Rounding Third By Line Drive July 17th 2018

Hello and welcome to the mid winters edition of Rounding Third. Over the past few weeks Line Drive has had his winters hiatus. He returned this week to find out what the folk down at Wangaratta Rangers Baseball Club have been up to the on and off the diamond. Since the last edition, Rangers Black and Orange have had mixed fortunes. Rangers Black dropped their first game of the year being blanked 10-0 by a very good Bears Green outfit. Since then they have ground out two wins over Benalla Bandits 18-8 and the past weekend defeating bears Gold 15-1. The latter result does not show how tight this game was until the Rangers offences, lead by Tetsu Kamiyama woke out of a Sunday morning slumber to break the game open late in the 5th inning.
    Rangers Orange have had three pretty good weeks. First of all they got the win over Bears Gold and then held on to defeat Porepunkah Panthers 9-8. However they came crashing back to Earth on Sunday going down 25-0 against Bears Green. With scores like that there are always highlights, so keep reading to find out who made the highlight reel this week. Next week rangers play host at Targoora Park on Saturday to Wodonga Warriors. So get down come have a look at some North Eastern Baseball if you are in the area.
Now onto what is going around the place at The Ranch
Lucky ticket this Saturday. Do you have one yet?
    This coming weekend sees the Wangaratta Rangers Baseball/Softball Club’s annual Lucky Ticket night. Hearing from those who have gone in past years, it has always been a cracking night and this year will be no exception. Once again all the regulars will be there but unfortunately, one thing will be missing. The hosts with best tweed sports coats in the North East Scott “Big Daddy” Jenkins and Cam “The Soak” Scott. With those being absent, look for the golden tonsils of Kyle “Gillypop” Gilmore and the one who never misses out, Nathan “Fomo” Pool to step into the breach. Tickets are still available from the club at $25 a piece. Roast beef rolls on the menu. The starts at 6pm at Targoora Park Murdoch Road Wangaratta. Drop the club a line or ask a club member if you  want a ticket.
Slamming Sammy steps up.
    it was a pretty tough going for the Rangers Orange boys and girls in the first few innings of Sunday’s game. Bears pitcher Tom Simmons was on a roll. He was striking out batters at will and those who made contact hit it straight to the Bears Green defense. Three and two thirds innings down not one Rangers Orange player had reached base. Enter number nine hitter Jamie “Slamming Sammy” Samuels who nonchalantly walked up to the plate and stepped into the batters box. Simmons delivered a high fast ball. Slamming Sammy said, “I like the look of that” and swung at the first pitch. Crack! The ball went flat over the head of the second baseman giving centre field no chance of getting to it. Jamie trotted up the line for the first hit of the game for Rangers Orange.The bench erupted with cheers as the perfect game was gone. One thing is for sure that when the next hitter got to the plate there was some serious heat coming their way. The poor batter was young Damien “Damo” French. Let’s just say the next three pitches were fired out at a fair velocity. Still you cannot take the hit away from Slamming Sammy Samuels!
Jamie gets a hit
Did I just get the first hit of the game? Thanks to Brendon French for the image
Dropsy at it again
   . Kelsey “Dropsy” Burder had an interesting game on Sunday. He spent a fair bit of the time on the ground as catcher and once he went to the outfield, he made anything that was routine, not look so routine. His best effort came late in the seventh inning where a simple fly ball buckled him at the knees and he took the catch almost lying down. One thing for sure his quick wit was still there by firing off one liners in reply to his catching ability.  Still, when you look at the score book it says Fly out to 9 (Right Field)
The Rookie
    Oh what are we to call Owen “O” Godenzi? The past weekend the men and women of Rangers Black worked it out. You see the new shirts arrived this weekend and Godenzi has been playing out of the foreign number of 31. However as soon as he slipped on the orange and Back of number 51, O was transformed into the “The Rookie”. The Rookie took to the hill and threw a very good game of baseball.  He went seven innings scattering four hits while striking out five batters. The big swing returned too with The Rookie hitting the ball hard and far into the outfield. Maybe, just maybe, this is the nickname for you number 51?
 
Azza in the name of glove
    Aaron Parker flashed the leather on multiple occasions up at Springdale Heights. First a ripping slips catch followed by some fancy glove work and multiple chances to throw runners out. At one point every time the ball went in the air many players and opposition players just called out “Azza it’s yours”. Way to let your glove do the talking at short stop Azza.
Azza flash the leather
Azza just showing the glove. Thanks to Brendon French for the image
Jenko vs O’Neil
    Scotty Jenkins was his acerbic best as he was throwing plenty of verbal jibes at Shaun “Old School” O’Neil’s ability to play outfield. From memory of the game on Sunday I think Old School played pretty well taking all chances in the field and getting a couple of hits as well. What did Jenko do one wonders? Have a look on Game Changer and you might find out.
Two games to go before finals.
    Yes only two games before finals. The club is calling on you all out there to make the effort come out to training on Thursday nights. This week the Good Doctors are cooking. If you want a good feed come out Thursday night from 6pm. You will not be disappointed.
The trip destination has been revealed.
  This years Rangers end of season trip has a distinctive island theme. Beaches, sand and good times. There may be some go-karting for known rev head Rob “Butts” Seymour. Last Thursday Daniel “The Griff” Griffin revealed that the Rangers are off to Phillip Island! Yes it will be a distinctive party like atmosphere for the road trip down to the penguin parade and the wildlife parks of Cowes. Now what is this years theme? That is yet to be decided. Will all of the big six return for a seventh trip? Start saving those pennies boys and girls as Ranger Ramble VII will be a ripper.
The Spaniard is living the dream
    Everyone’s Favorite Spaniard Angus “Gus” Young is currently making his way around the globe. From what Line Drive understands (via Gus’s Instagram, he is sampling the good life in Croatia. That Croatian football shirt he had on certainly did suit him and looks to be settling into life as the international traveller. Keep having a good time number 21.
 
