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
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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.

Rounding Third by Line Drive Cods Masters recap 2018

Greetings and welcome to this weeks Rounding Third. The Cods have been away in Ballarat over the weekend enjoying the hospitality and playing some baseball too. Both teams once again battled hard and played every game in great spirit. On Friday,  Cods 45 plus made their debut and were very competitive over their games. They were able to record one win over Bendigo on Saturday. The Cod 35’s too, had an up and down carnival. After toughing out an extra innings win on Friday, Saturday was a different story. In tough weather conditions for all teams, Tassie beat Cods and then in a hitters battle Redsox prevailed. On Sunday Cods got the win over Rebels. For more information in regards to all of the games results check out http://www.vicmasters.baseball.com.au
Now into the important stuff. Who did what, and who won what, for Cods Masters Baseball in 2018.
Cods and car rides and Thursday nights
One part of living that everyone living in the North East of Victoria is familiar with, is the drive down the Hume. Coming from areas such as Wodonga, Porepunkah, Mt Beauty and Wangaratta, the drive down needs to be varied and entertaining. Judging by what I have heard was going on, it certainly was. Early on, Rob “Seagull” Seymour was in fine form entertaining the car just being Rob, and coach Kelsey Burder living up to his nickname of “Dropsy.” Meanwhile in other cars perennial entertainers Mick “EFTPOS” Wyatt Tetsu Kamiyama and Rob “Beaker” Barbour just had a wall of a time in readiness for Thursday night.
Cods get togethers are very exciting times and this was the case once again in 2018. So exciting that the men were told for being a bit over exuberant before heading inside for dinner.  Over the course of the night stories were told.  New Cods introduced and some new Cod supporters recruited. The boys were ready for Friday.
Scavengers and missing cards.
Friday had arrived and it was an early start for all.  Some were more awake than others.  Mick “EFTPOS” Wyatt was scratching his head about the night before wondering where his meal had gone the night before. Other Cods were able to shed light on the missing meal. The Seagull was up to his old tricks by stealing Micks meal.  However this was not his only act of scavendry over the next few nights
He was seen taking chips and other parts of mealss throughout the weekend. One Cod in his votes for “pufferfish” said in his reason that Seymour”did not pay for a meal the entire weekend” Seagull Seymour was brave taking a meal off the biggest guy in the team. However it is better eating it than letting it go to waste. Is that mine mine mine?
Traveling Rogers
Godfather of Cods baseball James Rogers missed the meeting Friday night. He had driven down for the two games Friday but had to return to Wangaratta Friday night for a prior engagement.  However he was back Saturday, had a lazy three hits and was out into the wee hours of the morning with the Punkah boys. Sunday again solid. More hits. All round great performance for Cods from the Godfather.
The OC has a day to forget.
    Good friend of Line Drives Cam “The OC or Original Cam” Scott had a Saturday on the field that he would choose not to replicate. After getting the call to go to left field against the old old enemy Tasmania, Scott was ready and the first ball that was hit his was was by the one oand only Chris “Chalky” Chalker. Let’s say this Routine fly ball comes to mind. So here is the play description. runners on first and second none out. Ash “Steel Panther” Meyers throws Chalky hits ball routine pop up. Runners tag up Scott wobbles in, gets to the ball. Scott puts two hands on the glove and proceeds to drop it. Scott gasps. Cods gasp rather audinly. Scott looks down picks up ball and throws runner out at third. Still “The OC” Could not find a place to hide. What was more noteable about the gasps and laughter was that there was a howling gale and the noise pierced the wind the play was that bad. It got a little better for Scott as the game wore on. He managed to catch the next two and then in the late game “guessed” and took a fly ball with the win against Red sox. Lucky he had plenty of change from the night before because he deserved very gold coin donation that came his way later that night. Nevermind OC. Can only get better can it?
