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Junior and Senior Presentations

The Sturt Baseball Club had its season wrap up over the weekend with Senior Presentations held on Friday night and Juniors on Saturday.

The winners are listed below. Congratulations to all our winners and to all the players who participated at Sturt this year

President's Award: Wallace Long

The Dave Hutton Senior Award: Jordan McArdle

Dave Hutton Junior Award: Brodie MacBeth

Josh Deegan Award: Darren Stewart

Division 1:

Most Valuable Player: William Young Jr
Batting Award: Jordan McArdle
Outstanding Achievement: Josh Tindall
Josh Deegan: David Lightbody

Division 2:

Most Valuable Player: Brodie Macbeth
Most Valuable Player Runner Up-Jack Dawson
Coaches Award: Damon Arnold Josh Deegan: Fraser Andrew

Division 3:

Most Valuable Player: Jayden Trembath
Most Valuable Player: Luke Peters
Most Improved: Jake Powell
Coaches Award: Harrison Knuckey
Josh Deegan: James Passmore

Division 4:

Most Valuable Player: Jordan Wayne
Batting Award: Dale Martens
Best Team Man: Darren Stewart
Josh Deegan: Darren Stewart

Division 5:

Most Valuable Player: Chris Small
Coaches Award: Wallace Long
Most Improved: Craig Thompson
Josh Deegan: Norm Sluga

Division 7:

Most Valuable Player: Brian Emmett
Most Valuable Player: Chris Thompson
Batting Award: Jules Potiki
Coaches Award: : Kingsley Turner
Josh Deegan: Andrew Johnson

Under 19:

Most Valuable Player: Brodie MacBeth
Most Valuable Player Runner Up: Jack Dawson
Batting Award: Jordan McArdle
Josh Deegan: Mitch Lightbody

Under 17/1- Sturt

Most Valuable Player: Damon Arnold
Most Valuable Player Runner Up: Brodie Macbeth
Coaches Award: Kayne Hancock
Josh Deegan: Harrison Knuckey

Under 17/2- Sturt

Most Valuable Player: Tyler Duchene
Batting Award: Austin McClure
Coaches Award: Riley Mills
Josh Deegan: Brandon Webber

Under 15/1- Sturt

Most Valuable Player: Harrison Knuckey
Coaches Award: Nick Borrello
Most Consistent: Reed Stewart
Josh Deegan: Ky Matthews-Hampton

Under 15/2- Sturt

Most Valuable Player: Joshua Vidale
Most Consistent: Hamish Picket
Best Team Man: Max Culp
Josh Deegan: Luke Furlan

Little League 1 - Sturt

Most Valuable Player: Robbie Brennan
Batting Award: Sam Stewart
Coaches Award: Jonas Garcia
Josh Deegan: Ethan Dawson

Little League 2 - Sturt

Most Valuable Player: Zac Becker
Most Valuable Player Runner Up: Luke Warburton
Coaches Award: Emma Dawson
Josh Deegan: Lachie Seekamp

Little League 2 - Saints

Most Valuable Player: Jacob Jones
Most Vaulable Player Runner Up: Jake Mossman
Coaches Award: Joe Harvey
Josh Deegan: Joe Harvey

Little League Sturt (U11)

Most Valuable Player: Spencer Warrilow
Most Valuable Player Runner Up: Ryder Mathers
Most Improved: Brad Vince
Josh Deegan: Brad Vince

..:: message posted on Sunday the 29th of March, 2015 00:25:15 ::..

Grand Final Edition

Congratulations to our U 17/1 and U 15/1 Sturt teams who did the club proud on Sunday both winning their Grand Finals! Thanks also to all the supporters who came out to watch two great games of baseball!!

Also remember our Senior Presentation Night is on Friday 27 March commencing at 7.00 pm with BBQ from 6.30 pm and the Junior Presentation Night is on Saturday 28 March commencing at 6.00 pm with barbeque fired up from 5.30 pm.

The BBQ menu is as follows:

Burger $5 Served on toasted bread with lettuce, tomato and sauces

Sausage Sizzle (beef of chicken) $2 Served on bread with choice of sauces or with Onion $2.50

Serving of Fruit Salad $5

Do you have room in your shed?

We are currently cleaning out the flat that our imports used and we need to find someone with a shed that can store the furniture etc from next weekend to just before the start of the next season. Contact Brett MacBeth if you can help us out.

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

Sponsors

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

Under 17/1 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Sturt 8 def West Torrens 2

Just another junior Grand Final to fuel the rivalry against the eagles! With an undefeated season on the line the boys were out to make the season a memorable one and finish their good work.

On a perfect day at Norman Reserve we had Brodie starting on the mound a reward for his year which wasn't always pitching for us with many starts in the B grade. A few nerves showed early from the boys in the field and Brodie missing location allowing West Torrens to take the early 1 to nil lead.

But as we have the whole year, we bounced back from adversity to put up 4 runs in the bottom half. A lead off triple to Dawson set the tone and the early morning sun was causing with chaos in right field with 5 out of the first 6 hitters hitting the ball to right field to take the early 4 to 1 lead. Brodie jumped out again and as a good pitcher does puts up a zero to consolidate the lead, he wasn't without some help in the field with a few "big league play" from our shortstop Damon Arnold in particular a backhand play in the hole most senior players would be proud of.

We got back into the box with a lead and an aim to score in every innings. This trend continued, as they have all year Simon Adkins and Jack Dawson found themselves on base and stealing bases with Damo up to the plate. To go with his defense Damo hit one of the longest home runs I have seen at this age group let alone someone with the arms of Damo!! This put us in a commanding position 7 to 1 up going into the third inning.

West Torrens with one run in the next inning but then the game then seemed to plateau with both sides having chances to score but solid defense and pitching ruled the rest of the game. Brodie ending up with 5 solid innings for 1 earned run, with the star of the day Damo capping of his day with 2 sharp innings to close out West Torrens and take the Premiership for 2014/15.

This is exactly what this team deserved, they trained every week both with our team and the seniors. The majority played B grade or Division 3 and then sat on the bench for the A grade, it just shows the commitment of the boys and the future of our club is very bright. I will go into all the thank you's and acknowledgements at Junior Presentation night, but a congratulations to the Under 15's for following up our game with another premiership. With this should acknowledge Harrison Knuckey and Ky Hampton who doubled up all year and ended up with two premierships. Lastly to Bones, our game day specialist with the lucky bucket hat, the boys loved having him around and was very helpful all year.

See you all at Presentations

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

Sturt 1 Glenelg 0

Wow! What an epic Grand Final battle today between two class outfits. Sturt hosted Glenelg in a rematch of the Round 1 Final, this time on the hallowed turf of Norman Reserve. They call this the business end of the season and two of SA's best wheeler and dealers, Ky Matthews-Hampton for Sturt and Mason Clavell for Glenelg, took care of business in spades before a big crowd on a glorious autumn afternoon at Mitcham.

The story of the day for both teams was pitching and defense and fortunately for the Saints the story had a fairytale 1-0 ending. Ky continued his white hot recent form on the mound and was more than solid throwing 5 2/3 innings of 2 hit shutout ball. 10 Ks vs 1 BB tells a tale. The only possible downside was having to work deep into counts much of the time meaning a slightly shorter stint than the past couple weeks. Ky was ably supported by great glovework by up-the-middle combo Harry Knuckey, who made several slick plays look easy, and Samuel Bennetts. In the top of the first inning, Samuel flashed his State cricket team form with a sliding stab of a sharp grounder to his left with a Glenelg runner at second to save a crucial run. Ky then cleaned up the Glenelg cleanup hitter with his second strikeout to hold the Tigers scoreless. Hugo Dahlen-Flight also turned in a great effort at first base involving several close plays during the game that went the Saints way.

The Saints threatened to blow it open in the bottom of the first. A one out walk to Reed Stewart, a stolen base and a seeing eye single to left by Harry put runners on the corners with one out. With Harry running, Ky sent a sharp grounder up the middle, that would have otherwise gone into centre for a single, to the sure handed Glenelg shortstop Will Day who was moving to cover second that ended up a 6-4-3 double play which snuffed out the Saints' early momentum.

Ky cruised from there allowing only single base runners in the third and fifth innings until maxing out his pitch count with two out in the top of the sixth. At that point, regular season workhorse Aussie McClure returned to the hill. A single and an uncharacteristic infield error at short put Glenelg runners on first and second with two outs. An ill fated Tiger double steal attempt was gunned down at third by Reed to escape another jam and keep the game scoreless. Reed was stellar behind the plate today without a single ball to the backstop throughout the course of the game. A nice tag by Nick Borrello on the play culminated a great finals series for Nick at the hot corner.

Seldom, if ever, in the annals of baseball has a strikeout by the batting team proved such a key turning point in a positive way. Josh Wilson turned history on its ear and changed the course of this Grand Final in one monumental at bat. With runners at second and third and one out, Josh came to the plate looking to put the Saints in the lead. Mason had entered the inning with a favourable pitch count and the Saints on the back foot. Josh dug in and dug deep and by the time it was over had worked Mason for a 10 pitch at bat that had the crowd cheering wildly in admiration as Josh returned to the dugout. That played a big part in Mason maxing out his pitch count and set the scene for the bottom of the seventh game winner.

Aussie escaped a jam in the top of the 7th to hold the Tigers at Bay and set the scene for a classic finish. Samuel led off the bottom of the 7th by getting hit in the back for the 2nd time in 3 weeks and promptly stole second. Reed walked and Ky was hit for the 2nd time in the game to load the bases with one out. Aussie then came to the plate looking to put the ball in play and send the Saint supporters home happy. With the count full, Aussie took ball four low to walk in the winning run and leave the stunned crowd scratching their collective heads for a few seconds while they tried to comprehend how such a fantastic game could end like it did. Nonetheless a premiership is a premiership and the boys earned all the rewards of the title through their hard work during the season. A great team win with all contributing.

Thanks to all the supporters who helped get the boys over the line. Thanks to Emily Wilson for her impeccable scorebook and to all who helped set up and take down the ground.

Owen came knocking and in the end the U15/1 boys answered for a magical wind up to the 2014-15 premiership campaign. Another notch in the holster of Knucks' junior coaching journey.

Hits: Harry Knuckey, Nick Borrello 1 each
RBI: Austin McClure

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Ben Seekamp)

Sturt 7 lost to Goodwood 13 (from last week's final)

I felt very confident coming into the game. We trained extremely well on Tuesday, our team was almost at full strength and I arrived to perfect conditions at Norman Reserve. The team was on time some were early and we all had a chance to watch the Under 17's who were playing well.

We started with Zac Becker on the mound as we have for many times during the year. Zac did well but probably not as well as he hoped. A strike out to the first batter was promising but a few hits and walks combined with some fielding errors allowed our opposition to get the maximum five runs.

We grabbed the bats and three walks got us loaded bases and up comes Zac with a big hit which scored us two runs and then a walk to Emma Dawson scored the third run. A base running error resulted in our third out.

Our second innings saw us start with Zac and finish with Angus Catt. We allowed them to score 4 runs. Angus was looking good on the mound and carried this into the third innings as he kept Goodwood scoreless with one strikeout a catch and an easy out at first. We scored 4 runs in the second and whilst we felt out of the game we were only 2 runs down. Our third at bat was not good as we failed to score.

Angus continued into the forth and combined with some good fielding we kept them to one run. However we failed to score again. We had no one but to blame but ourselves!

Angus battled away in the fifth but they scored 3 runs. We desperately needed to score some runs. We had one strike out, a walk to first and then we had a infield fly which resulted in confusion and two outs! Baseball looks simple but when things like this happen you realise why experience is crucial. Sadly this meant we were all out and unable to win as were 6 runs down.

Harry Chaplin was great on first base especially his foul ball catch while holding his hat comfortably in the other hand! He also hit the ball well. Zac had three safe hits and Emma Dawson had one. Tyler Stephens took a great catch in the out field and despite not getting a safe hit he swung the bat the best he has for a while. Lachie Seekamp was very good behind the plate.

It was a disappointing end to our season. We aimed to get better each week but it wasn't our best performance for the year. Having said that we had a great and very enjoyable season. These are a great bunch of kids who all got on very well during the year.

..:: message posted on Monday the 23rd of March, 2015 19:13:30 ::..

Grand Final times this weekend!

As previously advised Sturt will be hosting two Grand Finals this Sunday 22 March 2015, SBC U17/1 - Sturt vs West Torrens at 10.00 am and SBC U15/1 - Sturt vs Glenelg at 1.00 pm. Please make it down to Sturt to support the boys!

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 17th of March, 2015 21:17:36 ::..

Newsletter 16/03/15

Well done to all the teams that played off in finals this weekend. It was a great achievement that these teams made it so far! Congratulations to both the Under 17/1s and Under 15/1s who will both play off in Grand Finals next weekend at the club. I will let you know game times when they are announced. Commiserations to our Division 7, Under 17/2 and Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) who unfortunately did not make it through the Grand Final.

Also remember our Senior Presentation Night is on Friday 27 March commencing at 6.30 pm for a BBQ and the Junior Presentation Night is on Saturday 28 March commencing at 6.00 pm with barbecue fired up from 5.30 pm.

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

Sponsors

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

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

I am saddened to report that the Div 7 boys aren't going to the big dance next Saturday. We came up a little short against Glenelg on Saturday. After giving up 5 runs (most of them unearned) in the first we settled down to battle out a 4 all draw over the next 6 innings. At the end of the day we couldn't quite make up those 5 runs.

We struggled with the bat this week (maybe we used up all our batting luck last week). Our fourth dig was the only dig where bats worked, scoring 4 runs. Fame once again, was brilliant on the mound although with most of the runs scored off him being unearned. Chris "Hoops" Thompson came in and closed out the game (giving up only one hit).

