Hello and welcome to Aprils installment of Rounding Third. This time around there is much to discuss around the return of Cods to the Victorian Masters Baseball Championships. This tournament was held over the weekend of April 9th to the 11th at the Geelong Baseball Center. Thirteen Cods were dug up from the murkiness of the waters in the North Eastern region and went off to test their mettle over three days of baseball and other things. It was another cracking weekend of laughs good times and some good and bad baseball! Well let’s get into it! Where to start?
Cods finish all square.
Starting a bit different this week with a quick recap of all four games. A typical Line Drive take on them once again.
Game one Rebels vs Cods
Let’s start with the actual games. On day one Cods got to start their 2021 round with a match against Rebels. Cods were relaxed and loose before their first game together in over 2 years. So much so, Cods jumped out of the gates and raced to an early 3-0 lead. However a close double play curtailed the innings and it was the Rebels turn to slowly but surely chip away at the Cods lead. The wind was playing havoc and many a ball looped over the heads of Cod fielders. One such ball saw Ash Meyers get his feet about 2 inches off the ground! A couple of errors then followed and the Rebels were on top. Cods tacked on another run late but to no avail with Rebels recording a 7-4 win. Good performances on the mound from Jason Jonker and a quick cameo from Tetsuya Kamiyama before time expired. One game for the Friday.
Game 2 vs Tip Rats
The Cods basked in the glory of a late sleep in for two games in challenging conditions on day two in Geelong. Game two stat was Steve Peruzzo who’s cameo appearance was one to remember. It was unfortunate the Cods were not on the scoreboard early as Peruzzo cracked a double into left field for it to find the only small gap under the fence and for the ball to roll under for two bases. With that, Cods were unable to take an early lead. Starting pitcher Ash Meyers in four innings of guile and the use of rain, wind, hail and good looking socks held the Tip Rats to 3 runs. Cods slowly but surely got on top and again Peruzzo was at the front of the charge. He cracked a ball that went to the deepest part of the field and looked to leg out a comfortable triple. However as the fuel light came rounding third on he was asked to head for home and was thrown out of at the plate. In the end it was the Cods who prevailed on a home run by Brendan Simmons to win the game in a walk-off for the Cods who were quite surprised they had won. End score was 4-3.
Game 3 vs Sloths
The weather was continuing to play tricks on everyone present in Geelong as sun, then wind, then rain, then more sun greeted all those who were playing in the match against the Sloths. Much action was taking place before the game as many were trying to organise the quaddie for the day. Game three starter was Ross Johnson who looked in command for most of his 3 and 1/3 innings of work. One Sloths player remarked that it was difficult to pick his off speed stuff with the rubber wrist Johnson possesses. Sloths got a run here and there but the Cods stuck to their task. Tony Smith couldn’t pick up the ball in sunny conditions earlier vs the Tip Rats, but he had no problem looking into the sleet and hail an murkiness to get an important out at a critical moment in the game. Now from here, things got a little weird. Rob Seymour came onto pitch. After maybe one or two warm-ups Seymour was ready to go. One hitter remarked after he had thrown the ball behind the hitter to hit him as he has been hit there in the previous two games. Seymour obliged and managed to hit the poor batter in the same spot for the third time for the weekend. Seymour continued to find it difficult to find the zone and the Sloths capitalised. Brendan Simmons was then brought in to get out of the inning but Sloths held a comfortable lead. More power hitting from Steve Peruzzo helped garner a late run but to no avail going down 6-1.
Game 4 vs Doncaster
A rather bleary eyed, tired and puffed Cods outfit got the job down in a very cold and blustery Sunday morning. Jason Jonker got the start and Cods just hit the ball and scored runs. A big shout out to Tim Seymour who jumped in and played for Doncaster to help them fill all nine positions on the diamond. Nathan pool came in for relief and finished the game off. In the end the Cods won by the score of 10-3. So in the end Cods won two lost two. All square once again in 2021. A special mention to Jamie Samuels who came and score the games over the weekend. To Rob Seymour who took charge for the weekend and filled in the paper work and rung the changes. The small tasks but none-the-less the tasks that need to be done. it was greatly appreciated.
Scott has a Stinker
Good friend of Line Drive Cam Scott had a weekend to forget from the baseball point of view. From the first at bat to the last, not much really went right for the man from Yarrawonga. Usually quite astute at playing his preferred position, Scott made it look rather difficult and at times quite comical. From dropping pop ups in the diamond to routine plays, nothing looked fluid for him. In the final game against Doncaster a car alarm went off in the middle of his plate appearance and he remarked to the umpire “well that just sum’s it up. Not much else could go wrong” However there was still something else with a ball bouncing a different direction by hitting the only stone on the diamond. All Cam could do was shrug his shoulders and put his arms up despairingly. Maybe next year the wheel may turn. Maybe……
Jonker rules the court
Jason Jonker is this year’s Cods master of indiscretions. From all accounts he took to the role like a duck to water. No one escaped the wrath of the fines master. From Tetsu not wearing a cap to go out and field and thinking there were three outs after rolling a double play to those who happened to turn up at a meeting, he did not miss the mark. Suffice to say there was quite a collection by the end of the weekend. To Jonker’s credit he did chip in his own cash too. One thing is for sure, new merchandise could be on the way!
