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Former Norwin standout Karas switching colleges

Bill Beckner Jr.
| Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 12:12 p.m.
Norwin’s Johnna Karas (5) cheers on the next hitter at bat after scoring a run against Latrobe in the top of the fourth on Monday at Latrobe.
Christian Tyler Randolph | Tribune-Review
Norwin’s Johnna Karas (5) cheers on the next hitter at bat after scoring a run against Latrobe in the top of the fourth on Monday at Latrobe.

The big takeaway for Johnna Karas after one year of college softball: The former Norwin standout would much rather play the game closer to home.

Karas played this past season at Le Moyne College, a small Division II school in Syracuse, N.Y. But the sophomore second baseman has decided to transfer to Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.

Now, when she looks into the stands it will be more like her high school and travel ball games: familiar faces and voices cheering her on.

“I realized that having my family at my games is really important to me,” Karas said. “I'm excited for the change.”

Karas said it isn't uncommon to have 10 or more family members at games — when they can attend.

She expects the familiarized environment to increase her chances at on-field success.

“I feel so much more confident in myself, and it makes me feel better knowing I have people that are proud and always believe in me,” she said. “They are my support team.”

Karas played in 11 games last season for Le Moyne, logging just two at-bats with five runs scored and an RBI. The Dolphins finished 32-15 and reached the NCAA East 1 Regional.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at bbeckner@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BillBeckner.

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