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. ekim corcho

    what is it with Arizona??? the air water ..something makes those people nuts like the Governor and that Nazi Sheriff

    May 11, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Happy Foot

    Boy, a twofer, Arizona AND the Catholic church. Can't get much more anti-woman than that. Disgusting.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. nate

    This school may call itself Catholic but is ran by the "Society of St. Pius X" which is ran by a splinter group not even recognized by the Church.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. Greyhound37

    Catholic group reiterates that it's a bunch of losers by forefitting? Not much of a news story there.
    Keep insulating your youth from the rest of the modern world. They'll do fine, really.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Double Check First

      So I thought the same thing about the Catholic Church, but if you read the ESPN article you'll see that it's not a Catholic group in this case, but rather a conservative split from the Catholic Church.

      At least for once this isn't us acting like idiots.

      May 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |

    no wonder there are so many gay priests. Catholics are goin back to the stone age. Wish American catholics would actually standup to the man who thinks he is god like the poop. He is just a man

    May 11, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. 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 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. Doc

    Wow. That's absolutely ridiculous. The coach and the administration at Our Lady of Sorrows is doing their team a horrible disservice by teaching that kind of a lesson. That coach and anyone in the administration supporting him in this case should be canned, and if they are allowed to remain, the league sanction of Our Lady of Sorrows should be lifted unless and until they can join the 21st century.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. LabRat

    No One Expects The Spanish Inquisition!!

    May 11, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. Cindy

    This boys team was afraid they would be beaten by a team that had a girl on it. They thought they would not be able to live it down. What a big bunch of sissies.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. undecided voter

    I was considering a vote for Romney until I read his views on God. He actually calls himself a *Saint* (albiet a johhny-come-lately saint, aka 'latter day') Mitt Romney actually teaches that Jesus Christ will be crowned 'King' and rule from the rebuilt temple of Solomon...rebuilt in America! What a load of *hooey*.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Amused

      Undecided – It is rather frightening that so many people would allow this delusional fool the authority to "lead" our nation! Let's make sure that never happens!...

      May 11, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nason

      You're not going to vote then, is that it? Figures.

      May 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jerry W

    Are Catholic leaders tired of picking on the Girl Scouts so now it's girls on baseball teams?

    May 11, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. Charvel

    Good for the girl for making the team and being part of a championship team as well.

    Like others have mentioned, the other school didn't want to get beat by a girl!!

    May 11, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      I played a lot of baseball up to and through High School and I played Catcher. I don't have any feelings one way or the other about girls playing men's sports, but had I ever been catching when a girl came up to bat (never happened) I would have called for the first pitch as a fastball WAY inside–my HS baseball coach would have demanded it. She would either get hit or end up in the dirt trying to avoid it–once she got by that and if she could still stand in the batter's box, she would have all of my respect. You can either play baseball or you can't. Some idiotic 18th century-living Catholic school just lost a State Championship without even playing the game and that's really dumb.

      May 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JC

    Just shows how rational and relevant the church is today. If I were on this team, I would be embarresed and extremely disappointed to not get to play

    May 11, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • nate

      This school may call itself Catholic but is ran by the "Society of St. Pius X" which is ran by a splinter group not even recognized by the Church

      May 11, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  14. wcb2001

    Classy. These boys are destined to become very successful politicians.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • DPCFOH

      Republican politicians.

      May 11, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Travis

    Yet another reason why the American Catholic church is withering on the vine.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
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