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Sunday 29 Mar 2020
Knoxville Explosion! - Here Comes the Boom!
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!

 
Explosion Select Win 18u ISA A Tennessee State Championship in Cleveland PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Atomic Boom! Congratulations to the Explosion Select who won the 18u ISA A State Championship held in Cleveland, TN on 6-23-19! The Select went 6-1 in the tournament, coming out of the losers bracket to beat the Georgia Attitude in both the Championship and "If" games, 5-2 and 1-0 to win the 18u ISA State Championship. A big shoutout to Ariel Holt and Kelsie Woods for handling the pitching duties all tournament. Another one goes to Gia Price who stepped up to help us out. Finally, a huge shoutout to Jason Holt who guided the ship's helm while Joe Birchfield was out! Outstanding team effort everyone, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'06 Explosion Win 12u USFA Tennessee State Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Atomic Boom!! Huge shout out to our #Explosion06 ladies who are your 2019 USFA Tennessee State Champs! Our girls went undefeated this weekend and played lights out at USFA State held at Centennial Park in Crossville, TN. We outscored the competition 43 to 5 on the day. Super proud of our girls and all the hard work they've put in the season. We're not done yet. 2 big tournaments left...ISA WorldSeries in Chattanooga and USFA World Series in Panama City Beach, Florida. Wish us luck! Go #Explosion06!

 
2024 Explosion Finish as ISA A Tennessee State 12u Runner-up in Cleveland PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Boom! 2024 Explosion finished 2nd in the ISA Tennessee State Championship (A-bracket) in Cleveland, TN this weekend (22-23 June). Explosion 2024 outscored our opponents 55-14 on the weekend with strong offense, pitching, and defense while playing in stormy and very hot weather to make it to the Championship game on Sunday. A big shout out to Jade Brooks for her 3 run homerun to win the Championship game and force the “if game”! Cruisers 06 came out ahead in the “if game” 3-2, after a great game by both teams. Great job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
2024 Explosion Wins WFC World Cup in Myrtle Beach, SC! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Atomic Boom! Congratulations to the 2024 Explosion won the championship at the WFC 2019 World Cup in Myrtle Beach, SC on 6/16/19 by defeating a very talented Alpharetta Fire 06 (Black). Explosion 2024 displayed strong hitting (73 hits), fantastic defense on Sunday, and solid pitching that produced 3 shutouts from each pitcher (Bella, Allie, and KK) on the weekend! Congratulations to Explosion 2024 and Alpharetta Fire! Absolutely outstanding work ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
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8u Explosion (7u and 8u)

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

'10 Explosion (9u)

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

'09 Explosion (10u)

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

2026 Explosion (11U)

Head Coach Fonda Large- (865) 257-0375 - large0506@gmail.com 

Assistant Coach Roger Scott - (423) 507-7186

'07 Explosion (12u)

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

2025 Explosion (12u)

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

'06 Explosion (13u)

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

2024 Explosion (13u)

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

'05 Explosion (14u)

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

'02 Explosion (17u)

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

Assistant Coach Randy Mathis - (423) 618-3169

'01 Explosion Navy (18u)

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

Explosion Select (High School) 

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

Coach Jason Holt - (423) 608-5933 - jasonholt41@gmail.com

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