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Wednesday 21 Feb 2018
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 14 teams (18u Select, 2019, '01, '01 Navy, '02, '03, '04, '05, 2K5, '06, 2024, '07, 10u and '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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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

 
Explosion Select's Lauren Acker Signs NLI with Hiwassee College PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Congratulations to Lauren Acker (Explosion Select) who officially signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her softball career at Hiwassee College in Madisonville, TN! Lauren (Known as BOB to her teammates) becomes the 14th signee of the Explosion Softball Program and 2nd signee of the 2018 graduation year! Great job BOB, we are very proud of you!

 
Explosion Select's Sydney Rogers Commits to Shorter University PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Commitment Alert! Congratulations to the Explosion Select's very own Sydney Rogers from East Hamilton High School in Chattanooga who has committed to play for NCAA Division III National Powerhouse Shorter University! Sydney is a hard-nosed, seasoned pitcher and terrific 3rd baseman and a dual threat from both sides of the plate. She is also a selfless player who is loved by her teammates. Congratulations Syd, we are very proud of you! With this commitment, Sydney becomes our 15th commitment of the Explosion Program and 4th of the 2018 graduating class!
 
Explosion Select's Arielle Tritt Inks NLI with Ferrum University PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Congratulations to the Explosion Select's very own Arielle Tritt (Lee High, VA) who signed her National Letter of Intent to play both softball and volleyball at Ferrum University in Virginia! Great job Bug, we are so proud of your efforts! Arielle becomes the Knoxville Explosion's 13th signee and 1st of the 2018 season!

 
2K5 Explosion Helps Community PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


A big post holiday shoutout to the 2K5 Explosion who helped feed the homeless in Blount County at the 2nd Harvest Food Bank! Great job ladies, we are so proud of you!

 
Explosion Teams Step up to Help Less Fortunate in Knoxville and Blount County Area PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


I want to take a quick moment to give a big shoutout to many of our teams who sacrificed their time and money to help those less fortunate than us in the Knoxville area the past month! From creating Christmas trees at the East Tennessee Children's Hospital Fantasy of Trees to the Blount County 2nd Harvest Food Bank to feeding the Knoxville Homelss to ringing bells for the Salvation Army, our players and their families really stepped up in the season of giving. Outstanding j...ob everyone! Those teams pictured here include:

- 09 Explosion (Steve Wolfgram Head Coach)
- 10u Explosion (Amy Dorsett Head Coach)
- 06 Explosion (Jason Darnell Head Coach)
- 2024 Explosion (Harold Lynn Head Coach)
- 05 Explosion (Shane Alvey Head Coach)
- 04 Explosion (BJ Henderson Head Coach)
- 02 Explosion (Keith Gray Head Coach)
- 01 Navy Explosion (Tim Baldridge Head Coach)

#ExplosionsoftballlovesKnoxville, #givingmeanslove, #rememberthoseinneed

 
Explosion Select's Lauren Acker Commits to Hiwassee College PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Commitment Alert! Congratulations to the Explosion Select's very own Lauren Acker (C/3B Jefferson County High School) who has committed to continue her softball career at Hiwassee College in Madisonville, TN! Lauren, known affectionately as "Bob" to her teammates has been a loyal player to our program since moving to the Knoxville area in 2013 from Orlando, FL. Lauren becomes our programs 14th commitment and 3rd of the 2018 season! We are so proud of you Bob!

 
Explosion Select's Arielle Tritt Commits to Ferrum University PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Commitment alert! Congratulations to Arielle Tritt who plays for the Explosion Select on her commitment today to NCAA Division III Ferrum University in Ferrum Virginia! For those who aren't familiar with Arielle, she is one of the hardest working, talented and toughest players to ever graduate from the Explosion Program! Arielle is the 2nd commitment of the 2018 class and 13th for the Knoxville Explosion. We are so proud of you Arielle!

 
10u Explosion Kicks off Community Service Season with ETCH Project PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


A big explosion shout out to the 10u Explosion who decorated 2 Explosion-themed trees for the upcoming East Tennessee Children's Hospital Fantasy of Trees Event! Thank you girls and parents for teaching the true meaning of giving to others!

 
'09 Explosion Finishes 2017 Season as 8u ISA Halloween Havoc Champions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '09 Explosion who won the 8u ISA Halloween Havoc Tournament held at Bradley Co. Industrial Park in Cleveland, TN on 11/4/17! Outstanding job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'06 Explosion Finish Fall 2017 Season as 12u ISA Runner-up in Cleveland PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '06 Explosion who finished as the ISA 12u Halloween Havoc tournament held at Bradley Co. Industrial Park in Cleveland, TN on 11/4/17! The '06 Explosion lost to the '06 Heat who won the tournament. Great job Heat and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'02, '04 and Explosion Select Do well at USA Eastern Elite Showcase Despite Environmental Conditions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

A shoutout to the Explosion Select, '02 Explosion and '04 Explosion who competed in the USA Eastern Elite Fall Showcase at Warner Park in Chattanooga October 28-29, 2017. Playing in terrential rain, freezing temperatures and snow, all of our teams competed and did very well against some of the top teams in the nation in horrible conditions and represented the organization well! Great job girls, rest up, work hard and be ready to bring in next Spring!

 
Explosion Select finish as 18u Runner-up in USA Halloween Havoc PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the Explosion Select who finished as the 18u runner-up in the USA Halloween Havoc in Johnson City, TN on 10-22-17! The tournament field featured a total of 15 teams and the Select lost 3-2 in the championship game to a talented East Tennessee Select Team. This tournament is one of the largest in the state of Tennessee fielding over 90 teams at 6 different parks. Great job and effort from both Select teams, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'04 Explosion Finish as 14u Runner-up at TSFA National Qualifier PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '04 Explosion who finished as the 14u Runner-up in the TSFA National Qualifier in Dalton, GA on 10-22-17! Great job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'07 Explosion Wins 10u ISA Fall World Series Championship in Chattanooga PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '07 Explosion who won the Class B 10u division of the ISA Fall World Series held in Chattanooga, TN at Warner Park! The field included a total of 16 teams from Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky and Louisiana. The '07 Explosion went 5-2 in the tournament, beating the Middle Tennessee Diamond Divas 10-8! Congratulations ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
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'09 Explosion (8u)

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

'07 Explosion (10u)

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

10u Explosion (9u and 10u)

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

'06 Explosion (11u)

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

2024 Explosion (11u)

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

2K5 Explosion (12u)

Head Coach Kevin McCord- (407) 619-7808 - klmccord@ymail.com 

'05 Explosion (12u)

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

'04 Explosion (13u) 

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

Coach Pemberton - mandi3pemberton@gmail.com

'03 Explosion (14u)
Head Coach Scott Blankenship - (865) 388-9778 -
scottsequipment@hotmail.com

'02 Explosion (15u)

Head Coach Keith Gray - (865) 323-7249 - KGray@utmck.edu

'01 Explosion Navy (16u)

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

'01 Explosion (16u)
Head Coach 
Matt Fowler- (865) 604-9153 - fowlers123@comcast.net

2019 Explosion (17u Competitive)

Head Coach Ricky Johnson - (865) 258-2572 - rickyjohn1322@gmail.com 

Explosion Select (18u) 
Head Coach Joe Birchfield - (865) 363-0728 - birchfieldj@earthlink.net

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

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