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Sunday 11 Dec 2016
Knoxville Explosion! - Here Comes the Boom!
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

 
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 13 teams (18u Select, '99 Select, '00, '01, '01 Navy, '02, '03, '04, 12u Gulf Coast, '05, '06, '07 and '08/'09) 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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99 Explosion Select Player Tori Ogle signs with Cleveland State PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to 99 Explosion Select Player Tori Ogle on her officially signing with Cleveland State Community College on 12/9/16! Tori is a Senior at Alcoa High School and has been an integral part of the 99 Explosion Select Team since 2011! We love you so much Tori and are so proud of your academic and softball accomplishments! Good luck in the future!

 
Knoxville Explosion Featured on WVLT on 12/8/16 Telecast! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Check out the recent feature that aired on Channel 8, WVLT on our sport of Fastpitch Softball and our very own Knoxville Explosion Teams!  Thanks for a great video piece Rick Russo!

http://www.local8now.com/video?vid=405537556 

 
99 Explosion Select's Maggie Savage Signs with Volunteer State PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Boom! Congratulations to Maggie Savage (P, White County High School), who plays for the 99 Explosion Select! Maggie signed her National Letter of Intent to continue playing her fastpitch softball career at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, TN! We are so proud of you Maggie! #maggiesavagevolstate

 
Explosion Select's Bug Campbell Signs with DIII Maryville College PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Boom! Congratulations to Bug Campbell (2B, Chuckey Doak High School), who plays for the Explosion Select! Bug officially signed her National Letter of Intent to play for DIII Maryville College (TN)! We are so proud of Bug and look forward to seeing her play in College! #bugcampbellmaryvillecollege

 
'08/09 Explosion Seeks 2 Talented Players for Spring 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

'08/09 Knoxville Explosion is looking to add Two players to our upcoming 2017 Spring Roster. We just finished a very successful Fall season with a committed core of players. Winter workouts starting soon! We look to play a competitive schedule this coming Spring. Come and join our family! We have a one of a kind player development program that has produced over 15 Tennessee State Open Championships since 2011! Please call or message coach Steve Wolfgram @ 865-740-8488 to schedule a workout. For more information on our program, please check us out at www.knoxvilleexplosion.com !

 
'99 Explosion Player Tori Ogle Commits to Cleveland State PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Commitment Alert! Congratulations to '99 Explosion's Tori Ogle (C/1B-Alcoa High School) who has committed to continue her college softball career at Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, TN! Tori has worked extremely hard for this opportunity and aspires to be a future nurse! She is a great student and teammate, as well as a great player, we are very proud of you Tori!

 
'99 Explosion Player Maggie Savage Commits to Volunteer State PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Commitment Alert! Congratulations to the 99 Explosion's very own Maggie Savage (Pitcher White County) who has verbally committed to play for Volunteer State Community College (Gallatin, TN)! Maggie is an exceptionally hard worker and an equally exceptional student, great job Maggie, we are so proud of you!

 
'02 Explosion Seeks Top Level Pitcher to Add to Talented Team PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Attention prospective 02 Players and Parents! The '02 Explosion is looking to add one "A" level pitcher to its Spring / Summer roster. We will play a competitive "A" level schedule, including Qualifiers and College Showcase tournaments. We are a Team oriented, fundamentally focused, family environment with a coaching staff that includes a full time pitching coach to support our Team. Indoor winter workouts start the first of January! All inquiries will be kept confidential. Please contact head coach, Harold Lynn at 865-228-8082 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
'04 Explosion Finish Successful Fall Season with 12u Tournament Win PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Boom! Congratulations to the 04 Explosion who won the 12u Division of a local Knoxville Fundraiser Tournament held at Nicholas Park on 11-5-16! After dropping a bracket game, the 04 Explosion ran the table to beat the 05 Heat 3-0 in the Championship game to claim the tournament victory. There were a total of 8 teams in the tournament that included the 04 Twisters, AC Mavs, Stingers and other local teams. Great job Heat and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'07 Explosion Supports Knoxville Down's Syndrome Buddy Walk PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Way to go 07 Explosion! The 07 Explosion 2016 community service project was to learn about Down Syndrome, participate in the Buddy Walk and support Harpers Heroes and the Down Syndrome Awareness Group of East Tennessee. A Buddy Walk representative and mother of a child with Down Syndrome came to a league game and with the 07 players. She taught them what Down Syndrome is and how the Buddy Walk helps families who have children with Down Syndrome. The team participated in the Buddy Walk on October 23 and walked with Harper’s Heroes and made a team donation to the cause. It was a great afternoon in Knoxville, our players learned a lot, and Harper is an awesome kid! Outstanding job 07 Explosion, we are sooo proud of you guys!

