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The biggest moment of Shay Oberg's career and she wasn't there.

"I was in the restroom," she said.

Oberg, of Billings, was awarded an ESPY on Wednesday night in the category of "Best Female Athlete With a Disability." The ESPY awards, created by sports network ESPN, mark achievements in athletics.

Born without a left hand, Oberg plays outfield for the Montana State Billings softball team.

Oberg was one of two Montana athletes to be honored at the 16th annual ESPY awards ceremony, held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The event will be shown Sunday on ESPN.

Florence's Liz Wallace and Mallory Holtman of the Central Washington softball program won ESPYs for "Moment." The two carried Sarah Tucholsky of Western Oregon around the bases after Tucholsky suffered a severe knee injury after hitting her first home run of the season.

Oberg excused herself before a slide show presenting her category was shown.

"During the slide show, they announced my name and I didn't hear it," Oberg said during a phone interview from Los Angeles. She was waiting in line for the ESPY after-party with her parents, Cindy and Shane.

"I came back and my mom said, 'Did you see it?' See what? 'You won.'

"I started crying. This is the biggest accomplishment I've ever had."

This past season, Oberg batted .280 with three home runs and three doubles. She also drove in 13 runs. From her spot in the outfield, Oberg made 33 putouts and had three assists.

"I think the biggest thing is she competes against everybody else who is able-bodied," said Tony Stone, the MSUB softball coach. "She doesn't have what everybody else has, but she gets it done.

"Shay just plays hard."

Oberg, who won over two other finalists, did not get to go up on stage for her award.

"They said they were going to mail it to me," she said.

Oberg has spent the past couple of days taking pictures of everything and everybody.

"We hung out with T.O. (Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens), last night and (Green Bay quarterback) Aaron Rodgers sat in front of me tonight," said Oberg, who started ticking off a long list of names that included NFL great Jerry Rice and host of others.

"It's amazing."

Oberg, an all-state player for Billings West, played two seasons at Southwest Oregon Community College before joining the Yellowjackets last season.

"When you first meet her, I'm sure it's the first thing you notice," Stone said. "But after you get to know her as a player and a person, she's just like everybody else. We're to the point now that we don't even notice."

Oberg also got to meet with Wallace and Holtman after the ceremony.

"We got a picture together," she said.

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