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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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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. https://www.32auctions.com/2022BeyondBlueCup
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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.
The Warriors saw the ball well all day, racking up eight hits in the game. Jesse Griffiths, McDougall, and Gourley each racked up multiple hits. Griffiths went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the Wodonga hitters.
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.
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.
Wodonga Warriors Under 15’S Overcomes Benalla Bandits In Face Of Early 5-Run Inning
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Wangaratta Rangers lucky escape.
Wangaratta Rangers snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in an 11-9 victory over the Wodonga Warriors on Sunday. The game was tied at nine with Wangaratta batting in the bottom of the eighth when Tetsu Kamiyama hit a solo homer and scrounged another to go two ahead before shutting the Warriors down in the top of the ninth to take the points.
Wangaratta Rangers built a six-run lead in the third inning and then held off Wodonga Warriors‘s charge. Wodonga put up six runs in the failed comeback. Fraser Chadwick, Dustin McDougall, McDougall, and Ashley Meyers fueled the rally with RBIs.
Wangaratta totaled 15 hits. Rob Seymour, Aaron Parker, Kamiyama, and French each collected multiple hits for Wangaratta Rangers A Grade. Parker and Seymour each collected three hits to lead Wangaratta Rangers A Grade.
Porepunkah Panthers Can’t Hold Up Against Albury Bears A Grade
Albury Bears got on the board in the first inning when Adrian Quinton threw a wild pitch allowing one run across the plate before Porepunkah evened things up in the bottom of the first inning when Rian Banks doubled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run.
Early Lead For Albury Bears Seals Fate For Porepunkah Panthers B Grade
Porepunkah Panthers watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover in a 14-5 loss to Albury on Sunday. Albury Bears scored on a single by Jake Burge, a groundout by Fergus Stuchbery, an error, and an error in the first inning.
Kaleb Hoare led things off on the hill for Porepunkah. The pitcher surrendered seven runs on 11 hits over four innings, striking out three and walking zero. James Rogers threw two innings out of the bullpen.
Wangaratta Rangers Orange Overcome Benalla Bandits In Face Of Early 3-Run Inning
Wangaratta Rangers Orange pulled away for good with three runs in the second inning. In the second Michael Williams‘s wild pitch allowed one run to score for Wangaratta and Jonker singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run.
Williams led things off on the hill for Benalla Bandits. Williams lasted one inning, allowing one hit and six runs. Ashley Cartledge and Osbourne entered the game from the bullpen, throwing three innings and two-thirds of an inning respectively.
Rangers Orange racked up 13 hits in the game. Jonker, French, Peruzzo, and Wells all had multiple hits for Rangers Orange. French and Jonker each collected three hits to lead. Orange tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases. Jonker led the way with two.
Porepunkah Panthers Nabs Win Over Albury Bears
Alan Grasser went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead Porepunkah Panthers in hits. Porepunkah Panthers was sure-handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error. Grasser had the most chances in the field with four.
Albury Bears Capture Lead Early To Defeat Wangaratta Rangers
Wangaratta Rangers fell behind early and couldn’t come back in a 12-4 loss to Albury Bears on Sunday. Albury scored on a wild pitch during Greg Daniel‘s at bat in the first inning, a error in the first inning, a walk by Mark Davis in the first inning, and a single by Daniel in the second inning.
Godenzi started the game for Wangaratta Rangers A Grade. The righthander went three innings, allowing four runs on two hits and striking out one. Aaron Parker and Tetsu Kamiyama entered the game as relief, throwing two and two-thirds innings and one and one-third innings respectively.
Wangaratta Rangers tallied eight hits in the game. Brendan Cameron and Nathan Pool each racked up multiple hits for Wangaratta Rangers A Grade. Pool and Cameron each collected two hits to lead Wangaratta Rangers A Grade.
The Bears collected 13 hits on the day. Daniel, Simmons, Alex Clayton, and Simmons all managed multiple hits and they were backed up by a sure-handed field who didn’t commit a single error. Simmons made the most plays with nine.
Banks Delivers Four Runs, But Porepunkah Panthers Fall To Wodonga Warriors
Wodonga then pulled away for good with three runs in the third inning. In the third Ashley Meyers drew a walk, scoring one run, Jesse Griffiths grounded out, scoring one run, and Wodonga scored one run on a stolen base.
