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Thursday 18 Jul 2019
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 13 teams (18u Select, '01 Navy, '02, '03, 2022, '05, 2K5, '06, 2024, '07, 2025, '08, and '09) 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

 
Looking to Give Back as a Coach, Look No Further! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Are you passionate about the game of fastpitch softball?  Have you coached or played several years and want to give that passion to the next generation of softball players?  Do you care about the proper development of youth, not only as softball players but as individuals and leaders in their respective communities?  Then contact Joe Birchfield, Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Organization Chief about becoming a Knoxville Explosion Coach!  We offer an organization-paid Positive Coaching Double Goal Coach certification, a written player development program, many types of specialized equipment for use and access to state of the art computer softball programs that will hone your coaching skills to a fine edge and more importantly, transfer that knowledge to the players you coach.  The best part is all of this is FREE!  We are always looking for great coaches to help support our long-established successful player developmental program!  Opportunities exist from player ages 7 to 18.  You must be able to pass a NCSI background check and be able to complete the online PCA certification.  All coaches in our organization are volunteer (non-paid) which means drastically reduced team fees for our families.  The sole focus for our organization is on the proper development of our players, on and off of the field.  Contact Joe Birchfield at (865) 363-0728 or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for an interview and coaching opportunities!

 
'07 Explosion Captures 12u ISA Mid-Summer Championship at Knox County Sports Park PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '07 Explosion who went undefeated in the 12u Division of the ISA Mid-Summer Classic held at Knox County Sports Park on 7/13/19! After playing 3 games, the '07 Explosion were awarded the tournament championship due to intervention from Mother Nature. Great job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
2024 Explosion finishes in 3rd at 12u USA East Coast Nationals PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


A big shoutout to the 2024 Explosion who finished 3rd overall in the gold division of the 12u USA East Coast Nationals held in Spartanburg, SC on 7/12/19-7/14/19! The 2024 Explosion went 5-2 in a field of 18 teams. Outstanding accomplishment ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'02 Explosion Finishes 5th in 18u USA East Coast Nationals in Spartanburg, SC PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


A big shoutout to the '02 Explosion who finished 5th overall in the gold division of the 18u USA East Coast Nationals in Spartanburg, SC 7/12/19-7/14/19! A total of 35 teams competed from all over the eastern U.S. What a great accomplishment ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!!!

 
Payton Kneier Joins Explosion Select as Assistant Coach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


The Knoxville Explosion would like to welcome our newest coach, Payton Kneier of Knoxville, TN to our coaching roster! Payton was a former pitcher at Knoxville Catholic High School, graduating in 2016 and signing to play softball with Bryan College in Dayton, TN. She is currently enrolled at Bryan majoring in Exercise and Health Science. A former player on the Explosion Select team, Coach Kneier joins Head Coach Joe Birchfield and Assistant Coach Jason Holt serving as the pitching coach for the Explosion Select. She has been serving as the pitching coach for the Select this Summer and has done a terrific job! Welcome aboard Coach Kneier, we are proud to be your coaching home!

 
Nichole Blackburn Joins Explosion Coaching Ranks PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


The Knoxville Explosion is proud to welcome Nichole Blackburn to our Coaching ranks! Coach Blackburn graduated from Carter High School in 2015, holds the school record for career wins, district MVP 2014, All state 2014 and went onto play at Carson-Newman (2015-2016) and Maryville College (2017-2019). She was the 3-time conference player of the week, National Top Performer of the week, TSWA player of the week (one of the first ever from Maryville), and All-conference. Coach Blackburn will serve as an assistant to Head Coach Amy Dorset and Assistant Coach Rich Ginel of the 2025 Explosion ('07 Birth Year). Welcome to the Explosion Family Coach Blackburn!

 
Explosion Select Crowned ISA High School World Series Champions in Chattanooga PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Atomic Boom! Congratulations to the Explosion Select who won the 18u ISA A Bracket World Series held at the Summit of Softball in Chattanooga, TN. A total of 16 teams from 7 states participated in our division. The Explosion went undefeated, going 5-0 while outscoring the competition 45 to 7. The select played the Eastern Kentucky Lady Katz, St. Petersburg FL Outlawz, USA Challengers (GA), Chattanooga Sparks and the East Tennessee Knockouts. Battling searing heat and nagging injuries, the Explosion Select pitching was lead by Ariel Holt, Sydnie Rogers and Kelsey Woods. Stellar defense and pitching was paired with equally impressive offense with 5 home runs from Ariel Holt (1), Jarica Ensley (1), Shakara Goodloe (1) and (2) from Kat Cechini, who drove in 6 rbis alone in the championship game on (2) HRs! We are extremely proud of your efforts ladies!

