Ex-RiverHawk Dowdy on Triple-A champion
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September 16, 2008 - In less than a year, former Rockford RiverHawk Justin Dowdy has gone from independent baseball to the top rung of the minor leagues. At each stop, he's collected a championship ring.

Dowdy, now in the Oakland A's organization with Sacramento, got a late-season promotion to the Triple-A River Cats. Sacramento won the Pacific Coast League title last weekend, then beat the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees, 4-1, on Tuesday in the Triple-A championship. The Bricktown Showdown, played in Oklahoma City, aired live nationally on ESPN2.

Another former Frontier League player, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's Justin Christian, played in the game.

Although Dowdy did not appear in the game, he came out of the bullpen once during the PCL finals. Dowdy had no record and a 3.75 ERA in three appearances, including two starts, during the regular season.

Dowdy, who was twice signed off the Rockford roster by major-league teams, was promoted from Double-A Midland just before the end of the PCL regular season. He was a Frontier League All-Star with the RiverHawks in 2003-04. Last year, Dowdy was the closer for United League champion Alexandria and a first-team selection to Baseball America magazine's All-Independent Leagues team.

Christian, a former River City Rascal who appeared briefly with New York this summer, batted leadoff for the SWB Yanks and was 0-for-4.


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