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Newsletter 19/01/16

Congratulations to the U16 SA State Team who defeated Victoria Blue 7-4 to win the state's first national championship since 1988! Special mention to our boys Harry Knuckey and Ky Hampton who was the starting pitcher in the Championship game.

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Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 11 defeated Souths 4

Back at Norman reserve after a long week on the road and living out of our cars was a welcome relief!

The boys responded accordingly with some great hitting, fantastic defense and great pitching. Souths are a team that have plagued us in recent years and we know they are a tough team to beat - we had to bring our best game to win.

Daniel Desimone pitched well - 7 innings and gave up only 4 runs.

We picked up 16 hits throughout the game and scored in every inning except one. Leading the way was Matt Macbeth with 4 followed by Scott Quinlan and Daniel Lee with a couple of crucial doubles each.

Special mention to Adam Kerr who got his chance for some A grade at bats in this game and played his role really well - great effort and attitude Adam.

This was our third win on the trot and we are still chasing down a finals berth - just need to stay in the winner's circle though.

Tuesday night - Sturt 8 defeated Norths 6

On a hot Tuesday night - we tracked out to Norths and faced there talented young pitcher. As we are missing a few players due to work and State baseball commitments the team needed to be shuffled around we caused some instability.

Offensively we were very good - Daniel Lee was the stand out with some timely hitting and 3 hits for the night.

Josh Tindall threw 6 strong innings for the Saints. He wasn't helped much by the field but he stuck at his task and got the win.

Probably not the best game we have ever played - but sometimes you just have to take the win, get in your car and drive home and look forward to the next one!

Thursday Night - Sturt 2 defeated Henley 0

What a great night for baseball. We sent Jackson to the mound confident that his best was capable of mixing it with the best batting lineups and he didn't let us down.

We were facing the very good import from Henley who had performed well earlier in the season for the Adelaide Bite - this was not going to be an easy game!

Both pitchers dominated although we couldn't capitalise on our early opportunities with some great short ball. I think we ended up bunting 7 or 8 times for the whole match.

We finished the 7th inning still tied at nil all. Jackson had thrown well and defensively the team was faultless.

Finally in the 8th inning we got something going and Matt Macbeth came up with the clutch hit to score the first run. We added another through a couple of walks.

Jackson calmly went out and finished the job to not only gain the win for the Saints but to complete a magnificent no-hitter. This is an amazing achievement by the young man and something that has not been accomplished at our club since Mark Colmer in the early 1990s. Well done JBR. Big win for the club.

Special mention to Daniel Lee for catching the entire game - well done mate.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 8 defeated Southern Districts 1

Once again the boys played a full 120mins of baseball and the result proves it.

Aussie McClure again started on the hill and once again did a fantastic job going 4 innings and giving up only 2 earned run. Matt Mulryan then came on and finished the job of very well, throwing 3 quick innings.

All the boys hit and fielded well, Special mention to Adam Matuska who played his first game for the club, fielding well at Centre and picking up 2 hits and a walk

The boys have really rallied together in the last month and it is a pleasure to see, another month of hard work and good performances and finals are not out of the question!!!

Would like to take this chance to congratulate Jackson Brebner-Russ for his no hitter against Henley and Grange last Thursday night, I was lucky enough to see it first hand and was a pleasure to watch. Well done Jacko!

Also a massive congratulations to the state U16 boys taking out the national champs, especially our own Sturt representatives Ky Hampton and Harry Knuckey, you've done the club proud boys, well done.

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

STURT 3- Goodwood 3

Wow Wednesday night was a fantastic game. The boys all came to play the right way. Jake Gibson started on the hill for us and for his first time in 5 weeks didn't miss a beat for his 4 innings. Fireman French finished off the last 2 innings, great job mate. In the batting box there was some great at bats with dangerous Dale Martens going 4 from 4. Clutch squid Miels grabbing 2 and second lead off does it all Trembath with 2 as well. But everyone took up a lot of pitches and did the 1%. Fielding there was only one mistake but all stayed positive and soild to do the little things. Thanks to Tony Catt for umpiring and Sue for scoring without you guys it would not happen.

D.Martens 4
D.Mieles 2
J .Trembath 2
D.Hirst 1

Southern Districts 16 d Sturt 1

Thanks for John McClure for scoring.

A.McClure 1
B.Weber 1
C.Nicks 1
J.Holland 1

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

Sturt 12 d Southern Districts 1

Division 5 (Coach: Chris Small)

Adelaide 17 d Sturt 4

For the 3rd time this season we played Adelaide and for the 3rd time this season we lost.

Errors hurt us and not being able to bat on ball also does not help.

Adelaide seemed to score easy on our errors and their pop flies.

Adrian 'Fame' Hill started on the mound and threw 2 innings giving up 4 runs, Ben 'Shrek" (Ali) Colyer then came on and in his first innings put a stop to the runs, and after 3 innings it was 2 - 4 down, unfortunately the errors crept in and Adelaide scored 7 runs of Shrek's (Ali) next two innings.

But the big news from the game was innings number six when the game was over for us we went to coach Smally to stop the bleeding, first batter was on with a hit but the second batter was out with a K2 yes you have read that correctly. Smally gave up 2 runs before the side was retired.

After Smally's efforts on the mound the crowd was calling for him to return but his team shut him down and said lets keep him for the finals (in what century we play finals who knows) so Smally went to Mr knuckles, yes the one and only Simon 'Gangster Gools' Gooley. His first appearance on the mound was also not helped with errors and 4 runs crossed the plate.

In the batting box not much to write about but safe hits went to Fame 1, Gangster Gools 1, Tommy I don't dance Winter 1(SAC), Mark 'Pop' Burns 1, Ditmar 'Ditsy' Guehrer 1.

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 13 defeated Adelaide 2 at Adelaide

We're getting to know these guys pretty well - Saturday was the third time we've played the Angels and, guess what?? Next week we're back there again!

Hopefully we will see another repeat of our win on Saturday which was put together behind the strong arm of Mick 'Mickey' Trlin who struck out seven in a complete game performance.

Our hitting was strong all game, with our first 7-run mercy inning effectively setting up the day. Steve 'Slugger' Spiel, Kingsley 'Queen Mary' Turner, Coach Phil 'Philthy' Martin and Mickey all contributed with the bat but perhaps the biggest cheers were reserved for Anthony 'Big K' Kocza.

The big man has been quietly improving all season and on Saturday it all came together with a bases-loaded fielder's choice RBI, as he smacked a ball deep to second to allow the runner to score. In his second at-bat, he again moved the runners around with good contact and got on base, while the attempt to throw home didn't work and we scored another run. Although the scorebook only gave him the one RBI, the lads in the dugout all gave him credit for two.

A good effort all 'round from the Saints, particularly Andrew 'AJ' Johnston who managed to cross his legs long enough to stave off the inevitable after-effects of a rumbly tummy - much to the relief of everyone else....

Thanks to Sue for scoring and to Heather for her near-constant sledging of her beloved 'Queen Mary'.

Hits: Martin 4 (2 RBI), Spiel 2 (3), Mulryan 1 (1), Trlin 3 (2), Turner 1 (2), Chenoweth 1, Kocza (1)

Pitching: Trlin 34 balls 62 strikes 7 Ks, 3 BBs

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 19th of January, 2016 21:36:21 ::..

Newsletter 11/01/16

Happy New Year to all our members and welcome back to the second half of the season with all our senior teams recommencing after the Christmas break!

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Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 2 lost to GGCD 4

We travelled out to Golden Grove for the first game back after the break. The game was shortened to 7 innings due to the heat.

Daniel Desimone went to the mound for us and was a bit rusty in patches but overall did a great job on the hill again. A mistake in the 2nd inning cost us two runs which proved enough to be the difference in the end.

It was a game dominated by both pitchers - with the game finished in 90 minutes it certainly flew by.

We couldn't get much going offensively although we did put some good swings on good pitches we just couldn't bunch our hits to generate the necessary runs.

We only scattered 7 hits for the game with 6 coming from only 3 of the line-up - we need more contribution across the group. A highlight offensively was a monster home run from JBR.

Welcome back to Daniel Lee - he picked up 2 hits and looked comfortable for his first game back for a while. Great to have you back.

We have Northern Districts on Tuesday night in a must win game.

Hits - Lee 2, Macbeth 2, JBR 2, Quinlan

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Div 2 defeated Golden Grove 11-2

Well with 8 guys away due to state commitments, the challenge itself started early just to get a team on the park! We did that and it proved to be a very competitive team as well.

Aussie McClure got his first taste of B grade baseball, starting on the hill and did a magnificent job only allowing 3 hits through four innings and picking up his first senior win along the way, congrats Aussie. Davy Nicholas then finished of the job for us.

All the boys hit and fielded very well, all accumulating to a near on perfect performance for us and a comfortable win.

Special mention to Jess Lemon who came up from the 3s and 4s to help us out whilst the state boy are away. Jess played very well at short stop and all hit the ball solidly all day, showing he's a talent very capable playing higher grades. Cheers Jess

Also a mention to Alex Hopton who came in for his first B grade outing, making a solid play at 3rd and also picking up 2 hits from his 2 at bats, well done Alex.

Well thats 2 wins and a draw from our last three outings! This young group is now starting to believe they are good enough for this grade and are getting better and better. The future is strong for the Saints!!!!

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

STURT 2 lost to Golden Grove 11

This score doesn't show how we played! Back from the break is always a little hard but the men fort hard. The score was 2-4 going into the last innings. Darren did a fantastic job on the hill for his 4 innings pitching. Dylan, Shane,Jake and Brandon didn't miss a bit in the outfield. Jayden kept his cool and making some great plays at shortstop. Alex, David and Craig where soild in there jobs too with Craig putting his body on the line and having to come off with a cut on his finger. In the box there are some things to work on in get better counts I think but Brandon did get a great hit with two out and guys in scoring position well done kid. Please keep up the hard work guys the wins will come if we stick together! Big thanks to Wallace for scoring for us! See you all Wednesday for our game.

HITS: Holland 1, Miles 1, Horne 1, Nicks 1, Webber 1

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

Sturt 6 def GGCD 0

After a poor performance prior to the Christmas break the boys were keen to start the New Year with a W and gather some momentum in an effort to squeeze into the finals. We managed to get an early run after Hopdogs inspiring at bat, fouling off 29 or so pitches before picking up the hit and scoring our first of the day. Skins, suffering from a nasty sore throat after waking up next to Wall had the ball and decided to just put it on a tee for the GGCD hitters, but they still struggled to hit it and allowed Skinbags to dominate for 7 innings throwing the complete game shutout. 93 pitches for 72 strikes.

Offensively we struggled to find our rhythm, either that or some of the boys were just plain intimidated by the overly intense GG pitcher…. A very tight game until we plated 4 runs in the 6th to bust it open a little. Welcome back to club stalwart Jimmy Passmore who picked up a clutch hit in his first at bat after returning from injury.

Matt Macbeth looks to have a career after baseball with a stellar job umpiring and a big thank you to Theresa who managed to score and placate a 5 month old!

Next week another big game at Souths

Hits: Martini 2 (3b, 2b), Turner 1 (2b), Passmore 1, Hopton 1, Bicknell 1, Burns 1

Division 5 (Coach: Chris Small)

Final score 7 - 6

I will keep this one short and to the best bits otherwise you will be able to make a mini series from it rather than reading a novel because we went right down to the wire.

So lets start with Glenn 'Doc' Young behind the plate, first fly ball and it hits his glove and falls out, second fly ball which just about brings rain he twists here and there and as the ball comes back to earth it hits his glove stays in and he takes a dive to make it look even better, why did he take a dive lets get to that.

Mark 'Pop' Burns fielding at second in Adelaide's second at bat takes a running catch to his right and takes a dive to make it look better, Doc then takes his dive in the 5th, Pop again not to be out done by Doc takes a running catch in the 6th to again take a dive. All three catches were great catches

We played the full 7 innings with Adrian 'Fame' Hill throwing his 125 pitches over the complete game, Wallace 'Gromit' Long had three hits from 4 at bats and Stiffy had a great hit to get 2 RBI's.

Now down to the funnier stuff and that brings me to the one and only Simon 'Gangster Gools' Gooles, he did get himself 2 hits from 4 at bats but he did give us something to talk, laugh and cry about. He hit a single then moved over to second by Gromit, the catcher then missed a wild pitch and the bench yells out RUN Gools and this was worse than a dear in the head lights, someone from the kitchen staff ran out to Gools and took his coffee order, ran back into the kitchen in the mean time the catcher was slowly picking himself up from his crouch position to fetch the wild pitch sitting on the fence line, the kitchen staff ran back out because he forgot to ask Gools if he want one sugar or two, Gools still stationary halfway between 2nd and 3rd said two lumps sorry, the kitchen staff returned to fill the order. Mean time the catcher was half way to retrieving the ball, it is our belief that at this time the kitchen staff returned to tell 'Gangster' that they were out of coffee, 'Gangster Gools' in discuss returned to 2nd. As he returned to 2nd the kitchen staff returning to the kitchen picked up the wild pitch from the fence line and returned it to the catcher.

Now down to the final score, bottom of the 7th innings and Adelaide has the tying run on 3rd and the winning run at 2nd, Fame has 2 outs, full count on the batter and is throwing his 125 and final pitch, batter connects and hits a high fly ball to left field and who else other than Chris 'Smally' Small is out there, yes the game rests on his shoulders, he turns and runs back as the ball is going over his head and ever step he takes the home run fence is getting closer, all his team are yelling BACK BACK, the ball finally misses his glove by the smallest of margins and bounces into the fence, Adelaide score the two runs require to take a nail biter out of our hands. We had lead all game only to give it up in the end and we only need a couple of things to go our way and the result would have been different.

A great game played in the right spirit just not the final result we wanted.

Safe Hits: W Long 3, S Gooles 2, M Burns 2, A Hill 1, M Hodges 1, C Day 1

Pitches: A Hill 125, 75strikes, 50Balls, 6K's, 2BB's, 2HBP.

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Southern Districts 10 d Sturt 8 It is fair to say that the first game after Christmas didn't have the usual quality organisation that we have become accustomed to from "Super Coach" Phil "Philthy" Martin. Phil was away, so AJ was coach and upon arrival at Flinders discovered we had no umpire, no games balls and 10 players. Fame solved the game ball issue by "borrowing" some from Div 5 and AJ umpired the game, leaving just 9 players.

Southern Districts are a tough team and today they started well, scoring 3 in the first. In our first dig JR, led with a HBP. Fame grounded out and Steve Speight smashed a ball over the centre field fence, scoring JR and himself. End of the 1st and it's a 3-2 ball game. End of the 2nd and it's an 10-2 ball game. Things aren't looking good, but in the 3rd innings Steve smashed another ball over centre field for a 2 RBI home run. 10-4 ball game. In the 5th Steve smashes another home run to centre left, then Kingsley smashes a ball over left field fence for 2 RBIs, 10-7 ball game. In the 6th Fame smashed a home run over centre field, 10-8 ball game. Ironically our final at batter was Steve and he smashed one to centre field and was caught about 1 metre inside the fence.

Great work by all… Thanks to Fame for filling in, Rich Carter for pinch coaching and Heather for scoring.

..:: message posted on Monday the 11th of January, 2016 21:28:29 ::..

Christmas Edition

This weekend's games were disrupted due to the extreme heat conditions Adelaide experienced on Saturday with Division 3-7 games cancelled. Thankfully a cool change came through to allow our junior and Div 1/2 games to proceed on Sunday. Both seniors and juniors have a break over the Christmas period with Seniors recommencing in the weekend of 9/10 January and Juniors recommencing on 24 January 2016.

Congratulations once again to our junior players who will represent the state in the forthcoming junior championships. Sturt will be represented in Under 18s by; Damon Arnold, Jack Dawson, Mitchell Lightbody, Brodie Macbeth,Tyson Ottaway and Dylan Ridding from Mt Gambier. In Under 16s Sturt will be represented by Harrison Knuckey and Ky Hampton.

