North Eastern Baseball Association

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2023 Season Recap


North Eastern Baseball Association had 129 seniors and 121 juniors with 203 total male and 47
female participants across five clubs: North Albury Bears, Wangaratta Rangers, Benalla Bandits,
Porepunkah Panthers, and Wodonga Warriors.

NEBA established a C Grade competition which was designed to bridge the gap between U15s
and seniors for our U18 cohort of players. The C Grade also provided a place for beginners to
kick start their baseball journey. The C Grade introduction resulted in four additional sides to
our competition. We also welcomed back the Benalla Bandits U15 side who did not have enough
numbers in 2022. Congratulations to the Benalla Bandits for re-entering this side.

One key highlight of NEBA’s 2023 season was the inaugural All-Girls team at the All-Girls Winter
Invitational. NEBA was the only association to enter a full team into the competition – it was a
fantastic opportunity for our girls to showcase their skills. Additionally, NEBA entered a U12s side
for the first time at the State Winter Championships. We weren’t sure how our tiny team would
go based on coach pitch rules played in our local competition, but the youngsters rose to the
challenge and did the league proud.

NEBA also entered sides in the U14, U16, U18 and Senior State Winter Championships.
Additionally, we were set to host the U18 SWC at our Wangaratta facility, however due to weather
the weekend was cancelled.

Our League Premiers were:
A grade: Bears defeated Rangers 16 – 4; MVP – Mark Taylor (Bears)
B grade: Wangaratta Rangers Orange defeated Rangers Grey 7 – 6; MVP – Sam Grigg (Orange)
C Grade: Porepunkah Panthers defeated Wodonga Warriors 10-9; MVP – Luca Barthelmes
U15’s: Wodonga Warriors defeated Wangaratta Rangers 3 – 2; MVP – Asish Basnet (Warriors)
U12’s: Bears defeated Porepunkah 17 – 7; MVP – Flynn Vines (Bears)

To re-watch the A, B & C grand final livestreams visit:

2023 NEBA Representative Tryouts


With a new season comes a new opportunity to try out for the NEBA representative sides. This year NEBA are looking to submit teams in EVERY age group of the State Winter Championships.

Children as young as 8 years old can compete in the Under12’s and are encouraged to tryout for the team.

U12 – Brendan Simmons (ALBURY BEARS)

U14 – Keith Quinn & Bill Clear (WODONGA)

U16 – Keith Quinn & Bill Clear (WODONGA) Owen Godenzi (WANGARATTA)

U18 – Ed Simmons (ALBURY) Nathan Pool (WANGARATTA)

SENIORS – Nathan Pool (WANGARATTA) Tom Simmons (ALBURY)

Please seek out these people if you would like to place your name on a potential player list or discuss training schedules.

Age Group Minimum Age
Under 12 8 years of age
Under 14 11 years of age
Under 16 13 years of age
Under 18 15 years of age
Seniors 15 years of age

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Baseball well and truely alive in the North East


On the back of yet another successful season the North Eastern Baseball Association have been forced to include another competition to their 2023 draw. After years of success and growing junior numbers the leagues board decided to introduce an 18 and under competition to accommodate those junior players that were left with the large jump from Under 15’s to senior baseball. Sides from Benalla, Wangaratta, Porepunkah, Albury and Wodonga will play on a senior diamond with some modified rules yet to be determined.

Players and supporters of the Under 14’s NEBA Representative side 2022

NEBA League President Heath Anders welcomed the addition due to the increasing numbers across the association. “We have kids coming out of the Under 15’s competition and to throw them in the deep end by involving them in the senior teams is just a little too much for some kids. Giving them this pathway is the only option to ensure the growth of the league” says Anders.

Baseball in the North East is played on a Sunday and it has been discussed that these newly scheduled games should start around 10am and play for two hours. All teams are able to supply equipment for those that do not have their own, and uniforms are available upon request making baseball an easy sport to begin. “Getting involved in baseball is as simple as contacting your nearest club and bringing a hat” says NEBA junior coordinator Owen Godenzi. “The draw-cards of baseball are that it is non contact, it’s great for hand-eye motor skills, it is hugely social and everyone on the team is involved. Everyone bats and everyone fields more than once.”