All in all I think the Div 7 boys showed some real heart, had a lot of fun and played for each other each this year. While we all want to "win the last game of the season", I think we can be pretty proud of our season. Thanks to Phil Martin for his great coaching/management and Heather Tuner for bringing with Kingsley along and scoring every week. See you next year.

Report from Andrew Johnson (AJ)

Under 17/1 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Sturt 17 Def Adelaide 7
Apologies again for the lack of report on last week's game!

This week was our biggest test of the year against a strong hitting Adelaide side to reach the grand final!

The game didn't start as planned with costly errors and clutch hitting from Adelaide allowing them to score in each of the first three innings. Brodie was on the mound for us and was made to throw extra outs and against a good hitting line up this proved costly, Brodie threw a solid 4 innings without much help, allowing 5 unearned runs which hurt the pitch count and accounted for his early exit.

Our hitting was the highlight of today's game drawing 12 walks or HBP and picking up 10 hits. We were able to fight back after Adelaide scored 2 runs in each of the first few innings to keep ourselves at level pegging.

The game was broken open with 11 runs scored in the 3rd and 4th inning. The third with some help from errors in the field followed by walks and the 4th by aggressive hitting with 6 of our 10 hits in this inning!

This paved the way for Damo to slam the door shut! His first inning of 10 pitches and 3 strikeouts put the game out of reach of the Angels.

Anyone at the game would have seen the impressive base running that demonstrated 10 stolen bases and multiple extra bases taken which is a credit to the boys baseball knowledge and concentrating the full two hours.

It all stands for nothing now with the big dance next Sunday against the arch rivals West Torrent at Sturt with the time still to be announced. Doing the basics is the key for the week at training! We also have the 15s hosting a grand final so we both hope for all big turn out for both games.

Under 17/2 (Coach:John McClure)

And so the season finished, losing 10-4 at West Torrens in a game that, to be honest, we never looked like winning. No doubt the biggest highlight was Chris Sandor tonking his first hit of the season into centrefield that brought up the biggest cheer of the year. May it be the first of many more.

We batted first and a Conor McClure double scored Brandon and we were away 1-0. Good start. Conor took the mound, walked the first two batters and suddenly called for assistance. His shoulder had packed up and he was relieved by Stewart Gardiner who was called in at very short notice. Pre match planning out the door. One KC and two runs later we trailed 2-1.

We finished the second with two runners left on base, 3 strike outs and no addition to the score. The bottom of the second WT are batting and we begin with an error at second, a crook pick off and in hindsight we were lucky to give up just the 3 and we trailed 5-1 after 2. Two innings had taken an hour.

Three up and three down was exactly the reply we were not looking for particularly when it's your 3, 4, and 5 batters. Austin McClure took the mound and put the brakes on WT and it remained at 5-1 after 3.

A Tyrese Kimotho RBI scores James Last and we claw back 1. Two good hits a couple of walks WT score 3 and all of a sudden its 8-2. It was grim but given last week's heroics I still believed we could bat out way out of it. Mmmmm…

Aussie hits a big double and scores Conor and it's 8-3. Unfortunately that was the "rally". Not near enough as a single unearned run puts WT further in front 9-3.

Tyler Duchene scores Tyrese and that's the highlight of the penultimate innings. A couple of hits and a walk and its WT adding one to the score. It's now 10-4 and we can hear the fat lady in the background. And sing she did and another scoreless innings from us and its game over and the season comes to a close.

Today we didn't get enough contribution with the bat. Apart from a couple errors the defence was pretty good, all catches were held it's just at this level you need to score at least 10 to win and it didn't happen. Most players had at least one highlight today but they came sporadically and we never scored more than a run an innings. Best today were Conor, Aussie and James who made multiple contributions but were let down by their team mates. Credit to WT they beat us fair and square and good luck to them in the waterbag grannie at Gawler.

Thank you again to Jo Gardiner for her excellent scorebook, Bill Last for his assistance with the boys and all the parents and friends that came out and supported the team not only today but the entire season.

Hits: Conor 2, Tyler, Brandon, Aussie, James, Chris

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

Sturt 2 West Torrens 1

Ky Matthews-Hampton backed up last weeks effort with yet another stellar performance on the mound and Reed Stewart capped a 3 for 3 day at the plate by lofting what turned out to be a game winning homer in the bottom of the 5th to lead the Saints to a hard fought 2-1 semi-final victory over a stubborn West Torrens outfit at Norman Reserve.

With another duel of U16 State pitchers on tap, Ky for the Saints and Callum Park for the Eagles, the huge crowd of supporters anticipated a classic finals matchup and sure enough the boys delivered.

The first two innings were scoreless as both pitchers cruised through the tough top end of their respective opponents batting lineups with minimal trouble. The Eagles initiated the scoring in the top of the 3rd with a leadoff walk followed by a two out single and a towering double through the cones to straightaway centre by Callum Blackwell that drove in West Torrens' only run of the day. With two runners in scoring position, Ky then enticed the dangerous Callum to ground out to third on a slick play by Nick Borrello that shut down the Eagles and gave the Saints a burst of momentum coming to the plate.

A one out hustle single to short by Samuel Bennetts ignited Sturt in the bottom of the 3rd. Reed followed with a sharp single to left field and with the meat of the order coming up, the tide appeared to have turned. Harry Knuckey cracked a single up the middle to score Samuel to tie the game and restore a sense of order. A couple hard hit balls followed by the Saints but unfortunately right at West Torrens fielders and the game settled in tied at 1-1.

Ky and Callum continued to match each other, virtually pitch for pitch, through the bottom of the 5th. Changing the course of the game, Reed got on top of a two out 1-2 pitch to launch a 310 foot tater to straightaway centre that energised the bench and fired up the Saints supporters. Ky and Harry took charge on the hill from there and a super sound Saints defense that committed no errors on the day sealed the deal to send the Saints to the Grand Final.

. Josh Wilson made a nice catch in right field and at the plate showed he is close to breaking out missing a couple extra base hits by inches. Hugo was solid at first base and Jordy Abfalter fought hard in his plate appearances which sets up nicely for next week. A great team win with all contributing and an especially great birthday present from the boys to Andrew Brennan to make his day!

Thanks as always to our scorer extraordinaire, Emily Wilson and special thanks this week to our batboys, Dylan and Tom. Let's finish the year with a great training session and an all in effort against Glenelg in the Grand Final.

Hits: Reed Stewart (HR) 3, Samuel Bennetts, Harry Knuckey 1 each

RBI: Harry Knuckey, Reed Stewart 1 each

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Ben Seekamp)

Goodwood 13 d Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) 7

..:: message posted on Monday the 16th of March, 2015 23:36:51 ::..

Newsletter 09/03/15

Congratulations to our Division 7 team and our junior teams who all won their games on the weekend and advanced to the next stage of finals!

Yesterday our Division 1 side had its final hit out with a double header with Adelaide which resulted in a one game each result. We also had Sponsors Day and Ladies Day at the club yesterday so all in all it was a big day! A massive thank you to Sharron Linton who has done an amazing job this year organising social events and yesterday was no exception with her arrangement of Ladies Day! Many thanks Sharron for all of your hard work.

As previously advised the Capps Medal is on Wednesday 25 March 2015 at Morphettville Racecourse with pre-dinner drinks commencing at 6.15 pm for 7.00 pm dinner. The cost is $80 which includes the meal and pre-dinner drinks only. All other drinks will need to be purchased over the cash bar.

This year the League has not included any tickets for our club in our yearly costings and as such this year anyone wanting to attend will need to buy their own tickets.

This year however the system is that people need to buy their tickets online and as such a credit card is required. When you get to the checkout mark down in the company box- Sturt Baseball Club in order that we can all sit together. Cut off for buying tickets is Tuesday 10 March so if you haven't done so already you need to buy your ticket immediately!

Also remember our Senior Presentation Night is on Friday 27 March commencing at 6.30 pm for a BBQ and the Junior Presentation Night is on Saturday 28 March commencing at 6.00 pm.

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

Sponsors

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

Division 1 (Coach: Zac Stokes)

Game 1 - Adelaide 2 defeated Sturt 0
Sunday we had the challenge of playing 2 games against a team with a similar record. Unfortunately no team could enter the top 6 to play finals.

Billy Young Jr Pitched the first game going the full game again. He threw 7 innings, 7 hits and 8 strikeouts for only 2 runs.

We did have a couple of chances to score runs. Unfortunately we were not able to do the job that was needed.

For the second time in 2 weeks, Jordan McArdle had our only hits.

Game 2 - Sturt 6 defeated Adelaide 5
Josh "Tinny" Tindall started on the mound for the second game of the double header. Tinny went 5.1 innings and gave up only 3 hits and 2 runs. He gave us a great chance to win the game. Jackson Brebner-Russ then came in and pitched the remaining innings.

Unfortunately we gave up the lead we had yet a homerun by Angus Roeger gave us the lead and we did not look back.

It was good to finish the year on a win. Unfortunately we could not play finals but we did finish 7th out of the 13 clubs.

Thanks for all the effort from the players and other coaches. I look forward to preseason and getting things together again to improve our players and teams.

Well done to all Sturt teams that played finals. You all won!

Hits:Roeger 3 (HR), McArdle, Hollis 2, Chroust, Holmes, Lightbody.

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 20 d Southern Districts 8

Week one of the finals, and we didn't know what to expect from Southern Districts - our only regular season game was a wash out and they finished ahead of us on the ladder, so playing them on their diamond was always going to be a challenge.

However, we decided to jump them with our usual brand of aggressive hitting and baserunning and it turned the game in the first inning.

With Jules 'JP' Potiki on third, their catcher let a passed ball hit the backstop. In the scramble to try to stop JP from scoring (unsuccessfully), he grabbed the ball and hurled it at the pitcher who was covering the plate, only to smack him right around the collarbone.

The brave Souths pitcher kept throwing, but soon subbed himself out after we had put up six runs - our resident paramedic Justin "JR" Ranford diagnosed a possible fractured rib.

That threw them off their game and they never really recovered. Adrian "Fame" Hill was lethal on the mound, throwing six innings with 7 Ks in a fantastic complete game effort.

Our bats were loud - we amassed 22 hits and racked up 20 runs, six of them unearned as we kept piling on the pressure. Andrew "AJ" Johnston had a great day with the bat with five ribbies, while Justin "Prez" McKinley, JR and JP all finished with two apiece.

The infield of AJ, Phil "Philthy" Martin, Kingsley "Butterball" Turner and Brian "Screwball" Emmett was effective, with Butterball's game-ending fingernail catch in foul territory a real highlight.

Matt "Chewy" Chenoweth and Chris "Hoops" Thompson took a coupe of great catches in the outfield as well in a complete team effort by the Saints.

Not sure who we have next weekend, but we're raring to go.

Thanks to the wonderful Heather for scoring, and to all our fans (including Gromit, the Emmetts and Trevor Ranford) who made the trek.

Hits: Ranford 3 (2 RBI), Potiki 2 (2), Martin 1 (1), Emmett 3 (1), Hill 3 (1), Turner 3, Johnston 4 (5), McKinley 2 (2), Thompson 1

Pitching: Fame 6 innings, 33 batters, 40/71 with 7Ks

Under 19 (Coach: Mitch Dawson)

Sturt 4 draw with West Torrens 4

Wednesday night saw us up against West Torrens in an elimination final, and to the boys credit they showed the best intensity I've seen all year.

It was a hard fought tussle for the whole seven innings but unfortunately as we finished the minor round in fourth and West Torrens first, they went through to the grand final instead of us.

The whole team should hold their heads high, in my opinion we payed a better brand of baseball all night.

We opened our account with a beautiful lead off double from Simon Adkins and after some aggressive base running managed to score three in the first.

Brodie Macbeth pitched well for the first three innings but unfortunately a couple of fielding errors in the third allowed West Torrens to score three runs. Brodie threw 24 strikes from his 37 pitches.

Damon Arnold then took the mound in the fourth and continued where Brodie left off. Damo didn't allow any runs and threw 30 strikes from his 42 pitches.

We didn't trouble the scorers again until the sixth when a magnificent double to centre left from Tyson Ottaway scored Brodie who reached on a base on balls.

Mitch Lightbody took the mound in the seventh and pitched well in fading light. Unfortunately with two out the West Torrens batter stepped across to an outside pitch and launched one onto deep centre left. Unfortunately even the pace of Jack Dawson couldn't run it down and they scored the tying run.

I am extremely proud of the way this group of boys go about their baseball.

Thanks to Kris McArdle for his help this year, and to the team of parents that helped with scoring and supporting the boys.

Hits: Ottaway 2, Adkins, Lightbody, Dawson 1

Under 17/1 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Sturt 7 d West Torrens 4

Under 17/2 (Coach:John McClure)

It ain't over til it's over!

A James Last walk off home run was the final play of a 7 innings 3 hours and 50 minute marathon that saw Sturt's favourite sons triumph 14-11.

A very special thank you to Peter Turner who singlehandedly umpired a long winded epic from the ages that had everything.

Things like -

  • Will this never end?

  • The tension is killing me

  • "I said I'd be at the BBQ by 1pm". We started at 10am

  • Chris Sandor sliding

  • Two walks, two pick offs and a strike out to start the game

  • 3 consecutively hit batters in an innings

  • Stewart's lap to cool down

At the middle fifth we trailed 10-3, teddy's were thrown from the cot, dummies were spat, father and sons exchanged pleasantries - oh the pathos! We lost our way in the fifth, average pitching combined with undisciplined fielding saw Southern Districts score the maximum 7 runs and, frankly we looked shot. Middle of the game and we have just conceded 7 to trail 10-4 with two innings to play.

For a change the coaching panel sensed hope, we had seen off a good pitcher and with two innings left to play we could pinch this. And we did!

