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. JOSE0311USMC


    May 12, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Yup

    I do not disagree. As a women I find it hard to support our cause when boys may not join womens sports. A boy may not play on a girls volleyball team, basketball team, swim team, join a mans college..... However girls may wrestle on a boys team, play football on a boys team, and so on.... If it is one way it needs to be both, then maybe we would be in the 21st century... Don't be so gender biased.

    May 12, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yup

      Sorry join a girls college...

      May 12, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Animenut

    Promoting the "ideal" 'eh? I'm sure the kids at Sorrowful Academy are getting quite the lesson in "ideals". When will the Catholic church get into the 20th century.

    May 12, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. anthony

    the 19th century may be past, but women being bad at sports hasn't changed all that much! does the WNBA even still exist?? nobody knows or cares!

    May 12, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Astronidas

      Exactly!!! nobody cares who the worlds fastest woman is, because she cant beat any of the guys who place in the men's 100m!!!!

      May 12, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      What poor sports. They were clearly afraid of losing to a team with a girl... hogwash that the girls can't play with the boys.... this is the USA.... we're not chumps... ever hear of Rosie the Riveter... man up fellas... if you can't give the ladies a shot.... maybe you are overcompensating... be gentleman... and honor the game... poor sportsmanship

      May 13, 2012 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. Xgirl360

    My sister played little league with boys until she aged out. She too was second base and better than most of the boys. These Catholic boys are just whiny pansies.

    May 12, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pamela

    The Catholic church and their war on women continues.

    May 12, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • cj

      The war on women is going on in Afghanistan and Iran, pal. Get a clue on the facts!

      May 12, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • phunk

      No CJ, the war on women from the religious right is happening RIGHT HERE in America. Open up your eyes and get a clue on the facts that are right underneath your nose and stop letting the right pool the wool over your eyes.

      May 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kagan

    as a catholic this is embarrassing. Probably some of the uppers were worried that they would lose to a team with a girl on it.

    May 12, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chubs

    Good for them. I'm all for girls in boys sports as longs as boys can join girls sports. I've been hankerin' to join that women's beach volleyball league myself.

    May 12, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mon

      I agree with you chubs. Boys should also be allowed to join the girls teams IF they are against discrimination.

      May 13, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. memine

    Little girl single-handedly won the game for her team! Nice one kid!

    May 13, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mark

    "we promote the ideal of forming and educating boys and girls separately during the adolescent years".. is this a statement from an Saudi Cleric or a American school teacher ?

    May 13, 2012 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
    • MLHthinking

      Good point.

      May 13, 2012 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  11. vet2640

    Check your calendar!, its 2012, you know, the 21st century? JUST WHAT IS THE PROBLEM? Get with it,or get off of the planet.

    May 13, 2012 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  12. oledad

    Our Lady of Sorrows Academy should have played them cuz they act like a bunch of girls

    May 13, 2012 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. Al

    I'm way behind on this 15! Arpad claims that baseball is for men...not women. Evidently he never saw the movie 'A League of Their Own'. A true story!

    When I was stationed in Florida I took 5 months of martial arts training (was tired of running from fights). Judo, Karate, Savate, Akido and Kendo. These are all contact sports and there were 2 women in the group. The instructors wife (who easily tossed me all over the mats) and a high school girl that had about 6 months training (and could also toss me all over the mats!). I got better as time went on. The girl had me follow her home so she could convince her father that he wasn't wasting money on this education. After she tossed me all over the back yard (with ease) her dad took me aside and thanked me for 'letting her do it'. He ignored me when I told him he was wrong and she was really good at what she did. All but one of us guys treated the women as equals. That 1 guy liked to hurt opponents...including the instructors wife. He didn't carry people to the mats...he slammed them into the mats. He was spoken to many no avail. In the end, the instructor let him experience the pleasure of being slammed hard onto the mats. He was then refunded that months fee and ordered to never return. (and none of us ever missed him!)

    Far too many people do not treat others with common courtesy. Primarily too many men do not teat women with any respect.

    May 13, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. GeorgeBos95

    Parents would be up in arms if boys starteted playing on Girl's teams. Few, if any, girls would be able to compete against them.

    But it sounds like that's what it's going to take to get activists to back off from allowing girls on boys teams.

    If you're going to allow it to be one way, then you have to allow it the other. To do anything else would be "discriminatory", now wouldn't it.

    May 13, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. AJD13

    If the catholic school can't handle the fact that other schools don't share their beliefs and that there may be girls playing on some of their teams, then they need to leave that league and form one with other schools that do share their beliefs. The team being cheated out of playing the game to win the championship because this school felt it necessary to thrust their beliefs down others' throats when they knowingly joined a league or conference or whatever that had schools that don't share their beliefs is wrong.

    May 13, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
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