In 2022 the NEBA competed in the Under 14’s, Under 16’s and Under 18’s State Winter Championships with the aim to replicate this but also adding in an Under12’s team to the mix. These representative teams travel all over the State taking on the best of what country baseball has to offer. “With the support of our local Macca’s restaurants we have been able to purchase new representative uniforms for all senior and junior players for this coming season. This is huge for the league as baseball is a servilely under funded sport” Anders added. “Without Maccas our kids wouldn’t look as good as they do and some parents may not have been able to afford to kit out these kids”

With the season draw set to be announced any day now it’s time for you to find your nearest club and find out how you can join in.

Under 14’s State Winter Championships


For the first time in many years the North Eastern Baseball Association took away 18 of the most promising juniors to Bendigo to compete against the states best. Keith Quinn and Bill Clear from Wodonga lead the team assisted by Executive Officer Owen Godenzi from Wangaratta.

The first game on the Saturday morning had the NE taking on an all Girls All Star team and this one went down to the wire

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Despite a 5-run deficit in the first inning, North Eastern Baseball Association almost came all the way back, eventually falling 12-10 to BV Allstars GreyNorth Eastern Baseball Association scored five runs in the failed comeback on a error during Makiah McCallum‘s at bat in the first, a error during Josh Wells‘s at bat in the first, a walk by Blake Boon in the first, and a single by Noah Boyd in the second.

North Eastern Baseball Association scored five runs in the second inning. Boyd had an RBI single in the inning to lead the run scoring.

Grace Castello was on the pitcher’s mound for North Eastern Baseball AssociationCastello went one-third of an inning, allowing five runs on zero hits and striking out one. Clarence Lampa and Sophie Berry entered the game from the bullpen, throwing one and one-third innings and one-third of an inning respectively.

Asish BasnetWells, and Boyd all had one hit to lead North Eastern Baseball AssociationNorth Eastern Baseball Association tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases. Wells led the way with three.

Game 2 has us taking on the host team Bendigo.


Bendigo started strongly shutting us down and scoring four runs to open their account early. As their bench continued to made a big racket it was Alya McCallum who silenced them. With two down she whacked one over their left fielders head to drive in 2 of our 5 runs that inning to put us back in the game.

Makayla Pool and

Noah Boyd threw really well and we were back in it before time was called and the scores reverted back in favour of Bendigo 8-5.

Game 3 v Geelong


North Eastern Baseball Association fired up the offense in the first inning after holding the tournament winners Geelong scoreless in their first inning when Oscar Maiden took a blinder out at Left Field to end the inning. Blake Boon singled on a 1-1 count, scoring our first run.

Geelong pulled away for good with five runs in the second inning and two runs in the top of the third, before we managed to answer with two of our own. Grace Castello pulled off a brilliant catch at Short Stop to stop the flow of runs before Cooper Kimball drew a walk at his at bat, scoring one run.

Tanner Godenzi was on the mound for North Eastern. The hurler surrendered five runs on four hits over two innings, striking out three. Makiah McCallum threw one and one-third innings in relief.

Boon led North Eastern Baseball Association with one hit in one at bat.

Game 4 v Latrobe Valley


Latrobe Valley Baseball Association jumped out to an early lead over North Eastern Baseball Association and took home a 14-4 victory on Saturday. Blake Boon was brilliant on the mound for NE but the scoreline doesn’t reflect this. Boon struck out 4 batters but went unrewarded as they all reached 1st on drop third strikes. In relief Asish Basnet threw one inning out of the bullpen and once again threw plenty of strikes picking up another two strikeouts . Not a bad effort from a player that had never stepped on the the mound before this tournament. Grace Castello closed out the game in style only needing to throw 6 pitches before the end of the third inning came around.

Our players struggled a little with the bat as Mikaiah McCallum, Asish Basnet and Makayla Pool (2B) were the only players to record safe hits.

Congratulations to all the players that participated throughout this championship. You all did the North Eastern Baseball Association proud. Big shout out to our Bat Boy Kazu Anderson, what a champion.

KazuAnderson (BatBoy)

Under 18’s State Winter Championships 2022


For the first time since 2017, the North East Baseball Association were hosts to the Baseball Victoria’s under 18’s baseball carnival.

This carnival was held in Wangaratta on the Wangaratta Baseball Softball Sports Club’s diamond at Targoora Park.  North East entered a squad of 16 boys and girls who played together for the first time although North East players had never played in a carnival situation before.  They had some of the leagues most experienced leaders in team manager, Keith Quinn, coach Ed Simmons and assistant coach, Nathan Pool to show leadership.  The carnival was played as a round robin with each of the six teams playing one another.  The weather did not allow for good baseball but the clubs had the diamonds in good condition.

