Kiama Braves scrambled into the Illawarra baseball finals at the expense of Berkeley Eagles following an upset 12-10 final round victory over premiers Dapto Chiefs at Gainsborough Oval.
Last season's grand finalists Braves have had an inconsistent 2013 and headed into the final round in fifth spot.
But after being shut-out 3-0 by Northern Pirates the previous week, the Braves batters found form - and with Eagles beaten 8-2 by Wests Cardinals - Kiama leapfrogged Eagles into fourth spot.
Braves headed into the bottom of the fourth innings against Chiefs trailing 4-3, but scored five runs on four hits and two errors to take an 8-4 advantage they would not relinquish.
Braves' player-coach Jamie Simon pitched eight innings for 14 hits, eight walks and eight strikeouts.
It was the Braves batters who provided the difference - forcing Tyson Graham (3.2 innings, nine hits, seven runs) out of the game in the fourth innings.
Braves' Brett Tait smashed 4/4 including a two-run homer, Matt Sneddon (4/5) had an RBI and Dave Barlow (3/3) including two RBIs.
Craig Leighton, Mark D'Antonio and Graham all went 3/5 for Chiefs, who finish the season second behind Cardinals.
Meanwhile, Cardinals sealed the minor premiership and set up a major semi-final clash against Chiefs on Saturday with an 8-2 win over Eagles.
Nathan Grogan went 4/4 with 2RBIs for the Cards, while Chase Richardson was 2/3 with a triple.
Michael Kuit and Mick Shipp had two hits each for Eagles.
Cards relieving pitcher Scott Sartori gave up just one run on two hits in 4.2 innings on the mound.
Finally, third-placed Pirates tuned up for their elimination semi-final against Braves with a tough 9-6 away win over Shoalhaven Mariners.
Pirates trailed 6-4 after six innings, but scored five runs in the seventh to take control.
Mick Talty threw six strong innings for Mariners, while Paul Cuthbertson had three hits for Pirates.