Call it a pitching rubber match.
Former major league pitchers Bret Saberhagen and Mark Gubicza, who helped the Kansas City Royals win the 1985 World Series, sat in opposite high school dugouts Monday in Los Angeles.
Gubicza's Chaminade High of West Hills team beat Saberhagen's Calabasas High squad 5-2, according to The Kansas City Star.
"We've got the bragging rights now," Gubicza told the paper. "Actually, we kind of broke the tie. When he was the pitching coach two years ago (at Calabasas), his team won. Then last year, we won once and we had one game called because of darkness.
"So we were 1-1-1 and this was the tiebreaker, even though this is Sabes' first year as the manager. It was a good clean game. We just got some clutch hits."
Gubicza's team is one California high school division below Saberhagen's.
Saberhagen, the AL Cy Young Award winner in 1985 and 1989, pitched for the Royals from 1984-91. He finished with a 167-117 record in 16 major league seasons, also pitching for the Mets, Rockies and Red Sox.
Gubicza went 132-136 in 14 seasons. He was with Kansas City from 1984-96, finishing his career with the Angels in 1997.