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Wednesday 17 Sep 2014
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 11 teams (18u/16u Select, '99, '00, '01, '01 Navy, '02, 12u Explosion Surge, '03, '04, '05 and '06) that have a total of 130 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 Select Finishes as ASA 16u Big Orange Showcase Runner-up PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom! Congratulations to the Explosion Select who finished as runner-up in the 16u Division of the ASA Big Orange Showcase held at Caswell Park in Knoxville from 9-12-14 through 9-14-14! The Select went 6-0 before running out of gas facing the 6-0 White Lightning in the Championship game, losing 8-0 in the final. The tournament field featured 8 teams from Tennessee and Virginia including the White Lightning, Virginia Venom, Cunningham Crushers (Nashville), TN Sting Sams and others. Congratulations to the White Lightning and Explosion! Great first tournament together girls, we are all very proud of your efforts.

'06 Explosion Takes 8u Runner-up at 13th Annual ASA Invitational in Johnson City PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom! Congratulations to the '06 Knoxville Explosion who finished as runner-up in the 8u Division in the 13th ASA Invitational held at Winged Deer Park in Johnson City Tennessee on 9-13-14! Great job girls we are all very proud of your efforts!

'04 Explosion Wins ASA Tournament At Ridgeview PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom! Congratulations to the '04 Knoxville Explosion who won the ASA Remember the Heros 10u Division held at Ridgeview Park in Johnson City, TN on 9-7-14! The '04 Explosion went undefeated for the day and won in the Championship game agai...nst the Virginia SWAT '03 10-2! On the day, the '04 Explosion outscored the competition 36-13 against teams from Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina! Great job SWAT and Explosion! We are very proud of your efforts! Sorry this was late guys!

'04 Explosion FInishes as 10u Runnerup in Maryville PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom! Congratulations to the '04 Knoxville Explosion who finished as the 10u Runner-up in the ASA Tournament held in Maryville on 8-24-14! The '04 Explosion lost 7-6 in the championship game to the '04 Maryville Wildcats in a tough championship game. Great job Wildcats and Explosion! We are all very proud of your efforts!! Sorry everyone this is late, Coach Joe's fault!

'06 Explosion Finishes as 8u Runner-up in Cleveland PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom! Congratulations to the '06 Knoxville Explosion who finished as the 8u Runner-up in the Back to School ASA Bash in Cleveland on 8-24-14! Great job ladies, we are all very proud of your efforts! Sorry everyone this is late, Coach Joe's fault!

Knoxville Explosion Adds Former D1 Player to 12u Coaching Ranks! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

BIG NEWS EVERYONE! The Knoxville Explosion Fast Pitch Softball Organization welcomes our newest coach to our ranks, Mrs. Angelica McClerkin! Angelica will coach our new 12u Explosion Team that will be holding tryouts over the next 2 weeks...! Take a moment to read her bio, we are extremely honored that Angelica is joining our organization! Welcome aboard Angelica!

Player and Coach Bio:
Born and raised in Murfreesboro, TN, Angelica McClerkin attended Riverdale High School. Angelica played D1 collegiate softball at Mississippi Valley State University, where she was apart of 2 conference championships. Angelica earned 2nd Team All-Conference at 2nd base, while graduating with honors. In 2010 Mrs. McClerkin moved to Knoxville, TN and served as a local hitting & pitching instructor and high school assistant coach. In the summer of 2014, Angelica served as interim head coach of a 12U team in Riverdale TN, where she led them to the top 8 and finished nationally ranked. Mrs. McClerkin is married with twins daughters and resides in Knoxville, TN.

Knoxville Explosion Organization Sets New Performance Record for 2014 Performance PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


As the sport of fast pitch softball winds down here in Knoxville, the Knoxville Explosion Organization reflects on 2014 as another benchmark year for our organization.  We stand for and are about the on and off the field development of our players.  Amazingly enough, over 80% of our players are honor roll students.  Many of our players also received numerous citizenship, spelling bee and 4H essay awards throughout 2014.  In addition, 100% of our players were selected to participate in their various middle school and high school teams!  MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

On the field, it was an equaly amazing year for our organization!  The organization Spring 2014 Season combined team statistics were as follows:

96 Tournaments Participated

(38) 1st Place Finishes - Including 14u ISA Class A Tennessee State Champions, 12u ISA Class A Tennessee State Champions, 10u ISA Class A Tennessee State Champions, 8u ISA Class A Tennessee State Champions, 10u ASA Class B Tennessee State Champions, and 8u SEAA Open World Series Championship

(22) 2nd Place Finishes - Including 14u ASA/USA Eastern Elite Alabama Showcase Runner-up, 12u ASA Class B Tennessee State Runner-up, 14u ASA Class B Tennessee State Runner-up

(3) 3rd Place Finishes

Statistical Insight: Of the tournaments played in 2014, the Knoxville Explosion Softball Teams either won, showed or placed in 65.6% of all tournaments played!  This list of tournaments include major showcases, Tennessee State Touranments, World Series and Large tournaments throughout the Southeastern U.S.  WOW!

