Tori McCoach put up some impressive numbers at Conwell-Egan this season.
The senior catcher closed her career with the Eagles by hitting .507 out of the leadoff spot with three home runs and 18 RBIs. Those numbers, as well as her consummate skill behind the plate and working with her pitchers, helped her earn Golden Teams Softball Player of the Year honors, as well as recognition as the Most Valuable Player in the Philadelphia Catholic League.
“She had great numbers,” said veteran Conwell-Egan coach Sandy Hart, “and, defensively, you’re at an advantage when you have somebody like that behind the plate. She was great controlling the pitchers and keeping the ball in front of her. Her blocking is unbelievable.”
There was much to more to McCoach than mere numbers, however. A four-year starter for the Eagles, including three years behind the plate, she displayed a poise and maturity that had a ripple effect on a team that was one of the youngest in the area this season. While the phrase “coach on the field” may be an overused cliché, it was certainly applicable in McCoach’s case.
“I loved it,” she said. “I loved getting out on the field and being a leader and helping the freshmen out. “It was a lot of fun because, obviously, I was in their shoes my freshman year. It’s just a lot of fun. I love softball and I love helping everyone and being a leader.”
Hart said McCoach set a positive example for her younger teammates. “I think the younger players watched her,” she said, “and saw how she operated and conducted herself during games, and especially practices.”
Having played four years for Hart, McCoach has absorbed the importance of paying attention to details. “Coach always says ‘work on the little things,’” she recalled, “and that helped us so much this season.”
When McCoach continues her career next season at West Chester University, she will take with her the lessons she learned from Hart. “Not only did she teach me on the field, but she taught me how to have class,” she said, “and how to always work hard, to never give up. “I know in college, my life is going to be so much easier, making that transition, just because of her. She really showed me what hard work is and what dedication is.”
Article by Rick Woelfel, BCCT