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. Colorado City AZ Girls

    All this concern over one girl on an AZ baseball team as a hundred girls endure what Andersen Cooper 360 described as "raype", daily.
    I do enjoy women's college softball though. Especially when the girls who are in shape run-down the fat girls. Don't steal second base if you are fat, girl. The skinny girl will just run you down and tag you OUT!

    May 11, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • WRG001

      First, I don't know if we necessarily disagree here, but to forfeit here is a pathetic move...and if the belief one is upholding is a wrong one, then there is no honor in that. Second, I am in total agreement on fat girls trying to steal bases. I have to admit that I have seen some fast fatties, but default decision should be not to send the fat girl to second base. That is all. 🙂

      May 11, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mark

    Now every time I drive past a Catholic church I will think about what jerks they were to high school kids.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Really Jersey

      Better think about the fact that PUBLIC High Schools have separate teams after puberty for SAFETY reasons. She could be crippled by the injuries she will get over the next 3 years if she continues on the team. The public school does not care as long as she signed a waiver so they don't get sued & their team wins. She WILL have injuries, the Catholic school students ethically do not want to risk being the ones to inflict them.

      May 11, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. alleygator

    Oh . . . religion . . . Arizona . . . 'nuff said.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • willie james

      "tremendous moral courage".......cowardice is more like it.

      May 11, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rabbit One

    lord have absolute and undying mercy – what a comical world we live in – i am confident that women and girls can do every last thing that men and boys can do – why all the primitive reductive debate at this late stage in our development – did not most of us go to college or at least open our eyes – we know deep down how equal we are and yet we have this stale debate floating around

    May 11, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill O'Really

      If women can do meverything men can do, then why do the Olympics have separate events for men and women?

      May 11, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Hal 9000

    GinnyL. . Why is it so hard for people to accept?? No one was harmed. What about the teams that didn't get to play?? I bet it wasn't the kids decision to forfeit was it. These people are a danger to their children and to the rest of society. They are the kind of people that can convince themselves that women are "unpure" or deserve to be stoned to death. The only thing keeping these people from establishing a religious police state here is that enough of us speak out against them.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. Inspector Clouseau

    I wonder if they allow the boys to date girls?

    May 11, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • shootmyownfood

      Of course not! How could the priests compete?

      May 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rbnlegnd

    There have been women on mens teams at the professional levels, but only barely. The NHL has had a female player, although she only played in an exhibition game. The AHL and ECHL have had female players. The NBA has signed a woman to a contract as a player, but she did not actually play in any games. In college level sports, it happens more often. Even football, the most manly of male sports, has had female kickers on mens teams. Hockey, basketball, and baseball have all had female collegel level players on mens teams. And when you get to high school, it's common, especially in situations like this, where you have a skilled player, and no women's team for her to play on. It is part of the rules in the league in which this incident happened. It's there for a reason. Perfectly normal, and if it bothers you, you may want to find an environment less likely to disturb your worldview.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. NorCalMojo

    I can understand why they'd forfeit in wrestling, but baseball?

    Seems like attention seeking to me.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. Colorado City AZ Girls

    @Hal 11:32am. The national sport of Afghanistan is Buzkhashi aka "goat grabbing". One match can last for days, and rarely do any but the most seasoned veterans, 'Chapandaz', ever score. You make fun in ignorance.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr.Noodle

      Says the Islamic Fundie. Who CARES???

      May 11, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. EVN

    Our Lady of Sorrows is a pitiful pathetic lot. I suppose they were worred that fragile adolescent maile egos wouldn't be able to handle defeat at the hands of a team that – OH MY GOD! – has a girl on it. Those boys have mothers and I wonder what they think of the discrimination being practiced by the gutless wonders at our Pitiful Lady?

    May 11, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. batteryinme

    I went to a catholic school....we played with girls as much as we could!! 😉
    People in Arizona (in religions?) are nuts. Thankfully, my jesus juice wore off.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. Spike

    Theyre breeding a new generation of women haters, basically keep 'em barefoot and pregnant ideology. I know 'cause I was Catholic.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. jwhartung

    And the Pope wonders why the Catholic Church is losing members...........

    May 11, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. willie james

    What a bunch of backwards idiots. Arizona seems to be Americas loony bin. Evangelists and hard core religious fanatics need to move to the Middle East and play Taliban.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • jbkorn02

      At least they are going to all vote for marinjuan legalization.

      May 11, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. slason

    And people worry about brainswashing in public schools. Religion has the market cornered on brainswashing youth. Future misogynists who will keep girls 'in their place.'

    May 11, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
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