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Wednesday 01 Oct 2014
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 10 teams (18u/16u Select, '99, '01, '01 Navy, '02, 12u Explosion Surge, '03, '04, '05 and '06) that have a total of 130 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

 
'99 Explosion Wins 1,000th Game for Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Softball Program PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

1,000 Wins!

Attention Explosion Friends and Family, with the Championship Win in the ASA Fall Finals in Johnson City by the '99 Explosion, the Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Softball Organization has attained our 1,000th Win! Although we aren't about the wins and losses, this is a significant achievement for our program and I would like to thank the tireless work of the players, coaches and parents that contributed to this organization milestone! God bless each and everyone of our Explosion family and here's to 1,000 more!

 
'99 Explosion Win 14u ASA Fall Finals Championship in Johnson City PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom!  Congratulations to the '99 Knoxville Explosion who went 5-0 to win the ASA 14u Fall Finals in Johnson City at Grandview Park on Saturday, September 27, 2014!  The tournament featured 11 teams from Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee such as the Southwest Virginia Storm, Virginia Fury, Kentucky Fusion, Carolina Heat, Greeneville Marlins, TN Sting and many others.  The '99 Explosion allowed a total of 8 runs in 5 games, outscoring the competition 27-8!  A big shout out to Sydney Dukes who led the '99 Explosion attack with an .800 batting average and Emma Seagrave (2-0), Ariel Holt (2-0) and Syd Birchfield (1-0) who turned in stellar pitching performances in this 16 hour event!  The '99 Explosion beat the 14u TN Sting 2-0 in the Championship Game.  Great job TN Sting and '99 Explosion, we are all very proud of your efforts!

 
Knoxville Explosion Invites All Teams to Participate in Great Benefit Tournament to Aid East Tennessee Kidney Foundation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Attention all Knoxville Area and Travel Softball Teams! Please help support the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation by participating in this benefit ASA tournament being held on October 11-12 at Fountain City Park in Knoxville! GIFT BAG and COACHES HOSPITALITY TENT with FREE FOOD and BEVERAGES for COACHES Legends Sport Photography on site! Entry fee is $200 per team with multi-team discounts available! Contact Missy Jones at (865) 803-2876 asap!

 
'01 Knoxville Explosion Finish as 14u ASA Cleveland Champion PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '01 Knoxville Explosion who won the ASA 14u Division Tournament held in Cleveland at Bradley County Industrial Park on 9/20/14. The '01 Explosion lost in the Championship Game to the 14u TN Blast but pulled out the tournament victory in the playoff inning for the championship! Great job Blast and Explosion!

 
'05 Knoxville Explosion Take 10u Tournament Championship at Badgett Park PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '05 Knoxville Explosion who won their first ever 10u tournament held at Badgett park in Knoxville on 9/20/14! Great job girls, we are all very proud of your efforts!

 
Explosion Select Finish as High School ASA Division Runner-up in Cleveland PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the Explosion Select who finished as the High School Runner-up in Cleveland and Bradley County Park on 9/20/14! The Explosion Select lost a heartbreaker in the opening round of bracket play to the Adrenaline and t...hen battled out of the loser's bracket to play for the tournament championship game against the same Adrenaline Team. The Explosion Select lost 3-2 in the championship. Congratulations to the Adrenaline and Explosion Select! Both teams are class acts and played hard!

 
'04 Explosion Take 10u Runner-up In ASA Cleveland Tournament PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '04 Knoxville Explosion who finished as the 10u Runner-up in Cleveland at Bradley County Park well past midnight on 9/20/14! The '04 Explosion lost to the '04 Frost Falcons 5-1 in the championship and battled back from a opening round lost to the same Falcons Team earlier in the day! Great job Falcons and '04 Explosion! We are all very proud of your efforts!

 
Explosion Select Finishes as ASA 16u Big Orange Showcase Runner-up PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the Explosion Select who finished as runner-up in the 16u Division of the ASA Big Orange Showcase held at Caswell Park in Knoxville from 9-12-14 through 9-14-14! The Select went 6-0 before running out of gas facing the 6-0 White Lightning in the Championship game, losing 8-0 in the final. The tournament field featured 8 teams from Tennessee and Virginia including the White Lightning, Virginia Venom, Cunningham Crushers (Nashville), TN Sting Sams and others. Congratulations to the White Lightning and Explosion! Great first tournament together girls, we are all very proud of your efforts.

 
'06 Explosion Takes 8u Runner-up at 13th Annual ASA Invitational in Johnson City PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '06 Knoxville Explosion who finished as runner-up in the 8u Division in the 13th ASA Invitational held at Winged Deer Park in Johnson City Tennessee on 9-13-14! Great job girls we are all very proud of your efforts!

 
'04 Explosion Wins ASA Tournament At Ridgeview PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '04 Knoxville Explosion who won the ASA Remember the Heros 10u Division held at Ridgeview Park in Johnson City, TN on 9-7-14! The '04 Explosion went undefeated for the day and won in the Championship game agai...nst the Virginia SWAT '03 10-2! On the day, the '04 Explosion outscored the competition 36-13 against teams from Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina! Great job SWAT and Explosion! We are very proud of your efforts! Sorry this was late guys!

