By CARSON WERNER
As part of a stacked 2019 Penfield roster, Danny Stapleton provided a streaky bat and strong arm in the Patriots’ trek to the sectional finals. He smacked 13 hits in 39 at bats during the regular season for a .333 batting average. The second baseman improved his average to .340 in three playoff games when he registered a hit in each before losing to McQuaid Jesuit in the finals.
He was one of seven players in the Penfield lineup with a batting average above .300 and 10 or more hits. Stapleton’s on-base-percentage was fifth on the squad at .426, .056 better than his 2018 account.
On the mound, he struck out 15 in 28 and two-thirds innings and held opponents to a .250 batting average. The right-hander completed his junior season with a 3.66 earned-run average as well.
Combined with the year before, Stapleton finished his high school career with a record of 9-2 in 14 total outings. Despite having nearly identical numbers in strikeouts (22) and innings (28) his ERA was notably lower (2.25) in his sophomore season.