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Message from the President

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

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AGM Feedback

The AGM for the Sturt Baseball Club was held on Tuesday 24 May 2016. Thank you to all of you who attended at the Sturt Football Club as our club has been having some renovation work done making it unavailable for tonight's meeting

For those of you who could not attend, I will give you brief highlights of the meeting.

Executive Positions for Election were filled by:

i. President- Phil Robinson
ii. Vice President- Wallace Long
iii. Secretary- Adam Kerr
v. Treasurer- Ben Seekamp
vi. Facilities Manager-Jamie Knuckey

Player Life Member

Tom Winter, Tom Faeshe, Chris Small, Adrian Hill and Zac Stokes were inducted as Player Life Members

Life Member

I was humbled tonight to be inducted as a Life Member of the Sturt Baseball Club. It has been a privilege to lead our great club. Thank you to Jeff Nicholas, the Committee and members for this great honour.

Dave Hutton was re-elected as our Patron.

Thank you to Bruce Packer who once again has produce a magnificent Annual Report which will be available shortly on our website

For a full list of Life Members visit our website under about > life membership

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 24th of May, 2016 21:42:17 ::..

2015/16 Awards

The Sturt Baseball Club held its Senior Presentation Night on Saturday 19 March 2016 and its Junior Presentation Night on Friday 18 March 2016 .

At the outset my I take this opportunity to congratulate all our Award Winners! The President's Award which is given for outstanding service to the Club was won this year by Sharron Linton. Sharron has done an amazing job and in most cases single handedly organised and run some very successful social events! Congratulations to Sharron!

The Josh Deegan Award was won by Wallace Long. Congratulations to Wallace and all the other nominees who exempify the qualities of the Award.

The Dave Hutton Award for the player who polled the most club votes was won by Mitch Lightbody for the Seniors and by Austin McClure for the Juniors. Congratulations to both these young talented players!

Team Awards are listed below:

Division 1: (Tony Catt)

Damon Arnold - Most Improved
Best Team Man - Matthew Macbeth
MVP - Mitch Lightbody
Josh Deegan: Damon Arnold

Division 2: (Tom Winter)

MVP: Ky Hampton
Batting Award: Tyson Ottaway
Coaches Trophy: Reed Stewart
Josh Deegan: Harry Knuckey

Division 3: (Darren Stewart)

MVP: Jared Holland
Batting: Dylan Miels
Best team man: Alex Hopton
Josh Deegan Award: Jared Holland

Division 4: (Dale Martens)

MVP: Pete Turner
Best Team Man:Jimmy Passmore
Batting Award: Dale Martens
Josh Deegan: Alex Hopton

Division 5: (Chris Small)

MVP:Adrian 'Fame' Hill
MVP Runner Up: Ben 'Shrek' Colyer
Coaches Award: Mark 'Pop' Burns
Josh Deegan: Wallace Long

Division 7: (Phil Martin)

MVP: Mick Trlin
Runner up MVP: Brett Mulryan
Batting Trophy: Steven Spiel
Best Team Man: Richard Carter
Josh Deegan: Mick Trlin

Under 19: (Matt MacBeth)

MVP: Mitch Lightbody
Runner up MVP: Harrison Knuckey
Coaches Award: Damon Arnold
Josh Deegan: Jack Dawson

Under 17/1- Sturt (Mitchell Lightbody)

Austin McClure: MVP
Harrison Knuckey: Batting Award
Reed Stewart: Most Consistent
Josh Deegan Award: Luke Peters

U15/1 - Sturt (Wallace Long)

MVP: Josh Vidale
Most Improved: Hamish Pickett
Coaches Award: Jonas Garcia
Josh Deegan: Joel Edwards

Little League 1 - Sturt (Paul Mildren)

Most Valuable Player: Jack Hutton
Most Valuable Player: Robbie Brennan
Best Team Man: Angus Catt
Coaches Award: Austin Parkinson
Josh Deegan Award: Angus Catt

Little League 1 - Saints (Stan Warrilow)

MVP: Ethan Dawson
Batting Trophy: William Jordans
Most Consistent: Spencer Warrilow
Josh Deegan: Joe Harvey

Little League 2 - Sturt (Jared Holland)

MVP: Tyler Stephens
MVP runner up: Lachlan Holland
Most Improved: Thornton Bickerstaff
Best team man: Brad Vince
Josh Deegan: Brad Vince

Little League - Sturt (U11) (Todd Hartnett)

Presentation medals were given to each player

..:: message posted on Sunday the 20th of March, 2016 10:18:23 ::..

Finals Edition

Congratulations to our Under 19 side coached by Matt MacBeth for winning a Premiership for our club! Great effort boys! Commiserations to the Under 17/1 side who played off in a Preliminary Final, going down to West Torrens.

As previously advised our presentation nights for end of season awards are listed below:

Friday 18 March- Junior Presentation Night: Commences 7.00 pm. BBQ dinner available from 6.30 pm and bar will be open

Saturday 19 March- Senior Presentation Night: Commences 7.00 pm. BBQ dinner available from 6.30 pm and bar will be open

For those of you new to the club, please join out Twitter feed, at Follow @sturt_baseball and our Facebook page!


The Sturt Baseball Club thanks all of our sponsors for their generous support. If you require further information on sponsorship, please contact our Sponsorship Manager Jeff Nicholas on 0419 824 324.

Under 19 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Sturt 9 def East Torrens 1

The under 19's season was a strange one, being midweek games we had two cancelled due to heat and two byes. We won a game with one hit, won 4 games by less than two runs and I cannot remember one game where these group of boys played to their full potential.

To the boys' credit we still reached the Grand Final to play an opposition we had not seen all year and had no idea what to expect. We took an unchanged line up from the Semi-Final to battle East Torrens with Brodie starting on the mound. As usual down at West Beach the wind was blowing in making hitting difficult but both teams were able to generate scoring opportunities in the first three innings. We were able to open the scoring with some two out hitting and then a clutch double from Tyson who led from the front all day behind the plate as well.

Brodie completed his three innings for one run and 4 strikeouts. It is a nice luxury to be able to bring in our shortstop Damo who pitched multiple innings in A grade this year. The quality at bats continued to pile up and this led to walks and a few errors from our opposition. I think a highlight of the last three innings was our base running taking extra bases and at least 5 stolen bases putting runners in scoring positions. Clutch hitting from Luke, Damo and Simo putting the result beyond doubt and ended up with a mercy rule 'walk off' (Brodie is claiming) win in the sixth inning.

Highlights of the day were Damo hitting for the cycle in his last at bat (needing home run) but unfortunately only managed a single ending with four hits and three shutout innings in relief. It was a professional performance from a very talented bunch of lads who executed everything that was asked. We made all the basic plays, executed two bunts, a hit and run and the stolen bases which I mentioned before which is all you can ask a coach. The future is looking very bright if these boys can stick together.

Big thanks to Ozzie McClure, Mitch Lightbody for helping out on the bench and special mention to Riley Mills who played a lot of bench minutes in the finals, still rolled out every week and did his role us and was a big part of the premiership. Tinny being our overage star recruit also played a lot of bench minutes but appreciate his efforts. Also Matt Mulryan my assistant, first base coach was always picking up the slack for me and helped out when I was away early on.

Hits Arnold 4, Ottaway 2, Peters 1, Dawson 1, Adkins 1, Macbeth 1

Under 17/1 (Coach: Mitch Lightbody)

Preliminary Final: Sturt 3 lost to West Torrens 6

Firstly thank you for the league for allowing us to play. We'd rather have lost today than been heated out and not able to play. By the time we finished at 11:10am the temperature was "only" 30 degrees however the humidity was stifling but either way we got to play. The game started exactly the way we wanted. A double RBI double to Ky Hampton and a single RBI to Liam Lucas set us up beautifully to score 3 runs. Ky took the mound, struck out the first batter and a fly out to Tyrese Kimotho in left field and we had the first two back in the dugout. After an uncharacteristic throwing error at short stop, the next and final out was called due to offensive interference by the runner to put WT back in the field with Sturt leading 3-0. WT protested and opted to play the rest of the game under protest. Really? - was that necessary?

The second innings WT grabbed the initiative sending us back to the field with 3 up and 3 down. Two doubles, a single, a well-executed bunt and another couple of throwing errors from us enabled WT to lead 4-3 after two.

The third began with a single to Reed Stewart and ended with a brain fade double out after a pop fly with the runner failing to tag up. Baseball 101 and the coaches were unimpressed to say the least. Back into the field with no addition to the score. Another tidy 5-3 play by Liam and 2 strikeouts to Ky and the score remained at 4-3.

Three strikeouts and a walk to Dylan Hopgood was not the response we needed. Again with Ky commanding the mound two simple put outs to Austin McClure at first and one of the best running out field catches you would ever hope to see by Dylan saved a triple leaving the score at 4-3.

Fifth innings and back to the top of the order and two out singles to Harry Knuckey and Ky wasn't enough to get a score on the board. A walk, stolen base, another well executed bunt plus a wild throw and wild pitch and WT basically sealed the match to lead 6-3. The sixth led off with another single to Liam but a grind out and two strike outs had us back into the field trailing 6-3 but still in with a chance. Aussie took the mound replacing Ky and we escaped with no addition to the score. Escape being the order of the day, a walk, stolen base, another successful bunt, a strike out, a fielder's choice run down play and a put out at 1st by Ky closed the innings. It wasn't one for the faint hearted.

Top of the seventh and our last chance, Luke Peters got on base due to an error at 2nd, Reed hit successfully into right field, Harry walked and suddenly we had loaded bases with none out - was there a chance? Alas Ky flew out to right and Aussie hit into a double play and there the game and season ended 6-3.

As far as today went Ky was our best player by a long shot. He threw 100 pitches for 66 strikes for 6Ks, 3BB's, 5 hits and 4 earned runs. With the humidity at close to 100% (felt like it anyway) his lion hearted effort was one for the ages. With the bat he went 2 from 4 including a double and 2 RBI's. Well done Ky! Reed Stewart 2 from 4 with the bat and had a good day behind the dish allowing zero past balls. Liam Lucas can also hold his head up going 2 from 3 and was terrific at third and Harry Knuckey was solid with one hit, two walks and a hit batter to get on base 4 times for his four appearances at the plate. We got batting contributions from just the 5 players and the other 6 were well beaten by Callum Park the Adelaide, whoops sorry West Torrens opening pitcher who recorded 8 strike outs and just the one earned run.

The season finished with 12 wins 3 losses and a draw. Our 3 losses came from the 3 teams that finished above us and we finished 4th out of 17 teams. A fair effort but with the talent we have in this team we could have done better it's just we were unable to get an even contribution from the 11 players today. Having said that, 8 out of our 11 were first year U17 players so there is much to look forward to next season - we have unfinished business.