Anyone seen Beaker?
    Yes Rob “Beaker” Barbour has disappeared again. Nathan “Fomo” Pool inquired about his whereabouts the other night at training. So it might be time to shake the tree again and maybe Beaker might fall out of it. Maybe he will appear this Saturday for the Lucky ticket night in Wangaratta? Any sightings of Beaker please let us know below is a picture of him.
Beaker
Where is Beaker????
Now to club stuff
  • Fees are due. They are cheap. $50 to be direct debited to the club. Message Scotty Jenkins for how to do this
  • Lucky ticket 6pm Saturday night Targoora park. Tickets are $25 and available from club members
  • Games are Saturday vs Wodonga at home. Please place on Team app if you are unavailable this weekend
  • North Eastern Baseball Association Presentation night Friday August 10th North Albury Sports Club. Please let Spinner know by Friday if you wish to attend.
  • Game reports are available on the website http://www.wangarattabaseball.com
Well that is about it for this week. Stay warm and dry and
Go Rangers
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Rounding Third by Line Drive June 27th 2018

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of Rounding Third. Week 9 of the North Eastern Baseball Association was played across the diamonds of the North East of Victoria. This past weekend saw the Rangers ladies and gentlemen head up the Hume to Wodonga, to take on the Wodonga Warriors. Rangers Orange opened the day against Wodonga Warriors White. Rangers jumped out of the blocks, took the lead and never looked troubled by white running out 17-3 winners. In the late game, Rangers Black exploded in the first innings piling on the runs to take a 11-0 lead after the top of the first. Wodonga then knuckled down and played good baseball to slowly claw their way back into the contest. However the damage was already inflicted and the end result saw a 15-3 victory to Rangers Black. Once again the diamond in Wodonga was in tip top condition and the canteen excellent. A huge thank you once again goes to the Ranger supporters who travel week in and week out in all sorts of weather to support the boys and girls. It is greatly appreciated by all the players. Now onto what has been going on down at Ranger Land. I would not be doing it justice if I do not say that plenty has been happening on and off the diamond. So let’s get into it.
Frenchies plays catch.
    While watching and scoring the first game on Sunday it was noted that French was throwing to French. Brendon “Frenchy” French was the pitcher while Damien “Damo” French was the catcher. Frenchy as usual threw a good game while Damo did not put a foot wrong behind the plate. In many other cases of father son pitcher catcher combinations is generally the other way around. One thing for sure is that this may not be the last time this year the French combination is used in Orange. Now how many other instances has this happened over the years of Baseball in Wangaratta? Might be a question to be put to the living legend Kevin Pool. Good stuff team French.
Junior capers.
    In between games at Wodonga over the weekend, the Wangaratta Rangers and Wodonga Warriors invited juniors of all ages to come down have a hit and a run around at Gayview park. It was extremely pleasing to see that there were over twenty kids running around having a hit of baseball out on the ground. Now this may not sound like a big deal but one thing the clubs are looking to push are the juniors. There a few members down at The Ranch thinking about how the club can introduce new players, young and old, to baseball across the North Eastern Baseball Association clubs. If you are reading this and know of anyone who may be interested in coming down for a hit, a catch, and a throw, they are more than welcome to come along. Or if you are just interested in what it is all about come have a look too! Spread the good word about baseball.
Pool puts the Rangers through their paces
    With numbers returning to the track after a couple of weeks off and some poor weather, Coach and media darling Nathan “Rubberarm” Pool decided to split the players into their Orange and Black squads respectively. So half would hit in the cage while the other half had a run around on the diamond. When it came to rangers Black, the boys started out just a little rusty. This frustrated the coach no end and the boys paid by having to do old fashioned push ups. It had been a while since many of the boys had done that many push ups. About half way through the muscle memory returned and the throwing and plays improved remarkably. To finish it off there was a follow the ball activity from Owen “O” Godenzi and this really got the steam coming out form under the caps of Rangers Black. Look back now after the weekend maybe the hard hit out was just what the boys needed as they were flawless in the field and took an 11-0 lead after one inning. One thing is for sure, if you put the work in on the track it helps on game day. Training is from 6pm on Thursdays at Targoora park.
Thursday night tea.
    Last week saw the return of the Thursday night dinner. The schnitzels, mash and gravy served up by The Dinsdale family was sensational. Not to mention there was dessert too. It definitely drew the punters in after training. At one point there was very little noise around the room, as all were tucking in to a great dinner. Thank you very much for that. This week the man who knows his cuts of meat Aaron “Azza” Parker looks to be the chef in control. Last week could be a hard act to follow Azza!
Who’s been seen in what caps?
    There was a bit of discussion around about a couple of ranger players seen in an opposition players cap. Now we are not going to name names as they know who they are, but just be aware the custodian of the tin is not impressed. So look for a fair old fashioned penalty coming the way of the said individuals. That’s all I am going to say on that.
Soak makes it to 100 
    It has only taken 11 years but a big well done has to go to Line Drive’s good friend Cam “The Soak” Scott, who played his 100th game for Wangaratta over the weekend. It did come to the Soak as a bit of a surprise and he had no idea what his wife Lauren “Mrs Soak” Scott, was up to on Saturday arvo. The Soak thought it was nice that Mrs Soak was telling him to go out to footy or down the street. So finally after some persuasion The Soak headed out. Even on Sunday before baseball in Wodonga he had no idea of what was going on. In the final pep talk, Coach Pool let Cam know it was his hundreth game and he turned around to a banner that was made for him. “Congratulations the Soak on your hundredth game. You have a social life of an 18 year old so that’s why it has taken so long for you to reach the milestone” commented Coach Pool. Lucky for his supporters who came over from Yarrawonga for the game, Cam had a good day out on the diamond. One thing for sure is that he is very humbled and appreciative of the kind wishes sent his way this week.
 