We took the field on an overcast morning at Flinders University our home away from home. Conor took the mound and it was an interesting start to the game to say the least. Two walks, two pick offs in only that way that those sneaky left handers do, a strike out and we're off to a perfect start. We score in the first. Stewart Gardiner is not a young man to let loose on the bases. With a walk and some very aggressive and should I say angry running stole his way round and got home on a passed ball. 1-0

Three strike outs from Conor and a single hit saw South's back in the dugout with no addition to the score. The bottom of the second was unusual to say the least - an error at short, three hit batters and three 3 strike outs allowed Austin McClure to score and we led 2-0 after two.

A 34 pitch innings and not one for the faint hearted, 2K's, 3 walks and a RBI and South's grab one back to trail 2-1. A Brandon Weber line drive double adds one to score and at the end of the third we lead 3-1.

A couple of hits, aggressive base running allow and a couple of errors score two runs to South's. No reply from us and the score is locked at 3 apiece after 4.

Conor leaves the mound and the wheels fall off. We concede 7 and the game of baseball truly sucks. Suddenly trail 10-3. Hits to Tyler Duchene and Conor and we claw back a run. 10-4 after 5 and another two bats remain if we don't concede 3 runs. Aussie comes to the mound after 5 long innings behind the dish and takes charge. Three strike outs, two walks and just the one run puts a bit of faith back in the boys and we trail 11-4. Finally the pitching change comes from the opposition and the lads let loose and manage to put the ball into the field and as does often happen at this level the mistakes occur. Hits to Tyler, Brandon and Conor score Chris Sandor, Tyrese Kimotho and Tyler as well. After six - 11-7.

The 7th was just what the doctor ordered. A very tidy innings from Aussie two strikeouts and no addition to the score. We needed 5 to win. The final score line didn't reflect the tension in the last innings. South's pitcher was struggling but at that stage our batting line up was no sure thing either. Riley Mills after being elevated to deity status the week before by his own admission was having a stinker takes one for the team and gets on base. Tyrese advances Riley but grinds out. One out. Chris comes up to bat and draws a 1-2 count but manages a walk. Tyler takes a nasty one in the funny bone to load the bases, Stewie draws a walk, Riley scores - 11-8. Brandon whacks a big double (he claimed a home run and he could have been right) and scores two. 11-10. Conor knocks in Stewart and lands safely at first 11-11. Aussie walks - bases loaded, change of pitcher and thank your mother for the rabbits James Last hits a homer. 14-11! Where did the run go? Jamie stopped at second and was too busy celebrating plus we're limited to a max of 7 per innings.

Commiserations to Southern Districts. They were unlucky.

Thank you to all those that helped today in particular Jo Gardiner for a long day in the scorers hut and Phil, Craig and Bill with the set up.

Hits: Brandon 3 (2 x 2B), Conor 3, James (HR), Tyler
RBI's: Brandon 4, James 4, Conor 2, Stewart
K's: Conor 7, Aussie 5, Riley 1

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

Sturt 3 Glenelg 1
On what was a perfect early autumn afternoon for baseball, the top two U15/1 teams squared off at Anderson Reserve for the right to host the Grand Final, should they make it that far. A sparse few supporters during extended warm-ups ballooned to an overflow crowd as the game got underway. The match up on the mound of State U16 stars Ky Matthews-Hampton and Mason Clavell promised a pitchers duel of the highest order and both duly delivered in a nail biter that was in doubt until the final out. Ky threw 70 strikes in 97 pitches to rack up an astounding 17 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings in what must surely be one of the most dominant performances at this level. It just does not get any better than that, particularly against a team that had lost only one game all season.

After the Saints stranded runners on 2nd and 3rd in the top of the first, the Tigers took an early lead via a walk and a couple errors including a key two out 3rd strike passed ball by Reed who was below his reliable best on the day. It was soon clear every run was going to be critical to both teams and at that point little did the Tigers realize the buzzsaw they would face the rest of the afternoon.

Sam Bennetts worked a walk off Mason to lead off the top of the third and in a case of déjà vu all over again, advanced to 3rd on a botched pickoff attempt at first that mirrored the Saints miscue in the bottom of the first. Reed then atoned, driving a 1-2 pitch to deep left centre for a sacrifice fly that brought Sam home to tie the game at 1-1. From that point on the pitchers took control and it became a war of attrition to contain pitch counts.

Leading off the top of the 6th, Harry Knuckey broke out of an 0 for 2 slump (for him) sending a full count rocket though the left centrefield gap that went to the fence allowing Harry to motor all the way home to put the Saints in the lead. Glenelg needed to change pitchers at this point and that paved the way for three straight hits to finally establish some breathing room. Ky ripped a sharp single to centre, advanced to 3rd on yet another messed up pickoff attempt and came home on a blooper just out of the infield by Aussie. Nick Borrello then boomed a double to right and with 2nd and 3rd and nobody out Sturt was close to breaking the game open. Another pitching change by the Tigers changed their fortunes and the runners were stranded but a 2 run gap in this game appeared big. Ky pitched into the 7th and final inning before hitting the cap and was relieved by Harry. The Tigers fought to the end loading the bases with 2 out to set up a sparkling running game saving catch by Samuel, looking like Robinson Cano at 5:55 here, down the right field foul line to end the game. A well fought finals contest that either team deserved to win.

On the down side we struck out 13 times ourselves, including 5 looking at strike three which is not the aggressive approach we're counting on at the plate. Catcher and first base need to be sharp on every play and lead a tight defense over the next two weeks. No question the story of today's game was Ky on the hill returning to the dominant form of his youth. Great to see the big guy back up and feeling good.

Hits: Harry Knuckey (HR), Nick Borrello (2B), Hugo Dahlen-Flight (2B), Reed Stewart, Ky Matthews-Hampton, Austin McClure 1 each
RBI: Reed Stewart, Harry Knuckey, Austin McClure 1 each

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Ben Seekamp)

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..:: message posted on Monday the 9th of March, 2015 22:20:12 ::..

Newsletter 02/03/15

Last weekend saw the completion of the home and away season for juniors and also for our Division 3-7 sides. Congratulations to Division 7 who made it through to finals and to the following junior teams:
U19's Mitch Dawson finished 4th
U17/1's Matt Macbeth, undefeated finished 1st
U17/2's John McClure finished 3rd
U15/1's Jamie Knuckey finished 2nd
U13/2's Ben Seekamp finished 2nd

Times and venues still be confirmed. Best of luck to all these teams!

On Sunday 8 March 2015 we will host our final home and away game for the season for Division 1 which will also coincide with our Sponsors and Ladies Day. A special invite has also gone out to all our coaches, managers, umpires and scorers. You can also download the special invitation to the Ladies Day and distribute to your friends!

The Capps Medal is on again this year on Wednesday 25 March 2015. Tickets are $80 which includes the meal and pre-dinner drinks. Please note that drinks during the meal are not included this year! Download the flyer for more information.

Also remember our Senior Presentation Night is on Friday 27 March commencing at 6.30 pm for a BBQ and the Junior Presentation Night is on Saturday 28 March commencing at 6.00 pm.

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Division 1 (Coach: Zac Stokes)

Woodville 10 defeated Sturt 0
Travelling back to Woodville for the 2nd time in 3 days is always a tough task. We had to play a twilight game to make up for the game we lost due to the heat on the prior Sunday.

Jackson Brebner Russ started on the mound for us. He pitched well but Woodville kept plugging away at him and had timely hits.

We faced Josh Tols who was just named the ABL Rookie of the year. Not only that but he broke the ABL record for most wins in a season. After facing him on Tuesday it was easy to see why. He pitched extremely well and we just could not get to him. Sometimes in baseball you have to tip your hat to the opposition and say they outplayed us today.

Jordan McArdle stood out for us with the bat. He was the only one that managed to get a base hit. He actually got 2. A double and a single.

Sturt 7 defeated East Torrens 0
The guys played very well yesterday. They did all the right things and were rewarded with a solid win. Billy Young Jr was exceptional on the mound for us. He went the full 9 innings, didn't give up a run and only threw 97 pitches for the 9 innings. One thing that Billy did was get the opposition to hit ground balls. Our infield was solid all day with each position getting and making plays. A standout defensive player was Mitch Lightbody. He made 10 great plays at shortstop.

Hits: Roeger, McArdle Nicholas 2, Holmes, Lightbody, Chroust, Hollis

This win puts us 8th on the ladder just behind GGC. We have 2 more games which are being played as a double header on Sunday. We are playing Adelaide at home. It would be great to see as many people as possible out to the game to see us try and take 2 wins and climb the ladder.

Go Saints!

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Sturt 8 d East Torrens 4

Division 3 (Coach: Peter Turner)

Sturt 6 drew with East Torrens 6

Saturday was the last game of the season for the guys. Even though we didn't get the win it was still a great game to be part of!

Ky Hampton started on the hill for us. Ky pitched extremely well. For being only 14 years old it was very impressive how much he overpowered the opposition. Jayden Trembath came in to pitch next and also pitched well. The fielders did well all game and the hitters did their job to backup the pitcher.

It was a great way to finish the season for a very young team. Allowing the junior players to gain more baseball experience has been great.

Hits: 3 Passmore, 2 Turner, Trembath, 1 Knuckey, Hampton and Powell

It's been a pleasure to be involved with this team this season. A great group a guys!

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

Sturt 4 L East Torrens 9

Well the past three weeks off didn't do the guys any favors in the end, going down 9-4 in what was one of our poorest performances of the year.

Perhaps too much focus and emphasis has been put on the upcoming End of Season Trip of late and our guys were clearly not focused on the task at hand.

After defeating ET only 4 weeks ago we hung with them through the first 4 innings with Skingles working his funk on the mound. His brother Bruce earned himself a beer early on doing Skingles job by covering first and managing to get cleaned up on the play but holding on to the ball for a crucial out. This was only to be outdone later in the game by Bruce and Timmy completing a diving double play up the middle to get us out of a jam.

Old Apricots Packer nearly added to the highlight reel hosing a guy at the plate letting everyone know he now needs no cutoff….The throw was on the button… the tag was solid - I'm still scratching my head as to how anybody saw that as safe but I guess the only one that matters saw it that way!

Our bats were very quiet except for some power hitting by Timmy Boundy who is now coming into his own and clearly ready to go next October.

A brutal 5th inning saw us drop the ball defensively and let ET blow the game out to which we replied with a mini rally late to make the score look somewhat respectable.

A nasty collision at second base saw our man Josh Clifford go down with concussion and a neck injury after the game - our thoughts are with him for a speedy recovery, massive thank you to everyone that helped Josh out especially Darren 'Doc' Stewart, Rick Trembath, Kingsley & Heather Turner.

Thank you also to Matty Macca in the scorers booth who made sure the red pencil was blunt by the end of the day - he may have earned his spot on the End of Season Trip but needless to say he won't be getting the scorers gig again.

Although not the most successful year win-wise, it has been a cracking year with a top bunch of lads… We have shown we can match it with anyone and next year we will come out stronger than ever, finals baseball is the only option in 15/16.

Division 5 (Coach: Chris Small)

GGCD 11 d Sturt 4
For our last game of the season we had the long trek out to GGCD for what should be a good close game.

Top 1st and into bat we go, Norm 'Wild Thing' Sluga leads off with a hit and error to 2nd base, Craig 'Rowdy' Thompson up and with a steal signal on Rowdy swings and hits to centre, Wild Thing safe at 2nd. Don 'Wulffy' Wulff up and he grounds out to 2nd but advances Wild Thing to 3rd and Rowdy to 2nd, Wallace 'Gromit' Long grounds out to short stop but gets safe after an error from the 1st baseman, he also gets an RBI with Wild Thing scoring. Ben 'Shrek' Colyer flies out to the pitcher and Trent 'Junior' Small is struck out for side away.

GGCD into bat, Gromit to the mound. First batter grounds out to short stop, second batter hits to left and then steals 2nd, third batter is walked, fourth batter hits to third for and easy out. Runners on the corners and Gromit picks off to 1st, Chris 'Daisy' Day is caught napping and the runner at 3rd steals home. By the end GGCD score 2.

2nd innings Daisy singles, Mark 'Pop' Burns flies out, David formerly known as 'Reg' now known as 'Grumpy' (Thanks Pop) Lee flies out, Wild Thing singles, Rowdy singles to load the bases and Don 'Wulffy' Wulff flies out for side away. GGCD first batter singles, second batter hits to short stop for a wild throw and pass ball, runners at 3rd and 2nd, back to top of their line up and Gromit K2's the next batter for the first out, next batter flies out to short stop only for the runner at 3rd to go home way before tagging up, Wild Thing takes the catch at short stop then touches 3rd base for side away.

3rd innings and we are three up three down

GGCD get a few hits and score 4. Score now 6 - 1 down

4th innings and again three up and three down

GGCD first two batters get safe hits, Rowdy takes a catch a left field, then Shrek takes care of the next two batters with catches from behind the dish for side away, no runs scored.

5th innings Rowdy manages to get home before it is side away to make the score 6 - 2 down

GGCD see Adrian 'Fame' Hill go to the mound after Gromit, who did a great job for 4 innings, Fame unfortunately found the middle of the bat on a number of occasions to see GGCD score 5 runs and put the game almost out of our reach. Score 11 - 4 down

Top of the 6th and 7 runs need to keep the game alive, Daisy grounds out to right field, yes you read that right, ground out to right field, Pop gets safe after a wild throw from short stop, Grumpy flies out, Fame hits to centre field, Rowdy hits to second and Pop and Fame score on a wild throw, Wulffy singles to right field and Gromit flies out for game over and end of season.

Final Score 11 - 4 down!

This was one of those games where we had a couple of brain fades and way to many fly balls, 10 in total. GGCD also had a few fly balls but they all fell in the holes which was just how our day was going.

