Rounding Third by Line Drive June 18 2017

Welcome to this weeks edition of Rounding Third. The winter championships have been run and won down in Geelong. From all accounts it was a very successful weekend with the North Eastern Baseball Association taking out the Division 2 title for the first time since 2006. Congratulations goes out to the twelve men who put their hand up to play over the three day event. A big mention also to all the supporters of the team who made it down to watch, help out and keep me, Line Drive, informed of what was happening on and off the diamond. He was very impressed with what he saw and made sure that it was shared as much as possible.
  This week, a sunny Sunday welcomed all players at Benalla. Rangers Black were too good for Benalla, while Rangers Orange put up a good fight against Porepunkah. However were not quite good enough to get the chocolates, going down 11-6. Both games were played hard and fair by all. Some rather amusing moments were witnessed by the traveling Rangers faithful and plenty were happy to have their say about it all too. What else is news?
The Big Moose
     Bryan Wilson is certainly having a season out. After taking on many of the pitchers of the North East and dispatching them to all parts of the outfield, he took his hot form down to Geelong and continued on his smashing way. Scribe at the ground Jamie “The Guvnnor” Samuels let Line Drive know that nearly everything Moose hit was hit hard. In the first game versus City, Moose hit a shot over left field to get North East to all square at 4 all. However he left his best for the last game in division 2 final vs Latrobe Valley. Moose’s second long ball of the tournament carried North East to their first title in 11 years. For his heroics he was awarded the final Most Valuable Player award. Congrats to Moose and to all who played over the Queens Birthday long weekend in Geelong.
Running demons strike again
     One thing those who play for Rangers have struggled with from time to time is how to run bases. You would think many who have played plenty of baseball would have this part of the game down pat. Let’s just say no. In the Benalla vs Rangers Black game meandering along quite nicely for the Rangers Black, Sean “Flashback” O’Neil, thought he would change all that. O’Neil had reached base  where Nathan “FOMO” Pool hit a routine fly ball to the outfield which was caught. For some reason O’Neil decided not to head back to first but took off for second. Ball was thrown to first and the innings was ended. Pool was not impressed as it cost him gold coins for the fines tin. He made sure he told O’Neil all about it as they walked out on the diamond. But then it just got stranger.
What the Hell Shaun?
     As the next inning began Pool was still roasting O’Neil about the previous play. Even centre fielder Scott “highsocksunday” Jenkins gave his two cents worth about flashbacks problems. Pool throws the ball and O’Neil makes his second error of the day. The boys continued to laugh at his misfortune. A hit or two and another error at second by O’neil had put Bandit runners on. How wold you get out of a jam like this? Maybe a couple of catches and a strike out? A double play and another out. First baseman Cam “The Soak” Scott had called to O’Neil that the ball was coming his way. He was hoping it wouldn’t. Pool was ready to have another crack at him but went back on the mound and threw one of hid wobblers. The Benalla hitter looked with glee at a ball he though he could handle. He swung hard and hit it straight to Scott at first base, who duly took the catch, turned stepped on first for the second out and threw the ball to second, where Tetsu “Ironchef” Kamiyama took it with glee for the very rare TRIPLE PLAY!. All walked off having a laugh with O’Neil looking very relieved, noting “If I hadn’t made those errors we could not have done that!” Nice to see the glass is half full Shaun.
Just like chooks and corn
     After the early game on the weekend a few of the boys lost a two dollar coin. Rob “Butts” Seymour remarked to another if you throw a two dollar coin down watch them clamber for it. Cam Scott liked this idea and found a two dollar coin in his bag and threw it into the grass. On cue fines master Dan “Griff” Griffin scratched away with others to look for the coin. Now who can name the rest in the image below?
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Who are these people?
Let’s play the shift.
     In the last innings of the early game versus Benalla Bandits, the coach sent the firepower to the mound. Tetsu “Ironchef” Kamiyama was summoned and as usual threw his variety of pitches. many of the balls were hit to the left side of the diamond  so the infield decided to put the shift on. Alex “Gus” Gouveia at third on the line, Nathan Pool filling the hole while Kyle Gilmore across over the other side of second. Now for this to work Tetsu needs to throw an inside pitch. Tetsu looks around knows where his field is. He throws his pitch outside so the Benalla Batter hits it with glee through the hole left at second base due to the shift. Benalla 1 Shift 0.
Big wraps on Robbo
     The peanut gallery was also discussing while watching Orange batting practice before their game, how they reckon Andrew “Robbo” Robinson is ready to go large. His cuts in practice were hit hard and far. Kyle “Thrillmore” Gilmore definitely thinks he ready to explode! This scribe is in agreeance with him as his swing is fluent and with more games he plays, the better he will get. Keep working hard on Thursday nights Robbo
RPG unlucky
     Robyn “RPG” Goulding was most unlucky in swinging the bat. In the third innings RPG had smacked a nice hit over shortstop but was robbed when the Poerpunkah outfield had sneakily come in. This lead to the peanut section of the Rangers crowd letting him know all about it. He did then move right over to the line for the next hitter. Ian “Dino” Dinsdale hit the ball almost exactly to the same spot and it was a base hit. Unlucky RPG.
Power to the ladies
     It was great to see a middle infield in the Rangers Orange lineup made up of the aforementioned RPG and “The Gaffer” Jamie Samuels. In the years of watching baseball in the North East this scribe cannot think of the last time this has occurred for the Wangaratta Rangers. Happy to be proved wrong on this one.
Jonker’s game
     Early on in the match against Porepunkah it was like Jonker vs Porepunkah. Now as you all well know he is one competitive beast. However over the first three innings Jonker had seven of nine plays off his own pitching. The booked read 1-3,1-3,1-3. Even at one point he thought of running over there himself and taking the play. Way to take the game on your Double J!
Congratulations
     A big congratulations from all at Wangaratta Rangers to Sheridan and Jackson on the safe arrival of Oliver Coddey Wright. Hope all is going well and see you soon at the Ranch.
 
Welcome Back
     The welcome backs just keep coming down at the Ranch. this week saw the return of Daniel Sacco to the colours of the Wangaratta Rangers. He looked eager to impress and threw a runner out at third and took a blinder of a catch late in the game against Porepunkah. He did three innings of work on the mound too. Nice to have you back and firing Sacco!
Tip and fill
     The tip and fill has returned after a long hiatus. Thanks to the good folk at Londrigan meats for the glasses for the best players of the week. So if you win it tap a fellow team mate on the shoulder and they are to fill it for you. Maybe not ask Shaun O’Neil this week after his wallet is empty after paying all his fines from Sunday’s game!
 
