Former Missouri S&T baseball standout Lee Voth-Gaeddert (Hesston, Kan./Hesston HS) got his first starting assignment in the minor leagues Friday night and drove in a run for the Las Cruces Vaqueros in a 7-6 loss in 10 innings to the White Sands Pupfish.
Despite not getting a hit in four at-bats in the contest, Voth-Gaeddert – playing in his fourth game for the Vaqueros, a member of the independent Pecos League – had a hand in two scoring innings for his team in the game.
He drove in Las Cruces' first run with a ground out to the right side in the fifth inning, then reached on an error during a three-run eighth in which the Vaqueros tied the score at five. Voth-Gaeddert also reached base in the seventh inning when he was hit by a pitch as he served as the designated hitter in the game.
Voth-Gaeddert was a first-team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference West Division performer during the 2012 season and a unanimous selection t the Daktronics All-Midwest region first team after helping lead the Miners to their second straight GLVC West title this spring.
He led the Miners with a .364 batting average this season – the ninth-best in the GLVC – while hitting a home run and driving in 38 runs. Voth-Gaeddert also led the Miners with 40 runs scored to tie an S&T single-season record, 21 stolen bases and his 64 hits were the fifth-most in a season in school history.
He also had 18 doubles on the season, one shy of the Miners' single-season record and finished tied for second in the GLVC in that department.