Pitchers: Gromit 88 pitches for 53 strikes, 1 K's, 3 BB's. Fame 34 pitches for 23 strikes, 0 K's, 0 BB's

Safe Hits: Wild Thing 1, Rowdy 2, Wulffy 1, Daisy 1, Fame 1

Thanks to Don 'Wulffy' Wulff for coaching us this season, he has done a great job taking us from middle of the pack last season in division 6 to finishing 5th (middle of the pack) this season in division 5.

Thanks to Carol and Janet for scoring through out the season and to all those that came out to support us through the year, we hope we have entertained you with some great plays and probable more laughs.

Hope to see you all next season when we again shot for the stars and only hit the clouds.

Hope to see as many of you at the senior presentation night.

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 26 d Gawler 1

We have lost four games to the weather this year so it was good to finally get a great day at home for our final minor round game.

Turns out, it wasn't much of a game in terms of being a competitive preparation for the finals - we put together 24 hits against four different pitchers with our top four contributing 13 RBIs between them as we put a cheerful but erratic Gawler to the sword.

Adrian "Fame" Hill and Chris "Hoops" Thompson gave up only one run between them all day working in tandem with Justin 'JR' Ranford. The infield worked well; while Matt "Chewy" Chenoweth and Phil 'Philthy' Martin held things up the middle, Kingsley 'Butterball' Turner and Brian 'Screwball' Emmett turned a succession of beautiful 5-3 plays, with each one seemingly forcing a bigger stretch of Screwball's groin than the last. Rudolph Nureyev would have been proud of our first baseman; all he needed was some tights.

There was nothing ballet-like about his hitting; their left fielder kept moving back but it was never far enough. The highlight was a triple that he managed to turn into a home run after an error at third. Centre fielder Jules 'JP' Potiki also racked up 5 RBIs and marshalled the outfield of Justin 'Prez' McKinley and Rich 'Elvis' Carter.

All in all, it was great to be playing again after a couple of heat cancellations. Next week it's temperature of a different kind with finals.

Thanks to Fame for doubling up, Tredders for umpiring and to Heather for scoring.

Hits: Ranford 3 (1 RBI), Potiki 4 (5), Martin 3 (2). Emmett 5 (5), Turner 3 (2), Hill 2 (1), McKinley 1 (2), Thompson 2 (2), Carter 1, Chenoweth (1)

Pitching: Fame 6 batters 7 balls 19 strikes 3 Ks; Hoops 13 batters 12 balls 25 strikes 2 Ks

Under 19 (Coach: Mitch Dawson)

Sturt 4 defeated Glenelg 3

Well I don't think we could have scripted it much better if we tried.

Coming into this, the last minor round game for the season we were sitting 5th on the ladder and needed to beat 4th place Glenelg to secure a spot in the playoffs.

Brodie Macbeth took the mound to kick things off and after a slow start walking the first two batters, a wild throw and a single hit later we were 2 runs down early in the first.

To Brodie's credit he dug deep and got us the outs we needed to close out the innings. He continued pitching well in both the second and third innings allowing only one more hit and a run in the third.

Our first three innings with the bats were a little disappointing leaving runners stranded in two of the first three digs.

Damon Arnold took over pitching duties in the top of the fourth and proceed to make the Glenelg batters look like they'd never swung a bat, throwing only 32 pitches he got 3 up and 3 down in each of the next 3 innings.

You could visibly see the boys lift in the fourth as Brodie reached on a walk before being scored by a tremendous right field triple from Max Walker.

Going into the bottom of the fifth we were down 3-1 and I challenged the boys to make something happen, well happen it did!

Unfortunately after reaching first on a walk Damo was picked off on a close call, Simon Adkins also received a walk showing great plate discipline before getting out on a fielder's choice from a Mitch Lightbody ground ball to shortstop. Luckily Mitch broke up the double play and then a base on balls from Jordan McArdle saw us with runners on first and second with two out.

This brought Jack Dawson to the plate and that's when it all suddenly got interesting. A first pitch double steal from Mitch and Jordy made the Glenelg catcher panic, overthrowing third base and Mitch scores!

Next thing a slow ground ball from Jack and blistering base running made the third baseman rush his throw to first, putting it in the dirt and another run scores while Jack ends up on second.

Not to be outdone Jack decides to also steal third and again caused the Glenelg catcher to overshoot his throw, another run scores and we find ourselves up by one.

The sixth innings was uneventful, so going into the top of the seventh our season had come down to the next three outs!

Tyson Hancock came in to close but his radar was a bit off and after walking one and hitting two batters we moved Tyson back to first base and brought Mitch Lightbody up to the mound.

Some things are just meant to be because with bases loaded the next batter hit a high line drive to first, where Tyson Hancock took a leaping catch at full stretch above his head then landed and touched his bag before the startled first base runner had any idea what was going on. BANG! DOUBLE PLAY!!! The next batter was an easy ground out at first and just like that we're off to the playoffs.

This game had a bit of everything and definitely wasn't our best hitting display, but the whole team remained focused and pulled it all together when it counted. Well done boys!

My apologies and thanks to Nicole McArdle for scoring this week, I think I set a new record with 16 position changes in a single game. And thanks also to Billy Young Jr for his inspirational presence as first base coach.

Hits: Max Walker 2, Simon Adkins 1

Under 17/1 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

Sturt 13 def East Torrens 0

Another junior minor premiership for the club and the boys deserve the praise but it means nothing now as the finals begin!

We continued our positive play this week right from the get go, scoring 5 in the first inning to give Luke something to work with as he hit the mound for one of his few starts of the year. The team offense continued with multiple 2 out hits, long at bats and super aggressive base running which often goes unnoticed.

Today we showed the depth of our team with three pitchers taking the mound all allowing zero runs and only 4 hits for the entire game. This should put us in good shape with 7 innings games in finals meaning pitching depth is always vital. The kids are often battling themselves when they enter the box, because they have all the talent in the world but go through their struggles as we all do in a game where success is succeeding 3 out of every 10 at bats. This week again was no different but everyone played there part and contributed in a positive way to the end result.

Complacency is the one thing that will stop this team from the ultimate prize and they must arrive with the right attitude to do the job that they have worked for all year!

Hits: Adkins, Ottaway, Knuckey 2, Peters, Bartley, Dawson, Hancock, Arnold 1

Under 17/2 (Coach:John McClure)

A game played in the right spirit on a lovely Sunday afternoon at Norman Reserve saw an entertaining affair result in a hard fought win to Sturt 11-7.

First game since 01.02.15 after suffering a bye, two games "hotted" out and now suddenly we're playing the last game of the minor round gave a sense of unreality with three new pitchers and a left hand catcher taking the field.

Brandon started on the mound for the first time in what I suspect may be a long baseball career. Got off to a flyer with a first up strike and looked the goods. Struck out 2 batters walked 3 and we got away to a good start keeping GGCD to zero. The enjoyment of the occasion was added knowing that his long suffering Mum and Dad were out enjoying Clipsal. We had a hold up at the beginning of the innings whilst Brandon set up the camera for the live streaming.

Off to good start and we led 4-0 at the end of the first. A very much welcomed return to form with a large double from mystery man Stewart Gardiner, singles and RBI's to Austin McClure and Riley Mills were the reasons for a good first up innings. Riley now has 8 games consecutively recording a hit or better.

The highlight of the top second was the continuation of the Riley Mills show. With Brandon leaving the mound with loaded bases Millsy comes in (scabs & all) and guns down the next two outs in 7 pitches to leave the score at 4-3. A triple by Conor McClure on an empty diamond was our only second innings highlight and we failed to add to our score.

Thirteen pitches later Millsy puts GGCD back in the dugout with another two K's. Stunning debut. 20 pitches, thirteen strikes, a total of 3K's and it was so good I had to take him off and wrap him in cotton wool for next week. A double to James Last and a beautiful inside home run from Tyler Duchene added 3 runs to the score with the Saints leading 7-3. Oh, and guess who else scored - yes you guessed its Millsy again.

James Last took the mound for the first time this season and had an interesting time to say the least. Achieved 3 strike outs, suffered a couple of ordinary fielding mishaps and as a result gave up three walks and GGCD tied the score at 7-7 with one more to play. Good first up effort not helped by the field and we'll see more of Jim on the mound if he continues to play. The last innings required just the one run for a win and we did it the hard way. With two out and Aussie on third the man of the day Riley Mills slotted home the winning RBI. We played out the innings and ran out 11-7 winners.

A day of firsts - Brandon, Riley and Jamie pitching for their first summer appearances on the mound and our left handed catcher making what probably will be his first and last game behind the dish. Conor had a good day and hustled well.

For the record, overall for the season we played 11 won 5 drew 2 and lost 4 and play Southern Districts in a knockout final next weekend. If we get a contribution from every player in one form or another as we did today I really believe we can keep the season going.

Big thank you to Glenn Young for umpiring and Jo Gardiner for her excellent scorebook.

Hits: Duchene 2 (HR), Gardiner 2 (2B), McClure A. 2 (2B), Mills 2, McClure C. (3B), Last (2B)

RBI's: Duchene 4, Gardiner 2, Mills 2, McClure A., Sandor

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

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Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Andrew Vidale)

Sturt 13 defeated Adelaide 8

Sturt:      3 5 4 0 1 (13)
Adelaide Angels: 2 1 1 0 4 (8)

What a fantabulous way to finish the season, with a decisive win in a game contributed to by every member of the team. The boys were focussed from the outset and fed off each other's energy in a well spirited battle between two closely matched teams in which there were very few errors and all the runs were well earned by both sides.

As the home team, we opened the game with the now usual combination of Josh on the mound and Hamish behind the plate. The 1st (and only) nervous moment came very early on when the 1st batter got a solid hit to centre field - the sort of simple play we'd fumbled in the past! But the boys had it under control, and a textbook throw to 2nd by Luke held the runner and set the defensive standard for the rest of the game. Josh stayed on the hill for 3 innings, which included 7 K's and the loss of only 4 runs before handing over to Nick to close out the game. Nick held the Angels scoreless in the 4th and although a late rally saw the Angles add 4 more runs in the final dig it wasn't enough to threaten the outcome.

This was undoubtedly our tightest display of fielding all season, and it really made the difference in those moments when the pitchers were a bit off key. The Angels got bat to ball 8 times but managed only 3 safe hits thanks to solid fielding which included a couple of catches to Joaquin and Michael and a superb performance by Joaquin at 2nd.

At bat we really shone this week! Of 31 plate appearance there were only 3 strike outs and every player managed either a safe hit, a walk or to advance runners. Harry continued his batting success from last week and Nick Josh and Hamish belted out 2 base hits - fantastic!. Our base running was even better, and spurred on by Hamish's continuing display of confident base running all the boys took chances and they usually payed off.

Thanks to all the parents that made it out to watch the final game for the season, I'm sure that contributed somewhat to the buoyant spirit the boys displayed. Once again, a big thanks to Steve, Sally and Richard for taking care of the many usual tasks, and to Don Wulff for umpiring.

Such a great finish can only mean a great start to next year - what a shame we have to wait so long.

Hits: Nick (4), Hamish (3), Joaquin & Josh (2), Callum & Michael (1)
Runs: Callum & Hamish (3), Josh & Nick (2), Axel, Joel & Luke (1)
RBI: Joaquin & Nick (3), Callum & Hamish (1)

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 16 defeated Kensington 4

It was a really nice way to end our season. We used 4 different pitchers, 3 different catchers and all the hitters really battled hard and swung the bat well all day.

In the end we just missed the finals by a solitary game but the true story was how far this kids have improved.

We lose three of them to under 15s but the majority of the kids in this team return for another tilt at playing finals next year and will be strengthened by the emerging players in the other two teams.

Due to the recent heatwave I haven't had the chance to congratulate the following players for making the Adelaide Seahawks Charter team -

Robbie Brennan
Sam Stewart
Jonas Garcia
Seb Steel

The following players were also selected in the Seahawks development team -

Angus Catt
Jack Hutton
Ethan Dawson

Good luck to all.

Also just wanted to use this opportunity to thank all the people that helped me throughout the season - in particular Mark Hutton, Linda Brennan, Dave Stewart, Ian Steel and Mike Garcia.

We have a great group of kids and parents - I look forward to watching the development of each and every one of these boys during the next decade!

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Ben Seekamp)

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) 16 d Little League 2 - Saints (U13) 4

Sturt 16 defeated Saints 4 After a couple of cancelled games we took on the Saints for the last game of the minor round. As the away team we batted first with Lachie Seekamp and Zac Becker getting a hit but we in,y scored one run. Fortunately Zac Becker pitched a very good first innings to hold Saints scoreless and stuck out three batters.

The second at bat was was also not good for us and we failed to trouble the scorer. From that point on we scored 5 runs in each of the next three innings. The team got plenty of hits, Zac went 4 from 4, Harry Chaplin 3. Luke Warburton was the only player not to get a hit but he was walked three times and hit by a pitch once!

Zac Becker, Angus Catt and Austin Parkinson all pitched well. They had a total of 15 strikeouts and gave up just one hit.

A highlight was Riley van Roekel and Harry Chaplin both with big hits that allowed them to get all the way home!

It was a much better team game than our last outing. We finished the season in second place and have some finals to look forward to!

Little League 2-Saints (U13) (Coach: John Eckert)

Sturt 16 defeated Saints 4
Our last game for the season and a friendly at home against our big brother Sturt team. The game started well with tight pitching from Jamie Vidali throwing his first game with 2 strike outs followed by Jacob Jones who had recently recovered from his broken arm and picking up on the mound where he left off last year. Joe Harvey and Jake Mossman then finished off pitching duties throwing plenty of strikes. Unfortunately that meant the opposition had plenty of batting practice which we struggled to contain. Our batting against the quality opposition pitching struggled and we unfortunately left loaded bases to many times. Courage award goes to Tom Oxton who received a sickening blow to the side of his head whilst batting, but bravely went back up to take his next turn at bat. Finally a big thank you to the players this year given we started as a dysfunctional group of beginners but ended up as a tight group of baseballers, even if it was not reflected in our results. Well done.

