Line Drive Presents The Voodoo Diaries 14th November 2022

Hello and welcome to the third edition of the Voodoo Diaries. The Pan Pacific Games 2022  have come to a close over the weekend on the Gold Coast and many of the Voodoo have now returned to Western Australia, and a very soggy Victoria.

Over the course of the last couple of days, there has been numerous messages of support for one another.

For many, yes, the struggle is real. For Line Drive, this is the final diary entry for Voodoo, and he will be closing the 2022 Voodoo Baseball book.

Let’s recap what has happened since the last time Line Drive ran his eye over the ‘goings on’ at Voodoo.

Voodoo: So close!

After finishing games of the 35 plus competition with three wins, a draw, and a loss, the Voodoo men had earnt the right to play for the gold medal against local club Surfers Paradise. In the preliminary round, Voodoo had fought back to record a draw and they were ready to get that extra run to get the win this time. Jude Power was given the nod to start and after a couple of trouble free innings, lost the radar. Surfers were able to capitalise on a couple of errors by Voodoo to get out to a four run lead. Voodoo began to string hits together and started to have runners in scoring position. However, Surfers hung tough and were able to get out of the jam.

Voodoo needed some good clean quick innings and behind Luke Hornstra, this was able to occur.

Voodoo tacked on a run, while Surfers were able to plate another.

Hornstra was commanding on the mound, and with some good defense from Brendan Simmons at third base, it ensured another quick innings. Consecutive hits by the Voodoo lower order, allowing another run to score. Momentum was beginning to shift Voodoos way. Soon the bases were loaded.

Enter Brendon Simmons. Over the years Line Drive has been witness to some clutch moments in games, and this was no different. Simmons was able to turn on an inside pitch with a foul line hugging triple into the right field corner, clearing the bases and levelling the game. Poor Nathan Pool was really blowing hard after scoring from first base.  The sensational crowd in attendance were now in the game and Surfers were searching for answers.

Time was at a premium and with Surfers last to hit, the men of Voodoo were hoping for a quick inning. However Surfers were able to get back to back hits and put a runner at second base. Voodoo coach John Kus rolled the dice one more time but however it was not meant to be. Surfers were able to score the winning run on a walk off with the score being 6 to 5. A great ovation from the crowd greeted both teams after the match. A quality game befitting of a gold medal match. Congratulations to Surfers Paradise for the gold medal.

But Voodoo? The first time this side has entered a masters competition! From the start of the week many had never played on the same team, let alone know each another. A silver medal is a wonderful achievement and something which is to be celebrated and reflect upon as ‘bloody awesome!’

TEAM WORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK!

MVP to Luke Hornstra

A massive congratulations goes out to Luke Hornstra who was recognised as the most valuable player in the Pan Pacific Games Masters 35 plus division. Hornstra, who for Voodoo, was the most consistent performer  throughout the week. From starting pitcher in the first game, to hitting countless balls to all parts of the diamond throughout the week. He was consistent as ever. Great effort Luke.

What about me?

In the last edition when comparing Jude “Seabiscuit” Power and Josh Grahams pitching states over, however many innings it was…. another thrower had a little bit of a “what about me?” moment. It was overlooked that maybe Davis Long’s three strike outs should have been included in the conversation. On reflection of this oversight Line Drive believes there was nothing further to add.

Canyonerooooooo

A big shout out to Dennis Smith, who, with the use of his Canyonero, helped ferry people and gear to and from the games each day. Smith, like so many others, just played his role and with no fuss. It was noted on Thursday as the boys were heading home, that the truck parked next to Dennis’s made his Canyonero look very small. The general comment was, maybe Dennis needs to upgrade to the next level. He just smiled and replied “you need to have a truck license for that” Fair enough Dennis.

Pool mishaps

For those who know Nathan “FOMO” Pool, know that there does not seem to be a baseball sanctioned trip away without Nath hurting himself. From bumps on the head, to mishaps around pool tables, Nathan is a bit unlucky! Now, this has extended to mini van doors. Poor Nathan managed to bump his toe exiting a van. Compared to past exploits, it was nothing to worry about. Just be careful Nathan. FOMO can sometimes work against you.

Laux Linguistics

“Shut up Buttsy stop being so annoying!”, was Ben Laux go to phrase towards Rob Seymour for the week. Of course this was all tongue in cheek. Laux loves Butts, as we all do. Not bad for country baseballers! Seriously though Butts, “We love you….”