On behalf of the Sturt Baseball Club I would like to convey our sincere condolences to Andrea, Daniel, Jasmine and Michael on the sad passing of Andrea's father Richard 'Ian' Johnston.

Finally may I wish all our members a safe and merry Christmas and best wishes for 2016!

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Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 3 lost to Goodwood 13

After a great win against West Torrens in the midweek game, the boys were looking forward to facing Goodwood for the third and last time this season.

Jackson Brebner-Russ went to the hill to get things underway for the Saints and after a scratchy start was let down by his field and we were behind the 8 ball early on.

A two run home run by David Nicholas was the highlight of the day offensively for the Saints aside from Josh Tindall picking up his first hit in Division 1!

We couldnt stop the leak of runs all day and faced a poor loss.

The team has had a solid first half of baseball so far this season and it shouldn't be forgotten how young this team is as compared to most other teams we face. Goodwoods average age playing Division 1 on Sunday was 28 years old. Our average age was 18. 10 years of experience per player is a lot of baseball. The great thing that this side will be better than many if they have can stick at it for the next 5 or 6 years. Hang in there boys. The journey is the fun part - enjoy it.

I hope everyone has a Merry xmas and I look forward to starting the second half on Jan 10.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 3, Goodwood 3

Under 17/1 (Coach: Mitch Lightbody)

GGCD   0 1 0 3 2 6
Sturt 6 3 1 2 X 12

After a couple of the hottest days in memory we turned up at Sturt and were greeted with the bizarre sight of rain at Norman Reserve on Sunday morning. We even had to get the tarps out to protect the mound and home plate from the rain. Fortunately (for the game) the inclement weather stayed away and we were able to get going at 10am.

Liam Lucas took the mound and gunned down GGCD with no hits. Highlight of the innings was a 9-3 for the first out with two of our youngest players Michael Sabatino and Josh Vidale combining for the rather unusual play. Nice throw Mike! A triple to Harry Knuckey and a single to Dylan Hopgood combined with two walks and two hit batters had the Saints leading comfortably 6-0 after one.

Liam's second dig conceded just the one run and the highlight was a booming RBI double from GGCD turning into an 8-6-5 hose at third from Dylan, Harry and Luke. Text book stuff. A couple of errors from GGCD and we added another 3 to lead 9-1 after two. Dylan Hopgood took the mound for the third dig and it was 3 up 3 down and 2 strike outs. Lovely stuff! A powerful line drive to centre gets Reed Stewart onto first and another hard ground ball from Dylan plates Reed and we lead 10-1 after 3.

The wheels came off slightly in the fourth. A pile of walks, an uncharacteristic error from the best shortstop in the league, a fielding error at right field and GGCD help themselves to 3 runs. The terminator Harry Knuckey steps up to the plate and whacks another booming triple and plates Reed. Dylan returns the pleasure, plates Harry and we lead 12-4 with one to play.

Highlight in the fifth was the fly ball catch from that man again Andrew Brennan who nonchalantly took a rain maker at right in rather uncharacteristic fashion. Crowd roared. Two strikes outs, two walks another error at shortstop and the game finished with Saints winning 12-6.

Definitely not one for the history books but after the first 10 games the team has a 9 win one draw no losses start for the first half of the season. Given that 8 from 11 are eligible to play 17's next season I would say that we're very well set up to challenge.

We don't come back again until 31.01.16 so to all the team and it's band of merry supporters have a great Xmas and a safe New Year and we'll see all the boys back on the training track in late January as we prepare to challenge the top teams. Good luck to Ky Hampton and Harrison Knuckey as they prepare for the Australian Championships with the State U16's. Thanks again to Deb Hopgood for scoring.

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

Pt Adelaide 13 d Sturt 2

The Saints ventured out to the Lefevre Penninsula Sunday to be greeted by Thor, the God of Thunder, and an all too real reminder the boys had entered the evil domain of Port Power. Just like the namesake local footy team, the meteorological threat quietly faded away and it was game on at the Port Adelaide Baseball Club.

Tackling the 4th place Magpies was always going to be a challenge for our developing group, but the boys hung in there in a game that was closer that the score would indicate. Sam Stewart opened the game with a Texas Leaguer to left and a couple stolen bases and an errant Port throw later and Sturt was up 1-0.

Port answered in the bottom of the 1st with a 4 hit, 4 run inning to grab the initiative. The lower half of the Saints order then displayed some backbone and patience coaxing 3 walks to load the bases. Sam delivered with a sharp single to rightcentre to cut the lead in half. Unfortunately that ended the scoring on the day for Sturt as they were not able to bunch their remaining hits and walks to trouble the scoreboard operator.

Port sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the 2nd to hang another 6 on the board and the die was cast. Josh Vidale came in and shut down the Maggies over 3rd and 4th innings, but the Saints season long struggles at the plate continued and following another 3 runs in the bottom of the 5th, Port sealed the deal.

Today was a bit like a game of golf for the casual weekend hacker - 14 holes can be well played but the remaining 4 holes determine the success of the round. We continue to execute well at times, but the game turns on those times where we don't.

Thanks to Sally for scoring yet again - your book remains impeccable.

Merry Christmas to all U15 players, coaches, families and other supporters - here's hoping Santa looks after you whether you've been naughty or nice!

Hits: Sam Stewart 2, Hamish Picket, Nick Borrello

RBI: Sam Stewart

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

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) 25 d Kensington 0

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

East Torrens 5 d Little League 1 - Saints (U13) 0

Some great pitching in todays game from both teams.
East Torrens pitcher Riley (gun arm) Yeatman threw a complete game shut out!
Robbie Brennan and Angus Catt also pitched great for us but the Red Sox came up with the clutch hits when they needed too.
We had our chances to score but Riley came up with the big outs and shut us down.
Defensively we were excellent again making every play that came our way except one courtesy of some very poor base running by one of the ET boys.
I was proud of the way we tried to put the ball in play with 2 strikes, some of us couldn't catch up with the pitching and that's OK as we had never seen anything like it before.
Special thanks to Mitch for umpiring (again), it seems the umpiring schedule is on again / off again.
Well done to Spencer for soldiering on after getting hit by the ball directly on the top of his knee in the 1st innings.
Thanks also to Robbie and Angus for filling in.
Hits - Robbie, Angus 1 each

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

Golden Grove 20 d Sturt 19

This weekend we went down to play golden grove but we didn't get an early Christmas gift. Darcy was a little off target on the hill. Tyler was next on the bump he threw his maximum pitch which was good to get a workout. Thomo finished the game off for us and was good. Locky had a solid game at the dish. We hit the ball great today, with fantastic base running from everyone. Our fielding let us down a bit but there is always something to work on. Please team keep trying and throwing in the break and see you in the new year. Thanks to super Sonia our scorer and Bill for helping me base coach.

Hits: Thomo 2, Darcy 2, Tyler 2, Locky 1, Cooper F 1, Mo 1, Hammo 1

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

Southern Districts 4 d Little League Sturt (U11) 3

..:: message posted on Monday the 21st of December, 2015 22:51:10 ::..

Newsletter 14/12/15

Please keep an eye on www.bom.gov.au for the latest weather updates to check whether at 7.00 am the forecast is for 37C or more at which temperature training and games for juniors is cancelled. The weather forecast for Tuesday 15th December is 37C forecast and for Thursday 17th December 39C forecast. At this stage the forecast for Sunday 20th is 30C. Seniors please review Heat policy for your respective restrictions/cancellations.

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Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Friday night- Sturt 4 defeated Adelaide 3

In what was always promising to be a pitchers duel, two of the best arms in SA at the moment went head to head. Matt Swilley made another appearance for the Saints and did a magnificent job.

Defensively we held things together until the 6th inning when the wheels fell off for a while. After some intelligent hitting and baserunning we had managed to take a 3 - 0 lead before we got in the xmas spirit and gift wrapped all three runs to Adelaide and the game was then tied 3 all. All three runs that Adelaide scored were without a hit. Josh Tindall did a good job of getting in and out of trouble and held his nerve. Damon Arnold showed why he is a class player with a fantastic defensive play in the 7th to give us a shot at winning the game.

In the last inning, Faehse did a great job of picking a walk, Dawson laid down a great bunt to move him over and a lucky ground ball (that hit something in the ground) allowed Faehse to score and we won a great contest. Well done to Brebner-russ, Macca and Lightbody on great games.

This again was a great example of our best baseball and our worst all in the one game…..the boys know that our best baseball is certainly capable of mixing it with the top sides and the top pitchers.

Hits - Lightbody 2, Macbeth 2, Brebner-Russ, Quinlan

Sunday- Sturt 4 lost to Adelaide 10

As we travelled down to Weigall oval to face Adelaide again in less than 48 hours, I really sensed that Saints were starting to get into a good groove and were starting to play some more consistent baseball.

The objectives were clear, start well, put some pressure on their starter and we would see where the game then took us. All of these failed.

The boys were lacklustre to say the least. Some great hitting from Quinlan, David Nicholas and Brebner-russ allowed for some hope on the day.

Congratulations to Dylan Ridding on his first A grade game for the Saints. Dylan showed glimpses of why he is held in high regard in baseball circles and why we are fortunate enough to have him at our club. Well done mate.

Today felt like a bad round of golf - we just need to regroup and get ready for the next tee off time - Tuesday night versus West Torrens at home - Daniel Desimone makes another start for the Saints. Make sure you get there to support the boys in the lead up to xmas.

Hits - Nicholas 3. Quinlan 2, Brebner-Russ 2, Holmes

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 8 d Adelaide 2

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

Adelaide 16 d Sturt 8

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

Adelaide 9 d Sturt 8

Division 5 (Coach: Chris Small)

Henley and Grange17 d Sturt 10

We packed the BBQ and football in and headed down to H&G where we stopped off at the Crows Shed, had a kick of the footy and a few snags on bread before we made our way to H&G for our 12.30pm start.

We batted first and things did not go to plan.

Ditmar 'Ditsy' Guehrer first up and he swings at the third strike for the catcher to drop the ball only for the ball to bounce of the catcher and into the path of Ditsy who is running to first, Ditsy decides to kick to ball without knowing to be the first out. Chris 'Daisy' Day hits to short for an error and gets safe, Glenn 'Doc' Young up and he hits into a double play for side away, we should have stayed at the Shed.
Into the field we go and we send Doc to the mound and after 6 batters it is side away but they get one run.

2nd innings and Kris 'Krispy' McArdle hits to centerfield for a safe hit, Adrian 'Fame' Hill hit a foul fly ball and there catcher has no idea, Ben 'Shrek' Colyer yells out a few pointers to him on how to catch foul fly balls, Fame's next hit is the same thing this time the catcher stands still and the pitcher runs over to take the catch, as he catches it Krispy gets a rush of blood and pictures himself back in his teens and takes off only problem was that the ball arrived at second well before hit hit the 60 foot mark of the 90 foot base distance. Fame's stats take a hit and we are 2 out. Michael 'Stiffy' Hodges flies out to centerfield for side away.
Doc back to the mound and by the end of the innings we had given up 7 runs, Henley just hit to the holes.

3rd innings and Chris 'Smally' Small hits to left for a safe hit, Shrek KC for the first out, Mark 'Pop' Burns up and Smally takes off for second, Pop hits and unfortunately it is and easy catch for 3rd base how then makes the easy double play at first for side away. After the 7 run innings coach Smally looks to put the brakes on their scoring and goes to the mound himself, with great speed and ball movement from the mound he gives up 5 runs. Sorry that speed and ball movement was from Shrek as he returned the ball to Smally who had pulled the pin and thrown the grenades.

4th innings Ditsy K2's, Daisy flies out to centerfield and Doc who unfortunately was swatting flies with the bat just as the pitcher pitched K2'd for side away.
So after Smally's effort we went to first timer Krispy on the mound, and after getting his range he put the brakes on Henley & Grange and they only scored 2 runs. Score at this time is 15 - 0 and not looking good.

5th innings and something needs to change, Krispy leads off with a walk, Fame gets his batting average back to .500 and hits to left, Stiffy gets a hit to left also, Loaded bases and to the plate is Smally, he hits to centerfield to score Krispy and our first run, Shrek then hits to centerfield to score Fame and our second, Pops K2's for the first out, Craig 'Chippy' Bickerstaff enters the game for Ditsy and he watches the third strike for a KC, bases still loaded and Daisy to the plate and he smashes the ball the to rightfield fence to get safe at first but he cleared the bases. Doc up next and his day with the bat continued as he is the 3rd out for the innings.
Fame now takes over from Krispy and after a few foul fly balls that our catcher should have caught he is seen running around like a headless chook to miss them all, H&G get 2 more runs. Score is a little better at 17 - 5.

6th innings and Krispy up again, he doubles to left, Fame flies out to short stop, Stiffy gets a walk, Smally hits just over 3rd base for what goes in the book as a safe hit and he takes it and scores Krispy, Shrek then hits a hard ball to leftcenter for a triple and score 2 runs, Pop hits back to the pitcher for our second out but he scores Shrek to get an RBI and Chippy KC's for side away.
Fame back to the mound and we have them all out for no score.

7th innings and Daisy up first, mean time on the bench Fame is the fourth batter and says to Krispy and Doc he wants a hit to improve his stats, Krispy then tells him he is batting 1000 for the day. Daisy grounds out, Doc up next and Fame has all fingers crossed, Doc K2's, Krispy up next and has put the mockers on himself by mentioning he is batting 1000 and yes you guessed it he proceeds to put on over the centerfield fence for a home run, Fame is the first to the plate not to high five him but get set for his at bat, and get his stats back to 500 for the day, which he does with a double to left, Stiffy grounds out to finish the game, final score being 10 - 17 down.

Thanks to Carol for scoring and our four supporters Jenny, Jodie, Janet and Alistair who had ridden down from Mitcham.

Safe Hits: Krispy and Smally 3 from 3, Shrek 2 from 3, Stiffy 1 from 3, Fame 2 from 4, Daisy 1 from 4

The weather looks like it will gets us for our last game for 2015 so we plan to hit the training track hard over the Christmas break and lay off the Turkey hoping all the other teams hit the Turkey hard and put on a few pounds thus slowing them down to our pace.

To All from the entire Division 5 side and partners we wish you all A very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year.

See you all in 2016

Go the Saints!

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

East Torrens 12 d Sturt 10

Under 19 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

West Torrens 3 d Sturt 0

Under 17/1 (Coach: Mitch Lightbody)

Sturt       2 0 2 0 1 0 5
Woodville 1 1 0 0 0 2 4

Wow what a game! Sturt squeaking a quality 5-4 win against a very good Woodville team. Sunday morning 9:30am at the second best venue in the league saw Sturt just the get the money against a team that swung the bats and came to play. Star of our show today was party boy Reed Stewart who missed his first training in his career preferring the school social to training. Three from three including a booming triple showed that Reed was out of his "mini-slump". Amazing thing unused testosterone! Another apology from training was Harrison "chick magnet" Knuckey who went 1 from two and came off with a face like thunder with a sac fly to score Reed. As I said before he sets high standards. Luke Peters hit a beautiful bleeder to score two and Aussie drove another run in were the highlights of our seven hits. On the negative we had a massive 12 strikeouts against one of the better sides we have played.

Defence was good, a couple of mix ups in the infield costs bases but not runs. The team is getting mature enough not to do stupid things with overthrows - mostly! We missed a bunt play which Woodville executed perfectly to leave the boys scratching their heads. We are by no means a finished product however the best thing about this team is that they are doing their best and their doing great. Luke's double play at second was a ripper. Chased a bleeder in right field, got it, threw it to Reed at home and hosed the runner tagging up. Michael taking a Hail Mary catch in right field and Dylan's aggressive running catch at centrefield were the differences between winning and losing.

