July 20, 2010
Parge title won by Hairy Tony’s
Hairy Tony’s scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning Sunday and beat Team River 13-9 to win the softball championship of the second annual Jim Partigianoni Coed Slowpitch tournament played at Dexter Park and Beaudry Park in Cortland.
The father-son duo of Jim and Jason Hogan each had a two-run single in the decisive rally as the two remaining unbeaten squads in the 10-team event met for the title. Jim Hogan went 3-for-3 in the game with five RBIs and two runs scored, while Becky Pickert VanWagenen went 2-for-2 and scored three runs, Eric Hubbard was 2-for-3 and Jason Hogan 2-for-4 with three RBIs. In addition, Justin Hogan scored three runs. Tony LaBar (double, two RBIs) and Chad Woursell (double, triple, two runs) both went 2-for-3 for Team River.
Hairy Tony’s opened the tournament by blanking Ivan’s 19-0 in a five-inning mercy rule game as Eric Hubbard (two doubles, triple, home run, six RBIs, four runs) and winning pitcher Jim Hogan (double, four RBI) both went 4-for-4. Tony Yonta went 3-for-3 while Tiffany Hubbard was 3-for-4 with a triple and three runs. Justin Hogan (two homers, two RBIs, two runs) and Roger Karn (two runs) both went 2-for-3.
In a 13-3 win over Cort-Lanes, Sean Mack (triple, three RBIs, two runs), Jason Hogan (triple, two runs) and Christella Yonta (double) all went 2-for-2 while VanWagenen (two runs) and Justin Hogan both went 2-for-3. Hairy Tony’s beat Graph-Tex 16-2 in another five-inning affair as Jason Hogan (double, triple, two RBIs, three runs) and Christella Yonta (triple, two RBIs) both went 3-for-3. Eric Hubbard (two runs) went 2-for-2, while Tiffany Hubbard was 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs and Linda Rabusin and Justin Hogan drove in two runs each. Winning pitcher Jim Hogan allowed just six hits.
That set up a rematch in the semifinals, in which Hairy Tony’s shaded Graph-Tex 11-10. Jim Hogan, who was the winning pitcher, went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs, while Eric Hubbard (two homers, four RBIs) and Justin Hogan (homer, three runs) both went 2-for-2. Christella Yonta (double, two RBIs) and Mack both went 2-for-3.
Graph-Tex got 3-for-4 games from Drew Pierce (two doubles, triple, four RBIs), McKayla Rotunda (two doubles, two RBIs), Brian Backus (double, three runs) and Chelsea Beames all went 3-for-4, Bob Craig was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Jason Reynolds 2-for-4 with a double.
Other members of the championship team were Jackie Mallison, Stephanie Oyer and Laurie Hogan.
Other teams involved in the tournament were Varsity Liquor (consisting of members of the Partigianoni family, including Jim’s daughters and grandchildren), Homer Logging/Stone Lounge, Paddy’s Pub, RMS Gravel and Bob’s Riverside.
Teams competed to raise money for the County Youth Bureau’s Jim Partigianoni Scholarship Fund, which provides assistance to underprivileged children who could otherwise not afford to play youth sports. Beth Seamans and Laurie Hogan, the tournament coordinators, estimated that the event raised just under $2,000.
Stone Lounge, Gator’s Tavern and Dark Horse Tavern donated the cost of the softballs used in the tournament, while members of the Cortland Umpires Association donated their time for the event in memory of long-time umpire Jim Partigianoni.
The Cortland Men’s and Women’s Slowpitch Leagues donated money to help defray the costs of food and drinks, while Rhonda Evans and Donna Riley of Homer American Legion Post 489 donated their time to cook food and sell both T-shirts and raffle tickets.
Local businesses which donated items to be raffled off include Central City Bar & Grill, CP Cash and Carry, Soothing Solutions, Deli Downtown, Bernard’s Custom Logo, Graph-Tex, Varsity Liquor, East End Liquor, Happy Auto Detailing, Wal-Mart, The Plaza, Groton Ave. Liquor, Tompkins Trust Company, HSBC, Mando Books, Sheridan’s Jewelers, Wilcox Tire, Kost Tire, Pudgie’s Pizza, The Tavern, Pizza Hut, Cort-Lanes, Ivan’s, Blockbuster, Hollywood Restaurant, Staples, Red Dragon and Beach House.
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