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"It feels good just to come out here and just get back on the field. I thought my curveball worked well. But today was just about the team. I'm glad to help out the team in any way possible."
Sounds like a veteran pitcher coming back after an injury rehab, don't it?
Instead, that's Scotty McCreery, who pitched a nearly flawless inning Saturday for his Garner (N.C.) Magnet High School varsity squad. And no injury for Scotty—in his two-year hiatus, Scotty won American Idol and opened a tour for country superstar Brad Paisley.
Still, Scotty, 18, felt the itch to return to the Garner Trojans, and they faced off against the mighty Fuquay-Varina Bengals. Down by an 8-5 margin, the Trojans brought in Curveball McCreery, who retired the side with two strikeouts and no hits, the Charlotte Observer reported .
Scotty got the first batter on three curveballs, the second batter on a pop up. The third batter struck out, but reached base when the catcher dropped the third strike. Scotty forced a grounder from batter No. 4 to get out of the inning. Alas, Scotty's team got only two more runs, finishing with an 8-7 loss.
Still, Coach Derik Goffena said Scotty put in a solid performance.
"That was a good inning of work for him or anybody else," Coach said.
Scotty was just happy to be there.
"It means a lot to still be a part of this," he said. "It's still playing with my friends, just being back home. I'm blessed to have this opportunity."
Read more at the charlotteobserver.com .