The men and women of Wangaratta Rangers braved the chilly conditions to watch the Cods in action on Saturday. Armed with all the trappings of home, the men enjoyed watching some interesting baseball in some very trying conditions. Maybe Daniel Griffin should pay a little more attention when an errant foul ball nearly cleaned him up while he ate his chops beside his vehicle. From a players point of view it was greatly appreciated. The men and women of Wangaratta made the effort to come have a look and enjoy Geelong as much as the Cods did. Maybe they will be future Cods in the years to come.
The Silver Pufferfish Award
This years award went to Ash Meyers who enjoyed himself immensely as he always does at Cods. After three days of baseball he beat out another previous winner Rob Seymour for the award. The reasons for him winning were his on field description of his Friday night. If you really want to know maybe just ask Ash.
Whiteman wiffs at one and snap!
It was great to see Sean Whiteman finally dirty his new cleats he had bought over twelve months prior. He had a good weekend playing solid ball and being the boss he is in right field. Whiteman also broke the first bat of the weekend. A nice blue number purchased the previous day by Nathan Pool. After Pool could not decide what bat to buy and was told to “just buy both” so he took the advice of the peanut gallery and did so. The ball that did the damage was on the hands, and from the first sound it made, the bat is now firewood. Lucky for Pool the bat did come with a warranty. Sometimes the bat last longer than the day!
Good to see some familiar faces.
One of the highlights for Line Drive is to catch up with old friends at Masters. This was the case on the weekend where it was great to see former team mates from the clubs he once played for. Talking baseball and about how to grow the game and working together was a common theme. Also talking about how good they once were as well. Maybe just maybe there are some good times ahead working together to grow the game in the North East of Victoria.
All about the socks!
Yes there is always something to discuss about socks but over the weekend it was especially strong. Friday black socks, Saturday old school stirrups followed by high sock hoop Sunday. In an amazing turn of events all sock colours matched the playing tops. Once again those leading the sock charge: Jason Jonker, Ash Meyers and Cam Scott. Now to get it right at old Ranger land!
Cods 2021 were
Rob Seymour, Nathan Pool, Steve Peruzzo, Tony Smith, Ash Meyers, Brendan SImmons, Jason Jonker, Tetsuya Kamiyama, Damon Barker, Tim Seymour, Cam Scott, Ross Johnson, Sean Whiteman. Line Drive thanks you all for a great weekend. He heard about it all and enjoyed writing this one for you.
Now onto North Eastern Baseball stuff
North East Baseball returns for 2021
After all the excitement of the past weekend, baseball returns to the diamonds of the North Eastern Baseball Association. Well done to all clubs who have been working hard in difficult times for all sports to put sides together for juniors and seniors for season 2021. Round one will be played at North Albury and Wodonga respectively. Like to know more? Follow North Eastern Baseball Association on Facebook, and Instagram. Just look up North East and look for a bushranger logo.
One photogenic guy!
Some other eagle eyed masters followers found a recent image of Owen Godenzi playing masters over the weekend. One must note this seems to happen year in year out for the Rangers number 51. One guesses there could be a little fine coming up. Retrospectively, Azza Parker may need to cough up too for a nice image from a few weeks back after his man of the match performance for Wangaratta in the country cup! All in good fun gents. Why would you not want to be photographed? It means more publicity for the Wangaratta Rangers out there!
Grounds Keeper Wyatt is happy!
A big shout out to those at Wangaratta who gave up their Saturday afternoon who help sow and sand the diamond. It has already made a massive difference and will be ready for the first home game in May. Groundsman Mick Wyatt is one very happy individual in how it has come up. Well done Rangers.
Want a hoodie? We know a guy!
New hoodies are available to purchase form the club. They look great and are big and warm too. I know Brad Murdoch was keeping warm in one over the weekend in Geelong. Check out the image below and then drop the club a message to get one. Hats, beanies and caps are all available as well. Come along to Thursday night at training from 6pm and grab one.
Junior training will return after the school holidays on Thursday 22nd of April. Numbers have been really good so far for the return of junior baseball. If you are around and can spare an hour, Owen would be very appreciative for your time, as would the new pupils of this great game. If you know of anyone who is interested in giving it a go please spread the word and feel free to come down and check out Rangers Baseball from 5pm Thursday.
Now for the club stuff
- Training 6pm with committee meeting to follow Thursday night. Juniors to begin next week.
- Follow us on all the socials to keep up to date.
- Bears vs Rangers Grey Springdale Heights Sunday.
- Warriors vs Rangers Orange Gayview park Wodonga Sunday
- Warriors vs Rangers Gayview park Wodonga Sunday
- If you are unavailable at any stage please let the club know as soon as possible as it makes planning much easier.
Well that was a big one. Once again thanks for taking the time to read and please like and share it around everywhere!
Bring on season 2021 for the North Eastern Baseball Association.