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Ashlyn Lyons selected in inaugural ASBA draft

Ashlyn Lyons was taken 62nd overall on Wednesday in the inaugural American Softball Association draft.

With their Big Sky Conference Tournament loss against North Dakota last month, the founding class of Grizzly softball had to say goodbye to their careers on the diamond.

However one member of that senior class may have an opportunity to play at the next level as a professional.

On Wednesday, June 6, Ashlyn Lyons was selected 62nd overall in the inaugural draft of the American Softball Association (ASBA), taken by the E1 Pro Ballers team.

The ASBA is a four-team league that is hoping to turn softball into the newest pro sport. Games will be played nightly in Mobile, Alabama from June 15 through July 31st.

The first 56 players were selected in the main draft. Lyons was taken in the second on-call round, which means if a roster spot were to open up with the Pro Ballers she would have an opportunity to join the team.

Lyons was voted second team all-Big Sky last month after a career-best .341 batting average as a senior to go with .547 slugging percentage. She started 187 games for Montana at first base over her four year career in the maroon and silver.

The future of the ASBA is unclear but there's talk of the four teams playing exhibition games against college teams in the fall and of a possible startup winter league that would take place in Southern California.

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