By JULIE E. GREENE
Minor league baseball will stay in Hagerstown at least one more year.
The Hagerstown Suns will get a one-year lease extension to use Municipal Stadium after City Council members approved the extension through the 1998 season by a 3-1 vote.
Councilman Wally McClure voted against the extension because he wanted more than one year.
McClure said he wants the Suns to stay. So as not to rush into building a new stadium and to allow for more time to help the team improve its marketing at Municipal Stadium, McClure said he wanted to delay the vote to negotiate for a two- or three-year extension.
Suns owner Winston Blenckstone was in the middle of a 10-year lease and exercised his option to leave after five years. Instead he had said he wanted a one-year extension to allow for time to work on plans for a sports complex by Interstate 81 that would include a new baseball stadium.