O’Neil update
    This week Shaun “Old School” O’Neil batted ninth and played nine in the field. For those who do not know that position, it is right field. He was up to his old school shenanigans out there by finally being able to call Ross “Smoko” Johnson across to catch a fly ball which was clearly in right field. The pitcher did remark at one stage to a first baseman “Gee Old School is moving well out there”. Wonder what story Old School will bring to the table next week.
Round ten baseball in Wanagratta.
    This coming round of baseball will be an absolute cracker. In the early game at Targoora Park rangers Orange take on Bears Gold followed by the top of the table clash between Rangers Black and Bears Green. The first meeting for the year saw Rangers Black sneak over the line with a hard fought victory. Look for Bears green to bring their A game to topple Rangers Black and put themselves back at the top of the ladder. Rangers Black will scrap and fight right to the very end on Sunday afternoon. If you are in the area come down and have a look. Full canteen and bar will be in operation. First pitch in the late game is 2:15pm.
Very happy Ranger news
    The Ranger family has grown by one. Man of the beard and all round good guy Scott “Grumpy” Jenkins is now a dad! Jenko and his lovely partner Jodie have welcomed into the world on Sunday a little girl by the name of Poppy Carol Jenkins. Mum and bub are doing well. From all of us at Wangaratta Rangers Congratulations to Jodie and Scott. I think the boys and girls of the Ranger faithful will catch up with you soon for a soda water or two to celebrate.
Think I will finish on that very splendid news!
Now to the club stuff
  • Training this Thursday from 6pm. Azza has kindly volunteered to cook for the crew this week. Thanks Azza. If interested answer to the poll on the Rangers Facebook page
  • This weeks games are at home in Wangaratta. If you are unavailable please place it on team app. As said before, the more information the better and more accurate we can put teams out each week
  • New playing caps available See Butts for one
  • Lucky tickets available. Ask the club member for one for the 21st of July. Games to be played on the Saturday before the draw.
  • Fees due- get the banking details from Jenko to pay your fees.
  • Want a Dad joke? Go see king of Dad jokes, Jason “Sunscreeen” Jonker for one. He is happy to help you out. (Jenko it’s time to take note)
  • Rangers vs NASC Bears this Sunday. Canteen and bar in operation. Help out Griff by doing a shift in the canteen
  • Ranger Ramble VII October 19-21
  • Follow us on Twitter @wangrangers and teamapp Wangaratta Rangers http://www.wangarattabaseball.com
Go Jenko, Jodie and Poppy and, as per usual,
Go Rangers.

Rounding Third by Line Drive June 20th 2018

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of Rounding Third. Baseball has returned to the diamonds of the North Eastern Baseball Association after the Queens Birthday. The men and women headed down the Hume to Benalla over the past weekend to play Benalla and Porepunkah respectively. In the early game Rangers Orange jumped out to an early lead against the hosts Benalla Bandits. The game was played hard and played fair with Benalla eventually coming out on top. The final score was 12-9 Bandits way. The weather slowly improved over the course of the day and by the late game, the weather was quite pleasant. In a topsy turvy tussle where Porepunkah were on top early, the Rangers fought back, then to see Porepunkah draw level. Finally Rangers Black got the job done in a very workman like manner. The end result was Rangers Black 12 defeating Porepunkah Panthers 10. Once again thank you very much to Benalla Bandits hospitality. To our loyal supporters who came along to watch the game in rather cool conditions. We do appreciate your support. Now onto what has been happening down at the Ranch.
Rangers Represent    
    The State winter championships were run and won over the long weekend down in Geelong. The North East team once again acquitted themselves well against the other winter associations. The boys fought hard all weekend and went unbeaten in the division two final against Sunraysia. After Sunraysia got out to an early lead the North East boys went to work whittling down the lead. A late innings fightback narrowed the margin but unfortunately they ran out of time and Sunraysia were the winners on the day. From all accounts it was another cracking weekend of baseball in Geelong. To the Ranger guys Nathan Pool, Aaron Parker, Ross Johnson, Rob Seymour and Tetsuya Kamiyama, support crew and families who went away, great job and till next time.
Season part two is here.
    Part two of the 2018 North Eastern Baseball Association began over the past weekend across the diamonds of Albury and Benalla respectively. It sees the Wangaratta Rangers working hard and playing some good baseball. It was mentioned by hitting guru and man of baseball  shoes, Tetsuya Kamiyama that there is only six weeks of the season left. That theoretically means only six Thursday nights too. So come along put your hand up to cook a meal and get involved. Only six weeks (not including finals) left! Training is from 6pm Thursday nights Targoora Park. All are welcome
Lucky Ticket? You have yours yet?
    Yes it is that time of year again. Seems to sneak up on everyone involved down at The Ranch. The 2018 Lucky ticket is here. Party guru Kelsey “Dropsy” Burder has got the tickets and is asking you out there, the Ranger fan, to get your ticket as soon as possible as they generally sell out in quick time. Lucky Ticket night this year is on Saturday 21st of July beginning at 6pm. Tickets are $25 and are available from club members. If you wish to purchase one let Kelsey know.
Rangers cap addiction
    Rob “Butts” Seymour is always thinking of how to make the Rangers stand out on the diamond. He is the man who came up with the great looking Rangers warm up shirts and has been dabbling in finding the right cap just to make the Ranger uniform “pop” a bit more. A few weeks back while having a chat around the Thursday night dinner table, Butts noticed Cam “The Soak” Scott’s cap he purchased from a club back home in Melbourne. He noticed the style of cap was different and it had a three dimensional graphic. This got Butts thinking. Last week our new caps arrived. This time the ‘W’ on the front is raised and the cap has a more rounded peak. This does not mean a lot to those non-cap aficionados, but to those in the know, it is another evolution in Rangers merchandise. Now available on Thursday nights from Buttsy. Next in line possible shell jackets?
O’Neil is being Old School
    Line Drive is beginning to think that Rangers Black second baseman Shaun “Old School” O’Neil is looking for ways to get his name in Rounding Third each edition. This week sees O’Neil making the routine not so routine. Double play ball hit O’Neil tries to tag runner, misses and gets the out at first and runner does not advance! Yes that’s right the runner on first base did not advance. Though to Old Schools credit he did try to fool the umpire by tagging the runner at first with the opposite hand. Still a play that many have never actually seen before. What will happen in the Bermuda Triangle at second base for Wangaratta Rangers Black next week versus Wodonga? Stay tuned to next weeks edition of Rounding Third.
Easy Street Boys are at it again.
    Each week the Easy street boys seem to devise new ways to entertain themselves and their friends. The stories you hear from this crew of mates are just outstanding. The latest involving the Nintendo game Super Mario Kart among other things, is just amazing. The writer cannot explain it but one thing is, the game sounded pretty fun. If you want to know  just ask their leader Kelsey “Dropsy” Burder and his second in command Kyle “Gilly” Gilmore. Enjoy your half yuletide festivities gentlemen.
Rugby League State of Origin Sunday 
    Now this is not related to baseball but to the club we have but man of the radio Nathan “FOMO” Pool was speaking to Rangers Baseball major sponsor over the past week and the conversation quickly turned to the Rugby League State of Origin. Mark from Cafe Martini and Bulls Head Hotel in Wangaratta would like all of you out there to know that Game 2 of the State of Origin will be shown live in the bar at Cafe Martini from 7pm. If you have nothing to do Sunday night head in for a feed and watch the game in the warm surroundings to the Bulls Head Hotel.
Fines are stacking up
    Yes the dreaded tin was out in force over the past round and the Ranger men and women are paying their dues where they need to. It was noted that when a coin is dropped into the tin, it does not make a sound. Looks like there is a lot of notes in that tin already and the season is just over half way. Rossco “pen hater” Johnson did not pay his over the weekend as he gave a very valid reason for not wearing a Rangers hoodie. I think the phrase “If I could buy one then I would” A good enough reason not to pay the money isn’t it tin master Kyle “Gilly” Gilmore? On another note is Daniel “The Griff” Griffin going to let the group where they are going on Ranger Ramble VII? A date has been set. October 19-21.
Junior news
This weekend between the Ranger vs Warriors games in Wodonga, Wangaratta rangers warmly invites all junior players to come have a hit and throw in Wodonga. If you are curious what baseball is all about come along and have a look on Sunday. For more information drop the club a line wangarattarangers@hotmail.com
Now to the club stuff
  • Training this Thursday from 6pm. Keira has kindly volunteered to cook for the crew this week. Thanks Keira.
  • Committee meeting follows training from 7:30pm All are welcome.
  • This weeks games are in Wodonga. If you are unavailable please place it on team app. As said before, the more information the better and more accurate we can put teams out each week
  • New playing caps available See Butts for one
  • Lucky tickets available. Ask the club member for one for the 21st of July. Games to be played on the Saturday before the draw.
  • Happy birthday Sean “The Doc” Warfe. Closer to Cods age yet Doc?
  • Ranger Ramble VII October 19-21
  • Follow us on Twitter @wangrangers and teamapp Wangaratta Rangers http://www.wangarattabaseball.com
It’s been a bit of a delay this week. Line Drive has been suffering from writers block. Hope you got your fix of news about North Eastern Baseball. Yes we are still here! Please share it aoround and spread the good word about Wangaratta Baseball.
Till next time
Go Rangers

