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 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

Rounding Third by Line Drive April 30th 2019

Hello and welcome once again to another edition of Rounding Third. A couple of weeks has passed since we least checked in to see what has been happening down at the Ranch. I seem to say this every time but those ladies and gentlemen of the Wangaratta Rangers are not resting on their heels during season 2019. Last weekend for the first time in around ten seasons, junior baseball returned to the diamonds of Porepunkah and Benalla respectively. Our junior Rangers looked all the part in their new jerseys and grey pants. The game ended in a 5-all draw and was enjoyed by all. A big thank you to the parents and supporters for heading up the valley to watch the game once again. In the late game Rangers Black took on Bears Green. After a rough start on the diamond the boys worked themselves into the game, but unfortunately the horse had bolted the yard and Bears came away with a 13-7 victory. This coming weekend sees games played in Wangaratta where Rangers will play host to Benalla on Sunday. Hope to see you there.
Now onto other news.
 
One in we all in
    Porepunkah Panthers are the team of the Ovens Valley. They are situated 8km from Bright right next to Porepunkah primary school. The ground is one of the most picturesque grounds you could play baseball at through Victoria with the Autumn leaves, colour and the mountains as a backdrop. In recent seasons they have struggled for numbers, but the determination of a small band of baseball die-hards has kept this great little club afloat. On Sunday it was great to see that they have pulled some juniors together to form a team to play this year in the junior competition. If not for the work of the Porepunkah faithful this would have not been the case.  Porepunkah Panthers Baseball Club is the towns only sporting team and this writer feels that many may not even know it is there. After a quick search online, via various sites shows that there is limited knowledge of their existence. But exist they do. This is not just a call for players but a call for anyone out there who would like to get involved or reconnect with baseball with a down to earth club who want to keep the game alive up in the valley. In the past few years a couple of sporting clubs have either folded or merged with others down the valley. Come down and have a look at Porepunkah Recreation Reserve next home game, say hello and help support a great club of the North Eastern Baseball Association.

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Where else can you play in such a picturesque location? Thanks to Lauren Scott for the image

Old School punting.
    There are a few down at the Ranch who like to have a little flutter from time to time. Over the past weekend Shaun “Old School” O’Neill declared he had the winner in the Ranger Ragtag Punters. After the poor start to the game and Old School not having one of his better days along with Cam “The Soak” Scott, he thought they were on a winner with Carlton out to a big lead at half time over Hawthorn. However in the second half the optimism for the punt diminished like Carlton’s lead and the Hawks won in a thriller. Maybe more luck next week, hopefully Kelsey “Dropsy” Burder might turn it around.
Fernando and Skipper: The mower men
    A couple of weeks back Orange managers Steve “Fernando” Peruzzo and sidekick Mick “The Skipper” Wyatt went for a road trip up to Sydney to pick up the clubs new purchase. A mower to help keep the upgraded Ranger number one diamond in tip top condition. From what my spies have heard, the boys did enjoy themselves on the trip and are very chuffed with the mower. This purchase will help improve the quality of the surface at Targoora park as the club are looking to continuing to improve their facilities. Thanks for your efforts gentlemen. Now who is going to drive it first?
 
Thursday night training
    This Thursday will see Cam “The Soak” Scott and Lauren “Mrs Soak” Scott provide dinner for the masses. Now when we talk masses in baseball speak, we refer to the 15-25 members who come down to training week in week out. It does not sound like many but for us at the Ranch this is a healthy turn out, and it’s getting healthier by the week. On the menu is pumpkin soup with scones. Now many of you will be thinking Mrs Soak will be doing most of the preparation but don’t be fooled. Mrs Soak says Cam can cook. Rain hail or shine dinner will be on Thursday night after training for $10 and includes a drink too. Head down earlier to watch the junior Rangers put through their paces, then warm-up from 6pm. See you there.
Rangers Junior News
    Photos from the past weekend are now up online on the Junior Rangers page. A big thanks to Brendon French for taking the photos throughout the first game in Porepunkah. The link is  https://www.facebook.com/wangarattarangersjuniorbaseball/ More photos to come over the coming weeks. If interested, come down to the club on Thursday nights from 5pm and see what it is all about. One thing is for sure, exciting times lie ahead for Wangaratta.
We will keep it short this week so now to the club stuff
  • Players if you are unavailable please place it on teamapp. Download the app and look for Wangaratta Rangers.
  • Rangers play host to all games this week
  • Rangers Orange play Bears Gold from 9:30am
  • Rangers Black play Benalla A from 2:15pm
  • Committee meeting after training this Thursday for those who are interested
  • Punters club is back once again see Cam for details
  • Merchandise is available from the club. Just ask and we hope we can accommodate your wishes
More to talk about next week. In the mean time….
Go Rangers !!

