Dowdy returns for Falcons; division play heating up

Three weeks ago on Tuesday, Ingomar baseball took a huge hit in losing junior pitcher Tyler Dowdy after a fall in practice that broke his arm. What appeared to be a season-ending injury turned out to be only a minor setback, as Dowdy returned to the mound on Monday night against H.W. Byers.
“I went to Dr. Lewis, and I was going to have to have surgery, but he was able to reduce the break, and they said I didn’t have to have surgery,” Dowdy said.
“As far as rehab over the last couple of weeks, they told me whatever I could do, to do it, and I have been.”
Dowdy saw action in the final two innings of Ingomar’s win over Byers, but this is only the beginning of the recovery process. The next week for the Falcons will be the toughest of the season, as they will take on Myrtle twice and West Union next Friday night at home.
“It was great, and I was ready to get back the other night,” Dowdy said. “I’m trying to get back to where I can play against them [West Union and Myrtle]. The Myrtle games are going to be huge, so I’m trying to be ready to play against them.”
That does not allow much time for Dowdy, as the Falcons are slated for games against the Hawks tomorrow at Myrtle and at home next Tuesday night. The West Union series will also be a quick turnaround for the Falcons, as they’ll play on April 13 and 16. Currently at 3-0 in division play, Dowdy said the focus remains on north half and trying to make it to Jackson.
“We’re going to try to make it to north half. The goal is state; always is.”
The next two weeks will be huge in deciding the top seeds for Region 2-1A. Saturday’s Myrtle-Ingomar game is slated for a 1 p.m. start at Myrtle and is a make-up from Tuesday night.
Other notes from area baseball: New Albany’s senior catcher, Riley Alef, was selected for the Crossroads Diamond Club All-Star game, which will take place at Trustmark Park in Pearl this summer. This is the second year in a row the Bulldogs have been represented on the 4A/5A/6A team, with Tyler Beaty attending last year.
New Albany improved to 4-1 in Region 2-4A play after a 10-0 win in five innings against Rosa Fort on Monday. The Bulldogs took on the same Lion team last night on the road and will close out division play taking on Lewisburg next week and Senatobia the following week.
Also, East Union is now 3-2 in Division 1-2A play after defeating New Site, 14-3, on Tuesday night. The Urchins played the Royals again Thursday and will take on Baldwyn next week.