Tassie beat Cods 35+
    “Yeah Let’s see what you write about us now” was the line Chris Chalker said at the end of the game and yes Tassie have beaten the Cods. In blustery conditions that the Cods could not handle, the Tassie boys came away with a convincing 6-3 win. Tassie were on from the start and really wanted to get one over the Cods boys and in all honesty were never trouble by the misfiring Cods hitters. To be fair good things have got to come to an end and now Tassie are on the score board. Next year the Cods will look for revenge and try and restore some order of balance to the baseball universe. Once again it is always a pleasure to play a good nature game against a bunch of really good blokes. Till we meet again Tassie.
Cods 35 bench vs tassie
Feeling the heat against Tassie. Was too much heat for the men of the 35 plus Cod Squad
0 fa who went 0 fa? Anyone?
As mentioned before these carnivals are a great meeting point for catching up with former teammates. Sunday is always a fun day because it comes down to the question. Who has not yet got a hit for the weekend? In one teams case it was some one who you would not even think it could be possible. Sloths 35s Trevor Johansen. Let’s setup the last at bat. Bottom of innings Tassie up. Time finished. Umpire chief calling for game to be over. Sloths convince umps for one more at bat to see if Trev can get a hit. Sloths banter is top notch. Trev has three of the biggest cuts ( and one foul) you will ever see to strike out and end 0 fa for the weekend. Sloths started shopping Trev out for a trade to another team. But no takers. You certainly are a good sport Trev.
O’Neil debuts
Rookie Cod and overall mouth piece Shaun ‘old school’ O’Neil debut his skills with is $10 Regent kids glove over the weekend Heath ” Heater” Anders noted that you don’t even see them in old Porepunkah kits that glove is that old. The boys even thought of chipping in a dollar each for a new one.  That means 25 cods $25 for a new glove. O’Neil was undeterred by that. But was commented on if had a slightly bigger glove he would have caught it. Still he did look comfortable with the glove out in centre field in the howling gale Sunday. New position this year Old School?
Sledge of the weekend
Best sledge or bit of banter for 2018 for Cods has to go to Ash “Steel Panther” Meyers to Cam “Fumbles” Rogers. While watching the 45s playing Sloths Meyers made the observation about Tetsu Kamiyama at shortstop while pitching ” gee it would be nice to have a shortstop i could trust”. Rogers had little to say right there and then.  However there was not much else to say really.
Puffer fish award
    AS you may have already seen on Facebook and the Cods Masters Baseball a new winner of the prestigious Cods Puffer fish award. Now the rules of voting are pretty simple. Votes are 3,2,1 at the end of the four games and for each vote there must be a reason for the votes. If there was no reason then the votes would simply not count. There were many varied reasons and some were rather amusing. One Cod gave Mick “EFTPOS” Wyatt votes in relation to his Thursday night  spending spree. However there were some who did not put reasons leading to a little bit of skewing of results. This did help the final overall result. The winner was Rob “The Seagull” Seymour. His reasons for winning were varied. For legging out an inside-the-park home run to stealing Mick Wyatt’s meal. In all, the seagull put in a complete all round performance for the weekend. Congratulations Seagull you thoroughly deserve the award.
Rookie Cods make their mark
    A new Cod but a true stalwart of the game in Shepparton, Cam “The Hammer” Stewart had not swung a bat or caught a game in four years. After missing Friday’s game due to a prior commitments Stewart came back with a bang Saturday by putting in another polished performance behind the plate and was very good in the batters box. Another Rookie Cod Paul “Base Coach” Meddings had six hits for the weekend. A great effort. However his base coaching needs a little bit of work. Isn’t that right Paulie? Another Rookie Cod who some Tassie players did question his age was Shane “Babyface” Cantelmi, who finally got off the mark with a hit in his final at bat on Sunday of the tournament. All have said they will be back next year. Hope you all enjoyed your weekend men.
New digs and fines cash what’s it for?
