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. Ron Heley

    This makes me physically sick.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. Chuck White

    They didn't want to get beat by a GIRL. Hurrah for Mesa Prep !

    May 11, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. Retired Army's Obama's fault 😉 !

    May 11, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Bible Clown©

      "'s Obama's fault" Girls never wanted to play baseball before he socialized them.

      May 11, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • FMP762

      Really? You're the sperm that won that battle?

      May 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Midgick

      He isn't Catholic you jerk

      May 11, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      "He isn't Catholic you jerk" Who, Romney?

      May 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • jbkorn02

      Agreed. Most things are. Well not anything good.

      May 11, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker

      And the catholic church wonders why they have declining numbers. Its sick that would deprive their team of a chance to win. But ignorace and bigoty is the name of this game.

      May 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      No – I'm sure there is a way they can blame Bush.

      May 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • elizabeth

      Not even the "smiley" saves a lame comment like this.

      May 11, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. holdem

    baseball is a contact sport

    May 11, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. JohnH

    Just wanna point out that this is not a standard Catholic opinion, in catholic school we regularly did intermural soccer and baseball games. This is just a group of crazies who happen to be Catholic, it wasn't based on any actual teaching of the church.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. Barry

    I wish Rick Santorum would make a public comment about this. I wonder what he would say? hehe

    May 11, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. DM

    I just spoke to God, god will be foregovimgnthe school administrators but everyone else is allowed to hold a grudge for such insanely foolish behavior. God is still reviewing Arizona and will get back to us.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. Colorado City AZ Girls

    There are actually US citizens living in Colorado City AZ, men claiming to be actual *Saints*. They own homes with several chimneyes, one for ea. wife. This has been going on there for over one hundred years according to Andersen Cooper 360. Lets make fun of Saudi Arabian women?

    May 11, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. xjdavid

    Absolutely disgraceful, especially since this church needs to think about how many people avoid anything to do with the church because of just this kind of foolishness. Shameful.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. MCJNY

    A win is a win. Put some girls out there, who can play. If the boys don't want to compete then it's a W. We can't keep arguing about this constant battle between the past thinkers and the present/future thinkers. Accept them. Move forward.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. popcorn

    How bad is your school that you have a girl(freshman at that) make your team. Scrub prep leagues shouldn't even make the news.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. This is Weak

    Hahaha, she should feel happy and powerful. Most girls can actually pitch a softball (which weighs more than a baseball) much faster underhand, then boys pitch can pitch a baseball overhand.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. ReddGator

    Pathetic. Another religious indignation by bigots that take away from children's success. The school deserves the forfeit, and the administration of the school should be excommunicated for idiocy. I feel sad for the pupils though. They never got a chance to show their meddle.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. chucklin

    In related news, an Arizona high school changed its name from "Our Lady of Sorrows" to "Our Dude of Sorrows"

    May 11, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. ProperVillain

    Wait?! What?! Do these people live in the 21st century? Did they time travel from the 19th?

    May 11, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
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