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Saturday 24 Oct 2020
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 (18u Select, 2023, 2024, '07, 2025, '08, '09, '10 X, '11 and '12) 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

 
Explosion 2010 X Wins 10u Division of Ella Lett Fundraiser PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the Explosion 2010 X Team who won the 10u division of the Ella Lett Fundraiser Tournament held at Badgett Park in Knoxville on 10/17/20-10/18/20. For the tournament, the Explosion X went undefeated and beat Pro Concepts for the Championship title. Great job Explosion and Pro Concepts, we are proud of your efforts!

 
'07 Explosion Take 14u Runner-up in Ella Lett Fundraiser PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '07 Explosion who finished as the 14u runner-up in the Ella Lett Memorial Fundraiser Tournament held at Badgett Park in Knoxville on 10/17/20-10/18/20. The tournament featured a total of 8 teams in the 14u division and the '07 Explosion lost to the 24/25 Team Tennessee 9-8 in the championship game. Great job Team Tennessee and Explosion, we are proud of your efforts!

 
2024 Explosion Finishes a Strong Third in PGF Showcase in Franklin, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

A big shoutout to the 2024 Explosion who finished a strong 3rd in the 14u division of the PGF Showcase held in Franklin, TN. Overall the 2024 Explosion went 3-1-1, losing to the Indiana Fusion Elite in the single elimination tournament semi-finals. Great job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
Explosion Select Take 3rd in 18u Gold Division of USA Halloween Havoc Tournament PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


A big shoutout to the Explosion Select for finishing 3rd in the 18u Gold Division of the USA Halloween Havoc held in Kingsport, TN at Brickyard Park on 10/17/20! For the day, the Explosion went 3-1 losing a heartbreaker to the Boom Select 2-0 in the semi-finals on a 2 out, inside the park homerun. Another shoutout to Tori Coffman who paced the Explosion offensive attack, hitting .667 including a 260 foot homerun in the second game of the day while throwing a 1-hitter in the semi-final loss. Also a big shoutout to Head Coach Kelsey Birchfield who tirelessly works in her spare time to steadily improve this team over the past 2 months while finishing her senior thesis, completing her final year of a Biology major at Maryville College and interviewing for veterinarian school entrance. Great job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'07 Explosion Wins 14u A Bracket of ISA World Series Warmup PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '07 Explosion who won the 14u A bracket of the ISA World Series Warmup. The '07 Explosion faced the Chattanooga Eagles in the Championship Game dropping it 8-2 but bouncing back in the "If" Game winning 1-0 to claim the championship. The '07 Explosion were 4-0 prior to facing the Eagles, outscoring opponents 36-11 with the bats on fire! Congratulations ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
Explosion X Finishes as USA 10u Runnerup in Erwin PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the Explosion X Team who finished as Runnerup in the 10u Division of the USA Fall Classic held in Erwin, TN on 10-3-20! The Explosion X team faced the '09 Pink Panthers in the championship game falling 1-0. Great job Pink Panthers and Explosion X, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
2024 Explosion Plays up and Finishes as 18u Runner-up in ISA World Series Warmup PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! The Explosion 2024 finished 2nd in the ISA World Series Warm Up 18U “A” bracket on 10-3-20. This was the first time this 14U Team played against 18U competition and we could not be more proud of the way they showed unbelievable courage, determination, timely hitting, solid pitching, and true Team play!

 
'09 Finishes as a Close 12u Runner-up in ISA World Series Warmup PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '09 Explosion who finished a very close 2nd place by literally being on the field when the lights went off in the Championship game of the 12u division of the ISA World Series Warmup against the '08 AP Premier Gold! The championship game ended in a 3-3 tie and was awarded to the AP Premier Gold for going undefeated in bracket play. Great job AP Premier and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
2025 Explosion Finish a Strong 3rd in 14u A Bracket of ISA World Series Warmup PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


A big shoutout to the 2025 Explosion Who finished a strong 3rd place in the A Bracket of the 14u division of the ISA World Series Warmup! The tournament field had a total of 14 teams, great job ladies!

 
2023 Explosion Shine in Tusculum College Playday PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2023 Explosion for Winning the 16u Division of the Tusculum College Game Day! For the day, the 2023 Explosion went undefeated against the tournament field, great job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
Explosion X Wins 10u Championship in Maryville, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the Explosion X who won the 10u Division of the Fire on the Diamond Tournament held in Maryville, TN on 9-19-20! The Explosion X beat the 10u Pro Concepts Team in the Championship. Great job Pro Concepts and Explosion X, we are proud of your efforts!

 
2011 Explosion Wins 10u Championship in Cleveland, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2011 Explosion who won the 10u division of the ISA Fall Showdown held in Cleveland, TN on 9-19-20! Going undefeated in Bracket play, the 2011 Explosion lost in the first Championship Game to the 8u Fire Storm but won the shootout inning (if necessary game) to claim the championship! Great job Fire Storm and 2011 Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
2012 Explosion Finishes as 8u Runnerup in Crossville, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2012 Explosion who finished 2nd in the 8u division of a tournament held in Crossville, TN on September 13! The 2012 Explosion lost to Team Tennessee in the Championship. Great job Team Tennessee and Explosion, we are proud of your efforts!

 
Explosion X Makes Debut as 10u ISA A Runner-up PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the Explosion X (2010) on your second place finish in the ISA Back to School Bash “A” bracket. The girls played hard scoring 31 runs total and only giving up 9 for the day. They started strong in pool play giving them the number one seed in A bracket and continued strong into bracket with two wins (one against Cumberland Lake Elite and another against Sweetwater Storm), which placed them into the championship game to face Storm again. After a tough 3-1 loss, they were forced into an “extra inning” and fell short by only 1 run. Congratulations to Sweetwater Storm and Explosion X, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
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2012 Explosion (8u)

Head Coach Angela Johnson - (865) 919-8001 - kassj1234@hotmail.com

2011 Explosion (9u)

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

'10 Explosion (10u)

Head Coach Ernie Montgomery-(865) 307-1758 - ernieexplosion@gmail.com 

Explosion X (10u)

Head Coach Ryan Carson-(865) 898-4157 - maxedoutgym@gmail.com

'09 Explosion (11u)

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

'08 Explosion (12u)

Head Coach Brandon Alcorn - (865) 806-3460 - baalcorn83@gmail.com

'07 Explosion (13u)

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

2025 Explosion (13u)

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

2024 Explosion (14u)

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

'05 Explosion (15u)

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

'02 Explosion (18u)

Assistant Coach Randy Mathis - (423) 618-3169

Explosion Select (High School)

Head Coach Kelsey Birchfield - (865) 441-1050 - kelseybirchfield@gmail.com

Organization Chief

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

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