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Catholic high school in Arizona forfeits baseball championship game rather than play against a team with a girl on it

May 10, 2012, 1:29 PM EDT

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Our Lady of Sorrows is a fundamentalist Catholic School in Phoenix, Ariz., which adheres strictly to God’s word. And so, when OLS made it to the state baseball championship game against Mesa Prep, they immediately chose to forfeit. That’s because Mesa Prep has a female player (gasp!) — second baseman Paige Sultzbach.

Ned Flanders: “It’s right there in the Bible, people! Thou shalt not mingle with the girl who got that single.”

Mesa had beaten OLS twice during the regular season in games that Sultzbach sat out in respect of the other team’s religious objections. But when the state championship rolled around, Mesa Prep was no longer willing to turn the other cheek.

Our Lady of Sorrows school officials would not comment, but Sultzbach’s mother, Pamela Sultzbach, said her daughter and the rest of the team received the news after Wednesday afternoon’s practice.

“This is not a contact sport, it shouldn’t be an issue,” Pamela said. “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.”

Paige played softball and volleyball in junior high, but because Mesa Prep does not have a girls softball team, she decided to try out for the boys baseball team, with the coach’s encouragement.

But wait a minute, hold on. Take a look at this inspiration Jesus statue from Catholic Supply, Inc. Look at the catcher’s hair — that’s clearly a girl.


Our Lady of Sorrows is run by the U.S. branch of the Society of Saint Pius X, a group of conservative, traditionalist priests who disagree with the reforms of the Vatican II Council in the 1960s and broke with the Catholic Church in the 1980s.

“I respect their views, but it’s a bit out of the 18th century,” said Mesa Prep athletic director Amy Arnold, who is the only woman now coaching a boys high-school football team in Arizona.

Calls to OLS officials by the Arizona Republic were not returned.

  1. dowhatifeellike - May 10, 2012 at 5:04 PM


    • jerseyshoregiant - May 11, 2012 at 6:06 PM

      Just for the record the school that forfeited the game is NOT a catholic school. They are not affiliated with any catholic diocese. I went to a catholic high school and we never forfeited a game because of something like this. We competed against teams that had girls on the wrestling team, girls on the football team.

  2. philcommander - May 10, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    It’s a shame that people who read the Bible don’t grasp the concept of “The Truth Shall Set You Free”.
    It’s not a book of rules. They should have played this game…I do respect their feelings on the subject, but they are missing the point of the Bible (in my opinion).

    • florida727 - May 11, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      Got news for you. There is NOTHING in the Bible that says a girl can’t play on a boys baseball team in high school in Arizona. Whatever cult they’ve created after breaking from orthodox Christianity won’t be rewarded eternally. That much I do know.

  3. mogogo1 - May 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Well, at least demanded the girl be allowed to play in the championship game. But what took so long? They should have made these weirdos forfeit all three meetings this year. Seriously, if these nuts thought minorities shouldn’t be allowed to play, they’d have benched everybody but the white kids to accommodate them? Don’t enable people like this…stand up for what’s right.

  4. teamcanter - May 10, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Rick, here we go again. Have any stories about Muslim women from Saudi Arabia and Afgahnistan in the Olympics?? Making them cover themselves during competition? Of course not, you can only rip on Christianity. It’s getting old. Here’s a link to a page that of course Rick would never write about.

    • generh - May 10, 2012 at 6:59 PM

      Wah! I’m chwistian and I’m not satisfied being the one from the most dominant religion in the most dominant country and history. Why we not wiked?

    • crosberries - May 10, 2012 at 8:51 PM

      Atleast they let them play in the other article you wanted us to read which makes you look even worse so thanks for showing us that. Women are for making babies and cooking in the kitchen. Haha sarcasm of course.

      • teamcanter - May 11, 2012 at 10:46 AM

        Not even close to the point I’m trying to make….I’m just showing everyone how Rick singles out Christians and you’ll never see an article in this blog written about any other religion. I work, my wife works and we have 3 children. My example was of a great story Rick could write about, but of course, never will…..

      • crosberries - May 11, 2012 at 7:02 PM

        That’s because no one cares what’s going on in a foreign country that’s a couple hundred years behind everyone else. Thats been going on for how long over there? We get it What people do care about is people being morons in this country.

    • sabatimus - May 10, 2012 at 11:23 PM

      I’m PROUD to be the 100th thumb down of your asinine and irrelevant comment.

      • florida727 - May 11, 2012 at 5:26 PM

        I’m #150. So take THAT :)

    • naskura - May 11, 2012 at 2:19 PM

      Teamcanter the problem with your theory is that the women you are talking about are a part of a religion that says this is their code of modest dress. They are not insisting that all female athletes from every other country bow to their code of dress are they? What I see is they are making rules about their own citizens. Unfortunately there is nothing Rick can do about that.

