High School Baseball Team Forfeits Championship Rather Than Play Against A Girl

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You can call the folks who run Our Lady of Sorrows Academy in Phoenix old-fashioned, outdated, or even chauvinistic, but you certainly can’t call them hypocrites.

That’s because they chose to forfeit a championship high school baseball game rather than face a team that has a girl playing second base—which apparently is against their beliefs.

Our Lady of Sorrows Academy was supposed to square off against Mesa Preparatory Academy for the Arizona Charter Athletic Association state championship on Thursday. But because Mesa refused to have 15-year-old Paige Sultzbach sit the game out, Our Lady of Sorrows apparently felt they had no choice but to forfeit the state championship.

Obviously, that’s not how Mesa wanted to win.

Now, in case you’re wondering, this wasn’t an issue of the other team being afraid they would hurt a female opponent. Baseball, lest you didn’t realize, isn’t exactly a contact sport. According to Paige Sultzbach’s mother, it’s philosophical rather than a practical objection. “It wasn’t that they were afraid they were going to hurt or injure her,” she explained. “It’s that (they believe) that a girl’s place is not on a field.”

Sure enough, it turns out that Our Lady of Sorrows isn’t a regular old Catholic high school. The school is actually run by a break-away group of radical conservatives called the Society of St. Pius X. These are priests who refused to accept reforms instituted by the Catholic Church back in the 1960s, and who have been on the outs with Vatican officials—those permissive liberals!—ever since.

And this wasn’t the first time Paige Sultzbach and her teammates had encountered the, um, “unusual” beliefs of Our Lady of Sorrows. The two teams met during the regular season as well, and Paige volunteered to sit out so that her teammates didn’t miss a game. But neither Paige nor her school or teammates were willing to make such a ridiculous concession for the championship game.

Hat Tip – [AZ Central via The Brew]

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