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!

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

Rounding Third By Line Drive August 27th 2019

Hello and welcome to a long overdue edition of Rounding Third. It has been a very busy couple of months for Line Drive, so unfortunately he has not had enough time to watch and observe the goings on down at The Ranch. However things have slowed down a little bit and he’s now had a chance to run an eye over what has been happening.
The North Eastern Baseball 2019 season has come to an end with both Rangers sides Orange and Black making their respective Grand Finals. Unfortunately through no want of trying, neither side could not get over the line. Congratulations goes to Porepunkah Panthers and North Albury Bears for their Grand final wins. Enjoy the celebrations. More about that sort of stuff later.
This edition will be quite wide as there have been sections written over the past couple of months. Stick with it and enjoy the read.
Butts is the man…and is the game.
    There are few players that I know that give as much effort in finals as one Rob “Butts” Seymour does. Year in and year out Butts puts the Orange and Black on with pride and will always give 110 per cent out on the diamond. He continues to throw himself around like a 20 year old and many of the plays he has made at second base this year, others would not even get near. His hitting and base smarts need to be mentioned as well and many pitchers find him a nightmare to pitch against. Butts has one of the longest histories with the club and is respected by many, for the way he plays the game. Always hard, fair and wants to win. Sometimes others look to gain an edge over him and ruffle his feathers, however Buttsy’s ability to just play the game and support his team is a testament to his nature. Most players show the respect deserved to him as a player, a coach and a friend.  Another great year of diving and countless double plays! Keep playing the way you do Rob. We all love and respect what you do for the game In the North Eastern Baseball Association.
Grand Final day 2019
    As mentioned above it was a wonderful effort for both Rangers Orange and Rangers Black in making the grand final for 2019. The hired a bus and many Ranger players and supporters jumped on to enjoy the trip up the Hume to Wodonga. Coupled with others who travelled far and wide to come watch the great atmosphere on the day.
In the early game Rangers challenged Porepunkah for long periods of the game but Porepunkah proved too strong in the end to take out the 2019 North Eastern Baseball Association B Grade title.
In A grade, Rangers Black jumped out of the blocks behind some strong pitching from Bryan “Moose” Wilson and took and early 3 run lead. One thing for sure is that the Bears would not rest and would come back at Rangers strong. A few hits here and there Bears slowly clawed their way back into the game and continued to scratch and fight for runs. Rangers Black threw everything at them but could not get over the line going down 11-4 in the end. It sounds like a big scoreline but the game was much closer than that. Rangers should be proud of the way they played the game and represented the club. From juniors to seniors, we are continuing to grow and thrive with plans to enter a third senior team, and a second junior side in season 2020. This is through the committed efforts of the current committee and the many helpers the Wangaratta Rangers are fortunate to have.  Watch this space for news in the off season. There is much planning to do!

GF day 2019
View of the B Grade from the outfield. Was a busy day so only picture Line Drive got.

Junior Final day 
    A typical winters day greeted the 2019 Junior Finals day held at Wangaratta on July 14th. The weather was cold, dreary, and it threatened to rain, but the enthusiasm and the play on the diamonds under some trying conditions was hot! The car park was full. The the numbers of parents, friends, former players and members of the North Eastern Baseball community coming together to celebrate and support juniors finals day was amazing to witness. Already many of the junior Rangers have recommitted for season 2020. A big thank you to Coaches Owen Godenzi and Nathan Pool, helped by a variety of others throughout training and on game-day in season 2019. Not to mention sponsors Wangaratta McDonalds and Frasca’s Steel.
Presentation Night
    This year the Rangers night to celebrate a fantastic 2019 season will be held on Saturday September the 7th at Wangaratta Gateway Hotel. It will be sit down affair with two course feed being the order of the night. Numbers are being taken online for those who want to go along and have a night of laughs and a good time. Some of the Ranger crew and their partners have already mentioned that they are going to ‘frock up’, so get the suits and dresses out ladies and gents. A best dressed award could be in order. Brownlow eat your heart out!  Dale “Humpernickle” Stevens has been checking out the menu and is looking forward to trying the chicken or the veal. Night will kick off with the Annual General Meeting followed by presentation starting at 6:30pm. If you are interested in becoming part of a vibrant forward thinking committee drop the club a line and come along on September the 7th.
Griff and no beard
A shock to the system when wandering to get a some food from the Wangaratta Canteen a few Sundays back, was being greeted by a clean shaven Daniel Griffin. A good friend of Line Drive was rather taken aback by being greeted by a clean shaven Daniel, so much that he could not call him by his usual nickname, “Griff”. He will now be known simply as ‘Daniel’ till it grows back. One wonders what the rest of Esmond street posse would look like if they shaved their defining features off too?
Grunt the Pig makes and appearance at the Baseball
Do you remember the day that you batted a thousand for the cycle and stole three bases? No? Not really, but Grunt the pig was at Targoora Park. Yes Grunt and his owner were out for a wander a couple of Sunday’s ago and all sort his presence. Shaun “Old School” O’Neil quipped to Rob “Butts” Seymour before the game that if he had a big day, no one would remember what Buttsy did on the diamond but many would remember Grunt being at the baseball. For the record, what did Buttsy do that day? It was so long ago now that you might need to ask him. Ask Grunt, he might know.
Thursday nights in 2019
The commitment shown by all who have pulled on the Orange and Black this year is to be commended. Week in and week out this year there has been on average no less than fifteen having a throw, a hit and generally improving their all round skills and knowledge at training on Thursday nights. I know to many readers at other clubs, 15 does not sound like many but for a small club this has been a huge effort. There are few who travel from afar each week for training and their effort is recognized too. A big thank you to all those who have put their hand up to cook a meal, run training, set up the diamonds, help out with juniors among all the other little activities we all have going on in our lives. It makes the drive over always worth it.
 