Little League Sturt (U11) (Coach: Stan Warrilow )

Sturt 10 d Kensington 6

..:: message posted on Monday the 2nd of March, 2015 21:40:22 ::..

Newsletter 23/02/15

Another very hot weekend with all games except the first Division 1 game of a double header played at Woodville. Game 2 will be played at Woodville on Tuesday night at 6.15 pm.

The home and away season is rapidly coming to an end with our last junior games and Div 3-7 games be completed this coming weekend.

On Sunday 8 March 2015 we will host our final home and away game for the season for Division 1 which will also coincide with our Sponsors and Ladies Day. A special invite has also gone out to all our coaches, managers and scorers. You can also download the special invitation to the Ladies Day and distribute to your friends!

The Capps Medal is on again this year on Wednesday 25 March 2015. Tickets are $80 which includes the meal and pre-dinner drinks. Please note that drinks during the meal are not included this year! Download the flyer for more information.

Also remember our Senior Presentation Night is on Friday 27 March commencing at 6.30 pm for a BBQ and the Junior Presentation Night is on Saturday 28 March commencing at 6.00 pm.

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Sponsors

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

Division 1 (Coach: Zac Stokes)

Tuesday February 17th

Sturt 2 defeated GGCD 1

Last week was another tough game against a team higher than us on the ladder. Colin started on the mound for his last outing for Sturt before taking up an opportunity to play independent baseball in the states.

Wizz Chroust hit a home run in the first giving us the lead early. We threatened again later in the game but was unsuccessful. GGCD tied the game up with some clutch hitting. This meant that going into the last inning with 1 run each.

With 2 out, Jackson had an excellent at bat to reach on a safe hit. It was then when Colin crushed a double to left field that allowed Jackson to score all the way from 1st base. We then managed to keep them scoreless in the last and claim the win. It was great to get this win to take make it 2-0 vs them this season and was also the 3rd straight win for the group.

Colin went the full 7 innings giving up only 1 run, 6 hits and striking out 9.

Hits, Chroust (HR), JBR 2, Feldtman, Holmes.

Sunday February 22nd

Woodville 2 defeated Sturt 0

Facing the 3rd team on the ladder the boys were ready to play. Due to the heat our double header was changed to 1 game only at 11am.

Billy Young Jr took to the mound for the Saints and pitched really well. He kept them to only 5 hits which were timely and allowed them to score both runs in the same inning.

Unfortunately we also only had 5 hits which were spread out during the game.

Congratulations to Jackson Brebner-Russ for playing his 150th division 1 game.

Hits: Lightbody 2, Hollis, Chroust, McArdle

The Make up game is being played Tuesday at Woodville at 6:15.

Go Saints!

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Andrew Vidale)

Date: 17th Feb

Result: Goodwood 18 defeated Sturt 4

Goodwood: 7 4 0 7 0 (18)
Sturt: 1 0 0 2 1 (4)

A frustrating game to watch, and not really much to tell!

We had a good home crowd supporting us and were fired up in the pre-game practice but couldn't put our plans into action.

Goodwood steam-rolled us from the get-go, piling on 11 runs in the first two innings thanks to some comical defensive errors. Despite the fielding errors continuing we managed to slow them a tad in the latter ½ but we never batted well enough to catch up the score.

There were a few highs for the home team; Harry got bat to ball 3 times - good stuff!, Hamish's steal all the way home from a walk to 1st left the opposition confounded and the home team cheering, plus a couple of catches mixed in here and there.

Thanks to Steve, Doug, Alison and Matt for helping with setting up, base coaching and scoring and to Rocky for tending the BBQ.

Here's looking to a strong finish next Sunday

..:: message posted on Monday the 23rd of February, 2015 22:06:59 ::..

Newsletter 16/02/15

The very high temperatures in Adelaide over the weekend meant that the only games played were Division 1 and 2 who played under the appropriate restrictions to protect the players from heat. While I can understand that some were disappointed at not being able to play this weekend, the Sturt Baseball Club along with medical experts advocated for these changes some years ago to ensure that all of our players particularly children were safe guarded from harm.

Up Coming Events

Please mark these dates down in your diary

1. Ladies and Sponsors Day Sunday 8 March 2015-3.00 pm

2. Senior Presentation Night- Friday 27 March 2015- 7.00 pm

3. Junior Presentation Night- Saturday 28 March- 2015 - 6.00 pm



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Sponsors

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

Division 1 (Coach: Zac Stokes)

Tuesday February 10th
Sturt 4 defeated Golden Grove Central Districts 2

Tuesday we played a very hot Golden Grove team. They were positioned 7th on the ladder and have beaten some very good teams recently. We had Colin Feldtman going off on the mound for us fresh after Bite duties. Feldtman went the full 7 innings allowing 7 hits, 1 earned run and struck out an impressive 10 hitters. Feldtman moved to 5-0 for the season.

Angus Roeger was back in the lineup after the Bite season and made an immediate impact hitting two, 2 run home runs.

It was great to get another win at home and sing the song proudly.

Hits: Roeger, Feldtman, 2 each, Holmes, Lightbody, McArdle, Hollis all 1.

Sunday February 15th
Sturt 10 defeated Northern Districts 8

Yesterday we headed to Northern Districts to play them for the 3rd and final time. Goal of the day, a must win! Billy Young Jr was on the mound for us so we were confident he would go deep into the game and we just needed to keep scoring. The guys were ready and came out and scored 3 in the first and 5 in the second. We then went a little quiet but did manage to score 2 more runs. We had lots of baserunners on yesterday which was excellent to see. JBR came in and pitched the last 2 innings to secure the win. David Nicholas was a standout with the bat getting 3 big hits.

We have good momentum going into Tuesday night's game at Golden Grove.

Hits: Nicholas 3, Chroust, Roeger, McArdle (1HR), Young, all 2, Lightbody, Holmes, Brebner-Russ, all 1.

Division 1 Announcements
Last week both Sam Hollis and Jordan McArdle played their 50th Division 1 game. A great achievement and many more to come.

On Tuesday night we travel to Golden Grove for Colin Feldtman's last appearance for Sturt. He is the starting pitcher who will give his all for the last time this season before heading back to the US to pursue his professional career. Thanks for all the hard work Colin, we wish you the best.

Next Sunday February 22nd we travel to Woodville for a double header. This will be a tough contest against a top 4 team. They will be some tight games but we are excited and ready for the challenge.

Game 1 of the double header will be Jackson Brebner Russ' 150th division 1 game. A great achievement for someone so young. It would be great to see as many people as possible cheer on the JBR and the rest team.

Go Saints!

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Sturt 5 Lost Northern Districts 6
Tough game to lose today, with a shortened game we needed to jump the opposition early and we did that scoring 2 and then 3 runs in the first two innings of a four dig game. Unfortunately we couldn't trouble the score board in the last digs to win the game. The boys did fight hard until the end.

Offensively we out hit ND 8 hits to 5, Adam Kerr was the stand out hitter with 2 from 2 line driving the ball all day. Tyson and Damo continued to hit well stringing hits together at the crucial time. Base running was aggressive and at times a little too aggressive on my behalf. We should be happy with our hitting today.

Defensively we did let ourselves down a little. ND did pick up 3 of their runs off 2 Homers but it was the errors and walks which cost us in the end. We need to stop giving the opposition easy bases to win more games.

Lads we just missed out today, we need to remain focused and continue to learn from our last two games.

Hits: 2- Kerr; 1 - Holland, Faehse, Feldtman, Dawson, Ottaway, Arnold.

..:: message posted on Monday the 16th of February, 2015 23:51:46 ::..

Newsletter 09/02/15

It was great to see over 150 people supporting the club’s annual Quiz Night at the Fullarton Community Centre last Friday night. The venue was a buzz with baseball with MC Dean Waugh!

Thanks to Sharron, Pip and Trang for all their hard work in bringing this event together! We’ll need to give Gromit a few audio technology tips for future events!

Next Function: Sponsors & Ladies Day is on Sunday 8th March and we’re looking for volunteers! If you would like to put your hand up to assist, please drop Sharron an email.

Saints T Ball

We’ve back this Friday from 6pm. If the forecast, as per the Australian Bureau of Meteorology is 37 degrees or above all junior baseball is cancelled. Baseball SA Heat Rule

Scorer's Clinic

Carol Burns and Janet Young will be holding a 'Let's Start Scoring' Clinic (beginners) as well as a Scorer’s refresher clinic on Monday 16th February (7.15 for 7.30pm start) at the club. If you are interested in either clinic please email your details to Carol Burns

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

Sponsors

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

Division 1 (Coach: Zac Stokes)

Tuesday game

Glenelg 3 defeated Sturt 0

Thanks to all the supporters that attended the game at Glenelg on Tuesday. I am sure the supporters were hurting as much as the team was.

This game was quite painful to think about. We outplayed Glenelg and were not rewarded for it.

Josh Tindall made his first division 1 start for his career. Tinny pitched like a veteran which was excellent to see.

We were trailing by 3 going into the last inning. We showed tremendous fight to score 3 and level the scores.

Davey Nicholas was pitching in the 7th and after throwing to 2 batters the umpire called the game stating insufficient light. This meant our hard fought 3 runs were reverted back and we lost the game.

I was extremely happy and proud of the way the guys played.

Hits: McArdle 2, Hollis, Young.

Go Saints!

Adelaide 9 defeated Sturt 5

The game today was a battle between two teams that were sitting out of the top six but with a big chance of playing finals.

After a scoreless 1st innings we scored in the second and again in the 4th. After keeping Adelaide to a couple of scattered hits Adelaide didn't trouble the scoreboard until the 5th when they scored two with a home run with one runner on base. Sturt then added two more runs to the scoreboard in the bottom of the 5th to take 4-2 lead. In the seventh Adelaide took the lead amassing 7 runs from two base clearing doubles. This left us with a big job to catch up 5 runs. We kept Adelaide scoreless in the next two innings but we couldn't pull back the lead managing only to score one in run the 8th.

Billy Young started on the mound for us and pitched a solid six innings and was ably relieved by Shaun Wright. Our defence was solid all day but our offence was not up to scratch and we will need to switch it on this Tuesday in our Twilight against Golden Grove at Norman Reserve in the race to make the finals.

Thanks to all the supporters that attended the game in the windy and dusty conditions. Your support is very much appreciated by the players and coaching staff.

Hits: Hollis 2, McArdle, Young, Brebner-Russ, Nicholas, Chroust, Faehse

Go Saints

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Adelaide 13 d Sturt 3

Division 3 (Coach: Peter Turner)

Adelaide 12 d Sturt 10

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

7/2/2015 Sturt 11 def Adelaide 1 Well, after the shenanigans of the prior night (A fantastic quiz night by the way in which we were unlucky not to take home the silverware and a bottle of spiced rum) we showed up at Adelaide's trotting park in 39 degree heat not knowing what would eventually play out. One thing was certain though - we wanted this game over ASAP. Warming up for the first half hour under a small tree with little shade, we tried to piece together what actually happened after the quiz night and also all checked our bags for Cupboards Thornquest's car keys which are still missing to this day. We then deliberated at length about one of the easier questions from the night 'According to the ABS, what percentage of children aged between 5-14 played unorganised sport in 2012?'. Once agreeing on 17.4% we welcomed in newcomer Dylan Miels and this proved to be our saving grace as the call then came in from Big Shed Gibson saying he was finally on his way, bucket in hand.

After kindly persuading the Adelaide scorers to fill in our scorebook as well, we were underway and found ourselves facing the ex Sturt big man Jason Hart on the hill. No one actually knows how many pitches big Jason carries in his arsenal nowadays but he was shaking off at least 7 signs each pitch making our hitters try to think on a day that we really didn't want to stretch ourselves mentally. A lead of walk to Timmy Boundy, followed by a double to the fence by Hoover Attwell saw us knock in one run in the first.

With Skingles Wayne (who's new favourite drink is Jameson's and fruit cup cordial) on the hill we firmly believed that one run was enough to see this game out and go home. Unfortunately this wasn't to be as Adelaide also scored an unearned run early, forcing us to keep hitting and that is exactly what the boys did, putting up crooked letters in every innings and taking the game right out of Adelaide's hands.

Wall Lemon was unlucky enough to be given the job behind the dish as punishment for working a 17 hour day on the Friday and failing to show for the Quiz night. He may have been sore but at least he wasn't seeing multiple balls like the rest of us. Not only did he do a stellar job looking after Skingles, he also hosed his first runner at second and crushed a triple to the fence picking up 3 RBI's for the day.

Apricots Packer, Scar Tissue Clifford, Hoover and Boundy are all continuing their good hitting form after the Christmas break picking up multiple hits and finally starting to see their averages climb significantly. Dylan Miels picked up a hit in his first at bat and it was only then that we realised he was playing with some sort of a torn driver (no big deal according to the man himself) and he played through the pain showing the true grit and determination needed to hold your spot in this juggernaut of a Div. 4 team.

Skingles was dominant all day picking up the CG Win and after finally getting out of a jam in the 4th Umpire Pete had seen enough, calling time and game for an 11-1 victory to the Saints making it 3-in-a-row and looking to close this year out as the in-form team of the competition.

Thank you again to the Social Committee for putting on the Quiz Night, it was a huge success. The turnout was fantastic and hopefully this leads to more of these events where we can support and raise valuable $$ for the Club.

A couple of things to come out of the Quiz night;
1) How our team didn't win 'best dressed' award with our Hawaiian getups is anyone's guess
2) We may need to field two Div. 4 teams next year with everyone now getting on the bandwagon
3) Feedback was received that these match reports are apparently 'too long'?

