Is there a Bee baseball and softball rankings jinx?
Elk Grove was ranked No. 1 in baseball and Woodcreek No. 1 in softball in our first Bee rankings published earlier this week.
But both lost on Wednesday.
Elk Grove fell at home in an eight-inning thriller 5-4 to two-time defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champion St. Mary's of Stockton.
St. Mary's slugger Gio Brusa had a home run, single and three RBI and Joey Caffese earned the win in relief of starter Taylor Johnson. Elk Grove junior standouts Ryan Tellez and Dom Nunez each had two hits, including doubles.
Woodcreek, which opened the season on a 9-0 run and having allowed just three runs, lost 7-0 to No. 12 Roseville (6-2-1) in a Sierra Foothill League game. Roseville's Kayla Fields tossed a four-hitter and had three hits and two RBI.
Woodcreek entered the week ranked No. 7 nationally and third in the state by Maxpreps.com and No. 7 in Cal-Hi Sports state rankings.
Elk Grove (2-1) entered the game against St. Mary's ranked No. 5 in California by Cal-Hi Sports. St. Mary's (4-3) was unranked.