The annual Purple/Black World Series champion was decided Wednesday as Black blew out Purple in a game-four series-clinching 13-6 win.
“Both teams have played really well during our fall world series,” sophomore Brady Rodriguez said. “There’s only been one blowout and one team hasn’t been dominating the other.”
The teams kicked off the World Series last Thursday Oct. 25. In the first game, it was Purple who had the early start as they took game one in a come-from-behind fashion, 6-3. Purple was led by sophomore Tyler Eager’s three-run home run.
“Tyler has been swinging a hot bat throughout the entire series,” Rodriguez said. “He had a couple home runs in the series and has really played well.”
In game two, Black would showed up to play, as James Roland’s two-run double was enough to give them the lead and ultimately the win in a 2-1 Black victory. The following game proved to be all Black as well, edging out Purple in a close 7-6 victory behind yet another Eager home run, which gave Black the series lead two games to one.
“Both lineups have showed the ability to produce a lot of runs,” junior Emmett Niland said. Â “There’s a big emphasis in doing the little things right, bunting guys over, getting runners in scoring position and base running. These things really seemed to get better and better as the fall went on.”
Purple would go on to win the series in game four and take home the bragging rights as well as a steak dinner. Junior Rodge Macy was a big contribution in the win as he doubled, tripled and recorded four RBIs on Wednesday. Purple’s six-run outburst in the third inning propelled them into the lead and they never looked back.
“Seniors Chuck Duarte and Rodge Macy have been irreplaceable in their respective lineups,” Rodriguez said. “Chuck’s fielding abilities give us pitchers a lot of confidence with a glove like his behind us. Rodge, on the other hand, has been phenomenal at the plate. He’s got a hot bat, and he’s producing runs.”
The coaching staff placed a great amount of emphasis on the exhibition series, as they prepared the team for real in-game situations.
“The main reason for our fall World Series every year is to get the feel of a “game-like” setting and situations in a very competitive atmosphere,” Rodriguez said. “The fact that Coach Bonneau built up such excitement and publicity of this year’s Purple vs. Black is awesome. The series has missed that kind of importance in the past few years.”
Even though the series is decided, the two sides will meet a final time Thursday for game five.