Thanks to Mitch Lightbody for his outstanding contribution coaching this team and giving them a different and well thought out perspective on the game, Jamie Knuckey the driving force behind the team and Deb Hopgood for scoring all season . Thank you to all the parents and fans that came out today to support the team; we're just sorry that we couldn't give everyone the right result.

One of the things I will say is how proud we are of the boys that they never gave up. They played the game in the right spirit even when we got really woeful calls they didn't remonstrate with the umpires. Watching opposition players and coaches, not just this week but in past weeks carry on about umpiring decisions really makes my blood boil. What are we teaching our children? And it's no wonder umpires are hard to find. People need to pull their heads in. Hopefully the karma bus is just around the corner.

See you all next season!

..:: message posted on Wednesday the 9th of March, 2016 20:18:32 ::..

Newsletter 29/02/16

Well done to all the teams that played off in finals this last weekend. Unfortunately the results did not go our way and we now need to pin all our support behind the Under 19 team who are playing off in a Grand Final this Wednesday night, 2nd March 2016 , 6.30pm at Diamond Sports Ground. Let's get a great crowd to the ground to cheer on the boys!!

Please mark in your diaries our presentation nights for end of season awards:

Friday 18 March- Junior Presentation Night: Commences 7.00 pm. BBQ dinner available and bar will be open

Saturday 19 March- Senior Presentation Night: Commences 7.00 pm. BBQ dinner available and bar will be open

For those of you new to the club, please join out Twitter feed, at Follow @sturt_baseball and our Facebook page!


The Sturt Baseball Club thanks all of our sponsors for their generous support. If you require further information on sponsorship, please contact our Sponsorship Manager Jeff Nicholas on 0419 824 324.

Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 6 defeated GGCD 2

Playing on the home deck for the last time of the season is always a treat - thanks Knux!

We had a bit to play for - we wanted to end the season on a good note, Macca played his 100 senior game, Roeger was playing his 200th and we wanted to finish as high as possible on the ladder.

JBR started on the hill for the Saints and threw a great game - no walks, 4 hits and no earned runs. He has certainly thrown the ball with more consistency in his last 6 appearances. Offensively we swung the bats well particularly Daniel Lee with a Grand Slam home run early in he game that proved to be the difference in the end.

Even with the middle part of the order not getting going in this game, everyone else chipped in which is what you need in a successful team.

Game 2-Sturt 9 defeated GGCD 5

Facing there import for the first time this season was going to be another challenge for this group but we wanted to play well in front of the large home crowd.

Josh Tindall went out to the bump for the Saints and went into 'lock down' mode working his way beautifully with 3 innings and 9 hitters back in the dugout in order. He ran into trouble in the 4th with a leadoff walk, a hit and a moon shot over the right field fence for GGCD to post 3 runs. After this hiccup he settled down again before handing the ball to young gun Dylan Ridding.

Offensively we were productive from the first - the middle order came to life with home runs to Roeger and Nicholas in amongst some outstanding hitting from Quinlan and JBR. The lower order also put in some great work with hits from Damon Arnold and Tyson Ottoway. Holmesy hit the ball well all day without luck.

9 to 5 in the last and Dylan Ridding shut the gate with some great pitching and allowed the Saints to post the 'W'

It has been a highly successful season for us this year with lots of positives.

This group should look forward to the next season and beyond with a lot of enthusiasm.

They are a pleasure to coach and will be a force in SABL for many years. Stick together boys and get reward for the effort.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Woodville 12 d Sturt 1

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

East Torrens 9 d Sturt 3

I don't really know how to describe this game other than I am proud of the way the guys handled themselves.

Skins Wayne threw a pearler of a game giving us 7 solid innings and only giving up 2 earned runs. He kept hitters off balance all day and if it weren't for a couple of errors early he likely would have thrown the CG.

Benny 'The Panther' Bicknell played a great game in CF tracking down nearly everything that came his way.

Offensively we crushed the ball, outhitting East Torrens 16-11 on the day but failing miserably to get the timely hit we needed when it counted. We left 13 runners stranded for the day and in the end this was the difference.

Wall Lemon, Martini Martens, Bumsuck Sally Burns and Hoptimus Prime all collecting 3 hits each for the day. If we want to go further next year we need to convert these runners into runs at every given opportunity.

I want to thank all the players for their efforts this year, you are a top bunch of blokes and have made my job very easy. We definitely have the talent to get to the top if we can all stick together and make another run at it next year.

A huge thank you to Carol Burns and Teresa Harrip for scoring throughout the year and also running the Div 4 crèche.

Looking forward to seeing you all out at the club for presentation night - the prelude to the End of Season Trip………………………………………………….

Hits: Daisy Martini 3 (2x2b), Wall Lemon 3, Bumsuck Sally Burns 3, Hoptimus Prime Hopton 3, Jimmy Jimmy Passmore 2, Benny The Panther Bicknell 2,

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Red Sox 23 d Sturt 4

Our season - which was extended by a week after our successful protestations to the SABL that we had earned our place in the finals - came to an end with a thud against a suspiciously (or predictably) stacked East Torrens.

In Div 7, it is a little unusual to see a catcher who can throw a laser to second base from his knees without even trying (and that's an understatement) but it's not uncommon in Div 1 where this guy - and the shortstop - would appear to have played most of their baseball.

Nevertheless, we weren't good enough to beat the top team on their home deck and didn't do ourselves any favours with our defence.

Regardless, it was good to make finals for the fourth season in a row, thanks in no small part to new boys Mick 'Mickey' Trlin, Brett 'Mumbles' Mulryan and Steve 'Slugger' Spiel.

Thanks as ever to Heather for scoring and to everyone who came out to watch. See you next season!

Under 19 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

U19 - Sturt 3 d West Torrens 2

Under 17/1 (Coach: Mitch Lightbody)

. Kensington 6 defeated Sturt 1

The reason you finish second. The post season began with the U17 Saints going down to a very impressive Cardinals outfit at home on a beautiful Sunday morning at Knuckey Coliseum 6-1.

Defence good, offence poor. End of story. Lost the hits 5-2, OBP .400 versus just .214, and the RBI's 6-1. Have to score more than 1 if we're to win anything. Most times anyway.

The Littlehampton connection led the batting with single hits to Liam Lucas and Dylan Hopgood. Tyrese Kimotho chimed in at the right time and hit home Liam to score our only run. Rather sorry affair overall with the bat and full credit to the Kensington pitcher that threw to the field picking up the win. We hit into 2 double plays and got the ball out of the infield just twice and they were both fly balls to centrefield.

Austin McClure threw the first four innings for 95 pitches 58 strikes 4 hits, 2 earned runs, 2BB's and 7 K's. Not a bad return but not supported unfortunately by the batting. Kensington held the batter's box far better than we did and worked Aussie's count up to the maximum. We won several battles but lost the war. We trailed 2-1 when Aussie left the mound.

Liam took the reins in the 5th and didn't quite hit the zone. An opportunity missed at left field resulted in one unearned run scoring and another couple scored after hard fought walks and the innings was finally bought to a close in most impressive fashion with a delightful double play from Tyrese and Harrison Knuckey leaving us trailing 5-1. Luke Peters took the hill top of the sixth. A walk, sac bunt followed by a passed ball/wild pitch, a grind out and Kensies grab another run and we trailed 6-1.

Top of the 7th and Luke shuts Kensies out with the score at 6-1. Bottom of the seventh and we needed a bloody good innings and doing exactly what the team needed Chris Sandor and Michael Sabatino both got on base but a nice double 5-4 play extinguished any chance in the 7th and we followed up with a well struck line drive from Reed straight to shortstop and that sort of summed up our day. It wasn't our day with the bat. And we lost!

The beauty of finishing second gives us the double chance and next week we're off to play at Mosquito Park against our old nemesis West Torrens in a do or die preliminary final. No more second chances. Kensington plays Glenelg in the other preliminary and we play the Eagles for the opportunity to play off in the Grand Final.

Go Saints!

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Paul Mildren)

East Torrens 4 d Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) 2

..:: message posted on Monday the 29th of February, 2016 21:42:11 ::..

Finals Timetable for this week

Wednesday 24 Feb 2016:

6:00 PM-West Torrens vs SBC U19 - Sturt at West Torrens Baseball Club

Saturday 27 Feb 2016:

3.00 pm-Woodville vs SBC Division 2 @ Woodville Baseball club
3.00 pm-East Torrens vs SBC Division 4 at East Torrens Redsox Baseball Club

Sunday 28 Feb 2016:

9:30 AM-SBC U17/1 - Sturt vs Kensington at Sturt Baseball Club
10:00 AM East Torrens vs SBC Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) at East Torrens Redsox Baseball Club

Good luck to all the teams!

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 23rd of February, 2016 21:16:33 ::..

Newsletter 22/02/16

The end of the season is upon us with a number of teams having played their last game over the weekend. Sturt has our Division 2 team in a final along with Under 19, 17 and Little League 1 - Sturt (U13). Good luck to all these teams playing finals Check our website and Facebook site for game times when they have been made available by Baseball SA.

The 80th Capps Medal will be held on Wednesday 16th of March 2016 at the Derby Pavilion Morphettville Racecourse, pre-dinner drinks commence at 6.15 pm. Tickets $85. Beverage vouchers available at $35 per guest. You can book online and mark in the box Sturt.

The Junior Awards will be held on Thursday 10th March 2016, 5.45 pm for 6.15 pm at the Regal Theatre 275 Kensington Road, Kensington Park. You can book tickets online.

Please mark in your diaries our presentation nights for end of season awards:

Friday 18 March- Junior Presentation Night: Commences 7.00 pm. BBQ dinner available and bar will be open

Saturday 19 March- Senior Presentation Night: Commences 7.00 pm. BBQ dinner available and bar will be open

For those of you new to the club, please join out Twitter feed, at Follow @sturt_baseball and our Facebook page!


The Sturt Baseball Club thanks all of our sponsors for their generous support. If you require further information on sponsorship, please contact our Sponsorship Manager Jeff Nicholas on 0419 824 324.

Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 2 lost to Adelaide 5

With some soldiers down from the carnage of Thursday night's game, we regrouped to take on Adelaide. Minus Mitch lightbody….

Josh Tindall took the pitching duties on first and really pitched solid baseball for 6 innings. He was unlucky with a couple of infield flares that turned into runs. He handed the ball over to Jackson Brebner-russ who also pitch well without luck and in the end we gave up 5 unearned runs.

There import pitcher really dominated our hitters all day - some shining lights offensively were Paul Holmes and Jackson Brebner-russ. There wasn't too much else to cheer about.