      • teamcanter - May 11, 2012 at 4:51 PM

        You’re missing the point….Rick doesn’t comment on any religion except Christianity. Me taking some random story is just showing you that there is examples of other sports/religion stories out there that he could write about. There’s many others. The one I showed is just an example and I’m not making an opinion on it either way

  5. stevem7 - May 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Just some more LAME Catholic BS. Gotta love dem Catlicks, they and the Hero’s of Augusta National Golf Course do believe in holding down the women and keeping them in their place. Our Lady Of Sorrows huh? Guess we all know what she’s sorry about, discrimination. That school should be permanently banned from competition until such time as they join the modern world and realize that women are people too.

    • naskura - May 11, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      “Our Lady of Sorrows is run by the U.S. branch of the Society of Saint Pius X, a group of conservative, traditionalist priests who disagree with the reforms of the Vatican II Council in the 1960s and broke with the Catholic Church in the 1980s.”

      Calling these people catholic would be like calling Christians as Jews. While Christianity is of Abrahamic tradition they believe the savior has come and fulfilled the law of Moses and has died for our sins.

      These people have denounced the Vatican but still want to claim the title of Catholic because of reform that happened at the head of the church. Either they are Catholics and abide by Vatican rulings or they are hypocrites. They can’t have their cake and eat it too…

  6. nwgary - May 10, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    I think it is time for many boys who failed play with boys teams. Join in girl’s team. I am sure that they will protest about it. Maybe I am wrong. Let us observe in the future. Since girls has been complain about not allow them join in boy’s team.

  7. tgavery - May 10, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Why do people keep saying “I respect their views, but…”?? DON’T respect their views. They are not worthy of being respected. Maybe what you mean to say is, “I respect their RIGHT to hold stupid views… but they are still stupid.”

  8. t16rich - May 10, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    How is this a surprise to anyone? Since the begining of religion, the catholics have chose to play with young boys instead of girls.

    • generh - May 10, 2012 at 7:02 PM

      Somehow your though rings true. It’s okay — well, we’ll hide it and then rail against a FEW of the priests who molest, but still — no girls in baseball — to do little boys. It is NOT okay for a girl to beat our baseball team.

  9. generh - May 10, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    North Carolina. Now Arizona. What kind of psychedelic drug has been dumped in the drinking water in the south?

    • skids003 - May 11, 2012 at 7:14 AM

      Nothing to do with the article, but it’s funny, after 150 years, you Yankee bastards still think you’re better than us. Too stupid to see otherwise.

    • apmn - May 11, 2012 at 8:23 AM

      Nobody ever learned you any geography lessons, huh?

  10. generh - May 10, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Actually, you’re danged right. I DON’T respect the deliberate ignorance and lack of brains coming out of Arizona. It must be HORRIBLE to go somewhere and say, “Ah cum fum Arizoneyea.

  11. nofunleague - May 10, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    I think a one year suspension from any league play should help them see the error of their way.

  12. sailbum7 - May 10, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    The worst part about it is that a few ignorant adults deprived these kids of the chance to play for the state championship. I highly doubt any of the kids on the team cared one way or another about there being a girl on the opposing team.

  13. dabbindan - May 10, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    well, what would YOU do if you might be exposed to…….COOTIES!

    • naskura - May 11, 2012 at 2:28 PM

      These are High School students I think most of them are over the cooties stage. Unfortunately most of them are probably right at the stage of trying to get to second base in other ways or even beyond.

  14. rayburns - May 10, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Since baseball is such a traditional Biblical sport, it is understandable why having a girl playing such a game would be considered sacrilegious…

  15. sabatimus - May 10, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    And, predictably: it’s their loss. Literally.

  16. term3186 - May 11, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    Why does the headline read “Catholic high school”, yet the article says that they broke with the Catholic Church over THIRTY YEARS AGO? Come on now. Thats pretty sloppy/terrible/inflammatory writing.

    • Rick Chandler - May 11, 2012 at 10:43 AM

      From the Our Lady of Sorrows web site:

      **The property is 10.8 acres. It is primarily comprised of the current Protestant-designed church, a growing K-12 Catholic school, and a 34-room retreat house.**


      **Whether you live in Phoenix or may someday visit, there will be a proper and beautiful traditional Catholic church for the benefit of your soul—and everyone else’s.**

      They refer to themselves as a traditional, or orthodox, Catholic school, rather than simply Catholic.

    • naskura - May 11, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      Term3186 I believe they believe themselves to be Catholics and the rest of the catholic church to be heathens…

    • dowhatifeellike - May 12, 2012 at 1:23 AM

      It’s simple: they are what they say they are. Who are we to tell them what they are?