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Week 4 Results

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Congratulations! Congratulations to the following boys who have been selected to represent South Australia in this years National Championships
Under 14 – Jackson Brebner-Russ, Sam Day and Zac Harnett
Under 16 – Angus Roeger
Monday Night Masters Now that the Masters Games are over the SABL are going to concentrate on the Monday night masters tournament. This season will kick off on Monday the 14th November.
There will be a cost of $50 per player for this 12 week competition. We would like to confirm your interest in this event so please advise Bill Magoulianos (bill@bensons-australia.com) if you would like to play.

Canteen Canteen rosters have now been handed out or will soon be, and if you are unable to help on the day listed, please organise someone else to take your place. It would be appreciated if you could support your club this way. The alternative may be that the canteen will be closed for the day.

Division 1
previously unbeaten Kensington and won game 1 18-17 then got thumped 26-1 in game 2. If someone had said to me prior to the games that we would take 1 game off of Kensington I would gladly have taken that. In what was a perfect day for hitters with a gale force breeze to the outfield we knew we had to come out hard in game 1 and let the 2nd game take care of itself. The hitters did what was required of them in the situation , 3 times coming back from deficits, firstly 6-2 down in the 3rd when Tom Brice connected for a grand slam, then we got behind 15-8 again and Ben Catalano came up with the big hit (another grand slam) and then in the last innings we came back again from a run down to pick up 2 runs and the win. What this is showing me is that we are prepared to tough it out, and grind out a win if that is what is required. Pitching wise we struggled but a lot of teams will, against a club like Kensington who bat down to number 9 and have players on their bench who can step up at any time.

Anyone who witnessed game 2 would have seen some of the most powerful hitting ever, unfortunately by Kensington. We ran out of pitching and they capitalized on this. There were probably another 5 or 6 home runs hit in this game. Our players continued to hit the ball hard and this was said to me by Kensington players after the game. I was proud of the efforts of all the players considering it was the first double header for the year and we were playing a team that will definitely finish in the top 4. This week is a very important game playing Southern Districts away in a game we must win to stay close to the top 6.

Division 2
Sturt had a disappointing day out against a strong Kensington lineup, losing 15-2. Will Wirth continued to improve and impress on the mound as did Angus Roeger. We are looking for a turn around this weekend against Woodville.

Division 3
Division 3 got off to a much better start this week, leading Adelaide into the 4th inning 3-0. Unfortunately, the wheels came off late in the game and we lost 15-4, however there were many positives. Rick Mitchell pitched very well and Scott Hann had his first stint catching for the season and was solid. Andrew Mattner also picked up 3 hits which shows he has continued to improve.

Division 4
It was a hot day and we had only had 9 players available, but we still beat Southern Districts 11-0 despite being out hit 13-11!?! For that to happen your pitchers give up few walks, which Barry Lunnon did, and your defense needs to be solid. I'd encourage the baseball purists to come along to a Sturt Div 4 game because our defense and baserunning has been beautiful to watch. We're not a fast bunch but we put teams under pressure with aggressive base running. As for defense, Stuart Crutchley (SS) and Stan Warrilow (2B) turned 2 double plays on Saturday. Mark Colmer (RF) made a super catch and almost had a diving catch, as well. In the 8th and last inning we had the game won but everyone was super keen to keep the shutout for Barry. A runner on first and a base hit to RF saw the runner turn 2nd for 3rd. Again, for the purists, Mark makes a perfect throw to the cutoff man, Stuart, who then makes a perfect throw to Kris McArdle (3B) who tags the runner out in a bang bang play. Next batter hits into a double play to end the game. Super super stuff.
This Saturday we play last years Div 4 premiers, Woodville, in what should be a great game. The game is at 3:30 at Woodville.

Division 5
A close game for the first 3 inns tied at 5, with Trev Hendry striking out 4 on the mound, and a string of hits 2 each to Tony Catt, Ryan Bond, and Steve Wayne and 1 each to Rick Trembath, Trev Colmer , Trev Hendry and Brett MacBeth, and a few walks here and there saw us score 7 runs for the game.
But with a pitching change in the 4th and a inconsistent strike zone saw G. G.C.D. score 13 runs in the last 3 innings to take the game 18 – 7.

Division 6
Well first things first! I must thank RITCHIE AND TOM for the great effort on pitching on Saturday!! WELL DONE YOU 2. We had great hitting from all but Daves triples, along with Chad’s hitting was super and Chad’s base running. And a well done to Simon who this week did not over run any bases!!!! I want to thank SPIDER who came out and umpired our game.

The final score on Saturday against NTH DISTRICTS was 17-14 SAINTS WON!!! That puts us at 2-1 for the year. We play a Thursday night game at Kensington this week at 6:15 so if you can, come on out and watch, I cant think of a better way to spend a Thursday evening. Then on Saturday we play at Playford city at 3:30. So that gives us 3 games in 1 week. We are all looking forward to this and we should come out with a win or two.

With the div 6 team practice and our good attitude we are coming together as a real good team, we are having fun but taking the task of winning serious. There is still time to get on board with us if you want to play, for we had 9 plus myself on Saturday, and that was a home game. Well thanks to all who came out on Saturday to watch us and to the boys of DIV 6 for a great game of baseball.

Under 18
Sturt U18's lined up for their first twilight game of the season against Goodwood last Friday in perfect conditions at Goodwood. Jake pitched another strong game. Despite Goodwood taking it up to us for the first couple of innings we were able to break loose with the bat with virtually everyone getting at least one hit to end up comfortable winners 13-3. Special thanks to Angus McKinnon for helping out on the bench. As the sun literally set over the game the sizable supporter group were able to toast another U18 win.

Under 16 Sturt
The boys had a convincing win over East Torrens 17-5. Everyone contributed well. Particular mention to Daniel Lee for another good performance on the mound as he continues to improve. A good first up effort in Under 16s for Alistair Young as catcher and a great game from Yuma in right field. Keep moving forward boys!