Porepunkah tallied three runs in the fifth inning.
Declan Boyce started the game for Porepunkah Panthers A Grade. The righty allowed nine hits and ten runs over three and two-thirds innings, striking out two McDougall started the game for Wodonga Warriors A Grade. The pitcher surrendered four runs on nine hits over five innings, striking out three and walking one
Early Lead For Albury Bears Seals Fate For Benalla Bandits
Benalla Bandits watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover in a 15-1 loss to Bears on Sunday. Albury scored on a double by Jake Burge, a double by Riley Holland, and a single by Michael Hansford in the first inning.
Alex Williams toed the rubber for Benalla Bandits. The bulldog surrendered eight runs on 11 hits over three and a third innings, striking out seven and walking zero. Ashley Cartledge and Cheyne Osbourne entered the game from the bullpen, throwing one inning and two-thirds of an inning respectively.
Porepunkah Panthers B Grade Takes A Tough Blow From Wodonga Warriors B Grade
James Rogers was on the pitcher’s mound for Porepunkah . The righthander allowed four hits and three runs over two innings, striking out four. Hoare and Paul Meddings entered the game from the bullpen, throwing one and two-thirds innings and one and one-third innings respectively.
Wodonga tallied 24 hits. Nathan Scott, Kane Scott, Andrew Weal, Jonte Craig, Garoni, Bill Clear, Jake Jolley, and Jakob Goldner all managed multiple hits for the Warriors. Scott led Wodonga Warriors with four hits in four at bats. Jolley led Wodonga with three stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with 11 stolen bases. Wodonga didn’t commit a single error in the field. Jolley had nine chances in the field, the most on the team.
Wangaratta Battle sees Rangers Grey Victorious over Wangaratta Rangers Orange
Jonker was on the pitcher’s mound for Wangaratta Rangers Orange. The righthander allowed three hits and five runs over four innings, striking out four. Brad Murdoch threw one-third of an inning in relief.
Rangers Grey collected seven hits. Brendon Cameron, French, and Sean Warfe all managed multiple hits for Wangaratta Rangers Grey B Grade. Rangers Grey tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases. Warfe led the way with four.
Fifth Inning Plays Key Role In Albury Bears A Grade Blow Out Over Wodonga Warriors
Fraser Chadwick started the game for the Wodonga Warriors. The pitcher surrendered six runs on seven hits over four and a third innings, striking out three. Jesse Griffiths threw two and two-thirds innings out of the bullpen.
Early Lead For Albury Bears B Grade Sets Stage For Victory Over Wodonga Warriors
The Albury Bears jumped out to an early lead over Wodonga and took home an 11-4 victory on Sunday. Albury scored on a double by Jake Burge, a single by Michael Hansford, and an error in the first inning.
The Wodonga Warriors scored three runs in the fourth inning, but Albury still managed to pull out the victory. The Wodonga offense in the inning was led by Andrew Weal and Michael (Bill) Clear, all driving in runs in the frame.
Clear was on the mound for Wodonga. The pitcher surrendered five runs on three hits over two innings. Max Garoni and Connor Ayton entered the game as relief, throwing one and two-thirds innings and one-third of an inning respectively.
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Wangaratta Rangers vs Porepunkah Panthers
Sunny conditions greeted all clubs to Targoora park in Wangaratta on Sunday for round two of the North Eastern Baseball Association 2021 season. The weather was warm and the baseball was hot especially in the A grade match against Porepunkah Panthers. Ross Johnson got the start for Wangaratta and set about his work by having a quick first innings with the Panthers batters going down in order. Rian Banks started for Porepunkah and he too made short work of the Rangers line up. This pattern continued until the bottom of the third inning when Wangaratta offence kicked into gear. Johnson collected the first of his four hits the day and Kamiyama drew a walk, Owen Godenzi with one swing of the bat gave the Rangers a three run lead with a home run over the left field fence. Cam Scott and Nathan Pool strung together back to back hits with Damien French getting on base via a walk. Kelsey Burder and Johnson were able to drive the runners in to give the Rangers a 6-0 lead after three innings. Johnson continued to keep the Panthers hitters quiet and Godenzi tacked on another run by hitting his second home run of the game with the Rangers now up 7-0. Porepunkah then worked themselves back into the game in the 5th inning. Nathan Pool came into pitch and after a rather interesting first out, Porepunkah were able to put a couple of men on base via a hit to centre field and a walk. D Boyce and Damon Barker were able to score for Porepunkah via an error to make the score line 7-2 Wangaratta. Panthers were slowly but surely clawing their way back into the game by adding another two runs in the 6th inning. However Rangers were not to be denied by adding another 4 runs in the 7th inning. Pool scored on a sacrifice fly from French while Rob Seymour was able to steal a base and score on Johnsons fourth hit for the day. Rangers added one more to win 11-4 for their first win of the season.
