An Arizona high school baseball team chose to forfeit the state championship rather than face off against an opponent that has a girl on its team.
Our Lady of Sorrows, a fundamentalist Catholic school, was slated to play Mesa Preparatory Academy in the Arizona Charter Athletic Association state championship. But they pulled out because of 15-year-old Paige Sultzbach, who plays second base for Mesa Prep.
"They wouldn't play the game as long as we had a girl on the team who was on the field. It violates their policy about boys playing against girls," Mesa Preparatory Academy headmaster Robert Wagner told Reuters.
What exactly is that policy?
"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.
The two teams have played twice before, with Sultzbach sitting on the bench. But she wanted to play with her team in the championship game.
Her mother, Pamela Sultzbach, expressed her disappointment with the outcome.
"This is not a contact sport, it shouldn't be an issue," she told the Arizona Republic . "It wasn't that they were afraid they were going to hurt or injure her, it's that (they believe) a girl's place is not on a field."
What do you think about the school's decision?