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!

Rounding Third By Line Drive June 2022

Hello and welcome back to the little look into the North Eastern Baseball Association. What is happening around the traps at Wangaratta Rangers?

Yes it has been a while since my last writing but they say sometimes less is more when it comes to this sort of stuff, and well you the readers have probably been wondering where Line Drive has been. Or maybe just happy to wait until he was ready to write again.

North Eastern Baseball season so far

The Northeast season is well under way, with Rangers fielding three Senior and two Junior teams in the 2022 season. All Ranger sides have been blessed with fantastic numbers which is most pleasing for all involved down at the Ranch. Juniors are progressing very well with many players putting their hand up to play in the North Eastern representative sides at under 14 and under 18 level respectively.

In the Seniors, Ranger stalwarts Ross “Legoman” Johnson, Nathan “FOMO” Pool, Tetsuya “look at me” Kamiyama and new to Rangers this season Johnathan “Hot Shot” Taylor travelled to Geelong with the rest of North East’s best to have a crack at the Winter Championships. By all accounts all were just as good as last time they attended pre-covid.

Over the weekend of June 25 and 26, North Eastern Association were given the opportunity to host the winter U/18 championships at Wangaratta. After a phone call to some club legends it was determined that it was the first U/18 side from the North East in a representative carnival in 12 years. Lead once again by Pool and NEBA legend Ed Simmons, the side were competitive in all games and learnt a lot about representative baseball over the two days of the carnival. Special mention to Nick “Fifty percent” Jonker who was awarded the the medal for North East’s best. Nice work fifty percent. Let’s work toward seventy five percent!

Under Fourteens are off to Bendigo

The North East U/14 side are heading over to Bendigo this weekend for their return after 12 years at a winter championship. The Rangers are well represented in this division and club coach Owen “Big Table” Godenzi is heading over as team manager. Good luck to all players, support staff and anyone else making the drive over to Bendigo.

O’Neil is on fire

One player who is just having an absolute wow of a season is Shaun “Old School” O’Neil. He is definitely going old school this current season against all sides in the A grade competition. Not to mention his banter with the other members of the side, pretty much telling everyone else how to do it. From this viewpoint, he can mouth off as much as he likes after coming off another 4 for 4 performance in the last round of A grade action. Just don’t turn up to training please Old School, it’s obviously working for you!

Frenchy comes up clutch!

A big shout out goes to Brendon “Frenchy” French who liaised with great ranger sponsor, Middy’s Electrical Wangaratta, to install new lights for the batting cage. Now with more energy efficient and reliable lighting, the cage can now be used with utmost confidence that the lights will stay on throughout the night at training. However, Frenchy wasn’t finished there.

With Tony “Spinner” Smith, they were able at a pinch, to get diamond four available for use on the Sunday. Special thanks to STY Metals for use of their truck to manoeuvre the artificial mound into place for use in Sunday’s matches. A big thank you to both for your efforts to go above and beyond!

Volunteers Thank you!

A MONUMENTAL THANK YOU must go out to those from all clubs of the North Eastern Baseball Association who gave up their time over the weekend to assist in a smooth running of the Under 18’s winter championships. From talk around the ranch, many of you continue to go above and beyond in assisting with marking grounds, cooking barbecues and helping in the canteen to ensure that the North East put on a great weekend.

Thursday night dinners hitting the spot.

It is great to see the return of the Thursday night meal in season 2022. Many a Ranger, especially those who travel, are very happy to partake in a meal for the bargain price of $10 with a drink. So far dinners have been Spinners mince, to Pool’s potatoes and White’s meat and potatoes. Rob “Butts” Seymour was very happy with the leftovers! It demonstrates the great club spirit and willingness to have a meal together. This week we have Griff’s hot dogs and coke for $5. Bargain! Get down there Thursday night.

Town and Country Tea Sundays

After home games on a Sunday, many of the Ranger family have been heading over to the major sponsor, The Town and Country Tavern for dinner. This year the turn outs have been fantastic with many taking the chance to get together and chat about the days play. A big thank you to the visiting clubs who have also taken then opportunity to dine with us. There are still a few more dates coming up after home games. Be sure to stop into the Town and Country Tavern for a soda water or a meal.

Presentation evening.

This year Rangers presentation night will be held on Saturday October 1st 2022 at the Town and Country Tavern Wangaratta. President Nathan Pool was letting Line Drive know early, so we are all ready to celebrate season 2022. The Juniors will begin presentation with the under 11s and under 15s respectively, followed by dinner, care of the Town and Country Tavern.

Senior presentation will follow the Annual General Meeting (which is usually held on presentation day)

Beginning time is yet to be determined. All tickets need to be pre purchased prior to the event. Keep an eye out on the socials for more details.

Mid winter break

With the Juniors winter championships in Bendigo this weekend, it gives the many volunteers of the North Eastern Baseball Association a breather weekend.

Baseball will resume on the 10th of July for the run in to the finals in August. Daniel “Levels” Griffin and his merry band of helpers have been keeping the canteen ticking over this year very nicely. It has been hectic but with the aid of a roster, it has made the running of the canteen much smoother. Just remember to check your shift times and day. If you cannot make it please arrange a swap with someone else. Be sure to get a canteen card from Griff as you get a good discount on Sundays! See Griff for more details.

In other news in Baseball

A big shout out goes two absolute superstar legends of Hawks Baseball Club in Mildura.

Ben “Barnold” Arnold, played his 300th game for the blue and gold last weekend. Barnold is part of the institution of Hawks Baseball and is to be congratulated on his milestone.

Another pillar of the club, Clinton “Tabaret” Williams, is set to play his 400th game this coming weekend (July 2nd). Line Drive, really enjoyed his three years in Sunraysia where these two superstars still are, apart of a fabulous club.

Line Drive wishes he could be there (no accommodation) to enjoy the game and festivities, but congratulates both on these fantastic landmark achievements. Enjoy the night!

Sponsor Corner

A big thank you to a couple of our long time sponsors for season 2022-

Londrigan Beef and Lamb

Londrigan Beef & Lamb is in North East Victoria. We raise our own cattle using ethical methods and HGP free. Our cattle are bred and raised in a way to produce top quality meat for the home and professional cooks. When in Wangaratta drop in to 130 Rowan Street or visit the website http://www.londriganbeefandlamb.com.au/

Quantech Design

Quantech Design Pty. Ltd. (QD) is a Wangaratta based company supplying contract mechanical engineering, design and drafting to industry.