Wins & Losses

Wins - 345

Losses - 138

Ties - 5

Statistical Insight: Overall organization winning percentage of .702!  WOW!

Our organization also added a 8u team for the Fall 2014/Spring 2015, bringing our organizational roster to a total of 10 teams, welcomed 2 new head coaches and 135 players from all over Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky!

The numbers don't tell the whole story though!  Our players got significantly better as our teams traveled to 10 different states and played teams from 35 different states and made some great friends along the way.  The competitive spirit exhibited on the field coupled with the smiles and laughter, as well as the blood, sweat and tears that our players endured throughout the year is a testiment to the dedication forged by the Knoxville Explosion Coaches and tireless support of their parents!  As appropriate, in this month of giving thanks, the Knoxville Explosion Softball Organization would like to give thanks and honor our competitors, tournament directors, umpires and countless other supporters that make the sport of fast pitch softball everything it can be!  To you we give thanks for a great 2014 and look forward to an even more exciting 2015!   All prospective players and families, we would love for you to join us and our quest to develop the best fast pitch softball players on and off the field!

Explosion Organization Players Post Record Academic Year in 2013-2014! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Congratulations to all of our Explosion Players who finished the 2013-2014 School Year on the A or A/B Honor Roll!  We are exceptionally proud of your academic achievements!  Overall, here are the statistics for our players this year:

109 Players

54 Players achieved all A Honor Roll (49.54%)

34 Players achieved A/B Honor Roll (31.19%)

88 out of 109 Players achieved honor roll overall – 80.73%!!!

In addition, several of our players received individual academic and social accolades, we celebrate and honor their achievements!

- Kelsey Birchfield - Most Fluent Spanish

- Sydney Birchfield - President's Physical Fitness Award, Spanish Award

- Emilee Fowler - A honor roll, Peer Buddy Award, Language Arts award, Duke Tip award, Hero Award for working with special needs children

- Haveyn Stooksbury - Perfect Attendance

- Jada Reeves - Most Academic in Math

- Kesney Brown - Beta Club, Student of the month, All Advanced in TCAPs, Most Outstanding Math Student

- Lexi Fugatt - Presidential Award for Academics, Principal's Award

- Brooklin Richardson - FCA Officer

- Makayla Alvey - "PRIDE" Award for academics, sports, & helping others

- Cameron Young - Presidential Award for Academics, Admiral Citizenship Award

- Heather "Deuce" LaForce - captain of NX36T - a two time TN State championship FIRST FLL Robotics team

- Abby Johnston - Character Counts Award, Top AR reader in her class.

- Lauren Brakovec - Citizenship award the last two years.  Made Safety for upcoming Fifth grade;  Made ""superior"" rating past two years in the National Federation of Music Clubs, National Federation Junior Festivals for piano solo.

- Tyrah White - Honors club, student of the month, 3rd place in the Modern Woodmen speech contest

- Emma Blankenship - received an award for perseverance, was inducted into the hall of fame for character and academics

- Sarah Burton - She was the only student in the entire school (500 students) to be awarded the Presidential Physical Fitness Award.  

- Kendal Pitts - perfect attendance

- Jodie Spangler - honored as Chess master for the school chess club

- Mackenzie Babb - Sterchi Elem PE Athlete of the Year

- Avery Flatford - Admiral Spirit Award

- Avery Perkins - only 4 from each grade were chosen to go to Washington DC based on grades & behavior

- Jaci Drinnon - National Physical Fitness Award

- Kourtney Clevenger - Perfect Attendance, National Physical Fitness Award

- Bradynn Belcher - First Honors award

- MaKenzie Henderson - English / Language Arts award, National Physical Fitness Award

- Bailey Wilder - Science award

- Chloe Lackey - Star Testing Math Award for 2nd Grade, Exceptional Accomplishment Reading  Log Award for reading 2686 minutes

- Madi Jones - perfect attendance

- Ella Janish - class spelling bee winner

- Brooklyn Copley -  Certificate of Scholarship for Superior work in all Academic Subjects, Writing Award, Math Award, Reading Award, Social Studies Award, Science Award, Language Arts Award, Spelling Award, Accelerated Reader Program Certificate

- Addison Oliver - 2nd Place School Spelling Bee

- Emily (Bug) Buskey - junior national honor society, link up mentor in the recycling group, band excellence award, selected first chair flute in Knox County honors band, karns middle school jazz band, selected East Tennessee Honors Band

Great job everyone!!! It all starts and ends with your education!