 
'99 Explosion End Fall Season with 3rd Place Finish in the 18u Division of ASA/USA Eastern Elite Showcase PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Boom! Congratulations to the 99 Explosion Select who battled to a hard fought 3rd place finish in the 18u USA/ASA Eastern Elite Showcase held in Chattanooga 10/27-10/29! Battling a loaded field of 18u teams that included the top teams in the Southeast, the 99 Explosion played hard, eventually losing out to a terrific 00 Frost Falcons team (eventual champion) 5-1. The 99 Explosion Pitchers were anchored by Maggie Savage who finished with a record of 2-1. The 99 Explosion catchers were outstanding with a standout performance by Marieve Elkins throwing out every runner that attempted to steal and completing a clutch pickoff at 3rd base in the bracket semi-final game. The 99 Explosion hot bats were led by Sydney Dukes who had a clutch walk-off 3-run homerun in pool play against Team Worth (Georgia), capping an improbable 6-0 comeback to win in pool play on Saturday! A special shoutout also goes to Hailey Byington who hit her first career homerun against the Tennessee Dragons! Absolutely outstanding progress everyone, we are excited for our November college recruiting season and next Spring!

 
'06 Explosion wins 10u Division of ASA Halloween Havoc Tournament in Cleveland, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Boom! Congratulations to the 06 Explosion who finished as the 10u Champion of the ASA Halloween Havoc Tournament in Cleveland, TN on 10/29/16! The 06 Explosion beat the TN Fury in the Championship Game enroute to a 5-0 record for the day! Outstanding work Fury and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts! A special shoutout to Emerson Darnell who went yard in the tournament! BOOM!

 
'04 Explosion Finish as 12u Runner-up in ASA Halloween Havoc Tournament in Cleveland PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Boom! Congratulations to the 04 Explosion who finished as the 12u runner-up in the ASA Halloween Havoc Tournament in Cleveland, TN on 10/29/16! The 04 Explosion lost out to the 04 Twisters in the Championship Game, great job Twisters and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
08 Explosion Finish as 8u Runner-up in SEAA Halloween Spooktacular Tournament at Willow Creek Park PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Runner-up in the 6th Annual SEAA Spookacular at Willow Creek Park on 10-22-16! A total of 7 teams were in this tournament division and the proceeds went to the Louisiana Flood Victims. The 08/09 Explosion lost to the 08 Crossfire in the championship game, ending the tournament with a 3-2 record. Great job Crossfire and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts! Kudos to the parents of the 08/09 Explosion for making them look like a bag of M&Ms!

 
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'08 Explosion (7u and 8u)

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

'07 Explosion (9u)

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

'06 Explosion (10u)

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

'05 Explosion (11u)

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

'04 Explosion (12u) 

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

Coach Pemberton - mandi3pemberton@gmail.com

'03 Explosion (13u)
Head Coach Scott - (865) 388-9778 -
scottsequipment@hotmail.com

'02 Explosion (14u)

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

'01 Explosion Navy (15u)

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

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

Coach Matt - (865) 604-9153 - rdhm05@hotmail.com

'00 Explosion (16u)

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

'99 Explosion (17u) 
Head Coach Joe - (865) 363-0728 - birchfieldj@earthlink.net

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

Coach Jason - (423) 608-5933 - jasonholt41@gmail.com

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

Explosion Select (18u)

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

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

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