Ariz. school won’t play against team with girl

May 11, 2012, Friday/ 17:07:00/ REUTERS

An Arizona high school forfeited a shot at a state baseball championship on Thursday rather than compete against an opponent  that had a 15-year-old girl on its team, an official from the rival school said.

Our Lady of Sorrows Academy in Phoenix had been due to play Mesa Preparatory Academy in the Arizona Charter Athletic Association state championship. But the team pulled out rather than face the Mesa squad, which fielded 15-year-old Paige Sultzbach at second base, Mesa Preparatory Academy headmaster Robert Wagner said. “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,” Wagner told Reuters. “It’s just unfortunate that our kids who are excited about playing don’t have the opportunity,” he added.  Reuters was unable to reach Our Lady of Sorrows for comment.

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