Game Changer is back
     Yes it’s back. Over the weekend the statistician mole Line Drive has been hard at work catching up on all the hits and misses of the North Eastern baseball Association season so far. The Orange batting stats are all almost done. It was some interesting reading for Orange men and women. Now if you are a player, head over the teamapp and check out the documents tab and have a look. For those of you who play in Rangers Black, this is still a work in progress. Line Drive will get to when he has a look at the score books again. It is a game changer!
Training this week
     This coming week. DJ Sarah Iwanuch is in the kitchen and look for it to be awesome as usual. Not completely sure what DJ Sarah is going to cook, but be prepared for lots of flavour. If you are keen for a meal bring $10 down and leave a comment online when the link become available. The last few weeks numbers have been impressive and everyone is loving getting down to the Ranch on a Thursday night. 6pm Thursday night. All are welcomed.
Lucky Ticket season
     Yes it is on again. On Saturday July 22, the Wangaratta Rangers Lucky Ticket Draw is on again. Tickets are $25 and available from club members. Tickets are limited so if you want one get in contact with one of the many friendly rangers players and officials.
Now for the club stuff
  • Training Thursday 6pm sharp
  • Beanies $25 see Jenko for details
  • Glove bags $5 See Spinner for details
  • Caps See Butts for details
  • Lucky ticket draw July 22nd, pencil it in for a cracking night. $25 a ticket… now available!
  • Fees are now due. See Jenko for details
  • Ranger Ramble 2017 October not to be missed
Thanks to all for the feedback. Hope you have a great week and till next time
Go Rangers

Rounding Third By Line Drive June 6th 2017

Hello once again and welcome to another insight into the the personalities and inner workings of the Wangaratta Rangers Baseball Club. Over the past couple of weeks it has been very entertaining down at the Ranch. Last week Rangers Orange played host Rangers Black or could we say Rangers Cods edition. The weather was average and the Rangers Cods got over the line. This week saw both teams head back up the Hume to start the second half of the season. Rangers Orange played a very positive brand of baseball against Wodonga Warriors White. However they were unable to get the points with Warriors hitting the ball hard all day to secure a 12-6 win over 7 innings. In the late game a few forced changes with unavailability and illnesses, Rangers Black bats got the job done early and were never headed against Warriors Maroon. Once again there was a good turnout for the juniors and a big thank you to those from both Wangaratta and Wodonga for participating between games. A week off next week with the Victorian Winter Baseball Championships being played down in Geelong. Good luck to all who have put their hand up to go and represent the good folk of North Eastern Baseball Association. Now onto what has been happening around the club.
End of an era.
     Many a boy band have parted ways in the past few years. One Direction is one that almost certainly comes to every readers mind. However one of Wangaratta’s finest bands “Nambrok” might be relocating within the confines of Wanagaratta. Band leader Kelsey “Dropsy” Burder is thinking of relocating. This means the band will have to change names. However membership has been pretty solid and only last week the core memberes were seen around town playing backyard golf and creatively carrying some couches to the tip. The name may change but the good times will always be the same.
Check those bats
     Is it just me or does there seem to be more long balls this year? Home runs aplenty have been crushed in the past couple of weeks. Now officially Rangers have the new smash brothers. Bryan “Moose” Wilson and Scott “The Beard” Jenkins. These two have been lighting it up with the long ball during the first half of the season. Moose with sheer power while Jenko has been working hard and now is reaping the benefits of his refined swing. There have been four blasts that have gone the distance while a couple of others have just fallen short of the fence. The bash borthers have ut their hands up to represent the North East next weekend. let’s hope they can continue to hit the ball hard and far!
Welcome back Number 7
     Welcome back to Angus “The Original Spaniard” Young who pulled on the Rangers colours for the first time in 18 months. Or as Nathan Pool like to call him Alex. You see there has been plenty of banter over the past month about recruit Alex Gouveia having more than a little bit of resemblance to Gus. Now many are wondering if they are the same person? Always seen Gus on his own and Alex but never seen them in the same place at the same time. On the playing side of things Gus picked up a hit and had a nice simple day in the field. Good to have you back Gus.
Rangers Merchandise. The best in the North East!
     New merchandise has arrived and already it has created a bit of a stir around the traps. The Wangaratta Rangers beanies are the fashion accessory of the winter. In the good old tangerine black and white, they look especially fashionable with what everyone wants on top. A brown and orange pom-pom. Already many have commented on how great they look and where can they get one from? At $25 a beanie stocks will not last. Get in quick and come be fashionable with the most fashionable baseball club in the north east!
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For $24.99 one of these could be yours
Thursday night dinner
     These have been a big hit this year. Last week once again numbers on the track were sensational and then many of them sat down to pizzas and a chat. This week there could a special appearance by Daniel “The Trip” Griffin. Now last time Griff cooked everyone raved about his kitchen abilities. Now this scribe believes this Thursday he is back for a return cook. This is one meal that is definitely not to be missed. If you want a feed let the club know on team app or on Facebook page to partake in what will once again be a great meal.
The Karma Bus
     How about this for karma. Nathan “Rubberarm” Pool was having a good chuckle about Cam “The Soak” Scott’s misfortune of succumbing to a condition as what he described as an old man’s disease. However a couple days later Pooly was not feeling the best and could not talk. This led to The Soak messaging Pooly with a two word text “sucked in!”.
Welcome lefty
     Last week a lefty wandered across the paddock and wanted to have a throw. He then put his hand up to throw a bullpen and threw very well too. A big Ranger Welcome to Simon “Lefty” O’Neil. He played very solid right field took a catch and threw everything in hard and flat. Hope you enjoy the rest of the season Simon.
Pitchers wanted
     If anyone is interested in eating up a few innings on the mound please ask the gurus of Rangers pitching Nathan Pool and Aaron “Hunter” Parker. They are more than happy to lend their expertise and know-how to help you with the tough job of throwing a ball over the plate. Last week saw the promising debut of Andrew “Robbo” Robinson on the mound who put in a very encouraging display. Maybe soon Simon “lefty” O’Neil will get his turn for a throw. The more innings you throw the better you get at it! (unless you are Dropsy!)
Footy Capers
     Rob “Butt’s” Seymour took to Etihad Stadium before the Carlton vs North Melbourne a couple of Sunday’s ago. He started the game on fire picking up a couple of quick possessions earning the praise of his Carlton coaches. Later int he game he wanted to come off for a rest but that was not an option. Stay on was the instruction and all benches to be on the field too. Butt’s being well… Butt’s doubled back looped around and got his rest he wanted on the bench with the coaches being completely unaware to his sneaky ways. If you get a chance check out his action shot. Butts does show a little resemblance to a channel 9 journalist we shall not name in this edition.  You the reader can work that one out!
Baseball Victoria Winter Championships 2017
     The long weekend tradition that is the Winter Baseball Championships is on again over the Queens Birthday in Geelong. This year’s squad is a very nice blend of grizzled veterans and young bucks wanting to test their mettle and have a cracking good time against the other winter associations from across Victoria. Line Drive hears there could be a good crew of guys and girls going to tailgate the weekend. A couple of them could be “Wacko” Jacko Wright and Jamie “The Gaffer” Samuels. Enjoy the weekend have a laugh, support the clubs who put on a good show for all and watch the North East represent as they always do! For the rest of North Eastern Baseball Association enjoy your long weekend whatever you are choosing to do. Be safe.
Shout outs to Rangers near and far
     A special shout out goes to Sean “The Doc” Warfe who is keeping his keen baseball eye over what is going on down at the Ranch in season 2017. He has been a keen contributor to the Rangers Facebook page amongst other things. We all look forward to seeing you back in the future Doc. On another note it is good to see that this little insight is being read across the globe in Canada and in the United States. Thanks Chopper and Dylan.
Now for the club stuff
  • Training Thursday 6pm sharp
  • Committee meeting this Thursday after Griffins Gnoccchi 7:30pm Comment on dinner if you wish to have some on Facebook
  • Beanies $25 see Jenko for details
  • Glove bags $5 See Spinner for details
  • Caps See Butts for details
  • Victorian Winter Baseball Championships June 10-12 Geelong
  • Lucky ticket draw July 22nd pencil it in for a cracking night
  • Fees are now due. See Jenko for details
  • Ranger Ramble 2017 October not to be missed
Anyhow that’s enough for this week. Till next time
Go Rangers