The company was established in 2005 and has quickly grown to become a recognised professional service provider that is relied upon by many companies within our fields of expertise.​ For more information visit http://quantechdesign.com.au/

Now for more club stuff

  • Please make sure you are up to date with playing subscriptions for season 2022. If you require more information please contact Spinner.
  • Under 14’s Bendigo 2nd and 3rd of July. Good luck to all!
  • Happy Birthday to Ross Johnson. How old now?
  • Merchandise available from the club. Hit up Butts for a really nice, warm hoodie for this cold weather. Maybe some beanies available too!
  • Teamapp is still there and ticking along, check us out on all the other socials for all your Rangers information.
  • Training from 5pm Thursday for Juniors and 6pm for Seniors @ Targoora Park Wangaratta. All welcome.

Well that’s about it for this edition. Until next time. Line Drive will return

Go Rangers

Rounding Third by Line Drive Cods Edition April 2022

Hello and welcome to a special edition of Rounding Third; The Cods Masters Baseball Edition. Over the past weekend 22 players from Albury, Wodonga, Porepunkah and Wangaratta put their hand up to go represent the Cods in the Victorian Masters Baseball Championships held in Ballarat from April 1-3. This year the Cods were able to field two teams in the 35 plus and 45 plus age groups. It was nicely balanced with both teams having eleven players.

Day one saw the Cods 35’s win one/lose one while the Cods 45’s had a similar pattern with their two matches. On Saturday both sides put in a solid effort with the opposition proving much stronger, while on Sunday, similar theme with both sides having a dip but not getting over the line. Another enjoyable weekend had by all in Ballarat. Now with the formalities of how the sides went neatly wrapped up, I wonder what else happened?

Bulldog holds court.

This year’s Master of the penalties is one, Matthew “Bulldog” Carmody.  Matt is one who is born to lead a group of bottom feeders like the Cods. He made his presence felt by coming in white hot Thursday night. Great friend of Line Drive, Cam “The Soak” Scott copped the full force of cyclone Carmody after a 4 hour drive from the border.  The Soak was caught on the ropes and did not know what was going on. One thing for sure is that if Bulldog says hello to you, make sure you reply straight away!!! Isn’t that right Soak?

Mick’s greatest hits.

Mick Wyatt’s hit parade continues with a collection of some of his greatest hits. Early on Friday morning, Wyatt was a ball magnet. He was hit by the ball in his first two plate appearances! Many of the Cods were hoping he would be hit again in his third plate appearance, but instead he got a base hit instead. However for Wyatt, the day just continued to improve, as he hit the ball to all parts of the field in the second game. Lucky for Mick he was not hit by a pitch again for the rest of the weekend.

Barker: Just doing Barker like things

One of Porepunkah’s finest, Damon “Barks” Barker had a chance at a rare feat on Friday at Vic Masters. The chance at the fabled cycle. For those who are reading for the first time, a cycle is a single base hit, double, triple and a home run.  Barks got the single, home run and the pesky triple out of the way.  However Barks got “peacocked” by one, Tetsuya “Mr Chow” Kamiyama. With the game almost done and dusted, Tets failed as Nathan “Fomo” Pool called out to “READ THE ROOM!!!” to give Barks a chance at a rare feat. Tets got a base hit and that ended the chance as the Cods were far enough in front.

In true humble Barker style, he just moved on. However Barks got the ultimate prize. He was awarded the pufferfish for best Cod in 2022. Congratulations to Barks. Great stuff

Everyone hits at Cods

When you decide to put your hand up to play masters, there are two basic principles to play Cods by. For yourself, get a hit. As a team, score a run. Amazing to say that ALL 22 cods have achieved the first principle on day ONE! Over a conversation with a couple of fellow Cods, it has been ticked off. Through all the years of attending the masters, this scribe cannot think of a year that every single Cod player got a hit in for the weekend.

One for the Cods history books.

One Seymour is better than none

It was bit of bad luck that perennial Cods favourite, Rob “Butts” Seymour was a notable absentee for the latest edition of Cod Ballarat 2022, with some commenting it was not the same without Butts there.  However, a Seymour was still in attendance. Buttsy’s brother, Tim “Brother Butts” Seymour donned Cods colours for another year. Year in and year, out Tim just slides into the team like a well fitting old baseball mitt. As usual, he ran fast, caught fly balls and hit the ball to all parts of the field, doing his job like a typical Seymour does. Tim had such a good time he finished in the placings for the pufferfish award This made Ash Meyers “I didn’t know the Seymour’s had teeth! Then i saw Timmy smiling. Who knew! A happy Seymour! Sure we will see him once again in Cods colours in 2023!

Whiteman has a new shiny toy

Sean Whiteman bought himself a new shiny piece of equipment. A very nice looking blue and white baseball bat. Many a Cod player commented on how nice and shiny the gloss white paint and blue handle looked but were wondering, are there many hits in it? Unfortunately for Shaun in his first couple of at bats with the new stick, he neglected to use it for its intended purpose. It was more of an ornament while up at the plate. By Sunday this had been rectified and to all concerned the bat was being used for it’s intended purposes.

Nice play gents

Scoot on down the road. Just watch the face.

Many of the Cods players decided to try a new mode of transportation around Ballarat over the weekend. No Uber’s, no taxis, no bicycles. The scooter became the ‘go to’ ride of choice to get between places. Some Cods were adventurous enough scoot back to the rooms from the baseball diamonds.

From Nathan Pool ripping a skid (with the attitude to match it) into the accommodation, then Tetsuya Kamiyama almost riding into a sign, scooters were going everywhere. Some just rode them around town before they went back to their rooms. The talk around masters on the Saturday and the Sunday was that there was a player from one of the teams who had come off their scooter and tasted the pavement. The person involved had a nice reminder on their face. Ironically the player almost achieved a matching one on Sunday after a baseball jumped off a bump and hit the other cheek. Now who would that be?

“Oh No…”

The phrase no one wants to hear when the ball is hit in your general direction on the baseball diamond, is a player calling out “Oh no…!” before it even reaches them. This happened to Nathan “Fomo” Pool, who had the misfortune of knowing what was going to happen next after the “oh no” was verbalised. The ball trickled out of the glove and behind Pooly at shortstop. In all the years Pooly has been playing baseball, he says it’s up there with one of the worst errors he’s ever made. Still he stuck with the next few and made amends for his first audible “oh no” moment in a long time.

