The type of conflict in this story is Man vs. Man. The father is fighting
against Cramer to grow the biggest pumpkin. The author sets this conflict up
by Stanley writing an article in the newspaper and Cramer seeing it. Cramer
then teases Sam about growing pumpkins. This is because for the past few
years it was Cramer who won the contest. So throughout the entire story
Sam is trying to grow this giant pumpkin when the ox just goes and tramples
the pumpkin patch. Sam seems almost devastated. He even asks God for
hail over his crops, but then it seemed to Sam a miracle happened. The
biggest pumpkin ever grown there had grown in the crushed pumpkin patch.
Cramers pumpkins could not even compete with Samís enormous
pumpkin.Therefore, Sam won the battle and beat his protagonist.