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Nomo Baseball Club, the amateur team set up by Hideo Nomo, won the national club championship in its first appearance Monday. Nomo Baseball Club shut out Toyama Baseball Club 5-0 in a semifinal game and went on to claim its first national title with an 8-1 rout of Yamato Takada Club in the final at Invoice Seibu Dome.

Left-handed starter Masashi Oya pitched eight shutout innings in the semis and outfielder Kenichi Someya homered to help Nomo Baseball Club take a seven-run lead after five innings in the final.

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