P4 Foundation HR Derby, prep All-star event continues to grow |

Since its first edition in 2015, the P4 Foundation’s Home Run Derby fundraiser has grown incrementally beyond its humble beginnings.

Now in its third year, the event will be only part of a bigger weekend of baseball-related events at Coolray Field with the goal of raising more money to support children and families affected by childhood cancer and towards research for treatments and cures.

For the second straight year, the home run derby, which will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., will be held in conjunction with two high school baseball All-Star games — the Gwinnett County Senior All-Star Game and the Cobb-Gwinnett Underclassmen All-Star Game — scheduled for Sunday.

New this year will be an awards dinner tonight at the Buford Community Center that will honor and recognize the players selected to play in each All-Star game.

The latest event is something that P4 Foundation president Dave Vizzi says will only add to the excitement for the entire weekend, especially with a similar three-day event scheduled for Monmouth-Ocean Township area in New Jersey in July.

“Every year, it just seems to keep growing,” said Vizzi, whose son Gino, a Mill Creek grad now attending the University of North Georgia, created the P4 Foundation after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called chronic myelogenous leukemia in 2014. “We’re hoping to raise as much as we can to continue to fight childhood cancers. We’ve had a tremendous turnout as long as we’ve been holding it.”

Approximately 160 participants are confirmed for Saturday’s home run derby, with registration and more information about all three events still available by visiting p4foundation.org.

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Entry is $5 per person, with proceeds going to the P4 Foundation. Admission for the two All-Star games Sunday — the Gwinnett senior game is scheduled for 3 p.m., followed by the Cobb-Gwinnett underclassman game at approximately 6:30 p.m. — is $10, with half the proceeds going to the P4 Foundation and half to the Gwinnett Braves.

Rosters for the upcoming Gwinnett Senior All-Star and Cobb-Gwinnett Underclassmen All-Star Baseball Games


at Coolray Field

Gwinnett Senior All-Star Rosters


OF David Nixon, Meadowcreek

OF Steven Kirk, Mill Creek

OF Baron Radcliff, Norcross

3B Spence Johns, Hebron Christian

3B Max Tracey, Norcross

SS/RHP Parker Coyne, North Gwinnett

SS/RHP Steven Casey, Hebron Christian

2B Djialon Forbes, Peachtree Ridge

2B Hector Ramirez, Duluth

1B Jack Briggette, Peachtree Ridge

1B Bryan Petty, Mill Creek

1B Rey Peng, Norcross

C Nathan Haines, Buford

C James Civelli, Hebron Christian

C/DH Killian Scourtis, Norcross

DH Mac Ruedt, Peachtree Ridge

RHP Christian Rutherford, Mill Creek

RHP/IF Cade Heil, North Gwinnett

RHP Jake Brace, North Gwinnett

RHP Danny Ibele, Peachtree Ridge

RHP Jacob Hanson, Mountain View


OF Spence Lewis, Brookwood

OF Anthony Bailey, Archer

OF Johns Hamilton, GAC

OF/RHP Evan Sturgill, Grayson

OF Joey DeMasi, Parkview

OF/LHP Seth Johnston, South Gwinnett

3B Jake Mattix, Providence Christian

3B Favian Carillo, Central Gwinnett

SS Oscar Serratos, Grayson

SS Anthony Lopez, Central Gwinnett

SS Crews Taylor, Archer

2B Ryan Cavey, Archer

1B Brandin Nixon, Central Gwinnett

1B Brandon McCall, South Gwinnett

C J.P. McGuire, GAC

C Eli Young, Archer

C Nick Clarno, Grayson

LHP Caleb Mitchell, Parkview

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RHP Andy Weisgerber, Providence Christian

RHP Chad Williamson, Brookwood

LHP Cody Collett, Parkview

RHP Ryan Smithson, Grayson

Cobb-Gwinnett Underclassman All-Star Game Roster


IF Michael Borah, North Gwinnett

OF Dalton Pearson North Gwinnett

OF/1B Josh Shuler, North Gwinnett

C/OF Corey Collins, North Gwinnett

C/OF Logan Cerny, Parkview

SS Isaiah Byars, Parkview

1B/3B/C Noah Ledford, Buford

OF/LHP Austin Turner, Buford

RHP Ramsey David, Buford

3B/RHP Davis Sharpe, Mill Creek

RHP Alaska Abney, Mill Creek

OF/C Keegan Tranum, Providence Christian

LHP/1B Cole Tillotson, Providence Christian

IF/RHP Marc Davis, South Gwinnett

IF/RHP Levi Byrd, South Gwinnett

C Will Banfield, Brookwood

RHP/OF Trace Twardoski, Brookwood

C/1B/3B Carson Taylor, GAC

RHP/IF Sam Johnson, GAC

OF/RHP Parker Meadows, Grayson

IF Dominick McIntyre, Peachtree Ridge

SS Chase Chaney, Mountain View

2B/SS Landon Jones, Hebron Christian

3B Tanner Nichols, Dacula

1B/RHP Hunter Cain, Archer