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Hillcats no longer for sale, Wilmington baseball "done"

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Lynchburg, VA (WECT) - On the heels of Tuesday's 70-30 vote to not go forward with the baseball stadium referendum, the team that could have called Wilmington home is no longer for sale.

The Lynchburg Hillcats sale to the Atlanta Braves organization is now void and the Hillcats will remain independently owned in Virginia.

The team is currently in an agreement as a Braves minor league affiliate through the 2014 season and according to a press release it is expected to be renewed.

Mike Plant, Braves Executive Vice President of Business Operations, said, "[The Braves] are very happy to continue our relationship with Lynchburg. The facility is great, and the front office staff and ownership group has been outstanding to work with. [The Braves] expect to remain in Lynchburg for many years."

Tuesday's announcement goes hand in hand with what Mayor Bill Saffo said on Carolina in the Morning Tuesday.

"There have been other groups that have come in that talked about doing a private consortium that never materialized," said Mayor Saffo. "I'll never say never and where there is a will there is usually a way, but at this point from the City's perspective, City Council's perspective, it's done."

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