Hits: Attwell 2(2b), Clifford 2(2b), Lemon 1(3b), Boundy 1, Martens 1, Packer 1, Gibson 1, Miels 1

Division 5 (Coach: Chris Small)

Bye

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 10 Kensington 15

On a hot day at the home of baseball, our skills quickly melted in the sun and we let ourselves down big time against mid-table foes Kensington.

As with last week, we hit pretty well - but we let them get too many runs, gifting them a series of free at bats with sloppy defense and a series of throws that left first baseman Kingsley 'Butterball' Turner grasping at air.

Chris 'Hoops' Thompson and Adrian 'Fame' Hill worked hard on the mound in combination with Brian 'Screwball' Emmett and Andrew 'AJ' Johnston. Our batting wasn't bad with plenty of solid hits from the likes of Jules 'JP' Potiki, Screwball, Phil 'Philthy' Martin, Matt 'Chewy' Chenoweth and Rich 'Elvis' Carter but it wasn't enough on the day. Justin 'Prez' McKinley retired hurt and Anthony 'Big K' Kocza was a great team man as always.

Thanks to Heather for scoring and to Tom Winter for umpiring.

Hits: Carter 1 (2 RBI), Potiki 2 (2), Martin 2 (1), Emmett 3 (3), Hill 1 (1), Chenoweth 1 (1), Thompson 2, Johnston 1

Pitching: Thompson 26 batters 3 innings 27/44 1K, Hill 5 batters 1 inning 2/14 0K

Under 19 (Coach: Mitch Dawson)

Sturt 18 defeated Henley & Grange 0

I am very proud of the way the boys handled themselves in this game. It's easy to get a few runs ahead and become complacent but to the boys credit they all swung the bat with discipline and produced error free defence to come away with a convincing victory against an undermanned Henley & Grange outfit.

Damon Arnold set the standard early on the mound striking out the first two batters, before a regulation ground out from Shaun Wright at shortstop saw H&G 3 up and 3 down in the blink of an eye.

Simon Adkins led off with the bat and hit a nice single before testing the pitchers arm and getting picked off at first. Three walks later and a triple to deep centre-field from Shaun Wright helped us to go into the second with a 4 - 0 lead.

Damo continued to pitch well in the second and finished his outing with 31 pitches at 61% with 2 strike outs and no hits.

Shaun Wright came in and pitched the next two digs to shut out H&G and not allow them a single safe hit for the game. Shaun also threw 31 pitches at 61% and struck out four of the seven batters.

Our batters dominated both the second and third innings scoring the maximum seven runs in each, with most of our twelve players recording safe hits.

Worthy of special mention was an RBI triple from Tyson Hancock to deep centre-field, and RBI doubles to Jack Dawson, Brodie Macbeth, Shaun Wright, and William Hill.

Mitch Lightbody was a bit hard done by getting hit by the first pitch at both of his plate appearances....at least he was consistent.

Unfortunately H&G threw in the towel early and we didn't get to bat again but by then I think everyone had had enough.

Hits: 3 Wright; 2 Adkins; 1 Dawson, Hancock, McArdle, Macbeth, Ottaway, Hill, Arnold
RBI's: 5 Wright; 2 McArdle, Hancock; 1 Trembath, Dawson, Ottaway, Hill, Arnold

Under 17/1 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

U17/1 - Sturt 11 d Adelaide 9

Under 17/2 (Coach:John McClure)

Bye

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

U15/1 Sturt 8 Adelaide 4 A high quality contest was played today at Weigall Oval between the second place Saints and the fourth place Adelaide Angels. With a strong wind howling out to left field and batting practice being sharp as a barber's straightrazor, the pre-game talk was the potential for a high scoring game from the Saints. The youthful Angels had other ideas and solid defence from both clubs made the game enjoyable for the sizable crowd.

Sam Bennetts did his job to open the game working his ex-Adelaide South teammate and Adelaide starter Zane Judd for a 4 pitch walk. Reed Stewart then cracked a double through the left centrefield cones to get the scoring started. Harry Knuckey's groundout to short gave the Saints a 2-0 lead they wouldn't relinquish for the rest of the afternoon while lowering his season batting average to a smidge under .800 (that's not a typo!).

Hugo Dahlen-Flight started on the mound for Sturt and did a great job keeping the ball down in the sometimes mysterious strike zone during his 2 1/3 innings of work. Nick Borrello drew a leadoff walk to open the second followed by a single to Josh Wilson and a walk to Reed. Harry then broke out of his one at-bat slump to rip a double to centrefield bringing home 2 runs. Ky followed suit to the same spot to bring in two more and things seemed deceivingly comfortable.

In the Angels bottom of the second, a leadoff single, a couple walks and a Texas Leaguer to left worked around a couple Hugo strikeouts pushed two runs across for Adelaide and loaded the bases with two outs and the dangerous Nick Jones coming to the plate. A sharp single to left scored one, but a well executed relay from Andrew Brennan to Ky to Reed which featured a perfect bullet throw from short left field by Ky cut down the Adelaide runner attempting to score to end the inning and turn the momentum back to the Saints.

The strong defence from the Saints continued in the bottom of the 3rd. The Angels again loaded the bases with one out. With Knucks brought in to pitch, the first batter lined a 1-0 pitch to deep short which Ky snared with an amazing dive to his right and then heeded the pleadings of both coach and Nick to double the runner off third. By popular demand: Ky's catch looked a lot like this Jose Reyes gem with the exception Ky got up and pegged the runner at third to complete the double play.

The game settled into a pitchers duel from there with the only run over the last couple innings being Knucks' solo homer to centrefield, a low liner that easily cleared the cones for his first round tripper of the year.

Great to have a competitive game in the lead up to the finals. Our next to last regular season game is scheduled for Tuesday night at Flinders and we'll hope for a break in the forecast to allow it to be played.

Hits: Harry Knuckey 2 (2B, HR) 3, Reed Stewart (2B), Ky Matthews-Hampton (2B), Nick Borrello (2B), Josh Wilson, Austin McClure 1 each
RBI: Harry Knuckey 4, Ky Matthews-Hampton 2, Reed Stewart 1

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Andrew Vidale)

Golden Grove 13 defeated Sturt 7

GGCD:   3 2 1 3 4 (13)
Sturt: 2 3 2 0 0 (7)

A nail biting finish to yet another exciting game with victory slipping from our grasp in the last two digs. Overall, a great recovery from our somewhat lacklustre performance of the previous week, and one that proves the boys have the skills - they just need to stay focussed.

We got off to a very slow start, with an uncharacteristically high number of balls from Josh and a sleepy infield setting the Dodgers on their way before some enthusiastic rousing from the sideline finally galvanised the boys into action. A catch at left field by Callum followed by 2 strike outs put us back on track.



Bottom of the 1st and the boys clearly remembered last week's painful lesson; you can't score if you don't get on base! and they went out to bat meaning business. Hamish got us started with a two bagger to centre then immediately stole 2nd, 3rd and home for our 1st run - great effort. Joel followed up with a single, stole 2nd/3rd and was brought home by a double to left field by Josh. A great start!

The second saw improved focus in the field, but we were still a bit erratic. Three K's put the Dodgers away, but not before 2 walks and some wild throwing by the infield let the Dodgers off the hook too often and gave them another 2 runs. At bat, Callum kept our offensive rolling, converting a walk into our 3rd run with impressive stealing all the way round! Max followed up with a single and some inspired stealing which forced an over throw by the Dodgers catcher in a run down to give us another run. Joel gave us the equaliser with yet more gutsy stealing.

Into the 3rd and we took control with 2 quick strike outs and an unassisted out by Hamish for the loss of only 1 run. Back at bat we continued with the aggressive stealing; Axel converted a walk into a run, and Lachlan converted a HBP into a run also. End of the 3rdinnings, we were in front by 1 run and it felt fantastic! The Dodgers recomposed going into the 4th. Max took to the hill and threw plenty of strikes, including 1 K, but we lost focus in the field and a few wild throws and misfields saw the Dodgers add 3 runs to take a narrow 9-7 lead. A change of pitcher for the Dodgers was our undoing and despite getting Josh to 3rd we were retired scoreless

The 5th got off to a sensational start when Michael turned a double on the 1st two batters leaving the Dodgers 2 out with none on base. Alas we couldn't keep up the momentum and some solid batting from the Dodgers added another 4 runs and opened the lead to 13-7 - which was tantalisingly just within our reach. Full credit to the Dodgers' pitcher who closed out with 2 K's followed by a pop fly to 1st.

If these boys keep up the momentum next week is set to be ripper game!

A big thanks to Sally, Doug, Richard & Brenton for assistance with scoring, coaching and ground preparation and tidy-up, and to Wallace for umpiring yet again!

Hits: Hamish 2 (2B+1B), Josh (2B), Joel, Max, Patrick 1 each
Runs: Joel (2), Axel, Callum, Hamish, Lachlan, Max 1 each
RBI: Josh, Patrick 1 each

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Tony Catt)

East Torrens 10 d Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) 5

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Ben Seekamp)

Sturt 3 lost to Henley & Grange 10

Our third loss for the year. Most of the team had been out watching the Bite lose a tight one Saturday night so they were tired and they struggled to switch on!
Our first at bat was three up three down, pretty rare for this team. Angus Catt took to the mound and did exactly the same to them, three up, three down! Zac Becker started off the second with a great hit and eventually scored our only run for the innings once Emma Dawson got a safe hit.

Angus went again in the second and gave up just two hits struck out two and caught an infield fly ball. They scored one to even the score up at the end of the second.

We managed to score a further two runs for the game. We had too many strikeouts and too few hits, something that is very unlike this team.

Zac Becker, Luke Warburton, Austin Parkinson all pitched an innings each. Emma Dawson made her debut on the pitching mound and after a slow start threw three great strikes in a row to end the innings. Her twin brother Ethan was the catcher and he did a fantastic job behind the mound taking over from Lachie Seekamp who also caught well.

We have had our bad day, we will be better next week and be in top shape for the finals!

Little League 2-Saints (U13) (Coach: John Eckert)

Northern Districts 23 defeated Saints 4

Ironically this week we played a much better game against the U13/Div2 league leaders for a worse score line. However, we applied ourselves and started to return to the potential evident at the end of last year. Highlights were first game pitchers Joe Harvey and Baxter Eckert both recording their first ever strike outs and second gamer Max Barnard getting his first hit scoring our runners. We had a strong start with Jake Mossman in control of the mound early supported again by Jamie Vidale catching. Whilst we scored our runs in nearly every innings, the stronger opposition did the same.

Guaranteed no loss next week - bring on the bye!

Hits: Jake Mossman 1, Max Barnard

Little League Sturt (U11) (Coach: Stan Warrilow )

Bye

..:: message posted on Monday the 9th of February, 2015 21:29:24 ::..

Newsletter 02/02/15

Thanks to Wallace Long for organising the Night with Knight last Wednesday night at the Torrens Arms. Bite Head Coach Brooke Knight was a very entertaining speaker and I believe all of us there had a great evening!

Saints T Ball

A great turn out of players, families and coaches last Friday. Welcome to our new players and their families. We still have 5 weeks left. Let your friends know as they can play the last five weeks for as little as $27.00!

A big thanks to all the coaches who turn up each week - the kids really enjoy you being involved.

The kids were excited to receive their Saints T-Ball tops - thanks to Ben (McGees) and Tony (Catapult Wealth) for making this happen and check out the photo of how much the kids love their tops!

No T-Ball this week (6th Feb) as we have the Quiz Night. Next T-Ball 13 Feb!

Saints T-Ball Gala Day

The inaugural Baseball SA T-Ball Gala Day saw Saints play three highly entertaining games against a well organised team from Southern Districts. There were some great skills on display. In particular the catching and throwing was at a very high standard.

The team were excited to play their last game of the day on the main diamond at Norwood Oval. Thanks to all the players, families and coaches for making it a fun day.

Thanks to Matt Williams, Warren Woods (Sthn Dist) and Sturt Batchelor (ADL) for helping get the day together.

This event is likely to be held pre-season 2015-16 at the new West Beach complex.

Catching Clinic with Rocky Gale

Rocky Gale, arguably one of the best defensive catchers to play with the Adelaide Bite, came to Sturt Baseball Club to provide our catchers with a once in a lifetime training experience which we can now share on video.

Scorer's Clinic

We've received a lot of interest recently with people wanting to learn how to score. We'll be holding a 'Let's Start Scoring' Clinic (beginners) as well as a refresher clinic shortly.

If you are interested in either clinic please email your details to Carol Burns

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

Sponsors

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

Division 1 (Coach: Zac Stokes)

Sturt 7 defeated Henley and Grange 6

Playing this team for the third time this season we really needed to get the 3rd win. We did get the win which is the result we needed but it wasn't our best baseball.

We jumped out of the box scoring 5 runs in the first. Topped off by a grand slam by Colin Feldtman. This is exactly what we needed. We then followed up with 2 more runs in the 3rd from another Colin Feldtman home run, making the score 7-0 after 3 innings.

Unfortunately we took the pressure off and let the opposition sneak in.

Jackson Brebner-Russ started for the saints and pitched very well. He pitched a heavy tally and got the job done.

Then Shaun came in to finish off but it took some work.

Hits: Holmes, Lightbody, Feldtman 2, Dawson , Hollis, Faehse, Nicholas, Brebner-Russ

I want to wish well to Tom Faehse on his 150th div 1 game. Great work mate. You stuck it out through thick and thin!

Come and support and support the Bite this weekend in this historic final round!

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Sturt 11 Defeated Golden Grove 5

We played a very solid energetic game tonight scoring 3 in the 1st and 2nd digs, 1 in the 3rd and another 4 in the 4th. Base running was solid. If we continue to play with this intensity every week we will always be tough to beat.