What on Earth is going on with the trip?
    The 2019 Rangers Ramble has taken many twists and turns over the past few months. At this stage it is still in a holding pattern. This has given the chance for a few Ranger trip veterans to realise they may have a chance to make the trip after all in 2019. Once determined, it will be full steam ahead for all. This does give the punters of the group a chance to continue to try raise funds and the tin is still open until those who go get on the bus. Watch this space.
Softball anyone keen?
    Softball is played on the border over the summer months and a few Rangers players travel up and play in the Albury Wodonga Softball Association. There are varying times that they play, but I do recall it is either Wednesday night or Saturday. The club is putting the feelers out there for anyone who is keen to play softball. For more information contact the club and let Kev Pool know.
Summer time is no time to rest.
    With so many plans that have come to fruition in season 2019, the club now looks to the off season to continue the revamp and resurgence of baseball in Wangaratta. A job to be completed over the coming months is to top dress the diamond to help promote more grass growth and improve overall appearance of diamond one. Diamond one had a bit of a tough winter and needs a bit of TLC. The club are looking to get together once a month over spring and summer to do work around the grounds and rooms. When plans are more solid we will update the Facebook page, Team app and web page for more details. The club are on the look for more players so would love to see new faces down at the Ranch in the coming seasons.
Cod Season
Did someone say Cods? Are we allowed to talk about Cods now? Esmond Street are you tailgating again on the weekend of March 19-22nd in Ballarat? Of course you are!
Now for the club stuff
  • Presentation at Gateway Wangaratta Saturday 7th of September $42 for a two course meal. Will be a great night.
  • Interested in Softball? Let Kev Pool know.
  • Got raffle tickets for the Rotary Wangaratta Raffle? Make sure you sell them and get them back to Kev Pool as soon as you can.
  • Working Bees will be posted online. Hope to see you there.
  • Interested in playing next season? We got spots for you! Come along and join the most progressive club in the North East!
  • Pickle ball on Tuesday and Saturdays. Message Moose if interested.
Well I think I have said enough this week. Apologies for the lack of writing over the past couple of months. I know there are many out there who do enjoy the read, and the catch up on what is going on in North Eastern Baseball. Look for another edition once presentation is done and dusted. I am sure there will be much to talk about then. Maybe I will save the big wrap up till then.
Till next time,
Go Rangers !

Rounding Third by Line Drive April 3rd 2019

Hello and welcome to the ‘Post Cods’ edition of Rounding Third. The North Eastern Baseball Association season is only a few weeks away. Training is back in full swing for the good folk who play for Wangaratta Rangers. The coaches have been putting the players through their paces and it has been good to see some new young fresh faces out on the diamond the past couple of weeks. The draw has been finalised and opening weekend will be Sunday the 7th of April. Rangers will be heading down the Hume to take on Benalla Bandits at Racecourse Reserve. More about that later. Now onto some news about what has been happening with the Cods.
Cods show plenty of fight
    This year the Cods had a bit of an interrupted preparation for their 6th trip to the Victorian Masters baseball Championships. It seemed every week there was a new challenge to put a Cod 35 and 45’s team on the park. However to the credit of the team managers, fellow Cods, and word of mouth, two teams proudly put the teal and black on in 2019. The Cods’s 35’s had the bare nine for the weekend, while the 45’s had one less. However both teams still did the North East proud. The 35’s had their best weekend on the diamond to date winning three and losing one over their four games, while the 45’s had their chances to notch a win but unfortunately fell just short. From all accounts from Line Drive’s spies in Ballarat,  all who suited up had a great time once again. Many have put their hand up for next year already. A big thank you to Ballarat Royals Baseball Club for putting on the weekend and the Alfredton Baseball Club who had very comfortable chairs to watch the game. A massive thank you to  Kingsley Collins who once again made the weekend run like clockwork. One thing for sure is that every Cod who does the four hour plus drive down from the North East to Ballarat and back again each year, continue to do so for the hospitality, camaraderie and a chance for a laugh, a drink and a bloody good weekend. Line Drive will return next year that’s for sure!
Cod banter
    The banter form the Cods was a little more subdued than past years. Maybe with the Shaun “Old School” O’Neil omission, the trip down was pretty tame. Enter Porepunkah’s Matty Shennan. The Punkah boys were running a little late and head Cod Nathan “Rubberarm” Pool was wondering where they were. Shennan was the first to pipe up and take on Pool on the chat. Shennan gave as good as he got on the chat and was asked to make sure he put his money where his mouth was on the diamond on Friday. From all reports from a Cod who was there, Matt Shennon gave a fine tribute to the sponsors with an epic Ice cream catch at left field. Not only did he play the two games for the 35’s, he was asked to bat nine and play right field for his third game of the day in the 45’s. A big first 24 hours, Shennan went on to have one of the more impressive rookie weekends many Cods have seen for a long time. Maybe a smoky for the pufferfish?
 
