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Tips and tricks to staying cool at the ballpark

KENNETT, MO (KFVS) -

Hundreds of baseball players and their parents have taken over Shawnee Park for the 2015 Babe Ruth State Tournament.

Despite the hot temperatures, nothing is keeping the fans away.

But when it's hot out, it can make the time at the ballpark not so enjoyable.
That is if you come unprepared.

"You can't be over prepared in this heat,” said one Kennett baseball mom.

Bring on the hot temps, these moms know best.

They say a day at the ballpark requires multiple wagons packed full of supplies.

"Grapes and frog togs and juice. Everything,” she said.

Leaving the players to focus on their A-game.

"Players are handling it pretty well. We are keeping hydrated the best we can and we have water in all of dugouts for all of the players,” said Mark Hurley,the Sports Complex Maintenance Supervisor.

With this many people out in the sun all day, Mark Hurley says there's always a risk someone might get overheated.

And the grounds crew is prepared if someone does.

"We had one umpire get a little hot yesterday. A little ice water, put him in the air conditioning and he was find after about an hour,” he said.

Luckily, the players do too.

Other fans have their own way of keeping cool.

Whether that's cheering from under an umbrella or finding a place to park your chair in the shade, the heat isn't something that is going to keep these fans away.

The tournament runs through Sunday and with temperatures in the 90s beginning tomorrow.

The grounds crew say they will be checking on players and fans all day to make sure they're hydrated.

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