Category: Team News


Klamath Falls Gems purchased by local business owner

KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon – The Klamath Falls Gems have been purchased by local business owner Joe O’Connor, the club announced on Friday afternoon. O’Connor, co-Founder and President of Modoc Meat, LLC, based out of Klamath Falls, will assume operations effective October 1, 2016.

The purchase was announced today by Jerry and Lisa Walker, who assumed ownership of the Gems in October 2012. “We are very happy to turn over operations of the Gems to someone local and who is familiar with the team,” said Lisa Walker, who served as General Manager of the Gems for the past few seasons. “It’s always been a community team and our number one goal was to keep it local.”

O’Connor is no stranger to the Gems as he played a role with the Gems in 2016, assisting the team on the field with coaching and training. “I’m delighted to become the new owner,” said O’Connor. “I will operate the team with great pride and plan to make the team the very best it can be both on and off the field. I expect a very smooth transition and want to thank the Walkers for giving me this opportunity and for their steadfast support of the Gems over the years.”

O’Connor started Modoc Meats in 2012 and is the owner/operator of O’Connor Sheep Company. He served in the United States Navy from 2003-2008. O’Connor was the Head Baseball Coach at Lost River High School from 2012-2016. In 2015, he was named Special District Baseball Coach of the Year.

About the Klamath Falls Gems: The Klamath Falls Gems are a collegiate wood bat baseball team based in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Their inaugural season was in 2011, as a member of the West Coast League. Jerry and Lisa Walker assumed ownership of the Gems in October 2012 from a group of local investors. The Gems are named after the former minor league baseball team who played in the original Far West League from 1948-1951. Home games are played at Kiger Stadium in Klamath Falls. Tater is the team mascot.

Media Contact
Joe O’Connor
Phone (541) 891-8153


Gems looking for host families

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – As the next season of Klamath Falls Gems Baseball approaches, nearing a June 6 Opening Day, the club is searching for interested community members to take part in the Gems’ host family program. It is an amazing opportunity to be part of these player’s lives as they strive for their athletic goals.

The only requirements of being a host family is an extra bed and one meal per day. Some players need transportation to the ballpark, but others bring their own vehicle or can carpool with teammates.

If you are remotely interested in being a Gems’ host family, contact Bonnie Wallace, our host family coordinator.
(541) 591-9597


Please feel free to share this post with any you see fit to potentially be a “Host Family.” Our season starts in just a couple of weeks, and as we ramp up for our season in Klamath Falls – we need your help!

New LEague

Gems transition to Golden State Baseball League

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – After spending five seasons in the West Coast League (WCL), the Klamath Falls Gems will make the transition to the Golden State Collegiate Baseball League (GSCBL) for the 2016 season.

The move to the California-based summer league offers the Gems a league with teams playing in closer proximity as opposed to the WCL with teams largely in Washington and Canada.

The GSCBL is committed to bringing a first-class wood-bat baseball experience to every franchise’s local community. It exists to advance collegiate baseball prospects towards their futures of becoming a professional baseball player, while providing them the structure and guidance to return to their respective college.

The league was founded in 2012 and now features eight teams:

  • California: Atwater, Petaluma, Pleasanton, Sacramento, San Jose, San Francisco
  • Nevada: Reno
  • Oregon: Klamath Falls

Klamath Falls will host 28 home games in its inaugural season of Golden State Baseball action. The 2016 campaign is set to get underway with a three-game series beginning on June 10 vs. Atwater.

For more information on the Golden State Collegiate Baseball League, click here.