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Come play new ballgame Saturday

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Any former baseball player who misses the game they grew up playing might want to head to Kemp Park behind the Folsom Sports Complex on Saturday. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., a relatively new game called ‘FastballBSF’ will be demonstrated and anyone is welcome to bring their gloves and wooden bats and give it a try. FastballBSF is a combination of baseball and softball mixed into one. It’s been pitched as baseball on a softball field, with a ball that’s a half-inch bigger than a baseball, wooden bats, overhead pitches from a rubber from 60 feet (fastballs only, no mound) and 65-foot base paths. Batters start with a one ball, one strike count, so three more balls is a walk and two more strikes is an out. Stolen bases are allowed, but runners are not allowed to take leads off base. Hector Rodriguez, a Folsom resident who owns a company called All American Championship Sports, is setting up demo games and promoting the sport all-around Northern California and beyond. “I was contacted by co-founder of the sport, Val Lewis of Sacramento, and he asked me to head up the tournament side of things,” Rodriguez said. “My plan is to go to local parks and recreation departments and introduce the game and get leagues and tournaments started. We will have our demo game on Jan. 14 and we will have an existing team up to demo the game, but we’re encouraging anyone who wants to give it a try to come on out. We hope to play three five-inning games and rotate players in and out so they can get a feel for the game.” Rodriguez’ eventual goal is to start a FastballBSF league in Folsom beginning on Friday nights in June. He already has leagues starting in March in Mather, Elk Grove, Woodland, Stockton and Livermore. “I’ve been playing softball for a long time and I’ve been fighting myself to get back into baseball,” Rodriguez said. “Men’s baseball games are nine-innings long and take three hours to play and the cost is around $300 a season. FastballBSF satisfies my baseball juices. The games are seven innings and only take an hour to play and the cost is significantly less.” For more information on the sport visit fastballbsf.org FastballBSF What: Baseball on a softball field Who: Anyone When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday Where: Kemp Park, Folsom, behind the Folsom Sports Complex Info: fastballbsf.org