Although North East won only one game out of the five they played, the experience that these young players gained from more experienced teams from Latrobe Valley, City West, Ringwood, Dandenong and Geelong was something that they will carry forward into their baseball future.

Nick Jonker from Wangaratta Rangers was voted the North East’s most valuable player by the opposition coaches.

North East Baseball Association get another chance this weekend to show their future when they send another rep team to Bendigo for the Victorian Baseball U14’s carnival.

North East Baseball Under 18’s Squad ~ Top row – Nathan Pool- ass coach, Nick Jonker, Heath French, Baylin Ford, Zac Gower-Jones, Angus Weal, Kaleb Hoare, Ollie Chambers, Ethan Edwards, Sayah Parley, Keith Quinn – manager, bot row – Austin Clear, Hunter Wilson, Joseph Lotan, Liam Cathie, Ollie Gray.

Absent – Mikayla Jonker, Lachlan Rosser, Eddie Simmons – coach, Steph Odewahn – scorer 

Great day for the Rangers


All games of round two in the North East Baseball were played at Targoora Park, Wangaratta on Sunday.

It was the first game for the two junior grades when Wangaratta Rangers played Bears in the Under 11’s.  It was good to see that both clubs had very good numbers, Bears with 12 players and the Rangers had 15.  Most of the Bears played last season and were much better batters than the younger Rangers.   Bears batted in six runs in each of their turns at bat where the Rangers only scored six runs in their last dig.  Each team can only have seven batters face the pitcher in each turn at bat.  Bears won 18 to 6.

In the Under 15’s game both clubs had the full side of nine players.   Bears batted first and brought in three runs before they lost their third out.  Rangers had much the same team that they had last season with the addition of Clarence Lampa and Kazu Anderson coming in up from last seasons Under 11’s.  Rangers did in this game what Bears did in the game before losing only one batter before the seventh batter rule, bringing in six runs in each of their digs whilst holding Bears to add just one more in their next two innings.  Rangers turned the tables to win 18 runs to Bears 4.

Both Rangers “B” grade teams had good wins, Rangers Orange defeated Bears seven runs to tow.  Kelsey Burder, Brad Murdoch and Sean Whiteman all driving in runs with Burder leading the batting with two safe hits.  Rangers Grey defeated Wodonga Warriors in the other “B” grade game 16 runs to 6 .  Brendon French pitched the full game for Rangers Grey allowing only nine hits and six runs while striking out five and walking one.  Sean Warfe showed the way batting 1000, having three safe hits from three at bats.

In the “A” game Rangers Black played Bears.  Tetsu Kamiyama started on the mound for Rangers with new player Johnathan Taylor as catcher and not having played together before.  Bears first batter hit straight back to the pitcher for the first out having thrown only three pitches, second batter got on first base from a safe hit to left field but was left out there when the next two batters did not reach first base.  Rangers only had three batters face the pitcher in their turn at bat, going three up, three down.  Bears brought in one run in each of their next three turns at bat and although they were getting runners on base, they could not bring anyone home.  Bear held a three-run lead at the top of the fifth innings. 

A change in pitcher by Rangers brought Nathan Pool on the mound.  Bears run rate was topped and the Rangers lifter their game with their batting.  With two down and one run in with bases loaded, Owen Godenzi came up to bat with a full count on him.  He met the next pitch with perfection, hitting the ball over the home run line at left field for a grand slam, bringing in four runs and Rangers hit the lead.  The first time in many years against the Bears, they added another two runs in the next two digs to run out winners.  Rangers 7 runs to Bears 3.

Written by Kevin Pool

24th April 2022


Mark Davis showed timely hitting on Sunday, driving in four on two hits to lead Albury Bears past the Wodonga Warriors 16-4 on Sunday. Davis drove in runs on a single in the first and a double in the third.

Wodonga scored three runs in the seventh inning to close the gap, but Albury Bears still managed to pull out the victory. The big inning for Wodonga came thanks to a walk by Jayden Barter, a single by Ashley Meyers, and a groundout by Jesse Griffiths.

Albury got things moving in the first inning scoring one run when Greg Daniel singled.

Albury then notched up six runs in the third inning as DavisJessica ThompsonTom SimmonsBrendan Simmons, and Daniel all moved runners across the plate.

Daryl Tuffey was on the mound for the BearsTuffey went two and a third innings, allowing three runs on four hits and striking out two.

