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Monday 25 Sep 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 15 teams (18u Select, 2019, '00, '01, '01 Navy, '02, '03, '04, '05, 2K5, '06, 2024, '07, 10u and '09) that have a total of 175 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

 
'04 Explosion Finishes as 14u Runner-up in First Major Showcase Appearance PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Atomic Boom! Congratulations to the '04 Explosion who finished as the runner-up in the 14u division of the Big Orange Showcase held in Knoxville, TN at Caswell Park from 9//9/17 to 9/10/17. Despite being the youngest team in the tournament, the '04 Explosion showed grit and determination fighting their way through many nail-biters to earn their berth to the championship game against the '03 Maryville Wildcats. The '04 Explosion ran out of gas in a 7-1 championship loss to the Wildcats, but gained valuable experience in their very first showcase event! We are SO PROUD OF THE '04 EXPLOSION for competing against older competition and never giving up! OUTSTANDING WORK LADIES, the force is strong with this team!

 
'09 Explosion Finish as 8u Runner-up in Ringgold, GA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '09 Explosion who finished as Runner-up in the 8u division of the USFA National Qualifier held in Ringgold, GA on 9/9/17! Outstanding job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'07 Explosion Finish as 10u Runner-up in USA Big Orange Tournament PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '07 Explosion who finished as the 10u Runner-up in the USA Big Orange Classic held at Holston Park in Knoxville, TN on 9/9/17! The '07 Explosion lost to the '07 Heat 4-2 in a close knit affair. For the tournament, the '07 Explosion went 4-2, outscoring their competition 43-13! Great job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
Explosion Select finishes 3rd in Loaded 18u Division of Big Orange Fall Showcase PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom! Congratulations to the Explosion Select who finished in 3rd at the Big Orange Fall Showcase held at Caswell Park in Knoxville, TN from 9/9/17-9/10/17! A total of 10 teams competed from Tennessee and Kentucky including many of the top organizations throughout the area such as the Kentucky Softball Club, KC Freedom, White Lightning and Maryville Magic. The Explosion Select pitching was led by Hailey Byington, Ariel Holt, Sydnie Rogers and Ellie Savage and matched with ...a stellar defensive play by Sydney Dukes and Jarica Ensley. The Select bats started the weekend cold but heated up on Sunday, as the Select scored 28 runs in 4 games. The offensive leaders were Sydney Birchfield (9 hits, .600 avg) and Jarica Ensley (9 hits, .600 avg.), Arielle Tritt (.550 avg.) and Ariel Holt (.466 avg). Ariel Holt and Sydney Dukes also registered their first home runs of the fall season! Great job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'01 Explosion Finishes with a Strong 3rd Place Finish in the 16u Divison of the Big Orange Fall Showcase in Knoxville PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom! Congratulations to the '01 Explosion who finished 3rd in the 16u Division of the Big Orange Fall Showcase held at Caswell Park from 9/9/17-9/10/17! A total of 10 team competed in this showcase. Great job '01 Explosion! We are very proud of your efforts!

 
'04 Explosion Opens Fall 14u Season with Championship in Johnson City PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 04 Explosion who opened their first 14u season with a 14u Championship at the USA Fall Kickoff Tournament held at Winged Deer Park in Johnson City on 9-2-17! The tournament was shortened due to rain and the 04 Explosion won the coin flip of the 2 remaining undefeated bracket teams on Saturday. For the tournament, the 04 Explosion went 3-0 enroute to the championship! Congratulations ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
2019 Explosion nets 18u Runner-up at Smoky Mountain Classic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2019 Explosion who finished as the 18u Runner-up in the Smoky Mountain Classic held at Sevierville Park on 8/27/17! The 2019 Explosion lost to the Liberty 8-5 in a 3 international inning championship thriller. Great job Liberty and 2019 Explosion! For the tournament, the 2019 Explosion went 5-2 enroute to the runner-up finish! Great job ladies, we are proud of your efforts!

 
99 Explosion Select's Emma Seagrave Signs to Play for Juco Powerhouse Walters State Community College PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Congratulations to the 99 Explosion Select's very own Emma Seagrave (Cookeville High School) who has signed to play college softball at Walters State Community College in Morristown, TN as part of the incoming 2017 class! Great job Emma, we are very proud of you!  Emma is our 11th college fastpitch signee in the past 2 years!