Rounding Third By Line Drive May 22nd 2017

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of Rounding Third, your regular insight into the happenings at the Wangaratta Rangers Baseball Club. Rounds five and six of the North Eastern baseball Association are done and dusted. All games for Round 5 were played in Wangaratta. For The Wangaratta Rangers it was a tough weekend. In the early game, the ladies and gentlemen who are Rangers Orange had a tough time of it against a dominant bears Green out fit. There were plenty of positives out of the game and as they gain experience then the results will turn in their favour. Keep working hard and the results will come. In the other game, Rangers Black managed to outlast a very dogged Bears Gold 14-10.
In Round six played at Wodonga, Rangers Orange turned things round and earned their first win of the season over Warriors Maroon while Rangers Black continued on their way by posting a solid 13-0 shut out win over Warriors White. Once again thank you to Wodonga for their hospitality. So what else is news?
Orange win
    Dylan Cowan could not believe Orange had not won a game yet. That all changed in round 6 of North Eastern Baseball Association matches at Wodonga. The Orange boys and girls season is now officially up and running. Pitchers Jason “The Game” Jonker and Brendon “Are you speaking” French have pitched their guts out so far this year but to no avail. However the wheel is slowly turning. It must have had something to do with the addition of Mick “The Skipper” Wyatt. Just saying, The skip is a very positive influence no matter where he turns up. Let’s see how they go in the derby game this coming Sunday against Rangers Black.
How to hit a long ball
Somebody check the bats. Somebody else check the baseballs. The poor pitchers of the North East are in need of some counselling. The past round saw plenty of home runs deposited over both diamonds. In one game alone Line Drive watched Bryan “Moose” Wilson almost put a dent in a ball. The sound it made off the wood bat made a lovely note. Not to be out done, birthday boy Scott “29” Jenkins stuck one over the left field fence too. Now who else put one out?
Butts the bomber.
Ahh yes man of many caps Rob Seymour hit one too. However it was in rather odd circumstances. You see the Bears gold centre fielder made incredible ground to even get near it…but due to the speed and simple physics the ball came free and landed over the fence on the full. Butts sprinted round the bases for a home run. No matter how they get over the fence they are still ruled as one Butts.
Who is Gus
  As mentioned last week, Alex ‘I’m not Gus’ Gouviera is thought by  few to look a little like Ranger favourite Angus “Spaniard” Young. Nathan “Rubberarm” Pool has taken this to the next level by continually referring to Alex as Gus during warm-up. Poor Alex is now thinking he has been setup. “This Gus guy is a not a good guy” was along the lines of Alex’s reply. Couldn’t be further from the truth about our little Gus. Very very far from the truth!
Thursday night silver service
     Well not quite silver service but Rob Seymour and Cam Scott’s hot dogs took the Thursday night service to the next level. All were dished up and the hungry masses were fed adequately. This coming week. Chef Nathan “Rubberarm” Pool will be dishing up baked potatoes for dinner. All the staples will be with it, sour cream, cheese what else chef Pool? Already there seems to be a long line for the baked spuds. Come down have a run and throw clean up and eat some good food. Price may be varies between $6 to $8 and that includes your first drink too. 6pm onwards Targoora Park. All welcome.
Thursday night training
Thursday night working hard 
Let’s go for a slide.
     An inside man has fed Line Drive with some information about the sliding abilities of a couple of new comers to Wangaratta Rangers. New “Gus”,  Alex Gouviera, likes to start his slide at least six metres from the base and still slides in with relative ease. Catcher Brent Miller is showing his true catcher legs. In Oranges win over Wodonga Miller showed his gazelle like abilities and snow plowed into the base. For the record he was safe. It does not matter how you get there, as long as you make it. Nice one Miller, nice one!
The Lolly game is strong.
     Azza Parker is a man of many talents. From his stories of going down the river amongst other things, his lolly game is very strong. Every week, Ranger favorite Di Parker keeps the boys stocked up on sugary goodness. Last year was good assortment of snakes and  chews…this year, the box has gotten bigger and the range is incredible. It is greatly appreciated by all who partake in some sugary energy  while warming the bench in the club. Thanks Di.
DJ Sarah in da house
     This week DJ Sarah has returned. The DJ has been setting up a spotify list to play at training. This comes after Cam “The Soak” Scott returned to training last week to be greeted with silence. The music is also to lift the moods and spirits of players. Not to mention to dry and drown out The Soak’s annoying loud voice. If you have seen on Facebook DJ Sarah is calling for requests. Baseballers you know you’ve got to have the staples like ‘Centrefield’ ‘Glory Days’, by the Boss, “Tessie” by the Dropkick Murphy’s, just  to name a few. Have your say and get your music added. Get involved and have some fun Ranger boys and girls. Great work DJ Sarah!
Happy Trails Jack Bradburn
     During the week Jack “The Bomber” Bradburn decided to hang up his mit. From all of us down at the Ranch we wish Jack all the best in his future endeavors and hope to see him and the Bradburn clan around the club in the future.
Rangers the Family Baseball Club of the North East
     This Sunday sees the first Ranger Orange vs Black down at the Ranch. This one is sure to be another shoot out with both teams looking for bragging rights over one another. Rangers Orange season turned the corner last week when they put it together and came out all guns blazing. While Rangers Black have not been at their best over the past few weeks, but have got the job done. Host Tony “Spinner” Smith is putting on wine and cheese and other assortments for the Ranger faithful. After the game all are welcome to head back to major sponsor Cafe Martini for pizzas and food. Come along, have a look and have a great Sunday.
The tin you put your fines in
     Remember to pay your fines to the tin. For those who are unaware of the tin, it’s for those little mistakes and misdemeanors that happen on and off the diamond. This week for the derby, Line Drive has heard a rumor that it may be double the cost. Dan “The Griff” Griffin is ready to charge you for even the smallest things, like leaving your glove behind after training. Come to training Thursday to help iron out those little chinks in the armor.
NEBA Life membership James Rodgers
     On behalf of all at Wangaratta Rangers Baseball Club, a big congratulations to James Rodgers on receiving his life membership from the North Eastern Baseball Association. His work, not only for the Association but also the Porepunkah Panthers is greatly respected. A true gentlemen of the game.
Now for the club stuff
  • Fees are now due. See Scotty Jenkins for more information.
  • Dinner this week, Pooly’s spuds (what does that even mean??)
  • Merchandise is on the way beanies arriving next few weeks.
  • Family day Sunday 28th May.
  • Rep Baseball Geelong Queens birthday weekend. If you are interested let the club know.
  • Lucky ticket penciled in for 22nd July- always a cracking night!
  • See Cam for Punters Club details
  • Ranger Ramble 2017 to Bendigo. See Griff for more information.
  • Rangers Black vs Rangers Orange this Sunday from 1pm at Targoora Park
  • Download Teampp and find Wangaratta Rangers for all Ranger information, chat and fixtures.
  • Follow us on Twitter!!!
So that’s about it for this week.
Have a great week and speak to you all again soon….
Go Rangers!!!

