Baseball a hit as Indigenous youth connect with the sport at North American Games

By Michael Tutton THE CANADIAN PRESS HALIFAX- Baseball is known as America’s game, but there were signs Friday on a misty Halifax field that First Nations and Metis athletes from Canada are increasingly adopting it as their own. At the North American Indigenous Games in Halifax, Brandon Beaudin-Herney coached his Saskatchewan team to a 2-1 comeback win over Ontario for the bronze medal at the 19-and-under youth tournament. As his athletes presented team captain Tegan Nahnepowisk with a birthday cake at home plate, the coach described a connection between Indigenous values and baseball. “Sports are the heart and soul of most First Nations communities. It brings the people together, brings community together,” said Beaudin-Herney, a former U.S. junior college player who runs an emergency shelter in Regina. “With this team,…

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