Triple digit heat to take toll on everyone from Clovis graduates to Fresno Grizzlies players this week

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- From Fresno Grizzlies players to high school graduates, those who have the sun beating down on them this week know they'll have to find creative ways to stay cool.

Fresno Grizzlies officials say Chukchansi Park was designed for triple digit temperatures like today. They say you can always catch some shade or a nice breeze -- especially at night games.

But it's a little different for Grizzlies Catcher Tyler Heineman. He says there have been times in his baseball career where he's almost passed out because of the heat.

"For some reason, I get a little lightheaded when I start to get fatigued and start sweating a lot so the ice towels or the ammonia towels that we have in between innings, if I'm playing, are a big deal for me," Heineman said.

He drinks about 10 bottles of water every game to stay hydrated and avoid cramping up, in addition to taking a supplement with electrolytes.

Seniors at Clovis West High School also plan to bring their water bottles to graduation.
They practiced indoors today, but will practice again outside at Veteran's Memorial Stadium on Wednesday morning before they walk across the stage at 7:30 that night.
Clovis Unified says temperatures will be cooler for commencement, so they aren't implementing heat procedures. But Clovis West seniors say school officials are telling them to come prepared for the heat.
"(It) just has to be in dress code but we can bring water, sun hats," said Clovis West senior Rodney Sawyer. "Hats in general are against school policy but they're allowing that to allow us to keep cool."

Fellow Clovis senior Ali White says she's hoping for cooler temperatures on Wednesday, but says she'll be prepared.

"Bring a hat, wear lots of sunscreen and my friend is bringing a mister just a small one-we're sitting at the top row," White said.

Three Clovis High Schools will have graduation ceremonies tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday.
The Grizzlies play the Reno Aces at 12:05 p.m. on Tuesday. null
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