Defensively we made too many mistakes at crucial times and our base running was a little selfish at times as well.

Big double header coming up- Golden Grove at home - really want to end the season on a positive note and have some momentum for the offseason.

Well done to Tom Winter and the B Grade for making the finals - some reward for a lot of effort and patience.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

B grade defeated Adelaide 5-2

Well we started the day with a small hope for finals but needed a win first.

Ky Hampton started on the hill and was sensational, in what I think was his best outing to date, throwing all bar one out of our 7 inning game. Brodie Macbeth then came on to close the game out.

The boys fielded and hit exceptionally well. Harry Knuckey was solid at SS making some great plays and also picking up 3 valuable hits. Adam Kerr was also good with the bat picking up 2 hits.

We started the year slowly but after a poor outing in late November against Kensington, we new we had to improve and improve quickly if we were going to compete with the top sides. The boys rallied together only dropping one game and a couple of draws since. We needed a few things to go out way to make finals and luckily for us it happened. We scrapped into 6th by .2% and will take on top placed Woodville in a big challenge next Saturday!

I'm extremely proud of boys, many teams would have dropped their bundle and rolled through the motions when finals look so far out of reach! But they never gave up and have been rewarded with a chance to shake things up.

I'm hoping we can get a few out to Woodville next Saturday to support the boys!

Go Saints!

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

STURT 3 ADELAIDE 18 Its the end of the season but no fairytail finish for us. Unfortunately Coach Daz was not there to finish off a great year of coaching and he was so trying to change the vibe of us guys . We had our highs throughout the year with some lows along the way. Jess Lemon had a go on the hill with 2 great innings , then frenchy tryed his hand with an outing we will all forget. Next Dale battled through cramp for 2 innings, thanks mate... Jake Powell finished it off for us. Hitting today was not too bad some solid at bat. Thanks for a great season, guys now we have set the bar there... so next season we have to improve on ourselves and the only way that is going to happen is by hard work on the track and believing we can. Thanks to Jo we owe you for scoring. Jayden Trembath 2 Dylan Miels 1 Alex hopton 1 Craig Nicks 1 Austin Mc Clure 1 Jared Holland 1

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

Sturt 11 def Adelaide 3

We showed up today looking for a solid win heading in to the finals and that is exactly what we did. Adelaide kept in the game through the first few innings but we managed to break it open late with some good team hitting. Again Big Shed Gibson did a great job on the hill working through 5 innings before handing the ball off to newly appointed closer Bumsuck Sally Burns who fanned the lineup in style. Was great to finish the regular season with a win at home… Belting out the song is getting a little more familiar for the boys now!

Excellent defensive effort again, we will need to bring our best next week to get past ET.

Special mention to Hoppo who collected 3 hits wearing the pink helmet with pride.

Hits: 'Hoppo' Hopton 3, 'Daisy Martini' 2, 'Twisty' Turner 2, 'Panther' Bicknell 1 (3b), 'Sally' Burns 1 (3b), 'Jimmy' Jimmy Passmore 1, 'Wall' Lemon 1

Division 5 (Coach: Chris Small)

Well for the last game of the season we played down at Flinders.

Not much to really report for this game but will find one positive.

Tom "Tommy I Don't Dance' Winter did hit a bomb to score three runs in the 3rd.

H&G smashed us all over the park and hit very well on the day.

Final score : 27 to 8 and yes that was a lose!

Safe Hits: Burns 2, Gooley 2, Winter 2 (1D & 1H), Small 1 (1D), Day 2, Hodges 1

Thanks to Carol for scoring, Norm "Poppie Norm" Sluga for umpiring and to the crowd for coming to watch us get smashed.

Hopefully see you all next season!

Good luck to all those teams that have made the finals!

Go the Saints!!

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 2 Flinders 5 @ Flinders

This was a very close game against a difficult opponent on their home ground - and, as it turns out, if we had managed to win, we would have been playing finals for the fourth year in succession. Mick 'Mickey' Trlin was outstanding on the mound, throwing a complete game and only giving up a handful of hits in return for 4Ks. The defence behind him was solid - a brilliant peg from Brett 'Mumbles' Mulryan to Phil 'Philthy' Martin for a very satisfying 2-6 CS was a great way to start the game and we put in a disciplined effort in the field. However, we weren't able to get the job done with the bats with only 5 hits in total and, when we did get on base with walks or errors, we didn't bring enough of the runners home. Chris 'Hoops' Thompson was terrific again in lead-off, Steve 'Slugger' Spiel continued his fine form with the bat, Andrew 'AJ' Johnston was a giant at first and Matt 'Chewy' Chenoweth was solid at second base. Big thanks to Matt Mulryan for base coaching and to Heather for scoring. Thanks to everyone for another season of fun - already looking forward to the next one. Unless the SABL has got it wrong and we are in the finals…! Hits: Thompson 2, Martin 1 (1 RBI), Spiel 1, Johnston 1 (1) Pitching: Trlin 4Ks in a heroic pitching effort.

Under 19 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)


Under 17/1 (Coach: Mitch Lightbody)

Sturt     0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3
Glenelg 5 0 1 1 0 1 8

The loss we had to have? From an historical perspective this was the first game (as a club) our U17's division have lost since the preliminary final in March 2014, a run of 30 games which by any imagination is a terrific achievement. Well done to all the boys concerned!

Back to the game. The worst opening to any game this season going 5 nil down after just 1 innings. We batted first and three up and three down set the tone for the match. The wheels were loosening and then they came completely off. A walk followed by a missed double play, two throwing errors and a run scores. No big deal but the "tone"" continued, catcher's interference followed by three walks, a strike out, a fielder's choice for our first out, hit batter, single and fly out to third prevents a max 7, 38 pitches later and we trail by 5.

Top 2: A single to Austin McClure followed by 3 strike outs wasn't getting anyone excited. Harrison Knuckey to his credit took the Bays out in 16 pitches. We trail 5-0 after two.

Top 3: A two out rally scores 3 with Luke Peters getting things going with a lazy double to left field that should have been a triple but in the end scored anyway. Singles to Aussie, Liam Lucas and we're back in the game. The Bays get one back after Aussie takes the mound. He coughs up a walk and a hit and we now trail 6-3

Top 4: Three up and three struck out. A couple of scattered hits and another walk to Glenelg and the bleeding continues and now trail 7-3

Top 5: Three hard fought walks and we still can't get a run, beginning to think we might not win this! Two ground outs and a strike out to Glenelg and at least the score hasn't got any worse.

Top 6: Three up and three down - just the response we weren't looking for. A single hit to Glenelg and they work the runner home with the old chestnut of putting the ball into play. A hit plus a stolen base and two more balls into play moves the runner from second to home. Baseball 101 and please tell your children it's sometimes that simple.

Top 7: Different sort of a finish - I'm not quite sure what occurred? Another hit to Luke resulted in two runners being given out by a runner's interference? Was the ball thrown? Everyone looked a little bewildered. I think that's what happened and I was there.

Anyway didn't affect the result as we had our pants pulled down and lost 8-3 to set the Bays up as premiership favourites. All part of Mitch's masterplan.

Stats wise for those that give a toss - won the hits 6-5, "won" the walks 7-3, errors 3-1 in our "favour", and an unusual one for us lost the strikeouts 10 to 6. Good effort by the Glenelg catcher/pitcher Mason Clavell.

Congratulations to the boys for finishing second out of 17 teams after the minor round - a fantastic effort and one that they should all be proud. 12 wins, one loss and a draw. Next week 2 v 7 and we all start all over again. Training Thursday afternoon and our first final Sunday morning at 9:30am at Norman Reserve.

Go you Sainters!

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Wallace Long)

Southern Districts 17 d Sturt 3

We made the long trip to The Deep South today to play our season finale against a very strong Hawks outfit. The final score does not do the Saints justice as they showed flashes of good play while Southern Districts piled on late runs to pull comfortably away. Hitting highlights were courtesy of Jonas Garcia and Joa Poskey-Miles who both had a single, a double and well hit fly outs to centrefield getting solid bat on ball each time up. Each really provided a spark and gave the team a much needed boost of enthusiasm. Joel Edwards also had a beautiful shot up the middle to centre for a single that underlined his potential for next season.

In the field Charlie Durack took a very nice running catch in foul territory down the rightfield line, Jonas and Joa made several nice plays at shortstop and second base respectively. Joa followed it up with a last inning grab in centre field. Joel was very solid in left field today and overall our outfield play was probably the best of the season. Catcher Sam Stewart backed up a missed throw to a cutoff man and threw a bullet to Jonas at second to gun down the Hawks' fastest player attempting to take the extra base - a sweet bang bang play.

As the season for the U15 ends, there are several people to thank for getting the boys on the park each week. First and foremost is our fearless leader Wallace Long, the Sturt Baseball Club equivalent of Everywhere Eddie McGuire. His commitment and positive outlook while wearing so many other hats at Sturt is constant and a great role model for the boys. Next are our scorers extraordinaire Sally Edwards and Matt Miles. Your willingness to front up week after week and produce well compiled clean scorebooks are a huge contribution to making the team run smoothly. Our various pitch counting parents, most notably Michelle Hammond, likewise are very much appreciated. Mike Garcia and Andrew Vidale have been great at helping Wallace with the boys on the field, particularly at training and during pre-game warmups. Dave and Wallace have tried to juggle the playing roster equitably given a wide range of player availability issues. Sometimes we got it right, sometimes maybe not so, but they appreciate the understanding of parents and players over the course of the season. Thanks to all parents for ferrying your sons to training, games and special training sessions. Thanks to Jamie Knuckey and son Harrison who have taken over as volunteer grounds crew for Norman Reserve this season and have transformed it into one of the best diamonds in the league.

Good luck to all Saints teams in the finals this year. Go you Sainters!!!

Hits: Joa Poskey-Miles 2 (2B), Jonas Garcia 2 (2B), Sam Stewart, Joel Edwards 1 each

RBI: Joa Poskey-Miles, Jonas Garcia 1 each

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Paul Mildren)

East Torrens 8 d Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) 3

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

Saints10 - Kensington 10

Todays game had a bit of everything, diving catches, double plays, home runs and a few too many strikeouts.

Kensington, although far below us on the ladder came to play and to their credit according to the coach played their best game of the year.

We, on the other hand chased too many bad pitches and did not adjust to the slow pitching in the first 4 innings.

Our defence was also lacking in a few areas.

All that said and done though we did come away with a draw and lots of positives to take away from the game.

Ethan started on the hill and pitched 2 solid innings giving up 4 hits with 4 strikeouts and 2 runs.

Angela came in for the 3rd innings and threw 14 pitches with 1 walk and 2 groundouts, the second one ending up a double play with a tag at home plate to end the innings!