Why the Knoxville Explosion: 10 Great Reasons PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Parents and players often ask, why do we want to play for the Knoxville Explosion?  Here are the top 10 reasons to join the Knoxville Explosion Fast Pitch Softball Organization David Letterman Style!

  1. Commitment to the fundamentals.  Our coaches are hand-picked due to their extensive knowledge of the game.  Many have not only coached travel softball for an extended period of time but many of them are former players giving them key insight into the strategy of the game! 
  2. Reputation.  The Knoxville Explosion Organization has an excellent reputation with many coaches, organizations, sanctioning bodies, players, parents and umpires.  We have a reputation of turning out well-coached teams that compete but are also great kids off of the field.
  3. Coaches.  There are many excellent fast pitch softball coaches throughout the various age groups in the Knoxville softball communities.  We are blessed to have excellent coaches that understand the game, are certified Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) double goal coaches who are volunteer coaches.  Off of the field, our coaches are doctors, lawyers, CEOs, firemen, policemen, environmental professionals, lawyers, business owners, high school sport coaches and a hundred other professions, meaning your player will learn responsibility and how to act from leaders in our very own community!
  4. Low Player Turn Over.  We enjoy an astounding 90% player retention rate across the organization!  While not for everyone, our organization is run like a family with family values!
  5. Training.  The Knoxville Explosion Player Development Program is a one of a kind program that focuses on all of the fundamental areas of game play, especially mental development.  This includes situational game awareness.  This is extremely important in the proper development of players!  We also have a physical training program with Johnny Long Training Academy so our players develop quickness and strength as they mature.
  6. Technology.  We utilize the latest in softball training technology whether it be batting and fielding tools to use of video equipment and computer statistical analysis.  This analysis is extremely important to identify flaws in player mechanics!
  7. Production.  We measure success by the development of each player.  Players are better after they have completed our program than when we first encountered them.  The results on the field are also impressive, our teams have posted 12 Tennessee State Championships in ISA, ASA, SEAA in the 8u, 10u, 12u and 14u age groups from 2011-2014.  We have won back to back SEAA 10u and 8u World Series titles.  In addition, our teams have also performed well out of state winning several tournaments in Spartanburg, SC, finishing runner-up in the 2014 14u USA/ASA Alabama Heartland Elite Showcase, runner-up in the 12u NSA Historic Triangle Battle in Williamsburg VA, runner-up in the 12 uUSSSA Gold North Florida State Championship in Jacksonville, FL, in addition to a slew of East Tennessee Regional Championships!
  8. Academic Excellence.  The Knoxville Explosion prides itself on upholding the academic excellence within its organization.  We expect our players to all be honor roll students and have an academic incentive and recognition program for our players.
  9. Community Service.  Understanding how blessed we actually are, The Knoxville Explosion undertakes a variety of community service projects to help those in the community less fortunate than us.  The players actively participate in the community service projects that have included, but not been limited to hosting Christmas at the Smokey Mountain Children’s Home and Locks of Love Hair Donation Drives.
  10. Stability.  We are the largest Fastpitch softball organization in Knoxville and are continuing to experience explosive growth.  The advantage that this affords our players is that they have the option to remain within the organization if they are an older or younger player playing on the various Explosion teams.  So worry not, your player will have every opportunity to stay with the organization without the worry of “what will we do next year” late season blues!  Also many startup teams form and breakup within 8 months of forming, its a fact.  Established in 2005, our organization has steadily formed a solid, stable foundation to support our teams and develop future teams.  So, when considering a new home for your player, consider this important point.....will the team you are considering still be around next season or 5 years from now.
'05 Explosion Wins SEAA 8u World Series Title in Pigeon Forge PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

ATOMIC KABOOM! Congratulations to the '05 Knoxville Explosion who captured the 8u SEAA World Series Title held at Wear Farm Park in Pigeon Forge, TN from 7/21/14-7/27/14! The '05 Explosion went undefeated and beat the '05 Jackson Wildcats... 12-8 in the championship game! WOW, unbelievable accomplishment for this team and our '05 players......You have made the organization extremely proud of your major accomplishment! Continue to grow and get better girls! Also a shout out to Head Coach Shane Alvey and all of the '05 Explosion Assistant Coaches for the exceptional job and sacrifices made to make this team it is today!

