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This is not the Bad News Bears we’re talking about.

I wish it was something out of a fun movie with a happy ending but no. Real Life — May 2012: A Phoenix school scheduled to play in a state baseball championship is forfeiting that game because their opponent has a second baseman who is — hold — hold — who is a girl.

Mesa Prep earned the right to play for the Arizona Charter Athletic Association title against Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School, but when the administration of the parochial school heard 15-year-old Paige Sutzbach was going to be one of their infielders, they pulled out of the competition.

Now for those of you who have had a Catholic education, as I did, may find this decision unlike the church you may be familiar with. Well, Our Lady of Sorrows is run by the ultraconservative society of Saint Pius X, but what possible excuse could they have for not playing baseball against a girl?

The society has been accused of antisemitism in the past. Her name is Sutzbach. Who knows?

But at least I can understand, heading into Mother’s Day, why she’s called Our Lady of Sorrows.

I’m Pat McMahon.