Spencer pitched the 4th and 5th innings picking up 5 strikeouts and giving up 4 hits and 4 runs courtesy of a few bleeders and one nice double from Baxter (ex Sturt player).

Will had a crack for the last innings and we had our hearts in our mouths as Kensington looked like they might score a 5 run maximum thanks to a home run but he managed to limit them to 3 runs thanks to a great diving catch by Spencer at centre field and by striking out the last hitter.

Our hitting game took far to long to get going and we were looking down the barrel late in the game but we rallied to finish with 7 runs in the last 2 innings.

We finally started to adjust and improve our pitch selection.

The 4th innings started with Ryder smashing a line drive to right field only to see it taken away by a great diving catch. Spencer picked a walk then Ethan struck out and we were struggling with 2 out and down 7 - 3.

Will picked up a safe hit, then Samson picked a walk then enter Jamie "the crusher" Vidale who proceeded to smash a line drive home run to centre field (we finally got there mate). Then not to be outdone Angela smashed a triple down the right field line but unfortunately we couldn't get her home.

The last innings was a heart stopper as we were down 10 - 7, Ryder struck out then Spencer and Ethan both picked a walk. A safe hit to Will and walks to Jamie and Samson saw us even it up at 10 - 10.

Unfortunately Samson was tagged out at home trying to score on a pass ball and Angela grounded out for the last out.

Overall we have improved out of sight this season considering we were 1 win and 6 losses earlier in the year.

Well done guys and gals for training hard and putting in the effort.

You have been a joy to coach (mostly) :

Saints     0 2 1 0 4 3
Kensington 1 1 0 1 4 3

Hits - Will 3, Jamie 2 (HR), Spencer, Ethan, Angela & Joe 1 each

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Jared Holland)

STURT 2 lost to GAWLER 13

Well it's the end of the season for us. We didn't win today but everyone was so encouraging towards each other which was one of my goals all year.

Thanks to Mark and Bill for doing the coaching for me today as I had to umpire.

Mr reliable Brad Vince was great on the bump and then the fantastic Molly stood strong up there, then fireball Nic came close to finishing it off but roll the dice Dacry did his bit too.

Tornado Tyler took some great catches in the outfield and some of the guys got to try there hand in the infield.

Hits today didn't go so well, but with the exception of Junior Dutchy hitting a double and some great work behind the dish. We only picked up 4 hits but was really happy how everyone stood in the box.

Thanks for a great year guys everyone improved heaps and u all should be proud of yourselves. I hope you all stick with it in the years to come! Of course thanks to SUPER SONIA our scorer for doing a great job.....

Tyler Stephens 1
Lachlan Holland 1
Molly Thomas 1
Darcy Kelsey 1

Little League Sturt (U11) (Coach: Todd Hartnett )

Sturt 7 - Goodwood 3 The Saints came out strong to finish off the season in fine fashion with the third win in a row showing a great improvement over the course of the year.

Kale started out on the mound and got us going on the front foot striking out three with only one run crossing the plate. Goodwood was able to get the bat on the ball for two hits which speaks highly of Kale's accuracy and resilience after walking two. Our first inning at bat supported Kale's effort with three runs on two hits by Kale and Myles with three base on balls and the common occurrence of Louis being hit by a pitch (fortunately only in the bum this time!).

Kale finished up his 40 pitches in the second giving up two hits and a walk. Zach took the mound in relief and was as strong and accurate as he has been this year. Goodwood was able to get a hit that eluded the second baseman scoring two runs, the second run beating the throw home on a heads up play from center field. Hugh started off the second at bat getting hit by a pitch which turned out to be our only run of the inning after two walks and a second batter hit (Ed) moved him around the bases.

Zach pitched the third inning striking out the side in order on a near minimum 12 pitches and leaving the fielders wondering if they even needed to bother leaving the dugout. The Saints started to pull away in their at bat putting four runs on the board on 3 hits (Zach, Magnus, Max) added to two walks and a fourth hit batter. Goodwood pitching then settled down and struck out the following three batters but this is all we needed on the score board.

The fourth inning on defense was the same as the third, the only difference being Harry took over the pitching duties. Harry has closed a couple of games for us this season and this may well have been his best. The batters didn't have a chance as Harry was throwing bullets sitting down the side in order on only 14 pitches. Again, the fielders jokingly asking why they left the dugout. Our last at bat of the season was uneventful with Goodwood walking two and striking out three to end the game.

The game had ended but the games didn't. One of our more cheeky players decided to bring a bucket of water balloons and chase the coach around the field. The boys won this battle also!

A great day for baseball and water balloon fights with spectacular results on both!

..:: message posted on Monday the 22nd of February, 2016 22:09:18 ::..

Newsletter 15/02/16

Thanks to everyone who came along on Friday night to our Quiz Night. The club made nearly $4,000 at the event! Special thanks to Sharron Linton who put so much work into arranging the event and to our Quiz Master Wallace Long who did a great job keeping the crowd entertained!

The 80th Capps Medal will be held on Wednesday 16th of March 2016 at the Derby Pavilion Morphettville Racecourse, pre-dinner drinks commence at 6.15 pm. Tickets $85. Beverage vouchers available at $35 per guest. You can book online and mark in the box Sturt.

Please mark in your diaries our presentation nights for end of season awards:

Friday 18 March- Junior Presentation Night: Commences 7.00 pm. BBQ dinner available and bar will be open

Saturday 19 March- Senior Presentation Night: Commences 7.00 pm. BBQ dinner available and bar will be open

For those of you new to the club, please join out Twitter feed, at Follow @sturt_baseball and our Facebook page!


The Sturt Baseball Club thanks all of our sponsors for their generous support. If you require further information on sponsorship, please contact our Sponsorship Manager Jeff Nicholas on 0419 824 324.

Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Game 1: Port Adelaide 13 d Sturt 0

Game 2: Port Adelaide 9 d Sturt 3

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Div 2 defeated Port Adelaide 8-6 Well today saw the return of Paul Mildren to the hill for the saints. Paul threw 1 inning to start the game and although it didn't go exactly how he would have like, there was still plenty of positives and he showed he's still got it. Ky Hampton then took the mound and finished the rest of the game in brilliant form.

Once again our hitting and fielding was superb, with everyone contributing. We have struggled through out the year to execute when required, but the boys executed well today which led to two big scoring innings which resulted in a good win.

If a couple of things fall our way we can still play finals, but a must win this Sunday at Adelaide is the start.

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)


Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)


Division 5 (Coach: Chris Small)

Southern Districts 12 d Sturt 2

We strapped the water bags on the front and packed the car for the long trip down to Southern Districts then realized that taking the Southern Expressway cut a lot of the travel time off and we arrived early morning for a 12.30 start.

So with only two runs scored not much to write about in the batting stats!

Michael 'Stiffy' Hodges had a safe hit.

Ben 'Shrek' Colyer was robbed in his first at bat with him beating the ball to first but being given out, but that is baseball. He also collected a safe hit.

Tom 'I Don't Dance' Winter had two hits for the day and was our best with the bat, one was a double.

And the rest of us well not much to say, in fact there is nothing to say.

In the field with Adrian 'Fame' Hill on the mound we held them for the first two innings and they only scored 1 run but the third the wheels fell off with errors and they plated the max 7 runs and that was pretty much the game all over there. They then scored 1 in the 4th, 2 in the 5th and 1 in the 6th with game then being called.

Mark 'Pop' Burns how ever did take a great sliding catch at leftfield for the third out in the 4 innings.

It is our last game this weekend and we can only hope that H&G turn up with the walking wounded so we can win or we can bring our A game and just beat them. You will have to watch this spot to see what happens.

Fame threw 81 pitches for 54 strikes, 2K's and 0BB's

Thanks to Carol for scoring.

Go The Saints

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 12 d Kensington 1

A strong win for the night Saints against the Cardinals at Norman Reserve - big thanks to the grounds guys for setting up the diamond and having it in fantastic condition. Much appreciated!

Brett 'Mumbles' Mulryan was just about unhittable, throwing a complete game gem against the hapless Cardinals who had big trouble with his curve.

We backed him up well with some good infield plays by Matt 'Chewy' Chenoweth at second and Mick 'Mickey' Trlin at short while Rich 'Elvis' Carter took a great running catch at right field before subbing himself off with a headful of snot.

Justin 'Prez' McKinley was primed to close it out in his pitching debut but thankfully umpire Bill saved us the agony with an early call of time and game.

Good hitting, good running and good defence behind great pitching. Sometimes it's a simple game...!

Thanks to Sue for scoring and Bill for umpiring.

Hits: Thompson 4 (1), Martin 2 (2), Trlin 2 (3), Mulryan 2 (2), Spiel 2 (2), Turner (2), Chenoweth 2, Ranford 1, McKinley 1
Pitching: Mulryan 27b 47s 8Ks 3BB

Under 19 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Sturt 2 d Woodville 1

Under 17/1 (Coach: Mitch Lightbody)

East Torrens 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2
Sturt      0 1 0 0 2 0 3

A good quality game of Sunday afternoon baseball saw the U17 Sturt Saints squeak home against a very determined East Torrens 3-2 at Flinders. A pitcher dominated game that saw just 4 hits apiece and the difference in the finish were a couple of fielding errors that saw our 3 unearned runs beat their 2 earned runs.

Our defence was excellent today which was fortunate given that our batting was dominated by the East Torrens pitcher who pitched a beauty. Our boys swung the bats but couldn't find the gaps but one pleasing stat was that we suffered "just" 4 strike outs from 6 innings of batting and recorded just the one "looking" strike-out and that was to a very good curve ball which is forgivable (sometimes!).

Pleased to report that Andrew "AB" Brennan continues to throw his hat into the ring with a timely RBI single to score Dylan Hopgood and our first run bottom of the second. It wasn't until Mr "back in form" Luke Peters and Austin McClure crossed the line in the bottom 5th courtesy of a throwing error and a dropped pop fly that we got our noses back in front and maintained the lead and won 3-2. Chris Sandor got a hit from his two at bats and for the first time ever (?) has recorded hits in consecutive games. Well done mate! Luke Peters has been the batting star since returning from the break recording 6 hits from his 11 at bats and collected another two valuable hits today.

Aussie led the charge pitching 6.2 innings, 97 pitches 58 strikes for just 2 hits 2 earned runs, 10K's and 2BB's. Harry Knuckey closed the affair after a good day behind the plate striking out the last ET batter to claim the save for himself and the win for the team. Apart from just one throwing error the fielding was immaculate and the team continues to step up under pressure. Highlights were Harry's and Dylan's double play and Aussie backing up an errant throw to first to help Tyrese hose the base stealer at second. It was doing nearly everything right that got us over the line.