Aussie was a mixed bag on the mound. 6K's in 4 innings, 2ER but 6BB. Command was average but his several plays 1-3 were executed as they should and it was a delight to see the steam coming out his ears when the team didn't perform to his getting higher expectations. Liam relieved in the fifth, taking the mound and in just 14 pitches gunned Woodville down leaving the score at 5-2.

We didn't score in the 6th with the score remaining at 5-2. With Liam still on the mound, Dylan takes a running catch at centrefield and we're two outs from victory. Three walks later, bases loaded and Coach Lightbody brings in the Terminator, Mr Smiley Harry Knuckey. The story didn't quite follow the script and Harry goes for a double leaving the score at 5-4 with runners on two and three!

Harry's old man suggests from the dugout that no one has died (Harry disagreed) and a six pitch battle later with #3 batter gives Harry a watched strike out leaving one out for a win with runners on two and three. Cometh the hour cometh the man and up steps Andrew "AB" Brennan. Turned a regulation 5-3 into a two hop basketball dunk that had all the Sturt supporters on the edge of their seats. Bounced twice into Aussie at first and the Saints got the money 5-4.

Thanks to our loyal supporters and thanks again to Deb Hopgood for scoring.

Hits: Reed 3, Harrison, Austin, Luke, Dylan,

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

Golden Grove 12 Sturt 3.

Nick started on the mound with Patrick behind the dish. A great start by Nick striking out the first two batters and forcing a ground ball to Jonas who, at short flipped the ball across to Josh on first. 3 up 3 down.

Jonas got on first due to an error from their first baseman, proceeded to steal second and advanced home on a single from Josh to centrefield. Sturt up 1 nil after 1.

Nick pitched well throughout the game. Errors in the field hurt and over the next two digs we gave up 3 runs to be behind 4 - 1 after four. We struggled to make contact with the ball throughout the game and left 7 runners on base. We recorded only three hits for the game and racked up 8 Ks.

Highlights: Nick's pitching; Charlie's line drive catch at third; with two out, and a count of 2/2 Josh's single to centre to bring in Jonas; Joel and Harry's resilience to stay in the game even though they were not 100%.

One of the pleasing things was to see Patrick, who at his second at bat hit the first pitch. Result - a double. The first pitch can often be the best pitch you will see. Be ready to swing at every pitch. Often we wait and wait for that perfect pitch and before we know it we have 2 strikes on us and as we are seeing, more often than not, the pitcher throws an off-speed pitch. Strike three.

Thanks to Trent from GG for helping out for part of the game Thanks also to the parents who helped set up and clean up the diamond, Sally for scoring and Mike for coaching first base.

Hits: Patrick 2 (double and single), Josh 1 (single)

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

Sturt - 20 DEF. Adelaide - 1

Well, we were off and racing down at the Trotts Baseball Club, warming up on the mounting yard and hitting some BP in the stables prior to running out winners by more than a couple of furlongs. Despite two of our players being struck down from 'friendly fire' during throwing program, after a quick razzing, the boys pulled it together to save their best efforts for game time.

Robbie Brennan is a regular amongst these scholarly reports, however, Sunday's game displayed this young talent's full gamut of skills from both bump to box. Up on the high ground, Robbie hurled 4 strong innings without giving up a run whilst striking out 9 on his way to earn us another 'dubya'. At the dish, Mr. Brennan casually went about blasting 4 bombskis onto the trotting track, leaving the Angels pitching staff dumbfounded as to what to throw the Tomahawking tall timber from Norman Reserve.

Not to be out done by Robbie, was young Jack 'aranda' Hutton. He too had 2 towering blasts of his own that would've given a filly a late scratching if they were racing around on Sunday. Angus Catt blasted 3 doubles, all opposite field, and continued to run the bases aggressively and intelligently. Zac Becker showed signs of returning to his best by working well over 2 innings and getting out of a bases loaded jam unscathed.

All the lads have shown such improvement through our 10 games thus far, however, we still have a long way to go before we can be satisfied with our performance. Because if we follow the great man Baby Ruth's words, we all know that "Yesterday's home runs don't win today's games".

Go Saints!

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

Won 16 - 5

Another much improved performance this week from the team!

Facing the side arm slinger from West Torrens we put 3 runs on the board in the 1st innings thanks to hits to Spencer, Ethan, Callum and a lovely double to Samson.

Again we scored 3 more runs in the 2nd innings.

Ryder started with a walk followed by hits again to Spencer and Ethan along some aggressive base running.

The 3rd innings was a bit quieter and we did not trouble the scorers but Angela picked a great hit to right field.

Enter the 4th innings and another lead off walk to Ryder, followed by a line drive from Spencer to the WT short stop who couldn't hang on to the ball and then a walk to Ethan and the bases were loaded!

Will Jordans then launched another "no doubter" in consecutive games to clear the bases with a Grand Salami !! Then we scored another run thanks to a hit to Joe and some more aggressive base running to finish with 5 runs.

A walk to Jamie started off the 5th innings, followed by another walk to Ryder (3rd for the day) then back to back hits to Ethan, Will and Callum, a few wild pitches and we scored another 5 runs.

Defensively we did not miss a beat making every play that came our way (very pleasing). Will and Callum held the runners at bay in their catching roles and Ryder pitcher 3 outstanding innings with 26 strikes, 17 balls, 5 hits, 4Ks and 1 walk.

Spencer also had a good outing pitching a couple of innings and Angela came in to get the last 2 outs in the bottom of the 5th.

There was no need for the 6th innings as the mercy rule was enforced.

Great job guys and gals, keep up the effort as your hard work is really paying off.

Hits - Ethan 3, Spencer, Will, Callum 2 each, Samson, Joe and Angela 1 each.

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

STURT 11 - GOODWOOD 20

Well we went to play goodwood at goodwood.

After a great start from Darcy on the hill and Tyler stopping everything behind the dish, Nic jumped on the bump he was fantastic throwing it hard with a great percentage of strikes. Mo the "fire person" finish the game and did a great job. We had one bad fielding innings which was below our standards.

But the team hit the ball fantastically with Cooper Hammond smashing the ball and Darcy hitting it well. Keep at it guys, when we play a full 110 minutes of baseball things will be great. See you all at training on tuesday team. Thanks to super Sonia the scorer and Bill and Devon for base coaching.

HITS: Darcy 3, Hammond 2, Brad 2, Tyler 1, Faull 1, Thornton 1, Gooden 1, Mo 1



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

Sturt 16 at Glenelg 9.

A great bounce back win for the boys this game! The boys came out with hitting and defense on their minds and executed brilliantly.

We started at bat and were able to get a single run off a couple walks and a hit by Myles. Glenelg pitching was a little erratic but the pitcher was able to put together 3 strikeouts while facing 7 batters. Harry came out on the mound and was throwing bullets in the first recording two strikeouts and getting some help from his defense with an unassisted out at first base.

We really got things rolling in the second and recorded the max 5 runs. Hugh led off the inning with a smash to left field. The boys had a keen eye on the ball and the following 5 batters gained first base on walks. Myles reached first on his second hit of the game and the first RBI of the game. The fifth run of the inning came across on the sixth walk. Harry finished up his 40 pitches in the second giving up a hit to the first batter. He settled down and struck out the second batter for the first out. The second out was taken on a fairly routine but well execute play in the field. The third out was the play of the day. The forth batter of the inning smacked the ball to Louis in left field. The runner on first made his way to third while Louis was gathering the ball and getting it to the second baseman, Hugo. Hugo saw the runner at third make his way home and slung a strike to Myles at home plate for the tag out. Simply outstanding!

Zach took over on the mound in the third inning and showed great tenacity. He struggled a bit with his accuracy but was able to record 3 strikeouts along with 4 walks and 2 hits. It is great to see a kid who is usually lights out show the maturity to work through a tough inning and finish it up before giving up the maximum runs allowed. We started our at bat in the third with two quick outs, one a strike out and the other an unassisted out at first. The pitching then got a little more inconsistent and the next 7 batters reached, 4 base on balls and 3 hit by pitch. Myles finished off the inning with his third hit and second RBI to record the 5 run max.

The fourth and final inning we were able to get 3 more runs on 6 walks. Glenelg recorded the max five runs despite a good effort from Myles on the mound. Myles was able to throw some strikes but Glenelg was able to get their bat on the ball. We recorded 2 outs in the inning on two identical great plays. Hugo at shortstop and Zach at second teamed up for two 6-5 outs at second base. Both balls were hit hard to Hugo and he corralled the ball and easily underhanded to an alert second baseman standing on the base. Just a few too many walks in this inning to keep them from the 5 run max.

The boys have implemented a lot of what I have been trying to teach them. They are swinging the bat and not just waiting for a walk. Their fielding is much improved with several very good examples of players knowing the situation and reacting to it and getting the out. They are encouraging one another and starting to trust each other. All around a great day to be a coach!

Well done Saints!

..:: message posted on Monday the 14th of December, 2015 22:50:04 ::..

Newsletter 07/12/15

I hope you all survived the heat over the weekend which resulted in all our junior games being cancelled and other senior games either cancelled or having reduced number of digs to protect our players. The Sturt Baseball Club led the charge some years ago to ensure that there were appropriate rules in place to protect the welfare of our players and officials and we are proud that our initiative has remained in place and in fact all other sports now have similar rules in place.

Sturt was well represented in the recently completed Pacific School Games with Mitchell Lightbody, Jack Dawson, Brodie MacBeth and Damond Arnold in the team. South Australia finished fourth after losing the bronze medal game 3-2 to WA. SA missed out on the Gold Medal game by .0001% losing only one preliminary game. NSW beat Victoria in the Gold medal game. South Australia beat all of the top 3 teams in the minor rounds.

Jack O'Loughlin won the Golden Arm and MVP for the tournament. Mitchell Lightbody and Jack Dawson made the All-Star team. Congratulations to both these boys on this outstanding achievement!

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Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Thursday -Goodwood 6 d Sturt 1

Sunday- Sturt 4, East Torrens 4



Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Heat rule- no game

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

Sturt 6 d East Torrens 5

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

East Torrens 9 d Sturt 4

Division 5 (Coach: Chris Small)

GGCD 13 d Sturt 1

This weekend on a very hot Saturday at GGCD we welcomed Simon 'Gools' Gooley for his first game of the season. Over the winter I played winter ball with the Bulls and Gools was on the same team, it took me most of the season having a quiet word in his ear to get him to play and after doing a hamstring at the Masters he finally came out (to play that is). So lets talk about his game.

He leads off in the first innings and hits to right field for a safe hit for his first at bat with the old boys in the 5's, and he quickly lets Adrian 'Fame' Hill know that he is batting a .1000.

In the field we give Gools the prime piece of real estate, First Base, the first batter for GGCD hits a slow roller down the first base line and Gools picks it up and is to far for the tag, he then looks at his pitcher Fame who should have been covering the base,but he was still standing on the mound. Philthy was heading there from 2nd but never made it. Welcome to the slow movers at Div 5 Gools!

In the 2nd innings Gools is at first base fielding and there is a line drive which he dives for, loses some skin in the process as he lands, the ball gets past him but the runner coming down the line is slow and Ditmar 'Ditsy' Guehrer is quick to the ball at right field and the call goes out to throw the runner out at first. In the mean time Gools is still rolling around on the ground and hears the call so he tries to crawl over to first to get the out and Phil 'Philthy' Martin (helping out from the 7's) is running to the bag. Philthy almost trips over Gools and the runner nearly steps on his hand and just about falls over Gools as well, who now realizes he is in the way.

For the day, Gools picked up one more hit to go 2 - 3 and again lets us know he is batting .666 at the end of the game.

Ditsy had a fantastic hit to left centre that many in our grade would NOT get but GGCD centre fielder was like a jack russell and ran it down to steal a triple from Ditsy.

We left too many on bases and could not get hits at the right time to score them.

A big thanks goes to Phil Martin and Brett Mulryan for helping out and to Fame for helping out the 7's earlier.

Thanks also to Sue Mulryan for scoring.

safe Hit: Gools 2, Fame 2, Smally 1, Krispy 1, Daisy 1, Philthy 1, Mulryan 1.

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 7 Port 15 at Port

We were fearing the worst - a 38 degree day at Port Adelaide - but the sea breeze at Semaphore made things much more pleasant than we were expecting.

We made a hard-hitting start, batting around to plate 6 runs in the first with Kingsley 'Butterball' Turner's 2 RBI double one of the highlights as we quickly got on top. However, we couldn't hold them for Mick 'Mickey' Trlin who pitched manfully but saw them also put up six runs. We held them scoreless in the next inning before they started to get on top of us later in the (shortened) game.

Rich 'Elvis' Carter played a great game behind the plate giving Brett 'Brett" Mulryan a stint at third around from Matt 'Chewy' Chenoweth at second, while Adrian 'Fame' Hill was also important in the infield and on the mound late in the game. The outfield of coach Phil 'Philthy' Martin, Steve 'Spiely' Spiel and Anthony 'Big K' Kocza had some running around to do but kept things pretty clean.

Thanks to Heather for scoring, Justin 'JR' Ranford for making the trek and playing an inning at left field (even though he had just bought a house in the hills that morning) and to Fame for doubling up.

Hits: Hill 2 (2RBI), Martin 2, Mulryan 2 (1), Trlin 1 (1), Turner 1 (2), Spiel 1
Pitching: Trlin 25 batters, 42 balls 52 strikes 3 Ks, Hill 7 batters 2 balls 14 strikes 1 K

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

Thursday-Adelaide 18 d Sturt 3

The good news is the boys beat the heat and were able to play their game Thursday night to accommodate a request from Adelaide Baseball Club. The bad news is they ran into a buzzsaw in a strong Angels team that features 3 past and future Adelaide Waves charter team members in the middle of their lineup who lived up to their reputation with the bat.

Josh Vidale had a good night at the plate going 2 for 3 with a towering 2 run homer to left field. Nick, Max and Sam also collected singles but we've not been able to bunch our hits and hits in a timely way to put runs on the board. We continue to rack up a high number of strikeouts at the plate which gives our opponents a free ride by not putting them under pressure to perform in the field. This, unfortunately, is a recipe for a tough season that can only be helped by some hard work in the batting cage and a desire to improve.

On the bright side, the boys turned two double plays again this week with a slick first to home combo by Josh and Patrick in the 5th and a 4-6-3 DP from Seb to Jonas to Josh to end the game.

It was a beautiful night for baseball (aren't they all?) enjoyed by a big crowd that left many parents wondering why we can't play twilight games a little more often. Back to our Sunday routine starting with Round 10.

Hits: Josh Vidale 2 (HR), Nick Borrello, Max Culp, Sam Stewart

RBI: Josh Vidale 2, Jonas Garcia

..:: message posted on Monday the 7th of December, 2015 21:10:34 ::..

Newsletter 30/11/15

Folks - coach Small has created a new record! Last week he wrote a book on the Div 5 win and this week he has sent what could only be regarded as something that would have been rejected as text message for its brevity! It must have been a hard day at the office for Smally and Div 5, but as they say there is always next week! On a brighter note it was great to see our import pitcher Daniel Desimone on Tuesday night who pitched an outstanding game of baseball for what Coach Catt reports was the best game of the season for our Div 1 boys! Well done on a great game and a big support crew who turned up to see the twilight game.

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Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Tuesday Game- Sturt 8 defeated Souths 0

With Daniel Desimone taking the mound for the first time in a Saints uniform and a great crowd out to watch, the boys turned up to play some great baseball.

Offensively we jumped on every mistake their pitcher made and bunched our hits up to take an early 6-0 lead which would be enough for Daniel.

The most pleasing aspects of the game were -

  • Tyson Ottoways first hit in Div 1

  • Damon Arnold showing that he is now very comfortable at this level

  • Mitch Lightbody and Scott Quinlan's aggressive base running

  • Jack Dawson getting a couple of hits at crucial times

Defensively we were solid and Desimone led by example - only allowing 2 hits and no walks in 7 innings and threw a very econonmical 70 pitches!

