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Wednesday 28 Sep 2022
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 10 teams (Explosion Select, '06/'07, 2025, '08, '09, '11 - Banks, '11 - Cooper, '11 Prime, '13 and '14) 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

 
2014 Explosion finish as 8u Runner-up in Johnson City, Tennessee PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2014 Explosion who finished as the 8u Runner-up in the USA Play for the Cure Classic in Johnson City on 9/24/22! The 2014 Explosion finished with a 4-2 record and lost to the Lady Crush in the Championship Game. The tournament featured a total of 6 teams. Great job Crush and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
2011 Explosion Prime finishes as 12u Runner-up in Athens, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2011 Explosion Prime who finished as the 12u Runner-up in the NSA Dingerz Tournament held in Athens, TN on 9/24/22! The 2011 Explosion Prime lost to the Western North Carolina Legends in the championship game.  The tournament field had a total of 5 teams. Great job Legends and Explosion Prime, we are very proud of your efforts! 

 
2014 Explosion Wins 8u Division Crown in Rockwood, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2014 Explosion who won the 8u division of the Fall Slugfest in Rockwood, TN on 9/17/22. The 2014 Explosion beat the Diamond Outlaws 12-11 in the championship game. For the tournament, the 2014 Explosion went 4-0, outscoring the tournament field 48 to 20! Outstanding job Diamond Outlaws and 2014 Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'08 Explosion Finishes as 14u Runner-up in NSA Regional Tournament PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '08 Explosion who finished as NSA Southern Regional Runner-up coming up short in the Championship game against a strong Mission 08 team (they tied in pool play)! The tournament was held in Cleveland TN on 9-17-22. For the tournament, the '08 Explosion had 4 wins, 1 tie and 1 loss on the day, great job Mission and '08 Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
2022 Explosion Wins 18u Division of USA Tournament in Morristown, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Congratulations to the 2022 Explosion who won big time in Chattanooga on 8/13/22! The defense and pitching was on point, allowing ZERO runs in the entire tournament! Wow, nice job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
Mataya Ausmus Becomes First 2023 Commitment for Organization, Committing to Play for UVA-WIse PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Commitment Alert! Congratulations to Mataya Ausmus (2023 Bell Co. KY Senior) who has officially committed to continue her education and collegiate softball playing career with the University of Virginia - Wise! Known as Taya, she becomes the Knoxville Explosion organization's 33rd collegiate commitment and 1st of the 2023 graduation year! Congratulations Taya, we are very proud of you!

 
Tori Coffman Finishes What She Started in Travel Softball PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


With many memories attained, we bid a fond farewell to one of the best players that has ever played for our Knoxville Explosion Organization in Tori Coffman. Tori is starting her collegiate career at Walters State Community College next week and threw a perfect game in the Championship game of her last travel ball tournament on 8/20/22 at the USA Motown Classic. Tori is one of only 3 players to play her entire travel ball career as a Knoxville Explosion player, which is an extremely proud, notable accomplishment in the current landscape of constantly changing players and teams. Thank you Tori for all of the great memories, we love you and wish you all the best!

 
2014 Explosion finish as 8u Champion in Local Middle School Benefit Tournament PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2014 Explosion who won the 8u Championship of the Inaugural Jennifer Scates Middle School Benefit Tournament in Knoxville, TN on 8/20/22! The 2014 Explosion beat the Lady Waves 13-10 in the Championship game enroute to a 5-0 record for the tournament! Outstanding work ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
2011 Explosion Takes 12u Runner-up at NSA Summer Sizzler PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2011 Explosion who placed 1st in the Silver bracket in the Sizzler NSA in Knoxville. So proud of these girls and the growth they showed yesterday.

 
2025 Explosion Finishes as 18u USA Gold Division Mid-Summer Classic Runnerup PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2025 Knoxville Explosion as they finished as the 18u Runner-up in the Gold Division of the USA Mid-Summer Classic held at Knox County Sports Park on 7-24-22! The 2025 Explosion lost in the championship game to the '07 Pro Concepts Team 6-4. After falling behind 6-0, the 2025 Explosion clawed their way back but the heat and time ended their rally. Great job Pro Concepts and 2025 Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'06/'07 Explosion Wins USA 18u Silver Bracket Championship at Knox County Sports Park PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '06/'07 Knoxville Explosion who finished as the 18u USA Silver Mid-Summer Classic Champions on 7-24-22 at Knox County Sports Park! The Explosion beat the American Thunder 6-0 in the Championship Game. Great job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
2025 Explosion Finish as 16u USA Bronze Division Runner-up at East Coast Nationals PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Atomic Boom! Congratulations to the 2025 Knoxville Explosion who played in the USA East Coast Nationals and placed a very strong Runner-up in the 16u Bronze Bracket! The tournament field featured a total of 24 teams and the 2025 ended up playing a total of 9 games enroute to a 2-0 loss in the Championship Game to the 2024 Georgia Thunderbolts! For championship day, the 2025 Pitchers were outstanding allowing a total of 5 runs in 5 games. Absolutely outstanding work ladies, we are very proud of you Thunderbolts and 2025 Explosion!

 
2011 Explosion - Banks Finishes as a Strong 12u NSA Silver Bracket Runner-up in NSA Tennessee State Championships PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2011 Explosion - Banks who played up and finished a strong 2nd place runner-up in the 12u Division of the NSA Tennessee State Championship Silver Division. Way to go ladies, especially since you were playing all 2009 players, great job, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
2011 Explosion Prime Win 10u Rivercity Invitational World Series Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2011 Explosion Prime who were the River City Invitational World Series 10u Champions held in Soddy Daisy, Tn! The tournament ran from 7/2/22-7/4/22 and had a total of 5 teams. The 2011 Explosion Prime beat the Lady Warriors 2-1 in championship. Great job Warriors and 2011 Explosion Prime, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
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Coaches Contact Information

2014 Explosion (8u)

Head Coach Marshall Brakebill - (865) 748-0000 - marshallbrakebill@hotmail.com

2013 Explosion (9u)

Head Coach Rachel Anderson - (708) 362-2169 - Rachel.reilly@hotmail.com

2011 Explosion Prime (11u)

Head Coach Tim Meadows - (423) 368-1317 - timmeadows72@gmail.com

2011 Explosion - Banks (11u)

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

2011 Explosion - Cooper (11u)

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

'09 Explosion (13u)

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

'08 Explosion (14u)

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

2025 Explosion (15u)

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

'06/'07 Explosion (16u)

Head Coach Reed Mullins - (865) 297-4760

Explosion Select (High School)

Head Coach Brad Logan - (615) 398-9290 - bradleyslogan@yahoo.com

Organization Chief

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

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