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Saturday 11 Jul 2020
Knoxville Explosion! - Here Comes the Boom!
Welcome to the Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Softball Site! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

The Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Softball Club is currently comprised of 12 teams (18u Select, '01 Navy, '02, '05, '06, 2024, '07, 2025, 2026, '09, '10 and 8u) that have a total of 165 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.  We only utilize non-paid, volunteer coaches whose interest is only improving our players, not profiting from their desire to play.  We offer a highly competitive field of tournament play while minimizing the team fees to make it affordable to play quality travel softball.  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 Fastpitch Softball Organization 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 coach has passed a rigorous National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) background investigation and are a certified Double Goal Coach through the Nationally-recognized Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Organization.  Our organization has developed a written program and player fundamentals development road map that ensure the fundamentals of the game are properly taught.  Key concepts are reinforced using state of the art training equipment, computer software and trained 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.  This will be demonstrated by our coaching staffs.  Knoxville Explosion Players are expected to honor and respect their coaches, parents, teammates, opponents and umpires.  Our players are also expected to achieve academic excellence 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 fastpitch softball.

 Joe Birchfield, Head Coach Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Organization Chief

 
'06 Explosion Wins USA 14u Class A Tennessee State Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Atomic Boom! Congratulations to the '06 Explosion who won the USA Class A Tennessee State Championship in Athens, TN on 6/28/20! The '06 Explosion went 6-1 on the weekend and miraculously battled from an initial bracket loss to the 2019 USA A National Champion '06 TN Heat to beat them twice in the finale to claim the Class A State Championship! Absolutely outstanding effort Heat and Explosion, we are extremely proud of your efforts and resolve! Enjoy your championship ladies!

 
2026 Explosion Crowned ISA 12u Class A World Series Champions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Atomic Boom! Congratulations to the 2026 Explosion who won the ISA 12u A World Series held in Cleveland, TN on 6/27/20-36/28/20! Going undefeated in pool play, the 2026 Explosion found themselves in the A Bracket and eventually in the Championship Game against the Chattanooga Arsenal eventually winning the final game 8-2! Great job Arsenal and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
2025 Explosion Win ISA Class B 12u World Series Title PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Atomic Boom! Congratulations to the 2025 Explosion who are the ISA Class B World Series 12u Champions! The tournament was held in Cleveland, TN from 6/27/20-6/28/20! Outstanding job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'09 Explosion Finishes as ISA 10u Class A World Series Runner-up PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '09 Explosion who finished as the ISA 10u A World Series Runner-up! The '09 Explosion lost to the '09 Frost Falcons in the Championship of a loaded bracket! Great job ladies, we are so very proud of your efforts!

 
'07 Explosion Players Enjoy Same Game/1st Time Homeruns PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


A big shoutout to Izzie Tapp-Mulligan and Kate Mullins who both hit their first homeruns in their careers in the same game during the USA Wounded Warriors Tournament held in Pigeon Forge, TN on 6/27/20-6/28/20! Both Izzie and Kate play for the '07 Explosion who finished 4th out of 13 teams in the 12u age group! Great job ladies!

 
'07 Explosion Wins 14u Division of ISA World Series Warmup in Rockwood, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '07 Explosion who played up winning the A Division of the 14u division of the ISA World Series Warm-up held in Rockwood, TN! The '07 Explosion ran the table and won the tournament championship out of a field of (8) 14u teams. The bats were on fire as the '07 Explosion bats were on fire as they outscored the opponents 30-2 on teh day. Special congratulations goes to Rianna Boone and Madison Mann who each pitched a no-hitter! Outstanding work ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'08 Explosion Wins FASA Tennessee State Championship in Pigeon Forge, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Atomic Boom! Congratulations to the 2026 Explosion who won the 12u A Division of the Pigeon Forge for FASA Smokey Mountain State Tournament this past weekend! Explosion battled from behind all weekend to remain undefeated against some very talented teams. In the championship game the 2026 Explosion faced Lake Cumberland Elite 07 however, the game was called due to rain in the bottom of 1st. Explosion finishes in 1st due to no losses in bracket play. Congratulations to both teams, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'09 Explosion Wins 10u Championship of ISA World Series Warm-up in Rockwood, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '09 Explosion who won the 10u A Division of the ISA World Series Warm-up in Cleveland, TN on 6-20-20! The '09 Explosion went undefeated in the tournament! Great job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'10 Explosion finishes as 10u Class C Runner-up in Rockwood, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '10 Explosion who finished as the 10u Runner-up in the C Class of the ISA World Series Warmup! Great job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'02 Explosion Wins 18u Division of Roane State Invitational PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '02 Explosion who won the 18u divsion of the USA Roane State Invitational held in Rockwood, TN on 6-6-20 and 6-7-20! The '02 Explosion ran the table and won the tournament championship out of a field of 17 18u teams! Absolutely outstanding work ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
2026 Explosion Win ISA Class B Tennessee State Championship in Cleveland, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2026 Explosion who finished as the 12u ISA Class B Tennessee State Champions in Cleveland, TN on 6-7-20! The 2026 Explosion went 7-2 for the tournament including an impressive 6-game consecutive streak eventually beating the '08 TN Heat in the Championship game! Great job Heat and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'10 Explosion Finish as 10u Recreational ISA Tennessee State Runner-up in Cleveland, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '10 Explosion who finished as the 10u ISA Recreational State Runner-up in Cleveland, TN on 6-7-20! The '10 Explosion when 4-2 overall losing to the Next Level out of Marietta, GA once in the Winners bracket finals and again the Championship Game. Great job Next Level and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'06 Explosion Finishes as ISA Class B State Runner-up in Cleveland, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '06 Explosion who finished as the ISA Tennessee State 14u Class B Runnerup! Outstanding work ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
2026 Explosion Wins B Bracket at Bash at Summit in Ooltewah, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Explosion 2026 takes to the field for the 1st tournament of 2020 spring season March 7-8 playing in the “Bash at the summit” in Ooltewah,TN. Starting the weekend off facing Hot Shots Premier 07 with a loss. Leading the team to be placed in the B bracket for bracket play. They played hard both days finishing 1st place and finishing the weekend 4-1. Congratulations girls.

 
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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)

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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