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Courtesy Derik Goffena

Scotty McCreery

Scotty McCreery had at least two big dreams last year as a junior at Garner Magnet (Garner, N.C.).

In the spring he achieved the first one by winning the prestigious American Idol singing competition.

The second dream - playing varsity baseball - didn't seem possible after he received a recording contract and went on tour.

However, earlier today he made his varsity baseball debut in the seventh inning as Garner suffered an 8-7 loss to Fuquay-Varina (N.C.). The 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior right-hander did an outstanding job by striking out two and allowing no runs in his single inning of relief.

It was his first baseball action since the summer of his sophomore year. He had posted a 6-1 JV record during the spring.

"He kept saying he was going to (come back as a senior)," Coach Derik Goffena told MaxPreps. "I thought it was possible, but I never knew if his schedule would allow it. He was in school the entire year. He just finished up his tour last week. He's been a busy kid."

The Garner coach did say that McCreery missed a couple of practices early, but he's been with the team every day the last couple of weeks.

Concerning today's game, Goffena said, "He threw well. He was able to get his breaking ball across for strikes."

The pitching staff is far from at this point, so Goffena is unsure whether McCreery will start or be used in relief.

He added, "We're excited to have him back. It's something he obviously wants to do. He'll be able to act like a kid for a couple months before he graduates."

McCreery told the Raleigh News & Observer, "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. It means a lot to still be a part of this. It's still playing with my friends, just being back home. I'm blessed to have this opportunity."