They've played out two one-run games, two draws and a brutal grand final and now Dapto Chiefs and Wests Cardinals face-off in Illawarra Baseball's Game 3 premiership decider at Hector Harvey Park this afternoon.
Defending premiers Chiefs beat Cardinals for the first time in 2013, in Game 1 (8-7), before Cards struck back in ruthless fashion, taking Grand Final Game 2 by 19-5 which set up a decider for the fourth time in five seasons.
In last Sunday's brutal Game 2, Chiefs catcher Dean Leighton, filling in for the injured Troy Green, was knocked out at home plate by Cards base-runner Jeremy Bec.
Leighton was taken by ambulance on a stretcher to Wollongong Hospital and won't play in Game 3.
He suffered major facial bruising, needed several stitches to a head gash but in good news, was able to return home to Townsville.
Just before Leighton's sickening collision in the sixth inning, Chiefs coach Dom D'Antonio was thrown out of the game, arguing an interference call at home plate with umpire Trent Thomas.
The Illawarra Baseball judiciary addressed D'Antonio's ejection for around 90 minutes on Thursday night before deciding that being tossed from Game 2 was penalty enough, with the Chiefs coach free to take his place on the bench.
Cardinals controlled Game 2 scoring nine runs in the sixth innings, but the opening game was much different with Chiefs building a 5-0 lead.
Chiefs ace Tyson Graham held firm, pitching all nine digs and with Cards making some key errors, Dapto regained the lead and held on for a gutsy win.
Chiefs skipper Craig Leighton says despite many setbacks through the finals the team was still confident.
"We'll have Tyson on the mound and if he can do what he did in Game 1 and we hit and defend, there's no reason we can't win," Leighton said.
"We won a game last weekend, they won one too, that's it. Losing Dean [Leighton] is a blow because it affects our whole infield, but we've had a few adversities lately and overcome most of them."
Mitch Thompson will move from second base to catcher, as he did in a four-hit match-winning effort in the preliminary final against Kiama Braves.
While the momentum may have shifted Cards' way with their 19-5 thrashing last Sunday, captain coach Trent D'Antonio is upbeat, but wary.
"It's down to one game now," he said.
"I think [in Game 2] we showed what we can do from an offensive standpoint and if we can be clean on defence, the hitting should look after itself and make us very hard to beat."
Cards have lost Australian under 23s representative Jeremy Bec to the national championships in Adelaide but Josh Dean will return to the infield, and veteran Jim Longley holds his spot at first base after a 4/5, 6RBI effort in Game 2.
D'Antonio wants to keep Chiefs guessing until game time before tipping his hand over whether his ace Blake Handley or Game 2 winner Scott Sartori will be the starting pitcher.
First pitch is scheduled for 12.30pm.