Nate Smolke finished 2-for-4 with two home runs and six RBIs to lead the Brainerd Legion team to a 9-4 victory over Bemidji to save a split in the second game of a doubleheader Thursday.
Trevor Howard pitched a complete game to pick up the win, striking out four while scattering eight hits over seven innings.
Smolke's long balls were a grand slam and a two-run shot while Jamie Quick scored twice for Brainerd to avenge a 5-4 loss in the first game.
In the loss Rob Veith doubled and walked twice with Joel Martin, Brett Jenkins and Tom Fairbanks collecting the game's other hits.
Martin took the loss on the mound, going the distance while allowing two earned runs as Brainerd committed four errors in the field.
Bemidji 5 9 2
Brainerd 4 4 4
WP: Simon Anderson. LP: Joel Martin. 2B: Brd-Rob Veith.
Bemidji 4 8 7
Brainerd 9 7 1
WP: Trevbor Howard. LP: Jerimiah Graves. HR: Brd-Nate Smolke 2. Overall: Brd 2-7. Next: Park Rapids vs. Brainerd 5 p.m. Friday at Adamson Field (2).
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