The Jersey Shore Tides continue to play well this summer — they won three of their four games last week, raising their record to 15-5 as they remain in first place of the wood bat ABC Collegiate League (ABCCL). After having an 11-game winning streak ended last week, they started another streak and have won three straight games. Last Tuesday, the Tides lost to the Protocall Starz, 7-6. Ian Law (Lafayette College) of Linwood had the big hit for the Starz with a three-run homer in the fourth inning to provide a 4-0 lead. The Tides tied it up with four runs in the top of the sixth, but the Starz came back with three more in the bottom of the sixth to take a 7-4 lead. The Tides added one more in the seventh and ninth, but fell short in the 7-6 loss. The Tides were led by Angel Aponte (Manhattan College) of Dumont and Mike Weckenman (Temple University) of Newton, Pa., with two hits a piece. On Thursday, the Tides faced the Manchester Yankees. The game would put the winner into first place in the ABCCL. The Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the second on a double by Bayville’s Mike Rooth (Felician College) and single by Manchester High School’s Jeff Struble (The College of New Jersey). The Tides countered in their half of the inning with a double by Sean Abate (University of Pennsylvania) of Dumont, and a single by Chris Wilson (The College of New Jersey) of Pt. Pleasant Beach. The Tides added four more runs over the next few innings to stake a 5-1 lead and blew the game wide open in the eighth to coast to a 9-3 win. The strong offensive game was sparked by Wilson, Dumont’s Nick Pulos (University of Pennsylvania), and Holmdel’s Chris Kapsales (Brookdale Community College) who each had two hits including a double. Marlboro’s Craig Rodwogin (Columbia University) added three singles for the Tides. Pitching for the Tides were Erik Johanson (Tufts University) of Wynnewood, Pa.; Steve Holt (Rutgers University) from Toms River High School South; Justin Green (Olney Central College) of Salem, Ill.; Chris Kapsales, and Mike Weckenman. On Sunday, the Tides played a doubleheader against the Middletown Monarchs on the artificial turf at Jack Cust’s Baseball Academy in Flemington. Before the start of the game, the Tides faced a tough opponent in the errant directions provided by the Academy combined with absent street signs. Several players and a coach arrived late, and a starting pitcher never found the field. The Tides took the first game with dominant pitching, 2-0, while only getting one hit, an infield single by Holmdel’s Mike Pahira (Pace University). Both Tides runs were unearned. Justin Green, Holmdel’s Mike Tuozzo (Wagner College, Staten Island, N.Y.) and Nick Amabile (The College of New Jersey), and Green Brook’s Brian Searls (Manhattan College) combined for the shutout, allowing only three hits over nine innings. Bayonne’s Bill Opel (The College of New Jersey) provided a strongly pitched game for the Monarchs. In the second game, the hitters for both teams made up for their lack of productivity in the opener. The Tides opened the scoring in the first and second innings with three runs on doubles by CBA’s Chris Contrino (Brown University) and Craig Rodwogin, along with singles by Pahira, Weckenman, and Dallas Sims (Lincoln Trail College) of Floyds Knobs, Ind. The Monarchs came back to take a 4-3 lead with a dominant offensive performance from Middletown’s Eric D’Alessandro (Rider University). D’Alessandro would end the day going 3-for-4 with a double and home run including three RBIs and three runs scored. The Tides received some unexpected offense from pitcher Erik Johanson who was allowed to hit since the Tides were missing their designated hitter for the game. Johanson responded by going 2-for-2 with a double, two RBIs, and a run scored. The Tides had a 9-4 lead going into the eighth due to three scoreless innings pitched by Dallas Sims and Sean Abate, but the Monarchs fought back. By the ninth, the score stood at 9-7 and the Monarchs’ Matt Inzerillo (Montclair State University) of Middletown led off with a double followed by a walk to Freehold’s Nick Papa (Wagner College), who was the potential tying run with nobody out. The Tides brought in Chris Kapsales to stem the Monarch’s rally. Kapsales retired the side to save the game and a 9-8 victory, providing a sweep of the doubleheader for the Tides. Left-handed pitcher Justin Green of the Tides extended his streak of not allowing a hit to 42 straight batters.