Fun times and life long friends.

Voodoo was an idea that was hatched a long time ago. Many of the players knew of each other from past carnivals and trips together over a decade ago. However, this was the first time that all were now part of the same side. As the week progressed, many of the players spoke about how seamlessly the side had come together and how much they all enjoyed each others company.  For some, it was great to be able play alongside long time adversaries, and for others, it was being able to share the same diamond with players they have known for a long time. All bought in to the Voodoo, and found that Voodoo is lucky….

From Line Drive

It has been pretty quiet for Line Drive in the season 2022. The idea of Line Drive writing about Voodoo was mentioned by a friend, who asked if Line Drive was going to write about the week at the Pan Pacs on the Gold Coast. Line Drive had honestly had not given it a thought.

However when the name, “The Voodoo Diaries” was thrown up, it gave Line Drive an opportunity to first talk about baseball in a unique way, and secondly, give players and other interested parties an interest in Voodoo to keep up to date with what was happening at the Pan Pacs.

It became more evident over the week, just how many people actually read these stories.

So many people asked if Line Drive was going to be there this week. I would disappear for a while to collect my thoughts with a soda water, and decipher my thoughts about the day’s play on and off the field. Some would wonder what I was doing, while those who know Line Drive say, “that’s what he does.” 

The rabble of writing a piece, which would then be sent to my editor, Line Drive’s wonderful wife,

Lauren “Mrs Soak” Grenfell, who would then say; “what the f*** does some of this mean?”

Random waffle and note taking would then be turned from rambling prattle of someone who is spewing nonsense, to exactly what you read now. I really thank you Lauren for your efforts as it’s not easy dealing with someone so far away typing on a phone, usually a couple of soda waters in!

I would like to say THANKYOU for the opportunity to come along, play some baseball, meet and spend time with new people and great mates, and then get the opportunity to write about it all.

What I write is always done with my usual spin on a story, and from what I observe over the many hours of the day. For me, making a diary of the times we have away is easier for me to be involved in.

To the players of Voodoo, umpire Greg Howard and scorer Michelle Burge Pratt, you all were wonderful in accepting me into it all.

Voodoo Pan Pacific Masters 2022-

Owen Godenzi

John Kus

Luke Hornstra

Davis Long

Josh Graham

Dennis Smith

Shigernauri Suzuki

Tom Rynberk

Ross Johnson

Nathan Pool

Rob Seymour

Damon Barker

Brendan Simmons

Jude Power

Ben Laux

Cameron Scott

Will Brooker (motivational speaker the bead master)

Bradley Pratt (3rd base coach interesting signs though)

Michelle Burge Pratt (scorer)

Greg Howard (Umpire)

Well, that’s enough from me. Line Drive WILL return. Is it Cod season yet? I hope you enjoyed the read.

I have truly enjoyed bringing it to you all.

Go Voodoo!!!!!

Line Drive presents The Voodoo Diaries 10th November 2022

There is always one who doesn’t get the memo

Hello and welcome to the next instalment of Line Drive, “Voodoo Special” at the Pan Pacific Games on the Gold Coast. After a relaxing Monday off, the boys took to the field on Tuesday. In damp conditions, Voodoo defeated Wolfpack (Coffs Harbour) 8-0. Then, in a very good game of baseball, Voodoo fought back to draw 7 all against Surfers Paradise. On Thursday morning, after a few nervy moments, Voodoo defeated the Ray’s (Gold Coast) 11 to 5. A complete master class by John Kus steered the men through choppy waters, to make the Gold medal game on Saturday!
On Thursday afternoon, Voodoo came up against a red hot Good Bunts (Gold Coast).
Voodoo finishing on the wrong end of a 12-3 scoreline. At the end of the the day, you can’t win them all! But you can have fun, which the boys have a had a lot of this week.
Now that you’re up to date with all that, here is a recap of the past few days on the Gold Coast.

Seagulls…..
Long time readers of Line Drive know that Rob “Butts” Seymour has always been a source of real entertainment. Butts is a real foodie. Loves a good meal and has a real respect for others food choices around him. The seagull in Butts was out being his pesky self once again this week, asking the usual “Are you going to finish that?” Another trick he has now dded to his repertoire, is his ability to take a slurp of your drink. Many a person fell to this trick over the past couple of days, where it was said that Butts didn’t pay for a drink all night, but ended up very merry.
Even Luke Hornstra got the real Rob Seymour experience. Seagull Butts proceeded to hound and chase him down the street before Luke had a chance to even have a bite of his late night snack. Classic Butts!

