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Saturday 29 Nov 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 10 teams (18u/16u Select, '99, '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

 
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 and Fall 2014 Season combined team statistics were as follows:

129 Tournaments Participated

(44) 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

(32) 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, 16u Big Orange Fall Showcase Runnerup

(9) 3rd Place Finishes

Statistical Insight: Of the tournaments played in 2014, the Knoxville Explosion Softball Teams either won, showed or placed in 65.8% 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 - 452

Losses - 198

Ties - 5

Statistical Insight: Overall organization winning percentage of .695!  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!

 
'06 Explosion Wrap Up Fall Season with ASA 8u East Tennessee Kidney Foundation Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '06 Knoxville Explosion who won the 8u division of the ASA East Tennessee Kidney Foundation Tournament on 11/8/14! Great job girls and coaches! Looking forward to great things from you in the Spring 2015 season!

 
'99 Knoxville Explosion Finish as ASA Halloween Havoc High School Runner-up PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom! Congratulations to the '99 Knoxville Explosion who finished as runner-up in the High School division of the huge ASA Halloween Havoc tournament held at Metro Kiwanis park in Johnson City, TN on 10/25/14. After losing an opening roun...d game to the Johnson City Purple Heat, the '99 Explosion ran the table to play in the Championship game, losing in the last inning to the same team that put the '99 Explosion in the loser's bracket. Our pitchers were lights out and our catchers did an unbelievable job playing 7 games in 12 hours, finishing up the game at 1:30 am. Great job ladies, we are super proud of all of your efforts!

 
'04 Knoxville Explosin Finish as 10u Runnerup in the ASA Halloween Havoc in Johnson City PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Boom! Congratulations to the '04 Knoxville Explosion who finished as runner-up in the 10u division of the huge ASA Halloween Havoc tournament held at Winged Deer Park in Johnson City, TN on 10/25/14. We are very proud of your efforts, continue working hard on and off of the field!

 
'06 Knoxville Explosion Finishes as 8u Runnerup in the ASA Halloween Havoc Tournament 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 of the huge ASA Halloween Havoc tournament held at Winged Deer Park in Johnson City, TN on 10/25/14. We are very proud of your efforts, work hard in the off-season and upcoming Spring 2014 is looking very promising!

 
'05 Knoxville Explosion Take 3rd Place in ASA 10u Play for the Cure in Chattanooga PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Boom! Congratulations to the '05 Knoxville Explosion who participated in the huge Play for the Cure Tournament held in Chattanooga on 10/25-10/26 held at Warner Park! The '05 Explosion finished 3rd in the 10u division and was the last '05 team standing against the '04 teams in that age group! Great job ladies, we are all very proud of your efforts!

 
'06 Knoxville Explosion Rallies in Last At Bat to Claim 8u ISA Halloween Havoc Championship! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom! Congratulations to the '06 Knoxville Explosion who won the ISA Halloween Havoc tournament in Cleveland on 10-18-14. The '06 Explosion demonstrated a low of heart against an older team in the championship game to come back for a win ...down 15-7! A huge defensive stand in the bottom of the 5th held until the '06 Explosion reeled off 9 runs in the last at bat winning the tournament championship 16-15! Great job girls, way to work hard and NEVER QUIT!!!

 
'01 Explosion Finishes as ISA Halloween Havoc 14u Runnerup PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Knoxville Explosion '01 traveled to Bradley North Park in Cleveland, TN on Saturday 10/18/14 to compete in the open 14u division ISA tournament. A total of 14 teams had entered and were split into an upper (A) and lower (B) division after each team had completed pool play. Explosion was placed in the upper division and fell into the losers bracket after an opening round loss the Knoxville Storm in the first bracket game. The young first year 14u team battled hard collecting four wins in a row over East TN Knockouts, Crossville Wormburners, Georgia Attitude and Knoxville Storm to set up a championship game against the Chattanooga Dream. Explosion '01 ran out of steam in the early Sunday morning hours of the "1 day" tournament but finished with a 5-2 record earning 2nd place upper division finish out of the 14 teams. Great job ladies!

 
'99 Explosion Wins 1,000th Game for Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Softball Program PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

1,000 Wins!

Attention Explosion Friends and Family, with the Championship Win in the ASA Fall Finals in Johnson City by the '99 Explosion, the Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Softball Organization has attained our 1,000th Win! Although we aren't about the wins and losses, this is a significant achievement for our program and I would like to thank the tireless work of the players, coaches and parents that contributed to this organization milestone! God bless each and everyone of our Explosion family and here's to 1,000 more!

 
'99 Explosion Win 14u ASA Fall Finals Championship in Johnson City PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom!  Congratulations to the '99 Knoxville Explosion who went 5-0 to win the ASA 14u Fall Finals in Johnson City at Grandview Park on Saturday, September 27, 2014!  The tournament featured 11 teams from Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee such as the Southwest Virginia Storm, Virginia Fury, Kentucky Fusion, Carolina Heat, Greeneville Marlins, TN Sting and many others.  The '99 Explosion allowed a total of 8 runs in 5 games, outscoring the competition 27-8!  A big shout out to Sydney Dukes who led the '99 Explosion attack with an .800 batting average and Emma Seagrave (2-0), Ariel Holt (2-0) and Syd Birchfield (1-0) who turned in stellar pitching performances in this 16 hour event!  The '99 Explosion beat the 14u TN Sting 2-0 in the Championship Game.  Great job TN Sting and '99 Explosion, we are all very proud of your efforts!

 
'01 Knoxville Explosion Finish as 14u ASA Cleveland Champion PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '01 Knoxville Explosion who won the ASA 14u Division Tournament held in Cleveland at Bradley County Industrial Park on 9/20/14. The '01 Explosion lost in the Championship Game to the 14u TN Blast but pulled out the tournament victory in the playoff inning for the championship! Great job Blast and Explosion!

 
'05 Knoxville Explosion Take 10u Tournament Championship at Badgett Park PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '05 Knoxville Explosion who won their first ever 10u tournament held at Badgett park in Knoxville on 9/20/14! Great job girls, we are all very proud of your efforts!

 
Explosion Select Finish as High School ASA Division Runner-up in Cleveland PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the Explosion Select who finished as the High School Runner-up in Cleveland and Bradley County Park on 9/20/14! The Explosion Select lost a heartbreaker in the opening round of bracket play to the Adrenaline and t...hen battled out of the loser's bracket to play for the tournament championship game against the same Adrenaline Team. The Explosion Select lost 3-2 in the championship. Congratulations to the Adrenaline and Explosion Select! Both teams are class acts and played hard!

 
'04 Explosion Take 10u Runner-up In ASA Cleveland Tournament PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '04 Knoxville Explosion who finished as the 10u Runner-up in Cleveland at Bradley County Park well past midnight on 9/20/14! The '04 Explosion lost to the '04 Frost Falcons 5-1 in the championship and battled back from a opening round lost to the same Falcons Team earlier in the day! Great job Falcons and '04 Explosion! We are all 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

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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