Rounding Third By Line Drive June 27th 2019

   Hello and welcome to a long overdue edition of Rounding Third. it has been about two months since the last edition or even more and the 2019 North Eastern Baseball season is progressing nicely. In B Grade the Ranger crew have been working hard on and off the field and have a very handy win/loss record heading into the final 5 games of the season. Over the past weekend in Wodonga,  a committed and solid effort with bat and glove saw the Rangers B grade run out winners 19-5. In the late game, bathed in winter sunshine, another impressive hitting display was the order of the afternoon with Rangers A getting the chocolates 17-5. The youngest Rangers got a win too making it three wins from three. A special thank you to Wodonga’s hospitality, as the pulled pork rolls and chilli dogs were a hit with all who ventured up the Hume for the day. Next week the Rangers head south to Benalla to take on Benalla Bandits in both A and B grade. First pitch will be from 9:30am. Benalla has a great canteen too, so bring your pennies and spend them wisely while watching the baseball on Sunday.
Now to what has been happening around the club. Maybe Shaun “Old School” O’Neil will get another mention this week…….
Soak is walking the Kokoda track
Very good friend of Line Drive, Cam “The Soak” Scott is heading to Kokoda in September 2019 with twelve intrepid students as part of a leadership program. In the meantime he has been trying to scramble up every hill or incline he can find around the area. So far so good in his preparation, as one of his other great enjoyments in life will be taking a backseat for the next three months. A friend of The Soak told him on Friday night, that he couldn’t call him Soak, and would have to call him Cam, as it was just not the same calling him that name whilst a soda water was in his hand. Whatever the case, The Soak is looking forward to the challenge.
The Skipper sees everything
This has been sitting under my hat for a couple of months now but Line Drive was sent a message by Mick “The Skipper” Wyatt the other day about someone looking like they were asleep during the baseball. Now one won’t divulge who it was, but they were just basking in a siesta in the Sunday sunlight on a mild early May afternoon. If you want to know who is was see Mick for more information.
Humpernickle in the house
As mentioned in previous editions, it has been great to welcome some new players to the diamond in season 2019. One played who has had an impact already, is the clubs only true left-hander Dale “Humpernickle” Stevens. He played the game many years ago and it has only taken a couple of weeks to get his bat up to speed with the game.  His running of the bases will slowly improve as more time on the diamond will help. His overall enthusiasm and willingness to learn is great to see. Welcome aboard Dale. Just be careful swinging baseball bats at home and try not to hit yourself in the back of the head with one!
Thursday night training goes up a gear
Since the long weekend break the boys and girls of Wangaratta Rangers have been working doubly as hard on the track. Over the past few weeks a variety of different drills have been put into place with a big emphasis on running and defense of a variety of plays. However after a few years of deliberation, a new pitching machine was purchased by the club. Already club members are putting it to good use. Get down to training each Thursday, have a hit, a run around and a cooked meal. See you there.
Griff and the team run a great Canteen
Travelling man Daniel “The Griff” Griffin has once again come up with the goods in the canteen. Griff and his band of merry men and women have served the masses at Wangaratta home games. From the Ranger dog to muffins supplied by Lauren Dinsdale, the canteen has had it all so far this season. However, Griff needs your help. President Nathan “Rubberarm” Pool has created a roster for home games asking all Ranger players to help with a shift. However if you fail to show up then it is up to the person involved to switch shifts with another from the club. If you want to know when your shift is check it out in the documents section on Teamapp  https://wangarattarangers.teamapp.com/. How much do you owe again Shaun “Old School” O’Neil?
The King is here
Angus “Elvis” King has become the go to man in many situations this season. Not only is he an integral member of the Esmond street posse, but has become number one on the egg and bacon barbecue at home games. Elvis has been willing to roll his sleeves up and help out wherever it is required round the club. He has shown a sure set of hands in his fledgling playing days with the Rangers and we are sure enjoying having him around the club. Plus it has given a reason Brad “Undies” Murdoch to come to training too!
Congrats and welcome to the world 
A big congratulations to the Docs of the club, Sarah and Sean Warfe on the safe arrival of son Jude. See you down at the ground sometime soon.
Rangers represent once more
The 2019 State Winter Championships are done and dusted for another year. The North Eastern boys acquitted themselves well once again. One person from the Rangers had a sensational weekend with the bat and glove. Aaron “Azza” Parker’s bat was white hot for the weekend. Line Drive’s spies in Geelong were in awe of the display Azza put together. Power, speed and patience, Azza did it all. Let’s hope he keeps his bat hot for the second half of the season.
The Slugathon continues
    Slugathon update. The brothers of mash Bryan “Moose” Wilson and Owen “The Gaffer” Godenzi have resumed their battle to be home run king in 2019. Over the past weekend in Wodonga, Moose upped the ante but slugging back to back home runs, while The Gaffer pegged one back late in the game.  This may be the weekend for Scott “Big Daddy” Jenkins to get back in the game too as the third member of the brothers of mash. A thrilling race will go right down to the final game in season 2019.
B Grade putting up the wins
    The men and women of B grade Rangers have been working hard on the track in the past couple of months and all that work is definitely starting to pay off. Managers Steve “Fernando” Peruzzo and Mick “The Skipper” Wyatt have been wringing the changes and getting the best out of the rotating squad of players. It is great to see the younger members of the squad developing rapidly with the wiser heads guiding them through all sorts of different situations that arise in a game of baseball. Put the effort in and you get the results. Great work Rangers.
Juniors looking the goods
    Line Drive had the opportunity to watch the juniors at Wodonga last weekend and one thing for sure is that the future is a bright one for Wangaratta. Coaches Owen Godenzi and Nathan Pool along with right hand man Bryan Wilson on game days, and others including Jason “Sunscreen” Jonker on training nights have the juniors developing very very nicely. It has been a lot of graft and the parental support of the juniors is to be commended. The hitting and fielding was excellent and reminded a few older players of the time they played junior baseball all those years ago. Only a few weeks to go so get down to Benalla this weekend and have a look at future Rangers.
Nice to see you Bestie
    On old Ranger made an appearance down at Wodonga over the past weekend. Shannon “Bestie” Whiting came down to have a look two of his former clubs. It has been a while since Bestie put the boots on but was once again was quick to throw a few verbal barbs at his former team mates. It has something many of the players have missed over the past few years and was a welcome return. When asked if he missed baseball he did reply… a little. Another to resurface for Wodonga was former golden puffer fish Ash “Steel Panther” Meyers who rocked the hoodie and headphones in preparation for the game. Nice to see you gentlemen.
Now for the club stuff
  • Rangers are all at Benalla this Sunday. Great canteen at Racecourse Reserve Benalla.
  • Club fees are now due see Spinner for details. EFTPOS facilities now available at the club.
  • Training Thursday nights. Juniors from 5pm, Seniors 6pm. Cage in operation.
  • Check the canteen roster on Teamapp. Make swaps where necessary please.
  • If you are unavailable please place your unavailability on Teamapp as soon as you know. If picked and something changes please let your managers know directly.
  • Follow the game? Look up Wang Rangers on gc.com
  • 14th July cent a number round robin at Wangaratta.
  • 27th July is a Saturday game.
It had been a while since the last write up so it’s nice to check in and give you,  the avid reader out there an update.
Till next time
Go Rangers

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