Socks maketh the uniform
    There have been many trends over the years with baseball uniforms. From the Knickerbocker look to the hemmed pant. From the hemmed pant to the un-hemmed baggy pant,  these have been quite subtle. The one area of the uniform that can make it stand out are under the pants, the humble sock. This year the Cods did some research and were able to get their hands on some old school style stirrup socks to jazz up the uniform. Five initial pairs were ordered and they have been a hit. Stirrup sock old timer,          Ash “Steel Panther” Meyers was suitably impressed with the colour and how it added to the complete package. Have a look for yourself below. Stirrup socks are back!

socks
Socks look pretty good 

The Pufferfish
    It has been a long operation for chief bean counter for the pufferfish award, Nathan “Fomo” Pool.  He has been tallying the votes and just generally waiting for those who went to Ballarat to get back to him. Meanwhile past winners Rob “Butts” Seymour, Ash “Steel  Panther” Meyers and Heath “Heater” Anders, are wondering if they are going to get their name engraved on the lump of wood for the second time. But the time has arrived to crown the 2019 Pufferfish winner. A rookie, Matty Shennan. Question is it silver or gold?
Thursday night training.
    Senior training is back for season 2019 and the Wangaratta Rangers encourage old and new players to come along, say hello and stay for a chat and a meal. Last week was a good old fashioned pie night and this week hot dogs are on the menu. During the year the players take it in turns to cook up a meal of their choice to the masses. One thing is for sure, the out of town travelers enjoy the meal. Remember $10 is all it costs and you always get plenty of food and drink for that amount. Hope to see you at training from 6pm Thursdays.
Season starts this weekend
    This weekend Wangaratta will head down the Hume to open their season against Benalla Bandits. Benalla have been very active over the summer time and it will be a good test to start the season. B-grade is from 11:30am while A-grade begins at 2:15pm at Racecourse Reserve Benalla. Drop in for a look if you are in the area on Sunday.
 
Now for the club stuff
  • Insurance for the season is now due. Check Teamapp and Wangaratta Rangers website for login details
  • Juniors Wednesday night from 5pm Come down and have a look.
  • Seniors training Thursday from 6pm and tea!
  • A and B grade both at Benalla Sunday from 11:30am
Thanks again and till next time,
Go Rangers

Rounding Third By Line Drive Summer 2019 edition.

Hello and welcome to the summer edition Rounding Third. It feels like it has been an eternity since we last had a chat. However the time is right to let you know what has been going on around the Wangaratta Rangers Baseball/Softball Club. The season is long past in the memory and a new committee has taken over the reins. Well not brand new. Just a few people have been shuffled around into new portfolios. The Ranger Ramble was another highlight and well there has been a plethora of birthdays. But we will get to all of that later. Hope you enjoy the read.

Pool is the new President.

    Local rubber-arm and world traveller Nathan “FOMO” Pool has taken over the top job at Wangaratta Rangers Baseball/Softball Club. Now regular readers know about Nathan’s credentials to be the top dog. 300 games, son of club legend Kevin Pool, a regular at Vic Winter carnivals for North East and regular attendee for CODS masters. Former president Tony “Spinner” Smith has moved over to become the treasurer. All other positions remained the same. A big thank you to Spinner and his work in the past four years as president and to Scott “Daddy Mack” Jenkins who now moves back into general committee from treasurer. Already the club are looking forward to season 2019. The next meeting will be this Friday the 11th of January from 7pm at the clubrooms. All are welcome.

30 is the new forty or is 40 the new 30?

    This year down at the club there has been a plethora of milestone birthdays. This year has seen Nathan Pool, Cam Scott and Mick “The Skipper” Wyatt all celebrate the big 40, while Scott “Big Daddy” Jenkins, Kyle “Thrillmore” Gilmore have celebrated 30. Over the past couple of months, the club has welcomed a couple more with Kelsey “Dropsy” Burder and offsider Sam “Goggles” Grigg joining the 30 brigade. Welcome to your respective clubs gentlemen.

Ranger Ramble VII run and won.

    In 2018 The Rangers end of season trip was another roaring success. The theme was western, and what a theme it was. From gunslinger Scott Jenkins, to Brad Undies Murdoch and Woody, Sam Grigg as Jesse, Jamies Samuels and Rob Seymour as Indians, Cam Scott and Lauren Dinsdale as bar staff, Nathan Pool and Daniel Griffin riding inflatable horses, it seemed everyone had a pair. We not everyone. Kelsey “Dropsy” Burder thought outside the square and came as a Western Bulldog footballer. Pretty inventive the writer thought. Anyhow the trip was to Phillip island and it was a great trip down. Once at San Remo and having the stretch of the legs the crew were met by a Ranger from afar Daniel “Hank Scorpio” McCullough who had flown in from Canada the night before. One thing is for sure Daniel “The Griff” Griffin is a great trip planner and this year did not disappoint. Who won best dressed you ask? Word has it Cam “The Soak” Scott took home the chocolates a source down on the trip tells me. Hope all who ventured down had a wonderful time.

Cod Season    

    Yes yes I have been very quiet since the end of the past winter season but now as the weather is warm our attention turns to the 2019 Victorian Masters Baseball Carnival. Once again hosted by those wonderful folks in Ballarat from 15th to 17th of March. Once again the Cods are looking for players for their 35 plus and their 45 plus line ups. There will be a couple of changes this year and one notable absentee will be Line Drive’s close friend Cam “The Soak” Scott. Due to a clash of dates he will not be making the trip. Fear not he will be still soaking it up! However Line Drive’s travelling fans may make another appearance. One knows for sure the Esmond Street boys like a trip to Ballarat for the weekend. Sorry Kelsey you will not see Line Drive and The Soak in the one place once again. For more information on Cods Masters Baseball and if you are interested on donning the Cods uniform check out https://www.facebook.com/Codsmastersbaseball for all your Cods needs.

Wangaratta Rangers juniors

 T-ball has been an exceptional success leading into the Christmas break with on average 30 kids having a crack at t-ball and now into junior baseball. Coaches Nathan Pool, Owen “The Gaffer” Godenzi are impressed with how the kids have taken to the game we all love. Looking at the posts online there has been many positive reviews of how the club is going about the development of baseball in Wangaratta. In the past week a new site has been set up for Junior baseball information. https://www.facebook.com/wangarattarangersjuniorbaseball/ is the link and there will be more content added to the site as we move towards the commencement of t-ball and junior baseball in late January early February. If you are interested in playing please email the club wangarattarangers@hotmail.com. We hope to see you soon down at Targoora Park.

