Amber Pocasset’s J.D. Prather: Baseball Spotlight Presented By Harley-Davidson World

By Derrick Smith

There are people who enter our lives and make a huge impact on us that lasts for a long time. For some, this could be a family member or someone close to them, for others it could be a celebrity or professional athlete. J.D. Prather has two people who helped shape him into the person he is today.

“My dad and my grandpa have been my biggest role models,” he said. “My dad was the one who introduced me to baseball and taught me how to play and to love the sport. My grandpa has been an influence on me because he has taught me how to work hard and never give up.”

Prather is a junior at Amber-Pocasset High School, where he is a member of the baseball team. He began playing the sport at the age of five, and currently plays first base and pitcher. He says that his favorite moment on the diamond took place last year.

“My best memory is when we won our wood bat tournament last summer,” Prather said. “We played really good baseball that weekend and the whole team did really good.”

Along with the help of his dad and grandpa, J.D. says that there is another group that has helped him to become the baseball player he is.

“I am thankful for the help of my teammates and coaches,” he said. “Without them teaching me how to do things the right way and them being there for me, I would not be where I am today as an athlete.”

In the classroom at Amber-Pocasset, Prather has had a lot of great teachers, but he says that one of his elementary teachers’ impact still sticks with him.

“Mrs. Critchfield was my third and fourth grade teacher,” he said. “She taught me that if you are kind to people, they will be kind to you as well. She is definitely my favorite teacher.”