Rounding Third by Line Drive October 16th 2017

Welcome to an out of season edition of Rouding Third. Since the last update, there has been plenty going on.
That last sentence is an understatement. There has been a heap of good stuff happening at Wangaratta’s one and only Baseball Softball club. More about that later. Let’s get into it.
Presentation day another success.
    Thanks to Cafe Martini Wangaratta, the Ranger family all gathered for a presentation lunch and a catch up to reflect on another successful year. Man for all seasons and multi sport athlete Scott, “The Big Show” Jenkins did a sterling job putting together all the trophies for season 2017. This year plenty of new categories were presented with Jenkins taking out the prestigious fly ball award. Perennial Fly Ball award winner Rob Seymour was suitably impressed it was not him, as his name is on there up to six times! For the record, Jenkins is only the 5th winner of the award in seventeen years!
In other awards Nathan Pool capped a stellar season by taking out Rangers Black MVP while Brendon “59” French and Jason “Sunscreen” Jonker shared the Orange honors. Best first year player was Jackson “Whacko Jacko” Wright. Congratulations to all award winners and hope to see you all out there again next year.
DJ Iwanuch Club person of the year.
    “DJ Sarah” Iwanuch has had a massive year. Not only has she learned how to score baseball, played the odd game here and there and ran the tunes at training on Thursday nights, she also put together the Rangers presentation visuals and pretty much had a go at everything. Many agreed at the club that she was a deserving recipient of the Club person of the year award. From all of us at Wangaratta, congratulations and thanks for all your hard work during season 2017.
Dragey turns his hand to a new sport.
    Line Drive was just sifting through the pages of social media when he came across a little bit of news about 2015 Rangers Black premiership player Mark “The Rage” Drage. Dragey did not play in season 2017, but he has been far from idle. Dragey has put his fleet of foot ability to good purpose. He has been terrorizing defenses in the Murray Cup for the Wangaratta based North East Knights Rugby League Football Club. From all reports Drage had a cracking year by taking out the mens best and fairest award by one vote. Cricket, Baseball, Rugby League, Drage has many strings and is good at all of them. Congratulations Dragey. Enjoy the touch footy on Monday nights in Yarrawonga-Mulwala.
T-Ball and Softball Wednesday Nights.
    Another initiative over the summer months is to try and get some social softball happening down at Targoora Park on Wednesday nights over the summer time. So far the response has been positive. A couple of Wednesday’s ago fourteen showed up for a social hit and a bit of a game. Rumour has it there are more to come. T-ball has started for the kids on the same night at the same venue. If you are not doing much, come along Wednesday nights from 6pm. Targoora Park Murdoch Road Wangaratta.
Ground update.
     For many a year it has been proposed that the ground be drained. Not much was done about it. However Winter 2016 happened and there was a realisation that something needed to be done to improve the surface. After much discussion, planning and deal making it has finally been completed. The infield on the main diamond has been drained and turfed. Leader of men Tony “Spinner” Smith coordinated the Rangers group looking for assistance for four days over the past four weekends. Wangaratta responded. From digging out the dirt on the first day to cutting slits in pipes, trenching, laying pipe, moving and raking sand, moving irrigation, and laying turf, the job is now complete. Nathan “Rubberarm” and Kevin “The Legend” Pool put in a power of work with the pipe laying and turfing and pretty much everything else. It has been a huge operation. A massive thank you goes out to every single player and supporter of Wangaratta who gave up their time over the past four weeks to get this enormous task completed. This is something that Wangaratta Rangers should be proud of and proof that a little club with loyal committed members can achieve just about anything. Now what is the next improvement? Maybe a new bar for the clubrooms? Think big dream big.

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Turfing Tales.
    There has been plenty of laughs over the past four weekends and some terse moments. One highlight on Saturday was Kyle “Thrillmore” Gilmore deciding to try what can only be described as heartburn between bread. You see Gilly was challenged by good mate Brad “Undies” Murdoch to try a concoction of a “Pie Mac” For those who do not know what one of these are, that’s fine. It is a McDonald’s Big Mac with a meat pie inserted into the burger. Gilly tried his best to finish it but unfortunately the “Pie Mac” defeated him. He gave no reason why it did. Maybe the indigestion could have been an issue.
    In other turfing tales, many are suffering from very sore legs and backs from carrying turf all day. Late on day four Kev Pool asked the innocuous question if the wheel barrow had sand to Cam “the Soak” Scott. The Soak replied with a “yes” as he walked towards the barrow. Unfortunately Kev did not hear it so he asked him again.  Cam replied a little louder “YES”. Kev then asked him again where Cam said YES IT DOES very loudly. Turfing does cranky things to cranky people folks.
    It was good to see that Jason “Sunscreen” Jonker had learned his lesson from Cods earlier in the year. He was the first to apply the SPF 50+ each day and reapply when necessary. He was not going to have a repeat of his impressive sunglasses burn marks from a sunny Ballarat in March.
Ranger Ramble VI is here
    Yes the annual Rangers trip is on this coming weekend. Master of the tin Daniel “The Griff” Griffin has counted the coins in the tin and organised a trip that will not disappoint. Friday’s theme is “Snean” or “Jorts”, where Saturday the theme is beach day at the Bendigo Races. There are always many standouts on a trip like this with many vying for the best dressed trophy for Friday. There are a few Ranger rookies this year and it is always great to have some newbies on these occasions. What will they wear? How will they punt on the Saturday? One thing is for certain and that is that everyone enjoys themselves. Have a good weekend you lot and be safe.
Happy Birthday Fernando and Radelaide
Happy birthday to Steve “Fernando” Peruzzo and Lise “Radelaide” Cambareri who one has celebrated a milestone birthday while the other is soon approaching it. A ripping time was had by all down at Peruzzo land where the massive bonfire captivated many most of the night. Special mention to Aaron “Aldibags” Parker who kept himself warm by fitting into an Aldi Bag. Great night everyone!
CODS update
     Is it safe to talk about this now? Yes of course it is. CODS masters baseball will be back in March 2018. Already many have been canvassing the idea of having two teams. One for 35 plus and another for the 45 plus competition. The Cods have been proactive in locking in a coaches for 2018. Kelsey “Dropsys” Burder, is the 35 plus Manager while Rob “Beaker” Barbour has put his hand up for the newly formed 45 plus age group. If you are keen, head over the Cods Masters Baseball at https://www.facebook.com/Codsmastersbaseball/ and look for upcoming information. Watch this space as there is plenty going on behind the scenes.
New website.
    The Wangaratta rangers Website has shifted addresses. The old site still works and there is a link to the new Wangaratta Rangers website on the home page. The page has all the links you need to contact the club and to read Line Drive each and every week. The new location for all your rangers news is http://www.wangarattabaseball.com
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Now for the Club stuff
  • Ranger Ramble on this coming weekend
  • T-Ball and Softball down at “the Ranch” Wednesday nights from 6pm. All welcome
  • Welcome to the new committee. Jamie Samuels and Kelsey Burder have joined the executive
  • Cods Masters in 2018 looking for 45 plus players.
  • Next committee meeting to be confirmed.
Well that’s it. Off for a break. Will speak to you all soon
Go Rangers
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