Rounding Third By Line Drive May 10th 2017

Welcome to this week’s edition of Rounding Third, your insight into the life and times of the boys and girls who turn up week in and week out who represent the Wangaratta Rangers Baseball Club. It has been a while since Line Drive has been down at the club. He returned Sunday to watch Rangers Orange tackle Benalla Bandits followed by Rangers Black playing Porepunkah Panthers. In the early game, a new look Rangers Orange could not get the win against a well drilled Benalla. The final score was 8-1 the home sides way. In the late game Rangers Black hitters jumped out of the box and backed up some good pitching to run out winners after seven innings 18-2. More about these games later. Like last edition there are many tales to be told. So let’s get started.
Dropsy does it again
During the past month many of the Ranger men had a good time celebrating the marriage of Line Drives good mate, Cam “The Soak” Scott and Lauren “Mrs Soak” Grenfell. After the speeches had finished a natural hush had fallen over the crowd. Then smash! Kelsey “Dropsy” Burder shattered the silence by standing on his wine glass. This sent the rest of Nambrok along with two thirds of Loz and Cam’s wedding guests into hysterics and a good old Bronx cheer rung out across the venue. Daniel Griffin summed it up best to Line Drive…..”Ahhh Dropsy what a guy!”
 
Scotty MC
Scott Jenkins is a man of many talents. Apart from being the all round great guy he is, Scott is an excellent Master of Ceremonies. This was definitely the case at Cam and Lauren’s wedding up at Gapsted Wines. Scott rolled with it all and delivered as per the norm a very polished performance. If you wish to see Scott MC in action come along to the lucky ticket draw in July. More information about Lucky ticket draw in a future edition. Lauren especially appreciated Scott’s attention to her ‘itinerary’…. THANKS JENKO
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Ranger faithful supporting the boys and girls at Benalla
Catchers…need we say more
If you know baseball, one of the hardest positions to fill is the catcher. Lucky for the Rangers Orange, Brent “Plugger” Miller has  arrived. Once the domain of Dropsy Burder, Plugger has parked himself behind the plate and is doing a great job handling the veteran staff of Jason “The Game” Jonker and Brendon “Freeze Frame” French. Welcome to the Ranch Plugger!
Hard game baseball with no training
     Returning to the line up this week after his marriage to Ranger fan Lauren Grenfell, Cam Scott looked very short of match fitness. In the first inning “The Soak” took an accidental knock to the face and his base running looked, well, lets be blunt…horrible. It looked like every 90 feet was more a thousand feet. His excuse? Too much cordial in the past month. He has sworn he will turn up to training this week ready to get some match fitness back for the rest of the season.
The emergence of a new Spaniard
     It was great to see a debut for Ranger Black over the weekend, Alex “Barcelona” Gouveia. For those who did not know Alex appeared at training a year or two ago but it was the wrong end of the season. However, over the past couple of weeks Alex has caught the baseball bug again. He debuted on the mound for Ranger Black against Poerpunkah Panthers and threw four solid innings of ball. This included a pick off move to first which surprised the runner and also the first baseman in Cam Scott. The runner was caught short of his base by a fair margin. Gouveia was backed up by the ever solid defense of Rangers Black and looked to throughly enjoy himself on the mound. When you see him you will notice he has a small resemblance to Ranger favorite Angus “Spaniard” Young.
Rangers wager 2017
Over the off season avid tacticians of the punt, Steve “Fernando” Peruzzo and Nathan “Rubberarm” Pool have had a crack and came out even. It was decided while at the Alexandra Races that punters club will get off the ground again in season 2017. Pooly has been particularly vocal for this to get off the ground. It must have something to do with his beloved Essendon Bombers actually being competitive and winning games this year. On another note one wonders if Dan “Chopper” McCullough was happy with messenger notifications at strange hours of the morning from others bantering about a multi that was placed. Anyhow if you want in part of the fun and to hopefully fund your end of season trip or cash out, see master bagman Cam Scott for more information. The more numbers the more we bet. The more we bet hopefully the more we win. Disclaimer: Gamble responsibly.
Jacko goes Whacko
     Over the weekend, new Ranger, Jacko Wright went whacko and had his best game yet for Rangers Black. He hit and ran the bases hard. As Jacko learns the game, his speed will be a great addition to the power hitters in the line up.  Look for him to leg out a few more infield singles over the course of the year. He is also a high sock convert which is pleasing to see too.
Team Samuels 
     As mentioned in the must read of each week President’s Prattle, Jamie Samuels has put her hand up to be Rangers Orange team Manager. Maybe a new nickname is in order to reflect Jamies new position. Jamie the Gaffer? Jamie the Governor? What ever guys and girls come up with they are rapt to have you part of the team.
Juniors 2017
     It was great to see over the weekend how the clubs of the North Eastern Baseball Association have banded together to help develop the future of baseball in the North East. Players from Benalla Porepunkah and Wangaratta respectively had a hit and a modified game between the senior matches. Let’s just say there is some serious talent in there. Let’s hope more boys and girls get involved in the upcoming junior games over the season.  For more information about juniors check out the Wangaratta Rangers on Facebook.
Lep 2017 (How Tetsu says it)
     There seems to be a lot of reference to 2017 in this edition. Must be the year or something. Anyhow time has come for those who wish to challenge themselves against the other winter associations from around the state. North Eastern Baseball association are calling for players to represent them in this year Winter Championships to be held in Geelong. If you are interested please let the club know so your name can be passed along. As always it is a great weekend with baseball and good times in order. For those who like to go and tailgate it is a very fun weekend and plenty of good baseball is played too. All are welcome.
Ranger Ramble 2017
     Yes it is early to talk about this as the season is only four games old but ever the organised Daniel “The Griff” Griffin has organised this years trip. The Rangers are getting back to traditional trip values and heading to Bendigo. The cost is extremely reasonable and payments are now being taken. Where the accommodation is a mystery and there could be a raceday involved too. If you want any more information see Griff. I am pretty sure he will not say much else apart form where to be and where the trip is going.