    For those who all put their hard earned money into the Cod cause via the great court that Mark “Scooter” Farrow was in charge of. It may be towards new caps or even stirrup socks or new Cods socks for 2019. The Cods are looking for sponsors far and wide and welcome anyone who wants to get involved with the Cods. A big thanks to the Lake Inn Motel for their excellent accommodation, and for Rob and his team in the City Oval hotel for their hospitality over the three nights. I am pretty sure we have booked in again for 2019. Finally to Nathan “FOMO” Pool who organised accommodation and was instrumental in the news shirts for this year.
Line Drive meets KC
It was mentioned on Friday that someone was asking for who is Line Drive. On Saturday Line Drive introduced himself to the master of everything media in baseball Kingsley Collins. For one it was great to talk about the reason why i have writing this for the past four years and the other reason the stories of the people who make up grass roots baseball throughout all regions of Australia are just too good not to be documented and be available for all to read. People say to me they just like seeing their name and what does Line Drive has to say about it. I was humbled and very grateful for the kinds words KC and one thing for sure that get in have a go tell some stories and you never know what it might end up as.
A further thank you
    A big shout out needs to go out to the Ballarat baseball community for putting on another wonderful weekend of baseball. The grounds were immaculate and the hospitality second to none. A great job done by the team of umpires lead by Greg Howard. Great work. A big thanks to all the sides who entered again in 2018. It is always great to see everyone enjoying the hospitality, laughs and playing baseball in Ballarat. Finally to Kingsley Collins who has again done a power of work to put on another wonderful carnival. Always be grateful for the hard working volunteers of all clubs and associations who let us enjoy the game of baseball.
Cods 2018 were
35 plus
Nathan Pool, Mick Wyatt, Steve Peruzzo, Shane Cantelmi, Shaun O’Neil, Cameron Scott, Cameron Rogers, Mark Farrow, Ashley Meyers, Paul Meddings, Heath Anders, Damon Barker, Cameron Stewart coach Kelsey Burder
45 plus
Tony Smith, Rob Seymour, Tim Seymour, Rob Barbour, Shane Tatterson, Tetsuya Kamiyama, Jason Jonker, James Rogers, Rian Banks, Brendon French, Travis Frost Coach Rob Barbour
Always feel like you forget someone.
Anyhow enough from me. Back to Rangers stuff next week. Well maybe some more Cods stuff too!
Go Cods
and go Rangers

Rounding Third By Line Drive Masters Preview Edition 2018

Hello and welcome to another edition of Rounding Third. Cods are on everyones minds around here in the North Eastern Baseball Association. So much so that the season is continuing to sneak up upon the clubs. At this moment the word is that  seasons start will be just after Easter. The draw is under construction and the guys and girls of Wangaratta are into honing their skills before opening day. More about that later. Let’s get down to the business at hand that is Cods Baseball.
Cods looking forward to a big weekend in Ballarat.
    The weekend is nearly here. The Murray Cods are off to the Victorian Masters Baseball Champinships this coming weekend. For the frist time in their four year history, The Cods will be entering two teams. As usual in the 35 plus division to be coached by Kelsey “Dropsy’ Burder and for the first time, 45 plus Cods under the watchful eye of Rob “Beaker” Barbour. The 45 plus men have the early game at 8:30am on Friday against Cheltenham. This could a be a real test for some, but the seasoned professionals they are, will give it their all in their first outing. Right after that they tackle Pandas at 10:15am. On Saturday and Sunday it gets easier for the older Cods with one game each day against Bendigo and Sloths respectively.
    The 35 plus Cods  have a mid afternoon game on Friday at 2:45pm against Doncaster. Saturday sees them play old foes and damn good guys, the Tassie Tigers. They then shape up against some more old friends from days gone by; the Redsox from the Latrobe Valley. On Sunday to round out the four games the boys face off against the Rebels. Good luck to all teams, umpires and host clubs in Ballarat for what will be another cracking celebration of Victorian Masters Baseball.
Seymour: A man for all seasons.
