Photo by Emei Thompson
This week, I had the opportunity to sit down with freshman softball player Ceara Larson. Larson has already made an impact on her team early in their season. She is the starting catcher, and this past week against Alverno College, she swatted two home runs. Larson has a bright future as a softball player, and we look forward to watching her the rest of the season.
ArIanna Cohen: Where are you from and what drew you to Lawrence?
Ceara Larson: I am from Bettendorf, Iowa. I found Lawrence through softball but got pulled in further by the science program and the people
AC: Tell me the best part of being on the softball team.
CL: I love being a part of a group with such a family atmosphere. We all work hard and support each other, and it’s a great community to have.
AC: What was going through your mind as you stepped up to the plate against Alverno?
CL: The only thing running through my head when I got into the box was “see ball, hit ball.” I was just looking for a pitch I could drive.
AC: Do you have any personal goals for the season?
CL: My main goals for the season are to continue to have productive at bats for the team and to grow my mental game.
AC: The team took a trip to Florida for Spring Break. What was your favorite part of the trip?
CL: While we were playing, my favorite part of the trip was our sweep on the first day of playing. Being on the field for the first time this year was such an adrenaline rush and pulling out the wins felt great. My second favorite part was an awesome thunderstorm that we watched and waited out in a Publix. It cancelled our games for the day but put on quite the show while doing it.
Larson’s hot bat helped her to:
.900 Batting Average
.929 on-base pecentage
She was also named the Midwest Conference Player of the Week and the Sports Informations Desk’s Viking of the Week.