 
'06 Explosion Wins 12u ISA World Series Title in Chattanooga, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Huge shout out to our #Explosion06 ladies on a major accomplishment for their 12u season! You're looking at your 2019 ISA World Series ("A" Bracket) Champions!! The '06 Explosion finished at the top of the pack from a field of 20 (12u Teams) that included teams from 5 different states, going undefeated on the weekend & battled some awesome competition. The '06 Explosion outscored the competition 41 to 12 in 7 games (15 to 9 in bracket play). Shout out to the GA Fire on 2 of the best battles we've had all year. Also, shout out to GA Edge, Chattanooga Cruisers, & Tennessee Elite on some great games. All class acts and an absolute pleasure to share the field with. Can't say enough about this group of girls. They've worked so hard all year long and have gelled into one special team...full of personality, talent, & a will to win. This was one huge team effort this weekend and everyone played a vital role. Super proud and so very #blessed to get to lead these young ladies! Not done yet, wish us luck in Panama City Beach, Florida next week. #USFA World Series here we come! #Boom #Explosion06

 
'08 Explosion Finishes a Strong Runner-up in the 10u USA Freedom Challenge in Morristown, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '08 Explosion who finished as the 10u Runner-up in the USA Freedom Challenge Tournament held at Frank Lorino Park in Morristown on 7/6/19! Great job Team Tennessee and '08 Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'02 Explosion Captures 18u Silver Bracket Wounded Warrior Championship Title PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom!  Congratulations to the '02 Explosion who went undefeated to claim the 18u Silver Bracket Tournament Championship of the Wounded Warrior Tournament held in Sevierville, TN on 6-28-19-6-30-19.  The '02 Explosion played flawless softball matching stellar defense and pitching with timely hitting and baserunning to claim the tournament championship in a loaded 10-team field that included several out of state teams as well as the '03 Explosion the '01 Navy Explosion, who beat a tough Asheville NC Braves team to face the '02 Explosion the championship finale.  Battling extreme heat and fierce competition, mother nature forced the cancellation of Friday's games resulting in a true blind draw resulting in (2) 10 team divisions.  Battling several out of state teams from Ohio, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Tennessee the '02 Explosion beat the '01 Navy Explosion 8-2 in the championship game.  Over all, the '02 Explosion outscored the competition 34-2, in fact the only team to score on the '02 Explosion was the '01 Navy Explosion in the Championship game!  Absolutely outstanding job '02 Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'08 Explosion Battles Back from Opening Round Loss to Finish as 10u Wounded Warrior Runner-up in Sevierville PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom!  Congratulations to the '08 Explosion who played lights out to finish as the runner-up in the 10u Wounded Warrior Silver Bracket, losing to the West Virginia Lady Patriots in the Championship game 2-0.  After losing the first bracket game to the Patriots 5-3, the '08 Explosion won the next 4 games, including 3 back to back to back in the blazing heat to face the Patriots in the Championship.  Battling several out of state teams from Ohio, North Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia and Tennessee the '08 Explosion emerged as the tournament runner-up!  Outstanding job Patriots and '08 Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'01 Navy Explosion Finishes as a Strong Runner-up in the 18u Wounded Warrior Silver Bracket PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom!  Congratulations to the '01 Navy Explosion who played lights out to finish as the runner-up in the 18u Wounded Warrior Silver Bracket, losing to the '02 Explosion in the Championship game 8-2.  The highlight of the tournament was a heart-pounding extra inning victory against the Asheville (NC) Braves in the loser's bracket final to make it to the championship game.  Battling extreme heat and fierce competition, mother nature forced the cancellation of Friday's games resulting in a true blind draw resulting in (2) 10 team divisions.  Battling several out of state teams from Ohio, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Tennessee the '01 Navy Explosion endured.  Outstanding job '01 Navy Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!


 
Explosion Select Finishes as 18u Gold Division Wounded Warrior Runner-up in Sevierville, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom!  Congratulations to the Explosion Select who finished as 18u Runner-up in the USA Wounded Warrior tournament held at Sevierville Park on 6/28/19-6/30/19.  The Select went 4-2 in the tournament losing twice to the Tennessee Freedom, including a 4-1 loss in the championship game.  The Select battled searing heat and a loaded field of teams from Ohio, North Carolina, Alabama, as well as tough Tennessee competition to finish as the division runner-up.  Great job, Freedom and Select, we are proud of your efforts!  A big shoutout to HannahKate Singleton who caught every game of the tournament due to last minute absence of our other catcher.  Great job Hannahkate, you were a true warrior this weekend!

 
2025 Explosion Wins B Bracket of ISA World Series Warm-up in Crossville, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom!  Congratulations to the 2025 Explosion who won the B 12u Bracket of the ISA World Series Warmup in Crossville, TN held on 6-29-19.  The 2025 Explosion beat the Chattanooga Eagles 10-9 in an exciting championship game that ended at 1:30 am on 6-30-19!  For their efforts the 2025 Explosion received a free entry into the ISA World Series which will be held on July 5-7 at the Summit of Softball in Chattanooga, TN!  Great job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
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'09 Explosion (9u)

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

'08 Explosion (10U)

Head Coach Brandon Alcorn - (865) 806-3460 - balcorn@cityofharriman.net 

Coach Kelly Griffith - (865) 216-0509 - krg414@aol.com 

'07 Explosion (10u)

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

2025 Explosion (11u)

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

'06 Explosion (12u)

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

2024 Explosion (12u)

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

2K5 Explosion (13u)

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

'05 Explosion (13u)

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

2022 Explosion (14u) 

Co-Head Coach Ed Couvertier - (865) 548-8052 - ecouver@gmail.com

Co-Head Coach Taylor Collier - (865) 469-5259 - iamtaylor3812@yahoo.com

'03 Explosion (15u)
Head Coach Scott Blankenship - (865) 388-9778 -
scottsequipment@hotmail.com

'02 Explosion (16u)

Head Coach Randy Mathis - (423) 618-3169

Coach Lindsay Graves - (727) 593-4839 - lgraves00.23@gmail.com 

'01 Explosion Navy (17u)

Head Coach Tim Baldridge - (865) 659-6016 - tbaldridge@garzalaw.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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