Cods and Saturday Quaddies are not friends.

Ash Meyers said this was the year. This was the year the Cods will get the first leg and get into the Saturday Sydney quaddie. He proudly proclaimed this while at the local establishment Saturday morning. He gathered 12 hardy souls to go into partnership with picking the numbers. The boys were feeling good until Meyers let everyone know around the table that NO ONE had picked the favourite in the first leg, but taken the field in the second leg. Problem is, the first leg is more important than the second in this matter. Meyers probably shouldn’t have told us what was left out. So, what happens next? Yes you got it, the favourite wins and, for the 6th year in succession, Cods fail to get the quaddie out of the gate. Cods will try again next year.

Is there something in the water in the North east?

A few other sides were shocked to see so many left handers in the Cods 35 plus lineup. So were the Cods! The distribution through the lineup was one that was most interesting. Instead of right ,left,right,left…….let’s just put them altogether. At one point the lineup read as follows first six hitters were-

  1. left handed
  2. left handed
  3. right handed
  4. left handed
  5. left handed
  6. left handed

Many an opposition side were wondering what was in the water in the North East? It was observed that most of the leagues lefties were in Ballarat for the weekend. The reason for clustering them altogether? No reason. Maybe the managers were amusing themselves. Back when the season starts, normality will return to the batting lineups.

Spinner can do it all

Tony “Spinner” Smith is the ultimate team man. From gathering all the players date of birth, data entry and organising two sides for entry, to scoring his first game of baseball in 20 years (he did it twice) and being a clutch hitter off the bench, Spinner did the jobs that need to make Cods the well oiled machine many have become accustomed to. It’s a big job to organise blokes from different clubs to come together and gather the data required for entry. From everyone involved in Cods in 2022 they are very appreciative of the efforts Spinner put into make this happen. Great job Spin.

Cods baseball would like to thank

It has been a big effort by many people over the past six months to make sure the Victorian Masters Baseball carnival was a great success. A big shout out to the hosting clubs of Ballarat Royals and Alfredton Baseball clubs who coordinated and made the weekend an extremely enjoyable one. To Rick Tresize who took on the job of coordinating the draw and all that goes with that task, a big pat on the back. To the umpires, players of all teams, scorers, photographers (yes KC Line Drive saw what you did!) a massive thank you to you for making it another fantastic weekend of baseball, stories and revelling in the fact we are getting older but we still love the game like when we were young.

To the Cods crew of game day managers 35 plus of Mick Wyatt and Heath Anders and Damon Barker and Tetsuya Kamiyama for guiding the 45 plus. Nathan Pool for coordinating accommodation, to those who drove down from the north east and to all players who had a ripping time. If I have forgotten anyone I apologise! And for spelling names wrong too!

Cods 35 plus for 2022 were

Mick Wyatt, Heath Anders, Scott McCallum, Cam Scott, Brendan Cameron, Shaun Whiteman, Shaun O’Neil, Ross Johnson, Nathan Pool, Brendan Simmons Paul Meddings

Cods 45 plus for 2022 were

Damon Barker, Tetsuya Kamiyama, Ash Meyers, Randy Skippen, Jason Jonker, Tony Smith, Steve Peruzzo, Tim Seymour, Adam Rosser, Adrian Quinton, Rian Banks

Not to forget no 1 ticket Cods holder Matt Carmody for his role as master of penalties.

Hope you enjoyed the read. These are only some of the stories from a great weekend. All is in good fun and faith. Till next time

Go Cods.

Rounding Third by Line Drive March 2022

Hello and welcome to the March edition of Rounding Third. Over the past month, the good folk in Wangaratta have been busy getting organised for the upcoming 2022 North Eastern Baseball Association season. Some great things are happening  down at the Ranch. Ground progress now real with the home run fence progressing, and the second annual country cup between Wangaratta and Strathfieldsaye has been played and won. Cods is fast approaching and the busy bees in charge of that have been frantically confirming birth dates and getting organised for the trip to Ballarat.

What else has been happening? Please continue reading.

Country Cup result- Rangers hold onto the cup for another year

Over the labour day long weekend, Wangaratta welcomed Strathfieldsaye to the ranch for the second edition of the Beyond Blue Country cup. New skipper Ross Johnson was looking forward to his chargers having a good hit out against a quality opponent. Numbers were good for Rangers with fourteen players putting their hand up to take part in the game for a great cause. The Rangers offence got started early, putting runs on the board to back up pitchers Jason Jonker and Brendon French. Johnson continued to tinker with the lineup tossing Tetsuya Kamiyama in as pitcher as well. The Dodger hitters jumped on Kamiyama’s variety of pitches and worked themselves back into the contest. Nathan Pool closed it out after a nervy last innings with the end result 16-12, Rangers way. Once again the game was played in great spirits. So much so, that one Ranger favourite took it upon himself to show some of the visitors the sights of Wangaratta later on. A big pat on the back to organisers on both sides from the visiting Strathfieldsaye Dodgers and Wangaratta Rangers.

A big thank you to the supporters of both clubs who came along and enjoyed the afternoon of baseball.

Special mention goes to Londrigan Meats for donating the sausages and hamburgers, and Greg Rothenberger for the donations of the two $100 Ausport vouchers. In all over $1600 was donated to Beyond Blue.

Next year back to Bendigo.

Cods update

The weekend is soon to arrive! The Cods are assembling! Car pooling details are being discussed! Uniforms are being dugout of the cupboard. Socks ensembles are being finalised. The Victorian Masters Baseball is upon twenty two intrepid Cods, on the weekend of April 1st in Ballarat. This year there is an even split between the two teams; 11 in the 35 plus division and 11 in the 45 plus. So it looks like many a Cod is going to get a bit of game time, which is great for all involved. One of the most difficult decisions for the masters of Cods is what to wear? You see with the balmy northern Italy like climate of the North East of Victoria (as I type, it’s 29 degrees) at this time of year, it comes as a bit of a shock to the Cods thermostats as they venture south and up the hill to Ballarat. One Cod has already packed for every weather event. Best be prepared one thinks. Once again Line Drive will be present giving an update here and there about the goings on of all Cods related content for the weekend.

Pufferfish goings on

With two sides once more venturing to Ballarat, the race for the pufferfish is sure to be red hot this year.With a few returning past winners, the race is looking to really step up a gear this time round. One thinks that there might be a dark horse or two looking to take the trophy out for the work on the diamond. Mick “Tap n Go” Wyatt is looking for a big return to Cods this year and has put in work over the off season. Another who is crushing the ball at training is his great mate, Steve “The Farmer” Peruzzo.

