Former Sahuaro and University of Arizona standout pitcher Gina Snyder and former Arizona outfielder Mandie Perez were selected to be members of Team Florida for the Valencia Cup to be played in Barcelona from May 8-15.
The team will be competing against Mexico, the Netherlands, Czech Republic and Spain. The team will also participate in youth clinics in Barcelona.
Snyder is currently the coach of Bradenton Slice of the Florida Gulf Coast League and Perez is a member of the California Commotion of the National Pro Fastpitch.
The rest of the Team Florida roster:
AJ Andrews (LSU), Jessica Burroughs (FSU), Ellie Cooper (FSU), Carsyn Gordon (FSU), Morgan Howe (ASU), Meghan King (FSU), Morgan Klavemann (FSU), Aubrey Leach (Tennessee), Aleshia Ocasio (Florida), Shelby Pendley (Oklahoma), Lilli Piper (Ohio St), Jordan Roberts (Florida) and Jessie Warren (FSU).
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