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Friday 24 Jan 2020
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 13 teams (18u Select, '01 Navy, '02, 2022, '05, 2K5, '06, 2024, '07, 2025, 2026, '09, and '10) 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

 
Stephanie Steele of 2022 Explosion Becomes 2021 Graduation Year's First Commitment PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Commitment Alert! Congratulations to Stephanie Steele (2022 Explosion), who has committed to continue her education and softball career at Milligan College (Elizabethton, TN)! Stephanie is the 1st commitment of the 2021 graduation year, congratulations we are very proud of you!

 
Abbie McGowan ('02 Explosion) Signs with Jackson State PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Congratulations to Abbie McGowan ('02 Explosion) who signed her NLI to continue her softball playing career and education at Jackson State Community College! Abbie becomes the 6th signee of the 2020 graduating class and the 27th player to sign from the Knoxville Explosion Softball Program. We are very proud of you Abbie!

 
Leyna Gould Signs with Montreat College (NC) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to Leyna Gould ('01 Navy Explosion) who signed her NLI to continue her academic and softball career at Montreat College (NC)! Great job Leyna, we are exceptionally proud of you! Leyna becomes the 5th signee of the 2020 graduating class and 26th signee from the Knoxville Explosion Softball Program!

 
'02 Explosion Jessica Campbell Signs NLI with Walters State Community College PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to Jessica Campbell ('02 Explosion) who inked her NLI with Walters State Community College to continue her softball career! Jessica becomes our 4th 2020 Signee and 25th signee for the Knoxville Explosion Program! Congratulations Jessica, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
Mackenzie Turner Becomes Knoxville Explosion's 24th Program Signee PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '02 Explosion's very own Macknenzie Turner (Sequatchie County High School) who inked her NLI to Roane State Community College! Mackenzie becomes the 3rd Signee of the 2020 Graduating Class and the 24th for the Knoxville Explosion Program. Great job Mac, we are very proud of you!

 
'01 Navy Explosion's Cierra Hudson Inks NLI with Maryville College PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to '01 Navy Explosion's very Own Cierra Hudson for signing her NLI to continue her education and softball playing career at Maryville College! Great job Cierra, we are so proud of you! Cierra becomes the 2nd signee of the 2020 class and 23rd signee for the Knoxville Explosion Softball Program.

 
'01 Navy Explosion's Sloane Baldridge Signs with Roane State PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '01 Navy Explosion's very own Sloane Baldridge (Halls High School) who has officially signed her NLI to play softball at Roane State Community College! Great job Sloane, we are very proud of you! Sloane becomes the 1st official signee of the 2020 Graduating Class and Knoxville Explosion Program's 22nd player to continue her playing career at the collegiate level.

 
'02 Explosion Closes out Exceptional Fall with Strong Showing at Scenic City Fall Showcase PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Boom! Congratulations to the '02 Explosion who went 3-1-1 in the 18u Scenic City Showcase held in Chattanooga on 11/2/19-11/3/19! The '02 Explosion's only loss was to an exceptional Indiana Gators team that won the USA Eastern Elite 18u division last weekend. Absolutely Outstanding work ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'05 Explosion Has Strong Showing at Prestigious Scenic City Showcase PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Boom! Congratulations to the '05 Explosion who went 4-1 in the 14u Division of the Scenic City Showcase in Chattanooga on 11/2/19-11/3/19! With wins over the Indianapolis Crush, Indiana Gators, Midwest Astros and the Maroon Crush 2023, the '05 Explosion played exceptional softball! Absolutely Outstanding work ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'01 Navy Explosion Wins Morristown 18u Tournament PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Boom! Congratulations to the '01 Explosion who won the 18u division of the their tournament held in Morristown, TN on 11/2/19! The 01 Explosion went undefeated in the tournament, great job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
2026 Explosion Ends a Smoldering Fall Season PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Explosion 2026 ends fall season in Halloween Havoc played in Cleveland,TN on November 2,2019. Starting the day in pool with a win over Choas 07 which placed us in “A” bracket. We had a slow start in bracket play beating Easton Elite 07 and Chattanooga Arensol 07 pushing us into championship game against Easton Elite 07 winning 6-1 with a strong finish. We end our fall season in 12u finishing 22-5 with 3 1st place finishes and 3 second place finishes. Proud of these girls and their families. #2026

Thank you for a good fall season!!!
Your coaches

 
2025 Explosion Finish as 12u Runner-up in Crossville PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Boom! Congratulations to the 2025 Explosion who finished as the 12u Runner-up at the ISA Fall Classic held at Centennial Park in Crossville, TN on 10-19-19! Outstanding work ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
2026 Explosion Wins ISA 12u Class B World Series Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Atomic Boom! Congratulations to the 2026 Explosion who won the 12u ISA Fall World Series held at Ooltewah, TN from 10/12/19-10/13/19! After dropping the first game of pool play, the 2026 Explosion caught fire going 4-1 on the weekend and capturing the Class B 12u Championship! Absolutely outstanding work ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
09 Explosion Wins 10u ISA Class B World Series Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

 

Atomic Boom! Congratulations to the '09 Explosion who won the ISA 10u Class B Fall World Series held at the Summit of Softball in Ooltewah, TN on 10/12/19-10/13/19! The '09 Explosion went undefeated on the weekend facing the Impact in the Championship game. Outstanding work Impact and '09 Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
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Coaches Contact Information

'10 Explosion (9u)

Head Coach Ernie Montgomery-(865) 307-1758 - ernieexplosion@gmail.com 

'09 Explosion (10u)

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

2026 Explosion (11U)

Head Coach Fonda Large- (865) 257-0375 - large0506@gmail.com 

Assistant Coach Roger Scott - (423) 507-7186

'07 Explosion (12u)

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

2025 Explosion (12u)

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

'06 Explosion (13u)

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

2024 Explosion (13u)

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

'05 Explosion (14u)

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

'02 Explosion (17u)

Head Coach Lindsay Graves - (727) 593-4839 - lgraves00.23@gmail.com 

Assistant Coach Randy Mathis - (423) 618-3169

'01 Explosion Navy (18u)

Head Coach Tim Baldridge - (865) 659-6016 - tbaldridge@garzalaw.com

Explosion Select (High School) 

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

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

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