Larson, Karnatz earn all-region honors

Lawrence softball action Ceara Larson and Amanda Karnatz
Lawrence's Ceara Larson, left, and Amanda Karnatz were both named to the NFCA All-Great Lakes Region team.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University softball stars Ceara Larson and Amanda Karnatz have both been chosen for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Great Lakes Region team.

Larson (Bettendorf, Iowa/Bettendorf) was selected for the first team, and Karnatz (Elmhurst, Ill./York) was a third-team pick.

A sophomore catcher, Larson hit a robust .467 with nine doubles, 11 home runs and 34 runs batted in in 34 games. The Midwest Conference Player of the Year, Larson collected 11 multi-hit games, including six games with three or more hits. She tied a Lawrence record by going 5-for-5 and driving in a career-high six runs in a win over Beloit College.

Larson's 11 homers ranks as the third-highest season total in Lawrence history, and her 34 RBI is fifth-best in school history. Larson ranks among the NCAA Division III leaders in both batting average and home runs per game.

Larson was chosen for the all-region team for the second consecutive season and is Lawrence's first first-team pick since shorstop Amanda Jaskolski in 2015.

Karnatz, a junior center fielder, was named to all-region team for the third consecutive season. Karnatz is the sixth player in Lawrence history to earn all-region honors three times and joins Shannon Murray, Alex Goodson, Becca Reason, Jenny Burris and Sara Schye.

Batting in the lead-off spot in the order, Karnatz hit .425 with 35 runs scored, 10 doubles, one triple and 12 RBI. An All-Midwest Conference selection for the third straight year, Karnatz picked up 10 multi-hit games on the season and posted eight multi-run games. Despite battling a leg injury, Karnatz still managed to swipe 13 bases, and she picked up four outfield assists while playing a superlative center field.

With another season to play, Karnatz already ranks in Lawrence's career top 10 in hits (141), doubles (32), runs scored (102) and stolen bases (70).