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Baseball teach forfeits game because they didn't want to play a team with a girl on it

Posted by on May. 11, 2012 at 10:37 AM
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A baseball team in Arizona that worked all season to reach the state championship game has forfeited the chance to play for a state title because its opponent has a girl starting at second base.

Mesa Prep second baseman Paige Sultzbach — FacebookMesa Prep second baseman Paige Sultzbach — Facebook

As initially reported by the Arizona Republic, then followed upon by a variety of other Arizona and national sources, Phoenix (Ariz.) Our Lady of Sorrows Academy's baseball team decided to forfeit its scheduled Arizona Charter Athletic Association state championship matchup rather than face off against Mesa (Ariz.) Preparatory Academy, which features a second baseman named Paige Sultzbach.

Because playing Mesa Prep would require competing against a team featuring a girl, Our Lady of Sorrows decided that playing the game would violate the school's mission to teach boys and girls separately, as the school made clear in a statement on Thursday. The separation of the sexes is a key tenet of the Society of St. Pius X, a separatist branch of the Catholic Church of which Our Lady of Sorrows is a part.

The Mesa Prep baseball team — MesaPrepAthletics.orgThe Mesa Prep baseball team —

While the cancellation of the state title game is a disappointment for Sultzbach and her teammates, it was hardly unanticipated. The teenager sat out two previous games between the schools because of Our Lady of Sorrows' religious beliefs, but she was unwilling to sit out the biggest game of the season which she and her teammates had worked to reach.

That desire was only stoked by Sultzbach's absence in the prior matchups between the teams, as the teen told the Republic.

"I felt like any passionate athletic person would feel (in that situation)," Sultzbach told the Republic. "I don't want our very first high-school baseball team to win the championship on a forfeit."

While the forfeit will officially make Mesa Prep the ACAA state champion, the school's athletic director made clear that her team didn't want to earn its state crown that way.

"What true athlete would want to win or lose a championship game by forfeit?" Mesa Prep AD Amy Arnold, who also happens to be the only female football coach in Arizona, told the Republic. … "I respect their views, but it's a bit out of the 18th century."

by on May. 11, 2012 at 10:37 AM
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by on May. 11, 2012 at 10:39 AM

 It's sad that this young lady was good enough to make the team, then had to sit out not once but twice because they played this team.  Now, her team makes it to the championship, she decides to play and this other team decides if she plays they'll just forfeit because of some archaic mindset.  Women rock and I'm so glad this young lady stood up for herself!  Her parents should be proud of her and her teammates!

by on May. 11, 2012 at 12:12 PM
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That's crazy! What happened to teaching the kids that we are all equal.
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by on May. 11, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Wow. I really wonder about this country sometimes.

I mean, let's be honest, women still make less than men for the same job

families often times are harder on their girls vs their boys.

Just like racism is still alive, so is sexism....I honestly don't see a true end to any of it.

by on May. 11, 2012 at 4:34 PM

No the team forfeited because the coach knew his team wasn't ready and would have gotten their r'asses kicked.  I'm not buying it. This girl isn't the first and she won't be the last among the boys. 

by on May. 11, 2012 at 4:41 PM

How idiotic. I don't see what in baseball is so dang rough that they can't play against a girl. I understand not wanting to play against a girl in a football game. A guy would feel pretty lousy tackling the hell out of a girl but baseball? Really? SMH

by on May. 11, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Good! There's fast-pitch softball for girls and that's where she needs to be.

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 fast pitch player Megan Gibson pitching the ball in the "windmill" motion for Texas A&M

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