Scotty McCreery popped the rosin bag off the back of his hand, stepped to the top of the mound at AT&T Field and wiped the rubber with his sneakers.
He looked like he had been on a mound before.
He faked shaking off the catcher twice and then rifled the ceremonial first pitch into the dirt before the Lookouts' 4-2 loss to Pensacola on Friday.
"Tonight, I was nervous as all get out," said McCreery, winner of the 2011 "American Idol" season. "Everybody I talked to said, 'Don't throw it in the dirt.' But I did."
McCreery pitched for the Garner Magnet High School (N.C.) team this past season after taking his junior year off to compete on "Idol." There's a YouTube video of a grounder bouncing up and glancing off his million-dollar throat.
"My dad pitched in college so he was like my pitching coach and he taught me all his stuff," said McCreery, whose debut album reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 list. "It worked out decent, I guess."
McCreery's playing days are over except for an occasional celebrity softball game or a chance to throw out a first pitch.
"I'll always be around baseball and I love doing things like this where I can entertain fans and enjoy the game," said McCreery, who has a love for all Boston area sports teams including the Red Sox. "Country music and baseball go hand-in-hand."
McCreery spent most of Friday playing golf at The Honors Course. He said he shot in the 90s.
"That's a beautiful course and I hit some good shots," McCreery said after leading a sellout crowd of 6,372 in "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." "The next time I go, I'm putting a fishing pole in the bag because they've got some big ones in there."