One very happy Canadian
     Head coach Bryan “Moose” Wilson was very chuffed last week. He was rapt to hear that last week at Ranger training eighteen were out on the track, warming up running, fielding and hitting the ball hard. Must have something to do with the Tony “Spinner” Smith’s amazing Thursday night meals. The word has spread near and far about Spin’s Kitchen and the public are responding by heading to training. This week, it looks like it could be an old fashioned sausage sizzle. Remember training starts at 6pm sharp. Cleats on and head for a run before a throw. See you all there.
Relax got to training!
Relax and go to training boys Thursday Nights from 6pm
Show me the Merch!!!
     Plenty going on in this department. Recently “Boston Rob” Seymour has organised new playing caps which look sensational while man of beard Scotty “MC” Jenkins has organised some very swish looking beanies. These will go on sale very soon. Don’t forget we have ranger shoe bags, stubby holders and a new playing shirt are also on the way. Once again The Wangaratta Rangers will be the trend setters of the North Eastern Baseball Association. If you would like some of this great looking merchandise let the club know and they can hook you up!
Now for the club stuff
Fees are due see Scotty Jenkins for payment.
All games are at Wangaratta this week Rangers Orange vs Bears Green while Black tackle Bears Gold
Family day 28th May at Tagoora Park Wangaratta.
Training Thursday night, boots on 6pm sharp
Punters Club on again see Cam for details
Lucky ticket draw in July more information to follow
Playing caps available from Rob Seymour $25
Beanies on the way
Download the app Search for Wangaratta Rangers on http://www.teamapp.com
Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Scott on your nuptials
Juniors welcome if you are interested contact the club.
Been a big edition till next time. Just remember……
Go Rangers!!!!

Rounding Third By Line Drive April 11 2017

Another week has passed and it’s time for another insight into what has been going on down at Targoora Park. Home of Wangaratta’s only baseball club. The Wangaratta Rangers. Over the past weekend the weather was a bit wild and woolly for baseball. But it was still played none-the-less. A good crowd turned out on Sunday to battle the wind and infrequent showers, followed by periods of sunshine but then more passing showers came back through. In the early game, a new look Orange lineup jumped out of the gates early and raced to five to nil lead over the Porepunkah Panthers. However, to Porepunkah’s credit, they  knuckled down and ground the Orange ladies and gentlemen into the ground, to end up running out winners 13-6. More about that game later on. In the late game, Wangaratta Rangers Black welcomed Benalla Bandits to the ranch. The Rangers hitters got on top early and combined with a solid pitching and defense behind Bryan “Moose” Wilson and Nathan “Rubberarm” Pool, recorded a ten to nil win. Benalla really brought it to the Rangers, and it was a good hard competitive game of baseball. All stuck around for a drink and a laugh after the days play. It was really great to see the camraderie between the clubs. The season is going into a two week hiatus now with Easter weekend, and with ANZAC day falling on a Tuesday the following week, many may take the chance to get away for an extended break. Or get married.
As Cam ‘The Soak’ Scott will do on April 22nd. Congrats to Cam and Loz on their upcoming nuptials. But fear not! Baseball and this correspondent will be back on deck in the following weeks. Now down to other Ranger musings.
Surprise Dino! Look who’s come to play!
     Nothing much seems to surprise the seeimingly unflappable Ian “Dino” Dinsdale at any time. However over the weekend he was very unaware that two of his daughters Leah and Lauren had been playing baseball over the summer for Essendon Baseball Club. All to get ready to have a season with their father at Wangaratta. As Master of ceremonies, Tony Spinner Smith was giving a speech, the ladies hid out behind the club room waiting for the right moment to come around the corner in Rangers uniforms. When the moment was right the girls appeared and a very unsuspecting Dino had a lovely surprise. Nice work ladies!  A special thank you to all who came down and was a part of this lovely occasion.
300 to French
     A big shout out and congratulations from all of us in the North Eastern Baseball community to Brendon French, who is the first Wangaratta Ranger to play 300 games for the club. When you think the club has been in it’s present form for less than 20 years, that is a lot of games played by the loyal club man. His 300th was spent behind the plate, and as usual he did a sterling job. And even after his first game, he wasn’t done for the day. Frenchy put his hand up to line umpire the Rangers Black vs Benalla game. Another moment for the French family as it was Damien “Damo” French’s first game in the orange and black. Another special moment for one of the clubs great servants. Congratulations French, and  Damo, from all of us at the Wangaratta Rangers Baseball Club.
Better call the RACV Tets.
     Word has it that Tetsu, “Yes Chef” Kamiyama, had a little bit of car trouble on the way home from Wodonga last week. Many other rangers heading home from the game witnessed Tetsu’s misfortune. Word had it that Tets typically took it all in stride and continued on in his own very unique way. As usual Rob “Butts” Seymour was there to help out Tets and help get him back home. Good on you Butts!
O’Neil has not lost it
     Shaun, “Flashback” O’Neil, has returned to baseball for the first time in many years. Already he has made an impact both on and off the diamond. In the first game of the year against Wodonga, my spies tell me that he hit and chased down everything thrown and hit at him. Over the weekend, against Benalla, this hot start to the season continued. Flashback hit nearly everything including a big home run that hit an air conditioning unit on of the buildings over at Cathedral College. Flashbacjk has even set the trend on fashion by modeling an old Saint Blue and gold silky baseball jacket. It would be great to see if any other old ball players and current members of Wangaratta have any old uniforms or jackets hiding away in their cupboards. Get them out show off the heritage of North Eastern Baseball Association. Line Drive’s good mate, Cam “The Soak” Scott, has already got out his old Tyabb Bulldogs jacket out. He is looking forward to showing it off at a later date. Maybe a heritage week of old jersey and uniforms could be put in place? Just a thought.

