NEWCASTLE baseball's greatest rivals will renew acquaintances on the ultimate stage on Saturday when Belmont and Toronto clash in their third straight first-grade grand final at Miller Field.
Toronto are chasing a premiership hat-trick, having ended Belmont's nine-season title dynasty in 2017.
And while the Tigers have been the dominant force for the past three seasons, they experienced a reality check when Belmont beat them 7-1 in the major semi-final.
"It's definitely going to be a special one," Toronto skipper Michael Campbell said.
"They beat us in the major semi, which was the first time in probably our last 10 to 12 encounters, including grand finals and major semis.
"It's probably a bit of a wake-up call for us.
"When you win games fairly easily some weeks, you can get a bit complacent, so it's probably a good thing that we got that loss out of the road in the major semi rather than the game that matters at the end of the year."
Toronto responded to that setback by beating Mayfield Boomerangs 14-4 to earn another shot at the title.
Belmont skipper Chris Hook said the major semi-final was a great confidence boost for his teammates.
"This is the fourth grand final in a row that we've played them, and probably something like six out of the last eight," he said.
"The major semi has definitely given us the belief that we can beat them. We know that if we play to our potential, we can match it with them, so the grand final should be another good game."
Big-hitting brothers Boss and Moko Moanaroa brothers, who both play in the Australian Baseball League, are key players for Toronto, along with starting pitcher Jason McAdam, who has been outstanding all season.
The first pitch will be thrown at 2pm.