Shelly Luth rolled her eyes when the subject was brought up, then looked around the Marina softball diamond, as if trying to find out how the information leaked out.
Despite her good-natured kidding, there was a definitely twinkle in her eye as she playfully sought out the culprit. Her team, and assistant coaches, had already scattered to all ends of the field following a home nonleague win over Kennedy. It was too late.
It was the same type of twinkle Luth possesses any time she's on the playing field, where she's fully immersed in what's taking place, be it practice or a game. It's truly a place where she feels right at home.
The Queen of the Diamond — well, in longevity terms among the six Sunset League coaches — is in her 20th year as head coach of the Marina softball program. As season No. 20 approaches its midway point, Luth is only a few wins shy of attaining a watershed moment: 400 career victories.