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Week 6 Results

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Division 1 The Saints travelled to Port Adelaide for their first doubleheader of the season.On a wet,blustery type of day we set ourselves for game one behind the pitching of Telmo.He did not let us down throwing a great game to achieve a 2all result.Ben Catalano combined well with Telmo and continues to lead this young side by example.Chris Hyatt hit a solo dinger and collected a single to be the dominant hitter with Michael Burns and Dutchie combining to add a run when it was desperately needed.Michael also made a great play in the last to finish the game,picking up a ground ball with the winning run steaming home to make a good throw which was brilliantly taken by Ben at the plate to make the tag and finish the game.Game 2 saw us delving deep into the bullpen,Darren French threw his heart out for 4 digs for not many runs before being replaced by Tom Winter who equally showed great poise to wheel his way throught the next few innings.We were given a bit of a hiding in this game and the days events took their toll on this young group.We seemed to expel alot of energy in that first game and were dead on our feet in the second.Throughout the day we were verbally taunted by an opposition who have no respect,empathy or compassion.Our supporters were made to feel uncomfortable(even scared) and I was personally disgusted at the lack of leadership shown by the Port Adelaide coaching staff.Congratulations to my team of young men who absorbed all the taunts to keep their heads high and show the character that will carry them along way in life.This weekend we travel to Golden Grove for a single 9 innings game.

Division 2 The team had their most competitive game on Sunday against Port Adelaide down at the port. Our boys lost 4-3 agianst a team that had not lost a game. We played 8 innings which is unusual for Division 2 but the game was of a high standard. Our two pitchers, Andrew Grego and Craig Passmore shared the work on the mound and both showed much improvement from their previous starts. While our hitters certainly put the ball into play more than they have been the Port Adelaide fielding was very strong. Shortstop and third base had 6 plays each. We need more hits to penetrate the infield. This greater strength will come as a result of working hard at our club practices and strength building exercises at home or at the gym. Jim Passmore had a great day in the box with 3 safe hits. Tom Winter and Darren Stewart each picked up 2 hits.

It was pleasing to see the strong support on the bench from the U18 and Div 3 players who came out very early in case they were needed. Most of them got an opportunity to play.

Division 3 Not a great performance from Sturt, losing 28-3. Much more was expected of this side than what was demonstrated on Saturday and hopefully they will bounce back next weekend. This side has been about development of a lot of individuals and therefore making mistakes is part of the process – the big test of character is how you respond to your mistakes.

Division 4 Division 4 had another good win as the boys seem to have completed their pre-season now and are settling into the season. Sturt 15 defeated East Torrens 8.

Division 6 It was our first home game and guys came ready to play and we did. The west torrens pitcher was throwing some great curves but the sturt boys were still able to get hits. This was a good game but in the end the saints went down by 2 runs. We travel to kensington saturday for a 1:00 game. This brings us to 1 and 4. The win was a forfeit so we are still hunting our first real win!!!!

Under 18 U18's had a great win, coming from behind to beat the top side Glenelg 3-2. Led by Jake Gibson on the mound who did a fantastic job with a one hit game. Sam Bates filling in from the U16 - 1 proved his worth in the outfield and a great hit. With good all round defence and last innings batting performance got us over the line of a tough game.

Under 16 Division 1 The boys played against Port Adelaide and after a sluggish start, they fought the game out well to win 15-8. Both Angus Roeger and Andrew Hall pitched well and Andrew McKinnon played his best game for the year. This team will continue to win games as they improve and concentrate on their own performance, not the oppositions!

Under 14 Division 1 The u/14s played in a rain delayed game with a stoppage during the game. The Sturt boys came out straight away on got on top of the first pitcher for East Torrens . It was a game of back and forth. It came down to the last at bat for East Torrens and they scored the winning run. The Sturt boys made a few fielding errors which could have been outs but turned into runs for East Torrens.
It was the first game lost by the Sturt under 14/1s and that puts them at 5 and 1!

Under 14 Division 2 Sturt Played Dodgers at Golden Grove and lost 17 - 12 but the score was not indicative of the game. The boys played well, Zac Cross had a sensational catch at shortstop. Alex Furler took a line drive backhander catch that was fantastic. Bottom of the 4th new pitcher Zac pitched 3 up 3 down. Josh Grantham took an amazing catch in right field.

Under 14 Division 2 Saints Thank you to the parents who helped set up and pack up our diamond at Flinders this week. Thank you also for your efforts with scoring and pitch counting. Once again, we found ourselves playing catch-up baseball due mainly to fielding errors and not knowing what to do with the ball. Punctuality and our pre-game preparation are not as they should be.

Giving up seven runs in both the first and third innings made our task more than difficult. At the bottom of the third we were running out of time and GGCD knew it. Luckily we managed to score seven in the third with seven minutes to spare and were able to start a fourth with the score at 14-16 down. Some great work on the mound by Sam Day restricted the runs to one and gave us a fighting chance, needing four runs to win. Unfortunately, this was not to be, going down 15-17. It was an exciting and tense finish to a game that started so poorly.

A special mention to William Thorpe for his massive home run in the third which not only brought in three runs but, perhaps more importantly, gave us the time we needed



Under 12 Division 1 Sturt Sturt downed East Torrens 16-12 at Payneham. Ben Young pitched well and picked up 3 hits. This brings our monumental road trip to an end as we play West Torrens at Flinders next week – if we can remember where it is!

