The storybook end to Salem's season came to a grinding halt Friday, as the Lady Tigers lost to Sullivan 12-0 in the final of the Missouri Class 3 District 3 Tournament.

The Salem High School football team intercepted a pass in the endzone with six seconds remaining to hold on for a 21-14 SCA victory over the Mountain Grove Panthers Friday, Oct. 9 at Mountain Grove.

The Salem High School softball team ended a busy week of play last week by capturing the championship of the St. James Tournament Saturday, Sept. 26 at St. James’ Nelson Hart Park.

The Salem High School volleyball team was beaten by SCA rival Cabool 25-10, 25-16, 25-1 Tuesday, Sept. 22 at the Salem High School gym.

The administrators of Oak Hill R-I, Green Forest R-II, Dent-Phelps R-III and North Wood R-IV worked together to create a basketball plan for the seventh and eighth grade fall season.

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QUESTION: If there are no minor leagues in 2021, how do prospects develop? It doesn't sound like the camp in Springfield was all that helpful in evaluating a player’s progress. What solution do you think teams will come up with to combat this possibility?

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QUESTION: Do you think (Yadier) Molina is going to put winning a championship at the top of his list to cement his legacy as a first-ballot Hall of Famer? If so, do you think he may have some conversations with the Cardinals on how to get the team to that next level?

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QUESTION: Although I loved the fan with the bullhorn who heckled them in San Diego and join millions of other baseball fans with antipathy toward the Astros, I must admit I respected their effort in almost coming back from a 3-0 deficit. They must have really had an “us vs. the world” mentality. In that regard, is (George) Springer out of the Cards price range?

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QUESTION:  Isn’t it nice that the Cardinals finally have an identity again that is consistent from the front office to the field? It’s an identity I believe in (run prevention, fundamentals, and lineup depth in terms of OBP) Seems like we’re one piece away ... a cleanup hitter. Yes?

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QUESTION:  I never thought about it before, but Nelson Cruz would be an amazing fit for the Cardinals, especially if the DH sticks around. Would be the perfect bat to have on a one-year deal to serve as a stopgap before some talent is ready and contracts come off the books. Do you think the Cardinals will have that conversation with his agent?

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QUESTION: Do you think that the possibility of a move to seven-inning games is less likely or has improved after experiencing it this year with the COVID doubleheaders?

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The good news is that he hit well against left-handed pitchers (.360) and posted career highs in on-base (.336) and slugging (.443) percentage. Bader’s OPS jumped from .680 to .779 as he finished with a power surge. His hair was spectacular as always. But he struck out 40 times in 106 at bats overall, went 4-for-22 with runners in scoring position, and even suffered some slippage with his fielding metrics. Bader finished his campaign by going 1-for-9 in the playoffs and leaving a giant question mark in center field.

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He was doing OK until stomach woes derailed him. Fowler hit .286 in August, then went 3-for-25 after he returned from the injured list. Overall he hit .259 with RISP. He was 4-for-5 with two doubles and eight RBIs with the bases loaded. Fowler went 4-for-14 with a double and two RBIs in the playoffs. But his on-base percentage fell from .345 to .318 in the regular season and his fielding metrics went from bad to worse. The Cardinals need more, especially for his annual $16.5 million salary.

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He made strides tracking fly balls in left field. His plate discipline improved slightly as he reduced his strikeout rate and improved his walk rate. But this season was a lost opportunity to establish himself. O'Neill posted a .173/.261/.360 slash line with .621 OPS, down from .262/.311/.411 and .723 OPS the year before. He hit just .176 with RISP and .143 with RISP two outs. All of that made him a pine-time player in the postseason.

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This was supposed to be his time to prove his big-league potential. But COVID-19 happened and ruined that opportunity. He 4-for-35 with 13 strikeouts after showing great promise during a similar trial in 2019. Thomas posted a.450 OPS in 40 plate appearances after producing 1.093 OPS in 44 plate appearances last year. He demonstrated excellent fielding range, but twice he appeared utterly befuddled when balls came to him in right field.