Manager Gene Richards wasn't in any hurry to have his usual postgame meeting with his Hagerstown Suns.
There was the business of celebrating with champagne outside the clubhouse after the Suns defeated Lexington 9-4 on Saturday night in front of 3,488 boisterous fans at Municipal Stadium to clinch the South Atlantic League North Division first-half title and a berth in the postseason playoffs.
The second-half contest held the meaningful result as the two teams ended the first half deadlocked with 42-28 records. The first-half title is the first for a Hagerstown team since the 2001 season when the Suns, then an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, won the second half on the final day of the season.
A clutch two-run double by Derran Watts knotted the score at 4-4 in the bottom of the fourth inning after Lexington reached Suns starter Gabe Hernandez for four runs in the top of the third.