Gardner’s Bubba Starling continues to play a key role in the Team USA National baseball team’s winning ways.

On July 14, Starling pitched a scoreless inning of relief helping Team USA defeat the Chaska Cubs 8-3 at Chaska Athletic Park in Chaska, Minn.

On July 15, Starling laced a double off the right centerfield wall and scored on an RBI line drive from Brian Ragira. His effort helped Team USA to a 7-3 win versus the Minnetonka Millers at Veterans Field in Minnetonka, Minn.

The 18-under National team, now 9-0, will play nine more exhibition games versus area Minnesota all-star teams and international opponents before embarking on the 2010 AAA-18-u World Championships from July 23-Aug. 1.