Well, this is messed up.
Arizona high school Our Lady of Sorrows Academy — run by the Society of St. Pius X, a pre-Vatican II sect of Catholicism that is unrecognized by the Church — forfeited the Arizona Charter Athletic Associaton High School Baseball League championship game rather than face Mesa Preparatory Academy and their female second-baseman, 15-year-old Paige Sultzbach.
Our Lady of Sorrows' press release says:
Aside from how leading boys to believe that women shouldn't be allowed to participate in the same activities as them is the opposite of teaching a profound respect for women and girls, the decision makes even less sense considering the nature of baseball.
Sultzbach's mother Pamela told the Arizona Republic, "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."
Paige sat out the two previous games against Our Lady of Sorrows, but Mesa Prep, with only 11 players, needed her in the championship. The team went undefeated in the regular season in the seven-team 1A division of the Arizona Charter Athletic Association.
Despite the insanity of the situation, Paige seems to be handling it with class; she told the Republic, "I felt like any passionate athletic person would feel (in that situation). I don't want our very first high-school baseball team to win the championship on a forfeit."