Ailene Voisin, sports columnist


Weekend poll: Which running back will rush for the most yards this season?

Leading Off: A call to fastpitch softball players

Published: Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 20, 2012 - 9:15 am

Connie Fishbaugh, a local private investigator, is attempting to revive a Sacramento-area fastpitch softball league – Sacto Fastpitch – and is looking for an estimated 20 women to play in a four-team league in September.

Originally, the league was coed (2009), but according to Fishbaugh, it ceased operations after the 2010 season because people were feeling the economic pinch and too few women were aware of its existence.

"There are plenty of slowpitch leagues for men, women and coed," said Fishbaugh, "but most girls who play in high school and college want to keep playing fastpitch, and there is nothing here. That's what we're trying to fix. It's all recreational – doesn't involve any travel – and only costs $40 to sign up."

In an attempt to generate enough interest for games to be played at the Sacramento Softball Complex, beginning next month, Fishbaugh has taken to recruiting at area softball fields.

"I'll just walk down to the women and say, 'Does anybody want to play fastpitch?' " she said. "And I think there is considerable interest. We've continued to build a much larger database, too, and people are starting to call. Our goal is to have at least four teams for September, four or five teams soon, and then have league play in the spring, as well. I really feel like this year is the charm."

For further information, contact Fishbaugh at (916) 541-2729 or

What to do

Baseball, River Cats vs. Las Vegas, 7:05 p.m., Raley Field: The Cats begin their final homestand (nine games) of regular season.

Weekend poll

Which running back will rush for the most yards this season?

• Frank Gore, 49ers

• Darren McFadden, Raiders

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Friday's results

Should the Giants re-sign Melky Cabrera for 2013 and beyond?

• Yes, he learned his lesson: 42%

• No, the Giants need to let him go: 58%

Total votes: 232

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Ailene Voisin, sports columnist

Ailene Voisin

Ailene Voisin was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from UNLV and a law degree from the University of San Diego before committing full time to journalism.

Her career includes stops at the San Diego Union, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and time spent as the backup beat writer for Dodgers and Angels, Clippers and NBA beat writer, sports columnist, along with numerous assignments covering international events and the Olympics. Ailene joined The Sacramento Bee in 1997.

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