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Batter up! Fifth annual Brad Rienguette Fastball tourney Saturday

By: Matthew Herst

 | Jul 24, 2014 - 3:50 PM |
The Brad Rienguette Memorial Fastball Tournament hits the diamonds in Azilda this weekend. File photo

The Brad Rienguette Memorial Fastball Tournament hits the diamonds in Azilda this weekend. File photo

Sudburians can come out to support and enjoy some riveting games of baseball this weekend at the 5th annual Brad Rienguette Memorial Fastball Tournament.

“This tournament … was first known as the Northern Ontario Fastball Tournament back in 2005 when I was commissioner of the then Rick McDonald Memorial Fastball League, and now named the Quentin Seeley Remax Fastball League,” said Roger Legendre, tournament organizer and long-time friend of Rienguette's. 

“Some four years later in September of 2009, we lost our good friend Brad after a long courageous battle with pancreatic/liver cancer.”

Not only is Rienguette remembered fondly by friends and loved ones, Legendre said the Sudbury man was recognized as the city's No. 1 fastball pitcher and No. 2 in the world.

He made a name for himself in the 1970s after helping win the provincial junior title with the Garson Juniors. While still a junior, Rienguette pitched for the St. Catharine's team and brought them to the 1979 national championship.

At the nationals that year, his fastball was clocked at 102 miles per hour.

Rienguette is known to have pitched more a dozen no hitters.

There could be a no-hitter this weekend with eight teams going head-to-head.

The tournament kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday morning in Azilda at the Rick McDonald Memorial Sport Complex.

Opening ceremonies are at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, led by the Lockerby Legion color guard, accompanied by a bag piper. Members of Rienguette's family are expected to be on hand for the opening.

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