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?
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.
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.
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
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
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!
and go Rangers