Rounding Third By Line Drive April 15 2019

Hello and welcome to the round one and two edition of Rounding Third.  Season 2019 in the North Eastern Baseball Association got underway for the boys and girls of Wangaratta Rangers Baseball Club. The first round saw a return to the two division system, for the first time in over five years. Rangers Orange who play in B grade had the early game against Benalla B. Rangers Orange proved to be too strong for the newly reformed Benalla B, running out winners 26 to 5. In the late game, Rangers Black took on Benalla A. Rangers jumped out to an early lead and were in control for long parts of the match eventually winning 12-3.
    Week 2 and warm weather greeted all the clubs to sunny Wangaratta. In B grade, Rangers Orange and Porepunkah played out an 8 all draw as time had run out, while in A grade, Rangers Black welcomed Wodonga Warriors White. It was a tight struggle early, with the Rangers eventually gaining some momentum after leaving many early base runners to grind out a win by the score of 11-0.  Once again a very good crowd was in attendance for both games and the club thanks you for your continued support to start season 2019. This is going to be a big edition so let’s get into the news!
French Jonker and Sons
Over the first two rounds it has been pleasing to watch both Jason “Sunscreen” Jonker and Brendon “Frenchy” French get the opportunity to take the diamond with sons Nick Jonker, Heath and Damien French respectively.
It was seen on their social media pages that both men were wrapt to be playing the game they have played for many years, and have passed on their love of the game to their sons too. Congratulations gentlemen, hope you both have an enjoyable year of baseball with your sons in 2019.
Jenko begins season with a bang
Scott “The Beard” Jenkins is a busy man these days. With a young family to look after, and to his time as an apprentice plumber. What else can Jenkins add to his bow? Pitching is something Jenkins has identified as something he would like to do more over season 2019. He got his chance in week 1 down at Benalla where he threw two innings to get the Rangers over the line against Benalla A. He woke up a bit bit battered and bruised come Monday morning, but by Thursday night he was coming good. On Sunday against Wodonga, he let his bat do the talking. He sent a towering shot over left field to open his home run account for season 2019. Could this be the year of Jenkins?
 
Goggles Returns
Good to see Sam “Goggles” Grigg return to the diamond to play. He had made a deal with his fellow Esmond Street comrades that he would play some games this year. This has come about after Kelsey “Dropsie” Burder (who again lived up to his nickname in round 1 vs Benalla) said to him he could not buy into Ranger Ramble VIII to be held later in 2019. Grigg was his usual busy self on the diamond getting on base and speeding his way around the base paths. His coach Mick “The Skipper” Wyatt was impressed with his speed on the diamond,  but was bemused by his lack of it, off it. He was telling Line Drive that Sam was the first one there and getting organised for warm up but one of the last to actually get out to warm up. Save the speed for the game Goggles!

Rangers 2019
Let’s win this! 

