CAMDEN (N.J.) - In the midst of a three-game skid, the Clearview Regional High School baseball team was looking to right the ship.
A 5-2 victory over West Deptford behind a strong pitching outing from senior Ethan Hahn and stifling defense was just what the doctor ordered.
The Penn State Abington commit fired 6.1 shutout innings and allowed four hits, four walks and struck out nine. Hahn would have a run charged to his line after being pulled with the bases loaded.
"These guys have my back when I'm on the mound," Hahn said. "I know that I can go out there and be as confident as possible and have in the back of my head that my infield will make the plays."
Clearview's Ethan Hahn delivers a pitch in a 5-2 win over West Deptford. The Penn State Abington commit hurled 6.1 shutout innings while allowing four hits and striking out nine at Rutgers University-Camden in Camden, New Jersey on Thursday, May 4, 2023. Collin Conway/D2 Sports Network
The Pioneers and West Deptford were locked into a pitchers' duel as both starters traded scoreless innings until Clearview struck first in the bottom of the fifth inning. Virginia commit Noah Danza broke the ice with an infield single to drive in Matt Desimone. A few pitches later, Tyler Dell scored on a throwing error to give the Pioneers a 2-0 lead.
Clearview tacked on three more in the bottom of the sixth as Dell and Danza walked in a run each and A.J. Palumbo drove in a run on a groundout to second base.
West Deptford scratched two runs across in the top of the seventh as McDaniel College commit Shea McKenna notched an RBI single and Rutgers commit Nick Tomasetto drew a bases loaded walk.
A gritty win against an experienced team is what the Pioneers needed to start the "second half" of their season.
"We're a very young team so we're going to grow as we go along," Clearview coach Derrick Reagan said. "We have a lot of talent, now we just need to start piecing things together."