Heather Boyer – The one for the job

North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By Mike Prince mprince@mont­gomerynews.com

For the past 28 years, the Philadel­phia Phillies have hosted their an­nual Car­pen­ter Cup Clas­sic, a tour­na­ment fea­tur­ing the best base­ball play­ers from the en­tire tri-state area. And eight years ago, soft­ball was added to the yearly event to also al­low the best soft­ball play­ers in the area to show­case their tal­ents in front of col­lege scouts.

Now, in the ninth sea­son in which soft­ball has been in­cluded in the Car­pen­ter Cup, Heather Boyer is right back where she has been since the very be­gin­ning.

Nine years ago, Boyer, the Up­per Dublin soft­ball coach for the past 16 VHDVRnV, wDV DVNHG Ey 6SULnJ­fiHOG soft­ball coach Ed Jones to take over as the head coach of the Sub­ur­ban One League/Bi­cen­ten­nial League Car­pen­ter Cup soft­ball team.

She ac­cepted the job, has main­tained that po­si­tion ever since and does not have a sin­gle re­gret.

“WKHn WKHy fiUVW VWDUWHG, (G (Jones) was on the ad­min­is­tra­tive team to rec­og­nize the tour­na­ment and he asked me about it and asked if I would be in­ter­ested in giv­ing it a shot,” Boyer said. “I said, ‘yeah’ and I asked some oth­ers to get in­volved. No one else was re­ally all that ex­cited to take the job, so I stuck with it and it has been great.”

Since tak­ing over the po­si­tion, Boyer has done an ex­cel­lent job with the team.

In 2006, in only the sec­ond year of tour­na­ment ac­tion, Boyer and the SOL/Bi­cen­ten­nial team were run­ner-ups to Le­high Val­ley for the cham­pi­onship. In 2011, Boyer again WRRN KHU WHDP WR WKH finDO DnG KHOSHG them to earn an­other sec­ond-place finLVK. AnG Ln 2012, BRyHU DnG KHU WHDP wHUH finDOOy DEOH WR FRPH RuW on top, de­feat­ing Le­high Val­ley, 4-0, Ln WKH finDO JDPH WR HDUn WKH fiUVW cham­pi­onship in team his­tory.

“I en­joy coach­ing this team re­gard­less if we win or lose,” Boyer said, “but win­ning last year was great and it’s a fun way for th­ese kids who are usu­ally on op­pos­ing teams through­out the sea­son to go and work to­gether in a dif­fer­ent set­ting. It does make for a lot of fun. It gives the kids a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence than any other and there are a lot of friend­ships made. It makes for a fun, com­pet­i­tive at­mos­phere also when some of them get to play each other again next year in school.”

The pur­pose of the tour­na­ment is to give the best high school play­ers in the area – rang­ing from the Le­high Val­ley to Philadel­phia to New Jersey and Delaware and every­where in be­tween – to show­case their tal­ents in front of col­lege scouts and coaches who are look­ing to bring in the best of the best af­ter high school.

Ac­cord­ing to the tour­na­ment’s web­site, “The hope is that this tour­na­ment, like the base­ball Car­pen­ter Cup Clas­sic, will be a cat­a­lyst for many play­ers to re­ceive schol­ar­ships or ad­mis­sion to some of the FRunWUy’V finHVW unLvHUVLWLHV.”

While Boyer, whose as­sis­tant coaches are Rick Torresani of North Penn and El­lie White and Dave Vestresca of Abing­ton, loves the event and just en­joys the fun that comes with coach­ing play­ers from all over the area, she be­lieves the ex­po­sure which comes to the play­ers is the most im­por­tant as­pect of the en­tire event.

“It’s a cul­mi­nat­ing event to the sea­son and it gives re­ally good ex­po­sure,” Boyer said. “Some­times, there are kids who ride a lit­tle more un­der the radar and this gives them the op­por­tu­nity to shine and it makes it fun. The Phillies do a good job of ad­ver­tis­ing the event and peo­ple come out just to see th­ese kids. It’s good and fun to be a part of it and it’s all about giv­ing th­ese kids the op­por­tu­nity to gain ex­po­sure and to play a lit­tle more.”

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