Chicks dig it
     Yeah that’s right, they dig playing baseball. It has been a great sight over the past couple of weeks, the number of ladies donning the Orange and Black of Wangaratta. As mentioned earlier, Leah and Lauren Dinsdale are playing the year with Dino but let’s not forget that the newest Nambrok member, Robyn “RPG” Percy-Goulding, has begun playing after being an avid supporter last year. Another lady has made a great impression too. Welcome to Jamie Samuels who has just fitted in seamlessly. Enjoy it ladies.
The Wright Stuff
     Another new player this year, Jackson “The Flash” Wright, is ready to make his mark on the North Eastern Baseball Association. He has already joined the High Sock Sunday squad as he likes the look of showing off the calves in the big high socks. He has the flash batting gloves and the bat to match. Watch for this kids speed on the bases, joining other known speedsters, as Azza “The Driver” Parker, and Shaun “Flashback” O’neil in tearing up the diamond. Exciting times ahead for Wangaratta Rangers.
Wyatt on the Hill
     The big Mick “Skipper” Wyatt, was like a kid in a toy shop over the weekend. He was excited to play baseball and was even ready for his turn on the mound. Mick got off to a ripping start getting a hit and then throwing out another returning player Steve Bryant who showed great sportsmanship to play for Porepunkah,  as they were a man down. When it came for the skipper to get on the hill and pitch for Rangers Orange, he stepped up and threw a fantastic three to four innings. He then made himself available if required for Rangers Black,  against Benalla. Once again another “A plus” effort from the man who will forever known as “The Skipper”.
The Prophet is all about the Cuts in the Cage 
     A little note came across this scribes social media accounts over the past week. Good friend of Line Drive, The Prophet, is running his eye over what is going on down at Ringwood Baseball Club. The Prophet’s first edition was an absolute cracker. There was a bit of name dropping which was very entertaining. The old Cod’s got a mention too. If you have not read it yet, check it out at https://cutsinthecage.wordpress.com/ It will be great to read the next installment.
Thursday Tea’s are here
     Chef, Tony “Spinner” Smith, will be hobbling around and cooking his famous savoury mince for dinner this Thursday night. The cost of the meal will be between $6 and $10 and you get a drink with that too. Come along, have a hit and a run around and get around your Ranger brothers and sisters. Stick around and learn to play some poker against Moose and all the other usual Ranger suspects. Have fun, share a laugh and ease yourself into a lovely Easter. An invite has been sent out on the team app so please accept it or reject there. If you do not have the app yet download it on-line and look for Wang Rangers. Team app has all your Wang Rangers news and events for season 2017.
Juniors 2017 
It has been great to hear on the radio this week about how North Eastern baseball Association are being proactive in the recruitment of juniors for the future. All clubs are working together so this year the association can send away an Under 12 team to the winter championships. Below is an excerpt from the Wangaratta Rangers website written by the President Tony Smith.
T-Ball and Under 12 Championship Training:
Under 12 training starts this Saturday 8th April from 3pm till 4.30pm at the grounds. Run by Kevin and some of the other players the aim is to get enough players to put in a representative side for the North East at the State Championships at Bendigo in late June. Kevin Pool is looking at players in the 8-11 years age brackets. A perfect opportunity for your youngster to get in to baseball and develop some skills and interest at an early age.
NEBA T-Ball Games: As an aside to the U12 training, NEBA are introducing T-Ball games to be held during the break between senior games on a Sunday. Due to start in Round 4, Sunday 7th May. The aim is to pool all available players to form sides to hold a proper
T-Ball Game. This is aimed at the 8 – 12 years bracket.
So if you know anyone who is interested please contact wangarattarangers@hotmail.com for more information.
Now for the club stuff
  • Fees are now due. See Scotty “The Big Show” Jenkins for more information
  • Thursday night Tea Spinner is the Chef. Get around it and cook too
  • Punters club is back. See the Soak for details
  • Happy Wedding Day Soak and Loz
  • Training 6pm Thursdays.
  • End of season trip date yet to be determined
  • Follow us on team app Wangaratta Rangers and on Twitter @WangRangers and http://www.wangarattarangers.baseball.com.au/
  • Frosty to return in the next couple of weeks
NEBA on a break
   Now games are scheduled for the next couple of weeks. Enjoy the time with your families and friends. Keep checking team app for updates and information in the meantime. Line Drive is off to watch the nuptials of Cam and Loz. Good luck to them..
Oh and Go Rangers