Under 16 Saints
The U16 Saints had a character building game when they met Kensington at Kensington. Kensington started very strongly, retiring the Saints batters in order and then providing a powerhouse hitting display. This set the pattern for the game and Kensington recorded a comprehensive win. Saints had some highlights and were never disgraced. Brad's catch in left field was a ripper. Brad also combined with Beau and Tom for a spectacular put out at third. While the older, more experienced Kensington won the game, Saints won the respect of the spectators and the opposition with their demeanour and their enjoyment of the game.

Under 14 Sturt Blue
Sturt defeated Goodwood 19-4 at Flinders. The scoreline does not reflect what was at times an undisciplined performance by Sturt, who must learn to remain focused for 110 minutes. Dozing in the easy games is a trap. A nice double play by Seb Tape and Ben Papps was a feature, unlike Pappsy’s defensive block to mid on off his leg stump! (It’s baseball Ben!) Hits Renfrey, Lunnon 3 Teague, Papps, Tape, Larsen 2 Day, Nicholas, Brebner-Russ

Under 14 Saints Blue
Chris Small and team travelled to Ingle Farm to take on Northern Districts. The outstanding feature from the start of the game was the way the boys approached their batting. With much more aggression in the batting box they hit consistently and scored in every dig. Excellent support from the field helped put the pressure on the opposition who had some big hitters. The other difference between the teams was our depth in pitching. Max started us off well, Jayke took the middle shift and Ben closed out – all pitching well and conceding very few walks. Great game and result with Saints winning 14-8 to square up there win/loss ratio to 2/2.

Under 14 Sturt Teal
We traveled to Playford City this week to play a young and inexperienced opposition. A tremendous effort by all in the top of the first earned us the maximum of 7 runs with 5 boys getting safe hits including an outstanding, in the park, grand slam by Michael O’Connor. Unfortunately, the bats cooled down and the proceeding 4 innings produced only 2 more hits to take our score to 10 runs. We were defeated 10 – 14 in a game that we should have won.
A special mention to Ben Daws for an excellent effort behind the plate. With his work ethic, intelligence and awareness he is becoming a valuable asset to our team. Thanks, as always, to the parents for the “Gawler trip” and your help and support.

Under 14 Saints Teal
A solid effort with bat and ball delivered us our first win of the season against Henley @ Grange. A 13-3 result was a far cry from last week! Josh Grantham was terrific from the mound throwing 3.1 innings and giving up only 2 hits and 1 run. Brodey Blanks had probably a career day with 4 hits including an inside the park home run and made two great plays in the last innings when the Rams had a rally going. Alex Martens made his u14 pitching debut throwing consistent strikes and closing out the game. He also cleared the left fielder for a two run inside the park home run that put us in the lead. John Hood picked a walk and scored his first ever run for the Sturt Baseball Club. I have a good feeling about this team and we now really have something to build on.

Under 12 Division 1 Sturt
The Sturt Under 12 team scored another convincing win 14 - 1, this time against the Adelaide Angels. Michael Grey and Scott Miller did the job with the ball, pitching a combined two hitter and only giving up two walks for one run. The batting continues to improve with the boys selecting the right pitches to attack and the results are showing with quality at bats.Matt Macbeth and Jordan Wayne led the way with 3 hits each including two triples to Matt. Michael Grey and Jess Lemon recorded 2 hits each while Jarrad LoBasso and Brad Trembath each hit safely. Home runs to Jess, Brad and Jarrad made for a action packed day and highlighted the aggressive team baserunning.

Under 12 Division 1 Saints
A hard fought loss to Cardinals but not without a fight. The game started with both pitchers maintaining tight control over the game. Jackson Holst relieved and threw very well and was backed up by some good hitting from Alex Smith and Lachlan Bowler. A few simple errors in the field cost us some valuable runs in the end.

Under 12 Division 2 Sturt
The boys put up a great fight only to go down to Southern Districts. We started the game well and had things pretty well under control but again we didn't get enough runners on base to capitalise on opportunities. Jack Colmer and Lachie Burns both threw very well and Ryan Cross tried all day at second base. Considering we were light on numbers with a few key players away I am hopeful of return to the winners list next week.

Under 12 Division 2 Saints
Finally we're on the board !!!
A morale building win 17-11 against the Eagles was a great way to open our account for the season With good pitching in his first effort from Tim Kimber and assisted by brother Martin behind the plate we got off to a good start Strong hitting from Tom Renfrey with 2 good hits and excellent fielding from Ryan Kazmer were the highlights of the day with Adam Catt coming out of retirement to help us out being short and showed what a great talent has been lost from baseball with cricket the winner Thanks to Jack & Brett Colmer who also played double headers to assist us with our numbers Thanks to Sarah & Jenni for filling in with the scoring, Greg & Paul for organising the team early & Trevor for umpiring

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 8th of November, 2005 21:29:18 ::..

Week 3 Results

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Update from the Canteen
Sue and Heather would like to thank all the parents who have generously volunteered their time to help in the canteen. It has been an outstanding/overwhelming start to the season and greatly appreciated.
Shortly there will be a roster produced by the team managers for all grades (home games only) so if you have a preference for a particular weekend please let them know. We only require help in serving as either Heather or myself will have stocked and set the canteen up for the day.
We are all volunteers and by contributing in this way we get to meet new friends and at the same time do our bit to make this a successful year for Sturt. Feel free to come and introduce yourself to either Heather or Sue.
Cheers from the canteen (volunteer) managers.

Monday Night Masters
Now that the Masters Games are over the SABL are going to concentrate on the Monday night masters tournament. There will be a cost of $50 per player for this 12 week competition. We would like to confirm your interest in this event so please advise Bill Magoulianos (bill@bensons-australia.com) if you would like to play.