Pickle Ball what is it?

    Now here is something that is completely different to the usual baseball news. Wangaratta’s favourite Canadian import Bryan “Moose” Wilson has been hard at it getting another game he loves off the ground in Wangaratta. The name of the game is pickle ball. The sport combines elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis. It can be played using wooden or composite paddles in singles or doubles configuration. It is played on a court similar to the size of a badminton court and from all reports is a lot of fun. For those who are interested in having a hit for something different check out https://www.facebook.com/Wangaratta-Pickleball-494957764332723/

It’s been a while

I know a few of you out there has been wondering what had happened to Line Drive. He has a quiet few months on the information front. It was another good year for the club where many plans turned into achievements and there are many more good things in the pipeline in 2019. Come to think of it, he just suffered from the curse that was writers block and a little self doubt over whether or not do people like reading about what’s going on in North Eastern Baseball. That has now passed and is now looking forward to getting back into what is going on around the traps. Hope all out there has had a wonderful Christmas and new year period and looking forward to an enjoyable 2019.

Now for the club stuff

  • Committee meeting Friday 11th January from 7pm all are welcome
  • Junior baseball to fire back up late January Early February. more information to follow
  • Cods Masters March 15th to 17th if interested let the Codsters know via their page
  • Know anyone interested in playing drop us a line at wangarattarangers@hotmail.com
  • Check us out on Facebook the web, Twitter and on teamapp.
  • Anyone for golf? Might be time for a hit. Who is keen? Let Cam know

That’s it and till next time

Go Rangers

Rounding Third By Line Drive July 17th 2018

Hello and welcome to the mid winters edition of Rounding Third. Over the past few weeks Line Drive has had his winters hiatus. He returned this week to find out what the folk down at Wangaratta Rangers Baseball Club have been up to the on and off the diamond. Since the last edition, Rangers Black and Orange have had mixed fortunes. Rangers Black dropped their first game of the year being blanked 10-0 by a very good Bears Green outfit. Since then they have ground out two wins over Benalla Bandits 18-8 and the past weekend defeating bears Gold 15-1. The latter result does not show how tight this game was until the Rangers offences, lead by Tetsu Kamiyama woke out of a Sunday morning slumber to break the game open late in the 5th inning.
    Rangers Orange have had three pretty good weeks. First of all they got the win over Bears Gold and then held on to defeat Porepunkah Panthers 9-8. However they came crashing back to Earth on Sunday going down 25-0 against Bears Green. With scores like that there are always highlights, so keep reading to find out who made the highlight reel this week. Next week rangers play host at Targoora Park on Saturday to Wodonga Warriors. So get down come have a look at some North Eastern Baseball if you are in the area.
Now onto what is going around the place at The Ranch
Lucky ticket this Saturday. Do you have one yet?
    This coming weekend sees the Wangaratta Rangers Baseball/Softball Club’s annual Lucky Ticket night. Hearing from those who have gone in past years, it has always been a cracking night and this year will be no exception. Once again all the regulars will be there but unfortunately, one thing will be missing. The hosts with best tweed sports coats in the North East Scott “Big Daddy” Jenkins and Cam “The Soak” Scott. With those being absent, look for the golden tonsils of Kyle “Gillypop” Gilmore and the one who never misses out, Nathan “Fomo” Pool to step into the breach. Tickets are still available from the club at $25 a piece. Roast beef rolls on the menu. The starts at 6pm at Targoora Park Murdoch Road Wangaratta. Drop the club a line or ask a club member if you  want a ticket.
Slamming Sammy steps up.
    it was a pretty tough going for the Rangers Orange boys and girls in the first few innings of Sunday’s game. Bears pitcher Tom Simmons was on a roll. He was striking out batters at will and those who made contact hit it straight to the Bears Green defense. Three and two thirds innings down not one Rangers Orange player had reached base. Enter number nine hitter Jamie “Slamming Sammy” Samuels who nonchalantly walked up to the plate and stepped into the batters box. Simmons delivered a high fast ball. Slamming Sammy said, “I like the look of that” and swung at the first pitch. Crack! The ball went flat over the head of the second baseman giving centre field no chance of getting to it. Jamie trotted up the line for the first hit of the game for Rangers Orange.The bench erupted with cheers as the perfect game was gone. One thing is for sure that when the next hitter got to the plate there was some serious heat coming their way. The poor batter was young Damien “Damo” French. Let’s just say the next three pitches were fired out at a fair velocity. Still you cannot take the hit away from Slamming Sammy Samuels!

Jamie gets a hit
Did I just get the first hit of the game? Thanks to Brendon French for the image

Dropsy at it again
   . Kelsey “Dropsy” Burder had an interesting game on Sunday. He spent a fair bit of the time on the ground as catcher and once he went to the outfield, he made anything that was routine, not look so routine. His best effort came late in the seventh inning where a simple fly ball buckled him at the knees and he took the catch almost lying down. One thing for sure his quick wit was still there by firing off one liners in reply to his catching ability.  Still, when you look at the score book it says Fly out to 9 (Right Field)
The Rookie
    Oh what are we to call Owen “O” Godenzi? The past weekend the men and women of Rangers Black worked it out. You see the new shirts arrived this weekend and Godenzi has been playing out of the foreign number of 31. However as soon as he slipped on the orange and Back of number 51, O was transformed into the “The Rookie”. The Rookie took to the hill and threw a very good game of baseball.  He went seven innings scattering four hits while striking out five batters. The big swing returned too with The Rookie hitting the ball hard and far into the outfield. Maybe, just maybe, this is the nickname for you number 51?
 
Azza in the name of glove
    Aaron Parker flashed the leather on multiple occasions up at Springdale Heights. First a ripping slips catch followed by some fancy glove work and multiple chances to throw runners out. At one point every time the ball went in the air many players and opposition players just called out “Azza it’s yours”. Way to let your glove do the talking at short stop Azza.

