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
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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 6th 2018

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

Rounding Third By Line Drive May 22nd 2018

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

Rounding Third By Line Drive May 8th 2018

  Hello and welcome to this edition of Rounding Third. As mentioned in past editions, the North Eastern Baseball Association 2018 season is well underway with the guys and girls who make up Wangaratta’s only baseball club have a very successful start to the winter season. Four rounds have been completed and the Rangers Black men and women sit on top of the ladder with four wins from four games. After a close first week loss, Rangers Orange got back on track nicely recording three wins in row after defeating Porepunkah in a hard fought game on Sunday. The end score was 9-4. In the late game Rangers Black ran out comfortable winners over Benalla 28-1. A big thank you to all of the support week in week out, those who travel with the club all over the North East to support the Rangers. It is greatly appreciated. Now what else has been happening since the last edition? Line Drive will do his best to bring you all up to speed.
Four games in and the Rangers are firing.
    As mentioned above the Wangaratta Rangers boys and girls have got off to a cracking start. This is very evident in the case of Rangers Orange. After a rather indifferent year with the bat last year, there has been a noticeable shift in hitting this season. The bats have come alive and all players are contributing. Throughout the line up, on and off the bench, all players are contributing nicely. Coaches Mick “The Skipper” Wyatt and Steve “Fernando” Peruzzo are leading very well and the players are responding. It was pleasing to see the mustached one, Brad “undies” Murdoch chasing down everything hit in his direction out in centre field. His long stride gets to fly balls that many of us may not reach!
Rangers Black has had a shifting order over the start of the season due to availability, but they have also started the season in solid fashion. Media darling Nathan “FOMO” Pool is working his chargers hard, challenging each player to work hard at  training on Thursday night. This was definitely the case last week, when Aaron “Azza” Parker’s hard work paid off in the game against Bears Green by having a three hit game. Keep getting along to training from 6pm Thursday night ladies and gentlemen. Hard work pays off.

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Nathan Pool- The Voice of Wangaratta Baseball
    For years the club has had a good relationship with the local media outlets throughout Wangaratta, but for some reason this year it has gone to a new level. Generally you hear the results on the radio maybe on a Wednesday or a Thursday and some other times maybe a snippet about what is going on down at the club. Each week, Coach and man of many hats, talents and never misses out on anything Nathan “FOMO” Pool, is a regular contributor on the radio each week.  Many have remarked to Line Drive throughout the North East, that they have heard baseball on the radio in the morning. For this writer, this is most pleasing, as it gives us a presence in the North East along with the other clubs of the association. Mind you Pool does like to mention one player an awful lot in those radio snippets. Isn’t that right O?
Pesky pens
    There were mutterings around at Porepunkah over the weekend about a pen being destroyed on the ground. Now this sounds strange to speak about, but it got the tongues wagging on who got upset with this pen. It started when Ross “Rossco” Johnson was quite upset with himself for doing something wrong while batting, that he decided to try and pick the pen up and throw it off the ground. However he failed miserably at his attempt. So incensed with this, he took to smashing the pen to bits with the end of the bat. New fines master Kyle “Thrillmore” Gilmore remarked that we could have a new leader in a certain “anger” award this early on in season 2018. One wants to know what did the pen do to deserve this tragic end Rossco?
Junior Baseball Week 1 2018
    It was pleasing to see over the weekend how Benalla, Porepunkah and Wangaratta pooled their resources to have some junior baseball happening between games. It was great to see that two little mini games were played and the turnout from the three clubs was encouraging. Some have come for another hit from last year while there were a few new faces as well. The North Eastern Baseball Association and it’s clubs are looking to keep pursuing this between games during the 2018 season. If you wish to know more contact your local club and they will point you in the right direction.
The tin custodian 
    After a couple of years Daniel “The Griff” Griffin has relinquished the reins of the tin. Many wondered who was going to take over this prestigious role within the Wangaratta Rangers Baseball Club. This year, Kyle “Thrillmore” Gilmore has taken up the role of master of the tin. Already he has left his mark on the role. As usual there are the fines for strikeouts, errors, incorrect uniform and photos in the local newspaper, Gilmore has added a new twist. The twist is, if any of your Rangers apparel with the club logo on it touches the ground then a fine shall be paid. It does not discriminate, anything with the logo is payable. Already, a couple of weeks into the new regime and many have learnt real fast to respect their Ranger merchandise a little bit more. Though some other choices of apparel have drawn fines too haven’t they Old School?
 
