July 13, 2009


Parge Tourney is a big success

King Gardens and Paddy’s Pub were division champions as the inaugural Jim Partigianoni Memorial Women’s Slow Pitch Softball Tournament made a successful debut despite some rainy weather on Saturday.
Eight local squads competed throughout the weekend to raise money for the Cortland Youth Bureau’s Partigianoni Scholarship Fund. The moneys raised are to help children in need of financial assistance to participate in youth sports programs, a cause dear to the heart of the late Partigianoni.
King Gardens, a mixture of people from King Sub and Palm Gardens squads, won the D Division title with The Tavern taking second place. Paddy’s Pub captured the C Division title, with Gator’s Tavern the runner-up. Also taking part were teams from Hairy Tony’s, Jack’s Taxidermy, Myers Motor Sports and The Tavern.
The fun, light-hearted tournament was so representative of Partigianoni. Groups of women gathered wearing bright colored tee-shirts to bellow Parge’s infamous “Y’errrr Oooouutt!” — which was part of the way the former umpire hammed things up while making calls during games.
Tournament coordinators, Jack Barker and Laurie Hogan estimate that anywhere from $2,000 to $3,000 was raised. The total is uncertain at this time as per a large request for additional Partigianoni tournament tee-shirt orders and the totals from the Schwan’s fund raiser have been extended. If anyone is interested in a tournament tee-shirt, they should email Laurie Hogan at There is a cost.
The tournament committee also thanked Woodman’s Pub owner Bill Wood and The Tavern owner Skip Boise for donating the softballs for the tournament. The Cortland Umpire Association donated its time this weekend to officiate the games. Fred Cutia, owner of Gator’s Tavern, was also a huge contributor to the cause as the money made from food sales also went to the fund. Jim Whipple from Special Trophies donated all plaques and awards, while Graph Tex donated the screen printing for the tee-shirts.
As Barker presented the teams with their plaques following the competition, Jamie Brown (daughter to Partigianoni) said a few words of thanks to all the participants and stated that her father would be proud. The tournament committee plans on making this an annual event, hoping each year to involve more and more people.
If any individuals would like to donate money to the Partigianoni Scholarship Fund, contact the Cortland Youth Bureau.