Rounding Third By Line Drive June 27th 2019

   Hello and welcome to a long overdue edition of Rounding Third. it has been about two months since the last edition or even more and the 2019 North Eastern Baseball season is progressing nicely. In B Grade the Ranger crew have been working hard on and off the field and have a very handy win/loss record heading into the final 5 games of the season. Over the past weekend in Wodonga,  a committed and solid effort with bat and glove saw the Rangers B grade run out winners 19-5. In the late game, bathed in winter sunshine, another impressive hitting display was the order of the afternoon with Rangers A getting the chocolates 17-5. The youngest Rangers got a win too making it three wins from three. A special thank you to Wodonga’s hospitality, as the pulled pork rolls and chilli dogs were a hit with all who ventured up the Hume for the day. Next week the Rangers head south to Benalla to take on Benalla Bandits in both A and B grade. First pitch will be from 9:30am. Benalla has a great canteen too, so bring your pennies and spend them wisely while watching the baseball on Sunday.
Now to what has been happening around the club. Maybe Shaun “Old School” O’Neil will get another mention this week…….
Soak is walking the Kokoda track
Very good friend of Line Drive, Cam “The Soak” Scott is heading to Kokoda in September 2019 with twelve intrepid students as part of a leadership program. In the meantime he has been trying to scramble up every hill or incline he can find around the area. So far so good in his preparation, as one of his other great enjoyments in life will be taking a backseat for the next three months. A friend of The Soak told him on Friday night, that he couldn’t call him Soak, and would have to call him Cam, as it was just not the same calling him that name whilst a soda water was in his hand. Whatever the case, The Soak is looking forward to the challenge.
The Skipper sees everything
This has been sitting under my hat for a couple of months now but Line Drive was sent a message by Mick “The Skipper” Wyatt the other day about someone looking like they were asleep during the baseball. Now one won’t divulge who it was, but they were just basking in a siesta in the Sunday sunlight on a mild early May afternoon. If you want to know who is was see Mick for more information.
Humpernickle in the house
As mentioned in previous editions, it has been great to welcome some new players to the diamond in season 2019. One played who has had an impact already, is the clubs only true left-hander Dale “Humpernickle” Stevens. He played the game many years ago and it has only taken a couple of weeks to get his bat up to speed with the game.  His running of the bases will slowly improve as more time on the diamond will help. His overall enthusiasm and willingness to learn is great to see. Welcome aboard Dale. Just be careful swinging baseball bats at home and try not to hit yourself in the back of the head with one!
Thursday night training goes up a gear
Since the long weekend break the boys and girls of Wangaratta Rangers have been working doubly as hard on the track. Over the past few weeks a variety of different drills have been put into place with a big emphasis on running and defense of a variety of plays. However after a few years of deliberation, a new pitching machine was purchased by the club. Already club members are putting it to good use. Get down to training each Thursday, have a hit, a run around and a cooked meal. See you there.
Griff and the team run a great Canteen
Travelling man Daniel “The Griff” Griffin has once again come up with the goods in the canteen. Griff and his band of merry men and women have served the masses at Wangaratta home games. From the Ranger dog to muffins supplied by Lauren Dinsdale, the canteen has had it all so far this season. However, Griff needs your help. President Nathan “Rubberarm” Pool has created a roster for home games asking all Ranger players to help with a shift. However if you fail to show up then it is up to the person involved to switch shifts with another from the club. If you want to know when your shift is check it out in the documents section on Teamapp  https://wangarattarangers.teamapp.com/. How much do you owe again Shaun “Old School” O’Neil?
The King is here
Angus “Elvis” King has become the go to man in many situations this season. Not only is he an integral member of the Esmond street posse, but has become number one on the egg and bacon barbecue at home games. Elvis has been willing to roll his sleeves up and help out wherever it is required round the club. He has shown a sure set of hands in his fledgling playing days with the Rangers and we are sure enjoying having him around the club. Plus it has given a reason Brad “Undies” Murdoch to come to training too!
Congrats and welcome to the world 
A big congratulations to the Docs of the club, Sarah and Sean Warfe on the safe arrival of son Jude. See you down at the ground sometime soon.
Rangers represent once more
The 2019 State Winter Championships are done and dusted for another year. The North Eastern boys acquitted themselves well once again. One person from the Rangers had a sensational weekend with the bat and glove. Aaron “Azza” Parker’s bat was white hot for the weekend. Line Drive’s spies in Geelong were in awe of the display Azza put together. Power, speed and patience, Azza did it all. Let’s hope he keeps his bat hot for the second half of the season.
The Slugathon continues
    Slugathon update. The brothers of mash Bryan “Moose” Wilson and Owen “The Gaffer” Godenzi have resumed their battle to be home run king in 2019. Over the past weekend in Wodonga, Moose upped the ante but slugging back to back home runs, while The Gaffer pegged one back late in the game.  This may be the weekend for Scott “Big Daddy” Jenkins to get back in the game too as the third member of the brothers of mash. A thrilling race will go right down to the final game in season 2019.
B Grade putting up the wins
    The men and women of B grade Rangers have been working hard on the track in the past couple of months and all that work is definitely starting to pay off. Managers Steve “Fernando” Peruzzo and Mick “The Skipper” Wyatt have been wringing the changes and getting the best out of the rotating squad of players. It is great to see the younger members of the squad developing rapidly with the wiser heads guiding them through all sorts of different situations that arise in a game of baseball. Put the effort in and you get the results. Great work Rangers.
Juniors looking the goods
    Line Drive had the opportunity to watch the juniors at Wodonga last weekend and one thing for sure is that the future is a bright one for Wangaratta. Coaches Owen Godenzi and Nathan Pool along with right hand man Bryan Wilson on game days, and others including Jason “Sunscreen” Jonker on training nights have the juniors developing very very nicely. It has been a lot of graft and the parental support of the juniors is to be commended. The hitting and fielding was excellent and reminded a few older players of the time they played junior baseball all those years ago. Only a few weeks to go so get down to Benalla this weekend and have a look at future Rangers.
Nice to see you Bestie
    On old Ranger made an appearance down at Wodonga over the past weekend. Shannon “Bestie” Whiting came down to have a look two of his former clubs. It has been a while since Bestie put the boots on but was once again was quick to throw a few verbal barbs at his former team mates. It has something many of the players have missed over the past few years and was a welcome return. When asked if he missed baseball he did reply… a little. Another to resurface for Wodonga was former golden puffer fish Ash “Steel Panther” Meyers who rocked the hoodie and headphones in preparation for the game. Nice to see you gentlemen.
Now for the club stuff
  • Rangers are all at Benalla this Sunday. Great canteen at Racecourse Reserve Benalla.
  • Club fees are now due see Spinner for details. EFTPOS facilities now available at the club.
  • Training Thursday nights. Juniors from 5pm, Seniors 6pm. Cage in operation.
  • Check the canteen roster on Teamapp. Make swaps where necessary please.
  • If you are unavailable please place your unavailability on Teamapp as soon as you know. If picked and something changes please let your managers know directly.
  • Follow the game? Look up Wang Rangers on gc.com
  • 14th July cent a number round robin at Wangaratta.
  • 27th July is a Saturday game.
It had been a while since the last write up so it’s nice to check in and give you,  the avid reader out there an update.
Till next time
Go Rangers
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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 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!
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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 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.

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