Azza flash the leather
Azza just showing the glove. Thanks to Brendon French for the image

Jenko vs O’Neil
    Scotty Jenkins was his acerbic best as he was throwing plenty of verbal jibes at Shaun “Old School” O’Neil’s ability to play outfield. From memory of the game on Sunday I think Old School played pretty well taking all chances in the field and getting a couple of hits as well. What did Jenko do one wonders? Have a look on Game Changer and you might find out.
Two games to go before finals.
    Yes only two games before finals. The club is calling on you all out there to make the effort come out to training on Thursday nights. This week the Good Doctors are cooking. If you want a good feed come out Thursday night from 6pm. You will not be disappointed.
The trip destination has been revealed.
  This years Rangers end of season trip has a distinctive island theme. Beaches, sand and good times. There may be some go-karting for known rev head Rob “Butts” Seymour. Last Thursday Daniel “The Griff” Griffin revealed that the Rangers are off to Phillip Island! Yes it will be a distinctive party like atmosphere for the road trip down to the penguin parade and the wildlife parks of Cowes. Now what is this years theme? That is yet to be decided. Will all of the big six return for a seventh trip? Start saving those pennies boys and girls as Ranger Ramble VII will be a ripper.
The Spaniard is living the dream
    Everyone’s Favorite Spaniard Angus “Gus” Young is currently making his way around the globe. From what Line Drive understands (via Gus’s Instagram, he is sampling the good life in Croatia. That Croatian football shirt he had on certainly did suit him and looks to be settling into life as the international traveller. Keep having a good time number 21.
 
Anyone seen Beaker?
    Yes Rob “Beaker” Barbour has disappeared again. Nathan “Fomo” Pool inquired about his whereabouts the other night at training. So it might be time to shake the tree again and maybe Beaker might fall out of it. Maybe he will appear this Saturday for the Lucky ticket night in Wangaratta? Any sightings of Beaker please let us know below is a picture of him.

Beaker
Where is Beaker????

Now to club stuff
  • Fees are due. They are cheap. $50 to be direct debited to the club. Message Scotty Jenkins for how to do this
  • Lucky ticket 6pm Saturday night Targoora park. Tickets are $25 and available from club members
  • Games are Saturday vs Wodonga at home. Please place on Team app if you are unavailable this weekend
  • North Eastern Baseball Association Presentation night Friday August 10th North Albury Sports Club. Please let Spinner know by Friday if you wish to attend.
  • Game reports are available on the website http://www.wangarattabaseball.com
Well that is about it for this week. Stay warm and dry and
Go Rangers

Rounding Third by Line Drive June 20th 2018

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of Rounding Third. Baseball has returned to the diamonds of the North Eastern Baseball Association after the Queens Birthday. The men and women headed down the Hume to Benalla over the past weekend to play Benalla and Porepunkah respectively. In the early game Rangers Orange jumped out to an early lead against the hosts Benalla Bandits. The game was played hard and played fair with Benalla eventually coming out on top. The final score was 12-9 Bandits way. The weather slowly improved over the course of the day and by the late game, the weather was quite pleasant. In a topsy turvy tussle where Porepunkah were on top early, the Rangers fought back, then to see Porepunkah draw level. Finally Rangers Black got the job done in a very workman like manner. The end result was Rangers Black 12 defeating Porepunkah Panthers 10. Once again thank you very much to Benalla Bandits hospitality. To our loyal supporters who came along to watch the game in rather cool conditions. We do appreciate your support. Now onto what has been happening down at the Ranch.
Rangers Represent    
    The State winter championships were run and won over the long weekend down in Geelong. The North East team once again acquitted themselves well against the other winter associations. The boys fought hard all weekend and went unbeaten in the division two final against Sunraysia. After Sunraysia got out to an early lead the North East boys went to work whittling down the lead. A late innings fightback narrowed the margin but unfortunately they ran out of time and Sunraysia were the winners on the day. From all accounts it was another cracking weekend of baseball in Geelong. To the Ranger guys Nathan Pool, Aaron Parker, Ross Johnson, Rob Seymour and Tetsuya Kamiyama, support crew and families who went away, great job and till next time.
Season part two is here.
    Part two of the 2018 North Eastern Baseball Association began over the past weekend across the diamonds of Albury and Benalla respectively. It sees the Wangaratta Rangers working hard and playing some good baseball. It was mentioned by hitting guru and man of baseball  shoes, Tetsuya Kamiyama that there is only six weeks of the season left. That theoretically means only six Thursday nights too. So come along put your hand up to cook a meal and get involved. Only six weeks (not including finals) left! Training is from 6pm Thursday nights Targoora Park. All are welcome

