By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal
INGOMAR – Ingomar starting pitcher Tyler Dowdy was somewhere between running on fumes and too much adrenaline in the seventh inning.
But it was just the right place for the Falcons.
Dowdy hurled a complete game to help Ingomar edge Tupelo Christian Prep 4-3 in Game 1 of a Class 1A first round playoff series.
“We’re going to go as far as Tyler Dowdy takes us,” Ingomar head coach Andy Wilbanks said. “He’s been in this position before.
“He definitely has a little bit of grit.”
Dowdy needed every bit of that grit in the top of the seventh, with the Falcons (19-5) holding a 4-2 lead.
With two out, TCPS (19-7) scored a run on an outfield error to pull within 4-3. Following an intentional walk to load the bases, Dowdy reached back to get a strikeout to end the contest.
“Dowdy deserves a lot of credit, he threw a lot of strikes, and he’s a competitor,” TCPS head coach Will Lowery said. “It’s hard for me to get past the team that didn’t show up tonight.
“I thought we were very sporadic, and showed a lack of competition.”
Both teams got on the scoreboard in the third inning, beginning with TCPS as Taylor Beard had an RBI double.
Ingomar responded with a pair of runs on a solo home run by Brady Cox and a fielding error that allowed a second run.
Both teams also scored in the fifth, with TCPS plating a run on Tyler Beard’s single. Ingomar again responded with a pair of runs, one on a wild pitch, and the other on a fielder’s choice with a close play at home.
“We made a couple of mistakes, they made a couple of mistakes, we just made a couple of pitches when it mattered,” Wilbanks said.