 

Rounding Third by Line Drive June 6th 2018

Hello and welcome to the first true winter edition of Rounding Third. Over the past couple of weeks the Rangers teams squared off, with Rangers Black getting the chocolates and bragging rights over their Rangers Orange counterparts. It was a competitive game watched on by a healthy crowd at the annual Ranger family day. The game gave the opportunity for many players to try playinh a different position and have a good hit out against their fellow Rangers brothers and sisters. A big shout needs to go out to “The Pres” Tony “Spinner” Smith who worked tirelessly all day to put on a great show for all the Wangaratta families and supporters. It has been said before, but it needs saying again, clubs are only as good as the people who run them. We are fortunate and very privileged to have the likes of Spinner involved in the club. Now onto other news form the past couple of weeks. Who has been up to what, and other club business.
Listen to Rossco Old School
    In the Orange versus Black game, Shaun “Old School” O’Neil had one of those days that you like to forget. Early on in the game, a fly ball was hit straight up in the air. Nine times out of ten or ninety nine times out of a hundred old school would be a safe bet. However this was the one occasion. Much to the surprise pitcher Jason “Sunscreen” Jonker, the ball spilled out of Old Schools new pristine glove. “Old School” said it was Pooly’s fault and blamed the bird that flew past the sun in the sky, and it being on a Sunday, for missing the catch. Later on in the innings another ball was it up in O’Neil’s direction. Number one pen hater from Porepunkah, Ross “Rossco” Johsnon bellowed, “SHAUN!!!!!!”, making it evidently clear that he needed to catch the next one. Luckily for Shauns wits he did. At the end of the first inning O’Neil’s fielding was all square. Remembering a quote from a previous edition, a poor tradesman blames his tools, Old School.
 
Jenko’s gets a little shirty.
    it was a rather shaky start to the first derby game of the year for the black team. Resident first baseman and man about town, and the state, Cam “The Soak” Scott notified the coaches that it would be best to give up the position to multi sport athlete and coming first baseman, Scott “The Beard” Jenkins. As the game began, Jenko trotted out to right field where Cam was also headed. He was surprised and a little bit dark that he was now playing first base. “No one told me” retorted Jenkins. “Stuff it I will use this glove” was another comment. Fair to say like the aforementioned Shaun O’Neil, the first innings was not all plain sailing. He was still mumbling about it once he came off the diamond. Must be something about playing first base and getting grumpy at Wangaratta!
 