Rounding Third By Line Drive April 5th 2017

Welcome to this weeks edition of the goings on of the Wangaratta Rangers Baseball Club. This week saw the start of the 2017 North Eastern Baseball Association season. The men and women of the Rangers headed up the Hume highway to take on the Wodonga Warriors at Gayview Park Wodonga. In the early game, Rangers Orange were competitive but were out gunned by a very good Warriors White outfit. After viewing the score book, it seemed the game was quite close to begin with, but in the end the Warriors White got on top  In the end the score line was 23-7. In the late game, those wily Rangers Orange veterans hit the ball hard and had day out in the field running out victors 31-0. Once again thank you to all those Ranger supporters who headed up the Hume to enjoy Wodongas hospitality. Now the season is here what else is news on the Ranger front?
Coach Moose is making his mark.
     Bryan “Moose” Wilson is giving the coaching caper a real crack. He has taken on the role with great gusto and enthusiasm. His little anecdotes each week are great to read. His enthusiasm about the future direction of the club is hard to ignore and all us in the Ranger family will get behind him and help him out. More clubs need guys like Moose to step in and lead with new ideas and philosophies. It will be a cracking season not matter what the end result for the Orange and Black.
Wanna know the news get on team app.
     Yes yes Line Drive does go on about this each year but if you are unavailable for a game could you please place it on team app. This will help out Moose and his merry men each and every week to know exactly who is available and who is not. How do I join the Ranger team app you ask?  It’s easy. Download the ‘team app’ look up Wangaratta Rangers and join. Once you are confirmed you are in! Voting is being done via the app too, so when it is your turn to vote on a game just enter your votes and submit. For more information regard team app or anything on line please contact Cam “The Soak” Scott. Everyone should spread the gospel which is North Eastern Victoria Baseball.
Game changer returns for season 2017
     As like last year statistics will be done to the best of Line Drive’s score book reading ability on Game Changer. It has taken a bit of time to set up and will be updated as regularly as possible. Search for Wangaratta Rangers on Game Changer to have a look. Rangers Orange is a 2016 season while Rangers Black is 2017. Clicked the wrong year on one. Apologies for that but it will still work. It’s a game changer!
Thursday night training.
     Finally it’s happening. After years of discussion training is moving to Thursday nights. This has pleased Yarrawonga resident Cam “The Soak” Scott no end. It means he can play Wednesday night golf then go to training on a Thursday! Training will be at the normal time of 6pm and if you are unable to attend please let Moose know. Thursday night dinners soon to be announced so keep your eyes and stomachs open for some cracking meals!
New Rangers
     It’s great to see some new Ranger faces this year. Already many of them are making an impact. Nice to see the return of Shaun O’Neill to the club, he has fitted back seamlessly. Who would have thought otherwise. Over the next few editions Line Drive will have some more information about how the new recruits are traveling.
One game in and time to talk about the trip
     If you saw the Rangers Facebook site the other night, the man of many talents Daniel “CFA” Griffin has already put his thinking cap on about this years Ranger Ramble VI. As all of you know the fines tin is back in action this year, and as usual it is an honor system. You stuff up, you pay! Trip is open to all who play for the Rangers and the minimum qualification is to play three games. Already it looks like there could be some trip rookies to add to the motley crew of regulars who look forward to this weekend away each year.
Was that Murdoch in Monday’s paper?
     Speaking of Griffin, his good mate Brad “Undies” Murdoch and his magnificent moustache were in Monday’s Border Mail. Both were representing Springhurst CFA with distinction in the country fire championships. Now my question is, is that a fine to the tin for being in the paper Brad? Or maybe just half the usual five dollars for a photo? It will be up to the fines master to decide that one.
Griff and the tin. That you put your fines in.
     Yes the tin is back this year. Over the summertime some of the older heads were schooled in how to run a fines meeting. Wonder if any of those fines will make it into the Ranger vernacular this year. Only Griff and his merry men of the Wangaratta’s number one boy band Nambrok can ultimately decide upon that one.
On the punt.
     Avid tacticians of the punt Nathan “Rubberarm” Pool, Steve “Fernando Chompers” Peruzzo and Cam “The Soak” Scott have been having a red hot crack on the punt over the past few weeks. They have been up then they have been down and now they sit…exactly where they started. Still this will not deter the boys for the coming season as they know a big win here and there could make the end of season trip a little cheaper. Maybe Rubberam you could back Essendon all year to win the flag? Maybe??
Bunnings BBQ another success.
     Special mention to those who helped out with the Bunnings BBQ a couple of weeks ago. Once again it was worth the effort especially getting our name out in the community once again. Spearheaded by Tony “Spinner” Smith the club gained some valuable dollars towards future ideas and plans. Nice work ladies and gentlemen.
A picture tells a 1000 words!
     This year it would be great to see more and more photos of baseball from all games out there. Post them and share them and show that we do have a presence here in the North East of Victoria. From training to working bees to just being at the game the more exposure the better. You never know you might get your picture used in this esteemed publication too.
Ranger men
Just looking for another photo opportunity gentlemen. Thanks to Tania Pool for the image
This week in baseball
     This coming weekend will be a cracker. All games are going to be played in Wangaratta this Sunday from 11:30am. Rangers Orange play host to Porepunkah Panthers while Rangers Black will be playing Benalla Bandits in the late game starting at 2:15pm. Over on diamond two, Wodonga Warriors will be play Bears at the same corresponding times. Full canteen and bar facilities are available all day. Come buy a meat raffle ticket to win a meat tray supplied by our valued sponsor Londrigan Meats. Once again the Ausport van will be in attendance so give them a call if you need anything before they come up the Hume so you can make sure you have it there this Sunday. Come along and enjoy a day out at the Ranch.
Good positive vibes.
     Line Drive is tipping the hat to those at other clubs in the North Eastern Baseball Association who are working hard to recruit players and develop junior programs. In the past couple of weeks the good folk down at Benalla Bandits have been out and about running t-ball clinics in Benalla and getting their name out there. It’s nice to see Porepunkah have got new uniforms and both Wodonga and Bears are promoting the game within their communities. It is great to see the clubs are looking to enter an Under 12 team in the winter championships and if this happens then it is a massive step in the right direction of baseball in the north east. Keep talking the game, up keep writing articles and most importantly let’s all get behind the great game of baseball. As a collective we can make it work and grow the game we all love to play.
Now to the club stuff
  • Rangers Orange vs Porepunkah Panthers 11:30am Targoora Park Wangaratta
  • Rangers Black vs Benalla Bandits 2:15pm Targoora Park Wangaratta
  • Check out Presidents Prattle on Facebook Team app and at http://www.wangarattarangers.baseball.com.au
  • Follow Wang Rangers on Twitter
  • Working bee this Saturday 9am. If you are free come along to help out.
  • Training Thursday night 6pm come along all are welcome
  • This is the first mention of Rob “Butts” Seymour for the week. Hi Rob.
  • Subs are now due. See Jenko for more information.
  • Merchandise available from the club check out Facebook for more details.
Well that’s it for this week. Have a great week please share and spread the word. Just remember you never know where Line Drive may pop up next.
Oh and…………….
Go Rangers

Rounding Third by Line Drive Cods edition 2017

Hello and welcome to the yearly wrap up of the Cods trip to the Victorian Masters Baseball Championship. This year’s carnival was once again hosted by those wonderful group of volunteers who year in and year out put on a great event in Ballarat. The boys headed off full of beans Thursday night ready for three days of baseball. After day one the Cods were sitting at one win and one loss. A competitive loss to the Big Cat’s Tomatoes. They boys were able to reverse the result by over hauling a fast starting Traralgon 9-4 Day two only one game was played by the boys where they were comprehensively outplayed by a hard hitting Doncaster 16-1. They boys headed off out for the day and were able to regroup on Sunday and defeat Tassie 7-0. At the end of the weekend Cods finished with an even ledger of two wins and two losses. Now that is the playing side of things done. what other shenanigans did the Cods get up to?