After his stellar performance off the bench over the long weekend telling everyone how to play and then backing it up, look for Shaun “Old School” O’Neil to be back with a vengeance and looking to gamble his way to the top of the vote cards. The Porepunkah men are return to the Cods this year, and with a smattering of superstars from Albury Wodonga area, anyone could snatch the trophy.

Good luck to all who are attending this year. Safe drive down the Hume and see you all in Ballarat.

Meyers, Carmody, Johnson and Whiteman…. Cods Carpool Karaoke

Two of the bigger personalities of the Cods collective are raring for Ballarat. They are Wodonga’s Matt Carmody and Ash Meyers. Meyers, a two time pufferfish will be regaling stories of past years, while for Carmody, this is his maiden voyage with the Cod collective. Just to add a bit more flavour to the car pool, Ross “Lego man” Johnson and Sean Whiteman complete the quartet. If you are fly on the wall in that car it will be an entertaining ride to Ballarat. Speaking of that, who is taking Tetsu? Those who have been on road trips with Tets, know what I am talking about!

Juniors take to the diamond

Over the past six weeks it has been great to see the Junior Rangers out on the diamond before the seniors.

The chatter about baseball has all been positive and the Rangers are looking for more juniors for the upcoming season. The club has the equipment, we are just looking for a more players. If you know of anyone who is interested please drop a line to The Rangers via email or on the socials.

We would love to see you in Ranger Orange in season 2022.

Warning track installed, now for a fence!

The warning track has been installed, the fence is soon to be erected. Head of all things fence related, Nathan “FOMO” Pool, is looking for more sponsors to place their advertising on the home run fence. I believe it is a very good deal as mentioned before. For $400 you get your business on prime real estate and that is for the lifetime of the sign. For more information please contact the club. It doesn’t matter where your business is, we are happy to advertise!

Calling for umpires

Like all sports across the North East, baseball is not immune to the shortage of officials to umpire matches each week. The Wangaratta Rangers are looking for persons who are willing to umpire games on a Sunday each week. Re-numeration is available for each game. The club is calling out any former players or umpires living in the area who are interested in making a some extra cash and spending some Sundays on the diamond with us, to get in contact with the club via email wangarttarangers@hotmail.com or via our socials.

An umpires training course is slated at this stage for Sunday the 9th of April in Wangaratta.

Now to the club stuff

  • Victorian Masters Baseball- April 1st to 3rd 2022 Ballarat. Safe drive to all travelling.
  • Umpires course slated for 9th April in Wangaratta.
  • RSA course 26th April. Contact club if interested.
  • Training- 5pm Juniors, 6pm Seniors Thursday nights Targoora Park Wangaratta.
  • Special thanks this week to sponsors Old Town and Country Tavern, Londrigan Meats and Plumbforce Plumbing. Locals support us, let’s support them.
  • Pay your insurance via the logins on Teamapp or via the website https://wangarattabaseball.com/
  • Looking for more Juniors and Seniors, come down and find out how much fun baseball is.

Well that’s it for this edition. Line Drive will be reporting over the weekend so look for Cods updates from Ballarat.

Til next time

Good luck Codsters

and

Go Rangers !!

Rounding Third By Line Drive 22/02/2022

Hello and welcome to the first edition of Rounding Third for the year of 2022.

It has been a while since the last edition and the world has moved on in many ways since the premature end to season 2021 of baseball. Not only in the North East but across many of the other country associations throughout Victoria.

With all that now firmly in the rear view mirror of life, it is now time to turn an eye to and scan across what has been going on in the North Eastern Baseball Association. In particular, Cods Masters and of course the new season ahead for the Wangaratta Rangers. If this is your first read, welcome! We hope you enjoy the read. Now just what has been happening over the past few months?

Let’s just say there has been a bit.

Rangers back on the diamond.

Over the past couple of weeks the people of the Wangaratta Rangers Baseball Club have been plotting and scheming about a return to the diamond for both juniors and seniors alike.  For the past three weeks,  many of the Rangers seniors have been rolling over the arm and slowly getting those hips moving again in readiness for season 2022.

This week, it goes up a notch with the first training run for the junior Rangers and senior Rangers from 5pm this Thursday. This is not just open to returning players but open to all who want to try something new. The club are always on the hunt for new members and players. Tell a friend, let the kids, your neighbours and your workmates know that baseball is back in Wangaratta. It all begins with juniors 5pm Thursday 24th February from 5pm with Seniors straight after at 6pm. Targoora Park Murdoch Rd, Wangaratta. See you there!

Looking Good Targoora!

It’s great to see the Ranger family putting their hands up to help out with club facility maintenance where they can over the off season. From moving sprinklers to weeding the diamond and general cleaning, it has been great that people have been doing their bit where they can. The club will be looking for assistance in other areas this year from the canteen to scoring and all the other associated aspects of running a club. Good stuff.

Rangers lock in their coaching staff for season 2022

After much discussion in the off season Ross “Lego man” Johnson has put his hand up to manage the A grade Rangers in season 2022. Rossco is chomping at the bit for the new season and for those Ranger tragics who have fronted up so far,  the legs and arms have been getting a workout. Big shout out to Aaron “Azza” Parker for the work he did last year under some very different circumstances. We hope you enjoy tearing up the diamonds once again across the North East Azza.

In B grade, “The Dynamic” duo Mick “The Skipper” Wyatt and Steve “Fernando” Peruzzo will share the work with their trusty vagabonds of individuals including Brad  “Undies” Murdoch and Angus “Gus Bus” King. They are only two, of a cast of many who always make the club such a fun place to be around.

It’s also great to see Sean “The Doc” Warfe has put his hand up again to steer the ship of the other Rangers side. He will be assisted by many a Ranger veteran and stalwart of the club including Brendon “Frenchy” french and Tony “Spinner” Smith. Look out for Brendon “Camma” Cameron to just poke along and just play his usual starring role!

Overseeing everything will be club coach Owen “O” Godenzi. Good luck to all this coming season.

Fence… did we say we are building a fence?

