SILVER SPRING, MD---Timely hitting, a competitive spirit and even a quirky mascot were the keys to victory for the employee softball team of Riderwood retirement community. The squad captured its second consecutive Erickson Living Softball Tournament championship on Saturday, August 3rd at Rockburn Branch Park in Elkridge, Maryland.
The tournament consisted of teams from five Erickson Living communities throughout the mid-Atlantic (Riderwood, Ann's Choice from Warminster, PA, Charlestown from Catonsville, MD, Oak Crest from Parkville, MD and Greenspring from Springfield, VA).
Battling windy, wet conditions, Team Riderwood advanced through the round robin format to the championship game against Charlestown. A dramatic 8-7 walk-off win in the final inning highlighted a hard-fought game.
"I am very proud of our players," stated Jason Longwell, Director of Sales, who served as the head coach for Team Riderwood. "We had an enthusiastic attitude and played fundamental softball. We were even motivated by our 'Fear the Penguin' mantra, inspired by our lucky mascot."
"Most importantly, the tournament served as a terrific opportunity to catch-up with our friends from across the region. All of the teams practiced hard to prepare for the competition, and no matter how it turned out, a fun summertime tradition lived on," described Coach Longwell.
The employees of Riderwood followed in the championship footsteps of the residents of the Silver Spring-based retirement community. The resident team emerged victorious in the Erickson Living Softball Tournament for residents held in Laurel on June 5th.
[caption id="attachment_66380" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community in Silver Spring, MD, won its second consecutive Erickson Living Employee Softball Tournament on August 3rd. Pictured are members of the team: (Back Row, left to right) are Lori Hamilton, Evan Crowell, George Mishraky, Erica Cartwright, Andre Kinard, Mike Wehrle, Jason Longwell, Abby Dyjack and Greg Greenberg; (Front Row, left to right) are Kevin Patterson, Reyna Mejia and Suzanne Snyder.[/caption]
About Riderwood: Riderwood is one of sixteen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living. Located in Silver Spring, Maryland, the scenic 120-acre campus is home to more than 2,500 residents. Riderwood is the ideal greater Washington, D.C. retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.