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Thursday 30 Jun 2016
Knoxville Explosion! - Here Comes the Boom!
Welcome to the Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Softball Team Website! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

The Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Softball Club is currently comprised of 12 teams (18u/16u Select, '99, '00, '01, '01 Navy, '02, '03, '04, '05, '06, '07 and '08) that have a total of 150 very special players.  Players are not only selected based upon skill but also character and desire.  Our organization is committed to improving the skills of these special players to not only develop them into the best fastpitch softball players that they can be, but also the best students, friends and reliable, honorable young ladies. Our goal is simple, develop the player to make a meaningful contribution to their schools, communities and future endeavors at the earliest possible opportunity. If you are interested in joining our organization, we invite you to observe our practices and games to see what we teach and how we interact with the players. Tryouts are held in early August each year for the respective teams.If you have any questions regarding one of our teams, please call the Head Coach listed in the important numbers section on the right information section of our website. God Bless and Be Safe!

Joe Birchfield

Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Organization Chief

(865) 363-0728

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Knoxville Explosion Mission Statement PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

The Knoxville Explosion Fast Pitch Softball Club is committed to developing player excellence on and off the field.  This is accomplished by selecting coaches who volunteer 100% of their time to teach the players the proper fundamentals of the game that include hitting, pitching, fielding and base running.  Each head coach will be a certified Double Goal Coach through the Nationally-recognized Positive Coaching Alliance Organization.  Key concepts are reinforced using state of the art training equipment, playing equipment, computer software and professional coaches that seek to identify and raise awareness of the player to correct flaws in their own fundamentals.  In addition, our players will be taught the proper way to conduct themselves on and off the field.  Knoxville Explosion Players are expected to honor and respect their coaches, parents, team mates, opponents and umpires.  Our players are also expected to do their very best in school courses and to place emphasis on their studies.  We recognize that our players are also students and without achieving the proper grades, our players will not be allowed to compete at the next level.  Our coaches are committed to teaching our players the rules of the game and more importantly, how to succeed and have fun!  A key component of this commitment is to teach our players the strategy and mental aspects of the game.  It is through this commitment to the fundamentals that our coaches and players will honor the game of fast pitch softball.

 Joe Birchfield, Head Coach Knoxville Explosion Fast Pitch Organization Chief

 
03 Explosion Win 12u Platinum Division of ASA Kings Island Showdown in Cincinnati, OH PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom! Congratulations to the 03 Explosion who won the 12u Platinum Division of the ASA Kings Island Showdown in Cincinnati, OH on 6-26-16! The Explosion smashed the ball, outscoring the competition 91-15 and won the Platinum Division with 14 teams from Detroit, MI, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky playing in the tournament. The Explosion had 10 home runs and 79 RBIs. We had exceptional pitching and defense
throughout the entire tournament. Way to go girls, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
07 Explosion Finish as 8u Runner-up in 3rd Annual ISA Kickin Cancer Tournament in Cleveland, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom!  Congratulations to the 07 Explosion who finished as the 8u Runner-up in the 3rd Annual ISA Kickin Cancer Tournament held at Bradley County Industrial Park in Cleveland, Tennessee on 6-25-16!  The 07 Explosion finished with a 3-2 record and lost to the Georgia Heat 15-14 in the Championship Game.  Great job Heat and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
06 Explosion Finish 3rd in 10u Division of USFA Tennessee State Championship in Franklin, Tennessee PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom!  Congratulations to the 06 Explosion who finished a strong 3rd in the 10u Division of the USFA Tennessee State Championships on 6-26-16 in Franklin, Tennessee!  The 06 Explosion finished with a 6-2 record, battling older 05 teams and scorching temperatures!  Great job 06 Explosion, your future is very bright!  We are very proud of your efforts!