Special thanks to League umpire Jimmy Davidson for coming to Flinders and officiating behind the plate (and how much better is it having a league umpire behind the plate rather than someone behind the mound?) and Wade Hampton volunteering to base umpire. Contentious decisions are part of the game and the reactions or rather over reactions at times was disappointing to say the least. Thank you to Deb Hopgood who has scored ever week she has been available and to our loyal band of supporters for coming out and cheering the boys on in the right spirit.

One minor round to go next week against the Bays at Glenelg. Training as usual at 4:30 Thursday and then finals where we all start from scratch again. Keep an eye on the forecast for Sunday as the prediction at this stage is 39 which of course cancels the game.

Go Saints!

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Wallace Long)

Woodville 10 d Sturt 9


Sturt took on Woodville at Flinders Sunday morning intending to atone for an early season loss to a young Woodville Senators team. Unfortunately, for the second time the Saints ran into a hot Senators starting pitcher that left many scratching their heads wondering how Woodville had won only one game to this point. Unlike the week before at Goodwood where fielding was tight and we had pretty good contact hitting, we just couldn't quite put it together today when needed.

After the Saints took a 2 run lead in the bottom of the 3rd inning, Woodville tied and then passed us opening up a 5 run lead going to the bottom of the last inning. A couple walks, a hit batsman and singles by Hamish Pickett and Charlie Durack clawed the boys back to within a run and the tying run on third base with one out. As luck would have it we couldn't push the tying run across that left a disappoint taste in the mouths of all Saints players and supporters.

Positives from this game were Hamish Pickett continuing his hot streak, newly minted teenage birthday boy Lachlan Hammond collecting a big hit in the bottom of the third to drive in Luke Furlan and spark a five run rally and Charlie collecting his third RBI of the year with a single to right in the fifth inning. Seb Steel also continues to hit well.

Close but no Valentine chocolates today.

Thanks to Matt Miles for scoring, John McClure for umpiring and Mike Garcia and Andrew Vidale for helping coach the boys with Wallace away. We'll gladly welcome back Head Coach Wallace Long next Sunday for our final outing of the year at Southern Districts.

Hits: Hamish Pickett 2, Lachlan Hammond, Charlie Durack, Seb Steel 1 each

RBI: Lachlan Hammond, Charlie Durack 1 each

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Paul Mildren)

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) 22 d Port Adelaide 2

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

Saints 15 d Adelaide 11

Today we played a team who were 1 game above us on the ladder.
We spoke about having to play a tight game of Defence and being patient in the batters box.
Samson started off the pitching duties and we had a scoreless 1st innings, which was a great start.
We piled on 3 quick runs with hits to Spencer, Ethan, Callum and Jamie and a pair of walks to Ryder and Joe. Unfortunately we left 3 runners on base.
The Angels hit back with 2 runs in the 2nd dig and we didn't trouble the scorers.
After a lead of home run to the Angels catcher Samson took care of the next 3 hitters in succession and we headed to the bottom of the 3rd tied at 3 all.
A couple of hits and stolen bases to Jamie and Joe plus another pair of walks to Angela and Samson gave us a 2 run dig as we took the lead.
The Angels hit back with a 5 run top of the 4th innings as Samson ran out of bullets and was replaced by Spencer on the hill.
A few stray ground balls and a couple of walks for Spencer and it was our turn to bat.
I challenged the team to post a 5 run innings to match the Angels and they came through thanks to hits from Ethan, Ryder and Spencer and walks to Callum, Jamie, Angela and Samson.
Spencer started the 5th innings with a nice strike out and then a ground out but after that a few hits and a walk saw the Angels post 3 more runs to take a 1 run lead heading into the last innings.
Once again I threw out the challenge to score another 5 runs and once again we came through with hits to Ethan, Jamie and Joe and walks to Will, Callum, Angela and Samson to run out winners 15 - 11.
Our depth was much better than the Angels and it showed in the last innings.
Well done guys and gals on another well deserved win.
Some great pitching by Samson and Spencer and some great hitting by Ethan and Jamie in particular.

Hits - Ethan & Jamie 3, Spencer and Joe 2, Ryder and Callum 1 each.

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Jared Holland)

Goodwood 15 d Sturt 6

ENCOURAGE each other is what I want for our last game. See you Tuesday night at training.

Little League Sturt (U11) (Coach: Todd Hartnett )

Little League Sturt (U11) 9 d Tigers 6

..:: message posted on Monday the 15th of February, 2016 21:55:07 ::..

Newsletter 08/02/16

A reminder that our Quiz Night is this coming Friday night at Hawthorn Community Centre, 5 Frimley Grove, Hawthorn, 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm start. Please remember our licence does not allow BYO alcohol but you can bring your own nibbles if you like!

The 80th Capps Medal will be held on Wednesday 16th of March 2016 at the Derby Pavilion Morphettville Racecourse, pre-dinner drinks commence at 6.15 pm. Tickets $85. Beverage vouchers available at $35 per guest. You can book online and mark in the box Sturt.

Please mark in your diaries our presentation nights for end of season awards:

Friday 18 March- Junior Presentation Night: Commences 7.00 pm. BBQ dinner available and bar will be open

Saturday 19 March- Senior Presentation Night: Commences 7.00 pm. BBQ dinner available and bar will be open

For those of you new to the club, please join out Twitter feed, at Follow @sturt_baseball and our Facebook page!


The Sturt Baseball Club thanks all of our sponsors for their generous support. If you require further information on sponsorship, please contact our Sponsorship Manager Jeff Nicholas on 0419 824 324.

Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt)


Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)


Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

No result or report available

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

Sturt 20 def Gawler 4

Well, always the one game of the year we are pumped up for - Gawler @ Gawler and this one didn't disappoint.

After meeting at Daisy Martini's place for breakfast and general pregame chit-chat (which included a thorough analysis of the Gawler lineup) we boarded the plane and made our way out to Karbeethan Reserve.

We knew we were in for a battle after picking up 6 walks and 5 runs in the first off their gun pitcher from the 40's throwing old school wave balls. If it weren't for Mr Consistent Jimmy Passmore helping him out with the first and third out we may still have been playing that inning.

Twisty Turner got the ball on the hill and looked the goods keeping their bats at bay all day and finished off with the complete game win. Hitting wise, everyone contributed on the day picking up 16 hits, 13 BB's/HPB's including 8 extra base hits. Defensively a much better effort than the week before, it was only Martini's arm that kept the boys from another carton.

Thanks to Sauce Stewart for scoring and good to see Josh Clifford back out on the track!

Everyone start studying their 3 year old New Idea magazines ready for the Quiz night this Friday night

Hits: 'Bumsuck Sally' Burns 3 (2b), 'Twisty' Turner 2 (2x2b), 'Jimmy' Jimmy 2 (3b), 'Wall' Lemon 2 (2b), 'Two Bags' Boundy 2 (2b), 'Daisy Martini' 2, 'Panther' Bicknell 1 (2b), 'KO' Clifford 1 (2b), 'Bruce' Wayne 1.

Division 5 (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt 11 d Goodwood 3

I hope you are all sitting down to read this as we are now on a winning streak of 2 in a row, yes we have won our 3rd game for the season and 2 in a row, but this year was never about winning, well that's what I tell everyone.

Even though it is two in a row I will try to keep this report short, I will tell you about people and what they did in the game.

Final score was 11 to 3 and we played the full 7 innings in 1hr and 48 minutes

Norm "Poppie Norm' Sluga
Poppie Norm was our umpire this week and he almost killed us, we knew the zone was going to be big and we were happy with that, but the infield flies had everyone confused and even Poppie Norm. After the game he mentioned to me that he knew it was an infield fly rule but at the time he had to call it he swallowed a fly, so we ended up with two. Next time I hope he chokes on the fly. Just kidding he did a great job but someone please explain the infield fly rule to him.

Ben 'Shrek' Colyer
First at bat KC and the next four at bats all safe hits with his last hit being an in the park HOME RUN, yes the centre fielder did not run as fast as Shrek was and the bench was calling out to Michael 'Stiffy' Hodges who was coaching 3rd base 'Send Him Send Him' but it looked like Stiffy was going to hold him up, Shrek heard the call and after a little stutter opened all valves and run home. He then spent the next 3 minutes unable to speak and sucking all the oxygen out of the atmosphere, I am sure a few trees died around Sturt. Shrek played Short Stop and played well.

Wallace 'Gromit' Long
Went 3 from 5 with the bat, in the field he had one ball hit over his head at centrefield and not much else happened.

Adrian 'Fame' hill
3 from 4 at bat, Fame was on the hill for the entire 7 innings throwing a total of 93 pitchers and the field backed him up well this week with only 2 errors.

Chris 'Daisy' Day
fielded at 3rd and the two errors mentioned above in Fame's write up both came from Daisy on the hot corner, mind you he played tunnel ball with one of them. Other than those two errors both Daisy and Shrek were solid at 3rd and Short Stop.

Simon "Gangsta Gools' Gooley
2 from 4 at bat and the call came from the dug out to relax this week as his Mum was not watching. In the field at first base he swallowed everything that came his way.

Craig 'Chippy' Bickerstaff
Chippy had his second safe hit for the season and celebrated it with crossing the plate to score a run. The thing about this safe hit was that it was off of Rick Mitchell, yes the ex Sturt player who was pitching Div one only a few season ago.

Our first runs did not come until the 3rd innings and that tied the game up after Goodwood scored their first runs also in the 3rd, we then busted the game open in the 4th with 5 runs and Goodwood to stop the bleeding but Rick on the mound. we were able to score 2 more in the 6th and two more in the 7th even though in the bottom of the 76th the game was already won.

A great win for two in a row.

Thanks to Carol for scoring and Norm for umpire.

Safe Hits:
Colyer 4 (1HR), Long 3, Hill 3, Gooley 2 (1D), Small 1, Day 1, Hodges 1, Bickerstaff 1

Go The Saints

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 11 Henley 14 at Sturt

Fans of the mighty Div 7s will recall that last week we played error-free baseball in our win over Port Adelaide.

Unfortunately, we saved them up for Saturday's game against the Rams - we hit well, but that was about all in our narrow three-run loss. What was particularly disappointing was that we held a 7-1 lead in the early going before we started to throw it away.

Some special mentions - Justin 'JR' Ranford had another great day behind the plate, Steve 'Spiely' Spiel took a cracking running catch in the first inning (in front of his mum who was watching for the first time!) and Mick 'Mickey' Trlin toiled manfully on the mound and had three ribbies as well.

Thanks to Sue for scoring and to Tredders for umpiring - despite being heckled at one stage by the know-it-all Henley scorer.