Under 12 Division 1 Saints The young saints marched through their 4th win in a row by beating the highly ranked Kensington side 11-7.it was a fantastic win with all players contributing .Our defence held strong with great plays from Jess Lemon and Lewis Mcdonald and all 4 pitchers did well and gained some much needed experience in the middle .Some excellent batting from Adam Catt Matt Macbeth and Michael Gray had Kensington on the back foot.These boys have improved dramatically since the start of the year and with more hard work they are going to be tough to beat.

Under 12 Division 2 Sturt In what could only be described as 'pretty average' weather conditions the Sturt boys prevailed over a fighting Glenelg, 14-11 at Flinders University on Sunday. Playing in the rain always tests out any team but the guys rallied together and produced a good solid effort to now be 3 and 3 for the season. Our pitchers Alex Martens and Jackson Holst showed good control with a wet slippery ball with Alex actually throwing the odd knuckle ball just to confuse the opposition. Michael O'Connor's debut behind the mask was impressive.

Our batting needs improving if we are to get amongst it later in the season and if we can reproduce what we do at training in this area we should achieve this result.

I would particularly like to thank the parents who assisted Dean Franke and I, in setting up the ground early Sunday morning, without their help we'd still be there doing it. I've got to say, the parents associated with our team are the best bunch you could possibly ask for. Nothing is too much trouble for them and they will do anything to help out.

Under 12 Division 2 Saints The top of the table clash saw the Saints go down 15 - 11 against a favoured Kensington. Our boys can take a lot of pride in their effort on Sunday despite a loss. I was apprehensive going into the game due to a lax training and "damp" conditions on the day. Some how (despite impressions) they all seem to get their heads into the right gear come game time.

We performed well in the field, keeping it pretty tight the whole game. Sam Roberts had a great start on the mound, giving little away and making two outs at first. Sam Osmond is performing well behind the plate, and not much gets past him. Mitchell Kosiol donned the mask later in the game and made a run saving out at home from a Jack Colyer field. Spiros Rozaklis took a catch at third. Jack Colyer pitched the top of the 3rd, putting the ball in the strike zone, but tiring later. Adam Homeyer came to the mound in the 4th and also pitched strikes. Both boys conceded 5 hits each to an able Kensington side. Adam also made an out at first. Our fielding and ability to read the play kept Kensington from running rampant, as they have with other sides.

The most impressive aspect of the Saints game was with the bat. 1 Hit each from Jack and Tyler Blanks, 2 each from Adam, Harrison Wood, Josh Masters and Sam Roberts and 3 each from Mitchell and Spiros. The Kensington pitchers were putting the ball in the strike zone for much of the game and allowed our boys to swing away. A couple of our boys who didn't get safe hits were getting lots of bat on ball, they were just beaten by excellent pitching and fielding on the day. They can still hold their heads high.

This game has given us reason to feel good about how we are progressing. Another real team effort.

Thanks to Chris Small for umpiring and Jodie Colyer for scoring in what at times were atrocious conditions. Thanks also to the die hard parents who put up with conditions that we had, to support their boys.



..:: message posted on Thursday the 18th of November, 2004 18:46:41 ::..

Week 5 Results

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

Masters Competition Just a reminder that the Over 35s league will begin on Monday November 8th – all games will now be held at Club grounds. The first game is at Sturt at 6pm. If you are interested in playing in this mid-week competition please contact Tony Catt

THE ANNUAL STURT BASEBALL CLUB QUIZ NIGHT IS ON AGAIN!

Be at the Sturt Baseball Club from 5.30 pm to watch the new Rookie Ball Competition and enjoy a BBQ before the fun begins.

Quiz Night starts at 7.30pm sharp on Friday 12th November.

Lots of prizes and lots of fun. Bring along your friends and make it a good night.
Cost of entry $5 each.
Tables of 10 but we can be flexible. Tables will require a deposit of $20 to guarantee your booking.
Bring along nibbles, and lots of coin. And remember, this is a fundraiser so buy your drinks over the bar.
There will be a few surprise games on the night so be ready for everything!
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Contact Marita Thornquest on 8379 1806 (h) after 6pm or 0413 525 595 (mob) or email marita@devon.com.au to book your table.

Division 1 Bye

Division 2 Bye

Division 3

Division 4 Bye

Division 6 Bye

Under 18 Bye

Under 16 Division 1 Bye

Under 14 Division 1
The Under 14s had another convincing win in woeful conditions. We won 16-7 against Southern Districts. Beau and Max Remfry had good days out and Hugh caught very well. Well done to the team in very poor condition for both players and spectators!

Under 14 Division 2 Sturt
Defeated East Torrens

Under 14 Division 2 Saints
Being first and second on the table with Glenelg and only in front by a small percentage, this was a game we wanted to win for several reasons. With four players away the task was made more difficult. Fortunately we were able to borrow Cody Johnston for most of the game, bringing our numbers up to eight. This meant that we only had one automatic out through the batting order and one player short in the field. Giving up eight runs in the first two innings and batting three up / three down twice, we were in trouble. No giving up, we fought back with some great batting including a triple by William Thorpe to see a more respectable score of 7-10 down at the bottom of the third. The last two innings saw another triple and a couple of doubles from the Thorpe boys and a great double play by Matt Mulryan, giving us a 16 to 14 win.
Every player contributed to this game by not only getting on base but by running them well to cross home plate. Some great catches and smooth plays when it mattered gave us the edge in the field. Well done boys.
Thank you Cody for filling one of our holes, you made the difference! A special mention to Cam Larson, our first base coach, for his direction of traffic on the diamond and his astute observation at home plate. The last out made my day Cam. Thanks also to Jenny Smalla hard day at the office!

