AMSTERDAM — The Watertown Rapids’ swoon this week continued with an 8-3 road loss to the Amsterdam Mohawks on Saturday night.
Max Costes (Maryland) went 3-for-4, including a home run, drove in two runs and scored two times to spark the Mohawks to victory over the Rapids in a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game at Shuttleworth Park.
With the loss, Watertown’s losing streak stands at five games and the team slipped below the .500 mark for the first time this season.
The Rapids (7-8), who stood in first place in the West Division last Saturday, lost four games at home earlier in the week.
With the victory, league- and East Division-leading Amsterdam (14-2) extended its winning streak to eight games, including a 7-3 win at Watertown last Sunday.
Mohawks starter Trip Lockhart (Kentucky) pitched four innings, allowing three runs and striking out eight while walking one. Four Amsterdam relievers combined to blank Watertown the rest of the way.
Rapids starter James Krick (2-1) allowed six runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings, walking four and striking out one in taking his first loss of the season.
Derek Kasperzyk homered, Drake Smith doubled and singled and Michael Rounds doubled to lead Watertown’s five-hit attack.
Amsterdam led 3-0 in the bottom of the second inning on solo home runs from Costes, Kevin Jimenez and Michael Turconi.
Watertown drew within 3-2 in the top of the third on Kasperzyk’s two-run home run.
Vinny DeRubeis tied the game at 3-3 in the fourth for the Rapids as he scored on a sacrifice fly after he was hit by a pitch.
Amsterdam reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run single by JD Mundy and Costes followed with an RBI single to build a 6-3 advantage.
The Mohawks added a run in the seventh inning to lead 7-3 as Costes was hit by a pitch and later scored on a passed ball and tacked on another run in the eighth on Dalton Reese’s run-scoring single.
The Rapids play at the Utica Blue Sox in a doubleheader at 5 p.m. today and play at the Geneva Red Wings at 7:05 p.m. Monday.