Lucky Ticket? You have yours yet?
    Yes it is that time of year again. Seems to sneak up on everyone involved down at The Ranch. The 2018 Lucky ticket is here. Party guru Kelsey “Dropsy” Burder has got the tickets and is asking you out there, the Ranger fan, to get your ticket as soon as possible as they generally sell out in quick time. Lucky Ticket night this year is on Saturday 21st of July beginning at 6pm. Tickets are $25 and are available from club members. If you wish to purchase one let Kelsey know.
Rangers cap addiction
    Rob “Butts” Seymour is always thinking of how to make the Rangers stand out on the diamond. He is the man who came up with the great looking Rangers warm up shirts and has been dabbling in finding the right cap just to make the Ranger uniform “pop” a bit more. A few weeks back while having a chat around the Thursday night dinner table, Butts noticed Cam “The Soak” Scott’s cap he purchased from a club back home in Melbourne. He noticed the style of cap was different and it had a three dimensional graphic. This got Butts thinking. Last week our new caps arrived. This time the ‘W’ on the front is raised and the cap has a more rounded peak. This does not mean a lot to those non-cap aficionados, but to those in the know, it is another evolution in Rangers merchandise. Now available on Thursday nights from Buttsy. Next in line possible shell jackets?
O’Neil is being Old School
    Line Drive is beginning to think that Rangers Black second baseman Shaun “Old School” O’Neil is looking for ways to get his name in Rounding Third each edition. This week sees O’Neil making the routine not so routine. Double play ball hit O’Neil tries to tag runner, misses and gets the out at first and runner does not advance! Yes that’s right the runner on first base did not advance. Though to Old Schools credit he did try to fool the umpire by tagging the runner at first with the opposite hand. Still a play that many have never actually seen before. What will happen in the Bermuda Triangle at second base for Wangaratta Rangers Black next week versus Wodonga? Stay tuned to next weeks edition of Rounding Third.
Easy Street Boys are at it again.
    Each week the Easy street boys seem to devise new ways to entertain themselves and their friends. The stories you hear from this crew of mates are just outstanding. The latest involving the Nintendo game Super Mario Kart among other things, is just amazing. The writer cannot explain it but one thing is, the game sounded pretty fun. If you want to know  just ask their leader Kelsey “Dropsy” Burder and his second in command Kyle “Gilly” Gilmore. Enjoy your half yuletide festivities gentlemen.
Rugby League State of Origin Sunday 
    Now this is not related to baseball but to the club we have but man of the radio Nathan “FOMO” Pool was speaking to Rangers Baseball major sponsor over the past week and the conversation quickly turned to the Rugby League State of Origin. Mark from Cafe Martini and Bulls Head Hotel in Wangaratta would like all of you out there to know that Game 2 of the State of Origin will be shown live in the bar at Cafe Martini from 7pm. If you have nothing to do Sunday night head in for a feed and watch the game in the warm surroundings to the Bulls Head Hotel.
Fines are stacking up
    Yes the dreaded tin was out in force over the past round and the Ranger men and women are paying their dues where they need to. It was noted that when a coin is dropped into the tin, it does not make a sound. Looks like there is a lot of notes in that tin already and the season is just over half way. Rossco “pen hater” Johnson did not pay his over the weekend as he gave a very valid reason for not wearing a Rangers hoodie. I think the phrase “If I could buy one then I would” A good enough reason not to pay the money isn’t it tin master Kyle “Gilly” Gilmore? On another note is Daniel “The Griff” Griffin going to let the group where they are going on Ranger Ramble VII? A date has been set. October 19-21.
Junior news
This weekend between the Ranger vs Warriors games in Wodonga, Wangaratta rangers warmly invites all junior players to come have a hit and throw in Wodonga. If you are curious what baseball is all about come along and have a look on Sunday. For more information drop the club a line wangarattarangers@hotmail.com
Now to the club stuff
  • Training this Thursday from 6pm. Keira has kindly volunteered to cook for the crew this week. Thanks Keira.
  • Committee meeting follows training from 7:30pm All are welcome.
  • This weeks games are in Wodonga. If you are unavailable please place it on team app. As said before, the more information the better and more accurate we can put teams out each week
  • New playing caps available See Butts for one
  • Lucky tickets available. Ask the club member for one for the 21st of July. Games to be played on the Saturday before the draw.
  • Happy birthday Sean “The Doc” Warfe. Closer to Cods age yet Doc?
  • Ranger Ramble VII October 19-21
  • Follow us on Twitter @wangrangers and teamapp Wangaratta Rangers http://www.wangarattabaseball.com
It’s been a bit of a delay this week. Line Drive has been suffering from writers block. Hope you got your fix of news about North Eastern Baseball. Yes we are still here! Please share it aoround and spread the good word about Wangaratta Baseball.
Till next time
Go Rangers

 

Rounding Third by Line Drive June 6th 2018

Hello and welcome to the first true winter edition of Rounding Third. Over the past couple of weeks the Rangers teams squared off, with Rangers Black getting the chocolates and bragging rights over their Rangers Orange counterparts. It was a competitive game watched on by a healthy crowd at the annual Ranger family day. The game gave the opportunity for many players to try playinh a different position and have a good hit out against their fellow Rangers brothers and sisters. A big shout needs to go out to “The Pres” Tony “Spinner” Smith who worked tirelessly all day to put on a great show for all the Wangaratta families and supporters. It has been said before, but it needs saying again, clubs are only as good as the people who run them. We are fortunate and very privileged to have the likes of Spinner involved in the club. Now onto other news form the past couple of weeks. Who has been up to what, and other club business.
Listen to Rossco Old School
    In the Orange versus Black game, Shaun “Old School” O’Neil had one of those days that you like to forget. Early on in the game, a fly ball was hit straight up in the air. Nine times out of ten or ninety nine times out of a hundred old school would be a safe bet. However this was the one occasion. Much to the surprise pitcher Jason “Sunscreen” Jonker, the ball spilled out of Old Schools new pristine glove. “Old School” said it was Pooly’s fault and blamed the bird that flew past the sun in the sky, and it being on a Sunday, for missing the catch. Later on in the innings another ball was it up in O’Neil’s direction. Number one pen hater from Porepunkah, Ross “Rossco” Johsnon bellowed, “SHAUN!!!!!!”, making it evidently clear that he needed to catch the next one. Luckily for Shauns wits he did. At the end of the first inning O’Neil’s fielding was all square. Remembering a quote from a previous edition, a poor tradesman blames his tools, Old School.
 
