Jamie Reidy boos an Arizona high school baseball team that forfeited a championship game rather play against a girl.
They literally took their balls and went home.
ESPN reports on the lack of a championship game in the 1A-division of the Arizona Charter Athletic Association.
A Phoenix school that was scheduled to play Paige Sultzbach, a 15-year-old Mesa girl, and her male teammates forfeited the game rather than face a female player.
Our Lady of Sorrows bowed out of Thursday night’s game against Mesa Preparatory Academy in the Arizona Charter Athletic Association championship.
This isn’t a case of “Well, she should just stick to softball!” Paige’s school doesn’t offer softball, so she tried out for the baseball team and made it.
Officials at Our Lady of Sorrows declined comment. In a written statement Thursday, the school said the decision to forfeit was consistent with a policy prohibiting co-ed sports.
I bet the women who inspired the Geena Davis-Tom Hanks smash A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN are screaming from the top step of their dugout in heaven.
Take away yet another run from the Catholic side of the scoreboard! (To be fair, the Saint Pius X priests broke from the Catholic Church because it was too soft.)
It’s 2012, Fathers. Get your heads out of the sand.
Paige Sultzbach isn’t trying to be Jackie Robinson, here; she’s just trying to play second base and win a championship with her teammates. Last week Sports Illustrated ran a cover story celebrating the 40th anniversary of Title IX. Apparently, there’s still work to be done.
And how sad that doctrine prevented the Our Lady of Sorrows boys from competing for the title they’d pursued all season.
What do you think about the OLS decision to not play against a girl?
Photo by: Dave Hogg