01 Explosion Wins 12u Division of ISA Great Somkey Mountain Classic In Sevierville PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom! Congratulations to the '01 Knoxville Explosion who won the 12u Division of the ISA Great Smokey Mountain Classic held in Sevierville from When best-data-recovery.com XP was originally released, I was initially reluctant to make the switch mostly due to the amount of money I earned on my paper route, and the hefty price tag for XP at the time. 7/25/14-7/27/14! The '01 Explosion went 6-0 to claim the championship in the 8 team 12u divisi...on with wins over Kentucky Bluegrass, North Kentucky Steelers and Southwest Virginia Storm in bracket play! The '01 Explosion beat the Southwest Virginia Storm in the Championship 2-0! Great job Storm and '01 Explosion! We are all very proud of your efforts!

'04 Explosion Wins ASA 10u Mid-Summer Classic in Johnson City PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '04 Knoxville Explosion who won the 10u Division of the ASA Mid-Summer Bash held at Ridgeview Park in Johnson City on 7/26/14! The tournament field included a total of 9 teams and the '04 Explosion went undefeated 5-0 outscoring opponents 54-4! The '04 Explosion beat the Titan Pride in the Championship game 4-0! Great job Titan Pride and '04 Explosion! We are all very proud of your efforts!

'03 Explosion Finishes as Runner-up in USFA Pigeon Forge Tournament PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '03 Knoxville Explosion who finished as the runner-up in the 10u division of the USFA Tournament held in Pigeon Forge on 7/12/14! The '03 Explosion battled through the championship game and lost in an extra inning playoff to the TN Heat. Great job Heat and '03 Explosion! We are all very proud of your efforts!

16u Select Wins 16u USSSA Playing for Pride Championship in Elizabethton PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom! Congratulations to the 16u Explosion Select who won the USSSA Playing for Pride 16u Division held at Happy Valley and Elizabethton High Schools on 7-12-14. The tournament field included 10 teams from the Tennessee and Virginia areas. Teams participating included the Virginia Venom, TN Intensity, TN Sting, East Tennessee Knockouts, Unicoi Blue Devils and others. After a lengthy rain, the tournament format was altered to a single elimination tournament leaving no margin for error. The 16u Select played lights out, going 3-0 and allowing a total of 1 run in 3 games, beating the Virginia Venom 5-0, TN Sting Matthews 8-1 and TN Sting Backhurst 3-0 enroute to the tournament championship. Great job TN Sting Backhurst and Explosion!! A special shout out to the Explosion pitchers (Tara Williams and Madison Owens) who allowed a total of 8 hits in 3 games and 1 earned run! Also a big shout-out to Sydney Birchfield who helped out her older sister's team by making the defensive play of the tournament, a running backhand catch against the fence to deep left centerfield!

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Important Numbers

'06 Explosion (8u)

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

'05 Explosion (10u)

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

'04 Explosion (10u) 

Head Coach BJ - (865) 389-3777  - bj23henderson@gmail.com

'03 Explosion (12u)
Head Coach Scott - (865) 388-9778 -

Explosion Surge (12u)

Head Coach Angelica - (615) 556-0996 - angelicaw.mcclerkin@yahoo.com

'02 Explosion (12u)

Head Coach Robert - (256) 499-2319 - Robert.downing@hma.com

'01 Explosion (14u)
Head Coach Craig - (865) 306-4236 - webb306@bellsouth.net

Coach Matt - (865) 604-9153 - lafowler123@comcast.net

Coach Jay - (865) 247-2499

'01 Explosion Navy (14u)

Head Coach Tim - (865) 659-6016

Coach Randy - (865) 803-4944 - rbraden@downeyoil.com

'00 Explosion (14u) 
Head Coach Ken - (865) 389-8811 - ken.tuggle@rmetro.com

Coach Derrick- (865) 964-1167 - ryleeg@bellsouth.net

'99 Explosion (16u) 
Head Coach Joe - (865) 363-0728 - birchfieldj@earthlink.net

Coach Carl - (865) 388-6898 - carlj151@comcast.net

Coach Jeff - (865) 292-5278 - jsickau@att.net

Coach George - (931) 252-5392 - georgewseagrave@gmail.com

Explosion Select (18u/16u)

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

Coach Randy - (865) 661-2882 - randyhickman40@gmail.com

Coach Josh - (276) 389-8273 - pudgevols@gmail.com

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