The Pirates' NY-Penn League affiliate - which used to be the Williamsport Crosscutters - will now be the State College Spikes. The Spikes and the Pirates reached an agreement carrying their affiliation through the 2010 season. The Spikes are controlled by the Altoona Curve, the Pirates' AA affiliate, and the two cities are about an hour's drive apart. State College is also closer to Pittsburgh than Williamsport. So this move sounds like a winner.