Raining hits for Gilmore
    Current master of the tin Kyle “Can hit more” Gilmore had a day out against the Rangers Black pitchers. Everything he saw was dispatched with ease to all parts of the outfield throughout the game. The only thing stopped him from having a perfect day out with the maple was fellow Esmondian, Kelsey “Dropsie” Burder who certainly did not live up to that nickname with the catch he took to rob Gilly of a perfect day. Slide in, dive forward, take the catch and stick the landing is how you can describe Burders take. Still a great hitting display from one of the Ranger favorites.
New man on the bump
    Over the past few weeks, man of facial hair Brad “Undies” Murdoch, has become a bit of an innings eater for the Rangers Orange guys and girls. It is great to see the big spindly frame of a man get up there and throw strikes. This was first the case in Rangers vs Warriors game a few weeks back and he repeated the efforts in the local derby. It helps when another gets on the hill and gives our wonderful throwers a well deserved rest. Look out for his wicked fast ball! Word is he is developing a second pitch. Wonder if he will call his new pitch the anteater?
 
Where are we going Griff?
    The season is already half gone. Many around Ranger land are now turning their attention to the end of season trip Ranger Ramble VII will be upon us in October. This year was suppose to be a far trip but it has been altered slightly to a mystery trip. At this moment only Daniel “The Griff” Griffin knows where the Ranger faithful are headed. Many think Nathan “FOMO” Pool has guessed the place, but even he is not so sure of where that is. More to the point what will the theme be? After seeing the social media posts of the Esmond street boys and girls, could double denim be the theme? More details will be released soon about the mystery destination.
 
The big 6
    Talk around the dinner table last week always seems to go back to the trip. It was remarked that there are only six Rangers that have been on all six trips. Now they know who they are, but can anyone else outside the inner sanctum of dinner last Thursday night name them? In all honesty there is no surprise who the six are. But will they all make it to Ranger Ramble VII?
 
Round robin round 2018
    The North Eastern Baseball Association had a ‘Cent a Number’ draw and round robin day over the past weekend. Players from all clubs in the association came together to play in mixed teams and have a good fun day of baseball. Judging by the images taken by Daniel Blanchard on the North Eastern Baseball Association Facebook page, it was a cracking day. Others I have spoken to enjoyed the day and welcomed the efforts of all involved in the association. It was a good day for the Ranger family as Jenko took second place and The Pools took 3rd place.
 
Winter Championships are here
    the 2018 Victorian Winter Baseball Championships are here again and the North Eastern Baseball Association have once again put a very competitive side together for their annual pilgrimage to Geelong. Managed once again by Ed Simmons, the North Eastern men are looking to go back to back. This year it looks like it will be a very even division with both Latrobe Valley and Sunraysia putting together strong squads. Don’t count out Dandenong U/23 either. The boys have one game Saturday and two on the Sunday, with the final games on Monday deciding on who takes the shield home in 2018. To all players and supporters who are heading down to Geelong this year, good luck keep warm and most importantly have a good time playing baseball. Line Drive wants to hear about it all when you come back.
Season part 2
    The 2018 North Eastern baseball Association returns after the June long weekend. Both Rangers squads are looking forward to a good second half. Coach Steve “Fernando” Peruzzo and Mick “Skip” Wyatt were impressed with how their chargers, Rangers Orange played in the first seven games. Likewise man of may nicknames and hats Nathan “Rubberarm” Pool with his Rangers Black squad. Aaron “Azza” Parker is looking forward to a big second half as are stalwarts Brendon “Frenchy” French and Brenton “Plugger” Miller. Damien “Junior” French is looking to build on his good start with the bat too. One thing isfor sure, there will be plenty of fun on and off the diamond in the coming ten weeks. Just remember, if you are unavailable please place it on teamapp so the coaches know in advance. As said before the more information the better.
Now onto the club stuff
  • Silver Circle 21st July Tickets available soon
  • Vic Winter Championships June 9-11 Geelong. Good luck to all who are going
  • Seasons recommences Sunday 17th June. Draw up on website this week sometime
  • New caps from Butts are available see his if you want one
  • Subs are now due See Jenko for more details
  • Thank you to all our wonderful sponsors check them out on Teamapp and www.wangarattabaseball.com
  • Training Thursday nights 6pm Targoora Park Murdoch Road Wangaratta. All are welcome
  • Follow on Facebook and Twitter @wangrangers
Well that’s it for this week. Stay warm and if you are participating in winery walkabouts this weekend stay safe.
Go Rangers

Rounding Third By Line Drive May 22nd 2018

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of Rounding Third. The skies were grey over the diamonds of the North Eastern Baseball Association during the weekend, but that did not stop the men and women of the Wangaratta Rangers Baseball Club from heading back up the Hume to Wodonga for the weekend’s round of matches. In the early game, Rangers Black overcame Wodonga Warriors White 28-2. In the late game, Rangers Orange pushed Warriors Maroon right to the end. The final score was 12-5. Once again thank you to the hospitality of Wodonga Warriors and to all our travelling supporters who made the trip. Next week, Rangers Orange will be playing Rangers Black in Wangaratta. More about that later. Now onto what has caught the eye of Line Drive over the past couple of weeks.
Who was that on the screen?
    It may have not been mentioned in a previous edition, but it has not gone unnoticed. The good Doc’s Sean and Sarah Warfe have been living the good life in Canada over the past few weeks. The Warfes were lucky enough to be in attendance to watch the Seattle Mariners no hit the Toronto Blue Jays. Not only was being there awesome but then they were pictured on the jumbo screen of the stadium and the television broadcast. To complete the occasion they got a game ball and a hat signed. Nice work Doc’s. One question to be asked is to the master of the tin, Kyle Gilmore. If you are on television in the states then is that a larger donation to the tin due to exchange rates?
Where is Beaker?
    The question has to be asked. Where is Rob “Beaker” Barbour? Last sighted four weeks ago. Now we all know he is alive but his reasons for not being available are very blunt. The past two weeks have been very simple “No good”. Well  we hope this week you are felling a bit better Beaker. Hope to see you down at he Ranch this coming Sunday.
North Eastern Rep Baseball time 
    It’s back for another year and five Rangers players are heading to Geelong over the long weekend to test themselves against the other Victorian Winter Baseball associations. Last year the boys from Kelly country took out the division 2 title, and are looking to go back to back this year. Once again there has been a fantastic response from those in the competition who have put their hand up and wish to represent the North Eastern Baseball Association. I am lead to believe that it will be a full list of players. The Winter Championships will be held over the Queens birthday long weekend in Geelong. More information in upcoming editions of Rounding Third.
 
