Presentation at Gateway Wangaratta Saturday 7th of September $42 for a two course meal. Will be a great night.
Interested in Softball? Let Kev Pool know.
Got raffle tickets for the Rotary Wangaratta Raffle? Make sure you sell them and get them back to Kev Pool as soon as you can.
Working Bees will be posted online. Hope to see you there.
Interested in playing next season? We got spots for you! Come along and join the most progressive club in the North East!
Pickle ball on Tuesday and Saturdays. Message Moose if interested.
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
- Presentation day/night poll is now up on Facebook. Vote for the according day or night please
- Ranger Ramble VI Bendigo October 20th weekend.
- Beanies still available as are stubby holders, see club for more information
- T-Ball to begin in October sometime. Look for updates and information in the coming months
- If interested in softball, email the club
- Cods training next Monday night 6pm
- T-ball Wednesday nights 6pm. Training 6:30pm
- Practice match vs Croydon Saturday 4th March get along and get involved
- Victorian Masters Games March 17-19 Ballarat
- Bunnings BBQ if available let the club know
- Start of season 2nd of April (oh wow wee)
- Follow us on Twitter @Wangrangers and on Team app.
Hello and welcome to a special edition of Line Drive a recap of the grand Final by number one correspondent The Legend, The master and great bloke Kevin Pool
North East Baseball Association wound up their season on Sunday playing the Grand Final games at Targoora Park Wangaratta in perfect conditions.
N.A.S.C. Bears and Wangaratta Rangers Black played off for the “A” Grade pennant, Rangers Black batted first and were off to a good start when their lead- off batter, Mark Drage hit a two base git to centre field. Drage then went on to third off their second batters hit and with two runners out was brought home when their fourth batter got on base from a fielding error to have one run on the board before their third out was made. Angus Young started on the mound for Rangers Black and threw well for the first three innings, having only four batters face the plate in each inning and no batter got past first base safely. Rangers Black brought two more runs in their third turn at bat when some good base running forced Bears into rushing their fielding throws and ending in errors to Rangers advantage allowing them to hold a three runs to nil lead going into the fourth inning. Rangers Black batters went three up – three down in their turn at bat. The Bears first batter to face the pitcher in their dig. Greg Daniel hit a home run to centre field with the second pitch thrown to him, their next three batters got on base. Two from walks and one from a two base hit with bases loaded. Bears youngest player in Brad Nicholson, hit the very first ball pitched to him over the cones at centre field for a home run, bringing on a Grand Slam – another four runs for Bears and a pitching change for Rangers Black, Young had thrown 70 pitches, 38 of them strikes and Bears were starting to get his style.
Rangers’ Canadian player Bryan Wilson was their lucky player brought on to pitch and to try and stem Bears run flow. After walking the first batter to face him, Wilson struck-out the next batter to get the first out. Their fourth batter was put out at first base for the second out and the third out was made at home when the runner was caught trying to steal a run and Bears run rate was brought to a holt. With one out in their fifth inning, Rangers Black brought in another run when Nathan Pool was forced around the diamond by his fellow batters after hit a stand-up double to centre field, Rangers trailed by just one run at the bottom of the fifth inning with the score Bears five runs to Rangers four. Bears were held from scoring in their turn at bat, in fact neither team could get a break in the next four innings with the most batters from either side to face the pitcher was four in any one dig. With time running out and at the top of the ninth inning, Rangers Black had nothing to lose but to throw everything into their last turn at bat. With Bears pitcher, Greg Daniel already having thrown over 130 pitches and showing signs of tiring, Rangers lifted their game and being back at the top of their batting order, had their first three batters on base. Tetsu Kamiyama hit to the outfield to bring in two runs and the Rangers hit the front for the first time in the game. With a safe hit to the outfield, Rangers Black brought in another four runs before they lost their third out and held a five run lead. Bears were yet to bat and the pressure remained to hold them out. Bears first batter was thrown out at first by a perfectly fielded ball by Nathan Pool at third base and thrown to Cam Scott at first. Their second batter was struck-out watching a strike go over the plate and Wilson finished off a good stint on the mound with another strike-out for the game after throwing 89 pitches, 58 of them strikes and after being bridesmaids to Bears for so many years, Rangers could celebrate well into the night with a well-deserved win 10 runs to Bears 5.
Rangers Orange played Wodonga Warriors 1 for the “B” Grade trophy and were soundly beaten by a much better side on the day.
