Team Manitoba joins the playoffs at the North American Indigenous Games

Fans watched the ‘nail-biting’ game that ended team Nova Scotia’s winning streak

At the Sipekne’katik First Nation baseball field, team Manitoba beat team Nova Scotia’s winning streak in softball by a score of 6 to 5.

The game was a family affair. The crowd of about 70 people cheered for their teams. The hotdog vendor was open and children were enjoying the traditional food of baseball: hot dogs.

Christina Sylliboy, known as Duce, is  from the We’koqma’q First Nation,

She cheered on team Mi’kmaw with her grandchild.

Team Manitoba at Sipekne’katik ball field. Photo: Angel Moore/APTN

“It’s really important for them to see exactly what this NAIG and celebrate with the youth of our Turtle Island,” said Sylliboy

Team Manitoba relatives also traveled to see the games.

Dwayne Maud, of the Skownan First Nation, made the journey just to watch his grandson.

“It’s nail biting right now, it’s a one nothing game,” he said to APTN News.

Maud’s grandson Trayden Guiboche, is 16 years old.

He plays second base, and loves the game. He told APTN he has played the game “for as long as he can remember.”

“It means a lot to me you know I play the game a lot, my grandpa got myself into this sport and I’ve been going since,” said Guiboche.

Although the game was head-to-head, in the end, Manitoba took the lead.

Guiboche says team Mi’kmaw are strong players.

“It was a good competition, the boys, most teams are good on their stick, had lockdown defense on both sides,” he said.

The win put team Manitoba into the playoffs.

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