Blum saves second for the Glenelg girls

Hammond's Schrader gets lift from batting stance

Carter headed to Drexel

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May 13, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Of the 10 saves Glenelg's Ashley Blum made against River Hill yesterday, her final two were her best.

The senior goalie turned aside two consecutive free-position chances from senior defender Kara Lewis in the final minute to preserve the host Gladiators' 9-8 victory.

"I was somewhat confident that I would be able to step up and stop the ball," Blum said. "I just focused on the ball. Where the ball goes, I go."

Blum's saves enabled the Gladiators to improve to 10-4 overall and 9-1 in the county and conclude the season with sole possession of second place behind Mount Hebron (13-0, 10-0).

Had the Hawks (8-4, 7-3) defeated Glenelg, that would have crated a three-way tie for second among Centennial (9-5, 8-2), Glenelg and River Hill.

"It was important to us to get second in the county because Centennial and River Hill were so close," said sophomore defender Alex Mundy. "Ashley stood big in goal. She really did our team proud today."

Sophomore attacker Sara Marshall and freshman attacker Julianne Nicola paced the Gladiators with three goals and an assist each.

River Hill was led by junior attacker Shannon Lynes' two goals and two assists.

Batting stance helps

A slight change in her batting stance has helped Hammond senior catcher Whitney Schrader match her home run production of her first three seasons.

Schrader, who has homered four times this spring, added what is called a "trigger" to her stance.

With the bat resting on her right shoulder, Schrader said she is already rearing back just as the opposing pitcher is about to release the pitch.

The motion allows Schrader - who will play at Salisbury University next year - to swing through the strike zone with power and helps her hold back a couple of milliseconds on changeups.

"I'm definitely happy because all the little things I've been working on for the past couple years are coming together, and I'm seeing the results," said Schrader, who is batting .468 with 15 RBIs, 19 runs scored and a .597 on-base percentage.

Carter follows brother

Like brother, like sister for Long Reach's Sarah Carter.

The senior, whose brother Kurt is a freshman on Drexel University's lacrosse squad, has taken the same path in accepting a scholarship to play on the Dragons' women's lacrosse team next spring.

In doing so, Carter is the first girl in Lightning history to earn a Division I lacrosse scholarship, coach Andie Marks said.

"There's a sense of pride to get money to play anywhere," Carter said. "But it's kind of cool to set a precedent."

Carter, a second-team All-County pick in lacrosse last season and soccer last fall, has been one of the few bright spots in Long Reach's 2-10 season. The midfielder has 19 goals and 20 assists for 39 points.

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