This was the best baseball we have played this year!

Sunday - Sturt 7 lost to Kensington 22

What an interesting game of baseball.

Josh Tindall started on the hill for the Saints and threw good spots, a high percentage of strikes and got ahead of hitters - all the indicators we would expect of our pitchers. However, the opposition could not miss the middle of the bat and found gaps in the field that I didn't know even existed. They tallied up 19 hits and 4 home runs in the first 3 innings…! Sometimes you just have to tip your cap. To our credit we also scored 7 runs with the majority coming against their import who we struggled with early in the season.

Highlights were Scott Quinlan's 3 hits including a monster homerun and Damon Arnold's two hits as he continues to carve out a very good season. Special mentions to Mitch Lightbody and Paul Holmes who also hit the ball very well.

I always look at the process rather that the result - there were some things that we can improve on but our baseball wasn't as bad as the scoreline reflects.

Thankfully we only have 2 days until our next game - West Torrens away on Tuesday night - get down to West Torrens and support the boys in what promises to be a great game.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Div 2 lost to Kensington 11-0

Well when the Kensington pitcher throws a perfect game for 7 innings there's not much to cheer about. Matty Mulryan started again for us on the hill and struggled a little early but managed to regroup and get through two digs. Brodie MacBeth then came on to throw the rest of the game and was one shining light on what was an average game by our standard.

When you don't get even 1 runner to first base, there's not a lot to talk about on the hitting side. On a positive note we did put ball into play and there where some great plays by the kensies fielders to keep us off base.

The journey continues and we take on East Torrens at home next Sunday in a must win for us.

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

Sturt 12 Kensington 16

A good vibe was present before the game care of Frenchy banging Hilltop Hoods in the change room. We took this into the game looking strong for two innings and holding the lead at 4-1. Frenchy was throwing well, doing his job by giving us ground balls. This worked superbly until the third when we decided that fielding ground balls wasn't necessary therefore giving them easy base runners. As per the rules of the game, this moment when they started to hit, scoring 10. Our hitting didn't let up and neither did theirs. Austin McLure threw well working hard in some trying conditions. Great hitting from Dylan Miels, Jared Holland and Shane Horne saw us string together some good rallies. We didn't let up right to the end. Scoring seven runs in the last two innings.

The game was interesting as it was never out of our reach, yet at points when I looked into our field, I saw many flat footed, beaten players. We have a lot to learn. With a large mix of old, young and new to the game players there will always be period of development, a time to understand one another and each other's strengths. Keeping this in mind our fight in the batter's box was a much improved one. With almost every player having at least one quality at bat.

Looking ahead to next week boys!

Hits: Miels 3, Horne 3, Holland 2, Trembath, Hopton, Hirst, Powell

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

Sturt 9 vs Kensington 1

Well, the Divvy 4 juggernaut continued on Saturday with another solid victory over bogey side Kensington. With a couple of big injury omissions from last week I was surprised to hear that Timmy 'Two Bags' would also be unable to front up for the game after spending the night with the porcelain bowl courtesy of a big day at the cricket. Nonetheless, we made a few defensive changes and played another error free game. Offensively we threatened in the first but couldn't take advantage of a bases loaded none out situation and only plated one run. From there, 'Skingles' Wayne did his thing and kept it a 1-0 ball game through 5 innings. A Kensington pitching change and an inspiring Barassi-esque middle inning pep talk from Coach Martini got the boys fired up as we knocked in 6 runs with some great team hitting all the way through the lineup. Dan 'The Factor' Martens with the bases loaded 3 run double to blow it open. Another couple of runs took it out to 9-0 and 'Big Shed' Gibson took the ball to close it out…. 4 walks in a row made things more than a little interesting but he knuckled down and retired the next 3 in a row with ease.

Next week will be a big test for us taking on East Torrens who are sitting in 2nd place…. If we can play another solid defensive game and be a little more consistent offensively we should match up well.

Hits: 'Factor' Martens 2 (2b), 'Martini' Martens 2 (2b), 'Wall' Lemon 2, 'Bumsuck' Burns 1, 'Big Shed' Gibson 1, 'Shady' Layton 1

Division 5 (Coach: Chris Small)

Div 5 Sturt v Southern Districts @ Flinders

Final score 16 - 3 loss

10 Errors

Coach Smally Speechless.

Thanks to Janet Young for scoring, Don 'Wulffy' Wulff for umpiring and our two loyal supporters Jenny and Jodie.

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 23 Dodgers 5

One look at the scorebook tells the story - 23 hits from our batters, an outstanding 8K effort from our starting pitcher and the Dodgers never really stood a chance.

Although we had a 10am start, the lads were there en masse well before the start time and you could tell by the piss-taking during the warm ups that it was going to be a good day.

And it was, with everyone contributing - particularly our battery of Mick 'Mickey' Trlin who carved through the GGCD line up on 102 pitches for a complete game effort with eight strikeouts/no walks (plus the lazy 4 ribbies) while Brett 'Backstop' Mulryan went 4 for 4 in another great day at (and behind) the plate.

Everyone hit their pitcher well with all swinging the bat and plenty of good defence limiting their scoring opportunities.

Thanks again to Tredders for umpiring and Sue for scoring; next week it's back out to Port Adelaide.

HITS: Ranford: 2 (3 RBI), Martin 1 (1), Spiels 1, Mulryan 4 (4), Trlin 3 (4), Warren 2 (3), Chenoweth 2 (3), Thompson 1 (3), Turner 2 (1), McKinley 2

PITCHING: Trlin 39/63 102 pitches 8Ks 0 BB 1HBP

Under 19 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Sturt def Woodville 9-4

It was always going to be a tough game against woodville at their park, especially when you throw in the loss of our main three pitchers to the SA Schoolboys team. (Congratulations Mitch, Damo and Brodie)

To the boys credit they didnt let this get them down and they came out firing scoring 3 quick runs at the top of the 1st.

Stewart Gardiner took the hill for us on very very short notice and sent the woodville hitters back to the dugout in order.

We managed to score another 3 in the top of the 3rd with a nice 2 out bases clearing triple from Stewart.

Harrison Knuckey took the bump for us for his first appearance of the year keeping the woodville hitless over his 2 innings.

Jack Dawson then came in to close out the game only giving up the 1 hit over his 2 innings.

Offensively we played well but as a team we still really need to cut down on the strike outs and put the ball into play.

Hits: Dawson 3, Knuckey 2, Arnold 1, Ottaway 1, Gardiner 1.

S 3 0 3 0 2 1 9
W 0 2 0 0 2 0 4

Under 17/1 (Coach: Mitch Lightbody)

Sturt        1 7 0 2 2 12
Henley & Grange 5 3 0 2 0 10

12-10 squeaker in our favour at Henley & Grange (again) where we did more right than the opposition and got away with a win. We led the hits 10-8 and received two more walks than we gave up and all in all managed to get across the line.

For the first time this season we seriously trailed after the first innings 5-1. Our sole run came courtesy of a single RBI from Aussie plating Reed. H & G showed they came prepared to play with a 4 hit 5 runs first innings.

The coaches asked for a response and the boys certainly gave them one with a none out 7 run maximum innings with two hits from Tyrese, and singles to Chris, Reed, Harry & Aussie combined with 3 walks made for a run feast that looked like rolling on when the umpire had to call mercy. To H & G's credit they didn't give up and responded with 3 hits and 4 runs to leave the score tied up 8-8. Luke finished his 2 innings with 4K's.

The third finished with neither team adding to the scoreline. From our side Liam threw an excellent innings with 3 strikeouts and a walk to put us back into bat. Overarm or underarm - doesn't matter to Mr. Versatile.

Top of the fourth, scores tied and to state the obvious we needed a score. A walk to Harry and hits to Aussie scoring Harry and Dylan scoring Aussie add another 2 and we lead 10-8. Two howlers in the field by persons who shall remained unnamed and we gift H & G another two runs. Liam pitches another beauty and gets 3K's. Scores tied again 10-10.

The fifth wasn't one for the faint hearted. A walk to Liam, an error hit by Harry and an RBI single to Dylan was enough to get a couple of runs over the line and with H & G having one remaining innings we led 12-10. And there the score would stay. A 3 up 3 down close from iceman Harry Knuckey slammed the door shut and the Saints won 12-10.

Thanks to Deb for scoring and all the parents who came out to watch and support. Kensington next week and another probable early start.

Hits: Aussie 3, Tyrese 2, Dylan 2, Harry, Chris, Andrew

RBI's: Aussie 3, Tyrese 2, Dylan 2, Liam 2 Harry, Reed

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

Sturt 11 d Henley & Grange 7

Jonas Garcia went 3 for 5 including 2 doubles and played a very solid shortstop to lead the Saints to a comeback 11-7 victory over fellow strugglers Henley & Grange at Norman Reserve on Sunday. The Rams came out with bats blazing turning 4 hits, a sac fly and some errant throwing by the Saints into 4 early runs in the top of the first. To the boys credit, they survived the opening salvo and settled down to ride consistent pitching from Josh Vidale and sound fielding by all concerned to shut down the Rams over the next three innings. In the meantime, H&G pitchers held the Saints to a single run via Nick Borrello's booming double to rightcentre that drove in Jonas in the bottom of the first inning. The boys drew to within 4-2 in the bottom of the 4th following four free passes and things were looking hopeful for a Saints team desperate for a win.

A 3 run homer to left in the top of the 5th put the Rams up 7-2 with nobody out and the middle of the order to follow. Josh dug deep to entice grounders to shortstop and 3rd and Jonas and Charlie Durack were up to the challenge with clean hands and strong throws to first. Josh fanned the H&G number 6 hitter to close out his day on the mound and unknowingly set the table for at tasty Sturt comeback.

It would have been easy for the boys to drop their heads, fold up the tent and go home at this point, but they had other ideas. The heart of the order delivered as hoped and the Saints scratched out 2 runs with Nick driving in a run with a single to left, Charlie digging in for an 8 pitch walk and Max Culp coaxing a bases loaded walk to reignite the flame in the Sturt engineroom. And when flames appear in an engineroom there is generally loud combustion and that's exactly what happened at Norman this week.

Sam Stewart toed the rubber in the top of the 6th and did a fine job retiring the Rams without scoring and working out of a 2 on, 1 out self-inflicted jam. Josh, apparently a self-avowed non-second baseman, shined on 2 plays while playing 2nd base in the inning to open up new career options. Jonas shut down the inning with class, ranging to his right to snare a grounder and come up throwing to first to nail the H&G batter who had visions of plating the Ram runners on 2nd and 3rd.

The Saints had one last shot entering the bottom of the 5th with the top of the order due up. Sam led off with a single to left and scored on Jonas 1st double of the inning also to left field. Seb singled to third and Josh walked to load the bases with nobody out and 2 runs needed to tie. Nick hit into a fielders choice to short that H&G turned into a force at home on a close play at the plate. Charlie connected to the left side and the ball squirted through the legs of the Ram third baseman to score Seb and close the gap to one. Hamish then rose from the ashes and delivered a game winning single to right that scored two and put the Saints up for the first time in the game. Max followed with a howitzer to left that boomed almost as loud as his voice to bring in two more and seal the deal.

Jonas' second double of the inning closed out the maximum 7 runs and send the boys and supporters home a happy crew. The inning turned on generating instant offence out of nowhere that couldn't have come at a better time for this team.

Special thanks to Glenn Young for umpiring the game as well as Janet Young for scoring and compiling a Division 1 quality scorebook. The scoring bar has been raised to the highest level!

Thanks as well to those parents who took the time to help set up and take down the diamond. Much appreciated. A short rest this week as we play a one off Thursday night game at Adelaide.

Hits: Jonas Garcia 3 (2 x 2B), Nick Borrello 2 (2B), Josh Vidale, Sam Stewart, Seb Steel, Hamish Pickett, Max Culp (2B) RBI: Max Culp 3, Hamish Pickett, Nick Borrello 2 each, Jonas Garcia, Charlie Durack 1 each



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

Sturt - 18 DEF. West Torrens - 1

A different start to the day this week with the boys coming to the ballpark ready to go. From warm up to last pitch the Norman Reserve natives bounced around with an energy that was emulated throughout the game. This allowed us to get off to an absolute flyer scoring 5 runs in the first 2 innings with the boys swinging aggressively and setting the tempo for the rest of the game. We ended up forcing the mercy rule, which probably explains why the horses in the West Torrens car park neigh aggressively at me when we left early.

We welcomed back Robbie Brennan to some form on the bump after a break last week, looking strong through 3 innings with an awesome 75% k/bb, 6 K's, 0 runs and making the West Torrens boys look like they couldn't hit sand if they fell off a camel. Zac Becker relieved with a sound 2 innings of work, continuing his return to form after his Euro extravaganza.

At the dish, the boys had their best game of the season with everyone notching base knocks and moving the boys from station to station. Jack Hutton and Robbie continued to obliterate the Rawlings all over the park, leaving fielders with more than just a box in their jocks! Austin Parkinson, Jake Mossman and Harry Chaplin made significant improvements in their batting techniques that assisted in them picking up multiple RBI's each.

Continuing success is our focus for training this week which means not doing anything different but doing it consistent. Consistency is not physical, it's mental. As the late, great Yogi Berra once said: "Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical." GO Saints!

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

Win 18 - 9

Winner winner chicken dinner!

Well done today, a great game with bat and ball.

Offensively we started with a bang scoring 5 runs in the 1st inning thanks to some good watching in the box and a nice double to Samson.

We managed another run in the 2nd inning courtesy of a crushing double to Jamie backed up with a base hit to Spencer.

We didn't trouble the scorers in the 3rd inning but we opened them up in the 4th with another 5 runs thanks to another lead off hit to Jamie, some good watching in the box and then a Towering 3 run bomb by Will Jordans. As they say in the big leagues "that was a no doubter".

Callum then followed up with a crushing double down the left field line.

We out up 2 more runs in the 5th inning thanks to a base hit from Joe and a nice double by Spencer, then in the 6th we posted another 5 run innings with doubles to Callum, Samson, Lachlan and and a base hit to Spencer.

Overall we had 12 hits, 8 walks and only 5 strikeouts, which is our best effort this season.

Defensively we were very solid with only 1 error in the first inning, which cost us 2 runs. Other than that we hit all the cut offs and made every play that came our way.

Samson pitched 3 strong innings with 5 Ks, 3 hits and 3 walks with a total of 59 pitches.

Ethan pitched 2 fantastic innings with 4 Ks, 2 hits and 1 walk for a total of 35 pitches.

Ryder pitched one innings with 1K, 1 hit and 4 walks and gained some valuable time on the hill.
It was very pleasing to see the team apply themselves in the batters box, especially with 2 strikes. We spoke about shortening up and putting the ball into play which we did 5 or 6 times (excellent).

Poor Callum took a fastball on the finger whilst catching but soldiered on after Doctor Stan fixed him up, well done mate.

Special thanks to Lachlan Holland for filling in for us this week, great game buddy.

A big thank you to Karen Tindall for scoring

Hits - Spencer 3, Callum, Samson, Jamie 2, Will (HR), Joe and Lachlan 1 each

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

Sturt 7- Goodwood 24

Today we played at home, Brad had his first start on the bump and started strong. Next Thomo hit the hill was strong for his first innings but tired in his second, But was solid. Darcy took on the closing role and got his outs. Tyler went behind the dish today for the first time and was very solid. We were fantastic in the batting box with our pitch selection. We did a double play today for the first time with Brad taking a catch then catching the runner napping. We still need a lot of work on our fielding and backing up. Bench behavior was 30% better. still lots to work on , so make sure you come out Tuesday.

THANKS to super Sonia our scorer and Devon and Bill for base coaching for me. Thanks to all the dads for helping to rake the diamond.