Meyers started the game for Wodonga. The hurler allowed five hits and six runs over one-third of an inning. Fraser Chadwick and Griffiths entered the game as relief, throwing four innings and one and two-thirds innings respectively.

Albury racked up 12 safe hits. Ben McCrackenSimmonsDavis, and Alex Clayton each collected multiple hits while T Simmons and McCracken all had three hits to lead the Bears.

Kane Scott went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead Wodonga, they were sure-handed and didn’t commit a single error in the field as Barter made the most plays with seven.

NEBA Umpire Seminar


Saturday April 9 at Wangaratta Baseball Diamond. 10am start lunch will be provided.

The seminar will cater for all levels of umpiring. From 1st time umpires to seasoned umpires.
3 experienced instructors will be on hand. Including the Victorian Director of Umpiring and 2 umpires with ABL experience.

Seminar will cover:
Overview of basic rules
Umpire responsibilities
Positioning for calls at all bases
Positioning for calling balls & strikes

What to bring/wear
Bring a hat and a water bottle as we will be on the field for a number of hours.
Wear comfortable shoes and pants that you can run in. Preferably not jeans.
If you have any umpire gear please bring it. Gear will be available to use for those without
their own gear. If you have a glove please bring it.


Beyond Blue Fundraiser


Wangaratta Rangers host Strathfieldsaye Dodgers for Second Annual Beyond Blue Country Baseball Cup

Two regional Victorian baseball teams will come together on Saturday to help raise awareness on mental health

The Wangaratta Rangers (North Eastern Baseball Association) and the Strathfieldsaye Dodgers (Bendigo Baseball Association) will be in action for the second annual Beyond Blue Country Baseball Cup.

After a former player of both clubs passed away 2 years ago the match become an opportunity to recognise the importance of mental health with last years inaugural cup.

Rangers took out bragging rights last year with a convincing win, so the Dodgers will be keen to regain the cup this time around.

The day starts out at 10am at Rangers home Ground (Targoora Park on Wangaratta \Whitfield Rd) with both clubs warming up before the Country Cup game commences at 11am for a 9 innings game.

At the conclusion of the game the Country Cup will be presented to the winning team.

The action is not limited to the diamond and there will be a BBQ on the day in addition to an online auction run by the Strathy Dodgers, with all profits going to Beyond Blue.

Some of the items up for auction include a Boston Red Sox jersey, a Cleveland Indians Cap and DVD package, and a San Francisco New Era Cap and Rawlings glove.

   Auction is currently open and concludes at 8pm on Sat 12th March.

Porepunkah Panthers – Come and Try



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May 23rd


Wodonga Warriors A Grade can’t catch the Albury Bears

Wodonga Warriors fell behind early and couldn’t come back in a 14-7 loss to Albury on Sunday. The Bears scored on a single by Greg Daniel, a single by Josh Knechtli, a single by Mark Taylor, and a single by Brendan Simmons in the first inning.

Despite the loss, Wodonga did collect eight hits in the high-scoring affair. Unfortunately, Albury had 15 hits on the way to victory.

Albury Bears got things started in the first inning when Daniel singled on a 1-0 count, scoring two.

Warriors notched four runs in the fifth inning led by Tyson BerryStephen Martin, and Dustin McDougall, all knocking in runs in the inning.

Brandon Purtell led things off on the pitcher’s mound for Albury Bears A Grade. He pitcher went three innings, allowing three runs on four hits, striking out two and walking zero.

Fraser Chadwick was on the hill for WodongaChadwick allowed 14 hits and 13 runs over five innings, striking out four. Justin Gourley threw two innings out of the bullpen.

Wodonga socked one home run on the day. Gourley put one out in the third inning.

The Warriors saw the ball well all day, racking up eight hits in the game. Jesse GriffithsMcDougall, and Gourley each racked up multiple hits. Griffiths went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the Wodonga hitters.

Albury collected 15 hits on the day. Alex ClaytonDanielTaylorTrent Brown, and Tom Simmons all managed multiple hits.

A grade vs Porepunkah Rangers 21 Porepunkah 2. 

Parker and Johnson shine as Rangers record solid win against Porepunkah Panthers

The Rangers took to the road and beautiful conditions greeted them for this week’s encounter as the Rangers were welcomed to a very picturesque Porepunkah.

Rangers opened the scoring in the first inning with Ross Johnson collecting his first hit for the day.  With Adrian Quinton on the mound for Porepunkah they managed to limit the damage to only one run and then it was their tun to bat.