Yes that’s right. The Rangers have taken the plunge and are looking to fence in diamond one at Targoora Park. The warning track has been scuffed and now the big ask of selling each panel is being undertaken. This is the deal. For the one off payment of $400 you can have your business plastered across a panel of the fence. This is for the lifetime of the sign. No other payment, just the $400. President Nathan Pool has been working hard and it looks like it is coming to fruition. Wodonga Warriors president Bill Clear joked that they would buy a panel and we said why not!?For more information contact the club and you will be pointed in the right direction.

Tetsu does not mince words.

Tetsuya Kamiyama does not mess with words. At his first run of the year, Tets was his usual blunt best. However when it came to the mechanics of hitting it was a joy to watch. Tetsu’s ability to explain hitting simply and effectively is always interesting. One thing is for sure, if you need some hitting advice, seek out Tetsu and he will definitely put you on the right track to becoming a better hitter.

Cods. It’s time to discuss Cods

It has been a while since this topic was last discussed but there has be plenty of discussion behind the scenes in relation to Cods Baseball. After a year in Geelong where the Cods did enjoy themselves playing somewhat ‘interesting baseball’, they are reinvigorated and ready to head back to Ballarat over the first weekend of April.

King Cod and main organiser of, well most things, Cods Nathan “FOMO” Pool has put out the call out across the muddy waterways and deep sink holes of North East Victoria. The Cods have responded en masse with at least TWENTY individuals who are interested in having a crack at the Victorian Masters Baseball Championships. The usual suspects will return including past pufferfish winners Heath “Rubberarm” Anders, Rob “Butts” Seymour and reigning pufferfish Ash “Headphones” Meyers. Meyers, in conversation with Line Drive’s good mate, Cam “The Soak” Scott, said he is looking forward to the sock game, great conversation and some good fun baseball. Question is, can Meyers go for a three-peat? Or will someone come out of the Ovens Valley such as Paul “The Piker” Meddings and steal the crown? So many options to discuss in the next month. Look out for the rag tag bunch of teal coloured baseballers in Ballarat over the first weekend in April.

Burder is a lifer

Over the offseason at the annual general meeting, the club recognised one of Line Drive’s favourites, man of Club Nambrok and Esmond street, Kelsey “Dropsy” Burder. Dropsy was awarded life membership to the Wangaratta Rangers Baseball Softball Sports Club, in recognition of his time and effort in playing, being part of the committee and continued efforts and devotion toward the game of baseball in Wangaratta and the North East Victoria. Kelsey is one of the first to help out around the club, and is there at most trainings just doing the things Kelsey does. A big congratulations from all of us at Wangaratta and from the wider baseball community. Good stuff 45.

Butts tears it up

Not the dance floor, not the baseball diamond, hell not even someone’s left over meal, but his leg while playing tennis the other week. Butts posted to his followers on social media about his shin and calf all red raw from sliding around on the tennis court. No matter what the sport is Butts gives 110 per cent to it all. That’s why he is seldom beaten on the sporting field.

This scribe knows that first hand. And that was not from baseball!

RSA you need one? Well let us know.

The club is looking at running a RSA course in the near future. At the time of writing the club is looking to confirm it for the end of March. If you are interested in obtaining your RSA drop the club a message and we will put your name down.

Now to the club stuff

  • Training Thursday night 5pm for juniors and 6pm for seniors. New members most welcome.
  • Start chasing a personal sponsor it’s not a big investment but it makes the club stronger.
  • Stick around for a chat after training! New member cards coming soon.
  • New training shirts are on their way. Register your interest now!
  • Strathfieldsaye game coming up soon. Let us know if you are keen!

Well that’s it for this edition. Special mention to Vic Masters for giving the call out to Line Drive, it’s good to be back. Looking forward to bringing you all the news and ‘goings on’ at Wangaratta over the coming season. Enjoy your week and this special date! #22022022

Go Rangers

Rounding Third By Line Drive August 2021

Hello to all out there and welcome to a late winter edition of Rounding Third. A few months and a couple of lockdowns have passed since we last caught up with the goings on at Wangaratta Rangers, but we are lucky that some baseball has been managed to have been played over the past month or so. This week, there will be two games with Rangers juniors and seniors in action at Targoora Park. At 12pm, the under 15’s will play against  Porepunkah in the grand final while at 2:15pm the A grade Rangers will be tackling a very determined Porepunkah for the right to play Albury Bears in the Grand Final. More about this and that later. Let’s get down to business!


Junior Rangers make the grand final

As previously mentioned in past editions of Rounding Third, one of the success stories of 2021 has been the reintroduction of  the junior baseball season, with all clubs being represented in either the under 11’s and under 15’s age groups. Line Drive was watching the young Rangers being put through their paces last night under the tutelage of some of the best, and the way all have developed over the season has been absolutely sensational. This was evident over the past weekend when they managed to get over the line against Wodonga in what Line Drive understands was a highly entertaining affair. This week at 12pm will see them take on Porepunkah on Sunday at 12pm. Good luck!


Shout out to all of those little things!

A big shout out go to all those who has assisted with the development, implementation, enthusiasm and commitment to the North Eastern Baseball Association Junior League 2021. From coaches each week at training, on game days, to parents and guardians for making the effort on some cold Sunday mornings, to those volunteers who do the canteen week in week out. To all those across the association who do the one percenters to showcase and spread the word about baseball in the North East of Victoria. A BIG THANKYOU!


Rangers Canteen. What an effort

It has been a big year between lockdowns for the club. With the ability to host more than one game at a time at Wangaratta, this has seen an explosion in the number of games at Targoora Park. This has put a little bit of pressure on superstar two sport athlete Daniel “The Griff” Griffin. Griff has been fantastic this year once again getting the the canteen stocked, restocked and restocked once again to feed the hungry baseball fanatics young and old. Not to mention the variety and the kindness of others to make up treats each week for the players and supporters of all clubs to enjoy. If you see Griff around the grounds let him know his efforts are appreciated.


Two B grades. No problem

With the introduction of a second B grade side in 2021, the club was taking a leap of faith in that by going bigger, it would encourage more players to the club and also give everyone more game time. This was most certainly the case in 2021. With two very even sides, both were highly competitive throughout the season, with Rangers Grey finishing on top of the ladder, while Rangers Orange were third. The percentage difference between second and third was 5 runs! Rangers Grey have secured their spot in the grand final and unfortunately due to current restrictions, the higher ranked team on the ladder, Albury Bears will play off in the Grand Final (to be determined at a later date.) Sadly this means Rangers Orange season is over. To paraphrase President Nathan “FOMO” Pool sums it up beautifully;

“I would like to thank Steve Peruzzo, Mick Wyatt and Sean Warfe for their coaching efforts this year with orange, grey and all players, new and old. It has been an awesome effort to split out one B grade into two sides and have the results we have had this year. I’m extremely proud of our club and the way it carries it self on and off the field. Please get behind our juniors for their grand final this weekend and A grade in their preliminary final”

Rangers Orange

Moose returns. Old School mouths off again!

