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. JustPlainJoe

    Foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. Irrational response to a changing world.

    May 15, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Dick Prudlo

      Well Joe, the 18th Century has much to be appreciated is suspect.

      May 15, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. Johnny America

    So we are supposed to be outraged that this happened but not be angry when that boy was recently kicked off the girls field hockey team even though he was 3 years younger than all the girls? This is why feminism is bs. You can't discriminate then whine when you are discriminated against. This girl won a "championship".

    May 15, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • damo12345

      To answer your first question: "No."

      To reply to the rest of your post: "Please stop talking, you're making the rest of us look bad."

      May 15, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. marco

    I feel badly for the kids at Our Lady of Sorrows Academy. Because they go to Our Lady of Sorrows Academy.

    May 15, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. Milky Pirate

    Wasn't it another Catholic School that pulled out of a basketball tournament because of the day it was played on? Why can't they just play the game and stop whining?

    May 15, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mikhail

    Reading news here in Russia, every day I get more and more confirmation that Arizona is a one of the most idiotic place on Earth. Right there after Russia.

    May 15, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. Steve

    The boys of Lady of Sorrows are afraid to get beat by a girl. They have a girls name for a school for God's sake.

    May 15, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. Matthew

    Another reason why the Catholic church needs to just go away. They are the most divisive organization the world has ever experiences, and do not represent what Jesus would do – ever...

    May 15, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • concerned in illinois

      Matthew – I agree. Being a Christian (admittedly, not a Catholic), this view by the religious school does not seem consistent with the 'inclusive', 'all-loving' and compassionate God that I know.

      May 15, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tcp

    Drop 'em from the league.

    May 15, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. John

    Pro Sports DO NOT allow mixed teams. why should highschool or any other leverl of play.

    May 15, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Pro sprorts Do allow mixed teams. It is open to the best players regaurdless of gender. Manon Rheaume was a goaltender in pro hockey.

      May 15, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • budsview

      sorry john, but did you see danica patrick drive in nascars races this past weekend?
      women are demanding to be treated as equals in all things, and some of us are living by older standards that no longer apply.

      and obama just came out in support of gay marriage.

      whats next?

      May 15, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      You are incorrect (surprise, surprise). Pro sports do not prohibit women from playing.

      May 15, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gunsmoke Jackson

      You're partially right. It only works when women have something to gain. Danica in NASCAR, Rheaume in hockey, the whole flap at Augusta..

      Now, when it benefits the man, that's when it's okay to be exclusionary. Allen Iverson needs money, but I think the odds of the WNBA letting him in are slim to none.. I like volleyball, but men's volleyball didn't exist where I grew up. I wasn't given the option to join the volleyball team, despite a girl being allowed to try out for football.

      Stinks, doesn't it? Reeks of double standards...

      May 15, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Greg

    Forfeit and still lost to a girl!

    May 15, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. Pat

    Now when gays are no longer shunned (at least openly), we can begin anew to pick on girls and women. The Catholic Church continues to do damage young people. Hang in there Paige!!

    May 15, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. Max Wunsche

    So can boys compete in girls track and field, or swimming or soccer?

    May 15, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Tricia

      If there is no male equivalent, then yes.

      May 15, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  13. LeftyRighty

    Seems like every team should add a girl to their team and then these clowns will have to forfeit every game. My suggestion to the ACAA would be that their forfeit should not be accepted, they should be disqualified.

    May 15, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Ol' JW

      Excellent idea!

      May 15, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. UHhello

    Thank you Arizona for now becoming like the other biggoted gender and race baiting states like AL, MS, KY, TN, SC etc......

    May 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. SanDiegoLocal

    "Our Lady of Sorrows", really?? Is that the name of the academy or the description of those running it? 😉

    May 15, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
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