The King is here
Great to have Angus King on board in season 2019. Gus has watched a game or two and been seen with the Esmond Street band at numerous Ranger functions. Now Gus has put the glove on and is having a crack out on the diamond. There are a few new faces down at The Ranch this year. A big welcome to Jimi “Winner” Wingrave who made his debut for Orange on Saturday with Dale “Lefty” Steven and Marcus Therkelman. Great see new players, welcome aboard!
Parker picks it perfectly
Aaron “Azza” Parker took to the hill against Wodonga Warriors and after a little bit of an unlucky start, found his groove. With the spluttering Ranger offense in the early innings Parker did a masterful job on the mound to keep the Wodonga bats subdued. Eventually the Ranger bats woke up and started giving him some run support. Once he had finished his stint on the mound, it was difficult to keep Parker out of the game at short stop. A great “eye open” short hop to get an out at first. This was followed by a loose ball that got away from Owen “The Gaffer” Godenzi, to stop a run scoring at home plate. This had the Ranger supporters in full applause for his efforts. Not to mention another supply of top notch lollies! Azza really did have a great day.
Juniors begin in Porepunkah on 28th of April
In what is definitely a step forward for the association, for the first time in ten years, junior baseball is back. After a power of work behind the scenes by all clubs, an under fourteen competition will commence a ten week season to be played at 12-1:30pm on each game day. Coaches Nathan “Fomo” Pool and Owen Godenzi are very excited and pumped about the next generation of ball players who will be wearing the Rangers colours. Training for juniors has moved to Thursday nights from 5pm at Targoora Park. All seniors, if available, are encouraged to head down early before their training and lend a hand to help run drills and teach the basics of baseball. The following Thursday night will see the juniors be presented with their playing tops following training and a good old fashioned pie night will be the order of the night too. These are exciting times for baseball in the North East, and all clubs are to be congratulated on working hard to ensure they have a team ready to go in season 2019. Good luck to all juniors out there. Hope you enjoy the game as much as I have for the past 25 plus years.
Teas on Thursday nights
After an amazing Spag Bol last week catered by Shaun “Old School” O’Neil, Azza Parker steps up this week for his famous steak sangas. Always a crowd favorite, no one will go home hungry with that on the menu. The club now has EFTPOS and for $10 includes a meal and a drink….. and maybe seconds if you are lucky. So now no excuse for not having cash. No cash, no worries. Look for the poll on the Rangers Facebook for more information.
 
Want to know what is going on? Multiple ways to do so! 
Just a friendly reminder of where you can find Ranger information out there. Check out http://www.wangarattabaseball.com for game reports, courtesy of game changer. A link will be available to this report Team app and Twitter. There is always the Facebook site and of course this little blog if you really really want to know what the characters of the Wangaratta Rangers are up to. I hope to write this fortnightly during the season to get a real idea of who is doing what and all the other exciting things we have planned for the year.
Gilly and the Tin; to put your fines in
The tin is back and already the change is flowing into it. From strike outs to Mick Wyatt saying about a batter that, “he doesn’t want to hit it” , proceeds to hit a home run, wrong coloured socks on home days, to leaving a piece of uniform on the ground, there are plenty of ways that Gilly is looking to fill the coffers. Now we all know it is all in good fun, it’s always good to have a laugh about it after the game each week. So keep working hard at training on Thursday nights and then maybe, just maybe, you may not have to contribute as much as others…..Maybe.
 
Beaker where are you?
Rob “Butts” Seymour and Cam “The Soak” Scott were discussing past players and were wondering where Rob “Beaker” Barbour is hiding. Last year we were able to flush him out for an appearance at a Rangers home game and by writing about him, so hopefully once again it might just be enough to get him down to watch his beloved Rangers. I am sure your read this Beaker, and it would be great to see you and other past players down at Targoora Park over the course of the season.

Beaker and Bunsen 2
Where are you Beaker??

