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Sunday 02 Aug 2015
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 10 teams (18u/16u Select, '98, '99, '01, '01 Navy, '02, '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

 
Knoxville Explosion Posts Record Year in 2015! 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 a 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 2015.  Our players achieved an 80.1% honor roll rate for the overall organization.  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!  In 2015, our combined team spring statistics were as follows:

96 Tournaments Participated

(23) 1st Place Finishes - Including 10u ISA Class A World Series, 10u ISA Tri-State Champs, 16u ASA Class B Tennessee State Champs, 8u ASA Tennessee State Champs, 18u ASA Roane State College Showcase Champs

(21) 2nd Place Finishes - Including 16u ASA Class B Tennessee State Runner-up, 14u ASA Milligan College Showcase Runner-up, 10u ASA Class B Tennessee State Runner-up

(18) 3rd Place Finishes - 16u ASA Big Orange Showcase

Honorable mention goes out to the 05 Explosion who finished in 4th place in the 10u division of the SEAA World Series!

Statistical Insight: Of the tournaments played in 2015, the Knoxville Explosion Softball Teams either won, showed or placed in 64.5% of all tournaments played!  WOW!

Wins & Losses

Wins - 332

Losses - 161

Ties - 5

Statistical Insight: Overall organization winning percentage of .666!  WOW!

Our organization also added another 3 teams in 2015, bringing our organizational roster to a total of 10 teams and 130 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 22 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 2015 and look forward to an even more exciting 2016! 

 
Knoxville Explosion Announces Organization-Wide Tryouts for Fall 2015/Spring 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Attention all prospective Explosion Players and Parents! We are excited to announce the various tryout times, dates and locations for our organization-wide tryouts! All teams are holding open tryouts and everyone is eligible to join our organization! We are adding 4 new teams, the 18u Explosion (High School), 00 Explosion (16u), 07 (8u) and 08 (7u). In addition, there are a number of openings on the remaining 10 teams within the organization. All together we will be addi...ng approximately 55-75 players! Come and join our ever-expanding family that is dedicated to not only developing the best softball players in the East Tennessee, Western North Carolina, Southwest Virginia and Northwest Georgia areas but the best students and community service people anywhere. Please contact the coach listed with each team for more information!

- 18u Explosion, Contact Harry Backhurst (865) 360-8466 for private tryouts

- Explosion Select (18u) and 99 Explosion (16u) - 99 Explosion Seeks 1 experienced pitcher (99 or 00) that is a team player to join an excllent rotation, Contact Joe Birchfield, (865) 363-0728, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for private tryouts

- 98 Explosion, Sunday August 9, Ball Camp Nicholas Park, Field #2, 4-7 pm, needs: Pitcher, Catcher, 3b and Utility Players. Jim Lawson (865) 250-5434, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

- 00 Explosion, Fountain City, Saturday August 1, Field #5, 1-4 pm, David Shoemaker (865) 803-5807, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , needs: All positions are open

- 01 Explosion, Saturday August 15, Location and Time are TBD, Craig Webb (865) 306-4236, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

- 01 Navy Explosion, Saturday, August 1 Field #5, 10 am to 12 pm, needs: Pitchers, Catcher, Middle Infielder, 3b, Tim Baldridge (865) 659-6016, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

- 02 Explosion, Saturday, August 8, 10 am-12 pm, Leonard Park, Upper Field off of Watt Road, needs: Pitcher, SS, OF, Robert Downing (256) 499-2319, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

- 03 Explosion, Saturday August 1, Fountain City Field #4, 10 am to 12 pm, needs: Pitcher, 1b/3b, OF, Scott Blankenship, (865) 388-9778, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

- 04 Explosion, Saturday August 8, Location is 1143 Edgemoor Road in Clinton, TN, 10 am to 12 pm, needs: 3-4 players, utility, speed and pitcher, BJ Henderson (865) 389-3777, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

- 05 Explosion, Saturday August 15, Bob Leonard Park 301 N. Watt Road, Lower Softball Field, 1-3 pm, needs: Pitcher, utility, speed, 06s are welcome to attend, Shane Alvey, (865) 621-5200, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

- 06 Explosion, Saturday August 1, Everett Field #1 Maryville, 10 am to Noon, needs: Pitchers (05 & 06), ss, 3B, outfielder, catchers (05 & 06), Jason Darnell (865) 776-1351, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

- 07 Explosion, Sunday August 2, Ball Camp Field, 1-3 pm, All positions open, Scott Barnes (865) 387-3264, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

- 08 Explosion, Saturday, August 1, Fountain City Field #3, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, all positions are open, Chad Sheridan (615) 390-3027, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

 

 
'01 Knoxville Explosion Closes out 2015 Spring as ISA Smokey Mountain Classic 14u Champs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

BOOM! Congratulations to the 01 Knoxville Explosion who won the ISA Great Smokey Mountain Classic in Sevierville on 7/26/15! Competing against teams from South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia, the 01 Explosion beat the West Virginia Elite for the 14u Championship! Great job girls, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
04 Knoxville Explosion Wins 10u ASA Summer Sizzler Tournament in Johnson City PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

BOOM! Congratulations to the 04 Knoxville Explosion who closed out there Spring 2015 campaign with a tournament victory as the 10u ASA Summer Sizzler Champions held in Johnson City, TN on 7/25/15! Great job girls we are very proud of your efforts!

 
Explosion Select Finish 2015 Spring as 18u ASA Summer Sizzler Runner-up PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom! Congratulations to the Explosion Select who finished as the runner-up in the 18u division of the ASA High School Summer Sizzler Classic in Johnson City! Loaded with high school teams from Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee (11 total), the Select battled back from a second round bracket loss to the Madison NC Patriots to play 4 games back to back (7 hours) with no break to face the Patriots again in the Championship game. The Select faced a very well coa...ched Patriots team and finally ran out of gas against a superior opponent. Great job Patriots and Select, great sportsmanship and play was exhibited throughout the tournament! We are very proud of your efforts!

