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Saturday 17 Apr 2021
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 10 teams (18u Select, 2023, 2024, '07, 2025, '09, '10 X, '11, '12, and 6u) 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

 
'09 Explosion WIns 12u Championship in Crossville PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '09 Knoxville Explosion who won the USA Easter Egg Mania 12u A Division held at Centennial Park in Crossville, TN! The '09 went 5-1 in the tournament which featured a total of 10 teams. The '09 Explosion beat the Georgia Power 4-1 to advance to the championship game eventually winning 9-3 against the Tennessee Clutch to capture the championship. Great job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'11 Explosion Finishes as 10u Runnerup in Cleveland PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2011 Knoxville Explosion who finished as the 10u Runnerup in the B bracket of the ISA March Madness tournament held in Cleveland, TN on March 20, 2021! The 2011 Explosion lost to the 2010 Georgia Force Elite in the Championship Game. The 2011 Explosion went 4-2 during the tournament. Great job Force Elite and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'12 Knoxville Explosion Finish as 8u Runnerup in Oak Ridge PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2012 Knoxville Explosion who finished as the 8u Runnerup in the USA Tournament held in Oak Ridge Tournament on March 13, 2021! The 2012 Explosion lost to the Mojo in the Championship. Great job Mojo and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
Explosion Select Player Sydney Cameron Signs with UVA-Wise PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Congratulations to the Explosion Select's very own Sydney Cameron (IF/OF) Cocke County High School who has officially signed to continue her softball playing career at UVA-Wise! Great Job Syd, we are very proud of you! Sydney is the 4th signee of the 2021 Graduation Year and the 31st for the Knoxville Explosion Softball Organization!

 
The Knoxville Explosion Welcomes Current College Players Hannah Bruce, Maddie Sickau and Kylie Canova to it's Coaching Ranks PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   




The Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Softball Organization would like to welcome Hannah Bruce, Maddie Sickau and Kylie Canova to the Explosion Coaches Roster! All three are active collegiate players at both Maryville College and University of Cumberlands. Check out our new coaches profiles!
The Coaches playing accolades include:
- Hannah Bruce - Position: Pitcher, High School All District (2015-2019), All tournament (2015-2018, All state (2019), Senior All-Star Team, USSSA All American Atlantic Team, All Academic Team (2015-2019). College: (Covid Shortened 2020) TSCA Pitcher of the Week - Maryville College
- Maddie Sickau - Position: Shortstop, High School Honors 3AAA All District (2015-2018), 3AAA All District Tournament, 2016-2018 TSCA All State; TSCA 3AAA East Tennessee Miss Softball 2018, 3AAA Basketball All District (2014-2017). College: Mid-South Conference Golden Glove, All Mid-South Conference 1st Team, Mid-South Conference Freshman Player of the Year, NFCA All Region 2018, MSC Watch List 2021, MSC Player of the Week 2021, Academic Deans List 2018-2021, J.T. Vallandingham Scholastic Honor Society; NAIA Scholar Athlete 2020, Academic All Mid-South Conference 2019-2020 season
- Kylie Canova - Position: Catcher, 4AAA All County (2014-2018), 4-AAA All District (2014-2018)
 
Knoxville Explosion Starts 6u 2014 Explosion Team PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


The Knoxville Explosion is excited to welcome Marshall Brakebill as our new 2014 (6u) Explosion Head Coach! Welcome home Coach Brakebill, we are proud you have joined the family!

 
Explosion Select's Eliana Parris Signs to Play for Bryan College PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Congratulations to Eliana Parris (Explosion Select) on becoming the Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Softball Organization's 3rd signee of the 2021 season and 30th overall! Eliana signed her NLI with Bryan College, great job Eliana, we are very proud of your efforts and wish you the best in College!

 
Explosion Select Madalynn Ray Signs with Volunteer State PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Congratulations to Stephanie Steele (Explosion Select) on becoming the Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Softball Organization's 1st signee of the 2021 season and 28th overall! Stephanie inked her NLI with Milligan College, great job Steph, we are very proud of your efforts and wish you the best in College!

 
Explosion Select Stephanie Steele Signs with Milligan College PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Congratulations to Stephanie Steele (Explosion Select) on becoming the Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Softball Organization's 1st signee of the 2021 season and 28th overall! Stephanie inked her NLI with Milligan College, great job Steph, we are very proud of your efforts and wish you the best in College!

 
'09 Explosion Win ISA Class B 12u Fall World Series Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Atomic Boom! Congratulations to the '09 Knoxville Explosion who won the 12u ISA Class B World Series Championship in Cleveland, TN on 10/24/20! Going undefeated on the day, the '09 Explosion allowed a total of 4 runs in the entire tournament! Great job ladies, were very proud of your efforts!

 
2025 Explosion Finishes as 14u Runner-up in ISA Halloween Havoc/ISA World Series PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2025 Explosion who finished as the 14u Class B ISA Halloween Havoc/Fall World Series runner-up in Cleveland, TN on 10/24/20! The 2025 Explosion had a terrific tournament but lost the championship game and "if" tie breaker inning to the Knoxville Speed. Great job Speed and Explosion, we are proud of your efforts!

 
2012 Explosion Finish a Strong 8u Runner-up in Ringgold, GA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2012 Explosion who finished as the 8u Runner-up in Ringgold, Ga on 10-24-20! The 2012 Explosion lost a heartbreaker in the championship game 19-18 to the West Cobb Extreme. Great job Extreme and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
Explosion 2010 X Wins 10u Division of Ella Lett Fundraiser PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the Explosion 2010 X Team who won the 10u division of the Ella Lett Fundraiser Tournament held at Badgett Park in Knoxville on 10/17/20-10/18/20. For the tournament, the Explosion X went undefeated and beat Pro Concepts for the Championship title. Great job Explosion and Pro Concepts, we are proud of your efforts!

 
'07 Explosion Take 14u Runner-up in Ella Lett Fundraiser PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '07 Explosion who finished as the 14u runner-up in the Ella Lett Memorial Fundraiser Tournament held at Badgett Park in Knoxville on 10/17/20-10/18/20. The tournament featured a total of 8 teams in the 14u division and the '07 Explosion lost to the 24/25 Team Tennessee 9-8 in the championship game. Great job Team Tennessee and Explosion, we are proud of your efforts!

 
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Coaches Contact Information

2012 Explosion (6u)

Head Coach Marshall Brakebill - (865) 748-0000 - marshallbrakebill@hotmail.com

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

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

'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

2023 Explosion (15u)

Head Coach Keith Gray - (865) 323-7249 - kgray@utmck.edu

Explosion Select (High School)

Head Coach Kelsey Birchfield - (865) 441-1050 - kelseybirchfield@gmail.com

Assistant Kat Cechini _ (865) 548-4647 - katherinecechini@gmail.com

Organization Chief

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

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