A serious injury suffered during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario has likely ended the baseball career of one the most talented and accomplished athletes ever to graduate from Emmett High School. According to TVCC Athletic Director Ed Aronson, EHS class of 2010 graduate Cory Holm fractured two vertebrae in his neck when he crashed into the outfield wall while tracking a fly-ball during a Chuckars’ intra-squad game Oct. 26. Aronson said Holm was conscious on the field when he was flown by air ambulance for X-rays to St. Al’s in Ontario. He was then transported to Boise where he later began to experience organ failure and slipped into unconsciousness. Aronson said Friday morning that Holm’s condition was improving.
“The news on Cory continues to be positive,” he said. “He is still unconscious but he is getting stronger every day.” Aronson said any long-term neurological effects resulting from the injury are unknown at this time.
The injury to the second-year outfielder is a devastating blow to the Chuckar baseball program.
“It’s been a tough week,” TVCC head baseball coach Aaron Sutton said. “He is such a good kid and well respected by the baseball program and the TVCC community … It’s a loss, not only as a baseball player, but also for the intangibles he brings to our program. He is a leader who knows how to keep it light when we need to keep it light and keep it serious when we need to keep it serious. I really miss seeing his smile and hearing his laugh.”
The EHS community remembers Holm as a top student in his class and one of the most decorated student-athletes in the school’s history. A three–sport star in football, basketball and baseball, he completed his high school career with a remarkable run in his junior and senior years of six straight first team all-conference honors. While at EHS, he was noted for his fearless over the middle pass receptions at Huskie Stadium and his smooth ball handling and long 3-point bombs in Huskie gym as a four-year starter in the Emmett varsity backcourt.
But it was his three seasons on the varsity diamond at Pat Daniels Memorial Field where the talented and affable young athlete really excelled. A fixture at the leadoff spot in the Huskie lineup, Holm finished with a career batting average of .468. Countless times he led off a game legging out a well-placed bunt single and ending up on third after swiping a pair of bases on the next two pitches. He provided one of the most thrilling moments in the program’s history when, with the conference championship on the line in the final game of the 2009 regular season, he leaped high above the top of the fence in straightaway center to Rob Bishop Kelly’s Jake Wylie of a two-run homer for the final out in the sixth inning of a tie game. Holm then had a crucial single in the bottom of the ninth that kept alive a two-run rally that resulted in a come-from-behind 6-5 victory in extra innings that secured Emmett’s first conference title in 10 years.