison Wood behind the plate and Alex Smith with some great plays at second base.
Keep the chins up boys your improving every week. A great effort.

Under 12 Division 2 Sturt
Hoping to continue our good form from Wednesday's twilight game where we thumped East Torrens 24-8, we came up short 13-10 against our arch enemies West Torrens on Sunday. This is now the fourth time we've played this team this year and we are starting to get on first name basis with them. The pleasing factor is that each time we play them we get closer to beating them. Lachie Burns and Jack Colmer were both excellent on the mound holding down their big hitters. Brett Colmer earned his money behind the mask this week taking home a few bruises but certainly saved an enormous amount of runs. For a little guy not much gets past him. Our infield continues to impress with Hamish Straatman and Jack Colyer controlling third and shortstop and pulling off some great plays. Batting wise the players are really starting to stuck into it and all of that batting practice and now producing results. We're starting to play our best baseball now with Tylor Lunnon, Henry Brennan, Ryan Cross and Henry Saundry finding good from with the bat.

Under 12 Division 2 Saints
Under 12 (2) Saints Wed 16/11/05 twilight Vs Eagles A loss 16 - 8 Twilight games for U12's are just too hard for some parents to get to especially away games - thanks for all that got the boys to the game to play albeit with little time to spare With our battery struggling it was always going to be tough against a club that swaps it's pitchers between grades as it sees fit although we got off to a flying start and scored a perfect 7 inning; we were unable to catch their bats Notables were Tom Alexandrou behind the plate for the first time, Tim Kimber & Matt Franke with 2 hits each, Josh Tindall, Tom Alexandrou & Martin Kimber with 1 hit each Martin Kimber pitched well to finish the game Sun 20/11/05 A win 15 - 10 Vs Rams A much better batting performance but the fielding & battery still needs some work Riley Hutchins got 1 hit but his best middle was a scud missile to third that hit the guy in the glove - very pleased with his improvement, notables were Matt Franke 3/3 with an inside the park home run with Tyler Blanks finally finding the ball with the bat and following suit with an inside the park as well, Tim Kimber came to the mound to hold the score and Matt Franke struggled all day to stop the balls in the dirt at the plate The Kimber twins both had safe hits We're sitting 3 and 4 at present with some lads showing good improvement in different aspects of the game, when we all get it together watch out the top sides Looking forward to the local derby this weekend !

..:: message posted on Thursday the 24th of November, 2005 08:36:08 ::..

Week 5 Results

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

PAST PLAYERS CHRISTMAS LUNCH

The Past Players of the Sturt Baseball Club will be holding a Christmas Lunch at the Torrens Arms Hotel (our major sponsor) on Friday 16th December at 12.30pm. Lunch will be a 3 course meal for $26.90. Please RSVP to John Taylor on 82326711 or Richard Catt on 82236666 to confirm your attendance. This is very important for catering purposes. This promises to be a fantastic afternoon, so make sure you get along to catch up with your old mates to relive past glories!

QUIZ NIGHT

Quiz Night will be held from 7.30 pm for 8.00 pm start, following the A Grade twilight match at the Sturt Baseball Club. $5 a head will get you a fun filled evening. Please book your table with Marita by: • Email to marita_thornquest@hotmail.com OR
• Mobile 0413 525595
• DEPOSIT of $30 would be appreciated. This can be left at the Club Bar or Canteen.
Please leave your team name, and contact details written on the envelope. May we suggest you form a team table. You will need to BYO food to share at your table
ALL DRINKS AVAILABLE FROM THE CLUB BAR.

MEALS ON THURSDAY NIGHT – $5 YIROS

Make sure you are at the club this Thursday night to watch the Division 5 boys play. Names like Mc beth, Colmer (Trevor) and Colyer will be in action in a game not to be missed!

Division 1
This was a game that could go either way and unfortunately we came out on the wrong end of a 4-1 loss. This was a tightly fought contest in which for the main part the pitchers dominated. This was reflected in that we only picked up 6 hits for the game and Southern Districts only 7. Our defence was outstanding for the whole game, not making an error, Angus Roeger came in for his first A grade start and showed that he is not out of his league at this level. Daniel Turner had his first pitching start for the year and apart from a scratchy first innings was outstanding for the rest of the game. Ben Catalano had a fine game behind the plate throwing out 2 runners at 2nd. I feel opposition teams are starting to realize that we are not easybeats and will not roll over but we do need to convert some of these narrow losses into wins.

Division 2
Our game started well with 4 runs in the first 3 innings with hits from Adam Kerr, Will Wirth and Sam Needham. Unfortunately we left too many runners in scoring positions. Jared Thornquest was outstanding for 6 innings on the mound. Our defence was good but ended with a 4-4 draw against Woodville. This was a disappointing result considering we out hit and out pitched the Senators.

