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Historic home opener
IN their first-ever home game, the
Waikerie Black Sox showed fans why
they remain unbeaten going into round
With an aggressive style of baseball,
Black Sox head coach Billy Vincent lives
with the green light on.
"With the speed we have, we are going to
steal until they throw us out, and then we
are going to steal some more," he said.
"It's great that we won and to see the
town get behind us like they have, both with
corporate sponsorships and fan attendance.
"But what I'm most proud of is the way
our fans have supported a great cause,
raising over $500 for Ayesha Stone and her
Ayesha Stone is a year 8 student at Waik-
erie High School currently receiving cancer
treatment in Adelaide and staying at the
Ronald McDonald House.
"It was a great atmosphere here to-
night and a great turnout," said Riverland
Baseball League president and home plate
umpire Dave Adams.
"It's pretty clear the Waikerie Black Sox
are supported by this community in all sorts
Berri head coach and base umpire Nick
Kuhn agreed that the Waikerie game was a
"Anne Leahy's amazing rendition of
the Australian national anthem, and the
music throughout the game set the tone
for an amazing atmosphere at the ballpark
tonight," he said.
The Black Sox, however, did not make it
easy for themselves.
In all of their games thus far this season,
the Black Sox have trailed for most of the
game, and Friday night was no exception.
A shaky start by first-time player and
starting pitcher Damian Stevens quickly
resulted in three runs by Berri and, just
as the weather clouds gathered, the game
However, the never-say-quit attitude that
is quickly becoming the trademark of the
young Black Sox club saw the game tied
after the end of the first inning.
A massive hit to the deep left field by
Stevens saw the fans on their feet with a rau-
cous cheer, with a somewhat questionable
decision as to whether the ball had cleared
the fence for a home run or not.
Stevens, not knowing whether to jog or
sprint, was caught off third base and made
it home on two error throws by Berri.
Stevens's effort recorded the club's first
ever home run, albeit an 'in the parker'.
Stevens went on to settle down in his
pitching debut, quickly recording a 1-2-3
second and third inning, with solid defence
backing him up.
"All of our outfielders tonight made great
catches tonight," Mr Vincent said.
"The combination of Glen Schreiber,
Grant van Rooyen and Mitchell White are as
good of any defending outfield in the league.
"Schreiber followed Stevens's massive hit
with one of his own and makes a spectacu-
lar catch every game."
Excellent pitching by Gavin Wilson to
relieve Stevens kept the Black Sox in the
game up to the very end.
Going into their last inning at bat, the
Black Sox trailed Berri by a run, but the
team broke the game wide open, recording
seven runs scored and enacting a league
mercy rule seldom seen, with umpire Dave
Adams declaring 'side away'.
"Stolen bases by our two oldest and slow-
est players, Wilson and Mick Wallace, is a
testament to their experience in the game
and being able to read the pitcher and his
delivery to the plate," Mr Vincent said.
Stefan Best excelled at short stop, making
two exceptional plays to keep the game close.
Phil Valentine played his usual excellent
defence at first base and was cleaned up by a
base runner while fielding an off-line throw.
Valentine, who the showed quality
sportsmanship that has guided him for de-
cades on the cricket oval, laughed it off by
claiming "mate, I've been hit much harder
on a footy field".
The Black Sox are currently sitting alone
in second place in the Riverland Baseball
League with a record of 3-0-1, and will face
their toughest test this season going against
league leading Berri 1 on Friday night.
Come out and support Grant van Rooyen
in his pitching debut. The game starts at
6.30pm at Glassey Park in Berri.
Mr Vincent thanked Waikerie Hotel
Motel manager Andrew Tyson for his
support of the local baseball team and for
throwing out the first pitch on Friday.
Another home game will be held on the
Waikerie football oval on Friday, November
28, at 8pm.
Hitting: Aaron Best 0 for 2 with a walk and two
runs scored with 2 SBs. Damian Stevens 2 for 3, HR
with two runs scored and 2SBs. Glen Schrieber 1 for
2, with a walk and run scored, with 3 SBs. Mick Wal-
lace 1 for 3, with 2 SBs and a run scored. Stefan Bes:
0 for 0, with a walk and a run scored.Phil Valentine
0 for 2, with a walk. Mitchell White 0 for 2, walk, run
scored, 2 SBs. Gavin Wilson 0 for 0, 2 walks, run
scored, two SBs. Grant van Rooyen 0 for 0, HBP, run
Pitching: Damian Stevens 3 ings, 3 runs scored
against, 1 K. Gavin Wilson 2 ings, 1 run scored
against, 1 K.
