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Sunday 24 May 2015
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 10 teams (18u/16u Select, '98, '99, '01, '01 Navy, '02, '03, '04, '05 and '06) that have a total of 130 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 Teams Show Strong Support in ASA Wounded Warrior Tournament in Pigeon Forge, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom!  The Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Organization prides itself in helping local and national charities.  One such event took place on 5/15/15-5/17/15 at Wear Farm Park in Pigeon Forge in the form of the Wounded Warrior Benefit Tournament.  Our organization had a total of 5 teams participating in this event and 3 of them made it to the Championship Game in the 8u, 12u and 14u Divisions!  The '01, '02 and '06 Explosion Teams finished as runner-up in the 14u, 12u, and 8u divisions respectively.  Great job ladies we are very proud of your efforts on the field but also in your efforts to help this great cause and honoring the sacrifice made by our armed service members!

 
'01 Navy and '03 Explosion Teams Recognized for Community Service by East Tennessee Kidney Foundation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Congratulations to Randy Braden, the '01 Navy Explosion and the '03 Explosion! They were recognized for their contribution to the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation Tournament held in October 2014. The parents and coaches of the '01 Navy and '03 Explosion volunteered their services the entire weekend so that 100% of all funds raised went to the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation! Great job everyone, we are very proud of your contribution to our community!

 
99 Explosion Opens Season with High School ASA Tennessee State Qualifier Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '99 Explosion who won the High School Division of the ASA Tennessee State Qualifier in Cleveland Tennessee on 5-9-15! The Explosion went 3-1 on the day, outscoring the competition 29-5 and winning the championship against the Chattanooga Rage 12-0. Great job Explosion and Rage! Big props go out to Abby Swilley and Emma Hickman for helping out their younger team counterparts that are still competing in the high school regional tournaments! Our players are photographed with their awesome moms and we honor their sacrifice to our players by wearing pink this weekend!

 
'06 Explosion Wins 8u Championship at Badgett Park PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '06 Knoxville Explosion who won the 8u Mother's Day Tournament Championship held at Badgett Park on 5-9-15! Great job ladies!

 
'01 Navy Explosion Finishes as 14u Runnerup PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '01 Navy Explosion who finished 2nd in the 14u Division on 5-9-15. After dropping the first game of bracket play, the 01 Navy Explosion won 6 straight eventually losing in the championship game to claim 2nd place. Great job guys, we are super proud of each of you!

 
The Knoxville Explosion Recognizes it's High School District Players for Spring 2015! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Congratulations to the following Explosion Select and 99 Explosion Players for being selected to their respective High School Team All-District Teams! 

Explosion Select

Hannah Triplett, District 5-AA, Polk County High School, Player of the Year

Taylor Campbell, District 2-AA, Chuckey Doak High School

Ashleigh Harmon, District 4-AAA, West High School

Abby Swilley, District 5-AAA, McMinn Co. High School

Madison Owens, District 2-AAA All Tournament Team, Jefferson County High School

99 Explosion

Molly Muncy, District 3-AAA, Anderson County High School

Maddie Sickau, District 3-AAA, Anderson County High School

Rachel Lett, District 4-A All Tournament Team, Grace Christian High School

Emily Spry, District 2-AAA, Morristown West High School

Great Job Ladies representing your High Schools!  We applaud your on the field achievements during the High School Season!

 
04 Knoxville Explosion Finishes as 10u Runner-up in the ASA Spring Fling in Spartanburg, SC PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '04 Explosion who finished as the 10u Runnerup in the 11th Annual ASA Spring Fling held at Tyger River Park in Spartanburg, SC on 4/26/15! The 04 Explosion lost in the last inning of the single elimination bracket play 4-3 to the Carolina Knockouts, outscoring the competition 27-10 on the day! Congratulations to both teams! We are very proud of your efforts!

 
03 Explosion Finish as 12u Champions of ISA Magic on the Mountain Tournament in Morristown PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '03 Explosion who finished as the 12u Champions in the ISA Magic on the Mountain Tournament played at Frank Lorino Park in Morristown, TN on 4/18/15! After dropping the first game of bracket play to the Morristown Hurricanes, the '03 Explosion battled all the way through the losers bracket to win the first championship game and eventually winning the if necessary game 5-4 over the Morristown Hurricanes. The 03 Explosion outscored the competition 59-20! Great job to both teams!!

