Larson named MWC Player of the Year; Jackson and Karnatz also named to all-conference team

Lawrence softball action Ceara Larson, Amanda Karnatz and Emilia Jackson
Lawrence's Ceara Larson, center, was named Midwest Conference Player of the Year while Emilia Jackson, right, was chosen for the first team and Amanda Karnatz made the second team.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University softball standout Ceara Larson was named the Midwest Conference Player of the Year and was one of three Vikings chosen for the all-conference team.

Along with Larson (Bettendorf, Iowa/Bettendorf), Emilia Jackson (Kenosha, Wis./Indian Trail) was a first-team selection, and Amanda Karnatz (Elmhurst, Ill./York) was chosen for the second team.

A sophomore catcher, Larson put together a stellar season and hit .509 in conference play with a .982 slugging percentage. Larson smacked seven homers and six doubles and drove in 17 runs in 18 league contests.

Larson put together six multi-hit games during conference play, including a 5-for-5, two-homer, six-RBI game against Beloit. Larson also fared well against the league's top teams as she hit .545 (12-for-22) in the eight games against the four squads that made the conference tournament.

Larson becomes Lawrence's 11th Player of the Year selection since 1997. She joins Amanda Jaskolski (2014-15), Carli Gurholt (2009), Loni Philbrick-Linzmeyer (2006), Jenny Burris (2002-03), Mindy Rueden (2000) and Sara Schye (1997-99). This is Larson's second consecutive all-conference selection.

On the season, Larson hit .467 with nine doubles, 11 home runs and 34 RBI in 34 games. The 11 homers is the third-highest season total in school history, and the 34 RBI ranks fifth.

Jackson, a junior who was chosen as a utility player, had an impact as both a pitcher and in the field. Jackson, who made 15 appearances and started 10 games in league play, posted a 6-4 record with a 3.66 earned run average. Jackson struck out 32 and walked just 14 in 67 innings. A first-time all-conference pick, Jackson became a starter in the outfield or as the designated player when she wasn't pitching. She hit .244 in league play with three doubles and nine RBI.

On the season, Jackson posted a 10-10 pitching record while throwing 131 of the team's 212 innings this season. She struck out 66 while walking just 29. Jackson finished the season with a .259 batting average and collected three doubles, 11 runs scored and 12 RBI.

Karnatz, a junior center fielder, was chosen for the all-conference team for the third consecutive season. A first-team pick in 2017 and 2018, Karnatz hit .370 in league play and posted a .485 on-base percentage while batting in the lead-off spot. Karnatz scored 19 runs in 18 conference games while picking up five doubles, a triple and eight RBI.

On the season, Karnatz hit .425, scored 35 runs, smacked 10 doubles, one triple and finished with 12 RBI.