Whatever happened to … Laurie Gibble

By on April 30, 2014
Laurie Gibble celebrating her team's State championship in high school and enjoying a recent Phillies game with her husband Don.

Laurie Gibble celebrating her team’s State championship in high school and enjoying a recent Phillies game with her husband Don.

One of the best girls softball players to ever play for Ephrata High School, is this week’s feature for “What Ever Happened Too?” and it is Laurie Gibble, now Laurie Mumma.

Mumma, who graduated from Ephrata in 1988, began her high school sports career by playing both basketball and softball.

“I only played basketball through my junior year,” said Mumma. “I wasn’t a starter and decided to concentrating my efforts on softball.”

That was good for the Lady Mounts, but bad for the rest of the Lancaster-Lebanon league as well as the District and State.

Mumma, a pitcher, played on the junior varsity team as a freshman and then made the varsity as a sophomore and never looked back.ER20140430_CDon&Laurie525

“We had good teams then,” remembered Mumma. “If I remember we made it to Districts each year but didn’t advance as a sophomore. But then as a junior we qualified for States and lost in the first round.”

Mumma’s senior year the Lady Mounts went undefeated in L-L League play while notching a nifty 16-0 record. From there they went on to Districts and again lost to Cedar Crest but advanced far enough to qualify for States again.

“We beat Cedar Crest that year to advance to the State finals where we traveled to Shippensburg to play against State College,” she said. “We were underdogs and no one expected us to advance as far as we did.”

Not only did the Lady Mounts advance that far, but they went on to shut out State College, 9-0, behind Mumma, who struck out two and allowed just one hit to help Ephrata capture its first-ever State team softball title.

“That has to be one of the fondest memories I have regarding my softball days,” lamented Mumma. “No one expected us to go very far and we just put it all together and played a great game to get the win.”

After graduation, Mammas went to Shippensburg on a partial scholarship to continue her softball career.

As a member of the Lady Raiders, Mumma accumulated numerous individual honors while helping them to rank among the perennial contenders in Division Two.

From 1989 through 1992 the Lady Raiders complied a mark of 110-41 with a winning percentage of .721. Mumma finished her career with an ERA of 1.20 which is ranked fifth in school history, while her 63 career appearances are good enough for sixth in school history.

In 1990 Mumma was named to the All-PSAC Eastern Division First Team after posting and ERA of 0.37 and a 10-1 record.

As a senior Mumma was named to the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team. The same year the senior helped Shippensburg finish second at the PSAC softball Championship and second in NCAA Division II Mid-Atlantic Region. The senior finished the season with a 14-7 record and a stingy 1.17 ERA and threw eight shutouts and 20 complete games.

Said Mumma, “Just like high school, we had great teams in college and that helped not only me but the team do well.”

After graduation from Shippensburg, Mumma continued her softball playing in numerous summer leagues with teams like Rabbits Athletic Club and Power Play.

“We started out playing Class B softball but eventually were classified as Class A and we won States two times with Rabbits Athletic Club,” said Mumma.

“I think from an individual accomplishment I am most proud of being named Second Team All-American in 1997,” remembered Mumma.

Mumma hung up her spikes in 2000 and married Don Mumma in 2001.

“I consider myself a professional mother,” laughed Mumma. She may not be far from the truth as she is the mother of two boys, Zeke, 10, and Derek, 7, who is playing baseball on a team coached by, you guessed it, Mom and Dad.

Mumma also finds time to give pitching instruction a couple nights per week and from 1996 until 2000 she coached the Ephrata’s girl’s softball program, guiding them to the Districts each year.

Mumma was asked to give her thoughts about sports today and after some thought she said, “Sports molds you into who you are today.”

With her family and friends support over the years, it is obvious Mumma was molded into an outstanding athlete and now “professional mother.”

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