On a side note, Ashleigh Harmon is our first program graduate and will continue her college education. The tournament plaque was presented to Ashleigh to commemorate this joyous occasion. We love you Ashleigh!

 
'05 Knoxville Explosion Finish in 4th Place in the 10u SEAA World Series PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Boom! The 05 Explosion fought hard and was the last 05 team standing in the 2015 10u SEAA World Series played at Wear Farm Park during the week of 7/20/15! The future is bright for this group of young 9 year olds! Great job girls, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
02 Explosion Win 12u ASA Mid-Summer Bash in Johnson City PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom!  Congratulations to the 02 Knoxville Explosion who won the 12u Division of the ASA Mid-Summer Bash held in Johnson City, TN at Ridgeview Park on 7/18/15!  The 02 Explosion went 5-1 and won the championship out of a field of 12 teams total.  Great job guys, we are proud of your efforts!

 
'04 Knoxville Explosion Crowned 10u ISA Class A World Series Champions! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Atomic Boom!  Congratulations to the 04 Knoxville Explosion who won the 10u ISA Class A World Series held at the Summit of Softball on 7/11/15 in Chattanooga, TN!  The 04 Explosion went 6-0, outscoring opponents 53-7 and was the only undefeated team remaining when a monster rain storm washed out the championship game.  Super job guys, we are very proud of your efforts!!!!

 
01 Explosion Win 14u ISA Border Wars Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '01 Knoxville Explosion who finished as the 14u Champion of the ISA Border Wars Tournament held at Sevierville Park on 6/27/15! The '01 Explosion picked up bracket victories over the Indiana Outlaws, Indiana Fusion and Impact to set up a rematch with a very determined Maryville Wildcats Black in the championship 14u division. The '01s had a 6-1 record and the 1st place championship victory. Great job to both teams!

 
05 Explosion Finish as 10u Champions of ISA Kicking Cancer Tournament PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '05 Knoxville Explosion who finished as the 10u Champions of the Lower Division of the ISA Kicking Cancer Tournament held in Cleveland, TN on 6-27-15! The 05 Explosion went undefeated in the tournament and beat the 05 Georgia Force Elite in the Championship Game! Great job Elite and 05 Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
04 Explosion Finish as 10u Runner-up in ISA Kicking Cancer Tournament PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '04 Knoxville Explosion who finished as the 10u Runner-up in the Upper Division of the ISA Kicking Cancer Tournament held in Cleveland, TN on 6-27-15! The 04 Explosion lost to the 04 Georgia Force Elite 4-1 in the Championship Game. Great job Elite and 04 Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
01 Explosion FInish as 14u Runner-up in Rain-Shortened Milligan Showcase PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


BOOM! Knoxville Explosion '01 traveled to Winged Deer Park in Johnson City, TN on 6/19/15 to play in the  2nd Annual ASA Milligan Summer Showcase. Explosion earned wins over the TN Blazers, West Virginia Diamond Dusters and the Southwest Virginia Storm in pool play and lost a close one to TN Heat Purple to earn their pools 2 seed and a first round bracket bye. Explosion picked up bracket victories over TN Intensity and SWVA Storm to set up a rematch with the Heat in the championship. With a 1-1 tie in the 3rd inning, the game and tournament was called due to inclement weather. Explosion earned a 2nd place runner-up finish and Heat was awarded 1st place based on seeding. The Explosion played with heart and determination all weekend finishing 5-1-1 in the 10 team 14u division. Nice job ladies!

 
Explosion Select and 99 Explosion Capture 16u ASA Class B Tennessee State Championship and Runnerup PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Atomic Boom! For the first time in program history, both of the teams coached by Head Coach Joe Birchfield played on the field in a tournament, coincidently, it was for the 16u ASA Class B Tennessee State Championship. Both teams had very different routes in this tournament, as the Explosion Select went undefeated throughout tournament play whereas the 99 Explosion lost the first game of bracket 9-0 to a very good East Tennessee Crush Team. The 99 Explosion had to reel off... 4 consecutive victories in blistering heat to meet their older sisters on the field. The 99's jumped on the Select 3-0 in the first inning but then were overcome with an offensive burst by the Select resulting in a 7-4 victory for Select. Congratulations to both the Select (Champs) and 99 (Runnerup), for embodying the spirit of our program and representing us with class on the field. A big shoutout to numeroud players including tournament MVP Abby Swilley who hit a blistering .900 with 3 homeruns, our home run hitters on both teams which included Bug Campbell (Select), Jesse Mizell (Select), and Tori Ogle (99). Congratulations girls, we are extremely proud of your on the field efforts!

 
04 Knoxville Explosion Wins 10u ISA Tri-State Championship in Cleveland PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Atomic Boom! Congratulations to the 04 Knoxville Explosion who were crowned ISA Tri-State 10u Champions on 6-14-15 in Cleveland, TN! Teams competing were from Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina. The 04 Explosion beat the Chattanooga Mystics in the Championship Game. Great job Mystics and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
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'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

Coach Pemberton - mandi3pemberton@gmail.com

'03 Explosion (12u)
Head Coach Scott - (865) 388-9778 -
scottsequipment@hotmail.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

'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

'98 Explosion (16u)

Head Coach Jim - (865) 250-5434

Coach Greg - (865) 679-4826

Coach Joseph - (865) 924-2510

Explosion Select (18u/16u)

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

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

Coach Ray - (423) 715-5614 - raysimp1@comcast.net

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