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
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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 Cods Masters recap 2018

Greetings and welcome to this weeks Rounding Third. The Cods have been away in Ballarat over the weekend enjoying the hospitality and playing some baseball too. Both teams once again battled hard and played every game in great spirit. On Friday,  Cods 45 plus made their debut and were very competitive over their games. They were able to record one win over Bendigo on Saturday. The Cod 35’s too, had an up and down carnival. After toughing out an extra innings win on Friday, Saturday was a different story. In tough weather conditions for all teams, Tassie beat Cods and then in a hitters battle Redsox prevailed. On Sunday Cods got the win over Rebels. For more information in regards to all of the games results check out http://www.vicmasters.baseball.com.au
Now into the important stuff. Who did what, and who won what, for Cods Masters Baseball in 2018.
Cods and car rides and Thursday nights
One part of living that everyone living in the North East of Victoria is familiar with, is the drive down the Hume. Coming from areas such as Wodonga, Porepunkah, Mt Beauty and Wangaratta, the drive down needs to be varied and entertaining. Judging by what I have heard was going on, it certainly was. Early on, Rob “Seagull” Seymour was in fine form entertaining the car just being Rob, and coach Kelsey Burder living up to his nickname of “Dropsy.” Meanwhile in other cars perennial entertainers Mick “EFTPOS” Wyatt Tetsu Kamiyama and Rob “Beaker” Barbour just had a wall of a time in readiness for Thursday night.
Cods get togethers are very exciting times and this was the case once again in 2018. So exciting that the men were told for being a bit over exuberant before heading inside for dinner.  Over the course of the night stories were told.  New Cods introduced and some new Cod supporters recruited. The boys were ready for Friday.
Scavengers and missing cards.
Friday had arrived and it was an early start for all.  Some were more awake than others.  Mick “EFTPOS” Wyatt was scratching his head about the night before wondering where his meal had gone the night before. Other Cods were able to shed light on the missing meal. The Seagull was up to his old tricks by stealing Micks meal.  However this was not his only act of scavendry over the next few nights
He was seen taking chips and other parts of mealss throughout the weekend. One Cod in his votes for “pufferfish” said in his reason that Seymour”did not pay for a meal the entire weekend” Seagull Seymour was brave taking a meal off the biggest guy in the team. However it is better eating it than letting it go to waste. Is that mine mine mine?
Traveling Rogers
Godfather of Cods baseball James Rogers missed the meeting Friday night. He had driven down for the two games Friday but had to return to Wangaratta Friday night for a prior engagement.  However he was back Saturday, had a lazy three hits and was out into the wee hours of the morning with the Punkah boys. Sunday again solid. More hits. All round great performance for Cods from the Godfather.
The OC has a day to forget.
    Good friend of Line Drives Cam “The OC or Original Cam” Scott had a Saturday on the field that he would choose not to replicate. After getting the call to go to left field against the old old enemy Tasmania, Scott was ready and the first ball that was hit his was was by the one oand only Chris “Chalky” Chalker. Let’s say this Routine fly ball comes to mind. So here is the play description. runners on first and second none out. Ash “Steel Panther” Meyers throws Chalky hits ball routine pop up. Runners tag up Scott wobbles in, gets to the ball. Scott puts two hands on the glove and proceeds to drop it. Scott gasps. Cods gasp rather audinly. Scott looks down picks up ball and throws runner out at third. Still “The OC” Could not find a place to hide. What was more noteable about the gasps and laughter was that there was a howling gale and the noise pierced the wind the play was that bad. It got a little better for Scott as the game wore on. He managed to catch the next two and then in the late game “guessed” and took a fly ball with the win against Red sox. Lucky he had plenty of change from the night before because he deserved very gold coin donation that came his way later that night. Nevermind OC. Can only get better can it?
Tassie beat Cods 35+
    “Yeah Let’s see what you write about us now” was the line Chris Chalker said at the end of the game and yes Tassie have beaten the Cods. In blustery conditions that the Cods could not handle, the Tassie boys came away with a convincing 6-3 win. Tassie were on from the start and really wanted to get one over the Cods boys and in all honesty were never trouble by the misfiring Cods hitters. To be fair good things have got to come to an end and now Tassie are on the score board. Next year the Cods will look for revenge and try and restore some order of balance to the baseball universe. Once again it is always a pleasure to play a good nature game against a bunch of really good blokes. Till we meet again Tassie.
Cods 35 bench vs tassie
Feeling the heat against Tassie. Was too much heat for the men of the 35 plus Cod Squad
0 fa who went 0 fa? Anyone?
As mentioned before these carnivals are a great meeting point for catching up with former teammates. Sunday is always a fun day because it comes down to the question. Who has not yet got a hit for the weekend? In one teams case it was some one who you would not even think it could be possible. Sloths 35s Trevor Johansen. Let’s setup the last at bat. Bottom of innings Tassie up. Time finished. Umpire chief calling for game to be over. Sloths convince umps for one more at bat to see if Trev can get a hit. Sloths banter is top notch. Trev has three of the biggest cuts ( and one foul) you will ever see to strike out and end 0 fa for the weekend. Sloths started shopping Trev out for a trade to another team. But no takers. You certainly are a good sport Trev.
