Mumby's power surge boosts Spring Lake

Matt DeYoung • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:33 PM

After her first-inning grand slam cleared the right-center field fence at Wanroy Field, Spring Lake sophomore Katie Mumby was so excited, she missed home plate.

Luckily, she realized it and hopped backward, stomping on the plate as her celebrated with her.

Mumby actually hit two home runs on Tuesday, and both paved the way for Lakers’ victories as Spring Lake swept visiting Tri-County to earn a share of the Lakes Eight Conference title.

“These are my first two home runs ever,” an excited Mumby said following the game. “I’ve been taking a lot of hitting lessons throughout the entire season, waiting for everything to click, and it finally did today.

“The first one, I thought it was a pop fly, and I thought they would catch it, but then I saw them watch it go over the fence. I was so excited I went to jump on home plate and I jumped over it, so I had to hop back and touch it.”

Mumby finished with four hits, eight RBIs and four runs scored on the day.

“That grand slam kind of opened up that first game and really set the tone for the day,” said Lakers’ coach Bill Core. “Katie has been playing very well lately. She’s been hitting into that right-center gap, and she’s been hitting a lot of doubles there. She got underneath both of those today and really set the tone for the whole doubleheader.”

Mumby credited a lot of her success to her dad, Troy Mumby, who has helped her work on her swing quite a bit this past year. Troy missed her first home run of the day, but arrived in time to see her second long ball clear the fence.

Mumby hopes to keep the momentum going on Saturday as the Lakers host the Division 2 district tournament. Spring Lake faces Sparta at 10 a.m.

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