Kinston first run came in the fourth inning when Anna Elmore scored on an error. An insurance run came in the sixth when Madison Weeks scored on a passed ball after singling and scoring second.
Fourth-ranked Ragland’s best opportunity came to score in the top of the fourth inning when Kailey Echols was thrown out at third, trying to advance from first on a groundout by Peyton Beardon.
Echols, Leah Byers, Callie Kay and Makenley Oliver all recorded a hit.
Ragland returns to the field Saturday morning, facing the winner of Fayetteville-Pleasant Home in the elimination bracket.
Brandon Miller covers prep sports for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3575 or follow him on Twitter @bmiller_star