Jenko’s gets a little shirty.
    it was a rather shaky start to the first derby game of the year for the black team. Resident first baseman and man about town, and the state, Cam “The Soak” Scott notified the coaches that it would be best to give up the position to multi sport athlete and coming first baseman, Scott “The Beard” Jenkins. As the game began, Jenko trotted out to right field where Cam was also headed. He was surprised and a little bit dark that he was now playing first base. “No one told me” retorted Jenkins. “Stuff it I will use this glove” was another comment. Fair to say like the aforementioned Shaun O’Neil, the first innings was not all plain sailing. He was still mumbling about it once he came off the diamond. Must be something about playing first base and getting grumpy at Wangaratta!
 
Raining hits for Gilmore
    Current master of the tin Kyle “Can hit more” Gilmore had a day out against the Rangers Black pitchers. Everything he saw was dispatched with ease to all parts of the outfield throughout the game. The only thing stopped him from having a perfect day out with the maple was fellow Esmondian, Kelsey “Dropsie” Burder who certainly did not live up to that nickname with the catch he took to rob Gilly of a perfect day. Slide in, dive forward, take the catch and stick the landing is how you can describe Burders take. Still a great hitting display from one of the Ranger favorites.
New man on the bump
    Over the past few weeks, man of facial hair Brad “Undies” Murdoch, has become a bit of an innings eater for the Rangers Orange guys and girls. It is great to see the big spindly frame of a man get up there and throw strikes. This was first the case in Rangers vs Warriors game a few weeks back and he repeated the efforts in the local derby. It helps when another gets on the hill and gives our wonderful throwers a well deserved rest. Look out for his wicked fast ball! Word is he is developing a second pitch. Wonder if he will call his new pitch the anteater?
 
Where are we going Griff?
    The season is already half gone. Many around Ranger land are now turning their attention to the end of season trip Ranger Ramble VII will be upon us in October. This year was suppose to be a far trip but it has been altered slightly to a mystery trip. At this moment only Daniel “The Griff” Griffin knows where the Ranger faithful are headed. Many think Nathan “FOMO” Pool has guessed the place, but even he is not so sure of where that is. More to the point what will the theme be? After seeing the social media posts of the Esmond street boys and girls, could double denim be the theme? More details will be released soon about the mystery destination.
 
The big 6
    Talk around the dinner table last week always seems to go back to the trip. It was remarked that there are only six Rangers that have been on all six trips. Now they know who they are, but can anyone else outside the inner sanctum of dinner last Thursday night name them? In all honesty there is no surprise who the six are. But will they all make it to Ranger Ramble VII?
 
Round robin round 2018
    The North Eastern Baseball Association had a ‘Cent a Number’ draw and round robin day over the past weekend. Players from all clubs in the association came together to play in mixed teams and have a good fun day of baseball. Judging by the images taken by Daniel Blanchard on the North Eastern Baseball Association Facebook page, it was a cracking day. Others I have spoken to enjoyed the day and welcomed the efforts of all involved in the association. It was a good day for the Ranger family as Jenko took second place and The Pools took 3rd place.
 
Winter Championships are here
    the 2018 Victorian Winter Baseball Championships are here again and the North Eastern Baseball Association have once again put a very competitive side together for their annual pilgrimage to Geelong. Managed once again by Ed Simmons, the North Eastern men are looking to go back to back. This year it looks like it will be a very even division with both Latrobe Valley and Sunraysia putting together strong squads. Don’t count out Dandenong U/23 either. The boys have one game Saturday and two on the Sunday, with the final games on Monday deciding on who takes the shield home in 2018. To all players and supporters who are heading down to Geelong this year, good luck keep warm and most importantly have a good time playing baseball. Line Drive wants to hear about it all when you come back.
Season part 2
    The 2018 North Eastern baseball Association returns after the June long weekend. Both Rangers squads are looking forward to a good second half. Coach Steve “Fernando” Peruzzo and Mick “Skip” Wyatt were impressed with how their chargers, Rangers Orange played in the first seven games. Likewise man of may nicknames and hats Nathan “Rubberarm” Pool with his Rangers Black squad. Aaron “Azza” Parker is looking forward to a big second half as are stalwarts Brendon “Frenchy” French and Brenton “Plugger” Miller. Damien “Junior” French is looking to build on his good start with the bat too. One thing isfor sure, there will be plenty of fun on and off the diamond in the coming ten weeks. Just remember, if you are unavailable please place it on teamapp so the coaches know in advance. As said before the more information the better.
Now onto the club stuff
  • Silver Circle 21st July Tickets available soon
  • Vic Winter Championships June 9-11 Geelong. Good luck to all who are going
  • Seasons recommences Sunday 17th June. Draw up on website this week sometime
  • New caps from Butts are available see his if you want one
  • Subs are now due See Jenko for more details
  • Thank you to all our wonderful sponsors check them out on Teamapp and www.wangarattabaseball.com
  • Training Thursday nights 6pm Targoora Park Murdoch Road Wangaratta. All are welcome
  • Follow on Facebook and Twitter @wangrangers
Well that’s it for this week. Stay warm and if you are participating in winery walkabouts this weekend stay safe.
Go Rangers

