Scotty McCreery, the Garner High senior who won the 2011 American Idol reality television singing series, wasn’t a winner Thursday in his second varsity baseball career start, but he pitched well against East Wake in a 3-2 loss.
McCreery pitched the first 4 1-3 innings for the Trojans and left the game with a 2-1 lead. He struck out six, walked none and allowed seven hits, including a home run by East Wake’s Christian Neal.
East Wake rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring two runs on a wild pitch, to claim the Greater Neuse 4A victory. Neal picked up the victory for the Warriors, striking out 14.
McCreery took a blow to the throat in the third inning when a one-hopper up the middle by Austin Boyette struck McCreery underneath his chin. He retrieved the ball and threw out Boyette. McCreery stayed in the game and continued to pitch effectively.
“He has been throwing very well and will continue to help our rotation,” said Garner coach Derik Goffena. “He took a grounder to the chin, but is OK. Scared him more than anything.”
McCreery missed more than a full year of baseball while competing on the television show and performing, but has been successful this season.
His record is 1-0. He has pitched 13 1-3 innings, struck out 19 and walked one. He has allowed 13 hits and has a 2.06 earned run average.
WFR tops Hawks: Wake Forest-Rolesville, No. 2 in The N&O rankings, knocked off No. 1 Holly Springs 2-0 on Thursday in a softball game with a playoff atmosphere.
Holly Springs’ Erica Nunn allowed only three hits and struck out 14 while the Cougars’ Brittaney Dahle gave up four hits and struck out 13.
In the top of the fifth, WF-R’s Leah Siver led off with a bunt and an errant throw to first allowed her to circle the bases for the game’s first run.
Holly Springs had runners on second and third with one out in the bottom of the fifth, but Dahle struck out the next wo batters.
Wake Forest added another run in the seventh on Ryan Kostandin’s triple and a ground out. Dahle struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh to preserve the win.
Wake Forest is 14-1 while Holly Springs is 15-1.
Fox joins Camels: Enloe’s Sierra Fox, the area’s leading girls lacrosse scorer, has signed with Campbell University, which is starting a girls lacrosse program next year. Fox is one of 11 recruits in Coach Phil Schuman’s first class.
Fox has 56 goals, 13 assists and 77 draw controls.
“She has worked very hard,” said Enloe coach Sue Kummerle. “She is the type of player that would be a great addition to any program. She works very hard in anything that she does.”