"The last three innings we turned it on big at the plate," Woodpeckers' coach Paul Bucher said. "But we let down with the defense in the eighth and ninth innings and that's what killed us."
Facing a 6-1 deficit heading into the bottom of the sixth frame, Charleston was finally able to get its offense rolling as pair of hits by Ryan Mathis and Gabe Felter put runners on first and third.
A bloop single to left-center fielder followed to score Mathis before and an error on the third baseman then scored Felter to close the Woodpeckers to within three runs of the Bats.
It was in the following frame, the seventh, that Charleston was able to close back to within a run of Bardwell starting with the Woodpeckers loading the bases before a fielding error by the shortstop allowed Dylan Dannenmueller to score.
In the next at bat Zach Downing hit a pop fly to centerfield that allowed Nathan Maynard to tag up at third before coming home to score which closed Charleston to within 6-5.
Unfortunately for Charleston, struggles in the field kept the Woodpeckers from making any more lead way the last two innings.
Starting the top of the eight for the Bats Quentin Brower drew a walk on four straight balls followed shortly later by an error on the second baseman allowing runners on second and third with no outs.
Leadoff hitter Ethan Karnes made Charleston pay for the mistake hitting a blooper to shallow right center to score Brower from third and kick off what ended being a four-run rally for Bardwell.
Though the Woodpeckers were able to fight back to within two runs in the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs on one hit and five walks, troubles in the field once again plagued Charleston in the ninth to doom any chance at comeback.
Following an error on the shortstop loading the bases, Bardwell's Karnes stepped up to plate and gave his team some breathing room with a line drive to centerfield that scored two and put the Bats on top 12-8.
Scoring the final run of the game Devon Luton hit a bases loaded ball to the shortstop who was unable to make a play, allowing Todd Adams to score.
"I know we gave up three early runs, but those three runs in the ninth killed us," Bucher said. "You could tell we were done. Other than that we battled tonight, got ahead in the count and came back.
"We played better than we have been playing. If we had played like this that last night we would have won both games (that we loss to New madrid County)."
On the game Bardwell was bale to out hit Woodpeckers 15-7 led by Seth Ivie who went 4 for 6 while driving in a run and scoring two. Luton had three hits on the night and batted in two runs while Karnes, Fowler Adams all had two hits apiece.
"The last three of four games we've really been struggling with the bats," Bats' coach Steve Lyell said. "We had a good practice last night on that and were able to get it going."
For Charleston Cole Byford led the charge going 3 for 4 at the plate while also drawing a walk and driving in a pair of runs. The Woodpeckers other hits came from Maynard, Nathan Holland, Mathis and Felter who all had one each.
Picking up the win starter Dondre McCarter went six full innings allowing three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out 10.
"He's a really good pitcher," Lyell said. "That was actually his first start this year. He pitched some in high school and he's a good all-around player."
Bardwell 210 030 043 - 13
Charleston 010 002 230 - 8
WP -- Dondre McCarter. LP -- Nathan Holland. 2B -- (B) Jordan Fowler.