 
04 Knoxville Explosion finishes as 10u Runner-up in ASA Touranment in Johnson City at Ridgeview Park PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom! Congratulations to the '04 Explosion who finished as the 10u Runner-up in the ASA Duel on the Diamond Tournament in Johnson City at Ridgeview Park on 4/18/15. The 04 Explosion battled through the loser's bracket and won the first championship game against the Greenville Lady Marlins, but lost in the if necessary game 3-2. The tournament field included a total of 11 teams. Great job to both the Lady Marlins and 04 Explosion!


 
'01 Explosion Wins 14u ASA Heart of Dixie Tournament Championship at Powell Levi in Knoxville PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '01 Explosion who won the 14u division of the ASA Heart of Dixie Tournament held at Powell-Levi Park in Knoxville on 4/11/15! The tournament field was loaded with quality teams that included the Carolina SWAT, '00 Magic, '01 Storm, '01 TN Blast, Maryville Wildcats amongst others. The '01 Explosion went 4-1 on the day, losing in the championship game 4-0 to the '00 Magic forcing the "if necessary game". The '01 Explosion overcame the '00 Magic 4-3 to claim the tournament championship. Great job to both teams!

 
'02 Explosion Finishes as 12u Runner-up in the ASA Spring Fling Tournament in Johnson City PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom!  Congratulations to the '02 Explosion who finished as the 12u Runner-up in the ASA Spring Fling Tournament held in Johnson City at Ridgeview Park on 4/11/15.  The field included a total of 6 teams and the '02 lost to the Tennessee Heat in the Championship Game!  Great job to both teams!

 
'04 Explosion Wins 10u Championship in ASA Cleveland Easter Bash PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '04 Explosion who won the 10u division of the ISA Easter Bash in Crossville on 4-4-15! The 04 Explosion went 5-1, going undefeated until running into a strong Chattanooga Mystics who beat them 5-4, forcing the if necessary game. The '04 Explosion finally overcame the Mystics winning 9-4 to take the tournament championship. For the day, the 04 Explosion outscored the competition 37-17. Great job to both teams, we are very proud of both team's efforts!

 
'03 Explosion Finishes as 12u Runner-up in ISA Sring Fling in Crossville PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '03 Explosion who finished as 12u Runner-up in the ASA Spring Fling held in Cleveland on 4-4-15! The 03 Explosion battled all the way back from a first round bracket loss to make the championship game, eventually falling to the Rampage 5-3. The Explosion outscored the field of 6 teams 35-15 for the tournament. Congratulations to both teams, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
Inaugural Explosion Boot Camp an Overwhelming Success! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Spent a long and special day with 51 great softball players on Friday, April 3, 2015!  We really enjoyed working with each and every one of the players that attended the Inaugural Explosion Boot Camp! Wow, Knoxville and the surrounding areas really have some great softball talent out there! A special thanks to all of the families that brought their players to our camp, I hope each of you had a great time learning, as much I had a great time working with each of you! A special shout out to the Explosion 99 Coaches and Explosion Select/99 Explosion Players that came out to help work with all of the girls! Great job everyone, please come back next year and come up and say hi to me when you see me at the park!

 
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'06 Explosion (8u)

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

'05 Explosion (10u)

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

'04 Explosion (10u) 

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

Coach Pemberton - mandi3pemberton@gmail.com

'03 Explosion (12u)
Head Coach Scott - (865) 388-9778 -
scottsequipment@hotmail.com

'02 Explosion (12u)

Head Coach Robert - (256) 499-2319 - Robert.downing@hma.com

'01 Explosion (14u)
Head Coach Craig - (865) 306-4236 - webb306@bellsouth.net

Coach Matt - (865) 604-9153 - lafowler123@comcast.net

Coach Jay - (865) 247-2499

'01 Explosion Navy (14u)

Head Coach Tim - (865) 659-6016

Coach Randy - (865) 803-4944 - rbraden@downeyoil.com

'99 Explosion (16u) 
Head Coach Joe - (865) 363-0728 - birchfieldj@earthlink.net

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

Coach Jeff - (865) 292-5278 - jsickau@att.net

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

'98 Explosion (16u)

Head Coach Jim - (865) 250-5434

Coach Greg - (865) 679-4826

Coach Joseph - (865) 924-2510

Explosion Select (18u/16u)

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

Coach Randy - (865) 661-2882 - randyhickman40@gmail.com

Coach Ray - (423) 715-5614 - raysimp1@comcast.net

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