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PeeWee & Juvenile Fastball Teams qualify for the 2002 North American Indigenous Games

Waycobah, NS - Four (4) Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw fastball teams have qualified to attend the 2002 North American Indigenous Games that are scheduled to take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba from July 25th - August 4th, 2002.

At a recent qualifier for the PeeWee and Juvenile Divisions (male/female) held at the Waycobah First Nation’s Ben Bernard Memorial Tournament, it was the Eskasoni PeeWee team edging out the Waycobah Thunderbolts by a score of 20-19 in an exciting championship match. With Waycobah leading the game by a wide margin for most of the game, it was the Eskasoni team that earned the victory by clawing their way back from deficits of eight runs at one point and tied the game in the bottom of the 7th inning at 19-19. With a runner at third, Eskasoni’s winning pitcher Roderick (Bloge) Googoo scored on a wild pitch to win it for Eskasoni.

A total of six (6) pee-wee teams participated at the tournament including teams from Wagmatcook, Afton, Millbrook and Indianbrook.  Eskasoni will now represent Nova Scotia in the PeeWee Division at the 2002 North American Indigenous Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

In the other semi-final game, it was the Indianbrook Juveniles handily defeating the Eskasoni squad by a score of 8-1. It was all Indianbrook from the start as starting pitcher Marr dominated batters throughout this game and the entire tournament. In the semi final match, it was Eskasoni over Waycobah.  Indianbrook Juveniles will now represent Nova Scotia in the Juvenile age category at the 2002 NAIG games. In the female division, the only team to register were the Eskasoni Juvenile team and they have been given the green light to attend the 2002 NAIG as well.

Indianbrook wins Men’s Fastball Qualifier !

Millbrook, NS - It was a weekend of performing upsets and a weekend of playing hyped up ball for the Indianbrook men’s team that earned this hard working team a championship victory last weekend at the NSMSRC men’s fastball qualifier here in Millbrook in upsetting the home team by a score of 7-3 in the championship final. Playing upbeat and energized ball, a mixed team of young and veteran players gelled at the right time to overtake three other good calibre teams to claim the 2001 provincial men’s crown and the right to represent Nova Scotia as the men’s fastball team at the 2002 North American Indigenous Games set for Winnipeg, Manitoba from July 25th - August 4th, 2002.

The weekend saw four (4) quality men’s fastball teams competing in a round robin schedule. Hosted by the Millbrook First Nation, the community played host to four strong Mi’kmaw teams from Eskasoni, Waycobah, Millbrook and Indianbrook.

After the preliminary games, it was Millbrook placing first with a record of 3-0, Waycobah Thunder at 2-1 and the Indianbrook squad placing third at 1-2. Eskasoni finished with a record of 3 losses, all of them by a close margin. With the tournament format eliminating the last place team, it was Millbrook, by virtue of their 3-0 record that earned a bye into the final to await the winner of the semi final game between Waycobah and Indianbrook. In prelimary play scores included Waycobah defeating Eskasoni 2-1, Millbrook pounding Indianbrook 8-0 and Waycobah losing to Millbrook by a 7-0 (default), Indianbrook then defeating Eskasoni 1-0 and Millbrook defeating Eskasoni by a score of 8-2.

In the semi final game between 2nd place Waycobah & 3rd place Indianbrook, it was a back and forth affair with both teams having an opportunity to win all the way through the game. After Indianbrook’s early lead, Waycobah tied the score twice and went ahead in the 5th inning only to see Indianbrook come back to tie it again. The game went into extra innings deadlocked at 4-4 and in the tenth, Indianbrook exploded for 10 runs to win the contest in a blowout by a score of 14-4. Winning pitcher was Owen Marr in relief of Brian Paul.

The championship game saw a duel of the top team and the current hottest team and Indianbrook stayed that way with an early 2-0 lead that they jumped into with a 2 run homer from veteran Steve Gehue off of Phillip Martin in the top of the first. It was a lead that Indianbrook wouldn’t relinquish as once again, Owen Marr used a mixture of speeds and pitches to keep the Millbrook bats silent for the most part and earned the championship victory for his team. Indianbrook will now begin preparations and fundraising necessary for their team to attend NAIG 2002. The NSMSRC will assist in covering the uniforms and track suits for adult teams only. We will work to assist the team in gathering information required to attend NAIG, and will meet with team coaches in helping with the process. On the female side, it was the United Nations Women’s Fastball team that was the lone entry for the tournament, and as mentioned earlier, because they were the lone entry, they have been granted the right to attend the 2002 NAIG as the women’s representative for Nova Scotia. Congratulations to both teams and good luck fundraising!

For more information, please contact Robert Bernard via email at robert.bernard@ns.sympatico.ca or by phone at 902-756-3300.

 

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