Herald-Whig

Neighborly notion: Unity's Voth must earn playing time at QU

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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jul. 12, 2019 2:00 am

MENDON, Ill. -- It was the neighborly thing to do.

So Logan Voth pushed up his shirt sleeves, put on some boots and helped Josh Rabe mix and pour concrete for the base of his family's new swimming pool.

"When you know somebody and they need help, it's what you do," Voth said.

If it happens to be your future college baseball coach you're lending a hand, so be it.

"He wasn't making me do it because I'm going to be a freshman," said Voth, the first-team all-area infielder from Unity who has signed to play at Quincy University. "Our families are friends."

The distinction between the two played a role in recruiting, as well.

Rabe, QU's all-time winningest baseball coach heading into his 10th season at the helm, made it clear to Voth and his family he wasn't being recruited because it might be a feel-good story. Rabe is a 1997 Unity graduate and a former high school teammate of Voth's father, Brad, who is a 1995 Unity graduate.

"We sat down with him at QU and he said this wasn't about being friends," Voth said. "He was recruiting me as a coach and because of the player he saw me developing into."

That's a sure-handed second baseman with a knack for timely hitting, a trait Voth hopes to put on display Saturday night in his final high school appearance in the seventh annual Missouri vs. Illinois All-Star Game at Veteran's Field in Hannibal, Mo.

"I've really been looking forward to this," Voth said. "I haven't played in a while. I'm ready to start getting ready for what lies ahead."

It's what the last 18 months have been about. Since attending camp at QU and being told by Rabe he needed to improve his strength and specifically his target velocity on throws across the diamond, Voth began working with the XCEL Performance program and the improvements have been noticeable.

Voth's velocity on throws from shortstop to first base have gone from 70 to 81 mph, and he's hitting with more authority. The All-West Central Conference South Division first-team honoree hit .469 with nine doubles, two triples and one home run. He struck out five times with a ,547 on-base percentage. He committed one error defensively and had a .988 fielding percentage.

He more than likely will redshirt next season to give himself time to physically mature and get stronger, but expects to be in the mix at second base behind Joe Roscetti in the years to come. That would be a dream come true.

"It's pretty special to be going there," Voth said. "I've watched them since I was a little fella. I know the program and I've watched the success and everything they're trying to build. I'm excited about it."