THE MSHSAA SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS GET UNDERWAY TODAY IN SPRINGFIELD…..IN CLASS FOUR, HELIAS MEETS WASHINGTON AND KEARNEY CHALLENGES WARRENTON WITH THOSE GAMES AT NOON AT THE KILLIAN COMPLEX…THEN AT 1:00 IN CLASS FIVE, MARQUETTE MEETS BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH AND FRANCIS HOWELL CHALLENGES LIBERTY…SEMIFINAL PLAY IN CLASSES ONE, TWO AND THREE ARE SET FOR TOMORROW…

BASEBALL-

LOTS OF CARDINALS COACHING STAFF NEWS WAS BROUGHT TO THE PUBLIC ON WEDNESDAY….THERE WILL BE FOUR VACANCIES ON MANAGER OLIVER MARMOL’S COACHING STAFF HEADED INTO THE OFFSEASON, AS PITCHING COACH MIKE MADDUX, HITTING COACH JEFF ALBERT, AND BULLPEN COACH BRYAN EVERSGERD WILL ALL NOT BE RETURNING TO THE MAJOR-LEAGUE STAFF….. PRESIDENT OF BASEBALL OPERATIONS JOHN MOZELIAK ON  TRYING  TO REPLACE  MADDUX…

THE TEAM PREVIOUSLY LOST BENCH COACH SKIP SCHUMAKER TO THE MARLINS AS THEIR NEW MANAGER, AND THAT POSITION WILL ALSO HAVE TO BE FILLED…MANAGEMENT PLANS TO APPROACH MADDUX ABOUT REMAINING WITH THE ORGANIZATION IN A REDUCED OR ADVISORY ROLE IF THAT INTERESTS HIM.
MOZELIAK CONSIDERS 2022 TO BE A GOOD YEAR WITH GOALS TO BE BETTER GOING FORWARD…

ONE SPOT THAT WON’T HAVE TO BE FILLED WILL BE IN THE STARTING PITCHING ROTATION..ADAM WAINWRIGHT WILL RETURN FOR AN 18TH SEASON, AND ADDED THAT IT WILL BE HIS FINAL SEASON IN MLB ….

WAINWRIGHT SIGNED A ONE-YEAR, 17.5-MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT WITH THE CARDINALS LAST SEASON AND POSTED AN 11-AND-12 RECORD WITH A 3.71 ERA THROUGH 32 STARTS. THE 41-YEAR-OLD IS JUST FIVE WINS AWAY FROM REACHING 200 CAREER VICTORIES ON THE MOUND.

NHL WEDNESDAY-

EDMONTON 3 ST. LOUIS 1

GOAL-SCORING CONTINUES TO BE A MAJOR ISSUE FOR THE BLUES….. RYAN O’REILLY SCORED HIS FIRST GOAL OF THE SEASON TO TIE THE GAME AT ONE IN THE SECOND PERIOD, BUT THE BLUES SURRENDERED THE GO-AHEAD GOAL TO RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS WITH UNDER SEVEN MINUTES LEFT IN REGULATION AND THE OILERS ADDED AN EMPTY NET GOAL INTHE FINAL MOMENTS…COACH CRAIG BERUBE..

JORDAN BINNINGTON MADE 25 SAVES IN THE LOSING EFFORT. THE BLUES HAVE LOST THEIR LAST TWO GAMES TO FALL TO 3-2-AND-0. ST. LOUIS VISITS NASHVILLE TONIGHT.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-

MIZZOU 70 NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE 27 (EXHIBITION)