Oakmont Baseball and Softball Coach Tim Caouette
The Vikings look to defend their Foothill Valley League crown this year and could make another run at state. One of the premier teams in Division 3, they possess one of the greatest chances for success this year.
Oakmont values sports as an integral component of its culture, featuring many coaches who were former student-athletes themselves and an expansive and engaged community.
Early Life and Education
Sports play an integral part in many high schools’ student lives, providing an avenue for venting frustrations and making friends alike, but also offering the potential to shine and become champions.
Oakmont stands out among schools thanks to its people. Eric Dawley, Oakmont’s athletic director, commends them on being “extremely dedicated”. They work hard at pushing for new amenities and pushing for improvements that benefit students at Oakmont.
Many current Oakmont coaches were once student athletes here, including Cross Country coach Caouette and Baseball coach Dufour. Ben Forbes made history when he hit an up-the-middle single to score against Woodland in 2023 – an act which won him his coaching gig!
Tim Caouette was inspired to follow in his father’s footsteps when he graduated Oakmont Regional High School in 2000 and become a baseball coach by his legacy of a talented roster at Oakmont Regional. Now in charge of Oakmont Regional’s varsity program, Caouette boasts an exceptional lineup this season!
WORCESTER — Fourth-seeded Oakmont scored twice in the 12th inning to break a 3-3 tie and defeat No. 2 Medfield 5-3 in an intense Division 3 state championship thriller at Polar Park Friday night. Ben Forbes tied it with two outs singled to left field before scoring two runs via sacrifice fly to bring home Caleb Allen after reaching on an error.
Oakmont features two southpaw pitchers in Gabe Marchant (junior) and Jayden Downing (sophomore). Oakmont boasts a talented infield consisting of seniors and juniors that has played together over time.
Achievement and Honors
Oakmont Regional High School stands out as being no different, with numerous athletes, coaches, and teams earning inclusion into its Athletic Hall of Fame.
Ben Forbes hit a fly ball to left field that allowed Oakmont to score one run and take the lead against Medfield, leading them to their first state title victory at Polar Park. Oakmont eventually prevailed 5-3 and claimed their inaugural state championship trophy.
Senior pitcher She was an exceptional three-sport athlete, playing both football and baseball for Wachusett High, earning All-Wachusett League and Telegram & Gazette honors for both sports. A 1992 graduate, she later returned as an instructor of field hockey, basketball, and softball at her alma mater.
Oakmont boasts an outstanding freshman class, featuring Caleb Allen, Sam Curtis, Ty Curtis and Watson Mexico. These freshman have quickly made an impressionful impact at Oakmont and could continue their growth together during their high school careers.
WORCESTER — Oakmont came back from behind and edged No. 2 Medfield 5-3 at Polar Park Friday to capture its first Division 3 state championship title with a come-from-behind 5-3 victory, thanks to Ben Forbes who tied the game with a single in the seventh inning and later hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score their go-ahead run in the 12th inning for an Oakmont victory.
Friends and family of Justin Salisbury, an Oakmont baseball player who died Saturday of apparent heart failure at 21 years old, held a candlelight vigil Wednesday at Maidu Park in Tantasqua. A joint team of friends and family remembered Justin with a candlelight vigil held there Wednesday.
Oakmont athletic programs are supported by student-run booster clubs that raise funds to cover equipment and other expenses, as well as provide opportunities for leadership development and socialization among peers.
After an uneventful first inning, the Vikings made up for it in the top of the third by scoring five runs to take an early advantage. An infield single scored one run from second while senior K.C. Tibbits connected for three-run double to left field to give his team an edge.
Medfield attempted a comeback, but could only manage two runs in extra innings: Ben Forbes hit a sac fly to left to score Caleb Allen and Levi Hessel laid down an impeccably placed squeeze bunt that allowed Isaiah Smith to cross home plate – both played their parts as Medfield won their first Division 3 state championship game!