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Scotty McCreery, the winner of last spring's "American Idol," has performed before thousands of people, toured the world and seen his debut CD go platinum. But on Saturday afternoon, he was just a high school baseball player hoping to throw strikes.
McCreery returned to his team, the Garner Trojans, and took the mound in the seventh inning in an 8-7 loss to Fuquay-Varina.
"It's kind of like I have two lives," McCreery said. "I have my singing life, and I love it. It's incredible, but I have my life in Garner. I'm blessed. I'm just glad to be back for a little bit."
McCreery struck out two and allowed just one base runner in Saturday's game. He said he keeps up on school work while he's on the road to maintain his eligibility to play high school sports.
"My teachers will send work from my other classes, and I’m doing that when I’m not on stage and doing interviews," he said. "We’re working it out and so far doing good. I got honor roll last semester, and I’m trying to keep up this semester.”
“The whole key for him is being able to throw the off-speed pitches for strikes,” Goffena said. “Our goal for him is the same for everybody else, to see him perform well on the field. That was a good inning of work for him or anybody else.”
The Bengals (4-0) led 8-5 when McCreery entered the game in the seventh. Garner closed to within 8-7 on a two-run single by Skylar Strickland in the bottom of the seventh. The Trojans (3-2) had the bases loaded with two outs and were a hit away from McCreery getting a win on the mound in his first appearance, but Bengals’ closer Evan McNeill got Vince Jeffries to line out to Chris Williams at second base to end the contest.
McCreery was all smiles after the game, doing what high school baseball players do, lending a hand to rake up and cover the dirt around home plate.
“It means a lot to still be a part of this,” McCreery said. “It’s still playing with my friends, just being back home. I’m blessed to have this opportunity.”
The Trojans return to action on Tuesday, visiting Clayton in their Greater Neuse River 4A Conference opener.
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Norwood resident Sabrina Kelley could think of no better way to celebrate her sweet sixteen than at a Scotty McCreery concert. So when her parents announced that she and fifteen of her friends would be flying down to Baltimore to attend the American Idol winner’s concert, WKLB Country 102.5 knew they had to step in and do something to make this a truly special moment for the cystic fibrosis survivor.
Together, 102.5 and Sabrina’s parents, Brian and Pam Kelley, surprised the teen with a backstage meet and greet with Scotty and his family.
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