Let me Explain.
There are those who use their words wisely and there are those who don’t. Some use creative language and some have a pretty lazy vocabulary. Line Drive (and his editor) pride themselves on accuracy and informing the reader in a way that all can understand.
Others, like to elaborate, embelish and give what we call in Voodoo speak as, a ‘Judetorial.’
To be able to ‘Judertorialise’, is only available to people by the name of Jude.

Shirts so bad they’re good.
A big talking point around the Pan Pacific Masters Games has been the Voodoo evening attire. Line Drive finds it hard to describe separately but as a collective, it looks brilliant. Many other competitors have complimented many a member of Voodoo on the choice of the shirt. Keep a keen eye out in the next few days on the Gold Coast as the shirts will surely get a run again.

Shigenauri shines bright.
Voodoo Masters is made up of many varied and wonderful individuals, coming from far and wide to put their hand up to play. Shigernauri Suzuki made long trek from Perth Western Australia, to play with his mates from Traralgon Red Sox. He may not have played with the boys for the good part of ten years, but it’s like he only left yesterday. In a conversation with Line Drive after Thursday’s game, Shiger said he is just so appreciative to have had the opportunity to come along, play with Voodoo, and share time with great friends, old and new.
We can’t wait to see you again in two years Shiger!

A team effort.
As part of Prattys playbook, Bradley Pratt spoke in a wide ranging email about the importance of helping out your fellow Voodoo. With the spa having heating issues at the resort, Owen Godenzi took it upon himself to warm it up himself. Kettle after kettle of hot water went in, so much so that it became an obsession.
Your effort was duly noted O!

Barker and Graham. Some kind of Voodoo magic!
With the Voodoo already assured a spot in the gold medal game, the squad had the opportunity to rest some weary arms and legs. Two such individuals took it upon themselves to see out the final round of matches on Thursday. Josh Graham was happy to throw some innings and Damon Barker, with a crook leg put his hand up to catch. As mentioned above there was no word of grizzle, they got the job done for the team.
From all who are part of Voodoo, your selflessness does not go unnoticed.

Stat’s that exist that do matter.
The word spreading around Voodoo, is that Josh Graham may have more strikeouts per 7 innings than Jude Power. Baseball just throws up so many curveballs. Isn’t that right Jude?

Voodoo vs Surfers – GOLD MEDAL MATCH
Saturday 12th November afternoon livestream. Yes that’s right. Voodoo vs Surfers 4pm VIC local time, if you want to see the legends if Voodoo in action for the gold medal game we would love you to tune in.
Link- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM97QNmELUnkTa1rQJaBVvA

GO VOODOO!!

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 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!

Rounding Third By Line Drive March 10th 2020

Hello and welcome to a March edition of Rounding Third. It has been a while since we last brought some news. Summer can be a busy time for all involved and this summer was no different. There has been a bit going on on and off the grounds around the Wangaratta Rangers. With the ground receiving some more sand, to a shed clean-out, to a wedding as well, much has been happening. The season is rapidly approaching and the club is looking to expand this coming season. More about that later.
 
Farmer gets his wife!
It has finally happened.  The Farmer has a wife! A huge congratulations and shout out goes to resident farmer and all round nice guy. Steve “Fernando” Peruzzo married the lovely Lisa “Miss Adelaide” Cambareri out at Whorouly. It was a big Ranger affair with both Mick and Kylie Wyatt playing their roles with a place in the bridal party and Lauren “Mrs Soak” Grenfell taking care of the floral arranging. Another Ranger got to play his role to a tea. Kelsey “Dropsey” Burder was the Flower man on the day and rolled down the aisle to some considerable effort on his electric tractor. If you need a flower person at your weeding hit up Kelsey he is more than happy to do it.

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Some of your best work there Kelsey!

