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. Dan

    We claim to be open minded, but the truth is most of us are not when others think differently than us. I respect the rights of both the young lady as well as Our Lady of Sorrow. If you think things are more open-minded where you live, I challenge you to do some homework regarding high school athletics in your state. Most high schools (not all, but most) will allow any girl to play on a boys team if there is not a girls team for that specific sport. However, most will NOT allow any boy to play on a girls team even if no boys team is availble in that sport. If you think your state is different regarding boys participation, I would encourage you to check for yourself

    May 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bob

    sounds like they were a huge gay team that didn't want to get close to a girl.

    May 11, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sidewinder

      LOL! Saving themselves for choir boys later...

      May 11, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      Items to pick up from the story:

      1 – they had already played twice this year, and Mesa won both games (the story says Mesa are undefeated).

      2 – Our Lady of Sorrows, facing the very real chance they would lose again, to a team with a GIRL no-less, decided to forfeit.

      "Moral courage"? I think not. They should be ashamed of themselves.

      May 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah Q

      Actually, they probably just didn't want to LOSE to a team with a girl on it!

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

      Sounds like they had a huge wimpy coach that didn't want a loss on his record. Hate to be one of those boys today after losing to one girl.

      May 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. NH12

    This takes the same kind of "moral courage" they use to keep girls out of going to school in Afganistan. This is 2012 and this is America and this is embarrassing.

    May 11, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Right on! Right on! Right on!

      May 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bob

    Papist idolators.

    May 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Meyer C. Dhoates

    Wondering when the Catholic church is going to join the 21st century.

    May 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mikey

      How about the 20th century?

      May 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. TAK

    Oh, the school/church is being courageous for standing by its principles is it? And those "principled" fellows that didn't want to play with Jackie Robinson, were they courageous too? The girl is the courageous one here. The school/church isn't. They're just backwards.

    May 11, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JPM

    So those high-school boys turned down an opportunity to get to second-base with a girl?
    Nice move, clowns.

    May 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • srandycarter

      This made me laugh. Thanks 🙂

      May 11, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Modvoice

      Best line I have read all week.

      May 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heather

      Very funny....thanks. Oh, and the team that forfeited...idiots. I don't find anything courageous in their actions...just backwards and stupid.

      May 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • papoelrey

      Real funny. It's their lost, bunch of fools. B-)

      May 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ObjectiveThinking

    "Paige Sultzbach, a freshman, is playing baseball because her high school doesn't offer girls softball. "

    Will they ever allow a boy on a girls team simply because a school did not offer a boys team in a particular sport? Gender equality should be there but let's keep the politics out of the school sports. Either make all sport teams coed or stick to the gender based team. But you can't change the system per convenience...

    May 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Sure you can!

      May 11, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      "But you can't change the system per convenience.." Wanna bet? I rather think they already have, my friend.

      May 11, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Josh

    wow, really? Do they also practice that stupid christian side hug bs as well? This is why I hate religion, it is so stupid and makes people do the dumbest things.

    May 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Portland tony

    Bizarre things are starting to happen in Arizona. Perhaps it is the "end of times"...Well, good times anyway!

    May 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TheyAreNuts

    It IS in the water here...and I want to return to a Blue State.

    May 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Oscar Pitchfork

    If she had secretly been pregnant while playing ball. it would have been a PERFECT story. Dumas H O M O Catholics...

    May 11, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mikey

    A loss is a loss...way to get beaten by a girl losers.

    May 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      AND without her even taking the field...!

      May 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. 20something

    Here is just another example of the church setting a dangerous example to young influencial children. I wonder how those boys will interpret women in the future-"only one place for a woman, and it ain't on the baseeball field, yuck, yuck,..."

    May 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • tl123

      Now you know where they are breeding the future "Santorums"!

      May 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joe

    Another failure of christianity. That religion is such a joke. All it does is promote hatred, bigotry, and ignorance.

    May 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
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