Boulding’s broken bat effort spurs Cariboo to softball victory

14-year-old Austyn Boulding of Cariboo-North East's softball team (Zone 8) is ecstatic about his experience.

After breaking a composite metal bat to win the game for his teammates, 14-year-old Austyn Boulding of Cariboo-North East’s softball team (Zone 8) is ecstatic about his experience. Cariboo-North East won their game on Saturday against Thompson-Okanagan, 13-6, and it was Boulding’s broken bat that marked his victory. Boulding broke the bat on a crucial hit, but was surprised that he fractured the blunt object.

“I don’t know how I broke the bat,” said Boulding, who’s from Prince George. “It’s a pretty expensive one so I thought it would be a lot tougher.”

Having played softball with the same group of boys for five years, he said he’s simply happy to be able to have the privilege of experiencing so many memorable moments with them on the journey from Prince George, and during practices now that they’re in Surrey.

“I love playing with them,” he said. “It’s really good.”

Being around friends during the provincial-wide journey to the BC Summer Games here in Surrey, the Zone 8 team is more than thrilled to share this victory with each other.

As they jump up and down cheering, patting each other’s backs, and picking each other up on their shoulders, Boulding and his friends demonstrate a solidified friendship in a bat-breaking sport.

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