Division 1
What a pleasant way to respond to last weeks disappointing loss. The guys got into a similar situation of being in front in the last innings and this week we knew what to do to close out the win. The final result was a 4-2 win in a 10 innings nailbiter. The game started very poorly for us when we found ourselves down 2-1 after the first innings. We came out with no intensity and desire, silly errors were being made and poor decision making was evident but to the boys credit after a rocket from the coach at the end of that innings they settled down to not let Adelaide score again. Defensively we were excellent, with some fine outfield catches being made late in the game by both Tom Brice and Paul Holmes, Jimmy Passmore had an outstanding game defensively at 3rd base and Chris Catalano was solid all day. Telmo pitched all 10 innings in what must have been one of his best performances for the club and he was backed up all day by Ben Catalano catching. Once again we did what we had to do in the batting box with no outstanding efforts on the day, just a lot of solid at bats, moving runners across and helping to pick up the runners when needed. This week we face a real test with a double header against unbeaten Kensington but this is a game that we are really looking forward to.

Division 2
Great to see Ben Packer back on the mound again. He pitched 5 good innings before being relieved by Jarrod Thornquest who closed the game out for a 5-4 win.
Darren Stewart started the scoring with a fine double to score our 1st run. Singles to A. Galpin and Will Wirth also produced runs.
Good defence from Will Wirth late in the game, shutting down the opposition. Our consistency under pressure is improving each week so keep up the good work at training

Division 3
A disappointing day in terrible conditions, losing to Adelaide. Defensively we struggled all day and need to improve considerably on that performance to be competitive in this grade.

Division 4
Div 4 made it 2 for 2 with a hard earned 11-6 win at home against Kensington. Sturt hit well all game without much luck but the full game pressure was too much for Kensington in the end. Little things like Kris McArdle fouling off pitch after pitch to earn himself a walk early in the game was a turning point and the kind of 'small ball' that often wins games. Rick Mitchell was one of the batting stars with 3 hits and Barry Lunnon pitched a complete game while getting another 2 hits of his own.

Division 5
Another loss but getting better! Even a huge hit by Brett MacBeth is caught by a very arsey catch in the 4th after the hitting was started by Chris Small. We managed to score 2 runs off some very good pitching by Goodwood, under bad conditions weather wise. John Gooley pitched a good game, but wasn’t enough and ended up going down 13 – 2

Division 6
Division 6 had a tough game against Adelaide, eventually losing 13-4. The bats weren’t working and we look forward to improving this aspect in our next game.

Under 18
The Under 18s had another nailbiting win over Kensington 4-3. Jake Gibson was outstanding on the mound yet again and pitched the entire game. Andrew Mckinnon and Angus Roeger had good games with the bat and defensively the whole team played well.

Under 16 Sturt
A fantastic game by all players! We defeated Adelaide 4-3 scoring the winning run in the last inning. Pat Burns was sensational on the mound and Daniel Lee relieved well under enormous pressure. A particular thankyou to Max Renfry who played with maturity and poise beyond his years.

Under 16 Saints
Sturt Saints U16 again struggled with Senators. The start of daylight saving may have meant a few internal clocks were out of synch! Early errors proved costly against the big hitting Senators team and we battled to contain them and to get ourselves on the board. Toby, Cody and Beau did a good job on the mound and can feel pleased with the way they are progressing.The highlights were two top hits by Beau and Matt Borlace. Elliott took a couple of nice catches in foul ground. Brad had a run as catcher in the last dig and looked good, even with the equipment not fitting very well.

Under 14 Sturt Blue
Sturt had a convincing 20-2 win over Dodger Red at GG. Jay Lunnon and Zac Harnett pitched soundly and Tom Teague continued his good form with the bat. A text book double play by Max Renfrey and David Nicholas helped to flatten the ailing Dodgers late in the game.
Hits; Teague 3, Brebner-Russ, Harnett, Papps, Nicholas, Tape (hr) 2, Renfrey (hr) Larson

Under 14 Saints Blue
We had our first game of the season at home and after a slow start 3 down bottom of the second we had a win, final score 9-5 against Southern Districts. We had two of our digs for three up three down not the best start and Southern Districts hitting the ball into the gaps but to the boys credit they hung in there and with a bit of voice and finally waking up they too started to swing the bat. In the last three digs we out scored them 9 to 1 with some great hitting and base running. The boys are really starting to work as a team and I think they are starting to realise what team means, with high fives when someone does something good. The other pleasing thing from this game is they are prepared to try something even if it does not always work out to our advantage. All played well for our first win with everybody playing some part in it with the bat or in the field.

Under 14 Sturt Teal
Playing at Norman Reserve against a Division 2 side gave us some hope of a victory. However, this was not to be. A slow start by our boys and our inability restrict Henley and Grange’s run rate saw the scoreboard at 14 – 7 after 2 long innings. Adam Hoffmeyer came to the mound for us at the top of the third. This was his debut appearance as a pitcher. He threw to 7 batters, striking out 3 and giving up only 2 runs. A fantastic effort, Adam! The boys rallied to score the 7 run maximum in the bottom of the third but time was against us and the game was called. I was pleased with the boys’ endeavour and our base running has improved.

Under 14 Saints Teal
A 16-0 losing scoreline indicates the mismatch we faced against Port Adelaide. However the game did reveal the spirit that is developing within the team , believe me it could have been a lot worse! A top pitching performance in the middle innings from Josh Clifford and an improved defensive effort , helped to stem the flow of runs. Jarred Pearce was stoic behind the plate blocking numerous pitches in the dirt. Josh Masters took an incredible catch in leftfield running forward and diving low, while Mitchell Kosiol made a solid catch in right before showing great promise as our back up catcher. Simon Evreniadis doubled in one of two runs we scored in an inning that wasn't counted. It sounds strange ,but the team finished on a high as I overheard one lad say "we weren't murdered,we were just killed"

Under 12 Division 1 Sturt
Playing away for the first time the boys continued on their winning way with a solid 15 - 1 win against the Cardinals. Pitching in his first game for the year, Jess Lemon gave a strong indication he would have further innings as the year progressed. Jarrad Lobasso and Matt Macbeth also chipped in to restrict the Kensington team to one infield hit for the day. Our hitting depth continues to impress with 8 of the 9 batters hitting safely at least once. Highlights for the day included the strong hitting from Michael Grey and Scott Miller's Grand Slam Home run in 5th inning.

