Fans were treated to a high-scoring affair last weekend as the Charleston MoJo outscored the Chattanooga Phillies 10-8 in seven innings.
The teams totaled 19 hits in the game. The game was back-and-forth heading into the seventh, with six lead changes. The MoJo finally managed to grab the lead after a strong seventh inning.
Koltyn Plumb had an incredible game at the plate, racking up three RBIs, two runs and three stolen bases on three hits for the MoJo.
He singled in the first, fourth, and seventh innings.
Even though Jacob Sampson allowed eight runs over five innings, only three were earned runs and he still recorded the victory. Sampson struck out seven, walked four and gave up six hits. He is now 1-1 on the season with a 3.50 ERA and a team-leading season total of 31 strikeouts.
Joseph Martin was charged with the loss for the Phillies. He allowed 10 runs and 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings, walked five and struck out four.
The MoJo jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first. The MoJo rally started when Plumb singled. A stolen base then moved Plumb from first to second. Elijah Haynie singled, scoring Plumb. The MoJo added more runs when Sampson and Haynie scored on a two-run double by Jeremiah Dills.
The Chattanooga Phillies quickly matched the MoJo's strong inning with a three-run inning of their own in the first. The Phillies scored on a fielder's choice, a passed ball, and an error.
The MoJo went up for the duration of the game after the seventh inning. Additional runs came from a sacrifice fly by Colby Dills; with that RBI he has a team-leading 10 RBIs on the season. Charleston went up for good on an RBI single by Jacob Sampson off Martin, plating Haynie.
Nick Clerc came in the bottom of the seventh to pitch to close out the game. Clerc shut down the Phillies to get the save. Randy Smith recorded the final out of the game on a sweet dig out of the dirt on a shot to third base.
The MoJo’s Smith finally broke his “0-for” slump by getting his first hit on the season.
Smith had two stolen bases, two runs scored and was walked twice.
Cecil Thompson added a hit and Jon Crowe added a stolen base and a run scored on a hit.
Josh Walker gave the MoJo fans a scare on his steal of second base as he severely sprained his ankle.
The Mojo are now 3-5-1 on the season; they will be home in Charleston on June 1 against the Ooltewah Cardinals at 1:30. Admission is free, so have some family fun and come watch your local team play Americas game in a truly intense, competitive fashion.
If interested in trying out for the MoJo or another Tri State Adult Baseball League team contact Jeremiah Dills at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-381-7234.