With every passing day on the calendar, the wonderful Southeast Tennessee spring season draws closer.
The forthcoming warmer temperatures and better weather mean something else entirely for baseball fans, as the MLB’s opening day is only 29 days away.
Local baseball is also beginning to come to life, as the Charleston Mojo (formerly Charleston Indians) are busy getting ready for their second season in the Tri-State Baseball League (TSBL) which begins in April.
The TSBL is a recreational league based in the Chattanooga area that is currently made up of 12 teams, including another local Cleveland team, the Cleveland A’s.
The cost to play in the TSBL is $230 per player, which covers the jersey and league registration.
In preparation for the upcoming season, the Mojo have been participating in scrimmages with other TSBL teams.
According to assistant coach Jeremiah Dills, the team was a .500 team last season and made it to the first round of the playoffs, where they lost 2-0 to the Boyton Braves.
This season, Dills hopes to build on their successful start.
“Our roster has improved a whole lot this season. I’m really hopeful that we’ll go a lot further than the first round of the playoffs. We’ve got a lot of talent on this team, so we’re real excited about it,” Jeremiah Dills said. “We have added some key additions to our team like Antonio Westfield and Colby Dills. We have some depth to our roster this year, unlike last year where there was 10-11 of us out there playing doubleheaders in the middle of the summer.”
While they currently have 17 players on their roster, the Mojo would like to see that number climb to 20 players, and the team is also on the lookout for more pitchers.
“We’re really looking for some good pitching. It’s hard to find a good pitcher and catcher,” Dills commented. “We have one left-handed pitcher this season, and good lefties are hard to come by.”
This season, players 16 years old and older can sign up, with under those under the age of 18 just needing a parental consent form signed.
The Mojo has a few key areas to focus on this time around, which include defense and limiting their errors.
“Last season, we came a long way from committing seven errors a game to just a couple. This season, we don’t want any errors, want to be an above .500 team and go all the way to the championship,” Dills stated. “I can tell already that the guys are really focused and ready to go this year. We’ve got a real good team aspect and camaraderie, which is one of my favorite parts. After high school and college, you don’t have that anymore, and guys like us really miss that.”
Another goal that the Mojo has is to build up a fan base to attend the two to three games they play a week.
“We’re trying to build up a fan base. It’s free, fun baseball. Bring the kids and watch some competitive baseball,” Dills said.
For more information about the Charleston Mojo contact head coach Joe Dills at 423-371-5768 or by email at email@example.com or assistant coach Jeremiah Dills at 423-435-2015 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.