ATLANTA--The Georgia State baseball program was well-represented at the Georgia Dugout Club's annual awards ceremony, held Saturday in Atlanta in conjunction with the organization's coaches' clinic, held Saturday in Atlanta.
Former Georgia State letterman and long-time supporter Tommy Barber was inducted into the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame, the first GSU baseball alumnus to be so honored. Also inducted was Redan High School head coach Marvin Pruitt, a Georgia State graduate and successful prep coach in the Atlanta area.
GSU freshman pitcher Garrett Ford was recognized as the Georgia Class AAAA Player of the Year for his outstanding senior season at Loganville High School.
Head coach Greg Frady was also a prominent part of the program. As chair of the Dugout Club's Ethics Committee, he presented the Ethics in Coaching Award. He also introduced Barber for induction into the Hall of Fame.
A native Atlantan who has been active in the Dugout Club for four decades, Barber played baseball at Georgia State in the early 1970s and then served briefly as an assistant coach for the Panthers. He went on to coach in the high school ranks at North Fulton and Southwest DeKalb High Schools, and then at DeKalb College (now Georgia Perimeter), where he also served as an instructor. In 1996, he was an assistant competition manager for baseball during the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. He continues to be highly involved in baseball as a well-known sporting goods dealer.
Ford, a left-hander hurler from Loganville, is the fourth Georgia Player of the Year recruited to GSU by Frady, joining Bradley Logan, Clayton Shunick and Kody Adams.
He went 12-1 with a 1.98 earned run average while posting a .310 batting average as a senior to lead Loganville to the 2012 Class AAAA state title and a No. 20 national ranking by Rawlings/Perfect Game. He earned the victory and hit a home run in Loganville's 14-4 win over Greenbrier in the deciding game of the state championship series.
"This was a great day for Georgia State baseball," said Frady. "We are very proud to see Tommy Barber, a Georgia State baseball alumnus and a tremendous supporter of our program, inducted into the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame. I can't think of anyone who deserves it more. Tommy is a tremendous ambassador for the Dugout Club, for Georgia State, and for baseball in this state.
"We are also proud to see Garrett Ford recognized for his outstanding senior season, and we look forward to his continued success at Georgia State."