Fans find interesting ways to beat the heat |

Fans find interesting ways to beat the heat

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

LAS VEGAS — Lake Tahoe residents may be tempted to curse the unspring-like weather we’ve had this year and plan for the warm summer sunshine.

Residents of Las Vegas have a different sort of planning: where to find a little shade when the temperature hits 100 in the middle of May.

It all depends on your perspective, of course.

“The hotter the better, baby!” crowed baseball fan Wayne Gelband of Las Vegas, who was sitting under the partial shade of an umbrella, watching his son play for Faith Lutheran High School against Whittell in the Nevada 2A state baseball tournament. “We’re ready for (the heat). It’s just now warming up.”

With temperatures nearing 100 in the city of Las Vegas on Friday afternoon, the top 2A baseball teams gathered at Whelan Field in Boulder City to battle it out for the state title. About 100 brave fans gathered in what little shade was to be found to watch the action in the hot, dry sun.

“Shade and water and base hits” is all Bob Babid of Las Vegas needs to stay cool, he said, as he also watched his son play for the Crusaders.

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John Corey followed the Warriors from Stateline to watch his son, Tyler, play ball.

“It’s not that bad,” Corey said. “I’m from the San Jose area where we have weather like this. There is a little breeze keeping us nice and cool and without that we’d be dying.”

Corey said the team uses ice to keep the kids’ body temperatures down on days like this.

“We do a little trick where we fill up little baggies with ice and the kids put them inside their hats,” he said. “That drops their body temperature. With Tyler catching, we like to get his temperature down really quickly so we get the ice on him as soon as he gets to the dugout. It cools him down and makes him last longer behind the plate.”

The Whittell baseball team may have forgotten what playing in the southern Nevada heat is all about since losing Tonopah to the Southern 2A league this year. The farthest south the team has played this season was Hawthorne, Corey said.

“We used everything we could to cool down out there. It was hot,” said Whittell manager Don Amaral.

Crusaders manager Chris Pfatenhauer, whose team spends the whole year playing in the stifling Las Vegas sunshine, predictably said his team requires nothing special to beat the heat.

“We play all summer long when it’s 110 or 115 degrees,” Pfatenhauer said. “We just try to keep hydrated. This is nothing.”

Remember, it all depends on your perspective.