The word ichiban in kanji script.
Means 'first' in Japanese. The Japanese language has numerous numeric suffixes that are used depending on the subject matter; "-ban" is only one of many ways to turn "ichi" ("one") into "first". (Wikipedia).
Well, the bar is set a little higher in Japan. 3 hits or more in a game is a modasho.
猛 (もう - mou): fierce, rave, rush, become furious, wildness, strength
打 (だ - da): strike, hit, knock, pound, dozen
賞 (しょう - shou): prize, reward, praise
So, that makes pounding out 3 hits in a game literally the "fierce hitting award."