 
99 Explosion Select Finish Runner-up in 18u WFC Coastal Championships in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Boom! Congratulations to the 99 Explosion Select who finished a strong second in the WFC Coastal Championships at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on 6-19-16! A extremely strong tournament field included the Virginia Slammers, Sudden Impact (Alabama), Maryland Patriots, South Carolina Fury and South Carolina Force. After losing early in bracket play to the Maryland Patriots, the 99 Explosion won 3 games back to back over the Virginia Slammers, South Carolina Force and avenged an earlier bracket loss to the Maryland Patriots to make it to the championship game against the Alabama Sudden Impact. The championship game was an extremely well played game that featured many diving plays and clutch 2 out hits, 1 such ended a 2-2 time in the bottom of the 6th inning on a solo shot homerun by the Impact 4 hitter on 2-2 count. It was a great experience and a great tournament. Great job Impact and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts! For the tournament, the 99 Explosion finished with a 6-2 effort and earned a berth in the WFC Nationals. Big props to our pitchers, Ariel Holt, Maggie Savage, Hailey Byington and Sydney Birchfield. The 99 offensive attack was led by Maddie Sickau, Sydney Dukes, Ariel Holt, Delaney Weller, Sydney Birchfield and Emma Seagrave. Also, our catchers did a fantastic job this weekend, great job Tori Ogle, Maddie Sickau, Alex Kouvarakis and Marieve Elkins!

 
03 Explosion Wins 12u ASA Class B Tennessee State Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Atomic Boom! Congratulations to the 03 Explosion who won the ASA Class B Tennessee State Championship on 6-19-16 at Wear Farm Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee! The Knoxville Explosion went 5-0 and won the championship game vs Extreme Performance from Winston Salem NC 7-0. A total of 14 teams participated in this tournament. Stellar defense and timely hits allowed the Knoxville Explosion to outscore the competition 28-3. Great job Performance and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
Explosion Select Represent Well in Prestigious Scenic City Tournament in Chattanooga, TN June 9-12, 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Boom! Congratulations to Explosion who went 4-2 in the 18u Division of the prestigious Scenic City Softball Tournament held at 6 different parks throughout the Chattanooga, TN area 6-9-16 through 6-12-16! Over 250 teams participated in this event, including 58 in the 18u division from 29 states. The Select finished second in their pool, narrowly missing single elmination finals on Sunday, June 12, 2016! With the finish, the Select finished in the top 20 of this division o...f this tournament division. Absolutely outstanding progress for this team who's pitching was stellar, spearheaded by Madison Owens, Payton Kneier, Ariel Holt, Abby Swilley, Maggie Savage and Sydney Birchfield! The tournaments hot bats were led by Abby Swilley, Bug Campbell, Courtney Lively, Arielle Tritt and Kelsey Birchfield. The defense was led by Krystin Cantrell, who made several diving catches and clutch throws to get tough outs. We are extremely proud of your efforts, ladies! BTW, you may notice an umpire in our team picture, he loved our team and asked if he could take one with us, he was a character!

 
02 Explosion Captures 14u ISA Tennessee State Championship in Cleveland Tennessee! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Atomic BOOM! Congratulations to the 02 Explosion who won the 14u ISA State Championship on 6-11-16 at Bradley County Industrial Park in Cleveland, TN! Explosion ‘02 beat Tennessee Heat ’02 3-0 in the “If” Game at 2:00 am to secure the ISA Tennessee State Championship out of a field of 7 Teams. The Championship game was a hard fought battle between two solid offensive and defensive Teams which lead to the “If” Game. Great job Heat and 02 Explosion! The 02 Explosion drove ...in 3 runs at the top of the inning and Baylee Cox struck out 2 top batters to secure the win. It was an outstanding Team performance with 15 doubles, triples, or home runs by 8 different players! With a Team batting average of .479 on the day and outstanding pitching by Bailey Myers and Baylee Cox to solid fielding when we needed it, this Team displayed character and fight on a very hot day. The tournament field included the following teams Explosion Navy 01, Lady Heat, Wildcats Black, Synergy, and Incognito. Absolutely outstanding efforts ladies, congratulations on your Tennessee State Championship Victory!

 
05 Explosion Win 10u USFA Summer Showdown in Eagleton PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Boom! Congratulations to the 05 Explosion who won the 10u division of the USFA Summer Showdown at Eagleton on 6-11-16! The 05 Explosion beat the 05 Fury 6-4 in the Championship Game! For their efforts the Explosion won rings! Great job Fury and 05 Explosion! Also, big shoutout to the 06 Explosion who also competed in the same 10u division taking third place, losing the 05 Fury 2-0. Great job guys, we are all very proud of your efforts!

