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Breaking down the 2022 San Diego Section high school baseball playoff brackets

The Division 1-5 playoffs begin across the San Diego Section on Tuesday.

(Lead photo by Steven Silva)

Here's an overview of the CIF San Diego Section baseball playoffs (Division 1 through Division 4) that get started on Tuesday around San Diego and Imperial County.

DIVISION 1 PLAYOFFS (Bracket)

SLEEPER PICK

Westview must get through the opening round play-in game against Scripps Ranch, but the Wolverines have a mix of experienced hitters and talented pitchers that could lead them on a deep run through the bracket. Catcher Jason Wright and infielder AJ Klubeck lead the way offensively having combined for 65 hits during the regular season. Juniors Ryan Herrod and Joseph Halter have carried the workload on the mound while both averaging over one strikeout per inning.

3 PLAYERS TO WATCH

Franklin Carney - St. Augustine INF

The UC Irvine-signee sets the table for the Saints. He's hitting .395 through the regular season and has an on-base percentage of .505. Carney has two doubles, three triples, two home runs and 15 stolen bases.

Ryan Kroepel - Poway SS/RHP

Ryan Kroepel Poway

Kroepel has led the Titans in innings pitched each of the last two seasons while also being second on the team in hits each year. The Arizona State commit will need to a big performance on both sides for the Titans to make a championship run.

River Diaz De Leon - Grossmont OF

The season hasn't gone the way Grossmont expected, but Diaz De Leon has been one of San Diego's top breakout performers. Thanks to a tough schedule the Foothillers were able to nab the five-seed and will need Diaz De Leon to continue his hot regular season that saw him hit .349 with eight home runs and five doubles.

CHAMPIONSHIP PREDICTION

St. Augustine over Steele Canyon. The Saints, who just missed out on the last spot in the Open Division, have two experienced starting pitchers in Manny Butler and Chaz McRoberts that are a key in the double elimination format. St. Augustine's lineup, led in hitting this season by MJ Sweeney and Franklin Carney, will pose a big problem for opponents to navigate through in the playoffs.

DIVISION 2 PLAYOFFS (Bracket)

SLEEPER PICK

La Jolla Country Day was awarded the five-seed in Division 2 despite finishing the regular season at No. 9 in SBLive's San Diego Section Top 10. The Torreys have power (28 home runs) and have hitting throughout the lineup led by Santa Clara-signee Johnny Luetzow's .448 average this season. Additionally, the Torreys have familiarity with the teams on their side of the bracket having played Francis Parker, Santa Fe Christian, and Canyon Crest a combined seven times during the regular season.

3 PLAYERS TO WATCH

Ben Gudoy - Francis Parker OF

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Gudoy has not looked the part of a freshman during his first season playing varsity for the Lancers. He's hitting .440 with nine doubles and two home runs and has stolen nine bases while hitting atop a loaded Parker lineup.

Adrian Herrera - Montgomery RHP

Herrera has allowed more than one earned run once in his nine starts this season. In his last outing on May 5th, the Cal State Northridge commit no-hit reigning Open Division champion Eastlake and struck out nine batters. He'll play a key role in the Aztecs attempt at the Division 2 championship.