Maggie Lindeman's mound mannerisms are hardly those of someone who calls herself the "team clown."
"People tell me that I look mad out there," said Lindeman, a junior pitcher for Hebron. "(They say) my face looks so serious."
Her numbers belie little funny business on the bump. She was 9-2 with a 0.72 ERA last season. She's 10-3 with a 1.59 ERA, plus she has 112 strikeouts in 75 innings as the team's ace this season. Hebron (10-3) is on an eight-game win streak, and Lindeman has 75 strikeouts in 47 innings with two no-hitters during that span.
"We're getting back to having a love for the game," Hebron coach Mike McLindon said of the streak. "The entire team feeds off (Lindeman). She can be a little goofy, and that definitely helps keep things loose."
Lindeman enjoys breaking the tension in different ways.
"I love to dance; I'll break out in a random dance," she said. "I also do weird voices all of the time.
"When we're winning, I'm a much-happier person. The sunny side of me comes out."
Lindeman's softball career has been full of bright spots. She helped the town's Little League team win the 13-14 year-old state title, tossing a three-hitter and hitting a home run in the championship. She also won a state traveling team title with the Indiana Royals a few years ago.
As a freshman, she started at third base for a Hawks team that advanced to the Class 2A semistate championship. She's been a part of back-to-back Porter County Conference tournament titles.
"I think it's pretty good for anybody to have been in the high-pressure situations," McLindon said. "She did a nice job for us as a sophomore."
While Lindeman has been a part of past successes, she admitted that this season is quite different. Older sister Mollie is now pitching at Purdue North Central, and Maggie is now the ace.
"At first I was like, 'Oh crap, Mollie is gone'; I was upset because I love playing third base," said Maggie, who has thrown in all but nine innings this season. "It's so weird, because I'm so used to playing third (base).
"It is kind of cool now to be out there for every game. I don't have a sore arm -- and I don't mind it."