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. Miguel

    Slow news day at CNN, give us a news flash from the fourth grade, how low can you go. MYOB.

    May 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Coastal

    If this were a public school league, I'd have a huge issue. But it's a private school league. PRIVATE. So let them have their antiquated ways and let them be the bigots that they are. It's a private school, so each of their parents are CHOOSING to send them there.

    The comments involving cooties are hilarious. Thank you, commentors.

    May 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • doc

      now if the high scool team didn't offer boys baseball and only girls softball would the boys be aloud to play softball?

      May 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ivan Bial

    republicans in the making

    May 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff in MD

    Our Lady of Sorrows...LOL got that right!

    May 11, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TheMightyThor

    Hmmm What Would Jesus Do??!!? oh thats right SHUN FEMALES because OBVIOUSLY they are no match for Boys. Some where Yogi Berra is doing cart wheels in his grave 😛

    May 11, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • gail

      He's not dead, dimwit!

      May 11, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      TheMightyThor might know it - hence the smiley? - but I want to remind everyone else that Yogi Berra has not left the room. He walks among us still, taking every folk in the road.

      May 11, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • TAK

      Considering that Yogi is still alive you've just made your own Yogism. Of course Yogi did once say that you should always attend people's funerals if you want them to attend yours.

      May 11, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Evaluate and Change

    Maybe all associations should evaluate their core beliefs and make sure their bylaws and rules are in accordance. If this athletic association wants to avoid similar situations, make requirements for membership, Clearly the acceptance of minority players is a problem for this school (and I mean that they caused the problem by demeaining women as unequal and something lesser or not worthy of their acknowledgement)

    May 11, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. leah1026

    Antiquated religious ideology. If churches are going to continue perpetuating obsolete myths about what a women's place is, there days are numbered. What's wrong with kids today? Are you telling me not one of those boys complained about not being able to play?

    May 11, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. OldDude

    She's cute.

    May 11, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Steed Longwood's 'freshwoman' – not "freshman."

    May 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. David

    It says they played twice during the year, then at the end it says that Mesa was undefeated. So Mesa played two away games at our Lady of Sorrows and beat them twice. It almost seems as though they didn't want to get beat a 3rd time so they used this horrible excuse to get out of playing. I feel bad for the players on both teams.

    May 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Michael500ca

    The Catholics are still living in the dark ages. It sure makes religion look silly doesn't it.

    May 11, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. J

    As a society we really, really need to get rid of this archaic way of thinking.

    May 11, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Zeke

    Our Lady of Sorrows = Bedwetting Boys

    May 11, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JB!

    There's no crying in baseball!

    May 11, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. FrenchyinON

    Maybe the Our Lady of Sorrows team was afraid they'd be beaten by a team with a girl on it, LOL

    May 11, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
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