WELCH - Four runs in the top of the ninth inning allowed Barnsdall to beat Welch 7-3 in the Wildcats' baseball season opener Monday.

"We were down 3-2 going into the bottom of the fifth but a home run by Seth Chenoweth tied it," interim Welch coach Billy Willard said. "We were supposed to play two 5s, but we wound up playing nine instead. It was a tough loss, but we battled back."

Willard is at the reins of the Wildcats while coach Bill Rogers recovers from a heart attack and bypass surgery.

Each team scored two runs in the first inning, then the Panthers took the lead in the second with a single run.

Chenoweth's solo homer with two out in the fifth tied the game.

Neither team would score again until the ninth, when Barnsdall got its four runs on a pair of Wildcat errors.

Chenoweth had a single to go with his home run. He scored twice.

Trevor James had two singles while Chad Brayden added a single and a walk while scoring once. Dylan Noland chipped in with a single.