The old phantom play
    Late in the second game many of the Ranger spectators were wondering what the heck was going on with what should have been a straight forward out to first base. Rob “Butts” Seymour decided to take it upon himself with the help of Tetsu “Iron Chef’ Kamiyama to spice up a straight forward position 6 to 3. Ball is hit to Butts at shortstop where most would throw to first base. He decided to flick it towards Tetsu who at second base was a bit shocked by receiving the ball and had to then make a quick throw over to Owen “O” Godenzi at first for the out. Now for scoring sake that should go in the book as a put out 6-4-3, giving another statistic to Tetsu. Think you may pay a fine for that one too Butts.
Dinner Thursday? Rangers have got you sorted.
    Thursday night dinner has been a roaring success so far in season 2018. From Spinner’s spiced mince and potato, to last week at short notice, Tetsu’s Burgers, many have been taking the opportunity after training to sit around have some dinner and have a laugh. This week Aaron “The Butcher” Parker is cooking his amazing steak sandwich. If you wish to come for a look or partake in a great meal please comment on the poll on the Rangers Facebook page.
Now onto the club stuff
  • Fees are now due. See Scott “Straight Outta My Twenties” Jenkins for more details on how to pay                       (Happy 30th Jenko)
  • New playing tops are being ordered. Please see Pooly if you wish to get a top with your name and desired number on it
  • Rangers are playing at Springdale Heights this coming week. Let the club know of your availability via teamapp
  • Training Thursday 6pm. Followed by tea
  • New playing caps on order will arrive soon
  • Rangers Family day May 27th check out flyer on Facebook page.
  • Rep baseball returns over the June long weekend. Let the club know if you are interested in attending
  • Want away socks? Interested? Talk to The Soak for more details
  • Round robin and cent a number function Sunday 3rd of June Targoora Park
That’s about it this week. It had been a couple of weeks. Thanks for reading and
Go Rangers

