Xplosion Softball

Welcome to the Xplosion fastpitch web site! The Xplosion teams are based in Centreville, Virginia. Xplosion is the tournament girls fastpitch softball program of the Southwestern Youth Association (SYA).



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On December 3rd, the Xplosion Family lost one of their own.  Coach Randy Yates of the 18U Xplosion team lost his battled with cancer.  Coach Yates started coaching with the Xplosion travel organization in 2009 as an assistant coach for the 10U Xplosion team, when his daughter played as an 8 year old.  While he continued to be an assistant coach for Emma’s team he was also was with the Firebirds Organization as the head coach for his daughter Cara’s team for many years.  Until Cara joined 18U Xplosion-Purtell team in 2013.   Coach Yates has helped coach the 18U Xplosion-Purtell team since then.  He also was an assistant coach at South County High School for many years.  

Coach Yates touch many players lives through out his years.  He pushed them to be the best players they could possibly be and saw many go on to play in college. He was so proud to see girls he coached play college ball.  He also loved to brag about his two daughters Cara and Emma, who are both excellent softball players.  Cara attends Virginia Tech, Randy’s Alma mater  and Emma just committed to play softball there this past fall.   

The Xplosion Organization is very sadden with loss. Coach Yates fought hard to hold on with his battled of cancer. He greatest joy was to watch his girls play ball and up till the end he still came to watch Emma play and coach.    We loss a great coach, friend, and a great mentor to many young girls and coaches in the organization.  

Services will be Friday, December 22nd at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home:  9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, 22032.  There will a viewing, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and then burial immediately following.



12U/ Coach Schatzman is looking for an A or B level utility player with a strong bat.  Please email to schedule a private tryout.

14U/ Coach Estabrooke is looking for a Competitive A level pitcher to share time with our existing team.  Please email to schedule a private tryout.

The teams in the Xplosion fastpitch program train year round and typically play in the fall, spring and summer. Tryouts for the teams are held in August for rosters that will play together from September through the following July.

Xplosion Alumnae

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College Xplosion Alumna
Auburn University Aurora Salter
Bridgewater College Victoria Gontarez
Catholic Univesity Courtney Burke
Christopher Newport University Aubrey Bates
Concord University Courtney Purtell
Jessie Burney
College of Charleston Alexis Murdock
Delaware State University Dominique Little
Eckerd College

Amanda Cahow


Elon University Ashtyn Foddrell
Emerson College Christina Naramore
Ferrum College Megan Barger
George Mason University Rachael Davies
Emily Simon
Gardner-Webb University Ashley Wark
Georgetown University McKinley Cooper
Lynchburg College Holly Schoenberger
Longwood University Haleigh Kilby
Marshall University Jess Ferrick
Victoria Marvin
McDaniel College Ashley Meister
Methodist University Sarah Chapman
Alex Winters
Mount Olive College Anna Munizza
Queens College of NY Isabelle Yaroch
Queens University of Charlotte Jennifer Goodman
Radford University Taylor Cunningham
Randolph-Macon College Caroline Gilbert
Rutgers University Mandy Craig
Shenandoah University Catherine Pruiett
Haley Koeninger
Shepherd University Ariana Ramirez
Shippensburg University Macy Luck
Stockton College Allie Kuhn
Temple University Julia Kastner
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Kaitlyn Robbins
University of Maine Jessica Burk
University of Mary Washington Morgan Lamon
Jessie HuberKristen LundquistJamie PurtellAlex Tenney
Virginia Tech Alicia Field
Wagner College Cara Donovan
Widener University Maddie Kienbaum

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SYA Office Location: 5950 Centreville Crest Lane, Centreville, VA 20121 | SYA Mailing Address: Southwestern Youth Association, P.O. Box 471, Centreville, VA 20122 Phone: (703) 815-3362 | Fax: (703) 815-2180 | E-mail: admin@syayouthsports.org | Designed by GroupNet Solutions