    Now my spies have been out and about and have seen Rob “Butts” Seymour enjoying the off season. In the past Butts has played footy, destroyed a club Line Drive is associated with in a C grade cricket final, drives very fast cars around a track and now has guided Myrrhee tennis Club to the final of N.E.R.T.A. (short for ‘North-East Regional Tennis Association’). However being the Cod Butts is, he has forgone his chance of tennis glory to venture down to Ballarat for the 45 plus team. Another Ranger favourite and master of the tin, Daniel “Clarence” Griffin will be leading the Myrrhee charge to tennis glory. All the best for the finals this weekend Clarence.
Butts tennis time
photo courtesy of Daniel Griffin
No Dino? or maybe a little bit of Dino?
    One Cod who could be missing this weekend is Ian “Dino” Dinsdale. His beloved Rovers Bruck United Cricket Club are playing off in the C grade final in the Wangaratta and District Cricket Association this Saturday. Now in the past, players such as former Puffer fish award winner, Heath “MTB” Anders played both, but knowing the role Dino plays in the team it is unlikely. However who knows, he may play the double header on the Friday?? If not all the best to Dino and his side in this weeks final.
How many Cameron’s does one team need?
    Three is the answer. Especially in the Cods 35 plus squad where one fifth of the team name is Cameron.. We have the spice master, Cam “Showtime” Rogers, who will be looking to have another consistent weekend with the bat and glove. Then we have the man who lives his life as “The Soak” Cam Scott. The Soak will be sampling the many establishments in Ballarat, not to mention speaking utter rubbish at every chance he gets on and off the field. The third Cameron to be gracing the diamond will be a solid catcher with a trusty bat, a stalwart of the game in Shepparton, Cam “Newbie” Stewart. Now it’s been a few years since Cam has had a swing but look for him to lead the trio of Cams in all departments on the field. Sorry Showtime and The Soak…. Just saying.
Ballarat’s time to shine
    Last year the Cods boys got caught out after a game by the Ballarat weather. Not the cold or the wind or the rain in this case. Sun burn was the culprit. Looking at the weather forecast for the coming weekend sun burn could be an issue once again. Now this is just a friendly reminder to our white collar players who need to make sure they slip slop slap and seek shade with the sunny warm weather greeting all players. Hope you read this Jason “Sunscreen” Jonker.
The Porepunkah Posse
    Once again a big part of the Cod family are the Porepunkah Panthers. When this venture was started in 2014 they were the first too get involved and used their contacts at Ringwood Saints Baseball Club in the recruitment of ‘Showtime” Rogers, Mark “Scooter” Farrow and Steve “Maggsy” Maggs. This year the men of the valley have increased their presence once again. The Panthers have added Paul Meddings, Rian Banks, suiting up for their debuts with Cods, while Heath “MTB” Anders returns after an injury layoff last year. For the first time in a couple of years the godfather of Panther baseball and North Eastern Baseball Association legend James Rogers is back in Cods colours. Once again Panther royalty Damon “Barks” Barker and and Shane “Tatts” Tatterson round out the contingent. Line Drive says this every year but, welcome aboard. If anyone is interested in giving baseball a try up in areas like Bright, Myrtleford, Mt Beauty, get in contact with the good folk at Porepunkah. They are more than happy to have you on board.
The Pufferfish Award
    The presitigous Pufferfish award is back for this years competition. There is a motley crue of contenders for the silver or gold versions of the award. As mentioned in past editions Heath Anders is looking to win the award for a second time while last years recipient Ash “real men pitch day four” Meyers is determined to go back to back. Perennial finalists Nathan “FOMO” Pool will not miss much and will look to take his game to the next level, while Rob “Beaker” Barbour will hope he has better luck with blankets this year. Others to watch out for are smokies like Shane “Boundary Rider” Cantelmi, who goes into his first Cods fresh and prepared, while Ranger legends Travis “Iceman” Frost and “The Pres” Tony Spinner Smith will look to put their stamp on the trophy and let their baseball do the talking. Voting will be each day and players will have the chance to vote for who they want to win.  Three, two and one votes. Question is; Will it be a silver or Gold Pufferfish in 2018? Good luck to all Cods competing.
