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Tuesday 16 Jul 2024
Knoxville Explosion! - Here Comes the Boom!
Welcome to the Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Softball Site! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

The Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Softball Club is currently comprised of 5 teams (Explosion 18u, Explosion Premier - Wolfgram, '10, '11 - Banks, and '11 Elite - Cooper) that have a total of 60 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.  We only utilize non-paid, volunteer coaches whose interest is only improving our players, not profiting from their desire to play.  We offer a highly competitive field of tournament play while minimizing the team fees to make it affordable to play quality travel softball.  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 Fastpitch Softball Organization 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 coach has passed a rigorous National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) background investigation and are a certified Double Goal Coach through the Nationally-recognized Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Organization.  Our organization has developed a written program and player fundamentals development road map that ensure the fundamentals of the game are properly taught.  Key concepts are reinforced using state of the art training equipment, computer software and trained 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.  This will be demonstrated by our coaching staffs.  Knoxville Explosion Players are expected to honor and respect their coaches, parents, teammates, opponents and umpires.  Our players are also expected to achieve academic excellence 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 fastpitch softball.

 Joe Birchfield, Head Coach Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Organization Chief

 
2010 Explosion Capture 14u Gold Big Bang Tennessee State Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Atomic Boom! Congratulations to the 2010 Knoxville Explosion who won the 14u Gold Big Bang Tennessee State Championship on July 6, 2024! The 2010 Explosion brought home the championship playing a total of 5 games in blazing heat in Cleveland, TN. Equally hot were the 2010 bats as Aggie Greer, Jayde Deal, and Zaya Brown all hit home runs enroute to an impressive championship victory! Great job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!


 
Explosion Weekend for Summer is 8/11/24-8/13/24! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 
2011 Explosion Elite Finish as a Strong Runner-up in North Carolina NIT PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2011 Explosion Elite who finished as the 12u Runner-up in the Super NIT held in Candler, NC on 5/18/24-5/19/24! The Explosion went 3-1-1, losing to the Diamond Elite from Cherokee, NC in the Championship Game. Great job Diamond and Explosion Elite, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
2011 Explosion Elite Claims 12u Championship in Knoxville PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2011 Explosion Elite who won the 12u division of the Dream Team Mother's Day Mania Tournament held in Knoxville, TN on 5/11/24. The Explosion went 4-0 in the tournament and beat the Fury Platinum Meadows Team 4-1 enroute to the tournament championship. Great job Fury and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
2010 Explosion Wins 14u State Qualifier in Cleveland, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2010 Explosion who won the 14u Division of the Big Bang Softball East Tennessee State Qualifier held in Cleveland, TN on 3/30/24! The Explosion beat the River City Renegades 10-0 in the championship game. Of particular note, Jayde Deal pitched a perfect game in the championship game against the Renegades, WOW! Congratulations Renegades and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!
Notable performances during this team were MVPs for Jayde Deal, Khloe Kindrick, Kendall Adist and Mckenzie Jackson. The Bomb Squad for this tournament included Kendall Adist (1), Aggie Greer (1), Mckenzie Jackson (2, 1 grand slam). Outstanding work ladies!
 
2011 Explosion Elite WIns 12u Division of Cleveland State Qualifier PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2011 Explosion Elite who won the 12u Division of the Big Bang Softball East Tennessee State Qualifier held in Cleveland, TN on 3/30/24! The Explosion beat the Concord Stars 4-1 in the championship to complete a 4-0 record for the tournament. Great job Stars and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
2010 Explosion Wins 14u Tournament in Hixson, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2010 Explosion who won the 14u division of the Lucky Diamond Classic held in Hixon, TN on 3/16/24! For the tournament, the Explosion went 3-0-1 and won the championship against Xpress Fastpitch 10-3! Great job Xpress and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
2011 Explosion Elite Cooper Wins 12u Dreamtime Friendly Championship with 3-0 Record PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2011 Explosion Elite Cooper for going 3-0 in the Dream Time Events Friendly tournament held in Knoxville on March 3, 2024! For the tournament, the Explosion outscored the competition 27-0 besting by the narrowest of scoring margins the Thunder Gold from Virginia. Congratulations Explosion and Thunder Gold, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
2011 Explosion Elite Cooper Opens 2024 Season as 12u Runner-up in Murfreesboro PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2011 Explosion Cooper Team who finished a strong runner-up in the 12u division of the indoor Frozen Fastpitch Arena Wars tournament held in Murfreesboro, TN on 1/13/24! The Explosion went 4-1 on the day and lost to the Tennessee Bombers 3-2 in the Championship Game! Great job Bombers and Explosion we are very proud of your efforts!

 
Explosion Premier Wolfgram Nets 16u Georgia PGF State Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Atomic Boom! Congratulations to the Explosion Premier Wolfgram who won the 16u PGF Georgia State Championship on 11/5/23! The Explosion Premier ran the gauntlet of loaded teams in the tournament field besting the Impact Gold, Mojo, and EC Bullets enroute to the Championship! WOW, congratulations ladies, we are extremely proud of you and your efforts!

 
2010 Explosion Crowned 14u Halloween Havoc Champions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2010 Explosion who won the 14u Championship of the Halloween Havoc Tournament held on 10/28/23! Great job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
2011 Explosion Cooper Wins Local 12u Benefit Tournament Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2011 Explosion Cooper who won the 12u Championship of the Turkey Trot Food Drive Benefit Tournament held in Knoxville, TN on 11/4/23! The Explosion beat the Kentucky Riot 4-3 in international tiebreaker fashion! For the tournament, the Explosion went 4-1 against the tournament field. Great job Riot and Explosion, we are proud of your efforts!

 
2011 Explosion Cooper WIns 12u Championship in Cleveland, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2011 Explosion Cooper Team for winning the 12u Halloween Havoc Championship held in Cleveland, TN on 10/28/23! The Explosion beat the Sequatchie Valley Sluggers in the Championship! For the tournament, the Explosion went 4-1 against the tournament field. Great job Sluggers and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts! A special shoutout to Kyleigh Trent who blasted an over the fence homerun in the tournament! Great job Kyleigh!

 
16u Explosion FInishes as 16u Runner-up in Cleveland, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 16u Explosion for their 2nd place finish in the 10/22/23 Tournament held in Cleveland, TN! The Explosion played a total of 7 games and finally lost in the Championship game to a strong Georgia Rage Team. Great job Rage and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
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Coaches Contact Information

2011 Explosion - Banks (12u)

Head Coach Cody Banks - (865) 556-6636 - cburch06@comcast.net

2011 Explosion Elite - Cooper (12u)

Head Coach Anthony Cooper - (865) 556-1792 - anthonycooper0707@gamail.com

2010 Explosion (13u)

Head Coach Ernie Montgomery - (865) 307-1758

Explosion Premier - Wolfgram (16u)

Head Coach Steve Wolfgram- (865) 740-8488 - jalynhomes@charter.net

18u Explosion (16u)

Head Coach Mark Collier- (865) 591-2837 - markcollier013@yahoo.com

Organization Chief

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

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