Portales fathers and sons share the ‘love of the game’

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer

Sammy Villanueva and his twin sons Alex and Anthony won’t ever have a problem coming up with fun things to do together on Father’s Day weekend. Like fathers and sons across the country, they share a love of baseball.

Sammy coaches his two 11-year-old sons with the Pirates in the majors division of Roosevelt County Little League.

Saturday evening, Sammy coached his team to their sixth-straight league championship and their 72nd consecutive win dating back six years, but it’s the quality time he’s able to spend with his kids that is most important to him this Father’s Day.

“It’s awesome to coach them. My boys love to do outdoors stuff and anymore, you have to spend time with your kids,” Sammy said. Baseball brings us closer, but we’re a close family anyways.”

The time Sammy invests with his kids also means a lot to the twins.

“It’s great because we get to spend a lot of time together,” Alex said. “I don’t get to see him all day because he has to go to work.”

“It’s kind of good (to have our dad as the coach),” Anthony said. “Sometimes he pushes us harder, but we’re always with him. That’s the good part.”

“We love to play (together),” Sammy said. “Usually when we get home (from baseball) we do something else.