Warm up’s are overrated

     After a big Friday of baseball Cods turned up Saturday full of confidence that they were able to get another win on the board. All there in uniform early. Had a throw to stretch the arms. That was nothing out of the norm. However the next part came to a shock of some Codsmen. A bit of a warm up hit. When it came to game time this tactic did not pay off. Doncaster ran hot with the bat where the Cods were playing more like goldfish than Cods. In the analysis after the game there was a motion passed that we do not have a warm up hit before the game. Who’s idea was that?

Short stop who would be one?

     Seems to this writer that short stop is a cursed place. The Cods in three game have tried numerous shortstops and still no one is able to field a ball cleanly there. Cam ” Showtime” Rogers even dragged himself out of the position yesterday. Next to have a crack at it on Saturday was Rob “Butts” Seymour. who picked it up cleanly but throwing it was a problem. Finally by Sunday Cods had sorted their issues out with the position with Nathan “Rubberarm” Pool turning two unassisted double plays. One of them was like a stretching first baseman with the side arm throw. Looked very pretty.

Making mistakes, paying the price

     This year second year Cod Mark “Scoota” Farrow was charged with the job of leading the nightly fines meeting. Plenty was offered up to the panel and many fines were paid. Brendon French’s fine was triple as he decided to “glove” pump  the ball three times before her threw it to first. Still he threw him out by a number of steps. No one was spared with close to $200 being handed over the the Cods Masters Trust. It has been speculated that the money sill go towards new Cods playing hats and maybe new socks for all.

Office burn

Who would have thought that at this time of year you would get sunburn in Ballarat! After the past couple of years of adverse conditions Ballarat put the weather on for the weekend. After a windy start Friday morning the day turned into one that was quite harsh on the skin. Jason “The Office” Jonker felt it more than most. His head and face were beetroot red with that lovely sun-glass line. Of course he paid the price for it. He did take it all in good jest saying well he is an office worker.

The wild pitch

Speaking of Jonker he did have an interesting outing on the mound on Friday. There was talk in the dugout about how many batters you are allowed to hit. Jonker thought he would test it. He managed to hit three batters with the ball. However he did hit the same batter twice! The first time Jonker hit the batter he was in shock, the second time round it was just hilarious. He was not along to the hitting a batter illness. Nathan “Rubberarm” Pool managed to hit one or two too. At the end of the day we are masters and I am sure they would not have hurt too much.

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Was this a straight one Jason? Image courtesy Brendon French

Virtual Golf Superstars

     What to do after an early game Saturday? Play some golf. But we don’t want to walk and we don’t have clubs? Oh lets play Virtual Golf. Not much walking but the thrill of hooking and slicing the ball none-the-less. The boys headed out to the Golfers Lounge and enjoyed the afternoon punting having a laugh and for Steve “The Hulk” Maggs breaking stuff. After a tough opening hole where The Hulk and Cam “The Soak” Scott pressed the wrong button and took a +9 Maggsy looked to belt the cover off his next drive. He made solid contact but the driver decided to separate from the shaft, leaving Maggsy holding the stick. In the game of ambrose Pooly and Barks took the choccies much to the annoyance of Robe “Beaker” Barbour and Rob “Butts” Seymour. If you get a chance head out to the golfers lounge for darts and virtual golf. Afterwards the darts came out and from memory Shane “Tatts” Tatterson was showing a dead eye for the big scores. As long as you beat Butts then it’s a good day!

Who wants to be the Golden Pufferfish?

    There were a few making a play for the title of Golden Pufferfish 2017. Big Cod Mick Brownlie was not there to feend his title so both Ash “Metalhead” Meyers and Rob “Beaker” Barbour made a play for the title. Both presented their cases very strongly but only one could win read on to see who it was.

Real Men Pitch day four

     Ash “Metalhead” Meyers had been spruiking to anyone who would listen that real me pitch day four. Meyers had played some good ball and was thrown the ball to pitch Sunday. backed up by sparkling defense and good offense Meyers threw four innings of shut out baseball. He made a final play for the “Golden Pufferfish” for the best Cod for the weekend. He won by a clear margin for his hitting, his defense and his all round sportsmanship on and off the field. Meyers did it all. Congratulations Ashley Meyers. I heard the Big Cod Mick Brownlie will be looking to regain the trophy in 2018. Meyers will be looking to go back-to-back.

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The hard task of voting for the Golden Pufferfish. Image courtesy of Brendon French

Beaker in the clear

     After last year’s misadventures Rob “Beaker” Barbour was able to stay out of the path of mis hit baseballs. Instead him and Tony “Spinner” Smith did a sterling job of managers for the weekend. On behalf of all Cods thank you Beaker and Spin. Special mention to Brendon French for taking photos and documenting how the weekend unfolded. Hope to see more images on the Cods page soon.

Tassie Hospitality

     A big thank you goes out to those great blokes at Tassie Tigers Baseball. Friday night Chris “Chalky” Chalker invited the Cods to dinner at the Park Hotel and for a few beers. The Cods took up the offer and had a good feed and a punt on their behalf. At the end of the day this is what masters is about. Meeting others and having a laugh a beer and having a good time. Always good to see good people.

Ballarat Thank you

     A big thank you needs to go to Kingsley Collins and the Ballarat Baseball community for the work and effort putting on a wonderful weekend of Masters Baseball. We all love coming down the Hume and participating in a well run professional competition. The links we make with other teams makes the trip all worth it. We look forward to 2018.

Future Cods

     It has been floated that there may be two Cods teams next year. There is an idea that a 45+ team could be entered as well as 35+. Now it’s up the fellow Cods and new Cods to put their hand up and don the teal and black in 2018. We want you the former ball player. It’s not a huge commitment as well all enjoy just playing the game. If you are interested to be a Cod let us know via the Cods Masters Baseball on Facebook.

 

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This could be you next year Image courtesy of Brendon French

To all Cods 

Brendon French, Tony Smith, Ben Barker, Shane Tatterson, Nathan Pool, Rob Seymour, Cam Rogers, Steve Maggs, Mark Farrow, Rob Barbour, Steve Peruzzo, Jason Jonker, Ash Meyers and Cam Scott hope to see you all again in 2018. To past Cods and future Cod we hope to see you on the diamond soon.

Cods baseball stuff

  • New hats next year
  • Want tape see Scooter
  • Tatterson racks up the hits
  • Chalky thinking he was barred from Cods page Saturday night
  • Beaker does not go out past 11pm
  • Fernando Peruzzo claims pop ups for hits
  • Jonker invests in sunscreen shares
  • Pool flies under the radar AGAIN!
  • Butts missing Mick Brownlie
  • Who will be new Cods in 2018
  • Meyers Golden Pufferfish 2017

Hope you have enjoyed the read and most importantly

Go Cods