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Friday 21 Jul 2017
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, '00, '01, '01 Navy, '02, '03, '04, '05, '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 Organization Bids a Fond Farwell to it's Graduating Players PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


We would like to acknowledge all of our departing program graduates as they move onto their respective colleges. We are very lucky to have had these wonderful players and their supportive families as part of our program. We love each and every one of our players and wish them nothing but the best at the next level!

Pictured from left to right:

-Maggie Savage - 3 Years with Program, (Volunteer State)...
-Bug Campbell - 3 Years with Program, (Maryville College)
-Morgan Stapleton - 3 Years with Program, (Montreat College)
-Abby Swilley - 3 Years with Program, (Union University)
-Kelsey Birchfield - 12 Years with Program, (Maryville College)
-Krystin Cantrell - 3 Years with Program, (Maryville College)
-Madison Owens - 6 Years with Program, (Bryan College)

 
Explosion Select Wins USA 18u Big Orange Showcase at UT Lee Stadium PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Atomic Boom! Congratulations to the Explosion Select who won the USA 18u Division of the Big Orange Showcase on 7/16/17! The tournament was played at Caswell and Knox County Sportspark with the championship game for each division finishing in beautiful University of Tennessee Lee Stadium. There were a total of 12 teams from Illinois, Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky. The Select met the Tsunami in the Championship and won 1-0 in a very well played game by both teams. A special shout out to the Tsunami who ran the table in bracket play knocking out #2 and #1 seeds in their division to make it to the championship game, great job ladies! For the tournament, the Select went 6-1, outscoring the competition 30-12. The Select pitching staff of Ariel Holt, Maggie Savage and Madison Owens were outstanding, combining for the shutout victory in the Championship game as well. Our big bats for the weekend was Ariel Holt (2 Hrs) and Khrystena Norton (1 Hr). Several of the Select hitters came through in clutch situations. Defensively, Krystin Cantrell had a game saving catch catching what would have been a 3 run homerun in Centerfield in bracket semifinals. Absolutely outstanding performances this weekend everyone! With this tournament, the Select's 2017 Summer Season comes to a close. Have a great remaining summer everyone, we will be starting fall soon!

 
'06 Explosion Wins ISA Class A World Series Championship at the Summit of Softball in Chattanooga PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Atomic Boom! Congratulations to the '06 Explosion who won the ISA 10u A World Series at the Summit of Softball in Chattanooga, TN from 7/7/17-7/9/17. The '06 Explosion went 6-0 to capture the A Class World Series Title. Outstanding performance ladies! We are very proud of your efforts!

 
'99 Explosion Ends 2017 Spring Season with 18u USA Tournament Championship at Willow Creek amid Rain PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 99 Explosion who won the USA 18u Tournament Championship held at Willow Creek in Knoxville, TN on 7/8/17! The '99 Explosion went 3-0 before torrential flooding occurred leaving 4 undefeated teams of which the Explosion won on run differential and runs allowed. In spite of the rain, we had a great time and this was the final tournament for the '99 Explosion of the Spring 2017! A big shoutout to our homerun hitters Maggie Savage and Morgan Stapleton as well as our outstanding pitching performances from Maggie Savage, Emma Seagrave and Natalie Johnson. We also want to recognize our departing seniors Maggie Savage, Emma Seagrave, Delaney Weller and Tori Ogle! It has been a joy and pleasure to coach such great players and representatives of this organization. Good luck in all of your endeavors ladies, we are very proud of you!

 
Explosion Select Wins USA 18u Firecracker Classic Red Division in Johnson City on 7/1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom! The Explosion Select won the 18u Red Division of the Firecracker Classic held at Ridgeview Park on July 1 in Johnson City, TN! After going 3-0, the weather turned nasty and the tournament was decided by a coin flip for the remaining 2 undefeated teams. The Explosion Select won the flip against the Tennessee Impact. Great job everyone, we are proud of your efforts!

 
'99 Explosion Performs well at USA Eastern Elite Showcase PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

A big shoutout to the '99 Explosion who went 3-1 in the USA Eastern Elite Showcase held at the Summit of Softball 6/23-6/25 in Chattanooga. Battling excessive heat and downpours of rain, the 99s went 3-0 in their pool beating the Cape Fear Force Elite (NC), Tennessee Blast and Georgia Flames. The 99 Explosion lost a heartbreaker 7-6 to the KC Freedom in bracket play. Great job guys, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
Knoxville Explosion Welcomes our new '02 Explosion Head Coach Dr. Keith Gray! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   



 
Explosion Select Represents Tennessee Well in Orlando, FL at Summer Sun Classic at Disney WIde World of Sports PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