O’Neil debuts
Rookie Cod and overall mouth piece Shaun ‘old school’ O’Neil debut his skills with is $10 Regent kids glove over the weekend Heath ” Heater” Anders noted that you don’t even see them in old Porepunkah kits that glove is that old. The boys even thought of chipping in a dollar each for a new one.  That means 25 cods $25 for a new glove. O’Neil was undeterred by that. But was commented on if had a slightly bigger glove he would have caught it. Still he did look comfortable with the glove out in centre field in the howling gale Sunday. New position this year Old School?
Sledge of the weekend
Best sledge or bit of banter for 2018 for Cods has to go to Ash “Steel Panther” Meyers to Cam “Fumbles” Rogers. While watching the 45s playing Sloths Meyers made the observation about Tetsu Kamiyama at shortstop while pitching ” gee it would be nice to have a shortstop i could trust”. Rogers had little to say right there and then.  However there was not much else to say really.
Puffer fish award
    AS you may have already seen on Facebook and the Cods Masters Baseball a new winner of the prestigious Cods Puffer fish award. Now the rules of voting are pretty simple. Votes are 3,2,1 at the end of the four games and for each vote there must be a reason for the votes. If there was no reason then the votes would simply not count. There were many varied reasons and some were rather amusing. One Cod gave Mick “EFTPOS” Wyatt votes in relation to his Thursday night  spending spree. However there were some who did not put reasons leading to a little bit of skewing of results. This did help the final overall result. The winner was Rob “The Seagull” Seymour. His reasons for winning were varied. For legging out an inside-the-park home run to stealing Mick Wyatt’s meal. In all, the seagull put in a complete all round performance for the weekend. Congratulations Seagull you thoroughly deserve the award.
Rookie Cods make their mark
    A new Cod but a true stalwart of the game in Shepparton, Cam “The Hammer” Stewart had not swung a bat or caught a game in four years. After missing Friday’s game due to a prior commitments Stewart came back with a bang Saturday by putting in another polished performance behind the plate and was very good in the batters box. Another Rookie Cod Paul “Base Coach” Meddings had six hits for the weekend. A great effort. However his base coaching needs a little bit of work. Isn’t that right Paulie? Another Rookie Cod who some Tassie players did question his age was Shane “Babyface” Cantelmi, who finally got off the mark with a hit in his final at bat on Sunday of the tournament. All have said they will be back next year. Hope you all enjoyed your weekend men.
New digs and fines cash what’s it for?
    For those who all put their hard earned money into the Cod cause via the great court that Mark “Scooter” Farrow was in charge of. It may be towards new caps or even stirrup socks or new Cods socks for 2019. The Cods are looking for sponsors far and wide and welcome anyone who wants to get involved with the Cods. A big thanks to the Lake Inn Motel for their excellent accommodation, and for Rob and his team in the City Oval hotel for their hospitality over the three nights. I am pretty sure we have booked in again for 2019. Finally to Nathan “FOMO” Pool who organised accommodation and was instrumental in the news shirts for this year.
Line Drive meets KC
It was mentioned on Friday that someone was asking for who is Line Drive. On Saturday Line Drive introduced himself to the master of everything media in baseball Kingsley Collins. For one it was great to talk about the reason why i have writing this for the past four years and the other reason the stories of the people who make up grass roots baseball throughout all regions of Australia are just too good not to be documented and be available for all to read. People say to me they just like seeing their name and what does Line Drive has to say about it. I was humbled and very grateful for the kinds words KC and one thing for sure that get in have a go tell some stories and you never know what it might end up as.
A further thank you
    A big shout out needs to go out to the Ballarat baseball community for putting on another wonderful weekend of baseball. The grounds were immaculate and the hospitality second to none. A great job done by the team of umpires lead by Greg Howard. Great work. A big thanks to all the sides who entered again in 2018. It is always great to see everyone enjoying the hospitality, laughs and playing baseball in Ballarat. Finally to Kingsley Collins who has again done a power of work to put on another wonderful carnival. Always be grateful for the hard working volunteers of all clubs and associations who let us enjoy the game of baseball.
Cods 2018 were
35 plus
Nathan Pool, Mick Wyatt, Steve Peruzzo, Shane Cantelmi, Shaun O’Neil, Cameron Scott, Cameron Rogers, Mark Farrow, Ashley Meyers, Paul Meddings, Heath Anders, Damon Barker, Cameron Stewart coach Kelsey Burder
45 plus
Tony Smith, Rob Seymour, Tim Seymour, Rob Barbour, Shane Tatterson, Tetsuya Kamiyama, Jason Jonker, James Rogers, Rian Banks, Brendon French, Travis Frost Coach Rob Barbour
Always feel like you forget someone.
Anyhow enough from me. Back to Rangers stuff next week. Well maybe some more Cods stuff too!
Go Cods
and go Rangers