Boof visits the Ranger Ranch
    Man of the DBA radio show Rob “Boofa” Bowen made an appearance at Wangaratta a couple of weeks ago. It was a bit of a mission for him to find the ground at first. After organising with Cam ‘The Soak” Scott to meet him at the ground in Murdoch road, Boof got close to the ground and called Cam. Cam assured him the ground was not too far away and keep heading out the road and if you see Ranger man (and now Ranger kid) you are there. Cam arrives at the ground to find no one arrived yet. Another phone call. Boof had driven out 8kms to the new roundabout at Oxley. Finally after a little more two way communication Boof found the ground. He had got tired of the food where he was staying and wanted to come find some baseball people. Lucky for him a good crew turned up in poor conditions for Azza’s Burgers and a good chat. It was great to catch up and talk about all the great things and projects we have in the pipeline for Wangaratta Rangers and North Eastern Baseball. thanks for the visit Boof. Thanks for the kind words on the baseball forum too.
Rangers Family fun day.
    This coming Sunday Rangers Orange play host to Rangers Black in a shootout at Targoora Park. However that is not the only action going on down at The Ranch. It is going to be the annual Wangaratta Rangers Family Day and the club welcomes all players, sponsors and supporters. The flyer below explains what is on offer and your hosts The Wangaratta Rangers hope to see you all there. The game begins at 1:45pm. Rangers Orange will be looking to get some revenge on Rangers Black. As always it will be a competitive game played in great spirit. Spread the word. The more spoken about Wangaratta Baseball, the better.
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Cent a number returns.
    The good folk who run The North Eastern baseball Association currently have a little cent a number raffle going on. The premise is simple. Take an envelope, open the envelope, whatever the ticket number that’s how much you pay. An example is if you draw ticket 650 then the cost of the ticket is $6.50. Simple? The cent a number draw is going to be held down at Targoora Park Wangaratta on Sunday 3rd of June. Discounted drinks and food will be provided. If you want a ticket please get in contact with anyone who plays in the North Eastern Baseball Association. All clubs have tickets to sell. Your involvement in the association is appreciated.
Round Robin 3rd of June
    In case you have noticed on the Facebook site on Sunday 3rd of June in conjunction with the cent a number draw the North Eastern Baseball Association will be holding a round robin day. Players from all clubs are encouraged and warmly invited to make themselves available where shortened games of baseball with mixed teams will take to the diamonds of Targoora Park. Each club is looking for numbers and I know at Wangaratta, there has been a call out for players who are available. So if you are available please support the association and their efforts. if you are interested in coming down for a look and  buy a ticket in the cent a number raffle then that would be great too.
Thursday night feeds
    As mentioned before the Thursday night feeds have been impressive. However things are heading towards the depths of winter and the meals are slowing down. For those who travel to train and play, the Thursday night feed is fantastic, as at times, one who travels may not arrive home till after 9:30pm. This week will dinner be snags and bread. It doesn’t matter what you cook, it is all about getting together having a chat and laugh together after training. If you just do one for the year then that is one less someone else chooses to do. If you do choose to provide a meal the club will reimburse you for your efforts.
Merchandise update
    Yes it’s all about the merch down at Targoora Park. Beanies are still available from Scott “Thirtysomething” Jenkins and new caps have been order by “Boston” Rob Seymour. Boston thinks he has found the holy grail of caps and when they arrive they will look great. If you wish to order other items please talk to radio personality Nathan Pool about warm up tops, numbered playing tops and just for a good chat really. A big thank you to our sponsors for their support of the club. Check out wangarattabaseball.com for more details about our sponsors or download Teamapp and search for Wangaratta Rangers.
Now to the club stuff
  • Rangers Family day this Sunday from 1pm all are welcome Targoora Park.
  • If you are unavailable to play, please use Teamapp to say you are unavailable. If you do not say anything, then the coaches assume you are ready to play. More communication means the better for all.
  • Fees are due, see Scotty for more information.
  • Cent a number tickets available, see a club member for your ticket or email the club wangarattarangers@hotmail.com
  • Round Robin day Sunday 3rd of June in conjunction with cent a number draw.
  • Victorian Winter Baseball Championships June long weekend in Geelong.
  • Training Thursday night 6pm All welcome.
A bit of a different one this week. Sometimes you need to plug all the good things that clubs do and all the good folk who love to play baseball in the north east of the state.
Till next time 
Go Rangers 

Rounding Third By Line Drive May 8th 2018

  Hello and welcome to this edition of Rounding Third. As mentioned in past editions, the North Eastern Baseball Association 2018 season is well underway with the guys and girls who make up Wangaratta’s only baseball club have a very successful start to the winter season. Four rounds have been completed and the Rangers Black men and women sit on top of the ladder with four wins from four games. After a close first week loss, Rangers Orange got back on track nicely recording three wins in row after defeating Porepunkah in a hard fought game on Sunday. The end score was 9-4. In the late game Rangers Black ran out comfortable winners over Benalla 28-1. A big thank you to all of the support week in week out, those who travel with the club all over the North East to support the Rangers. It is greatly appreciated. Now what else has been happening since the last edition? Line Drive will do his best to bring you all up to speed.
Four games in and the Rangers are firing.
    As mentioned above the Wangaratta Rangers boys and girls have got off to a cracking start. This is very evident in the case of Rangers Orange. After a rather indifferent year with the bat last year, there has been a noticeable shift in hitting this season. The bats have come alive and all players are contributing. Throughout the line up, on and off the bench, all players are contributing nicely. Coaches Mick “The Skipper” Wyatt and Steve “Fernando” Peruzzo are leading very well and the players are responding. It was pleasing to see the mustached one, Brad “undies” Murdoch chasing down everything hit in his direction out in centre field. His long stride gets to fly balls that many of us may not reach!
Rangers Black has had a shifting order over the start of the season due to availability, but they have also started the season in solid fashion. Media darling Nathan “FOMO” Pool is working his chargers hard, challenging each player to work hard at  training on Thursday night. This was definitely the case last week, when Aaron “Azza” Parker’s hard work paid off in the game against Bears Green by having a three hit game. Keep getting along to training from 6pm Thursday night ladies and gentlemen. Hard work pays off.