Hits: Thompson (1 RBI), Ranford 2 (1), Trlin 2 (3), Spiel 2 (2), Turner 1, Johnson 1 (2), Chenoweth 1 (1), McKinley 1, Carter 1, Kocza 1BB, Martin 1
Pitching: Trlin 43b 35s, 3 Ks, Carter 19b 22s 0Ks, Mulryan 3b 4s 1K

Under 19 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Sturt 2 d Goodwood 1

Under 17/1 (Coach: Mitch Lightbody)

Sturt 13 d Eagles 3

A seven-run explosion in the fifth inning spurred the undefeated Sturt U17 team to a 13-3 win in six innings over the Eagles at picturesque Norman Reserve on warm sunny Sunday. After winning the battle for the top spot last week all eyes were on the side to see if they would take the foot off the pedal against a young Eagles outfit.

Luke Peters continued his sparkling form with a booming inside double RBI home run and finished the day with two from three and four RBI's. Dylan Hopgood boosted his batting average thanks to a perfect 2-2 day at the plate to pace the team. He tripled in the third inning and singled in the fifth inning. Reed Stewart had a great day going 3 from 4, Harry Knuckey 2 from 3 and 2 RBI's and Liam Lucas with two from four all made big contributions.

Harry recorded the win, allowing three runs over four innings. He struck out seven, walked four and surrendered seven hits. Luke threw the last two and pitched well allowing just the one hit and helping himself to 2K's.

A good solid team performance with every batter getting on base at least once. Most pleasing was everyone swung the bat instead of waiting for the umpire to make a decision for them. Fielding was far from perfect and a couple of our regular outfielders need to lift. Two minor round games left to go before finals and the team needs to give 100% every week. Thanks to Dave Stewart for scoring.

Hits: Stewart 3, Peters 2 (HR), Knuckey 2, Hopgood 2, Lucas 2, Sandor

RBI's: Peters 4, Knuckey 2, Lucas 2, Stewart, Hopgood, Kimotho, McClure, Sandor

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Wallace Long)

Round 13 Thursday 4 February 2016

Glenelg 13 d Sturt 3

In a rare mid-week contest, the Glenelg Tigers ventured inland to Norman for a rematch of opening round opponents. As in Round 1, the Tigers jumped out to a big early lead. Unlike Round 1, the Saints dug in and fought back to tighten up on defense, get the bats working and make a respectable game of it against a team oozing with talent and experience. The game was played in great spirit and from a Sturt perspective was closer than the final score would indicate.

Nick Borrello turned in an outstanding performance on the hill with only one inning and some passive fielding standing between him and a "W". Nick fanned 6 in going to the full pitch count limit before handing over to Jonas Garcia. Highlights in the field were nice plays at third, second and short respectively by Seb Steel, Luke Furlan and Jonas. Jonas gave a solid effort pitching the 5th and final inning, grabbing the pill with little recent pen prep, to help the team out of a pitching jam. Great work, bud.

The best thing about this game was the noticeable improvement in bench morale from earlier in the year. The boys are engaged and supporting each other which has been an objective from Day 1.

In an unusual twist, Parent of the Week this week goes to Glenelg's Julian Day, father of the Tigers' starting pitcher, who ended up cooking the BBQ at a Sturt home game for reasons known only to Sturt Junior Director John McClure. Onya, Julian!

Sally Edwards scoring standard continues to set the benchmark for the junior comp. Thank you, thank you , thank you.

To paraphrase Bobby Kennedy "Now it's on to Goodwood and let's win there!!!"

Hits: Sam Stewart 2, Jonas Garcia, Seb Steel, Hamish Pickett, Max Culp 1 each

RBI: Sam Stewart, Jonas Garcia, Nick Borrello 1 each

Round 14 Sunday 7 February 2016

Sturt 10 Goodwood 7

The weather was perfect for baseball this afternoon and the Goodwood Indians turned out to be the perfect hosts as Sturt persevered to chalk up a hard fought 10-7 victory in a mid-table clash at Mortlock Park. The Saints took advantage of 10 Goodwood free passes by adding 5 well timed hits, some heads up base running and pleasantly solid fielding to battle to their fifth win of the season.

There were many highlights in the field in this tilt. The left side of the infield set the tone early with Nick Borrello and Charlie Durack cleaning up grounders sent their way in the bottom of the first and firing to first baseman Josh Vidale to make a strong statement the Saints came to play.

Joa Poskey-Miles turned in the play of the day to snuff out an Indian uprising in the bottom of the second. With runners at first and second and one out, Joa picked a sharp grounder hit his way and in textbook fashion tagged the runner advancing from first and threw to Josh at first to complete the twin killing. Exactly the kind of heads up ball Wallace is trying to get to be second nature to the boys.

The infield shared the limelight with the outfield in this one. Joel Edwards took a nice grab in straightaway centrefield to close out the bottom of the first. The pre-game message to the outfielders about being aggressive to the ball took a while to sink in but when it was all over Luke Furlan and Harry Hutton had also squeezed the leather on tricky fly balls to lock down the game at critical junctures. Harry claimed bragging rights with his best mate by catching a fly ball to left field hit by that same best mate to end the game. Special mention in this one to the battery of Sam Stewart and Hamish Pickett. Down on experienced pitching for this game, Sam delivered a five inning complete game throwing 48 strikes among his 72 pitches to an aggressive Goodwood batting line-up featuring several ex-teammates on last year's Seahawks. Hamish, much to his surprise, was advised shortly before the start of the game he was The Man today as far as catching goes. Despite it not being his preferred role, Hamish delivered in spades and focussed his infectious energy to play his best game of the year in the heat and dust of Mortlock Park. Super effort, boys.

Teams do not win by leather alone (but it sure does help). Gritty batting by Lachlan Hammond to coax a couple walks at key moments contributed to two different rallies. Timely singles in the top of the fourth by Nick and Joa followed by a double ripped to left by Hamish gave Sturt a lead it wouldn't relinquish. Luke followed with his hit of the year crushing a drive to right centre landing him at second base with a smile bigger (barely) than Wallace's in the third base coaching box.

Overall this was one of the best team efforts of the season. On the back of a respectable effort against Glenelg on Thursday night the group has stepped it up a notch since venturing to Seaton to take tutelage from Swami Peter Gee (to be known from this point forward as Peter Gee-Up). Two games left in the season, boys, so let's finish it off strong.

Hits: Nick Borrello 2, Josh Vidale, Joa Poskey-Miles, Hamish Pickett (2B), Luke Furlan (2B) 1 each

RBI: Lachlan Hammond, Nick Borrello 1 each

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Paul Mildren)

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) 14 d Northern Districts 2

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

Little League 1 - Saints (U13) 12 d Woodville 6 A great team effort saw a decisive win against Woodville. Ryder, Angela and Calum all pitched fantastically and the field backed them up.

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Jared Holland)

Rams 17 d Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) 5

Little League Sturt (U11) (Coach: Todd Hartnett )


..:: message posted on Monday the 8th of February, 2016 21:08:26 ::..

Newsletter 01/02/16

Well done to Div 5 for another win for the season. Given the small number of wins this season Coach Small has written a novel on the game so make sure you are in a comfortable chair to read this epic!

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Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 1 lost to Glenelg 5

Well the 6 game winning streak has come to an end! We sent Daniel Desimone out to pitch his last game for the Saints this season before he returns to the US.

He got us off to a good start but gave up a couple of long balls but through 5 innings we were in touch 3 to 1.

Josh Tindall pitched his way through the next 3 innings without any change to the score. Unfortunately the offence couldn't get it done on the day and although we got plenty of runners on base we couldn't quite get the timely hit you need in baseball.

Daniel Lee continued his good form defensively and offensively. Dylan Ridding once again made the journey up from Mt Gambier and had his best outing for the Saints. He is a future star and one to watch.

Congrats to Harrison Knuckey for his first start in Div 1 ….this kid is brilliant and will also be a future star of Australian baseball…

The best way to deal with a loss is to play another game! Fortunately we only have to wait 2 days and we face Souths….we are all looking forward to the next challenge.

Keep working hard boys. The results will come.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Div 2 drew with Glenelg 5 all

Hard to know how to feel after this one, we started the game needing to basically win every game to have a shot at finals. The boys played really well, taking it to a top 2 side all day. However we numerous chances late in the game to win, having a runner at 3rd with none out in both the last two innings and we failed to execute and score that winning run. I'm very proud of how the boys took it to a more experienced side, however we need to get out of the 'near enough is good enough' thought and now we expect to be winning these games.

Brodie MacBeth started on the hill for his first outing for Sturt this year, and continued where he left off, holding the bays to a handful of hits and just 3 runs through 4. Mitch Lightbody then finished of the job well.

The boys fielded and hit well all day, in particular Dylan Ridding and Simon Adkins who both came up with crucial hits that drove in runs and gave have us an opportunity to win.

The boys have shown since the start of December that they can match it with any side, and with such a young group it's exciting times ahead. Finals may just be out of reach for us this year but we now expect to win every game and the future looks good for the saints...

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

Nor result or report available

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

Sturt 5 lost to Glenelg 12

Taking on the top of the table Tigers we knew we were going to be in for a fight, after our win last week over West Torrens the boys were full of confidence and it showed in the first innings knocking in 3 quick runs. 'Skins' Wayne was back on the hill for us after a weeks hiatus so we knew we were in good shape…….. Until the second innings where it all fell apart in the field giving up 6 runs through errors and some formidable hitting from the Glenelg bats.

We didn't score again until Dan 'The Factor' Martens crushed a homerun that went at least 3 inches over the leftfield fence, The Factor is finding some form at the right end of the season. The Glenelg Lefty kept some of our hitters off balance but we did hit reasonably well. 'Big Shed' Gibson kept us in the game, but our bats disappeared in the last two innings going down without a whimper.

I hope everyone is packed and has their passports ready for next weeks journey out to Gawler, should be a good chance to regroup and get some confidence back.

Thanks again to Carol Burns for scoring

Hits: Daisy Martini 3, The Factor 2 (HR, 2b), Bumsuck Sally 2 (2b), Wall 1, Jimmy 1, Bruce 1

Division 5 (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt 16 d Dodgers 1

Yes you did read that correctly 16 - 1 win, and because of that this is yet another novel, what this space because I am sure down the track they will make a mini series from my reports.

So after a number of loses I thought we need to change something up so I rand Zulu (Dean Franke) and he put me onto the Essendon Football Club doctor, he gave me some powder and as in Space Jam (kids movie) I put it in the water. Well it worked and against a young Dodgers side we had 19 safe hits.