Under 12 Division 1 Sturt
Sturt went down to Southern Districts 8-5 in a great game of baseball. We went to a 5-2 lead early in the game before becoming bogged down by some good pitching. The challenge is there for our guys to improve both our fielding and application in the batter’s box and be as competitive as we can.
The road trip continues at East Torrens next week at Noon.

Under 12 Division 1 Saints
This week the under 12 Saints ventured out to Golden Grove.The kids were switched on from the start and played their best game for the year and ended up winning 9-0.Brett Mulryan thew his best game for the year picking up 9 strike outs. Michael Gray had his first pitching outing and finished the game really well. All players battered really well in our best batting effort for the year. Jarrod Lobasso and Lewis Mcdonald were the stand out hitters.We have a big game against Kensington this week and if we beat them we take their 4th spot just behind our other under 12 team.

Under 12 Division 2 Sturt
The local derby between the 2 Sturt teams saw Sturt go down to the Saints 19-11. The team really enjoyed playing on the hallowed turf at the Sturt Baseball Club but unfortunately could not rise to the occasion and were outgunned by their spring training partners, the Saints.
Sturt's Richard Edwards showed some good early form on the mound and was well supported by a tight infield. Alex Martens did his usual reliable job relieving Richard and was ably supported by Jack Goldsworthy. Lachie Burns good form with the bat continued and will try anything to get on base. Our mid game series of errors cost us valuable runs and unfortunately we couldn't pick them up in the batting box. Our infield seems to be getting set with Jackson Holst looking lively at shortstop, Jack Colmer at second and Tom Renfrey being reliable behind the mask. Matthew Franke has proved to be a good utility and is prepared to be the back up catcher when required. Outfielders Hamish Straatman and Sam Furler are improving each week and will be valuable assets to the team as the year progresses. Kane Mattson's batting gets better each week and will add some real bite to the line up in the coming games.
A solid workout on the training track will hopefully see our bats performing better next week. Congratulations to Ben and his team on a good solid effort.

Under 12 Division 2 Saints
Our boys had a dose of nerves before the game. High expectations of themselves and fear of their opposition.
We got off to a great start with Sam Roberts pitching well and also making a great catch. The Saints held Sturt to just 1 run to the bottom of the second. The Saints were prepared to hit away with the bat, and totalled 8 hits with 7 runs batted in for the game. Daniel Congedi was hit twice by a pitched ball. He's possibly still wearing a couple of nice bruises, though they hurt less when you're winning. Daniel also hit a couple of singles to push runners around. Spiros came to the mound and got caught by his nerves. We persevered with him and he finished his 60 pitches with a strike out and a grin. Adam Hofmeyer came in to finish pitching the game and performed well.
This was another great team effort, where everyone put in and supported each other. They are backing up in the field, saving stolen bases and passed balls. We play Kensington this coming Sunday at Flinders, and it will be a test for the Saints. I know that the boys will give them a run for their money and we can go into the game looking for a win.

..:: message posted on Sunday the 14th of November, 2004 08:17:24 ::..

Week 4 Results

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

Masters Competition Just a reminder that the Over 35s league will begin on Monday November 8th – all games will now be held at Club grounds. The first game is at Sturt at 6pm. If you are interested in playing in this mid-week competition please contact Tony Catt

THE ANNUAL STURT BASEBALL CLUB QUIZ NIGHT IS ON AGAIN!

Be at the Sturt Baseball Club from 5.30 pm to watch the new Rookie Ball Competition and enjoy a BBQ before the fun begins.

Quiz Night starts at 7.30pm sharp on Friday 12th November.

Lots of prizes and lots of fun. Bring along your friends and make it a good night.
Cost of entry $5 each.
Tables of 10 but we can be flexible. Tables will require a deposit of $20 to guarantee your booking.
Bring along nibbles, and lots of coin. And remember, this is a fundraiser so buy your drinks over the bar.
There will be a few surprise games on the night so be ready for everything!
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Contact Marita Thornquest on 8379 1806 (h) after 6pm or 0413 525 595 (mob) or email marita@devon.com.au to book your table.

Division 1 The Saints 'A' Grade took their record to 2 wins 2 losses with a solid 10-2 victory over Northern Districts. Considering it was "Past Players" day we were very keen to show the stars of yesteryear there was a future of promise within the current playing group at Sturt. I was really pleased with the team on Sunday, all the things we can control we did control. Endeavour, teamwork, spirit complimented with skill allowed us to be in control of a game we expected to win but knew we had to put the right processes in place to achieve. Telmo threw along the lines of how we want him to and will only get stronger and improve further, well done to him on his best performance thus far(picked up a hit also).Darren French finished the game off for us in fine fashion, staying with his strengths and being well supported by his field. Batting and fielding wise was a true team effort, all players contributing, exactly what we need to play to our best. With the thought Brice, Becker and Mildren being back with us in the not too distant future, it adds another dimension to our club and will make us highly competitive against some of the better teams. This week we have a bye and the week after we play Port Adelaide away in our first doubleheader. Great to see such a good crowd last week, thanks for getting behind us.

Division 2 Division 2 lost to Northern Districts 14-9 on the weekend. After being 8-1 down the players started hitting and soon levelled at 8 all. This was our best offensive work for the season with all players contributing by getting hits or picking up walks. Unfortunately our pitchers had trouble finding the strike zone and soon the score blew out to 14-8. Yuki Sato stared with the bat hitting a double and a triple before injuring his leg. Our fielding was again a positive feature of the game and it was good to see Chris Hyatt helping the team out in the catching department. Jim Passmore maintained his role as a finishing pitcher by taking only one pitch to finish off the last innings.

