Cody Dowd, a former Toombs County Bulldog baseball and football player, recently underwent surgery in Cyprus to straighten his back and he had stem cells injected in to his injured area in order to stimulate movement in his lower extremities. Cody was injured in an automobile accident in February. Dowd is still recovering and according to younger brother, Cole. will be home soon.
A benefit will be held to help Cody with his medical bills on November 7th at Cedar Crossing Baptist Church,
Dowd excelled as a Bulldog two-sport athlete
Cody Dowd wore number 5 for the Toombs County Bulldogs and he provided Dawg fans with many memories. In 2011 Cody opened the Vidalia game, at Buck Cravey Field by picking off a pass on the first play from scrimmage. Dowd set the Bulldogs up with a short field at the Indian 35-yard line. Toombs drove down field and a Kelo Bagley run put the Bulldogs inside the 10. On fourth down, inside the one-yard line, quarterback James Ethredge bobbled the snap, but, he didn’t lose it and he scored with 8:26 to play in the first quarter. The Bulldogs two-point conversion failed so it was 6-0 early.
Cody helps the Bulldogs advance to the Elite 8
On the baseball field Cody played two varsity seasons with the Bulldogs and one with Robert Toombs. In his senior season, in 2013, Dowd took over the number two position in the Bulldogs’ batting order and hit .278 with four doubles and 13 RBI’s on a team that beat Dublin and Fitzgerald in the GHSA State Tournament before losing at Westminster in two games in the Elite 8. Cody was named to the All-Region 2 team as an honorable mention.
In the Westminster series Cody went 4-for-7. He was 2-for-3 in game one and 2-for-4 in game two. Dowd was the starting shortstop in both games and he participated in one of the best double plays in recent Toombs County History. The scoring went 1-4-3-6-5-2-6 with Cody recording the final out.