 
'04 Explosion FInishes as 10u Runnerup in Maryville PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '04 Knoxville Explosion who finished as the 10u Runner-up in the ASA Tournament held in Maryville on 8-24-14! The '04 Explosion lost 7-6 in the championship game to the '04 Maryville Wildcats in a tough championship game. Great job Wildcats and Explosion! We are all very proud of your efforts!! Sorry everyone this is late, Coach Joe's fault!

 
'06 Explosion Finishes as 8u Runner-up in Cleveland PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '06 Knoxville Explosion who finished as the 8u Runner-up in the Back to School ASA Bash in Cleveland on 8-24-14! Great job ladies, we are all very proud of your efforts! Sorry everyone this is late, Coach Joe's fault!

 
Knoxville Explosion Adds Former D1 Player to 12u Coaching Ranks! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

BIG NEWS EVERYONE! The Knoxville Explosion Fast Pitch Softball Organization welcomes our newest coach to our ranks, Mrs. Angelica McClerkin! Angelica will coach our new 12u Explosion Team that will be holding tryouts over the next 2 weeks...! Take a moment to read her bio, we are extremely honored that Angelica is joining our organization! Welcome aboard Angelica!

Player and Coach Bio:
Born and raised in Murfreesboro, TN, Angelica McClerkin attended Riverdale High School. Angelica played D1 collegiate softball at Mississippi Valley State University, where she was apart of 2 conference championships. Angelica earned 2nd Team All-Conference at 2nd base, while graduating with honors. In 2010 Mrs. McClerkin moved to Knoxville, TN and served as a local hitting & pitching instructor and high school assistant coach. In the summer of 2014, Angelica served as interim head coach of a 12U team in Riverdale TN, where she led them to the top 8 and finished nationally ranked. Mrs. McClerkin is married with twins daughters and resides in Knoxville, TN.

 
Knoxville Explosion Organization Sets New Performance Record for 2014 Performance PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

As the sport of fast pitch softball winds down here in Knoxville, the Knoxville Explosion Organization reflects on 2014 as another benchmark year for our organization.  We stand for and are about the on and off the field development of our players.  Amazingly enough, over 80% of our players are honor roll students.  Many of our players also received numerous citizenship, spelling bee and 4H essay awards throughout 2014.  In addition, 100% of our players were selected to participate in their various middle school and high school teams!  MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

On the field, it was an equaly amazing year for our organization!  The organization Spring 2014 Season combined team statistics were as follows:

96 Tournaments Participated

(38) 1st Place Finishes - Including 14u ISA Class A Tennessee State Champions, 12u ISA Class A Tennessee State Champions, 10u ISA Class A Tennessee State Champions, 8u ISA Class A Tennessee State Champions, 10u ASA Class B Tennessee State Champions, and 8u SEAA Open World Series Championship

(22) 2nd Place Finishes - Including 14u ASA/USA Eastern Elite Alabama Showcase Runner-up, 12u ASA Class B Tennessee State Runner-up, 14u ASA Class B Tennessee State Runner-up

(3) 3rd Place Finishes

Statistical Insight: Of the tournaments played in 2014, the Knoxville Explosion Softball Teams either won, showed or placed in 65.6% of all tournaments played!  This list of tournaments include major showcases, Tennessee State Touranments, World Series and Large tournaments throughout the Southeastern U.S.  WOW!

Wins & Losses

Wins - 345

Losses - 138

Ties - 5

Statistical Insight: Overall organization winning percentage of .702!  WOW!

Our organization also added a 8u team for the Fall 2014/Spring 2015, bringing our organizational roster to a total of 10 teams, welcomed 2 new head coaches and 135 players from all over Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky!

The numbers don't tell the whole story though!  Our players got significantly better as our teams traveled to 10 different states and played teams from 35 different states and made some great friends along the way.  The competitive spirit exhibited on the field coupled with the smiles and laughter, as well as the blood, sweat and tears that our players endured throughout the year is a testiment to the dedication forged by the Knoxville Explosion Coaches and tireless support of their parents!  As appropriate, in this month of giving thanks, the Knoxville Explosion Softball Organization would like to give thanks and honor our competitors, tournament directors, umpires and countless other supporters that make the sport of fast pitch softball everything it can be!  To you we give thanks for a great 2014 and look forward to an even more exciting 2015!   All prospective players and families, we would love for you to join us and our quest to develop the best fast pitch softball players on and off the field!

 
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'06 Explosion (8u)

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

'05 Explosion (10u)

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

'04 Explosion (10u) 

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

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

Explosion Surge (12u)

Head Coach Angelica - (615) 556-0996 - angelicaw.mcclerkin@yahoo.com

'02 Explosion (12u)

Head Coach Robert - (256) 499-2319 - Robert.downing@hma.com

'01 Explosion (14u)
Head Coach Craig - (865) 306-4236 - webb306@bellsouth.net

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

Coach Jay - (865) 247-2499

'01 Explosion Navy (14u)

Head Coach Tim - (865) 659-6016

Coach Randy - (865) 803-4944 - rbraden@downeyoil.com

'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 Josh - (276) 389-8273 - pudgevols@gmail.com

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