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Sunday 27 Sep 2020
Knoxville Explosion! - Here Comes the Boom!
Knoxville Explosion Adds Fonda Large as 2026 Explosion Head Coach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   



 
'07 Explosion Wins 12u Gold Division of ISA Kickin Cancer Tournament in Cleveland, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '07 Explosion who won the 12u Gold Division of the ISA Kickin Cancer Tournament held in Cleveland, TN on 7/27/19! The '07 Explosion went 4-0 on the day beating the Spirit in the Championship game. A big shoutout to Rianna who threw a no-hitter (Against Base Knox Reign) and Carly who ended up with not 1 but 2 walk-off homeruns in the tournament! Great job Spirit and '07 Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
2022 Explosion Finishes as USA Summer Sizzler 14u Runner-up in Johnson City PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2022 Explosion who finished as the 14u Runner-up in the USA Summer Sizzler in Johnson City, TN on 7/27/19! After dropping the 1st game in bracket play, the 2022 Explosion Caught fire winning 5 consecutive games and clawing their way back to the championship game and losing to the eventual tournament champs, SWVA Rampage 5-1. A big shoutout to Emma who pitched the 2022 Explosion to the championship game! Outstanding work Rampage and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'06 Knoxville Explosion Wins USFA 12u Gold World Series Championship in Panama City, FL PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Huge shout out & Congratulations to our Knoxville #Explosion06 ladies! Our girls capped off their 12u season in one truly awesome fashion!

You're looking at your 2019 USFA World Series Champions! Our girls battled scorching heat all week in Panama City Beach, FL & fought their way through an extremely talented field of competition to capture the 12u crown.

Our division held 35+ very talented teams from throughout the US (from Ohio, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Oklahoma, & Tennessee).

Way to step up ladies and represent the state of Tennessee and the Knoxville Explosion Organization! Our coaches, parents, & organization couldn't be prouder of you! Congratulations on a major accomplishment. Coach is super proud of each of you!

Also, congratulations to the EC Bullets on their accomplishment as well. Great Organization and group of coaches and young ladies.

Lastly, Special Thanks to all of our Parents for their dedication to our girls and to our girls for all their hardwork and dedication this season!

 
Explosion Select Finishes 2019 Season as 18u Big Orange Showcase Runner-up PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the Explosion Select who finished as the 18u runner-up in the Big Orange Showcase that featured 24 of the top 18u teams in the Southeast! The Select went 6-1 on the tournament losing in the championship game 4-2 to the Tennessee Freedom on the University of Tennessee's Sherri Parker Lee Field. Congratulations to the Freedom, who is an outstanding team allowing a grand total of 3 runs in the entire tournament! As for the Select, Syd Rogers carried the pitching load for this tournament going 5-1 on the weekend. We are so proud of all of our players and with this tournament, we are finished for 2019! Many tears and much love was exhibited in the post game activities, this team will always hold a special place in Head Coach Joe Birchfield and Assistant Coaches Jason Holt and Payton Kneier's Hearts!

 
'02 Explosion Finishes as a Strong Third Place in the 18u Division of the Big Orange Showcase PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '02 Explosion who played up in the 18u division of the Big Orange Showcase! Playing with 24 A level top teams that included the Tennessee Fury, Frost Falcons, Kentucky Softball Club, Maryville Magic and the Tennessee Freedom, the '02 Explosion went 5-1-1 to finish a strong 3rd place! Outstanding work ladies, we are very proud of your efforts! The force is strong with this group!

 
Knoxville Explosion Welcomes Former Explosion Select Player Sydnie Rogers to Coaching Roster PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


The Knoxville Explosion is proud to introduce our newest Coach, Sydnie Rogers (center of picture), who will be joining the '07 Explosion as an Assistant Coach! Sydnie played for Shorter University in 2019 as a pitcher and is one of the top pitchers for the Explosion Select. You can catch her pitching in the Championship Game of the Big Orange Showcase at University of Tennessee Sherri Lee Parker Stadium on Sunday, July 20 at 1 pm! She will also be immediately available to provide pitching lessons to students! You can contact her at (423) 774-1071! Welcome to our coaching family Coach Rogers!

 
Knoxville Explosion Welcomes Former ASA/ISA Hall of Fame Player as 2010 Explosion Head Coach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   



 
Looking to Give Back as a Coach, Look No Further! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Are you passionate about the game of fastpitch softball?  Have you coached or played several years and want to give that passion to the next generation of softball players?  Do you care about the proper development of youth, not only as softball players but as individuals and leaders in their respective communities?  Then contact Joe Birchfield, Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Organization Chief about becoming a Knoxville Explosion Coach!  We offer an organization-paid Positive Coaching Double Goal Coach certification, a written player development program, many types of specialized equipment for use and access to state of the art computer softball programs that will hone your coaching skills to a fine edge and more importantly, transfer that knowledge to the players you coach.  The best part is all of this is FREE!  We are always looking for great coaches to help support our long-established successful player developmental program!  Opportunities exist from player ages 7 to 18.  You must be able to pass a NCSI background check and be able to complete the online PCA certification.  All coaches in our organization are volunteer (non-paid) which means drastically reduced team fees for our families.  The sole focus for our organization is on the proper development of our players, on and off of the field.  Contact Joe Birchfield at (865) 363-0728 or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for an interview and coaching opportunities!

 
'07 Explosion Captures 12u ISA Mid-Summer Championship at Knox County Sports Park PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '07 Explosion who went undefeated in the 12u Division of the ISA Mid-Summer Classic held at Knox County Sports Park on 7/13/19! After playing 3 games, the '07 Explosion were awarded the tournament championship due to intervention from Mother Nature. Great job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
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

 
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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

Coach Payton Kneier - (865) 765-0075 - paytonkneier@gmail.com

Organization Chief

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

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