HITS: Darcy 2, Gooden 2, Thomo 1, Thornton 1

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

Sturt 0 - Adelaide 15

Today we were outclassed by a very good Adelaide Angels side. The Angels came out swinging at our home ground at Sturt and we were never able to get it going. The first inning saw us start our at bat already 5 runs down and we were put away 1-2-3. The second inning Zach was able to hold the Angels scoreless with a little help from Ciaran at second base but we only had one runner get on base and had only 4 batters total in the inning.

The third inning on defense had the Angels hitting it around and along with a few walks they put 5 more runs on the board. Our offense continued to sputter.

The fourth and fifth innings went the way of the second and third - we held them scoreless in one and they put up 5 in the other. We just weren't able to get anything going on offense.

We showed very few signs of life and played an uninspired and flat game. The Angels are a well coached and skilled side with most of the team having been together for nearly three seasons. They were simply too good and the it showed in the result.

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Newsletter 23/11/15

Congratulations to our Div 2 team who had an impressive win against Henley and Grange! Congratulations to Div 5 for their first win of the year. I knew Smally would be excited and therefore the match report would be longer than normal so suggested he kept it to the point. As you will see he took no notice and his match report extends over many chapters!!!

A reminder that our Div 1 side will be playing a twilight at home Tuesday night at 6.15 pm against Southern Districts so please come down to support the boys!!

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Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 6 lost to Henley 8

We had a number of players missing today due to Adelaide Bite or State School Boys commitments but that simply opens the door for other players and gives them a chance to shine.

Josh Tindall started on the mound for the Saints and after a couple of shaky innings early, found his groove and kept us in the game through 6 innings.

After falling behind early our bats came out in the bottom of the first on fire. Some fantastic at bats all the way through 10 hitters and we posted 4 runs to show we had come to play.

However the offense simply hit a wall. We allowed the Henley pitcher to get on top from that point on and the runs dried up.

Jackson Brebner-Russ came in and threw three solid innings but again we continue to leak runs. Special mentions go to Faehse - defensively at first was outstanding. Well done to Harry Knuckey for coming in at short stop and playing a role.

Matt Macbeth also played his best game for the year both defensively and offensively - well done mate.

Lets stick together boys and come out (and keep) the same intensity we showed early in this game against Souths on Tuesday night. Big game in the context of our season.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Div 2 defeated Henley and Grange 12-2

Well it's nice to report with a win!!!

Matt Mulryan started on the hill for his first pitching outing for the year. You wouldn't have known it was under limited preparation, keeping Henley's hitless through 3 innings. Davey Nicholas then took over and was solid through 3 also, Jack Dawson then finished off the game for us.

The biggest issue all year has been our hitting and our strike out count. I'm pleased to write that the boys hit extremely well and executed when required. Our strike out count was well down from previous weeks and we proved to ourselves, if you can put the ball in play this will happen.

This was a pleasing game for the boys, who have proven to themselves that they are capable in this grade. We confront Kensington this week, who gave us a bit of a touch up last time, so we will need to lift to another level again this weekend.

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

Henley and Grange 22 d Sturt 0

Not a whole lot of positives to come out of this week - yes we were up against a classy opposition consisting of several ex 'A' graders and Giants players, however the game felt lost before we even took the field.

Austin 'Oz' McClure went off on the hill and did a solid job in what would have been the toughest lineup he has faced in his young career. A couple of fielding errors didn't help his cause but he battled through until being relieved by Frenchy. A cameo from Dylan 'Squid' Miels on the hill to end the game provided some hard hit shots and plenty of practice for the outfielders…. Nonetheless he hung in there and had some fun. Pitchers will need to work on hitting their spots as we allowed far too many walks and hpb. You can't defend walks.

Offensively we didn't threaten a lot picking up only 3 hits for the day. Dutchy Holland hit the ball hard all day and his enthusiasm, voice and leadership in a tough day out didn't go unnoticed.

Hits: Holland, Martens, Nicks

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

Sturt 8 d Henley and Grange 6

A little flat during the warmups but came out firing, jumping out to a 5-1 lead early behind some great hitting and Sportscenter-esque defensive plays by Jess 'Wall' Lemon at SS and Jimmy 'Jimmy' Passmore at 3b. After Skingles took a line drive off his tree-trunk like right thigh H&G started to creep back into the game. A couple of costly errors and before we knew it the score was 6-5 and the game tightened up dramatically. We kept threatening but left many runners on base keeping the Rams in the game…. Mr Consistent Jimmy Passmore went down at a crucial time with a torn calf and his replacement Josh 'Mr Accident' Clifford then managed to take a fly ball off his face in centerfield meaning we were down to the bare 9. 'Big Shed' Gibson took the reigns on the hill which left Skingles 1.000 to hit for himself. As you have probably already heard he laced a shot to right field giving us a little breathing space heading into the last.

Big Shed made things interesting in the last letting the first two runners on but proceeded to lock down the next 3 hitters ending the threat with a 8-6 victory to the good guys. That makes it 3 in a row for us now. Welcome back to 'Bumsuck Sally' Burns who decided to hit right handed this week and picked up 3 solid hits. Hitters did a good job this week of being patient and waiting for their pitch to hit. We picked up 8 bb/hpb's for the day which is a good sign.

Hopefully Jimmy and Cliff have a speedy recovery and can get back on the park ASAP.

Hits: Burns 3 (2b), Passmore 1, Martens 1, Lemon 1, Layton 1, Wayne 1

Division 5 (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt 14 d Goodwood 6

I have been asked to keep this report to one paragraph by the President, but with so much going on I just can't!

Yes that score line is correct 14 - 6 winners.

1st innings and we bat first with Tommy "I Don't Dance' Winter up first he flies out to third, Chris 'Smally' Small gets safe on an error from second as he tries to bare hand a under arm throw from 1st base as Smally hit a grubber to take first baseman away from his plate, Adrian 'Fame' Hill better known these days as Mr Stats hit to centre, runners at 1st and 2nd and Kris 'Krispy' McArdle steps up and smashes on to deep centre for a double and scores 2 RBI's, Wallace 'Gromit' Long also known as Hollywood or Captain hits through 2nd to Krispy before we are all out, 3 runs scored.

We send Jayke Wayne to the mound down from the 4's to help with numbers and after the lead off batter hits to left he sits the next three down with a K2, KC and KC.

2nd innings and David "Reg' Lee gets a walk, Jayke gets some of his own and is K2'd, I Don't Dance smashes one to centre for a single, Smally ground rules a stand up double, Fame hits to right, Krispy walks, Gromit singles to centre, Ditmar 'Ditsy' Guehrer gets safe on an E4, Michael 'Stiffy' Hodges grounds out to short and Ditsy thinks he can beat a throw to third on the play but by the time it went from his head to his feet he was out at third. Side away but 5 runs scored. Jayke back to the mound, first up a K2, a couple of hits before 2 more K2's and side away. Score 8 - 0 up after 2

3rd innings and Reg is KC'd, Jayke ground out to short, I don't Dance flies out to right for three up and down.

Jayke back on the mound and getting tired gives up a couple of runs before we make a change and bring on Fame, he closes it out but Goodwood get 2 runs back. Score 8 - 2 up

4th innings, Smally grounds out to short, Fame singles to left, Krispy hits to 3rd who throws to 2nd for an error and Fame safe at 2, Gromit grounds out to 3rd but gets an RBI with Fame scoring, Ditsy hits to left to score Krispy, Stiffy smashes one to deep centre to score Ditsy and as Stiffy arrives at 3rd he slides, well we call it jumping on the base rather than sliding into the base but he is safe and no broken bones, Chris 'Daisy' Day replaces Reg and grounds out to 3rd for side away. Score 11 - 2 up Fame back on the hill and here come the runs as Fame throws tee balls to the batters. They manage to get 3 runs to make the score 11 - 5 but we are still up

5th innings, Jayke is K2'd, I Don't Dance Tommy hits to right, Smally grounds out to short and Fame flies out to left. No runs scored.

Fame one the hill and he has the first two batters back on the bench with a KC and a K2 before a triple and single score one, we then have Stiffy awake at right to catch the third out. Score 11 - 6 up.

6th innings and with time running out we need to score 3 runs to put it out of their reach, Krispy smashes one to centrefield, just over the fielders head who then decides to kick the ball to the fence and what should have been an in the park home run for a 15 year old Krispy limps to second with a groin injury, Gromit hits to centre, Ditsy is hit by HPB, Stiffy K2's for the first out, Daisy Sac flies to right and scores Krispy with Gromit moving to third, Gromit then scores on a wild pitch, Jayke hits to left and the coach sends Ditsy home from second. Here is this 6ft 8 bloke running down the line towards Goodwood's 5ft nothing catcher who now has eyes the size of diner plates and looks a little worried, as Meat Loaf would say here comes the throw and the crowd is yelling slide Ditsy, he hits home plate, stumbles and then decides to slide after the plate to be safe and the third run of the innings, Tommy I Don't Dance flies out to short in foul territory for side away. Score is 14 - 6 and we can not lose.

Fame back to the mound to enjoy it, the first batter is a 1-3 out, the next has a safe hit, then a walk and the call is out there lets finish on a double, the next batter flies out to short on a soft hit who then doubles it up to second for side away and game.

There we go Mr President another novel written by the Div 5 Coach for all to enjoy or read at night as they go to sleep or it puts them to sleep!

A big thanks goes to Carol Burns who scored for us even though her husband Mark 'Pop' Burns had to work.

A game played in the right spirit by both sides.

Safe hits: Winter 2, Small 1, Hill 3, McArdle 2, Long 3, Guehrer 1, Hodges 1 (1T), Daisy 1 (1SAC), Wayne 1

Pitchers: Jayke 59pitches, 36strikes, 6K's, 2BB. Hill 69pitches, 49strikes, 3K's, 1BB

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Flinders 10 d Sturt 2

A tough game against a very tight - and fast - Flinders outfit at the home of baseball.

Their pitcher threw very hard and it wasn't until late in the game before we managed to get some hits off him. By that time, the visitors already had a handy lead and we were always looking up at them.

Mick 'Mickey' Trlin threw brilliantly again before being relieved by Rich 'Canon' Carter, while Brett 'Bretty' Mulryan was a rock behind the plate as usual. We were pretty tight apart from one innings when they drove the maximum home to take the lead.

Thanks to Heather for scoring, Tredders for umpiring and AJ's team of surgeons who advise us the big man will be back after Christmas after tearing a calf muscle (ouch).

Hits: Thompson 1 (1 RBI), Martin 1, Mulryan 1, Trlin 1, Emmett 1 (1), McKinley

Under 19 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

No result or report available

Under 17/1 (Coach: Mitch Lightbody)

Rams   0 0 4 1 5
Sturt 4 3 4 4 15

Hits 7-5 and walks a whopping 15-2 in our favour and the scoreline blew out to a flattering 15-5. It wasn't a game we dominated to say the least. We had 11 RBI's to H & G's 2 and that says we did manage to take advantage of the free bases and score on hits. What was frustrating at times was the number of walks we were gifted by not swinging the bat, taking a cautious approach instead of hitting pitches that were meant to be hit. The best part of baseball (unless you're a pitcher) is hitting and we want to be known, not only as a strong pitching team but as a team of hitters.

One of the team strength's is its pitching depth. Harry Knuckey celebrated his 15th birthday today, had his first outing on the hill for the season and had a great day on the mound giving up just the one earned run and striking out 6 over 3 digs. Tyrese Kimotho came on for one dig and did the job collecting a strike out, just the one earned run and a lovely pick off to close the innings.

Six pitchers used so far this season which is great and all have performed well. Fielding was good apart from one ordinary 3 run error. Hopefully we get the errors out of the system early in the season as we can't afford that sort of stuff against the better teams.

Coming up from the 15's and had himself a splendid day was Josh Vidale getting two from 3 and 3 RBI's. Please feel free to fill-in again! Finding a bit of form after a sluggish start to the season with bat is Austin McClure. Aussie swatted a right line flyball for a 2 run triple and finished the day with 3 RBI's. Two hits from the switch hitting Luke Peters helped bigtime and Andrew Brennan, back after a two week sabbatical played well at third base and hit a RBI double in rather unorthodox AB fashion. Never to be outdone was the birthday boy Harrison Knuckey knocking up another triple to move his season average to a whopping 0.727. Huge day for Harry today played 17's, Division 2 and came into the Division One side after one innings and played the last eight innings. From 8:30am to 6pm - that's a lot of baseball. Happy Birthday and well done today Harry.

Seven games in and we're 6-0-1. Another self-inflicted early morning West Lakes road trip to H & G again coming up next Sunday. Thanks to all the parents that got out and supported the lads it was much appreciated.

Hits: Peters 2, Vidale 2, Knuckey (3B), McClure (3B), Brennan (2B),

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

East Torrens 25 d Sturt 0

We came up against a well disciplined and well coached team of young baseballers on Sunday afternoon. ET have bought together a group that will likely form the nucleus of their Div 1 team in a few years' time.

Our boys stuck to the task and at the plate executed as briefed - to get bat on ball. Good contact throughout the order. Well done to Josh and Nick on the mound and for Patrick behind the dish. We welcomed back Jonas from injury and after playing in the Glenelg 15/2s team earlier in the day had enough energy to turn two doubles in combination with Seb at first base. Great to watch!

Hamish played a solid game defensively and offensively. Max and Lachlan provided good defence in the outfield, both showing strong arms.

Credit to our boys who were still willing to head out and get more time on the diamond even after the game was gone.

ET's strong hitting was the big difference in this game. Thanks to Craig at East Torrens for helping out with our ninth player and allowing our eight boys to bat through without an out.

Practice this Thursday and then we're at home 3pm next Sunday. See you all then!

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

Sturt - 24 DEF. Woodville - 6

The boys were able to 'drag' themselves away from Skid Kids down at Woodville to fire up and 'burn rubber' around the bases to notch up a fine victory against the Green and Gold Senators. Despite having a dodgy warm up, the guys eventually got their 'engines started' as a few players must have inherited sore heads from their parents after Acca Dacca shook them all night long!

Jack Hutton was exceptional on the mound continuing to make adjustments during innings by himself in order to get the ball down and in the strike zone. Jack had 6 strikeouts and NO HITS over 3 innings, looking dominant and in control throughout his outing. A comfortable lead allowed us to rotate some pitchers on the mound, giving some others the opportunity to see that it can be difficult to defend against walks.

At the plate, our sticks must've been 'Thunderstruck' by the ghost of Bon Scott and the presence of Angus Young at Adelaide Oval as we crushed the ball to all parts of the field. However, it was OUR OWN Angus, Catt that is, that did most of the damage racking up 5 hits, 3 doubles, 5 R and running circles round the fielders with his heads up baserunning. It wasn't just his stella hitting that made Catty stand out, he also showed incredible maturity by supporting his team mates and bouncing on and off the field with energy, setting a good example for the rest of his team. Some other stand outs at the dish were Robbie Brennan, who knocked the cover off of the ball and Hugo Ellery, who is finally using a tin bat and seeing the benefits of the rebound.

A big week on the track for us, because despite having won a few games, we are still needing to concentrate for the whole game and PLAY IT THE RIGHT WAY no matter who our opposition is. Good win boys!

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

North 17 d Little League 1 - Saints (U13) 2

Outplayed again by a much older and stronger Norths outfit today.

Spencer pitched the first 3 innings and was a bit shaky hitting a couple of Norths batters but still threw more strikes than balls.

They jumped out of the blocks early scoring 5 in the 1st and 5 in the 2nd innings. In the 3rd Spencer found his groove and pitched a lot better, finishing with a couple of strikeouts.

He finished with 37 strikes, 29 balls 3 K's, 2 walks and a couple of HPB's. All in all it was a good effort against some big strong hitters from Norths.

Samson pitched the last 2 innings and gained some more valuable time on the hill, which is going to prove valuable for these kids next season.

Our fielding was OK, but we made a few little mistakes, which seemed to cost us runs!

However, we are still learning what it takes to compete in Div.1, which is going to take time.