Division 3 Div 3 faced up to the undefeated Kensington outfit and jumped them early. We were ahead 7-1 after 3 innings and nothing could stop us. Tom Winter pitched very well but got tired and threw the ball to Tony Catt to finish the game off, which he could not do unfortunately… The cardinals rallied to win 11-7 much to the disgust of the President of the Club. There were many positives in this game and this team is playing some excellent baseball – each week is a new challenge – there is more improvement to come from this team.

Division 4 The boys had a comprehensive victory over Playford City 10-2. Everyone contributed well and it was nice to have an easy win.

Division 6 Well what can one say! 37-4 loss - we had a time with Richie Carter started pitching 2 digs then Mark Burns and finished with Glenn Young who “only” hit 5 players. We gave up a lot of walks and a home run. All in all not a good game. We only had 8 guys show up. Jonathan Papps came in and did a great job wherever I put him. Our hitting wasn’t bad when we had the few chances at bat. We have a bye this week then a home game at Sturt. I hope this type of a score line will never happen again!

Under 18 The Under 18s had another shaky start to there game only to be pipped at the post to lose 10-9 to West Torrens. This side has a lot of first year players in the age group and many of them are using wood bats for the first time as well. This side will only get better as the season goes on.

Under 16 Division 1 The boys travelled to Northern Districts and easily accounted for them 15-3. Michael Robinson and Sam Bates did a good job on the mound and Angus McKinnon had his first go catching this season and did well. Everyone did his bit in an excellent team effort. I was proud of the boys mental application in hot conditions.

Under 14 Division 1 The Under 14s had another convincing victory over Norths 20-1. Sam Day and Daniel Lee did a good job on the mound.

Under 14 Division 2 Sturt The boys played showdown at Flinders and played well against some strong pitching. Best players were Zac Cross at 1st base and Josh Grantham with a great hit to outfield. All looked promising in the first few innings however we let them in with some poor fielding and lost. For many of these players it is their first season and I can see promising results in the weeks to come.

Under 14 Division 2 Saints Saints versus Sturt – that’s a first for me. It was a little difficult to know how to approach this game especially with my friend Glen McDonald as the opposing coach. After the first pitch it was just another game to try our best to win. With only 4 hits in our first 2 innings we found ourselves 4 – 7 down. To the boys’ credit they woke up the bats to the tune of 12 safe hits in the next 2 innings, scoring 11 runs and giving us a win 15 – 12. Welcome back to the game Zac Harnett! He has attended all trainings and games with a broken arm. This game was his first for the season and he was a little uncertain whether he could swing the bat. Hitting 3 for 3 including 2 to centre I think his arm is working! Kyle Larson and Alistair Young also both hit 3 for 3 and Tom Teague continues to impress. Well done boys!

Under 12 Division 1 Sturt Sturt played solid baseball to defeat Norths 17-7 on Sunday. Jacko took the catch of the season at first base – diving high to his right like a soccer goalkeeper. The rubber hits the road next week against Southern Districts – this is when we see how things go at the top end of town.

Under 12 Division 1 Saints We had a fantastic come from behind win over Glenelg 9-7.We had a rather poor start giving up 6 runs in the first innings but fought our way back in the game with some solid pitching from Brett Mulryan and Josh Clifford.Jarrad Lobasso hit a huge double which was followed by a single by Matt Macbeth to score 4 runs to really get us started .Jarred Small did a good job behind the plate .The boys are starting to believe in themselves and we look forward to beating Golden Grove on the weekend to get us in the top 4.

Under 12 Division 2 Sturt What was billed to be the match of the round with the top 2 teams battling it out, proved a disappointing result for Sturt. Kensington were too strong on the day and won out with a 16-5 victory. In a game marred by injuries we were forced to use 4 different catchers which tested the boys and in the end upset key fielding positions. Again good pitching performances from Alex Martens, Jackson Holst and our 'closer' Jack Goldsworthy with all 3 giving it their all, but in the end Kensington had too much power in the batting box for us to contain them. We probably faced the best opposition pitcher we will see all year which limited our opportunities on the base paths. Jack Colmer continued his good batting form with another big shot to centerfield and Lachie Burns also is getting good bat on ball. The signs are there with all players really starting to contribute and their improvement curve since the beginning of spring training has been enormous. In the coming weeks we need to stabilise our pitching rotation to assist field balance so we can really start working on set plays. If we can settle key positions and continue to improve with the bat, we won't be far off the mark at the end of the year.

Under 12 Division 2 Saints What a Team! Our boys had a solid win against a gallant East Torrens on the second flinders diamond. In what was really a 3 innings match we comfortably accounted for them 14 - zip (a technicality from 14-7 due to odd innings). The Saints fielded well and got hits with the bat. They are starting to showing us just what they are capable of. I am finding it an exciting experience to see a grin grow across a boys face as he plays well. Josh Masters started at the mound, striking out 4 batters, and putting a runner out at first for his time in the game. Sam Osmond performed well behind the plate, and is starting to hit the ball well. Billy Burford got into the game throwing a runner out at first to close the top of the first. Spiros took the bat and made the Red Sox pay with three 2 baggers for his contribution scoring on all 3. Jack Colyer made their pitcher work hard, getting two singles, and was batted in to score twice. Sam Roberts put in another solid effort. Started at right, backing up well, then catching the last 2 innings. Sam made a throw to second on a steal which Adam Hofmeyer took only to be beaten by a breath. Mitchell Kosiol asked not to be catcher due to a bung eye, but took a great catch at first to start a dismal third innings for the Red Sox. He also hit a double in the third, so much for a bung eye. Harrison Wood got 2 strike outs for his time on the mound and got 2 lovely hits to push runners around. Adam had a great hit to right to get on, then to score from a Jack hit. Adam also nearly pulled off a great double play. A solo pickup and put out at second, then fire off a throw to first that was just beaten. Matt May got a hit and a walk while at bat and scored twice. Tyler Blanks' batting is improving, got on base and scored. Appologies for the essay, but in a team effort, they all deserved a mention. I would like to thank the parents who assisted with setting up and pulling down the diamond.