Now for the club stuff
  • Junior training from 5pm Thursday. Senior to follow on Thursday after the completion of juniors. All are welcome.
  • Want to know all that is happening in the juniors? Check out  https://www.facebook.com/wangarattarangersjuniorbaseball/ for all your information and needs
  • EFTPOS facilities available to pay your fees and merchandise. Available each Thursday and game day
  • After each home game dinner is on at our great sponsor Cafe Martini from 5:30 pm. All are welcome.
  • Punters Club returns. Interested? See The Soak for details
  • If you are unavailable place it on Team App of when you cannot play. Just let us know!
  • Rangers u/14 vs Porepunkah at Porepunkah April 28th
  • Rangers Black vs Bears Green at Porepunkah 2:15pm Sunday April 28th Rangers Orange have a the bye
Wow that was a big edition. Exciting times ahead. Till next time you avid readers (Jonno from Wodonga) out there and others……
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 February 19th 2019

Hello and welcome to a February edition of Rounding Third. The heat has been well and truly on here in the north east of the state over the past four weeks. However with the heat, the busy committee at Rangers HQ have been working away feverishly behind the scenes to help improve the profile of the club and to make 2019 another extremely successful season. Now onto what has been going on. Line Drive went down to have a look last night and came away excited and encouraged by what is happening down at the ranch.
Junior Baseball back in full swing
    Junior coaches Nathan “Rubberarm” Pool and Owen “The Gaffer” Godenzi were very encouraged with the turnout for the first night Rangers Juniors 2019. From what I hear around the grounds, nineteen in the 8-14 year old range turned up for baseball drills while another twelve in the 5-8 year olds for T-ball. It was great to hear that Ranger senior players, Tetsu Kamiyama, Shaun “Old School” O’Neil, Kelsey “Dropsie” Burder,  were there to help out while Ranger legend Kevin Pool and Jamie Samuels ran the 5-8 year old with some parental help.
    In week 2, the boys and girls were put through their paces with a variety of hitting fielding and running drills. The three way rotation worked amazing and the smiles on both the kids and their parents faces was fantastic to see first hand. The talk after training and online has been extremely positive in how the nights are run with many participants now telling others to come along and have a go. The club is encouraging all players and supporters to come down, have a look, help out, see what all the hype is and get on board with what could be an exciting future for our club.  It will be on again over the next few Wednesday nights from 6pm at Targoora Park, Murdoch road Wangaratta.
Juniors look to return to the diamonds of the North East.
    The North Eastern Baseball Association are looking to run an under 14’s competition this coming winter season. The competition is proposed to be run on senior match days during term 2 of the school year which is from 28th of April till the 7th of July from 12:15pm-1:45pm. The Wangaratta Rangers are looking for any players interested aged 8-14 years old to be part of the new era of junior baseball in the north east. Spread the word and come along. In the mean time come along Wednesday nights to Targoora Park from 6pm. More information to follow.
Cod Season update
    The Cod season is well and truly upon all those who pull on the mighty teal and black of Cods Baseball. There has been a lot of back room talk about who is going to pull of the boots to go to Ballarat for the 2019 edition of Victorian Masters Baseball Championships. In the last edition of Rounding Third, it was noted that Cam “The Soak” Scott will not be making this years trip but since then a couple of other Ranger regulars have become unavailable too. One of the most prominent absentees will be perennial Golden pufferfish runner up and key Cod 45 player Rob ‘Beaker” Barbour. Fellow Cod Cam “Showtime” Rogers has declared the race extremely open this year with Beakers absence. Who is going to eat the extremely hot butter chicken this year Cam? Another front runner for the award was Shaun “Old School” O’Neil; who has also pulled the pin on his chance to take home the award. Could this give Rob “Butts” Seymour a free run at a second title?
    With the absence of some key cods in the 35+ category has seen an opportunity for some new Cods to earn their teal and black colours. New Cods this year sees Matt Shennan from Porepunkah, Aaron Holloway and Jono Rogers from Ringwood join the muddy bottom of the river environment that the Cods thrive in. Fellow Ranger Ross “Rossco” Johnson gets his Cod on this year for the first time. Welcome to the Cods men. Line Drive looks forward to hearing from his spies on the ground. Maybe “Cuts in the Cage” may be around to run their eye over the weekend as well
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Butts on a bike
    Speaking of Butts, it was good to see man about the northeast Rob “Butts” Seymour has joined the growing list of Ranger bikies! There have been a few posts popping up on social media of Butts enjoying his weekends on his new machine. It looks to be a very nice piece of machinery, and we all know Butts likes the best of the best.
Frosty Congratulations
    It was great to see over the summer that two of the coolest Rangers out there, got married in sunny beautiful Bali. A huge congratulation to Travis “Iceman” Frost and his wonderful bride Caz on their nuptials in front of their nearest and dearest. From all of us at Rangerland, Congratulations!
Muster night and training.
Muster night is fast approaching and the Wangaratta Rangers are on the lookout for new players. If you are interested in playing head down to Targoora Park on Wednesday 27th of February from 6pm onwards. All are welcome.
Ranger Club stuff
  • Working bee on final Friday of February from 5pm.
  • Muster night 27th February
  • Juniors Wednesday nights from 6pm.
  • Cods may have a run at some stage too!
Till next time
Go Rangers
Go Cods