Hitting wise we weren't too bad picking up 5 hits and 7 walks for the day, but unfortunately still too many strikeouts (9).

Ryder and Spencer both hit a double each and Angela and Samson also had a safe hit against the hard throwing Norths pitchers.

We had some chances to score more runs in this game but we just faltered at the last minute and missed our opportunities.

Keep your heads up guys and gals as we are improving every week.

I can smell a win just around the corner.

Special thanks to Emma Dawson for filling in again for us, and thanks to Mitch for umpiring.

Hits - Spencer 2, Ryder, Samson, Angela 1

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

Sturt 17 d Woodville 9

Well today we hit the road and went down to Woodville and WON!

We hit the ball great and ran the bases fantastically. Darcy started for us and was good. Tyler came on and got us out of a jam, Brad finished the game off. There was some great plays in the field with locky throwing a runner out stealing and Thomo stopping everything at first base. Mo was hitting rockets and locky smashed one to the fence. The team really bonded, we need to work on sitting on the bench and watching our team mates play. Could not be happier with how we played. Thanks to Jack Gooden for playing for them and super scorer Sonia for great job and Melissa for doing pitch count. Thanks to Jenne for driving back home and grabbing the score book.

HITS: Copper 2, Jack Gooden 1, Jack Gamlin 1, Darcy 1, Nic 1, Brad 1, Lachlan 1, Molly 1

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

Sturt 3 Goodwood 3

Defense was the name of the game Sunday. We started the top of the first at bat and only had 4 batters approach the plate. The Goodwood's pitching was stellar striking out 3 and walking 1. Zach was on the mound for us and he was not to be out done. He came out throwing strikes and sitting down the first batter on 4 pitches. He helped himself on the second batter making a great 1-3 out at first. After walking the third batter of the inning, the fourth came up and hit a hard shot to Ciaran at second. Ciaran was on his game and smartly tagged the runner going from first to second ending the inning.

Our second at bat saw our first two batters out on a strikeout and 1-3 out at first. Zach came up and helped himself to a walk on a very good at bat. Ed and Kale followed with walks loading the bases. Ciaran was next up and hit a soft one back to the pitcher but hustle and determination got him to first safely, sending Zach across home plate for the first run of the game. Unfortunately we were unable to keep it rolling and Goodwood recorded another strikeout. Zach again took the mound in the second after only 15 pitches in the first. He put the ball in play and our fielders stood tall especially, once again, Ciaran with a fantastic catch off a pop fly at second base. There was no way he was going to miss it!

The third inning Goodwood was able to break through. Hugh stepped onto the mound for the first time and after a shaky start hitting a batter and walking two more, settled down and, with his defense helping him out, ended the inning but not before they were able to get 3 runs across. Goodwood's defense was able to hold us scoreless in the third. Magnus, Max and Louis loaded the bases but we were unable to move anyone across home plate due to fine pitching from The Indians.

We took 1 run back in the fourth with Myles leading off and helping himself with some very clever and aggressive base running. He got a base hit to first and took advantage of a sloppy play moving on to second. Zach followed and recorded an RBI double with Myles scoring from second and Zach wisely took advantage moving over to second when Goodwood tried unsuccessfully to get Myles at home. Again, Goodwood held us in check striking out 3 of the next 5 batters and walking the other 2 ending the inning with bases loaded. Ciaran put his hand up to pitch the fourth for his first stint on the mound. He recorded a strikeout and 2 1-4 outs at second base. The kid was unstoppable!

With the game moving along quickly we had our fifth at bat. Max led us off with a smash into right-center that rolled over for a ground rule double. Goodwood sat down our next 2 batters on a strikeout and 1-3 out at first. With Max standing at second, Thomas approached the plate. After watching the first pitch outside for a ball, he crushed the second pitch ripping it between the first baseman and first base for the second ground rule double of the inning and sending Max home to tie the game at 3. Unfortunately, again, we were unable to sustain the pressure and only came away with the 1 run. I asked Harry to close out the game at pitcher knowing he would stand tall and throw hard. He did not disappoint! Harry threw 9 strikes and 1 ball recording 3 strikeouts to end the game.

A fantastic effort by all the boys yesterday with everyone contributing and really playing together as a team. They were aggressive and showed lots of skill and improvement on both offense and defense, but especially defense. Great game!

..:: message posted on Monday the 23rd of November, 2015 21:40:18 ::..

Newsletter 16/11/15

This weekend we had a bye for Div 1, 2 and Little League 2 - Sturt (U13). We also have some great photos from our U17/1 and Little League-1 home derby! Good to see our future young stars being featured in the photos this week!

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Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Bye

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Bye

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

Sturt 11 d Gawler 7

Just to get it out of the way Jared Holland went 4 from 4.

Austin McLure started the day with a strikeout, but simple mistakes in the field cost us two runs in the first.

Austin threw a great game with a solid strike to ball ratio. Hirsty locked down the dish giving us lots of voice.

Some nice team hitting from us kept the game even through 5 innings. In the last, walks and again some nice team hitting helped us put the game beyond reach.

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

Sturt 11 d Gawler 0

Expecting the boys to come out pumped up after last weeks emphatic victory, I was surprised to hear more pre-game talk of the mornings Pageant floats and in depth discussion on the best stain remover currently on the market. Needless to say we were slow out of the blocks and didn't look to formidable in the batters box.

Thankfully, another solid performance on the mound by ace Skingles Wayne shutting the Gawler offense down and allowing our hitters to find their groove, which they did - knocking in 7 runs in the 5th to run out with the mercy win 11-0. Pete 'Napisan' Turner collecting 3 hits, Timmy 'Two bags' adding a couple to his tally and Benny 'Panther' Bicknell still hitting it hard to all parts of the diamond. Has been a while since we've had back to back victories and a good chance next weekend to make it 3 in a row.

On another note, was great to see plenty of support out there for us on the weekend… there were enough kids running around to start a crèche, and to Crutch, Knux, TC and Benny Harfield always good to hear the heckling back out at SBC.

Division 5 (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt V Dodgers at GGCD

We traveled to GGCD looking for our first win and we are still looking, so if you find it please let us know as we want one.

Final score 11 - 7.

We had one innings where they scored the max 7 runs that hurt us.

1st innings we had David 'Reg' Lee (aka Sam day) first up and he set the tone for the rest of us with a long home run that went over the road to score the first run of the day, Adrian 'Fame' Hill was also safe and walks from Riley Mills and Chris 'Daisy' Day loaded the bases, unfortunately we could not find that hit to score anymore runs.

The Dodgers scored their first run from a wild throw by aka Sam, so he scored the first and gave them one back, must have felt guilty from his long bomb. End of first 1-1

2nd innings Craig 'Chippy' Bickerstaff got a walk and Ben 'Shrek' Colyer aka Trent Small flied out to a deep second base for a double play as Chippy was running to 2nd, Sam had a muffed fly at centre and Michael 'Stiffy' Hodges flied out to centre for side away. The Dodgers then came out and jumped all over Fame to score the max. 7 runs. Score 8 - 1 down

3rd innings, Fame hit to third for a safe hit and Chris 'Smally' Small hit to short and into a double play. Two batters later we were side away for no runs.

Daisy was sent to the mound and the Dodgers were back in the field after a quick 3 up and down. Score still 8 - 1 down.

4th innings, 3 up and down for no runs again and we had the Dodgers all out for no runs also.

5th innings, new pitcher and we liked his pace a little more, Sam singled to left, Wallace 'Gromit' Long beat a throw to get safe, Fame got a walk, Smally hit to centre to score 2, Mark 'Pop' Burns up next with runners at 1st and 2nd he hits to deep centre to score Fame from s2nd and Smally puts the pedal to the metal to score from 1st and he is speechless or should I say breathless, Pop ends up at 2nd with a stand up double. 4 runs pegged back, score 8 - 5 The Dodgers unfortunately get 3 back to make it 11 - 5

6th innings Shrek aka Trent starts with a bunt but it went straight back to the pitcher for an easy out, Sam hits through 3rd, Gromit flies out to short, Fame walks, Smally hit high to centrefield which drops in short of the outfielder to score 2 to make it 11 - 7 and that is where it ended up.

Thanks to Sam, Riley and Trent for filling in.

Thanks to Carol for making her way from the division 4 game at Sturt out to GGCD to score for us.

We need to string more hits together and cut out the errors in the field and we will win our first game. Playing Goodwood at the crack of dawn this week away but the big bats of McArdle, Winter and Gooles will return to the line up to help put that first W in the bank. Safe hits: Sam 3 (1HR), Fame 2, Smally 2, Pop 1 (1D)

Pitching: Fame 56pitches, 39 strikes, 4K's, 1BB 8hits. Daisy 53pitches, 27strikes, 4K's, 3BB, 1HPB, 1hit.

Go the Saints

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 14 d Kensington 10

The Div 7 boys travelled to Kensington this week. We were without our "super-coach" Philthy so AJ took the reins. Things didn't look good with our 1st dig lasting 4 pitches! Brett Mulyan started on the hill for us and things looked a little better when their first dig lasted 5 pitches. Our second at bat was over in a flash as well with but we did at least get a base runner with AJ hitting to centre field. Middle of the second score 0-0 end of the second we were down about 4 or 5 runs. To the boys' credit they kept their heads up and kept plugging away. In our third at bat, we got guys on base and scored a run or two. Richy Carter replaced Brett Mulryan on the hill at the end of 3 digs and basically stemmed the flow of runs. Kensington also changed their pitcher and we upped our scoring tempo. Our last at bat saw us score 6 runs to take a four run lead. Good fielding and pitching in the bottom of the last saw the lead protected and the boys celebrate a win!

Hits: Brett Mulryan 5 (5 RBIs) Mick 1, Steve Spiel 1 (2 RBIs) Kingsley a stand up double to centrefield (1 RBI), Justin Mckinley 2 (1 RBI) Richie Carter 1 (1 RBI) and AJ 1 (1 RBI).

HBP Justin Ranford 2 - takes him to double figures

Pitching Brett 42 Strikes 23 Balls; Richie 32 Strikes 15 Balls

Big thanks to Sue and Heather for scoring…

Under 19 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Sturt 2 d Adelaide 0

Under 17/1 (Coach: Mitch Lightbody)

Adelaide 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
Sturt        4 0 0 1 0 X 5

Absolute first class day, mid 20's and not a cloud in the sky greeted the undefeated Saints U17 outfit at home on beautiful Norman Reserve. Not a game for the ages but a win nonetheless against a plucky Adelaide side that never gave up and gave our side a good fright.

The game was dominated by Ky Hampton who took the mound for the first time this season in U17's and pounded the zone. A remarkable 11K's from 4.1 innings and it wasn't hard to feel sorry for the Adelaide lads. It wasn't until Ky went for a hit in his last dig that our illustrious right fielder (who shall remain unnamed) turned a single into a triple that Adelaide got into the game. After being relieved on the mound and returning to centrefield Ky tracked a bleeder in centrefield and turned a potential single into a double play. Without blowing his trumpet too loudly his situational awareness is top class and it's moments like these is the reason we all go to watch baseball.

The batting was frustrating to say the least. Ky and Austin McClure picked up a pair of hits each but that's where it stopped. We got out of the gate well with Liam and Reed picking up walks, Ky putting a bleeder into right field to score Liam and then Aussie doing the same with another RF bleeder scored Reed and we finished the innings leading 4-0. We scored another in the 4th due to a dropped bomb at right field and finished the day with 5 runs. If you can take a positive we had just one strike out but we couldn't find the gaps today. Unfortunately the best hit ball of the day at the bottom of the 6th - a triple to Harry Knuckey didn't count as the umpire called time on the innings.

Defensively as mentioned Ky was outstanding. Luke Peters pitched 1.1 innings and got rid of 5 batters in just 9 pitches. Clever lad - let the field do the work. The infield was good and Reed was solid behind the plate as always.

Two trips to Henley and Grange coming up and we need to score more runs if we're to threaten the better sides. Thanks to Tony Catt for umpiring and Deb Hopgood for a lovely scorebook.

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

West Torrens 13 d Sturt 1

We headed to West Torrens on what was a great day for baseball.

0-0, after the first inning with only three batters from each side getting a bat. Josh adapted well to the flat mound.

Second dig and Joel started the innings with a superb double to centrefield. Advanced to third on a wild throw and stole home on a pass ball. West Torrens plated two runs in the bottom of the second.

A couple of hits to Josh and Nick led off the top of the third. We were unable to bring them home. A couple of good plays from Hamish to Seb during an inning that saw West Torrens plate two more runs.

Our next at bat and we saw hits to Seb and Hamish, while West Torrens turned a good double play. No runs added.

Great catch by Max in centrefield started off the West Torrens innings. A couple of BBs and a couple of hits and four runs came in.

The next two innings and we were unable to make contact with their new pitcher. Nick came on to pitch and with the first out 1-3 their runners ran around as we were unable to complete our defensive plays.

A good session this Thursday night and we look to East Torrens next Sunday.

Thanks to the parents for getting warmup underway and scoring.

Hits: Joel (double), Nick, Seb, Hamish and Josh

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

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) 22 d Little League 1 - Saints (U13) 2

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

Saints vs Sturt Lost 22 - 2

The score says it all, we were out hit 25 - 4 but overall our Defence was very good. There is not much you can do about base hits.

Pitching wise we threw lots of strikes (obviously) and all our pitchers kept at it all day.

Our offence was up against it having to face some quality pitching but that's baseball, all you can do is keep on swinging at strikes and try to put the ball in play.

Basically we were out-gunned in most areas.

Well done to Angela for pitching 2 great innings (25 strikes and 18 balls) for here first outing as a Saint.

Well done to Callum and Jamie for their catching efforts as well.

I am very proud of this team and their positive attitude as they continue to develop and play the game I believe the way it should be played.

Good luck to Will Jordans this Saturday in the State Softball tournament here in Adelaide and congratulations on the co-captaincy.

Hits - Will, Spencer, Callum and Ryder 1 each

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

Bye

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

Sturt 3 v Glenelg 6

Glenelg came out swinging on a warm afternoon at Flinders Uni field. Myles started the game on the mound with the capable Kale behind the plate. We let The Tigers take control early with a few walks despite a couple strikeouts. Another walk, a hit batter and base hit let three cross the plate before a fine 1-3 play in the field. We were unable to match the three runs from Glenelg despite a base hit by Hugo and Harry and a fielder's choice out on a hit by Myles.

Glenelg was able to generate two more runs in the second with Ed on mound. After walking the first three batters, Ed was throwing strikes but The Tigers hit into a couple fielder's choice outs but the lead runners remained and were able to cross the plate. Our second at bat was brief with only four batters approaching the plate with Glenelg recording two strikeouts and nice fielding play to record the third.

Harry took the mound in the third and as was able to shut down the offense. He recorded two strikeouts and helped himself with a fine play to take a hard hit ground ball and make the throw to first.

More of the same for us on offense in the inning. We saw only five batters at the plate with Glenelg two Ks and holding the shutout.

We were able to get a fourth inning in and Thomas came in on the mound to keep Glenelg to only one run. He recorded two strikeouts and helped himself to another 1-3 out. We were finally able to breakthrough in the fourth with Glenelg walking us around the bases and a great hit by Hugh helping us to gain three runs. Hits: Hugo, Myles (2), Harry, Zach, Hugh

..:: message posted on Monday the 16th of November, 2015 22:09:56 ::..

Newsletter 09/11/15

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Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Game 1-Sturt 1 lost to Woodville 3

Another double header which rounds out 5 games in 7 days. Tough stretch for this young group but all the same certainly very beneficial in their development.

Scott Quinlan pitched in the early game and once again did a great job.

We had our chances offensively to make this a much closer game but with a couple of mental errors we couldn't capitalise. The ability to make smart decisions during a game is something this group will continue to get better at as we play in more games under pressure.

Defensively we were solid which kept us in the game for the full duration.