..:: message posted on Sunday the 14th of November, 2004 07:56:27 ::..

Week 3 Results

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

PAST PLAYERS DAY
The 2004/05 baseball season is underway and the Sturt Saints are looking to make an impression this season in all grades. We have the most teams entered this season in the competition with 15 teams! This includes 9 junior sides, which shows the growth within Sturt.

We will be holding the Past Players Day on Sunday 31st October at the Sturt Baseball Club. The A grade will begin at 3.15pm and the B Grade will commence at 12.30pm. It promises to be a great day as people reminisce on the 'good old days!'.

There will be drink specials all day and the BBQ will be running.

Make sure you make the effort to come along and have an early look at the new Saints coming through. Please pass this message on to as many past players as you can and come along to the game to show your support for the club.

Please call Tony Catt on 0412244327 or tcatt@ords.com.au with any queries

THE ANNUAL STURT BASEBALL CLUB QUIZ NIGHT IS ON AGAIN!

Be at the Sturt Baseball Club from 5.30 pm to watch the new Rookie Ball Competition and enjoy a BBQ before the fun begins.

Quiz Night starts at 7.30pm sharp on Friday 12th November.

Lots of prizes and lots of fun. Bring along your friends and make it a good night.
Cost of entry $5 each.
Tables of 10 but we can be flexible. Tables will require a deposit of $20 to guarantee your booking.
Bring along nibbles, and lots of coin. And remember, this is a fundraiser so buy your drinks over the bar.
There will be a few surprise games on the night so be ready for everything!
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Contact Marita Thornquest on 8379 1806 (h) after 6pm or 0413 525 595 (mob) or email marita@devon.com.au to book your table.

Division 1

The 'Saints' recorded their first win of the season in a nailbiter (or it was for me) against Woodville on the weekend. The score line was 5-4 and was earnt by contributions from all players. We came out running early, Dutchie and Stuart Crutchley got on through safe hits and were banged in by a beautiful line drive double by Ben Catalano. Then in the third shots to Chris Hyatt and Daniel Turner scored us a couple more runs and we were looking as if we were in for a high scoring game. Unfortunately we dried up, srambled a run in the seventh which ended up being the winning run. Full marks to Michael Burns for staying tough, getting himself a base hit, stealing second, advancing to third and crossing the plate for that 5th run which became the match winner. Another endorsement that this game is played over 9 innings and your last at bat is of equal importance as your first. Through all of this, Telmo kept wheeling away for 8 solid innings and although he can pitch 100% better, his heart and courage carried him through to record his FIRST WIN in the SAINTS uniform. Well done, many more to come. Chris Hyatt turned up the gas to close the ninth in the fashion we are looking from him.A top all round game from Chris. This week we take on Northern Districts in a game we cannot take lightly. When you are a developing side, the first skill you must attain as a side is consistency. If we can take some confidence from the weekend and improve in some areas the result will look after itself. As it is our "Past Players Day" it is important we play to our best and show the stars of yester year we are on the right track. Hope to see plenty at Norman Reserve cheering us on trying to balance the ledger at 50% win/loss record.

Division 2

A draw is better than a loss. Division 2 drew 2 all with Woodville on the weekend. Craig Passmore pitched 6 innings and only gave up a couple of hits. The field did a great job in backing him up making no errors. Will Wirth completed the game on the mound in the seventh innings and will only get better with more practice. Hitting is still the team's biggest weakness. All players have yet to make the necessary adjustment to the better quality pitching that we have faced so far this season. With daylight saving coming and the chance it brings to work more on hitting, we will see improvements.

Division 3

The side had a great win over Goodwood 6-5 with everyone contributing to the nailbiting victory. Tied 4-4 in the last Brian McGree launched one into centre left to score two runs to give the Saints a lead they would later protect with the 'Ace" pitcher Tony Catt on the mound. Peter Turner played an excellent match and was unlucky not to pick up a couple of extra hits and Aldo was brilliant at Centrefield.

Division 4

Limited with a few key injuries at the moment, the Division 4 team went down to Goodwood 9-8. One bad innings cost the boys and no doubt they will bounce back this weekend into the winners circle.

Division 6

The boys got there first win on the board over Playford City 9-0. Playford forfeited!

Under 18

After a very sluggish start against Woodville, the boys fought back to get within one run but eventually went down 12-7.

Under 16 Division 1

The boys travelled to the home of the skid kids, Woodville, and turned in a poor performance. The first innings cost us dearly as we gave up 6 runs to be chasing the Senators all day long. Andrew Hall came in to pitch and showed some real heart to hold Woodville through the middle of the game. Jack Fahy played his best game for the year and I expect his confidence will grow from here. Woodville 14 defeated Sturt 4.

