JD Rainwater Profile

Based on the last two seasons, Jonesboro Hurricane infielder J.D. Rainwater loves the post season. Take into consideration, he has hit nine home runs the past two seasons, and five of them have come in the state tournament. And the Arkansas State Red Wolves signee hopes to add more to that Saturday in the state title game.

Rainwater, a left-handed hitting corner infielder, hit a 2-run home run in the Hurricane's 6-5 victory over Benton in the Class 6A semifinals on Saturday. It was his third home run of the week and his eighth and ninth RBIs of the week. Jonesboro will face Greenwood in the 6A title game in Fayetteville at 12:30 Saturday afternoon.

"He has had a unbelievable week,'' said JHS coach Mark Dobson. "He is our man. He makes the other team nervous when he gets up there. And you can feel the pressure he puts on other people. When he comes to the plate, you know, you can see them squirm. They are nervous when he comes up to the plate."

"He is an unbelievable kid, a great kid and we just love him to pieces. We have been fortunate that he has come up in position where they had to pitch to him. He came up the bases loaded and he hits a grand slam and he comes up with no body on he hits a home run. You know what are they going to do. They have got to throw to him. He had some good situations to work with."

Rainwater is the Hurricane's regular third baseman although he has spent some time at first and on the mound. But with is bat is where he makes the most noise, carrying a .500-plus average into the final game.

"I thought I really saw the ball well," he said of his play in the state tournament. "They were throwing me strikes and I was hitting them first pitch. They were getting behind in the count sometimes. I would just look for a fastball and I got a lot of fastball this weekend. "That is not the norm. I have hit the ball as well as I have ever hit it this season. My fielding has not been where I wanted it to be. I have still got to work on that."

He was offered by ASU at the end of his junior year and about a month later committed to the Red Wolves.

"I can't wait,'' he said. "It is going to be in my backyard. My family is going to get to come watch 'me. I just can't wait for it. "They scouted me at a camp and offered me a day later," he said. "I committed about a month later. I was pumped about it."

For now, the focus is on a state title for JHS.

"I just think all of our team focus is a lot better,'' he said. "Sometimes in the middle of the season it is kinda hard to focus.This is just a great feeling being in the state tournament.

"This was our first trip to semis in 6 or 7 years. This is a huge deal for us and we haven't even won a state championship yet. Hopefully we get that."