Arlington Baptist defeated Central Baptist College, 8-3, Wednesday in the first round of the National Christian College Athletic Association’s Central Regional baseball tournament.

The double-elimination tournament, hosted by Central Baptist College, will be played at both Victory Field at Conway Christian School and at Warrior Field at Hendrix and will continue through Saturday, weather permitting.

The Mustangs are scheduled to play an elimination game at 3 p.m. Thursday at CCS.

In early first-round games Wednesday, Crowley’s Ridge defeated Manhattan Christian of Kansas, 11-1; Dallas Christian downed Eccelsia, 7-1; and Southwest Christian defeated Hillsdale Baptist, 7-4.

The 10-team tournament is a qualifier for the NCCAA World Series to being held in Mason, Ohio, May 20-23. Teams are from Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas and Arkansas (CBC, Ecclesia and Crowley’s Ridge).

Oklahoma Christian is the top seed, followed by McMurry and CBC.

Teams and their seeds: 1. Oklahoma Christian; 2. McMurry; 3. Central Baptist; 4. Dallas Christian 5. Arlington Baptist; 6. Ecclessia; 7. Southwestern Christian8. Crowley’s Ridge; 9. Hillsdale Baptist; 10. Manhattan Christian

CBC head coach Aaron Brister said, "We are excited for the opportunity to host the tournament. We are proud of our relationship with the NCCAA and are eager to show our fellow conference members the hospitality of Conway.

"Supporting the local economy as fans and teams book hotels, shop and eat in town only strengthens the partnership Central Baptist College has with our City."

An all-day pass will be sold each day. Fans will be able to visit either park or both to watch games for only $5 per day.

Updates are posted on the CBC Mustang website at

Games will begin at noon Thursday at Hendrix and at 1 p.m. at CCS.