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Sunday 28 Aug 2016
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 12 teams (18u/16u Select, '99, '00, '01, '01 Navy, '02, '03, '04, '05, '06, '07 and '08) that have a total of 150 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 Announces Organization-wide Tryouts for Fall 2016! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Attention Prospective Players and Parents! The Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Softball Organization is announcing organization-wide tryouts for our various teams! The following openings are available for specific teams and specific needs are listed. If you are interested in attending tryouts or speaking with our coaches regarding the posted openings, please feel free to contact the specific coach!

Explosion Select (18u) - No openings available at this time

99 Explosion Select (18u) - No openings available at this time

00 Explosion - 3-4 openings, Pitchers and all around players are needed, Contact Head Coach David Shoemaker at (865) 803-5807 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a private tryout

01 Explosion (15u) - 01 Explosion has 2 openings for an experienced catcher and outfielder. This is an exceptionally rare opportunity to join a team that has been together for over 6 years. If you are interested, please contact Head Coach Darren Cardwell at (865) 388-1404 or Matt Fowler at (865) 604-9153 for a private tryout!

01 Explosion Navy (15u) - No openings available at this time

02 Explosion (14u) - No openings available at this time

03 Explosion (13u) - No openings available at this time

04 Explosion (12u) - No openings available at this time

05 Explosion (11u) - No openings available at this time

06 Explosion (10u) - No openings available at this time

07 Explosion (9u) - No openings available at this time

08 Explosion (8u) - 1-2 players needed. Contact Head Coach Erin Furlong at (615) 866-7274 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for a private tryout.

Come and be part of the family! Our organization has a proven track record developing softball players the right way, on and off of the field! Based out of Knoxville, Tennessee, our organization has over 150 players from 3 to 6 hours away from the Knoxville area including Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina and Alabama! If you are interested in our one of a kind program, please visit us at www.knoxvilleexplosion.com 

 
04 Explosion Finish 2016 Spring Season as 12u ASA Summer Sizzler Runner-up in Johnson City PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Boom! Congratulations to the 04 Explosion who finished as the 12u runner-up in the ASA Summer Sizzler Tournamnt held in Johnson City, TN at Ridgeview Park on 7-22-16! The 04 Explosion battled older teams and blazing heat to the championship eventually losing 1-0 to the 03 Dirt Dawgs. The 04 Explosion finished the championship game with only 8 players due to a broken ankle sustained by the 04 Explosion 1st Baseman Mackenzie Babb. Way to go girls, absolutely stellar effort making it to the championship down 1 player! Please pray for a speedy recovery for Mackenzie Babb! We love you kiddo!

 
01 Explosion win Cookeville College Exposure Showcase PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Atomic Boom! Congratulations to the 01 Explosion who won the Cookeville College Exposure Championship held in Cookeville, TN on 7/9/16-7/11/16! The 01 Explosion beat the MC Heat in the Championship game 1-0! Great job Heat and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
02 Explosion win 14u TSFA Southern National Championship! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Atomic Boom! Congratulations to the 02 Explosion who were crowned the 14u TSFA Southern National Champions in Ringgold, Georgia on 7-9-16! The 02 Explosion beat the Georgia Flames in a late night offensive explosion 10-2 to win the 2016 TSFA Tri-State Southern Nationals going 5-0 in the tournament! The hot summer day can be summed up with one word: Team! Everyone battled for each other with diving catches, hustle, and solid field play to lead a defensive performance that only gave up 6 runs on the entire day. Strong pitching performances by Bailey Myers, Baylee Cox, and Talley Shipley were on full display every game, late into the night. On offense, Devon Weller led the day by batting .875 and connecting with timely hits. The coaches are extremely proud of the effort of every girl that came together, as one Team!

 
04 Explosion Win 12u Class B ISA World Series in Chattanooga, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Atomic Boom! Congratulations to the 04 Explosion who won the ISA 12u Class B World Series at the Summit of Softball in Chattanooga, TN on 7-10-16! The 04 Explosion went undefeated in the tournament! Outstanding job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
06 Explosion Win 10u SEAA Tournament Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Boom! Congratulations to the 06 Explosion who won the 10u division of the SEAA tournament held at Badgett tournament on 7-8-16! The 06 Explosion went 5-0 in the tournament and beat the 05 323 in the championship game! Great job 323 and 06 Explosion!

 
03 Explosion Finishes 3rd in the 12u ISA A World Series in Chattanooga, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Boom! Congratulations to the 03 Explosion who finished a strong third in the 12u ISA A World Series held at the Summit of Softball in Chattanooga, TN 7/8/16-7/11/16! The 03 Explosion went 5 and 4 in the tournament. The teams playing in A bracket included the Legends 04, Pirates Thunder Red, Force Elite, Pinnellas Park Warriors, Cleveland Stars, Knockouts, Vengeance, and Twisters. The Explosion fell to the Cleveland stars (Champions) in the second game in bracket play and won the next 3 games to face a very good Chattanooga Force Elite who finished runner up in the World Series. Great Job Girls, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
2016 Explosion Graduating Class Closes out a USSSA Tennessee Exposure Tournament in Murfreesboro, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

It is with a heavy, but full heart that the 2016 season has closed at the TN Exposure Showcase in Murfreesboro for our 2016 graduating class. Our entire graduating class has signed and will begin their college careers next month. Thank you Abby Swilley, Madison Owens, Morgan Stapleton and Payton Kneier for your relentless commitment to our program, representing us the right way on and off of the field and all of the wonderful memories that each of you have given me. I love each and every one of you and wish you all nothing but the best in College! ‪#‎loveourexplosionselectgraduates

