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Tuesday 17 Jul 2018
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 14 teams (18u Select, '01 Navy, '02, '03, '04, '05, 2K5, '06, 2024, '07, 2025, '08, '09 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. 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 Fastpitch Organization Chief

 
2024 Explosion Win 12u Division of FASA Tournmaent in Rockwood PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Explosion 2024 displayed timely hitting, solid pitching and defense, with an outstanding Team effort to defeat Outsiders 06 (McMinnville, TN) and go undefeated on the day to win the FASA tournament in Rockwood, TN.  Congratulations to Explosion 2024 and the Outsiders! 

 
Knoxville Explosion add Former D1 Player and Current Bearden High School Coach to Head the 2018 Fall/2019 Spring 8u Explosion! 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 8u Explosion Team that will be holding tryouts in the coming 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.  Mrs. McClerkin currently serves as the Head Coach of Bearden High School in Knoxville, TN.

Interested in Trying out for the 8u Explosion?  Please contact her at (615) 556-0996 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  This is an exceptional opportunity to learn from a former player and current High School Coach.  She has been through the process and understand what it takes to not only train your players to be excellent travel softball players but also make an immediate impact on their respective middle and high school teams.

Worried about her availability to coach during High School Softball Season? Don't Coach Mac understands the commitment and has committed to coach her teams with passion and determination.  She has a ton of coaching help including her husband Alvin, who will serve as her assistant on both her High School Team and the 8u Explosion!  This is an exceptionally rare opportunity to start with an independent coach, a family-based organization with a proven track record of player development from 8u through High School!

 
'01 Navy Explosion Wins High School Division of TSFA World Series Warmup PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '01 Navy Explosion who won the High School Division of the TSFA World Series Warmup held at Camp Jordan Park in Chattanooga, TN on 6-7-18! Absolutely outstanding effort ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'06 Explosion Finishes as 12u Runnerup in the ISA World Series at the Summit of Softball PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '06 Explosion who finished as the 12u ISA World Series Runnerup at the Summit of Softball in Chattanooga, TN on 6-8-18! The 06 Explosion lost to the Georgia Edge in the Championship Game. Great jbo Edge and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'07 Explosion Finish as ISA Class A World Series Runnerup in Cleveland, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '07 Explosion who finished as the ISA Class A 10u World Series Runnerup at in Cleveland, TN on 6-8-18! The '07 Explosion beat the heat and fought through the “A” bracket to become the 10u runner up at the ISA World Series. There were a total of 22 teams in the 10u division.

After going 0-2 in the pool games (losing by 1 run in each), the girls turned it around and went 4-2 in bracket play. They beat some excellent teams such as the Knox Storm, Spirit, GA Lightning and the Frost Falcons but fell short, 5-3, to Fury 08 in the Championship Game. An outstanding effort by all!

Special shout out to Adrianna King who was the 10u Home Run Derby Champion in the pre-tournament activities. Congratulations Adrianna!!

 
2K5 Explosion Finish as 12u Runnerup in USA Tournament in Spartanburg, SC PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2K5 Explosion who finished as the 12u Runnerup in the USA Tournament in Spartanburg, SC on 6-8-18! The 2K5 Explosion lost to the Carolina Elite 8-6 in a hard fought final. Great job Elite and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
Explosion Select Win 18u Bringing the Heat USA Division at Grandview Park PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the Explosion Select who bounced back from a first game bracket loss to run the table and go 7-1 to win the Bringing the Heat USA 18u Division in Telford, TN on 6/25/18. Ariel Holt led the Explosion Select pitching staff with 3 wins, including the 1st championship game and was equally impressive at the plate with 7 extra base hits! Kudos to Maggie Savage and Hailey Byington who also kept the Select's opponents bats in check, both picking up 2 wins each. The Explosion Select won the final 6 games, including 4 back to back including a thrilling last inning comeback win against the East Tennessee Crush to claim the championship. Great job Crush and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'02 Explosion Shows out at Diamond Classic in Spartanburg, SC PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


A big shout out to the '02 Explosion who played some outstanding softball 6/25/18 and 6/26/18! What an awesome weekend of softball at the Diamond Classic Summer Showcase in Greenville, SC for the '02 Knoxville Explosion. They outscored our opponents 37-13 and lost a heartbreaker in 9 innings, including 3 international innings to a very talented GA Glory team, 7-6. The '02 Explosion went 4-1 and came alive at the plate against some great competition! Great job ladies! We are very proud of your efforts!

