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Delene Colburn earns first team all-Big Sky selection

Delene Colburn led the Montana softball team in batting average (.359), hits (56), runs scored (38), RBIs (38) and home runs (9) this season.

After being snubbed from first team recognition a season ago, despite leading the league in RBIs (58), slugging percentage (.749), doubles (19) and total bases (134), Montana shortstop Delene Colburn is going out on top as a senior.

On Tuesday Colburn was named to the all-Big Sky Conference first team as voted on by the league's coaches. She was one of six Grizzlies honored but Colburn was the only first team selection this season.

She ranked in the top five for hitters in the Big Sky this season in batting average (.359), hits (56), runs scored (38), RBIs (38) and home runs (9). Over the past four years Colburn has started in all 217 games that the Grizzly program has played and been named Big Sky Player of the Week five times.

Colburn has hit 45 homers in the maroon and silver and totalled 197 RBIs as she will leave Montana as the program's career leader in a large majority of categories.

Also honored today for Montana was first baseman Ashlyn Lyons and center fielder Makenna McGill who both earned second team honors. It's the third time McGill has been named a second team selection. Lyons had been an honorable mention the past three seasons.

Catcher Madison Saacke, second baseman Gabby Martinez and pitcher Colleen Driscoll all earned honorable mention status in Tuesday's awards.

Montana is the No. 5 seed for this week's Big Sky Tournament. The Grizzlies open up with the first game of the day Thursday morning against No. 4 seed Portland State at 9:30 a.m. MDT.

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