OLD ORCHARD BEACH — For Pastime of Lewiston, the objective was to go on the attack.

Mission accomplished.

Pastime, the two-time defending state champion, scored eight runs in the second inning to roll past Zone 2 runner-up Gardiner 13-1 in seven innings Thursday in an elimination game at the American Legion baseball state tournament at The Ballpark.

The game ended after seven innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

“We just wanted to be in attack mode,” said Pastime coach Todd Cifelli. “We have a very capable offense, and we showed that today against a good team.”

Pastime, the Zone 3 champion that lost its opener to First Title of Portland, 9-1, plays the loser of the Westbrook-Windham game at noon today. The loss eliminates Gardiner (17-6), which dropped its opener to Bangor, 3-1.

Matt Bowen went 3 for 4 with two doubles for Pastime (20-3), which collected 16 hits and survived three errors. Ben Wigant went 1 for 4 with a two-run double in the fourth and three walks. David Cusson had two singles and scored a run.

Left-hander Luke Cote struck out five and gave up four hits and one run through six innings. He also went 2 for 5.

“Cote gives us a lot of confidence,” Bowen said. “We know he can throw strikes and get ground-ball outs.”

The confidence flows both ways.

“After that inning,” Cote said, “I got ahead on almost every count.”

Gardiner took an early 1-0 lead in the first, when Kyle Fletcher, who was hit by a pitch, came home when Pastime put out Ben Crocker at second on Spencer Allen’s fielder’s choice. Pastime opened up the game in the second, when 12 batters reached base, including five in a row to build an 8-0 lead. Mekae Hyde (two RBI) and Corbin Hyde (one) hit consecutive doubles for a four-run cushion, 5-1. Wigant (two walks), Bowen (single, double) and Chris Maddon (strikeout, groundout) reached the plate twice in the inning.

Gardiner starter Josh Martin lasted 1 2/3 innings.

“Martin was tired on four days’ rest,” said Gardiner coach Dan Burdin. “He was sore and gave us what he could.”

No easy task.

“We just played like it was our last game of the season,” said Bowen. “It was all about getting runners on base, then in scoring position and just following through.”

Burdin was duly impressed.

“They had a lot of two-strike hits. They just kept putting the ball in play and scoring runs,” he said. “We didn’t hit the ball. We scored two runs in the tournament. It’s tough to win anything when you hit like that.”

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