 
03 Explosion Win 12u Platinum Division of ASA Kings Island Showdown in Cincinnati, OH PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom! Congratulations to the 03 Explosion who won the 12u Platinum Division of the ASA Kings Island Showdown in Cincinnati, OH on 6-26-16! The Explosion smashed the ball, outscoring the competition 91-15 and won the Platinum Division with 14 teams from Detroit, MI, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky playing in the tournament. The Explosion had 10 home runs and 79 RBIs. We had exceptional pitching and defense
throughout the entire tournament. Way to go girls, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
07 Explosion Finish as 8u Runner-up in 3rd Annual ISA Kickin Cancer Tournament in Cleveland, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom!  Congratulations to the 07 Explosion who finished as the 8u Runner-up in the 3rd Annual ISA Kickin Cancer Tournament held at Bradley County Industrial Park in Cleveland, Tennessee on 6-25-16!  The 07 Explosion finished with a 3-2 record and lost to the Georgia Heat 15-14 in the Championship Game.  Great job Heat and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
06 Explosion Finish 3rd in 10u Division of USFA Tennessee State Championship in Franklin, Tennessee PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom!  Congratulations to the 06 Explosion who finished a strong 3rd in the 10u Division of the USFA Tennessee State Championships on 6-26-16 in Franklin, Tennessee!  The 06 Explosion finished with a 6-2 record, battling older 05 teams and scorching temperatures!  Great job 06 Explosion, your future is very bright!  We are very proud of your efforts!

 
99 Explosion Select Finish Runner-up in 18u WFC Coastal Championships in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Boom! Congratulations to the 99 Explosion Select who finished a strong second in the WFC Coastal Championships at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on 6-19-16! A extremely strong tournament field included the Virginia Slammers, Sudden Impact (Alabama), Maryland Patriots, South Carolina Fury and South Carolina Force. After losing early in bracket play to the Maryland Patriots, the 99 Explosion won 3 games back to back over the Virginia Slammers, South Carolina Force and avenged an earlier bracket loss to the Maryland Patriots to make it to the championship game against the Alabama Sudden Impact. The championship game was an extremely well played game that featured many diving plays and clutch 2 out hits, 1 such ended a 2-2 time in the bottom of the 6th inning on a solo shot homerun by the Impact 4 hitter on 2-2 count. It was a great experience and a great tournament. Great job Impact and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts! For the tournament, the 99 Explosion finished with a 6-2 effort and earned a berth in the WFC Nationals. Big props to our pitchers, Ariel Holt, Maggie Savage, Hailey Byington and Sydney Birchfield. The 99 offensive attack was led by Maddie Sickau, Sydney Dukes, Ariel Holt, Delaney Weller, Sydney Birchfield and Emma Seagrave. Also, our catchers did a fantastic job this weekend, great job Tori Ogle, Maddie Sickau, Alex Kouvarakis and Marieve Elkins!

 
03 Explosion Wins 12u ASA Class B Tennessee State Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Atomic Boom! Congratulations to the 03 Explosion who won the ASA Class B Tennessee State Championship on 6-19-16 at Wear Farm Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee! The Knoxville Explosion went 5-0 and won the championship game vs Extreme Performance from Winston Salem NC 7-0. A total of 14 teams participated in this tournament. Stellar defense and timely hits allowed the Knoxville Explosion to outscore the competition 28-3. Great job Performance and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
Explosion Select Represent Well in Prestigious Scenic City Tournament in Chattanooga, TN June 9-12, 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Boom! Congratulations to Explosion who went 4-2 in the 18u Division of the prestigious Scenic City Softball Tournament held at 6 different parks throughout the Chattanooga, TN area 6-9-16 through 6-12-16! Over 250 teams participated in this event, including 58 in the 18u division from 29 states. The Select finished second in their pool, narrowly missing single elmination finals on Sunday, June 12, 2016! With the finish, the Select finished in the top 20 of this division o...f this tournament division. Absolutely outstanding progress for this team who's pitching was stellar, spearheaded by Madison Owens, Payton Kneier, Ariel Holt, Abby Swilley, Maggie Savage and Sydney Birchfield! The tournaments hot bats were led by Abby Swilley, Bug Campbell, Courtney Lively, Arielle Tritt and Kelsey Birchfield. The defense was led by Krystin Cantrell, who made several diving catches and clutch throws to get tough outs. We are extremely proud of your efforts, ladies! BTW, you may notice an umpire in our team picture, he loved our team and asked if he could take one with us, he was a character!

 
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'08 Explosion (7u and 8u)

Head Coach Erin Furlong- (615) 866-7274 - efurlong@vols.utk.edu

'07 Explosion (9u)

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

'06 Explosion (10u)

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

'05 Explosion (11u)

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

'04 Explosion (12u) 

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

Coach Pemberton - mandi3pemberton@gmail.com

'03 Explosion (13u)
Head Coach Scott - (865) 388-9778 -
scottsequipment@hotmail.com

'02 Explosion (14u)

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

'01 Explosion Navy (15u)

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

'01 Explosion (16u)
Head Coach Darren - (865) 388-1401 - dcardwell4@gmail.com

Coach Matt - (865) 604-9153 - rdhm05@hotmail.com

Coach Jay - (865) 247-2499

'00 Explosion (16u)

Head Coach David - (865) 803-5807 - lilshoe@charter.net

'99 Explosion (17u) 
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)

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

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

Coach David - (828) 230-7778 - cplumbing5@gmail.com

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