Division 3
The C Grade game on Saturday could be described as one of missed opportunities. If we had converted our opportunities into outs the scoreline would have been a lot closer than the final result which saw us go down 10-6 to Henley & Grange.
Rick Mitchell did a good job on the mound and provided a game highlight with his now patented "Gravity Pitch". A number of players had hits against a strong opposition pitching performance.
Thanks go out to the guys that helped out by filling in at very late notice. There is plenty of improvement in this side and we look forward to better results in the coming rounds.

Division 4
Sturt Div 4 beat a very good Woodville team 12-4 at Woodville. They have numerous ex- Division 1 players on their team, including past SA greats Ian Reval and Tony Harris, but on this day we outhit them, out-pitched them, and had the better defense and base running. This was one of our bogey teams last year, beating us 3 times on their way to the Premiership so this was a satisfying win.
Defense was again solid with Norm Sluga and Stan Warrilow turning 2 double plays, the second time in two weeks. Jamie Knuckey was a standout at catcher and batting with 3 hits. A very good sign for the team was when Woodville scored 3 runs to tie the score at 4-4. The very next inning we score 6 runs to take the wind out of their sail. Div 4 has mid week games this year with our first one this Thursday against alsounbeaten Golden Grove.
A special mention goes to Ron McArdle, a loyal supporter of ours who again appeared to be the one retrieving all the foul balls, even though we played elsewhere!

Division 5
A good pitching effort by John Gooley in 3 innings, and our bats coming alive against Glenelg had us in a tight game. Tied 8 all going into the last innings, but eventually losing 11 – 8. But the boys are looking good with the bats and in the field. Ben Colyer with 3 hits and a great catch at 3rd led the way. Josh Conner with a great lead off double to start the game, saw everyone wanting to follow his lead. With a return of Steve Barker getting 2 hits and taking great catches in the outfield and throwing out base stealers when coming into catch. Trev Colmer with 2 hits and a great job closing the game on the mound. Brett MacBeth, John Gooley, Bill Magoulianos and Rick Trembath each came up with great hits. Glenn Young coming into the game for the Bagman saw him continue some great hitting with 2 hits for 2 times at bat. The way the guys played we should have come away with the win, hopefully with the twilight game this Thursday at Sturt and next Saturday’s game luck will go our way and get a couple of wins under our belts.

Division 6
We travelled out to Playford on saturday and thanks to all who came out and played a good game of base ball. Ritchie started on the mound and pitched almost the whole game and did a great job!!! For some one who really isnt our pitcher Ritchie now has 2 wins under his belt, good on ya Ritchie.
We had a fantastic star player for us on 2nd and with no errors and many plays to 2nd hats off to Bruce Packer!!! Simon well what can we say, a great triple turned into a sorta inside the park home run - a great hit. Fantastic play for the day was….a bleeder went in between the mound and first, the pitcher and first baseman looked at each other then pitcher started to go to 1st and 1st baseman picked it up and under handed to pitcher who with out breaking to much of a stride got the out. I went off so much you think we have been practicing this for years.
We had great support from the side lines by the only 2 supporters that came out{who were warned by the umpire only once and almost ejected} but they saw another win by the boys in div.6.
All in all we had a great game and the boys are having fun. By the way the final score was 10 - 5. This week we have a 1:00 o’clock game at STURT so come on out and cheer or heckle the boys on Saturday. Oh yes - the coach made his first run of the season. {about time}

Under 18
The U18's played Woodville on a perfect day for baseball on a ground that was in superb condition. We had Shane Horne on the mound for what proved to be a very tight game throughout. We struggled again to create ascendancy with the bat and whilst we led for most of the game it was solely due to the tight defence that we were able to keep a one or two run margin. However the baseball Gods weren't smiling on us and in the bottom of the last innings with two outs to get to secure the game what was going to be an excellent pick off for the second out was called a baulk! That was followed by a catchers interference and two hit batters that contributed to the tying run cross the plate. With bases loaded we were able to complete the last outs for a very dissatisfying drawn result 3-3.

Under 16 Sturt
The Under 16 Sturt team headed down to Southern Districts to face a team with a very similar position on the ladder. In the end Sturt and South Districts were to close to split and ended up tying 3-3. We started off the game well scoring 1 in the top of the first but then had a bit of a struggle to let 2 through in the bottom of the inning. After that our pitching recovered very well with Pat Burns and Daniel Lee on the mound. Tom Abbott and Alistair Young were the best with the bats. A couple of good catches in the outfield from Tom Kenny and Tom Abbott helped us. The boys really came together as a team very well today and are putting themselves in a pretty good position after the last 3 weeks.

Under 16 Saints
In their first "real" home, with Toby not arriving until after the scheduled starting time, Cody opened the pitching. The Eagles jumped away quickly with a mixture of good batting and some lucky breaks. Saints closed the gap in the bottom of the first, starting with with a perfect hit up the middle from Brad. The rest of the game saw Saints equal or better the Eagles in all aspects of the game, but they were just unable to claw back those early runs. This was the boys' best outing this year. There was some excellent outfielding and some great batting and it is terrific to see the confidence and skills growing week by week. This was a great team effort.