Rounding Third By Line Drive Masters Preview Edition 2018

Hello and welcome to another edition of Rounding Third. Cods are on everyones minds around here in the North Eastern Baseball Association. So much so that the season is continuing to sneak up upon the clubs. At this moment the word is that  seasons start will be just after Easter. The draw is under construction and the guys and girls of Wangaratta are into honing their skills before opening day. More about that later. Let’s get down to the business at hand that is Cods Baseball.
Cods looking forward to a big weekend in Ballarat.
    The weekend is nearly here. The Murray Cods are off to the Victorian Masters Baseball Champinships this coming weekend. For the frist time in their four year history, The Cods will be entering two teams. As usual in the 35 plus division to be coached by Kelsey “Dropsy’ Burder and for the first time, 45 plus Cods under the watchful eye of Rob “Beaker” Barbour. The 45 plus men have the early game at 8:30am on Friday against Cheltenham. This could a be a real test for some, but the seasoned professionals they are, will give it their all in their first outing. Right after that they tackle Pandas at 10:15am. On Saturday and Sunday it gets easier for the older Cods with one game each day against Bendigo and Sloths respectively.
    The 35 plus Cods  have a mid afternoon game on Friday at 2:45pm against Doncaster. Saturday sees them play old foes and damn good guys, the Tassie Tigers. They then shape up against some more old friends from days gone by; the Redsox from the Latrobe Valley. On Sunday to round out the four games the boys face off against the Rebels. Good luck to all teams, umpires and host clubs in Ballarat for what will be another cracking celebration of Victorian Masters Baseball.
Seymour: A man for all seasons.
    Now my spies have been out and about and have seen Rob “Butts” Seymour enjoying the off season. In the past Butts has played footy, destroyed a club Line Drive is associated with in a C grade cricket final, drives very fast cars around a track and now has guided Myrrhee tennis Club to the final of N.E.R.T.A. (short for ‘North-East Regional Tennis Association’). However being the Cod Butts is, he has forgone his chance of tennis glory to venture down to Ballarat for the 45 plus team. Another Ranger favourite and master of the tin, Daniel “Clarence” Griffin will be leading the Myrrhee charge to tennis glory. All the best for the finals this weekend Clarence.
Butts tennis time
photo courtesy of Daniel Griffin
No Dino? or maybe a little bit of Dino?
    One Cod who could be missing this weekend is Ian “Dino” Dinsdale. His beloved Rovers Bruck United Cricket Club are playing off in the C grade final in the Wangaratta and District Cricket Association this Saturday. Now in the past, players such as former Puffer fish award winner, Heath “MTB” Anders played both, but knowing the role Dino plays in the team it is unlikely. However who knows, he may play the double header on the Friday?? If not all the best to Dino and his side in this weeks final.
How many Cameron’s does one team need?
    Three is the answer. Especially in the Cods 35 plus squad where one fifth of the team name is Cameron.. We have the spice master, Cam “Showtime” Rogers, who will be looking to have another consistent weekend with the bat and glove. Then we have the man who lives his life as “The Soak” Cam Scott. The Soak will be sampling the many establishments in Ballarat, not to mention speaking utter rubbish at every chance he gets on and off the field. The third Cameron to be gracing the diamond will be a solid catcher with a trusty bat, a stalwart of the game in Shepparton, Cam “Newbie” Stewart. Now it’s been a few years since Cam has had a swing but look for him to lead the trio of Cams in all departments on the field. Sorry Showtime and The Soak…. Just saying.
Ballarat’s time to shine
    Last year the Cods boys got caught out after a game by the Ballarat weather. Not the cold or the wind or the rain in this case. Sun burn was the culprit. Looking at the weather forecast for the coming weekend sun burn could be an issue once again. Now this is just a friendly reminder to our white collar players who need to make sure they slip slop slap and seek shade with the sunny warm weather greeting all players. Hope you read this Jason “Sunscreen” Jonker.
The Porepunkah Posse
    Once again a big part of the Cod family are the Porepunkah Panthers. When this venture was started in 2014 they were the first too get involved and used their contacts at Ringwood Saints Baseball Club in the recruitment of ‘Showtime” Rogers, Mark “Scooter” Farrow and Steve “Maggsy” Maggs. This year the men of the valley have increased their presence once again. The Panthers have added Paul Meddings, Rian Banks, suiting up for their debuts with Cods, while Heath “MTB” Anders returns after an injury layoff last year. For the first time in a couple of years the godfather of Panther baseball and North Eastern Baseball Association legend James Rogers is back in Cods colours. Once again Panther royalty Damon “Barks” Barker and and Shane “Tatts” Tatterson round out the contingent. Line Drive says this every year but, welcome aboard. If anyone is interested in giving baseball a try up in areas like Bright, Myrtleford, Mt Beauty, get in contact with the good folk at Porepunkah. They are more than happy to have you on board.
The Pufferfish Award
    The presitigous Pufferfish award is back for this years competition. There is a motley crue of contenders for the silver or gold versions of the award. As mentioned in past editions Heath Anders is looking to win the award for a second time while last years recipient Ash “real men pitch day four” Meyers is determined to go back to back. Perennial finalists Nathan “FOMO” Pool will not miss much and will look to take his game to the next level, while Rob “Beaker” Barbour will hope he has better luck with blankets this year. Others to watch out for are smokies like Shane “Boundary Rider” Cantelmi, who goes into his first Cods fresh and prepared, while Ranger legends Travis “Iceman” Frost and “The Pres” Tony Spinner Smith will look to put their stamp on the trophy and let their baseball do the talking. Voting will be each day and players will have the chance to vote for who they want to win.  Three, two and one votes. Question is; Will it be a silver or Gold Pufferfish in 2018? Good luck to all Cods competing.
Time to tame the Tigers
    Chris “Chalky” Chalker has shown some good form going into the 2018 championships. His Banjo’s Orioles have had a successful season in the Hobart Summer Baseball League. Even some Cods went for a look too. Now he looks to celebrate in true Tasmania style by trying to beat The Cods in Ballarat. Maybe this year will be his year, or not?  One thing is for sure,  it will be one fun afternoon of baseball between two very competitive sides. Being a Cod supporter let’s hope The Cods get over the line in a tight one 5-4. Whatever the result there will be plenty of laughs and banter on and off the diamond.
Ranger Stuff
    There will be plenty more over the weekend keeping all you avid readers of Rounding Third up-to-date with the results and antics of the best from the North East of the state. However, the club is still ticking over nicely and have got some grand plans in the pipeline for the diamond and for the rooms. Both of these ideas will improve the facilities down at Targoora Park and make an even better place to come and watch baseball. If you are interested in playing, training is currently on Wednesday nights for another three weeks following T-ball. Players of all ages and abilities are more than welcome to come down and have a throw and a hit. If you’re not sure, come down have a look and talk to one of the friendly guys and girls around the club. If you’d like to know more contact the club through https://wangarattabaseball.com and click on the contact tab.
Other Ranger News
  • Insurance for season 2018 is now able to be paid through the members login on the website and on teamapp. This needs to be paid before the first game on the 8th of April. Create a new account and password and pay once you are in. https://wangarattabaseball.com
  • New warm up shirts are almost here. Will be available soon for purchase. Spinner has your sizes.
  • Any fundraising ideas see Kelsey Burder. He will consider all requests.
  • Season looks to begin 8th April. Draw being finalised and released soon.
  • Thanks to all our sponsors. Click on the sponsor tab on the website to check them out. Alternatively download teamapp and search Wangaratta Rangers
  • Follow us on twitter @wangrangers and like us on Facebook
Well that’s it for the Masters preview edition. Look out for updates on talesoflinedrive.wordpress.com over the coming weekend.
Thanks for reading
Go Rangers
and
Codsters Hook Line and Sinker
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