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Baseball Roundup: Nipomo's Jeff McNeil named to SAL All-Star Game

Nipomo High graduate and 2013 New York Mets draft pick Jeff McNeil was named to the 2014 South Atlantic All-Star Game.

McNeil, who plays third baseman for Savannah Sand Gnats, owns the league’s second-highest batting average at the midseason point, hitting .348. The Long Beach State product also has 16 doubles, two triples and two home runs for the Mets’ single-A affiliate, and leads the team with 91 total bases.

New York drafted McNeil in the 12th round of the 2013 First-Year Players Draft.

Blues fall in CCL baseball opener

RJ Hassey was 3 for 4 and drove in two runs, and Austin O’Brien hit a two-run home run to spark a comeback rally, but San Luis Obispo fell 7-6 to Neptune Beach at home Tuesday in the Blues’ California Collegiate League opener.

The Pearl took a 4-0 lead in the sixth inning before O’Brien’s homer in the seventh with Mitch Williams on base. Hassey followed with an RBI single that scored Sheldon Neuse, and Hassey came home to tie its on a single by Chase Davis.

Neptune Beach came back with three runs in the eighth off relievers Avery Geyer and Max Gibbs.

The Blues (5-2) scored twice in the bottom of the ninth.

San Luis Obispo starter David Gonzalez struck out eight in four scoreless innings, allow- ing three walks and one hit.

The two teams continue their three-game series today at noon at SLO Stadium.

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