Under 14 Division 1

The boys played Goodwood at flinders on Sunday. They fell behind 3- 0 in first digs and then went on to win 15 -3. There were a few problems with the Goodwood coach for only after 5 pitches from Pat Burns he came out to complain that he was throwing curve balls etc. He came out 2 more times after that complaining of the same. But that is nothing new for him. He also tried with out success of screaming something every time our pitcher was about to pitch, to throw our pitchers off but again it didn't work. To bad he isn't in it for the boys to have fun!

Pat Burns and Dan Lee pitched well and Hugh had a great game of catching even though he had a lame foot! Under 14 Division 2 Sturt

We drew against GGCD 15 /15 at Flinders. The boys fielding let them down for most of the match but they redeemed themselves by scoring 7 runs in the last innings to draw the game. Haydn Pocock hit 2 doubles that were vital scoring runs. Max Caon came on as catcher while Jayke Wayne pitched for the first time, both did a great job. Jarrad Pearce had a great line drive and was very unlucky to get caught at third. Zac Cross played well at first and closed out the inning with 2 pitches. . No doubt some serious fielding practice is on the agenda this week!

Under 14 Division 2 Saints

This week we traveled to Thebarton Ball Park for a game against Kensington. At the bottom of two rather long innings we were leading 9-8. We scored the 7 run maximum in the top of the third innings, hitting the ball well and running aggressively around the bases. The bottom of the third saw Alistair Young come to the mound and 3 batters later it was all over - one strike out, a great catch at shortstop and a caught stealing second by Kyle Larson behind the plate. We won 16 - 8.

Well done to Alistair who also batted 750 including a magnificent hit that missed being a home run by less than a foot at home plate. A special thanks to Todd Griffith for his pitching and base running expertise last Wednesday at training - it made a great difference at Sunday's game.

Under 12 Division 1 Sturt

Sturt downed the Indians 22-5 at Mortlock. Goodwood pitchers had difficulty finding the strike zone so our batters were never really challenged. Ben Papps hit the ball all over the park and Scott Miller took a screamer at left field. We continue what could be a record road trip next week at Northern Districts - our first home being Game 7 on Nov 21st.

Under 12 Division 1 Saints

A great team effort has resulted in our first win for the year ,beating East Torrens 11-4.All players did their bit to secure the win .Our pitchers Josh Clifford and Brett Mulryan did very well.Jess Lemon continud from last week with some great batting .Brad Trembath made a great double play at second base in what was an almost error less feilding performance by the team.Now we are on the board there is no stopping us.

Under 12 Division 2 Sturt

A disappointing loss to the boys 14-13 Vs GGCD. The long drive out seemed to dampen our start but then we came back with our bats a blazin just to fall short in the end. Lachy Burns' little arm pitched well at the start but started to tire with Alex Martens coming in to stem the tide well until he ran out the pitch count. A few strong hits from Jack Colmer were a highlight with Matthew Franke, Michael O'Connor, Richard Edwards and Jack Goldsworthy also hitting the ball Hard. Perhaps a better start with the bat and a little bit of thinking in the field would have seen a win come our way.

Under 12 Division 2 Saints

Our Saints clawed their way back to a 10-9 loss against the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon. We had a slow start, and some errors allowing the Cardinals to get away early. To our boys credit, they didn't drop their heads, and worked hard to hold the opposition and to get some runs. Mentions go to Spiros Rozaklis for his time at the mound with 5 strike outs. Catchers Mitchell Kosiol and Sam "Ozi" Osmond for their work behind the plate. Sam put out a runner at home after retrieving a wild pitch, saving a run. Sam Roberts batted well but unrewarded. Billy Burford took a hit for the team to later get home from a Matt May hit. Adam Hofmeyer for his start on the mound, only gave 1 walk in 13 batters.
It was a team effort that held us in the game, and well done to the boys. Even though we went down there were still plenty of smiles.

Masters Competition

Just a reminder that the Over 35s league will begin in November - all games will now be held at Club grounds. If you are interested in playing in this mid-week competition please contact Tony Catt.

..:: message posted on Sunday the 14th of November, 2004 07:43:02 ::..

Week 2 Results

PAST PLAYERS DAY

The 2004/05 baseball season is underway and the Sturt Saints are looking to make an impression this season in all grades. We have the most teams entered this season in the competition with 15 teams! This includes 9 junior sides, which shows the growth within Sturt.

We will be holding the Past Players Day on Sunday 31st October at the Sturt Baseball Club. The A grade will begin at 3.15pm and the B Grade will commence at 12.30pm. It promises to be a great day as people reminisce on the 'good old days!'.

There will be drink specials all day and the BBQ will be running.

Make sure you make the effort to come along and have an early look at the new Saints coming through. Please pass this message on to as many past players as you can and come along to the game to show your support for the club.

Please call Tony Catt on 0412244327 or tcatt@ords.com.au with any queries
THE ANNUAL STURT BASEBALL CLUB QUIZ NIGHT IS ON AGAIN!

Be at the Sturt Baseball Club from 5.30 pm to watch the new Rookie Ball Competition and enjoy a BBQ before the fun begins.

Quiz Night starts at 7.30pm sharp on Friday 12th November.

Lots of prizes and lots of fun. Bring along your friends and make it a good night.

Cost of entry $5 each.

Tables of 10 but we can be flexible. Tables will require a deposit of $20 to guarantee your booking.

Bring along nibbles, and lots of coin. And remember, this is a fundraiser so buy your drinks over the bar.

There will be a few surprise games on the night so be ready for everything!

