Garden City Wind manager Bill Moore and Trinidad Triggers manager Royce Holder are old friends.

If “old friends” means the two oldest managers in the Pecos League, and two fierce rivals who battled in the 2015 North Division playoffs.

That playoff series broke in Moore’s favor when he was with the Santa Fe Fuego. Moore’s squad swept Holder and the Triggers in two games, advancing to the Pecos League Championship.

“It’s just the nature of the beast,” Holder said of losing that series in 2015. “If you get two guys who throw the ball well, it can be a short series.”

Trinidad had owned the North Division for the regular season in 2015, edging Santa Fe by seven games to own home field advantage in the series. But the help wasn’t enough to overcome two stellar performances from Santa Fe starters.

This season, Holder and the Triggers look to be the team that knocks off the regular season’s first-place team. The Garden City Wind completed a remarkable turnaround in 2016. In their inaugural season of 2015, the Wind won just 21 games, owning a .328 winning percentage, good enough for dead last in the North.

In 2016, the Wind went 38-26 (.594), edging the Triggers (35-29) for first place in the North and home field advantage in the North Division’s Championship Series that begins at 6:30 Wednesday night at Clint Lightner Stadium. The Triggers swept Topeka in two games in the first-round series to meet the Wind, who had a bye.

“I wanted to see (the Wind) because they’re the next step,” Holder said. “I definitely wanted to be back to see them, because as far as we’re concerned, they’re the next stepping stone for us to get where we want to be.”

The Triggers have seemingly paid their dues, qualifying for the playoffs in each of the past five seasons. But their previous four tries ended short of a title.

Their first two stops in the postseason ended with two-game sweeps. They went 1-2 in 2014, and then again were swept out of the 2015 playoffs. Beating the Wind would allow the Triggers their first chance at a league title. For the Wind, it’s been big strides, including taking first over the Triggers.

But, that came despite going 7-11 against the Triggers in the regular season.

“I think they play good baseball,” Moore said of Trinidad. “I think they hit the ball well, I think they pitch well and I think they play better than average defense. I think we’re really similar in a lot of ways.”

The Wind own a 5.89 ERA, while the Triggers are just behind at 6.02. At the plate, both teams are hitting at a .310 clip — the Triggers have shown a little bit more power with 83 home runs compared to the Wind’s 59.

Note: In the South Division, Roswell (44-23) visits Tucson (51-14) for the division title.


Pecos League


North Division Championship


Trinidad at Garden City, 6:30 p.m.


Trinidad at Garden City, 6:30 p.m.


Trinidad at Garden City, 6:30 p.m. (If Necessary)