Josh Tindall pitched his 87 he struggled at times but very much did his job with Davey Nic closing out on the bump. Our 3rd defensive dig we gave up 3 runs due to some errors and walks but overall the D was pretty good.

Offensively we showed patience in the box picking up 6 walks and 11 hits for the day. Dawson and Kerr both finishing with 3 hits. Jack particularly hit well, line driving 2 flat doubles. Brodie also hitting solid today Picking up 2 RBI's for 2 hits. Jordy showed some good clutch hitting picking up 3 RBI's.

Great win lads let keep the energy and enjoy our time left on the diamond this year.

Hits: 3 - Dawson, Kerr; 2 - MacBeth; 1 - McArdle, Nicholas, Arnold

Sunday 1/2
Sturt 12 Defeated Henley & Grange 2

Another solid performance from the Guys today picking up a must win. Although we did start a little flat the boys turned it around and finished well.

Highlights today : Billy Young smashing 2 Homeruns picking up 3 RBI's, followed by Will Wirth's towering 2 run bomb also picking up 3 RBI's. Damon Arnold had a great day; fielding solid with 3 singles for one of his best B grade performances. Luke Peters had his first pitching outing for B Grade closing out the last two digs very well. Everyone got on base today, we ran the bases hard and played errorless baseball what more can we ask for.

Two wins in a row lads let's work hard for the 3rd and finish the season off solid with the odd upset here and there.

Hits: 3 - Arnold; 2 - Holland, Young (2HR's); 1 - Wirth (HR), Wright

Division 3 (Coach: Peter Turner)

East Torrens 10 d Sturt 4

We had a good game in the field making all plays. Had slow start with bats. It was good to that boys did not give up. Hit jimmy passmore jake Powell harrison knickey Jayden Trembath 1, Luke peters ku Hampton 2 .

Division 4 (Coach: Dale Martens)

Wednesday twilight-21 January 2015-Sturt 9 def Golden Grove 3

Well what a pleasant journey across town in peak hour traffic - to face off against the mighty Dodgers in what turned out to be twilight classic for the ages.

With half the team running late Martini had a great time adjusting the team sheet four times before we managed to fill the 9 spots in the bottom of the first. A couple of unruly stragglers, namely Skingles and Wall arrived nonchalantly sometime thereafter telling tales of their 'tough day at the office'.

After his passionate display last week, and numerous calls/texts/emails telling Martini that he is ready to go - the ball was handed to none other than Apricots Packer for his first start of the year - actually first appearance of any kind on the mound for at least 18 months.

Skingles immediately started to get loose but teammates were quick to notice that gleam in Apricots eye and knew we were in for something special.

A couple of runs in the first from a laser shot to the right side compliments of Professor Stewart made sure that Apricots went out to work on the hill nice and comfortable with the early lead. And go to work he did - starting a little shaky it wasn't long before Apricots found the rhythm that made him a force to be reckoned with in the league, a time dating back to the Saints 08-09 centenary year.

With the scores at 3-2 (our way) after 2 it then became a defensive battle in which Hoover Attwell came to the fore sucking up everything that came his way at 3rd base, he was everywhere as Iron Chef Richmond commented he was able to have a quick picnic at SS while Hoover covered what seemed like the entire infield. This performance has finally allowed us to drop the Kiwi moniker and claim Hoover as an Aussie in much the same manner as anything else worthy of claiming that comes out of NZ (Russell Crowe, Crowded House, Pavlova, Phar Lap and Pineapple Lumps just to name a few).

Into the sixth we go, still 3-2 with Apricots throwing up donuts and racking up K's and Hoover taking care of all the other outs we needed someone to spark the bats offensively - That man was Timmy Boundy who took their lefty starter's count deep before lacing a shot to right field and igniting the rally. Hoover followed up with a single, Big Shed Gibson hit one that was too hot for their SS to handle, Cupboards Thornquest walked, Wordsmith Horne came up huge with a shot up the middle scoring multiple runners and Iron Chef busted it wide open with a double picking up another 2 runs. Wall Lemon then welcomed their new pitcher to the mound with some warning track power and unfortunately they must have seen the tapes on him this season as they had their Leftfielder standing on the fence ready to take care of the threat which he did. The Professor kept the inning alive with his second hit of the game and boy did he let everyone know about it - Hopefully that keeps Spider off your back for at least a week!

Apricots rolled through the bottom of the sixth with ease and then helped himself out with the bat in the 7th ripping one to CF and managing quite gracefully to turn a stand up double into a single as only he could. Big Shed then got called out for stepping over the plate to pull a ball to the right side?? Work that one out.... Not to worry because Cupboards and Wordsmith then picked him up and had back-to-back singles to knock one more run in. Skinpop Wayne was obviously at the gym prior to the game as he swung the bat hard and surprised everyone with his opposite field power, unlucky not to get it over the Right fielders head. He must've been inspired by Sticks Martini's effort last week.

Bottom of the 7th up 9-3 and there's no way Apricots would even give the ball to Mariana Rivera to close this one out. Digging deep into his arsenal, Apricots gets the first hitter to fly out to LF with Big Shed covering huge amounts of ground to track it down. Then things get a little hairy with a couple of errors giving the Dodgers a sniff and sensing that Apricots arm was now hanging by a thread they try to run home on a ball in the dirt... bad move with Boundy's cat-like reflexes spinning around, chasing it down and hitting Apricots on the button with a play at the plate. Apricots then got himself out of the jam with a huge K2 to end the threat and the game.

Solid team effort fellas.... Just what we need to get the W's, everyone picking each other up and doing the 1%ers to get over the line.

Hits: Horne 3, Martens 2, Stewart 2, Packer 2, Richmond 1 (2b), Thornquest 1, Boundy 1, Attwell 1,

Saturday -31 January 2015- Sturt 9 Def East Torrens 7

Well another perfect day as the boys arrived at the clubhouse to see the Divvy 5 boys get up and provide the inspiration needed to get off to a good start in our game.

Fresh off a rare victory we found ourselves up against the in-form and top four team East Torrens. Always mixing it with the best this year and falling short we needed to get the monkey off our back and claim the scalp of a legitimate contender. Two of our top hitters in Wordsmith Horne and Iron Chef Richmond being late withdrawals meant that a few of the guys needed to pick up the slack.

A quick chat to Jimmy the umpire prior to the game confirmed that the DH was an option for us and made the pitching decision easy for Martini. Back from his bout of Shingles, Skingles Wayne was given the ball and was told to funk it up all day. That he did, keeping the ET hitters off balance and bamboozling bats with his off-the-table curveball. It wasn't until the 3rd and 4th that we finally managed to give him some run support behind some solid hitting from Timmy Boundy, Cupboards Thornquest, Martini Martens, Wall Lemon, Apricots Packer and Scar Tissue Clifford with the last 4 names mentioned mashing doubles along the way.

This allowed the battery of long-time friends Skingles and Wall (who lost a battle of rock-paper-scissors with Boundy for catching duties before the game) to go to work and get aggressive with the ET hitters. A couple of rockets fired over to second and third saw the Redsox steal signal get put away for the rest of the afternoon.

Heading into the 6th with a 7-2 lead East Torrens decided to make their move, albeit with a fair bit of help from our side defensively. A walk, a hit, an error or two and before we knew it the game was starting to come undone. Skingles was busting his butt up on the hill and after not getting the help he needed defensively he reluctantly gave the ball to Big Shed Gibson with the bases loaded to close it out. Another couple of cheap hits and another error before Big Shed got angry and fanned their power hitter to end the threat but the Redsox managed to lock up the game at 7-7.

Enter the bottom of the 6th and it was win or draw - knowing we needed a run to win the boys went to work with DH Martini picking a walk (some would say intentionally), Apricots Packer lacing a single over shortstop to give us 1st and 2nd occupied with none out and Big Shed up at the plate. After ignoring the signal to do the team thing which was bunt and move the runners over, Big Shed decided to crush the ball just over the pitchers head and into the pivot void area where he ran out the infield single with ease. Bases loaded none out and none other than the Professor Daz Stewart at the plate.

Working the count deep he then created mass confusion by getting struck out on a ball in the dirt, then running up to first distracting the catcher and giving Martini the opportunity to steal home and take the lead. Unbelievable baseball smarts from a true veteran of the team. Asked after the game what he was thinking on that play the Professor replied 'That sort of stuff just can't be taught, it's a gift that comes naturally in pressure situations'. However, off camera he was overheard saying that he didn't realise it was an automatic out with a runner on first and just ran anyway.

After this, Wall picked a walk and loaded them up again for Hoover/Sieve Attwell (who was having a game to forget defensively)to give us an insurance run on a deep sacrifice fly to right field.

That was enough for Jimmy to see as he declared time and game giving us the Victory. The streak now stands at a whopping two-in-a-row!

A great team effort with everyone contributing. This is what is needed to see us keep chalking up the W's and mess up a few teams finals hopes along the way.

Look out Adelaide next week - we should be in fine form after the Annual Sturt Saints Quiz Night.

A massive thank you to Karen Tindall who trekked all over Adelaide to help us out with the scoring. Very much appreciated and it's refreshing to have a legible scoresheet after our guys had been doing it recently.

Hits: Martens 3 (2b), Packer 2 (2b), Boundy 2, Lemon 1 (2b), Clifford 1 (2b), Thornquest 1, Gibson 1, Attwell 1.

Division 5 (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt 18 d Flinders 10

To stay in touch with the top 4 this was a game we needed to win and during the week we started with a full squad of 12 players., but by game time we were down to the bare 9. Much of this was because of Flinders playing for sheep stations. Mark 'Pop' Burns and Chris 'Smally' Small were going to share the umpiring duties with Pop doing the first half but Flinders kicked up a stink and said that we had to use one umpire only, Division 5 and Flinders with 2 wins for the season sitting 8th on the ladder out of 9 teams. Well done Flinders.

First innings and the first Flinders batter bunts to be thrown out on a close play at first and yes you guest it Flinders are not happy, but in baseball when you are out you are out. We then let Flinders off the hook and with our heads still spinning from them about the umpire and a few errors we allow them to get 5 runs. After side away Don 'Wulffy' Wulff comes in and has a chat with us, his final words being we are better than that.

Our first at bat, we got our heads back in the game and Norm 'Wild thing' Sluga was first up, safe on first after an error by third base, he then steals second, Glenn 'Doc' Young hits to 2nd for a ground out and Wild Thing goes to third on the play. Wulffy up and he hits to right field and scores Wild Thing, Wulffy steals 2nd, Smally hits a hit ball to left field only to have the fielder run in a long way fall over and see the ball bounce over his head for a safe hit, Wulffy advances to 3rd. Ben 'Shrek' Colyer sac fly's to centre to score Wulffy, Trent 'Junior' Small is HPB and Adrian 'Fame' Hill hits to 3rd who has a wild throw and Fame ends up at 2nd, Matt 'Frankie' Franke welcome back after a long injury gets a BB, Rick 'Rat' Trembath hits to left field and we are back to the top, Wild Thing skies a big infield fly that the pitcher is under only to miss it and Wild Thing is safe at first, Doc then hits threw short stop to score our 7th run which brings up side away maximum runs scored. End of 1st innings 7 - 5 up.

Over the next two innings we put on one run to make it 8 - 5, Flinders do not trouble the scorer.

Flinders get 2 runs to in the top of the 4th only for us to to get 4, the Rat has his third safe hit and still batting a 1000 for the day. Score 12 - 7 up

In the top of the 5th Flinders manage another 2 runs while we are three up and three down. Score now 12 - 9 up and time left for them to pinch the game.

In the 6th we go and Flinders get another one to make it 12 - 10 and if they can get three up and down again we would play the last.

Bottom the 6th and fame up first, safe hit to left field, Frankie sky's out to centre, Rat doubles to centre and scores Fame, Wild Thing fly's out to left, Doc hits to centre, Wulffy gets a BB, bases loaded and Smally single up the middle to score 2, Shrek hits a double to centre to score 1, Junior singles to right field to score 1. We manage to make 6 runs and time and game is called with the final score being 18 - 10 win and keeps us in touch with the top 4.

Pitchers: Rick 'Rat Trembath all 6 innings 86 pitches for 60 strikes, 5K's and no BB's

Safe Hits: Wild Thing 1 from 5, Doc 3 from 5, Wulffy 2 from 3, Smally 2 from 5, Shrek 3 from 5, Junior 1 from 4, Fame 2 from 5, Frankie 0 from 4, Rat 4 from 4 batting a 1000

Thanks to Pop for umpiring and he has done more than his fair share this season and to Carol for scoring, also thanks to our usual supporters, great to see you can come and have a laugh at us old blokes.

Go The Saints

Division 7 (Coach: Phil Martin)

Sturt 9 Glenelg 22 at Glenelg

The score line doesn't really reflect how we played at the Bay - Glenelg were just a bit too good for us this time.

Chris "Hoops" Tompson put in a brave effort on the mound against some pretty loud bats before being relieved by Adrian "Fame" Hill while Justin "JR" Ranford was as solid as ever behind the plate.

However, our outfield of Justin "Prez" McKinley, Jules "JP" Potiki and Anthony "Big K" Kocza were kept busy, taking some good catches and always hitting the cut off of Phil "Philthy" Martin or Matt "Chewy" Chenoweth. Kingsley "Butterball" Turner was busy at third against some strong pull hitters while Rich "Elvis" Carter started at first before coming to the bench with a turned ankle.

We hit well - 9 RBIs against a team like Glenelg isn't too shabby - and our defence was pretty clean; it was just that they kept finding the holes.

Thanks as ever to Heather for scoring and to Fame for helping out.

