A furious second-half rally fell short for the second-seeded Salem High School boys’ basketball team, as the fourth-seeded Rolla Bulldogs held on to win 54-49 Friday, March 6 in the championship game of the Missouri Class 4 District 9 Tournament at Union High School.

Salem traveled to Cabool Thursday night with an SCA conference championship on the line, as Salem and Mountain View Liberty both entered the final night of conference play tied atop the SCA with 5-1 records. The Lady Tigers struggled offensively in the first, but as they have done all season…

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QUESTION: Reading the "catcher of the future" story, sounds like Andrew Knizner already is nothing more than a potential trade chip. How do you assess him? Is that all the team thinks he is?

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QUESTION: What's your position on the DH? For us traditionalists, it seems like the DH is being rammed through because of the pandemic. That’s foul play.

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QUESTION: Would you say that the Cardinals are in a better position player-wise moving forward than other clubs because they can just double down on their youth movement, which is cheaper, with players like Carlson, Herrera, Gorman, Liberatore, and Torres in the pipeline?

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COMMENT: Marly Rivera’s ESPN interview with Yadi was excellent, as he seemed to open up more, noting the difficulty of catching at his age and his confidence that a deal would get done with the Cardinals.

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QUESTION: Marco Gonzales is a solid rotation piece in Seattle and Tyler O'Neill is still an outfield question mark in St. Louis. Another swing and miss for 'Mo,' or is the jury still out?

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COMMENT: Working the count a la Matt Carpenter takes a lot of skill and experience. So does chess. But neither makes for a good spectator sport. Unless you’re happy with the current pace of MLB play, the solution is to award a walk after three balls, not four.