 
Knoxville Explosin Announces 2017 Fall/2018 Spring Organization-wide Tryouts PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Attention all prospective travel softball players and parents! The Knoxville Explosion is proud to announce our organization-wide tryout dates and locations for the Fall 2017/Spring 2018 season. Come and join our ever expanding family and find out what we are all about. Please contact the various coaches directly for information regarding openings on their respective teams.

'09 Explosion (8u) Head Coach Steve Wolfgram- (865) 740-8488 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Needs: 1st Baseman, utility, big bats, 2 positions available
Tryout Information: Contact coach directly for private tryouts

'07 Explosion (10u)- Head Coach Scott Barnes - (865) 387-3264 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Needs: None

10u Explosion (9u and 10u) - Head Coach Amy Dorsett - 865-850-9100 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Needs: None

'06 Explosion (10u) - Head Coach Jason Darnell (865) 776-1351 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Needs: Pitcher, Catcher, Big Bat, Utility Player, 2-3 positions available
Tryout Information: Eagleton Middle School, Eagleton, Friday, July 28, 6 pm

2K5 Explosion (12u) - Head Coach Kevin McCord – (407) 619-7808 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Needs: Pitcher, Utility Player, 4 Positions available
Tryout Information: Contact coach directly for private tryouts

2024 Explosion (11u) - Head Coach Harold Lynn - (865) 228-8082 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Needs: All positions are open and available for tryout
Tryout Information: Saturday, July 29, 10-2 pm at Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church Field 400 Everett Road Knoxville

'05 Explosion (12u) - Head Coach Shane Alvey - (865) 621-5200 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Needs: Utility Player/Speed
Tryout Information: Contact Head Coach for Private Tryout

'04 Explosion (13u) - Head Coach BJ Henderson - (865)389-3777 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Needs: A level pitchers and catchers, utility player
Tryout Information: Saturday, August 5, 10-12 pm, Bull Run Sports Park, 1143 Edgemoore Road, Clinton

'03 Explosion (14u) - Head Coach Scott Blankenship - (865) 388-9778 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Needs: Pitcher, infielder, utility player
Tryout Information: Saturday August 5& Sunday August 6 from 2-5 @Tyson Park, Tyson Mcghee park street SW, Knoxville, Tn

'02 Explosion (15u) - Head Coach Keith Gray - (865) 323-7249 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Needs: Pitchers, Catchers, Centerfield, Shortstop, 3rd Base
Tryout Information: Saturday, August 5, 10 am – 1 pm at Bob Leonard Park, Lower Softball Field, 301 N. Watt Road in Farragut, TN

'01 Explosion Navy (16u) - Head Coach Tim Baldridge - (865) 659-6016 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Needs: None

'01 Explosion (16u) - Head Coach Matt Fowler- (865) 604-9153 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Needs: Experienced pitchers, shortstop
Tryout Information: Contact Head Coach for Private Tryouts

'00 Explosion (17u Developmental)- Head Coach David - (865) 803-5807 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Needs: Pitchers
Tryout Information: Contact Head Coach for Private Tryouts

2019 Explosion (17u Competitive) - Head Coach Ricky Johnson - (865) 258-2572 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Needs: All positions are available for tryout
Tryout information: Contact Head Coach for Private Tryout information

Explosion Select (18u) - Head Coach Joe Birchfield - (865) 363-0728 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Needs: One Experienced Showcase Pitcher to join talented staff (’99, ’00, or ’01)
Tryout information: Contact Head Coach for Private Tryout

 
'00 Explosion Finishes as 18u ISA Runner-up in Cleveland, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '00 Explosion who finished as the 18u Runner-up in the ISA tournament held in Cleveland, TN on 7/22/17. The '00 Explosion lost to the 2020 Worth in the championship game. Great job Worth and '00 Explosion, we are proud of your efforts!

 
Knoxville Explosion Welcomes Kevin McCord as new 2K5 Explosion Coach! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


 
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!

 
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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 (11u)

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

2024 Explosion (11u)

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

2K5 Explosion (12u)

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