SNHU Pitching Coach Zach LeBarron joins The Sports Mill as an Instructor

Zach LeBarron joined the Penmen baseball staff prior to the 2014 season.

A native of Bennington, Vt., LeBarron was a two-year member of the SNHU baseball program during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.  In 23 career appearances the lefthander went 5-3 with a 2.08 earned run average and recorded 83 strikeouts in 90.2 innings.  As a senior LeBarron went 5-0 in 13 appearances (10 starts) as the Penmen advanced to the NCAA Division II World Series.

Following graduation, LeBarron signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and pitched for the Angels’ rookie league team in 2012.  In 2013 he pitched for the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League.  Zach will be available for Private and Semi-Private Lessons, as well as instruct at camps and clinics


Chris Shanahan-Hitting & Catching Instructor

Coach Shanahan has extensive experience coaching at all different levels of competition up to being head coach at Northern Essex Community College where he brought the Knights to the Junior College World Series in Texas.  In his last season as head coach of the Knights the team finished with an overall record of 30-9 and finished 3rd at the Junior College World Series, while also being ranked nationally in each poll and ranking as high as #3 in the country.  

In his 3 years as head coach the NECC program won 2 conference championships and 1 regional championship and also had 3 First Team All-Americans.   Most importantly more than 30 of Shanahan's players moved on to 4 year programs, most with scholarships, including 8 moving on to Division 1 programs. 

Coach Shanahan is back at NECC as an assistant coach and also has experience as an assistant coach at Daniel Webster College and Rivier University

Shanahan, a native of Tyngsboro, MA is a 2006 graduate of Daniel Webster College, earning his bachelor's in Sport Management.  At DWC, he was a four year letter winner, three time all conference player and holds numerous offensive records.  During his senior year, Shanahan was names 1st All-GNAC catcher, GNAC Player of the Year and ABCA New Englan All-American Catcher.

Shanahan left DWC with a career batting average of .419, holding the school record.  In 2006, he also won a NCAA National batting title, hitting .524 for the season, breaking DWC record for hits.  He finished his college career playing at the NEIBA College All-Star game at Fenway Park.

Coach Shanahan resides in Nashua with his wife Stacey and son Hunter (3)


The Sports Mill Announces Steve Xirinachs as Pitching Instructor


The Sports Mill, New Hampshire’s Premier Indoor Turf Athletic Facility, announces former UMass Lowell Standout Steve Xirinachs as a Pitching Instructor

Steve spent four seasons pitching for Division One University of Massachusetts - Lowell (UML). During his tenure at UML, Steve pitched 146 innings, while facing 686 batters and striking out 103 opponents. X only allowed 1 homerun per 115 batters!

Over Steve’s four-year collegiate baseball experience, he has had the opportunity to learn from some amazing pitching coaches, such as Dom Johnson who is well known for working closely with Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals. The pitching coach that taught him the most is Brendan Monaghan, who transformed him from a “thrower” to a pitcher! Steve’s last pitching coach, Sean McGrath from UML taught him to trust in his abilities. Steve has combined all three coaching styles and has applied them to his own technique which greatly assists him with his current coaching models. 

A native of San Diego, California, Steve was a four-year varsity player at Del Norte High School where he graduated in 2013 and served as Captain of the team. Steve also played for the Baltimore Orioles Scout Team in 2012. 

Steve is a 2017 graduate of University of Massachusetts - Lowell with a degree in business. 

Steve will be available for individual and group pitching lessons and will also participate in the NH Prospects and The Sports Mill Grizzlies baseball pitching programs.  

The Sports Mill is thrilled to add another top-notch instructor to our team!


The Sports Mill announces Grant Lavigne as Special Instructor!

The Sports Mill, New Hampshire’s Premier Indoor Turf Athletic Facility, announces First Round MLB Draft Pick Grant Lavigne as a Special Instructor. 

Grant attended Bedford High School in Bedford, NH.  He was a member of the Bulldogs’ NHIAA Division 1 state champion baseball team in 2016.  Lavigne was a 4-time NHIAA 1st team All-State selection.  He was also named New Hampshire’s Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year twice – 2016 and 2018 – and was the NHIAA Division I Player of the Year in 2018.  Lavigne amassed numerous single-season and career records during his 4 years at Bedford High School.  He finished as the Bulldogs’ career leader in batting average, hits, runs, triples, home runs, RBI, and OBP.  The Colorado Rockies selected Lavigne with the 42nd overall pick in the 2018 MLB draft.  In 2018, Lavigne was named the top prospect of the Pioneer League (Advanced Rookie) by Baseball America.  According to, Lavigne is currently ranked as the #4 prospect in the Rockies organization.  He resides in Bedford, NH. 

Grant will be available for Private and Group Instruction starting this Fall and Winter. Grant will also be actively involved in and sharing his experience and instruction at camps and clinics hosted by The Sports Mill where he will be focusing on all aspects of the game.



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Hello everyone, Ernie Yerrington, the GM from the Sports Mill sending out an update of our new facility!! 

We are so excited about the configuration of the Sports Mill and the multitude of options it provides. Players of all ages are guaranteed to be amazed with the size of the playing fields. Actual baseball field distance throws can be made by catchers, infielders and outfielders alike. Batters can hit to their hearts content with 12 batting cages that can easily convert to pitching tunnels. Two of our batting cages will be available 24/7 via rental and through membership purchases. 