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Nathan Pool- The Voice of Wangaratta Baseball
    For years the club has had a good relationship with the local media outlets throughout Wangaratta, but for some reason this year it has gone to a new level. Generally you hear the results on the radio maybe on a Wednesday or a Thursday and some other times maybe a snippet about what is going on down at the club. Each week, Coach and man of many hats, talents and never misses out on anything Nathan “FOMO” Pool, is a regular contributor on the radio each week.  Many have remarked to Line Drive throughout the North East, that they have heard baseball on the radio in the morning. For this writer, this is most pleasing, as it gives us a presence in the North East along with the other clubs of the association. Mind you Pool does like to mention one player an awful lot in those radio snippets. Isn’t that right O?
Pesky pens
    There were mutterings around at Porepunkah over the weekend about a pen being destroyed on the ground. Now this sounds strange to speak about, but it got the tongues wagging on who got upset with this pen. It started when Ross “Rossco” Johnson was quite upset with himself for doing something wrong while batting, that he decided to try and pick the pen up and throw it off the ground. However he failed miserably at his attempt. So incensed with this, he took to smashing the pen to bits with the end of the bat. New fines master Kyle “Thrillmore” Gilmore remarked that we could have a new leader in a certain “anger” award this early on in season 2018. One wants to know what did the pen do to deserve this tragic end Rossco?
Junior Baseball Week 1 2018
    It was pleasing to see over the weekend how Benalla, Porepunkah and Wangaratta pooled their resources to have some junior baseball happening between games. It was great to see that two little mini games were played and the turnout from the three clubs was encouraging. Some have come for another hit from last year while there were a few new faces as well. The North Eastern Baseball Association and it’s clubs are looking to keep pursuing this between games during the 2018 season. If you wish to know more contact your local club and they will point you in the right direction.
The tin custodian 
    After a couple of years Daniel “The Griff” Griffin has relinquished the reins of the tin. Many wondered who was going to take over this prestigious role within the Wangaratta Rangers Baseball Club. This year, Kyle “Thrillmore” Gilmore has taken up the role of master of the tin. Already he has left his mark on the role. As usual there are the fines for strikeouts, errors, incorrect uniform and photos in the local newspaper, Gilmore has added a new twist. The twist is, if any of your Rangers apparel with the club logo on it touches the ground then a fine shall be paid. It does not discriminate, anything with the logo is payable. Already, a couple of weeks into the new regime and many have learnt real fast to respect their Ranger merchandise a little bit more. Though some other choices of apparel have drawn fines too haven’t they Old School?
 
The old phantom play
    Late in the second game many of the Ranger spectators were wondering what the heck was going on with what should have been a straight forward out to first base. Rob “Butts” Seymour decided to take it upon himself with the help of Tetsu “Iron Chef’ Kamiyama to spice up a straight forward position 6 to 3. Ball is hit to Butts at shortstop where most would throw to first base. He decided to flick it towards Tetsu who at second base was a bit shocked by receiving the ball and had to then make a quick throw over to Owen “O” Godenzi at first for the out. Now for scoring sake that should go in the book as a put out 6-4-3, giving another statistic to Tetsu. Think you may pay a fine for that one too Butts.
Dinner Thursday? Rangers have got you sorted.
    Thursday night dinner has been a roaring success so far in season 2018. From Spinner’s spiced mince and potato, to last week at short notice, Tetsu’s Burgers, many have been taking the opportunity after training to sit around have some dinner and have a laugh. This week Aaron “The Butcher” Parker is cooking his amazing steak sandwich. If you wish to come for a look or partake in a great meal please comment on the poll on the Rangers Facebook page.
Now onto the club stuff
  • Fees are now due. See Scott “Straight Outta My Twenties” Jenkins for more details on how to pay                       (Happy 30th Jenko)
  • New playing tops are being ordered. Please see Pooly if you wish to get a top with your name and desired number on it
  • Rangers are playing at Springdale Heights this coming week. Let the club know of your availability via teamapp
  • Training Thursday 6pm. Followed by tea
  • New playing caps on order will arrive soon
  • Rangers Family day May 27th check out flyer on Facebook page.
  • Rep baseball returns over the June long weekend. Let the club know if you are interested in attending
  • Want away socks? Interested? Talk to The Soak for more details
  • Round robin and cent a number function Sunday 3rd of June Targoora Park
That’s about it this week. It had been a couple of weeks. Thanks for reading and
Go Rangers

