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G-Braves to honor two Barrow County boys

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett Braves have scheduled events this week and next month to honor two Barrow County boys.

On Saturday, Will Wagner, an 8-year-old diagnosed with brain cancer, will be honored by a "Will to Win Night" when the G-Braves play Louisville at 7:05 p.m.

Each ticket purchased through the fundraiser costs $12, and part of the proceeds go to the Wagner family. The goal is to sell 250 tickets to the game. Funds are being raised through the sale of G-Braves' tickets online at willwagnerswilltowin.com.

Wagner is expected to throw out the first pitch before the game, and his family plans to watch the game from a Coolray Field luxury suite.

Halstead, a 2-year-old critically injured Oct. 29 in Barrow County by a fallen tree limb, will be honored with a 5K race, "Tripp's Trot," along with "Tripp Halstead Night" on June 22 at Coolray Field when Gwinnett plays Syracuse. The game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

The 5K will be at 8 a.m. and people interested can register at trippstrot.com. Registration is $25 before May 22 and $28 before June 1. Same day registration is $35. A fun run is also scheduled on June 22 for $20.

The G-Braves will also have autographed items and a pre-game parade on the field for all race participants.

Before the game, country singer/songwriter Jordan Covington will perform an acoustic set.

Fundraisers will continue before and during the game, and a donation of a portion of the funds raised from the Coolray Field Amusements, plus proceeds from a post-game tennis toss will go to the Halstead family.

To purchase tickets for "Tripp Halstead Night," visit gwinnettbraves.com/tripp and enter the promo code TEAMBOOM. For more information on "Tripp's Trot" and "Tripp Halstead Night," contact the Gwinnett Braves at 678-277-0340.