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Kahnawake’s Tyson Kyer and Tahaniehtonhawi Mayo-Nolan gave relief for their team Monday.

Playing for the Peewee Suroit Voltigeurs Gris of the Region de Lac St-Louis at Parc St-Joseph-Artisan, both players contributed at pivotal moments offensively and defensively to force the 5-5 draw.

First baseman #30 Kyer had a sacrifice hit to score a run on third base to tie the game up at five at the top of the sixth and final inning against the Valleyfield Reds.

“I had so much anxiety before that,” said Kyer. “I think we could have beat the other team if we kept playing.”

Second baseman Mayo-Nolan – who typically plays shortstop, catcher or outfielder – caught the game-ending out on a line drive with the potential walk-off run stranded at third base.

“I was so relieved when he caught the ball,” said Kyer.

Mayo-Nolan was the leadoff hitter, going 0-1 at bat with two walks and a strikeout.

Kyer was sixth on the batting order as the team’s slugger. He posted two RBIs from two separate sacrifice hits but went 0-1. He had unfortunate luck from a fly out to centre field that was spectacularly caught by a diving outfielder.

“I was so upset when he caught that,” said Kyer. “At the same time, I had to give the guy respect. You don’t see a lot of catches like that.”

“He hit a bomb to centre and the kid dove to catch it,” said Kristina Glen, Kyer’s mother. “He could have easily got a triple from that play.”

This game was unfamiliar territory for the mother-son duo, as they still had to respect social distancing due to COVID-19.

“It was different,” said Kyer. “We could only have three kids in the dugout at a time.”

“I brought my own lawn chair to watch the game. There’s only so much space to be apart behind the backstop,” said Glen. “All their equipment is to be outside the fence and they have to sit on the benches or stand behind the fence at every pole. Each team must have their own ball and umpires are only behind a pitcher.”

Glen was a parent volunteer to check on the team’s sanitation before warm ups.

“Before the kids enter the field, I have to give them a squirt of hand sanitizer and ask for COVID symptoms,” said Glen.

Suroit’s next game was the home opener against the Suroit Red Voltigeurs on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. after presstime.

Kyer usually plays catcher and first base but took the mound for his pitching debut of the season.

“My dad and I have been working on a few new pitches,” said Kyer. “He taught me how to throw a curveball and a knuckleball.”

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