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Alpenrose Dairy, Wilson High's American Legion baseball team, suffered a big loss Monday when shortstop Ryan Hoarfrost broke his right thumb in an 8-4 victory over Barlow.

Hoarfrost, the Portland Interscholastic League player of the year for the state champion Trojans, is expected to be out for six to eight weeks and probably will miss the rest of summer ball.

'A fastball came in on me on my first at-bat,' he says. 'I tried to lean away from it, but it caught me on the thumb. Just a fluke injury.'

Hoarfrost, a senior, batted .434 with 44 RBIs and 47 runs scored in 29 games for Wilson. He was 5-0 on the mound in PIL play and had an ERA of 0.59. He battled a strained right elbow late in the season. 'It affected my pitching, but not my play at shortstop,' he says.

Hoarfrost says he still is pondering his college options, which include offers to play for Mt. Hood Community College or Feather River College in Quincy, Calif. Wilson catcher Chris Vitallero, who also made the all-PIL team, plans to play at Mt. Hood next year.

nMore than 600 members are expected to attend the Society for American Baseball Research's 36th national convention, a four-day event that opens Wednesday at the Madison Renaissance Hotel in Seattle.

Former New York Yankee pitcher Jim Bouton is the keynote speaker. Also scheduled to appear are Mike Marshall, 1974 National League Cy Young Award winner, and sports economist Andrew Zimbalist. Bouton and Marshall also will be on a panel discussing the 1969 Seattle Pilots; Bouton pitched on that team. Author Rob Neyer will moderate a panel discussing baseball's collective bargaining agreement; Marshall and Zimbalist will be part of that panel. Former Portland Beaver Eddie Basinski will be on a Pacific Coast League panel.

nRob West, a longtime football and basketball official, died Saturday of cancer. He was 62.

West spent 20 years as a Portland-area high school football official and 25 years in college officiating, including 11 years of Pac-10 Conference football. He also served as a referee in 12 prep state basketball tournaments.

'I always said he was like the person out on a lake, where there's never a ripple, because he was so smooth,' says Terry Gierke, a Portland official who worked NFL games for 22 years.

nThe eight-team West Coast Collegiate Baseball League began its two-month season last week. The Aloha Knights, who play at Mt. Hood Community College, garnered the first player of the week honor after infielder Ryan Selden went 7-for-13 with three doubles and five RBIs as his club won two of three games against the Bend Elks.

nThe State Games of Oregon is seeking volunteers for its multisport event July 7 through July 9. Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District will be the site of the opening ceremonies. Other venues include Multnomah Athletic Club, Sunset Sports Complex, Mt. Hood Community College and Delta Park. Call Lisa Smith, 503-520-1319.

-Tribune staff