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O’Neal to offer lessons
Mahlena O’Neal played college softball
Ceres High grad Mahlena O’Neal played college softball for the University of Georgia. She’ll provide instruction in catching and hitting during Saturday’s Ceres Sizzle-sponsored camp at Costa Fields.

Ceres High School grad/former University of Georgia catcher Mahlena O’Neal will provide instruction during the Ceres Sizzle-sponsored softball camp this Saturday at Costa Fields.

Cost is $125 per player.

The clinic will be split into two age-group sessions.

Session one (ages 10-13) runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Session two (ages 14-17) runs from 1-4 p.m.

Campers will have the option to receive 1.5 hours of specialized instruction from O’Neal in catching, the Fines sisters, Jordan and Maci Fines, in fielding, or Zoe Conley in pitching.

Each player will also receive 1.5 hours of offensive instruction in hitting, situational base running and mental approach.

Jordan Fines was a utility player for Cal from 2017-19.

Maci Fines was an infielder at UC Santa Barbara for five seasons (2017-22).

Conley was a pitcher at Cal for two years (2017, 2018) and Cal State Northridge for one season (2015).

For more information, contact O’Neal at or 209-360-4858 (text only).

O’Neal played three-plus seasons of softball for the University of Georgia (2017-20).

She made 143 starts at catcher. 

Her fielding percentage of .996 ranks second in team history.

She made just three errors.

She threw out 26 would-be base stealers.

She totaled 99 hits, 17 homers, 21 doubles, 91 RBIs and 38 runs in 174 career games.

O’Neal collected three homers, four doubles, eight RBIs and six runs during her final season with the Bulldogs, who posted a 23-5 record and won their lone SEC series against South Carolina. The 2020 spring campaign was shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

O’Neal’s teams at Georgia amassed a 148-60 overall record, qualified for the NCAA Tournament three times and advanced to the Women’s College World Series once.

O’Neal filled a major role while leading Ceres High’s varsity softball program to 85 victories, one section championship, three Western Athletic titles and four playoff appearances from 2013-2016.

She was selected to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Super Elite Second Team and Medium Schools First Team her senior year.

She earned FloSoftball Second-Team All-American honors.

She was voted WAC Most Valuable Player.

She batted .479 from the plate with nine homers, 12 doubles, 43 RBIs and nine runs during her final season with Ceres High.

In 113 career games, O’Neal hit .462 (171-for-370) with 21 home runs, five triples, 37 doubles, 147 RBIs and 50 runs. She struck out just 15 times.