Zach Clifford said he was struggling at the plate, but Wednesday night, the Auburn High catcher showed why he’s a pretty dangerous at the No. 9 spot in the lineup, collecting three hits and five RBIs to spark the third-seeded Rockets over Worcester Tech, 13-4, in a Central Mass. Division 2 baseball semifinal at Riverside Park. Defending champion Auburn (18-4) faces a SWCL rival, top-seeded Northbridge High, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Tivnan Field in a rematch of last year’s final. The Rams, however, have beaten Auburn twice this season. “We’ve seen them two times now,” Clifford said. “They’re a great team, but they’ve got to beat us again. It should be fun. It always is.” “We’re hot right now,” said Auburn coach Eric Swedberg, who has guided the Rockets to three CMass titles and their fifth appearance in the final. “This is exactly what we wanted to happen. We were pulling for Northbridge. We’re hoping for a nice, sharp baseball game, and that’s all I want.” Worcester Tech, which started 0-6, finished 12-11, but won two tournament games and only loses five players to graduation.
Auburn 13, Worcester Tech 4
Wednesday, Jun. 5, 2013, at Auburn
Updated: Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 11:23 p.m.