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 27th 2018

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of Rounding Third. Week 9 of the North Eastern Baseball Association was played across the diamonds of the North East of Victoria. This past weekend saw the Rangers ladies and gentlemen head up the Hume to Wodonga, to take on the Wodonga Warriors. Rangers Orange opened the day against Wodonga Warriors White. Rangers jumped out of the blocks, took the lead and never looked troubled by white running out 17-3 winners. In the late game, Rangers Black exploded in the first innings piling on the runs to take a 11-0 lead after the top of the first. Wodonga then knuckled down and played good baseball to slowly claw their way back into the contest. However the damage was already inflicted and the end result saw a 15-3 victory to Rangers Black. Once again the diamond in Wodonga was in tip top condition and the canteen excellent. A huge thank you once again goes to the Ranger supporters who travel week in and week out in all sorts of weather to support the boys and girls. It is greatly appreciated by all the players. Now onto what has been going on down at Ranger Land. I would not be doing it justice if I do not say that plenty has been happening on and off the diamond. So let’s get into it.
Frenchies plays catch.
    While watching and scoring the first game on Sunday it was noted that French was throwing to French. Brendon “Frenchy” French was the pitcher while Damien “Damo” French was the catcher. Frenchy as usual threw a good game while Damo did not put a foot wrong behind the plate. In many other cases of father son pitcher catcher combinations is generally the other way around. One thing for sure is that this may not be the last time this year the French combination is used in Orange. Now how many other instances has this happened over the years of Baseball in Wangaratta? Might be a question to be put to the living legend Kevin Pool. Good stuff team French.
Junior capers.
    In between games at Wodonga over the weekend, the Wangaratta Rangers and Wodonga Warriors invited juniors of all ages to come down have a hit and a run around at Gayview park. It was extremely pleasing to see that there were over twenty kids running around having a hit of baseball out on the ground. Now this may not sound like a big deal but one thing the clubs are looking to push are the juniors. There a few members down at The Ranch thinking about how the club can introduce new players, young and old, to baseball across the North Eastern Baseball Association clubs. If you are reading this and know of anyone who may be interested in coming down for a hit, a catch, and a throw, they are more than welcome to come along. Or if you are just interested in what it is all about come have a look too! Spread the good word about baseball.
Pool puts the Rangers through their paces
    With numbers returning to the track after a couple of weeks off and some poor weather, Coach and media darling Nathan “Rubberarm” Pool decided to split the players into their Orange and Black squads respectively. So half would hit in the cage while the other half had a run around on the diamond. When it came to rangers Black, the boys started out just a little rusty. This frustrated the coach no end and the boys paid by having to do old fashioned push ups. It had been a while since many of the boys had done that many push ups. About half way through the muscle memory returned and the throwing and plays improved remarkably. To finish it off there was a follow the ball activity from Owen “O” Godenzi and this really got the steam coming out form under the caps of Rangers Black. Look back now after the weekend maybe the hard hit out was just what the boys needed as they were flawless in the field and took an 11-0 lead after one inning. One thing is for sure, if you put the work in on the track it helps on game day. Training is from 6pm on Thursdays at Targoora park.
Thursday night tea.
    Last week saw the return of the Thursday night dinner. The schnitzels, mash and gravy served up by The Dinsdale family was sensational. Not to mention there was dessert too. It definitely drew the punters in after training. At one point there was very little noise around the room, as all were tucking in to a great dinner. Thank you very much for that. This week the man who knows his cuts of meat Aaron “Azza” Parker looks to be the chef in control. Last week could be a hard act to follow Azza!
Who’s been seen in what caps?
    There was a bit of discussion around about a couple of ranger players seen in an opposition players cap. Now we are not going to name names as they know who they are, but just be aware the custodian of the tin is not impressed. So look for a fair old fashioned penalty coming the way of the said individuals. That’s all I am going to say on that.
Soak makes it to 100 
    It has only taken 11 years but a big well done has to go to Line Drive’s good friend Cam “The Soak” Scott, who played his 100th game for Wangaratta over the weekend. It did come to the Soak as a bit of a surprise and he had no idea what his wife Lauren “Mrs Soak” Scott, was up to on Saturday arvo. The Soak thought it was nice that Mrs Soak was telling him to go out to footy or down the street. So finally after some persuasion The Soak headed out. Even on Sunday before baseball in Wodonga he had no idea of what was going on. In the final pep talk, Coach Pool let Cam know it was his hundreth game and he turned around to a banner that was made for him. “Congratulations the Soak on your hundredth game. You have a social life of an 18 year old so that’s why it has taken so long for you to reach the milestone” commented Coach Pool. Lucky for his supporters who came over from Yarrawonga for the game, Cam had a good day out on the diamond. One thing for sure is that he is very humbled and appreciative of the kind wishes sent his way this week.

