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February 16, 2014

Auburn baseball: 'Wildest dreams' come true for Columbus native and Tigers' ace Michael O'Neal

AUBURN, Ala. — Michael O’Neal never imagined he would be in this position. He thought back to when he began his high school career at Pacelli in 2006. This was before the 2008 state championship. Before his record-setting two-year stay with Chattahoochee Valley Community College. As a high school freshman, the only thing O’Neal hoped to do was find a way to play baseball collegiately.

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Mike Niziolek joins the Ledger-Enquirer after spending the past three years with MLive.com. The past year he covered Eastern Michigan University athletics, including football and recruiting. He also filled in as a backup writer for the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and University of Michigan. Mike is a 2004 graduate of Michigan State.