Heather Boyer: the one for the job
mprince@montgomerynews. com or 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 seasons, was asked by Springfield 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.
“When they first started, Ed (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 took her team to the final and helped them to earn another second-place finish. And in 2012, Boyer and her team were finally able to come out on top, defeating Lehigh Valley, 4-0, in the final game to earn the first
Fchampionship 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 country’s finest universities.”
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.”