The most amazing thing about this game is that we had 2 yes 2 SABL Umpires

1st Innings
We sent Adrian 'Fame' Hill to the hill and he kept the Dodgers bat quiet and only allowed scatters hits thus keeping them to one run for the day. Fame gave up 8 hits for the day whilst collecting 6 K2's over six innings. The Dodgers got their first and only run in the first innings.
Into bat and Chris 'Smally' Small starts with a safe hit to left, Fame follows up with a hit to short stop who fumbles and Fame is safe on the error, Simon 'Gangsta Gools' Gooley hits to short right to load the bases, Kris 'Krispy' McArdle walks and Smally scores, Wallace 'Gromit' Long hits to centre to score Fame, Ben 'Shrek' Colyer hits to third and Gangsta Gools is out at home on the force, Glenn 'Doc' Young walks and Krispy scores, Mark 'Pop' Burns hits to left and Gromit scores, Michael 'Stiffy' Hodges smokes one to right field to score Shrek and Doc and we are back to the top of the line up, Smally and Fame both get a walk and that pushes the 7 run over the plate. End of the first and the score is 7 - 1 up.

2nd Innings
Fame holds the score less
Gangsta Gools first up and he walks, he then steals second and after he makes it home we all give him a little bit of stick for how early he left and his reply was Mum is watching and when Mum is watching you have to steal a base for her. So you can imagine every time Gangsta Gools went up to bat the dug out was yelling, better get a safe hit Gangsta as Mum is watching. Krispy hits back to the pitcher for the first out, Gromit flies out to second, Shrek hits to left and Gangsta Gools scores, Pop walks and Stiffy smokes another to right field to get himself another 2 RBI's, Smally flies out to centre. 3 runs scored

3rd Innings
Fame had 4 batters up for side away.
Fame hits to centre, Gangsta Gools get safe on an error from the second baseman, Krispy walks, Gromit flies out to centre, Shrek hits to centre for a stand up double and 2 RBI's, Doc hits shorts for an error, Pop flies out to short stop, Stiffy hits to left field and Smally and grounds out to third for side away. 2 runs scored

4th Innings
Fame faces another 4 batters for side away.
Fame hits to centre, Gangsta Gools grounds out to second, Krispy check swings and hits it straight back to the pitcher for an easy out, Tom 'Tommy I Don't Dance' Winter replaces Gromit and gets himself a stand up double and an RBI with his first at bat, Shrek hits to left, Doc hits to right, Pops hits it straight back to the pitcher who deflects it to second who throws Pop out at first for side away. 2 runs scored

5th Innings
Fame has them 3 up and down.
Stiffy hits to short for a safe hit, Smally is up and Umpire Danny says the bid is up to 5 beers if he strikes me out, the count gets full and Smally says to Danny it is all up to you. The pitcher winds up and Smally sets himself, the pitch is on the way Smally places his bat on his shoulder and looks at his bench as the pitch crosses the plate, Strike three calls Danny and I hope he collected those beers. Fame singles to centre, Gangsta Gools flies out to first and yes his Mum was still watching, Krispy flies out to right for side away. No runs scored.

6th Innings
Fame had five batters up for no runs scored.
Tommy I Don't Dance singled to left to bat a 1000 for the day, Shrek then tripled to left centre and poor Tommy I Don't Dance had to run three bases as well, he rounded second and you could see him all of a sudden realize he could score and he turned on the after burners, Doc singled to left to score Shrek, Pop ground out to short, Stiffy ground out to second and Smally ground out to third for side away and game. 2 runs scored.

We had our biggest crowd to watch this game at the lovely Norman Reserve on a great day for baseball and we turned it on for the crowd.

Safe Hits: Smally 1, Fame 3 from 5, Gangsta Gools 1, Gromit 1, Tommy I Don't Dance 2 from 2, Shrek 4 from 5 (1D, 1T), Doc 2, Pop 1, Stiffy 4 from 5.

Go the Saints

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 20 Port 3

The boys challenged me to write a report that didn't mention Mick 'Mickey' Trlin's name every two or three words. Pretty hard when the guy pitches a gem, has the lazy three hits and then makes the final three plays of the game while idling at shortstop...OK, got that out the way!

Elsewhere, there were plenty of good performances from a Sturt team that dominated our arch rivals from the Port from the very first pitch, when third baseman Kingsley 'Queen Mary' Turner gunned a head-high strike to first for the opening out. Steve 'Slugger' Spiel took a cracking running catch and we played error-free baseball for the whole two hours. It was pretty to watch.

Chris 'Hoops' Thompson played a belter in lead-off with 5 RBIs and everyone contributed with the bat throughout the line-up, with 21 hits against the Magpie pitchers.

A quick note about the field - the Port guys were in awe of our set up, particularly after the rain we'd had. Hats off to our club and everyone involved with Adelaide's best diamond.

Thanks to Heather for scoring for both teams and to Fame for doubling up.

Hits: Thompson 3 (5 RBI), Martin 3 (2), Hill 2 (2), Carter (1), Trlin 3 (2), Spiel 3 (4), Turner 1 (2), Johnston 2, Chenoweth 2 (1), Ranford 2 (1)

Pitching: Trlin 25 balls 38 strikes 3 Ks, Carter 2 balls 7 strikes 0Ks

Under 19 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Sturt 12 d Adelaide 10

Under 17/1 (Coach: Mitch Lightbody)

West Torrens 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 5
Sturt         2 0 0 0 3 0 1 6

9:30am start and after a bye the first game of the second half of the season greeted Mitch's Marauders. A welcome deluge of rain on Thursday and a cool Saturday evening found a very green Saints Stadium with a very unfamiliar dew. Thanks to the efforts of Groundskeeper Willie - Jamie "Carl Spackler" Knuckey the ground looked a peach.

First versus second, six players between the two sides from the victorious U16 SA team who recently won the Under 16 Australian Titles and add in that both teams were undefeated made for a mouth-watering contest - and the game didn't disappoint. A game that the lead changed 7 times and a good quality game of baseball saw the Saints nudge in front 6-5 courtesy of a RBI Triple from Ky Hampton plating Harrison Knuckey for the winning run after seven innings and just a 100 minutes.

Offensively with the bat it was a toss-up between Harry & Ky who had the most impact. Good performances again from both, two and three hits respectively with both having two RBI's and Harry getting the nose in front for the "win" scoring 3 of our 6 runs. Other highlights included Austin McClure getting us off to an excellent start with his two out double RBI double (is that right?) in the first innings and Luke Peters had a welcome return to form with two hits. 7 of 9 of our team got hits and we outhit West Torrens as a team 11-6. That was probably the most pleasing statistic.

Aussie took the mound throwing 5 innings, 80 pitches for 3 hits, 2ER's and 5K's and as the stats indicate did a great job. Got himself out of a bases loaded jam in the 2nd by turning a 1-6-3 double to extinguish WT's charge to just the two runs. Fresh from his starting Australian Championship U16 win Ky relieved Aussie in the 6th and just crushed the bug so to speak. An 8 pitch 2K 6th dig sat the Eagles back on their tail feathers. However and not to be outdone WT came right back top of the 7th with 3 hits and two runs to level the game.

Arguably our best win of the season and against the best team we've played. Enjoy the win lads as it simply means that all things going right we earn the right to a home final. Thanks to the Sandor's for helping set up and a special thank you to Senior Coach Tony "everywhere" Catt for umpiring.

Hits: Ky 3, Harry 2, Luke 2, Aussie, Reed, Michael, Andrew

RBI's: Ky 2, Harry 2, Aussie 2

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Wallace Long)

Twilight game this Thursday night - 6.15 pm at club!

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Paul Mildren)

No result or report available

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

Goodwood12 d Sturt 0

Today we played a tough Goodwood outfit who are above us on the ladder. We talked about being ready in the field and switched on but we let ourselves down and "leaked" too many runs though missing cut offs and not being awake for the whole play etc. Offensively our top order struggled and it was our lower order who came through with some nice hits.

Will had a nice double that was just short of a home run and Callum, Angela, Jamie and Joe all had a base hit each.

We had our chances to score but we couldn't get that 2 out hit and left too many runners on base.

Our pitchers today were very good, as I said before we "leaked" most of the runs and the Indians were very aggressive on the bases.

Ethan pitched 4 fantastic innings for 65 pitches (39 strikes).

Unfortunately we had a few errors and some pass balls, which didn't help him out.

Spencer pitched the last 2 innings and did a great job picking up a couple of K2's along the way.

We did make some great plays though which was excellent, so there were lots of positives to take away too.

Lets hope the sun holds off next week and we can get another game in.

Hits - Will, Callum, Angela, Jamie and Joe all 1 each

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Jared Holland)


Little League Sturt (U11) (Coach: Todd Hartnett )

No result or report available

..:: message posted on Monday the 1st of February, 2016 22:59:51 ::..

Newsletter 25/01/16

What a fantastic game played at Norman Reserve on Sunday with our Div 1 boys continuing their winning ways! Well done to the whole team!

The State Junior Championships are being held this weekend at Diamond Park, West Beach. U15 Sturt players, Nick Borrello, Sam Stewart and Josh Vidale will be playing for the Adelaide South team - the 'Waves'. The Waves are playing Saturday at 10:00 a.m. against the Pirates (North) and at 4:00 pm against Mt Gambier. Come along and support our boys!

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Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 3 defeated West Torrens 2

In another perfect day at Norman Reserve the Saints stepped out trying to keep their winning streak alive.

Daniel Desimone took on the pitching duties for the Saints and did a magnificent job allowing only one earned run through 7 and 2/3 innings.

Unfortunately the pitcher from WT was doing an even better job and the score through 8 innings was 0-2 to West Torrens. Some heroics were needed late!

In the bottom of the 9th - Scott Quinlan climbed aboard with a single to shortstop. One out and then Jackson Brebner-Russ launched one over the centre-left fence to tie the game!! Bloody brilliant.

More heroics from Josh Tindall on the hill as he continued to work his way through the WT lineup and keep them stranded on 2 runs.

Extra innings - a laser hit into right field got Holmes on board. A great bunt by Damon Arnold and then a single into right field by Mitch Lightbody to win the game.

Great character was shown by the group today. To hang in there when the bats weren't working is a step forward in how we want to play.

Great win!

We now go down to play Woodville on Thursday night at 8.15 at West Beach - make sure you come out and support us!

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

West Torrens 8 d Sturt 5

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

STURT 6 -West torrens 6.

Well u can take points anyway u can.....

Oz started for us he did a fantastic job for his 3 innings with 22 balls and 27 strikes. Next was Frenchie's turn on the bump for 2 innings he threw 16 balls and 36 strikes,well done mate. Then Turner finished off the game for us, thanks for staying with us...The fielding today was very good we need to work on where to go with the bunting, but everything else was textbook stuff. Hitting was the strong point with everyone using up lots of his pitches and clutching up when we had too. Big thanks to Stewart Reed for catching for us. Well done boys u did everything i asked of u in the batting box.