Chris Jones started on the mound for Warriors 1 and had only thrown ten pitches when Rangers Oranges third out was made. Not to be disheartened, Rangers first pitcher, Brendon French only had to throw six more before they had side away and it looked like we had a game on our hands. Another three up – three down for Rangers Orange and Warriors were back into bat and bat they did and the errors mounted up by Rangers in their fielding and by the time Rangers got the third out, Warriors 1 had 16 runs cross the plate, all from fielding errors. Rangers lost heart, everything they did went wrong and although Warriors stopped stealing bases and running on past balls, they still managed to bring in another five runs in each of their next five innings to run out with a massive 36 runs to Rangers Orange scoreless and only one safe hit for the game.
Benalla Bandits played Porepunkah Panthers for the “C” Grade cup and won in a tight nine innings game with Bandits 10 runs to Panthers 9.
Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of your weekly insight to the personalities who make up Wangaratta’s only Baseball club; The Wangaratta Rangers. Since the last edition much has happened both on and off the field in Rangerland. Last Sunday under cloudy then sunny,then cloudy then sunny skies, the players from six clubs had the opportunity for one last shot at some silverware. In the C-grade game, Benalla and Porepunkah played out a very entertaining and thrilling game with Benalla getting over the line in the last innings. In the B-grade Wodonga were just too good for Wangaratta Rangers Orange. While in the A grade game in-front of a large jovial crowd Wangaratta left it really late in the game to finally overcome a gallant Bears team by the score of 10-5. From all accounts the game was played in great spirit and many players flashed the bat and leather throughout the game. This writer is pretty sure that more will be said about these games in the Wangaratta Chronicle during the week. So it’s now time to wrap up North Eastern Baseballs’ biggest day on the calendar. Through the eyes of Line Drive.
“Griff’s Tin.” There has been plenty of discussion on who owes what for what? Front page must be worth a bit, and the rest? Well it was called by The Griff that it would be ‘double fine finals.’ Ever the voice of reason, Nathan Pool, said for those going on the trip, just tip a nominated amount into the tin. Best thing about that? On the Saturday we all get to celebrate again together. Special thanks needs to go to Griff for his mastery of the tin this year, and Chopper McCullough who have planned what will surely be a memorable Ranger Ramble IV.
Hello and welcome another edition of Rounding Third. This weekend the Wangaratta Rangers faithful will be out in force showing their support for their boys. Rangers Orange tackle Wodonga Warriors 1 while Rangers Black take on perennial powerhouse Bears. They boys had their final training run of the year on Wednesday night then had a hot dog night just to cap the training season for another year. This edition is a little different in format. The following will be a guide to who is who playing for the Wangaratta Rangers on Sunday.
Starting with Rangers Orange
Ian “Dino” Dinsdale
The warrior. Knows how to win. Dino has taken his red hot form from Cods Masters all the way through the season. Always a threat with the bat and very solid at first base.
Tony “Spinner” Smith
Also known as The Pres, Spin has relished his chances to play all year. Is in red hot form going into the decider. Had a ripper of a game a couple of weeks back and looks to have found his mojo at short stop once more. Runs the bases hard and a fierce competitor.
Rob “Beaker” Barbour
Has struggled a little with injury in the past few weeks, Beaker will bechomping at the bit to test himself once again. Has proven himself at all levels of baseball, a former coach, North East representative and foundation Cod. Beaker will be looking to come off the bench and make an immediate impact with the bat.
Brendon “Frenchy” French
Frenchy is an innings eater. This means give him the ball and he will throw all day for you. Has a variety of pitches and can still thow hard when he wants to. When not pitching he is platooning between second and third base. Clutch hitting is his forte.
Jason “JJ” Jonker
The Wodonga connection. Jonker has traveled all over the countryside to play for the Rangers. Just like Frenchy relishes the opportunity to pitch. May be down on velocity at times but has shown great pitch craft. Can work over hitters by his precise location. Can track a flyball at centre field and a clutch hitter.
Kelsey “Burderonthedancefloor” Burder.
He better not kill the groove. No he won’t! Burder has chalked up over 200 games of service to Wangaratta and the high majority has been from behind the plate. Calls a good game. When Burder is up, his team mates seem to lift. Leader of the Nambrok crew.
Kyle “Thrillmore” Gilmore
A Ranger crowd favorite. Gilly is a cult hero. Unofficially second in charge of the Nambrok crew, Gilly is a hard hitting third baseman. Can pull off the unbelievable play at the ht corner. Will certainly bring some x-factor to game on Sunday.
Brad “Undies” Murdoch.
The third member of the Nambrok crew, Murdoch has continued to improve in his second full season of baseball. Is quick over 90 feet and is a reliable calming outfield presence to the Orange lineup. Has been spotted on the mound from time to time.
