Berkeley Eagles and Dapto Chiefs need to put tough round seven losses behind them in Saturday's standout clash at Eagles Field.
Eagles were gunned down for the second time this season by unbeaten leaders Northern Pirates, while Chiefs blew a 4-0 lead in a 5-4 loss to Wests Cardinals.
Eagles have won just once and although only a third of the season has passed, Pirates, Cardinals and Chiefs look short odds to finish in the top three, leaving Eagles and Kiama Braves to fight for the remaining semi-final spot.
Last year Berkeley missed the top-four playoffs for the first time in many years and once again look like being in a battle with Braves for the final semi-final spot.
The Eagles' new Canberra Cavalry Australian Baseball League recruit Jason Sloan gives them more firepower against a Chiefs outfit who have strength in pitching and batting.
Eagles had 12 hits against Pirates but were let down by their defence with five errors.
In Saturday's other games, Pirates play win-less Shoalhaven Mariners at Illawarra Baseball League Field and Cardinals host Braves at Cringila Park.