 
O’Neil update
    This week Shaun “Old School” O’Neil batted ninth and played nine in the field. For those who do not know that position, it is right field. He was up to his old school shenanigans out there by finally being able to call Ross “Smoko” Johnson across to catch a fly ball which was clearly in right field. The pitcher did remark at one stage to a first baseman “Gee Old School is moving well out there”. Wonder what story Old School will bring to the table next week.
Round ten baseball in Wanagratta.
    This coming round of baseball will be an absolute cracker. In the early game at Targoora Park rangers Orange take on Bears Gold followed by the top of the table clash between Rangers Black and Bears Green. The first meeting for the year saw Rangers Black sneak over the line with a hard fought victory. Look for Bears green to bring their A game to topple Rangers Black and put themselves back at the top of the ladder. Rangers Black will scrap and fight right to the very end on Sunday afternoon. If you are in the area come down and have a look. Full canteen and bar will be in operation. First pitch in the late game is 2:15pm.
Very happy Ranger news
    The Ranger family has grown by one. Man of the beard and all round good guy Scott “Grumpy” Jenkins is now a dad! Jenko and his lovely partner Jodie have welcomed into the world on Sunday a little girl by the name of Poppy Carol Jenkins. Mum and bub are doing well. From all of us at Wangaratta Rangers Congratulations to Jodie and Scott. I think the boys and girls of the Ranger faithful will catch up with you soon for a soda water or two to celebrate.
Think I will finish on that very splendid news!
Now to the club stuff
  • Training this Thursday from 6pm. Azza has kindly volunteered to cook for the crew this week. Thanks Azza. If interested answer to the poll on the Rangers Facebook page
  • This weeks games are at home in Wangaratta. 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.
  • Fees due- get the banking details from Jenko to pay your fees.
  • Want a Dad joke? Go see king of Dad jokes, Jason “Sunscreeen” Jonker for one. He is happy to help you out. (Jenko it’s time to take note)
  • Rangers vs NASC Bears this Sunday. Canteen and bar in operation. Help out Griff by doing a shift in the canteen
  • Ranger Ramble VII October 19-21
  • Follow us on Twitter @wangrangers and teamapp Wangaratta Rangers http://www.wangarattabaseball.com
Go Jenko, Jodie and Poppy and, as per usual,
Go Rangers.