Aaron Parker took the start for Wangaratta and began the opening inning in dominant fashion. Soon it was Rangers turn to bat once again. The Rangers hitters found their groove and put on 13 runs over the next two innings with Parker and Johnson adding to their hit tallies for the day.

A change in pitching to Declan Boyce could not stem the run flow and after five completed innings Rangers held a comfortable lead. Parker continued on the mound and was the most dominant player on the ground having 18 first pitch strikes for the afternoon and 6 strikeouts. Panthers added a couple of runs in the 6th but the Rangers were the winners on the day with a scoreline of 21 to 2. Ross Johnson collected 5 hits for the day, with Parker and catcher Damien French each having 3 hits each.

Panthers Paul Meddings was the only shining light for their offence as he collected 3-3 from the plate.

A big thank you to the supporters of Wangaratta who came and enjoyed the afternoon with us and to the scorers, umpires and volunteers of Porepunkah Panthers who without would not have a game of baseball each week. 

B grade Wangaratta Rangers Grey 14 Porepunkah Panthers 11

Wonderful conditions greeted the two teams at Porepunkah on Sunday for the the matinee match. Coach Sean Warfe was missing this week but left the team in the trusted hands of Tony Smith and Brendon French to oversee a see-sawing affair with Rangers Grey ultimately coming out on top with a 14-11 victory over a tenacious Porepunkah side.

Wangaratta took the lead early with Ian Dinsdale delivering his trademark slap strike to drive home the opening run of the game. Porepunkah responded with 2 runs of their own in the first two innings of Rangers starter Enrique Espinel to take a 4-2 lead into the third.

Rangers upped the intensity in the 3rd by plating six runs to take the lead, but the Panthers responded with six runs of their own to snatch back the lead 10-8.

The offense lead by Brendan Cameron and Chattz added another six runs in the 4th to wrestle back the lead 14-10.

Panthers scored another run in their turn in the 4th, but some excellent reflexes from Chatzz on the mound to close the game out. Another win for the Grey who have started the 2021 season in very fine style. 

Wangaratta Rangers Under 15’S Clinches Lead In Third Inning For Victory Over Albury Bears

Wangaratta Rangersran off with the lead late in the game in an 11-7 victory over Albury Bears on Sunday. The game was tied at seven with Wangaratta Rangers batting in the bottom of the third when Reid McNamara grounded out, scoring one run.

Wangaratta Rangers earned the victory despite allowing Albury  to score five runs in the third inning. Albury’s big inning was driven by a walk by Jett Tanuvasa and a single by Zak Gower-Jones.

The Bears got things moving in the first inning, when Gower-Jones singled on a 3-0 count, scoring one run.

Wangaratta put up six runs in the second inning. Mikayla JonkerAsher Hardman, and Brady Fisher all contributed in the big inning with RBIs.

Campbell Hobbs led things off on the hill for WangarattaHobbs went one inning, allowing two runs on one hit, striking out two and walking zero.

Connor Dickson was on the mound for Albury Bears. The pitcher lasted one and one-third innings, allowing one hit and three runs while striking out three. Tanuvasa threw two-thirds of an inning in relief.

McNamara and Seth Godenzi each collected one hit to lead Wangaratta RangersWangaratta tore up the base paths, as three players stole at least two bases. Tanner Godenzi led the way with two.

Albury Bears scattered six hits in the game. Gower-Jones and Storm Tanusava all collected multiple hits for Albury Bears.

Wodonga Warriors Under 15’S Overcomes Benalla Bandits In Face Of Early 5-Run Inning

Even though Wodonga Warriors gave up five runs in the second inning, they still defeated Benalla Bandits  21-5 on Sunday. Liam Coats and Declan Antonis all drove in runs in the frame.

Wodonga Warriors scored seven runs in the third inning. Sophie BerryMary FellowsAngus Weal, and Austin Clear each had RBIs in the big inning.

Clear was on the mound for Wodonga Warriors. The bulldog lasted one and two-thirds innings, allowing two hits and five runs while striking out two.

Caleb Turvey was on the pitcher’s mound for Benalla Bandits. The righty allowed seven runs on zero hits.

Fellows went 1-for-1 at the plate to lead Wodonga Warriors in hits. Wodonga Warriors was sure-handed and didn’t commit a single error. Janie Chattan made the most plays with five.

Harley Brown led Benalla Bandits with two hits in two at bats. Benalla Bandits tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases. Logan Threfall led the way with three.

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