Phoenix school forfeits game over female player [POLL]

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- A Phoenix school has forfeited a championship baseball game rather than face a team with a female player.

Our Lady of Sorrows has bowed out of Thursday night's game against Mesa Preparatory Academy in the Arizona Charter Athletic Association championship.  The event was scheduled to be played at Phoenix College.

Paige Sultzbach, 15, who plays second baseman at Mesa Prep, sat out of two previous games against the Catholic school out of respect for their beliefs.

Our Lady of Sorrows is run by the U.S. branch of the Society of Saint Pius X. The group represents conservative, traditional priests who broke from the Catholic Church in the 1980s.
 
Calls to Our Lady of Sorrow officials were not returned.