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Sluggers Baseball & Softball Training Facility is a 9000 SF, state-of-the-art facility located on Acme RD in Brewer, ME. Sluggers opened its doors in February of 2013 and has been making a difference in Maine athletes ever since. We work with athletes of all ages; from youth players just starting out, to college players trying to perfectly fine tune their craft. Since opening, we have had over 3,500 members. Annually, we have around 20 different teams, host 2-3 tournaments, and bring 20,000 people into our facility. We do a multitude of events in the facility including practices, games, private lessons, camps, and clinics. For more information, please call us a (207) 951-2250!

To see a list of sluggers alumni to play at the next level, click here.

Our staff

Sluggers staff consists of 3 full time staff members, along with a multitude of part time and seasonal trainers. Our full time staff is listed below.

Brandon Portwine – Owner & President – [email protected]

Brandon finished his playing career at the University of Maine in 1993-1995 and then began his coaching career at Stearns High School. He was the Assistant Coach at Stearns from 2005-2006 and became the Head Coach from 2007-2012. In 2005 Brandon started out as an Assistant Coach with the American Legion Northern Lumber and in 2011 became the Head Coach of the Northern Lumber until 2013. In 2014, he was an Assistant Coach for both the American Legion State Champions, the Bangor Comrades and the American Junior Legion State Champions, the Bangor Cadets.

Following his successful high school coaching career, Brandon spent 7 years on staff at Husson University, where he was an Assistant and First Base Coach, he also served as the Assistant Director of Facilities.

Currently, Brandon is the Owner and President at Sluggers, where he provides one on one instruction and coaches a travel team. Brandon also oversees the entire operation and handles accounting.

Zach Sugar – Assistant General Manager – [email protected]

Zach graduated from South Kent School located in Connecticut in 2012. After High School he attended and played baseball at the Junior College, Sussex County Community College in New Jersey. There he played middle infield for the Skylanders. Upon finishing his two years, Zach enrolled at Husson University, where he graduated in 2017. During his first season with the Eagles he primarily played third base and ended the season batting .298 with a .450 on base percentage and a .404 slugging percentage. In his senior year of college baseball, Zach moved to second base, hitting 2 home runs and batted in 20 runs. He finished the year batting .277.

In his young coaching career, Zach has already produced some great achievements. As an Assistant Coach on the Seaside Sand Gnats of the Cal Ripken College Summer League, he and the rest of the coaching staff were Runner-Ups in the leagues championship in 2017.

In 2018, as a head coach of the Hart Transportation River Jacks he led his club to victory in the American Junior Legion State Championship, he followed that up with a 2019 American Legion State Championship victory as the head coach of the RH Forster River dogs.

In addition to those teams, Zach was also an Assistant Coach on the Hampden Academy Varsity Baseball in 2018 & 2019.

Zach will be on staff as an assistant coach with the Husson University Baseball team this season.

Currently, Zach is the Assistant General Manager at Sluggers, where he is in charge of facilities, and assists with the baseball and softball operation. He also provides one on one instruction, coaches at camps, and coaches a travel team.

Caleb Whittemore – Assistant General Manager – [email protected]

Caleb is a former middle infielder from Waterboro, Maine. After High School he attended Husson University, where he completed a Bachelor’s in Sport Management and a Masters in Business, in just 4 total years.

In Caleb’s young baseball career, he has already produced an extensive list of accomplishments. He has spent three years in professional baseball scouting and business operations, Including two years in the Boston Red Sox organization.

Currently, Caleb is the Assistant General Manager at Sluggers, where he is in change of sales, marketing, and business development, along with assisting with the baseball and softball operation. He also provides one on one instruction, coaches at camps and clinics, and coaches a travel team.

If you would like to discuss partnership opportunities with sluggers, you can contact Caleb at the email address listed above, or by phone at (207) 951-2250.

Jason Harvey – Director of Baseball – [email protected]

Jason, a Maine baseball legend, is the former head baseball coach at Husson University. There he was the winningest coach in program history, finishing with a 284-222 (.561) overall record in 12 total seasons (2008- 19).

While at Husson, Jason built the program into one of the most successful programs in the Division III. His accomplishments include 2 regular season titles, 5 conference championships, 2 NCAA National Tournament appearances, among many others.

Before his coaching career, Jason was an extremely successful athlete. He was a 4-year starting short stop at Husson and The University of Maine, including 2 years as a captain. At Husson, the three-time All-Conference shortstop was one of the greatest all-round players to wear a Husson uniform, setting numerous school records as a three-year starter for the Husson baseball program, while posting lofty career numbers with a .378 (145-384) average, 109 runs, 33 doubles, 12 triples, 11 home runs, and 104 RBI over 107 contests.

Harvey was inducted into the Husson Sports Hall of Fame as a three-sport athlete on November 30, 2012 (Baseball, Basketball, and Golf).

Currently, Jason is the Director of Baseball at Sluggers, where he is in charge of our travel baseball operation, along with overseeing all baseball related duties. He also provides one on one instruction, coaches at clinics, and coaches a travel team.

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The staff there is super knowledgeable and super friendly. Can't wait to go again!

The staff there is super knowledgeable and super friendly. Can't wait to go again!

Sluggers is AWESOME! My son loves it there and has grown so much as a player. Great instruction, fair prices, and an excellent year-round facility. If your child loves baseball or softball, do yourself a favor and visit Sluggers!

My son has been going to Sluggers for the past year and absolutely loves it. His abilities have increased and he has become a better player thanks to the amazing coaches! Well worth the time and money spent!

Excellent facility with Excellent staff!! We joined Sluggers for the first time last year and it's probably the best decision we ever made for our son, who wants to play baseball for as long as he can!! Sluggers is allowing him that opportunity and we are beyond grateful for the wonderful coaching that goes on in Sluggers!! Excellence truly starts at Sluggers!

This is an excellent facility with an amazing team and family atmosphere! The focus on player health and development is awesome! The motivation and encouragement from the coaching staff makes everyone work harder and better with each other!

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