Game 2- Sturt 0 lost to Woodville 7

As the temperature kept rising we took to the field full of optimism for the second game. Josh Tindall took the ball for the first time and started well throwing only 13 pitches for the first 6 outs!

A couple of mistakes handed Woodville a couple of runs and in the 5th inning we had fallen behind 4 nil.

Brodie Macbeth took over pitching duties in the back half of this match and pitched as well as I have seen so far this season. He kept the strong Woodville batting lineup at bay for the rest of the game.

You can't win too many games without scoring a run - offensively we hit some hard shots and got some hits but we couldn't bunch them together. Standout with the bat in this game was Mitch Lightbody.

We now have a small break with a bye this weekend which is well timed. We are back in action in a week and a half out at Northern Districts Tuesday week.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Woodville 21d Sturt 0

Well when you lose by 21 runs it's very hard to find too many positive to take away from it. We certainly weren't at our best, making many fundamental errors and with such a young side coming up against much more experienced sides, we can't afford to play like that.

Ky Hampton once again started on the hill, and once again did a great job. Ky continues to do what we ask from him week in week out and just didn't quite get the back up this week. Mitch Lightbody then came on to stem the flow and then Jack Dawson finished the game off for us with his first stint on the mound for the year.

I feel like a bit of a broken record, but we once again lacked offence. We continue to have too many strikeouts per game and when you're not making the field do the work it's very hard to generate runs. On a bright note congratulations to Reed Stewart who picked up his first senior hit and at just 14 it's not a bad feat to achieve, well done mate.

This is an extremely young group and we keep learning and improving each week. The future is bright and we just need to stick to what we can control. Unfortunately we didn't this week and the score reflects that, the beauty is we will get another crack at it in a couple of weeks time.

Stick together as a group guys and the success will come.

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

Woodville 16 d Sturt 1

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

Sturt 8 def Woodville 2

Well, finally we decided to show up and play good hard baseball. Putting our most experienced lineup on the park we had high expectations of coming away with a W, if not the Coaches head was on the chopping block.

With Timmy 'Two Bags' Boundy and Patty 'Bumsuck Sally' Burns out of the team due to drinking commitments, we needed to fill the gaps with a couple of seasoned veterans and that's exactly what we got in Benny 'The Panther' Bicknell and Dan 'Smokey/Martinez/The Factor' Martens.

Also back into the lineup this week were reigning MVP 'Skingles' Wayne and Inaugural Knuckey/Coxon award winner Jess 'Wall' Lemon. Whatever these two got up to last weekend during the Melbourne Cup festivities paid off as Skingles dominated the Woodville hitters and Wall put on a defensive display at SS that would have given Ross Lyon plenty of movement.

Jumping out of the blocks early with some great team hitting and a couple of timely RBI's from David 'Animal' Hirst we found ourselves up 4-1 after the first. From here the game tightened right up and became a defensive battle for the next 5 innings. Luckily, prior to the game Coach Daizy Martini put up a carton of beer as incentive for an error free game…. And of course the boys responded, putting on a clinic with Wall and Jimmy Passmore rolling doubles up the middle all day, Animal stealing line drives and breaking hearts down the 3rd baseline and Petey Turner holding runners at bay behind the dish whilst making good use of the new short backstop.

Going into the last and hoping to hold the score at 5-2, Woodville brought in their closer Telmo aiming to get a short innings, but instead we jumped all over him posting 3 quick runs to give us a comfortable 8-2 lead. From there Jake 'Big Shed' Gibson thought surely he could hold a 6 run lead and asked for the ball to close it out, doing so in style making light work of the heart of their lineup 1-2-3.

Probably our best overall performance since this group has been together and looking to continue this form for the rest of the season. It is these middle tier games that we need to win on a consistent basis to be any chance of making finals this year. In the end, 0 errors - Looks like I owe the boys some beers…..

Hits: Animal 2 (2b), Martini 2 (2b), Passmore 2, The Panther 2, The Factor 1, Big Shed 1, Turner 1

Division 5 (Coach: Chris Small)

Glenelg 6 d Sturt 5

We turned up to Glenelg to the roars of Fame sprouting something about a 'HOLE IN ONE' 173mtrs to the pin and it went in, we quickly told him we are playing baseball.

So into to bat we go an Adrian 'Fame' Hill gets a walk first up, Glenn 'Doc' Young gets HPB, Chris 'Smally' Small line's one straight to short stop who spends it a bit to quick and drops it, bases loaded and Kris 'Krispy' McArdle is up and due as his is still batting the big O, he skies out to rightfield for the Sac and RBI, Ben 'Shrek' Colyer hits to centrefield to score another, Chris 'Daisy' Day hits to third and the fielder holds Smally at 3rd then throws the out, Smally gets himself stuck in no mans land and turns to go back to third to see Shrek on the bag and just stands there for the easy tag. We call this a brain fart. 2 runs scored.

Fame to the hill and he walks the first batter before we have the next three out to lead 2 - 0

2nd innings, Wallace 'Gromit' Long gets a walk, Mark 'Pop' Burns grounds out to short, Craig 'Chippy' Bickerstaff K2's, Fame singles to centre, Doc singles to centre and Smally flies out to centre for side away but we did score one more.

Glenelg's first batter gets a safe hit to left and we get the next three out but they do get on over the plate. 3 - 1 up and we are playing the better baseball.

In the 3rd we are able to score 2 more runs with hits to Krispy for his first safe hit and didn't he celebrate when he got to first and we heard about it when he made it home from a lovely hit from Daisy for a single that scored the two runs.

Over the next 4 innings we were unable to get another one over the plate and unfortunately a few errors started to creep into our game.

We should have won this one but in the end Glenelg came from behind to snatch the game. We out played them all day but unfortunately a few mistakes from us let them in.

Final score was 6 - 5 down.

We can make a few tweaks to our game and we will start to win some and when we win that first one watch out.

Safe Hits: Fame 2, Doc 1, Krispy 2, Shrek 2, Daisy 1.

Pitches Fame 89 pitches for 58strikes, 2BB, 1K

Go the Saints

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 12 Henley & Grange 13

It's déjà vu all over again. We lost by one in the bottom of the last with a proper walk off, as we walked the winning run home.

It was a tough day for Mick 'Mickey' Trlin and Steve 'Spiely' Spiels as they both found it hard to hit a pretty tight strike zone. Nevertheless, after we bounced back from 3-6 down to take a 10-6 lead after the second, Mickey stated confusing the Rams with off-speed stuff and we held them scoreless for a couple of innings to extend our lead to six runs and we were looking good.

However, when Mickey's arm gave out with a couple already home in the last, Spiely tried his best to hold the opposition batters but without success as they walked some more in to win it by one with two out. Bugger.

There were some highlights throughout - Spiely's big day at the plate which included a double and a triple (and a good outfield catch), Rich 'Elvis' Carter's great game at third, Matt 'Wazza' Warren's RBI double, Andrew 'AJ' Johnston's four RBIs from two hits and two great caught stealing plays - with Justin 'JR' Ranford the hero of both, a 2-6 to Phil 'Philthy' Martin and a 2-5 with Elvis.

Unfortunately, we couldn't sit the batters down when we needed to and paid the penalty. Although losing sucks, we put in a good team effort and had a lot of fun as well.

Thanks to Heather for scoring; next week it's Kensy.

Hits: Ranford 3 (1), Martin 1 (1), Trlin 2 (1), Warren 1 (1), Spiel 2 (1)

Pitching: Trlin 53b 41s 2Ks, Spiel 22b 8s 1K

Under 19 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

No result or report available

Under 17/1 (Coach: Mitch Lightbody)

Sturt 6, Port Adelaide 6

One of the more surreal last innings I've seen in my time in baseball. Leading 6-1 with one dig to play, the leadoff batter arrives on 1st courtesy of a wicked curve ball hitting the plate, causing a "dropped third strike" that deceived everyone including the pitcher. The next two batters were struck out and Port suddenly decides it's time for a rally. With the home crowd roaring, three outfield bleeders and a centrefield double and the scores are tied with a runner at third. Aussie stares down the barrel, throws his 4th K for the dig and we finished tied at 6-6. Didn't know whether to be elated or disappointed. No win no loss, mmmmmmmmmmmh.

Credit to Port for there never say die effort (sounds familiar?) Keep the bats swinging and who knows what will happen. Half chances are the difference between the top teams and the rest and today we didn't take all those half chances. Port could probably say the same and that's why we finished in a tie after 6.

Plenty of positives today - Luke Peters pitched another solid 3 innings collecting 4K's and no earned runs, good effort on a hot day with 70% efficiency. Aussie had a difficult last innings but threw really well over his 3 innings for a remarkable 9K's and as well no earned runs - go figure! Both pitchers threw 7 strikes out of 10 pitches over 6 innings. The fielding on the whole wasn't too bad with Andrew's ankle high catch at centrefield and Chris' Hail Mary at right field were probably the most talked about moments.

Just the 6 safe hits against a solid lefty and a speed machine reliever. Port gave 7 walks to our 3 which was a help. Reed Stewart continues his splendid season with the bat. Another hit, 3 runs scored, and keeps up his season average of .615. Ky "pickin' machine" Hampton drove in another couple of runs to make it 14 RBI's for the season. Dylan swung lustily as usual and picked up two hits and an RBI for a good day with the bat.

The best team we've played so far and it was a good contest. Need to improve the basics and the rest will take care of itself. Great to see the players improving and the harder we practice the better the results will be.

Hits: Dylan 2, Reed, Ky, Luke

RBI's: Ky 2, Dylan. Luke. Chris

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

Southern Districts 20 d Sturt 3

A warm 35 degrees greeted us at Sturt as we took on Southern Districts.

Josh Vidale took to the mound. SD jumped out of the gate, making some good swings and with several safe hits accumulated 5 runs.

Our first innings was interrupted when Sam Stewart who, when diving back to first base found the first baseman's metal cleats coming down heavily on his forearm. Sam out of the game.

Down to eight players and SD lent us Tim, who raced out to centrefield. Thanks Tim.

We clawed back one run at the end of the first.

SD second innings saw a couple of hits and catches to Josh, and Seb Steel at first. SD added two runs. Our second innings saw hits to Seb Steel and Charlie Durack. We were however unable to bring the runners home.

In the third SD had a couple of hits and added on a few more runs. Nick Borello replaced Josh after he had reached his pitch count.

Joel Edwards came down to watch and found himself in centrefield. Great to see Joel attacking the ground balls, with strong throws to the infield.

Charlie Durack made his first appearance on the mound pitching to two batters.

Again this week our guys displayed good defensive skills, understanding where they should throw to.

Our focus at practice this week was to be ready to hit, make contact, and put the ball in play. Well done boys on reducing our KC count from 10 last week to 0 this week! Congratulations to Seb Steel, who went 3 for 3.

See you all Thursday and let's continue improving!

Hits: Seb Steel 3, Hamish Picket 1 (2), Charlie Durack 1, Nick Borello 1

SD: 5 / 2 / 6 / 7 - 20. Sturt: 1 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 - 3

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

Southern Districts 8 d Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) 4

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

East Torrens Red Sox 6 d Saints 5

What a cracking game!

Our best so far no doubt.

The Red Sox got on the board early with 2 runs on a couple hits and some luck.

Our boys came straight back at them with 2 runs of their own thanks to a hit from Spencer followed by 2 back to back doubles from Will and Ethan.

The Red Sox scored another run in the 2nd dig thanks to a bit more luck and a safe hit.

Our boys didn't trouble the scorers in the 2nd or 3rd dig and we had a 3-2 ball game going into the 4th innings.

The Red Sox out up 1 run in the 4th on a couple of hits and Ethan finished them off with a strike out to end the inning.

Once again our boys tied it up with 2 runs in the 4th thanks to a hit from Lachlan followed by a wild throw to advance him to 3rd base. Then Joe came up with a base hit and RBI to score Lachlan.

A bit of luck finally went our way and we scored another run.

Spencer replaced Ethan on the mound and the Red Sox out up 2 more runs thanks to a few mistakes and a nice hit.

We didn't trouble the scorers in the 5th and Callum was unlucky not to get a hit again as he smoked one to their gun shortstop.

Spencer put up a doughnut in the top of the 6th and we were ready to take it to them for the last innings.

Lachlan lead off with a base hit and Joe advanced him to 2nd base, then Jamie Vidale smashed one to left field and we were runners at first and third with 1 out.

A ground ball from Myles scored a run thanks to a bit of confusion from their short stop, then Spencer crushed one up the middle for a base hit.

Unfortunately a base running error ended our chance to win and we lost 6-5.

Ethan was awesome again on the hill with 60 pitches ( 37 strikes & 23 balls) and 4 strike outs.

Spencer did a great job as well finishing with 26 pitches in his 2 innings (19 strikes & 7 balls) and 1 strike out.

Special thanks goes to Myles and Lachlan for filling in and Dutchie for umpiring.

Hits - Spencer, Will Lachlan 2 each, Ethan, Joe and Jamie 1 each

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

Sturt 8-Southern Districts.16

We played today at home and i can say we bleed blue!

Tyler started on the hill for us and gave it his all. (Great job kid)

Next Brad Vince first time on the bump and you where fantastic mate. Jack Gamlin took a great catch at second base, Cooper H first game for us at right field stopping everything and throwing it back in. Jack Gooden had his first game for us and did well. We ran the bases well again with the coach making a mistake but thats how we all learn by making them. Thanks to AJ for umpiring for us and super scorer Sonia Kelsey for scoring. See you Tuesday nighy unit keep bleeding for the team.

Hits: Tyler 2, Darcy 1, Copper F 1, Jack Gooden 1, Mo 1

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

Bye

..:: message posted on Monday the 9th of November, 2015 21:12:19 ::..

Newsletter 02/11/15

Once again congratulations to Paul Holmes for his outstanding achievement of 300 A Grade games for the Sturt Baseball Club. This is a wonderful achievement! Well done to the A Grade team for beating Glenelg yesterday in the first game of the double header!

Last Friday was the perfect evening for Halloween T-Ball! You can see photos on our Facebook page.

It was great to see so many kids dressed up for Halloween as they were taken through the T-Ball activity stations.

Thanks to Darren Noble, Jarred Holland, Craig Nicks, Ryan Mattschoss, Michael Garcia and Scott Quinlan for working with the kids on the diamond.

A special treat as we had a Storm trooper cooking the BBQ!

Thanks to Sharron for organising the Halloween raffle and games. As always big thanks to Sonia and Rosanna for organising the chips and managing the bar. See you all next Friday night at 5:45pm.

This week the Under 19 competition kicks off on Wednesday with a game at Glenelg at 6.15 pm. The schedule of the games for the Under 19 season are on our website!

This season financial playing members will receive a 5 ticket pass to Adelaide Bite home games. Vouchers will be given to those who have registered and paid both their State/National fee and their Sturt Baseball Club Fee. No exceptions. Vouchers will be available at the club from Tuesday 3rd November. Please note: This offer does not include T-Ball.

We have three junior coaches and one player doing the Level 2 Coaching Accreditation next Monday 9th Nov. 6.00 - 8.00pm. It's not too late to join the group. If you have a son playing and want to learn more about the game come along. You'll need to do a bit of reading beforehand.

If you are interested please contact Wallace Long 0438 33 44 62.

On Saturday 14th November 2015, from 5-11 pm Family Games Night where you can bring along your favourite game! The bar will be open for both these events. Please RSVP to Sharron Linton - ph: 0400 009 226 or email: events@sturtbaseballclub.org.au


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Division 1 (Coach: Tony Catt)

Game 1- Sturt 2 defeated Glenelg 1

We made the journey down to Glenelg to take on a strong tigers lineup. The double header days always test the clubs depth in pitching and today was going to be no different.

To add some complication to the day - we were missing Angus Roeger with the Bite and Matt Macbeth. As always though, this gives others a chance to shine.