Under 12 Division 1 Saints
Sturt (Saints) 21 defeated Adelaide 5 Under 12 Saints had a great game notching up their first win for the season against Adelaide winning 21-5. The boys performed well in all facets of the game this week. Henry Ellenwood hit the ball hard including an inside the park home run did Harrison Wood who again performed well behind the plate. Sam Roberts pitched well and was ably relieved by Jackson Holst. The boys fielded well again with some great defensive plays and with that extra batting practise last week there were hits to just about every player. Keep up the good work boys.

Under 12 Division 2 Sturt
Playing the same side we played the week before our result improved slightly going down 10-3. Lachie Burns performance on the mound for 3 innings was superb, holding Torrens big hitters to a few scattered hits. Jack Colmer finished the game off on the mound with a fine display of fastball pitching.
Our infield worked really well this week with Jack Colyer pulling off some good plays at shortstop along with Hamishg Staatman at third. Brett Colmer behind the mask saved an enormous amount of runs through some excellent blocking and glove work.
Next week we travel to Souths and hopefully improve our batting to record another win.

Under 12 Division 2 Saints
Lost to Souths 5 – 15 Expectations were high that this was to be our first points of the year after a good showing the week before, but not to be After a close start to the game Souths hit the ball much more often than us and put our field under pressure that we weren't able to absorb I have come to the conclusion that most of these lads are really still in their very early stages of development and aren't able to think the plays beforehand when in a game situation and are missing the targets with their throws Our hitting at practise and before games is getting better but not improving in game situations On with the positives, Our pitchers Martin Kimber and Fraser Durham battled well as did Matt Franke behind the plate Ryan Kazmer stopped the ball well twice in the hole at shortstop but was unable to get a throw away and Riley Hutchins made a good play at first With bases loaded on four occassions during the game we were able to stop the runs crossing the plate with none or 1 out So, more work on the training track this week and continue on with our program & look forward to the weeks to come

..:: message posted on Wednesday the 2nd of November, 2005 23:01:01 ::..

Week 2 Results

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

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

Masters Games
Now that the Masters Games are over the SABL are going to concentrate on the Monday night masters tournament. There will be a cost of $50 per player for this 12 week competition. We would like to confirm your interest in this event so please advise Bill Magoulianos ( bill@bensons-australia.com) if you would like to play.

Division 1
This game was one of a missed opportunity. We put ourselves in a great position to beat a genuine top 4 side but we weren’t quite experienced enough to nail the win. The game started well for WT with a home run off the first pitch of the game. They then proceeded to load the bases with none out but we managed to get side away without any more damage. We hit back straight away in the bottom of the first scoring a run on a HPB and a single by Chris Catalano. The game stayed tight until the 3rd where WT picked up another 2 runs. We kept hanging in there and narrowed the gap to 3-2. The game was tight throughout with the hitters dominating over the pitching due to a very large breeze to left field. In the bottom of the 7th I thought we had blown the game open scoring 4 runs to take a 8-4 lead. Key hits by Chris Catalano and Tom Brice keeping the scoring going. WT showed what a class outfit they are by immediately scoring 5 runs to take a 9-8 lead. Their big guns came through when required and we didn’t know how to slow the onslaught. It was a very high class game considering the weather and it shows we can match the best sides in the league if we bring our best game. Some impressive hitting displays by Chris Catalano, Tom Brice, Daniel Turner and Jimmy Passmore all with 2 hits and Telmo battled hard for 8 innings against one of the leagues best offensive teams.

Division 2
Was rained out after 2 innings. At that point in the game Sturt were leading 4-3.

Division 3
In a high quality game, the Saints lost 13- 7 to a strong Glenelg outfit. There were many positives to take from the game and this side will keep improving. A big welcome to Scott Hann (Southern Districts) and Danny Green who will be very good additions to this team.

Division 4
Div 4 started the season well, very well in fact when Don Wulff, Barry Lunnon, and Ben Catterall hit consecutive home runs in the 1st inning. Sturt won the game 8-3 at Glenelg after looking like we might score 20! In the end, the Glenelg pitcher did well to keep us to 4 runs the rest of the way but the damage had already been done. It was a homecoming of sorts for 3 times Capps medallist, Barry Lunnon, and he responded accordingly with 2 hits of his own and a well pitched game in which he had 9 strikeouts in 5 innings. Two super defensive plays by Stuart Crutchley did not go unnoticed, either. There was some comic relief early in the game when an unnamed Sturt player was picked off 1st base while holding a tremendous lead of ~12 inches!! Yes, there are fines for that. It was a good start to the season with good camaraderie amongst the guys and a strong belief that we have a team that can do well, win some games, and have a lot of fun at the same time.

Division 5
Division 5 got off to a rocky start losing 22-0 against a very strong Southern Districts side. We look forward to a more even match this week!

Division 6
Div 6 had the first game of the season on Saturday which was great except for 1 thing, when we arrived, the state of the DIAMOND was not I great shape due to the slackness of the last bunch of guys who used it before and did not rake or fill in any holes, there was standing water in the hitters box due to no one filling in the holes no bases were raked and the mound had holes. Come on this is a club and every one must do what needs to done. it is not fair that ANY team must do the diamond twice in one day to make it right. If you cant rake and fill in holes after training use the outfield and not the infield. Who ever used it before us on Saturday would have been real cheesed off if they found it in the state it was in and had to fix it up!!! So pitch in and do the right thing, WE all use it so LEAVE IT THE WAY YOU WANT TO FIND IT, and it just looks good.
Div 6 WON the first game of the year to STH DISTRICTS 16-1. Jeff N started on the mound and pitched us through the first few digs. Mike P caught a great game. We came up to bat in the first innings and batted around and made 9 runs with no outs and the ump came out to ask if he could mercy them and we agreed.
The boys held tight through out the game. Dave Waltham came out to close them off . It was a great way to start off the season and thanks to all the guys who came out and the support from all of our fans.
A special thank you to CAROL BURNS who scored for us. JUST A REMINDER DIV 6 TRAINS ON WEDNESDAYS AT 5PM, so if you have been thinking of coming out to play this year it is not to late.

