Palestine softball catchers

Palestine High School softball catchers Gabby Moore (left) and Helena Lara prepare for Tuesday's game versus Nacogdoches. The LadyCats defeated the Lady Dragons, 8-5. 

The Palestine High School softball team opened the 2019 season with an 8-5 victory over Nacogdoches on Tuesday.

Now, the LadyCats will serve as host for a three-day tournament starting today.

Palestine will open up tournament play at 8 a.m. today versus Conference 3A Arp, and the LadyCats also will play at 8 p.m. tonight versus District 19-4A rival Fairfield in a non-district setting.

Cayuga also will play in this tournament, taking on Teague at 6:30 p.m. tonight.

Friday's schedule features the following games: 8 a.m., Cayuga vs. Arp, 12:30 p.m., Grandview vs. Cayuga; 2 p.m., Hillsboro vs. Cayuga; 5 p.m., Palestine vs. Grandview; 8 p.m., Palestine vs. Teague.

Cayuga plays Fairfield at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, followed by Mildred at 2 p.m. Palestine closes out the tournament with back-to-back games, versus Kaufman at 6:30 p.m. and Hillsboro at 8.

Admission will be charged for the tournament.

Patrons will be charged $5 for adults and $3 for students. A day pass will cost $7 for adults and $5 for students. An all-tournament pass will cost $15. No other passes will be accepted.

In the win over Nacogdoches, Brynna McGuire fanned 10 Lady Dragons.

First-year head coach Regis Andrez picked up his first-ever scholastic head coaching victory.

Andrez said Helena Lara and Ka'Zem Wood were the standouts on offense.

Also on Tuesday evening, Grapeland's Cadie Currie tossed a one-hitter as the Sandiettes blanked Conference 4A Huntington 4-0.

In addition to the Palestine tournament, Elkhart and Frankston will compete in the Bullard Invitational and Westwood and Grapeland are set for the Hudson Tournament in Lufkin.