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Contact Marita Thornquest on 8379 1806 (h) after 6pm or 0413 525 595 (mob) or email marita@devon.com.aumarita@devon.com.au to book your table.

Division 1

The 'Saints" had East Torrens away on the weekend and were handed a 10-0 mercy rule drubbing. On top of last weeks effort this was not the start we had trained so hard for. Like all sport/business/personal life it is all about balance and we are walking a very skinny tightrope at the moment. On Sunday our starting pitcher came out of the blocks firing and looked to be heading towards a great game retiring the first 4 hitters to face him. Right there we took our first tumble off the tight rope when Telmo strained his lower back and had to be replaced immediatel. Daniel Turner came in cold from shortstop and proceeded to work himself into the game for 3 and 2/3 innings of gutsy pitching .Apart from a muffed catch in the outfield he gave up one earned run and was replaced by Jared Holland who fought his way through a couple of innings. During this period we were not able to trouble the scorer with a combination of some taking pitches they should have been swinging at and others swinging at pitches they should have been taking. Hitting is a funny thing, when your up you don’t think about it you just do it and when your down it just seems to snowball and compound. We are still a young, developing team who are going through some tough times and being exposed at the highest level. Mental toughness is an individual thing, how each and everyone of us handle adversity is also very individual. Regroup, Rekindle the fire, stick together !! We are all feeling the letdown of not holding up our end of the bargain at the senior level and must continue to work hard. Stick with us.

Division 2

East Torrens won 13 to 3. East Torrens were in full strength with a division 1 pitcher Jonathon Beech and several other players who were regular div 1 players last year.
Darren French started on the mound for us after a good game in div 3 last week and struck out 3 batters in the first innings. ET hitters started finding the gaps in the field in the second innings and did not look back after this. Ben Packer had 1 2/3 innings and concentrated on throwing strikes as this was his first effort on the mound in any form this season. Jim Passmore finished the game with one pitch to get one out in the sixth innings.
Brian McGuinness did well with two solid times at bat and Darren Stewart picked up his second safe hit for the season. Darren French was unlucky not to record a 2 base hit as the left fielder took a brilliant catch to dismiss him.

Division 3

Tom Winters side climbed into the winners circle with an excellent win over the Tigers 12-8. Trevor Hendry threw a gem and Craig Passmore finished the game off well for the Saints. The hitting was excellent from everyone and it is great to see this side really start to gel as a team and enjoy there baseball.
Division 4

After a disappointing start to the season last week, Division 4 returned to winning form this week, recording a 19 to 10 win over Henley & Grange. The boys amassed 21 hits, including 4 from Don Wulff (including 3 triples), with 3 hits apiece for Ben Cattarell, Todd Griffith and Simon Gooley and an in the park home run from Glenn Noble. Todd Griffith threw well on a big hitters ground until Mark (where's the Nurofen) Colmer, not content with having played 18 holes of golf in the morning and then catching for 4 innings, came in to pitch the last 2 innings of the game. Special thanks also to Mike Griffith who at very short notice made his Div 4 debut collecting a nice double to centrefield for his efforts.

Division 6

well it was a beautiful day at Goodwood for div 6 to be playing. We played a great game with Bruce Lucas pitching, we were ahead until late in the game then Goodwood came back fighting. Tied the game with a man on 3rd, and with a wild throw from the Div 6 coach {no names} to 3rd base the runner was able to score and win the game for Goodwood. Good game for both teams Saints 8 Goodwood 9.

Our first home game is this week Sat at 1pm so come on out and see who is all in the team and lets go for our first win against Playford!

Under 18

The Under 18s held together for a much deserved victory over East Torrens 7-5. Shane Horne did a wonderful job on the mound for the Saints and the game was always in hand even though there was a late comeback from the RedSox. The boys are looking forward to staying in the winners circle this week.

Under 16 Division 1

The boys beat East Torrens comfortably 17-3 in a dominant display. Everyone contributed to the win and the level of intensity and team effort was spot on. The base running and hitting were excellent and we will need another similar effort this week against Woodville to be any chance. Individually, Tristan Winterling played the best baseball I have seen from him, Angus Roeger is maturing fast and will be a dominant force in this league, Andrew Hall has made an excellent come back and Michael Robinson just continues to impress behind the plate.

Under 14 Division 1

The boys were on fire at Adelaide on Sunday, everyone had a great at bat and when that happens the runs start coming in. Hats off to Beau at center field with the catch of the day! The pitchers pick offs to first base were spot on.

The game was called after 90 mins. And the boys had a real great game all around.

Final score SAINTS 18, ADELAIDE 2. THATS 2 WINS IN A ROW.

Under 14 Division 2 Sturt

The boys had a convincing victory over West Torrens 18-6.

Under 14 Division 2 Saints

The first half of our game against East Torrens Redsocks showed some promising signs. We scored runs in the first three innings and possibly looked to be the stronger team. Unfortunately, we did not score again for the remainder of the game while errors, lack of concentration and some good batting allowed our opposition another ten runs – the final score being 15-7. This game highlighted a few weaknesses in our game which we will work to improve. A special mention this week for our starting pitcher, Cameron Thorpe. He intimidated the opposition with his pace and achieved six strike outs in two and one third innings. Cameron also batted three for four and when it mattered!!

