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. Level Head Dead

    Forfeiture saved the boys and the athletic director of the Catholic High school the embarrassment of being beaten by a girl at second base.

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

    Most of us are just as closed-minded as the ones we criticize. We claim to be open minded, but the truth is most of us are not when others think differently than us. I offer the overwhelming majority of posts on this subject as proof of this observation.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott B

      You would be wrong.

      May 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. undecided voter

    @All you idiots who refer to Muslim peoples defending their homelands against the invading infidels as "radicals" or "terrorists", get a clue. Americans would be defending their homeland if Muslims were to invade and occupy, only our roadside bombs would make more noise than theirs do.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maverick

      Aaaaaaaaaaaand this has to do with forfeiting a game because of a girl on the opposing

      May 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Parker

    Haha little sissy boys wouldn't even play a girl.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. astuartgirl

    "Our Lady of Sorrows" ... indeed.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Thinker

    just a bunch of kitty cats who were afraid to be beat by a girl. Really pathetic.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Marie Smith

    Truth-in-Full statement the forfeiting team SHOULD be making: "Because we failed to join a conference with those of like-minded beliefs, we are no longer able to play and will forfeit to the Championship Team. We regret not dropping out of the conference sooner because that would have allowed for another team to play in the championship instead of us. We apologize for our error, are sad to bring such controversy to the Conference, and want there to be no blame placed upon any of the players of the new Championship Team."

    But instead they will just conveniently blame the girl...

    May 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. WilltheFree

    The article makes it sound like the entire team didn't want to play against a girl. My bet is that there was a coach, administrator, or some other authority that had the problem. I can't imagine a bunch of 13-15 year old boys really caring at all that there is a girl at second base.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Justin "@JustPlainRight" Wright

    Shoulda just told her to go make some sammiches for the teams while the boys played.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Eric

    Our Lady of Sorrows seems to be a fitting name...

    May 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Spidey-Man

    What a shame... Those poor catholic boys not being able to compete because some overwieght old guy (Probably with eyes for them.) aren't allowed to play with girls. What a joke. Like most of you I bet the players themselves had no choice in the matter and actually wanted to play. It's only baseball. I was thinking football before I saw the picture.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. meme

    I love that they will stand up for what they believe. How many of you would do that in the face of peer pressure. Do you have that kind of courage? Few do.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Courage?

      This is not courage this showsh how out of touch and biggotry runs rampant within the Catholic Church... Maybe they just don't want the girl to tell that they are molesting little boys... Catholic Church is a JOKE...

      May 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • TK

      Although, I think they're going a little far, I do respect them for standing up for what they believe. I think if it had been football or wrestling, maybe I would have thought about agreeing. But even then the girls know going in they are playing with the boys and shouldn't expect special treatment.

      May 11, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      standing up for what you believe in is fine...providing what you are standing up for isnt outdated, backward and nuts.

      May 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinks2010

      Yeah, the Catholic Church plays with little boys.

      May 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Gregg Geeslin

    People should stand up for what they believe in, no matter the consequence. Hurrah for Our Lady of Sorrows!

    May 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • mvw

      terrorists stand up for what they believ in too, don't mean I gotta pat them on the back for it

      May 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. tj

    Our Lady of Sorrows is the loser. Whoever so chooses to play the game, male or female, plays at the same level. I can only assume the boys did not want to take the chance of being on the losing end of a game with a girl in it! Good for you, Paige Sultzbach!! This is why we have societal issues in this country.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Alex

    It is just a terrorist Taliban madrassah. The name of their Sky Fairy may be different but everything else is the same.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
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