 
Explosion Select Finish as 4th Annual Horton Sports Classic High School Runner-up in Johnson City, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Boom! Congratulations to the Explosion Select who finished as the 18u Runner-up in the ASA 4th Annual Horton Sports Tournament held at Winged Deer Park on 5/28/16! The Carolina Heat avenged an earlier bracket loss to the Select and played 3 extra "if necessary" playoff innings finally besting the Select 4-2 to win the Championship. A total of 10 teams played in this tournament including several quality opponents such as the East Tennessee Select, Maryville Magic, Tennessee Heat, 99 Explosion Select, and 01 Explosion. Several bracket games were low scoring and 1 run affairs. For their efforts, both teams were awarded a free tournament entry and a prize package from Horton Sports. Great job Heat and Explosion!

 
05 Explosion finishes as ASA Hall of Fame National Qualifier 10u Runnerup in Spartanburg, SC PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Boom! Congratulations to the 05 Explosion who finished as the 10u Runner-up in the ASA Diamond Classic Hall of Fame tournament played in Spartanburg, SC on 5/28/16-5/29/16 at beautiful Tyger River Park! The 05 Explosion battled through the losers bracket to play in the championship game, winning the 1st game and forcing the "if necessary" playoff inning against the 05 South Carolina Diamondbacks, losing a heartbreaker 1-0. For their finish, the 05 Explosion earned a qualifying berth for the ASA Hall of Fame National Tournament! Great job Diamondbacks and Explosion, outstanding performances by both teams!

 
07 Explosion win 8u Division of ASA Memorial Day Classic in Cleveland, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Boom! Congratulations to the 07 Explosion who won the 8u Division of the ASA Memorial Day Bash played in Cleveland, TN on 5/28/16! The 07 Explosion went 4-1 on the day and won the Championship game 16-15 over the Meigs Co. Heat! Great job Heat and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
Knoxville Explosion Softball Organization Honors it's High School All District Players for 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 
01 Navy Explosion Wins 14u ASA McDonalds Classic in Cleveland! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Boom! Congratulations to the 01 Navy Explosion who won the 14u ASA McDonalds Classic at Tinsley Park in Cleveland Tennessee on 5/21/16! Great job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
03 Explosion Crowned ASA 12u May Mayhem Champs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Boom! Congratulations to the 03 Knoxville Explosion who won the 12u division of the ASA May Mayhem Tournament held at Ridgeview Park in Johnson City, TN on 5-14-16. There were a total of 7 teams in the tournament field including the Maryville Wildcats, East Tennessee Fury, Titan Pride and East Tennessee Crush. The Explosion won the "what if" game enroute to the championship. Great job Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
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'08 Explosion (7u and 8u)

Head Coach Chad Sheridan - (615) 390-3027 - csheridan34@yahoo.com

'07 Explosion (8u)

Head Coach Scott Barnes- 865-387-3264sbarnes1100@gmail.com

'06 Explosion (9u)

Head Coach Jason Darnell - 865-776-1351jdarnell@crackerbarrel.com

'05 Explosion (10u)

Head Coach Shane - (865) 621-5200 - salvey10@aol.com

'04 Explosion (11u) 

Head Coach BJ - (865) 389-3777  - bj23henderson@gmail.com

Coach Pemberton - mandi3pemberton@gmail.com

'03 Explosion (12u)
Head Coach Scott - (865) 388-9778 -
scottsequipment@hotmail.com

'02 Explosion (13u)

Head Coach Harold - (865) 228-8082 - tn02softball@gmail.com

'01 Explosion (16u/14u)
Head Coach Darren - (865) 388-1401 - dcardwell4@gmail.com

Coach Matt - (865) 604-9153 - lafowler123@comcast.net

Coach Jay - (865) 247-2499

'01 Explosion Navy (14u)

Head Coach Tim - (865) 659-6016 - tim@hotzlaw.com

'00 Explosion (15u)

Head Coach David - (865) 803-5807 - lilshoe@charter.net

'99 Explosion (16u) 
Head Coach Joe - (865) 363-0728 - birchfieldj@earthlink.net

Coach Carl - (865) 388-6898 - carlj151@comcast.net

Coach Jeff - (865) 292-5278 - jsickau@att.net

Coach George - (931) 252-5392 - georgewseagrave@gmail.com

Explosion Select (18u/16u)

Head Coach Joe - (865) 363-0728 - birchfieldj@earthlink.net

Coach Randy - (865) 661-2882 - randyhickman40@gmail.com

Coach David - (828) 230-7778 - cplumbing5@gmail.com

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