Under 14 Sturt Blue
Sturt held out Glenelg to win 12-10 at Norman Reserve. Glenelg exposed some holes in our defence but our batters did enough to score a win. Great game by Sam Day, who pitched soundly and hit the ball hard.
Hits Day 3, Brebner-Russ, Harnett, Nicholas, Papps 2 Teague, Tape, Larson, Lunnon 1

Under 14 Saints Blue
We travelled to East Torrens to play the Redsoxs and went down 8-5. Although it was a close game this was one that got away but the boys fought it out to the end. A few things we need to work on during the week in the field but they all started to swing the bat which is good to see. Some great catches by Max,Sam and Lewis. A great hit by Haydn going deep centre field and seeing him slide into third only the throw was wild and he scored the run on the pass ball. A fantastic pick off by Brett to Max at second caught the second base runner cold. There where some highs and some lows for us in this game and we nee to be on a high for the full 110 minutes but they are still improving so heads up boys there's more baseball to come.

Under 14 Sturt Teal
It is always nice to play at Norman Reserve and Sunday was no exception. Even the weather smiled on us. This week’s performance against a strong GGCD opposition was, without a doubt, our best yet. Richard Edwards and Ben Daws both threw well on the mound to restrict walks to a single figure. Both infield and outfield played well, taking catches and making some good plays. Unfortunately our batting let us down. Five hits in five innings and not hitting when we needed to gave the game to the opposition. A good defensive game, boys – keep working hard.
Thanks for all of the help on the day and thanks to Michael Papps for umpiring.

Under 14 Saints Teal
After comfortably beating Henley @ Grange last week we had to face them again, this time at Flinders. It was pleasing to see the boys not take this team for granted and record a 16-4 win. Despite some average pitching from the opposition we still managed to pick up 15 hits. Jarrad Pearce with 3, Simon Evreniadis with two and Josh Masters and John Hood getting their first hit for the season. Josh Grantham threw 3 good innings for six strikeouts and Josh Clifford at third, made a nice play to Brodey Blanks at second to get the lead runner. Training is paying off and the boys are learning quickly. Thanks to Kane Mattsson for coming out to support his team when injured.

Under 12 Division 1 Sturt
A five pitch defensive inning from Dakota Mitchell followed by a 7 run inning without an out set the tone for the game. The final score of 22-3 reflects the large gap between finals teams and the rest of the clubs in this division. Dakota and Jordan Wayne both had good pitching outings and the defense was tight all day. The play of the day went to Matt Macbeth, throwing a runner out at first base from centrefield. Another solid effort with the bat saw Jess Lemon, Matt May and Tom McGarry with two hits and Jordan Wayne, Dakota Mitchell, Michael Gray , Matt Macbeth with one hit each. A special mention to Matt May who had his best day with the bat for the season to date. I am looking forward to him continuing to be aggressive and bat with the confidence he showed on the weekend. With eight of the ten players having now pitched in games it is important for all the boys to make the most of the extra pitching practice offered by Ron Macbeth at the club on week nights to develop their technique.

Under 12 Division 1 Saints
Sturt (Saints) 10 Defeated GGDC 8. Under 12 Saints a hard fought win on Sunday. Trailing 0-4 at the bottom of the 4th came out and piled on 7 runs and from there held on to win. Sam Roberts and Harrison Wood pitched well (Harrison's first game) and they were ably relieved by Jackson Holst. Congrats to Joel Grantham who in his first time as catcher did an excellent job. What a catch taken by Lachlan Bowler at centre field for the last out well done Latch. Well done to all the other boys in the team. A great effort.

Under 12 Division 2 Sturt
An 11-9 win over Eagles was a fitting result. Our boys played good baseball all day with some excellent work in the infield. Lachie Burns and Jack Colmer took care of the pitching side of things with Sam Furler and Brett Colmer taking control behind the mask.
Early on it liked as though another game was going to slip away but finally we started to connect with the bat and Tyler Lunnon sealed it with a shot to centre field.
Well done to all the boys. A big week lies ahead with a twilight at the Club on Wednesday and fronting up again next Sunday. This will certainly test our pitching depth.

Under 12 Division 2 Saints
Aggression – that was the buzz word this week and the guys came out firing ! With the bat we got runners on and scored them well and in the field we made the plays that had to be made – that’s what it’s all about. We beat Kensington 15 – 11 in a game going 15 extra minutes while the opposition batted out of order in 2 innings and couldn’t get themselves organized. Little Josh Tindall started the game in great fashion with his first hit of the season and made a couple of nice plays at second, Fraser Durham pitched well again and got 2 hits, as did Tim Kimber including a double, Matt Franke held first well and got 2 hits, Ryan Kazmer in his first game behind the plate caught strongly and Tom Alexandrou had 1 strong hit. We’re on the way now after a tough start and the boys are getting a bit of confidence in what they can achieve when they apply themselves and take a chance Looking forward to the teams improvement over the season

..:: message posted on Wednesday the 16th of November, 2005 00:07:55 ::..

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