Time to tame the Tigers
    Chris “Chalky” Chalker has shown some good form going into the 2018 championships. His Banjo’s Orioles have had a successful season in the Hobart Summer Baseball League. Even some Cods went for a look too. Now he looks to celebrate in true Tasmania style by trying to beat The Cods in Ballarat. Maybe this year will be his year, or not?  One thing is for sure,  it will be one fun afternoon of baseball between two very competitive sides. Being a Cod supporter let’s hope The Cods get over the line in a tight one 5-4. Whatever the result there will be plenty of laughs and banter on and off the diamond.
Ranger Stuff
    There will be plenty more over the weekend keeping all you avid readers of Rounding Third up-to-date with the results and antics of the best from the North East of the state. However, the club is still ticking over nicely and have got some grand plans in the pipeline for the diamond and for the rooms. Both of these ideas will improve the facilities down at Targoora Park and make an even better place to come and watch baseball. If you are interested in playing, training is currently on Wednesday nights for another three weeks following T-ball. Players of all ages and abilities are more than welcome to come down and have a throw and a hit. If you’re not sure, come down have a look and talk to one of the friendly guys and girls around the club. If you’d like to know more contact the club through https://wangarattabaseball.com and click on the contact tab.
Other Ranger News
  • Insurance for season 2018 is now able to be paid through the members login on the website and on teamapp. This needs to be paid before the first game on the 8th of April. Create a new account and password and pay once you are in. https://wangarattabaseball.com
  • New warm up shirts are almost here. Will be available soon for purchase. Spinner has your sizes.
  • Any fundraising ideas see Kelsey Burder. He will consider all requests.
  • Season looks to begin 8th April. Draw being finalised and released soon.
  • Thanks to all our sponsors. Click on the sponsor tab on the website to check them out. Alternatively download teamapp and search Wangaratta Rangers
  • Follow us on twitter @wangrangers and like us on Facebook
Well that’s it for the Masters preview edition. Look out for updates on talesoflinedrive.wordpress.com over the coming weekend.
Thanks for reading
Go Rangers
and
Codsters Hook Line and Sinker
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Rounding Third Summer Edition 2 2018

Hello and welcome to another summer edition of Rounding Third. A month has passed since our last correspondence and boy, it has been a very busy month down at the Ranch. The ground is nice and green with all parts of the Ranger family doing their bit to keep it looking in tip top shape. Check out the handy work by Kevin “The Legend” Pool. Many are looking forward to standing around and having a can of soda on his handy work outside the rooms in season 2018.
Meanwhile Cods planning has been in full swing as well as the upcoming season in the North Eastern Baseball Association. Now let’s get down to business!
Cods update February
    It has been a very hectic month for the powers behind the Cods organisation. Accommodation has been booked. New shirts and caps are ordered and even for some Cods, the arm has been dusted off and rolled over. At this current moment The Cods are putting in two sides; 35 plus as per usual and for the first time in their four year history a 45 plus squad. In all there are approximately 30 Cods including coaching staff heading to Ballarat on 16th-18th of March. Now remember Cods out there to pay your insurances via your clubs website when it becomes available. At this current moment this is not available. All outstanding accounts need to be paid in full by March the 14th.
Support the Cods
    The Cod squad has become much larger in 2018. Not only there are two teams but man of trips Daniel “The Griff” Griffin and his merry men including Kyle “Thrillmore” Gilmore and Brad “Undies” Murdoch are heading to Ballarat to “tailgate” the Cod squad. Kelsey “Dropsy” Burder will be doing double duty. As mentioned in a previous edition he is serving as coach of the 35 plus group. Great to have the boys on board for what is shaping up to be another memorable Victorian Masters Baseball carnival.