A late season inclusion into the Rangers A has been Bryan “Mr Pickleball” Wilson who has returned to playing after taking a break from the game. He has been a welcomed inclusion in the lineup and for the first time in a long time Rangers had a full compliment on a Sunday. Another luxury which has seldom been enjoyed in season 2021, is having impact player Shaun “Old School” O’Neil come off the bench and in his words against Wodonga a while back, “Show you how to do it as you shown nothing so far (sic)”He did and the the rest of the lineup then got into the groove of the game. Lets hope this continues on Sunday against Porepunkah.

Scott’s talk goes to another level.

Also during the above mentioned match against Wodonga Cam “The Soak” Scott decided to play word association games with last names of the Rangers A grade. With no spectators in attendance, some would say good, others would say rather horrible word play was the order of the day, with even the Wodonga boys getting involved. Most of it centred around the exaggerated Bryyyyyyaaaan and the Nathan “Fomo” Pool’s last name. Phrases such as “put a fence around it” was back, and also, “a game played on a green table in pubs” was bellowed between plays. Then it turned to what goes with Pool. It even brought a smirk from Nathan who was pitching at the time. You do a lot of standing around on the diamond so may as well enjoy it between plays!

Goggles forget something?

Good to see Sam “Googles” Grigg has returned to his forgetful best. His glove was last seen sitting on a concrete table out the front of the clubrooms a week or so back. Would Goggles have collected it yet? This scribe thinks not, but I am sure one of his crew would have had his back for him. Where’s the tin when you need it!?

Goggles using the aforementioned glove

Peruzzo goes swiping left

This is a recollection from about a month or so ago (who can remember!!) but while reading the recaps from Game Changer an interesting statistic caught the eye of Line Drive. Multi talented farmer Steve Peruzzo swiped three bases in a B grade game! Going back through the records of the past few years, one thinks this is the most bases he has stolen in the past three years! When asked about his penchant for on pinching bases, Peruzzo put on his coach hat. “I had to lead by example”. It worked as Orange went on to win the game!

Getting the extra work in

Great to see Nick “The Rookie” Jonker getting some tips from a Ranger legend at training last night. From out on the field with Rob “Butts” Seymour to working with Butts in the batting cage on his hitting. Coupled with another young Ranger out there on the field last night, it is great seeing these young men want to improve their game like the rest of us. The season may soon be over but let’s stick together and continue to enjoy one another’s company into the warmer months no matter by just having a throw or a hit in the cage. Being connected through the club is one way to keep healthy and happy.

Jonker demands the return of Line Drive

Resident male model for sunscreen, Jason Jonker was asking The Soak about the whereabouts of Line Drive. He was demanding it was time he got off his backside and wrote something. The Soak assured him that he’d been in contact with Line Drive and that something was in the works in the past few days. Rest assured Jason, Line Drive even has some photos this week too! Line Drive is present and always looking to mention whoever for something good or something amusing.

Game face Jason Jonker

Now onto the club stuff

  • U/15s vs Porepunkah from 12pm Targoora Park (maybe a livestream for you all out there)
  • A grade Rangers vs Porepunkah 2:15pm.
  • Got your fees in? See Spinner and sort it out please.
  • Presentation penciled in for Saturday 11th of September for both Juniors & Seniors.
  • Rangers 21 + 1 is postponed till a later date. Was slated for 18th of September. More details to follow in the warmer months.
  • Got a personal sponsor? Line Drives’ friend does. Make sure you get around local businesses and show your support for them.

The final word. Look after one another, get around the club and the banter in the following weeks, no matter what happens. Stay awesome and Rounding Third will be back sooner rather than later,Go Rangers

Rounding Third by Line Drive May 2021

Hello there and welcome to the May edition of Line Drive. The North Eastern Baseball Association season 2021 is well and truly in full swing with both the juniors and the seniors now well into their seasons. Over the weekend, the Rangers walked away with three wins from three games against Porepunkah and Bears respectively and our juniors had mixed fortunes with the under 15’s recording a win and the under 11’s fighting hard but not quite getting over the line. What else is news around the club? Hope you enjoy the read. (Note much has been written over the course of the week, and my editor was not available to edit so it may ramble on in sections. Apologies)


Pool is renewed!

If anyone has watched President Nathan Pool play baseball over the past ten years, many would notice the old style pants he has been rocking out. Well they are no more!!! A discussion between ultimate Old School Shaun O’Neil and Cam Scott made the observations with his new looser fitting baseball pants and the his grey style baseball cleats, no undershirt, Pool looks like a new player.  Maybe a few new tricks on the diamond too might be in the offering. 


Tetsu sees red

There are many things that this scribe has seen on the diamond over the years, but there was a new over the weekend at Porepunkah on Sunday. Tetsu made an error. Surely many of you readers out there will say, that’s not unusual but the manner of the red error 6 was what made it stand out. Straight through Tetsu’s legs tunnel ball style. Skipper Aaron Parker was walking off, Porepunkah boys were stunned, but as usual Tetsu offered up all sorts of excuses. The ground, the ball. We all know what it was Tets. Red means error.

Late in the game on a beautiful sunny Sunday in Porepunkah

Busy times down at the Ranch.

It has been a very busy start of the year with a lot going on on and off the field. It has been great to see so many people getting in and helping out in the canteen and throughout all areas of the club. Many have been coming to training early, to cooking a meal on a Thursday and to umpiring and scoring all the games we have across the Sunday each week. To all of you who volunteer your time and make the effort to make training, take training help out wherever, thank you.


Was that Bailey at Porepunkah on Sunday? 

Line Drive rocked up to have a look at the Rangers grey game vs the panthers on Sunday when there was a person who played with the rangers a few years back. As the person got closer it was the one and only Bailey Bell who had donned the Rangers colours for the first time in a while. Asked about how he felt about pulling on the cleats once again Bailey remarked “It felt good!” Good to have you back on deck Bailey.

