Back in February, the News & Observer wrote about a North Carolina high school pitcher named Scotty McCreery, who at the time was facing a huge dilemma. Should he choose between continuing the "American Idol" contestant process or return home to pitch for Garner High's varsity team. He picked the former and we now know that turned out to be quite a good decision.
The 17 year-old country crooner has advanced all the way to the contest's Final Three. His Johnny Cash-like deep-throated twang has wowed the judges and the fans and he has consistently improved week after week.
McCreery, who was a high school junior when he became an Idol contestant, had been an outstanding pitcher on the Trojans' junior varsity for two seasons. He was 4-0 with a 3.20 earned run average as a freshman and 6-1 with a 1.04 ERA his sophomore year. In his last start in the summer league, he threw a complete-game shutout against Fuquay-Varina.
So how is it that the reality TV star is down in the North Carolina record books as the relief pitcher of record for Garner High last Friday? Well, McCrerry was included on the initial roster submitted to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association because it was unknown how long his "American Idol" stint would last. The officially submitted box score lists McCreery as the pitcher who closed the game, and because he is still on the team's roster -- he gets credit for the save. What makes the incorrect box score all the more unique is the fact that it will mark the only time McCreery will ever appear in a box score for the Garner varsity team. The fact is, he's never actually pitched in a high school varsity game. And he was 3,000 miles away in Los Angeles when the game took place.
While McCreery's success in front of a microphone might hinder his development as a pitcher, he's still in the record books. Whatever the outcome of American Idol, the teen goes down in history as saving the Garner game this week, even if he didn't actually play.
Some kids have all the luck. Maybe he can catch a game when he goes back to Garner for Idol's hometown visit this week. Or throw out the first pitch.
dare to dream
More from entertainment