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Friday 14 Aug 2020
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 11 teams (18u Select, 2023, 2024, '07, 2025, 2026, '09, '10, '10 X, '11 and '12) that have a total of 165 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

Explosion X Makes Debut as 10u ISA A Runner-up PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom! Congratulations to the Explosion X (2010) on your second place finish in the ISA Back to School Bash “A” bracket. The girls played hard scoring 31 runs total and only giving up 9 for the day. They started strong in pool play giving them the number one seed in A bracket and continued strong into bracket with two wins (one against Cumberland Lake Elite and another against Sweetwater Storm), which placed them into the championship game to face Storm again. After a tough 3-1 loss, they were forced into an “extra inning” and fell short by only 1 run. Congratulations to Sweetwater Storm and Explosion X, we are very proud of your efforts!

Knoxville Explosion Welcomes the Next Generation of Coaches to Organization Roster PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

2010 Explosion Wins 10u ISA A Bracket Championship in Cleveland, TN PDF Print E-mail
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Boom! Congratulations to the '10 Explosion who won the 10u A Division of the ISA Back To School Bash in Cleveland, TN! For the day, the Explosion went undefeated and won in the Championship Game 9-3 against the Impact Elite! Great job Elite and Explosion, we are proud of your efforts!

'01 Navy Explosion Stays Red Hot and wins 18u ISA Kickin Cancer Tournament Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom! Congratulations to the '01 Navy Explosion who won their 3rd Consecutive Tournament Championship on Saturday, July 25, 2020 in Cleveland, TN at the ISA Kickin Cancer Tournament. For the day, the '01 Navy went undefeated including an impressive 2-1 victory over the Nashville Cruisers! Great job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

2010 Explosion Wins ISA Kickin Cancer 10u B Division Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom! Congratulations to the 2010 Explosion who won the 10u B Division of the ISA Kickin Cancer Championship at Cleveland, TN! After losing the initial pool game of the tournament, the '10 Explosion rolled off 4 consecutive victories to win the 10u B Division Championship! Great job ladies, we are very proud of you!

Knoxville Explosion Adds Coach Ryan Carson to Coach Newly Formed 2010 Explosion X Team PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Despite COVID Challenges, Knoxville Explosion Posts Record Spring 2020 Season PDF Print E-mail
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Knoxville Explosion Posts Open Tryouts for All Knoxville Explosion Teams PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Organization-wide tryouts and Team Needs announced for Fall 2020/Spring 2021: Explosion Select (2021-2022) - Open Tryouts, 1 Pitcher and 1 Catcher sought. Private Tryouts available. For move information contact Head Coach Payton Kneier at (865) 765-0075 or Assistant Coach Kelsey Birchfield at (865) 441-1050. 2023 Explosion (16u) - 1 Pitcher sought. Private Tryouts are available. Contact Shane Alvey at (865) 621-5200 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 2024 Explosion (14u) - 1 catcher/utility player sought, '05 or '06 players considered. Contact Harold Lynn at (865) 228-8082 for more information. '07 Explosion (13u) - Pitcher/middle infielder, 1-2 Openings, Pitcher should be able to throw in the 50s and have good changeup. Head Coach Scott Barnes- 865-387-3264 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 2025 Explosion (13u) - No current openings 2026 Explosion (12u) - Pitcher and catcher needed only... must be able to play other positions can call Fonda Large at (865) 257-0375 or Rodger Scott at (423) 507-7186 for private tryout. '09 Explosion (11u) - No current openings '10 Explosion (10u) - Catchers and outfielders are needed. Please contact Head Coach Ernie Montgomery at (865) 307-1758. Contact Coach Montgomery for private tryouts.

Knoxville Explosion X Fastpitch is holding Open Practices/Tryouts! We’re looking for 2-3 Players with 2010 birth years to fill our roster for the upcoming Fall/Spring Seasons. For more information please contact Head Coach Ryan Carson via text/phone call at 865-898-4157 for more information, everything discussed will be kept confidential.

2011 Explosion (9u) - No current openings 2012 Explosion (8u) - No current openings We are a fastpitch softball organization based out of Knoxville, TN but have over 165 players from all over Tennessee, as well as North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and Kentucky. Our program has resulted in 27 Tennessee State Championship, multiple world series and and national titles and has produced over 27 college signees in the past 5 years!

