Galena got single scores in the second, third and fifth innings, grabbing a 3-0 lead. The visiting Grizzlies proceeded to blow the game open in the top of the seventh, pushing across four more runs.
"It's one of the worst games played by Reed softball in a few years," Reed coach Jon Wunder said. "But give Galena credit. They hit the ball and they hit some balls hard.
"The kids made some mistakes. I made some coaching mistakes, The weather wasn't good. Not one of those things by itself made a difference, but all of them combined left us with a tough loss."
In the GHS second, senior Shannon Wessel tripled and scored on a single by Shelby Harris. In the third, Sofia Baig reached on a fielder's choice came around to score on a single by freshman Devon Casazza.
In the seventh, after Galena loaded the bases, Casazza roped a three-triple and scored shortly thereafter on an Ashley Henderson RBI single.
Conversely, Reed struggled to cluster much offense together. It got a runner to third base just twice. Galena's starting pitcher, Caitlin Laycox, who was knocked around by the Raiders for 17 hits in the regular season meeting between the two schools earlier this season, limited Reed to seven hits in Tuesday's playoff clash. Laycox finished with two strikeouts and one walk.
Galena (10-19) got to Reed's ace right-hander, Jackie Sertic, for 12 hits. Sertic struck out four and walked one while getting saddled with the loss in seven innings of work.
Reed (22-7-3) has a tough road. The Raiders must battle back through the losers' bracket if it still wants to win a regional crown and earn a fourth state tournament berth in the past six years.
The losers' bracket pilgrimmage starts Wednesday at 4 p.m. when Reed hosts Reno, a 4-3 loser to Douglas in another first-round playoff battle Tuesday.