Under 18
Well you could tell it was going to be one of those days - grey and overcast, the opposition started with seven and the only thing there was an abundance of was rain and errors! Jake Gibson stood resolute on the mound regardless what happened around him and pitched another sound game. Sloppy fielding saw them score two in the first and the game was off to a shaky start. The biggest battle was with the rain, but we did get to finish the game, well sort of! If it wasn't for Matt Whitfords hit to left field that brought two home we would have had nothing to boast about at all. After another one of the breaks and some dubious gamesmanship we knew West Torrens didn't care how they won! We clawed back a run to be four-three down with the bottom of the last to go. Andy McKinnon got on base and we were able to score him but then lost a succession of three runners between second and third eliminating any chance for the winning run and ending up with a tied game 4-4. A fairly ugly day all round.

Under 16 Sturt
Under 16 Sturt Another tough week for Sturt facing arguably the best pitcher in the Under 16 competition from West Torrens. Daniel Lee did a great job on the mound to begin with and Alistair Young finished the game of well. Angus McKinnon had his first shot at pitching for a long while and showed heaps of promise. A special mention to Michael Robinson who caught the whole match extremely well and has improved 50 % on last year already. We eventually lost 12-1 to West Torrens but I thought our effort through the day was very good and we look forward to the next few weeks.

Under 16 Saints
The U16/1 Saints played a strong team from Woodville. While the Senators came away with a strong victory the Saints can still draw some positive from the experience. We made our first double play of the year, Yuma showed he is going to add some useful pitching skills to our team and Hugh's catch at the backstop was a highlight. Ironing out a few errors will help tip the balance next time we face this team.

Under 14 Sturt Blue
Sturt scored 24 runs on 17 hits in 3 and a bit innings to dack Henley and Grange 21-1. Weather intervened for the Rams as the folly of a combined competition shone over West Lakes. Sam Day threw to 10 Batters for 6 strikeouts and 1 hit. Hits – Teague (2hr) Brebner-Russ, Lunnon 3, Harnett (hr) Tape 2, Day (hr) Papps (hr) Nicholas, Renfrey

Under 14 Saints Blue
We went to Woodville for a rain interupted game losing 13-2 but with great improvement from the boys. Sam Hollis had a great hit and then scored our first run with Ben Young scoring the other after a hit from Jarrad Small. Zac Cross had a solid game on first with a great pick off from Jayke Wayne who through a great game backed up by Brett Mulryan. Cameron Mckinnon was busy in the field at short stop and second with Lewis McDonald solid at third. Haydn Pocock again was great behind the plate. Woodville had some good pitchers but the boys found out if you swing the bat you can hit anybody and their confidence is growing as a playing group. Some great plays with runners on base the boys fielded the ball whilst holding the runner on and got the out.

Under 14 Sturt Teal
A disappointing performance in trying conditions saw our team convincingly defeated by West Torrens 23-1. Batting 5 for 15 (2 to Will Brennan), compared to the opposition’s 6 for 15, is our only close statistic. Giving up 17 walks in 4 innings and making far too many errors in both the outfield and infield cost us dearly. Once again, we found ourselves playing a Division 1 side. This is a far from satisfactory situation. Our emphasis at training will be on basic skills and our success will be measured by commitment, hard work and team work.
Thanks to Taylor and Michael for gutsy performances behind the mask. Many thanks, as usual, for the parental support and a special thank you to Debra Hutchins for taking on the role of team manager.
Work hard, boys – it will pay dividends.

Under 14 Saints Teal
The game was washed out!

Under 12 Division 1 Sturt
Another good effort from the team producing a 12 - 4 win against East Torrens. The offence showed the value of their training session at the Seaton High School Indoor Training Centre last week with improved at bats across throughout the team. Jarrad Lo Basso, Tom McGarry, Michael Gray, Jordan Wayne, Scott Miller and Matt Macbeth all hit the ball hard and the baserunning was aggressive, always looking for the extra bag. Defensively we used another two pitchers to take our tally to five different pitchers in the first two games. Matt Macbeth led the way with 7 strikeouts to the 11 batters he faced in his three innings. Brad Trembath displayed outstanding composure behind the plate and looks a promising catcher for us.

Under 12 Division 1 Saints
Under 12 Saints had a good game against Kensington losing 14-0. The score might not tell the full story. Harrison Wood performed well behind the plate all day, Sam Roberts pitched well and was ably relieved by Sam Osmond. The boys fielded well all day and with some extra batting practise this week I think the Saints will be winning more games than they lose

Under 12 Division 2 Sturt
Under 12 (2) Sturt West Torrens 17 Sturt 2
Not a good follow up from the previous weeks good result. Credit must go to West Torrens who had 2 excellent pitchers who held us to no safe hits for the day. Whilst the boys tried hard we let ourselves down in the batting box and we really need to concentrate our efforts in this area.
Some of the players are still feeling their way and I'm sure we will see a rapid improvement in the coming weeks.

Under 12 Division 2 Saints
Loss to Southern Districts 4-8
After a slow start to the game and a little experimentation with our utilities we hit our straps. Fraser Durham (pitching) and Matt Franke (catching) put the skids on the opposition runs and a major league play by shortstop Tim Kimber to Matt Franke to stop a run was the highlight of the day, followed closely by a 9 to 3 by Riley Hutchins to Tyler Banks. Martin Kimber came in to throw in his first attempt and showed plenty of promise. The Kimber twins once again looked the goods in the batters box, as did Fraser Durham With a little more work on our hitting and some concentration and experience in the field, we won't be far away from our first points of the year. Hard work at training and absorbing what we learn will help our improvement. Thanks to Karen, Paul & Greg (parents) and Kev & Sandy Franke (scorers) for there assistance in tough conditions

..:: message posted on Saturday the 29th of October, 2005 00:08:51 ::..