 
2025 Explosion Announce Tryouts for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 Season PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

The Explosion 2025 will be moving up to 12U in the Fall after our first year together for the 2017-18 season. We are looking for dedicated parents and players with '07 birthdays so that we can stay together from season to season. Tryouts will be held on Wednesday, July 25th, 6 pm. We will play a light tourney schedule in the Fall during the middle school season and possible league play in the Spring along with tournaments approximately 2 weekends per month from Spring to Fall. Tournaments are played within a 2 hour drive from Knoxville. For more information please contact Head Coach Amy Dorset at JADorset@aol.com/ 865-850-9100 or Assistant Coach Rich Ginel at rgineljr@gmail.com/860-798-4122.

 
Explosion Select Seeks Experienced High School Pitchers and Catchers for Fall 2018/2019 Season PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


The Explosion Select is seeking experienced High School Pitchers and Catchers for our Flagship 18u team for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 Season.  This is an exceptionally rare opportunity to join a team that has lost 1 player in 4 years and hasn't held an open tryout for over 3 seasons.  The core of this team is already set with most, if not all players expected to sign to play at the various collegiate levels in the 2019 signing timeframe.  Our program have developed players in the proper manner which has resulted in over 16 college softball signees (over the past 3 years) and 100% of players attending colleges as students.  We offer a drama-free environment with state of the art training aids, highly competitive showcase and challenging tournaments throughout the State of Tennessee and some of the best out of state venues such as Tyger River (Spartanburg, SC), Atlanta, GA, Gulf Shores, AL, Williamsburg, VA, Boling Green, KY, Cincinnati, OH, Cherokee, NC amongst others!  Out of State players are especially encouraged to contact us as we have had and currently have several players from Southwest Virginia, Northern Georgia, Western North Carolina and Southern Kentucky play in our organization.  Our extremely low cost, high competitive environment is perfect for prospective players!  Interested?  Contact Head Coach 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 private tryouts today!

 
'04 Explosion Wins TSFA High School State Championship in Ringgold Georgia PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '04 Explosion who traveled to Ringgold, GA won the TSFA State A/B High School division on 6-16-18! After dropping the first pool game of the day, the '04 Explosion ran the table to claim the championship, outstanding effort ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
2024 Explosion Finishes as 12u Runner-up in Rockwood Tournament PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2024 Explosion who finished as the 12u Runner-up in the FASA Tournament held in Rockwood on 6/16/18! The Explosion 2024 battled all day in the heat with outstanding Team effort to force the “If” Game and finish 2nd to Crossfire in the FASA 12U bracket in Rockwood, TN. Congratulations to Crossfire and Explosion 2024!

 
Knoxville Explosion Announces '08 Explosion Team is Forming! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


 
'04 Explosion Wins 14u ISA A Tennessee State Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Atomic Boom! Congratulations to the '04 Explosion who won the 14u ISA A Tennessee State Championship in Cleveland, TN on 6-6-18! Going undefeated on the day, the '04 Explosion beat the 2022 Knockouts to claim the championship! Great job Knockouts and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
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8u Explosion (7u & 8u)

Head Coach Angelica McClerkin - (615) 556-0996 - Coach.mac@yahoo.com

'09 Explosion (9u)

Head Coach Steve Wolfgram- (865) 740-8488 - jalynhomes@charter.net

'08 Explosion (10U)

Head Coach Brandon Alcorn - (865) 806-3460 - balcorn@cityofharriman.net

Assistant Coach Kelly Griffith - (865) 216-0509 - krg414@aol.com

'07 Explosion (10u)

Head Coach Scott Barnes- 865-387-3264sbarnes1100@gmail.com

2025 Explosion (11u)

Head Coach Amy Dorsett - 865-850-9100 - jadorset@aol.com

'06 Explosion (12u)

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

2024 Explosion (12u)

Head Coach Harold Lynn - (865) 228-8082 - tn02softball@gmail.com

2K5 Explosion (13u)

Head Coach Kevin McCord- (407) 619-7808 - klmccord@ymail.com 

'05 Explosion (13u)

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

'04 Explosion (14u) 

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

Coach Pemberton - mandi3pemberton@gmail.com

'03 Explosion (15u)
Head Coach Scott Blankenship - (865) 388-9778 -
scottsequipment@hotmail.com

'02 Explosion (16u)

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

'01 Explosion Navy (17u)

Head Coach Tim Baldridge - (865) 659-6016 - tim@hotzlaw.com

Explosion Select (18u) 
Head Coach Joe Birchfield - (865) 363-0728 - birchfieldj@earthlink.net

Coach Jason Holt - (423) 608-5933 - jasonholt41@gmail.com


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