May 11th, 2012
07:49 AM ET

Baseball final forfeited because of girl at second base

The Arizona Charter Athletic Association state championship baseball game wasn't played Thursday night because Mesa Prep's second baseman is a girl.

Paige Sultzbach, a freshman, is playing baseball because her high school doesn't offer girls softball. But the school Mesa Prep was to face in the final, Our Lady of Sorrows Academy, said its boys would not compete against a team with a girl and forfeited the game - and the state title - to Mesa Prep.

"As a Catholic school, we promote the ideal of forming and educating boys and girls separately during the adolescent years, especially in physical education,” Our Lady of Sorrows said in a statement, according to CNN affiliate KTVK.

“It takes tremendous moral courage to stand by what it is you believe, and they are doing what they think is right,” Mesa Prep Headmaster Robert Wagner told KTVK.

But Sultzbach's mother, Pamela Sultzbach, said her daughter and the Mesa Prep team were being done a disservice.

"This is not a contact sport. It shouldn't be an issue. It wasn't that they were afraid they were going to hurt or injure her, it's that (they believe) that a girl's place is not on a field," Pamela Sultzbach told the Arizona Republic.

"I respect their views, but it's a bit out of the 18th century," Amy Arnold, Mesa Prep's athletic director, told the Republic.

Mesa Prep and Our Lady of Sorrows played twice during the regular season, but Sultzbach sat out, as they were away games for her team.

“It was on their field, and I felt the need to respect their rules,” she told KTVK.

The final would have been on a neutral field, and Sultzbach wanted to play.

Now, despite being hailed as state champions, Mesa Prep will feel like they've missed something, Pamela Sultzbach said.

"This team has worked so hard," she said. "They're undefeated. They had one game left. At our school, we're taught that when you start something, you complete it, and they weren't done."

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  1. DAve

    No wonder people could care less about religion with this kind of antiquated thinking. What kind of BS is this? Anyone who attend Our Lady of Sorrows should be offended. They are just affraid the girl will show them up.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • balls

      yet another reason why religion ruins everything.

      May 11, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dave

    The School that wouldn't play against a girl should be nominated for this years "Stupid Human Tricks" award.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • dick

      Are you a girlie Dave?

      May 11, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. BILLY

    They didn't want to get beat by a girl.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    Imagine the outcry if this was a Muslim Madrassa not wanting to play because the opposition had a girl on the team.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • skytag

      Why bother? Imagining stuff like that is pointless.

      May 11, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. Demetri


    May 11, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. Stardust

    Bunch of wussies. Religion is for the weak-minded.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. Brian

    Their Lady of Sorrows has even more sorrows now.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • balls

      funny to think that the school is named after a woman.

      May 11, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  8. Stacy

    I I agree it's silly to forfeit simply because there is a girl on the team. However, all you folks who are saying it's because they're afraid to get beaten by a girl... come on, that's ridiculous. No where in the story does it say that this particular girl has super 'mad' skills or single-handedly carried the team to the final. In fact the story says her team was undefeated. That means her team beat Our Lady of Sorrows twice during the season with out any help from her. Mesa Prep should be proud, forfeit or no forfeit, girl or no girl, they're clearly the better team.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • knucklecheese

      THANK YOU!!! The only people who seem to have a major problem with this incident are the ones who weren't there and before this article had never even HEARD of either school. No point of reference, no context, no extended information, just shoddy hasty conclusions based on partial data and mindless yapping.

      May 11, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. dick

    There is a difference whether you Libby's believe it or not. I applaud them. Why didn't this get the same coverage as the Jewish boys not playing on a Friday. It's because you Libby's want to emasculate men of all ages and push non normal people. Right?
    No wonder this society is screwed up!

    May 11, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      how is playing against a team with 1 girl emasculating? This just teaches intolerance.

      May 11, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • a little sad

      I think I missed the part of the Bible where it says that it is against G*d's law to play baseball in a coed game.

      However, I do remember something about keeping holy the l*rd's day.

      You equate honoring a particular religion's sabath with blowing off a game to reinforce discrimination?

      Ironically, based on history, Our Lady of Sorrows would likely have lost the game. How soon will they claim that they would have won, and they were robbed?

      May 11, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      "It's because you Libby's want to emasculate men of all ages and push non normal people. Right?
      No wonder this society is screwed up!"

      yeah thats right, thats what we want to do, we also want to enslave your daughters as s*x toys for muslim gays and erm, melt your guns down to make pots and pans for starving african atheists. oh we also want to ban bbqs and make couscous the official dish of america.

      May 11, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Phil in Oregon

    Their name says it all.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. Charles

    I think when a team forfeits for a reason like that, they should be barred from playing the entire next season. This outdated thinking has got to go.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  12. Eukie

    Really?? In this day and age? I understand it if its a contact sport, but baseball?

    May 11, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. Gary the Canuck

    And y'all wonder why there is racism in the USA. Oh isn't this the same state that wants to kick out all the aliens for doing the jobs most people won't. WAKE UP AMERICA, no wonder you are falling behind the rest of the world.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. Waterstar

    More religious stupidity. What seriously is the problem with boys and girls playing physical sports together? If they both know how to play, let them.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joe Sweeney

    Please do not take this school's action as representative of all Catholics. There is nothing in Roman Catholic canon law or doctrine that says that boys and girls can't compete in athletics together. I coach rugby in a Catholichigh school and, years ago before girls rugby teams became prevalent, we would regularly play against high school rugby teams that had one or two girls on the team. Rugby is a full contact sport and we never had any problems regarding players of different genders tackling each other in any of those matches.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
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