Week 1 Results

Help Wanted - Juniors

Recently the Sturt Baseball Club made a substantial investment in developing a purpose built trailer that can be used as a BBQ for all of the junior games at Flinders. This trailer has large eskies so all cold drinks and food can be sold from the trailer as well. As many of you are aware Flinders is a great ground for our Juniors to play on but it would be very helpful to have a place where players and spectators can buy food and drinks.

We are seeking a person or group of people to help with picking the trailer up on Sunday mornings and taking it to Flinders for the day and then returning it to the club at night. The canteen staff will organise the stocking of the trailer each Sunday all we are seeking is someone to take responsibility for the movement of the trailer.

We will organise a roster of people to serve during the day from the teams that are playing at Flinders.

This would be a very important step for our club in providing facilities at Flinders. If you are interested in helping our club with this please contact Tony Catt on 0412244327 or email TCatt@ords.com.au

Thursday Night Meals

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

Monday Night Masters

Now that the Masters Games are over the SABL are going to concentrate on the Monday night masters tournament. There will be a cost of $50 per player for this 12 week competition. We would like to confirm your interest in this event so please advise Bill Magoulianos (bill@bensons-australia.com) if you would like to play.

Division 1
We scored 2 in the 1st courtesy of Woodville errors. They tied it up in 2nd on a 2 run HR by Wes Hellyer. We then scored 8 in bottom 3 on hits to Holmes, Chris Catalano, Hr by Tom Brice, Hits to Catalano B, Rice, Holland, Boundy and Turner. Woodville hit back at the top of the 4th courtesy of Grand slam by Lachlan Burrows to make it 10-6 where it stayed until bottom 8 when we picked up another 2 runs courtesy of hits by Turner, Holmes and a couple of errors. Telmo battled his way through 9 innings, not dominating but working hard to stay in the game. Fielding was outstanding with only 1 error made and a couple of double plays turned and the voice was a lot more pronounced. Players were backing up each other on every play which was very pleasing. Ben Catalano picked up 3 hits, Chris Catalano, Turner and Holmes had 2 each and every player had at least 1 hit.

Division 2

The "B" Grade recorded its first win for the season 9-6 against Henley & Grange. Strong pitching performances from Jarrod Thornquest, Will Wirth and Tom Winter kept us in front all day. Hitting by the team was encouraging, with younger players picking up the pace of stronger pitching. A mention must go to Tim Brewer with 3 from 4 including a home run. In the last innings Anthony Galpin took a great catch to record the important first out. Looking forward to the next day out.

Division 3

Division 3 had a good game against Henley & Grange eventually losing 12-6. Notable performances from Stan Warrilow who picked up 3 hits and from the three pitchers, Darren French, Mark Colmer and Rick Mitchell. Welcome back to Paul Glenister who played his first game for the Saints in 5 years!

Under 18

Well the U18 season started off with a bang, game 1 the score line reflecting the way the guys played, 20-2, with ALL but one person getting a hit it was an awesome game, outs were made and there were hardly any errors. With Jake Gibson on the mound starting off and mowing them down, then Jared Thornquest coming in and closing it off. It was a great day all-in-all. The second game was a bit of a nail biter. Against Woodville the guys started off really good, but a few errors in the field made the Senators catch up and tie the ball game up. In the 5 and 6 innings were really started to hit the ball well but then the opposition caught up once again, and there it was last inning, runner at 3rd with 1 out and Andrew McKinnon up to bat, what a ball game!!! Andrew ended up swinging the bat, getting contact, scoring the run and winning the game!! 11-10. Well done guys!!!

Under 16 Sturt

A tough start to the season facing off against a good Woodville side. Although we lost 12 – 3, there were many positives to take from the game. Pat Burns had a solid game and was crucified by the umpiring. Many thanks to Sam Day and Max Renfrey who filled in and proved they are more than capable of making the step up to Under 16 level. Another tough challenge next week against West Torrens, but this show the boys very early on what standard is required to play finals this season.

U16 Saints

Saints started strongly with clever batting and aggressive base running and stealing, backed up by strong pitching and fielding. After two and a half innings Saints were up 14 runs to none. Dodger red came back strongly in the bottom of the third with a nine run inning as the Saints tired. The Saint's early runs were enough however and they held on to record a win for the first game of the season. It was a great team effort.

Under 14 Sturt Blue

Sturt went down 10 – 5 to Woodville at Findon in a tough start to the season. We picked up only 6 scattered hits against some high class pitching and need to be more aggressive in the batter’s box. The boys will rise to the challenge. Hits - Brebner-Russ 2, Renfrey, Harnett, Lunnon, Tape.

Under 14 Saints Blue
The Boys played a great game for the first one of the season but went down fighting to GGCD (16-9) at their home ground. Great pitching by both Max Caon and Ben Young with Haydn Pocock catching. I can see that once this team settles down now they will play so great baseball before the season is over, with a little more practice with the bat and base running we will win some games.

Under 14 Sturt Teal

Lost to Northern Districts 15-2

Under 14 Saints Teal
Lost to Dodger reds 12-7

Under 12 (1) Sturt
Firstly I would like to thank the Sturt Baseball Club for the warm welcome from everyone and I look forward to developing this already very capable team over the course of the season.