Rounding Third by Line Drive April 17th 2018

 Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of Rounding Third. With the Cods having sunk back to the depths of the rivers of the Ovens Valley, attention has now turned to North Eastern Baseball Association. The 2018 winter season began last Sunday with all four games being played in Wangaratta. It was a good chance for the two Rangers teams to get off to a good start in the new season. In the early game, Rangers Orange tackled Benalla. Rangers Orange jumped out to an early lead and held this advantage for much of the game. As the game progressed, the Benalla bats got going taking the win 11-9. Much to like about the Orange performance. A bit more work on the track and things will be right. In the afternoon game, good hitting backed up good pitching with Rangers Black jumping out to an early lead  14-5 win. Next week will see both Ranger squads heading up the Hume freeway to take on Wodonga Warriors. Good luck to all for round two. Now it has been a while since we have spoken about the characters down at the ranch so lets find out what they have been up to.
Mr 300
    One that almost slipped through the crack, but thanks to a couple of watchful eye in the club, a certain milestone did not go unnoticed. Nathan “Rubberarm” Pool played his 300th game for Wangaratta Rangers on the weekend against Porepunkah. Pool becomes the third Ranger to play 300 games behind Tetsu Kamiyama and Brendon French. The Wangaratta Chronicle came calling early in the week and judging by the number of well wishes and spectators at the game on Sunday, it shows that Pool is highly regarded not just in baseball but throughout Wangaratta and beyond. Pool did say at the end “It’s my 300th, It’s not like I am leaving or anything”. Congratulations Rubberarm. Here’s to not missing out on anything more.
Back hurt. No problem. Will hit home runs.
    Hitting guru and former Iron Chef, Tetsu Kamiyama began the 2018 season in fine style. Before the game Tets was saying his back was a bit sore and stiff and was not one hundred per cent. In his first at bat his back did not seem to bother him. He got a good piece of the ball and let the wind do the rest to hit his first home run in a few seasons. Many thought the wind definitely helped it get out, as it got up into the gulf stream and the over the fence. However his next at bat was a no doubter. With “Mr 300” Nathan Pool on deck and two runners on base, Tetsu’s swing was crisp and made that lovely ‘tock’ noise of wood and the ball screamed over the left centre field fence for his second home run in two at bats. Pool’s reaction to the second home run was priceless. While squatting he muttered some words that cannot be repeated in the column. Fair enough too. It is always a good sign when the hitting coach sets the tone for the day. Home runs are a good feeling though. Well done Tetsu.
New Kicks and tricks but still Old School
    After plenty of ribbing about his old glove and other equipment, Sean “Old School” O’Neil has finally given in and bought some new baseball gear. First to go in the bin were the footy boots. “That makes it official. No more footy for me” remarked Sean. Next was a new glove. More padding and ready to use. Unfortunately due to Rubberam pools stellar pitching his glove was not required to catch a ball. Never mind Old School. Always next week.
Thursday night training a roaring success
    As mentioned on the Facebook page by a good friend of Line Drive, a great turnout of players rolled their arms over and dynamically stretched their way through the night. It was by far the biggest turnout for the season so far, with over twenty five players and supporters in attendance. Now that may not sound like many but of that twenty five, many came for Thursday night dinner cooked by Cam “The Soak” Scott. Herb chicken and rice was dished up with your choice of drink from the fridge for $10. Seconds and thirds were had by all. This week looks like it might be a barbecue. The club is always looking to you out there to flex your culinary skills and dish up Thursday night meal for everyone. Those who travel do appreciate it. If you want to have a go at cooking for the men and women of Rangers drop us a line and I am sure nobody will be unhappy if you do.
Turn your car off Soak
    Cam “The Soak” Scott had a lot going through his mind on Thursday. As mentioned above, dinner was his priority for the Ranger guys and girls. So much so that in all his haste to get out and get organised left his car ignition on for the duration of training and dinner. Soak got a nice surprise when his battery was flat and wondering how he would get back to Yarrawonga. Lucky for him Steve “Fernando” Peruzzo and Mr 300 had not left.  Mr 300 made a call to Rob “Butts” Seymour who like a superhero swept in, started the car up and swept out again into the Wangaratta night. So if you live out of town  remember to turn your car off…..Soak.
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The Doc, Sarah and Rossco are back! 
    With the start of a new season, it is always great to see some new and old faces. This year has seen the return of the “SW’s”, Sean “The Doc” Warfe and his wife Sarah Warfe. The Warfes spent the past year away in Bendigo and have returned  to Wangaratta. Sarah had her first game over the weekend against Porepunkah and was able to get on base in her first at bat. The Doc was his usual colorful best in the field, turning some very neat plays at third base. Another to return was Ross “Rossco” Johnson. Rossco was sure he was going to come off the bench just to ease himself back into playing. However due to a late change he was thrown behind the plate at catcher. He looked like he had never been away. The glove was working and his gadget legs were up to the task of stretching a single into a double. All day Rossco hit the ball hard and his work behind the dish was immaculate. Welcome back to Wangaratta Baseball Club. There are a couple of others to mention too but can’t put everything into the one edition can we? More to come on those characters over the next few weeks.
Footwear for training? Who needs it? Not Beaker! 
    It was noticed on Thursday night that an older player, who has been known to wear a bike helmet at times, was out in the field running around in some interesting footwear. Rob “Beaker” Barbour had wandered into training in his usual manner and many thought he was just down for a look being in thongs and all. This was not the case. He dispensed of the thongs and just went in bare feet on the new infield turf. Brave from a man who has the uncanny ability of getting hit anywhere on and off the diamond by a baseball.
Canteen a huge success
    Special mention needs to go out to new man of canteen and man of many hats Daniel “The Griff” Griffin for his running of the Rangers canteen over the weekend. From all reports the club sold out of most things and the roast beef rolls were a huge hit. Big thanks to his minions, those Esmond Street men who got in and gave him a hand too. Many hands make light work. Next home game is a few weeks away so get out on the diamond next week Griff.
The Tin returns
    Don’t forget out there that the tin is back in operation in season 2018. So if you make an error then make sure you pay your dues to the tin. It is a bit of fun, and light hearted banter is what we all want. There will be a couple of dollars owing from the weekend just gone, so the tin will be present on Thursday night. Those who choose to go on the end of season ramble do get a benefit from the tin.
Now for the club stuff
  • Committee meeting this Thursday 19 April after training. All are welcome to attend.
  • Insurance needs to be paid via the members login on the Wangaratta website. www.wangarattabaseball.com
  • it can also be done via the app www.teamapp.com look for Wangaratta Rangers and click on insurance and registration.
  • Fees to be paid to Scotty “The Beard” Jenkins. For more information just have a chat to Scott.
  • Dinner this week is a snag in bread for $5 click on the poll on the Facebook page if you wish to take part
  • Training from 6pm on Thursday. Targoora Park.
  • Training shirts available for $35 Beanies $25. Butts is looking into more playing caps too.
  • Follow us on the Game changer app. Just look up Wangaratta Rangers and both teams are there.
  • If unavailable please place it on Teamapp to let the coaches know well in advance.
  • Games in Wodonga this week. Good luck to all.
That is enough of a ramble. Apologies if I have left anything out this week. Like a new season, it takes a few games for Line Drive to get into it.
Till next time
Go Rangers.