A special shoutout to the Knoxville Explosion Select (18u) who battled some of the best teams in the nation at the Summer Sun Classic held at the beautiful Disney Wide World of Sports Complex from June 9-11, 2017 in Orlando, Florida! After a tough start against the Colorado Freedom Gold, Florida Wildfire and Florida Gators, the Explosion Select rallied to play it's best softball of the season against the top 3 teams in it's pool finishing with a 2-0 loss to the 2nd Place Santa Fe Inferno, beating the Tampa Florida Select 5-4 and tieing the eventual, undefeated champion New Jersey Intesity 0-0! Outstanding progress ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
Knoxville Explosion Adding New 2024 Explosion Team to Organization Roster! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Attention prospective '06 and '05 players and parents! Due to significant interest, the Knoxville Explosion is adding a new elite 11u team that will be coached by our existing '02 Head Coach Harold Lynn beginning in the Fall of 2017! This team is an additional team for the 12u age group. Our '05 and '06 Explosion Teams will continue to operate as normal and will not have any impact on this new team. Here are the details!

Explosion 2024 is an A level team forming in the Knoxville area for competitive ball players who love the game. We are looking for all positions and will be a first year 12U team in the fall. We will only accept committed players and families looking to be on a long-term Team that will stay together and build a solid foundation for an elite level of play. Players will be taught correct fundamentals, strong core values, and leadership skills. Practices will be challenging and organized, schedules will include travel to area states, and Explosion 2024 will be a family oriented Team that works together to support all players in their development. Any interested player is invited to try out, Saturday, July 29th from 10 am-2 pm at the Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church field, 400 Everett Road, Knoxville, TN 37394. Please contact head coach, Harold Lynn at 865-228-8082 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

 
'05 Explosion Crowned ISA 12u Class A Tennessee State Runner-up in Cleveland, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '05 Explosion who finished as the 12u Class A ISA Tennessee State Runner-up in Cleveland, TN from 6-10-17 to 6-11-17! There were a total of 22 teams in the tournament field and the '05 Explosion went undefeated in Bracket play all the way to championship game and lost a heartbreaker in the 1st one 4-5 and then lost the "IF" game 5-8 to the Twisters 04 whom they had beat and put in losers bracket earlier in tournament. Outstanding job Twisters and '05 Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'06 Explosion Capture 10u Class A Tennessee State Runner-up in Cleveland, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '06 Explosion who finished as the 10u Class A Tennessee ISA State Runner-up in Cleveland, TN from 6-10-17 to 6-12-17! We are very proud of your efforts!

Congrats Ladies on a Hard fought Runners Up - 2nd Place Finish in the ISA State Tournament this weekend in Cleveland, TN! We finished #2 out of 20 teams and competed in the "A" Level Bracket. Especially proud of our girls this weekend for stepping up and not giving up despite missing some key ...team members. It would have been easy to quit and/or not have played but our ladies pulled together as a team and rose to the occasion. Special Group! Made Coach & Parents proud!

Special thank you to our pick ups. We appreciate you guys! (Lil KP - way to Represent buddy - double play and first 10u hit...WOW!)

Big Shout out to #23 Sticks who made her catching debut (Did an awesome job kiddo - way 2 step in & step up!! Can't say enough)!

Shout out to Ads, KP, Mads, Lily, & Em at the plate and for Spainey pitching lights out to force an "IF" game during Championship Play. Can't leave out #22 Malyiah who led the charge defensively at SS & had a day at the plate as well. What a day kiddo!

Awesome Job!
Coach Jason

 
'07 Explosion Capture 10u Class B ISA Tennessee State Runner-up in Cleveland, TN! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '07 Explosion who finished as the Class B ISA Tennessee State Runner-up held in Cleveland, Tennessee from 6-10-17 to 6-11-17. The '07 Explosion finished with a 4-2 record, losing to the Warriors in the championship game 4-0. There were a total of 7 teams in their division and 20 teams in the entire 10u group. Great job Warrirors and 07 Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
Knoxville Explosion Welcomes Coach Amy Dorset as 10u Explosion Head Coach! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


The Knoxville Explosion Organization proudly welcomes Amy Dorset as our new 10u Explosion Head Coach! Coach Dorset has an impeccable knowledge of the game of softball from her many years of playing at Carson Newman College and Halls High School! She will be holding tryouts for her new 10u startup team ('07 and '08 Players) near the end of June. We will formally announce tryouts for this team so that everyone who is interested can attend. Her contact information will also ...be posted at that time. Here is an information capsule on our latest edition to the Knoxville Explosion Coaches Corner:

Halls High School- KIL Player of the Year with 0.5 ERA, Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame High school Female Athlete of the Year. State Soccer Olympic Development team '90. Carson-Newman '90-'94- All-District Soccer Team, Softball- Career Most No-Hitters for the South Atlantic Conference, South Atlantic Conference MVP, GTE Academic All-American.
Seasons coaching Fastpich: 2013 to present

Welcome home Coach Dorset!

 
Knoxville Explosion Recognizes the 2017 High School All-Conference/All-District Players PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 
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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 (10u)

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

2024 Explosion (11u)

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

'00 Explosion (17u Developmental)

Head Coach David - (865) 803-5807 - lilshoe@charter.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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