All-Ontario Native Fastball Tournament returns to Ohsweken

OHSWEKEN — This past weekend brought together over 30 Indigenous fastball teams to the Ohsweken Ball Diamonds as they competed for provincial titles in five divisions.

Hosted by the Ohsweken Redmen and Sour Springs, the tournament saw one Ohsweken-named team earn first place.

In the Masters Women’s Division, the Ohsweken Mohawks were favoured to win after an undefeated tournament run. On Friday, the Mohawks defeated the Sour Springs Masters 12-5, then came out on top over Saugeen 14-0 on Saturday, and defeated the Six Nations Storm 15-1. On championship Sunday, they moved to play the Sour Springs Masters and cinched first place, then awarded the most valuable player award to Ginny Smith

As for the remaining divisions: the Junior Men’s Division saw the Delaware Nation win and Brody Monague named as the most valuable player. The Masters Men’s Division saw the Island Lifestyle win and name Lee Hopkins as the most valuable player. The Women’s Division saw the CMO Chaos win and name Jada Doxtator as the most valuable player. The Men’s Division saw Awash Sin win and name Caleb Keeshig the most valuable player.

Ohsweken having hosted the tournament a handful of times with this year, the tournament will be competed in again next year within the Rama First Nation from August 23 to 25, 2024.

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