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Little League Team in California Is Grand Prize winner of Sunkist’s Sensational Squeeze Play Contest

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 12, 2006) – Two outfield catches and a game-winning home run is what it took for Southwest Police Cubs Little League of Fontana, Calif., to become Sunkist’s grand prize winner in the Sensational Squeeze Play contest.

As winners of the contest, the team will enjoy a full month’s supply of navel oranges from Sunkist and free admission to a Six Flags theme park.

The Sensational Squeeze Play Contest ran from April 3 to May 12, 2006 and is part of Sunkist’s commitment to promote nutritious snacking for children. Sunkist, the official fruit and fresh snack of Little League Baseball and Softball, went searching across the country for the most sensational story about a play that helped deliver the team in a “squeeze.” Little League players, coaches, family and friends nationwide entered by submitting a 100-word story about how their sensational play led the team to victory.

Renee Barrera submitted the winning entry on behalf of 10-year-old Roberto, an outfielder for the Southwest Police Cubs Little League. Roberto had been struggling to connect with the ball, both at the plate and in the outfield. However, Roberto made two important catches on defense, then, with two strikes, hit a home run to win the game for his team.

The South Lake Red Sox of Clermont, Fla., and the Dodgers of Manlius, N.Y., were chosen as first-place winners. Both teams received $250 in sporting equipment and a full-month’s supply of Sunkist navel oranges.