Our first game really only showed the big difference between a genuine finals boundteam and a novice group of boys that need a great deal of support and tuition. The nine players who represented the Sturt baseball club on Saturday all showed they have a solid skill base and an enthusiasm to learn.
Scott Miller, Michael Gray and Dakota Mitchell combined well to keep the baserunners to a minimum with Scott Miller the standout. Scott pitched three up, three down baseball in his three innings with 5 stike outs. The batters were over enthusiastic in the first innings with the boys over anxious to hit the ball, often chasing pitches outside of the strike zone.
After a regroup the players all settled and began to play each pitch on its merit and the hits followed. Hits:- Tom McGarry 4, Jess Lemon, Dakota Mitchell 3, Matt Macbeth, Scott Miller 2, Michael Gray, Jarrod Labasso and Jordon Wayne 1.
The final score Sturt 28 - Goodwood 1.

Under 12 (1) Saints Bye

Under 12 (2) Sturt
A win to start the season 13-6 against Woodville, and that, without our coach.(well timed holiday)
Tyler Lunnon pitched for 3 innings for 7 strikeouts and an assist only conceding one hit.Lachy Burns pitched the last 2 innings for 4 strike outs and an assist. Jack Colyer and Jamie Skippen also making outs in the field. Sam Furler had a hot job of catching the whole game , hot and sweaty but finished smiling . The boys batted well, all up getting 6 safe hits resulting in 7 RBI's. Special mention must go to Zach Lunnun who filled in to bring our numbers to 9. He got a safe hit and advanced a runner, couldn’t wipe the smile from his face. He's only 7!.
Bring on West Torrens at Flinders next week.

Under 12 (2) Saints,
Wasn't the start we wanted or expected!
Down to the Eagles 15 – 4. 8 of our 11 players were playing their first game of baseball, but all players had looked capable of competing fairly well during pre season I don't think the boys were motivated from the start and need to get a few games under the belt to get into the routine of match days. However, Fraser Durham pitched well in his first game and was ably relieved by Matt Franke and both had a couple of good hits also. The Kimber twins Tim and Martin fielded and batted well with both getting strong hits. Ryan Kazmer fielded well at shortstop and Tom Renfrey tried all day behind the plate. We need to do some hard work on the training track this week to play the kind of baseball I think we are capable of and work out our game day routines

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..:: message posted on Tuesday the 18th of October, 2005 21:59:21 ::..

Update from Sturt AGM

Another season is about to begin at the Sturt Baseball Club and so far this winter we have been very busy!

We will seek to have 4 Under 12 teams, 4 Under 14 teams, 2 Under 16 teams, Under 18s and Senior Divisions 6, 4, 3, 2 and 1. On top of this we will be entering a Masters team for the Over 35s!

We have been busy finding 17 coaches and have been fortunate enough to fill all positions! We have an excellent line up of coaches once again.

The Batting Tunnel development is well progressed and applications have been submitted with both the Department of Recreation and Sport and the Mitcham Council. This facility will be indoors and we also incorporate another changerooms. This will offer our players access to some of the best club facilities in the State.

We have managed to fill most Committee positions with Phil Robinson continuing as Junior Co-ordinator, Ben Seekamp as Treasurer and Bruce Packer as Vice-President. I will continue as President.

Steve and Sue Holmes will continue to operate the bar with the assistance of Dave the bar man. Heather and Kingsley Turner have also offered their assistance again this year with the canteen.

One particular area that needs more help is on looking after the ground at Norman Reserve. We are seeking more people to help keep our baseball diamond in good shape. Please speak to Tony Catt or Bruce Packer if you would be able to assist for a couple of hours on Saturday mornings.

There are only a few changes to the programming of games for this season. Each Junior and Senior side (except Div 1) will play 20 games. There will be 4 Division 1 games played on Saturday evenings. Under 18s will also commence playing games on Friday nights.

The other significant news has been the appointment of our new A grade coach, Gary Rice. Please make Gary feel welcome at our club and support his senior team.

This season promises to be another blockbuster year for the Saints with a record number of teams. With so many teams, there will be a significant amount of volunteers needed to help. Please make sure you do your bit for our club as this will go a long way to making sure we provide the best environment for everybody to play and enjoy baseball.....the sport we all love.

Once again, I am always available to parents, players and members to speak to regarding the club. I always welcome feedback, good or bad. The club is always seeking new and better ways to do things. There is always some way of doing things better! We should look forward to the challenge.

Let the season begin!

Tony Catt
Sturt Baseball Club

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 28th of June, 2005 22:27:19 ::..

SASI Scholarships

Congratulations to the Sturt boys who have received South Australian Sports Institute Scholarships(SASI) this season.

Shane Horne, Paul Holmes, Angus Roeger

Daniel Turner has also had his time extended with some extra time with gym access (six months).

Tony Catt


..:: message posted on Friday the 20th of May, 2005 20:40:40 ::..

Sturt player makes Australian Team

The Sturt Baseball Club would like to congratulate Jackson Brebner-Russ (Under 12s Sturt BC) who has been selected to represent Australia to compete in the Cal Ripken Series. Jackson was one of only 2 players selected from South Australia.

The 2005 Cal Ripken World Series is being staged in Aberdeen, Maryland from the 13th - 21st of August. The team will be in Sydney for a three day training camp prior to heading to the USA.

This is a great achievement. We wish you all the best for the trip!

In a seperate development - Paul Holmes (Under 18s) has been selected as a reserve for the Australian School Boys team. Well done Paul.


Tony Catt


..:: message posted on Friday the 20th of May, 2005 20:36:32 ::..

Club Awards!

I am pleased to announce that Sturt Baseball Club have been awarded the SABL Junior Club of the Year award for 2004/05. This is a magnificent achievement. Thanks to all players, scorers, coaches, team managers and parents that put in so much work to make this happen. Well done.

Bruce Packer has also been named as the SABL Club Volunteer of the Year. Bruce is a tireless worker at our club and this is fantastic recognition for a man who does it all for the 'love of the game'. Thanks Bruce.

..:: message posted on Thursday the 17th of March, 2005 22:55:21 ::..

Grand Final Special!

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

Upcoming Events Presentation Day – Sunday 3rd April from 2pm at the Sturt Baseball Club.