Nothing like good banter
    It has been an entertaining month on the Cods Masters Baseball page with a couple of notable Cods heading south into to Tasmania Baseball territory to do some stirring and most importantly having a good time with a good friend of this column Chris “Chalky” Chalker. The draw from the masters has been released and it turns out that the Saturday could be very entertaining with Cods reacquainting themselves with their nemesis, Tassie, mid afternoon. At the moment Cods are up in the ledger but the Tassie men will be looking to turn the tables on them. If not, then one thing is sure that it will be settled somewhere else later.
Clarence and the E Street Band
    After a six month trip up the Hume in Albury, Wangaratta’s number one boy group have returned home. Nambrok are back in the city and are ready to stamp their mark back on the baseball club. There has been a change in personnel since last year with Brad “Undies” Murdoch giving up the band life, with Sam “Goggles” Grigg taking his place. More importantly they will be overseen by their boss “Clarence” Daniel Griffin. Look for good things from the E street band in 2018.
Season 2018
    The North Eastern Baseball Association is looking to begin the season after the Easter break. That would be the weekend of the 7th-8th of March. Once again Wangaratta will be entering two teams into the season, along side North Albury Bears, Benalla Bandits, Wodonga Warriors and Porepunkah Panthers. The draw is currently under construction and will be available on team app as soon as it is released. Dust the glove off, wind up the arm and the swing and head down to the Ranch for a throw and a hit in readiness for what will be another cracking season of North Eastern Baseball.
Coaching Capers
    It was great to hear that the Wangaratta Baseball Club committee got themselves organised with roles and responsibilities already way before the start of the season. So much so that coaches have already been locked in for season 2018. This year Wangaratta Rangers Orange will be under the care of “Groundskeeper” Micky Wyatt and Steve “Fernando” Peruzzo. Speaking of Mick’s grounds keeper role, he has already taken to it with gusto posting pictures on Facebook of his handy work. Meanwhile for Rangers Black, Nathan “FOMO Rubberarm” Pool is back in command with former “Iron Chef” Tetsu Kamiyama taking on the role of hitting specialist. Training is already in full swing (pardon the pun) with up to 15 Rangers and some special guests having a throw and a hit on Thursday nights on diamond two. So far the boys and girls are just slowly and steadily working their way into the season. If you are interested in having a run drop, the club a line at wangarattarangers@hotmail.com or check us out on Facebook under Wangaratta Rangers. Boys and girls of all abilities are welcome down at the Ranch!
Azza no more Prime Time has arrived!
    It has been noted down at training on Thursday nights that Aaron Parker needs a new nickname in relation to his rather new bright fielders glove. Now the glove needs to be seen to be believed but to go with his all out playing style and his ability to chase down baseballs that many of us older gentlemen just cannot get to, he will from this moment forward be known as Aaron “Prime Time” Parker. He is looking to take his game and name up into neon lights this year.
T-Ball Season update
    T-Ball is in full swing on a Wednesday night and the club are looking for more boys and girls to enjoy the great game of     T-ball. It is on every Wednesday night from 6pm till mid March. If any current player out there could head down and help out on the night it would be greatly appreciated by all involved.
Condolences
The Wangaratta Baseball/Softball Sports Club would like to pass on their condolences to the Lewis family on the passing of Kath. Also the club would like to pass on its thoughts to to the Martin family for the loss of their daughter Emma. Forever members of the Wangaratta baseball/softball sports club.
Club News
  • Make sure you download the app from teamapp.com search Wangaratta Rangers. Calendar is continually being updated.
  • Website will be updated when new information comes to hand and link to line drive through site. http://www.wangarattabaseball.com
  • Committee meeting this Wednesday night 7pm. All are welcome.
  • If you are playing Cods then the insurance needs to be paid via members login on website. Same process as last year.
  • Cods Masters March 16th to 18th Ballarat 2018
  • Check out our sponsors via the tab on the website. Your continued support is appreciated.
  • Follow us @wangrangers on twitter.com
  • New shirts will be available before the beginning of the 2018 season. Beanies, caps and stubby holders still available.
That’s about it for this edition. Thanks for reading please like and share and keep spreading the word about baseball in Wangaratta.
Go Rangers
and
Go Cods