Rounding Third By Line Drive May 22nd 2018

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of Rounding Third. The skies were grey over the diamonds of the North Eastern Baseball Association during the weekend, but that did not stop the men and women of the Wangaratta Rangers Baseball Club from heading back up the Hume to Wodonga for the weekend’s round of matches. In the early game, Rangers Black overcame Wodonga Warriors White 28-2. In the late game, Rangers Orange pushed Warriors Maroon right to the end. The final score was 12-5. Once again thank you to the hospitality of Wodonga Warriors and to all our travelling supporters who made the trip. Next week, Rangers Orange will be playing Rangers Black in Wangaratta. More about that later. Now onto what has caught the eye of Line Drive over the past couple of weeks.
Who was that on the screen?
    It may have not been mentioned in a previous edition, but it has not gone unnoticed. The good Doc’s Sean and Sarah Warfe have been living the good life in Canada over the past few weeks. The Warfes were lucky enough to be in attendance to watch the Seattle Mariners no hit the Toronto Blue Jays. Not only was being there awesome but then they were pictured on the jumbo screen of the stadium and the television broadcast. To complete the occasion they got a game ball and a hat signed. Nice work Doc’s. One question to be asked is to the master of the tin, Kyle Gilmore. If you are on television in the states then is that a larger donation to the tin due to exchange rates?
Where is Beaker?
    The question has to be asked. Where is Rob “Beaker” Barbour? Last sighted four weeks ago. Now we all know he is alive but his reasons for not being available are very blunt. The past two weeks have been very simple “No good”. Well  we hope this week you are felling a bit better Beaker. Hope to see you down at he Ranch this coming Sunday.
North Eastern Rep Baseball time 
    It’s back for another year and five Rangers players are heading to Geelong over the long weekend to test themselves against the other Victorian Winter Baseball associations. Last year the boys from Kelly country took out the division 2 title, and are looking to go back to back this year. Once again there has been a fantastic response from those in the competition who have put their hand up and wish to represent the North Eastern Baseball Association. I am lead to believe that it will be a full list of players. The Winter Championships will be held over the Queens birthday long weekend in Geelong. More information in upcoming editions of Rounding Third.
 
Boof visits the Ranger Ranch
    Man of the DBA radio show Rob “Boofa” Bowen made an appearance at Wangaratta a couple of weeks ago. It was a bit of a mission for him to find the ground at first. After organising with Cam ‘The Soak” Scott to meet him at the ground in Murdoch road, Boof got close to the ground and called Cam. Cam assured him the ground was not too far away and keep heading out the road and if you see Ranger man (and now Ranger kid) you are there. Cam arrives at the ground to find no one arrived yet. Another phone call. Boof had driven out 8kms to the new roundabout at Oxley. Finally after a little more two way communication Boof found the ground. He had got tired of the food where he was staying and wanted to come find some baseball people. Lucky for him a good crew turned up in poor conditions for Azza’s Burgers and a good chat. It was great to catch up and talk about all the great things and projects we have in the pipeline for Wangaratta Rangers and North Eastern Baseball. thanks for the visit Boof. Thanks for the kind words on the baseball forum too.
Rangers Family fun day.
    This coming Sunday Rangers Orange play host to Rangers Black in a shootout at Targoora Park. However that is not the only action going on down at The Ranch. It is going to be the annual Wangaratta Rangers Family Day and the club welcomes all players, sponsors and supporters. The flyer below explains what is on offer and your hosts The Wangaratta Rangers hope to see you all there. The game begins at 1:45pm. Rangers Orange will be looking to get some revenge on Rangers Black. As always it will be a competitive game played in great spirit. Spread the word. The more spoken about Wangaratta Baseball, the better.
rangers family day
Cent a number returns.
    The good folk who run The North Eastern baseball Association currently have a little cent a number raffle going on. The premise is simple. Take an envelope, open the envelope, whatever the ticket number that’s how much you pay. An example is if you draw ticket 650 then the cost of the ticket is $6.50. Simple? The cent a number draw is going to be held down at Targoora Park Wangaratta on Sunday 3rd of June. Discounted drinks and food will be provided. If you want a ticket please get in contact with anyone who plays in the North Eastern Baseball Association. All clubs have tickets to sell. Your involvement in the association is appreciated.
Round Robin 3rd of June
    In case you have noticed on the Facebook site on Sunday 3rd of June in conjunction with the cent a number draw the North Eastern Baseball Association will be holding a round robin day. Players from all clubs are encouraged and warmly invited to make themselves available where shortened games of baseball with mixed teams will take to the diamonds of Targoora Park. Each club is looking for numbers and I know at Wangaratta, there has been a call out for players who are available. So if you are available please support the association and their efforts. if you are interested in coming down for a look and  buy a ticket in the cent a number raffle then that would be great too.
Thursday night feeds
    As mentioned before the Thursday night feeds have been impressive. However things are heading towards the depths of winter and the meals are slowing down. For those who travel to train and play, the Thursday night feed is fantastic, as at times, one who travels may not arrive home till after 9:30pm. This week will dinner be snags and bread. It doesn’t matter what you cook, it is all about getting together having a chat and laugh together after training. If you just do one for the year then that is one less someone else chooses to do. If you do choose to provide a meal the club will reimburse you for your efforts.
Merchandise update
    Yes it’s all about the merch down at Targoora Park. Beanies are still available from Scott “Thirtysomething” Jenkins and new caps have been order by “Boston” Rob Seymour. Boston thinks he has found the holy grail of caps and when they arrive they will look great. If you wish to order other items please talk to radio personality Nathan Pool about warm up tops, numbered playing tops and just for a good chat really. A big thank you to our sponsors for their support of the club. Check out wangarattabaseball.com for more details about our sponsors or download Teamapp and search for Wangaratta Rangers.
Now to the club stuff
  • Rangers Family day this Sunday from 1pm all are welcome Targoora Park.
  • If you are unavailable to play, please use Teamapp to say you are unavailable. If you do not say anything, then the coaches assume you are ready to play. More communication means the better for all.
  • Fees are due, see Scotty for more information.
  • Cent a number tickets available, see a club member for your ticket or email the club wangarattarangers@hotmail.com
  • Round Robin day Sunday 3rd of June in conjunction with cent a number draw.
  • Victorian Winter Baseball Championships June long weekend in Geelong.
  • Training Thursday night 6pm All welcome.
A bit of a different one this week. Sometimes you need to plug all the good things that clubs do and all the good folk who love to play baseball in the north east of the state.
Till next time 
Go Rangers