We will be using the marquee on the ground as the venue. Promises to be another great day! We will have a number of items to be auctioned on the day that has been donated by Tom Becker. This includes a Sydney Olympic official baseball playing top fully signed by all the players including Mark Hutton!! Get your cash ready.

Under 14 Division 2 Saints – Grand Final

Saints versus Sturt in a Grand Final on our main diamond – how good is that! Being greeted in the car park at 10-30am by five very early boys who promptly grabbed the equipment and set up within 5 minutes certainly set the tone for this special day. These boys came to play. A great warm-up and a spare 15 minutes to talk and relax pre-game was perfect. The game was played in good spirit but perhaps it was a little unfortunate that it was so one-sided with only 4½ innings being played rather than 7. A magnificent performance by our Saints boys batting 583 as a team and playing tight in the field. The final score was 23-4.

Thank you to all the Saints boys and special thanks to two team players who started on the bench in both our finals without complaint. Bringing you in half way through what should have been a 7 innings game did not really give you a lot of diamond time due to circumstances. Thanks to Cam Larson for his great work as assistant coach. His knowledge of the game and help with the boys was invaluable. Thank you also to our parent group for getting their boys to where they needed to be and for contributing to our team unit with the pencil and muscle. Finally, and so importantly, thanks Jenny “Mum” Small for your management and young people skills. Without you I would have been in an institution well before the finals.

Under 14 Division 2 Sturt – Grand Final

Well, it may not have been the result we had hoped for, but it was a great culmination to the season. Well played boys!! Congrats to Saints team for a well deserved win. They were much stronger and beat us convincingly (we won't mention the score). Our boys did us proud, I have said it before, and I will say it again this team has a bright future. Big thankyou to Glen (Bones) he has done such a great job developing this team. Thanks to our fantastic gallery of parents. almost every week we have every parent come out to support us. Thanks to Trudy for scoring in fact all parents for their support, asking for help was made very easy. By the way, we may not have won the match, but I am sure we would have won the prize for the best after match party!!!

Under 12 Division 1 Sturt – Grand Final

It was the fairytale ending to a season – the underdog Sturt up against the highly polished West Torrens in the Grand Final – a game that had everything.

A grand slam by David Nicholas in the top of the first was immediately countered by 6 runs with 2 outs by the Eagles. At 4-6 down after a 40 minute first inning - it was going to be a tough day!

At 11 all in the fourth the cards fell our way – The Sturt boys pulled off 3 double plays involving Ben Young, Jacko, Pappsy and Sam Hollis which turned the game. By the top of the seventh we had worn down the strong Eagles pitching staff to put the game out of their reach at 19-11

Excellent pitching by Ben Young and Ben Papps held us in the game while safe hits went to Young 3, McGarry, Papps, Miller, Nicholas (hr) 2, Brebner-Russ and Hollis 1 It was a delight to accept the premiership trophy for the SABL Ron MacBeth League from the man himself and it is fair to say that scenes of mayhem followed. We were well supported by family and friends on Sunday and the crowd was treated to a fabulous game of baseball.

The Sturt team (All 11 of them) worked hard all year for this and deserve every accolade.


..:: message posted on Wednesday the 16th of March, 2005 19:24:41 ::..

Week 19 Results

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

Upcoming Events

Presentation Day – Sunday 3rd April from 2pm at the Sturt Baseball Club. We will be using the marquee on the ground as the venue. Promises to be another great day! Please support YOUR club by attending

Game Reports

Division 4 - Preliminary Final

In a classic game of baseball with some great names from the past playing, the Saints lost 8-4 to Woodville. Scott Crutchley pitched a magnificent game but it wasn’t enough to see the Saints through.

Under 18 – Preliminary Final

It was a disappointing end to a good year by the boys, going down 5-4 in a tight game. Unfortunately our bats didn’t get going on the day – our first four innings were 3 up 3 down. When we did get runners on base a hit by Darren Stewart scored 2 runs. Best hitters were J. Gibson, D. Stewart and A. Kerr.

Our pitching staff and defence was solid with J. Gibson pitching very well, a plus for the day was Jake’s 3 pick offs for three outs in one inning. Well Done. To all the players in U18 this season I hope you learn from the season and look forward to next season.

Under 14 Division 1 – Preliminary Final

The Under 14s played a very high standard game but lost 3-1 to Woodville in 7 innings. Pat Burns threw very well for his best performance of the year and Daniel lee was very good both on the mound and with the bat. The boys should hold there heads high in what was a very high standard season from the team.

Under 14 Division 2 Saints – Preliminary Final

Played Dodgers and won 21 - 13. We belted them.. The boys really excelled this week. It would be hard to pick out any best players this week they all played well. One exception would be the tenacity of Bradley Baldwin, after damaging his finger last week and missing the prelim final he played last 1/2 game and made a sensational play at 1st base to back up Zac, and made an out at a critical time. Very Exciting stuff!!!. Congrats to all our team. Jarrad Pearce, Zac Cross, Bradley Baldwin, Hayden Pocock, Simon Evreniadis, Jayke Wayne, Max Caon, Josh Grantham, Alex Furler, Brodey Blanks. They have come so far this season with 6 of our 9 having never played baseball before the boys should be proud of themselves. So on to our all Sturt final this week, being huge underdogs we are hoping for a big upset..

Under 12 Division 1 Sturt – Preliminary Final

Sturt defeated Adelaide 7-3 in a thrilling Preliminary Final on Sunday. Ben Young and David Nicholas held the Angels to 1 hit while our batters picked up 14 (Jacko, Pappsy and Scotty Miller 3, Tom McGarry and Ben Young 2, Ben Daws 1)

At this stage of the season these guys have played 20 games and won 17 – a fantastic effort! They have led from the front, come from behind, fought out the tough games and stood tall in defeat – they play as a team.

This Sunday they will represent the Sturt Baseball Club in the Grand Final against West Torrens in what should be a great game of baseball

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..:: message posted on Thursday the 10th of March, 2005 23:46:14 ::..

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