Under 12 Division 1 Sturt

After a slow start Sturt rallied to down the Angels 16-4 at Adelaide. We smashed out 14 hits (Jacko and Ben Young 3 each) and were sound in the field. Ben Papps and Ben Young gave up only 2 hits on the mound and this group is starting to play like a team

Under 12 Division 1 Saints

Even though this young team have lost its first 2 games in division 1 the signs are there for the making of a great little team.The boys have really come a long way with a solid pre season and with a few more games to gain some much needed experience they are not far away from a win.Josh Clifford has battled hard and done a great job for us pitching and batting .Jess Lemon had a fantastic game at second base and Matthew Macbeth hit a great double with loaded bases and Ben Daws seemed to be involved in everything.The club is in a fantastic situation where we have 2 u12 Div 1 teams and I am really excited about the development of these young players ,they just have to stay possitive.

Under 12 Division 2 Sturt

Won 16-6 Vs East Torrens

After a tight start to the game the lads hit their straps, great pitching by Jackson (The Pumper) Holst and Richard (Shortstop) Edwards and ably caught by Tom Renfrey kept the Redsox batters at bay and the pass balls to a minimum Jackson made 3 good plays in 1 innings to dismiss the entire Redsox side Matt Franke hit the ball hard again, Richard Edwards hit well and Alex Martens made some good plays at first All other players not mentioned also contributed in some way or other and were given the opportunity of playing different positions

Under 12 Division 2 Saints

Sturt under 12 / 2s saints had a bye on the weekend. A couple of my lads helped Glenn's under 14 team out. I'm sure that it would have been great exposure for them.

Masters Competition

Just a reminder that the Over 35s league will begin in November – all games will now be held at Club grounds. If you are interested in playing in this mid-week competition please contact Tony Catt.

..:: message posted on Sunday the 14th of November, 2004 07:06:37 ::..

Zac Stokes

Congratulations to Sturt Baseballer, Zac Stokes who is returning to the US again after obtaining another baseball Scholarship.

Zac is going to William Woods University in Fulton Missouri which is about an hour west of St Louis. His scholarship is for 2 years.

We wish Zac all the best.

..:: message posted on Thursday the 19th of August, 2004 09:11:23 ::..

Coaching Position

Flinders University Baseball Club requires a Division 1 Coach for the upcoming WinterBall season. This is a paid position, and monies will be determined based on playing and coaching experience in consultation with the club. Coach would be required to run selections prior to the beginning of the season, and coach games throughout the season. Training/selections will run from the 3rd April for 4 weeks from 12noon - 2pm each Saturday. The season begins on May 1st.

In recent times, the Division 1 team has not missed a finals series since 1992 and has won grand finals in 1990, 1998, 1999, 2000. (As well as many more in previous years), and has various Division 1, Claxton Shield and National reps playing in these.

The club is a student based club, but welcomes players from everywhere.

For more information please contact Kerry Wilkinson at baseball@flindersclubs.asn.au or after hours on 0407 185994. Please have an outline of your experience available.

..:: message posted on Friday the 26th of March, 2004 19:31:12 ::..

Congratulations

Congratulations to Tom Brice for being selected in this years SABL All Star Team. Tom had an excellent season and finshed with a batting average of 490, with 20 RBI's and 8 home runs. He only played 20 games for the season which makes these statistics even more commendable. Well done Tom.

Sturt was also awarded the SABL Junior Club of the Year. This is a major achievement and is reward for a lot of hard work and dedication by a lot of people within our club. Congratulations to Phil Robinson and the Junior Committee, Coaches and players for taking out this award. This is a good sign of things to come in future years!

..:: message posted on Thursday the 25th of March, 2004 19:32:16 ::..

Weekend Results

Kirra Tours
The Kirra Tours trip to New Zealand is still valued at $7000. Remember it is first in first served for the trip at the reduced price. The holiday is valued at $8200 and can be purchased now for $7000. For all of your holidays make sure you use Kirra Tours as money will flow back to help the club.

Congratulations!
Well done to all the teams that represented Sturt in Grand Finals this year.

The Under 12 Sturt team won a nailbiter (16-15) over West Torrens to clinch the Premiership. Well done to the team and to Chris Small for a wonderful season.

Medallists
Well done to the following players who won the SABL medal for the Best and Fairest in their division. This is an enormous achievement, something you should be very proud of.

Jarrad Thornquest - Under 16 Division 1
Angus Roeger - Under 14 Division 1
Pat Burns - Under 14 Division 2

Presentation Day
Presentation Day this year will be held at the Sturt Baseball Club from 2pm on Sunday 4th April. We have organised a large marquee for the day, which will be located in the middle of the ground. We will have tables set up for each team. Bring your own nibbles for the afternoon but to help the club please buy all your alcohol over the bar. It ensures to be a fantastic afternoon. Bring as many relatives and friends as possible to help celebrate what has been a very successful season.

Weekend Results

Division 4 - Grand Final
The team got off to a shaky start and could never quite catch Southern Districts all day, eventually losing 12-9. Every player battled the game out well and there were some highlights including Scott Crutchleys 3 run home run in the 6th inning and a brilliant backhand play at third base by Kris Mcardle. The boys are pumped up for revenge next year!

Under 14 Division 2
The boys played their hearts out for a 18-10 loss to West Torrens. The final score does not accurately reflect how close this game was. In the 5th inning the Saints were only down by 2 and looking good. However, the West Torrens lineup was too strong on the day and extended there lead in the last two innings. Well done to Glenn McDonald and the boys on a good season.

Under 12 Sturt
The club was chasing its first Premiership for the season and this team delivered the flag! The team won 16-15 over West Torrens with a 2 out hit in the last inning clinching the game. Congratulations!

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..:: message posted on Tuesday the 23rd of March, 2004 18:23:45 ::..

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