It has become a part of tradition for the Dodge City Conquistadors baseball program during its fall exhibition schedule.
The eighth annual "Purple-Gold World Series" started Tuesday afternoon at Cavalier Field split the team up into two teams to battle each other this week not only for bragging rights, but as a way to give DCCC baseball head coach Phil Stephenson and his assistants an idea of who could shine when the season starts in February.
"It's always a good way to end the fall with a competitive note," Stephenson said. "The guys on the team has to understand that we want them to understand what is expected of them on the field.
"Winning is important. When we did this the first two years, it was to build up the program. Now is the time that we need to win more."
Each game goes seven innings. The teams are chosen in a draft by assistant coaches Brock Nehls (who coaches the gold team) and Trent Lare (leader of the purple team). Trades can be made by the coaches and switches can be made to make sure players on both teams are covered to play every position.
The players take the series seriously as evidenced by the opener with both teams talk "smack" at their opponents throughout the contest.
"Guys have a little something at stake," Stephenson said. "We allow a little good-natured ribbing or bench-jockeying. I'm OK with that."
The purple team came back with some late-inning heroics to beat the gold squad 6-3 in Tuesday's action.
Landon Cowser hit a two-run double and scored on later scored on an error during a five-run fifth-inning, while Scott Hillier (single) and Parker Jones (groundout) each had an RBI in the inning. The purple added a run in the sixth on a RBI sacrifice fly by Spencer Bedwell.
The gold squad scored all of its runs in the third inning on a two-run double by Croix Sedillo and a RBI fielder choice hit by Trent Troxell.
Walker Rainwater was the winning pitcher for the purple squad and Brayden Schuler picked up the save. Ross Vance was the losing pitcher for the gold squad.
The World Series continues today at 3:30 p.m. at Cavalier Field, then takes a day break before returning Friday for a 3:30 p.m. contest, and battles at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.