Scotty “Jenko” Jenkins
He is a big rig with a big beard, Jenko dabbled in switching hitting last season, but has decided to bat from the right side once again. Has some good solid form behind him over the past month and can play a variety of positions. A true utility. Always a threat with the timber.
Jumping Jack Bradburn
The youngest and newest addition to the Orange lineup, Jack has reveled in playing this year with the Orange lads. Has doubled the ranks of left-handed bats at the club. Jack is still learning the game but look for him to bob up and get that clutch hit we all know he can do. Young fresh legs on the bases, always gives 110 per cent.
Dan “The Griff” Griffin
Played a couple of times last year and got the taste for it. Now The Griff plays Saturday for GMBC then comes home and dons the Ranger Orange on a Sunday. Doubles as our fines master among other things on the diamond. Griff is a positive influence on the dugout and is another member of the Nambrok crew. Sure pair of hands in the outfield and a good base runner.
Makes an impact no matter where he goes. 18 can hit run and do it all. Loves a yarn and a joke. When not playing is there watching and supporting the boys. A very positive influence on the Wangaratta Rangers Baseball club. Great to have him down there.
Special mention to those who have also put on the Orange this year. Justin Mortimer who has shown form of old and can still throw a good game. Sure with the hands and can play anywhere on the field. Sean Warfe who will be looking forward to getting a few more games in next year. Is the complete player. Cheyne Gilmore who played one game with his brother Kyle which saw the boys have a hitting duel.
Now time for the Ranger Black
Mick “The Skipper” Wyatt
The skipper has had a great year. From his time with the Cods and over the season, Mick has been an ever-present and willing to get in and have a crack. Can hit a ball a long way and is a sure pair of hands at first base. look for Mick to come off the bench and make his presence felt in the final.
Nathan “Pooly” Pool
The training guru, what would we do without Pooly? Thrown a few innings this year. Always gives it his all on the mound. Pooly has had a great season with the bat and is another calming influence on the Black lineup. Plays good third base when not pitching.
Rob “Butts” Seymour
The ultimate competitor. Seymour thrives on competition. Has shared catching duties with Aaron Parker this year and loves to throw runners out. Excellent outfielder and is a tough out when at the plate. look for Butts to have a big game this Sunday. He always does.
When not playing golf Tets loves to play baseball. Most likely the best hitter the north east has seen in the past 15 years, Tets is the number four hitter in any lineup. Lighting quick hands on the infield at short stop and second base, loves to play and is always up and about.
Travis “Frosty” Frost
A big game player. Frosty is a man who knows plenty about the game. Recently returned from injury and is better for the last couple of runs. Clutch hitting is his forte. Can refocus the Black lineup with his words and is both an on-field and dugout leader.
Bryan “Moose” Wilson
Moose can be a brutal hitter. Has hit some very log balls this season. Moose loves competition and will be chomping at the bit to get out there on Sunday. Another pitcher who has done the job on the mound this season. Moose just loves it.
Mark “The Rage” Drage
Centre field general, Dragey can chase down plenty of fly balls the rest of us cannot. The lead-off hitter of the lineup and has shown a great love of swiping the extra base all year. Another who is happy to be playing after a layoff due to the weather, Dragey will be ready to go come Sunday.
Aaron “Azza” Parker
Azza has returned to the club this season and has really enjoyed himself. Excellent catcher and great pair of hands. Azza is another who has thrown some innings this year just adding to his versatility. Bat is starting to get red-hot at the business end of the season. Azza Parker is always a threat
Steve “Fernando” Peruzzo
Another to return to the Ranger fold this season, Fernando has loed each and every game he has played. Started red-hot at Cods this year and has continued this form throughout the season. Hit two home runs a couple of games back swinging wood. Fernando is a safe pair of hands in the outfield.
Angus “Gusbus” Young
Gus. Need we say more. Loves the game and has rubber arm like flexibility. Gus has played a few times this year and look for him to be directing traffic from first base coaches box and on the hill. Has thrown some gems in the past grand finals and knows how to hit the corner of the strike zone.
Oh and Cam “The Soak” Scott
Don’t think we need to say much about him. Left handed and plays first base. Talks a hell of a lot. Think that sums it up really.
The support crews
Got to mention the support crews. However they are so many to mention. They show their support rain hail or shine. Especially that day at Benalla! Always great to have supporters there each and every week. Hope I have mentioned everyone. Hope you enjoyed the read.
So see you all there on the weekend. Targoora Park Wangaratta is where the North Eastern Baseball finals are. Good luck gents.