Knoxville Explosion Adds Coach Cody Banks as Head Coach of 2011 Explosion PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Explosion Teams overcome Adversity and Find Success PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

I want to give a big shoutout to all of our teams and the amazing obstacles we have all overcome to not only put a great product on the field in light of the COVID pandemic but also the resiliency to practice hard, stay focused and work as a team in harsh tournament conditions. Our teams, top to bottom, have represented us in an honorable and respectful manner and for that I want to thank all of the parents, players and coaches who have contributed and work so hard to make all of this happen.
I also want to ensure that the efforts of the 2023, 2024, '06 and 2026 Explosion are acknowledged on one of the biggest stages, the USA East Coast Nationals held in Spartanburg, SC from 7-17-20 to 7-19-20. This was the first time that we had 4 teams (2 Division Championships, 1 Runner-up and a top 8 finish) in this elite tournament and everyone of our teams played their hearts out and represented this organization with class and dignity. We are so proud of them and the efforts of our teams. Have a wonderful remaining summer everyone!
One last thing to those that are considering trying out for our organization, we have a terrific situation and circumstance awaiting your player. Take a look at our on the field progress, success and our proven player developmental program and I think you will find you like what you see! An amazing opportunity awaits for you in this organization!
2023 Explosion are USA 14u East Coast National Champions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Defcon 5 has been reached, Atomic BOOOOOM! Congratulations to the 2023 Explosion who defied all odds by running the table in the USA East Coast Nationals to win the 14u Diamond (Top Division) Championship on 7-19-20! After dropping the very first game of bracket play, the 2023 Explosion won 7 consecutive games, including the Championship and "If Game" against the previously undefeated Shock, 4-3! Defying the odds, the 2023 Explosion utilized a true team effort in which all of the players contributed to East Coast National Championship on a blistering hot weekend. This is a life-long memory that will always be remembered by this organization and team. Absolutely outstanding work ladies, you embody what the game of fastpitch softball entails and what this organization represents, a never quit attitude! Enjoy your championship ladies, it is very well deserved!
2026 Explosion Finishes as 12u USA Gold B Division East Coast National Runner-up in Spartanburg, SC PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Atomic Boom! Congratulations to the 2026 Explosion who finished as the East Coast USA Nationals 12u B Gold Division Runner-up in Spartanburg, SC 7-17-20 to 7-19-20! The 2026 Explosion played lights out all tournament and lost to the same team that put them in the losers bracket, the SC Elite in the championship game 4-3. Absolutely outstanding progress ladies, we are so proud of your efforts!

2024 Explosion Posts Top 8 Finish at USA 14u East Coast Nationals PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

A huge shoutout to the 2024 Explosion who made some real noise at the USA East Coast Nationals in the 14u division held in Spartanburg, SC 7-17-20 to 7-19-20! The 2024 Explosion ended up 8th overall out of a loaded field of 30 teams that included the 2023 and '06 Explosion sister teams as well in this division. The 2024 Explosion was the only 13u team to make the top division (Diamond) and lost 2 of their games by 1 run and 1 game by 2 runs. Outstanding progress ladies, the force is strong with this group of coaches and players.

'06 Explosion Win 14u USA Bronze Division East Coast Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Atomic Boom! Congratulations to the '06 Explosion who won the 14u USA East Coast Nationals Bronze Division in Spartanburg, SC 7-17-20! A total of 30 teams competed in this tournament that featured teams from over 8 states and some of the best competition on the Eastern Seaboard of the US. The tournament was broken into 4 different divisions, Diamond, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Outstanding work ladies, we are very proud of you and your efforts!

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Coaches Contact Information

2012 Explosion (8u)

Head Coach Angela Johnson - (865) 919-8001 - kassj1234@hotmail.com

2011 Explosion (9u)

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

'10 Explosion (10u)

Head Coach Ernie Montgomery-(865) 307-1758 - ernieexplosion@gmail.com 

Explosion X (10u)

Head Coach Ryan Carson-(865) 898-4157 - maxedoutgym@gmail.com

'09 Explosion (11u)

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

2026 Explosion (12U)

Head Coach Fonda Large- (865) 257-0375 - large0506@gmail.com 

Assistant Coach Roger Scott - (423) 507-7186

'07 Explosion (13u)

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

2025 Explosion (13u)

Head Coach Amy Dorsett - 865-850-9100 - jadorset@aol.com

2024 Explosion (14u)

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

'05 Explosion (15u)

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

'02 Explosion (18u)

Assistant Coach Randy Mathis - (423) 618-3169

Explosion Select (High School)

Head Coach Payton Kneier - (865) 765-0075 - paytonkneier@gmail.com

Coach Kelsey Birchfield - (865) 441-1050 - kelseybirchfield@gmail.com

Organization Chief

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

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