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Rainwater brothers
pitch for state title



Brothers J.D. (left) and Sam Rainwater shared pitching duties when their team, the Jonesboro High School Hurricane, won its first-ever state baseball championship on Saturday.

Jonesboro High School won its first-ever state baseball championship on Saturday, and pitching for the win were brothers Jon David "J.D." Rainwater, a senior, and Sam Rainwater, a sophomore.

The brothers are the sons of Tom and Valerie (Eskridge) Rainwater, both natives of Walnut Ridge. Their grandparents are Robert Rainwater of Walnut Ridge, the late Patty Rainwater, Charlotte Spikes of Pocahontas and the late Jonathan "Butch" Eskridge.

The Hurricane claimed the 6A division title with a 5-4 win over Greenwood at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville. After five innings, JHS was behind 4-0 and then scored five runs in the final two innings for the win.

J.D. Rainwater pitched the first four and a third innings for the JHS team. He struck out six, walked two and gave up four earned runs on five hits.

Sam Rainwater earned the win as the relief pitcher in the final two and two-thirds innings. He struck out two and gave up no runs on five hits and no walks and had a perfect seventh inning.

Senior catcher William McCauley hit a three-run home run to ignite the Hurricane rally. J.D. was 2-for-4 at bat and scored one run. Brendan Brecklein, whose father is Walnut Ridge native Jeff Brecklein, scored the tying run.

J.D. Rainwater signed earlier during his senior year to play baseball at Arkansas State University. He recently received the Don Riggs Award, one of the top athletic awards at JHS, and has won numerous other baseball honors.

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