Enrique in full flight on the mound


Din Dins returns to Thursday (well when I wrote this it was)

Yes dinner has been on the menu down at the Ranch for a couple of weeks after training and for those who travel the kilometre’s such as the Team Jonker, the aforementioned Tetsu and Yarrrawongian Cam Scott do sure enjoy it. This year we have already seen Spins special,  and Azza’s Burgers. It doesn’t matter what it is could be toasted sandwiches, to a plate of pasta and sauce these meals are certainly appreciated by those who travel to play for the club they love. Wonder what is next on the menu in the future? 


Johnson is red hot

Resident lego man Ross Johnson is off to one hell of a hot start to season 2021. Rossco has just let his bat do the talking and this was the case again over the weekend in Porepunkah. Johnson collected another four hit game. So in five games so far he has already had 14 hits for the season. Nice work Rossco!


Thrillmore opens the account    

Great to hear that Kyle Gilmore thrilled supporters of North East baseball with his appearance for Rangers Orange a week ago. Gilly was back to his best getting a hit being hit and and ol fashioned Gilly strikeout. Rumor had it that Brad Murdoch got in his ear and got him to get one of his four games up to qualify for Ranger Ramble 2021 wherever that may be. 


Juniors are go!

The best thing to happen in the North Eastern Baseball Association this year has been the return of the junior competition with all competing clubs working hard to make sure they have junior representation. This already has given the competition and new dimension and one feels this push will continue on. With renewed focus on all areas of social media websites, it feels like the association is making traction in a very busy sporting arena. A big thank you to all the parents, supporters and coaches of all the juniors across the association. Let’s keep the momentum going!


A baby Warfe!  

From all of us at Wangaratta a huge congratulations to Sarah and Sean Warfe of the safe arrival of Thomas Alexander Warfe, Great news in another great week for the club. Hope to see you all down the club in the near future! 

Old School returns

Great to see one of Line Drive’s favorites Sean “Old School” O’Neil is back out on the diamond this season. He did mention over the weekend that Line Drive was looking for any means just to mention his name in this little blog so all will be said it is good to have you back. 


Godenzi goes Gavel banging 
Man about town and all round good bloke Owen Godenzi has been hitting the ball a long way this year. One must think it comes down to the lumber he is swinging. This was evidently the case after last weekend where he snapped his favorite Gavel bat and was swinging something else that resembled a railway sleeper. O has a few more on order and Gavel products are very well finished too. Check them out online via Facebook at Gavel Baseball Bat co.

Skipper Aaron Parker looking on with purpose


Now onto the club stuff

Merchandise available for purchase, drop the club a message and secure your gear!Training WILL return after the latest lockdown. Check us out on all the socials, and give us a like and spread the word about the great game
Most importantly right now keep connected, be kind to yourself and others.
Till next time 
Go Rangers

Rounding Third Cods Edition April 2021


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

Day one early start Geelong Baseball Centre

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.

In action play from day 2. Pity cannot see those wonderful socks!


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! 


Rangers represent

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! 

Does not do it justice. I am still adjusting to new layouts!

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 news

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.
Go Rangers!

The return of Line Drive February 2021


Well it has been a while. Let’s just say 2020, was a tough one for this baseball blogger. No reason to cover old territory here but now, we are looking forward to season 2021.  There is a LOT happening behind the scenes down at the Ranch and now is a good time to let you know what is in the pipeline for season 2021. 


Baseball is back After a false start this week, baseball training returns to Targoora park This Wednesday from 5pm for juniors and 6pm for seniors. As you are all aware, make sure you adhere to COVID protocls which will be on display as per Baseball Victoria and state guidelines.One wonders how many of the veterans arms will feel after an enforced 12 month layoff?  Maybe take it easy the first night and slowly buildup that arm strength again over time. If it feels great the first night don’t over do it, because we know what happens next don’t we? I wonder how many have booked chiropractor and physio appointments for the following week?It will be great to see new players, returning players young and old on Wednesday night.


Country cup just around the corner This year on Saturday March 6th sees the inaugural country cup between the Bendigo baseball associations Strathfieldsaye Dodgers and the Wangaratta Rangers. This year the boys will travel over to Bendigo to play a 9 inning game, beginning at 1:30pm. In conjunction with the game, an online auction will be taking place with all proceeds going to Beyond Blue. A link below to the auction is available. Get around and support a great cause. 
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Cods are back After an enforced 12 month lay-off, masters baseball makes a triumphant return in April 2021. The Cods are off to Geelong this time around for something different. But don’t you worry, many of the illustrious names of the Cods will be making an appearance. Names like Jason “Sunscreen” Jonker, and Ash “Headphones” Meyers, will be suiting up once again. Amazingly enough good friend of Line Drive, Cam “The Soak” Scott is available as his social life has not got in the way this year. Should be another weekend of fun remembering how good we once were! 


Merch mania Want some cool Rangers merch? I know a guy that can hook you up in a new hoodie! Yes the club have some cool hoodies available to purchase. Rob “Butts” Seymour is the man to see and prices vary between $50 to $70 from memory. All available from now. Get in contact with the club if interested. 


Now for club stuff

Wednesday training, juniors from 5pm, seniors 6pm. New players most welcome. Come along and have a look!
Merch available from club. Country cup Saturday 6th March, Bendigo, stay tuned for more details!

Victorian Masters Championships April 10th,

Geelong Follow us on all the socials. Search Wangaratta Rangers, I am sure something will pop up. 
Till next time!
Go Rangers. 

Best of Rounding Third by Line Drive the Rob Seymour Edition part 1 (2014-2016)

