Sherriah Harrington and Keila Bosinger: From High School Teammates to Tritons' Top Hitters
Although it is early in their Triton careers, underclassmen Keila Bosinger and Sherriah Harrington have already made a big impact on the No. 13 University of California San Diego softball team. With Bosinger hitting a team-best .393 and Harrington's .363 batting average ranking second, their efforts at the plate helped the Tritons to a regular season California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) title.
Their hot bats are not the only thing they have in common, as the pair were also teammates at nearby Eastlake High School and on their travel ball squad. The local products discussed the time they’ve spent together playing softball over the years.
Q: How were your experiences on the softball team at Eastlake High School?
KB: At Eastlake, we made it to the semifinals my junior year and her senior year, and as a team, we were just solid all around and had a lot of commits.
SH: We had great team chemistry. A lot of friendships developed from that season and I think that’s what led us to the semifinals that year.
Q: You both ended up coming to UC San Diego. Was that a surprise?
KB: We committed at pretty similar times. I think [Sherriah] committed a little before me. I had been talking with Coach [Gerckens] too and it just happened to work out that way, and I’m glad it did.
SH: I’d say so too. We were on the same travel ball team and we committed probably a month apart. It’s good to have someone from the Eastlake community to be on the team with.
Q: How was the jump from playing softball at Eastlake to playing softball at UC San Diego?
KB: It was pretty difficult. I think there’s a big gap between high school and travel ball, and college softball. Having someone here you know from back home really helps.
SH: For me, I think I’ve matured a lot since my freshman year. There’s a lot of maturity that happens in your freshman year. I think I’ve grown a lot from that, and the transition for me, especially now having Keila here, made it a little more smooth.
Q: You’re both San Diego born and raised. Did you ever consider leaving San Diego for college?
KB: I was looking at the east coast, but it just felt right here with good academics and good athletics. It seemed like a great fit.
SH: For me, my mom is an alumna from here, so she kind of pushed me that way. It’s beautiful San Diego, so I wanted to stay. I’ve been here all my life, so it was a good fit and I just went from there.
Q: You’ve both impressed so far during your young careers, currently holding the top two batting averages on the team. How have you felt about the start of your careers at UC San Diego?
KB: When I first came here, it was definitely a struggle acclimating to the college softball atmosphere. It’s all been worth it in the end.
SH: My freshman year I faced a lot of adversity, getting hurt and other uncontrollable things, and I think I’ve grown from that and matured from that. In this season, having that experience is helping me succeed.
Q: The team is having a really successful season, now approaching the NCAA West Regional #2. How has the team dynamic been this season?
KB: They’re so welcoming. I love the team. Coming in here as a freshman, you don’t know what you’re going to get, and it’s been amazing how supportive they’ve been and the whole team chemistry in general. They’re like a family.
SH: Going off of that, our team chemistry is great. All of us get along and I think that’s what helps us, even when we’re down, to succeed and win those games in those crucial times.
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