Matt Daniels had a homer and four RBI, and tossed a two-hitter to lead Richmond, Tex., to a 13-1 win over Preston, Md., at the Little League World Series Tuesday.
Texas (3-0) joined North Carolina and California in the United States semifinals. Maryland is 1-2 and needs help to advance.
Daniels went 3 for 4, adding a double and a run scored. He also struck out 12 and walked one.
Texas jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first. With two on and two out, Tyler Ford hit a low liner to right and J.T. Nagel tried to make a shoestring catch. Instead, the ball skipped by him and Ford had a two-run triple. Ford scored on Daniels's RBI single to left.
Randal Grichuk, who also played in last year's Little League World Series, hit an RBI single and Daniels added his two-run homer to give Texas a 6-1 lead in the third.
Texas scored seven runs in the sixth and finished the game with 12 hits. Grichuk was 3 for 4.
Maryland's only run came on Davonta DeShields's solo homer in the first.
Unlike Daniels, DeShields's success didn't carry over to the mound. He gave up 10 earned runs, eight hits and hit four batters in 51/3 innings.
Reliever Thomas Howe didn't record an out, giving up three runs. Ben LaNeve got the last two outs.
Meantime, Jordan Brower struck out eight and knocked in the winning run to lead Thousand Oaks, Calif., into the United States semifinals with a 3-1 win over Lincoln, R.I. Brower settled down after a shaky start, retiring 10 in a row at one point.
"I just came out and threw strikes," said Brower, who effectively mixed his wide array of pitches.
"We're the best team in our bracket," said first baseman Danny Leon. "I think we're the team to beat."
In other games: Curacao beat Saipan, 3-0; Canada beat Poland, 5-1; Panama faced Taiwan; and Redmond, Wash., played Owensboro, Ky.
Panama, Taiwan, Mexico and Curacao have all clinched spots in the semifinals. North Carolina joined California in the United States semis.
-- From News Services