Wangaratta Rangers Orange vs Porepunkah Panthers.
Rangers Orange welcomed Porepunkah in the early game on diamond one on Sunday. Both teams scored a run in the first, but it was in the second where Rangers Orange were able to score seven runs through a couple of errors and then Angus King able to drive in a run. Brad Murdoch continued to do a commendable job on the mound with the Rangers fielders doing their part too. Panthers hit back in the 4th inning, scoring five runs to find themselves one run behind at 8-7. However Rangers orange were not to be denied by adding another five runs. Panthers added one more in the last inning but it was all too late with Rangers Orange running out 13-8 victors. King and Dan wells each had two hits for the Rangers with Steve Peruzzo, Shaun Whiteman, Jason Jonker and Murdoch collecting a hit each.
Wangaratta Rangers Grey vs Benalla.
Rangers Grey welcomed Benalla Bandits to diamond three at Wangaratta. Brendon French started on the mound for Rangers Grey and kept Benalla to one run in the first innings. Rangers Grey were able to take back the lead in the first by adding four runs of their own. A double to Sean Warfe in the second inning helped add another three runs to the Ranger Grey total. The Bandits were able to string a few hits together to add a couple runs via an error to make the score 7-2. A double to Tony Smith and a a couple of walks to Chathura Chattz and Warfe who were then both able to score to make the end score 10-2 Rangers Grey way.
The opening games of the 2021 season lived up to all expectations. With all games being played at Targoora Park Wangaratta the place was a buzz on a perfect May day.
The Wangaratta Rangers hosted Porepunkah with Tanner Godenzi and Ollie Chambers going head to head on the mound for their respective teams. Great fielding and pitching from both sides had the scores at 0-0 at the end of the first inning. The Panthers put a score on the board first when Alan Grasser, Chambers & Mason Anders scored on some great offensive hitting. The Rangers were quick to answer back as Seth Godenzi, Lucas Sexton, Campbell Hobbs, Jaxon Chilcott and Oscar Maiden all drew walks before scoring. The score was 5-3 going into the 3rd inning when Sexton took the mound for the Rangers. Lachlan Rosser drew a walk and was quick to steal second before he was doubled off by a quick thinking play my Mikayla Jonker at Short Stop. Grasser, Chambers and Skippen then drew walks and were driven in by a great hit from Ethan Edwards scoring 4 runs for the Panthers. The last roll of the dice for the Rangers saw Asha Hardman and Ryan Brockwell on base with some discipline in the batters box. Liam Quinton held his nerve on the mound for Porepunkah and they came through with a triple play to end the game and take the win 7-5. Both Chambers and Quinton picked up 2 strikeouts each.
The Albury Bears were the home team against the Wodonga Warriors and were sent chasing the leather in the first as all 7 batters scored. Liam Cathie, Janie Chatten, Austin Clear, Mary Fellows, Angus Weal, Aiden Ludbrook and Baylin Ford all managed to get on base safely before they took the field. Ethan Simmons led off with a Hit By Pitch then stole 2nd before he was driven in by Grace Castello to get the Bears on the board. Sophie Berry led off for the Warriors in the second with a walk, before Cathie, Weal and Fellows recorded safe hits scoring another runs. Albury bounced back through walks to Noah Boyd, Jordan Daniel, Bailey Emery and Jai Parfitt and a great hit from Immanuel Thomas to end the 2nd inning 12-6. Boyd took the mound for the Bears and allowed the Warriors to score only one run in their final inning giving his side a chance to tie up the game in the last. It wasn’t to be as the Warrior defence held tight rolling a great double play to end the match on a high. The end score being 13-6 Warriors way.