Minifigs are seeing the world.
    Well two of them were. This year the Rangers have introduced little Lego Mini-figs for all players, committee members and supporters. These little guys and gals have been up to all sorts of shenanigans throughout the summer time. Two of note, Cam “the Soak” Scott and Lauren “Mrs Soak” Scott were seen all over the place in Europe. From opposite the opera house at dawn in Copenhagen, Denmark to down town Galway and even in a cable car in Hong Kong, they saw the world. Some of them do have some life like characteristics. One for sure in Rob “Butts” Seymour who’s facial expressions are close to real life.  Look for them in the coming months and if you are a part of the club, keep it somewhere in your possession at all times.

Cods update
    Yes Cods is approaching at a rapid rate and it has been a bit of a Topsy turvy off season. Looks like the blue algae has got to the Cod stocks this year, however they will still be heading down the Hume to Ballarat in the coming weeks. This year sees the return of some seasoned Cods including the likes of “tap n go” while the Porepunkah boys are more than excited to head away again. The draw looks quite good for the Cods with two Friday games, an early Saturday and a game mid Sunday morning. Line Drive will be back in attendance at Ballarat this year and will be bringing you all the action from on and off the diamond in his typical style. If you need more information check out Cods Master Baseball for all your Cods needs.
Puffer-fish is wide open.
Line Drive caught up with previous Puffer-fish winner Mick Brownlie out at the cricket over the past weekend and he was asking if the trophy is still going around. He was happy to know and hear those illustrious names are slowly starting add up on the trophy. This year is wide open as reigning puffer-fish Matty Shennan and past winner Ash “Steel” Panther Meyers  are both unavailable to defend or take back the trophy. Maybe it’s time for a new winner. Maybe Tony “Spinner” Smith can wind back the clock or maybe the newly wed Steve “Fernando” Peruzzo can come from the clouds and take the trophy. The most open race in years at Cods 2020. Good luck to all players.
 
The boys run the Beer Mile
Over the summertime a few of the B grade men turned their hand to running the Wangaratta beer mile. Now for those who are not familiar with a beer mile, the concept is to run 400 meters, stop have a drink and then run another lap and repeat the process for four laps. Now I will not name anyone but the four hardy souls were definitely up for the challenge. The running was not a problem but the oppressive condition’s and choice of hydration made it quite a difficult task. Still they soldiered on and got through the event. Rumor has it they needed a year under the belt and will be ready for a repeat campaign in season 2021.
Rangers Orange Black and Grey! 
This year after good playing numbers in 2019, the club has taken the plunge and nominated three teams in season 2020. This will ensure that all are getting a good go of Rangers Baseball in season 2020. The club are continuing to look for anyone who may be interested in playing this coming season. So if you feel like coming to have a look training will begin this week on Thursday at 5pm for juniors and 6pm for seniors. Location – Targoora Park Wangaratta. All are welcome.
 
Club are seeking a few more coaches
The Rangers are looking for anyone who might be interested in lending their expertise to help out across training and game days. Particularly for the A grade.  Due to a variety of circumstances the Rangers are looking for any interested parties to help out with the running of the teams in the coming season. If you feel this is you drop the club a line.
Congrats Lauren and Matt
Congratulations goes out to Lauren and Matt on the safe arrival of their baby boy Theodore. From all of us at Wangaratta, “Congratulations!” He has already taken his first game of baseball in. Great stuff.
Butts and his Culinary oddessy
Over the past weekend Rob “Butts” Seymour got to do something he has wanted to do for a long time. After a day enjoying the hospitality of the Yarrawonga-Mulwala Cricket Club, Buttsy was keen to go to the Oriental Pearl over at Club Mulwala. Butts has sampled the Chinese cuisine far and wine throughout the North East and beyond and he was ready for a good feed. Butts set off at a cracking pace with the food but then started to slow late on. Finally he tapped out full and happy. He was impressed by the range of buffet and the food on offer. Once he had eaten he wandered off into the night and was not seen again. We think Butts will be back for another go at the Oriental Pearl at Club Mulwala.
Now for the club stuff
  • Training from 5pm for juniors Thursday 6pm Seniors. All are welcome
  • Need to pay your registration? Click on the link on http://www.wangarattabaseball.com click on members login to pay your registration or find Wangaratta rangers on teamapp
  • Season to begin Sunday 19th of April. Draw will be posted online soon.
  • Cods Ballarat Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd of March
  • Check us out on all the socials we are all over them!
It has been a while but the season is coming rapidly. Shaping aup to be another great season of baseball in Cods and the North east.
till next time
Go Cods
and Go Rangers