Fielding: Only two errors made.
RIVERLAND BASEBALL LEAGUE RESULTS
Safe hits: Waikerie -- D. Stevens 2, G. Schrieber, M.
Wallace, M. White. Berri Two -- P. Spilios, N. Stevens.
Safe hits: Berri Three -- R. Beviss 2, H. Beviss, R.
Pallot, K. Karpany, D. Gregory, J. Thomson. Renmark
Safe hits: Renmark -- D. Grenfell, B. Harding, M. Owen
2, D. Beer, S. Healy, D. Tregeagle, J. Perry. Lyrup -- K.
Lloyd, C. Thiele, E. Langcake, B. Tanner, T. Parmentor.
Trials attract fastest
over 500m at airstrip
THE South Australian
Timing Association (SATA)
held its first speed trials at the
Waikerie airstrip on Saturday, in
preparation for its national event
The trials attracted drivers from
across the country, including com-
petitors from Queensland, Victoria,
Adelaide, Gawler, Cleve, Nuriootpa and
SATA president David Pluckhahn
said the event hosted 30 competitors,
and many of them broke records in
their respective classes.
"We had a great response from
competitors," he said. "They were very
happy with the event, and we had lots
of positive feedback.
"Several records were broken
during the day, but Mark Clifford, from
Mackay in Queensland, was the fastest
with 161mph over 500m.
"His Mustang was a big drawcard
because it is so fast."
Mr Pluckhahn said the event was
a chance for drivers to test their ve-
hicles in the lead-up to the national
"It was great to be able to get the
cars out of the shed and prepare them
for the national event next year," he
"We used the event as an opportu-
nity to raise money for our permanent
site on Ziegler Road in Waikerie.
"The trials also showcased the cars
to locals who would normally not have
a chance to see them."
JOHN Moss, of Eyre Peninsula,
racing in the South Australia Timing
Association speed trials held at the
SHANE Gaghan, of Adelaide, participating in the
MARK Clifford, of Queensland, broke a record in
his red Mustang, travelling 161mph over 500m.
PHOTOS: Jayme Koch
Charity golf day for hospital
A CHARITY golf day to raise money
to purchase a cuddle cot for the Waikerie
Hospital will be held on Sunday, November 30.
The fundraiser will be held at the Waikerie
Golf and Country Club, with registrations open
from 8.30am and a shotgun start from 9.30am.
Competition entry costs $30 per head and in-
cludes a three-person ambrose and a sausage sizzle
at 1pm. The new cuddle cot will be purchased via
the Emerikus Land Foundation.
The foundation is in honour of Sherri-Leigh
and Ben Land's daughter, Emerikus, who died
from a placental abruption on March last year.
Organisers of the event aim to raise awareness
about placental abruption during pregnancy, and
$4500 for the purchase of the cuddle cot. For more
information on the Emerikus Land Foundation,
visit the website (www.emerikuslandfoundation.
org.au) or contact event organisers David or Skye
Tuckey on 0458 597 145 or 0487 162 037.
WAIKERIE GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB RESULTS
Tuesday, November 11
Winner C. Fridd, 38.
Wednesday, November 12
Winner S. Kupneinski 47, runner-up R. Watkins 40, third T.
Neideck 40. Nearest to the pin: S. Kupneinski. Longest drive: J.
Schober. Eagle: T. Neideck.
Saturday, November 15
Division one: Winner D. Fechner 73/66, runner-up J. Schumann
81/70. Division two: Winner Billy Lane 88/67, runner-up S. McK-
innon 101/68. Ladies: Winner: K. Watkins 92/75, runner-up G.
Strauss 114/77. Men's longest drive: G. Francis, D. Fechner. NTP:
S. Quinn, R. Thompson.
Speedway drivers gearing up
SUNLINE Speedway fires into action this
Saturday night with the first meeting of
the 2014/15 season, and drivers are keen to
sample the new-look track surface for the
Headlining the program will be the return of
the 360 Sprintcars as they contest round four of
their Country Series while also competing for the
Scotcher Race Fuels & Oils Gold Cup.
Junior Sedans will be racing for points in the
first round of their Track Championship and the
Robert Gwynne Perpetual Trophy.
Modified Sedans, Super Sedans, Wingless
Sprints and Modlites will round out the program.
Gates open at 4pm, with racing to commence at
6pm. Adult tickets are $20, concession $15, families
$45 and children $5. For more information, keep up
to date on the Sunline Speedway website and Face-
book page. Those wanting to contact the promoters
directly should phone Rob Stevens on 0412 474 289.
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