Hits: Ranford 2, Potiki 3 (1 RBI), Martin 3 (3), Turner 1 (1), McKinley 1 (2), Chenoweth 1 (1), Hill 2 (1)

Pitching: Thompson 16 batters 27/36 1K, Hill 27 batters 29/45 2Ks

Under 19 (Coach: Mitch Dawson)

Woodville 8 defeated Sturt 6

Although this game goes down as a loss it doesn't truly reflect how well the boys played.

Unfortunately some erratic pitching in the first innings allowed Woodville to get a 5 run jump on us and it proved just too much to claw back against quality opposition.

Tyson Hancock opened the pitching and had a day he'd rather forget.

Brodie Macbeth came in to relieve with bases loaded and none out and proceeded to strike out the next batter, followed by a great double play from Mitch Lightbody at shortstop to get out of the first 5 runs down.

Brodie pitched well for his 3 innings, throwing 67% strikes with 5 strike outs and only two safe hits.

Damon Arnold took the mound for the final 3 innings and also threw well with two strike outs and allowing only 2 hits.

With the bat Jordan McArdle was clearly the stand-out hitting 4 from 4 including 3 doubles and a home run.

The rest of the team also hit well, finishing with nine safe hits for the game.

Apart from the first innings we outplayed Woodville for the rest of the game and it shows that we have what it takes to beat anyone in the competition.

Hits: McArdle 4, Lightbody 2, Dawson 1, Trembath 1, Arnold 1

RBI's: McArdle 3, Trembath 2, Lightbody 1

Under 17/1 (Coach: Matt MacBeth)

First game back for the New Year and the boys were a bit slow and rusty to start the game

We had Damo start the game and he did what he does best and threw strikes, got ahead in the count and allowed no hits through his 4 innings of work.

The hitting this week was quite poor for the high standards we have set throughout the year with minimal adjustment in the box to different speeds of pitching. We still accumulated 10 hits for the game but we were helped with some fielding errors which allowed us to score majority of our runs.

Tom Bartley also made his second appearance on the mound in the Division 1 side and pitched well again throwing two innings for 3 strikeouts and kept our team no hitter which is always a rare thing.

Plenty of work to do still but things looking positive for finals time!

HIts: Arnold, Knuckey, Dawson, Ottaway 2, Adkins Peters 1

Under 17/2 (Coach:John McClure)

West Torrens 3 2 5 3 13
Sturt 7        1 0 2 10

West Torrens defeated Sturt 13-10 in what was a "funny" game on a day of "funny" weather. Forecast of 23 and it felt like 15 standing on 3rd with just shorts and tee shirt watching the crowd huddle in rugs and jackets. Misty rain at times and a good breeze certainly didn't feel like summer.

The ground looked a peach and the lads took the field at 10am for the first match of the second half of the season. The top of the first was a reflection of many of our games this season. 4 walks, a hit batter, an error and just the one hit and we trailed 3-0 after 43 pitches. Mmmm not the start we were looking for. The bottom of the first was one for the ages. The boys came out swinging the bats with our best innings of the season. 5 hits including a James Last triple and an Austin McClure double saw us score the maximum 7 runs with 2 outs. Suddenly the game didn't seem too bad.

Top of the second began with another hit batter and a safe hit to see runners on first and second. What I would describe as a backwards fielder's choice double by intrepid third baseman James Last saw 2 outs with a runner on first. Three hits later the score was 7-5. Highlight of the bottom of the second was a cracker triple from Conor McClure scoring Brandon Weber but unfortunately getting tagged out at home by a greedy third base coach going for another run. 8-5.

The pitching woes continued in the third with a club record (I made that up) 6 walks and a hit batter plus one hit saw us give up 5 runs to trail 8-10. It wasn't that the pitching was that woeful - it wasn't. It's just that we lost most of the battles in the batting box. Of all the walks our pitchers issued there was just the one 4 ball walk. Not an excuse but just saying. More of a credit to the opposition hanging in. A double to Riley Mills was the only batting highlight of our third visit to the batter's box and the score remained 8-10 with us trailing going into the last.

The last innings saw 5 runs scored by both teams with just the one earned run. Our pitchers learnt today of the changed conditions at Sturt with wild throws from attempted pick offs at first no longer result in one base with the ball now staying in play. Poor pick off attempts proved costly a couple of times. Anyway West Torrens scored another 3 and we were only able to get a couple back and lost the game 13-10.

Our pitchers were rusty and it showed giving 11 walks to 4 probably being the difference in the finish. The WT boys hit well at times but no better than us with the hits going 9 apiece. We made more errors in the field and that as they say that was the ball game. Best wishes to Tyrese who had a nasty fall on his push bike during the week necessitating a last minute substitution with Reed Stewart coming into the side. Thanks for making the effort to come down and watch. Get well soon.

Special thanks to Wallace Long for umpiring. As a club we need more people to put their hands up to umpire instead of just a few and I'm talking about past players, current players and parents. It's a pain in the you know what making heaps of calls during the week to try and find an umpire. We need to improve as a club in this area.

Hits: Conor McClure 2 (3B), Tyler Duchene 2, James Last (3B), Austin McClure (2B), Riley Mills (2B), Brandon Weber, Reed Stewart

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

Sturt 13 d Woodville 1

Ky Matthews-Hampton went 4 for 4, homering twice and driving in six runs while Harrison Knuckey continued his blazing hot season at the plate as the Saints comfortably took care of business downing a youthful Woodville Senators team 13-1 at Findon. Three Sturt pitchers combined to yield only two hits in a solid all round performance by the team.

On a cool and blustery day, the benefits of Ky and Harry having trained and played through the long break with the U16 State team were obvious in their hitting while the remainder of the lineup used the game to try to re-establish their swings.

The Saints jumped out to a 4 run lead in the first with a leadoff walk to Sam Bennetts, singles by Harry and Ky and a nice shot through the centrefield cones for a ground rule double by Aussie McClure. A couple fielding gaffs by Woodville helped complete the scoring. The boys added 3 more in the second with doubles by Reed Stewart and Harry, followed by a Ky line drive over the left centre field cones that he scooped with a smooth stroke at shin level for homer #1. Aussie then finished a solid 2 inning workout on the hill having notched up 5 strikeouts while walking none.

A double by Harry and singles by Ky and Nick Borrello pushed two more across in the 4th inning to open up a 9-1 lead. Nick toed the rubber for the 15/1s for the first time this season and did a credible job holding the Senators to 1 run over two innings while showing plenty of pop on the ball..

In the Saints final at bat in the top of the fifth, Andrew Brennan opened the inning with a sharp single to right with the scoring culminating with Ky's towering 3 run bomb, again to left centre, for homer #2 of the game and his 3rd in the last 2 games. Josh Wilson also struck form with a booming double to straightaway centre to wrap up the hitting line for the Saints.

Ky was brought in to pitch the 5th and get some much needed work in the leadup to the finals. After surrendering a leadoff single, Ky sandwiched a couple strikeouts around a beautiful diving catch in left centre by Reed that, among the more well seasoned fans in the crowd, evoked memories of the Mets' Ron Swoboda in the 1969 World Series. For those who may not have seen it at the time check it out on YouTube!

Solid hitting and pitching and no errors = happy Knucks. A very well played game by the boys for which they have a right to be proud. Next Sunday at Adelaide we start a busy stretch of 3 games in 8 days to wind up the regular season. Let's keep it rolling.

Hits: Ky Matthews-Hampton (2 x HR) 4, Harry Knuckey (2 x 2B) 3, Reed Stewart (2B), Josh Wilson (2B), Austin McClure (2B), Nick Borrello, Andrew Brennan 1 each

RBI: Ky Matthews-Hampton 6, Harry Knuckey 2, Austin McClure, Reed Stewart, Nick Borrello 1 each

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Andrew Vidale)

Gawler 16 defeated Sturt 3
Gawler: 4 0 2 3 3 4 (16)
Sturt:   0 0 0 3 0 0 (3)

Sunday afternoon found us at Norman Reserve battling it out against the giants from the north in the 1st game back after a long Christmas break.

In a game that what was wonderfully exciting, and sometimes entertaining (read frustrating) to watch, the Saints displayed some moments of absolute defensive brilliance, but alas couldn't find their feet at bat. Although Gawler batted well, a few defensive brain fades at key moments saw us give away far more runs than we should have.

Top of the 1st and Josh took the mound for Sturt. One walk and a Rangers team clearly wanting an early lead saw the 1st 4 batters across the plate in a fiery start, including one home run before we had even begun to settle into the game. We recomposed, and with a run out at 1st and two Ks put the brakes on to hold the Rangers at 4. At bat we were clearly still reeling from the opening assault, the Rangers pitching was erratic, but two walks, three K's and no score tells the story of our batting efforts and was an omen of things to come.

Into the 2nd innings and we were on fire in the field! A strike out, followed by a great infield fly catch by Lachlan at 2nd, then a slick throw from Joel at short stop dispatched the Rangers without scoring and suddenly it looked like we had a real chance to get back their lead. Alas, we'd still not found our batting mojo and three K's later we were heading back out to field still trailing 0-4.

Into the 3rd innings and our fielding alternated from inspired to comical. Lachlan continued in fine form with a spectacular running pickup of a hard grounder for the 1st out. The second out went to a pick-up by Hamish at 1st and Josh closed out the innings with another strike-out. Unfortunately, in between the good plays, a few wild throws and a lack of backing up cost us another 2 runs and we headed into the bottom of the 3rd chasing a 0-6 lead. Back to the top of the order, and although Patrick finally got bat to ball for our 1st hit of the day we were quickly retired for no score again.

The 4th innings saw Max replace Josh on the hill. But once again, despite another inspired fielding display by Lachlan, plus one K and a put out to Max, wild throws and a lack of backing up were our undoing and the Rangers took advantage to keep running bases and added 3 more runs to widen the gap to 9-0. Bottom of the 4th brought us a moment of glory and a huge boost to morale. A change of pitcher loaded bases for us with 3 walks, and with 2 out, Joaquin - fresh off the bench, stepped up to the plate and clobbered the 1st pitch almost out of the ground to right field bringing in 3 runs.

The 5th inning saw Max retire with a sore elbow and Michael take to over to see out the game. Alas, it was ground hog day. At bat we were dispatched scoreless in both the 5th and 6th. In the field, despite two K's and a pick off at 1st to Michael and a spectacular catch by Max at right field we were repeatedly undone by wild throws and silly plays which the Rangers took full advantage of to increase the lead to 16-3.

Overall, it was a really exciting game to watch when it all came together and man of the match is a tie between Lachlan's inspired fielding at 2nd and Joaquin's oh-so-close-but-not-quite-there grand slam in the 4th!

Runs: Max, Lachlan, Luke 1 each
RBI: Joaquin 3

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Tony Catt)

Little League 1 - Sturt (U13) 24 d Port Adelaide 4

Little League 2 - Sturt (U13) (Coach: Ben Seekamp)

Sturt 16 defeated Gawler 4 We came back from the break a little out of sorts and to make it worse we had to play the game with 8 players. Unfortunately Gawler was too far away for someone to be able to play two games!

We went into the first innings and scored the maximum 5 runs. Emma Dawson, Zac Becker, Will Jordan and Harry Chaplin all getting a hit. We then scored 1 in the second innings and 5 in the third and forth. Emma picked up her second hit for the day, Zac another two, Lachie Seekamp, Tyler Stephens and Luke Warburton with one each. Every one on the team got at least one hit. Will Jordans' big hit to centre field was the hit of the day!

Our pitching was pretty good. Zac started and pitched very well giving up just two hits. Luke took over in the third and was extremely accurate needing just 40 pitches to get through two innings. He pitched 23 strikes and gave up just two hits.

The fielding was also good considering the break. Will Jordans made a great play diving at third to make the out at 1st. Lachie and Will shared the catching duties and both did a terrific job.

Despite the comprehensive win the team did well to remain focussed and motivated. Well done team.

Little League 2-Saints (U13) (Coach: John Eckert)

East Torrens 16 defeated Saints 0

A very rusty start to the new year with the game getting away from us early and then not being able to apply the offensive pressure needed to recover. Highlights were Jake Mossman and Lachlan Fisher throwing many strikes and only allowing 5 walks between them all game. Conversely that meant we were constantly under pressure fielding but both Charley Finnis and new player Max Barnard took great outfield catches. Jamie Vidale caught one of his best games with some great pick ups and a home plate tag out that finish the game. To our credit we played out the match with determination and held the opposition scoreless the last two innings, but we still need to clear out the cobwebs before next week.

Hits: Jake Mossman 2, Baxter Eckert 1,

Little League Sturt (U11) (Coach: Stan Warrilow )

Tigers 13 d Little League Sturt (U11) 1

Funny old day on Sunday, the weather couldn't really work out what it wanted to do and our boys were a little rusty.

Spencer started on the hill and did a pretty good job against the Tiger hitters.

4 walks, 2 strikeouts and a few lucky hits saw the Tigers post a 5 run innings.

We started our hitting with Myles smashing one straight to their 2nd baseman for the 1st out, then a walk to Ryder, who was moved over by a nice ground ball from Spencer for the 2nd out, who then scored an a great line drive hit up the middle by Samson.

That was about it for us for the rest of the game until Brad finished off with a great hit to centre field in the last innings.

Ryder pitched a fantastic 2nd innings keeping the Tigers to only 1 run with 2 strikeouts.

He started the 3rd innings with a nice strikeout before being replaced by Samson

who gave his all but the Tigers still managed to post a 4 run innings.

Samson started the 4th innings with a strikeout and was replaced by Darcy who did a great job and got some much needed game time on the mound, Darcy finished off with 2 strikeouts for his efforts.

The Tiger pitching and fielding was far too good for us today and they showed us why they are the top team this year.

Overall we gave them too many walks and that's how they scored most of their runs.

In the batters box we had too many strikeouts and we chased lots of bad pitches.

Lets get out to training on Tuesday and get some more practice as we look to improve again

Hits - Samson, Brad 1 each

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