Scott Quinlan threw a magnificent game - pitching all 7 innings and only giving up one hit. Fantastic effort against a quality side.

We faced off against there import. He was a first round draft pick and played at a very high level professionally. We hit well against him all day and was a little bit unlucky not to score a couple more but the 2 runs was enough to get the job done!

I was very proud of our young players - Damon Arnold and Jack Dawson clutching up to score the 2 runs. Some outstanding defence from Arnold, Dawson, Faehse and Lightbody to keep us in it.

It makes a significant difference to the score line when you don't give away runs.

Well done boys - very good win.

Game 2- Sturt 1 lost to Glenelg 16

After a good win, the challenge is to back it up again. Particularly as we knew that Glenelg would want revenge quickly!

Jackson Brebner Russ went to the mound and got through the first few innings without too much fuss but a couple of errors in the field then let the flood gates open for Glenelg.

Josh Tindall took over on the hill but couldn't contain the flow of runs until finally Brodie Macbeth sorted things out. Well done Brodie.

This was a tough game both defensively and offensively where we couldn't get much going at all.

This group needs to get better at staying at a higher level for longer. There are too many 'patches' of baseball which are simply not good enough. We are determined to get better at this and it will improve in the weeks to come.

Division 2 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Glenelg 12 d Sturt 4

Well this was just one of those games that we can forget.

Ky Hampton once again started on the hill. The stats won't show it but he threw very well. we got through the first undamaged. Unfortunately things didn't go the way we would have liked in the second and Glenelg put 10 runs on us and the game was pretty much shot. Damon Arnold then came on to pitch and start what was a huge day for him personally.

I challenged our young group to simply win the second half and show some fight. To the boys credit they fought the game out really well and won the second half 4-2.

Once again our hitting let us down a little, as we struggled to generate enough hits and a few too many strike outs.

I would like to commend the boys on the way they handled them selves in what was a frustrating game to be involved in. I'd like to especially commend Ky and Damo who showed composure in a very trying position.

As I keep saying, this is a young group, who are learning a lot each week. If we can stick together as a group we will find success. The future at Sturt is looking good and time will show that.

Division 3 (Coach: Darren Stewart)

Glenelg 13 d Sturt 2

It was always going to be a tough outing against Glenelg. Stewart Gardiner started for us and was doing exactly what as asked of him, throw ground balls. Errors in the field combined helped keep their line up moving allowing six to score in the first. French came in for the second and threw the rest of the game allowing only four runs, giving the Bays a total of ten.

Their young pitcher had a nice range of pitches and varied his timing to the plate to keep us on our toes. He threw four of the five innings giving up only four runs. We were closed out in the last by an arm.

Glenelg were always going to hit the ball, which we knew but we couldn't capitalise on their average hitting early letting too many chances pass by. Interestingly enough we had seven hits for the game equalling the total hits of our previous two games.

Great efforts by Darren French on the mound along with Alex Hopton and Jared Holland with the bats.

We can match it with these teams.

Looking forward to next week.

Hits: Holland 2, Hopton 2, Trembath, Stewart, Powell

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

Glenelg 13 d Sturt 2

Division 5 (Coach: Chris Small)

Gawler 8 d Sturt 7

We saddled up, checked the fuel gauge to make sure we had enough to get home, called in for the morning coffee at 8.15am on a trip where the kids in the back seat were asking 'Are we there yet'. We arrived at 9.15am to warm up and got ready to play.

We welcomed Ditmar 'Disty' Guehrer to the 5's and as our tradition he lead off the batting, hits to short to beat a wild throw and ends at second base, Craig 'Chippy' Bickerstaff to the plate and he KC's for our first out, Michael "Stiffy" Hodges to the plate and he hits to short but is safe at first, Ditsy to third, Wallace 'Gromit' Long up and a walk, Adrian 'Fame' Hill to the plate for a fielders choice ground ball to 2nd who gets Gromit at second, Ben 'Shrek' Colyer up aka Trent and he is side away with a K2. 1 run scored.

Fame to the mound lead of batter gets a safe hit then steals two bases and scores on a hit before we get side away. Score 1 all

Second innings, Mark 'pop' Burns first up and down with a K2, Kris 'Krispy' McArdle next up and out with a KC, high and inside, Chris 'Smally' Small up and gets safe on a error from third, Ditsy gets a walk and Chippy flys out to first for side away.

Gawler get a couple of hits that put another run on the board before we have them all out. Score 1 - 2 down

Third Innings, Stiffy hits a hit infield fly which is dropped by the catcher to be safe at first, Gromit flys out to centre, Fame hits to centre, Shrek gets a HPB to load the bases all set up for Krispy who is due, he gets a walk to score one, Smally gets one through short for another run and Ditsy flys out to the pitcher. As we get back to the bench Krispy mentions to us all that he has not had a safe hit yet but he scored and RBI with his walk. Score 3 - 2 up Gawler again get a couple of hits that score one to tie it up at 3 all.

Fourth innings, Chippy gets a walk and then gets to second on a wild pitch, Stiffy hits to short and the ball off the bat must have sounded like a gun shot as Chippy is like a stunned rabbit at second as he freezes, short stop tags him before throwing to first for a double play, Gromit K2's for side away. Gawler first batter lines on to the left of short stop but Smally who take a spectacular diving catch horizontal to the ground gets the first out, well ask him and that is the story ask everyone else and you will get a completely different story, we get Gawler all out for no runs. Score still 3 all.

Fifth innings, Fame gets a walk, Shrek K2's, Pop gets on through short stop, Krispy K2's, Fame scores on a wild pitch, Smally hits to centre to score Pop and Ditsy grounds out to back to the pitcher. 2 runs scored.

Gawler we have them three up and three down. Score 5 - 3 up.

Sixth innings, Chippy first up and he hits for a double to left field, Stiffy hits a single to left and scores Chippy, Gromit gets safe from an error at third, Fame flys out to right, Stiffy gets a rush of blood and gets thrown out at third on the attempted steal and Shrek K2's. 1 more run scored.

Gawler get the first hitter on and Chippy takes a his first catch at right field with his own little first pump to celebrate. Score is now 6 -3 up and less than 3 minutes on the game clock and yes you guest it the umpire sends us back out.

Seventh innings, Pop gets a hit to left, Krispy gets a walk, Pop scores on a wild pitch, Smally K2's, Ditsy KC's and Chippy K2's. We are 7 - 3 up.

Gawler came out and hit the ball to the holes and with some help they get a safe at first that would have turned to game into a win but we imploded after that and Gawler stole the win away from us with the final score 7 - 8 down.

A very frustrating loss in the end and one that should have not gotten away from us but that is how easy it can happen sometimes.

Safe Hits: Ditsy 1, Chippy 1D, Stiffy 1, Fame 1, Pop 2, Smally 2.

Fame threw the 7 innings for 104 pitches, 79 strikes. Regards Smally

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 9 Port 10 @ Port

This was a tough one to lose with Port coming from behind to run over us in the last inning of the game.

With Justin 'JR' Ranford taking over behind the plate, Mick 'Mickey' Trlin was effective on the mound over the first four innings as we built a lead. We had decent production from the top of the line up with JR managing to extend his lead in the hit-by-pitch category (the guy is a magnet), and Brett 'Bretty' Mulryan, coach Phil 'Philthy' Martin and Brian 'Screwball' Emmett contributing six RBIs between them.

The infield kept things clean - Matt 'Chewy' Chenoweth' took a particularly good catch - while Steve 'Spiely' Spiels also took a good one to lead the outfield.

However, when Bretty took to the mound, we started to let things unravel. Coach Martin led things off by missing an easy dribbler at first, and things went from bad to worse as our defence fell apart and we let Bretty down. Port got back into the game with some good hitting and some missed outs, and they overcame our two-run lead in the last with none out.

Thanks to Heather for scoring and to Anthony 'Big K' Kocza, Matt 'Wazza' Warren and Rich 'Elvis' Carter for doing their bit off the bench.

Hits: Ranford 1, Mulryan 2 (2), Martin 1 (2), Emmett 2 (2), Thompson 1, Carter 1, Warren 1

Pitching: Trlin 30 balls, 37 strikes 3Ks, Mulryan 24 balls, 29 strikes 0Ks

Under 17/1 (Coach: Mitch Lightbody)

U17/1 - Sturt 15 d Hawks 1

Great weather, ground in excellent condition and the juggernaut rolls on, beating a gallant Hawks side 17-1 to continue the perfect start to the season. With the head coach absent on A grade duty but controlling from afar the young Sturt boys stepped up to the plate making it four on the trot. Make no mistake my fellow patrons this is a good side who play an entertaining brand of baseball and are well worth a look. Swinging the bats and making the outs.

Very difficult to pinpoint one outstanding performance amongst so many good ones but the two 'K's stood out today - Harry Knuckey and Ky Hampton. Harry 4 hits from 5 at bats + 3 RBI's and Ky 2 from 4 and 5 RBI's both dominated as the stats indicated. Both fielded as well as they batted at short and first respectively making the plays as required. As a team we collected 13 hits from 8 players and incurred just the 2 strikeouts.

Luke Peters had a great day on the hill throwing 46/29 with 4K's from 5 innings and just the one earned run on 3 hits. Threw well to the field and was rewarded by an impeccable infield performance. Liam Lucas made his debut visit to the mound and threw a good two innings of shut-out pitching collecting 2K's and bamboozling with his mystery cutter.

We have our second road game for the season and our first away game for 3 weeks against undefeated Port Adelaide coming up. Will be a good test to see where we're at.

Hits: Knuckey 4, Hampton 2, Peters 2, Lucas, McClure, Kimotho, Sandor, Stewart
RBI's: Hampton 5, Knuckey 3, Hopgood 2, McClure 2, Lucas, Peters, Sandor

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

Woodville 6 d U15/1 - Sturt 0

Early Sunday morning and the boys were looking forward to this game against Woodville.

Nick Borello started on the mound working with Sam Stewart behind the plate. We pitched to seven batters in the first, and Woodville were able to plate one run.

Four batters for us in the first, a single by Hamish Picket got us started however we were unable to trouble the scoreboard.

Three up three down in their second and it was our turn to bat. Patrick Milewski and Joa Posky-Miles hit a single and double respectively to get us started. A double play and a well hit fly ball to centre by Lachlan had us back in the dugout with no score.

Over the next few two digs the game opened up for Woodville with a three hits, including a home run.

Sam replaced Nick and pitched to 8 batters, retiring six of them.

Defensively the boys turned in a great display. Patrick put in a great effort at first base, taking a terrific catch in foul territory. Flicking off his cap (cricket legacy) he set himself in exactly the correct position to take the ball, above his eye line. Well done also to Hamish Pickett who was solid in defence at short stop and Charlie Durack who, playing his first game in the infield stopped and delivered the ball to Patrick perfectly, for his first assist.

Lachland Hammond, Joel Edwards and Luke Furlam were kept busy in the outfield. Only one fly ball made it to Lachlan in right field. Half way through the game Max Culp came in to replace Lachlan at right field.

The final score was Woodville 6, Sturt 0. The game appeared much closer than that however when looking at the stats it's clear what we need to work on this week.

Of our 24 at bats, 12 were strikeouts. 10 of these were watched third strikes (KC). This week we'll focus again on making contact with the ball. Of the 10 times we put the ball in play we got on base 50% of the time.

Well done to all the boys for taking on board and executing our signals. 100% success rate in steals this week - well done!

Thanks to Matt Miles for scoring; all the families that came along to support the boys; manager Dave, and to Josh and Andrew Vidale for supporting the team even though it was Josh's rostered week off.

See you all Thursday at 4.30pm!

Hits: Joa Poskey-Miles 2 x 2B, Patrick Milewski 2 x 1B, Hamish Picket x 1B

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

STURT - 11 DEF. Glenelg - 8

This week felt like we were in the "Big Leagues" playing on the hallowed turf at the Sturt Baseball 'Stadium'. The bleechers were teeming with parents and siblings with the Mexican wave being renamed to the Mexican ripple! It wasn't long before they had something to cheer about as the boys got off to an absolute flyer, scoring runs in each of the first 3 innings.

Leading the way with the lumber were some Sturt Baseball Club veterans, such as Angus Catt, Lachy Seekamp, Jack Hutton and Robbie Brennan. With a couple of regulars away, we pulled together as a unit to "keep the line moving" each inning and put up some crooked numbers. Baserunning was a highlight of the game with our boys ready to swipe some bags and move up 60 feet on any errant throw/pitch.

After our starting pitcher being removed in the first inning, our bullpen staff were able to come in and douse the flames on the Glenelg bats. Jack Hutton did an outstanding job by coming in and steadying the ship. Austin Parkinson shone exceptionally in his first Div. 1 outing for the year throwing a high percentage of strikes to baffle the Tigers.

Another week on the track means another week of FUN-damentals, FUN-ctional flip drills and FUN-ky smelling 10-12 year olds!

Go Sainters!

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

Southern Districts Hawks 17 d Sturt 7

Another tough game against the undefeated Hawks on a great day for baseball.
Ryder, Spencer and Samson all pitched 2 innings each and all did a great job.
6 walks were dished out and 6 strikeouts too.
It was pleasing too see these 3 young pitchers perform well against quality opposition.
Callum also did a great job catching 4 innings for the first time.
Special thanks to Emma and Myles for filling in to help us make a team.
We struggled early against the Hawks gun pitcher who threw hard and accurate.
They, on the other hand had no trouble putting the ball in play and putting the pressure on with some very aggressive base running and some big hits.
We were a bit shell shocked and took a few innings to settle down.
We scored 1 run in the 2nd innings thanks to a great lead off hit from Emma and some interesting base running from Joe who managed to confuse everyone including the Hawks catcher.
We scored 4 runs in the 4th innings thanks to some good watching in the batters box and some timely hits from Ryder, Samson and Ethan.
We also scored another 2 runs in the 6th innings after Spencer got smoked in the back by a fastball to reach first base and then was batted in by a smashing double from Ethan, who was then batted in by another smashing double from his twin sister Emma.
The Hawks had 3 innings where they score the maximum 5 runs and they also scored 1 in the 5th and 1 more in the 6th inning.
All up the Hawks were too good for us today but we are getting better and learning more about the game we love and also what it takes to reach the required level to be a great team each week.

Hits - Ethan 3, Emma 2, Ryder, Spencer and Samson 1.

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

Gawler 14 d Sturt 4

Well this weekend we all filled up our cars and went down to Gawler for a sunny game. Lachlan ( jr dutch ) started for us on the hill. With Nic ( Thomo ) behind the plate, Thomo did a great job for his first go.
Next up we gave Thornton ( legs ) his first go at being pitcher, well done legs.
Then next came Cooper having his turn on the bump, fantastic effort kid !!!.
Last up was Tyler he's first go at pitching ( WOW kid u can play ! ).
The kids this weekend hit the ball like a rocket up against U 13/1 pitchers "well done team".
The score did not look good but last 2 innings were fantastic with the opposition only scoring 4 runs.
Well done to Brad for his first game for the year taking a great catch at third base then returning the ball quickly to first for an almost double play.
Big thanks to Molly ( Mo's ) mum for scoring for her first time. See you Tuesday night guys.
Hits - 2 Tyler, 1 Lachlan, 1 Molly, 1 Thornton

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

Goodwood 14 d Sturt 7

We had another tough game at Mortlock Oval giving up 14 runs while scoring just 7 on offense. Our pitchers (Kale, Harry, Hugo, Thomas and Myles) were throwing the ball over the plate but the Goodwood team was able to hit it around a bit too much and our fielding let us down on a couple plays. The Saints put up a good second and third inning getting some hits along with a few walks.

The boys are starting to get used to playing with one another and I am hearing a little bit of chatter and encouragement amongst them in the field. Although we aren't coming away with another win I am happy to see the improvement in play and the willingness to learn and shake off the mistakes.

..:: message posted on Monday the 2nd of November, 2015 20:31:06 ::..

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