Hello and welcome to the first in a series of special Rounding Third editions.
With baseball currently placed on hold for the foreseeable future it was time to delve through the mountains of words and editions of Rounding Third. This week’s edition is all about Rob “Butts” “Boston Rob” Seymour. Reading back through the first couple of Line Drives musings it shows that Butts was always going to be a great source of a story or two.  Now it may sound a little disjointed and a bit more than usual but this will hopefully give you a little insight into the history of what has been going on at Rangerland since 2014. Looking at it it might have to be a two part series! All the writing is taken word for word from the past editions in the archive of Line Drive.  Hope you enjoy this edition all about Butts.
Rob Seymour is the new man of of the tin! (2014)
     Local Wangaratta Rangers identity Rob “Butts” Seymour is now in charge of the tin. This has been decided as this week he purchased the tin under the blessing of past tin master Cam “Ideas Man” Scott. Seymour has already put his mark on the tin by placing a list of misdemeanors on the side of the can. The tripple play one is one definitely of interest. No one has been able to definitively say what is a tripple play? All we do know it is a $10 donation to the tin if anyone is able to achieve this. So look out Rangers faithful. Have your coins ready for this!
 Respect Boston Rob (2014) 
     New fine aficionado Rob “Butts” Seymour is not feeling the love right now. After taking over fines master he has copped a bit of flack for him trying to be “the man”. The penalties are pretty straight forward so you the ranger public should just pay up! The real question is did Butt’s pay his fine for going toward the plate with the catches gear on? Ask him Wednesday night down at the Ranger dome.
Butt’s get the credit he deserves. (2014)
     Local man of the tin Rob Seymour finally has got the credit he so richly believes he deserves. He has been crowned fines master of North East for this year’s carnival. He is pretty rapt with this accolade. Now it’s time to start collecting boss!
Rob Seymour mention number 15 for the season. (Line Drive cannot remember this one for sure) 
     Maybe it was mentions 14 and 15 in this edition but here is another mention. What was this mention about? Nothing really just felt like it had to be done. Happy with this one Rob?
 
That’s not to forget all the other volunteers over the weekend (2014)
     The Pres could not have done it without the work of fellow club members who gave up their time over the weekend to help rake diamonds, cook Barbecues and just generally make sure that all ran to plan. One of Wangaratta’s finest Rob ‘Buttsy’ Seymour informs Line Drive of a new set of catchers gear. What is so great about this? It is in new Rangers colours and will look sensational with our new uniforms. The photos of the new gear look amazing. Wonder if Rob is wearing it right now? Thanks to Ausport for the new gear and other goodies.
Seymour the hit machine (semifinal 2014)
     Wangaratta man of the tin, Rob ‘Butts’ Seymour, was on fire over the weekend. He was seeing the ball like it was a beach ball! It started quietly with just a single hit, then a double, then a laser shot of a home run. It hit a tree half way up, past the fence and ricocheted almost back to the mound. Total bases for the day? Too many to count. How many did Seymour run of them?…..about 5. Being the catcher as well, Butts had to put the gear on so the little master Tetsu Kamiyama ran the rest for him. Well done Tets for all your running. Butts appreciates it.
 
Ironman Rob Seymour (2015)
     Boston Rob “Buttsy” Seymour is ready and raring to go for the coming baseball year. He has been on the track all nights so far for masters and is shaping to be the x-factor for the Cods. For one thing I wish I could dive around at training as much as he does. More importantly bounce back up fro sliding around would be nice too. I am tipping big things for the Masters from Boston Rob.
 
Buttsy’s good luck charm (2015)
     Talking to another ranger favorite Matt “Colonel” Sanders about the good game of baseball over the weekend and he made reference to the fact that he is Rob “The Game” Seymour good luck charm. See each time he turned up to have a look last year, Buttsy hit a long ball. Colonel should continue to turn up more often!
 
Seymour Cods of steel (2015)
     During the second game Rob seymour took a bit of ribbing for his catching of the ball behind the plate. At one stage Nathan Pool asked the Tassy Tigers third base coach to roll it back to him as he was not going to catch it. So he obliged. Seymour’s response was to try and kick it back to him. That was not so successful either. He managed to stub it back in his general direction, much to the benchs howls of laughter. Not to worry Seymour will have his revenge at some stage this weekend.
Scott pays his dues (2105)
     Last week, good friend of Line Drive Cam “The Soak” Scott found out via twitter that his image was in the local Newspaper. On closer inspection it was actually a rather good picture of The Soak. He dutifully placed his five dollars to the tin as per the agreement for photos. Rob Seymour via Moose’s loss of glove decided to weigh in and say how he was not paying nor Azza for being in the background of the photo. In all honesty who noticed Butts in the background anyway?
Butt’s loses the crown (2015)
     During the week Brendon “Frenchy” French posted o picture of Rob “Butts” Seymour practicing his coin toss. He was supremely confident of defending his crown at this years event. Unfortunately this year’s field was red hot. There were some very professional coin tossers and Butts was unable to retain his crown. Never mind Butts, better keep practicing.
Rob Seymour is “The Game” (2015)
What is that old saying that you can’t keep a Rob Seymour down? Well maybe not exactly that phrase, but after a tough week last week against Wodonga Warriors, Buttsy was looking to put on a big one in the grand final. As mentioned last week, Buttsy is a big occasion player. Tough to get out and always attacks on the bases. None more so, than when he took home on a pass ball. Here is how it played out. Ball in the dirt past catcher. Catcher goes to get it, Buttsy sees his chance. Takes off for home. Pitcher coming in to cover the base looking for the tag, Buttsy dives head first into home plate spraying gravel everywhere. Call…SAFE! Buttsy gets up and then spits out half the diamond on the team mate Aaron “Azza” Parker. Face covered in dirt and the battle scars on his arm to prove to anyone he slid! He always has been and always will be, “The Game”.
“We are the navy….” what, Butts? (2016)
     Rob “Butts” Seymour is one very happy supporter at this present time.  The last few years have tested his mettle as a Carlton fan. However this year, he has shown his true blue colors. He is happy to show off his blues jersey after the game, which he wears under his first team Wangaratta Rangers jersey. Thing is though Butts, will you back them when it comes to your turn in the punters club? That will really test him then!
Now gotta mention his penchant for caps
Tip your hat to Butts (2016)
     Rob “Butts” Seymour is a man of many hats. He has worked very hard over the past few months perfecting the new look of the Wangaratta Rangers playing caps along with the North Eastern Baseball Association representative side. Finally he has put it all together and there are some ripping playing caps getting around. If you want one see Butts at training or on game day. He will let you know the price.
He also loves this award!

seymour run
Run Butts Thanks to Tania Pool for image

Seymour goes back to back on the fly! (2016)
     Merchandise guru and wannabe DJ Rob “Buttsy” Seymour was rapt with going back to back in the annual fly ball award. Butts won this award by a short margin last year, but this year he opened up a gap on his opposition which could not be bridged. He is already talking about a three-peat for next year. In the off season look to see Buttsy wanting to spin some decks on the local pub scene.
Now that was from the first three years on writing. If you have made it right to the end of this then you have done really well. I mean we all love Rob but reading a whole edition dedicated to him is hard work isn’t it?
There is only one number 24 in the North East that’s for sure!
Stay safe and look forward to another walk through the writings of Line Drive next week
Go Rangers