ATEC pitching machines will also be available to provide maximum hitting opportunity! We have also purchased Rapsodo, the industry leader in data analysis for both pitching and hitting. This technology provides instant statistics into angles and spin for real-life results. This is the same technology trusted by both the MLB and MiLB to optimize your training! 

Our Pro Shop will offer the finest baseball gear in the industry and promises to provide competitive pricing! As if this wasn’t enough, we will also have an in-house strength & conditioning provider  “Roots Athletic Development”!! Roots offers sport specific training and is the perfect fit for those athletes aspiring to compete at the next level!! 

This is one stop shopping!! The synergy that all of this creates is simply fantastic!! 

If anyone is in the midst of deciding where to play baseball next summer or where to train this winter, please contact us before you decide! Hear the facts directly from us!! 

If anyone has any questions concerning the new facility, please feel free to email me at!  Thank you!!


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The Sports Mill is looking to add talented Baseball and Softball Instructors to our staff.  We will handle promotion, scheduling, payment collection and communication.  You set your own schedule and we will update you when lessons are scheduled as well as provide daily calendars of booked sessions.  

There will also be opportunities to work camps and clinics throughout the year.

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Ernie Yerrington Named General Manager of The Sports Mill

Ernie Yerrington Announced as General Manager of The Sports Mill

The Sports Mill, located on 159 Frontage Road in Manchester, NH and set to be open in September 2019, is thrilled to announce that Ernie Yerrington will oversee Facility Operations as General Manager

Ernie recently retired after proudly serving the US Government for 34 years as a Senior Special Agent and Resident Agent in Charge for the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives. Ernie has been a staple in the Southern New Hampshire Sports scene for over 20 years and was a founder and original Owner of the Ultimate Sports Academy in Manchester.  He was also Program Director of the New England Blackhawks Baseball Program.

Currently, Ernie is Assistant Coach of Manchester Central High School Varsity Team, an Assistant Coach at Northern Essex Community College, Head Coach of the Southern Regional Team for the Granite State Games,  Assistant Coach of the New Hampshire Prospects as well as Head Coach in the Lynn Invitational Prospects Showcase.

“This is an exciting opportunity to stay involved in the game I love, while also overseeing a facility the quality of The Sports Mill.  With over 17,000 square feet of Turf, Batting Cages, Pitching Tunnels, Roots Athletic Development, and Granite State Athletics, a premier provider of athletic gear from Easton, Rawlings, Marucci, Mizuno, New Balance and DiMarini, players across all sports will have the opportunity to develop.  The Sports Mill will not only have in house instructors, but also provide clinics, camps, packages, memberships and more.  I can’t wait to open the doors and get started!”  said Ernie

Ernie’s son Preston is a Senior Pitcher at St. Anselm College and played on the 2018 Jamestown Jammers of Jamestown, NY who went on to win the 2018 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball Summer League Championship.

More information on Facility Offerings will be released in the coming weeks.  Anyone looking for more information should contact us at


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June 9th 2019

Manchester, NH 03102                           


The Sports Mill, LLC is excited to announce the signing of a Letter of Intent and an Agreement in Principle to Lease over 17,000 square feet in Manchester, NH.

The facility, scheduled to open in September 2019, will consist of a large turf field area spanning 100 feet wide by over 130 feet long, with 35 foot ceilings.  The facility also has separate pitching tunnels and batting cages, a viewing area as well as a lounge area for players. The Sports Mill will also be the home of Roots Athletic Development.  Roots, owned and operated by Justin Soryal, is the leading Athlete Development training organization in the area.  Justin and his staff have trained several local athletes that have gone on to professional careers.  Roots is also the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the New Hampshire Prospects Baseball Club. Justin Soryal, added “This is an exciting development for Roots and our athletes.  The larger and more flexible facility will enable us to add more equipment, as well as give our athletes the space needed to get maximum results from their workouts”

The facility will also be the official home of the New Hampshire Prospects Baseball Club.  The Prospects will conduct all their Fall and Winter training, Pitching and Hitting Coordination Sessions, lessons, as well as providing open cage time to their players.  The Prospects are the pre-eminent Baseball Program in the area, with teams from 13U-17U playing in Division 1 of the Elite Baseball League and competing in local, regional and national tournaments.  For the 2019-2020 season, the Prospects will be adding teams at the 9U-12U levels as well. Their focus is player development and preparing the serious college bound baseball player for the next level, both on the field and off.  Matt Bouchard, Director of Baseball Operations had this to say about the announcement “The entire Prospects organization could not be happier to call The Sports Mill our home.  Most other facilities in the area lack the size, versatility and availability a high end program like the Prospects needs to help our players develop.  The Sports Mill will provide that and more for our players”

The Sports Mill will also feature a comprehensive Pro Shop designed to fulfill all of your baseball and softball needs with products from all the top vendors to include Easton, Rawlings, Marucci, Mizuno, New Balance and DiMarini.

The facility will provide year round opportunities for local athletes across many sports.  More details will be announced over the next several weeks.  Rental space will fill up quickly, so if you are interested in securing a spot for your team,or if you have any additional questions, email


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