Guys not many games left so stay positive and see what happens. Thanks to John Mc Clure for helping me out and Jo Trembath for scoring.

HITS: C.Nicks 2, D. Miels 1, D. Hirst 1, R.Stewart 1, D.French 1, D.Webber 1, J.Holland 1

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

Sturt 4 def West Torrens 1

The boys came in to this game knowing that a win would go a long way to giving us a finals berth and they played accordingly.

Without our starter and reigning MVP Skingles Wayne, we gave the ball to Big Shed Gibson who proceeded to shut the Eagles bats down and give us 4 scoreless innings. He then packed his bags and went camping with his mates. Next up on the hill was Wordsmith Horne who was is old efficient self, giving us another two scoreless innings of work, the second of which he battled through a busted up ankle a'la Curt Schilling back in 04.

On the offensive side we took a while to get going, but gave the pitchers some run support through timely and solid hitting from The Factor Martens, Wall Lemon and a monster homerun from The Panther Benny Bicknell.

Patty Burns took the ball to close it out and did just that…. He did get some crucial help from Catcher Two Bags Timmy who nailed a runner at 2nd when things were starting to get a little tense.

All in all, a great win for us… next week we take on the top team in Glenelg whom I am sure will be underestimating us after our last outing against them.

Thank you again to Carol Burns for creating an immaculate scoresheet!!!

Hits: The Factor Martens 2 (2b), Wall Lemon 2 (2b), Panther Bicknell 1 (HR), Two Bags Boundy 1, Daisy Martini Martens 1

Division 5 (Coach: Chris Small)

Glenelg 18 d Sturt 10

This week we started with Kris 'Krispy' McArdle on the mound for the first two digs and things started well in the first with Michael 'Stiffy' Hodges getting the first two outs at third, Glenelg then plated two runs after some errors. Krispy then had three more runs scored on him in the second from of the old drop in no mans land shots.

In the 3rd and 4th innings we went to Simon 'Gansta Gools' Gooley and as this part of the story becomes very R18+ I will have to just say he gave up 4 runs over the two innings, Adrian 'Fame' Hill then finished of the game and even though we got to with in 3 runs before the last innings we unfortunately gave up 7 runs to put the game out of our reach.

In the batters box Krispy had a nice double and we had some other scattered hits here and there but some good base running by a few saw us stay in the game right up to the last innings.

There was plenty of laughter on the bench this week with plenty of razzing each other up which is normal and just eases the pain of losing yet another game.

Safe hits: Colyer 1, Burns 1, Gooley 2, McArdle 2, Long 2, Small 1, Hill 1, Guehrer 2

Go the Saints!

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 12 Adelaide 6 at Adelaide

It was déjà vu all over again for the hapless Angels as Mick 'Mickey' Trlin twirled his way to back to back wins against Adelaide. We have played them four times this season for three wins and a draw.

This time the shoreline was 12-6, but it felt a lot closer until coach Phil 'Philthy' Martin pulled a few desperate fielding changes and it paid off.

Mickey wasn't just lethal with the ball, he also got the votes with the bat going 4-4 with 4 RBIs to boot. Kingsley 'Queen Mary' Turner helped himself to 3, Justin 'JR' Ranford helped himself to two and there were a cluster of unearned runs as well.

Chris 'Hoops' Thompson had a great day with three hits and two fantastic running catches in left field.

Thanks to Heather for scoring and to the Angels for putting up with not beating us again...

Hits: Thompson 3 (1), Martin 1, Mulryan 1, Trlin 4 (4), Ranford 1 (2), Turner 2 (3), Chenoweth (1), Carter 1

Pitching: Trlin 35 balls 43 strikes across 5 innings with 3 Ks

Under 19 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Sturt 8 d Glenelg 4

Under 17/1 (Coach: Mitch Lightbody)


Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Wallace Long)

Sturt 11 Kensington 6

A cool, sunny afternoon set a perfect scene for Sturt's first game back from the long break against the Kensington Cardinals at Flinders. In a baseball version of the Rugby Sevens, both teams fronted with only seven available first line players but nonetheless staged a competitive, entertaining game to the delight of the Saint supporters in attendance. Jamie Vidale made his U15 debut for Sturt a beauty and with the Saints loaning Kensington an additional player each inning each team played with eight fielders.

Josh Vidale started on the hill for Sturt and held the Cardinals scoreless in the first to build the confidence of his teammates. The Saints then turned up the heat in the bottom of the first with four straight hits to open their account. Sam Stewart led off with a swinging bunt single, followed by doubles to Jonas Garcia and Joa Poskey-Miles. The Vidale brothers then took charge with Josh launching a rain maker four bagger over the left field cones to make it 4-0 and Jamie booming a double to centre field to bring home Joel Edwards who had reached on a dropped 3rd strike. The five run break gave the boys a chance to play from the front for a change and let them really enjoy the game.

Josh worked out of a two out, bases loaded jam in the second by enticing a pitcher to home force out and further juice the team. Jonas and Joa led off the bottom of the second with singles, Jonas scoring on Joa's hit after stealing second. Josh duly followed with a double to rightcentre, missing his second homer by a matter of a few feet, to drive in Joa. Josh scored on a wild pitch to make it 8-0 after two.

To Kensington's credit, they didn't roll over at this point and they parlayed a key error into 4 runs to claw their way back into the game. The Saints took advantage of a pitching change by Kensington to plate 3 more in the bottom of the 3rd. Sam led off with a single and took an extra base on a wild throw. Walks to Jonas and Josh with a number of wild pitches mixed in and a single to Lachlan Hammond closed out the Saints scoring for the day.

Kensington had one last inning to try to tie the game. A couple infield singles and a bloop to right field scored two runs but Josh bore down to strike out the last batter he could face within his pitch count to close out the game. A well deserved win to this group of triers.

Several special mentions need to be made. Both Jonas and Joel made outstanding plays at shortstop and second base respectively. Jonas snared a rocket line drive to short by the Kensy batter leading off the second inning. Joel ranged to his left to reel in an absolute bullet grounder in the top of the 5th with Kensington runners on first and second to put the brakes on the Cardinal rally at a critical juncture of the game.

Seb Steel made a post plane trip dash from the airport to Flinders in record time to get to the game and bolster the team's numbers that enabled Sturt to field close to a full team. That really showed commitment and a desire to play that is admirable.

Thanks very much to Matt Miles for scoring (with the help of his Met fan Dad!) and Peter from the senior brigade for umpiring today.

Hits: Jonas Garcia 3 (2B), Josh Vidale 2 (HR, 2B), Joa Poskey-Miles 2 (2B), Jamie Vidale 2 (2B), Sam Stewart 2, Lachlan Hammond 1

RBI: Josh Vidale 3, Joa Poskey-Miles 2, Jonas Garcia, Jamie Vidale 1 each

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Paul Mildren)

Sturt - 6 LOST TO Henley & Grange - 7

This was a must win game. We were a little out of touch after the Christmas break, had not been able to train due to the hot weather and coach Milly was unavailable so the pressure was on the fill in to get the job done!

It was a slow and steady start being 1 all at the top of the second dig. Some mistakes in the field saw H&G score 3 runs at the bottom of the second. In the fourth innings I set the boy a task which was to get the 5 runs and hold them scoreless. A triple by Will Jordans with loaded bases scored us 3, then a hit to Jack Hutton scored us another run and Lachie Seekamp scored us the 5th run. Robbie went back to the mound striking out one, making a play to first and catch in the outfield by Hugo kept them scoreless. We were now up by 2 at the end of the forth.

We failed to put on any more runs in the 5th. H&G managed to score 2 in the 5th to tie the game and despite being out of time the umpire let the game continue to the 6th.

We were excited and confident that we could pull off a great victory but it was not to be. We had three hits almost straight to first base and we were back in the field in no time. Jack had taken over pitching duties and the pressure was on the young fella to keep them scoreless to take the draw. First batter up straight to Lachie at second and an easy out. Second batter hit a double to right field. Third batter again straight to Lachie at second and another easy out. Two out and scores tied. Last batter hits one to left field and unfortunately it was just out of reach for a game saving catch the runner on second scores and she was all over!

Robbie pitched extremely well throwing 50 strikes from his 85 pitches, allowing just 7 hits and getting 5 strikeouts. Jack finished the game well throwing plenty of strikes.

We broke our 5 game winning streak where we had averaged 22 runs per game. This was a reality check, the boys need to get the touch back and work on the skills.

Thanks to Will Jordans for doubling up and giving us a chance to win the game with his cracker hit to centre field.

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

Saints13 d GGCD 12

A hard fought win after a long break!

We talked about how we could win this game as long as we played well as the Dodgers were in a similar position to us on the ladder.

Our pitchers did a pretty good job for us all day and our defense was OK after a shaky start.

We only picked up 4 hits for the day but we picked 10 walks and had 4 hit batters!

Samson pitched 3 strong innings for us and did a good job, followed by Angela with 1 and 1/3 innings also doing a good job including fielding an awesome ball hit back to her like a rocket, and then calmly throwing out the runner.

Angus Catt came to finish off the Dodgers when the game was poised at 13-12 in the top of the 5th innings He struck out the first hitter he faced, then walked the next and then got the last hitter to ground out for the win.

Offensively we had few chances but Will Jordans made sure he wasn't going to miss out picking up 3 out of the 4 hits for us today. Will had another great day at the plate with a Triple, double and single.

Callum caught well behind the dish and nearly had a few runners thrown out.

We were definitely rusty after the long break that's for sure, but all in all it was a good win.

Make sure you guys and gals have a throw this week as we are not training on Tuesday (Australia Day).

Hits - Will 3, Spencer 1

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Jared Holland)

STURT 17d Southern District 7


As a coach coming back from the Christmas break thought there would be some rust but it did not show. They all came to play and had good attitudes, doing the small things and playing a full game.

Brad Vince was great on the bump today getting stronger as the game went on throwing 4 innings, next "the Big" Spencer Warrilow had his turn finishing off the game for us, thanks for coming out.

The batting box was fantastic not chasing bad pitches and stealing bases, and getting great hits when needed.Fielding was great today with some textbook plays with nothing missed.

Tyler did a great job behind the plate today " if u stick with it u could go far ". Thankyou to my helpers today Ben and Devon for coaching at the bases and to Jody Sadecki for scoring, thanks without u guys the game wouldnt happen.

HITS: T.Stephens 3, C.Hammond 2, M . Thomas 1, S.Warrilow 1

Little League Sturt (U11) (Coach: Todd Hartnett )

West Torrens 6 d Little League Sturt (U11) 5

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