Rounding Third by Line Drive August 2022

Hello and welcome to the latest installment of Rounding Third. The season is coming to a close and it has been another fantastic one for Wangaratta Rangers. Four out of five teams are playing finals and there is plenty going on over the next few weeks down at the Ranch. Line Drive thought it was time to talk about, and celebrate, the awesome happenings with many of the characters who are part of the Wangaratta Rangers Baseball Club.

This weekend, finals will be played at Targoora park in Wangaratta on Sunday. A big day for all those who support local baseball, and what it is in the North Eastern Baseball Association.

A new Ranger

A big congratulations goes to Jamie Samuels and Angus “Gus” King on the safe arrival of their little boy named William. We’re all so proud of you and we hope to see you down at the grounds this coming week. 

What’s on in Wangaratta!

After a couple of years of little, to no activity on the social front, the next month sees The Rangers come alive with activity. The lucky ticket draw returns for year 2022. Kelsey “Dropsy” Burder has been busy working away to get this social function sorted, and it is slated for Saturday the 17th of September. For those who have been in the past, it has always been a great night of food and frivolity, with all in the club pitching in to put on a great shindig. This year is no different. So if you are interested in a lucky ticket please get into contact with your closest Ranger contact and they will happily sell you one. See you there!

Prelim and Prosecco

This Sunday, lovers of baseball will be treated to some cracking games of baseball in Targoora park. The Lady Rangers have put their heads together and come up with a way to celebrate the final game of the season at Wangaratta by putting on a bit of a ‘Ladies Day’…. The brain child of D’Melza Pool, it has been received enthusiastically and a great way to say thankyou to all the ladies who have put a massive effort from junior mornings to senior afternoons assisting in the smooth running of Sunday baseball. The culmination will be a shared with grazing table of goodies. All ladies welcome, please bring something to add to the grazing table. Mrs Soak, Lauren, will also be on the scout for the best crowd participation, there may or may not be a prize involved.

Pooly takes one for the team. O’Neil gets the choccies

Why is it always when Line Drive comes to post, something with Shaun “Old School” O’Neil happens? A few weeks back Old School was looking for Line drive to write an apology on his glowing reference to the season he was having. Since then his form deserted him. Line Drive held firm. His luck changed last weekend, as he was fortunate enough to take the win in the Bears Lucky ticket draw. This marks the second year in a row (memory deserting me) that a Rangers player has taken the big prize. A few of the Ranger men had a good time at the event, and Nathan “The Pres” Pool was kind enough to drive. All that will be said about this, is that Pooly has taken his turn of driving. If you ever had given Tetsu Kamiyama a lift then you would know what it is all about!

Alphabet Racing is here.

The brainchild of Cam “The Soak” Scott, alphabet racing was floated as an idea in the players chat on Sunday and by Wednesday, The Soak had twenty six willing Rangers to have a crack at something that is really, just pure luck. Over the following thirteen weeks, The Soak will pour over the results of Melbourne’s racing, totaling winners and placeings, with the most points in November winning. A bit of fun and those involved do not have to lift a finger! It’s great to see Scotty Jenkins and Azza Parker getting involved as well. All part of the Ranger family. Good luck to all involved. Let’s see how the letters fall come November 26th. Pooly’s favourite letter is ‘D’ by the way…..

Future is looking very bight

Line Drive had the pleasure of watching the under 15’s train on Thursday night. It was awesome to watch.  Hitting, fielding, the lot . A big shout out to Nathan Pool in the under 11s and Owen Godenzi and their bands of helpers in  their tutelage of  the juniors. Big thankyou to Lyster Inc in their support of junior baseball in Wangaratta.

A special shout out to Mikayla Pool for her photos and posting results on the Rangers page on Facebook. It has been great to read the results on Monday.

Fence Fantastic

If you have not been down to Targoora park recently then you are in for a very nice surprise. Diamond one is now fully fenced. This will change the game immensely. Now players will have to chase everything! From an aesthetics point of view, Bryan “Moose” Wilson remarked “It looks like a baseball field”.

Line Drive agrees. It has been a big project, but great to see this plan coming to fruition. 

AGM time

2nd of October is the time for the Annual General Meeting. Come along get involved in a great growing club of Wangaratta. Positions vacant this year are for President, treasurer and four committee members. If you are interested let us know!

Now for Club stuff

  • All games at Targoora Park Juniors and seniors this coming weekend.  Prelim and Prosecco from 1pm!
  • Lucky Ticket Draw 17th September
  • Presentation Day- at Old Town Country Tavern 2nd October
  • Great job Griff on the season.
  • New playing  tops available see club members to get your top.

Till next time

Go Rangers!

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