Coweta Sports Hall of Fame adding pair of aces

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CASH WAS TOP HURLER AT NEWNAN, TROY STATE

From Little League and Babe Ruth in Coweta County on through high school and college, Tim Cash saw successes on the baseball diamond during his playing career.

It’s now carried him to the Coweta Sports Hall of Fame.

Cash will be one of four new members honored during the sports hall’s 12th annual induction banquet at the Coweta Fairgrounds & Conference Center on Saturday.

Tickets are $25 and requests can be made to Elizabeth Crain at 770-253-1235.

This year’s inductees also include Scott Camp (see related story), Jerome Coleman and Louis Brown, bringing the Hall of Fame’s membership to 78 during the past dozen years.

A profile of Brown will appear in Saturday’s edition.

Brown’s father, former Times-Herald Sports Editor Johnny Brown, spearheaded the idea to establish a sports hall of fame in Coweta County that could honor the accomplishments of athletes, coaches and supporters. He was honored as part of its Class of 2005.

The Coweta Sports Hall of Fame’s endeavors have also included its scholarship fund, which has provided more than $25,000 to deserving student-athletes from the county since 2007.

Cash, who is currently lead pastor at Oasis Church in Loganville having been the Atlanta Braves’ team chaplain from 1995-2010, spent five years playing minor-league baseball in the Houston Astros and L.A. Dodgers organizations.

It came after helping lead Troy State to the Division II World Series among three Gulf South Conference titles during his college career.

Success, however, came as early as the youth level, playing on tournament teams before becoming an All-Region pitcher for Newnan High from 1977-80 as a two-sport athlete in baseball and basketball.

Cash moved on to play two years at DeKalb Community College, with the team capturing the South Campus Championship in his final season.

At Troy, he was part of a Division II powerhouse program on the cusp of winning three straight conference championships. The team finished with a No. 7 ranking his junior year after losing in the NCAA Central Region semifinals.

The following season, the Trojans broke or tied 76 school records while posting a 39-16 mark while reaching the Division II World Series in 1984.

Cash was named to All-Regional and All-Tournament teams while posting a 5-1 record and three saves with a 2.66 ERA. He finished the postseason with 59 strikeouts in 64 1.3 innings.

He went on to begin his professional career with the Auburn (N.Y.) Astros of the New York-Penn League before going 9-4 in the Gulf Coast League in Osceola (Fla.) in just over a year while named to minor league All-Star teams in 1985 and 1986.

The latter effort earned a promotion to Double-A Columbus, where he spent the rest of the 1986 season and all of 1987.

In 1988, Cash was obtained by the Los Angeles Dodgers on the recommendation of scout Tommy Mixon, playing his final season in Vero Beach.

Following his career, Cash has traveled the world while teaching the game and sharing the Gospel and was the North American director for the Unlimited Potential baseball ministry from 1989-2010.

Cash and wife, Barb, have five children — Rachel, Benji, Jesse, Hannah and Caleb.

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CAMP STARRED ON MOUND FOR EAST COWETA, VALDOSTA STATE

Starting from his very first days in T-Ball at the YMCA in Newnan, Scott Camp’s baseball career was set up for big things.

They now include entrance into the Coweta County Sports Hall of Fame.

Camp, a star pitcher at East Coweta under coach Dan Pritchett before moving on to an exceptional career at Valdosta State in the early to mid 1980s, will be one of four new members honored during the sports hall’s 12th annual induction ceremonies on Saturday at the Coweta County Fairgrounds & Conference Center.

Tickets are $25 and requests can be made to Elizabeth Crain at 770-253-1235.

This year’s inductees also include Scott Camp (see related story), Jerome Coleman and Louis Brown, bringing the Hall of Fame’s membership to 78 during the past dozen years.

A profile of Brown will appear in Saturday’s edition.

Growing up in Haralson, Camp was an exceptional youth player while competing in the East Coweta Little League program as well as the Newnan-Coweta Babe Ruth League prior to entering East Coweta High.

He emerged immediately as a starting pitcher as a freshman, firing four no-hitters and earning team MVP honors for the Indians among performances that also included a four home-run game at the plate.

Camp compiled a 27-9 career record while helping lead East Coweta to multiple Region 5-A titles and trips to the state tournament. His final varsity season saw the left-hander strikeout 126 batters in just 62 2 /3 innings to go with a paltry 1.50 ERA. At the plate he also batted .417 for the Indians.

He then began his college career at Gordon, pitching three no hitters over the 1982 and 1983 seasons. In his final year with the Highlanders, Camp went 7-1 with a 2.02 ERA while striking out 53 batters in 53 innings.

The efforts led Camp to a traditionally strong Division II powerhouse at Valdosta State under longtime coach Tommy Thomas. He made an immediate impact as a junior, going 3-0 as the team finished third in the Blue Division of the Gulf South Conference.

The following year as a senior, Camp went 9-4 on the mound during a schedule that included Division I programs Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Northwestern.

The Blazers went 47-21, finishing second in the GSC-South behind Troy State, but still managing to reach the Division II Regionals and eventually the 1985 College World Series.

After college, Camp signed as a free agent with the Houston Astros in July, playing in the Gulf Coast, Florida State and Sally leagues.

For the past 20 years, Camp has worked for Delta Air Lines while also previously owning the Dugout Club locally where he taught the game to numerous high school and college players, some of which went on to major-league organizations.

Camp and wife, Jennifer, have two daughters, Ellie and Rachel.








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