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Vistas in a Unique Position This Year

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When the Vistas begin their season against West Fargo on Thursday, it will be with a lineup that doesn't feature a single college player. Coach Todd Larson, who's on the verge of winning his 700th game with his next victory, told me it's a pretty unique situation having only high school kids on his roster. He's very excited about the athleticism his team has shown him.

"I like our speed. I think we got some guys at the top of the lineup that can run. We just gotta get them in motion as a coaching staff. They've gotta get on base. We've got some guys that can hit the baseball opposite field, some real good hit and run guys," Larson says.

Eight players return to the Vistas roster and they'll be looked upon to guide the kids that were called up by the Metros. It'll be a quick, athletic bunch.

"We're a lot younger than last year. Last year we had a lot of experience coming back with the college guys and older players. This year we've got some new guys. I like our athleticism. The guys should be ready to play," shortstop Austin Eggl says.

"We'll be promising in the field. We'll be good defensively and pitching-wise, most of us can pitch. It's the thing Coach Larson wants us to do. He wants everyone to be able to pitch so we have more depth. I think that will be a good thing," third baseman Brady Lampert says.

Minot's opener against Grand Forks was rained out Wednesday night. They'll play West Fargo Thursday.

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